Saturday Morning March 31, 2007

Trip Start Mar 31, 2007
Trip End Apr 01, 2007

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

I left home about five 'til seven on a rainy morning all wet from loading up the truck. It quit raining not long after I got on I-35 and the conditions improved steadily as I headed north. I barely slowed down for the Border Patrol Checkpoint and then stopped to get a couple of tacos and gulp down some coffee in Dilley. South of Austin, I started to see some old cars, the best one being an early fifties Packard.
By now the skies were clear and it was still only 63 degrees out. The weather couldn't have been better when I pulled into Greg and Shelley's driveway.
Saturday afternoon most of the cars were at the big show out at the Travis County Expo Center, but there were a good number of cool cars on South Congress when we arrived. Some of the cars wouldn't have been eligible for the show as it is for 1963 and older cars and bikes.
The party was at Dona Emilia's on the corner of Cesar Chavez and San Jacinto in downtown Austin. Of course there was no parking and were drove around awhile before landing in a parking lot a few blocks away.  Dona Emilia's serves South American cuisine and was something different. It was great seeing everyone and the food was different and delicious. It got a bit loud at my end of the table and was hard to hear at times, but we had a good old time.
Most of us headed for South Congress to see what was on the street. Some of our group wanted to go to the Continental Club, but I knew it would be impossible to get in!  We parked way up past the Magnolia Café and passed many cool cars on the way to the Continental, which on this night was the epicenter of cool.
We stopped off on the way to tour a multi-level dwelling that one of the guys is involved in the construction of. The views from the balconies were really nice and I was able to take some cool photographs of the South Congress scene. There was a real tricked out small old Ford school bus on the corner and a grungy Model A coupe around the corner with a Chrysler Hemi motor with a rusty old Cadillac air cleaner atop it.
There was a long line outside the Continental Club for Southern Culture On The Skids. They were playing the last night of a five-day stand at the club. We could see inside the packed house as we walked by the door. Outside the club we ran into Mark and Scott and a group of guys drinking beer on the sidewalk and watching the cars go by. Mark asked, "you just can't stay away from here can you?"
 I told him, "No, I can't!" It had been only two weeks since we were together on this street during South By Southwest.
No problem getting into the Gallery upstairs where there was a hot-rod art on the walls. The band was taking a break when we arrived and soon we were blown away by the Mike Flanigin Trio with Derek O'Brien on guitar. I leaned against the wall about three steps away from Derek O'Brien and was amazed by his incredibly cool sounds. I also was able to get a close up view of Mike Flanigin playing the Hammond B-3 organ. There was no bass player, just Mike playing the bass pedals of the organ with his feet. We saw them play for over an hour and I think they played four songs! It was almost one-thirty when we decided we ought to walk back to the car and go home.
The next morning almost everyone from the night before showed up at Greg and Shelley's for brunch before heading home. It was great talking to everyone again and some folks that I didn't get to talk to the night before. I pulled out at 12:35 and made it home about 4:20.
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