Austin, United States
Kelly, 31
Account Manager, Under Armour Connected Fitness
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What do you do and why do you do it?

Monday - Friday you will find me at a desk working as an Account Manager for Under Armour Connected Fitness. The Austin office specifically works with the recently acquired MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness apps, so I help keep these apps free by coordinating in-app marketing campaigns with relevant clients. The inspirational stories of our users on their fitness and weight loss journeys, and knowing that I play a part in that, is what keeps me coming back for more. The discounts on UA swag also don't hurt and I'm convinced that I'll get to meet the UA sponsored athlete Dwayne Johnson one day.

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

My worst job was probably slinging Thanksgiving hams and turkeys at Honey Baked Ham. Some of the heftier hams could get up to 15 pounds, and I always smelled of meat juice after an all-day shift. Cats would come out of the woodwork to follow me to my car when I was finally allowed to go home.

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

I was born and raised in Dallas but I got to Austin as fast as I could. I moved to Austin to challenge myself on starting over in a new city with a new job and new friends. I couldn't have picked a more perfect town where everyone is from somewhere else but looking to make Austin their home.

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

I moved away from South Austin (78704!!) for a year but came crawling back. South Austin is truly the spirit of this town and South Lamar offers everything from bougie brunch to BYOB putt-putt all on one street. The best thing about my hood is the walkable happy hours, and the worst thing about it is the traffic that piles up during music festivals and Zilker Park events. That being said, living in SoLa means I can now walk to these places again too.

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

I struggled with this question because I really do like a little bit of everything (you're probably rolling your eyes), but you'll most likely find me listening to a mix of Beyonce, G-Eazy, Leon Bridges, the La La Land soundtrack, and Dixie Chicks. As far as music that I hate, anything that's heavy metal or EDM is probably not going to be found on my Spotify playlists.

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

When I'm broken hearted, I usually resort to listening to one hyper embarrassing song on repeat until I suck all the emotion out of that song. These "one heart break wonders" as I like to call them have been known to include "Broken" by Lifehouse, "Stay" by Rihanna, and "If I Loved You" by Delta Rae.

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

Breaking Bad, Sex and the City, Girls, Top Chef, Master of None, The Office - basically any show that has great character development and gets me invested in what will happen to them next makes me keep tuning in.

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

I have been known to go many a Tinder date back in my hey day, but some of the best places I would recommend are Whip In for craft beer and Indian food, Peter Pan putt putt and BYOB (loser buys soft serve from Sandy's), drinks at the secret bar Red-Headed Stepchild (if you know the password), or kava at SquareRut for the more adventurous of daters (bonus points if you play Battleship). For more activity centric dates, slam poetry at Spider House on Tuesday's, or the Maestro improv show at The Hideout on Saturday's are great ways to gauge a date's personality.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

I want to see Nick Offerman roasted but only because I love him and think he wouldn't give a f*** what people had to say about him. I also feel like he would turn any "roast" into a pig roast so then it could just be a big party with good food.

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

Amy Poehler is my hero, but having her in Austin would probably be anything but a serious hang. I would want to take her to the BYOB adult skate night at Austin Roller Rink, and then hit the town for some late night queso and karaoke. Green chile queso would be picked up from Torchy's and karaoke would be sung at Ego's. Hangover breakfast would take place at 24 Diner the following day where we would get waffles and coffee. I would then take her to the Hope Outdoor Gallery graffiti wall where she could ooh and ahh over the colorful, constantly changing street art before I sent her on her way (I'm sure she's a very busy lady.)

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Austin offers so many fun, unique boutiques around town, but my favorites are Bee Hive or Strut.

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

Dirty 6 (aka sixth street) on a Saturday night. While it has its charm, doing $1 shots and ordering liquor pitchers over ear numbing house music is no longer the scene I can keep up with. That being said, sixth street is home to one of my favorite oyster happy hours (Parkside) and speakeasies (Midnight Cowboy) if you get there before the sun goes down.

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

I love listening to live music, and know I'm in the right city for it, but I don't get to experience it as much as I'd like/feel like I should. I always attend SXSW shows and Austin City Limits each year, but I need to get better about going to open mics and local concerts since I love music and the atmosphere that live shows provide. The gospel brunch at Stubb's every Sunday is also something I've always wanted to do, but I need to buckle down and reserve a seat.

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

Alamo Drafthouse. It's a great local movie theater chain we have in town that offers great food and cocktails (not to mention the alcoholic milkshakes), and even has special movie showings like quote-a-longs or sing-a-longs. One of my favorites was the Mean Girls quote-a-long where everyone was given a tiara to break into pieces and throw into the audience along with Lindsay Lohan.

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

Odd Duck happy hour. Their seasonal palomas are my go-to drink but everything on their menu is amazing and if they caught wind of some good news they may even give me a free shot of their homemade Fireball - perfectly named Oddball.

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

Austin isn't the most walkable city and public transportation is still lacking, but renting a bike for the day is cheap and provides a good tour of the sights! We also welcomed Uber and Lyft back into the city on 5/29/17 so it's nice to have that option again.

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

When someone comes to Austin, there are three types of food they can't miss out on - BBQ, breakfast tacos, and queso. For BBQ, La BBQ is always a good bet. The brisket is fantastic, it's BYOB, and the line is considerably shorter than Franklin. Another good option would be Micklethwait where you can grab a BBQ kolache from the craft meats food trailer and have the most authentic of Austin experiences all in one. For breakfast tacos, you'll hear a lot of noise about Torchy's vs. Taco Deli, but the best taco (especially the migas taco) can be found at one of the Veracruz food trailers. For queso, Kerbey Lane does it right.

What are the Austin spots tourists should run from screaming?

Franklin and Hopdoddy. You'll waste too much of your precious time in Austin standing in line and there are so many other (better places in my opinion) where you can go to get BBQ and burgers.

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

Wake up and have a breakfast taco and Topo Chico (Austin's delicious bubbly water, just try it), then go to Town Lake for a walk on the three-mile trail or rent a kayak. Grab a juice from JuiceLand on your way off the trail, then head to South Congress for some local shopping and sightseeing. The "I Love You So Much" wall mural can be found here which is a picture taking must, and you'll get a great view of the Capitol. Pop into Home Slice for a slice of their delicious pizza and then make your way to the flagship Yeti store where you can sit on the patio and enjoy an Austin brewed beer. Lastly, fill up on queso at Matt's El Rancho.

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

Vancouver. Not only is it easy to get to compared to some more exotic vacation cities, but the food, culture, and outdoor activities are phenomenal. The last time I visited I went from one of the best brunches of my life (Cafe Medina), to a challenging hike (Grouse Grind), to a firework show on the beach all in one day. I would love to move to this city if the cost of living wasn't so out of my league.

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