Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Monday, December 29, 2008


That's right: a little bit of the South in the middle of a New England snowstorm.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Game Day Parking

This is from the Fall. These signs go up before every home football game. Don't Mess With Texas.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Snowysnowy New England

Greetings from the cold & snowy Yankee north!

Since I'm up here, it's kinda tough to post new Austin photos so I'll probably be pretty quiet for the next 3 weeks.

I'll leave y'all with this for now:

Things I've Noticed Since Leaving Austin
1. Okay, okay, it is so true: we New Englanders are much ruder to and inconsiderate of people we don't know up here. Scary: I may actually prefer the Austin manners in this area better.
2. Similarly, I have become more polite. I now say "excuse me" far more often than normal here.
3. Bostonians & Cantabrigians walk faster than Texans.
4. Without noticing, I've come to expect different treatment from Southern men than Northern ones. No, seriously. Down there most men open or hold the door for you. They let you go first, they move aside so you have space in a crowded area, and ones you don't know frequently say "ma'am".
5. During both trips Austin-Boston, I noticed changes in the way people act, dress & communicate upon boarding the Boston-bound plane (I have 1 layover each flight, generally somewhere south).
6. New Englanders = truly more direct, blunt & sarcastic. Result = I do not offend people when I open my mouth here!
7. Boston drivers... need I continue?
8. I see more bookstores here.
9. Far less is in both English & Spanish here.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


Note that the Texas seal & flag get the center spot in this photo, not the US flag... typical!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Snow, Texas-style.

It was a flurry. People were WAY EXCITED. Pretty much anyone who was awake (it was late last night) was outside.

Old Currency, Texas-Style

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Howdy Texas Winter!!

IT IS SLEETING/HAILING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If I had a working camera, I would take photos.

It is NOT WARM OUT!!!!

I keep going outside to stand in it. It keeps turning to rain then hail then rain then hail….

Today & tonight it has been:

a) sunny & 80+

b) totally overcast and 65

c) 55 & thundering with 25 mph+ gusts

d) 38 and hailing, and,

e) all of the above.

I heart Austin.

esp. South Congress Ave. Just sayin'.

PS: Eff Y'all

Dear BCS/Coaches Poll/Etc,

Eff all y'all. 45-35!?!?!?!


Yankee in Texas

PPS: Dear blog, I will try to include something other than college football tomorrow.

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Eyes

We have to sing The Eyes of Texas after trailer-loading at any away regatta. This video is from the TX-OU(sucks) Game aka 45-35. The first 25 seconds are just people cheering & soforth, you can skip ahead.

Sunday, December 7, 2008



What are the chances you would find a personalized keychain for "BUBBA" in the North?

(its 2nd from Left, top row)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Football.... Grrr......

Damn you, Mizzou, for not beating OU.

Damn you, Florida, for not beating Alabama sooner.

Damn you, own damn team, for not beating Tech.

Y'all better crush Tech next year.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Texas Band

The band spelling out TEXAS on the field at half-time on Thanksgiving

Thursday, December 4, 2008


I found this online and was amused.

Note that I've been sick and am easily amused at the moment.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Turkey Day 2008

Our Thanksgiving table! The turkey is on the far left. None of us knew quite how to carve it ("Well, I saw my grandma do it like this...." said one rower. He was handed the knife.) and we didn't have a sharp or large knife so it was, well, interesting...

All day long it was, "Come on! You're from the North! This is your holiday! You should know how to cook XYZ!"

Monday, December 1, 2008


This is the stadium where UT rocks at football.

Taken on Thanksgiving! (I'm sorry, how much did we school A&M by? 49-9? Correct! Eff you BCS. #3... puh-leeze.)

(And yes, this really is me writing this.)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Boo OU

Because I've got no better images, and because this is who the BCS should rank #1 for the Big 12 today....

Saturday, November 29, 2008

UT crushing A&M

Sorry for the falling off the planet for a few days there. Tough to keep up without a camera!

This is a photo stolen off the internet (thanks google image search!). It's also not really the A&M game. However, this is a view from where we were in the student section.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Microsoft has software called Longhorn Reloaded.

This is their logo.

Hi Longhorn with spikes!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Bevo Blanky

A teammate's Longhorn blanky went to Tenn. with us

(because orange Long horn hats, racing tanks, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and spandex are not enough)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Back in Chattanooga....

Since my camera died, I'm going to be pulling out photos from the past few months. Right now, we're back in Chattanooga pics. Woo Tennessee!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Trailer rats

Texas Crew trailer in Chattanooga

Saturday, November 22, 2008

One Way

I'd like to claim that most of the (very, very many) ONE WAY signs here are all as well disguised as this one and blame that as the reason I have so often gone the wrong direction....

However, most of them look more like this.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Wooden Flag

A decorative Texas flag made out of wood.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Autumn Plants

Look! It's kinda fall-ish! Well.... maybe?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Pool o'.... Badness

Our pool was condemned by the Board of Health. Oops.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sky & Rain

August sky & plants in Zilker Park

A waterfall. Yay waterfalls!

Hmm, I wonder if it's still running since we've barely had approximately 4+ of rain since September began.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Coca Cola

Chattanooga: World's First Bottler of delicious Diet Coke

It's on sale at Target this week, by the way.


Flowers are still blooming!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Texas-grown (re: enormous) apple. Honeycrisp. It's enormous. And DELICIOUS. Like apple cider n every bite.

Basically, heaven in fruit form.

I ate the whole thing. I rock.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Cold Warning

This makes me amused.






Cowboy Bean Cafe.
Middle of nowhere, East Texas.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Candy (?) Series: Part 5

Stage Planks?!? Weird name, weird food?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Candy Series: Part 3

Part 3: Chick-O-Stick.

Texan rower (Gasps): You've never had these before?!

Cait: Um... no?

Texan rower: Oh my god. It's like the inside of a Butterfinger.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Candy Series: Part 2

Part 2: Sifer's Valomilk: "The Original Flowing Center".

While driving to Louisiana for Marathon Rowing Championships this past weekend, we stopped in some tiny hick town in East Texas (population: 317) at a gas station & convenience store.

The four Texan rowers I was with had never seen this candy before either.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Candy Series: Part 1.

This week: A 5-Part Series of Foreign Candy.

And by foreign, I of course mean, Texan. Or Southern. Or Not-Massachusetts.

Part 1: Cherry Mash.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Titty Bingo

This one's for Ashley.

Street sign near Dean Keaton.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Town Lake

Town Lake aka Lady Bird Lake.

Aka, the place where we row.

Well, we don't actually row in the area pictured (too shallow). But we do row in the water beyond this little inlet. This inlet is Barton Creek. Anyway. A little cleaner than the Charles, perhaps?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

TXC Blade

So remember how I mentioned the state flag being everywhere?

These are the Texas Crew oars.

photo stolen from a friend on facebook

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

White Gravy

On Friday afternoon after practicing on the race course in Chattanooga, one of the other men's varsity coxswains and a rower and I went to Chili's for sides/appetizers because we were starving.

Being at a familiar chain restaurant, I managed to forget we were in the South. I ordered 2 sides: mashed potatoes and cinnamon apples. Fool.

In the South, mashed potatoes always have white gravy on them.

White gravy tastes fine, but dammit, it does not belong on this Yankee's mashed potatoes.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

President Elect of the USA: Barack Obama.


So these aren't photos I've taken myself (I found 'em through google image searching) but they are logos or slogans I've seen around Austin and they're appropriate for today.