Lori – East Austinite, Airstream Enthusiast

What’s your Name?
Lori Glidden

What decade you were born in?
decade of 1974

Where is your Hometown?
Norman, OK

How long have you Been in Austin?
Since Oct 99

Current Austin Neighborhood: why?
eastside. I moved here because I like living among cultural diversity. I would rather live next door to a crack house than live in a HOA where people tell me what to do. I wouldn’t be able to have my airstream trailer in my front yard! And I don’t mind a crack deal going on down the street. They don’t bother me. I don’t bother them. Too many people are moving in over here and are trying to change the face of the eastside. We don’t have to make everything feel and look good, like Whole Foods or the Apple store.

What do you do to pay the bills?
Give thanks to the Divine Intelligence and command nothing but abundance.

What’s do you do for fun / as a side gig?
I own and operate a landscape irrigation system company. We install, maintain, correct, and design water efficient systems. I am passionate about conserving water. Some might say, “but you are selling water systems”. Yes, but we install the best systems based on water conservation. If I am not educating the public on water conservation through sprinkler systems, who else will be?

What’s your story – How and when did you end up in Austin?
I left home when I was 24 to go live in Provincetown, MA (Cape Cod), then to NYC. Ran out of motivation to be in NY, so I ended up back in OK. I could not possibly live there after being exposed to the east coast. I knew I wanted to buy a house one day, and new england is too expensive. I had several friends living here already, and they told me Austin was great. So with my stuff in tow, I found myself living here. I couldn’t get used to the nasty cockroach tree bugs, the heat, the small trees, and the lack of 4 seasons. I am still not used to these things!

What’s a memorable experience or story about you and Austin?
Right when I just moved here my old friend and I were headed home after a night of music at the Red Eyed Fly. She was a vegetarian with a pretty good diet, until the night before she ate some nasty burrito from Taco Bell. Well, it hit her around 12am as we were driving and boy did it stink. My windows wouldn’t roll down in my old Subaru wagon, so I started opening and closing my door as I was driving to waft out the rancid air in hopes of dragging fresh air back in. She couldn’t stop laughing, and as I looked in my rear view mirror, I saw cop lights. (insert exclamation). So we were getting pulled over for her nasty flatulence. The cop walked up to me and waved his flash light in my car, asked if someone was trying to escape. I said “well sir, there is something trying to escape….can you smell it?!” I told him why I was fanning and he nervously walked off and told us to have a good night. We’ve been laughing about that story ever since!

Do you see yourself in Austin in 3 years? Yes.
10 years? NO!
It’s too damned crowded here. The fart story above was back in a day where there were only 8 buildings down town, you could park anywhere you wanted easily, not wait 1 hour to get into a restaurant, and you could drive from point a to point b much quicker. And HOT. I need to be back in New England somehow. Maybe part time in the summer/fall and back here for rest of seasons! Now that’s ideal!

What are 3 great things about Austin?
Austinites, colorful thinking, and the economy.

Any favorite Austin restaurants? Food trucks?
Buenos Aires, Takoba

Favorite local bar or coffee shop?
My Patio and Bennu

Favorite Austin event / festival?
All. They bring in money to our economy which a good chunk is spent locally. We know how to take care of local businesses here!

What do you think Austin will be like in 5 years?
over crowded and not enough water for all these people moving here. has the city considered that? I know the lcra wants to reserve more water, but that is estimated to take 10 years.

What do you do to deal with the Austin summers?
blow my a/c and pray for fall.

Fill in the blank: Austin is ____home for now____.

Any final words of wisdom for our readers?
Don’t be a drug store cowboy. Earn your boots and hat.


David – Entreprenuer, New to Austin

What’s your Name?
David Lowe

What decade you were born in?
70s

Where is your Hometown?
Lytham St. Annes, England

How long have you Been in Austin?
5 months

Current Austin Neighborhood: why?
Downtown (5th & Rio Grande). Juan Pelota is my office and Whole Foods, all the cool bars and my favorite street art area (near Baylor St) are within walkable distance.

What do you do to pay the bills?
I am just launching a ping pong company called Uberpong. My cool hunting website OriginofCool.com is another source of revenue.
What’s do you do for fun / as a side gig? Lots of ping pong, soccer (I just joined Elite FC) and stand up paddle boarding or kayaking on Lake Austin.

What’s your story – How and when did you end up in Austin?
After hitting a wall and needing to get out of London after a ten year spell, I visited my sister-in-law in Austin in 2011. SXSW blew me away but more importantly, I saw the perfect place to start a business. I have achieved more in 5 months here than ten years in London!

What’s a memorable experience or story about you and Austin?
I launched my first Kickstarter project (Uberpong) in July and 30 days later had raised $10,390.

Do you see yourself in Austin in 3 years? 10 years?
Yes and yes. I will probably need trips to New York, LA and want to explore South America but I really feel at home in Austin.

What are 3 great things about Austin?
1). The entrepreneurial/startup community
2). The fact that there are few franchises, soul destroying chain stores and only a handful of Starbucks. Independent businesses and food trailers thrive which makes me happy.
3). The weather. Sure the summer’s can be stinking hot but I can swim here almost every day and play tennis, soccer etc most days.

Any favorite Austin restaurants? Food trucks?
Wahoo’s (outer reef burrito), Stubb’s, Rudy’s, Mama Fu’s.

Favorite local bar or coffee shop?
Juan Pelota, Royal Blue Grocery, Jo’s.

Favorite Austin event / festival?
SXSW, kite festival.

What do you think Austin will be like in 5 years?
Much bigger with a lot more foreigners and more traffic! I hope they introduce a subway system as the road system was not designed to handle a spike in population. Ping pong will also be the most popular sport.

What do you do to deal with the Austin summers?
Swim, drink cherry limeades and wear very little clothing!

Fill in the blank: Austin is ___severely awesome___.

Any final words of wisdom for our readers?
Get to know the locals and you’ll find the true weird in Austin…like chicken shit bingo!