Archive for March, 2009

Where am I?

I was out over the weekend and thought this would be a nice shot. Where am I?

Overlap! but we all love our stax o’ wax

This is another of those years when South by Southwest (March 13-22) and whatever the rodeo’s calling itself this year (Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo, March 13-28) coincide in whole or in part.

When the rodeo used to be at the Coliseum and along the banks of the river, I used to see more of it than the cowboy breakfast and sometimes a parade. I still go out to enjoy the carnival rides and hear some music, but it’s just not so convenient at the new location. On Saturday, March 21, among those taking the outdoor stage will be Los Texmaniacs, who are up here nearly every week from San Antonio, and Los Texas Wranglers, hometown favorites.

It’s easy to tell that Austin attracts those who arrive early for these events and others. They’re already populating South Congress and downtown hotspots and there’s already guidance to our attractions available.

This past Sunday’s NYT travel section focused on places selling turntable fodder (“In Austin, Vinyl Is Still Vital,” byline Joel T. Weickgenant; additional NYT Austin links). I can think of at least three establishments omitted from the annotated list, but the included are Waterloo, End of an Ear, Sound On Sound, Antone’s, and Cheapo. I don’t care how much anybody offers: I’ll never part with my original Blue Horizon albums or my complete Charlie Parker Savoy sessions.

Two Annual Family Events This Week


I’ve posted about both of these in the past, but they’re worth mentioning again.

Tomorrow morning is the Cowboy Breakfast that kicks off Rodeo Austin. Even though I’m not a big fan of rodeos or country music, I’m a pretty big fan of free: free coffee, free donuts, free pancakes. I seem to remember some chainsaw wood carving and livestock as well. This annual event at Auditorium Shores is always packed. You can park at the Palmer Events Center garage, but you’ll want to get there early. It starts at 6am. The kids have enjoyed themselves every year.

Explore UT is this Saturday from 11am to 5pm. It’s billed as the “Biggest Open House In Texas”. Many of the departments at the University of Texas hold demonstrations or exhibits. It’s great for school aged kids.

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