The Oldest and Sadest Joke in Austin

RECEIVED Fri., Nov. 11, 2011

Dear Editor,
    It's the oldest joke in Austin:
    Q: What do you call an Austin musician who just broke up with his girlfriend?
    A: Homeless.
    As they say, funny because it's true. But for a few decades now there has been the one respite from that, the Wilson Street cottages [“Dead End for Wilson Street,” News, Nov. 11]. And now that Ely Properties has finally lowered the boom and ordered everyone out in 30 days, an entire troupe of Austin musicians is going through just such a breakup. Charlie Faye and her group are hoping to save at least a few of the cottages, but just where do you store entire buildings while looking for a permanent spot for them? I'm thinking it's time for a financial angel.
    So how about it, Richard Garriott? You've spent millions diving to the Titanic and orbiting the Earth, got a few extra bucks to preserve some Austin history, maybe nurture another generation of musicians? Or how about you, John Paul DeJoria, I know you helped keep Antone's afloat. Have a little extra hair-care money to invest? Hair bands just might make a comeback …. Or you there, at the top of the heap, Michael Dell! Think you might could … uh … umm … uhhh …. Oh hell, nevermind. We're screwed.
Jim Vest
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