AIDS Walk Austin: 2016


The 29th annual AIDS Walk Austin wound through our downtown streets on Sunday afternoon. For the past few years, the event was held in Republic Square Park. Currently that park is being renovated, so this year’s walk started and ended at Palm Park near the I-35 service road. This fundraiser benefited AIDS Services of Austin and other local AIDS service organizations.

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Cattle Drives


This week Bill and I attended a B Movies and Bad History discussion at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum. This ongoing series strives to set the record straight about Texas history as depicted in the movies. During this week’s hour-long installment, we viewed clips from old Westerns interspersed with Cattle Drive insights from two UT professors: Don Graham (American and English Literature) and Tom Schatz (Radio/Television/Film).

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Austin Fall Home & Garden Show: 2016


Although this isn’t the correct season yet, we’ve already had an Austin Fall Home & Garden Show here. Bill and I decided to visit the show on Friday to avoid the weekend crowds. This was not the best plan. The Austin Convention Center was nearly empty, so we were accosted by numerous salespeople with offers to remodel our non-existent house. Most of the exhibitors seemed to ignore the word fall in their displays, which brought back fond summer vacation memories for me…

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Bike to Work Day: 2016


Today was Bike to Work Day in Austin, as well as in many other cities. Fueling stations were set up around town, including one in front of city hall. Mayor Steve Adler spoke briefly about the reasons to bike to work: it’s healthy, cheap, fun, and earth-friendly. Based on recent trips to Amsterdam and Copenhagen, he is convinced that our city should be doing more to promote bikes as an alternative for commuting.

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