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VW's Everywhere!

Been waiting for this day for a while now, Austin’s Air Cooler VW Car Show. Now that I have a VW I need to be more involved in, well, VW’s. The original plan was to have Dharma up and running by today so I can drive it here. Well Dharma was here alright. We had to drive down from Dallas, rent a U-Haul and with Kris’s help, pull her here on a trailer.  Nothing ever goes according to plan so I wasn’t surprised besides, it was shooting kinda high. My husband, he likes to shoot for the stars.

I Love VW's

Driving up we past a row of buses. There not all in California, that’s right there’s others out here in Texas just like me.

VW's

Jason, the dude that has been working on Dharma that is now a good friend of ours and his girl Megan met us up here. Dharma has been staying with him and after the car show we will be towing her back home with us.

VW's

I wanted to save the best for last so we decided to look at the buses last.

VW Show in Austin

My high quickly went south when my camera decided to run out of battery life. Nooooooo! The worst timing ever. Shit! Fuck! I was so looking forward to taking bad ass photos of buses for inspiration for Dharma and I didn’t even get one. Ah well, another one bites the dust.

Saying Good-bye

Who ever said good-bye wasn’t easy to do probably didn’t live in Austin. Good bye Austin and good riddance. Austin is two words, OVER RATED. Yes you can quote me on that and just to get the point across loud and clear I’ll say it again, “OVER RATED.” I totally agree, it’s a great place to visit, which is probably why we heard such great things about this place. People leave Austin with fabulous things to say because they just left events like SXSW, a concert or conference, etc. so of course they’re gonna leave with their tongue up Austin’s asshole. But the peeps that live here and think that this is it? I’m gonna bet that they haven’t lived anywhere else and if so I’m guessing Nebraska or Alabama. Alright, maybe I’m being a little harsh but I’m just in one of those moods tonight. My friend Shaners would be proud right now because opinionated Doe is out tonight. So if your a die hard Ausinite and accidentally stumbled onto my blog and find yourself offended, carry on good fellow, carry on. This blog is not for you. It’s intended for family, good friends and die hard committed stalkers only, and really just my way to bitch just to bitch. I mean, really, who’s reading this stuff anyhow?

Saying Good-bye

However, Austin does house some cool ass people. I’ve met great friends here and tonight is the night I bid a few of them farewell at Weirdos. Seriously, I can’t believe this is my first time here. Weirdos is such an awesome place.

Saying Good-bye

Poor Ashley’s getting thrown around like a rag doll tonight.

Saying Good-bye

This is me and my bud Dan.

Saying Good-bye

Me and Reeces Pieces.

Saying Good-bye

With Lauren & Trey. I will always remember Trey always singing to me, “moving against Doan,” instead of moving against the wind.” Get it? Maybe it’s better as an inside joke.

Saying Good-bye

Me and a stranger. Seriously, I don’t know this guy.

Saying Good-bye

Kaye-Leigh and me.

Saying Good-bye

Me and Frank.

Saying Good-bye

Me and Michelle. I’m gonna miss her singing all the time. Michelle is one of those people that has every song on the planet memorized. She’ll sing you anything.

Saying Good-bye

Saying Good-bye

Saying Good-bye

I have to say I’m gonna really miss Sexy Rexy. He’s a good friend to have and so crazy.

Saying Good-bye

Well my buddy Kippers got kicked out of Weirdos for being a weirdo. Seriously, I don’t even know but we had to move the party to some dive bar called Canary or Rooster. I’m not sure.

Saying Good-bye

Saying Good-bye

My Sunshine.

Saying Good-bye

Saying Good-bye

Michelle told everyone I was leaving for China and sang, “I will survive.” How did she know I love that song? These guys are a lot of fun. I kinda regret not hanging out as much. It was a great night and such a wonderful way to end the chapter of my life in Austin. Dallas ready or not here I come.

I kissed my husband good night when I walked in the house and said, “I’m so drunk.” Then I stumbled up the stairs to bed.

Soaking Up The Sun

Our cousin Misty is coming down from Dallas today and with her she bares friends, a man friend, Matt and his friend who is also a man but I forgot his name. Yah, names have never been my strong suit but having fun definitely is and this weekend  is gonna be one big explosion of fun right after the other.

Fun in the Sun

This is Matt and behind him lies Misty. She’s changing because she accidentally sat on a cherry and now there’s sweet cherry juice all over her bum only it doesn’t look like sweet cherry juice but more like fresh menstrual juice. Luckily, Misty is one prepared chica and brought along an extra suit and a suit case full of hair products. You want it, she has it tucked away in that bag of hers. I promise you she does.

This is Matt’s friend, whom I will refer to as Minnesota, because that’s where he’s from. He’s loving life right now, as he should be.

This Is How We Do It

Seriously, my arms are buffer just from drinking from this big ass cup all weekend long. Misty and I found them at the the speedy stop and had to have them. You only need to worry about one fill with this bad boy; that’s the beauty of it. Yes it’s a beautiful thing. Also if you bring it back to any speedy shop you can fill it up for only a buck.

The Happy Couple

Misty messing with Matt and Matt double fistting.

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Riding the Noodle

Who knew riding a noodle could be this much fun?

Good Times

Life is good right about now. I love taking our boat out!

Me & My Sancho

This is my favorite time of day, when the sun is just about to set and everything looks so real.

Sunset

Not the prettiest sunset but the lake and alcohol definitely tells us differently.

The Visitors

The sun is bidding us farewell and I guess that’s our cue to get the fuck outta here before we have to find our way back in the dark.

My Captain Morgan

Besides, we gotta save some energy for the river tomorrow. Can’t go there wait go there hung over or wasted. I mean, it’s not like we had mimosas on the way up or anything.  All I’m saying is Misty has traditions and traditions are traditions.

Floating the River

Today is my first time floating the river and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time now. It just that every time I’ve been invited for some reason or another I’m not able to make it. Floating the river also happens to be on my Austin Bucket List so today I can finally check this one off.

Misty and Matt

Man whoever is running the show has to be laughing all the way to the bank everyday. There were thousands of people out today, each one with a rented floating device that runs about $30 each, then there’s parking and I think if you bring your own floaty you have to pay admission, that’s what I heard anyway, don’t quote me on that.

Ray and Minnesota

Ray warned me to not bring my Canon G9. What kind of monster would wanna separate an Asian and her camera? Well my Sancho was right. I mean, I put the camera in a zip lock bag and that bag in another zip lock bag. It brings me great sadness and sorrow to let you know that these will be the last of the photos taken from my G9. May she RIP. I will always love you. I’m gonna take some time to pour some for my homey right now.

Floating the River

Stolen Photo

This photo I stole from some site. Hey just cause you write all over it doesn’t mean I won’t take it.

Downtown Fun

We went bar hopping out on 6th St. and around later that night because that is where you take people when they visit. Misty has some friends out here so we met up with them.

Downtown Fun

Oh yeah, Happy Anniversary babe. I love you.

Downtown Fun

Downtown Fun

Downtown Fun

Alright Misty is having too much fun and I’m upset because the shoes I wore are so not comfy and I was excited to wear them because I totally thought they were gonna be these comfy ass heels. Even walking in them was awkward for me. Stupid shoes.

What, no no Minnesota is totally fine. Carry on, carry on. Well that about ends our weekend. Told you it was a good one. The next day headed back to where they came from. Thanks guys. Well have to do it again.

Doughnuts @ Gourdough's

Alright, I have never been much of a doughnuts kind of gal. Yeah, I know weird coming from the queen of sweets. I do however commend whoever invented the doughnut because every time I was chastised for having cake in the morning my response was simply, “it’s no better than having doughnuts in the morning.”

Doughnuts @ Gourdough's

My friend Chad told me about this place and I just had to see for myself what all the hype was about. Gourdough’s is a food trailer nestled on a lot on South Lamar. That’s one of the many things I love about Austin, all the fabulous trailer park eatery’s this town has to offer. I think Ray and I came on the hottest day ever; no one was here. I mean seriously who wants to eat a hot fried doughnut smothered in sugary goodness on a hot ass summer day anyway? We do, that’s who bitches. After scanning the menu I instantly got turned on. They had doughnuts with bacon and maple syrup icing and  Canadian bacon with cream cheese & jalapeno jelly. Not that I would ever order either one of these but I’m just saying we’re not in Kansas anymore Toto.

Doughnuts @ Gourdough's

That’s it, Gourdough’s is officially added to my Austin Bucket List. Anyone that comes to Austin needs to try this place for themselves.

Green Belt

Been trying to see more of my friend Brandy lately. There’s really no reason for us to not hang out more. I love her to pieces and we don’t even live that far away. Today we went to Green Belt, pretty cool because you know what, it’s on my Austin Bucket List. I’m sure Ray and I have hiked small parts of green belt in the past but it’s 8 miles long and there’s so many cool parts that we haven’t seen. Today I’m definitely at one of the cooler parts that’s cool enough for Green Belt to be check off my Austin Bucket List.

Brandi and Jacob

This is her son Jacob. He looks like a little turtle poking his head out of the water.

Jacob

This is probably as close as I’m going to get to having a beach.

Green Belt

Green Belt

There’s even a rope swing here.

Green Belt

I’m kinda lame but I didn’t want to do it, but here’s a video of Brandi going balls to the walls.

You see it’s just that yeah, this place is great but Brandi made the mistake of taking me “treasure hunting” before we came and basically it’s all I thought about the whole time. So it wasn’t long until we left Green Belt to do more “treasure hunting.” Jacob wanted to go home, but I bribed him with ice-cream to come with us. Check out my new treasure I found today, this antique chair. Can you believe someone just threw this away.

Open

Closed

I swear, this treasure hunting thing is my favorite new hobby.

Check, check, check. That’s right today is a productive “things to do in Austin” check list day. Don’t you just love it when your being productive and having fun all at the same time? We started the day off with brunch at Chez Zee. The name is kinda awkward for me, but they are known for their decadent desserts and we all know I’m one to whore my mouth out to all things desserts. I first discovered Chez Zee at the San Marcos Bridal Extravaganza. The cake they had there was orgasmic. It was like multiply love explosions in my mouth. When I went back for seconds I left with a handful of third, fourth and fifths in my hand and I was smart enough to take a business card with me. Well, it’s been what, like 4 long months now and today is the day Chez Zee and I reunite and I couldn’t be more pumped.

And that is how you do breakfast kids. At least that’s how before you have kids so that you don’t create any bad habits for the kiddos. Crappers, it’s not as amazing as I had remembered. What happened Chez Zee? Oh well, I guess we weren’t meant to be. I’m sure it’s for the best, besides, we’re moving to Dallas anyhow. Yes, you heard me right. We are moving. There’s been talk of Ray and I moving to Dallas and the rumors are true. The last day of August is the last time we declare our residency in Austin. I mean, if you want to know the truth, I think Austin is over-rated. There I said it. I’ve been holding back for awhile because I don’t want to offend anyone, but seriously, who reads my blog anyway. Maybe some random Austinite might one day accidentily stumble upon my blog, and perhaps find me offensive, but really, why hold back for peeps I don’t know. Besides, my friend Shane would have wanted it this way. He appreciates opinionated Doe. Well now you know why we’ve been working so hard at checking things off our Austin list. Not really sure if I would consider Chez Zee on that list, but lets just say it was so we can move the hell on.

After Chez Zee we headed to 360 Bridge Overlook.

photo by Treyerice

Photos like this make be want to renounce any negative claims I made about Austin. Wow, what an amazing photo I wish I had taken. I actually found the photo on Flickr from a gentleman named Treyerice. Here, check out his Austin set. I’m gonna have to buy some of his stuff. Well, 360 Bridge Overlook was definitely on our list. Just a short hike up this hill,

And you get this great view of Lake Austin.

Treyerice’s photo explains it prettier. Man I really need to get my wide angle lens.

photo by Treyerice

In my defense it was a gloomy day folks. Here’s Ray taking a photo with his iPhone so he can Tweet about it.

If you didn’t know, I’m also a photo whore.

Us, being stupid cute.

Ray enjoying the view.

After taking in our marvalous view we kept right on trekking up the path.

Until we were over it and decided to go canoeing instead.

Which also happens to be on our list. Boy, we’re just on a roll today.

Actuality canoeing had already been checked off the list a long time ago. We went shortly after we got married with my friend Becky and some of her friends and their friends that live here in Austin. I don’t even remember what they look like. Guess I should have taken a photo.

Well I remember it being super fun which is why I wanted to go again before we moved. But today was kind of a drag. My husband’s not really built for the outdoors and apparently I’m not so coordinated at rowing and those two factors makes for a lousy time and grumpy husband. Sucks because I really was looking forward to this. I guess the key is to come with a group of friends next time.

So many turtles.

Another day at the office for Ray.

Finally on our way back.

We went home and got ready for The Republic Of Texas Biker Rally (ROT Biker Rally). The ROT Rally is the Biggest Motorcycle Rally in Texas. There were more than 60,000 participants last year so we can only imagine what it will be like this year. Ray and I didn’t go last year, but we’re definitely going this year. Any event that brings in retarded amounts of people to Austin gets a free pass right to my Austin Bucket List as far as I’m concerned.

Hello ROT Rally!

I use to think that the ROT Rally stood for Riders of Texas, which makes more sense to me because there’s every imaginable kind of motorcycle here.

ROT RALLY

How funny, SXSW was like in March. Looks like someone is trying to save money on banners. Hum, they much be Chinese.

SXSW Sign For ROT Rally

Alright, so I know it’s silly but the way I gauge a bike is by the comfort of the back seat. I’m pretty sure it’s because I know if I ever get to ride a bike like this it will have to be in the back seat so I want me a comfy one.

Comfy Back Seat Bike, I Likey

Soon enough hunger declared it’s victory on us and we had no choice but to surrender at The Jackalope. At the time we actually considered ourselves fortunate to have found a table and one right by the window even

The Jackalope

We should have known it was too good to be true because The Jackalope sucks sweaty chode. And yes, I just said chode. Service was crap. The place wasn’t that big and there was like 6 servers. Seriously, I could run circles around them. The chips were stale. We got our food 45 minutes after we had ordered and it was awful. So when the table next to us got sat Ray goes, “we should warn them.” And I go, “do it, I wish someone would had for us.” So he does, and they get up and leave, buy some pizza right outside, walks to the window and thanks us. Man, their pizza looked so darn satisfying compared to our crappy plates and the worst part is they probably paid no more than 5 bucks while we’re stuck with a 50 dollar bill.

Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention, Kris was with us too.

Kris Semmler

More comfy back seat bikes.

Comfy Back Seat Bikes

Comfy Back Seat Bikes

This chick was just a hot mess.

Hot Mess Chick

Lots of people out tonight.

Crowded Night

Cute couple.

Cutest Couple Ever

Bikes everywhere!

ROT Rally

Even bikes with training wheels. Some broad was whoring out her son for tips. I took a photo and left no tip. Here’s my tip, get a fucking job you dumb cunt.

No Tip For You!

No really, by the time Ray told me I was suppose to tip them I had already walked away.  Look one kid is totally working it while the other is totally mortified. I bet he’s thinking, God please don’t let me run into anyone from school. Poor kid. Now I feel bad for not tipping.

State Capital and more bikes.

State Capital

Well that’s it folks. I’m so ready to go home. I gotta say, today was a good day.

Representing SocialFly at the Austin Bridal Extravaganza today. Ray couldn’t make it because he had a baseball game but Kris and I are here making it happen. This one is our second convention and it’s suppose to be a big one. Thousands of brides or potential clients are expected to show. Our last and first bridal show was much smaller and that was a huge success so we can only hope that this one will only be an even bigger one.

Before the show Kris said he could handle it on his own but in reality there was no way. There were times our booth was so packed that people left because they weren’t getting any help. And since there were only two of us we didn’t have any opportunity to walk around to check out the scene like we did last time, which means no photos of anything and no cake samples for me. Boo.

This is what our prop table looked like during down time, while they were giving away prizes. Craziness! It was definitely another successful event. These conventions are actually a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to the next one. Hope I see you there. Who ever you are, not really sure if anyone reads this blog anymore.

Today Ray and I attempted to go canoeing but we made the mistake of bringing Kola with us. It was a scorching hot day and I didn’t want to be stuck on a boat if Kola went into a heat stroke so instead we attempted to hike the Green Belt. We got all of 50ft before Kola wanted out. He looked like he was going to have a seizure or something so we walked back to the car. Ah well, we tried. Today is another one of our leisure days and we wanted to explore Austin.

We decided to head out to Austin Trailer Park Eatery since we still have not been. The first thing I bought was cake balls. Yes, cake balls on a stick. So genius!

Should of had a taco from Torchy’s Tacos but I’ve been craving a good hot dog lately so I decided on that instead. Well all in all it was another great day. Austin Trailer Park Eatery consider yourself checked! Green Belt and canoeing I’ll be back for you.