You live in Austin, and that, inevitably, means visitors. Whether you have college buddies who want to come party for a weekend or you’re hosting a German couple from Airbnb (that extra bedroom is really coming in handy now!), you are going to have to explain a few things. Just like the cold-hearted snake described by Paula Abdul, we don’t play by the rules -- so here are some talking points you may want to address the next time you inevitably play tour guide.
1. We keep it casual
Don’t expect us to get too dressed up unless someone is getting married, and even then there’s a decent chance the bride may be barefoot. Speaking of weddings, cowboy boots are considered formal, and spray-painted mason jars are considered elegant dinnerware.
2. We act like we’re above celebrity
When there are celebrities in town (remember the year Ryan Gosling was everywhere!?!), we will pretend to ignore them while slyly posting about it on Facebook. "Totally sitting next to Dave Chappelle at Justine’s right now!!!!"
3. That goes for celebrity chefs, too
"Oh, Paul Qui? Yeah, his restaurant’s great. I heard he won Top Chef Texas, and some big magazine made him Chef of the Year or something, but he’s cool… I’ve been at the same table with him at Liberty a bunch of times. He’s pretty chill."
4. Rents are sneakily expensive
We will pay $2,000 a month for a one-bedroom rental, a few blocks from 12th and Chicon -- "Mom, it’s not THAT dangerous, I mean this is Austin, not Houston…"
5. Tacos are a food group
Tacos in the morning, tacos in the evening, tacos at suppertime…