FRESH AIR: Sometime Around Midnight, The Airborne Toxic Event

May 6, 2010 by


I thought I was listening to some U2 Brian Eno-laced riffs spun by The Edge.  Add in that voice from the sound at my local wings place, and for a while I thought it was Bono. 

But this isn't U2.   

It's The Airborne Toxic Event and to me, it's like listening to a breath of fresh air.  Soothing.  All those mystic riffs U2 used to give us.  That emotion.  The mystery.  The dreaminess.  This song, Sometime Around Midnight has all of that.  And needless to say, this is another song that's a couple of years old that I'm just now discovering.  It's hell being old, or having been married so I wasn't listening for this kind of thing. 

he Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight Lyrics
And it starts, sometime around midnight.
Or at least that’s when you lose yourself
for a minute or two.
As you stand, under the bar lights.
And the band plays some song
about forgetting yourself for a while.
And the piano’s this melancholy soundtrack to her smile.
And that white dress she’s wearing
you haven’t seen her for a while.

But you know, that she’s watching.
She’s laughing, she’s turning.
She’s holding her tonic like a cross*.
The room’s suddenly spinning.
She walks up and asks how you are.
So you can smell her perfume.
You can see her lying naked in your arms.

And so there’s a change, in your emotions.
And all these memories come rushing
like feral waves to your mind.
Of the curl of your bodies,
like two perfect circles entwined.
And you feel hopeless and homeless
and lost in the haze of the wine.

Then she leaves, with someone you don’t know.
But she makes sure you saw her.
She looks right at you and bolts.
As she walks out the door,
your blood boiling
your stomach in ropes.
Oh and when your friends say,
“What is it? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”

Then you walk, under the streetlights.
And you’re too drunk to notice,
that everyone is staring at you.
You just don’t care what you look like,
the world is falling around you.

You just have to see her.
You just have to see her.
You just have to see her.
You just have to see her.
You just have to see her.
You know that she’ll break you in two.

* The correct lyric is indeed “cross”. See here
for the explanation from Mikel (lead singer/guitarist).

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I like this video.  I shot it last Saturday during the Mustang Rescue. 

James, a Claxton, though not related, did a great job of taking down this building and rescuing the car.

He’s available to do a demolition project for you, all you gotta do is call him.  214-869-4959.

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What can happen when a Protective Order isn’t enforced: Murder

Apr 27, 2010 by

I helped put together a news conference yesterday with Julie Lucio of Lucio, LaFleur and Associates and their client, Veronica Galaviz.  Veronica is lucky to be alive. (That's her to the left in the photo below; Julie is to the right.) 

Last Wednesday morning at 1:30 she awoke to find her estranged husband in her house with a shotgun telling her he was going to kill her.  
Veronica Galaviz (L) Julie Lucio (R)

There is a good accounting of the situation in today's Dallas Morning News.  It's a harrowing story as told by Veronica. 

She's taking up a mission/calling to help raise awareness to the issue of domestic violence and the thinness of enforcement of protective orders. 

As you will see, the Rowlett Police Department says that they didn't have enough evidence to pick up Veronica's husband when she provided them videos, call evidence, etc. to prove that he was in violation of the protective order.

But in talking with Julie Lucio, she says that once a judge has decided there needs to be a protective order in place, it's not the responsibility of the police to decide on the merits of the evidence presented by the protectee.  That's the role of the judge who signed the order.

Ms. Lucio says that what should have happened was that when Veronica reported the matter to police, they should have arrested her estranged husband.  That would have taken the matter into the court room and Veronica could have presented evidence to her claims, her husband could have rebutted, and the judge would have made a decision as to whether or not the estranged husband should have spent time time behind bars, paid a fine, or been warned further.

That's not what happened.  Veronica was never given the chance to present findings in court.  The police instead said there wasn't enough evidence.  But they have it now.

We did the news conference yesterday and the focus was not to bash the Rowlett Police Department.  That's not what's going on here.  Veronica's mission is to help raise awareness that maybe something needs to be done to toughen enforcement of protective orders. 

WFAA Channel 8 in Dallas, which devoted almost four minutes of lead airtime to this story last night, cited facts that show about 136 Texas women are murdered each year through domestic violence actions.  Don't you think that's about 136 too many?  Of course, in a society like ours, we're not going to stop them all, but cutting that number by even one would be a great victory.  

What are the laws in your state?  How has this issue affected you personally?

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My latest video project; Life of Buffalo Soldier Women

Apr 25, 2010 by

Did you know there was a woman in the Army back in the late 1800s and she served for two years before they found out she wasn't a he? 

My friends with have put together this little video to talk about those days.  It's pretty interesting stuff.

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Richardson TX news conference Monday: Domestic Violence Victim Speaks Out

Apr 25, 2010 by

(Editors note: I have prepared this news advisory for my client, the Lucio, LaFleur and Associates Family Law Firm of Richardson, TX.)


Rowlett Police Department
Enforcement of Protective Order Could Have Avoided Estranged Husband’s Invasion
Wednesday in Rowlett Home


RICHARDSON, TX—Veronica Galaviz, the woman who was nearly
killed early Wednesday morning in a shooting and house fire when her estranged
husband, Jacque Eagon, broke in and violated a Dallas County protective order,
will hold a news conference Monday morning in Richardson to present in depth
facts that show had Rowlett Police acted upon notifications could have avoided
the entire life-threatening event.  

Lucio April 22 2010 10

The news conference, which will be held at in the
second-floor offices of Lucio, LaFleur and Associates, located at 2425 N
Central Expressway, Suite 231, in Richardson,
will begin at 10 a.m. 


During the event, Ms. Galaviz will speak publicly for the
first time since the catastrophic event on Wednesday that led to the shooting
of her friend and her estranged husband setting fire to the home and fatally
shooting himself.


She will be joined by her counsel, Julie Lucio, whose firm
represents Galaviz and had been handling her divorce case from Mr. Eagon, and
will be asking questions about why the Rowlett Police Department did not arrest
Eagon when Galaviz reported numerous violations of a Dallas County Court
protective order.


About 1:25 a.m. Wednesday, Galaviz awoke to find her
estranged husband, Eagon, in her home. 
Eagon, who was armed with a shotgun, told Galaviz that he was going
to kill her.  Galaviz’s friend,
David Canmann, also was in the home and began to fend off Eagon but he was shot
in the hand in the process.  Galaviz
and her friend fled from the house before Eagon was able to reload his weapon.  When the Rowlett Fire Department
arrived at the home at 1:44 a.m., it was engulfed in flames and Eagon was found
dead inside. 

CBS Channel 11 Coverage

Rowlett Police Department News Release

According to court records, Eagon had the protective order
enforced upon him in December 2010. 


Ms. Lucio will provide documents showing that Galaviz
reported to Rowlett police on multiple occasions that Eagon had violated the
protective order, including a videotape of him slashing tires of her car at
home on Valentine’s Day, this year. 



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Me in a 2010 Corvette, yes, I know, I do look good in that car

Apr 21, 2010 by

Saturday, courtesy of GM Texas, I was invited to the Texas Motor Speedway as a blogging dad to check out the new products GM has on the market.  I've already noted how impressed I was with the Chevy Traverse.

Here's a complimentary photo they took of me in the 2010 silver convertible Corvette.  I had a nice time in this ride.  And there's also a funny video to go along with it.

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Are your cell phone msgs are private if the phone is work provided?

Apr 18, 2010 by

Here's a case of huge significance to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow: If you have a cell phone that's paid for by your boss and you send sexually explicit messages or just private ones for that matter, are you entitled to your privacy in what's in the personal messages?

In this case, it's a matter of a police officer's superiors searching through his cell phone and finding personal messages and whether or not that's a violation of his Constitutional rights.   Sexting

A couple thoughts come to my mind right off, and I guess I should read more.  It would seem that text messages, if on a phone paid for by a government entity, that those would be subject to open records and therefore wouldn't be any different than if one were sending the same content via a desk-top computer and email. 

This is a pretty significant question.  And the variations of it that could come to mind are boggling.  Think of this.  If your employer bought the phone you use, but doesn't pay for the service, does that make it your phone or their phone? 

If they pay for the service and you pay for any overages, does that make you the owner of the content or your employer? 

If you're having a bad day at work and you send a note to a friend or your wife and say, "My boss is being a jerk today. I hate this place," and then your boss goes through your phone and decides to fire you because of what you wrote, how is this different than if you did the same thing on the office networked computers? 

According to the link above, "The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2008 that the police officer, Sgt. Jeff Quon, had a reasonable expectation of privacy.

"The appeals court found that the police chief's decision to read the pager's text messages without a suspicion of wrongdoing violated the officer's 4th Amendment constitutional protections against unreasonable searches."

Obviously, the answer to all of this seems to be quite simple and logical, however somewhat inconvenient.  GET YOUR OWN PHONE.  And then that opens a whole slew of new questions.  Can your employer prohibit you from carrying two phones on the job?  What if you're in the military or an emergency services personnel?  Should a police officer be running around with two phones?  Is that a safety distraction?  The questions are endless.  

What do you think?

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