Pie, Music, and Politics

We took the inlaws to Shady Grove on Sunday night, and had this awesome chocolate pecan pie a la mode for dessert. Last night over a dinner of homemade chalupas we started talking about that pie again, and it got everyone all fired up for another pie outing.

My husband thinks I need to do a pie entry on my blog, but to be honest I don't know of too many places that serve pie - at least the way I want it: homemade/tasty and in a diner at 9pm. There's the Night Hawk Frisco Shop, whose pie is ok, but I had a hard time thinking of another one. Then we remembered the legendary Threadgill's, which is just down the street from where we live. So off we rolled to try them out.

Threadgill's is where Janis Joplin got her start singing. I WORSHIPED Janis Joplin when I was 16. Back in high school I wore flannel and tried to talk about how cool Sonic Youth was so I could fit in to the slacker/alternative crowd, but secretly I couldn't imagine why anyone would prefer listening to them when such awesome music already existed. Turns out my mother-in-law also worshiped Janis when she was in high school, so we were pretty giddy when we walked through the doors.

Dessert remarks: The carrot cake and the pecan pie were deemed the best. The peach cobbler tasted weird - we think it was made with pumpkin pie spice - and the chocolate chunk cheesecake was ok. My son did not like his banana pudding, but thought the Nilla Wafers were divine.

And now, back to music. This morning on the radio the producer of the TV show "Austin City Limits" was on, probably because tickets to the Austin City Limits Festival go on sale today. Oh man! I just went to their website now, and looks like it's a little later in the year, so it might be cooler, and they're trying to control all the dust that normally cakes festival goers. The line-up isn't yet announced, but there are strong rumors pointing to Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys, Mos Def, The B-52s, Sonic Youth (hey, speak of the devil!), John Legend and Thievery Corporation. Among many, many others.

That same dude (I wish I remembered his name) mentioned Texas Governors who have gone to the ACL TV show tapings. I was not surprised to hear that the super bad-ass Gov. Ann Richards (please look her up if you think Texas has always been a red state) was a regular, and was even spotted dining with Leonard Cohen before a show. George W. Bush and the current gov, Rick Perry, have never been to a show. Lame-o.

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