So, summer’s over. It’s going to starting getting cold again. Sure, it happens (almost) every year at this time, but we’re always surprised, right? A little snow on the ground and the only place open is…well, nothing. Nothing is open. However, I am not from here – I am a proud and hardy Northern European.… Continue reading Advice for Austinites in Winter
Buying a house is what grown-ups do. They pair up, they save a deposit, and then they move in to begin their happily-ever-afters. They don’t live in apartment complexes with the single people, the students, the recently arrived. There’s no reason why it should be like this, no reason to believe this is really how… Continue reading On (not) Buying a House
“You’re a hurricane virgin,” a friend of mine texted…and it’s true. This was my first hurricane. I was lucky enough to be experiencing Hurricane Harvey from relative safety: on a second-floor apartment in Austin, well away from the dangers more evident on the coast and in Houston. So, we watched, like everyone, our weather apps,… Continue reading On #Harvey: Mundane hurricane stories
Beware of quicksand? My childhood fears come true, here in the land of the free? Absolutely.
As an Englishman abroad, Xmas can be a time of mixed feelings. Life in Austin is mostly wonderful, but it’s easy to feel maudlin about family and friends so far away. Although distance does mean there’s definitely less pressure on the present-buying front… Starting new traditions is basically a self-serving way of forming a holiday… Continue reading On Xmas Traditions
Like a playboy about to head into a monastery; like a drug addict about to spend hard months in rehab, I was a man about to (make a serious attempt to largely) give up sugar, and this was my last weekend of naturally flavored sweetened goodness. In theory. I made a list of the things… Continue reading On Sugar
I’m not an actual Texan, of course, so it’s hard to be certain. But this looks like the epitome of social-realist design. Look, they know we’re going to need to poop behind a dumpster one day, so why not set up actual facilities? Well done, Austin. Once more, you’re at the vanguard of what’s possible!