Posts tagged ‘master’

November 6, 2008

Mix Master Mike & lots of free drinks

Mix Master Mike, the Beastie Boys’ resident turntablist, is considered to be one of the best DJs in the industry, having won multiple DMC World Championships. As part of the Bacardi Live Tour, his show at La Zona Rosa is totally free with RSVP, Bacardi will be there serving delicious (free?!) adult beverages, and you can get more info at do512. Doors at 9pm.

If small sips and jewels is more your style (or you want a free happy hour before your free show with free drinks … theme here?), check out hottie designer Shaesby’s website launch at Terrace 59 at Speakeasy:

Shaesby party

August 8, 2008

Bikram Yoga Champions to Austin!

Yoga Competitions may sound a little oxymoronic, but once you’ve seen the things the champs can do with their bodies, rational thoughts leave your head anyway. Luckily for Austinites, the 2008 International Yoga Champions are coming to Bikram Yoga Davenport to teach this weekend!

Starting tonight and heading on into Monday, Ball Rattanapong and Alisa Matthews will teach beginner and advanced classes, as well as lead demonstrations and discussions. Current members get into beginners classes free, otherwise they’re $20 each. You can also buy full-day passes for $50 or weekend passes for $100. Bikram sure is expensive, but it also has incredible benefits and I’ve erally enjoyed my practice at Davenport!

[confirmed] RUMOR: Bikram Yoga Davenport is opening a studio in Downtown Austin! The studio will be located at 5th and Pressler, between Mo-Pac and Lamar. Finally, we won’t have to drive so far to take yoga! They anticipate a Spring 2009 opening.

July 15, 2008

Cheap/Free No Eating/Drinking Activities

These are some tough criteria! But I’ve been pondering this for awhile, ever since I trekked to SIX lounge for a cute guy I met who bartends there. “Going out” is easy. Everyone does it. So you can conceivably arrange to meet organically, with minimal effort, while you’re out. Or at a restaurant. It’s low-commitment, and you have friends with you for automatic back-up. No wonder everyone goes out! Add in some social lube (alcohol, that is), and making friends or dating becomes easier than ever before!

But what is there to do at night if you aren’t drinking or eating? (I don’t know, say you’re on a Master Cleanse) Do people want to come hang out and watch a movie? Is that lame?

The standards:

  • Going to the movies
  • Bowling
  • Putt-putt
  • Free concerts in parks — Blues on the Green, Unplugged at the Grove (food!), etc.
  • Free movies in parks — Deep Eddy Dive-In, 101X Movies in the Park at Central Market (Central)
  • Museums … not open at night though. (I still haven’t been to the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum here and REALLY want to go!)
  • Hike-n-Bike — we have miles and miles of trails and water and free swimming holes, you just gotta find them on the Greenbelt! See Twin Falls and, thanks to a reader, Sculpture Falls. More of a daytime activity, but I thought I’d throw it on here.
  • Live music, of course.

Any new ideas though?

  • Gym … but how successful would this be? Can you take a group of friends to the gym and actually get a workout? Would you have to take a class or could you lift together? Probably depends on the number of people and dedication to the workout.
  • Swimming/hot tubbing … food and drink need not be involved! And you can do either at night. I’m a fan of hot tubbing at apartment complexes you don’t live at, but I’m not sure how legal that is so I’m not advocating it or anything.😉
  • Hanging out on cliffs –before you laugh too hard, this isn’t hard to do in Austin. Mt. Bonnell is the easiest one, but there are scenic overlooks all along 360, especially right at the 360 bridge. People go there all the time, I went in high school. To make out. Maybe it’s not the best group activity, but some minor nighttime hiking could be fun!

I’m clearly stretching. Do you guys have any ideas?

July 13, 2008

The Master Cleanse

Along with three friends, I am embarking on the Master Cleanse. While this doesn’t necessarily have to do with life in Austin, I don’t think I’d ever make this decision if I weren’t here. When I moved back home to Austin after I graduated college, within a year I was almost vegetarian (eating only free-range meat and chicken), shopping at Wheatsville, feeding my dog all-natural dog food, doing a different cleanse (one that allowed only fruits and veggies, and provided a bunch of supplements to take), seeing an acupuncturist as my primary care physician, and practicing yoga. I grew up in Austin and was never this much of a hippie. What had the city done to me?!

So when a friend asked if I’d like to take on the Master Cleanse, a 10-day cleanse of the system where you drink a lemonade concoction, perform a saltwater flush, and drink laxative tea, I was totally in. And I blame that on Austin.

I’m thrilled about it, truthfully. For me, I think it will have as many psychological benefits as it does physical/health benefits. Learning to forgo cravings and alleviate a dependence on food will certainly be interesting, as will seeing the impact not eating has on my social life. Geez, what will I even blog about?!

I’ll keep you posted on my experience (overall, not in detail, plenty of those graphic blogs are available on the web), and if you’re curious, here are a few good resources:

http://healthandlight.com/TheMasterCleanse.pdf – the actual book

http://themastercleanse.org – one guy’s summary/blog

http://www.therawfoodsite.com/mastercleansecontains a lot of helpful information, but be aware that the guy who made it is trying to sell his book. But the 5 symptoms of detox, the FAQ, and the most common mistakes are pretty helpful. The message boards are also interesting, but I wouldn’t let them sway or scare you.

http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/cayenne.htm – all about the benefits of cayenne pepper, not just for the Master Cleanse but for life!

… thanks to my friend Lisa for some of these links, she’s our Master Cleanse pro in this adventure!

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