Volunteering for 31 Days

RECEIVED Tue., Sept. 21, 2004

Dear Chronicle,
   I've always been a big fan of how the Chronicle supports the Austin scene. Without a doubt, Austin is a better place because of you. So I, along with several other readers, was disappointed with Darcie Stevens' "31 Nights" article [Music, Sept. 10]. What was a great opportunity to shine a little light on the gems laying miles off the overly beaten path of Red River and Sixth became, well, something different. But I've read enough Darcie-bashing letters to the editor. So as opposed to offering another critique, I offer myself. I'm in love with the bizarre nights surrounded by the circus stylings of the Carousel Lounge, eating mole enchiladas while watching Cornell Hurd play Texas swing at Jovita's, sipping martinis while listening to every kind of good jazz at the Elephant Room, watching the sun go down from the garden at Cafe Mundi, and dancing myself sweaty at the sweet hole that is Trophy's. And I believe that Slim Richey and Awesome Cool Dudes are blessings to our fair town. If the Chronicle is up for it, I'll take the challenge: 31 venues in 31 days. And I'll report back on all the goodness and godsends I find.
Owen Egerton
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