Thanks to a good friend getting me great tickets I got to go to the Fiesta Bowl. It was a truly awesome game.
The first half was a defensive struggle from both teams, and the second half was when the game became really exciting. The 3rd quarter belonged to the Longhorns as they took the lead and seamed to be taking over the game completely.
The stadium erupted when Colt McCoy threw the winning touchdown pass to Cosby with 16 seconds left; the applause was thunderous when Ohio State’s quarterback was sacked.
One of my favorite buildings in Austin is the Seaholm Power Plant on Cesar Chavez. This Art Deco building was built in 1950 and is now slated for redevelopment. Plans call for the building to contain 80,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and office space. It will also contain meeting or conference space and event space and a possible culture entertainment component. I would bet that the price of the condos looking down on Town Lake will be well above my budget.
The staff of AroundAustin.com is going to go downtown Friday evening to do a photoshoot. We’re going to photograph the Austin Energy Building, the Pedestrian bridge and then just wander downtown looking for cool spots to shoot.
Any ideas for a great spot for a picture? Add it as a comment. Get specific. If we get a decent shot we’ll send a print to the person that suggested it.
Our favorite Realtor, Deep Nasta from Deep in the Heart of Texas Realty sent us the Deep’s Infamous Happy Hour list with permission to use it. Add your favorite deal in the comments and I’m sure Deep will update his list.
by Joe Payton and Leslie Hall
Recently we got to attend Hudson’s on the Bend’s Cooking school at the home of Jeff Blank, owner of Hudson’s on the Bend. As you enter Jeff’s home, you immediately descended in the pool area overlooking Lake Travis. Attentive waiters kept wine and appetizers flowing freely. I anticipated an evening of slicing, chopping, and grilling, and came prepared to have my sleeves rolled up to my elbows.
After the chefs had prepped and we had sampled scrumptious appetizers all while taking in an amazing view of Lake Travis, we were ushered into stadium style seating that perched us in front of two witting, entertaining, and knowledgeable chefs. The two creative geniuses that made us both laugh and gasp were Robert Rhoades and Jeff Blank. The menu included: “deep sautéed” hot-n-crunchy shrimp; a glazed quail, prepared in a stovetop Cameron smoker (I want one!) over hickory chips, and served over a tossed baby spinach salad; and an herb butter grilled lobster tail sitting on grilled tenderloin of beef with a spicy cilantro and jalapeno hollandaise sauce.
I spend my days trying to figure out how to improve the productivity of the most valuable part of any organization–it’s people. I’m excited that we’re having a conference for like minded folks in Austin–usually I get to get on a plane and travel to these conferences. The elearning Symposium 2008 is on April 23, 2008 at the Doubletree Hotel in Austin. Speakers include Debby Kalk, Hiram Kuykendall, Hank Jones (yeah he’s a lawyer but he’s also a heckuva musician and a great speaker), and Chris Justice.
The symposium will focus on helping you create cost-effective e-learning programs that help make your folks more productive. So if you’re an instructional designer, trainer, or just someone your boss is bugging about implementing learning programs go to www.elearningsymposium.com to sign up. You can save $100 if you do it by April 9th.
CampLife! is a charity whose mission is to help families that have lost a parent to the Iraq war. Today we are interviewing John Gillis, Jr.. He is the the founder and president of CampLIFE!
John, How did charity start?
I enjoyed attending summer camp as a child, and believes that these activities contribute to self-confidence, relationship skills and overall health. I founded CampLIFE! to provide the camping experience to those who would not normally have that opportunity.
More than 10 million children attend camp annually, from recreational opportunities to the more complex theme camps that serve various groups of children with special needs. Any child can benefit from the summer camp experience, with children who share some profound loss benefiting even more. Unfortunately, with fees beginning at $200-$400/week, residential camps are unaffordable for many of the children that could benefit the most.
Today we are talking to Mason Arnold, “Cookie Monster” of Greenling Organic Delivery. Greenling is an Austin based company that delivers fresh organic produce directly to your door.
AroundAustin: Mason what does Greenling Organic Delivery do?
Mason: We deliver Organic and/or Local food right to people’s door. Everything is done online. You browse just like you would at a grocery store, pick and choose what you want, then schedule it for delivery.