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Robert Macias

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Chatting with a Biker

Saturday May 31, 2014

The conversations I've had with bikers in town for the Republic of Texas Biker Rally have been some of the most entertaining I can remember. First of all, many of them are engineers and software geeks who just dress up to look tough on weekends.  Read More...

Fear of Adult Stores

Saturday May 31, 2014

It seems crazy that in 2014, anyone would still be uncomfortable walking into an adult store. But I'll admit it: I still am. There are several different kinds, with varying levels of kinkiness, and it's hard to know in advance which one you're gonna get.  Read More...

The X Games Texas Contingent

Saturday May 31, 2014

I didn't have a real appreciation of how varied the X Games are until I started reading about the Texas competitors. They range from fresh-faced skateboarders to leathery-faced off-road truck racers. The facilities they're building out at Circuit of the Americas look truly amazing from what I've seen so far.  Read More...

Killer Bees Are Upon Us

Saturday May 31, 2014

The killer bees from South America seemed like an urban myth when I was a kid. No one knew when or if they'd actually arrive in Texas. But guess what? They're here! Read More...

What's Your Favorite Breakfast Joint?

Saturday May 31, 2014

My favorite used to be Trudy's, but I don't understand what's going on with their hours lately. Most locations are open only in the evenings now, except for weekends. I'm sorry, but my migas cravings sometimes need to be satisfied on a weekday morning. Read More...

6th Street Safety

Saturday May 31, 2014

The recent videos of fist fights on 6th Street have been a little unsettling, but the area is still remarkably safe. Virtually all of the brawls have occurred around closing time, so it might be a good idea to be long gone by then.  Read More...

Have a Meaty Father's Day

Saturday May 31, 2014

I have many vegan and vegetarian friends, and I love all sorts of animals, so I periodically wrestle with the issue of whether or not I should become a vegetarian. After the first time I visited Fogo de Chao, I postponed that decision for a long while.  Read More...

My First Visit to COTA

Saturday May 31, 2014

I recently attended a media orientation session for the upcoming X Games at the Circuit of the Americas track. After I drove onto the property, the guy at the gate told me to drive into tunnel 2. Am I going underground, I thought? No, it was just sort of an opening between the stands, but the track and the surrounding grounds are huge! I had no idea.  Read More...

Go Local or Go Home

Wednesday April 30, 2014

Dan's HamburgersAustin has a long history of fanatically supporting local businesses: Threadgill's, Chuy's, Amy's Ice Creams, P. Terry's, Sandy's Hamburgers. Some of them, such as Chuy's and Whole Foods, have expanded far beyond Austin's borders.  Read More...

Ping Pong Comeback

Wednesday April 30, 2014

I was the ping pong champ of my block as a kid. At least that's how I remember it. I was small and fast, and I practiced a lot because we had our own table. It was crammed into a room that was barely big enough for the table, so my skills were mostly focused on staying very close to the playing surface.  Read More...

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