CHARITY: He’s one of the indispensible Austinites. Lunched over sandwiches with Tom Spencer. I met Tom decades ago in a social setting, then followed his splendid civic reporting on KLRU. I even appeared on his shows for a while. The gentle gardener left TV to completely resurrect Interfaith Austin as iACT, and along the way schooled me in the realities of affordable housing. Having accomplished that, he recently moved over to replace founder Patsy Woods Martin as director of I Live Here I Give Here. That will make him one of the most informed players on the nonprofit scene. Bright, funny and accessible, Spencer is the right man right now. (We dreamed up dozens of possible stories, informally, at Snack Bar.)

FOOD: A little bit of San Francisco on South Lamar Boulevard. It had been too long since stylish writer and editor Christine Moline and I shared a meal. We had a lot to catch up on, including the latest from her content consultancy business, Jane Doe Ink, and a new venture, as of yet unannounced. She chose as our meeting spot Barlata, the new tapas joint in a cool apartment complex in South Austin. We sat at the bar for happy hour. She ordered cava. I tried the sangria, fruity but not too sweet. We ordered four tapas plates and enjoyed them all, including the little dollops of aioli that seemed to arrive with every order. The place is tall, sleek, but not too noisy. Except for traffic and parking issues on the boulevard, I expect this extension of a San Francisco brand to do well here. (I want Christine to rebrand our household.)

BUSINESS: Dell Inc. shareholders approve $25 billion buyout. Reported by Brian Gaar and Kirk Ladendorf in the Statesman. "Dell Inc. shareholders have approved the buyout of the company by founder Michael Dell and his financial ally Silver Lake Partners. The company reported this morning that preliminary tally showed a majority of votes cast at a shareholders meeting were in favor of the deal, which will cost $24.9 billion. The decision by shareholders ends a year-long campaign by Michael Dell that endured months of struggle with billionaire shareholder activist Carl Icahn. The buyout was in doubt throughout much of the summer until Michael Dell/Silver Lake raised their offer for the company and the Dell board approved a change in voting rules for the approval process. Three previous special shareholder meetings on the buyout had been adjourned without a vote taken." http://shar.es/ijONl(Next we see how this deal affects Austin.)

STYLE: How the moustache grew to be everywhere. Reported by Nicole Villalpando in the Statesman. "Mustaches are everywhere — from faces in Austin, a very pro-mustache city, to clothing designed for facial hair-challenged children. They’re iconic symbols of manly men (think Tom Selleck in "Magnum P.I." and Burt Reynolds from "Smokey and the Bandit"). They can be packed with attitude and define what kind of man (or woman or child) you are. Mustaches can be styled in wild ways or with hints of silly — blame Groucho Marx and Charlie Chaplin for that, or in modern times, Will Ferrell’s anchorman (you stay classy, San Diego.) and Johnny Depp’s Capt. Jack Sparrow. Facial hair has been around since before our ancestors knew how to shave, but this recent resurgence came with the popularity of 1890s-influenced steampunk style and the growing charity event Movember, when men globally grow out their mustaches for men’s health causes." http://shar.es/ijOpt(Well, Kip wears one. Enough said.)

NIGHTLIFE: Austin bloggers chronicle the city’s love affair with beer. Reported by Emma Janzen in the Statesman. "It’s no secret that Austin’s craft beer scene has seen sweeping change over the past few years. But while everyone is talking about where we are headed, few have looked back to explore the roots of where our brewing culture began. Now, the ladies behind local craft beer blog BitchBeer.org have put together a guide to Austin’s brewing past, present and future in their new book, "Austin Beer: Capital City History on Tap" (History Press, $19.99). Bitch Beer began in early 2012 after friends Wendy Cawthon, Kat McCullough, Holly Aker, Sarah Wood, Shaun Martin, Caroline Wallace and Arianna Auber (who also works at the Austin American-Statesman) realized the female demographic was largely underrepresented in the craft beer scene. http://shar.es/ijDq1(A breath of freshly brewed air.)