Aaron Bulkley

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September 22nd, 2006

So, I'm at ACL on Saturday with Cara and some friends, and we've set up 2 blankets just in front of the AT&T stage about 15 rows back. The place is so packed that you can't get to our blankets, or even to go get a beer, unless you arrive/depart 30 mintues before/after the show. So, we arrived early in the day because we really wanted to see The Shins and The Raconteurs, but first Ben Kweller was playing. I had never heard of the guy...only knew that he was some young white kid who grew up loving Kurt Cobain. So, due to the crowds, I couldn't leave our "home base" to go see another show...it would have taken at least 30 minutes to get out of the stage area. He was supposed to start 2:30, then 2:45 came, and no Ben...he finally showed up about 20 minutes late and "made up" some excuse about a bloody nose and paramedics, blah, blah, blah.
Well, about 5 minutes into the show, what do you know, his nose starts bleeding...he doesn't stop, just keeps playing and singing. After the song, he apologizes, wipes his nose, and continues to play. I'm thinking he sounds alright at this point and I'm moving around a little, "crowd dancing", ya know. Then, about 2 minutes into the next song, he really starts gushing...it's on his hands, on his guitar, in his mouth; and he keeps singing. My opinion of the guy has started to change at this point...shit, I might even go buy his CD now...this guy is a rock star. After he finished the 2nd song, this guy is bleeding all over the place...he's used about 4 towels that the stage hands keep throwing at him and he still wants to play. He's joking about it with the crowd, apologizing, etc, and then he asks the 25,000 or so people that he's playing to for a tampon. At that instance, you see multiple tampons flying through the crowd landing around him. He unwraps one of the tampons, sticks it up his nose, and starts playing the next song. Wow, this guy is now, in my opinion, a little rock star! So, he finished up that song, pulled out the tampon because his face can't take the pressure anymore, and gush, more blood everywhere...at this point, he knows his time is limited on stage, so he goes over to his white piano, bloody and all and busts out one more ballad. His last song was great, blood again all over the place, and it's really cool to see on his white piano. So, after only 4 songs, he left us, but it was probably the best show at ACL if you were there.

September 20th, 2006

I went to a great seminar last night hosted by the Austin Chamber of Commerce...titled "Beyond Networking". Though it has been awhile, I've been to a ton of these where the tell you how to "create your personal networking message", interact with others, work the room, exchange and collect 50 business cards, etc. To be honest, I really thought this was going to be the same thing, but I was pleasantly surprised. Thom Singer and Scott Ingram spoke to about 50 people and really covered the bigger picture of networking.
Thom Singer is the Director of Business Development for Wells Fargo, so listening to him talk about his personal work-related and networking experiences gave me some insight to what I should and need to be doing day to day for Ticketcity.com. He mentioned how successful networking individuals need to make themselves just a "little bit famous"...that means getting involved in your industry and community...let people know who you are and what you're all about. He specifically mentioned that hosting a blog is a great way to do that..."i'm way ahead of you dude!" Anyway, Check out his Blog, called "Some Assembly Required" which is linked to the left of my website...he updates about 3 times per week about work and family related experiences.

September 19th, 2006

Long Weekend...ACL was cool, but too many people this year. They need to cut it back by about 15,000 per day. In related new...did you hear about Willie? What the hell are a bunch of 73 year old men doing with 1 1/2 pounds of pot and 1/5 pound of mushrooms? And they only got a ticket...WTF? I wouldn't think they could actually survive doing that many drugs.
Just received a picture from some friends of mine, Janice & Erik, that have just recently become engaged...story coming soon.

September 15th, 2006

It's going to be a short work day hopefully...JZ and Jennifer are coming to town, then we're off to Zilker Park for the Austin City Limits Musical Festival. I think we'll party pretty hard over the next 2 days and then I'll end up sleeping most of the day on Sunday. I'm exhausted this morning because Cara was out with Catherine until 3:00am for "Girls Night Out"...she came home and then felt that we needed to talk until 4:30am. Next time the two of them hang out, it better be a Friday or Saturday.

On another note, I'm trying to put a golf deal together with a major Golf Club Supplier...if anyone knows someone at Golfsmith, Callaway, PING, etc, shoot me an email...I need a way in.

September 13th, 2006

Austin City Limits Music Festival is this weekend. I'm looking forward the Gnarls Barkley, Ray Lamontagne and John Mayer on Friday night...I scored some VIP passes so we don't have to sweat it out all day long with the masses.
Ken and Kim are also hosting their 2nd Annual End of Chemo Party which celebrates Kim successfully completing Chemo and cancer...really proud of those folks. I'm going to try and stop by there in between bands at the ACL Fest.
Courtney singing, or something...
Did you know my sister was a Rock Star these days?

September 11th, 2006

24-7/OSU over UT...Shitty game. Cowboys and Texans lost too. I blame Drew Bledsoe for everything...he just looks pathetic on and off the field. Other than the loss, the weekend was cool. Met a ton of new people while out this weekend. Partied way too hard Friday night and all day Saturday. Chuck, Eric and the Houston crew through a party at my house while I slept off the defeat and hangover. Half of my office is out today...the entire city is depressed.
Why the Cowboys will lose again...

September 8th, 2006

The Day before the Big Game - I went on my Thursday Night Bike Ride/Pub Crawl yesterday and we stopped by Hula Hut to have a margarita. Two whole days before the Texas/Ohio State game there are swarms of those ugly ass Ohio State fans everywhere. I know that we beat them last year, but I still don't like them.
Texas vs Ohio State - 2005
As far as college football fans go, they are the bottom of the barrell when it comes to class. Everyone who wore an orange shirt last year in Columbus either got spit on, cursed at or punched...these guys just suck and I hope that Mack and Company don't let up, even if we're up by 30 points.
September 6th, 2006
Cute Little Kittens - Thought this photo was hilarious. No, I didn't take it, nor do I know who did. It was emailed to me as a forward. Well, the week just started and it's already Hump Day, so that's good news. Work is busy right now, and the countdown to the game of the year is ticking fast. The Longhorns are favored over Ohio State by 2.5 points. I'm sure the line will change the other way before the game starts...at the rate that Texas is losing players to marijuana and arrests, we'll be lucky to have anyone left for the OU Game.
Cute Little Kittens
So, the "Guys September Get Away" trip is finally planned, sort of. So far, it's just Gary and I for the whole time, but Jimmie Z is going to start things off with us I believe. We begin on Saturday, Sept 23rd, in Devine to go Dove hunting with Luke at his Dad's place. I think there may be a poker game afterwards and a few beers. From there we're driving to Lajitas near Big Bend National Park. It's about 7 hours, but I've got Sirius, so we can listen to some football at least. We're Dove hunting Monday at the Lajitas Hunt Club, White Water Rafting on Tuesday, and then possibly Mountain Biking on Wednesday. We'll most likely head back to New Braunfels and Austin early Thursday morning. If you're interested, let me know...we've got 2 more spots in my truck.
September 5th, 2006
Nice Long Labor Day Weekend. I wanted to get out of town, but Cara wasn't up for the Lease...so we hung around Austin all weekend. Friday night was Rob's Surprise Birthday Party, so Trey and Jimmy came up from Houston. They showed up to my place around 8:00pm Friday night with Big Gulps and a 1/2 empty Gallon of Vodka. This picture was taken shortly later.
Jimmy, Trey, Rob, Aaron
Texas Football team looked fair this past weekend with an expected blowout of North Texas. The Defense alone should be able to beat most teams this year. Our receivers sucked though in my opinion. Hopefully they can learn to catch a freakin pass and quit giving up tipped balls to interceptions. Cara is going out of town this weekend, so I've been given a pass to get as drunk as possible for the Ohio State game. Look Out! I should be in rare form.
September 1st, 2006
It's about Time...Football Season is here, and I'll be drinking Bloody Mary's at the tailgate by 8:30 in the morning! It's only North Texas, but I can't wait to check out the atmosphere at DKR with the new scoreboard and seating. I'll probably only stay until half-time...the game is over by then anyway.
A Good Dove Hunt
So, I'm putting together a hunting trip/mountain biking excursion to Big Bend National Park...either Sept. 18th-21st or 24th-27th. I know that Gary Lux is in, and hopefully we can round up some more of the guys. We're going to dove hunt 1 or 2 days at the Lajitas Hunt Club, and then Mountain bike the desert and Chisos Mountains. It's supposed to be very dangerous due to the heat, wild animals, and proximity to any hospital, or people for that matter. If you fall, or get a flat, good luck getting out of there.