WDYLIA(Why Don’t You Live In Austin?) – Episode 1
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By etrigan - Last updated: Monday, August 4, 2003 - Save & Share - 8 Comments

(subtitled my secret love letter to Tim and Karrie League) *now with pictures — so I bumped it*

This is the first in a multi-part episode titled “Why Don’t You Live In Austin?”. (Recurring every time I have an Austin moment where I say to myself “I am glad to live here.”) I am overjoyed that Austin is (in general statistic terms) not growing, but I still question why you would live anywhere else (general, but non-adherent, exceptions allowed for the big 5: New york, D.C., Chicago, San Fran, and L.A. — west of the PCH). Whenever I experience a night like Saturday night, that is so explicitly “Austin” in it’s nature, I can’t help letting this little light of mine shine.


Thank god for the Alamo Drafthouse. The execution of a movie-house that serves beer is one more example of a Backporch Beer idea that would have never been executed had it been uttered on the backporch. Tim and Karrie League not only inebriate their customers under the light of the silver screen, they make a habit of showing the coolest movie in town, blockbuster and art. Not satisfied with just being the coolest movie-showing-freaks in town, they had to take it a little further.

Almost year-round Tim and Karrie drag an inflatable screen to remote Austin locations and show these cool movies outdoors. Several weeks back it was the Dazed and Confused reunion at Decker Lake Park, this past Saturday night it was the Smokey and the Bandit Scavenger Hunt and Road Rally. Taking their road-movie idea and kicking it up just one more notch, T&K sold nearly 60 slots in a scavenger hunt road-race. We were handed 40 sealed envelopes and made to seal our drivers license in another envelope — points were deducted for an opened DL envelope, in case you got a ticket or ran out of beer while driving — then we ran from the front door of the Alamo Lake Creek to our cars to drive around North Austin searching for clues, doing math problems and trying not to get pulled over or hurt anyone else.

After driving all over North Austin deciphering clues in the envelopes (and losing 30 points because we opened three wrong envelopes) 7 scavenger hunt items were revealed (bride, dwarf, semi-truck, frog, prostitute, trans-am, polyester suit). We found matches for 6 of them (it seems that Austinites love to buy up all the polyester suits at Goodwill) including the crowd favorite, dwarf-porn, that we bought at the local “news” stand — it won us an honorable mention! Our final stop, before checking in at the movie venue, was so unimaginably non-PC. We were to pretend that we were 4 students from the Texas School for the Deaf, only one of us could talk, and we had to try to order tickets for the closed caption showing of Cannonball Run at the Regal Metropolitan Theater. Apparently at one point the Regal manager started heading off teams as they arrived and berating them. He wasn’t the only person that got pissed off at the Drafthouse that day.

Arriving at the sight for the screening, Tim regaled us with the list of new enemies the Drafthouse had acquired that day including the Metropolitan manager, some poor woman who felt the need to completely remove her orange and purple cow-themed mailbox and (apparently) a shotgun wielding owner of a land-moving company in Cedar Park. +Our pre-show entertainment was the very talented Scott Biram, who’s got an awesome blues-tinged one-man show.+ We, then, proceeded to spend a lazy evening under the Austin stars in a Stonehenge circle of Trans-Ams drinking Coors original (in the can!) and watching Smokey and the Bandit projected on the side of a former aircraft hanger — the current site of the Austin Film Society‘s sound stages, etc. It was a glorious night and it’s been a long time since I experienced a naturally-induced perma-grin.

  

p.s. This particular blog was bumped by it’s post-date because my film was finally developed and I had illustrations to add.

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8 Responses to “WDYLIA(Why Don’t You Live In Austin?) – Episode 1”

Comment from jank
Time July 28, 2003 at 4:39 pm

That rocks. Possibly the only way it could have been cooler would have been if the Cadillac Ranch were in Austin instead of Amarillo.

Another idea along this vein would be a road trip to see This is Spinal Tap at the in Hunt.

Comment from Becky
Time July 29, 2003 at 10:34 am

My love for Tim is no secret (possibly because I shout “I love you Tim” whenever he speaks and threatened to open the “chump” envelope with his cell phone number), but after this weekend I’ve realized how much Carrie kicks ass too.

I’m hoping that next they’ll start a couples therapy group about how to be desperately hip and innovative while maintaining that spark in the relationship.

If anyone wants to come for the summer camp event (see http://www.alamodrafthouse.com) for info, you’re welcome to stay at our place on Friday. It’s sure to be the event of the summer!!!

Comment from etrigan
Time July 29, 2003 at 9:03 pm

Here’s a better link for Alamo Summer Camp. I can’t wait to meet Freddy and Jason!

Comment from HarryJ
Time August 5, 2003 at 8:30 am

I’m sorry, but you left out H-town standing at #4 in terms of population for US cities. Quintessential Houston moment: talking with some guy in the checkout line at HEB contemplating when the annual Astro/Rockets/Oilers(old school) collapse will occur.

Comment from jank
Time August 5, 2003 at 9:27 am

Eh- Houston may be #4 in terms of population, but in terms of impact on pop culture, etc, it’s way, way down on the list. I’d even put it at #4 in Texas on the culture list. Austin, Dallas, San Antonio preceding Houston as cool places to live in Texas. Houston is a place to come to work.

I’d also argue that the quintessential Houston moment is sitting in traffic listening to Milo Hamilton give the play-by-play of the annual Astros collapse.

Second potential quintessential Houston moment – Standing in my neighbor’s driveway, drinking beer with a couple of the other neighborhood guys, waiting to shoot squirrels with a pellet gun so they stop chewing fascia to climb into attics.

Comment from cynsmith
Time August 5, 2003 at 3:43 pm

“waiting to shoot squirrels with a pellet gun so they stop chewing fascia to climb into attics…”

Strong endorsement for moving back to Texas if ever I heard one! Oh, would that we could do the same here. I could go out with a pellet gun every night and would soon have enough to kills to upolster a van in rat fur.

Here’s an interesting factoid: in Arlington Country, VA squirrels are not considered vermin. Thus, professional exterminators are NOT ALLOWED to exterminate them. If your attic gets infested with the fuzzy little cuties, you must shoo them away with a broom and a smile.

Comment from KellyMc
Time August 5, 2003 at 3:50 pm

If your attic gets infested with the fuzzy little cuties, you must shoo them away with a broom and a smile.

Don’t forget about bottled fox urine.

Comment from jank
Time August 5, 2003 at 4:53 pm

Can you let your cat into the attic?

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