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March 26, 2018

Ellsworth Kelly: Austin – Austin's Blanton Museum of Art

This week is never easy, school resumes, the hardship of the time change sets in, a few days of detox to endure, a week spent with friends from out of town comes to an end. I received a text this weekend "I miss you *guys" ( I did clean up the language to keep the blog somewhat family friendly).

This weekend was a chance to visit the latest addition to the Blanton Museum of Art by Ellsworth Kelly.

Ellsworth Kelly Austin Blanton UT 

ellsworth kelly austin 

ellsworth kelly blanton block party 2018 

ellsworth kelly chapel blanton austin 

Blanton had a block party to celebrate the opening.  

blanton block party 2018 

We probably could've scheduled our day differently to see Bright Light Social Hour at the block party.  That would've run into night, and sometimes things just don't work out to do it all.  

urban hike and bike trail austin shoal creek 

We did find time to get the bikes out and explore an urban trail that had managed to escape us for the past dozen years. The trail runs directly across the street from Kat's office building. The Shoal Creek Trail is a nice mixture of paved park path and gravel trail that might have you convinced you were deep into Hill Country.

Patrick Dougherty stick art austin pease park 

The trail runs through Pease Park. This gave us the opportunity to see the latest stick-art installation by Patrick Dougherty.

Our weekend was cut short. Kat had to deal with an emergency at work and spent most of her time glued to her laptop. I binge watched Trailer Park Boys and pulled weeds in the yard.  

March 19, 2018

SXSW a whole bunch of SXSW including: A Place to Bury Strangers

I'm just going to dump all the SXSW 2018 into this one post.

Favorite show was A Place to Bury Strangers. We actually saw them twice. I took the whole family along for the second show. #1 Son complained "live music is SOOO boring". I made him a deal, just watch this one band, and I'll take you home.

a place to bury strangers sxsw 2018 bass


They came out and assaulted their instruments. The punishment is real. Note the bass player has also damaged his knee in the exchange.

a place to bury strangers sxsw 2018 whole foods 


I believe this was their last show of sxsw 2018. The guitar player was down to ONE LAST GUITAR. The pic above was near the end of the set. You can see they are happy, and this was sort of a cue to go ahead and start busting up the guitar, one last time (guitar destruction video below). There was also a point where the bass player did a roundhouse kick and his water bottle went flying, right into the face of the guy standing next to me. He was a good sport about it. He was shooting video on his iPhone when it happened, I hope he posts it.

a place to bury strangers sxsw whole foods 2018 

#1 son could not say it was a boring show.  


wye oak sxsw 2018 blackheart 

Wye Oak

la luz she shreds party sahara lounge sxsw 2018 

The She Shreds show was relocated to the Sahara Lounge and it was PACKED! I was there to see La Luz.

lizzo sxsw 2018 


lizzo at sxsw 2018


I didn't try to see as many shows as possible this year. I came home when my wife said it was time to come home. I'm mostly thankful to spend time with family and friends, as seen below.

mashable house sxsw 2018 

mahable vr humple pie sxsw 2018 

tech party at sxsw 2018 

vox media sxsw 2018 

stranger things sxsw schwinn mike's bike  

sxsw 2018 christopher moore and paul schuster 



March 12, 2018

A daytrip to Sweetwater, a DELOS Destination Westworld

We put in the big effort and camped out in the standby line for the Westworld SXSW trip to Sweetwater. 

westworld bespoke weapons

Kat identifies as White Hat.  

kat identifies white hat at westworld sxsw

westworld sxsw hbo 

traincar to sweewater sxsw westworld 


slutty android at westworld sxsw  

sxsw westworld hbo sexy android  

You just know I had to get on the android woman.  

sexy bar girl sweetwaer westworld android woman 

Kat's favorite android was Harper (seen below). Harper was curious about the symbol on my jacket

H: what does that there mean?

Me: THAT is the symbol for the Empire

H: I never heard of the Empire. What sort of thing is that?

Me: Oh, they were some real cocksuckers. You don't want to get involved with them

H: COCKSUCKER? Well I've never heard of such a word. Is that something you picked up in the Mariposa Saloon? Tell me more about these Empire Cocksuckers

Me: They built the Deathstar. It could destroy a whole planet

H: DEATHSTAR!? I've seen stars at night over Sweetwater, I sure hope none of them is a Deathstar! (squints at the sky scanning for signs of deathstars as seen below).

sxsw westworld sweetwater harper looks for the deathstar 

Harper went on to tell us to visit his Mom, Josephine. She owns the restaurant where we were treated to a tin of warm beans, beef jerky and live music.  


We also visited the portrait gallery, the bank, the Post Office. 

post office mail sxsw westworld austin sweetwater 

We each had mail addressed to us in the Post Office. My envelope contained a rambling threat letter addressed to me, complete with a smudge of blood.  

sxsw westworld austin 

There were several story lines that could be explored by interacting with the androids. Kat was not comfortable speaking to strangers, even android ones. The drama and action got heated after a while. There were accusations, and a lot of emotions spilling out from those western styled robots.

android gunplay as sweetwater westworld sxsw 2018 hbo austin 

When a couple of androids pulled their gun, Kat took off. "I run from confrontation, real or not" she said. We started making our way out of Sweetwater during the big gunfight. We loaded our shuttle and returned to "Old Austin".  

I did get some video of these would be bank robbers arguing amongst themselves. The wind noise is a bit much, but you get the idea of all the cussing and anger they were indulging in.  

March 05, 2018

BMW Dump Truck and some Mettle portraiture.

Kat and I had the car detailed on Sunday. It really looked brand new. Then Monday came and I used it to haul the scrap metal to the recycler.

bmw x5 work vehicle dump truck tow 

I left with cash money for my effort. I have one more trailer load to haul this week.

swim spa removal 

All the steel panels are gone. I've begun bagging up all the bits of foam and detritus. I'm not certain what to do with the large hydraulic fan unit, and the huge hydraulic electric motor in the garage. These items must have some second use value to somebody.


texas wine tasting at mattie's greener pastures

We attended a wine tasting event that featured 100% Texas sourced grapes. I'd been skeptical of Texas wines based on our experiences when we first moved here, from California. I will admit the Texas wine industry has greatly improved.  

trillium mettle dipa sunset  

I still enjoy portraiture. Kat enjoys her privacy. The kids are either busy gaming, or generally annoyed if I aim a camera at them. This Mettle Double IPA from Trillium exhibited great patience as I took pic, after pic, till I got the exposure right where I wanted it.  

trillium brewing boston mettle dipa 

THIS... is a world class beer for sure.