#tuesdaynight #music #beer #lights #lifeisgood (at Executive Surf Club)

#tuesdaynight #music #beer #lights #lifeisgood (at Executive Surf Club)

Surf club. Pint night. Nuff said. #tuesdaynight #pub #sierranevada (at Executive Surf Club)

Surf club. Pint night. Nuff said. #tuesdaynight #pub #sierranevada (at Executive Surf Club)

#work #blackandwhite

#work #blackandwhite

Impromptu Family Reunion

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Yesterday was like a family reunion for me and of course I took zero pictures. I have no idea how this happens. I get so caught up in having a good time that I totally forget about picture taking until the next day when I’m wondering why I took zero like an idiot. The reason for the impromptu reunion was my brother David giving the public talk at church. I hadn’t been to church in forever, but last week he told me he was going to be the speaker on Sunday. We grew up going to a Spanish congregation and I’ve seen him give many talks in Spanish, but this was a special occasion because it was his first time giving a talk in English at the English congregation. Everybody was there. As Pamela and I walked in literally every person we came across was either related to me or had known me for 30+ years. My dad was there along with my uncles Juan, Rudy, Robert and David. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen 5 of the 6 living Cantu brothers under one roof. And with each uncle being there that means tons of cousins and second cousins. Of the 120 or so in attendance I’d say a good third were related to me. I come from a big family. David did a great job and It was nice to have Pamela in town cuz it gave her the opportunity to meet so many of my family who she hadn’t yet met (including my brother Carlos but it’s totally normal for your girlfriend to finally meet your brother who lives like 3 blocks away from you after almost a year and half together right?) She always makes fun of me for that. We just hadn’t had a chance is all. (She just barely met my dad like 2 months ago lol. Baby steps). We all went to Silverado afterward (also not pictured) for some barbecue and we had a really, really good time. I had a blast. Here’s a random, slightly related picture of some of my family to make me feel better about forgetting to do this yesterday.

My brother David, sister in law Melinda with my brother Carlos and nephew Brandon, my cousin Juan, my Dad & Me.

The day before was fun too. We started with a late lunch at ihop, then chilled at the house for a good while before heading downtown. Darts at Cassidy’s was the plan, but as we got out there we started getting hungry again. Railroad Seafood Station came to mind and we hit it up. Good food, good beer, great company. Perfect. I had the shrimp poorboy aaaaaaaaand I can’t remember what Pamela had because the shrimp poorboy was reeeeeeally good :) We followed that up with watching Fury at the movies (not bad, kinda slow at first but the end was good), and that my friends is a backwards account of how my Saturday & Sunday went minus spectacular family pictures because, again, I forgot.

Random people at Railroad Seafood, sure.. I got that. Family pictures the next day, of course not.

Hopefully the rest of today’s shift has no more 450 lb patients. 1 was enough. When a mechanical winch is needed to load a patient into the ambulance it’s not a good thing. Young guy, too. I always wonder how they get to that point. Made me only eat half of my foot long subway for lunch lol. I think I’ll go eat the second half now and hopefully get to watch some Monday Night Football. By the way, the Cowboys are still ruling. Good god 6-1. Suhweet.

 



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Dinner and drinks at Railroad Seafood Station before Fury #iphoneography #saturdaynight

Dinner and drinks at Railroad Seafood Station before Fury #iphoneography #saturdaynight

People Pay Good Money For Days Like This

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Some days are meant for relaxing. And by relaxing I mean hopping from spot to spot, enjoying some good company, good food, and a great atmosphere. This was my Monday. Stop 1 pictured above: Harrison’s Landing. When the weather is this good, you gotta get out on the water and enjoy it, and we definitely did.

Our original plans were actually to go bowling. This was around 3 in the afternoon so I figured a couple hours would be cool before we moved on to something else, but all the lanes were going to be taken up by leagues and looking back on it I’m glad they were. Who wants to be cooped up inside when you can have fresh shrimp out on the water sitting at a table on a floating deck that you can feel moving with the waves. We chilled there and then made our way to Cassidy’s. Darts, Guinness, and a local brew called Lazy Beach. Perfect.

 

People pay good money for days like this. The weather couldn’t have been better today either, but of course I’m stuck at work. We ran around all morning and early afternoon. Got our flu shot, TB shot, had to run by the shop, had a two hour class on responding to active shooter scenarios and mass casualty incidents which was actually very good by the way, but all I kept thinking about was how much better it would be i if I had a cold beer in my hand was just outside. Please let tomorrow be like today. If so I’m feeling another day outside. We’ll see.

And now this bit of perfection from Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor and the dude from Queens of the Stone Age. Grohl slowly but surely escalates in this clip and its mesmerizing to me every time. I must have been born a drummer in another life. Enjoy.

 



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Darts, Guinness, and a local brew with the girlfriend. Perfection. #guinness #beer #pub

Darts, Guinness, and a local brew with the girlfriend. Perfection. #guinness #beer #pub

Afternoon snack on the water. This weather is too good to be inside. #shrimp #foodporn #water  (at Harrison’s Landing)

Afternoon snack on the water. This weather is too good to be inside. #shrimp #foodporn #water (at Harrison’s Landing)

#craftbeer #deliciousness #bjsbrewhouse #thissocray (at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse - Corpus Christi)

#craftbeer #deliciousness #bjsbrewhouse #thissocray (at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse - Corpus Christi)

Road tripping in Austin

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Monday was a perfect morning for a road trip. Bright sun and clear skies as Guinness and I looked forward to a fun couple of days in Kyle and Austin. My allergies had gotten the better of me the day before, but thanks to some Claritin I was breathing juuuuuuuust fine. It’s exactly 3 hours from my door to Pamela’s, and I gotta admit I do enjoy that drive.

A really good spot for chillin when the weather is nice is Doc’s Backyard. A few months back Mark and Luisa introduced us to that place and it was a good idea again. Lots of Texas beers on tap, good grub, and you can’t go wrong with dominoes. Pamela had the avocado egg rolls I think. All I remember is they tasted delicious. I had the pork carnitas sliders and they went perfect with the Pecan Porter straight out of Austin. Local craft beers will make a believer out of me every time.

Hmm, what can I order that Eric will enjoy finishing for me since I never finish my plate?..

 

We left Doc’s and headed to our other go-to spot which was just a couple minutes drive away, Alamo Drafthouse. The Equalizer was our pick and during the previews I realized Pamela had out-beered me. I had an easy Tecate which is normally just fine. Nice, easy, refreshing, but not when your girlfriend orders a Breckenridge Vanilla Porter that was almost as good as the movie. In fact, stop everything you are doing and go watch this movie. (Finish reading this blog first, then go watch it). It was friggin great. Did I mention the awesomeness of watching Denzel Hayes Washington on the big screen with a delicious beer in your hand? (After the Tecate I upgraded to the Vanilla Porter like a champ). Smooth was Denzel’s middle name in this one (besides Hayes). Not as intense as he was in Training Day, but even more brutal. After watching that I wanted to equalize everything. Definitely happy with that movie choice.

The Tecate sits shamefully in the shadows.

We left Drafthouse and headed to the Hula Hut. Great spot on the water and especially great when you time it like we did and arrive just before sunset. We couldn’t have planned this day better.

 

 

 

Ahh, much better setting for the Tecate. Now we’re talkin.

 

As if that wasn’t enough, we hit up Barnes and No Dave and Buster’s cuz I LOVE BARNES AND NOB DAVE AND BUSTER’S!!! For whatever reason I always call it Barnes and Nobles. No idea why but it never fails. We killed it there. Tickets galore. I’m pretty sure people were staring at us as we were wayyyyyy too excited, but in our defense the beers were kicking in, and, again, we were killing it.

No one Doodle Jumps like Pamela.

From Dave and Buster’s we headed to this soccer pub called Mister Tramps. They have free pizza after midnight when you order a pitcher but we got so lost in all their craft beers that we never actually got to the free pizza. We will also never go back to that place cuz it’s now 2 for 2 in getting us into really weird arguments lol. First time around it was on square footage of houses and this time it was on breast cancer awareness. Seriously. Oh well. We were fine the next day and enjoyed our usual late lunch at Casa Maria’s and then back to her cozy couch and some Princess Bride until I had to pack it up and drive back home. Absolutely perfectly planned Monday Funday if I do say so myself.

My name is Inigo Montoya. The devil possess me. Prepare to die.

And now for no reason except that a friend discovered this for me a couple days ago is Dolly Parton’s Jolene slowed down to 33 rpms making it seriously awesome. Trust me. Enjoy.

 



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Love us some doodle jump. #daveandbusters #gettingticketslikepimps #whatwhat (at Dave & Buster’s Austin)

Love us some doodle jump. #daveandbusters #gettingticketslikepimps #whatwhat (at Dave & Buster’s Austin)

#night #water #lights (at Hula Hut)

#night #water #lights (at Hula Hut)

#Tecate #deliciousness (at Hula Hut)

#Tecate #deliciousness (at Hula Hut)

Now this is a great evening getaway.. #water #sky #alcoholgoesgreatwiththisview (at Hula Hut)

Now this is a great evening getaway.. #water #sky #alcoholgoesgreatwiththisview (at Hula Hut)

Go watch the Equalizer. Trust me. Do it. If you’re at an Alamo Drafthouse even better. If not. It’s ok. Still watch it. #theequalizer #movies #itakepicturesofthescreeneventhoughitsaystiturnyourphoneoffidontcareimarebel (at Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane)

Go watch the Equalizer. Trust me. Do it. If you’re at an Alamo Drafthouse even better. If not. It’s ok. Still watch it. #theequalizer #movies #itakepicturesofthescreeneventhoughitsaystiturnyourphoneoffidontcareimarebel (at Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane)