Fiat lux

Maybe this entry should be called “blocked at every turn” instead of “let there be light.” Perma-temp construction and event-related street-closings stymied every kind of traffic, whether four-wheeled, two-wheeled, bus, or two-footed. Persistence got us to the library, to the downtown farmers’ market, and to the wondrous Tipler’s Lamp Shop, where repairs to an old cast-iron bridge lamp were completed in minutes and we bought a better lamp shade. Tipler’s will make practically any object into a lamp and can repair any problem that any type of lighting fixture might suffer. Tipler’s carries glass shades for various types of fixtures from the first half of the Twentieth Century and before that and also has glass chimneys for kerosene lamps. Here can be found the best advice and service that anyone could ever want. It’s much larger inside than it appears to be from the street and is truly one of the great unsung resources of Austin. Now a favorite reader’s nook is bright again.

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