Feb 152012
 
#000000;">(none of the photos in this post are mine…they are all pilfered from other sites mostly because i’ve been lazy and haven’t gone out to do any lifestyle of austinite photographs… keep saying i will … if you click on the image you will be magically transported to a larger image of the photo showing the URL that i pilfered from…)

#000000;">first this morning i had a meeting downtown….

#000000;">our headquarters is on #000000;">6th street…. coolness, i know….

#000000;">always lots of interesting folks to look at… night and day… of course nighttime on 6th street is pretty spectacular when it comes to people watching… you just never know what you might see…over the years i have spent a great deal of time on 6th street… back in the day, this was the most hoppinest street for live music in texas….

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#000000;">the city would block off 6th street from I-35 all the way down to just past congress… it was all foot traffic… musicians, artists, and freaks… fun stuff… the nightlife down there was amazing… great music, great food, great people watching…

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#000000;">more recently, things have changed somewhat… i haven’t been in some years at night but i don’t think they are blocking off the street anymore… many of the clubs have moved to other locations around the city… it’s just sort of lost it’s magic…

#000000;">but it’s still a great location, 6th street… many clubs remain… everything from stand up comedy, to cover bands, to follies…. tattoo shops, head shops, eateries, and other cool shops….

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#000000;">but at 8:30 on a wednesday morning, i was truly not prepared to see what i did…

#000000;">a mother… a large woman… with her two children following her- maybe 4 or 5 years old, walking down the sidewalk… okay, not so odd you say….

#000000;">but when you consider that the woman was wearing nothing but a dirty t-shirt and panties… and her children were wearing pretty much the same thing… no shoes on any of them…

#000000;">just walking down 6th street…. downtown austin… how odd….

#000000;">the homeless folks are easy to spot… they have carts, bags, backpacks, blankets, signs, cups, and other paraphernalia….

#000000;">this woman had nothing… t-shirt and panties… that’s it….

#000000;">i have to wonder what the story is?

*could be a good creative writing prompt…. making up this woman’s story… hmm
Being an adult is like looking both ways before you cross the street and then getting hit by an airplane.

  4 Responses to “what’s the story”

  1. Sherri, people-watching is am amazing social “sport.” That’s for sure…..I’m like you re: the lady w/no pants! I would’ve been *hard pressed* to refrain from asking, “WTH?”

  2. I love to people watch also, it is interesting….These pics show life. So sorry for the kids being dressed with a few clothes

  3. People watching is one of my obsessions and I often do make up stories about them. At a guess this woman is escaping from domestic violence and left with only the clothes she and the chillun sleep in ….

    • I agree…victims of domestic violence will do whatever they have to get the h*ll out of there – if they are lucky enough to make it. this breaks my heart … (sorry…total empath there! and a little bit of experience on this topic!)

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