Thursday, August 24, 2006

Silly runs and other silliness

LATE EDIT: It's now Saturday and is 103-104 depending on what neighborhood you're in.
A lot of bloggers made a big deal out of Bush's 100-degree Club run, where he has his staffers jog in the 100 degree heat. Personally, as much as I can't stand Dubya, I don't have any problem with that. Those people are his staff, they are with him in Crawford, and they are already puckered up... on both ends... so dance with the one that brung ya.

The other reason I don't have a problem with it is because I don't have a problem with this event that happens Saturday. It's the Keep Austin Weird 5k run followed by a sweaty outdoor music show. Cheap cheap cheap!! Here's a photo gallery from a couple of years back. Costumes are encouraged, to say the least. I guarantee that there will be a few people running in ball gowns and high heels. Some of them will be female!

If that sounds like a weird run, here's one from last week that DID involve running in stiletto heels no less! A bit less crazy though, probably not 100 degrees and had some hefty prize money!

Another silly event that's Austin weird is the Hot Sauce Festival on Sunday at Waterloo Park. What you do is get out in the hot as blazes weather, and stand in line to taste the hottest hot salsas and picante sauces conceivable while listening to hot pickin' rockabilly, blues, bluegrass, swing and honky tonk. (It's not that there aren't nice air conditioned venues that would hold this event, it's just that no one would dream of holding it there.) Admittance is a canned food donation for the Capital Area Food Bank.

Music Line-up:
NewBoy 11:00-11:30am
White Ghost Shivers Noon-1:00pm
Guy Forsyth 1:30-3:00pm
The Texas Sapphires 3:30-5:00pm

My personal week may not include either of those events, although they are pencilled-in. Yesterday, we went to Zilker Park (in that already-mentioned 100 degree heat) to see Joe Ely with Double Trouble, Blues on the Green free show. Maybe more on that later. Fantastic show. Tonight we'll go to the Continental Club to see the Mother Truckers free happy (3)hour show. Friday -- nothing. Chillin' with some TV (Meerkat Manor, Monk and Psych). Saturday, no plans, maybe Momo's for The Band of Heathens and the South Austin Jug Band.

This is the event on Sunday I am really going to try not to miss. They take stuff from the student moooove-out in Spring, and instead of it going in the dumpster it goes into this giant Garage Sale. I'm hoping it will be even more fun than the City-Wide Garage Sales they regularly have at Palmer Events Center, because those are just collections of dealers. There are a few bargains if you dig for them. This one should be truly a garage sale.

Enjoy your weekend!

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1 comment:

Ptelea said...

I saw the story about this German stiletto race and all I can say is OUCH!!