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Elon Musk snacks on espiropapa, greets locals during South Texas Charro Days festivities

A family-owned business captured Elon Musk celebrating Charro Days in South Texas. (Aguas Frescas Victoria/Facebook)

Elon Musk made an appearance at Charro Days, a pre-Lenten celebration in Brownsville, Texas, where he was seen walking through crowds with his youngest son, X Æ A-XII, and chomping down on espiropapa.

As reported by Valley Central, Musk bit right into the fried potato spiral on a stick (commonly eaten with an approach from the sides) and “seemed to contemplate the flavor.” Memes quickly surfaced of his form while eating followed.

Musk’s attendance came after the invitation of South Texas community leaders as SpaceX is in nearby Boca Chica, Texas. While there, people clamored to take photos and greet him. He also met with Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr.

According to the Brownsville Herald, the SpaceX founder had a fun time at Sombrero Fest, a Charro Days event featuring music and games.

“I’d say he was surprised at the response and wanted to make sure that his son wasn’t overwhelmed, but I think he did enjoy it,” Trevino told the paper. While Trevino mentioned the interactions were positive, it was a rare openly public appearance for Musk, who is typically tight on his privacy and security.

It could be a similar sight in Austin come April 7 as Musk plans on holding a grand opening party for the Tesla Gigafactory in southeast Travis County. Music, food and games are expected on site of the factory.

Musk has been settling into life in Texas, as he’s brought his new girlfriend, Natasha Bassett, on his private jet to Central Texas and considers new facilities in Austin and Bastrop.


Austin's airport consumer satisfaction drops from a year ago, below Texas peers

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Flyers are less satisfied with the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport than a year ago, a new study shows.

Research firm J.D. Power placed ABIA at No. 15 on a list ranking overall customer satisfaction at large airports, a slip from last year’s spot at No. 7. Other Texas airports secured rankings ahead of Austin, with Dallas Love Field at third, Houston Hobby at eight, and San Antonio International Airport at ninth.

Dallas/Ft. Worth ranked eight in the "mega airport" category.

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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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