It's 2008 and Craig Barrett is cleaning up the messes left behind by computer engineers at the offices of International Business Machines. Every weekday evening, after most of the employees have departed, Craig pushes a wheeled trash receptacle down hallways and past cubicles, emptying trash cans, wiping down desks, and making small talk with the few employees slugging down coffee for the graveyard shift.
Nooks and Crannies
Built on the bones of hippies and cowboys, and tempered with congressional handshakes and technology, Austin is a nexus. A highway of art and money where the young want to be and older folks want to leave behind. The beauty of Austin is easy to see from any bridge spanning the Colorado or from any hilltop looking down on loop 360, but the soul of a city is harder to find. To find that you’ll need to look behind the bar counter, inside a family owned food truck, or on the stage of a hole-in-the-wall...or perhaps I should say The Hole in the Wall.
It’s midnight again at the Black’n Blue. The novelty of the first few beers was passing. Neon from behind the bar sprays over me, my dilated pupils drink in the colorful, dead light. The headache behind my eyes has already started.
My wife recently asked me what my top five favorite television shows were. I ran through the carousel of T.V. that stuck around in my life, ones that I quote too often, or that altered my perspective. I kept trying to gravitate towards live action shows but every time the carousel spun I saw more animated shows than I did real ones. I realized two of my top three favorite shows were cartoons and the reason I hadn’t immediately accepted this was due to the feelings of guilt for liking 'kids’ shows.