So, I had an idea today that I want your input on. Would any of you read a blog like this?
(Photo credit: Joni Karanka. Isn't that a great picture?!)
You see, I heart That Austin Girl very much. It's a little disorganized, it doesn't have a "theme" per "se" but that's sort of how my personality is. Endearingly chaotic.
Anyway, I'm hungering to do something that's a little more....focused. And I decided that the #1 thing that makes me happy* isn't movies (though movies are quite good), it isn't music (though I do dig music a lot), it isn't even DANCE PARTIES. Which I love. However, all these wonderful things just emphasize how much I very sincerely enjoy this next thing about to be announced:
A few years back, I remember picking up my first copy of Interview Magazine (founded by Andy Warhol in 1969, and no, thank you, Wikipedia), thinking, "??" and then..."!!!!" What was this startingly simple rag? You mean, it's just people, talking to each other? ("People" meaning "celebrities," but whatever). How extraordinarily genius.
Anyway, through Rare and a few other mags and even That Austin Girl, I've gotten to meet the neatest folks. A few have even become close friends, like eco-designer extraordinaire Rene Geneva or people I want to be my besties, like vintage stylist Sarah Dean. Just this afternoon, I got to sit down and chat with Lavanna Martin, guerilla painter at I Stare at People. And the thing is, everyone has the wackiest explanations for how they arrived at their current station in life. (For example, after collecting vintage clothing for years just because she loved it, Sarah Dean decided to throw some pics of her beauties on MySpace. Photographers started calling. Then, as an experiment, she labeled herself "Stylist," also on MySpace. Magazines started calling. Now, she's a full-time stylist. Inspired?? I know!!!
So then, there are all these other lovably odd individuals traipsing around Austin. Like James. James is probably the most talented grocery store sample-giver I have ever seen. He works at Hancock Center H-E-B, and when he has a sample to share, it comes with a soliloquy. And it is loud. "Woooo it's hot today! Aw man! You know what I want on a hot day?! Some LEMONADE! Aw man! I remember when my grandkids used to come over and 'ave lemonade at my house! We drank lemonade jus' 'bout every day!"
You, like, get to hear all about James' life, if you are standing anywhere at all inside the Hancock Center H-E-B during Sample Day. And maybe have lemonade.
But back to this post - I think I'm going to do this. Before I do, I thought I'd conduct some field research first:
The first people I'm eavesdropping on in is all of you guys, because revealing who one secretly (or not secretly) wants to eavesdrop on says a lot about a person.
So, let me know.