First Night in Austin – 6th Street

NOTE to readers – SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM of the page and work your way up if you are the type of person that likes chronological order. The first post is “The Backstory”. ALSO –forgive any grammar, spelling, or whatever other writing mistakes you will find in my posts. Yes I love to use dashes and dots – I write how I would speak! Since I am writing from the road my first focus is enjoying the sights and trying to record them as best I can. Therefore, in regards to proof reading  – Ain’t nobody got time fo dat!

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After checking into the glamorous Motel 6th in south Austin, I busted a moved to take a shower and get ready for a night out on the town. I was meeting the dude I went to high school with and his friend down on 6th street. My thrifty ways came up with the genius idea to get some drinky-poos at the gas station so I could have a couple before I hit the bars. Gotta save money where you can when you are traveling for the long haul!

My next task was parking – FREAKING city parking… not many things wear down my nerves and patience than trying to find an open spot in a city on a Friday night at 10:30. Luckily for me, someone who was unsuccessfully trying to parallel park bailed out on the spot so I was able to swoop in there and snatch it up. Once I was parked I cracked open a Bud Lite Lime (deeeeeeeeelicious), poured it into an empty water bottle (my car has been turned into a water bottle graveyard with all the water I’ve been drinking in this heat!), and waited for the others to arrive.

While sipping on my frosty beverage, I overheard some conversation outside my car between the bums sitting on the park bench (don’t worry Mom – I was in a super safe and populated area!)… apparently the woman bum was mad at the one man bum for talking about her boobs. BUM drama!!! uh ohs! 

Once I received confirmation that high school dude and his friend were at the place I was on my way. I stepped onto 6th street and was quickly like HOLY HOLY HOLY SHIT. It was 11pm and people were stumbling all over the place, bars were packed, and the smell of booze was thick in the air. WELCOME back to your college years Lindsay! (well not really considering I went to Shippensburg and we had all of 3 small bars)… but it was the pure shenanigans of the scene that brought back those memories.

I met them in a less crowded bar (El Camino Casino) were we had a quick drink. As I was closing my tab the bartender was sorting her slips. She shows me a slip and asked,”Does that say SEX for a tip?” — hahaahahahaahaha. Yes, yes it does. The person DID leave her a tip but wrote SEX on the line instead of the tip amount. I don’t know why i found this so incredibly amusing but I did! I got quite a little giggle from it 🙂

We headed down the “dirty 6th” part of 6th street. It earns that name for a reason! We continued down 6th heading in and out of a few bars in search of dude’s friends…stopped at Kung Fu Saloon (literally went in and out) — it was at this precise moment I recognized how freaking BEAUTIFUL people are in this town. Every guy I saw I was like DAMN… heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey boys hey!!! (well not really but that’s what I was thinking!). 

Next we went to Molotov and had a drink before heading over to Dogwood (which is owned by Bachelor “star” Brad Womack). This place had a good vibe and even MORE good looking men. THIS is where all the single, good looking men have been! I thought Cali surfers boys was where it was at but let me tell ya ladies… Austin is infested with hotties (and most of them know how to dress well)!

The atmosphere was great and I was having fun — and THEN I discovered this fun game where you have to take a ring on a string and swing it to make it catch on to a hook. I actually saw this game for the first time at an LA bar a few weeks back! On my first attempt I got it on my second swing- BOOM – NAILED it!  I should of quit while I was ahead because I wasn’t able to do it again…meh.

I spent the last 10 minutes of the night standing in front of this wind machine that looked like a trash can. With how humid and hot it is I did not give a shit about looking good at this point — blow me to bits please! This girls needs to cool off!

2am rolled around and the bar closed. We started our trek down the street back to the area where we parked. The street was just littered with drunken stumble bums! People were lining up and crowding the food trucks to fulfill their intoxication cravings. To my right was a lovely young girl being propped up by her friend as she threw up all over the side walk… 

Stay classy Austin… stay classy.

I got back to my hotel to discover LaRoo had scratched the shit out of the bathroom door (luckily you couldn’t really tell unless you looked closely). I had put a blanket down, put on her citronella bark collar, and gave her the jar of peanut butter before I went out — and just hoped for the best. White flecks of paints chips along with torn up paper (from the peanut butter jar) were scattered all over the floor. THIS dog I tell ya… 

Night 1 in Austin had come to an end… I think I like this place.

 

 

 

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