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January 25, 2021 / philosophermouseofthehedge


Calendar cover with long horn, palms, and pink flamingo. (Screenshot El Arroyo)

Nothing is more Austin that this. (Calendar cover screenshot

“Keeping Austin weird” – People are serious about that. Everyone works hard at it.

So if you’re moving to Austin, pack a sense of humor and appreciation of a wide variety of pokes, prods, and punchlines…No, it’s not Chicago, so uncoil those fists and get ready to sit in the shade with a beer….Oh, OK there may be some adult punch on the table, but it’ll lukewarm from the heat.

Mild weather means lots of patios and outdoor places to get on with your life…(Quick before the heat arrives…shortly. Ask the snakes and wild hogs…I guess the last could include motorcycles…)

If you’re near Austin, you’ve gotta boot scoot on over to El Arroyo, a local TexMex place since 1975. Famous for food and smiles:

As El Arroyo says, they are “The Last Queso Stop Before a Bunch of Yoga Studios.” 

You may not be close enough for their take-out food, but some great gift ideas for any occasion during a pandemic era.

By popular demand four books of their sayings have been published along with calendars, greeting cards, magnets, wall prints, teeshirts – oh, just go look at their stuff here. Even toilet paper? (Yes, valuable for so many reasons. HAHA)

Attention writers desperate for popularity and publication: El Arroyo does take sign suggestions (Submissions  here)

Funny life as tacos quote. EL Arroyo sign. (screenshot image

Life is tacos.(screenshot

Funny Santa's elves quote. EL Arroyo sign. (screenshot image

Proof grammar lives. But Elvis?(screenshot/

What? What’s el arroyo mean? (Besides great food and laughs)

In the dry SW, those are gullies/ gulches/steep walled rocky creek beds that fill with water after a big rain.

In Latin, it means something else – like man made ditch made looking for gold, but here it means “Watch out.” Central Texas is known for lovely limestone and for seemingly innocent, low water crossings which turn into raging torrents during big rains. Serious death traps and I’m not kidding.

Funny joint quote (screenshot

It’s Austin. You know.(screenshot

Funny marriage quote. EL Arroyo sign. (screenshot image

We take truth over facts. (screenshot/

Funny quote about dealing with feelings (image screenshot/

Good plan for surviving. (screenshot/

So if you’re around Austin, your wise arroyo choice is the one the corner of West 5th and Campbell. Sit back and relax – and see what you can see.

Weird happens.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Never enough laughs around, so enjoy a few more of their past signs:

Quote about silence. (screenshot:

Universal truth. (screenshot/

Kindness quote (screenshot:

Who says Austinites don’t know the value of things? (screenshot/

Inspiring quote (screenshot

Fine food and thoughts that count. (screenshot/

Inspiring dog quote (screenshot

Dogs are a fine judge of character. Live up to it. (screenshot/


  1. easyweimaraner / Jan 25 2021 7:32 am

    silence is also suspicious if you have a dog LOL

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  2. D. Wallace Peach / Jan 25 2021 8:15 am

    Someone has a witty sense of humor. Those are great. Thanks for the laugh.


  3. disperser / Jan 25 2021 8:42 am

    I read a bunch of them . . . Now I just have to remember them. Thanks for the link.


  4. beth / Jan 25 2021 8:55 am



  5. marina kanavaki / Jan 25 2021 10:04 am

    Thanks for making my day! Have a great week ahead, my friend!


  6. Curt Mekemson / Jan 25 2021 1:12 pm

    I can identify most closely with shouting what from different rooms, Karen. Especially as I grow older. 🙂 I’ve wandered around Austin a couple of times. It’s fun weird. –Curt


  7. sustainabilitea / Jan 25 2021 7:30 pm

    I love all of these but the one about the toddlers and silence is SO true as well as funny.



  8. shoreacres / Jan 25 2021 8:24 pm

    El Arroyo’s signs are the best! I follow a couple of people on Twitter who post them occasionally. One of the guy’s has the screen name EvilMoPac.


  9. Maggie Wilson / Jan 26 2021 5:05 am

    I take great comfort (and no small measure of amusement) from the one about 90% of marriage is just shouting “What?” from different rooms. I thought I was alone in this!


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