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.

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.