2011 Texas Gubernatorial Inauguration

A thousand words

Never again will I have to explain what it is I like about downtown Austin.

The Carillon

Living in a restaurant-rich town like Austin, one of the most commonly asked questions for business lunchers and couples looking for a place to have a nice dinner is, “Where should we go?”  Consider The Carillon at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center.  Chef Josh Watkins is one of the most brilliant creative culinary minds in the business, and he continues to amaze and impress me with the things he does with the most simple ingredients.  I shot a bunch of his stuff last night, and the best part?  The team and I got to eat it all afterward. Tough job, those food shoots.  Big thanks to Chef Watkins and his staff, and to Keith Purcell, Terrence Moline and Delia Huang for all the help.

iPhone

So I finally got an iPhone, and as much as I like it, I’m astonished by the quality of the photos it takes.  I say “it,” because there are no settings.  It’s all automatic.  This is the first photo I took with it, today, on 6th Street.  The only Photoshop work done here was to cut the file size in half.  Incredible.  Those people there at Apple may just have a future in computers and stuff.

Chef Josh Watkins’ Heirloom Tomato Salad

Gabriel’s

So you’ve finished a full day of executive education and you’re like me in that you like to eat and drink more than just about anything else.  Gabriel’s is your spot.  Full bar, tasty grub crafted by Chef Josh Watkins, a great view of the tower and a bunch of cool old Longhorn memorabilia everywhere.  The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center is easily the best kept secret in Austin meeting space.  Unless you’re an Aggie.

Better Than Ezra

la_zona_rosaThis shot here shows what kind of concert-goer I am.  My old pals from Better Than Ezra were in town for a show at La Zona Rosa last night, and all I could manage was a stop in at the 4:00pm soundcheck and dinner with them at Ranch 616.  Hell, their show started at 11:00pm, and while I’m sure there were plenty of drunk happy Longhorns and drunk pissed Red Raiders there, I’d been asleep for two hours when they cranked up.  Big thanks to Kevin, Jim, Tom, Michael and Brian for the beer on the bus.  Next stop for them:  El Paso, Albuquerque and on out to the West Coast.  A little-known fact I learned last night:  BTE frontman Kevin Griffin writes all their songs and is a very, very talented songwriter.  He wrote this.

A day in the life

I started this blog on the suggestion and encouragement of the talented team at Fosforus.  In terms of ROI, it has been a homerun.  Off the charts.  The only investment has been time posting entries, and I’ve had actual cash return.  So big thanks to WordPress and to Fosforus.  That said, I think I’ll join the rest of you bloggers out there who use these things to tell people about your day (no, I’m not making fun of you…I repeat, I join you).  Today started out with trip to the dump.  1-800-Got-Junk is not effectively marketing themselves if they’re not using an image like this with a caption that reads something like, “You’ll Never Get The Smell Out of Your Nostril Hairs.”  You think Hell has fire and stuff?  Mine has six inches of foul-smelling slippery grey mud.

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Then, I drove back downtown.  Probably shouldn’t be snapping photos on a 70-foot flyover at 55mph.

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I saw a bad wreck at the intersection of MLK and the I-35 access road.  I hope everyone was okay, and by the look of that Prius, I bet they are.  Astounding structural resilience.

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I drove past the Capitol and thought about all the people I know who’ve worked there.

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Then I saw this in a parking lot in Sunset Valley.

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Then I drove back downtown and noticed how far along the W Hotel is coming.

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When I got up to Congress, I saw a small herd of those Segue tour people.

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And one of them wiped out.  I couldn’t help laughing.  Sorry.

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Then I went south on Congress to shoot some of those traliers that sell food, but got there to find that they’re not open on Mondays.  Shit.

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So I went home.

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Oh, and today is my birthday.

Club DeVille

loose_leavesJason Lewis, the frontman for Loose Leaves, asked me to go to Club DeVille last night and shoot a few for his CD release party.  Very talented guys there.  You might recognize the guy on the far right (Ryan Young).  He and Jason and Taylor Vieger (who was there last night, also) were the guys in the first installment of Tuning Fork down at Fosforus.  Great show last night, and a great venue.  Big thanks to the guy there at the door who let me go up on on the roof for a few shots.  Shhh….there might be a lawyer listening.