Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Don't Drink and Drive

New Year's Eve? I hope everyone stays safe out there tonight.

We were out having a snack at Ruth's Chris Lounge over on West Sixth one night before Christmas.  I looked out the window and I saw a guy riding this fellow. Not the usual Austin sight in downtown (or anywhere else) but not unheard of to see it. Then when we walked home and there was the horse, tied to a bicycle rack in a No Parking zone by the Austin Ale House. (I've never been to this bar and grill. Now, I have to say, I'm a little intrigued!) Especially since a couple of days ago a facebook friend happened by and there were two horses 'parked' outside.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy Historic holidays

This elaborate model of The Driskill Hotel is in their lobby for the holidays.  We went over and stayed there (staycation) on Dec 26.  This place was the center of so much of Austin's social life from the 1800s on.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Another great quote

Here is another quote from a great Texas songwriter named Doug Sahm who left this world far too soon.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Quote from O. Henry

This pithy quote is on one of the rocks outside of The Long Center. O. Henry was a famous Austinite who wrote some of the most memorable short stories in history.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Backstage at the Nutcracker.

Forrest is posing here with one of the Ballet Austin Nutcracker dancers who is in the Columbina costume that we funded.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas grump.

Here is a suitable post-Christmas Day shot. We saw these abandoned caps on one of our downtown walks.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Oh Christmas tree!

The Driskill Hotel, one of Austin's most historic places, always has a beautiful tree. Here you see Linda posing with it.  Merry Christmas to you!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Curious George on Congress Avenue

Lots of happy kids watched the balloons in the Chuy's parade. Here is Curious George who delighted the children who saw him.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Parading downstream

This mermaid was part of the Christmas parade. Lots of colorful outfits in the procession!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

No, not Fifth Avenue

 In honor of the season, I'm going to post a few photos from the Chuy's Christmas Parade
that happened a few weeks ago. Here you see the Coca-Cola bear floating down Congress Avenue.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Toyland, toyland . . .

We ate lunch on Thanksgiving at the Four Seasons and took this shot of the train set and village they have in the lobby when we were leaving.

Friday, December 20, 2013

JW Marriott Hotel is in the near future

Here is a morning shot of the JW Marriott Hotel going up in downtown Austin.  It will be the biggest Marriott in the country when it is done.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Turkey trotting

This shot from our balcony shows runners on Riverside Drive, the Drake Bridge and Cesar Chavez, doing their thing on Thanksgiving Day. Lots of people like to run in these races, that's for sure.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Texas style elves

This version of Santa's elves will be getting plenty of attention.  I love our town.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Car as blackboard

This car has been redone to be a blackboard. I guess if someone has chalk handy, they can write on it.  Anyway, this bumper sticker on the left gave me great amusement.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Young love

This cute couple wanted us to take their photo with their iPhone. Linda did the honors and I shot one with my own camera as well.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Art Purse

We dined at the Goodall restaurant at the new Ella Hotel (the refurbished former Mansion at Judge's Hill). This sculpture outside looks, hmmm, a lot like a Chanel purse!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

An early start

Workers were going full steam ahead on the new JW Marriott east of us on Congress Avenue one recent morning.  I thought that this bright green reflection was interesting -- like someone flashing a code word.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I love a parade

These band members were very well-disciplined and their playing was excellent.  They must have a good director.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

Let's file it in the stack . . .

Yes, I have a lot of books half-read.  I remind myself of a kid who goes through a candy box leaving a lot of sweets half-eaten.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

So after this is over . . .

I love watching moms and their kids in parades. Everyone seems to be having a good time.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Not Your Usual Pedestrian Bridge User

One day on the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge this fellow had set up his gongs for entertainment or meditation with his back to the runners, bikers, walkers, dogs and strollers.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Darkness Comes

One day we were walking over the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge just as darkness started to take over the downtown skyline with our building in the center.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Clouds and Cranes

One day last month I shot this picture of the clouds and the construction and the JW Marriott on Congress from just north of it on Brazos.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Giant Octopus

There is a group of folks who raise money for Aids Services Austin. They call themselves the Octopus Club. They throw parties where everything is donated or underwritten and give all the money to a fund called the Paul Kirby Fund. They help people fighting HIV/AIDS to overcome temporary financial obstacles like buying drugs or food or paying rent or getting transportation to appointments. This fab balloon octopus decorated Brazos Hall for a big annual OctoTea event. At this party the group topped two million dollars of donation since its inception. Doing good while having fun!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Life is Short

As we get older we can really sympathize with this graffiti and with the ephemeral nature of graffiti and everything man makes around us.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Uranimum Savages rise again

This band, named Uranium Savages, was a popular act here in town back in the seventies. They got together for a reunion show at Waterloo Records a few days ago. The singer is Kerry Awn.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Looking Out

One morning I shot FFP's picture while he was trying to get the perfect sunrise picture from our condo. Today is City Daily Photo theme day. Today's theme is 'looking out' which is bound to be interpreted in a variety of ways. Click here for other interpretations.