Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 394

Austin, Texas

I like to think I’m a little quirky, dress a little differently and wotnot. But in Austin, I felt pretty normal and, shock horror, conservative. Austin stood out because of its eccentricities, and very proud of them the Austin folk are.

Austin felt like a city in complete contrast to much of Maryland, because (and apologies to my Maryland friends, but I think of you as fairly conservative in the way you dress – with the exception of a few kooky folk out there) there was not really a suit to be seen. Austin is a fascinating place to people watch – my favourite by far being the 20-something dude who sauntered round the corner with a wooden stake through his nose, a mass of dreads on his head tied together by lace panties, a polka dot bow tie and a striped candy cane walking stick. That, folks, is Austin. Weird. In a good way.

πŸ˜‰

Yep, Austin thrives on being cultural and quirky – in fact, its slogan is this:

Sure thing!

Sure thing!

And wonderfully weird it was. 6th Street is like the super weird place, with super weird bars and music places and graffiti. It was like you’d hope Glastonbury town to be (which it isn’t, believe me, because there are too many Icelands and Greggs the bakers plaguing the high street).

And there were no cowboys in sight!

Anyway, this is what I liked about weird Austin:

Austin

Austin

Uber cool

Uber cool

Not a cowboy in sight!

Not a cowboy in sight!

You can ride this.....

You can ride this…..

....but these are the rules :)

….but these are the rules πŸ™‚

A general Texas notice

A general Texas notice outside a bar

Kind of creepy

Kind of creepy

Music is big in Austin - and British music too!

Music is big in Austin – and British music too!

Harry got weird in Austin. :)

Harry got weird in Austin. πŸ™‚

Alternative Art Show

Weird Moment 1: We were watching a lady in a leopard print costume and tail twirling her hoola-hoop outside an art studio and got summoned in for free drinks and tapas and to participate in art. And so we did. Harry happily painted himself and stuck his hand print all over a piece of public art – yes, they did encourage it, but even Austin wouldn’t have handled his other request for painting bodily parts……

This was a modern, alternative, quirky art show Austin-style, made even more quirky and weird by the dancing lady gyrating in chains and leather in the studio, looking like an extra from Game of Thrones.

Whilst I jest, it was all pretty amazeballs and very, very cool. Again, I felt like I had on far too many clothes, not enough tattoos and needed to express myself in someway through the medium of art, fashion or music. But I drank the free wine instead.

Harry gets arty in Austin

Harry gets arty in Austin

Public art. Weird and cool.

Public art. Weird and cool.

The Game of Thrones dancing arty lady

The Game of Thrones dancing arty lady

Getting arty-farty in Austin

Getting arty-farty in Austin

And then there’s the bats under the bridge. That’s pretty weird and cool too, as they all fly out at sunset. Spooky.

Under the bridge watching the bats

Under the bridge watching the bats

Texas hail

Finally, I can confirm that things in Texas are bigger. Like the hail – effing massive! One brief hailstorm brought down hail the size of eggs falling out of the sky – I’m not kidding! Those buggers would knock you out in seconds! Ginormous, they were!

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4 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 394

  1. Mindy Helms says:

    This is fantastic! πŸ™‚

  2. john says:

    I was in the Hill Country one April afternoon and was caught out in a golf ball sized hailstorm, we found cover under a tree very quickly. I believe there may have been one armadillo seeking cover also. Did you perhaps see a few when you were in the hill country? Very amusing creatures.

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