I have such a fun group of friend. At Christmastime, one of my fabulous friends found a groupon for an hour at a photo booth. Being that this sounds interesting, she got one for her family and another one for her friends. Last night, we made a plan for six of us to head over to South Austin Gallery and have a good time taking silly pictures. I envisioned us all smashed in to a photo booth with silly hats on, but this was much more. They had a professional camera and a white backdrop and all of us got to dress up with silly props and take fun pictures. I can’t wait to see how these pictures turn out.
After the photo shoot was over, we headed over to the Rot Rally Parade. I have lived here for 6 years and I’ve never been in town on the weekend of Rot Rally. We went to watch the parade at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel on Congress street because that is where my friends always go to watch. When we got there, we found out that they had finally gotten smart and were charging to get out on the balcony. My beautiful friend started talking to the door man and he asked if we were sitting over there, so she said yes. He told us he had just gotten word that we were allowed to go out there for free. I’m not really sure where he got the word, but we took it! We grabbed our other girl friend and went out on the balcony and watched the parade from start to finish. As we were watching, our husbands got there and my beautiful friend got them in for free too! OMG! She saved us so much money last night!!! lol! The parade was probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in Austin. There were thousands of motorcycles up and down the street. They end the parade by parking them all in the center of Congress. It was so much fun! I hope we get to do this again next year. Maybe I’ll get my Vespa working and go out there and ride with them.
Motorcycles everywhere you look!
Motorcycles as far as you can see. All parked down Congress with the state capitol in the background.
I had been looking forward to Beerfest for several weeks after we bought our tickets through Urban Dealight. I had no idea what to expect and I didn’t even try to research what it was going to be about. I knew what I needed to know. There was going to be beer and bands. Beerfest started at 2:00, so we all loaded up the two trucks and at 1:30 we headed that way. When we got close, we found that they only had one entrance to get in, so we waited in traffic for about an hour and a half. Finally, when we were getting closer to the entrance, they opened up the entrance we had already passed. We decided it was still faster to turn around to go in that entrance and turned around. Once we were finally in the gates and parked, we walked to another line. There was a guy there with a sign that said “Linefest”. We waited in that line for another 30 minutes. So it took us about 2 hours to actually get IN to Beerfest. That’s ok though. We were still in good spirits and ready to go try some beers and listen to some music.
They had it set up that there were rows of beer tents that had different beers that you could try. At first we decided the strategy was to walk up and down the aisles and try different ones that looked interesting. We quickly abandoned that strategy after we waited in a line for another 30 minutes. We decided to try the beers that had the shortest lines. Of course these were booths that had the beers that you drink on a regular basis like Dos Equis and Corona. I never even heard any bands.
We finally decided that the best idea was to run to HEB and pick up a bunch of random beers and go back to our friend’s house and create our own beerfest. This was much more fun and the food was much better. I even helped out by starting the coals that got the grill ready. I think next year we will all opt out from the official beerfest and just have another private beerfest at one of our houses!!