I just met Darin about a month ago at my new contract gig. We were all walking to get coffee one day and Darin mentioned that he was going to build a treehouse for his dog. How awesome is that? Turns out his dog is somewhat famous - through photos that Darin and his wife take of him and post on flickr.
The dog treehouse is done, but it sounds like it will be constantly evolving - today at lunch I learned that a tunnel ramp is in the works. I'm sure you can keep posted on the progress by checking out the flickr account.
How did you come to live in Austin?
After living in Bloomington, IL for 10 years, I was ready to return to a place with hills and no snow shoveling. (I grew up in Palmdale, about an hour north of Los Angeles). I love the dry heat. Even on a humid day here, it's nothing compared to the swamp of an Illinois summer.
What part of town do you live in, and what's your favorite thing about your neighborhood?
We live in Allandale on Shoal Creek Blvd. I love the big trees and the joggers, walkers and cyclists that stream by the house all day.
I'm not a dog owner, so I don't know anything about Doggie Austin. Where's a favorite place to take the dogs?
Auditorium Shores and the hike and bike trails along the green belt! There you can see dogs jumping into the lake, chasing balls and sticks, and greeting each other with wagging tails. There is also a leash-free dog park just north of our house where the local dogs can socialize.
What would a perfect weekend in Austin be for you, assuming you had no responsibilities?
A day on the lake on my friend Nathan's boat is always good. Wake boarding, cruising by the expensive homes, and visiting Ski Shores for a burger and a beer.
What's your favorite restaurant?
Lamberts downtown. If you've never been there, it's delicious, fancy BBQ. I've never been disappointed in a meal at Lamberts. The sides are all amazing and the drinks are good too. I believe they have the best brunch in town.
Where's your favorite breakfast taco?
The Jess Special on flour at Tacodeli. I have one every morning on my way to work.
What do you do when you're not building treehouses for your dog?
I sing Baritone in a men's chorus, A Capella Texas. I also sing in a Barbershop quartet with three other guys from the chorus. The chorus rehearses every Tuesday night and then we all go out to drink beer and sing old barbershop standards. On Valentine's Day, we deliver singing telegrams. Our most recent performance was a Memorial Day concert at the State Capitol:
We are always looking for more singers, and visitors are always welcome!