Archive | April, 2011

Blog Schlob

24 Apr

I have to admit, if this blog hadn’t been assigned in my writing class I probably would have never bothered to explore the world of the blog. Blogging had never been something that interested me or anything that I found useful. Now that I have experience the blogging world from first hand experience, I have formed a semi valid opinion on this whole “blogoshpere” business. My experience writing this blog for the past ten weeks has not been a miserable one. Being able to write about something that I am interested in made this assignment a lot more enjoyable. I hope I have not bored my readers to death but I like to share my knowledge and opinions with others and this is a great way to do so. I wouldn’t say that all blogs are conversational; some are simply informational and some are used as diary, telling the world about their experiences, etc. After having to keep up with a blog every week I can see why some people get so excited about them. They are useful in more ways than one. You could write one yourself to purge yourself of any feelings, opinions or experiences you might have or to get someone else’s opinion, you could read others blogs to get information on a particular subject or to simply read about something you’re interested in. There are blogs for every type of interest; celebrity gossip, cooking, video games, books, fashion, etc. The best thing about blogging is that if there isn’t one that fits your style you could easily start your own that fits your needs and who knows maybe you’ll be the next Perez Hilton, reaching celebrity status by voicing your own opinion. One day I could possibly see my self being compelled to have an actual blog.

I am not one that likes to be on my computer all day. I would rather read a book from print than a electronic tablet or talk to some one in person than over the phone or text. But this blogging experience has showed me that it’s not all that evil. The connivence of the internet is useful in getting opinions, etc., especially with blogging. Blogging can connect people from around the world.

In conclusion of my Keep Austin Austin blog, I would like to thank all of those who have put up with reading and commenting on my opinions on Austin and some current events. I hope I gave you some new information on Austin and something at least semi interesting to read during this ten week assignment. K thanks Bye.

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The Lovely Outdoors

13 Apr

One of my favorite things to do in Austin is to be outside. And if you’re from Austin you know that people are outside year round, whether it is freezing or 110 degrees out. Austin has tons of things to do outdoors. There are plenty of

The Greenbelt

lakes, creeks, and pools to take a dip in during the summer, which is very much appreciated when there is no other way to escape the heat other then being in water. I’m lucky enough that my parents have their own pool in their backyard and while growing up my parents would take my sisters and I to Lake Travis every weekend. As I’ve grown older I have learned that the abundance of natural swimming is awesome. Even though pools are nice and clean, I personally prefer a natural source of water. Austin has three main lakes; Lake Austin, Lake Travis, and Town Lake (renamed Lady Bird Lake but I think Town Lake is more fitting). Lake

Lake Austin and the 360 Bridge

Austin and Travis  are the larger of the two (Lake Travis is the largest) there’s nothing better during the summer than taking the boat out on the lake from sun rise to sun set, that is if you have the boat and money to do so. Motorized boats aren’t permitted on Lady Bird Lake, therefore it is more for canoeing, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding. But for those who would like to enjoy Austin’s natural water there are other less money draining options. Barton Springs is a favorite spot for many Austinites, admission is $3 and the pool is naturally kept at a cool 68 degrees year round thanks to the natural spring water from the lovely Edwards Aquifer. Another lake option that is my favorite place to camp is Pace Bend Park off of 71. It’s a little ways out of Austin, about 45ish minutes but its definitely worth the drive. There are campsites that are

Pace Bend Park

private and right on the lake and when the lake level is high enough there are various sizes of cliffs to jump off. Now if you don’t want to spend any money there is always the Greenbelt. Barton Springs pool is just at the end of the Greenbelt, above the pool is a creek that goes on for miles withdifferent little spots to post up for the day with a cooler and friends and take a swim. My favorite part of the Greenbelt is that I can take my dog with me, so if you’re looking for a good place to go hang out in the sun with your dog, buddies and a cooler I’d highly suggest the Greenbelt. I love that Austin has so many places to go to cool off during the summer and my favorite part is they’re kind of like a local secret but we’re never opposed of new comers as long as they’re ready to have a good time.

The Oasis on Lake Travis

 

The Children of the Government

10 Apr

To be honest, I had no knowledge of the potential of our government to shut down until this blog subject was assigned. When I heard the news I thought to my self “Is this a joke? What the hell is congress thinking?” The thought of our government shutting down and thousands losing millions of dollars because our government couldn’t agree on a budget is ridiculous. We put our trust into the representatives and they are letting this happen. Honestly, the recent events and indecisiveness between the House of Representatives and the Senate of our very own United States federal government is embarrassing. The ego battle between the republicans and democrats within our government is getting out of hand and the threat of our government shutting down is proof that it is getting to go too far. I believe that our government needs to be paying attention to what is  best for the citizens of our country in these desperate times than what differing political parties want. The fact that our government was on the verge of shutting down should catch the attention of our congress men and women and make them realize what their silly political games are doing to our country. These people were chosen to represent the population of the U.S. and I am positive that no citizen wants to hear that their government is going to shut down because their representative could not act like adults and agree on an appropriate budget. It is sad to say that many probably foresaw the disagreement within our government. Differing ideologies have always cause disagreement with in our government. But since the election of President Obama, it seems as though those clashing ideas have been affecting decision making more than ever and republicans and democrats have become more and more stubborn in coming to a consensus. It’s embarrassing that something as important as setting a budget has become more about the politics between political parties and less about what is best for the people. Even though this past Friday a bill was finally passed and therefore our government will not be shutting down, this incident has made me think less of our government and question it’s representative’s intentions. Also although they did come up with a budget, it is only for the next six months. Is this going to happen again in six months? The fact that our representatives couldn’t reach an agreement until our government was on the verge of a shut down is unacceptable. Our government needs to get it’s act together. Even though republicans and democrats are notorious for being consistent in pushing for what they want, these types of things shouldn’t be happening to our government.