Ok, My First Starving Artist Story

Now, you will soon find out why I am obsessed with the cafe culture and painting in coffee houses.

During the late 70’s, I worked at the now-defunct, legendary coffee house,  Les AmisLes Amis was ahead of its time, and I often wonder what it would be like if it had survived the expansion of the Starbuck kingdom (Les Amis was torn down and a Starbucks was built on top of the site).  Being young, dumb, and useless, I had quit a good job at Austin’s PBS affiliate as a secretary in the Publicity Office.  Coinciding with this event, I had loaned my ’71 VW beetle to a friend, who totaled it.  I was unemployed, on foot, and aimless.  Les Amis was located one street over from the PBS station where I used to work.  Luckily, Newman (the manager) thought that I was cute enough to hire (he only chose waitresses that the customers could flirt with), so I went home with a job that day.

I wasn’t going to make enough money to pay the rent, so I went one block over to Valentine’s, the local discotheque, and also got a job there as a cocktail waitress.

My roommate moved out to live with her boyfriend, and I couldn’t afford the garage apt. on my own.  My best friend’s sister lived at the Texas Federation of Women’s Club House.  She spoke to the manager, and I got a room, there.  It was originally a dressing room behind the stage and ballroom.

To be Continued…

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6 Comments

  1. Posted October 22, 2008 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Hi there, I ran into your blog just now since John Erik mentioned it in his feed, and I recently visited Conjunctured a couple of times and it was great. I work on my laptop (web development) at Epoch often since I live off of North Loop, and I’ve seen you painting there several times. I’ve always wanted to see more of what you were doing, but I didn’t want to interrupt. I subscribed to your feed just now. Your work is really awesome and I am amazed when someone can produce such beautiful, creative work so quickly.

  2. Posted October 22, 2008 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    yay! I’m excited to hear this story. You best continue it! 😀

  3. Posted October 23, 2008 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Hi, Larry. Oh boy, a computer geek! I love you guys (see the post “Oil Sketch Pronto-Prontissimo.

    Maybe you’ll be my next (painting) victim! 🙂

    Thanks so much

    ~Lavanna Martin

  4. Posted October 23, 2008 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    Hi, Grace.

    I love your blog and I am so glad that you are back in town!

    OK, I’ll yak on some more about the starving artist thang. 🙂

    Thank you,

    ~Lavanna Martin

  5. Posted October 23, 2008 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Sure, from one to another – let’s hear the story.

  6. Posted October 23, 2008 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Hey, buddy!

    Yes, I will be adding to the “Starving Artist” story on Wednesdays – stay tuned!

    Thank you,

    ~Lavanna Martin


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