With DAGOBERTO GILB
In this month’s Ask A Local, Dagoberto Gilb offers us a glimpse of Austin, TX in the form of a micro-interview.
Your name: Dagoberto Gilb
Current city or town: Austin, Texas
How long have you lived here? 15 years
Three words to describe the climate: very sweaty hot
Best time of year to visit? 3 months of fall and spring
1) The most striking physical features of this city/town are . . .
Used to be the capitol, now the tower cranes, their booms like the economy here.
2) The stereotype of the people who live here and what this stereotype misses. . .
White tattooed scenesters. The stereotype doesn’t miss.
3) Historical context in broad strokes and the moments in which you feel this history. . .
A way nutz historical time now. My oldest son, a master’s in public policy, spent years taking shit survival jobs. He finally found a gig—in Kabul, Afghanistan, for a NATO contractor.
4) Local/regional vocabulary or food?
Gucci cool fusions of Asian Texan Mexican and hippie except for the pork
5) Local politics and debates frequently seem to center on . . .
A realized 60s dream, now gray-haired post hippie, very polite and well-organized.