Friday, January 22, 2010

Perfect Weather

This is Austin's second day of cloudless skies and 75F temperatures. This is Austin at its finest. Who is jealous??

If only everyone in this city didn't drive so badly.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Greenpeace & Chickens......

Today's biggest complaint: Greenpeace.
Now I know that Greenpeace does good things (actually....I don't know this. They say they do, but who knows if they actually are). But with Austin being green/environmentalist friendly, the Greenpeace people are EVERYWHERE. When I was at UT I was constantly dodging them on campus; when I walk around downtown they're everywhere; and on my way to work on South Congress I have to make up the excuse that I'm late for work and just cannot stop to talk. Sorry that I can't afford to have you take a lump sum out of my back account every month just to save the koalas, people! Today they reached a new low though. They invaded a space that is just unfair. I had just finished doing my 4-mile run on Town Lake and was looking forward to a paper-cup full of the delicious water that RunTex so graciously supplies when SUDDENLY there two Greenpeace people appear! The two of them were camping out in front of the water jugs just waiting for unsuspecting exercisers to fall into their trap! Thank GOD for my headphones and my uncanny ability to tell people to 'Fuck Off!' using only my facial expressions otherwise I would have become their next victim. Annoying weekend shoppers and UT students is one thing, but how DARE they come around and try and bother people at Town Lake? What makes them think that someone who just ran the 10-mile loop is going to want some punkass hippie bothering them? They should try running that loop and then see how they feel about talking to people.

In other news: I was just taking out my recycling to my recycle bin (as you do) and I ran into four chickens. They were just chilling in my yard, scratching at crap and pooping all over the place. They made sure to give me the stank eye as I walked by, as if I were interrupting their day out. I'm pretty sure they escaped from the house that looks like an old school. They have all sorts of animals running around all crazy over there. They used to have a white rabbit that they also let roam free in the neighborhood; not too long ago there were signs up because it was missing. Go figure, a domesticated rabbit is let free.....what a surprised that something ate it. Regardless, it's not everyday you happen upon a hen party in your own yard.

Monday, January 4, 2010

2010...Off To A Good Start

Welcome to the first post of 2010. Very exciting new post for a new decade!

A quick note on a couple of bands that I have seen at Hole In The Wall since the new year began.

1. Jenny and the Corn Ponies! Ok, so technically I saw them on the 30th, but they are definitely worth bringing up. I have long been an advocate for hating country music, but this is different. They're old school country, the kind you two-step to. There was even an old couple at the show wearing their cowboy boots and hats and their denim button down shirts that was putting the young dancing folk to shame.
2. Legs Against Arms. I'm biased towards them because I happen to know the guys in the band. But they have a fun pop-rocky sound that is irresistible.

In other news......
Yesterday I had a day off so my good buddy Sarah and I turned the day into a 'girl's day out.' It began with an amazing lunch at this tiny hidden place called Thai Fresh. It's squeezed into a tiny, hip shopping strip in the middle of one of the South Austin neighborhoods. They have a small selection of fresh Thai dishes (all made with local fresh ingredients) that the girl at the counter heats up in a microwave. I got a spicy noodle shrimp dish. It was delightfully spicy, one of those slow burn sort of things. I actually felt healthy eating it too because the ingredients were so light. The place is also a small Thai market AND they offer COOKING CLASSES. Yours truly is actually quite tempted to check those classes out.

After eating we decided to wander around South First. We stopped at a free-trade coffee place called Fair Bean where I got a disappointingly tiny cup of coffee. I guess I got all excited about the Cafe BonBon, as it was called, and didn't notice that it was espresso. $3 for basically a dixie cup.

We walked around a bit more, hit up a couple places on South Congress, and then made our way to the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse to see Up In The Air. It was delightful, I recommend it.

Well, I think I've got everything down that I've been meaning to talk about. Have a most excellent New Year and I hope 2010 is good to you!