There is no better explanation of what Spamarama is rather than the originators own words:
It was the early spring of 1976. Dick Terry and I were fraternizing one afternoon and Dick was bellyaching about how chili cook-offs had become so common-place." I mean, anybody can cook chili." Dick observed, "All you need is some kinda meat, some water, chili powder, comino, and maybe some cayenne, garlic, and/or onion, and you got yer basic chili. If you're from north of the Red River, you might throw in some kinda beans, but basically, that's about all it takes to make 'chili.'" " Yeah, not much of a challenge there, is it?" I responded.
" Now if someone could make SPAM® edible," Dick continued, "That would be a challenge. We ought to have a a 'SPAM®-Off.'"
" Yeah, a 'SPAMARAMA™!'" I blurted out. "We could ask George Majewski over at Soap Creek Saloon if he'd like to host it, and we could have it on April Fool's Day." " Let's do it!" Dick agreed.
And that, in a nutshell, is the beginning of the very first, longest running and funnest SPAM® event in the history of the entire universe. I never thought that it would last more than a year or two. I never thought it would attract more than a handful of Spamophiles who had been cooking and eating the infamous potted pork product since World War II. I never thought there were so many things you could make out of SPAM®!
But I was wrong! .......
The Potentate of Potted Pork Parties
Austin is probably the most eclectic and accepting city in Texas. Yes, I've heard all about what people think of us Texans: from racist to hick, from bigger to hotter, the list goes on. However, it doesn't matter when in Austin. It really is neat and I love that everyone can be themselves without being seen in a negative light. If you look like a tourist...that's fine! No one is going to be less friendly. It's just a great atmosphere!
I've been here 12 years now and I still can't figure out why the locals insist on pronouncing just about every street and town WRONG??!!!
Examples: Guadalupe St = Gwad-uh-loop, Manchaca = Man-chak, Manor = May-ner...
It goes on and on, I wish somebody would tell me how this got started, really, I'm curious.
Many pronunciations are not what they appear to be. They have definitely been Texan-ized. If you try to pronounce some of these street names the way they probably should be, you might get some funny looks. Here are some examples, along with the proper Austin pronunciation.
Rio Grande: REE-oh Grand
San Jacinto: San Jah-SIN-tow
San Marcos: San MAR-kiss
Some of the nicest people on VT live in Austin!
It was a special privilege for me to be in Austin on February 25, 2005 for what I believe was the first ever Austin VT meeting. We had a very enjoyable dinner at Baby A's Restaurant on Barton Springs Road. Although most of us were meeting each other for the first time, it was just like getting together with old friends. Those attending were:
Seated, Left to Right
asgottl : Amy
Standing, Left to Right:
It's always great to turn virtual friends into real ones. I especially appreciate the efforts of ATXtraveler, Saraheg77 and butterfly_girl for organizing the event.
Austin plays host to the annual South X Southwest music conference. This event last for a week and has many venues taking part in the conference. Known as the SXSW, this has become one of the nations most influential and infamous platform for not only well known stars but also for new bands.
La gente de Austin son verdaderos fanaticos de su equipo, los Cuernos Largos de la Universidad de Texas. El sabado que estuve ahi, dia de partido, me quede con ganas de asistir al juego por falta de tiempo. Al final de la temporada 2005 resultaron campeones. Mas coraje me dio no haberlos visto en vivo en su estadio. Cuando vayas a Austin no te pierdas sus partidos.
Austin people are real fanatics of their team, the University of Texas Longhorns. The Saturday I was there, game day, I wanted to go to the match but I couldn't because lack of time. At the end of the 2005 season they became champions. I got angrier not having seen them live at their stadium. When in Austin don't miss their games.
If you come to Austin, you will soon realize that Austin is not like the rest of Texas. It is a liberal oasis and filled with free thinking, hippies, nature lovers and peace seekers. The perfect thing about Austin is that it is a city that is accepting of everyone. It is a place where all types of people can live in harmony.
Austin is a unique city and the cities motto is "Keep Austin Weird". Weird is accepted and even embraced by the locals. Hippies, yuppies, artists, musicians and cowboys all get along and make this city what it is. It's all about acceptance and supporting local, funky one of a kind Austin establishments and festivals. One of my favorite Austin festivals is Eyeore's Birthday...you have to see this one to believe it, it's like something straight out of the sixties and happens around April. Hippies, musicians and anyone else that wants to join in come to this festival where people dress up in unusual and funky costumes and the big event is a giant drum circle. There is also a festival that centers around the "other meat" none as Spam...the Spamarama festival....only in Austin!
Being from New Jersey, it was an experience riding in a state without helmet laws. Wow! The riding in the hill country was just wonderful, and how exhilerating not to have a helmet on. Watch your head, though. That sun gets hot.
During the Halloween Week End, 6th street is completely invaded by herds of masqueraded/disguised people.
Really fun indeed, people are hopping from one pub to the other one. Although the atmosphere was quite nice, there was also a bunch of policemen ready… I’ve been told that a couple of years ago, it ended up by a big riot…
This year however, the rain spoiled the pleasure, around 1-2am, violent showers started to wash the streets…
What i learnt in Texas is that cowboys are naturally very polite and towards the opposite sex very gentlemanly, like opening doors etc.
what i noticed is if you exchange pleasantries
with a female, cowboys always tip there hat along with a pleasant 'Howdy' or 'Howdy ma'am'
very old fashioned but to me very cool
just how it should be.
One of the things that makes Austin such a unique place to call home is the slogan that has been accepted by just about every citizen... Keep Austin Weird. In a collaboration of all the unique members of our community, where you can see a politician next to a high tech computer geek next to a UT student next to a hippy, Keep Austin Weird is more than just a slogan, its a state of mind.
This website will definitely give you a taste of many of the things Austin has to offer!
Take a date and enjoy a frosty libation, or maybe some nachos at the Alamo Draft House.
Yes... you can enjoy a beer with your favorite movie here in Austin... its a great location, located deep in the warehouse district.
You have a table in front of your cinema seat, for you to set your dinner and drink... and the crowd makes this a fun place.
Remember the cartoon Winnie the Pooh... which featured the sad donkey Eeyore... who was always gloomy because he never had his own birthday party?
Never fear cartoon fans.... thanks to the hippy population in Austin, Eeyore has not been sad since 1963!
Thats when the commune of hippies in Austin originated "Eeyore's Birthday Celebration in Austin, TX at Pease Park. It occurs every April, and is a celebration that is designed for children in the morning... but for adults in the afternoon!
You will see the crowd dramatically turn to herbally charged drum circles, and dancing in costumes that are not the best thing for your children to see... but in the morning, it is more like a carnival for them!