February 11, 2019

Alita Experience

Alita Battle Angel Experience Austin

Kat and I had tickets to the Alita Experience. We've not seen the movie. I've seen some of it from behind the scenes when it was filmed here. I doubt you can find me in the movie, I'm in the big motorball scene.

Alita Experience Kansas Bar Austin Cyborg Beer 

We had a beer at the Kansas bar while we waited for our other team members. They turned out to be guys that used to work at Zynga and we knew some of the same people. We had a fun team!  


There are a series of challenges and areas to explore. The goal is to get credits to use for gambling.  

alita experience austin 

alita robot  


Our team was not a top point earner, but we placed our bet well based on a tip I received. We finished at a respectable 4th place.  


#alitaexperience #alitabattleangel 

Drums and Dancing at Carnaval Austin 2019

carnaval austin 2019

carnaval austin 2019 dancing girls samba 

austin samba school carnaval 2019 


We only stayed for the Samba portion of the event. The drums and dancing girls never disappoint.  

Kat's cat hat 

February 04, 2019


#1 son had his traditional lunch with friends at Gourdoughs.


He requested sushi for dinner with a friend.


G2 rollerball pens for 16th birthday  

We went to Edie V's for Superbowl and he received his first Birthday gift (a box of his favorite pen, G2 Rollerball)


This is the third Superbowl we've gone to Edie V's. It was not as enjoyable as years past. We will likely find a new option for Superbowl 2020.  

Austin ModHouse 

It's been a while since I took a real picture of the house. This is not a good example, but I'm just warming up... 

Can you change a tire?

We observed a Tesla on the side of the road. A service vehicle was behind it. The owner stood by and watched as a tech did something with the rear tire. I mentioned that many people today don't know how to change a tire. It turns out the Tesla doesn't even have a spare tire.

#2 son said he'd like to learn. Lucky for him it was new wheel week for the vintage BMW. 

1972 bmw 2002 fps wheels 

He learned to operate the jack... 


He got the old wheels off.

breaker bar 

New ones on and lug nuts torqued down in a star or criss-cross pattern.  

torquing the lug nuts with a breaker bar  


austin print expo 

We also attended the Austin Print Expo. I've been interested in wood block printing. It was great to see some amazing examples of this done on a large scale.  

January 28, 2019

Toyota, Corolla, SuperStar at the Contemporary

TC Superstar band austin art LB Flett dancer


We attended the Members rooftop party at the Contemporary. TC Superstar were so much fun to watch. Food was provided by Pink Avocado, all delicious. It was one of their better parties.

Janine Antoni  at contemporary art jones center austin 

sway westlake rooftop austin  

We met friends on the Sway Westlake rooftop. 

sway rooftop wine westlake bee cave rd austin thai  

hi sign brewery austin  

We made the can release for NO SCOOTERS DIPA at Hi Sign. 

austin no scooters dipa hi sign 

goji the brewery dog 

Goji is staying with us this week. He also enjoyed a stop at Pinthouse. I worked on my college homework assignment on the patio as it was a beautiful day.  

goji at pinthouse design homework 

We have been busy trying to get rid of "extra stuff". 

midcentury modern stereo case study house 21 pierre koenig replica 

This stereo cabinet is TEN feet long. It's a replica of the one from Case Study House #21 (Pierre Koenig). I've had people that love it, want to buy it, but it's not easy to find space for a ten foot long stereo cabinet.  

MCM Telefunken stereo console 

I don't need the telefunken stereo console either... 

modern glass mosaic tile 

I've sold a few odd batches of leftover tile from my days as an importer... 

shadowplay accidental art  

sometimes beauty shows up in surprising places, even in the shadows.  

January 21, 2019

Driveway, a developed path for vehicles to access the garage from the road

buckeye trail road construction 78746

We've lived in a construction zone for more than a year. They finally moved on to the road in front of our house. They removed it, and lowered it by two feet. 

buckeye trail 78746 west lake hills 

We've been parking up the street and walking in for a week now.  

mailbox buckeye traul west lake hills tx 

As it is now, the mailman will need a step stool to reach the mailbox as it's now two feet up from standard height. They've pledged to relocate the mailbox to the correct height and distance from the curb.

driveway construction buckeye trl 

The driveway didn't mate up with the new lowered street level. So they removed the old driveway and regraded it.  

It's not a small thing.  



The new design has some impressive curbing to retain our current landscaping.  

new driveway 


The concrete has to cure for 48 hours before we can drive across it. That first journey over it will happen in a couple hours from now. It'll be good to be able to access our home without walking through the woods and parking up the street. The weekly Costco and PHP stop will be improved coming home to a finished driveway.  


Anything for a buck... Mr Goji's day at AMH

Goji chin dog

My "Anything for a Buck" business has expanded into dog sitting. Mr Goji spent some time here this week. I've never met a dog so uninterested in going outside. The big test was to see how he reacted to Kay-so the cat, and how she reacted to him.  

goji and kay-so 

Goji looked at Kay-so, and stretched. Kay-so was alarmed at first, but then just sniffed Goji. And that was it.... he went and laid down on his blankie and Kay-so quietly observed him for a while.  



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