The Birth of the Cool

14 Mar

 

We didn't go to Dallas.  Because Jackie Onassis said that it ain't safe for Catholics yet.

We didn't go to Dallas. Because Jackie Onassis said that it ain't safe for Catholics yet.

 

 

Austin has continued to be awesome.  We got up and  made a second trip to Waffle House at the behest of Daniel, one of our excellent and generous hosts.  We didn’t notice any sort of insect problem in the restaurant.  But, for some reason, I was leery of the coffee.

This coffee is fly!

This coffee is fly!

Then we ran some errands, including one to a cool independent video store called I ❤ Video.  The sections were organized by subgenre and by director and such.  They had lots of obscure movies that I had never heard of, so it must be very cool!  (Just kidding, it was actually very cool.)

More Murals!

More Murals!

 

Badasssss.

Badasssss.

Then Shawn and I went down by the University and visited the Blanton Art Museum.  We parked in a garage for hours for only three dollars.  Take that, Boston.  We saw and exhibit called “The Birth of the Cool” about modernism and jazz.  Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed.  The rest of the museum, however, was wildly photographable!

Geometry!

Geometry!

 

"Ladies!"

"Ladies!"

 

"Quick!  Use your horse as a shield!" - Shawn

"Quick! Use your horse as a shield!" - Shawn

 

An x-ray with tattoos!  Waahhh!

An x-ray with tattoos! Waahhh!

 

Damn, it feels good to be gangsta.

Damn, it feels good to be gangsta.

Then we moved on to the greatest popcorn store that has ever been.  We ate peanut butter-chocolate covered popcorn.  We also tried dill pickle.  You can order popcorn online from this place, and I suggest you do!  One of the owners is named Nadia, and she was super pleasant.

 

So many flavors!

So many flavors!

Then we wandered around looking for a mailbox for probably an hour.  We ran into the Capitol building and some sort of government pit.  Then, when we finally found a mailbox, we celebrated with thumbs-ups.  Then we ate some delicious barbecue food.  I even scrounged up some actual vitamins!

Where the magic happens.  And by magic, I mean legislation.

Where the magic happens. And by magic, I mean legislation.

 

Where senators fight bears!  (I like to imagine.)

Where senators fight bears! (I like to imagine.)

 

USP-YES!

USP-YES!

 

So much meat is held within.  Plus, Dr. Pepper on tap!

So much meat is held within. Plus, Dr. Pepper on tap!

 

Look, ma!  Vegetables!

Look, ma! Vegetables!

Then we went down to the open mic at the Coldtowne Theater.  It was run by the aforementioned Albert Im, and it was lots of fun.  We got four minutes to be funny, and it was the first set I felt I really knocked out of the park.  In Boston, I would hate to be the guy just doing his material at an open mic, but out of town, it seemed important to show that I actually have jokes.  

Me and Dr. Bear.  Rocking it in Austin.

Me and Dr. Bear. Rocking it in Austin.

Then we went out on the town with some Austin comics.  There was much merriment!

Where the merriment happened.

Where the merriment happened.

 

Austin friends Joe Staats, Jake Flores, Birthday Guy, and Seth Cockfield.

Austin friends Joe Staats, Jake Flores, Birthday Guy, and Seth Cockfield.

Dr. Bear!!?!?!?  Who's going to drive home, now?

Dr. Bear!!?!?!? Who's going to drive home, now?

Later on, gang!

Josh

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