I can’t put my finger on it, but I really love Austin.
My road trip on Monday was fantastic. Traffic was free flowing and I listened to some old NPR podcasts, a Louis C.K show, and a link one of my readers gave me that explained all the drops from 1310 The Ticket. Personally, I love driving and seeing the Texas countryside. There’s no doubt that parts of the drive is boring, but it’s stuff like this you don’t see every day and is typical Texas.
I plan on listening to some of Tina Fey’s Bossypants on my way home.
I wasn’t exactly thrilled to be staying at the Courtyard by Marriott, but the staff has been more than exceptional, it’s hospitality at its finest. Not to mention, the office buildings I’m working at this week are less than a mile away.
My first dining experience was at Kerbey Lane Cafe. I enjoyed it for the most part, until they snuck some curry (which wasn’t in the description) in a fried potato appetizer. I really don’t like curry. I despise curry. I loath curry.
I wanted a steak the next day and when I kept asking all the local folks what they thought was the best steak in town, they kept suggesting Vince Young Steakhouse. That’s right, the former UT QB has a steakhouse, and I just couldn’t believe that some kind of sports bar would have a fantastic steak. But it turns out that Young teamed up with a chef to open a fine dining restaurant. The interior was very contemporary and elegant with lots of bronze and brown accents in a dark setting. Only two things were a little over the top, when you walk in, you see a large statue of Bevo dressed with pennies and a large picture of Young after the national championship. Other than that, there are some other UT photos throughout the establishment, but they are modest and all in a bronze kind of shading (slideshow of the inside if you are interested). As for the food, that was one of the best steak dinners of my life. Not the best, but definitely in the top five.
Last night I spent time with a bunch of IRS employees at the Hula Hut. Someone thought it was be a great idea to spend the end of the day in Hawaiian shirts outside on a deck. I’m not much for drinking, being social, or hanging out at a lake, but it was alright. I tweeted a decent picture of a sunset.
Something I noticed in the IRS building was that a gurney rests at the top of each stair case. I don’t know why, and was scared to ask. I also noticed a Texas Lottery machine in the cafeteria, which seemed a bit out of place.
I wish my bed was firmer.
One of my coworkers from DC was shocked at just how large out state capital is. Too bad she didn’t to see Gov Rick Perry’s hair, she may have fainted.
Speaking of Gov Good Hair, he’s been quiet during this whole debt ceiling fiasco.
I fear the worst for our country, and I’m very sad to be honest. I may expand on that further, but not for now.
I like having a Slingbox. Marriotts for some reason don’t carry Comedy Central, and I can’t catch The Daily Show. Not to mention, I can keep up with all Cowboys training camp news.
If you have a Slingbox and travel with a laptop, I suggest carrying a spare HDMI cable to hook up the television.
I still haven’t been to 6th street. Grrrrr.
I really want to check out Ironworks BBQ before I leave.