Hey hey all of you out there in Buffalo! I made it to Austin A-OK, and just wanted to say hi! And hi, even if you don’t live in Buffalo…The trip down was definitely an experience to remember, let me tell you. Driving 1500 miles for 3 days straight definitely put a larger toll on me…And my car. She choked in the last 4 miles of the trip, overheated badly. But it could have been much worse; I arrived and got her fixed up, and she works good as before (mostly). The trip down will get it’s own post in due time; right now I want to talk about Austin itself.
Firstly, let me say that it’s been a long time since I’ve been in such a busy city! There’s always something going on or something to do. Rolling into town, the first thing I noticed before the “Check Engine Light” was that half the signs I was seeing were for food joints. Austin is real big on food, especially Tex-Mex. I mean, there’s at least 3 sushi places within 3 miles of my house. Just sushi. Yea.
And then there’s the weather. It’s about as warm here in winter as it is in summer in Buffalo. Low-mid 70’s, which makes working outside so nice. This last week was E-Corps training, so lots of paperwork, for one…But we also got to check out some of the areas they’ve worked in in the past, and did some light work (brush clearing on a Texas ranch and planting trees/installing benches on Saturday at an elementary school). I’m getting along great with my crew and on Wednesday-Friday we’ll be camping out at a place called Candlelight Ranch to do some team-building stuff. So far, I think I’ve made a good move. As for what to do when the 10-month program is over, not sure yet. I was thinking another road trip, only this time I’ll take my time, y’know? I rolled through most of the cities I visited…Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnatti, Louisville, Nashville, Memphis, Little Rock, Texarkana, and Dallas were the main ones. I made a few stops here and there and I’ve got some great road-moments to share, but, as I said…The trip will get it’s own post.
So…What’s new with you?