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What Miss Plumcake is…Everything’s Bigger Edition

Yesterday marked the ten year anniversary of my move to Texas so I thought I’d celebrate by doing an All-Texan revue. It’s Tuesday so let’s fine out what Miss Plumcake is…

What Miss Plumcake is...Texas

Reading: O. Henry’s Short Stories.  William Sydney Porter was a Carolina boy by birth, but did a the best part of his writing and embezzling here in Austin, Texas.  My grandmother never read to me (unless by “read” you mean “accidentally putting her cigarette out on my arm, thereby fusing my horrible nylon sweater to the sweet delicate flesh of my forearm”) but she had a soft spot for The Ransom of Red Chief (I think she liked the torture scenes), which remains my favorite O. Henry short story.

Hearing: Lyle Lovett’s Natural Forces. I’ve had a one-sided love affair with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band for years, and it all started with this song.  He consistently puts on the best live shows I’ve seen. He’s funny, droll and is completely at home with his, uh, unusual looks. Last night’s concert went into my top five shows of all time. Even if you think you won’t like him, give Lyle a little Youtube action and let him change your mind.

Watching:Giant.  James Dean’s third and final film –it was released shortly after his death at 24– it is the definitive Texas Epic and worth a watch if only to see James Dean’s method acting play against Liz Taylor’s Tollywood traditional.

Smelling: Tauer Lonestar Memories. Swiss perfumer Andy Tauer isn’t Texan, but we might make him an honorary one after this. Lonestar Memories is a BIG scent –I have to put a teensy drop behind my knees the night before I want to wear it– but its bone-dry combination of wood smoke, brush fire and open skies make it a smart, untamed scent for men or women.

Loving: The Lance Armstrong Foundation I can’t say I just love Lance Armstrong as a person and I think those yellow rubber bands are dopey, but the LAF does great work, especially with providing support for young men like my brother who are testicular cancer survivors. He (Lance not my brother) made a surprise visit on stage last night with Lyle Lovett. To his credit he didn’t try to sing.

Hating: Well, I mean, really.

Wanting: Big obnoxious custom cowboy boots. Texans never mind a bit of vulgarity it’s “a nice splash of paprika” as Diana Vreeland would say. I own one pair of Western boots and they’re the most unassuming things on the planet, just regulation-issued brown ropers with a low heel and almond toe. They’re dead useful without being showy but secretly I yearn for a pair of enormously over-the-top boots inlaid with all sorts of craziness. You can drop a good $4000 on custom boots, and they’re truly works of art, but I’d settle for these at a mere $1800.

Buying: Bluebonnet seeds. In the spring, a few weeks after the droves of South by Southwest revelers vacate my fair city, the wildflowers bloom. In the Texas Hill Country, the roadways are just carpeted with bluebonnets. Millions and millions of the Texas state flower pop up along any place left untended, and while it is illegal to pick them, it IS every Texas woman’s birthright to trample as many as she sees fit just so she can sit daintily in a field and get her picture taken surrounded by a could of blue blossoms.

So what’s shaking in YOUR state today?

19 Responses to “What Miss Plumcake is…Everything’s Bigger Edition”

  1. class factotum November 24, 2009 at 3:11 pm #

    May I be so bold as to add a category or two? I have been in exile for a while but boy do I miss Texas.

    Eating:
    Kolaches from the Bon Ton Bakery on 290 and from the Czech Stop in West
    Goode Company BBQ
    Chueys
    Dos Pesos/whatever it is called now and their flour tortillas
    Real Dr Pepper from Dublin
    That Mexican place on the Riverwalk

    Dancing:
    Broken Spoke
    SPJST Hall
    Gruene Hall
    Wurstfest

    As far as what I am doing in Milwaukee:
    Eating:
    Cheese curds
    Venison summer sausage and brats (my uncle is a fourth-generation sausage maker how lucky am I?)
    Pretzel rolls
    Fish fry

    Reading (waiting for at the library) The Abortionist, written by a guy in my neighborhood

    Visiting the Wisconsin Historical Society Museum, where we saw the Oldest Piece of Toast in Wisconsin and really, after that, what is there to say except I am so grateful it hasn’t snowed yet?

  2. Plumcake November 24, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    Excellent additions! I always bring a ton of kolaches from the Czech Stop whenever I stop in West, and as soon as people see the big paper bag they start to hover like vultures.

    Of course the best barbecue to be found is in Lockhart, it’s like roasted baby angel meat. mmmm.

  3. mdegraffen November 24, 2009 at 3:58 pm #

    Ah, kolaches from West. Sheer greasy poetry.

    I am that rarest of beings, a liberal in Texas. I envy your living in Austin, where people are fairly sane. It gets a bit lonely up here in Ft. Worth.

  4. Plumcake November 24, 2009 at 4:13 pm #

    Yeah, Cowtown is not known as a bastion of modern thought. Nice art museum though. I think part of the reason I’m such a Texas jingoist is that I live in Austin where pretty much everyone is hip and groovy and bedeck their cars with about a million bumper stickers promoting Important Social Issues.

  5. class factotum November 24, 2009 at 4:24 pm #

    I was trying to think of that BBQ place — is it Schultz’s? Too many years since I had to leave in search of employment. My husband says he will move to Texas when they legalize gay marriage and I point out that not only does Wisconsin ban gay marriage but Wisconsin also has 1) a state income tax and 2) snow.

  6. Margo November 24, 2009 at 4:44 pm #

    Lots of good things in my life right now:

    Listening: Florence and the Machine (saw her at a party recently, and she was so well dressed, and so friendly), Camille, and Prince circa Dirty Mind.

    Reading: Collections of Nothing by William Davies King, which is sublime. I just finished Tove Jansson’s The True Deceiver, if you only know the Moomins check out her wonderful novels, such chilly delights.

    Wearing: Cashmere cardigan, boyfriend length, hot pink, say no more. Except to add my new necklace from pointyobjects on Etsy.

    Loving: finally getting the ovaries to ask my boss for extra time off next year (unpaid) to do some necessary travel, and it being cool. Lesson learned: stop avoiding conflict when there is none to avoid.

    Hating: That I am so close to finishing NaNo – but so far!

  7. Margo November 24, 2009 at 5:16 pm #

    To add – Plumcake, I am so happy that your brother is better.

  8. Sarah November 24, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    Wearing: a jacket. In Austin. Sweet! Also, my new haircut WITH BANGS.

    Listening: Avett Brothers.

    Watching: The last two nights of November sweeps, thank God.

    Smelling: Kettle corn. mmmm.

    Wanting: A closetful of full, full skirts.

  9. Lisa November 24, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    Well, my state actually WAS shaking last night!! We had earthquakes.

    I’m having A Day. My kitty is being rotten and arguing with me over the keyboard (I keep telling her if she doesn’t Knock It OFF I’m going to give her to Cruella De Plumcake for wardrobing purposes. I really need her to stop it, as I really want to finish off coding data by tonight so I can send it to my colleague. I am tired and I don’t want to work and there’s a huge proposal to do and it’s due like 12 seconds from now and argghh.

    I am listening to They Might Be Giants and I am smelling some of my husband’s Diesel cologne, which is nice. I am wanting these (http://www.zappos.com/n/p/p/7573961/c/1394.html) in a bad way. Tell me there are ugly and too young for me and that they would hurt my feet.

  10. Margo November 24, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    Lisa, I am a shoe haterrrr, but those are gorgeous, and would look great on you. Better on you than anyone else, I have to say.

  11. Plumcake November 25, 2009 at 1:09 am #

    Lisa, I think you THINK you want them, but you secretly find the metallic snake/dot print dissatisfying because in person they’ll read more ’70s In a Bad Way than ’30s In a Good Way.

  12. chachaheels November 25, 2009 at 8:22 am #

    Well, I think you THINK you want them, but you’re in a state of disquiet because Zappo’s describes the shoes as “spectacular hels”. Lord knows that would shake me a bit, too.

    Proofreaders should be worth their weight in gold and be far less rare.

  13. class factotum November 25, 2009 at 9:48 am #

    Chachaheels, not to mention that any copywriter who does not run her prose through spellcheck should be fired.

  14. missm November 25, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    Reading: Luxe, or How Luxury Lost its Luster…luxury goods companies existed for years by providing the best, most exclusive product and have shifted that focus, pretty recently, essentially to profit alone. Also learned that the Empress Josephine spent HALF of the $15 million France got from the Louisiana Purchase on clothes in ten years. And that’s in 1803 dollars, not 2009 dollars.

    Hearing: Django Reinhardt. But itching to pull out my Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas CD soon.

    Watching: The Graduate. Giant new TV in living room has the most incredible crystalline picture — I’ve never seen anything like it and I don’t even CARE about stuff like that. Also the sets and clothes in the movie are so amazing and that little Dustin Hoffman is cute as a bug.

    Smelling: Cabotine by Gres. So clean smelling.

    Loving: My sweet little boy and my precocious girl

    Wanting: This year to be over. It’s been tough all around on everyone although I consider myself extremely fortunate, considering. Besides, everyone knows 2010 is the future and we’ll all get to start wearing shiny silver jumpsuits and taking a jet-pack to work soon.

  15. Casey November 25, 2009 at 8:14 pm #

    Lyle Lovett. I’ve seen him live every year for something like 9 years running. I’ve been listening to the new album all month. :) The man has a true, real, amazing talent. (A candidate for the hotness??? I might as well also nominate Francine Reed for the fierceness!)

    I was never a really die-hard country fan (with a few notable exceptions). I am always trying to explain to people that Lyle is so, so much more than a 10-gallon hat and, uh, unusual looks. I’m trying to pick a Lyle song to play at my wedding.

    Seriously, if anyone hasn’t given him the time of day because “you don’t like country,” please reconsider. It’s not too late. What would you be if you didn’t even try? You have to try. ;)

  16. Plumcake November 26, 2009 at 1:55 am #

    Couldn’t have said it better myself, Casey, and yes he’s already in the works for the Hotness.

  17. Anne November 26, 2009 at 2:08 pm #

    I am not a concert person, but I have seen Lyle and he is on the very short list of concerts I would go to again. He (and the Large Band) was amazing!

    Casey – as for the wedding, there is always “She’s no Lady -She’s my Wife” :) – I think that was played at some point at my reception 17 years ago!

  18. zuzu November 27, 2009 at 1:12 pm #

    I had an adjunct professor in law school who looked just like Lyle Lovett, only with small black hair.

    It was really uncanny. I had a hard time not staring at him in class, but then, I was supposed to be paying attention to him, so I could cover.

  19. Starlady December 8, 2009 at 10:46 am #

    You made the perfume sound so interesting that I went to Tauer’s website. There I found that he will mail you samples of 8 of his perfumes for about 23$, shipping free. So I got them.

    They are superb. They are magnificent. They are as close to perfect as anything in this mundane world can come. They make me babble incoherently. Check them out.

    Plumcake, thank you.

    –s.