Jor-El was a scientist on the planet Krypton
who had a son by Lara and was named Kal -El
in Hebrew language EL means God.
but on the planet earth he was called
Superman!
 
In order to blend into the community of the day
Superman adapted an alias named Clark Kent!
When a hero-sized emergency appeared which
required great powers, he would strip to his 
special Superman attire, which he seemed to
always have conveniently on under his suit and
tie. 
 
Superman aka Clark Kent had a long time crush
on reporter Lois Lane.  But for some reason it
never seemed to go beyond flirting.
 
Imagine what a Superman’s love powers would
be if he ever had the opportunity to peel off his
blue stretch pants and shirt ensemble?
The imagination can only guess what manliness
this Superman had that was unused?
 
A boy looks at his dad and thinks he is great
A teen looks at his dad and thinks he could
probably take him, or is at least smarter.
A man looks at his dad and realizes that he
had someone watching his back all his life.
An old man thinks of his dad and realizes 
he was a scoundrel  sometimes or that he was 
a superman sometimes, the way Kal- El never was one
 
What does it take to be a superman? 
Why do men aspire to being supermen?
What does it take to be a father?
Why do men aspire to be fathers?
 
What can a father do that a mother cannot do?
Is not a fathers love as worthy even if he did
not share a womb, a painful birthing?
Does a woman ever really understand what
love a father has for his children?
 
Do we as mere humans have the tendency 
to conflate the idea of a superman with those
traits that are sufficient to be a successful father?
What if a man is not a superman? Can he not 
be super at being a ‘good enough’ father?
 
Faster than a speeding bullet! 
No, more of a slow and steady guy.
More powerful than a locomotive! 
No, but he inspected trains and could stop a train with his pen.
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!
and I ‘ve seen him climb up on a big old chugging train engine 
(“Look! Up in the sky!” “It’s a bird!” “It’s a plane!” 
“It’s Superman!”   … Yes’ I believed it, when I was eight years old!
superman is Santa & Easter bunny,  It’s dad reading his paper
at the age of 90, sitting next to mom just turned 83.
Superman Rocks!  He Rocks and Reads his paper, knowing it
was mom that often gave him the strength to go on.
Together they created, fed and raised nine of their own.
Old Superman Rocks!  Roulette at Stomp’n Grounds – Jun 12, 2013 by magicjackatx@mail.com
 

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Magic Jack artfully told us the brief history of Superman, both real and fictionalized.
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Our event closed on a sentimental note. Elizabeth and Magic Jack sang a Dana McBride/Magic Jack ATX original composition, “This Is Your Heartbeat, This Is Your Breath.” Dana was scheduled to perform, but due to unforeseen circumstances, she was not able to make it. They dedicated the song to her. 

sound check

During soundcheck, an audience member and hopefully future rouletter helped Magic Jack and Teresa.Teresa drew parallels between the famous Superman and the real Superman, her father, both born in 1938.

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Stompin Grounds cake (320x242)

Speaking of celebrations, our wonderful venue also celebrated their 4th anniversary with cake, BBQ and beer.

sound check

During soundcheck, an audience member and hopefully future rouletter helped Magic Jack and Teresa.

Clarkette Kent glasses (1024x768)

Newcomer to the roulette, Elizabeth Schami, claimed that she couldn’t find her costume, but she made a lovely “Clarkette Kent.”

Zaka (768x1024)

And dressed up as Who-Knows-What, Zaka brought her creative energy.

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Elizabeth reminded us of the heroic men who step up to raise us.

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Sarah Kennon shared a poem about how children never outgrow the need for their first hero, their father.

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Teresa drew parallels between the famous Superman and the real Superman, her father, both born in 1938.

Erin & Zaka (768x1024)

Even audience members helped sing

Liz & Jack (768x1024)

Our event closed on a sentimental note. Elizabeth and Magic Jack sang a Dana McBride/Magic Jack ATX original composition,

“This Is Your Heartbeat, This Is Your Breath.” Dana was scheduled to perform, but due to unforeseen circumstances, she was not able to make it. They dedicated the song to her.

.Dave

For extra fun, there was an impossible 10-question Superman trivia quiz–except one audience member actually knew two answers! Dave, who has been sporting a Superman pendant for awhile and wore an X-men T-shirt, won the prizes.

Join the Austin Writers Roulette July 14th for its “Personal Triump” roulette.