We the People…

6 Mar

The citizens of Austin, Texas, also known as Austinites, are a eclectic bunch. For this modestly sized city, the population has lots of variety. This is a city where hippie liberals, conservative republicans, business men and college students all mix together. Anywhere you go you can run into a different crowd. The University campus is its own college town embedded into a city and downtown is where business men go to work day in and day out. The weirdest and probably the most surprising thing about Austin is how liberal it is compared to every other city in Texas. In my opinion, the difference in the number of conservatives vs. liberals shows the changing ways of the city. Conservatives represent the old Austin ways and the increase of liberals shows how its changing. Although this wonderful city is filled with many conflicting views it’s citizens couldn’t be anymore at peace. Everyone that lives here loves it all the same. If you didn’t already know, Austin has adopted the slogan “Keep Austin Weird,”  originally this slogan was meant to promote the uniqueness or “weirdness” of Austin against the increase of commercialism and skyrocketing development. Now the slogan has actually done the opposite of what it was intended for, but I won’t get into that. All Austinites say to “keep Austin weird” but some like to take it to another level. Not only do we have a wide variety of views, etc. we have our generous share of loony toons as well. Austin’s most popular and famous character is

Leslie Cochran

Leslie Cochran the hobo. When you think of hobo you probably think of dirty, ripped clothes, hasn’t showered for weeks, etc. Even though Leslie dis dirty, as for clothes, it’s more like lack there of. And with three runs at attempting to be Austin’s Mayor, Mr. Cochran is unlike any other hobo. Leslie usually enjoys strutting around Austin in his favorite high heels and leopard thong. Leslie has become so popular with the citizens he has become one of Austin’s tourist attractions and an important city icon as well. Another character that originates in Austin is the lizard man.He is someone who has gone above and beyond to be weird. Lizard man has gone through the trouble to

Lizard man

physically alter his body to resemble a lizard, which includes tattooing his whole body and splitting his tongue. He isn’t the only one doing this there is a couple that did the same to resemble other creatures. Austin is the place where republicans and liberals are at peace and that Leslie, Lizard man and every Austinite calls home. To some, Austinites might just be those who reside in Austin, but they are much more. Austinites makes Austin what it is and are the root to all it’s weirdness.


7 Responses to “We the People…”

  1. Zoe Roush March 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    Ah! I love love love this! I’m from Austin as well and it’s true, there is no other place like it! I can’t imagine not living there. It seems like tree is always something to do!

    P.S. I’ve totally taken a picture with Leslie haha

  2. AndyUhl March 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    Austin seriously has the most unique individuals you will ever meet. I’ve seen Leslie roaming the streets a lot when I’m downtown at Barton Springs and I swear he couldn’t get more creepy. Although there are a lot of weirdos and nut jobs in the ATX, you’re definitely right about how everyone is at peace with one another.

  3. MollyNeedham March 8, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Those guys are crazy! I once saw a belly dancing santa claus, and it was not the holiday season, im pretty sure it was in April! Austin is amazing in the fact that there are so many kinds of people and every seems to get along. Which seems to be very attractive as the recent population increase is proving..

  4. ak1317 March 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    hah nice picture and video. i love seeing crazy people when i go down town. they make my night. one time i had to run from one cuz he kept asking me for a piggy-back ride. hah i think he was a little out of it

  5. Jacqueline Mizeur March 10, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    There’s just no where better to be in the entire world other than in Austin, Texas. The homeless people make it fee like home ❤ I love your pictures and last time I was around Austin I gave a homeless guy in riverside some hot-n-ready Little Caesars… the key is to share the love.

  6. cc1855 May 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    Austin definetely has some of the weirdest but also nicest people in the United States.

  7. jfisher06 May 11, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    Austin definitely has some strange people.

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