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Posted on Sunday, October 8th, 2006 at 9:11 pm. About Entertainment, News and Politics.

“Kinky” for Governor? And don’t forget that L.C. Rocks!

I recently spent four days in Austin, TX, hanging out with my brother, Tim. We had an awesome time! My brief trip was packed with *several* golf experiences, a concert featuring an ‘80s cover band, some great meals, and a trip to an amazing art museum, among other things. We also revisited an American film classic, Robin Hood: Men in Tights (by the way, Dave Chappelle was in it – who would have thought?). Best of all, though, I just really enjoyed hanging out with Tim and observing his life and meeting his friends.

PA050074 Tim and I were on the golf course twice during my four days in Austin. I only made it through nine of the eighteen holes on day 2. Many Happy Gilmore quotes were tossed around.

PA060091This was an amazing installation at the Blanton Art Museum on the U. of Texas campus, entitled “How to Build Cathedrals.” Black shroud drapes the exhibition, which consists of a pool of 600,000 pennies lying beneath 2,000 illuminated long bones dangling from the ceiling above. It’s quite eery.

PA050077L.C. Rocks is an awesome ‘80s cover band that plays each Thursday night at Cedar Street. I came in hopes of hearing tunes by Journey, Guns N Roses, and Billy Idol, and I was not disappointed. I think the chick in the lower left corner is the wife of one of the performers.

PA050076There is a candidate for Texas governor named Kinky Friedman on the November ballot. He identifies himself as a Jewish cowboy, and is featured usually wearing black, a cowboy hat, and smoking a cigar. His official campaign slogan is “Why the hell not?” Thus, his campaign bumper stickers read: “Kinky for Governor: Why the hell not?” I particularly appreciated this one: “My Governor is a Jewish Cowboy.”  Unfortunately for his supporters, despite bringing in Jesse “The Mind” (Tim tells me this is his new nickname) Ventura for support, Kinky only holds 14% of the state’s vote in the most recent polls, which means – Austin likes him, but he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell in the rest of the red state. Like Dallas is going to elect someone named “Kinky.”

Overall, an entertaining and educational trip!

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