Saturday, December 31, 2011


The ceiling at Threadgill's (South Location) is festive. So I'm presenting it and wishing you a Happy New Year. Have good safe fun tonight.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Natural Planter

In Hyde Park we encountered a large old stump that had been hollowed out to form a planter for cacti. FFP took this shot with his iPhone.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Put a Fork in Them...They're Done

The Hyde Park Bar and Grill on Duval has a 'fork in the road.' There's always something interesting on its tines. At the moment it's the horns from a Longhorn. (Also the fork has been knit-bombed.) Last night the University of Texas Longhorns football team played the last game of their season at the Holiday Bowl and won. Season done.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Little More Christmas

Let's hold that spirit a little more! Last Friday a brass quintet played Christmas carols at the Headliners club in front of the 'flower tree' with the Frost Bank tower looming behind. The company, the Bloody Marys and the buffet were all extra fine.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Not on My Bucket List

Riding with other drinkers on an open pedal car is not something I aspire to do. See this around downtown all the time, however. The person braking and steering is, presumably, sober. Is this officially a bike? A pedicab. The people bellying up to the bar can get exercise and help propel the thing but...really! This sighting was on W. Sixth.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Lady Bird Lake Firefighting

We saw smoke on Lady Bird Lake yesterday but couldn't figure out what was on fire. It looked like the lake itself. Turns out there were two separate boat fires at a marina near the Hyatt. Our faithful correspondent Jackie had a good view from her apartment and submitted some great pictures. I chose this one to show the firefighters using the Congress Avenue bridge as a perch to fight the fires.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Hoping Santa Was Kind

This picture was taken in Austin about six decades ago. Here's hoping that whatever elf or spirit you believe in has been kind to you this season and that you have a lovely Christmas morning if that's your tradition and take good cheer into the New Year.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Jolly Old Elf

FFP at the annual Headliner's Member Christmas Party, with Santa. He should look more jolly. FFP that is. But I'm the one who had a couple of Bloody Marys. Santa looks a bit oblivious. It's a rainy Christmas Eve here in Austin. I can honestly say I'm glad it isn't snow.

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Dress You Need Not Wrap

This display in a Second Street dress shop appears to be a 'dress' fashioned from gift wrap and ribbon. Very festive!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Soldiers in the Wings

FFP was backstage again last night at Ballet Austin's "The Nutcracker." The soldiers will need some help before they defeat the Rat King, though. We will see a performance from the orchestra level in Dell Hall at the Long Center tonight. And then I'll really be in the holiday spirit.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Armadillo Christmas

Decades ago there was a venue called the Armadillo World Headquarters. The location is now an office building but the venue lives on in our minds and in the Threadgill's restaurants AND at the annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Originally the event was at the music venue and combined shopping for unique presents with music. When the venue was gone, the bazaar continued in various locations and has settled for the last couple of years at the Palmer Events Center. We went last night to hear Bill Kirchen and Marcia Ball play hits from back in the day and amusing bluesy, rock and roll and country influenced Christmas tunes. Fabulous. The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is a great place to finish your shopping, too, because they are open until 11PM right up through Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Last Minute Shopping

The shops on West Sixth Street (west of Lamar) provide a place to pick up a perfect last minute gift or just to make a portrait of yourself in the glass. Seriously, if you grab a place to park around here there are several unique shops selling goofy things or 'edition of one' art pieces. Plus you can grab some lunch at Z'Tejas and pick up something to spice your eggnog at Wiggy's. All while avoiding the malls.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Angel Wrangler

Some of the smallest performers in "The Nutcracker" are these little angels. A wrangler prepares them for their entrance at Ballet Austin's production Saturday night. FFP took this photo backstage with his iPhone. I love it! Performances continue Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week. This has become one of my favorite traditions of the season. Our tix are for Thursday but FFP has been doing a little wrangling of his own meeting with some of the VIPs riding the large comic Mother Ginger skirt.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Southwest Christmas

Sometimes our climate does a good imitation of the desert Southwest. The plantings in this Old West Austin yard reflect that. Add some Christmas balls and voilá: holiday in the desert. Thankfully some good rain the last few days might have broken our drought a bit.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

It's Beginning to Look Festive

We haven't done anything to decorate unless you count having holiday cards people have sent sitting around. Oh, and one lone bendable Santa figure left over from when I did decorate for the season three years ago. But we are dressing in a festive fashion for parties and I caught FFP in the lobby of the office building for last night's event with a dual tree.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Crafts and Food

Note that the restaurant in this picture, Los Huaraches, has a picture of a guy with giant feet and sandals. That's apparently a joke because there is a Mexican dish called huarache because it is roughly shaped like a sandal (which is huarache in Spanish). Also note the word 'manualidades' under Julia's Crafts. Multilingual areas are great places to learn a few things about words and word origins.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Try This Combo

This home in our old neighborhood has a nice example of using purple and yellow trim. I like it. You?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fancy Dress for the Season

The Julian Gold store on West Sixth provides a nice reflection portrait. I'm not so fashion-forward myself but if you are....

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Porch Message

Is someone in the family a Special Forces guy they hope will come home and wear those boots again? Or is it a more random message or a memorial?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Stuff on the Front Porch

The stuff on your front porch says a lot about you, but sometimes I don't get the message. Maybe they were planning a little porch sale?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Blue Entry

This is the entryway to the house (studio) with the blue steps.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Blue Steps

When we were walking around on the East Austin Studio Tour this studio made good use of blue outside.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Happy Birthday, Driskill, at Christmas

As mentioned earlier the Driskill Hotel is having it's 125th Birthday this Christmas season. Last Thursday they served this cake which looks like a pile of presents.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Uncommon Objects

One of my favorite shops is the antique and junk mall on South Congress called Uncommon Objects. You can find most unusual Christmas presents here.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Time to Dress as Santa

Lucy in Disguise, the costume shop on South Congress, has a window display up for Christmas. I'm guessing if you want to dress as the jolly elf this season they can help you.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

New Mural for the Books

This wall on South Congress used to be repainted frequently with murals...sometimes just ads and sometimes seeming to promote the art glass shop in that building. Now that South Congress Books occupies the building this mural showed up. I can't tell if it is finished or in progress. We frequently shop here so we'll find out.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Tattooed Truck

There is a tattoo parlor on South First and their truck is decorated to show their craft.

Friday, December 2, 2011


Actually yesterday was cloudy with temps near 70 Fahrenheit. But the historic Driskill Hotel is celebrating its 125th Anniversary with a variety of activities and last night for the tree lighting they blew in a bunch of snow on Brazos. It was melting quite fast when I shot this picture of FFP. Today it is raining and close to 60. We need the real precipitation so we aren't complaining.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Action Shot...Where's the Beef?

It's the first of the month and on City Daily Photo that means theme day. This month's theme is 'action shot.' I decided to show you these two people running in the Thanksgiving Day Schlotzsky's Turkey Trot because it's Texas and if you are a serious runner (as these two in the foreground seem to be) you will be powered by beef! Think their team must be the Beef Council or something. (Yes, in Texas there is a Beef Council.)

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