The wifey-poo and I went to Austin, TX back in May to get some sunshine. I know, after all the rest of the country is coming out of a blistering summer, that concept is a little hard to get your head around. But let's look at the rain stats for Portland this last Spring: March - 30 days of rain. April - 30 days of rain. May 25 days of rain. And so on and so forth until mid July.
We have a slogan in Portland called "keep Portland weird". So do they (well, not Portland, but Austin)...and they had it first. I guess we're the copy cats.
Everyone in Austin is a musician. Well, pretty close. We asked about music festivals and they just rolled their eyes because there's at least one major one every weekend. You can catch good music any night of the week. We even sat two tables away from Dennis Quaid at one place. I yelled "Hey, rookie..." He didn't get the joke...damn those gnomes for making me do that.
The other thing we tried were those nerdy Segway machines. We took a city tour on them that turned out to be a private tour as nobody else showed up. These machines are pretty easy to handle once you understand how they work. They go pretty damn fast when you are on them too. They are, however, a lot more expensive than simply getting a T-Shirt that says "Yes, I am a f..king tourist!" and wearing that around for awhile. Same result too.