Thursday, July 27, 2017

My favorite airport for lunch: Austin

Why?  Because it offers a Salt Lick BBQ food stall right next to an Amy's Ice Creams stall.  I like to pass through security, pick up a Coke Zero at the Book People shop, head to Salt Lick, order the two-meat combo (brisket and sausage), and settle in for a delicious lunch.  I never eat the sides, so I always have room for a small cup of Amy's.

That's exactly what I did today as I was making my way home from Austin.  The brisket and sausage were as tasty as usual, and for the ice cream I chose butter pecan (my mom's favorite) and pistachio.

Now, I'm happy to report that I'm home!  I fly out again a week from Friday, so I'm going to focus on getting the most out of this time at home.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Quick and tasty dinner time

As chance would have it, our company had quite a few folks in town this week, so most of us gathered today for an informal dinner at a local Shake Shack.  This particular Austin installation of the franchise offers a burger with sausage in it, which I, of course, tried.  It rocks; eat it if you're in Austin.

For dinner, we all bopped over to Amy's, where I enjoyed their honey vanilla ice cream.

This nice, low-key dinner with friends and colleagues was a great break in a very long work day.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Crazy day in heat-town

The high each day here in Austin is over a hundred, so I am enjoying the conditioned air whenever I can get it.

The day was crazy busy and culminated in a large and very enjoyable client dinner we sponsored.  I can't talk about the details, but the meal was at my favorite Austin restaurant, Counter 3 . Five . VII, so you know the food was great.  The companionship and conversation were equally good.

As I was working late last night, the hotel's Internet service went out and stayed out, so I was able to post this blog only today.  I do not heart this hotel.

Back to it!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Getting smarter in Austin

And doing it the fun way:  by eating great barbecue.

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Specifically, this is the meal we shared tonight at Cooper's in downtown Austin.  Nothing makes the IQ soar (temporarily) like great barbecued meat!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The beach movie report, 2017

With three weeks in the beach house, we were, of course, able to take in more movies than usual.  We also watched multiple UFC events, so the area with the big TV was a hopping place.

As you can tell from this photo, we watched films of every sort.

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These films are in no particular order.

The one box that glare obscures is season one of Killjoys.  We made it through all of that season and half of the second (box for it in the lower right).

As you can tell from our consumption of 15 TV episodes and 34 movies, we clearly devoted a noticeable part of our evenings to viewing.  That's a tradition I'm happy with.

The most surprising film of the batch is War On Everyone, which is foul-mouthed, politically incorrect, extremely violent, and ultimately both hard to predict and laugh-out-loud funny.  If you have the right sense of humor, I recommend it highly--but don't blame me if it offends you.

I could happily watch two movies a day most days, given the chance.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Home for a little while

I'm home from the beach and must unpack, settle in, process the mail, and so on.

The problem is, I leave Monday morning for Austin, so I also have to pack for a very different sort of trip.

And, I'm tired.

So, it's to bed for me.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The last night at the beach

is always odd, a time of mixed feelings, of increased appreciation of this place and of sad realization that it's time to return to the real world.  It's also a period of change.  Some folks have already left, while others, including me, hang on until the morning mandatory departure.  We return the house to its original state, in the process undoing all the little customizations that play key roles in our traditions.  We skip the late second movie due to the early morning wake-up time.  We load cars and empty cupboards.  We make ready to leave this lovely part of the world.

Beach life is fleeting life.


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