I landed back in Austin several day before I planned to, but thanks to Ethan, a good friend from college, I had a place to stay for as long as I needed in order to get my proverbial ducks back in a row. This time I was on the southern end of the city.
On the first afternoon I got to hang out at a skate park with Ethan and his son, watching skaters of all ages try tricks that made my legs feel wobbly.
I was lucky enough to go to the Paramount Theater 3 times during the week I stayed with Ethan; it's good (and incredibly lucky) to have friends who work in the right places and get comp tickets as part of their benefits. I saw Tig Notaro, Henry Rollins, and the taping of Talk Nerdy (Episode 138) which was a mind-bending discussion about physics. The panel took questions at the end; a couple of 12-year-old kids were singled out and asked some really interesting questions.
I took a couple of day trips too, which I'll share over the next couple of posts.