Garbage and Wildflowers
They were playing in a small club in
Austin, so we got tickets.
was to play Dallas this past weekend, but they're part of
a bigger festival lineup
The trouble started right after we
croosed the Red River from Oklahoma into Texas.
I give Tulsa a bunch of crap, but we
hardly ever have traffic here.
The only lines we have here in Oklahoma
is for fast food.
Eventually we made it to Dallas.
I got a lot of replies, and some of them
were even practical.
You'd think Dallas would have at least
100 Mexican Restaurants, but you'd be wrong.
Instead of offering a restaurant to me
and then saying it's "permanently closed,"
Since we had to gamble, I decided to
gamble at a place near the Interstate.
We ended up at Luna
del Noche, which is Spanish for,
It's a clean, new-ish place in a new-ish
Odd that they would spend so many thousands of dollars on their
location and then serve
The service blew, too.
Our waiter, who was busy telling jokes to
the other waiters when we left,
That's right, Cubby.
I "forgot" to pay my bill and you "caught me."
So we're back on I-35, headed south towards Austin - in complete traffic gridlock.
How many f-ing cars are in the hellhole they call Tejas?
It's 2 PM on a Friday and I-35 was a parking lot from Dallas to Austin.
How do you people deal with that bullshit every day of your lives?
We'd get up to 65 MPH, then slow to 30 and then gring to a halt.
Most of Texas traffic is pickups and SUVs, so these drivers said "Fuck it,"
and drove off the Interstate and onto the side access roads.
So we get into Austin after f-ing dark because I-35 has 50,000 cars and trucks on it.
We drove by the concert venue to get an idea of what to do the next night, then we
grabbed a Motel 6 and looked for more Mexican food. We found Poppasito's.
Their food was decent, but they got our order wrong.
We ordered onions, but none were delivered.
I asked for "meat sauce" on my enchiladas and got cheese, instead.
Is it possible to get good Mexican food in the state of Tejas?
So it's 9:30 now and I'm looking forward to a nightcap to help me sleep
but the liquor stores in Tejas close at 9 PM. Why do people live in Tejas?
That's OK, I've been fighting heavy traffic for eight hours so sleep wasn't a problem.
Next thing I know it'a 8 AM and Mrs. Bart is ready to go.
She says we're going to the Lady Bird Wildflower Center.
You young dudes out there - this is the
trick to a long and successful marriage.
I thought this might be a blue agave plant
This is the plant that started the
trouble - the Texas Bluebonnet.
She heard there were giant fields of blue
in Tejas, and this dead plant didn't whet her appetite,
The lady said "Try Fredericksburg"
which she indicated was just a few miles away.
We had all day so it shouldn't have been
a problem - but the traffic!
It was 3 PM before we got there and by
then it was time to head back.
I called my buddy RJ, the Nomadic Pillar,
who was also going to the concert.
So now it's about 6:30 and we're looking
for a place to park for the show
It's RJ, who texted to say the Garbage concert was cancelled.
Perfect - we drove 500 miles to see a cancelled concert.
So, we met up with RJ and went to Guaro's Taco Bar where we
had appetisers and a margarita as we contemplated our bad luck.
Turns out Duke, one of Shirley's guitar players had a family emergency
so it looks like we'll be driving another 500 miles when they re-schedule.
Gee, I hope we get to visit Austin in mid-July.
Last thing, I'd be willing to drive some miles to find some real good Tex-Mex food.
Is there anything in Texas worth eating?