Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Freakin' Weekend

This weekend was one of those weekends that makes me realize how much I am going to miss Austin when I leave next year for grad school (that's the plan right now at least). It seems like every weekend there is something to do here that is not only fun but free- both excellent reasons to dust off the camera and put it to good use. I struck photo-gold three times over the weekend with Critical Mass on Friday, Eeyore's Birthday on Saturday, and the Stupor Bowl on Sunday, leaving me on the brink of yet another full hard drive....

For those of you who do not know what Critical Mass is, it's a collective gathering of cyclists who meet at 5pm on the West Mall of the UT campus on the last Friday of every month to ride through the streets of Austin. In the last few months, the ride has grown to hundreds of cyclists which has caused some problems while biking through the downtown area. This month, we avoided some of those problems by going north on Guadalupe and riding all over the east side of Austin. The second photo is a composite taken at a rest stop at Mueller Lake Park. Dude jumped over a total of 9 people after this attempt. Anyone want to join in on the fun next month?

April Critical Mass

Crazy Eights

Saturday brought around Eeyore's Birthday celebration in Pease Park. Initially started in the 1960's, Eeyore's Birthday is a free festival-like fundraiser that benefits local non-profit groups in Austin. It is famous for it's vendors, large drum circles, family fun and the kind of free-spirited hippiedom that Keeps Austin Weird! I can't believe that I've lived in Austin for 6 years now and just down the street from this event and somehow had never been to one until this year. I had a blast and can't wait for this again next year. I'm already working on my costume....

Drum Circle

Parachute Princess

Sunday bloody Sunday! Time for some UFL action... The one and only Unicycle Football League was created by my friend Marcus Garland in San Marcos, TX and this weekend was Stupor Bowl III. The rules are simple: it's basically flag football but on a unicycle. The UFL is currently a 4 team league that just finished its third season with a championship matchup between the defending champs, the Unicychos and the Gnarwhals, with the Unicychos taking home the Stupor Bowl trophy once again. Season IV starts in 6 weeks. Time to hit the gym....



As always, more photos from these events can be found on my Flickr until the new website is launched. Go Spurs go!

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