Tuesday, May 08, 2007

austin's [city limits]

i have found a little slice of heaven on earth.

it's the tomatilla salsa at guero's taco bar....which just happens to be in austin texas, which isn't bad either.

a weekend trip to visit a friend was the perfect excuse to leave wichita for a couple of days. the weekend was spent crossing off, just a few, of the many things to do in that city: visiting the eclectic shops on south congress avenue, listening to live music, sitting beside lake austin [really just the colorado river], eating at downtown restaurants, and just enough shopping to withstand.

i've never been in a city that had a more interesting mix of people. it's a place where matthew mcconaughey and lance armstrong can meet at a bar for a beer...or protein shake. a city where the motto [keep austin weird] can be seen all over the place, promoting diversity, eccentricity, and support of local mom and pop stores. of course the drive from downtown towards the suburbs brings the bumper stickers stating, "keep round rock mildly unusual". it's the perfect mix of "office space", and "dazed and confused", which just so happened to be filmed there, but that's enough of me dropping my recent wikipedia knowledge of the city.

since starting work last year, i've felt very trapped in the day to day grind, having the days i can take "vacation" allotted to me at the beginning of the year. i can no longer go wherever, whenever. i now have to [plan] and [schedule] using the calender on my outlook express. a gridded screen that fills up my day, conveniently reminding me fifteen minutes before a scheduled event. [actually, i do like that feature]. the pleasant side effect of all this, however, is how extremely refreshing it is to get away and experience something new. the thrill of new sights and sounds.

the sweet is always better after the sour.

either way...that tomatilla salsa...wow...amazing...


Anonymous said...

as of right now, austin is the only reason that i would visit texas [well, and also the kimball]

Luke said...

That tree in the second picture from the top is AMAZing!