If you live in Austin, you really need to be watching Veronica Mars. It's a great show for anyone to watch, but if you live here, it's like a walk down nostalgia lane. I just got caught up on season 3, and in the past 2 hours, I saw a gay man go to a club called "Oilcan Harry's," Austin's legendary Diamond Smugglers perform at a frat party, and an Alamo Drafthouse poster on the wall of the Hearst College radio station. Rob Thomas, the show's creator, grew up in Austin, played in a band here for nine years (Hey Zeus), and taught at Reagan High. His father was also vice-principal at Westlake High School for a number of years, all of which were the loose creative inspiration for the show. Veronica Mars is set in southern California, but for those in-the-know, it's a nostalgic homage to all things Austin. It's one of my favorite shows, and is well worth the hour a week investment in your time.
Here's another little game to play with Veronica Mars: as far as I can tell, every episode also has a sometimes-tiny-sometimes-huge reference to The Big Lebowski. I guess Rob really likes "the dude." Coupled with the spot-the-Austin-reference game, you could craft a pretty potent drinking game out of Veronica Mars.
Here's a couple of links for you:
Screen grab of the Alamo Drafthouse Poster at the Hearst College Radio Station. This poster was designed for the Alamo by Aesthetic Aparatus for the 6th "Annual" QT Fest, put on by the Austin Film Society. The screen grab is from Season 3, Episode 6
Poster details at the Mondo Tees site. This poster is sold out, but we are always printing up new designs. You can check out our current inventory there.
Veronica Mars Wikipedia
Great Austin Chronicle article about Rob Thomas. Rob Thomas, Kristen bell, Jason Dohring and Michael Muhney all came down last year for a very special Veronica Mars party at the Alamo. We hope to do it again soon!
Next new episode is January 23. You know where I will be...