The bumper-sticker ‘Keepin’ it Weird Austin, Texas‘, has a special place in my home. Not that I’ve been there, but my son has. And I love that there is a whole city that is weird – and proud!
And if Alexis is anything to go by, then I’m all for a whole city of weird.
Let me tell you about Alexis.
A friend and I stopped for a coffee at The Churchill while holidaying in Wellington, New Zealand, a couple of years ago. The coffee was good and the conversation with the young girl who took our order was even better.
Being the chatty person I am, I asked where her accent was from. I’m never sure whether it’s a Canadian or American accent. And I’ve learned from experience to never, ever guess. Some Canadians get a bit upset if you get it wrong. It’s a bit like asking an Australian what part of New Zealand they’re from.
Keeping it weird
Alexis was from Austin, Texas.
My American friend was quick to remind Alexis of the – keeping it weird in Austin – slogan.
But as far as weird goes, there was nothing weird about Alexis. She was an extraordinary young person, on a working holiday in New Zealand. And in the course of the conversation she told us her next journey would be to Australia.
Naturally, I gave Alexis my contact details and asked her to stay in touch. And she did.
I had never heard of a Vlog – but Alexis has one.
Instead of writing about your holiday – you Video it. Add a bit of background music and dialogue and you’ve got yourself a Vlog. It’s a great way of sharing places you’ve been.
Alexis made it to Australia and I caught up with her in Byron Bay. And there was just enough time to show her around my area before she set off on another adventure.
And I am really glad they are keeping it weird in Austin. I’m totally okay with that.
Is eccentric the same as weird?
Maybe that’s why I like the idea of keeping it weird – it fits so well with my eccentricity.