Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sweet gift for me

We came home from a birthday dinner and found that the Paramount Theatre had sent me this nice gift of goodies. Very colorful!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

More housing for UT.

Out with the old, in with the new. This old house west of campus is giving way for a high rise, no doubt.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Graffiti alley

The local graffiti artists had a field day in this alley near the University of Texas.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Summer flowers

Loved seeing these pretty flowers on a walk the other day.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Puppies on the Sidewalk

These pups were tied to a park bench. No one was around but they had food, water and shade. I did check back on the return side of our walk and they were gone. This is an are where homeless people are usually hanging around so I suspect they may belong to some ot those folks.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sign Me Up!

This neon sign is in the Texas Chili Parlor. You can get their chili in X, XX, or XXX varieties (as well as vegetarian, pork and venison I believe). But a cold brew is always required.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Boardwalk

I like this picture of the boardwalk on the hike and bike trail (no boards are actually involved but we call this lovely extension which reaches out over the lake in places the boardwalk nonetheless). That's FFP strolling ahead of me.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

There's a Story There

There's a little scene in an Old West Austin garden that seems to tell a story.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Rabid Bat?

I noticed this mural at the Hyatt by the Hike and Bike Trail. Doesn't that bat look a bit, I don't know, off somehow?? Bat watching cruises take off from the docks nearby.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Doug Sahm Mural

This mural between a liquor store and a dive bar on East 11th is definitely Doug Sahm but why he's offering "Lost in Austin" graffiti paint is a bit more of a mystery.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Pop Up Gallery Mural

FFP walks down 8th Street just east of Congress. The abandoned building next to the State Theater may become apartments, office and retail one day. For now it's a pop-up art gallery and a colorful mural has spilled out onto the street.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Veggies and fish --

Loved this combo of fried green tomatoes and cod that we ate at Fixe, one of our favorite restaurants, the other day.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Lotta house, huh?

This huge home is part of Old West Austin. It has a lot of modern elements, though.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

My little home long ago

Yes, 45 years ago, I lived in the lower unit shown here - I thought I was so lucky to have that extra window on the side of my "dining room." (A cheap little table on linoleum.) I wonder if that furniture is still in there. We walk by this place all the time and seeing it never fails to take me back to those carefree days when rent was $115 a month. About a year and a half after this, I bought my first house on Shoal Creek Blvd.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

If I lost a hammer . . .

Another in our series of lost things around downtown Austin. I'll bet someone was looking for this!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Now that's a lot of pizza!

Well, you'd expect this, what with this location of Domino's being right by the UT campus

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Friday, August 12, 2016

Red, White and Blues.

Back on July 4th, someone made the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue a bit patriotic.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Holy Guacamole!

The guacamole service at Fonda San Miguel is unique and delicious. Those sticks of white cheese add to the experience.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A dream of a dragon.

We love this colorful dragon at Fonda San Miguel, the nation's premier interior Mexican restaurant. It guards the lobby bar.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A sweet platter of meat

We love this sausage platter offered at the new Boiler Nine restaurant. Three different types of sausage -- all delicious.

Monday, August 8, 2016

ZaZa on the way?

This half of a city block visible from our balcony has been touted as the site for the new ZaZa Hotel for years. It looks like they are finally doing some excavation on it.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Flatlanders

Jackie snapped this. She says: "The Flatlanders – Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock – from their June 24 gig at Hogg Auditorium. They rarely play together, but when they do, they’re awesome." Agreed.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Good Evening!

Jackie keeps coming up with sunsets. This one is from July 4th, pre-fiireworks.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Hotel Rooms Coming

Caught the state of the Fairmount Hotel Construction on Cesar Chavez about a month ago.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Stately Cypress Tree

One day I was on the Butler Hike and Bike trail and this stately cypress tree looked so nice with Lady Bird Lake in the background that I felt compelled to frame this picture.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Dogs in the Heat

It is hot here in August and those with dogs should take this to heart. Dogs in the heat (as opposed to dogs 'in heat') deserve your special consideration.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Orlando Memorial

Jackie discovered this memorial to the Orlando shooting victims on the Hike and Bike Trail.

Monday, August 1, 2016

My City's Skyline

There are plenty of skyline pictures in this blog showing soaring downtown office and condo buildings. But, when we saw that the theme day for City Daily Photo was "My City's Skyline" for the first of the month of August, we immediately realized that an image of UT's iconic tower would appear here. When it was finished in 1937, this 29-story, over 300-foot tower had no competition on the skyline except for the Capitol Building itself. (Amazingly the Capitol is about the same height.)

Fifty years ago, on August 1, 1966, a sniper ascended to the observation deck of the tower and killed and wounded a number of people. A memorial is being held today in the Memorial Garden north of the tower with the unveiling of a memorial to those who died that day.

Click here for other interpretations of the theme from around the world.