Motif Tropique
Austin Dispatches No. 198 Sep. 4, 2017


After years of smirking at major inclement weather, one disturbance finally disturbed my life.[1] Tropical Storm Harvey knocked out power on my block for 10 hours the evening of Aug. 26 and dislodged the eaves gutter on the east side of my building.[2] The dangling gutter still bangs against the stairwell railing when the wind blusters like Bill O’Reilly.[3] Regardless, when Austin Energy restored the power, my life merely returned to its plight before the storm.


And that’s the best of it. For example, U.S. Sen. John McCain’s grandstanding vote to stymie ObamaCare repeal did to my financial future what he used to do to jets as a Navy flyboy.[4]


Austin Death Watch


Austin and Travis County have jointly opened a Sobriety Center as an alternative to jail for public intoxication. This means you should check the center first if you need to contact one of our public officials, based on their frequent past arrests.[5]


The Aug. 25 Chronicle reports the City has forfeited more than $9 million in state monies because of the power elite’s suspect obsession with letting some fag in a dress shit in a women’s restroom.[6] The same power elite’s been using Pflugerville for years as a convenient dumping ground for blacks it’s driven out of Austin.[7] Now the local papers are tut-tuting over Pflugerville’s newfound racial problem.[8] I remember when Pflugerville was boring.


Texas Journey and Community Impact Newspaper both report Austin has predictably embraced aggravating road designs under the guise of safety devised by the Swedes, a nation of goose-stepping meddlers, busybodies and scolds who nevertheless let Muslims run amok in their country.[9] Knowing our domestic goose-steppers as I do, they were probably smitten with these designs just because they’re European. Meanwhile, the Aug. 29 Statesman reports Capital Metro’s train safety control system costs $14 million more than estimated and still doesn’t work.[10]


Neighborhood News


Elsewhere in the neighborhood, the Statesman’s Traffic Web page reported collisions at Hobby Horse Court and Burnet Road on Aug. 21, at Metric Boulevard and the westbound frontage road of Research Boulevard on Aug. 22, at Rutland Drive and Metric on Aug. 25, at Parmer Lane and Tomanet Trail on Aug. 28, and at Research and MoPac Expressway on Aug. 31.


Ownership of Metric Commercial Center has changed. HomeAway has leased a building at The Domain, where two clothing stores and a doll shop have opened.[11] A software company has leased an office at Braker Pointe.[12]



Home Archives


[1] AD No. 54n10 (Aug. 22, 2003); AD No. 84 (Oct. 10, 2005); AD No. 183 (July 22, 2015); “Harvey Hits Hard.” Nokoa 31 Aug. 2017: 1-2.

[2] Haurwitz, Ralph K.M., Ryan Autullo, and Rachel Rice. “Central Texas Isn’t Finished Soaking.” AAS 28 Aug. 2017: A1+; Jankowski, Philip. “Thousands Still Without Power After the Storm.” AAS 29 Aug. 2017: A8.

[3] Muto, Joe. An Athiest in the FOXhole: A Liberal’s Eight-Year Odyssey Inside the Heart of the Right-Wing Media. New York City: Dutton, 2013.

[4] AD No. 194n7 (March 5, 2017); Ring, Deborah. “Throw Out Republican Traitors.” The Roanoke (Va.) Times 15 Aug. 2017: 7B; Timberg, Robert. John McCain: An American Odyssey. New York City: Touchstone Books, 1999: 66-68.

[5] “Headlines.” AC 25 Aug. 2017: 10.

[6] Marloff, Sarah. “ ‘Who We Are.’ ” AC 25 Aug. 2017: 20+.

[7] AD No. 126n8 (Aug. 10, 2009).

[8] Adjavon, Tsoke (Chuch). “Black Plfugerville Holds Race Relation Town Hall.” The Villager 1 Sep. 2017: 6; Flores, Nancy. “Black Pflugerville Leads Forum to Heal After Virginia Rally.” AAS 23 Aug. 2017: B1.

[9] Benning, Jim. “Can Vision Zero Make Texas Streets Safer?” Texas Journey Sep./Oct. 2017: 44; Denney, Amy. “Austin Revisits Traffic-Calming Program After Efficiency Speeds Up Installation.” CIN Aug. 2017, Northwest Austin ed.: 13; Huntford, Roland. The New Totalitarians, 2nd rev. ed. New York City: Stein and Day Publishers, 1980; Lansky, Doug. “Can Swedish Thinking Make the World’s Streets Safer?” Texas Journey Sep./Oct. 2017: 40-42; O’Rourke, P.J. Eat the Rich. New York City: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1998: Ch. 4; Steyn, Mark. America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, rev. ed. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 2008: 6.

[10] Wear, Ben. “Cap Metro Tab for Train Control System $14 Million Beyond Estimate.” AAS 29 Aug. 2017: B1.

[11] Buchholz, Jan. “Deep Data.” ABJ 25 Aug. 2017: A6; “Now Open.” CIN Aug. 2017, Northwest Austin ed.: 4.

[12] Buchholz, op. cit., A7.