Filed under: Austin, books, food, Heath + Beauty, lifestyle, politics | Tags: austin book clubs, book clubs, food & politics book club, food + politics, food culture, Johnson's Backyard Garden
Thought I’d pass this on –
Tyler & I are doing a workshare day on the farm next weekend(http://www.johnsonsbackyardgarden.com/) and I just happened to find out about the book club through the farm newsletter. They just finished reading a book called “Banana – the fate of the fruit that changed the world”. Even if you don’t want to join a book club, this could be a good resource for finding good food/politics related books… which lately, I can’t seem to get enough of. On the docket for this weekend: “Honey spinner - On the Trail of Ancient Honey, Vanishing Bees and the Politics of Liquid Gold ‘ by Grace Pundyk.
Filed under: Austin, design, go green, politics, travel | Tags: Austin commuter trains, Austin light rail, Austin MetroRail, Austin Red Line, Austin transit, CapMetro, CapMetro Red Line, MetroRail, Plaza Saltillo
People usually have lots of nice things to say about Austin. It seems that townies and tourists alike have similar good feelings about the city. They say the people are friendly, the arts & music scene is thriving, and life in general seems to be pretty darn good around here. But there’s one compliment you’ll never hear from either group: that our public transit system is anything worth writing home about.
If CapMetro and the City of Austin has it’s way, that’s all about to change. On March 30th, 2009, Austin’s first light rail train will make it’s way from Leander to the Convention Center on CapMetro’s new Red Line. During the month of February CapMetro is testing it’s 6 MetroRail trains on segments of the track, and today kicked off the first of several open house events scheduled for the public prior to the official start of service. For those of us who have been around since the trains were purchased in the fall of 2005, today’s open house at Plaza Saltillo was a long-anticipated unveiling.
There were plenty of people milling around the Red Line’s last stop before downtown this morning. After years of much discussion about the project, the public’s curiosity had clearly peaked. Till today the plaza was a creepy ghost town. No people, no train. Just an empty depot. Today the last piece of the train station puzzle had been placed: one $6 million dollar diesel-electric train. For the first time in years, Plaza Saltillo didn’t seem so creepy anymore.
There are 8 other similar ghost town depots along the red line, and many of them plan to hold their own open house events in the coming weekends. Check out CapMetro’s website for a full list of stations and open house details. While you’re there, check out the proposals for future commuter rail lines. It’s an exciting time for Austin transit – if you’re in favor of the movement, go out and show your support at an open house or by trying out the new MetroRail!
Filed under: events, politics | Tags: acceptance speeches, barack obama, election 2008, government, john mccain, obama/biden, presidential election, usa
Tonight was enough drama to make any good romantic cry. Barack’s acceptance speech was flawless. McCain’s concession speech was also flawless. Both men were beyond qualified for the job but only one could win.
I am honored to be a voter in the election of 2008 who helped vote the first African-American into office today. I hope that McCain supporters will find strength in Obama’s leadership, even though their vote was cast with intentions for a different outcome. I hope that our country will keep an open mind in the coming months and years, rather than a closed and focused one. I had a music teacher in middle school who used to preach to his students that life is “not just what you can see through a paper towel tube”. I hope that we can all drop our tubes this year, and see the world and our country with broadened horizons. There is so much good that can come from a country with unified goals and a unified vision.
Congratulations, America. Congratulations Barack! Let’s all give thanks for the turning of a new leaf, and having new hope for our tomorrows.
Filed under: entertainment, politics | Tags: David Letterman, election 2008, McCain
Til now, I’ve steered clear of blogging about the ongoing political battle between the McCain & Obama campaigns. But this… this was just too funny not to share with everyone I know. I have to say, I share Letterman’s thought at the end… is McCain running to Senate to save the country’s economy? Or is he running away from declining poll numbers and a big debate tomorrow night? Hrmmmm…..
Especially when it comes to presidential elections!
Here to help the less politically inclined is Michael Dobb’s and his fact-checking website on the washingtonpost.com.
Seen an ad on t.v. and not sure you believe the accusations? Heard a nominee make a remark that didn’t sit quite right with your internal sense of right vs. wrong? Stop by this website to see if Michael has caught the nominee in a fib, and check out his “Pinocchio” ratings guide to see how big a fib it was.