On the Street

“Don't Bother With Karate Unless You Can Punch Through Sheet Metal”

Letters (to the On the Street Penthouse Suite)

Agreeing to join Facebook has done nothing but add schizophrenia to the mailbox of OTS. Where to draw the line between the incessant comments on photos and statements and direct correspondence? Things used to be so simpleâ?¦

Having said that, not all is lost. The mailbox now seems more like a community billboard these days. And there's nothing wrong with that.

To the "letters"!

#1 Eugene Chadbourne Tonight at Fl!ght (Second Saturday)

"Thomas Cummins and Eugene Chadbourne in one night

Tommorow I've got Eugene Chadbourne (eclectic improvisor, guitarist and banjoist. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Chadbourne ) playing live and for FREE in front of 1906 S. Flores"

#2 Chingo All the Way

Tonight (12/13) at Casbeers is a benefit for Manny Castillo and San Anto Cultural Arts.

#3 Nigerian Spam Returns

It seems the Nigerians hacked into a fellow food writer on the scene. I too was shocked to read that, "Unfortunately for me all my money got stolen at the hotel where i lodged from the attack of some armed robbers."

Who can think of Nigerian spammers without also considering some of the hilarious hoops people have made the scammers jump through to try and get money.

If I recall, one person here in the States requested the Nigerians carve a wooden keyboard for his Commodore 64 to show their appreciation. (Has this been mentioned here a few years back, already? Possibly, but good luck searching the archives trying to prove it.)

#4 Art Sale (Beginning 1 Hour Ago)

"Happy Holidays!

The Funnest Holiday Art Sale

Saturday, December 13


Please stop by for a glass of holiday "cheer", view the current exhibition Smoke and Mirrors and meet the artists Alex Rubio and David Vega.

Shop for works of art by Unit B artists and friends--most under $250, and some as low as $1--on view in the gallery backroom suite.

Peruse artist made postcards, greeting cards, miniature and regular sized paintings, lots of drawings, photographs, limited edition prints/posters, limited edition DVDs, felt sculptures, tasty looking sculptures, even more sculptures, jewelry and much much more."

#5 Retreat to Italy

Imagine this - an actual letter.

"if you wanna take a break from school and hammer out some projects..."

Case Riva Writers Retreat, Italy

Winter 2009

Located near Turin, in a small village in the northern

Italian hills bordering the Alps. Large 18th century country

house with land (garden, spring and orchard), close to the

woods (10 minute walk), lakes (30 minutes walk), biking,

running and walking trails across the surrounding hills.

Guests are invited to apply for residency during the period

January 20th to April 20th, 2009. The deadline for

application is December 20th, 2008.

You will be given an apartment with your own kitchen (for

self-catering), bathroom, bedroom and study room with phone.

You are required to take care of this apartment on your own.

The main train station is 30 minutes by bus; from there you

can reach Turin, Aosta and Milan (1 hour by train).

To apply:

Please write to the following address:

<[email protected]> before December 20th, and

include a file explaining reasons for applying, and at least

a paragraph-long description of your writing or art project.

Please specify your preferred period of stay, your age,

current projects, and any special need.

Thank you for your time!

Spurs Resurge

The Spurs continue to return to a previous level of excellence. The Spurs would be in much worse shape if not for the key contributions of two new players - George Hill and Roger Mason, Jr. - as well as the out of nowhere improvement of indie rocker Matt Bonner.

At this point the Spurs have won 5 in a row and are right in the middle of the playoff seedings. Other than the Lakers no one looks that much better than anyone else. Chris Paul's Hornets are solid but not as good as perhaps some would have thought.

The Jazz (could that ben anymore of an inapporopriate name?) are about where they were last year but without one of their key players. Portland is at about the same level but it's unclear how they'll do in the playoffs. Most likely, not as well as their regular season if they follow the path of many inexperienced teams.

So, be prepared for a continuing attack of the same "under the radar" articles to be written about the Spurs as they continue to improve and move up the standings.

This season should be much more interesting than last, with the first 20 games already being more exciting than the majority of last season. Instead of waiting around to see if we'll repeat as champions, fans now have to see if we have enough left in the tank to contend once again. The odd year is approaching. Will the momentum of time be broken?

Pretend to be Damaged

Now that Finals are over I've been leafing through this funny/goofy book I was given for my birthday "How To Survive A Robot Uprising". I'm not saying it's a great book, but it has it's moments, like the passage above. That description sounds a lot like the now debunked Super Greg phenomenon of several years back, which now looking back seems like a serious precursor to Ali G, for whatever it's worth.

Keep the collars and eyes up.

And so goes another week on the streets of San Antonio. As always, to be continued..

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