7/8/2012 Sunday 4:47 pm

The Brasil Guitar Duo was awesome Friday night.  Here’s a review with pics.  That concert was just two weeks after The Unknown silent movie and original film score extravaganza feast with live circus performers we put on with Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow and AMOA-Arthouse.  The artists were my dear, dear friends Randy Avers and Benoit Albert (AKA Les Freres Meduses) who wrote the score (150 pages!) and performed it with the fabulous Will FedkenheuerHere’s a wrap up of that event – complete with a link to a 2-minute video montage that the Alamo did about the whole schmear.

The night after the film deal, actually, Les Freres also played a house concert for us in the fabulous Commodore-Perry Estate.  We had about 80 at the house concert, 550 at the film deal, and 600 or so at the Brasil Duo concert.

And now.  There is just one event between today and September 6th (which begins a ridiculous schedule of total insanity for three months).  That one event?  The Miró Quartet with Jorge Caballero at the Long Center in Dell Hall on August 4th playing Mozart, Paganini, Bach and Castelnuovo-Tedesco with 3-time “best mixologist” of Austin, and current Alamo Drafhouse Beverage Director Bill Norris making 5 original cocktails – one for each of the performers!

But that isn’t the point.

The point is that for about two months, my schedule is incredibly, blessedly event-free.  I’m super excited.

What to do?  My new priorities have many faces.  Personally, I’ve been meditating a ton this whole year, and it’s paying off in unbelievable ways.  Ever since “Austin Pictures” last October I’ve been in a self-imposed introspection program.  I started it because I was trying to come up with an answer to the question: “what’s next?”

Funny enough, I never got an answer to that.  Though it would appear a few things have found me!  What I did get, was not so much of a “what”, but a “how”.  And that how included some really interesting revelations about my personal approach and mental state that I really wanted to, and still want to, improve upon.  That’s where the whole meditation thing entered (re-entered) my life.  It’s been amazing.  Happy to share more, but that’s probably best done in person.

On the concrete side – and this is going to sound like New Year’s Resolutions now – I’m exercising, practicing and writing much more.  And hope to keep it up.  There might even be a new book in the works.  We’ll see.  Coming up with the idea is the easy part!

At ACGS we’re as busy as ever, even without events.  This week’s board meeting will be a review and (I hope) adoption of our 12-13 proposed annual budget.  We just surpassed another really big financial milestone at end-of-June, and so the org continues to grow and carry with it all the challenges inherent in growth and change.  The main thing, however, is education.  We’ve got 8 amazing people working really hard on curriculum and training development as we speed toward another biggest-ever workload in the fall with over 30 local schools to support and over 300 curriculum users worldwide.  I’ve got the usual lofty goals for fundraising in order to keep the whole ship floating, and July-August will be the end of our 6-month Strategic Planning process out of which I hope to deliver a plan in September that’s involved a whole lot of voices in a wonderful way.

In personal news: Facebook has helped me connect with friends from childhood.  Very fun and kinda trippy!  Also, my grandfather turned an incredibly healthy and active 99 on June 21st.  He’s a man who is fond of cheddar cheese… and scotch.  Last month Glenda and I (in our Antonelli’s Cheese of the month club bag) got a delicious 10-year aged cheddar from Widmer in Wisconsin.  Happily, we were able to order it direct and have it shipped to grandpa for his big day.  I am diligently drinking scotch in his honor.  We’re all looking forward to the big party next June!  At home, Glenda has pulled out that green thumb and is making our place really shine.  Mornings in the back have been simply spectacular, but then again, so is every day that I’m lucky enough to be married to her!

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