Back from Tejas!

…but a 10-day trip to the Lone Star State isn’t the only reason why I haven’t been blogging.  Who knows why we go through these blog-lulls.  Boredom?  Lack of motivation?  Thinking no one reads this thing?  My reasons are probably a mixture of these and others, but alas, I am going to make a more concerted effort to publish my thoughts here more often.

So, the purpose of our journey west was basically to see Chrissy’s family in Austin, and specifically to see her two brothers play football and her sister cheerlead. (they are 16-year-old triplets)  It just so happened that our university was having its annual ministry conference called Summit while we were there, so we drove the familiar road north for about 3 hours to Abilene to attend the conference and see many old friends.  I’ll post more of my reflections from Summit in posts to come, but the short of it is that we had a surprisingly great time.  The formal sessions were good, but the real meat of our stay in Abilene was, as expected, in the margins — i.e. those un-planned, spontaneous conversations that don’t show up on any program of events.

Abilene is also where I realized I should probably write a bit more frequently here, as person after person told me they read the blog and that it is an encouragement to them.  So this is a post to prime the pump, so to speak, for (hopefully) many more posts to come.

We were in Abilene from Sunday through Wednesday, and we spent the rest of the week in Austin.  I should mention that while in Texas, we ate.  A lot.  We had a laundry list of places we wanted to go while we were there, mostly of the you-can’t-find-this-in-Boston kind.  Here are a few highlights:

In Austin: Z’Tejas (Southwestern) on 6th Street, Rudy’s Barbeque, Saltgrass Steakhouse

In Abilene: Carino’s Italian Grill, Anne’s Thai Restaurant (the best!), Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant (one of our faves), La Popular Café (hands-down the best breakfast burritos in the world), and last but not least, Monk’s Coffee (my bro works there, and Jerry is running a mighty fine establishment)

Each of America’s unique regions has its specialties, many of which I love, but I will always have a special place in my heart for Southwestern cuisine: the Tex-Mex, the steaks, the bbq, etc.  (An aside: I blame my 6 years in Texas for turning me against ever becoming a vegetarian)

On Sunday, Chrissy flew back to Boston without me.  That’s because I was meeting our friend who’s going to be our neighbor so we could drive their stuff from Texas to Boston.  Yep — I just got back last night from our 3-day, 14-state road trip in a big, yellow Penske truck.  Lemme tell you, this is not a trip I would ever take alone, but one that I’d do many times over with a great friend.  I’ll download some of that experience in coming posts as well.

This is me, blogging again.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Glad you’re back. Looking forward to reading your thoughts. I’m disappointed you didn’t mention Harold’s BBQ.

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  2. Posted by Daniel Gray on October 2, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Also glad you’re back.

    But I echo George’s sentiment. Not one mention of Abilene BBQ? Harold’s and Sharon’s (chili-corn) are the best.

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  3. Posted by Kevin Williams on October 2, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Glad to see you are back blogging. Anne’s Thai is the thing I miss most about Abliene.

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  4. And what about Taco Bueno?! (kidding) Glad you’re home and glad you’re “back.” Dad

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  5. Posted by Mitch on October 3, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    That’s because Abilene “BBQ” shouldn’t be called “BBQ”. Abilene is a beef town. BBQ is supposed to be pork. End of story.

    🙂

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  6. That’s funny, I’m in Dallas now hanging with the $30,000 millionaires. Last time I was in Dallas, we ate at some techno-sushi bar, when there was a perfectly good Texas steak house next door. It was a painful experience.

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