A Morning in Austin.

This morning I spent a few hours in Austin visiting the Padrino, who was in town with K and A and B. (Jenny was in town too, but my time there was too brief to track her down. Plus, she was romatic getawaying; and really, who wants to be around shiny, happy, romantic getawayers? Um, get a room, people.)

And, I must say, although I’ve been there countless times, I’m always thrilled by something new. Or several things.

Because Austin is a place like no other.

A place where hippie, meets yuppie, meets country, meets rock and roll, meets traditional, meets progressive, meets collegiate, meets fanatic, meets laid-back, meets latino, meets tex-mex, meets politics, meets creative, meets corporate, meets organic, meets queso.

I’ve been in and out of it my whole life. I’ve lived there twice as an adult, two different times in two different decades. My little sister grew up there. My family originated there. It’s home. And it’s obnoxious. And it’s fantastic. And it’s proud. And it’s insecure. And it’s amazing. And it’s annoying. And it’s wonderful, just wonderful.

And it’s wonderful to see it for the first time with a few new friends.
K, B, SRV, A and the Padrino

And it’s really fun to be there for the millionth time with family.
The Padrino and me.
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0 Responses to A Morning in Austin.

  1. mark says:

    You make Austin sound like a place I need to visit. Great pics, and I'll second you on the romantic getawayers – get a room.

  2. Bek says:

    You are so cute!!! Our good friends just moved to Austin. Now I want to live there!

  3. Lady M says:

    Looks like a great morning!I've enjoyed my two brief visits to Austin, both for SwingDaddy's cycling events.

  4. LaLa says:

    Gah! The first time I can see your head! How exciting, now I can picture you when I read your comments (that sounds all wrong and weird, but you know what I mean?!) Lovely photos (especially of your heads and all)

  5. Mamalang says:

    Great pics!I've been to Austin once. I loved it, and was trying to end up there, but alas I met my hubby and here I sit in Delaware. Sigh…good thing I love him so much!

  6. sis-con-queso says:

    I LOVE AUSTIN. I have lived in many cities on the planet, and its still in my top 5 all time favorites (and not just because I grew up there because we all know folks who hate where they grew up). I'm glad you had fun. Now, to refer to previous post– the only major thing that Austin lacks is adequate public transit (it needs a train) because you almost have to have a car in Austin. If the powers that be corrected this, Austin would be (drum roll) the best city in America. As it is, its just one of the best–not the best. If any of you queso-heads out there live in austin, can you vote to change this or something, that way I can move back and not buy another car & I'll probably never leave it again.

  7. Jenny says:

    You should have called! I would have promised to be less lovey-dovey and I even would have shared my drugs.PS. I saw Leslie Cochran, the cross-dressing homeless mayoral candidate. I wanted to ask him for his autigraph but I was too intimidated.

  8. laurie says:

    how jealous am i that you can just go spend a few hours in austin, one of the greatest places on earth.i can do the same thing with chapel hill, but as great as chapel hill is, it ain't no austin.cute picture too!!

  9. Super Zoe says:

    Don't move to Austin! It sucks! It's terrible! It's so crowded and noisy! No one wears deodorant! It's expensive! Dogs are illegal! There's no indoor plumbing!Okay, and I love, love, LOVE living there. So sad to miss the visit this time!

  10. KCG says:

    Wow. Padrino needs a shave. Lots of fun to see you in Austin. I'm back home in DC at my desk wishing I was on the porch at Jo's having a double shot.

  11. Jennifer says:

    I've only heard wonderful things about Austin — it's on my "must go someday" list. Along with soo many other places. Now to win the lottery and have endless amounts of time and money… :)

  12. -R- says:

    1. You are too cute!2. I like Austin. There are always new things to do there. Did you go see the bats?

  13. Shannon says:

    How true. My favorite city in Texas.

  14. Stephanie says:

    Okay, you and Jenny are totally making me want to get away with Matthew for a weekend in Austin.Very cool pics, by the way!

  15. Her Bad Mother says:

    I've wanted to move to Austin since one of my professors moved there and started raving about it. it sounds – and looks – awesome.

  16. lildb says:

    I get to see the town for the first time in April; my SIL's getting married (she grew up there/returned after attending Boston U). Can't wait! (Although I'd have preferred going for my virgin visit as part of one of the caravans in the 90s with my barfly friends for SXSW. Sigh. Regrets. Oh, Spoon, how I'd have humped thy group-band-leg back then. Sorry, GCQ, for the trashy.)Oh, and hi, you're adorable?!

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