There are some weekends that I really feel like I am taking Austin for granted. I don’t take advantage of any of the Austin activities or beautiful places. I just do normal weekend things, like errands. Terrible.
Not this weekend! Friday I went to a CD release party at Waterloo Records(can we say Austin icon?) sponsored by Koke-FM for Mike and the Moonpies. The Alaskan boyfriend lived with a couple of the guys from this band last year and before I worked a crazy work schedule I stayed out way too late watching the Moonpies play at various Austin venues. They are a great band for two-stepping and fun to watch in general.
Saturday, after I finished getting supplies for my Halloween costume (denim shirt and red lipstick-looking good Rosie the Riveter!) we hit up the “Gettin’ Sauced” BBQ festival at Hops and Grains brewery. I don’t think I’d ever had one of their fine beers before but I am a fan now. They were giving out 3 free beers at the brewery that I’m guessing were 2o oz each. B-I-G fan. Delish. We also got some free swag just by walking around and talking to vendors. For $10 we couldn’t eaten a lot of BBQ but at the time we thought we’d save our money. Mistake.
We decided to continue our journey by bus to Independence Brewery where they were having their 4th anniversary party. Their cups were significantly smaller, but their beer delicious.
Sunday started with a visit to Frankenbike. Frankenbike is a swap meet for bikes, parts and accessories. Today was at Clown Dog bikes and featured all sorts of great parts. I didn’t end up buying anything although I saw a great bike jersey. It was very plain except for the bike where it reads “You’re still behind me.” I could use that.
Next stop: Texas Book Festival. The two authors I really wanted to see cancelled which was a real bummer. Instead of seeing any authors speak we just walked around and looked at booths. Not quite as satisfying but I still enjoyed being around so many people who cared deeply about literature. I mean those folks are people whose livelihood or at least passion depends on books. To those people, I admire and envy you. I wish I could maintain passion for anything well enough to have some follow through. Currently, even my blog is clearly suffering from a lack of dedication. Also, the fact that I’m currently battling with my Internet. (I’m losing.)
So, this weekend I’ve taken full advantage of my city. I hope wherever you are, you have too!