trying something new…

So this blog is mostly dead. But I’m trying something new. A photoblog. We’ll see how it goes.

My photoblog

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las vegas renaissance festival…

Las Vegas Ren Faire

I’ve always wanted to go to a Renaissance Faire. Yes, it’s a bit nerdy. I don’t care. I was finally able to make it to the Las Vegas version. I can’t say I was expecting TOO much… Las Vegas and fairs aren’t that impressive, in my experience. But this one was pretty fun. Interesting characters all around and there wasn’t as much crap stuff (read: funnel cakes, corn dogs) as I was expecting. I’m really looking forward to the Pirate Fest that is coming next April.

Pictures HERE.

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zilker botanical gardens…

Zilker Botanical GardensI haven’t mentioned it in the previous Austin posts, but my purpose of the visit wasn’t to “visit Austin.” It was to visit with someone I hadn’t seen in five years. Five years too long, really. We went to the LBJ library and state capitol (mentioned previously). We also stopped by the university to see the tower. That was only about an hour long visit. The longer visit was to Zilker Botanical Gardens. It was a nice place to just wander around. I enjoyed just wandering around the grounds and the quiet with her (though she might not have known that).

Pictures HERE. (same album as the state capitol building).

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texas state capitol building…

Texas State Capitol

On my recent trip to Austin, I was also able to visit the Texas state capitol building. I’d like to visit all of those, but I know I’ve got about the same chance as that snowball in hell.

The Texas capitol building is similar to others – domed with chambers on either side. They were out of session when I visited, so you could partially enter the chambers. The outdoor grounds were perfect for people picnicking or just hanging out… which both were happening. It is the south, so of course there were statues honoring things about the Confederacy. I don’t see that going away anytime soon. Interesting tidbit – the statue on the top of the dome is a woman (not sure who or what it represents). But since Texas still seems to consider itself “separate” from the US, the woman is facing away from the rest of the country. I don’t know if that’s really true or just something that fits the views of Texans.

Pictures HERE.

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lyndon baines johnson library and museum…

I recently made a trip to Austin. This time is was for personal travel, not business (a rarity). One of the places I was able to make it to was the LBJ Library and Museum. This makes the fifth Presidential Museum that I’ve been able to visit (Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, and Reagan being the others). Maybe someday I’ll get to the rest of them.

Like all of them, this one is mostly about LBJ’s administration. It’s on three floors – the first two floors are about his job as President. The third floor is more of his personal life. When I was there, they had a special exhibit on the Beatles.

The building itself it pretty impressive. I think it’s about 7 stories tall. There is a very large central atrium – on one wall is the Presidential Seal. Opposite that wall is a wall of windows – where you can see the actual stacks of the library containing all his papers. The other two walls are pretty plain. But they did have pictures of all past Presidents and their wives. I think there were 1 or 2 that were not married. I suppose we should all have learned that fact in school… but it’s been long enough that I don’t remember (nor is it really that important).

One thing that I found amusing… the docent we had at the introduction to the exhibit had some comments about the Presidential limousine on display (a Lincoln). She said that the President now has a Cadillac and that the rumor is that they changed to Cadillac because the government bailed out GM. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that it’s the Secret Service that decides what car is used. Or the fact that Ronald Reagan had a Cadillac (which is on display at his Library).

One thing that was fun… walking along the pictures of the Presidents and their wives and playing “Hot or Not?” OK, maybe not in good taste, but it was fun with the person I was with.

Pictures HERE.

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