Car chase. Foot chase. Water rescue.

So that happened.

At work one day this week we were treated to quite the scene. We heard a terrible screeching sound and ran to the windows. A car chase that probably came off of 35  got snared in our little peninsula here.

No where to go the suspect ditched his car and ran across the lawn toward the bike trail and river. The cop cars jumped the curb and drove across the grass. A total of about ten cop cars were at the scene.

The suspect was running towards the river and I said, “He can’t be thinking of – oh, yes he did. He’s in the water.”

He got into the river with his backpack and started to swim about 15 feet out. Then he started to try to sink his bag but it floated. The cops stood on the banks and watched, guns drawn, as he flailed around. He started to swim back to them after repeat failures to escape or sink the bag, but the bank was steep and getting out of the water tough.

They ended up getting a lasso (no lie) and finally a life vest. Texas, yee-haw!

They got the backpack and had the contents emptied out on the hood of one of their vehicles. The suspect was put into the back of the car  (gently, no heads were hit on the way in) and they drove off.

While all of that paper work kind of stuff was going on more cops showed up and were enthusiastically shown reenactments by those who had seen it all.It seemed like they couldn’t believe the guy actually got in the river.

Random:

  • I finished a book on Columbus by Dugard.  Now I want to read one on Isabella. Let’s just say the paragraph my high school European history class spent on her did not do her justice. #badass
  • Hope Solo was named one of Time Magazine’s top 140 Twitter accounts to follow. That was cool. She’s still recovering from wrist surgery. She’ll be starting rehab in a week. This past week she went up to Montana to raise money for a youth soccer up there. It may not be as glamorous as Mia Hamm kicking a ball around in LA for charity, but IMO helping those “fly over” country kids is way more impactful. This is from a kid who spent time in no man’s land. Ok, enough stalking.
  • I found an apartment in my price range and in walking distance of the train station. I’m hoping when I call them tomorrow the openings declared online will be real, no where near the pool, and it will be the low end of the price range. Cross your fingers. This girl wants to stop sleeping on the floor. It’s been months. Ugh.
  • Wreck it Ralph was cute. When this happened,  “I sleep in these candy wrappers and bundle myself up like a little old lady!” my sister turned to me and said, “That’s you!” Ho, ho, ho. Eh. It’s true. -__-
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Long Suffering Sigh

I walked 15 blocks there (and 15 back) over my lunch hour today to get my mashed glasses fixed up. This is what I arrived to. :(

Not to be outdone, I have found corn has been bothering me lots (swollen face among other things) so I got rid of that from my diet. Even trace amounts in soups, Coke, etc. The last few days I’ve noticed the problems returning. A light bulb went off in my head. I had run out of Boost a while back and didn’t buy more until Sunday so I had one Monday and half of one today while at work as breakfast. Sure enough Monday I had signs of problems again. I looked at my Boost…corn syrup was like the 4th ingredient. I didn’t notice because I had seen sugar listed and figured that would be the only sweet thing in there. Wrong! So I bought a $17 case of that stuff I can’t drink now. And I’m not sure what to do for breakfast instead. I had already had half of one today before I looked at the label so that got thrown out.

The Chicago Red Stars are preseasoning in Austin! I might get to go to one or more of their preseason matches here if they are open to the public. I’m so happy. I thought moving here would be like going to the middle of no where when it comes to sports, but I got lucky!

South By

My experience with SXSW was mainly over the lunch hour while I’d wander around people watching. I didn’t buy any wristbands, get on any RSVP list, or feel like I was missing out much in the end. All these bands tour Austin anyway. This was an event for people from elsewhere to have a good week of music all in one spot. In fact most of the people I saw seemed to be beyond the domestic sphere too. I saw 4-5 Mobys, a lot of Mumfords, and a smattering of FUN lookalikes. The hipsters/square foot was thick.

I’ll be seeing Airborne Toxic Event and Metric in the traditional way later in May. I do think next year I’d want to be more involved with the Interactive portion though. That looked like it could be fun.

While walking by the river earlier in the week I ran into Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I left him alone though because I’m not a jerk. He was taller than I thought, super thin/rangy, and I didn’t notice how he smelled. That’s all I got.

The tv show Revolution had a booth for cellphone charging, unplugged games, and bike rentals. So it was pretty much useless to me. They did have these nifty wristbands though.

Here is my desk at work! Note the ponies and Korean ceramic coffee mug. The purple one is named Amethyst Star and she “loves to dance when she hears music!” Or so the trading card says. She is purple with greenish sparkles so naturally she’s the Hope Solo pony.

Mildly suicidal Han Solo.