Monday, March 15, 2010

Not the fort your Dad built

And so it was... another enjoyable weekend with the ideal Texas weather! This weekend destination: South, plan: 8 hour Austin adventure, result: perfectly happy slacker Sunday. I don’t care how many times you have been to South Congress, there is always something new to do and see—one food trailer has now turned into six very different trailers offering a variety of foods—drinks at the iconic San Jose Hotel (may I recommend sangria with fresh fruit?!)—vendorsVENDORSvendors... my gawd, vendors everywhere—Alamo Drafthouse rolling road show—live music on stage or on the street (I mean, where else will you see a hulahooping guitarist who simultaneously plays the harmonica?!)—and the people (all of whom are way cooler than I could ever think of being) wearing TOMS and tank tops rightly draped to reveal a tattooed back with dog in tow. Come on, really, why go anywhere else?

We ventured a little bit more South to experience the place my friend and I agreed to never visit without the other. So this being the first time in months that the weather was working in our favor and we were could get away for the day, we went for it. We rounded the corner of a “well used” neighborhood and there it stood, glistening in the sun and towering over the roofs surrounding it. Three stories of mangled metal and recognizable junk, it was none other than the Cathedral of Junk. The sharp edges which scream LAWSUIT and unleveled steps up to the tower doesn’t seem to follow any rules or regulations, but it is structurally sound as verified by City of Austin engineers—from what I understand, the city keeps a close eye on the junk additions at this weirdly Austin attraction.

And for the BIG news: it’s now a wedding venue! I know it doesn't suit everyone's style, but for the brave few it could be the most memorable wedding for those who attend. It just takes a little bit of imagination and the yard could be transformed into the coolest, hippest setting for the right bride and groom to be married.

Please trust me when I say that these photos do not give the Cathedral of Junk justice. You must check it out for yourself to appreciate the nutty work that went into this piece of art. Located at 4422 Lareina Dr, Austin, TX 78798. Go!

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