Wild Texas Short Films

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Last night, I arrived at Stanley’s Farmhouse in Austin at sunset.  My mission was to enjoy a few short films being screened by Ben Masters.  The sun lit up the clouds in bright orange just over the trees of the farm.  I found the pavilion and pizza restaurant where the screening was taking place, and took a few photos before enjoying the films.  The most publicized film was called Pronghorn Revival, and was about relocating Pronghorns to ranches near Marfa Texas.  My favorite film of the night was called A Backcountry Recovery, and was a story about how horses and a 1,000 mile long horse trip brought meaning into the life of Ray Knell, a Green Beret and Afghanistan war veteran.  His goal was to use animals, nature, and physical activity to inspire other veterans to find help with the affects of PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  These films made for a great evening at a small piece of a working Texas ranch.

“Life is very, very short. It’s up to you to fill the book of life with beautiful and interesting chapters.” – Veteran Ray Knell

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Evening at the Domain

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If you go walking at the Domain on a Friday evening, you can experience several things.  You can stop and admire the red roses.  You can catch a rock band playing on the Great Lawn stage.  Drop in at Flaming Pizza and build your own pizza creation.  Make friends with a grackle who really just wants to taste a bit of your pizza.  And as you walk back, you can catch the sun as it begins to set behind the power lines.  Not too bad for a Friday evening.

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Mellow Mushroom II

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It is time for a trip back to Mellow Mushroom.  On this cloudy, slightly windy, yet beautiful evening, I ordered the Funky Q. Chicken.  It is described on the menu as “BBQ chicken, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, caramelized onions, and Applewood smoked bacon. Finished with a bbq sauce swirl.”  These combinations made for a good pizza on the patio.

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Mellow Mushroom 

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Today’s lunch with friends was at Mellow Mushroom.  We ordered three different small pizzas so we could each sample some of the goods.  My favorite one was called “Magical Mystery Tour” and it included “Pesto base with button and Portobello mushrooms, feta and mozzarella cheeses, spinach and jalapeños on a pesto basted crust.”  It was so delicious that it was gone before it could be photographed for posterity.  Don’t worry, I will be returning to this pizza joint again soon.

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