There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes.
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more...

-Lord Byron

Definition of Walkabout :

a short period of wandering as an occasional interruption of regular work
Showing posts with label Austin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Austin. Show all posts

16 July 2013

Keep Austin weird

"Keep Austin Weird"
From the moment I stepped off the plane, I saw this phrase everywhere :
signs, t-shirts, mugs, etc....
I had a few days to see if I could figure out why the city was so weird in the first place, and then hypothesize as to why Austin wanted to stay that way....

As I aimlessly wandered the streets to the music and cultural section of town, I saw nothing that grabbed my attention. Skyscrapers and high rise condominiums overshadowed countless bars, clubs and restaurants. I did however enjoy some of the best chicken tacos EVER with a tasty lager to boot.

Steers are a Texas icon, so although I enjoyed running into these massive bulls while hiking the hills, I'm not sure that they are why Austin wants to stay weird.
I found the people to be friendly and strange, just how I like them. If that is what Austinite's are referring to, please don't change my friends...

It could be the fascination with Willie Nelson, but with a music venue like Austin City Limits, what isn't there to be proud of?
So I was stumped, perplexed, even mystified. I didn't see the city as being overly weird, definitely not so much so as to make it a citywide declaration to "Keep Austin weird".

I thought it had just the right amount of weirdness.

04 June 2013

passing the hours at Lady Bird lake

After my first night in Austin, Texas, I pulled back the curtains to gray skies and big raindrops cascading down from the heavens.

Not the greatest first view of the city's recreational jewel, Lady Bird Lake. By mid morning the rain seemed  as though quitting time was coming soon, and their were plenty of people out on the trail along the lake, so I thought I'd venture outside.
The humidity must have been 99.9999%, and although the rain wasn't steadily coming down, it felt like a sauna. Interesting conditions to take a stroll around a new city.

Before I make it a few feet though, I'm stopped in my tracks by devilish looking creatures with large brown eyes and long, sharp claws. Texas squirrels. These creatures were not shy, in fact they would scurry down the trees and come to within inches of me, looking ready for battle.

Past the angry squirrels, I enjoy the lush greenery of the park, turtles along the river banks, bright red birds singing from branch to branch.
People are boating, kayaking, paddle boarding along the lake in the rainy mist, enjoying their weekend. As evening comes, I head to the Congress street bridge to watch the Austin bats fly out from underneath for their evening meal. The black swath is surreal as it goes from tree to building before leaving sight.

The sun sets over the water through the trees. Even at night, the park holds you in safety and comfort.
As city parks go, one is hard pressed to find one better than Lady Bird lake, even with their killer squirrels.

31 May 2013

Soundgarden

I'm sure that I am repeating myself, but the Seattle grunge scene impacted me musically, shaping the way I felt about music, artists, and genre's. Any chance to still see these influential bands is an opportunity I can't miss.
This personal promise took me to Austin, Texas, for the USA Memorial holiday to enjoy a nice city, and to get my grunge fully on with the band Soundgarden. I'm not going to lie, when I saw their tour bus outside of the Austin Music Hall, I almost ran up and starting pounding on the door, just to meet them. ( but I knew that wouldn't go over so well, most likely with me getting carted off by police, so I just took a picture....)
To just hear Chris Cornell's voice was divine, but when he wailed, every hair on my body stood at full attention, quivering with excitement. The band's constant high energy made for one of the most memorable shows I've ever seen, and the live versions of "Outshined" and "Rusty Cage" are still ringing in my ears.
Being in Austin, the "Music capital of the world", made the night even better, as these people truly know their music, and appreciate all that went into the show, the musicians, everything.....
Thank you to the city of Austin and the band Soundgarden, for a night that will not soon be forgotten. Enjoy the show, with Live Clips of Outshined and Rusty Cage.