Visiting the Bats in Austin

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec, ISO800
“Bats” Austin, 2022

We went down to Congress Avenue Bridge to watch the bats fly off into the night sky. Unfortunately, the bats took flight when it was getting too dark, but we still had fun. I really enjoyed taking photos of the bridge while we were waiting for the bats. 😀🦇

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“Town Lake Swan” Austin, 2022
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“Town Lake” Austin, 2022
Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 1.55mm, f/2.4, 1/160 sec, ISO25
“Congress Avenue Bridge” Austin, 2022

Motorbike Ride in Austin, Texas

“Austin from Congress Avenue” Austin, 2022

This morning I went with Kiki, my 2007 BMW F650 GS motorbike, on a ride to downtown Austin. I wanted to leave early to beat the traffic, but unfortunately got a late start at 9am. When we arrived downtown, there were so many cars. It’s no fun to be stuck in stop-and-go traffic on a motorcycle.

However, it was pretty cool to see so many people out and about having a good time. When I rode up Congress Avenue towards the capitol, I saw lots of tourists and it made me feel pretty good knowing they are visiting at the perfect time of year when the weather is not too hot. And of course us locals really enjoy it too!

I made a video of the ride, so if you have spare time, please watch 🙏 (at the end of this blog post)

またね〜

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/3700 sec, ISO32
“Kiki” Austin, 2022
“Mt. Bonnell Road” Austin, 2022
“South Lamar” Austin, 2022

Early Dinner at Loro

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“Pork Belly Rice Bowl” Austin, 2021

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today we went for an early dinner at Loro. The restaurant is very popular, so we went early to beat the crowds and grab a table outside. Loro’s menu is kind of a mix of Asian and Texas BBQ, and everything we had was deeeelicious! Highly recommended if you are in Austin!

FYI, we’re still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with cases rising here in Texas, so we thought hard about going out to eat. But because we went early and Loro has plenty of outdoor seating, we though it was safe. Indeed, all staff was masked up (as we were, when not stuffing our faces) and they were cleaning tables regularly.

I hope you had a great day! またね~

Chicken Sh$t Bingo

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“Chicken Sh$t Bingo” Austin, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

My brother and sister-in-law were in town and one of the places they wanted to go was Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon to play chicken shit bingo. Mariko and I had never been there before so we were very interested in going and seeing what it was all about.

As you might have guessed from the name, it’s a game where a chicken is placed on a large bingo card, and the number he poops on determines the winning ticket. If you have one of the winning tickets, you get a share of the prize money. Surprisingly, my brother and sister won! We had no idea what the prize would be, but it turns out that it was a not insignificant amount of cash. What a score!

If you are in Austin, you should check out chicken shit bingo at Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon. It’s a real Texas experience, with live music and two-step dancing, and buckets of Lone Star Beer. Lots of fun!

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“Winner” Austin, 2019

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

A Visit to the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin

"Holding Hands" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“Holding Hands” Austin, 2019

Today Bay and I were at UT for a recruiting event, and after that was over we decided to check out the Blanton Museum of Art. Actually, Bay has been there twice before but this was my first time.

The Blanton Museum of Art is located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, so if you are in town for an event, vacation, or touring UT, it’s super-convenient to visit. There’s a parking garage right next door, and it’s only $4 (with validation). Admission to the museum for me was $12 (adult), and just $5 for Bay (youth). If you are a UT student, the admission is free, and $5 if you are a student at another college. Oh, and admission is FREE on Thursdays!

I enjoyed the modern art of the permanent collection, but if you are used to the offerings in New York City or other large metropolises, you might be disappointed. Still, the space is top-notch and the temporary exhibition Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language at the Blanton was really good. I really liked the wood print posters and their graphic style.

I took a few photos in the museum, and at the Ellsworth Kelly Austin installation. Enjoy!

"Make Tacos Not War" Austin, 2019
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“Make Tacos Not War” Austin, 2019
"Color Light" Austin, 2019
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“Color Light” Austin, 2019
"B" Austin, 2019
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“B” Austin, 2019
"Delicate Sculptures" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“Delicate Sculptures” Austin, 2019
"Skylight" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/420 sec, ISO200
“Skylight” Austin, 2019