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Monday, October 13, 2008

Browncoat Ball 2008

The Browncoat Ball in Austin was a blast.

Paul, Karen, and I made our annual pilgrimage to the ball and realized rather quickly that we were in Texas. There are signs posted on most restaurant doors asking patrons not to bring in their unlicensed weapons. Our waitress at lunch at the Iron Cactus used the word “y’all” more than I thought possible and we were treated to complimentary “queso” with our lunch. But, out the window there, we could also see the “Musician Loading and Unloading Only” sign. Apparently, rooftop music venues are the thing here in Austin. We walked back, passing through the beautiful Driskill Hotel and deciding we'd need to make it back there before the end of the weekend.

The ball kicked off with cocktails and crafts where folks could decorate their dance cards and make leather bracelets. Nassama did some belly dancing and I taught a few set dances. I caught up with old friends like Laura, Shanna, Greg, and Judy and made a few new friends. Afterwards, Paul, Karen, and I wandered back to the Driskill Hotel for a late supper. We were treated to some of Austin’s famous live music, had some mini-burgers and nachos and danced a little swing.

We rose too early the next morning for a taste of Tai Chi, a chance to play Mah Jong, and some Belly Dancing for me after lunch.

For lunch, Paul and Karen had opted for the box lunch, so I hooked up with 3 other folks and they indulged my request for southern cooking at Threadgill's. Oh yes, I did have fried green tomatoes, okra, grits, and chicken fried steak for lunch. I couldn’t begin to eat like that if I lived here, but once in a blue moon is a treat. The fried green tomatoes were super yummy.

The belly dance class learned a routine to perform at the ball, which was fun even if I didn’t have time to change out of my ball gown (with hoop and corset) into Shawna’s dress. After the belly dancing and the raffle, we announced the location for the 2009 Browncoat Ball: Portland, Oregon. There was music from the Brobdingnagian Bards and the Bedlam Bards. In between the Bedlam Bards sets, I got folks up and dancing again and even busted out the infamous pointy finger. You know you’ve got a good crowd when they laugh and join in. After Night Fever, I played some favorite songs like Wild Wild West, Doctorin' the Tardis, and Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Turns out, one of the Brobdingnagian Bards can dance, so I got a super-bonus swing.

Sunday dawned too early and we all wished for the chance to check out around 3 instead of noon. Lounging in bed would’ve been lovely. But instead we went down to brunch with the gang. Then we wandered up to the Alamo, but had just missed the start of the movie, so instead we spent the afternoon wandering around Austin, through the capitol, and finding that Austin doesn’t believe in Wells Fargo ATMs you can walk up to. We found one Wells Fargo with no ATMs and two Wells Fargos with drive-through ATMs. Very, very odd. Paul finally gave up and walked up to the drive up ATM.

Finally out to the airport for some late lunch/early supper before heading home. All in all, it was a lovely weekend.


  • Glad you had fun and that you liked the fried green tomatoes. I knew they were a good idea!

    By Blogger Athene Numphe, at 11:46 AM  

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