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.

4 Comments on “Lori – East Austinite, Airstream Enthusiast”

  1. Fantastic interview! I LOVE the fart story, and that quote is epic. I’m mostly intrigued that an irrigation specialist is so passionate about water conservation. LOVE IT!

  2. Heather McDowell says:

    LOVE love love the raucous irreverent lori glidden. and miss seeing her face!

  3. […] are positive about Austin, there are some people here that think that Austin is changing too fast (see Lori’s story) Those who moved to Austin from a larger city such as LA or NYC might think Austin a bit […]

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