Friday, December 31, 2010
Here you see astronaut and famed video game developer Richard Garriott playing Mother Ginger for Ballet Austin's The Nutcracker. OK, I had to take this shot with my iPhone, so no flash and it's blurry. But you get the idea. I've recruited the VIPs to play Mother Ginger since 1997 when we started using social all-stars for the role.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Even after living downtown for over two years I sometimes feel like it's all pretend especially with the big buildings that have cropped up. This is more graffiti that has appeared on the railroad bridge over Lady Bird Lake. The AMLI on Second, W Hotel and Frost Bank tower can be seen behind it.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
The funny things about this sign and the graffiti? The sidewalk is really not a sidewalk but a bridge which takes one directly across Cesar Chavez to the north side from the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge (which is really a bike and ped bridge). It used to end abruptly overlooking that street and one had to go down a ramp (bikes, brave walkers) or stairs (walkers, trick bikers) to the south side of the street. One still has to do this. So it wasn't really closed so much as never existed. Also the bridge (which has been under construction for quite some time) takes you to a new apartment house or the Lance Armstrong Bike Way where theoretically pedestrians aren't allowed. Since there is no sidewalk along Cesar on the north side here, peds sometimes use the bikeway or walk beside it in the grass. I understand that the sidewalks underneath Third Street have 'been improved' (haven't tried it, takes me a bit out of its way and used to be sort of harrowing because of the narrow sidewalk and heavy traffic) and that a path under the railroad tracks will be built to reach Third Street (possibly not in our lifetime, very expensive, how will they make it safe at night?). So the graffiti writers who seem upset at the 'closing?' Who are they? Random pundits? Bikers? Apartment residents? Sadly when the 'sidewalk' opens it won't add much to our walking experience except give us access to this picnic table. Sunday, when we took this picture, we were on our way back from a walk to the movies at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. Not a hard walk but could be made easier with some pedestrian improvements.
Monday, December 27, 2010
It seems as soon as they paint over the graffiti on the railroad bridge over Lady Bird Lake that it is like a new canvas asking for additions. This particular piece, shot from the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, shows what could be some advice for people doing an outdoor yoga class on that wide park-like bridge. In the background are several of the newer downtown buildings including the new W Hotel, the Austonian and the Ashton .
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Snapped this at the Driskill the Friday before Christmas week. I imagine the decorations (including this magnificent Gingerbread house) will be up through the New Year. I guess we will soon return to regular programming here. (And stop wearing Christmas colors!)
Saturday, December 25, 2010
We don't usually appear portrait-style but here we are to wish a Merry Christmas. We are posing with one of the Headliners Club Christmas trees. Whatever your religious and cultural traditions, best wishes to our City Daily Photo family.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
This time of year shopping just gets silly. And I don't mean because it's two days until Christmas. The madness starts before Thanksgiving. However, if you stick to local boutiques you can recover some excitement about getting something for a friend or relative. This is my reflection in the little boutique on Congress called AuthentiCity. Lots of unique, artist-created items. Including that sculpture of a head. Yes, that's me reflected in the window.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I was backstage at The Long Center last night for The Nutcracker. On the way out, I used my iPhone to snap this view of a girl playing on the City Terrace. You can see the vertical lights of our home across the lake in the background.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
We went to a fabulous party last night at a magnificent Westbank home. Our friend Kevin, accompanied by a piano and bass, was belting out some classic songs-- Christmas oriented and otherwise. That's Billy Wolfe on the keys behind him. The home was dolled up to reflect the Stork Club. This is a shot I took with my iPhone from a front row seat. What a shindig!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Someone told me the Angelina Eberly statue had a knitted hat and scarf. But when I went by on Tuesday she only had mittens. And a little decoration on the spokes of the cannon. (We showed Angelina and debated her story here on this blog in 2007.)
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
We haven't decorated for Christmas. (Unless you count putting the cards we received on a table with three Christmas gift sacks for my in-laws.) But everyone else? Yeah. So we will run pictures of such Austin decor, starting with this one of a giant ornament in the window of the historic Scarborough building. Your main ATDP contributors reflected.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I think this building on Burnet (photo by Jackie) might have been a Motorcycle Sales Center. Or a tattoo parlor. Now it doesn't appear to house a retail business best I could tell. Anyone know? I used to live in this neighborhood and keep better track of the evolution.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Our friend Jackie also shot this on her perambulation around Lady Bird Lake Thanksgiving weekend. She says: "We saw our first yellow-crowned night heron of the year. They arrive in December and winter and breed here, but last year we saw very few. So we were thrilled to see this one." Great shot. Nature at our door step.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Jackie shot a swirl of people who came out to see the Capitol's tree get its lights. We didn't make it to the stroll but I hope to go stroll the Avenue a few times before Christmas. After all, Congress Avenue is just five blocks from our home.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
We've been going a lot to a thrift store run by one of our charities (Top Drawer supporting Project Transitions). Not to shop but to donate stuff we are cleaning out. This is their very creative window display with a vision of the Christmas formal with Christmas colors. There are lots of interesting shops and restaurants on this stretch of Burnet Road north of 45th Street. Currently Top Drawer has a lot of Doc Martens and other shoes from the (sadly) closed Atomic City shop. Always interesting shopping there.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Christmas. But I hope you don't have to spend too much time celebrating around this tree. The Seton Northwest Hospital volunteers decorated the tree in the hospital lobby on Monday.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
We snapped this picture a week ago on my father-in-law's 100th birthday. That's his 90-year-old sister beside him. Today is City Daily Photo theme day. The theme is time and what better way to represent it than with someone 100 years old. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.