September 2003 Archives
This is the slogan emblazoned on the splash guards in the urinals in my company's bathroom. I've been mildly disturbed by it ever since the guards were first installed a few weeks ago.
What does it mean to "Use Healthy Hands"? Is this some bastardized foreign translation of "wash your hands"? Should we wear gloves in the restroom or something? I'm all for fighting germs, but I need better instructions.
Well, here I am at ACL, thanks to SBC/Yahoo. Now if I could just throw this laptop in my backpack, I'd be set.
I rolled in right about 12:15, just in time to catch the Damnations. They sounded really good live, I need to pick up their latest CD and try to see them the next time they're playing a club rather than an open stage. From there I went slightly east to the Cap Metro stage and saw Cody ChesnuTT. He was ok, but spent too much time grooving and not enough rockin. I wouldn't mind hearing an album of his, though.
From there I headed back west to the H.E.B. stage and saw the Particle show. I think they managed to fit four songs in their hour...I'm usually not a big jam band fan, but they had a solid set and their keyboard player made the show worth watching.
I'm here now because Liz Phair failed to rock my ass. She is playing a lot of mellow stuff and generally boring me. From here I'm going to see W.C. Clark, Leftover Salmon, Robert Earl Keen, and Al Green. That should make up for the slack in the early part of the day and send me home happy.
I had been tracking my application status online, so I knew "unofficially" last Tuesday that I was in. The formal letter didn't arrive until Saturday, so had I not been checking online the first communication from UT regarding my application would have been the following email:
Dear TRAVIS KASPAR:
The 77th Texas Legislature (2001) recently required all public institutions of higher education in Texas to notify all new students about bacterial meningitis and to obtain confirmation from the students that they have received information about the disease. Prompt acknowledgement of receipt will prevent delays when you register for classes. There has been increased interest in vaccinations at UT Austin this semester as a result of the unfortunate death of one of our undergraduate students who died January 22 from meningococcal disease. This was an isoloated case and no other infections involving UT Austin students have been reported.
I'm glad to see that the bureaucratic machine hasn't changed much since I finished my bachelor's degree.