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Keeping it Weird and Fun at Austin’s 81st Annual Zilker Park Kite Festival

Zilker Kite FestivalToday, as a spectator, I took part in one of Austin's annual rights of the coming of spring; The Zilker Park Kite Festival and as usual it was a blast! The event features hundreds of kites of all sizes, shapes, designs and colors swirling and dancing in the sky above the Zilker Park Polo Fields. There is something for everyone; kite flying demonstrations, make your own kite workshops, kite battles, contests with many categories, trophies, and all sorts of food vendors. Kites are incredibly popular all over the world and Austin is no different and as everyone knows we have so many opportunities to have fun (and keep it weird). As a child, I remember my Dad helping me build kites, from the first old school models covered with news paper to plastic "Bat Kites" and a progression of ever evolving types and makes. The hobby stuck with me and I have always had a fondness for kites of any style. Over time I have entered the Zilker Park contest many times and in many categories through the years but when I reflect, one entry in particular comes to mind...

Zilker Kite FestivalA number of years ago when I was building furniture, I had access to all sorts of tools, materials and a wonderful facility where I could build just about anything that I could possibly dream up. One year I got a wild hair (the day before the contest) and decided to assemble an entry in the biggest kite category. I had a design in mind for a huge octagon shaped kite covered with 12mil plastic. Pestering my friend and partner, Tom Wood (cool name for an architect/furniture builder) into helping me, we set about designing and putting the monster together from scratch. Most of the day was spent gathering materials and the evening was devoted to constructing the framework from wood and pvc pipe and covering the structure with the plastic skin that we had painstakingly melded together. Of course, like all last minute ideas and projects, there were many things that had to be "rigged" and adjusted so the work went on well into the early morning hours. The ENTIRE time, my friend kept telling me, "It will never fly". I just ignored him because after all, I still needed his help. Zilker Kite FestivalAround 3:00am, we finished the kite, my friend went home and I decided to paint my creation. Digging through a closet of spray cans, I began splashing and spraying the kite with all manner of colors, symbols and primitive designs that would have made a DADA-Anarchist proud! The longer I worked, the more bizarre it became and by 8:00am I had done all the damage I figured possible and crashed for a nap in my office!

Zilker Kite Festival

Knowing that it would take a major effort to get the kite airborne and with safety in mind, we called a number of other friends to help launch and control the kite during its flight. About a dozen of our friends showed up to help and fortified with a cooler full of beverages and party favors we made our way to Zilker Park. I need to mention here that Tom told each and every person on the crew that, "It will never fly". We spent most of the afternoon hanging out and watching the different kites, talking and laughing and generally enjoying the festive atmosphere! I don't have to remind you of this but about every 15-20 minutes, Tom would proclaim to anyone who would listen, "It will never fly..." Toward the end of the afternoon, our event was announced and we assembled our kite got in position and awaited the start. There were only six entries and it looked like we might have a chance IF we could launch our kite and keep it airborne for the ONE MINUTE time minimum.

Zilker Kite Festival

We had fourteen people ready, two to hold the kite and a dozen people placed along the woven nylon line to help pull the kite along for enough time to get the thing up in the air. As the whistle blew, four of the contestants could not get up, crashed on takeoff or flew apart while the teams vainly attempted to make them fly! Down to us and one other team, we began pulling in unison running and screaming at each other to keep going and slowly our strange looking kite began to lift off. The coordination up to this point was perfect. Zilker Kite FestivalWhat is important to remember is that it is crucial for everyone to release the line simultaneously so the kite can catch the wind and propel into the sky! As we were running along the kite gained altitude and I shouted for everyone to LET GO OF THE LINE! Everyone complied with the exception of, you guessed it...Tom, "Mister IT won't Fly"! Unfortunately, his position on the line was closest to the kite so he neither saw nor heard (or maybe ignored) everyone as they released the line. As the wind caught the kite, it began to pull up and twist violently pulling Tom up and down. We were all screaming at him to let go as the kite began to wildly careen up and around but he still held on. At that point the kite shot straight up and then plummeted into the earth, shattering the frame and collapsing in a huge pile of broken wooden limbs, pvc pipe and plastic shreds! All of us began yelling at Tom but he was completely nonplussed and said, "See, I told you it would not fly!" I don't know who said it first but one of our friends shouted, "DOGPILE" and we all jumped on Tom as the crowd watched in amusement breaking into applause, jeers, laughter!

Zilker Kite FestivalThat was many years ago and though I have taken my wife and children to this event many times over the years, I have yet to enter again but always enjoy the show.  But you never know, maybe I will give Tom a call and see if he wants to try again...NEXT YEAR! It's still a great time for people of all ages and well worth the trip even as a spectator. I guess my favorite part is watching the thousands of adults and children running around trying to fly hundreds of kites all at the same time. It's anarchy and of course there are all sorts of mishaps, crossed lines and crashing kites along with the infamous kite eating trees mentioned so often by Charlie Brown! These days, the larger kites have taken a different tact and are now made from colorful parachute material that allows the design of all sorts of intresting creatures.The mood is always festive and there is something about taking it easy and watching hundreds of kites flying in the air that is so pleasant and relaxing and just plain fun. It's another of Austin's wonderfully simple pleasures that can be enjoyed by everyone for FREE. So...as long as there is wind, GO FLY A KITE!

 

 

 

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65 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • March 01 2009 05:08PM

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My first thought is "poor Tom"!  That would be me.  Everyone shouting out helpful information and me not hearing them!!  My second thought is that I wish I had been there because I would have been on the ground laughing my head off!  Sounds like a great event!

Posted by Susan Mangigian, West Chester PA Realtor RE/MAX Preferred, ABR (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 1 year ago

Russell:  I've never had much luck with kites.  Remember when my brother and I were kids, Dad was helping us fly kites on the beach.  My brother's took a nose dive and was lost to the Atlantic Ocean.  He was soooo upset.  While Dad was consoling him, mine followed suit. 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker (Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 1 year ago

Russell, I was expecting to hear about a quiet afternoon in beautiful weather watching the kites. Tom was way too funny. AAAH the things we do!

Posted by Connie Harvey Realtor Nashville TN Real Estate (Prudential Woodmont Realty) about 1 year ago

Susan Wow you are quick, I just got this posted. The truth about Tom is that he and I have been jacking with each other for years and it's not likely to let up any time soon. It was very funny at the time and we were all fairly well lubricated so it ended up just being a lot of silly fun!

Chris Ann I love that tale, it's sort of funny and I can see your Dad with his hands full with both of your distress! I have more than my share of "pilot" failures but still try it a couple of times every spring!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Connie the things we do...and with our weirdly entertaining friends! Of course, many of my friends would probably say the same thing about me!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Oh, yeah. I love weird :) :)  You sure do some fun things Russell!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman HAWAII Real Estate & Relocations (Century 21 Liberty Homes) about 1 year ago

What a great way to spend nice sunny day! Love the pics, too!

Debi

Posted by Debi Boucher - "Realtor Showcase" Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) about 1 year ago

Looks like you had a good time today, the big kites are enormous!!The weather was great and I heard the crowd was humongous!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Wow that is taking kites to a new level!

Posted by Marchel Peterson Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 1 year ago

Russell, what an amusing story. If you ever build another giant kite and get it airborne, I'd love to see the pics! (Don't let your buddy, Tom get the front position)

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate (Prudential Kansas City Realty) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell!
How I love your stories!  And what I would give to have such a festival here in Sacramento! Unfortunately, the wind is not exactly consistant around here! Maybe I will have to come to Austin!

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunnigan, REALTORS (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) about 1 year ago

This is so cool, Russell.  My daughter lived in Austin for a couple years while going to grad school, and she never told me about any cool events like this!

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation Services (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Crofton, MD) about 1 year ago

Sally I am very fortunate to live in a city that actually promotes a LOT of weird and fun things to do!

Mattie You would have really enjoyed it this year and I hope you had fun with your church group! (You always do!)

Marchel You are so right, every year ther are new and different kites and it is always interesting!

Maria Writing this post actually inspired me to consider doing it again next year and I might even include Mr. "It will never fly" HA HA HA!

Hi Paula Sometime we have wind...well this time of year we almost always do! If you ever decide to come to Austin PLEASE DO MCALL me! I would love to give you and your family a guided tour!

Margaret Did she like Austin? Truth be told there are SO MANY things to do in Austin, it would take more than two years to find and participate in them all! Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Debi OOPS! I almost missed your comment! Thanks for the compliment, Austin does have many ways to spend a sunny day as long as it's not too doggone hot!!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell,

A kite festival!  Its so colorful; it reminds me of Santa Fe's balloon festival.  Thanks for blogging.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC) about 1 year ago

"One year I got a wild hair."

No kidding...you? This is a very funny story and you have a talent for writing about local events that is a lot more interesting than most bloggers!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Oh my gosh, your story is a hoot! It looks like you had a good time yesterday and the weather was near perfect!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell, you always seem to find a way to have a good time and your story is very funny! Nice pictures too!

Posted by Jeannette Spinelli (Avenue One Properties) about 1 year ago

Russell, I've lived in Austin for 22 years and have always wanted to go to the kite festival but have never made it. Thanks for the great photos and blog.

Posted by Robin Scott - Broker CRS ABR SRS Austin Texas REALTOR® (Robin Scott, REALTOR®) about 1 year ago

Mike I have often thought the same. The sky is filled with hundreds of colorful flying objects. I would like to make the Sante Fe Festival someday!

Scott Yeah, ok...BUSTED and thanks for your compliment too!

AllysounI was wondering when you would make it by? The weather was beautiful but we could have used a bit more wind!

Jeannette  I enjoy many things about Austin and it's always nice to add a bit of color beyond the facts...wait a minute, what I meant to say was I like to add my personal experiences to what could be a dry recitation of an event! HA HA!

Robin That;s funny because there are so many things to do in Austin that it's just about impossible to do everything that's available in our great city!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, I like your blog and I am glad you won the contest about passion.  I deleted my post that you commented on.  I do that sometimes!  So I came over to say HI.

Posted by Jane Grant - Southwest Real Estate - Riverside County, CA about 1 year ago

Russell this looks like a great time! I remember as a kid I always loved flying kites. I can't say that I have done it in a very long time though. There were some very cool kites at this event.

Posted by Bill Gassett Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 1 year ago

Jane Thank you, I have read many of your comments on other posts and will haed on over to your blog and subscribe so I can keep up! Thanks for the kudos about the Passion post, I was very fortunate because all of the entries were excellent!

Bill It is always a good time and though I do not attend every year I still have enough kid in me to participate when I have the time!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Leave it to Texans to "go big" on this... I've never had the pleasure of attending this even but would love to. Maybe it's time I get serious about heading back there for a visit.

Posted by Chuck Willman, Arizona Realtor® 480.292.0600 (Gentry Realty) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell- Why is it that "weird" and "fun" always seem to pair up when you're around ;-)  What a cute story "Dogpile".....is that what you really said??? HAHAHAHA  Listen, a word of advice:  if you decide to enter again, it would probably be best to leave Tom off the rope...old habits are hard to break.  Hey, you did a great job on the pictures, what a perfect day for the event. 

Here's a song for you by a Canadian singer, I have always loved his music....have you heard of him?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvK9nk9gRgM

Posted by Gail MacMillan - CRS, e-PRO, GRI ~ Titusville FL Real Estate Brevard County (HomeSweetHomeFlorida.com) about 1 year ago

Chuck You know the that you should visit onetime. If you do let us know and it would be a good excuse to have an AR gathering of at least a couple of the locals, we are a friendly bunch!

Hi Gail You are making me laugh as usual and I do resemble those two words...Dogpile is something we used to call as a "penalty" which is just another of many taunts we would trade with each other. Actually, have you seen the movie "Knocked Up"? Many of my friends would have fit in with that bunch...

And yes I really enjoy Gordon Lightfoot! Wreck of the "Edmund Fitzgerald", "If you could read my mind" and I learned some new ones following the link you left! THANKS!!!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

WOO HOO, 100,000 points!! Congrats!!

Posted by Marchel Peterson Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 1 year ago

100,843 - How'd you do that so fast....got someone in your pocket ;-)  OK this calls for the big

woohoo.gif picture by Gail_in_FL

Posted by Gail MacMillan - CRS, e-PRO, GRI ~ Titusville FL Real Estate Brevard County (HomeSweetHomeFlorida.com) about 1 year ago

Marchel wow, I just noticed that and thanks so much for the congrats!!!

Gail Thank you, I just figured out that I made the leap because of point awarded for the "My Passion is" contest! and thanks for the dancing Woo Hoo! You made my day

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell,  I'm surprised Tom is still your friend.  Also, congratulations on the 100K,  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka - Prince William, Fairfax ,Stafford County VA Real Estate Service (RE/MAX Olympic Realty) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell, this is another wonderful article on an event that keeps Austin fun and unique!

Posted by Jeannette Spinelli (Avenue One Properties) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell my friend-It indeeds looks like you had a awesome time and I have have that you will one day fly that kite. NEVER give up. Ihope you are doing well and staying busy. Staying out of trouble are you. Most likely NOT LOL A BIG CONGRATS on winning the passion contest. It was excellent and reaching 100,000 pts. Wonderful milestone. WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was nice chatting with you again. Take care and it was nice you dropped back in to see me. It is always nice to seeing your smiling face on my blogs. Have a great week. :-)

Posted by Pat Preston (RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va) about 1 year ago

Karen I know this may sound crazy buta lot of my friends used to do all kinds of things that were irritating and we still do. Usually on purpose, among males I think that's called "arrested development". Funnier still is when my brother and I get together and just pester the heck out of each other to my wife's amusement!

Jeannette Thanks for your comment, It's easy here in Austin because there are so many interesting things to do!

Hi Pat So nice to see you, the kite will fly when my crazy friends finally LET GO ! HA HA! Thanks for the Kudos, I cannot believe I actually made it and it's been a very fun ride!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell!  I just LOVE your stories--I feel as though I'm living the experience right there with you!  (Always a good sign of a great writer!)

As for Tom, I believe I would ask someone else for next year!  Seems the naysayers always seem to stay naysayers--I'd go for the positive partners and GO FLY A KITE!

Debe in Charlotte

Posted by Debe Maxwell - Search Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte NC Neighborhoods (Helen Adams Realty) about 1 year ago

Oh Russell, I have not checked in at your blog lately but I am at your place and thought I would sneak in a comment! Great story and so funny. Boys are always going to be boys (especially with the crowd you hang out with LOL! See you again next time!

Posted by Lynne about 1 year ago

Debe Thanks for continuing to drop by, I always have fun adding something personal to my Localism posts (even if it's some time a bit "out there") As far as Tom, he is a keeper. many of my friends engage in the art of riffing on each other and it was funny after he recovered from the DOGPILE! HA HA!

Lynne I have not seen you in awhile and you are right about men always having a boy lurking within something in a lot of my friends keeps them from ever growing up!! Thanks for stopping in again!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

This event looks like an awesome one.  Thanks for sharing.  You've inspired me to get a kite for a sunny, windy day with my grandboys.  We have not done this yet and they are at the perfect age to start flying them!         

Posted by Cathy Lee ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) about 1 year ago

Cathy Lee It's always a good time (as are many of the activities available here in Austin). I like taking part because part of me is probably never going to grow up!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Before I die, I'm making it down your way.  It does kind of blow that my brother lived there for two years and I was unable to make it down.  These events definitely look unique.

Posted by Jason Sardi, Pretty Fly for an Allentown Guy (None needed;)) about 1 year ago

Russell...  this looks like a lot of fun. I know more nieces and nephews would have loved something like this. It's still around 50 degrees up here now.  The weather should break in 2 to 3 weeks....  nice pictures.

Jeff Belonger

Posted by Jeff Belonger-The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( - FHA Home Loans - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) about 1 year ago

Russell, I just came back to copy this link and send it to some of your clients! it's so funny and you always  write such good local posts! You should set up a way to send these by email to all of your SOI!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Russell - what a cool event, and I love the kites. I would love to go to an event like this. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Sharon Paxson Newport Beach Real Estate (Prudential California Realty, DRE License 01501912) about 1 year ago

I am a kite way up in the sky

and that is no lie

not only am I am the biggest

but am also the coolest

because I was made by Russel Lewis..

I see him down below

telling the wind to blow blow blow..

Posted by Buster about 1 year ago

Russell, I was a big kite flyer and builder as a young lad. Also saw many kites off the Oregon coach and beach in Newport. This event looked like much fun. Thanks for all the photos.

Posted by Gary Woltal - Assoc. Broker REALTOR® SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 1 year ago

Jason there is so much to do here. you and your new bride to be should make the trip someday (you BOTH would love it, at least until it starts getting HOT!)

Jeff It's always fun and there is so much to do for the kids and the always youg at heart! BTW Your weather sounds excellent!

Allysoun I do need to get an email list together because it would be a great way to srtay in contact. I have about 30 of my 350 so far...maybe it's something I need to start next week!

Sharon Nice to see you here, Austin is a lot like your area in that we have a lot of fun things to do and people to participate!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, I almost missed this one. You have such a clever way of telling a story and weaving it into an article about a local event or business! Thanks for a fun read!

Posted by Anne Giles (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Russell, I love this story, it's so you and even funnier that you hang out with an equally fun crowd. Austin is a place where a person can always find something to do! BTW I was going to login under my profile to leave my comments but seem to have forgotten my password!

Posted by Michelle about 1 year ago

Hi there, I already left one comment but wanted to show the post to some friends so I figured I might as well say hi!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

As the wind caught the kite, it began to pull up and twist violently pulling Tom up and down.  We were all screaming at him to let go as the kite began to wildly careen up and around but he still held on.

Hey Russell,

What a great story.  Now we all know exactly who the ANCHOR was on your team!  :)

 

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier - Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) about 1 year ago

Buster What a poet and I never did know it! HA HA, thanks for the poem my friend! Very funny and clever to boot you may be the next Dr. Suess!

Gary  I am not hard core but like you still have an interest that began in childhood. It sounds like you have traveled many places too!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Anne Thank you! I enjoy talking about my favorite things in Austin and also adding something personal in the process!

Michelle I have a number of friends (that I have known for years) and you could say we have a bit of arrested development. I realized that the the some of the people I hang out with did not grow up...more or less, but in a fun and healthy way...right!  H HA HA!

Mattie Thanks, I hope they enjoy the tale!

Bruce Thank you and it's great seeing you here!  I hope you enjoyed the banana cream pie! LOL

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

I love flying kites.  I remember a few different occasions.  When I was about 5, mom took us to San Francisco and bought us a silk kite with swans on it to fly in the park.  And, about a year after that, we had a kite contest at school where we had to make our own kites.  I made mine out of a dry cleaner bag and ended up in the local paper.

Posted by Christine Donovan Costa Mesa CA Homes Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 (Donovan Blatt Team - Donovan Group Realty) about 1 year ago

What a fun event! Zilker Park offers so many activities for people of all ages and there is always something to do!

Posted by Patty Johns (AvenueOne Properties, Inc) about 1 year ago

Christine how cool is that? I think it's great that you had the experience as a child and I love the idea of using the laundry bag for your kite! Very clever!

Patty I am at the park at least twice a week to run and if there are events and in the summer even more. It's a truly awesome pace!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

What a fuin event, Russell - what a great opportunity for next year to schedule a CLHMS class in Austin (and ask that Tami and I teach it) that coincides with the kite festival. We'd love to see it!

 

Posted by Sharon Simms St Pete FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (ALVA International, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Sharon, I hope you and Tami DO make it to Austin next year. You all teach an incredible class and I would enjoy the opportunity to show you some of Austin at the same time!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell I must say Austin should name you not only " Man of the year " but  " Austin's man "   you sure put Austin on the map with your exciting blogs.  My grandson would have LOVED that celebration....he so looks forward to kite season. We have a large " hot air balloon fest "  but I love the idea of your kite celebration where the community can not only be spectators but get involved, as with you would create some pretty interesting and wonderful moments to remember.  Again...great post   BTW  when I hit on a lengthy post of Russell Lewis...my first thought is ...read this..it is gonna  be a good one....and I am never wrong.  Russell you bring light heartiness and fun to a time when it is really needed Thank you for being   " Austin's man "

Posted by June Lewis Realtor® Northwood Realty New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571 (Northwood Realty Services) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell 

I am back..I just read all your comments and I didn't realize you hit 100,000 points..congratulations and must I say well deserved. You have worked and deserve every single point.  Ever since I have followed you blog I have noticed that you have responded to every comment that is made on your blog in addition to visiting all the commenter's blogs.  With so many comments you receive ..responding has to be a big task.

  That is remarkable and speaks volumes of you as a blogger, a person  and  as a friend. Love you and your blogs..

thank for showing us how it is done.   Now I am going to enter my contribution to your kite celebration...sorry it was the best I could find

Posted by June Lewis Realtor® Northwood Realty New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571 (Northwood Realty Services) about 1 year ago

Russell,

Wonderful pictures about some exciting events in Austin! Thanks for sharing!! The event looked like a real success!

Posted by Dorie Dillard: Canyon Creek & NW Austin Living (Coldwell Banker United) about 1 year ago

June I am completely flattered by your warm and generous compliments. I am very fortunate that I live in such a vibrantly interesting (and weird) city and the fact is that each time I go out there is so much the area offers so it's fairly easy to write posts about Austin. I am not a writer so much as I just tell stories and along with a lot of other great folks have an interesting perspective on our town!

Thanks too for the kudos about my commenting style. You are a person who I met early here and I learned about reciprocating from you and some of the others and that is a testament to the power of AR. The willingness of so many to share with each other which only helps us grow individually and as a community. I look forward to the future with you and all of the folks we know here and all of the new people we have yet to meet!

As far a spoints, it's is surprising because it seems like I just started...Have a good week my friend!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Dorie as a fellow Austinite, you understand how privileged we are to live in such an interesting and diverse city! Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

A bunch of we freshmen Aggies went down there in 1974 to fly our Aggie kites. We got a few boos, but we sure had fun on Sixth Street. Those were the days when I was really good about stimulating the economy -- LOL.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) about 1 year ago

Russel I thought that was the idea, getting a rise out ofthe locals!!! And it's always good to support the local economy any way you can...even if it is in pursuit of a good time! Thanks for dropping by!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Kewl! ... OK, so why is this not in my group for Localism posts? I'll be expecting to see you join the group. It's the "Things to Do/Places to Visit" group.  I'll be watching! *Hmph!* lol

Posted by Lisa Hill (Daytona Beach Real Estate) (Florida Property Experts) about 1 year ago

Hi Lisa and yes I indeed, will start posting to your group! I have several in mind for the future and will join the group right after I finish this comment! Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

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