April 8, 2007

Frazzled?

I'm still fried from that long drive yesterday. Can I get back to blogging about the news? There's the Sunday NYT over in the corner of the table, nicely sorted to include only the sections I like to read. But I got the NYT along with room service breakfast for the last five days, and, though I kept meaning to get to it, I never did. I disconnected from the news all week, even though I kept blogging. In fact, one of the main things we did was hang around in cafés, and, yeah, we had our laptops.

I concentrated on photographs, and I still have lots more photographs to go.

For example, if I go back to last Sunday, we were having the best all-you-can-eat meal I'd ever seen:

Brunch

Can you tell how good that is? Smoked fish, carpaccio, duck....

Brunch

The orange roses of Texas:

The orange rose of Texas

Mesmerizingly lit.

But I must get unmesmerized today somehow.

ADDED: Wow, I really am frazzled. I forgot to say that the restaurant is The Café at The Four Seasons. At $40 a person, it's really an amazing bargain, and I'm saying that as someone who filled the plate once (and ate everything on it).

17 comments:

P. Rich said...

Austin has a ridiculously large number of restaurants per capita and has done for years. Eating out is a major activity, and bad restaurants tend to disappear fairly quickly. Another interesting aspect of the scene is the number of post-grads who hang around and wait tables in order to remain in the area. I don't think that includes lawyers, though. Or at least, not very many...

Victor said...

If that's a sushi roll on your plate your credibility on this subject has long since dropped by the wayside.

lee david said...

You averaged 65 MPH, that is very hard to do. You must have a good radar detector or the cops were chasing the Easter bunnies and otherwise occupied. I'm impressed. There are very few people that are capable of such a sustained effort.

Althouse: One for the road, a real Trouper.

Ann Althouse said...

Lee: The speed limit was 70 or 75 most of the way.

Ann Althouse said...

The traffic flowed at a speed of 75. The people who got stopped -- I saw 2 in 1235 miles -- we doing 90.

Maxine Weiss said...

http://www.fourseasons.com/austin/menu_2323.html

Where's your berries? They had all those fresh berries, or did they?

Also, the Chocolate Fountain, and the Omelet station. ????? Where are those photos? I would go to Austin for that brunch. I like their Easter brunch, too.

I noticed they are requiring "Business Casual" for attire/dress code. The dude in glasses isn't wearing socks---that's not my idea of business casual.

I want to go there. Did they have a pianist, or harpist?

Of course, when I go I've usually got a big coat, or something with pockets so I can smuggle food out.

Peace, Maxine

Kev said...

The Austin Four Seasons is a great place; I played at the reception for a half-Italian, half-Jewish wedding there one time. Great fun--the groom was quite toasted (in multiple ways) by the end of the night.

Christy said...

So what books did you listen to on the way back?

I understand the reluctance to tear oneself away from loved ones, but what a grinder you put yourself through! I've given up the long hauls because if something does go wrong on a trip I want to be as fresh as possible to deal with it. Excuse me, my before dinner nap calls.

Bruce Hayden said...

I have fond memories of that hotel. I stayed there on the recruiting trip back in the early 1990s.

Then, Mark Lemley (Stanford now, but UT back then) had his patent and computer law conferences there. I spoke at a couple, and hung out at a lot more. Indeed, I figured out the timing to catch the speakers as they came out of the speakers dinner (so I wouldn't actually have to attend the seminars), and would go with them down (actually, from there, up) town, bar hopping, esp. along east 6th Steet. I met a number of very interesting people there, most of whom were Lemley's law prof friends, including several of the Volokh Conspirators (esp. Eugene).

Back then, computer law was somehow new and exciting. And these were some of the brightest lights in that field. Most were younger than I, though that didn't seem to matter much. And because of all that, those computer law seminars at the 4 Seasons somehow always seemed special.

hdhouse said...

Christy said...
So what books did you listen to on the way back?"

I hope she didn't listen to books. I hope that she searched on the radio..and found local Americana on the way...those 5000 watt stations that are the real deal local radio.

When I was a kid I used to scan the radio late at night to pull in stations 'far from me' type of thing...it was a slice of someone else's life or community.

I hope she did the same.

Ann Althouse said...

As I wrote above, I listened to satellite radio: XM.

Mike said...

You must have been one expensive kid to feed.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Is that mimosa in your glass and were you 'mesmerizingly lit?

Ann Althouse said...

Ruth Anne: No, I waved the mimosas away and drank straight orange juice. I never drink before 5 ... or maybe 4 under the right circumstances. I even talked to Chris that day about how I couldn't understand wanting to drink that early in the day. I know this will disappoint the anti-Althousianists.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

You know the old adage: It's 5 o'clock somewhere. [Recently made into a clever song by Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson].

Usually those "breakfast drinks" [mimosas, screw-drivers, Bloody Marys] are hair-from-the-dog Sunday morning drinks after a drunken Saturday night. So I'm told.

Ann Althouse said...

Yeah, I know, but I've never operated in that mode. If I drank enough to wake up with a headache, I would not try to deal with it by drinking more! Take an Advil... or just feel guilty.

razmaeda said...

hei, I do like your roses picture.. is that yours?? I want to ask your permission to copy that pict.. thx so much for your kindness..