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Austin Vibe…

I love Austin, Texas. I wish there was a better, more articulate way of saying it, but that’s the truth. I love to just BE in Austin. I think it has a ‘vibe’ all of its own.

I love to go down around 1st Street or Congress Avenue and just people watch. Well, and dog watch as well I suppose.

People come out to exercise or play with their pets and just relax and enjoy the day or unwind after work. I can’t explain it really it’s just a ‘feeling’ about the place.

Lots of folks like to throw tennis balls or sticks out in to the water and have their dog go fetch it. It’s great for the dog who gets to cool off in the lake. There are days so hot though makes you want to jumpin with him.

Austin is a great place to meet people – and who knows – your pet may even come away with making a new friend.

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I do like to come down here and people watch, relax, and pay my respects to Stevie Ray Vaughn. Reminds me of a family/friend of mine who played like him who recently passed away – I guess they’re playing together now. (R.I.P. Jason Baric).
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Just thought I would share a little about this wonderful place so bring your dog, rent a canoe or kayak and come down and chill out with some wonderful folks, make a few friends and enjoy the day.

Peace, Love, and Good Vibes,

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Pride in Workmanship…

You know? There is alot of awesome architecture around Austin, Texas and what I guess you would call the “I-35 Corridor. But take a closer look at the photograph below.

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When I saw this all I could say was “Really?”… I wonder what happened. Either the shorter people called in sick or maybe a shift in the earth’s crust?

I understand there is a fine line to what can be considered ‘artistic license’ – is that what that is?

Can you imagine running down this fire escape with a railing like that?

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And I wonder if the guys were a little tired one day laying brick what these windows may look like?

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And lastley I don’t think the train would last very long if these tracks were laid out like that railing, right?

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Take pride in what you do. Be the best you can be. Take the time, ALL of the time, to do it right the first time. Just something I saw that made me think.

Peace, Love, and Straight Lines,

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True Grit…

I have to admit that the remake of True Grit was alright. Jeff Bridges is no John Wayne, however, he was a very believable Rooster Cogburn.

I’m fortunate enough to live near where part of the movie was filmed in Granger, Texas.

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I just wanted to share a photograph of the building where “Mattie Ross” had the discussion about horse trading. I think it’s fun to see the place where a movie was filmed and then see how it looks on the big screen.

Of course on the way out to Granger there’s plenty more fields of that grass I love so much, ha-ha.

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Enjoy a good movie for me!

Peace, Love, and Quiet on the Set,

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Veterans…

God Bless the people that serve our country. God Bless the fallen, and families of the fallen, at Fort Hood. God Bless the veterans who have seen and felt too much – and those that have bled and carry the scars of our country for the rest of their days for the sake of our freedom.

Aluminum Overcast © 2008 Robert Barrett

God bless the wives and children that wait for their husbands and fathers to come home for they also serve.

To all of the veterans that protect our freedom. Thank you and God Bless.

Peace, Love, and Honor a Vet,

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Happy Veterans Day….

I just wanted to wish everyone a happy Veterans Day. Thank you to all who are serving around the world and who have served in the past.

I wanted to share my friends blog with you who is an excellent photographer and friend. Please visit the blog of Cricket Walker for some excellent photographs for veterans.

Peace, Love, and Happy Veterans Day,

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Georgetown Art in the Square…

The first annual Georgetown Art in the Square was one of the most awesome free events I’ve ever been to and was held October 17th and 18th.  The Square was transformed in to an outdoor art gallery with over 150 artists and craftsman of every variety.

Sponsored by the City of Georgetown, New York Times, HEB, and the Arts and Culture Board the event was 2 days of arts and culture that was absolutely amazing.

Alexis Silk, Sculpture
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Alexis Silk displays her wonderful sculptures at the Art in the Square event in Georgetown, Texas. Alexis works in metal and glass and has studied under glass masters Pino Signoretto, Richard Royal and Boyd Sugiki. Visit the website at http://www.nogasilkartglass.com/ to see some really fine work.

Sugarpost
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Sugarpost/Fred Conlon had some absolutely amazing and entertaining metal sculptures. This 6 foot tall skeleton rock star actually had flames that shot out of his guitar neck. Fred hails from Salt Lake City, Utah and you can visit their site at http://www.sugarpost.com to see some very original and entertaining pieces.  My favorite was the metal bugs carrying off the lawn gnome.

There was just so much art at the show it defies imagination. Paintings, sculptures, metal and wood work, Silk painting, and a huge list much too large to cover here. You simply have to come to Georgetown for the next Art in the Square event hopefully next mid October. I’ll try and keep ya’ll updated on my fair little city.

Peace, Love, and Be Creative,

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Georgetown Market Days…

Georgetown Texas Market Days went very well today with booths consisting of clothing, artwork, leather goods, handicrafts and lots of wonderful things.

Chers Creations
Cher’s Creations from Round Rock features hand made custom wreaths and floral arrangements with no two being alike.
Silver Mallet Productions has hand tooled leather goods such as wallets, belts, and a whole score of other items.
Market Days
Today’s Market Days had the theme of “In the Pink” in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. The next Market will be November 14th, “A Season of Giving”.
This will be perfect for early holiday shopping with all sorts of wonderful gift ideas.

Market Days is located on the square in downtown Georgetown, Texas. Not only do they have wonderfully unique vendors set up around the square but the square in Georgetown has very unique shops for everyone to enjoy making for a very relaxing and fun shopping experience.

Unique Shopping

American Legion

Representatives from community organizations such as the American Legion were also on hand. BJ MacMillan, Dick Miller, Jean and Bill Brownlow and Marion Pierson were on hand enjoying music from Randall. The American Legion was chartered in 1919 by Congress as a patriotic, war-time veterans organization and has since grown to be the nation’s largest wartime organization founded on the values, contributions and sacrifices of those who answered the country’s call to arms. A valuable asset to veterans and the Georgetown community.

Georgetown Fire Department

The Georgetown Fire Department was on hand thrilling the kids with tours of a fire truck and the Georgetown Fire Department Pipes and Drums folks played some bag pipes and made some wonderful music.

It was a wonderful day browsing the vendors and the shops on the square. The kettle corn and Gyros Veggie wraps and the wonderful people that make this happen. Hope to see you all November 14th 9:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for the next market days!

Peace, Love and Christmas Come Early Shopping,

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Georgetown Fine Dining…

Georgetown Texas has a multi-award winning restaraunt on Austin Avenue. Silver & Stone was given an Award of Excellence for their wine list by Wine Spectator magazine.Silver & Stone  is a family owned and operated restaurant headed up by Chef James Ramsey and Manager Corey Bailey. I can’t really say enough about this wonderful place. The atmosphere, the food, the people – the VIEW -it’s fantastic!

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Silver & Stone has won national awards and features the best cuisine in Central Texas.  It is the perfect place for a romantic evening.

Chef James Ramsey
Chef James Ramsey at work preparing Bananas Foster!.

You can visit their website at www.silverstonerestaurant.com and see all that is happening at Georgetown’s finest dining establishment.

Silver & Stone has special events, and upcoming cooking classes that will make your mouth water.  Music is also being added to the list of perfect reasons to get out of the house and have a good time with a great meal.

Manager Corey Bailey
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Manager Corey Bailey who graciously paused long enough to allow me to snap this photo.

You absolutely MUST visit Silver & Stone and experience it for yourself – The top of the Tamiro Plaza building on Austin Ave near downtown.

Peace, Love, and Flambe!,

sig2P.S. Don’t forget folks: Visit www.silverstonerestaurant.com website or just go on over there and have the finest wine and finest dining experience you ever had.

Georgetown Texas…

I live in Georgetown, Texas North of Austin. I worked in Austin and commuted 47 miles to work.

I count that as a blessing as now I have the opportunity to find work in the town I love and live in.

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They have a wonderful downtown square that is very active! Restaraunts, shops, boutiques, and an active theater that puts on fantastic plays! It has been so long since I’ve seen a live play and it’s quite an experience to watch.

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Georgetown WineryImage Copyright © Barrett Photo Art

The Winery is wonderful!

Also the Rough and Ready Antique Store is FULL of treasure.

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Every Friday night the Downtown Georgetown Association hosts “Georgetown Music on the Square” where live music is performed by various local artists.

Music on the Square

There is also a Street Dance on the square which is held on the First Friday of the month. August 7th will be the last Street Dance so ya’ll need to come!

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Please visit the Downtown Georgetown Association Website and learn more about this wonderful place I live in! Downtown Georgetown Association

Come and spend a quiet day on the Square. The quality of the restaraunts and shops will amaze you and the wonderful people here will make you smile and never want to leave.

Walk Along the SquareImage Copyright © Barrett Photo Art

Peace, Love, and Small Town Texas,

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Waiting…

I really love aircraft and pass this one everyday on my way to work and on my way home. It’s always pointed towards the sunset and I told myself one of these days I’m going to get a nice photograph of that Beechcraft 300 with an awesome sunset going on in front of it.

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As it happened today I noticed the clouds doing that “ray” thing and pulled in to the airport just in time to snap a couple shots of one of my favorite planes patiently waiting its turn to fly.

Peace, Love, and Pixels,

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