I order some coffee. And I really like the mug. This place is busy. I find a window seat but there is not power source. Bummer, I’m going to run out of power soon.
And then some breakfast. Steak and eggs with bread and small salad.
After a while of blogging my battery runs out so I relocate to a different area of the coffee shop – near the kitchen. I talk to David and he plugs my battery into one of the kitchen outlets.
Later he makes me a coffee concoction that was quite good. Don’t know the name of it, but I definitely have a strong caffeine buzz now. Thanks David.
As I continue blogging I smell a little burning, and it appears my AC Adapter for my Microsoft Surface Tablet died. Great. Now I have to find a store and buy a new one.
So I leave the coffee shop. Fortunately I am in a bit city and so I decide to look up if there is a Microsoft Store in the area. Sure enough, there is one at the Houston Galleria and I drive over.
I walk in. And talk to one of the service professionals, and tell him about my situation. And I cannot believe what I am hearing. I am going to get a replacement AC Adapter for free! That is amazing. Microsoft just made me a raving fan!
I leave the Microsoft Store and drive over to the Micheal E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. A friend of a friend whom I’ve actually never met but have been facebook friends for a while was working there. So I guess it is about time we make this real life friendship official :-).
Order this little piece of heaven instead of coffee. And catch up on some blogging and planning until Ashley is ready to give me a tour of her workplace.
Ashley is ready so I head out and drive over to her work place: The Rothko Chapel.
I really like this piece which is outside the Rothko Chapel.
There is the Chapel. I walk in, sign the guest book and meet up with Ashley. And she gives me a little history and the Jay Z-Beyonce tour. Yes, Ashley gave a tour to Jay Z and Beyonce when they came to visit the Rothko Chapel. Doesn’t that make you jealous?
According to their website: the Rothko Chapel, founded by Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary available to people of every belief. A tranquil meditative environment inspired by the mural canvases of Russian born American painter Mark Rothko (1903-1970), the Chapel welcomes over 80,000 visitors each year, people of every faith and from all parts of the world.
The inside was very peaceful, contemplative and quiet. I really enjoyed it and wouldn’t mind spending a lot of time there meditating. Quite amazing.
After finishing up with work, Ashley had a great idea to go to Rice University and check out James Turrell’s Skyspace.
According to their website: it is constructed of grass, concrete, stone and composite steel, the structure is equipped with an LED light sequence that projects onto the ceiling and through an aperture in the 72-foot square knife-edge roof just before sunrise and at sunset. Turrell’s composition of light compliments the natural light present at twilight, and transforms the skyspace into a locale for experiencing beauty and reflective interactions with the surrounding campus and the natural world.
She made reservations, and we got there early so took a few pictures.
There is the ‘sky space’.
We sneak in a selfie early on.
I decide to leave the base level and walk outside and go upstairs.
And take a picture of Ashley from the top view of the Skyspace.
It is slowly getting darker and darker. The lights come on and in a short time the show is about to begin.
I go back downstairs. More people have gathered. Our chaperon gives us the instructions and a little primer.
One of the views of the skyspace during the light show. The light show takes around 40 minutes to run through.
After the show I walk away and as you can see it is quite dark.
We head back home. I have to meet up with a friend, so I leave and walk over to a bar a few blocks away: Liberty Station Bar. It is an old gas station that is now converted into a bar.
Small crowd, but then again it is a Monday.
I meet up with Dave. He is a past Sigma Nu HQ staffer who now is a lawyer working in Houston. He lives nearby and walks over. We have a few celebratory beers and catch up on all things Sigma Nu.
Along the way we make a new friend: Priscila who came by with a group of cyclists.