Josh – Young Austinite, Bboy, Movie Stuntman

Josh Vinyard - Downtown Austin Breakdancer

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What’s your Name?
Josh “Elusive” Vinyard

What decade you were born in?
90’s

Where is your Hometown?
Austin

How long have you Been in Austin,  why?
A little under 20 years — Simply put: It’s home

What do you do to pay the bills?
Dance. I am a corporate entertainer.

What’s do you do for fun / as a side gig?
Stunt work for film productions

What’s your story – How and when did you end up in Austin?
Came here with my family when I was about 3 years old. Even though I was young, I was able to identify Austin as being a unique place with a great balance of just about anything you want

What’s a memorable experience or story about you and Austin?
A good one to pick may be my audition for America’s Got Talent. It was my first time being filmed for live television, and a real stepping stone from being just a dancer to an artist.

Josh Vinyard

Do you see yourself in Austin in 3 years? 10 years?
I don’t ever see myself ever really moving away. 3 years, 10 years; doesn’t matter. Temporary relocation is probable in the future in New York or LA but I want to end up in the same place I started

What are 3 great things about Austin?
1. The people
2. The night time scene
3. The tolerance for just being plain weird

Any favorite Austin restaurants? Food trucks?
Korientes… Cabo Bobs… Oh no, don’t get me started…

Favorite local bar or coffee shop?
Negative. I’m a man who doesn’t drink alcohol or coffee. Let’s leave this question out 😛

Favorite Austin event / festival?
SXSW is with out a doubt the grand daddy of all Austin events.

What do you think Austin will be like in 5 years?
Like a sardine can. Cram packed with other people that smell. I love our tourists, but please don’t live here.

Josh Vinyard

What do you do to deal with the Austin summers?
Stay inside and only go out when the sun is down. Vampire living.

Fill in the blank: Austin is ____________________.
Home

Any final words of wisdom for our readers?
Too much to put, so let’s try a condensed version. Learn + Love = Grow. Learn something new everyday; anything. Love what you do and yourself everyday. When you do both of these, you grow as an individual. And if we don’t grow, then we’re just some wilted plants in the dirt wasting life


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.


Sam

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Ten Reasons Why I Love Austin:

10. Austin is the nexus of a small world. I’m not sure why but everyone seems to have a story of crazy serendipitous meeting. Ironically, I have not run into Elvis. Yet.

9. Rock stars are freaking everywhere in this town. Not just in the obvious rakish Keith Richards way, but under cover too. I know a CEO of a B2B marketing firm that can melt your face off with a guitar.

8. A homeless cross dresser with great legs named Leslie can run for mayor. I voted for him. Twice.

7. We love start-ups, whether they are bands, tech companies, or food trailers- we can’t get enough. Throw a rock anywhere downtown and you’ll hit a start-up CEO who plays weekend gigs with his band, waiting in line for coffee at a food trailer.

6. People here can argue about BBQ with a passion usually reserved for politics elsewhere. I saw two hipster girls arguing about brisket once and my heart almost exploded.

5. Twice a year we become the center of the world for music-obsessed folks who do not currently reside in Austin. I would be lying if I said we don’t have a smug sense of self-satisfaction about it.

4. People here love the outdoors. We love to get outside even in the oppressive heat of summer to play, exercise, meet friends, eat, listen to music, and drink. Mostly just drink, though.

3. Austin is the home of the rebirth of roller derby. We can’t support a professional sport in a town of a million but we have 2 roller derby leagues. Suck it New York.

2. Speaking of towns that can suck it… Hey San Francisco, Austin is also the social media capital of the world. You may claim the tech crown, but the social brainpower here is staggering. For one second Aaron Stout, Natanya Anderson, Peter Kim, Kate Niederhoffer, Susan Scrupski worked at the same company. The world nearly imploded under the sheer magnitude of all the knowledge amassed in one place.

1. This town made up our own holiday. Seriously, who does that? Austinites do, just for a reason to eat pot brownies and cake in a public park. We are that weird and I love it.

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You can find Sam on Twitter at @sameder.

More from Sam’s photo shoot can be found here.