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Oct 29, 2018 - Keeping Austin Weird

No doubt there are states in the U.S. that offer vast differences from one region to another. California quickly comes to mind since the North has been trying to secede from the South for years. Yet, I would vote Texas as having the widest range of differences throughout the state...pretentious Dallas; Ft. Worth cowtown; extreme conservativism of West Texas; multi-cultural Houston; Hispanic culture of San Antonio; homey and friendly East Texas; non-Tex/Mex El Paso; and, Austin. The capitol of the state is an outlier, whose motto is “keep...

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Oct 29, 2018 - The History of Texas

I swear when I checked the website for the Moody Theater (where Austin City Limits is recorded) there was a tour today. But after paying $18 to park and walking a couple of blocks, I was told not until Wednesday. So, I regroup and decide to check out the Austin History Center at 8th and Guadalupe. Closed on Mondays. On my way back towards the river stopped to read the historical markers about the Hirschfield houses on 9th Street. Reregrouped thinking I’d look for an Austin car window sticker in the gift shops on 6th Street. No luck....

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Oct 28, 2018 - All the Way With LBJ

I was one of the first ones through the door when the LBJ (this is the one you think it is) Presidential Museum opened at 9. Somewhat of a different layout. Most of the other presidential museums and libraries I’ve visited had a separate wing or separate building for the library but this one was a 10 story building w/ the museum on floors 3, 4, and 10. Floors 1 and 2 were administrative offices and floor 5 through 9 were the archives. Wrapped up a little before 3. Hadn’t eaten so found a Wendy’s to grab a bit before heading over to HOPE...

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Oct 27, 2018 - Lady Bird Wildflowers and Lady Bird Lake

Busy day. First stop was the LBJ (that’s Lady Bird Johnson) Wildflower Center southwest of town. There weren’t a lot of wildflowers in bloom but it’s probably not the right time a year. There was a nectar garden that had a lot of butterflies as well as a small waterfall that you could go in behind through a small cave. There was an area called the Central Gardens that had themed gardens and home gardens in addition to some other plantings. There was also a one-mile arboretum trail. There were temporary forts built which were essentially...

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Oct 26, 2018 - Within the Austin City Limits

Left Midland around 8:30. Uneventful trip. Not quite as remote as yesterday. There were a few small towns along the way so I actually was able to have lunch at a Dairy Queen. About 100 miles west of Austin I noticed the landscape began to change. There were rolling hills w/ fields that seemed to be naturally green and trees became rather plentiful. Of course, the trees weren’t like our towering oaks and maples but they were tall enough to at least give some natural shade which is probably the first I’ve been in that environment since Big...

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Sep 18, 2018 - Austin at last

Departure from Hong Kong was a couple hours delayed, which was actually OK !? We'll have a 10 hour lay-over before flight to Austin, so reducing that is not a problem. The 10 hour flight from Hong Kong to Seattle was smooth. Decided to buy a one day membership to the Airline Lounge in Seattle. There we had a comfortable place to, well, lounge around. Plenty of good food also. Arrived home at midnight after 30 hours since awakening in Hong Kong this morning !? Weird how the spinning earth can add hours to your day ! Our four month journey...

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Apr 10, 2018 - Texas Wild Flowers

Leaving southern Texas we traveled up towards Austin in search of the famous Blue Bonnets. Previously when we were in the area, we were too early, but we timed it perfectly this time. They were everywhere! We also visited the Lady Bird Johnson wildflower center... very impressive. From here we headed east.

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Feb 28, 2018 - Last Day in Austin

I was on the go all day today, doing my last-minute activities and getting my chores done so I’d be ready to leave early tomorrow morning. First, I went to the gym to walk a mile on the treadmill and to participate in my last Silver Sneakers exercise class. Two of my classmates gave me parting gifts: a lovely white plate with the words “Many Blessings” in gold and a bar of mandarin cranberry goat’s milk soap. Right after class I raced off to my barber for a haircut. After she had finished, she took photos of both sides and the back so I...

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Feb 27, 2018 - Outing with Five Friends

Today I had lunch at Hut’s Hamburgers with five friends from church: Shirley Markley, Terri Kordez, Juanice Myers, Maxine Weatherford and Maxine’s daughter, Sherri (visiting from Houston). This was my first visit to Hut’s. It’s an Austin original since 1939, so it has lots of character. The food is good. (http://huts.hutsfrankandangies.com/). After lunch we went to Starbucks where it was a little quieter, which made conversation a bit easier.

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Feb 20, 2018 - Last Wellness Visit

This morning I had my last wellness visit with my primary care doctor. She gave me a good-bye hug. All my lab results were good, which was very welcome news. I picked up copies of my medical records – all 45 pages of them! I had no idea there would be that many. The medical records clerk will mail today’s report to me around March 1. Tonight I attended my last small group meeting at Wes Spradley’s house. Since I won’t be cooking anymore, I took my condiments, seasonings and other stuff to parcel out among my group friends. Wes gave me a...

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Feb 18, 2018 - Farewell Potluck with Joint Heirs

Today my Joint Heirs class at church had a potluck meal in my honor. We had a wonderful variety of dishes – all of them excellent. They have been such good friends to me, ever since I joined the group in 2010. Linda Seelke took a lot of photos for me.

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Feb 13, 2018 - Last DAR Chapter Meeting

Today was my last chance to attend a meeting of my DAR chapter before leaving Austin. I will really miss all these friends. There is a chapter in Livingston which meets every third Saturday except in December. Maybe I’ll have time to get involved with them. After the DAR meeting, Val and I met at Olive Garden for our favorite meal of soup, salad and bread sticks. My taste buds were quite happy!

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