June 10, 2019

Sun Season is here

I'd tried to forget about the Aluminet cloth that we applied in an attempt to cut back on Solar Gain. Yesterday was the first 100F day, and Kat didn't forget about the cloth. I really don't like getting on that ladder.... but I did it.

aluminet cloth solar shade

That' a 24 ft ladder at full extension.

austin modhouse aluminet solar shade for polygal wall 

aluminet sun shade over polygal wall 78746 reduce solar gain austin

The light transmission is greatly reduced. I figure the expense of the cloth will be reclaimed by energy savings in another decade or so. The stress of climbing that ladder is a bit more difficult to calculate.  

celestial odysseus tripple ipa crowler 

My knees were all wobbly when I got it all done. I went to a friend's house nearby. We soaked in the pool and enjoyed some Celestial Odysseus and Jester King. I got quite a sunburn too.  

jester king fruit sour beer 

sway westlake salt and pepper shrimp sake box 

We enjoyed some Sway and Chinatown sushi with friends this weekend.  

no-name roll at Chinatown westlake jorge sushi 

Jorge let us sample the new "no name roll". These rolls eventually become menu items if people really like them. We did enjoy it.  

porsche 951 sunroof 

I took the 951 sunroof apart, several times. But I finally got it back together with the roof flat/flush with the car. I've also been working to get the 1972 BMW 2002 back together. I took it for a quick ride around the town.   

bmw 2002 hotrod project car 1972 vintage 

cactus garden 78746 

Kat worked in the cactus garden. She may have said a few words and some blood may have been shed. But it looks great.  

cactus garden westlake austin  

June 03, 2019

Porsche Party with Crawfish at GT International

We attended the grand opening of a new Sports Car service in Austin, GT International.

GT International Austin 

porsche mechanic austin gt international 

porsche 951 austin  

We took our Porsche 951. There was one other 951, in the same color (Guards Red). 

guards red porsche 951 austin tx 


The crawfish were a good size and done perfectly. 


bmw e30 convertible 325ic austin gt international  

We found an e30 convertible on the lift, similar to Kat's daily driver.  

Summer Pool Party!

78746 negative edge pool downtown view 

I took the kids to a friends house for a pool party.  

downtown view from the high road 78746

I received a surprise box of Hill Farmstead sent from the Black Barn folks in VT. It arrived just two hours before the pool party. I got them chilled down and ready for action just in time! Thanks! 

hill farmstead ipa 78746 pool party 

Tube amplifier and vintage turntable seeking new home...

I've offered the stereo system I put together up for sale. This one does not take up so much space. A great system for somebody looking to get into vinyl but doesn't have a lot of spare room.

tube amplifier turntable austin vintage modern  

vintag pioneer turntable vinyl tube amp 

mid century modern styled stereo console 


Out of EANES (Elementary)

For he past fourteen consecutive school years, I have been driving kids to Eanes Elementary each school morning. The last one has graduated.

eanes graduate 


We are very thankful to the wonderful teachers that have been a big part of our life here in the Eanes district.  


He received art supplies as a graduation present. He was so excited "it's like you guys are reading my mind! a MINI sketch book!!"   

May 28, 2019

Dallas Apartment and Art in Fort Worth

statler dallas stay alfred jackson pool

We rented an apartment in Dallas for Memorial Day weekend. We had two bedrooms with king sized beds, a sofa-bed in the living room, a full bath in each bedroom, and one half bath in the living room. We also made good use of the full kitchen and all the amenities. I made a hot breakfast in the room each morning. We got up early and used the gym. We lounged by the pool... It quickly became a home.  

scardello's cheese dallas

Picked up some cheese. The selection difference between Dallas/Austin cheese shops seems to have vanished. It's still fun to stop at Scardello's.  

celestial beerworks dallas neipa  

Our favorite TX brewery, Celestial. We took an expansive picnic of sushi, pizza, cheese, nuts and prosciutto.  

celestial beerworks dallas picnic

celestial beer works new england ipa tripple

sunset on the overpass near celestial beerworks dallas tx


I love this time of day. The scene above was mostly dull gray and brown before the sunset illuminated it. For just a brief moment, it was all pink, orange and violet.  And then it was gone.

There was a second rooftop pool for adults. We enjoyed the views. The weather was just amazing this weekend.

statler dalas

We really enjoyed the Statler. There are so many nicely designed spaces to enjoy.  

the modern art fort worth 

We took the kids to The Modern in Fort Worth. 

the modern fort worth 

the modern fort worth and randome dude (me) 


This was pic number five or six. He only faced me when I asked "How do you intend to pay for lunch? What about getting back to Dallas... did you intend to ride with your family?" 

the modern art museum fort worth 

the modern fort worth art museum

Then we took them to The Kimbell.

the Kimbell Art Museum Fort Worth

(I had to get all sneaky to grab that pic above. #2 son doesn't cooperate with my constant picture taking) 

fort worth water gardens logan's run

The Fort Worth Water Gardens can seem serene and seduce your attention. But don't think there isn't a real risk of injury as you go down those elevated concrete pavers. I went about half way down, and turned back. The daughter kept a safe distance from the pit entirely.  


fort worth water gardens

turning point brewery dallas bedford ipa

We took our picnic to Turning Point. I enjoyed TIPA at both brewery we visited. That stuff will eliminate a bad mood quickly.

Kat and I enjoyed dinner at Fine China. We got a 10% discount for staying at the Statler. They gave us a code, that we entered into a payphone in the basement. A secret door popped open and allowed us entry to a Speakeasy.  

not so speakeasy statler dallas tx 

It was a fun space. We escaped shortly after a DJ arrived and played music that did not appeal to our ears. We got up early the next morning and easily made the drive back to Austin in good time.  The boys have just a few more days of school... then summer is really here.




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