This weekend my brother came to Austin because I bought him tickets to a concert. Talk about coercion. I go to College Station a lot, and so I wanted him to have a reason to come to Austin!
We saw the band Los Campesinos, which has a very famous song, or at least a very recognizeable one.
I like their stuff enough, and I wanted something that worked with our schedules, so I got him two tickets for Los Campesinos at The Parish on February 18th.
February 18th is, funnily enough, my roomate Sean Flack’s birthday!
(Happy Birthday, Sean)
So, on Friday night Mike and I threw a surprise birthday party for Sean in our room. I stayed up till three the morning before baking him a cake at a friend’s apartment, and Mike and I bought decorations at H.E.B. to let Sean know we were serious about the end of his teenage years.
The surprise aspect of the party was somewhat small, but he was surprised nonetheless! Then, people came coming and coming, and by around 11:30 we had a really good party going. My brother Dan got to meet a lot of best friends, and I think everyone had a good enough time. So far, Mike and I are two for two when it comes to throwing soirees.
Around one, I shipped off to a friend’s apartment to jam a little bit.
Patrick Noe, Mark Lupton, and Sam Leonard: some of the best musicians I have heard in Austin, and they let me join in with my banjo. They’re honestly good enough to have a band and play some shows.
They inspired me to take the next step with my banjo, and so now I think I’m going to set up a second lesson, because I’ve mastered the rolls and fingering that I learned at my first lesson.
Anyway, here is a picture of the terrible cake that I baked–with love–for Sean.
The day after Sean’s party, Mike, my brother, Ashley, Sean, and I went to eat at 24 Diner: possibly my favorite restaurant in Austin.
The weather was a real bugger the whole day–really this whole week. But those are some of my favorite people in the world, and Ashley gave Sean some much needed accessories.