Manny and I met up with members of Houston Metblogs at the monthly meetup. We gathered at Brasil’s on Dunlavy. We had a really cool time – met some really cool people. (Nick & Katie are pictured here) It was really cool putting real faces with the names (handles) of people from the blogosphere. I look forward to attending more of them in the future.

After the meetup, we headed downtown to take some shots. I completely forgot what I had planned to do today, but oh well. I was selected for a car commercial that was being shot downtown. They were looking for men and women who looked European to be in this commercial. I sent them the latest photo of me in a suit and they asked me to shoot. When I heard it was about a 15 hour shoot and I had to wear my suit all day, I thanked them for the offer and begged out. Anyway, long story short – I was going to go by the shoot and get some pictures on the set but completely forgot that it was happening today.

We grabbed the metrorail down at Hermann Park and rode to downtown. We did get a ton of cool shots downtown (look for a few of them to appear on my photoblog “ShutterDog” over the next few days or weeks) I will have to head back down there and spend the day shooting because there are just so many great subjects.

We walked down to the Spaghetti Warehouse thinking we could grab a bite before we headed back to Hermann Park, but the waiting list was over an hour.

After leaving downtown we swung by Buffalo Wild Wings on Gray for some wings and trivia. The last time we went I won all three games and Manny was set on getting revenge. We were greeted by Dana who remembered us from the last time we were there. (I’m not sure if that is a good sign or a bad one… haha) She gave us the hookup with the wings and we commenced to doing battle with the rest of the bar.

In the first game… I missed first place by just a few points when someone named CUTTER took the win. We fought it out over the next couple games but by the end each of us had our share of fame as we bested the other 9 competitors . My handle BIGDOG and Manny’s RENTON each graced the screen after our wins. I had to congratulate Manny on that victory because his first victory was an impressive one. If you have no idea of which I speak… go to and sign up for an account. You can play without one, but having one will allow you to play at any location and continue to earn points towards free stuff.

Overall, it was a pretty full day – Brasil’s started at 3pm – I have no clue how long we spent downtown – and not really sure how long we were at BWW. All I know is that amazingly enough we did three “outings” in the same day – each of which would have rated as a good time. In the end though, I guess its a testament to my philosophy on life… “Have fun!”

“It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.”
— Margaret Bonano