When driving down the street in Austin, a person can expect to see just about anything. Austin, after all, is one of the more ironic cities in the country. The Capitol City, is home to high tech powerhouses, a world class university, and a city that is proud to be progressive. It is also right in the middle of Texas. a state, which is almost a country unto itself. Although myths about tumbleweeds, cowboys and sprawling ranches are a thing of a day bygone, we get a surprise every now and then.
As I was driving home this past Friday night, I decided to cut through The University of Texas Campus area. In the middle of the rain, there were two cowboys on horseback, going along the main drag, Guadalupe Street, headed towards downtown. Samuel Olivo and a relative, earned their fifteen minutes of fame the previous week. Olivo was arrested, for driving while intoxicated on 6th Street. The world famous street has seen many a drunk driving charge over the years, but those instances have usually been four wheels, not four legs. Mr. Olivo had been arrested and caught on video, riding on his horse after a few too many cocktails. Unfortunately, Olivo's horse and mule were impounded, and his story was captured on the local news, in a story that was one of the most popular of the week.
Seven days can make quite a difference though. Mr. Olivo's impound expenses were paid by three donors, and his animals were returned. He vowed to never drink again, while *driving* his animals, and the news cameras (and a few surprised commuters like myself) got to ride along Mr. Olivo's his journey to downtown Austin on horseback.