NIGHTLIFE: We showed up for the wedding at 6 p.m. Us: "Party of Patrice Carrara and Richard Williams, please." Clay Pit hostess: "We have no such party." Us: "It’s a wedding." CPH: "No, sorry, I’m looking …" Us: "Oh no, not again." I pledged to triple-check the social events on my iCal every week this season. One week back from vacation and I failed. I email Richard. I email other wedding guests. "Look," I say to Kip. "The after-brunch is on Aug. 31, so the wedding must be on the 30th. This is the 13th." The smile on Kip’s face forgave all. "Let’s just have our own romantic dinner?" Which is exactly what we did at this reassuring home for new Indian cuisine on Guadalupe Street. We’ll be back on Aug. 30 for the actual nuptials.
STYLE: That curious couple in Travis Heights. From my story in the Statesman: "Hunter and Meredith Ellis crave the wider world. The Travis Heights couple manifest their global curiosity, however, in strikingly dissimilar ways. Bolt upright and beaming, KEYE morning news anchor Hunter Ellis is a former fighter pilot and flight instructor who made his media start competing on the "Survivor" reality show, then starred in a progression of cable TV adventure series, all without blinking an eye. More reticent and judicious — yet covertly droll — interior designer Meredith Ellis climbed the sky-high worlds of New York, Los Angeles and Dallas design. Along the way, she devoured the social and cultural novelties that those cities offered. The Austin pair now anchor their domestic life with two small children on a large corner lot — a former garden nursery — that fits around their stout-hearted Craftsman bungalow, decorated with bits of their histories. "I’m not going to do something crazy like Hunter," Meredith Ellis says. "Yet we respect each other’s ways. We are adventurous together." We interact with people similarly," Hunter Ellis says. "We both love new experiences, food, culture. I might want to go surfing, skiing or mountain climbing, while she immerses herself in the culture." http://shar.es/1n4E0L
SCHOOL: Two universities, two cultures, two stypes of oversight. From Reeve Hamilton’s story in the Texas Tribune: ""Recommendation letters written by elected officials and submitted directly to a university president have been a source of controversy at the University of Texas at Austin. And while Texas A&M University’s president has received similar letters, they have not set off similar alarms. The Texas Tribune reviewed more than 20 examples of recommendation letters written over the last five years and sent directly to either Texas A&M’s president or the Texas A&M University System chancellor, rather than being routed through the admissions office. The letters are similar in nature to the nearly 80 letters sent to UT-Austin’s president that were included in a review of that school’s admissions processes that the UT System conducted this year. That review sparked a systemwide look at admissions policies and recommendations for best practices, including planned efforts to better educate the public and government officials about how the admissions process should work." http://trib.it/1BeWHYh