Productio Ad Absurdam

Ede Localis, Sume Localis, et Carpe Jugulum

Support the Festival Beach Food Forest at the Austin city council meeting August 28

The Austin City Council Vote on the Holly Shores Master Plan will commence on August 28th at the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting. If you are able to attend this meeting, please wear green to show your support of the Food Forest project! This should be the ultimate meeting on the Holly Shores Master Plan, in which the Council votes to approve or deny the Plan. The Festival Beach Food Forest is an addendum to the Master Plan, and we can move forward as the Plan does. Come join us in solidarity! For additional information on the Food Forest project and the benefits please see http://festivalbeach.org/ You don't have to speak to show solidarity with the Food Forest project - your presence is more than enough! However, if you do choose to sign up for a slot to speak at the meeting, we request that you keep in mind our overarching message: that this project will move forward only with the spirit of love and long-term community support. We see this as an opportunity to unite disparate voices for the good of all, not to further enforce existing divisions. Please note the location - City Council is temporarily meeting at the Travis County Commissioners Court on 700 Lavaca Street while City Hall is being renovated. For specifics on temporary meeting locations and parking: http://austintexas.gov/article/temporary-austin-city-council-meeting-locations To access City Council agenda, draft agenda proposals, meeting notes and archives: http://austintexas.gov/department/city-council/council-meetings For the specific agenda and item being referenced in this outreach: http://austin.siretechnologies.com/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=587&doctype=agenda Agenda Item 161. Conduct a public hearing and consider approving the Master Plan for Holly Shores/Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach, Fiesta Gardens which covers approximately 99 acres generally located along the north shore of Lady Bird Lake from I-35 east to Pleasant Valley Road and south of Canterbury Street. ( Notes: This item was postponed from the May 22, 2014 Council meeting with direction from Council to have this item at a 7:00 PM time certain. ) Citizen Participation outlines: http://austintexas.gov/department/citizen-participation-council-meetings If you'd like to spread the word with those using Facebook please share https://www.facebook.com/events/1519039734998267 If you have any questions or a desire to help organize please feel free to contact info@festivalbeach.org. Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Staying local at the airport

I've always been proud that my home airport, Austin-Bergstrom, had almost exclusively local shops and restaurants (the pretzel place and Cinnabon are the exceptions). And not just any locals, but some of the best! Mangia, Austin Java, Amy's ice cream (where you can buy a pint to go on dry ice), Book People, Ruta Maya, Hoover's (although their menu appears to be exclusively chicken), Hill's Cafe, Salt Lick, Nuevo León (replacing Maudie's, which was awful)...the list goes on. I enjoyed a Thundercloud sub before taking off. So here's the question: why don't more cities show off their cities by going more local? You get occasional glimpses; Billy Goat's at O'Hare, Legal Seafood at Logan and Harry Carey's at Midway (Manny's at Midway may be local, I don't know) come immediately to mind. But why not go all the way? Your revenue will probably increase because the food will be much better, especially if you strike the same deal ABIA did and insist vendors can't charge anymore than they do at their brick & mortar. Or maybe it's just because it's Austin. After all, we did turn our airport into a live music venue in its own right. Right down to the tie-dye psychedelic piano.

Going to L.A.

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I'm on my way! And will ill spend some time considering if I will use the blog to also journal my journey bak to Irland next year, and hopefully the journey there permanently.  That includes my hope of sitting the TEG exam next July while I'm there.  That's the Teastas Eorpach Gaeilge, the EU fluency cert in Irish.  It may moreover my ability to land a job, and it's a point of pride.id have to travel to sit the exam anyway, right now the only U.S. Exam site is New York City.  Might as well take it in Ireland, if I can.

Blog updated

So I've updated WordPress for the first time in (ahem, scratch, hiccup) years, including the mobile app, which is why the previous post has a photo in it. I'm trying to find a way to get this to publish automatically to my Facebook page, but I'm having a hard time figuring it out. I've also been unable to change the theme of the blog, that function is working correctly, either. But little by little, Productio Ad Absurdam is coming back to life.

The Egg and I

image   No, not the film starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray, although I love that film and Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride steal it as Ma and Pa Kettle and... I digress. A very brief trip to Sunset Valley today, as I'm going to be out of town this week, I'm finally "going to L.A." to see Peter Frampton and Buddy Guy and hopefully my California Girls.  Mostly to drop off compost and get my TacoDeli fix but La Cruz Ranch in Elgin was there today, so I am once again nicely stocked with duck (thank you Wheatsville Co-op and Munkebo Farm), chicken and turkey eggs.  I also got a pain au chocolate from Laleigh's Patisserie and a palmier from St. Philip, whose brick & mortar should be opening in about three weeks (they have no hard date yet but they said construction and fitting is going well). I was happy to see Swede Farm back at the market.  Their GoFundMe campaign is going well, they've already been able to renew their dairy license and buy six in-milk nannies, so they can still have a limited presence in the markets for some income until the rest of their nannies drop their kids in December.

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Support the Festival Beach Food Forest in Austin!

Food Liberators, The Festival Beach Food Forest needs your help! The Austin City Council Vote on the Holly Shores Master Plan will commence on August 28th at the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting. If you are able to attend this meeting, please wear green to show your support of the Food Forest project! This should be the ultimate meeting on the Holly Shores Master Plan, in which the Council votes to approve or deny the Plan. The Festival Beach Food Forest is an addendum to the Master Plan, and we can move forward as the Plan does. Come join us in solidarity! For additional information on the Food Forest project and the benefits please see http://festivalbeach.org/ You don't have to speak to show solidarity with the Food Forest project - your presence is more than enough! However, if you do choose to sign up for a slot to speak at the meeting, we request that you keep in mind our overarching message: that this project will move forward only with the spirit of love and long-term community support. We see this as an opportunity to unite disparate voices for the good of all, not to further enforce existing divisions. Please note the location - City Council is temporarily meeting at the Travis County Commissioners Court on 700 Lavaca Street while City Hall is being renovated. For specifics on temporary meeting locations and parking: http://austintexas.gov/article/temporary-austin-city-council-meeting-locations To access City Council agenda, draft agenda proposals, meeting notes and archives: http://austintexas.gov/department/city-council/council-meetings For the specific agenda and item being referenced in this outreach: http://austin.siretechnologies.com/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=587&doctype=agenda Agenda Item 161. Conduct a public hearing and consider approving the Master Plan for Holly Shores/Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach, Fiesta Gardens which covers approximately 99 acres generally located along the north shore of Lady Bird Lake from I-35 east to Pleasant Valley Road and south of Canterbury Street. ( Notes: This item was postponed from the May 22, 2014 Council meeting with direction from Council to have this item at a 7:00 PM time certain. ) Citizen Participation outlines: http://austintexas.gov/department/citizen-participation-council-meetings If you'd like to spread the word with those using Facebook please share https://www.facebook.com/events/1519039734998267 If you have any questions or a desire to help organize please feel free to contact info@festivalbeach.org. Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing everyone there!