If I wait to take pictures so that I only capture the exciting, the memorable, the worth-looking-at, then I will never take any at all. Life is, after all, more mundane than exciting; more ordinary than extraordinary; more to be savoured moment-by-moment than endured for the next great excitement. And so I post here both mundane and memorable, as they come my way.

07 July 2011

Routes 1L, 1M, and 101

Greenling is a local food company that sells local and organic produce, grains, dairy, meat... everything, really.
We've just started buying from them, because it turns out their prices are really reasonable.
And I love this picture because the banana looks so cartoon-y.

This boot was made for walkin'.

This picture was on the narration post, but I posted it again because I think this store bears
repeating as often as possible. They were closed when we went by, but presumably they
have a costume for each of these characters.

Why yes, I do live in the south; why do you ask?

Chad thought it looked like the blue umbrella had called all the green umbrellas together for a meeting.
This is at one of the trailer parks in town-- food trailers, that is.

One of the aforementioned food trailers. The one with the green umbrellas, in fact.

This looks like a place I'd like to spend some time.

The Hey, Cupcake! trailer. They have magnificent cupcakes. Come visit me and we'll go there.

This is what they do to your car if it doesn't pass inspection.

I can only suppose this is Fran.

This mural is on the outside of a school. I'm guessing it was donated by the class of '05.

A test pattern on the side of a barbershop. Why not?

I just voted for this sign in a "Best of Austin" poll. Yes, "Best Sign" was one of the categories.

I wanted a picture of the sidewalk, because it zigged and zagged around the landscaping, but you can't really
see that here. Instead, this is Chad squinting at the sun.

I was trying to fly, to show SuperTarget how to do it. Neither I nor the Target were successful.

Three-for-one day! 1L, 1M, and 101. And that's a 1L in the background, appropriately enough.

The clock at the park-and-ride. Very cool, eh?

The shade-giving kites at the park-and-ride.

Directions to the various stops. I'm not sure how necessary this is, but it's nice that CapMetro made the effort.

02 July 2011

Route #30

Here we have a trailhead sign that causes existential problems: It has two "You Are Here" spots.
We were actually at the "here" on the left.

Chad standing in the dried creek.

Part of the trail going up to the lookout point. It was hot and we got sweaty.

The view from the lookout point.

One of many owls we met. The animals in cages at the Nature Center are all rescues, and all of the birds
have some sort of injury that prevents them from going back to the wild. One of them was eating
a small bird when we came by, which was not a sight I was particularly happy to see.

Icky-looking water. And some fish.

Someone painted the solar system on this underpass. Cool, eh?

Our end of the solar system.

One of those trampoline-bungee contraptions at the mall.

This doesn't really do the view justice, especially with  that tower in the middle of it.

At the end of the route.

28 June 2011

Route #3

Toy Joy, a really fun store just north of campus.
As far as I'm concerned, this is a must-see for our visitors, but so far, none of them have agreed.

Garden of Hope at a church. I'm pretty sure the statues are Mary and Joseph. The live one is Chad.

Okay, it's kind of hard to see in this picture, but the far lane is packed and barely moving.
This is why I choose public transportation, because sitting in that would make me crazy.

A bench. Nothing too exciting.

A red door (yes, I know I have a real gift for description).
To judge by the number of check-ins I see at La Madeline on Foursquare,
this is a popular place. I contented myself with taking a picture.
We can't seem to resist frozen yogurt at the moment.
A holding tank thing for water, to keep it from flooding the freeway, should it ever rain again.
Unfortunately, at the moment we have no need to hold any rain.
We've decided that we must get a picture of one of us at
a bus stop on every journey. If you enlarge the pic, you can
see the sign for the #3 in the corner.
I'm guessing they make omelettes here.
A thrift store which, to my regret, had just closed for the day when I arrived. But how cute
is that drawer set on the roof?
This was outside Top Drawer.
I never turn down the chance to take a picture of something with one of my
siblings' names on it.

I didn't even notice this from the bus, but I thought the artwork was pretty enough
to merit a picture.

Taco Shack.

A blue door. Not in Notting Hill.

Another shop that I would have happily gone into, but which was not open.

You'll need to enlarge this one for full effect. I took the picture because of the unlikely
juxtaposition of two services; the hair salon in front, and appropriately enough, the
colorectal doctors in the back.

Another unlikely one-- a pub + a dentist. Both in the same building.

This is the outdoor seating at the pub, complete with water jets to cool people off.

Nothing says "Medical Office" like some towers at the corners, presumably for
locking up difficult patients.

I don't know why this stop is so sublime. Perhaps because it's shady?

Marathon Boulevard! The Austin Marathon does not, however, run down this
street (at least, not in the past five or so years).

At first, this seemed like the sort of place I'd like to check out...

... until I saw the inside. Guess they're out of business.

A factory! For the yummy goodness that are kolaches!

When we first moved here, I thought this was a local chain. I'm still kind of
bummed that it isn't.

They do, however, have the best bike racks.

Waterloo Ice House. Note that the sawed-off bits of the canoes have not been wasted.

That's Children's Clothing on the left and The Birkenstock Shop on
the right. Presumably, the circle in the middle is for frisbeees or footballs
or whatever when the employees get bored.