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October 2006 Entries
October 31st, 2006
Happy Halloween Everyone! This is a short week, then off to Kerrville, then Richland Springs for the first weekend of rifle hunting. There's a full moon and rain scheduled for this
weekend, so I'm not too optimistic about my chances of getting a great deer...maybe a hog though. Anyway, Halloween weekend went off without a hitch. Watched my Longhorns come back from behind for the 4th weekend in a row...it looks like we're on schedule
for a Big 12 Championship match up with either Missouri or Nebraska. After the game on Saturday, Cara, Cat, Matt, and I went to the rooftop at SpeakEasy's for Echo's
After that, we headed out to Randy's until the wee hours of the morning.
In other news, I am being inducted into the West Austin Rotary Club this Thursday. One of my first tasks will be to introduce the club to the Rotary Exchange Student program, and
bring in some kids from overseas. I've got a lot more to write about, but that can wait until tomorrow...
October 27th, 2006
It's going to be a long party weekend for Halloween. I'm laying low tonight...going to make Jello-shots at home to serve as goodies for any trick or treaters.
Hopefully, they're all over 21. There are about 3-4 costume parties that I've been invited to on Saturday night. I haven't put much thought into a costume this year; I guess I'll just use my "Pimp" Costume that
I've worn for the past 2 years. The weather will be cool enough at least...going to be nice all weekend.
Other than Halloween, the Tech game is on TBS at 6:00pm Saturday night...I've got to get my football fix before going out for the evening. Then, if I can get
up by noon on Sunday, there is a Halloween Poker Run beginning at 1:00. These rides are a blast...typically 40 people on mountain bikes riding from bar to bar across
town. Join us if you're around on Sunday.
So, I was playing around with Google today, and I noticed that I finally come up #1 when you type in my name. Then, the next 20 links are for that baseball player kid with the Astros. Other names and phrases that this website comes up
number 1 for include:
"Courtney Bulkley" - My sister
"Virginia Bulkley" - My mother
"why UARM won't split" - My big stock
"bears cattail falls" - random
"Gary Lux lajitas" - One of my best friends, and our favorite little town
Also, I found another cool website Bulkely Surfboards...this guy, Brian Bulkley, was a pro surfer, and now makes boards out in Cali.
October 25th, 2006
One of my favorite places to go as a kid was "The Flats". Located about 3 miles from Mo Ranch in Hunt, TX...the water was always warm because of the shallow water
up river. Regardless of the time of year, the sun would warm up the water which was less than a foot in most areas, and then fill
up a large man-made hot tub that we built, and rebuilt every summer.
We'd drive our jeeps and trucks into the river, take off our shirts, and sit back in the warm water. Our 'hot tub' could hold about 10 people and we'd sometimes
spend all day there on the weekends drinking beer, listening to music from our steroes blaring, watching all the girls dance around in bikini's, and checking out every one that drove by us honking their horns.
Ocassionaly, we'd have a truck get their tires stuck in one of the crevices the river cut through the limestone. We'd then either all help push it out, or pull it by rope with another truck.
Looking back now, I don't know why we always hung out there...so far out, and you couldn't actually swim...just sit in our 'hot-tub'. It was just one of those places we knew that we could always find friends hanging out...similar to
"The Brotherhood" off Hwy 16 way out in the sticks, "The Rock" outside of Medina, TX, "The Slab" where we had liquid lunches, or any of the many others we had in Kerrville.
October 23rd, 2006
What an awesome weekend I just had. Friday, I headed to Kerrville for the much anticipated hunt. Lauren, Ernie, Zach, Cara and I went out Friday night and hit up some bars, then
I woke up early the next morning and Luke, Lauren and I drove out to the Black Bull, Lauren's family ranch. This place was like a Zoo in Africa. From the second we drove through the main gate,
there were more deer and antelope running all over the place than you imagine. The ranch doesn't feed any of the deer and there really are not any high fences...
the deer roam freely but they are just so
concentrated. We saw tons of trophy Black Buck and Axis, Sika, Fallow, White Tail, the list goes on. So, we drove around for about an hour and half, and I shot my first Sika Buck. He was out about 150 yards...6 pointer (they don't get much bigger)
and he stunk to high hell, so we didn't take the meat, but I am having a European mount made from his skull and antlers.
We then headed up to the ranch house to watch the Texas/Nebraska game. Luke, LP (Lauren Parker), and I all made our game predictions while out hunting...I told em'...Texas wins by a last second field goal by 2-3 points. Guess what?...
well if you didn't watch the game, Ryan Baily (freshman walk on kicker whom never attempted a kick in NCAA) kicked a last second field goal in the snow to win 22-20. What a game.
So, after the game, Cara headed back to Austin, and Luke, LP and I went back out to look for an Axis Buck. We finally came up on a small herd of them and we all immediately saw one of the largest Bucks that I had ever seen. Before LP could
mutter out "don't shoot that one - he's one of the biggest on the ranch", I was already out of the truck and running for a tree to rest my gun. So, I passed on the monster, but there was another really good looking buck near him that I did take. I shot from about
200 yards out, and he jumped like I hit him, walked a little, then laid down under a tree. Luke and I both started walking towards him, but he wasn't dead, and as it turned out, I didn't even hit him...just probably grazed him and tired him out. So, then he jumped up and started to run off
when I took a 2nd shot and put him down for sure. It was a great experience and I am very grateful to LP and her family for letting me hunt their ranch.
LP, Ernie, Zach and Nick all stayed out at the Black Bull Saturday night and drank beer by the bonfire until midnight. A cool front blew in and it was a great night out in the country. The next morning, I headed
back to Austin. Cara had planned for us to go to the Rolling Stones in Austin yesterday with Dale and Mary. We had great seats...reserved just to the right of the stage. We also scored some back stage passes but got to the show
too late to hang out with anyone cool...they were sending everyone back to their seats by the time we made it back there. The show was awesome...I'll have some more pictures and video up on the site later today or tomorrow.
October 20th, 2006
Joke of the Week
A very loud, unattractive, mean-acting woman
Wal-Mart with her two kids in tow, screaming
them all the way through the entrance.
The Wal-Mart Greeter says, "Good morning and
Wal-Mart. Nice children you've got there - are
The ugly woman stops screaming long enough to
say, "Hell no
they ain't! The oldest one, he's 9 and the
she's 7. Why the hell would you think they're
twins? Do you
really think they look alike?"
"No", replies the greeter, "I just couldn't
got laid twice."
Austin Business Journal Awards
October 18th, 2006|
Wow, my friend Lauren just sent me an email titled "Don't fall Asleep in the Jungle" with some disturbing photos. The photo to the right is of a snake some villagers obviously found and killed. Click
on that picture to see what they found inside the snake. I hate snakes...I'd pretty much kill just about any snake that comes near me, or that I see for that matter.
I'm at a Business Leaders Conference for the next 2 days, then out to Kerrville for the weekend to hang out and hunt.
Something my sister wrote..Ode to our Home
yesterday was a strange anniversary. 2 years ago that day i was in nyc for work. and that same afternoon my parents' house caught fire. at the time we were all pretty devastated, obviously.
luckily at that time i was regularly meeting with a therapist, so it made for an interesting mourning process. not only was it my parents' home, my safe place, where i still had my own untouched room. it was almost like a member of our family. i really grew up in that house and there are so many memories locked inside.
i lost most of my belongings which didn't burn, the rest were smoke-damaged. but i wasn't as upset as i thought i'd be. i was so relieved that my family was ok, that no one was harmed. later i felt sad and powerless, there was nothing i could do to make it better or to change it. but all in all, it made me appreciate my family and the memories we share. things are just things. and as much as we acquire, none of it really matters. you can't take it with you and it means nothing without your loved ones.
and it's strange b/c my favorite season is fall, and i love the leaves and the cold air, and the smell of fireplaces burning. yet at the same time it reminds me of losing that house and not being there to help out. it's a bittersweet thing, and i'm actually ok with the loss.
the timing was odd b/c i was just really moving out on my own, really moving away from home, family, texas, etc.... and then it was taken away like that. and for me, it symbolized the end of my childhood. literally in ashes. i even had a dream when i was on the plane that night... i was a little girl sitting in the middle of my old bedroom, with all of my belongings gray with soot and smoke, and i was just sitting there in a little ball. like i didn't want to let go... it was very sweet. and then i realized that home really is where the heart is, it's where your loved ones are. it doesn't matter where you live or what happens, your family and your home are always in your heart and in your memories. that's something that even fire can't extinguish. so here's to my old home, and to the rebuilding effort which is almost complete. should be good to go for christmas holidays, although i now have a guest room. as long as the people i love are there, i couldn't ask for more.
October 17th, 2006|
So, I smoked some Venison Back Strap last night, Ronny & Vicki brought over Twice Baked Potatos, Sally brought carrots & brownies, and we had a little dinner party last night. We didn't hang out long...just
til half-time of what was supposed to be a butt-kick'n for the Bears.
That was the first time in the history of Monday night football that a team has come back from being 20 points down. Poor Matt Leinart and team
were so happy for 3 quarters...then they found out that they just suck at football.
Anyway, I am pumped about this weekend. Going out to Lauren Parker's ranch located outside of Mountain Home/Kerrville this weekend. She is going to let me hunt a Trophy Axis. I am excited...never shot an Axis Deer before.
I've heard that her ranch has plenty of deer out there...it backs up to the YO Ranch, prolly the most famous exotic hunting ranch in Texas. Anyway, if I were to pay to go hunt this animal at an exotic game ranch, it would cost me around $2000, so I am very grateful and owe her big time.
October 16th, 2006|
My calendar says it's "National Boss Day". What are you supposed to do? Tell him, "Happy National Boss Day?" Guess, I'll give it a try.
So, my sister, Courtney, came in this weeekend and never took her hands off of her camera...she took pictures of everything and everyone, so now I'll at least have a good inventory of pics
to post for the next couple of weeks.
Court got in Friday night around 12:00, so we went home, picked up Cara, and went over to Union Park for a quick drink. Saturday morning we had
brunch on 6th street, tailgated for a little while, then watched most of the Texas/Baylor game. Cara and Courtney were not really enjoying it as much I did...every 5 minutes they would tell me
they felt a rain drop (an excuse for them to split and head home). After the 3rd fictional rain drop, I finally relented and told them they could take off. I stayed and watched the game until we at
least covered the spread. Then, back to the condo, and Cara and I stayed in that night. Courtney headed back out to meet up with her friends from school and showed back up around 6:00am. I took
them both to the airport at 11:00, and sat on the couch watching football for the rest of the day.
October 13th, 2006
Friday the 13th...Ohhh, Wooowww, Ahhhh...Went out to the Ticketcity Happy hour last night at El Arroyo. It was also Nick's Birthday, Joanie's boyfriend,
so then headed over to Molotov to buy them all a drink to two. Next thing I know, it's 2:00am. Thank goodness it's Friday and I can float through the day.
I'm flying my Sister in from LA this weekend...just to hang, tailgate a little tomorrow, and then maybe hit the game tomorrow night. It will be good to catch up
and spend some time with her. Hit me up if anyone knows of something cool going on Saturday night...other than the football game that is.
October 12th, 2006
If anyone wants to attend the Quarterly Ticketcity.com Happy Hour, we start at 5:30 at El Arroyo off of Far West. Free tab for a little while, so get there early. I'll try to send out an email later to serve as an invite,
but it's probably too late. Sorry, been out of town.
Wow, my month is filling up quickly. I Have 2 meetings today, one with the West Austin Rotary Club, another with a Golf Course here in town; Giving Blood tomorrow; Baylor tailgate and game on Saturday; Sales leadership conference and Business Awards banquet next week; Going hunting next
weekend in Kerrville with Lauren Parker; Rolling Stones on the 22nd in Austin; taking my Dad to Lubbock for the Texas and Texas Tech game on the 28th, then Halloween...I'm tired already.
Check out this video of a flagman at the Texas/OU game
October 10th, 2006
This should be a good day...one of the stocks, UARM, Under Armour, in which I have a ton of money invested with, is at it's all time high today.
I won't actually get to spend this money until like 65 or something, but I like to watch it grow.
It's raining quite a bit today...started at about 4:00am and hasn't stopped really. It's also supposed to get cooler this weekend - low of 45. At least I won't be
sweating during the Texas/Baylor game this Saturday night.
I've been thinking alot about the type of house that I want to build and the picture is probabaly the best I could find to describe the outside. I like the Texas Limestone, Cedar columns and rafters, and definitely the metal roof.
Nothing beats the sound of rain on that roof when you live out in the country. Can't wait to get this thing built.
October 9th, 2006
What a crazy weekend...I went out to the hunting lease on Friday and stayed the night. I got out to the East Blind around 3:30 cause I heard we had a mess load of hogs
showing up over there.
It was so hot, that I literally took most of my clothes off and had every window and door open. If there were any hogs or deer around, there was no way
they were going to show their face that day. So, I sighted in my rifle instead, cleaned my hunting trailer out, and prepped for the upcoming season.
Then, on Saturday, I hung out with a crowd at Joe's Bar next to my house, and we beat the Sooners, again. To be honest, I really didn't have faith in our team this year, especially at the quarterback position, but two Colt McCoy 2nd half
touchdowns restored my faith and I now we're nearly half way to another BCS bowl game. I predict Texas vs Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl...and you can bet that I'll be there.
Isn't this picture classic? Poor kid...his parents got him all excited for no reason, and now they have to explain why OU sucks for the 2nd year in a row. Though it could be worse...he could be a Dallas Cowboys fan.
Speaking of...can Drew Bledsoe be any worse than Tony Romo? I doubt it, so let's just go ahead and switch QB's now...that way, when they give a game away like they did yesterday vs the Eagles, at least they could say it is a
rebuilding year. Dallas, PLEASE, bench Bledsoe...He SUCKS!
October 5th, 2006|
Just heard some great news...My cousin Luke and his wife, Anna, are now expecting a child. He called me about an hour ago to let me know
that he won't be going with my Dad and I to the Texas vs Texas Tech game in Lubbock because they will be preparing for a new baby. I'm really excited for them both.
Anna and Aaron @ Rihn's
Some more great news...I have been invited to join Rotary International here in Austin. There are 2 clubs that are considering me at this time and I have
an introduction lunch today at the West Austin Rotary Club. If you don't know of Rotary, it is an international organization consisting of business and professional leaders whom provide humanitarian services,
encourage high ethical standards, and focus on good will and peace. My exchange student program in 94-95' (Finland) was through Rotary International. If given the opportunity, I think I'd like to focus on assisting with
that aspect of the organization.
October 4th, 2006|
Well I don't know whether I'm still going to Dallas this weekend for the game...Looks like the opening of Tyler's will be pushed back to next week, and to be honest, the game doesn't
really excite me after our early loss to Ohio State. We'll probably end up in the Fiesta Bowl playing Notre Dame, which is cool, but not the repeat we all wanted.
I might actually try my hand at bow-hunting this weekend at the deer lease. I heard that we have a ton of hogs running wild right now, and plenty of deer. I really like to wait until it cools off
before I hunt deer, but I could practice on the bow with the hogs...I need some more pork chops anyway. I also need to clean out my hunting trailer
and get it ready for deer season (November 4th). 3 1/2 weeks to go.
October 3rd, 2006|
My sister just sent me an entire photo album from some Nickelodeon movie night in Cali...they watched "The Empire Strikes Back" and either posed with or beat each other up with lightsabers.
Anyway, so it's Tuesday and a busy week. Cara's store, Tylers, is opening a new location this Friday or Saturday up in Highland Park (Dallas).
The TX vs OU game is also this weekend, so I guess I'm heading up there
one way or another. I'm also attending a Jack Daly Seminar next week in Dallas, so I might just stay up there.
In other news, I've decided to build a house on our property in Westlake off of Cuernavaca. If you know of any custom home builders, let me know...I want to get started soon.
October 2nd, 2006
I have a ton of pictures and a couple of stories to post this week...I've been on vacation for the past week...took
about 300 pictures. Gary Lux and I started our voyage in Devine last Saturday, cruised to Lajitas - Terlingua on Sunday, then back to Austin on
Thursday. From there, I went down to San Antonio and stayed with JZ and Jennifer for the weekend. Happy Birthday to my Dad (turned 57 last Friday) and
Jimmie Z (turned 39 on Saturday).
Just posted the first story about my trip last week...Check it Out!
Cell Phone Pics
Viola Hook Em
Rose Bowl 2010
Zurich Fan Zone
Smallest Car Ever
Front Porch - Terlingua
Cool & the Gang
Edison in LA
New Work Computer
Vegas - Pure
Stones @ Zilker Park
Austin Business Awards
TX vs Ohio State
My 4 Wheeler
3 yr old
Jesus is Watching
Best Buy Boy
Dick in a Box
Axis Deer Hunts
Texas Whitetail Hunts
Exotic Hunts in Texas
Red Stag Hunts
Texas Elk Hunts
Axis Doe Hunts