Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dancing the night away

At the Elephant Room the other night, the singer in the red dress hopped off the stage and danced with a friend in the audience.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Crab fingers

These scrumptious crab fingers are new on the menu at Fixe. Really tasty and a nice lead-in to the entree.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hey, why not?

Sometimes, caviar just calls out to us. This presentation at Jeffrey's is perfect.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Big Buildings, Big Businesses

The one on the left is going to be a major Google installation. "Stacker of data for the nation," huh? The building still being worked on to the right will have Facebook offices. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

Bag to match

This cool dude is all decked out for fall. Of course, it gets cool enough to wear a jacket about two months a year around our town.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Eagle Has Landed

This mural swoops on the side of a building on the east side with the new, soon-to-be-opened Fairmount Hotel looming on the other side of IH-35.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Walking by Mexico

The Mexic-Arte Museum on Congress changes the murals along Fifth Street often. Here's FFP walking by one as we take one of our downtown adventure walks.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sidewalk Art

This was neatly drawn in the sidewalk on the Johnson Creek Trail. I doubt it's an indicator that any is growing around there, probably just a bit of art or wishful thinking.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Blanton Atrium

The Blanton Museum atrium has had the installed artwork Falling Waters (fragment seen here, the blue and white tiles climbing the wall) for a long time. A recent addition to the space is this organic sculpture. I like this particular shot of the two with the stairs and lighting/sky lights of the atrium.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

From Ancient to Modern

A recent exhibit at the Blanton Museum brought this ancient sculpture into juxtaposition with two modern museum-goers. I just liked the composition.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Remains of the Day

The morning after Austin's Gay Pride Parade found the sidewalk near our building strewn with fragments of colored balloons lost to puncture the night before. (Perhaps from lit cigarettes?!)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Pedestrian friendly, as always.

After the hurricane last month, walking on some downtown sidewalks was a bit of a problem.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017

Amazon locker

We live a few blocks from the Whole Foods national headquarters. Here is one of the new Amazon lockers in it. You can call ahead and pick up food items or whatever.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

T-shirts don't hold back

I loved these two T-shirts that I saw on South Congress on a recent stroll.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Duck sausage treat

This new entree at Fixe is stellar -- duck sausage with cornbread and gravy.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

History lives here

This pretty little house with a long flight of front steps, is historic, according to the sign out front.

Monday, October 2, 2017

It's scary how early holidays come

This West Austin yard was tricked out with ghosts about two months before Halloween.

Sunday, October 1, 2017


It's the first of the month and, of course, it's theme day at the City Daily Photo portal. I shot this picture of the window of a lingerie store on Second Street last year. It's funny how mannequins can evoke sensuality, isn't it? Click here to see what others have posted for this theme day.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Dog bowl could use some attention

Someone put out a bowl for dog refreshment, but it could use a bit of cleaning.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Carrie Rodriguez sings and plays

Local entertainer Carrie Rodriguez did a concert at the Long Center's Rollins Theater the other night. On the right, playing guitar, is her husband. The bass player is a stellar musician who was in Leonard Cohen's backup band for many years.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Hot dogs! Not funny!

This is a good reminder on the sidewalk in a nearby neighborhood.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Book promotion

The author of this book must live in this Clarksville bungalow. Or maybe the owner here is just a friend.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Blue Lapis Light rehearses

The performers from Blue Lapis Light, a local aerial dance company, were trying out new numbers the other day on the old Seaholm plant stacks.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

More jazz

This jazz quartet was playing the Four Seasons lounge on a recent Friday night. The trumpet player is a neurosurgeon by day. Quite a guy.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Jazzing it up

We enjoyed terrific jazz at the Elephant Room the other night --  here you see Andre Heyward on trombone. He is an internationally-known player who has performed with the likes of Wynton Marsalis.

Friday, September 22, 2017


Yes, that is correct. Bookworms, outside the new library.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Grackle clock

This custom-designed and crafted clock is in the new library. It features likenesses of grackles, among the prevalent species of fowl in Austin. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lots of room in the library

This dramatic shot is looking down from an upper floor in the new library. We cannot wait for it to open so we can use the services. As you can see, there were several batches of people looking around the place.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hear ye, hear ye!

We were given a tour of the new fancy library in downtown Austin the other day. Here is a shot in the auditorium that they will be able to use for civic events. It is about a two block walk from our place.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Choc it up!

These tasty treats were being served at a surprise birthday party for a good friend a few weeks ago. Dig in! Tempting indeed!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

We were sponsors back in this day

I think that this poster is from 1996 or 1997-- at any rate, we sponsored this performance trough our ad agency called Good Right Arm Advertising, as you can see. I had not noticed this poster on the wall at Ballet Austin until just a few weeks ago.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fancy, fancy!

Every time we walk on the Shoal Creek Trail, we see some fine new additions to the visual appeal. This wall displays some great stone work. You see my partner in life walking by it here.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Trees for Pease!

We support the Pease Park Conservancy and we are always glad to see a new tree in their environs.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Walled up!

It took some serious work to make this eco-friendly retaining wall on Shoal Creek.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Welcome, friends!

We hosted our annual movie party in August-- it took a while to get this photo up. Two great films on the program. Here we are outside the theater.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Another mural!

We were walking down the Drag the other day and saw this mural for the first time. ("Taco Bell loves Austin.") Lots of good artists in town.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Happy trails!

We saw this plaque on the Hike and Bike Trail the other day -- it is dedicated to Janet Fish who did so much to make the trail happen.

Sunday, September 10, 2017


Oh my, but this Fixe Burger hits the spot -- the meat is some of the best I have ever tasted in a burger. Short rib, brisket and chuck. Plus a secret sauce!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Modern look

Interesting to see these modern-looking houses going in next to 1940s style cottages. This one is in Old West Austin.

Friday, September 8, 2017

The devil went down to Texas

That's the name of an old song. I think it's what the owners of this well-known sign shop had in mind here.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

You can get there from here

Lots of destinations downtown and this sign is just two blocks from where we live.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

More lost stuff

You would think that people would keep better track of their car keys. Hope that they found them.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

Man-made lake

This enormous puddle is on city property, but we can't get anyone to fix it. Whatever.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Don't want to run into this guy!

I know that these "spikes on wheels" rigs have been around for a while, but they still give me pause.

Saturday, September 2, 2017


A good friend of ours recently died in a freak accident. There was a wake for him at a local bar that was a favorite of his. About 200 people attended. Here is an impromptu shrine that was set up for him. He was the fellow on the left in the two-shot portrait shown here.