Posted by: LLS | March 14, 2013

SXSW, Hipsters, Hippies, Homeless, and Pizza

SXSW Austin, Texas


Yes it’s that time again! Austin (Live Music Capital of The World) is playing host to 50,000 visitors for 2013 SXSW (one of the many music/entertainment festivals held here). I have seen everything from street corner trios whaling away, to down right awesome yet to be heard of talented bands. From  homeless people asking for change if they play you a song on a guitar missing a few strings and drums made from Home Depot buckets, to artist that really should reconsider their day jobs. But hey, they are living their dream, so who am I to cast doubt…a big nobody, that’s who! It’s all what beautifully makes up Austin. A symphony of sights and sounds everywhere you turn. Some smells I would rather soon forget (Red River and 6th Street) but all in all, it’s pretty darn sweet. Don’t even get me started about our restaurant industry. Sidewalk cafes, food trailers, everything you could possibly want or need to appease your apatite, all in a 5 mile radius. It’s positively grand!

Austin is a beautiful city even when it is filled to capacity with scarf wearing hipsters in pointy boots (it’s 85+ degrees and sunny). My favorite thing to do is post up someplace and people watch. Seeing all the different fashion experiments and hearing all the different accents is very cool. Austin is the best part of Texas. The only place I would live in this entire state and there are good reasons for that. Austin is forward thinking, peace-loving, accepting, welcoming, very artistic and very pretty. Second to Seattle, it has one of my favorite skylines. Rivers, lakes and streams and blue holes everywhere, with the Colorado River running right through the middle of town. I was born here, a rare thing to find these days, but a fact I have found I am proud of. The rest of Texas, with a few small exceptions, is not appealing to me what so ever. Austin is a little Blue oasis in a sea of Red on the map of Left and Right and that suits me just fine. Despite our Governor, or better yet in spite of our Governor, Austin has maintained its uniqueness. I have lived all around our country and Austin is where I call home.

So come visit Austin, but please…Don’t Move Here!!! :)



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