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Dave Thomas

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Dave Thomas has been a copy editor, designer and now web producer for the Austin American-Statesman since 2002. He occasionally writes about Texas culture, Texas travel and Texas music. He's from Texas. 

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Archive dive: Look back at Town Lake in 1970s, 1980s
 Lady Bird Lake was not always a mix of pristine parkland crowded by condos and shoreside business.  In fact, Lady Bird Lake was not always Lady Bird Lake.  In 1960, Town Lake was created when the city built Longhorn Dam on the Colorado River, creating a reservoir used for flood control.  It would be more than a decade before...

Posted: 3 days ago

Lady Bird Lake was not always a mix of pristine parkland crowded by condos and shoreside business.  In fact, Lady Bird Lake was not always Lady Bird Lake.  In 1960, Town Lake was created when the city built Longhorn Dam on the Colorado River, creating a reservoir used for flood control.  It would be more than a decade before...
George Strait's lavish San Antonio home for sale
 The San Antonio Express-News is reporting that George Strait’s enormous Santa Fe-style home overlooking The Dominion is for sale. The posh community on the northwest side of San Antonio along Interstate 10 has long been home to the city’s wealthy, including players for the San Antonio Spurs. The listing for the home...

Posted: 4 days ago

The San Antonio Express-News is reporting that George Strait’s enormous Santa Fe-style home overlooking The Dominion is for sale. The posh community on the northwest side of San Antonio along Interstate 10 has long been home to the city’s wealthy, including players for the San Antonio Spurs. The listing for the home...
Have a wee rodeo rider? Get a leg up on holiday shopping
 Does your preschooler jump at the inflatable playscape with one arm in the air? Is his imaginary friend named “Freckles”? Did he go as Larry Mahan for Halloween? Did he name the dog Bodacious? Are songs by some guy named Chris LeDoux oddly appearing on your Spotify playlist? It sounds like you’ve got a PBR kid. And we can...

Posted: 4 days ago

Does your preschooler jump at the inflatable playscape with one arm in the air? Is his imaginary friend named “Freckles”? Did he go as Larry Mahan for Halloween? Did he name the dog Bodacious? Are songs by some guy named Chris LeDoux oddly appearing on your Spotify playlist? It sounds like you’ve got a PBR kid. And we can...
The Knife Capital of Texas? It's small, but it's keen
 Perhaps lost in the hoopla of House Bill 1935, allowing the legal carry of Bowie knives, swords and even spears in Texas, was HCR 27. The concurrent resolution established the little town of Spurger as the “Knife Capital of Texas,” at least for the next 10 years. Why Spurger? Because one knife store there — Texas Knives...

Posted: 4 days ago

Perhaps lost in the hoopla of House Bill 1935, allowing the legal carry of Bowie knives, swords and even spears in Texas, was HCR 27. The concurrent resolution established the little town of Spurger as the “Knife Capital of Texas,” at least for the next 10 years. Why Spurger? Because one knife store there — Texas Knives...
Popovich for president? Funny or Die creates coach’s first ‘campaign ad’
 NBA coach Gregg Popovich for president? Are people taking this seriously? But he’s  a reality TV star with no political or military experience who rose to prominence through the strength of a family fortune and a penchant for insults. No, wait. That’s our current president. In that light, President Popovich doesn’t seem...

Posted: 4 days ago

NBA coach Gregg Popovich for president? Are people taking this seriously? But he’s a reality TV star with no political or military experience who rose to prominence through the strength of a family fortune and a penchant for insults. No, wait. That’s our current president. In that light, President Popovich doesn’t seem...
Sorry, Austin singles, study says you’re looking for love in all the wrong places
 All your exes might live in Texas, but if you’re looking for the next one here, he or she might be hard to find, according to a recent study by Wallethub.  On the other hand, if you left your heart in San Francisco, you might want to go back. And perhaps the devil went down to Georgia looking for more than lost souls and fiddle...

Posted: 4 days ago

All your exes might live in Texas, but if you’re looking for the next one here, he or she might be hard to find, according to a recent study by Wallethub.  On the other hand, if you left your heart in San Francisco, you might want to go back. And perhaps the devil went down to Georgia looking for more than lost souls and fiddle...