Over the holidays I spoke with a couple of friends who volunteer as ushers for the Texas Performing Arts organization, which hosts events all year at the Bass Concert Hall on the UT campus, and several other local theaters.
I was interested. I do have “theater” experience after all … I worked on the tech crew for the event coliseum at the university I attended back in the day – setting up, tearing down, and working spotlights for concerts, and helping Monte with productions for the showbiz club where we worked. Ok, so theater may not actually be in my blood, but I’ve at least stubbed my toe on it a few times. 🙂
I had an interview this week, attended a training session for volunteer ushers tonight, and decided to join for the remainder of this season – through August – to see how I like it. And to see how it fits in with all the other things I enjoy doing.
A bonus: I got to see some cool views of an empty Bass Concert Hall tonight.
I ventured downtown over the weekend to snap a picture of the University of Texas at Austin’s Tower bathed in burnt-orange light, to honor the graduating Class of 2020. My friend’s daughter graduated this year and I took this shot for her.
I’m in my 3rd year of remotely stalking Tower Girl, the Peregrine Falcon that lives atop the University of Texas at Austin Tower. The University has a live-streamed webcam pointed at her nest box on the northwest corner of the clocktower. And they recently upgraded it, so it now also has audio. Be careful with that audio volume, though. The UT clock tower chimes every 15 minutes and it is LOUD. This is a snap from about 5 minutes ago. She has reportedly had a male hanging around lately, too. February/March is the time she has been laying eggs, so I’ll be tuning in to see how it goes this year.
As long as I’ve been watching, none of the eggs she lays each year have hatched. I hold out hope that this is the year for baby falcons!
Noreen and I did some shopping yesterday, then headed to the University of Texas campus. We went up in the UT Tower on a tour. Monte and I have done this once before but it was a dark and rainy day, so I was looking forward to getting a better view.
As a part of the tour, you can go outside and walk around all 4 sides of the top of the tower.
My town, looking south from the UT Tower:
The UT Tower, viewed from the Turtle Pond just north of the Tower:
I’m always looking for opportunities to visit our local museums. I heard about a new exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center on design and the Arts & Craft movement. So we took a trip to the University of Texas campus to see it today.
It’s a small museum but I enjoyed browsing the show.
We walked around campus a bit and grabbed lunch afterward.
I booked a couple of tickets to tour the University of Texas Tower tonight. It has been, thankfully, a rainy weekend, so I didn’t get the pre-sunset view that I was hoping for, but I enjoyed the tour and the 360 degree views of the city.
A panoramic view from the observation deck, located below the clockface, looking south.
Today was another welcome, wonderfully drizzly day. We just need another 100 or so days like it.
My cousin graduated from the University of Texas yesterday with his bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering. Today we drove to his parents’ house in San Antonio to celebrate with him, his family and friends.
On the way home we could see the UT Tower lit up in burnt orange from I-35. But today, instead of the #1 on the tower, reserved for times when the Longhorns win a national championship, there was a #11, to honor the class of 2011. Monte drove me around to at least 3 different vantage points on campus to try to get a decent shot. This was the best one I captured.
We took a trip through the UT campus today, so Julie would know her way around when she comes back for a meeting tomorrow. The campus is really nice. Today is the Labor Day holiday, so there was not much traffic or people milling about (except for the person I captured in this photo, apparently).
This is a shot from the South of the UT Tower and the Main Building in front of it. The inscription across the top of the Main Building says “Ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free.” Amen.
We also drove a bit around downtown and south of the river, through Zilker Park — stopping for the mandatory Sno-Beach sno-cone (the best sno-cones in the entire world, by the way).