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DAC Extracurriculars

We’re all getting ready for DAC here at the Carter household. I’m really looking forward to getting to spend a few days in my old stomping grounds, Austin! If you’re not from the area, here are a few things you should check out while you’re there. Keep in mind that these are extracurricular extracurricular activities and prioritize them accordingly with the big vendor bashes which are always a lot of fun.

Trudy’s and the Mexican Martini
There are at least three locations of Trudy’s Mexican Restaurant in Austin.  The food is good, but what you should really try is the Mexican Martini!  It’s so famous that it’s been written up in the New York Times.  Essentially, it’s an extra large margarita served in a cocktail shaker with a martini glass.  It’s so big in fact that the limit at each Trudy’s location is two.  But wait, there are three Trudy’s locations, and that brings us to the Trudy’s Triple!  One of the local challenges is to drink your limit of Mexican Martinis at all three locations in a single night.  You should only try this with a taxi cab, of course, and perhaps a few friends to make sure you get back to your hotel as opposed to having your alcohol soaked organs prematurely harvested.

Poodle Dog Lounge
For a little local color what I call the North side of town, but Austin natives call central Austin, check out the Poodle Dog Lounge.  The last time I was there, it was a beer only joint, (Texas has some truly bizarre liquor laws.  If you don’t believe me go to Dallas sometime).  Not to worry though because the aforementioned Trudy’s is just up the street.  There are plenty of pool tables available at the Poodle Dog and quite often a local band.

Barton Springs Pool
This is a beautiful spring fed pool in the center of downtown Austin.  The water is always chili and clear.  It’s great for  a dip after enduring the sometimes grueling Austin heat.  In the 1970′s, the women of Austin protested for the right to go topless.  They won and were granted a small hill overlooking Barton Springs Pool to do with their shirts as they pleased. Before long everyone began to realize the silliness of occupying a hillside with the pool right there, and over the years they’ve migrated down the hill towards the pool.


Bob Schneider
Bob is Austin’s resident musician extraordinaire.  He burst upon the national scene during the 1990s when he released “Deep Blue Sea” and was dating Sandra Bullock, and has since developed a huge cult following in the Austin area. He plays at several venues downtown and hist style changes depending on the venue.  At Antone’s your almost guaranteed to find the Bob my crowd reveres and loves for riotous, high-energy, hedonistic, misogynistic lyrics accompanied by musical styles ranging from rap to rockabilly, (really whatever style of music Bob happens to be interested in at the time.)  At Saxon’s Pub, where Bob will be playing on June 3rd during DAC, you’ll find a slightly more restrained, and refined version of his music that tends more towards ballads and songs which aren’t always about sweet love are certainly slower in tempo and tamer in content.  If you can hang around until June 14th, (perhaps a few too many Mexican Martinis?), the show at Antone’s should be phenomenal.

Toy Joy
As you’re having fun, don’t forget to go home with presents!  Toy Joy is an awesomely fun, kitschy, low priced toy store located in central Austin.  They have a wide selections of toys including Little Golden Books, gyroscopes, bathtub boats made completely of recycled milk bottles, bouncy balls, and 20 sided die.  Best of all, they’ll gift wrap each toy for free if you so desire!

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