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Day 83: WTF?

First off, meet Lil’ Gossamer! He’ll be joining us in our travels while Gossamer is missing…

For those who attend Austin Community College, you may have noticed the search for a new mascot. I am not sure how many people actually are going to concern themselves over this issue. In fact, we are pretty sure no one is going to remotely care what we have to say in this little blog post of ours. The thing is, we at Gossamer’s Travels are completely obsessed with what the new mascot is going to be. For a while, we were cheering to be Chupacapra’s! How amazing would that be? Unfortunately, that mascot never made it and our dream of being Team Chupacapra faded away. As of now, ACC is having a final vote on four mascots: River Bats, Starblazers, Blazers, and Bbhoggawacts.

We refuse to be called Starblazers or Blazers. End of story.

River Bats is cute but very unimaginative.

Bbhoggawacts. What the hell is a Bbhoggawacts? Well, Madam or Sir, I shall tell you! Acctually, I’m just going to copy and paste what the ACC website says:

Pronounced (bo-ga-wax). Did you know “Keep Austin Weird” started with ACC? Actually, it was the brainchild of ACC Professor James (Red) Wassenich. A Bbhoggawact not only embraces the “Keep Austin Weird” theme, it is also an acronym for the eight counties that make up ACC’s 7,000-square-mile service area. Cross out the vowels and you have (B)astrop, (B)lanco, (H)ays, (G)illespie, (G)onzales, (W)illiamson, (C)aldwell, and (T)ravis Counties. A Bbhoggawact is a fictional character, 100% original, and can be defined by the community.
(http://www.austincc.edu/mascot/)

We still have no freakin’ idea what a Bbhoggawacts is but we knew we desperately want that to be our mascot.

Yay Team Bbhoggawacts!!!!!!!!!

Links
Mascot Voting Page
Bbhoggawacts Facebook Fan Page 1
Bbhoggawacts Facebook Fan Page 2

Between A Rock and A Weird Place

We came to a point where we had to make a choice. We could either continue this project or end it. This project was based on Gossamer’s travels but he is no longer with us. We’ve searched, called, cried, and tried everything we could to find him, but no luck. After much debate and even more crying, we decided to continue the project. Gossamer wouldn’t want us to end it.

The problem is, Gossamer was unique. How do we continue without him? Well, obviously there will be changes. Until further notice, GJ is in charge. He misses his Papa, but he’s the best qualified for the job. He’s first act as head traveler was to call his family and friends. Many of them have volunteered to take Gossamer’s place during some trips. Over the next few weeks we will introduce the new members to our little traveling group.

Our Gossamer 365 project is still going. We won’t post every picture here for several reasons. Actually, just one reason: we’re lazy busy. If you still want to follow it, you just have to click this link.

For today though, here’s a few of my favorite Gossamer pictures:

This was one of our earlier pictures roughly 2 years ago. It was the first time people stared weirdly at us and it was far from the last.
Fredericksburg 1

We just adore this picture. Gossamer plays a pirate!!
Look Out

Gossamer Meets Tony Todd! We were really nervous because we never really took pictures with other people.
Day 21: Gossy Meets Tony Todd

The Cuteness speaks for itself.
Day 72: Back Home!!!

He always gets stuck in the most random of places:
Day 56: Fun at the Faire

Our Favorite Spot:
Lake Pflugerville

Finally, the last picture he took with us:
Day 60: The Last Picture

So that’s it. Gossamer is gone and we have to move on now. We will continue traveling, reading, and going to strange events. We won’t give up looking for our Gossy though. If ANYONE in the Austin/Pflugerville/Round Rock area know where Gossamer is, please contact me immediately.

We miss him. We want him back.

Thrill the World GJ!

On October 24, GJ and I went to Seaholm Power Plant to be part of Thrill The World! It’s a world wide event where everyone dances to Michael Jackson’s Thriller at the same exact time. (We’re part of a world record!!) After the event we all had a Michael Jackson dance party.

GJ Taking Dance Lessons:
Thrill The World 2009 - Austin, Texas

Watch out!!!
Thrill The World 2009 - GJ is done for

Poor lil’ GJ almost got bit a few times, but he managed to survive without catching any zombie viruses. I did make him take a bath in Purell after the event though… Luckily, all his anti-zombie shots are up to date!

GJ and That Puppet Guy

GJ and I got to see Jeff Dunham live!! It was so amazing. He was performing at College Station for the Texas A&M First Yell. It started off with different type of school music and dance performers which led to the amazing Guitar Guy: Brian Haner. He’s creepy expressions make us laugh. A LOT.

Guitar Guy

Now, you have to understand we are HUGE fans of Jeff Dunham. We have seen as many Comedy Central specials and YouTube clips of him as possible. This was our second time to one of his shows and our sides are still hurting from laughing so damn much.

Peanut

The Reed Arena was completely packed!

Day 160: Jeff Dunham!

For a guy who plays with dolls for a living, he sure has a HUGE fanbase.

Links
Our Photos From The Event
Jeff Dunham
Brian Haner

Big Red, Dallas, and Zombies! Oh, My!

During the weekend we stopped by the Dr. Pepper Museum and worked at the Dallas Comic-Con! The museum was just a random side trip to entertain our short attention spans. Gossy found a wall dedicated to Big Red, The Greatest Soda of All Time, and was beyond giddy-extreme. Unfortunately, the museum started to close and we had to leave.

Day 139: Little Red & Big Red

At the Dallas Comic-Con, it was beyond busy so we really didn’t have time to take a zillion pictures like we wanted to. Gossy didn’t even get to take pictures with anyone! Plus, there was a creepy kid who kept stalking us. He bought us stuff, so we forgave him… Anyways, the best part about conventions is trying out new food. We stopped by La Hacienda Ranch for dinner, and LOVED it. (Tapas Tacos are awesome-extreme)

Day 140: GJ Sized Tacos!

We’re back home now and back to the real world. School if officially over for the summer! We have the rest of the week to relax (while we are not at our job.) Today, we decided to have a bit of fun. We stumbled upon a cutout plywood thing of a person and bought it immediately. When we got home, we started working out what became Nigel the British Zombie. He’s so adorable!!

Day 143: Gossy the Heart-Shaped Monster and Nigel the British Zombie

Isn’t he the cutest zombie ever?!

Links:
Dallas Comic Con
Our DCC pics
La Hacienda Ranch
The Birth of Nigel the British Zombie

Gossy 365: It still lives!

Our weekly updates of the Gossy 365 project got really boring for us to do. Some days, there is really nothing to explain. Instead, we’re going to take the cool pictures from the project that have stories behind it and post it here. If for any reason you want to keep track of the entire Gossamer 365 project, just click here.

Day 100:
Day 100: Hi There

While the picture isn’t amazing, what it represents does! We crossed the 100th picture mark! How cool is that?

Day 105: Free Slurpee Day
Day 105: Free Slurpee Day
We went on a mission to find as many 7/11 stores to get free slurpees. We may have went a little over board…

Day 116: Pancakes for Dinner!
Day 116: Pancakes For Dinner!
We were suppose to be at the Free Movie in the Park event but it was canceled due to weather. Instead, we stopped by the Magnolia Cafe in Austin, Texas for dinner. We are not huge on pancakes, but Magnolia ginger pancakes are beyond normal pancakes. They are yummy-extreme! While all the other food we’ve tried has been amazing, we always go back for the ginger pancakes.

– themagnoliacafe.com

Day 119: Yummy!
Day 119: YUMMY!!!
We made a stop at Fredericksburg, Texas and went to our favorite restaurant there: Rathskeller Basement. It’s located in the basement of an old hospital. (Would that make it the morgue?) The food is so amazing! We had trouble finding restaurants that made great German food until we found Rathskeller. It’s really worth a try!

– rathskellerrestaurant.com

Day 121: Laugh!
Day 121: Laugh
We’ve started on a few new painting projects. The main thing we do is find quotes and paint them with pretty colors. We use the paintings just to brighten up our home and rooms. This quote says:

“The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it!”- Bill Nye

Revenge of the Buns: Veggie Dog Eating Contest

Day 98: Veggie Hot Dog Eating Contest

Event: Revenge of the Buns: Veggie Dog Eating Contest
When: July 4th, 2009
Where: Tiniest Bar in Texas (Austin, Tx)

Only in Austin, Texas will you find an event that has Zombie Veggie Hotdogs, a man dressed as a unicorn, other crazy costumes, and the mandatory live music all on Independence Day! July 4th was the 3rd annual Revenge of the Buns: Veggie Dog Eating Contest and it was a freakin’ blast! (We could have done without the record breaking heat, but whatever.) This 4th of July, we wanted to do something new and exciting! That resulted in us having a new found hatred of Hot Dogs…

Anyways, contestants in a doubles team or singles had 10 minutes to eat as many veggie dogs their bodies could take. Our team ate a combined total of 9.5 or 10.5 hot dogs. We were a bit delirious and lost count but we know for sure it’s over 9 and a half veggie dogs! The winning team ate 28 while the solo winner ate 16. We never knew how much it took to eat so much! Because of this event, we declared we are never entering in another food eating competition. Ever.

The event was amazing but seriously; keep hot dogs away from us!

Links:
More of our event photos
Event Photos by Matthew Wedgwood
Event Photos by Ed Lehmann
Event Photos by Ann Harkness
VeggieDogContest.Com
ILoveMikeLitt.com