Went to Austin, Texas this weekend for a work event; it was my first time in Austin so I figured I'd write up some notes:
- Cities are so indistinguishable now. Downtown Austin has the same restaurant and store chains as San Francisco, Boston, Miami, or any other American city.
- Its is weird how much Confederate stuff there still is for the supposedly-liberal Texas city. Until '96, the Capitol Visitors Center was administered by the Daughters of the Confederacy; lots of Confederate flags.
- Live music everywhere, even at the broiest bars near the hotels — even at the hotel bars! This …
As most of you probably know, I got married last month! The wedding was in Claremont and went great, and it's probably worth a post of its own; however, what I've come to write for you is a description of what followed — our honeymoon in France. We visited Paris, Beaune (in Burgundy), Avignon (in the Southern Rhône Valley), and Saint-Raphaël (in Côte d'Azur). Read on for more pictures and anecdotes than you could've ever asked for!
So, I'm currently in San Clemente for a couple of days before going back
to Claremont. As usual, the trip cross-country was fun. Lots of hours
in a tin can. Anyhow, something amusing happened at T.F. Green when
I was leaving. TSA got confused by my backpack in the X-Ray machine
(understandable, since it's got a zillion wires and such in it). So they
start going through it and they find that I brought a copy of Mohsin
Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist. The guy then ignores the rest
of my bag, pulls out the book, and runs it through …