Had a day completely off back in July, which isn’t normally the case for me during the summer months when I’m usually busy as hell. Wasn’t a planned day off doing something I wanted to do–I had a jury duty summons and had to go downtown to the courthouse. Parked about two miles away–that’s the nearest free parking to the courthouse downtown in Austin, and jurors don’t get free parking or parking meter passes here. You do get all of a six dollar per diem, which buys most of your lunch I guess. So I walked over to the courthouse from my truck, plenty early for my summons, and got stopped at the security checkin on account of my pocketknife, which I’ve toted one of around in my front pocket ever since I graduated from diapers. Continue reading
Stacy Park is a little gem of a park–about eight acres–located in the center of the Travis Heights neighborhood in south-central Austin, Texas. It is centered around Little Stacy Creek, which is a dry creek running through its center. In the south end of the park is the neighborhood elementary school, Travis Heights Elementary, which has been there in one form or another for eight decades now. Right next to the school is Stacy Pool, a spring-fed half-Olympic pool that is swimmable year-round. Stacy Pool, its shower and dressing rooms, and a fair piece of the elementary school are all WPA projects from the ’30’s, and show the quality design, construction and craftsmanship that most all the WPA edifices share with us nowadays.
Thu, 18 Feb 2010 18:47:31 GMT
A small single-engine plane has crashed into a seven-story office building in Austin, Texas with at least one person unaccounted for.
According to Harry Evans of the Austin Fire Department, firefighters found “heavy fire destruction in and around the second floor… lots of heat, lots of smoke, lots of fire,” CNN reported on Thursday.
Witness Cynthia Reed described people in the building as “hanging out the windows, screaming for help.”