So, if you missed the memo, I went to Austin last weekend for my birthday. I took Thursday and Friday off from work, and hopped on a plane and went to stay with katieupsidedown, who has been my friend online for almost six years, but whom I’ve never met in person before. And to see rainy_day and erato, who also live there!
katieupsidedown picked me up at the airport, and we went back to her apartment where I met her adorable and very paranoid dog, Rufus, and the cat she is fostering, Mishka, who is black and was hiding under the bed, so I didn’t so much meet her as sort of see her eyes reflecting back in the darkness.
Then we got on the bus, which is apparently an unheard of rarity in Austin, and took it down to First Thursday on South Congress, which is like a sort of street fair/craft show outdoors ones a month. We went out to a local restaurant called South Congress Cafe, and got pretty nice salads and beers, and erato caught up with us, and then walked around looking at the stores and craft stalls and a trailer for the animal rescue that Mishka is from.
Then we went to the Big Top Candy Shop, which was freaking awesome. Full of old-fashioned candies, including Bonamo Turkish Taffy, which is one of those things that my mom has always talked about as one of her favorite childhood candies but that she was certain didn’t exist anymore, so I bought her one of those, and a couple candies to try. They also had an oldschool soda fountain, so we got some of those, too.
After the candy store, we headed to a bus stop, where we waited for a very long time before discovering we were waiting for the wrong bus.
While we were doing this, I opened one of the candies I bought, which was called an Idaho Spud:
It was…weird, is the right word. It was covered in chocolate and coconut, and when we broke it up, we discovered that it was full of a gelatinous goo, kind of like those Passover Marshmallow Twists, although the flavor was completely indecipherable.
So, once we realized we were in the wrong place, we called a cab, and erato left us, and we went out to a local bar called the Gibson, which had a pretty nice whiskey selection as well as a pretty nice beer selection, so I had a Manhattan and then some beers, and katieupsidedown and I chatted until closing time, and then went back to her place and chatted some more.
It is always really awesome to meet people I’ve known online for so long and discover that they are just as awesome in person as they are on the internet.
More soon! With more pictures.
Mirrored from Antagonia.net.