Sunday, September 20, 2009

Austin, a Pictorial (the lazy edition)

Folks, this is what Texas has been dealing with all summer, but it's over now. It's been a time when neighbors suspiciously eyeball each others' lawns and determine if they've been following the no watering ordinance, a time when anything you leave outside warps or dries out but is still annoyingly useable, a time when (if you're a decent human being) you don't leave your pets outside all day because they might be jerkied by the time you get back home. But, it's over now. The rain has come and with it, winter's promise of a constant hoody-and-sandals temperature.

This is Fred Cantú. He's a news anchor here in Austin, and I once saw him get jolted by electricity on live TV. It was pretty funny. I don't know why he has manifested as a floating head on this person's car, but I thought it necessary to take about six pictures of it while the driver watched me disapprovingly from his sideview mirror. If you don't want people photographing your car, don't float pictures of Fred Cantú's head on your rear window.


f8hasit said...

We need rain as well, however our temps haven't been like yours. My dogs haven't turned into jerkey yet. But I might jerky Stuey soon...he just dug a huge hole in my yard. I gave up on watering (we've no ban) a long time ago. I'm just thinking I'll get some sod in the spring...
Lazy landscaping.
That way I won't worry about the hole either. At least not today.

Sharon said...

Are you sure that wasn't a) Fred Cantu's car or b) Just Fred Cantu peaking out that back window? Look he's so happy!

Sharon said...


Also, what were you doing on Braker? :)

Sharon Reynolds said...

Geez, I was all over your blog with the wrong ID.

C. Andres Alderete said...

Nancy, you can also jerky your pets in the microwave.

Sharon, Uncle Fred is a VERY happy man.

Sharon, I liked it better when Fred was "peaking"

Sharon Reynolds, get it together.

carma said...

Fred Cantú looks very pleasant. I can see why people want to float his head. It wouldn't be quite the same if it was, say, a Marilyn Manson head.

BTW, I have finally posted (just seconds ago) the 10 ten things meme. I went for the full ten!!!!

Chrissy said...

Where can I get a Fred Cantu sticker? Does he come in a bobblehead?

How funny would that be?

"Who's that guy on your car?"

"Are you kidding me? That's Fred Cantu!"

It would never get old..


Pearl said...

I'm with Chrissy. :-)


C. Andres Alderete said...

Fred is pleasant, Carma. I've, quite frankly, wanted to hug him for many years now.

Chrissy and Pearl, his personal website calls him "Uncle Fred." You can call him tio, por la raza. I don't know where to get a Fred Cantu sticker but I freakin' want one.

Maggie May said...

okay that picture of that guy's head is CREEPY!!

Sluggo said...

Okay, coming clean here: That's my car with the Fred Head on the back! And I wasn't watching you disapprovingly—I don't remember anyone shooting photos of the back of my car... Though I do get a lot of folks coming up behind me pointing and laughing at Fred. Almost daily!

I've had Fred Heads on my last two vehicles, going back as far as five or six years, so I figured it was just a matter of time before someone took a photo and posted it online. A calculated move to increase the Cult of Fred, I guess.

Actually, the other photo floating around with a Fred Head—the maroon Scion—was my first one. When I sold my previous car, I peeled Fred off and stuck him on my coworker's car, where he remains.

C. Andres Alderete said...

You've just blown my mind, Sluggo. I've seen the other one too. It's a small world.

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