Olbermann calls Giuliani to the carpet. Go Keith. It’s clear that Giuliani thinks he can win using the same fear tactics that Bush and Cheney used. Except that the people who bought it last time are less likely to buy it now, thank Jebus.
I don’t have to tell you that this Saturday is Eeyore’s 44th Birthday Party in Pease Park from 11am until dusk.
I don’t have to tell you that the concessions benefit local charities or that the beer will flow courtesy of local brewers like Real Ale, Live Oak and Independence. I don’t have to tell you about the costume contest or that you’re likely to see a little more of some of your fellow Austinites than you’d like. I definitely won’t mention the drum circle, the lines for the port-a-potties or that parking will suck. And I won’t tell you that I’ll be somewhere over by the basketball court under a tree for most of the day until my wife makes us go home.
The Statesman is reporting that there have been two bomb threats to St. Edwards University and one to the Texas School for the Deaf since 10pm last night. This is in addition to the bomb threat that shut down St. Ed’s on Tuesday and in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings on Monday. I was going to stay away from talking about any of this, avoid drawing parallels to the Charles Whitman shooting, but this is getting ridiculous. What the hell is going on around here?
Durian that isn’t stinky apparently pisses off the traditionalists. I’ve always wanted to try the stuff. Mmmm…stinky fruit.
You know them for their mug shots and crazy tour riders, but The Smoking Gun (TSG) launched a video site today. It looks like it has all kinds of time wasting goodness.
This has been making the rounds for the last few days, but I’m just getting to it. This Will Ferrell video is hilarious.
Awesome post in aftermath of the VT shootings. We know at least one teacher referred the shooter to counseling. The tough question is how to deal with someone like him when he hasn’t done anything illegal, but clearly needs help.
Austin author Lawrence Wright won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction with his book, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Wright apparently also plays in a local blues band called WhoDo. He has a copy of an Austin-American Statesman article about the book from August 6th, 2006 on his web site.
You’ve got 4 locations to choose from in and around Austin:
- 5th and Lamar
- The Village at Westlake on 360
- Gracy Farms at Burnet and Mopac
- Vintage Plaza at La Frontera in Round Rock
If I remember correctly from last year, there’ll be at least one non-profit group at the store soliciting donations and giving out information as part of the cone giveaway.
Update (2007.04.17 2:30pm CDT): De-nied. A group of us went over to the Gracy Farms location only to find it closed and the Free Cone Day sign with the time scratched out and written as 4pm-8pm. What’s up with that? They’re not opening at the normal time AND they’re not giving away the free stuff until 4? Boo.
I was introduced to Potbelly Sandwich Works on a business trip to Chicago four years ago. The franchise has been around for 30 years and mostly in the Great Lakes area of the country, but it looks like they’re undergoing an expansion.
There are two locations opening up in Austin this Spring, one at the new Arbor Walk shopping center at Braker and Mopac (where I took this picture this morning) and one at 2316 Guadalupe. It looks like it’ll be at least a week or two before the Arbor Walk location opens.
It’ll be a welcome relief for the lunch sandwich market around here. I’ve been sick of Thundercloud for years and I’ve never been a big fan of Quizno’s except for those crazy hamster commercials they ran a couple of years ago. Schlotzsky’s isn’t bad. I’ll hit Delaware and Texadelphia for the occasional cheesesteak. I’ve nearly gotten tired of Jersey Mike’s, but I still don’t mind going there. Subway isn’t really even worth mentioning.