Austin, United States
Bailey, 34
Civil Engineer & Veteran
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a land development civil engineer. I love my job because I get to interact and help build great teams on a daily basis while helping to design and understand the new and cool things coming to the Austin area.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I've only really had two jobs: Army office and civil engineer. I would say they neither was really effing bad, but each comes with challenges in the short and near term that make them difficult.

Were you born and raised in Austin? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Austin?

I was born in Arizona as an Army brat (my dad was in the service) and moved all around the country. I got out of the Army myself out of Fort Hood a few years ago and Austin was one of my top choices for it's food, music, and nature scene.

What’s your current hood in Austin and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live in West Austin near downtown. The best thing about it is the ease and proximity to so many restaurants, my work, and many Austin landmarks. The worst is that there is not a cool dive bar within walking distance.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I listen to almost everything, in fact I am listening to classical music while writing this and was listening to blues during work earlier. I really HATE cheezy 90's country.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Probably an assortment of jazz to keep my mind off things.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

South Park because of the consistent cultural relevance; the Sunday Morning show because of their variety of well prepared pieces, and Mind of a Chef and Chef's Table because I always turn them off inspired to cook.

Name some spots in Austin that are good for a Tinder date.

I have never been on Tinder so I can't say this with complete accuracy. But I am partial to the San Jose hotel because they have good drinks, a great vibe, and it's easy to bail if things are going poorly or go grab a quick bite at Home Slice if they are going well.

Who’s your hero and where in Austin would you take them out for a serious hang?

My hero is Anthony Bourdain, and I think a trip out to Krausse Springs, lunch at Opies, and then beer at Jester King.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Usually Jcrew, STAG, or Bonobos

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Probably in the convention center area.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I love the Hill Country, but I do not get out there nearly enough.

Where do you go in Austin for a casual night out?

Somewhere with a patio and cold beverages!

Where would you go in Austin to celebrate some freaking good news?

The Hotel Van Zandt. I helped build it, they have a great music scene with good food and drinks.

What’s your choice of transportation in Austin and why?

Car. I know most of the side streets and good places to park.

What are the Austin spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Barton Springs Pool, South Congress, Rainey Street, Springdale Farms, the Hill Country, and a UT Football Game.

What are the Austin spots tourists should run from screaming?

The convention center district

Tomorrow’s your last day in Austin. How do you spend it?

Morning stroll in the green belt, dip in Barton Springs, lunch at Veracruz, evening drinks at the San Jose and order a pizza from Homeslice, and then late night dive bar music and drinks at Donn's Depot.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Paris: food, wine, beautiful surroundings and easy access to the French countryside.

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