My love and admiration for Austin TX couldn't have been better exemplified by an experience I had this morning while looking for a place to breakfast by my hotel. Yelp wasn't much help so in driving around I came upon a steely shelled structure with a simple, circular sign that said 'Biscuits and Groovy'.
It was seven til open so I sat on a picnic table and and waited trying to figure out what exactly it was. It has wheels but isn't quite a food truck and has flower planters up front that implies permanency.
I was first in line as the window rolled up to a slight and genial looking fellow still looking a little sleepy. After placing my order I scrounged through my pockets only to realize much to my chagrin I left my wallet back at the hotel. A crinkled fin and one spot was all I could find, not near enough to cover the $12 bill and I turned to go when he said I could pay him whatever I had on me.
Despite feeling like a huge boob, I took him up on the offer and awaited my Philly Nelson and side of bacon for the fuzzybutts. Whiling away the time on Fark.com, my favorite productivity wasting pastime, a couple walked up with a stroller and three puppers, one of which seemed to be a beagle mix and a blind one at that (pictured nearby). And if wasn't already cool enough, the guy had on a hound rescue shirt.
I could talk about Zilker, Travis, and Town Lake, the bats, Hippy Hollow, 6th Street, hiking the Hill Country, Eeyore's birthday party, Blues on the Greens, and even the homeless musicians on the Drag. But none of those would give you a more simple, perfect sense of Austin's energy than this.
And although I lived here for almost a decade, a lifetime full and a lifetime ago it feels like, it still and will always remain my second home.
I don't know where or when home is for me anymore but I know enough now that that isn't up to me. The path takes us for as long as it takes us. I often refer to myself as homeless, and it drives some of you nuts, but I do so for purposes no other than simplicity and consistency.
I felt a kinship with that food stand and when we leave Austin this evening in route to Santa Fe NM, our next tour stop, my thoughts will reflect on this experience. But I wanted to share it with you before we get back on the road.