it's a tossup for me, which of the three cities i like best. is it austin, home of c. and c. and the dogs, live music capitol of the world? or is it new orleans, city of mystery and history, home of k. and k. and the home of the infamous alice and oliver-- as hep as any cats i've ever seen. or might it be san francisco. okay, b. and r. and their merry band of felines don't actually live in san fran, living instead in the slightly less than cool city of concord. it's odd to me but i've noticed many who don't actually live in san fran proper still list it as their city of residence on facebook and such.
first, let me consider austin. the draws for me, outside it being the city that stole c. away from hearth and home, are many. it is the capitol of my lone star state, home of bluebonnets, longhorns, lone star and pearl, the world's best barbecue and the prettiest girls on planet earth. forget that texas is where i was born, where i married my loving bride and where i adopted b. as my own (at least in my heart) and where c. and k. were born. austin is unique. austin is weird. austin is awesome.
new orleans, aka the big easy, is home to the saints, the superdome, jackson square, bourbon street, jazz and the garden district. the city whose siren call has tempted, first b. and j., and now k. and k. to sample it's many wonders, is a study in southern charm. a haven for cockroaches the size of mice, of mice the size of rats, rats the size of nutria and mosquitos the size of... okay, enough of the texas-sizing of local varmints. the big easy is-- easy on the eyes, easy on the mind, a balm to soothe a texan tortured by too much heat and a severe lack of moisture in the air. happiness is new orleans on my mind.
san francisco, california is home to the golden gate, china town, cable cars, pier 31, the forty-niners, the giants and earthquakes. hills, hills and more hills the sides of some graced by the painted ladies. so much to see, so much to do, so much it's hard to choose what our next adventure might be. not far away is concord, city of residence for b. and r. and the gang and jumping off point for frisco, the wine country and so much more. san francisco, ca is as smooth as a chilled glass of barefoot moscato.
given the distinct charms and temptations of the three, how could one be expected to choose a favorite. as each is home to one of our chilluns, to choose one city over the others is akin to choosing one kid over the other-- impossible. so i will choose not to choose. my favorite du jour will be whichever of the three i happen to be visiting at the time. beyond that, they will remain forever frozen in a three way tie, so sue me. aio