Monday, August 14, 2006

Keeping Austin Weird

You see, more of the weirdness I live with!

Austin FreakNEWS from the Austin Chronicle:

This was the scene during last week's First Thursday festivities, as neighbors mounted a singing demonstration in front of the South Congress Cafe, protesting the upscale Trudy's spin-off's prolonged refusal to comply with city code centering around an illegally built deck and fence erected atop a city sidewalk – all constructed despite four city stop- work orders.

The city plans to take Trudy's back to court after the business failed to meet the terms of a deferred adjudication agreement made following an initial lawsuit last year. Hard-hat-clad neighbors sang Sixties protest anthems, reworded to decry the eatery's injustices. "We're directing our collective frustration in a creative, South Austin way," said nearby resident Kathie Tovo.
Here's where it got weird.

At about the same time, a handful of fire-and-brimstone evangelicals arrived carrying signs depicting the damned engulfed in the flames of hell, and a dozen or so performers gorily made-up as zombies, advertising a new production, limped past the protest, completely bewildering passers by and creating a freaky scene of Village People meets Rocky Horror Picture Show. "This is so South Congress," someone said.

Just another day in Austin.

44 Comments:

At 4:23 PM, Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Truly bizarre! My hometown would se nothing of this nature, too damn conservative.

 
At 4:57 PM, Blogger WeezieLou said...

glenda, here i was in my own little subdivision in austin, when 10 miles away there was a perfectly good demonstration i missed out on! call me next time!!i can always dig up some righteous indignation or outrage, whatever the situation calls for.

 
At 5:45 PM, Blogger The Fat Lady Sings said...

Thanks for the out loud laugh! It was the zombies that got me. That was the final straw. I just couldn't hold back. And I keep hearing YMCA playing over and over again in my head! Lord, honey. But you do have some interesting days.

 
At 6:57 PM, Blogger thepoetryman said...

I saw the damned walking about muttering "brains" "brains" "brains" to which there was no refrain. :>)

 
At 7:03 PM, Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Austin sounds like such a fun place when you describe it.

 
At 7:18 PM, Blogger glenda said...

There is a bumper sticker here that has been circulating for a few decades...that says "Keep Austin Weird."
Some really take it to heart and eve nour city elections are sometimes unusual...circuslike.

 
At 7:22 PM, Blogger Andy! said...

I have fallen for your blog.

Boston terriers,

Texas,

My favorite Piggly Wiggly employee of all time was named Glenda.

Don't stop a rockin',
Drew

 
At 7:35 PM, Blogger No said...

Thanks, Glenda..made my day...

I was called a freak today, and after reading this post, I believe it's a compliment!

 
At 1:12 AM, Blogger Sothis said...

Wow, Glenda, you are putting Austin on my top ten list of places to consider as a new home when we leave Belgium. Sounds like my kind of freaks. I'll be the one dressed as Magenta...

 
At 2:26 AM, Blogger sumo said...

I don't know...how close is it to George country...oopsie...I mean Crawford? If it's not too far away...that could explain it.

 
At 3:33 AM, Blogger glenda said...

hi andy, Thanks!

beth, Freak means different, different means you are not a neo-con.

sothis...there is a huge high-tecj corridor between Austin and San Antonio. All hte majot high tech dompanies have offices here. 5 universities....more PhDs percapita than any city in the world, last I heard, but freaky, in a goodway.

Sumo- I'm less than 100 miles from Crawford.

 
At 7:02 AM, Blogger DivaJood said...

Glenda, all ya'all have such colorful things going on - this is hilarious.

 
At 7:04 AM, Blogger betmo said...

uh- huh. these people turn up everywhere. they must have some sort of democrat radar or something. way to win conversions.

 
At 7:05 AM, Blogger Candace said...

I want to get a bumper sticker that says, "Keep Dallas Pretentious."
:)

 
At 7:23 AM, Blogger JBlue said...

Hilarious. I grew up in Hell, Missouri, so I can appreciate weird.

 
At 8:47 AM, Blogger Blueberry said...

I was down there at first Thurs. Soco. Saw the zombies (got a picture of them on my blog), talked to the people protesting the deck. That deck has got to go!

 
At 10:32 AM, Blogger glenda said...

hiya'all!
Keep Dallas Rpetentious! Ha! Loveit!!
blueberry, what's up with Trudy's? They gone corporate? Soco is the bomb.

 
At 12:55 PM, Blogger jacqui said...

To honest I am really surprised that Austin actually has any code violations to violate, given the hideous houses that have been built in the Travis Heights and surrounding areas.

I have friend who had a house just off South Congress who woke up one day to find this huge 3 storey so called house being built next to her lovely single storey house. Not only was it hideous but it blocked the light completely in her bouse. To add insult to injury they dumped tarmac on her lawn, killing it off and nearly destroyed an old old tree.

The picture in the Austin chronicle really does make it look tacky to be honest

http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid%3A339286

and really not up to the shabby look required to be hip in South Congress.

You make Austin sound so much more exciting and interesting than really is. Mind you Pflugerville is enough to deaden anyone's brain.

 
At 1:47 PM, Blogger pissed off patricia said...

I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry. I laughed my tiny ass off.

 
At 2:41 PM, Blogger glenda said...

Well, jacqui, I happen to love Travis Heights, however, the new proposed Mcmansion zoning should take care of those who want to plant a mansion next door to an older modest home. About time too.
But then there's Geoergetown, very different, so something for everyone ,I guess.

Hey,PoP, thanks!

 
At 5:59 AM, Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Funny stuff Glenda!

 
At 6:59 AM, Blogger jacqui said...

Hi Glenda, I didn't mean I didn't like Travis Heights, I would love to live there with its shabby chic but the new houses that are being built so they can be 4000 sq ft on a 800 sq ft plot are hideous on the whole. Has the McMansion proposal actually been passed, it certainly needs to be.

As for Georgetown it is one of my favourite places with loads of new paths for walking from Georgetown to the Dam, brilliant if you have a dog.

Unfortunately, Plfugerville doesn't have the same town square presence and people just pass by in their cars or sleep there between jobs. Hanovers is very good though.

 
At 8:36 AM, Blogger Candace said...

Glenda, we're hearing up here in Dallas that the McMansions are starting to fall apart now. No wonder, since they were put up so hastily. They're having foundation problems, plumbing, etc. Heh.

 
At 7:18 PM, Blogger glenda said...

Oh, sorry, i didn't get it. Yes, you are right.Those new huge houses are monstrous. And as Candace points out, they will probably not last like the older homes.

 
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