This weekend we went to Austin, TX and saw beautiful wild flowers all the way through the hill country.  There were century cactus next to one ranch on the way down; these cactus only bloom once every 100 years (hence the name), and then they die.  They look like a plant straight out of Beetleguese, with grayish-green waxy, wavy limbs.  When they bloom, stalks that grow up to ten stories high sprout from the center of the plant.  Yellow pom poms protrude from the tip of the stalk.  It’s pretty and phalic.

We ate badass Mexican food on Congress, and there was a Pecan festival on 6th street, with disappointingly few pecans and pipes.  There were, however, plenty of Betty Page pin ups.  I think Austin has a little crush…


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