Peggy’s Story | Helping those effected by Hurricane Harvey | 30 Moves 30 Families


Peggy felt the devastation Hurricane Harvey brought to Houston. As a local from Pearland, she was not able to afford movers, but we told her not to worry. 3 Men Movers is giving 30 free moves to local Houstonians in financial distress and need. We are calling it our 30 Moves 30 Families program. Peggy more than qualified and we get to share her story. We are Texas Strong. We are Houston Strong.

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Forty-four years I’ve been here and I raised my kids here, so it’s real special.

Oh, I’ve lived here all my life so I’ve been through every hurricane that ever came to Houston. So I called my son Monday I said it’s coming up, it’s not stopping, so he came and we got all the furniture up that we could get up and save what we could save because my house is filled with my grandmother’s antiques and I don’t want to lose them.

The camaraderie has been beautiful because it’s showing the love for each other that we’re Pearland and we are Pearland proud and if you lived here you know we just love our little city.

A lady named Janelle brings us dinner every evening. It’s the Mormon Helping Hands and Samaritan’s Purse they’re gonna come and help gut it so we’ve gotta take all the sheet rock out like 4 foot down and put in the paneling they can’t do they’ve got to take all the paneling down.

What is it like five loads six loads and a pickup truck and a van that’s not gonna work and then two little girls five foot tall so then Tiffany found it on Facebook so she called in she said mom you gotta call in so I texted it and in 30 minutes you all called. I mean that is a blessing I mean an absolute godsend thank you thank you thank you It’s awesome thank you.

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The Lopez Story | How 3 Men Movers is Helping those effected by Hurricane Harvey


Hurricane Harvey hit Houston hard and left a lot of devastation. 3 Men Movers is giving 30 free moves to local Houstonians in financial distress and need. We are sharing the stories of families we have helped and the Lopez family is our first one we get to share. Houston is where we began and this is where our heart is. We are Texas Strong. We are Houston Strong.

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This has absolutely devastated our community.

As you can tell if you go up and down the street, it’s devastated everybody here. Up until Harvey, we hadn’t had any issues with anything here.

It’s flooded our homes so we’re trying to rebuild day by day and hopefully get back on track. The guy when he received my phone call was inquisitive as to why I was moving and he probably wondered if I was well he asked me if I’d been affected I told him I had been and he said you know he was gonna do everything possible to see what he could do to help me with the
whole thing.

You don’t tend to realize how much disaster water can cause and how fast it rises I can only tell you that if they tell you to leave, evacuate… they tell you to do things like that because you never know what could happen.

You guys moved me in 2004 when I moved into my house. My first experience then was amazing that’s why I figured I’d call you guys right back so you guys have been awesome. Thank you, guys. The amount of labor that these people put in. Breaks away.

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A Houston Guide For Help During Hurricane Harvey


Photo via CNN

Hurricane Harvey has brought unprecedented weather to Houston. If you have been affected this guide will provide you with information on what to do if you need to reach emergency lines, get updates on flooded roads, or locate a shelter.
We have also included information on those dealing with the aftermath of the storm and need FEMA assistance, if you need tips on cleaning your home after it has been flooded, or if you need help moving your belongings out of your home after a flood.

Emergency Numbers:

Emergency services have asked that people not use 911 to check on the status of the weather, flooded roads, power outages, or anything that is not an emergency.
For people who are in danger and need to be rescued, the United States Coast Guard has posted the following phone numbers:
281-464-4851
281-464-4852
281-464-4853
281-464-4854
281-464-4855
For non emergencies, Houston Police’s non-emergency phone number is 713-884-3131. Finally, residents can always call 311 to be transferred to proper city officials depending on the emergency.

Power Outages & Down Power Lines:

CenterPoint Energy is your point of contact for all power updates. They can be contacted at 713-207-2222.

Road Closures:

When Houston floods, our roads get incredibly dangerous. Check your route if you have to leave the house.

Weather Updates:

This storm is unpredictable and changing every hour. Stay posted by watching the radar in your area.

Shelters:

There are many locations around Houston that you can seek shelter, lists to consult with shelter locations can be found via ABC 13 and the Texas Hurricane Center.

FEMA Federal Aid:

FEMA has released information about the assistance programs they will be offering in the wake of the flooding.

What to do about flood damage:

    Home damage: If your home has flooded, we have written a complete guide on how to eliminate trapped water and restore your home.

Moving after a flood:

We are still scheduling moves. Weather and availability permitting, we are here to help those that have impacted by the storm. You can call us at 713-333-6683 or visit our website for more information.

In Conclusion

We want to encourage everyone to err on the side of caution. If possible, try not to get on the roads and if you do ensure that you check the routes using the resources listed above and are traveling while it’s light outside so that high water is more visible. Stay strong, Houston, and we’re here if you need us.



Houston Press BREWFEST | Bust a Move


Flipping Cups and Busting Moves! Our 2017 Houston Press Brewfest report is why you should get up and start busting some moves! A fun and exciting time in Houston and the perfect weather for some beer tasting! We tasted craft beer and played flip cut till the sun set in Houston


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San Antonio Fiesta | Pin Pandemonium | VIVA LOS TRES


Loving Life and Loving Fiesta! 3 Men Movers showcases their second place medal for small businesses at Fiesta San Antonio 2017! A fun short clip to show our love for San Antonio and for Fiesta!

“Fiesta San Antonio” or simply “Fiesta” is an annual festival held in April in San Antonio, Texas, and is the city’s signature event (along with some events held in the following surrounding cities: Boerne, Schertz, Windcrest, Balcones Heights, and Alamo Heights) since the late 19th century. The festival began as a single event to honor the memory of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto.

Fiesta is the city’s biggest festival, with an economic impact of $284 million for the city. More than three million people take part, in more than 100 events that take place all over the city and beyond.

The festival began in 1891 when local women decorated carriages, baby buggies and bicycles with live flowers, met in front of the Alamo, and threw the blossoms at one another, thus inspiring the name “Battle of Flowers.” Soon, other activities were added to the flower parade, including balls, parties and a carnival. The celebration’s name changed over the years from Carnival to Spring Carnival to Fiesta San Jacinto and, in 1960, to Fiesta San Antonio.

This Year in 2017 3 Men Movers won second place for our “Viva Los Tres” Fiesta Medal. Our love for local communities and our brand showed through our Hispanic-inspired design of a 3 Men Mover truck (3MM Papel Picado).

Till next year San Antonio!

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Houston Nicknames | Htown | Space City | 713 | Metro City | Screwston | Super Bowl 51


Local Houstonians showing love for their city with every way they know how to say Houston! Every nickname this is given to Houston shows you the amount of diversity and culture the city really has.

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H-Town

“H-Town” is a widely popular and modern nickname for Houston. It is commonly used in reference to the city both locally and internationally, especially within the entertainment community. The “H” stand for Houston.

Bayou City

Houston is popularly known as “The Bayou City” because it is home to ten winding waterways that flow through the surrounding area. Buffalo Bayou is the main waterway flowing through the city and has a significant place in Texas history, not only due to the founding place of the City of Houston, but also because the final battle for Texas Independence was fought along its banks.

Screwston

Although “Screwston” is not an official nickname, it is widely known by fans of local hip-hop artist DJ Screw and his style of music, known as “chopped and screwed”.

Space City

Houston received its official nickname of “Space City” in 1967 because it is home to NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center. The first words transmitted by Neil Armstrong from the moon, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed”, are written in 15 languages on bronze plaques placed along the main entrance of Tranquility Park in downtown Houston. A replica of one of the footprints left on the moon by Neil Armstrong is also on display inside the park.

Flood City

“Flood City” is a modern nickname for Houston due to it’s constant flooding and national headlines for the amount of flooding.

713

“713” is Houston’s area code and a widely popular name among locals.

Energy Capital of the World

Houston is considered to be “The Energy Capital of the World” because the city is home to more than 5,000 energy-related firms. The city is a leading domestic and international center for virtually every segment of the oil and gas industry—exploration, production, transmission, marketing, service, supply, offshore drilling, and technology.

Clutch City

The nickname of “Clutch City” was given to the city of Houston after the Houston Rockets won the 1994 and 1995 NBA championships. The moniker was adopted in response to a front-page headline in the Houston Chronicle declaring Houston to be “Choke City”. The Rockets’ mascot, “Clutch the Bear”, was named the 5th-most recognizable mascot in sports by USA Today in February 2005, and was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Christi’s Life Changing Move


For Christi and her family, moving meant the start of a fresh chapter in their lives. She recently adopted 6 children and needed to move to a home that could accommodate her newly extended family right in the midst of the hectic holiday season.

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The Story of a community coming together to bring one special family hope, love, joy, blessings, laughter, compassion, inspiration, a life changing move.

Christi:

I am very happy about moving. It’s been an experience, it has been crazy but we are finally doing it.

Nell:

I first met this family through Child Advocates. Christi is actually the children’s aunt there are 7 children in this family 6 of them are Christie’s nieces and nephews.

She had ended up adopting her 6 nieces and nephews.

They were living in a house that was bursting at the seams. It’s just been kind of a group effort. The 3 older boys have out grown their regular size twin beds. The Holly Hall board of directors got involved in this. And they went to a company called Texas Mattress Makers when the board member went in to pay for the beds the owner came out and said no you just give that money to the family. When we add up all the discounts and the free stuff and the gifts and the cash that’s been given Holly Hall has ended up providing about 5,000 or over 5,000 dollars worth of goods, services, toys.

I have the same crew for the 2 moves that 3 Men Movers has done for me.
You get a personal connection with the people that are moving you, and that’s a nice touch.

Christi:

The experience with 3 men movers has been really good. They were very polite and respectful towards the family I do want to thank all the people that helped Holly Hall, Nell Richardson, and 3 Men Movers.

To be in a bigger house, to give the kids a bigger backyard to play in feels a lot better.
I am truly blessed so thank yall.

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How To Clean Your Home After A Flood


Flooding occurs in many regions of the world. The recent flooding in Texas has reached historic highs. No matter where you’re from, you know exactly how harrowing and devastating it is when your home is flooded. However, it is a situation that won’t fix itself. Which is why we’ve put together a list of crucial steps to restore your home after flooding.

The Prep Work:

Ensure that it is safe for you to re-enter your home

  • You may be anxious to return to your home and get started on the work you have ahead of you, but please do not re-enter the home until you know it is safe. Check with local authorities and news stations before returning.

Contact your insurance agent and take photos before you begin repairing the damage

  • Upon re-entering your home, you need to document the damage that your home has incurred. Take photos of the home, inside and out. Afterwards, contact your insurance company and provide them with a thorough report.

Make sure that the power is off before you enter any areas of your home with standing water

  • Before you enter any part of your home that has standing water you need to ensure that your electricity is turned off. If there are electronics that are submerged and turned on, you could be facing a perilous situation.

Enlist help

  • Gather your friends, family, neighbors, volunteer aid, or professionals. You cannot manage this arduous task alone. It could take days, weeks, or even months to get your home back to a habitable state and you’ll need the support to get through it.

Buy protective gear

  • Make sure you’re protected. You need to purchase gloves, rain boots, masks, and protective goggles before you start working.

Check to see if there are any existing holes or entry points for water

  • The flooding may have caused holes or leaks. You’ll never get your home dry if water is still coming in.

The Initial Clean Up:

Clear the water out of your home

  • Use buckets, electric pumps, or other tools to remove standing water. If there are only small amounts of water you can try using blankets and towels to soak up the water.

Clean any mud or other debris

  • Use gloved hands to pick up and throw away debris that has made its way into your home. Your best bet for clearing out mud is to shovel it. If there is still mud that persists use a hose to wash it away.

Throw away items that are damaged beyond repair

  • This is a hard task. The last thing that you want to do after a disaster is part with your belongings. However, some items will be beyond repair and it isn’t worth your time to try and save them. If the following items were submerged for 24 hours throw them away: carpet, mattresses, comforters, pillows, books, and rugs.

Put the items you can save in storage

  • To prevent further damage, move all of your furniture, clothing, electronics, and valuables to a climate controlled storage unit.Research local companies and move your belongings as soon as possible. 3 Men Movers has many affordable options for portable and self-storage at our Houston and San Antonio locations.

Make sure walls and ceilings are not holding water

  • Ceilings that are holding water can be very dangerous. If you see a bulge in the ceiling after a flood it is most likely holding water. Plug a hole in the areas the ceiling is bulging and drain the water. You may also consider bringing in a professional. Wet walls can take an extensive amount of time to dry completely. It could be weeks or even months. You may have to remove layers of the walls in order for them to dry, or you may have to replace them altogether.

Dry the inside of your home and the belongings that can be salvaged

  • The cooler and less moist the home is the more effectively you will be able to dry it. Open the windows, use fans, keep the home cool, and utilize dehumidifiers to dry out the inside of the home and the belongings that can be salvaged from the flood.

The Final Stages:

Clean out your refrigerator

  • If your home was without power for over 4-6 hours throw away all perishable food in your refrigerator, food in a standard freezer usually lasts for 24 hours, and a deep freezer can keep food for about 48 hours.

Disinfect every surface of the home

  • Floods are a breeding ground for bacteria, and it can be toxic for your family. You must thoroughly clean every single surface of your home. Use diluted Clorox or other powerful antibacterial products.

Have a professional assess the threat of mold

  • It’s not imminent, but it is possible that you may have to deal with mold after a flood. It’s best to have a professional assess the damage and determine if you have or will have any mold complications.

In Conclusion

The most important facet of cleaning your home after flooding is creating a safe environment to live in. Getting your belongings dry is only a small portion of cleaning after a flood. You also need to eliminate any bacteria, mold, and mildew. If you sense that the damage to your home is too extensive for you to handle, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional. The safety of your family is what’s truly important.


3 Men Movers Wins Over 5 New Fans – The Busby Quintuplets


We got the special privilege to move the Busby quintuplets! The Busby family needed more than muscle – they needed reliable, professional movers that would allow them to focus on their daughters, not the logistics of a move. Check out the cutest “Little Movers” in town and read about their special move!

A VERY Special Move:

3 Men Movers Moves The Busby QuintupletsWhen Adam Busby called us, he explained that he wasn’t not going to be our average customer… he and his wife needed assistance moving their all-girl quintuplets into a bigger home. Parents of 6 beautiful daughters (5 of which were only 8 months old), the Busbys weren’t just looking for muscle; they needed reliable, professional movers that would allow them to focus on getting their daughters acclimated to a new space, not on the logistics of a move.

Moves can be one of the most stressful experiences of our entire lives… they have a way of making even the most type-A and prepared among us feel as if we couldn’t possibly be more disorganized – something the Busby family was beginning to feel. They were wrapping up Season One of their new TLC show when their old home sold before they could close on a new home. The pressure to pack, but leave themselves with the essentials to care for a 4 year old and 5 babies was no easy task – that’s the moment they decided to call in the professionals.

Over the past 30 years we’ve found that the secret to a happy move rests in the crew you hire. Extensive background checks, driving record inspections, physical exams, and our Crew Leader Certification program ensure that every mover on our team is hardworking and equipped to handle whatever you could throw their way – even a quintuplets move. The Busby family heard about our “high standards, happy customers” business model, and decided to put their BIG move in our hands.

The Day Of:3 Men Movers Moves The Busby Quintuplets

The weather could not have been any nicer that Saturday morning. Tito and crew got there at 8am sharp and jumped right into packing up any loose items. Feeling comfortable with the move and the pace, Mrs. Busby filed all 6 troops out the door about 30 minutes into the move. Seeing the quintuplets (in matching outfits) look around in wonder put the biggest smiles on our faces.

Tito got the Busby’s items wrapped and loaded into our the as if they were his own – ensuring everything arrived at point B the way they left point A. When it was all said and done, we got this family of 8 completely moved within 5 hours. Mrs. Busby called us her “knights in shining armor” – coming from a busy Mom of 6, we could not have been paid a higher compliment.

Thank You Busby Family:

We got the Busby family all moved in before the Christmas/New Year holidays, and left them with 5 “Little Movers” onesies as a token of our appreciation. Last week we got an email from them with the cutest picture – the photo attached at the beginning of this post. We are over the moon that we got to work with such an amazing family. Keep an eye out for their new TLC show and check out their It’s A Buzz World blog to read more about their move and other adventures.

 


Food Drives: Where Do Your Donations Go?


Ever wonder if your food drive donations make it to those in need or if they are being pocketed by an evil fake corporation? Well, I can assure you my friends, food donations are being properly distributed (whew!). Read more to find out how it works.Food Drive Donations

It’s that time of year again! It’s chilly outside, making everything inside exponentially warmer and more fuzzy feeling than usual. A runny nose is greeted with a sort of nostalgia for what the winter months bring with them; love and celebration. During this time we all gather with our friends and family to celebrate life in many different ways, most of which involve feasts of all kinds. When we’re being grateful for everything that we have we usually stop and attempt to reach out to give to those who have-not.

During the holiday months many places collect donations and run food drives for the hungry, but it’s not often that we stop and ask the question, “where are the donations going and how do they help?” I became interested in the inner-workings of food banks when the 3 Men Movers Houston, San Antonio, and Austin offices hosted a food bank recently and I decided to do a little research.

Often when donating to charity we wonder if our donations are actually being given to those in need, or if they are being pocketed by an evil fake corporation. Well, I can assure you my friends, food donations are being properly given to those in need. This is how it works:

  • Donations are collected from various donation points and taken back to the food bank. We usually see food drives happening at grocery stores, with companies, or with schools. However, anyone can host a food drive with the help of your local food bank. They will happily supply you with the materials needed to promote donations.

  • At the food bank the donations are sorted by volunteers. The food bank is sensitive to the needs of the people that they are feeding. There are often dietary restrictions due to health concerns that the bank needs to take into consideration. They also like to try and give people foods that they enjoy. For example, if you donate a can of sauerkraut, the team is going to do their best to get that sauerkraut to a person that loves sauerkraut! So don’t hesitate to donate unique foods. Also, think about nutritional factors. It is hard to come across protein sources that are non-perishable. Donations like beans and canned fish are given high value at the food bank.

  • The donations are then handed out to a variety of other non-profit foundations that help combat starvation. In most states if you dial 2-1-1 it takes you to a food emergency line which helps connect people with sources of food for the hungry. Food banks are the central supplier for foundations that offer disaster relief meals, meals for the housebound, meals for the elderly, and school lunches for low income families. So when you donate to a food bank, you are donating to a plethora of different charitable foundations that will put your donation to good use.

Although food banks request donations of non-perishable food items, they do also accept monetary donations. Food banks can stretch your dollars further than you can and feed more hungry people with cash than with cans. In this article, one food banker stated that her food bank can get $4 worth of food for every $1 donated. The reason why food banks push for food donations is because they’re easier! It is easy to put an extra can or two of food into your basket when shopping at a grocery store in order to drop them in the donation bin on your way out. In our case, we allow people to donate non-perishable food items when they’re cleaning out their kitchens during a move. Donating food is often more convenient which means more people will participate. It is also important to note that food donations are needed year-round, not just during the holiday months.

So whether it’s scarf and boots weather or swimsuits and flip-flops, your donations are being used to help support hungry people in your city. Pick up an extra can of beans or tuna when you’re in the grocery store and drop it off in the donation bin up front. Or volunteer your time at your local food bank. All help goes a long way and it is never under-appreciated.

 


History Of Moving


What did moving look like before the moving truck? What motivates mankind to move? Our Move Concierge Sarah takes a brief look at the history of moving, and how it has grown into a multimillion dollar industry.

“Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne

In a lot of ways, John Wayne embodied the Western culture and the pioneering spirit of moving through history graphicAmerica. We Americans have always felt the need to explore and build new places. Moving is in our blood.  Many of John Wayne’s films featured the horse-hauled Conestoga Wagon. You may not think so, but this vehicle is the ancestor to the modern-day moving truck! If you were a settler in the 1820s, you most likely owned the wagon and were moving more than a few cardboard boxes, but essentially it is the same idea!

Early 1800s: In 1804, the first full-scale steam locomotive was introduced in the United Kingdom, effectively revolutionizing the idea of transportation. Not only did trains usher a new opportunity for travel, they opened plenty of opportunities for relocation and expansion. People could venture wherever trains would take them, and they did! Naturally, the first semblances of moving companies sprang up around this time to address the complications relocation presented. These companies would pick up your belongings via horse and buggy (the old-fashioned way) and store them in warehouses that were located close to train stations. When a train was heading to your destination, the company would load your belongings onto a train car and send it to your new location.


Early 1900s: Motorized vehicles added yet another means of freedom and transportation, allowing the moving industry to grow. Moves could now be done locally or interstate with motor-vans. As the vehicles evolved, so did the moving companies. People have been given more freedom to move and explore without being tied down by their ability to move their belongings.

1995: Despite these rapid advances in transportation, the moving industry remained unregulated until 1995 when the Department of Transportation set forth the rights & responsibilities of companies in caring for their customers. At this point, 3 Men Movers had been operating for ten years under the guidance of John Fischer. His daughter Jacky began to work under her father at the age of 12, before eventually taking over the company after years’ of growth. At 3 Men Movers, we follow all of the guidelines put forth by TxDOT closely and operate with the utmost transparency in order to maintain the trust of our customers. Doing so has allowed us to branch out all over Texas to offer the best moving services possible.

It is interesting to look back through the history of the moving industry and see just where a company started and how they grew with the industry itself. I enjoy being part of a company that has made moving easier through honest business. In honor of #WayBackWednesday, Happy Moving!


The History Of “Keep Austin Weird”


The History Of “Keep Austin Weird”

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There’s always a random holiday trending on Twitter: Donut Day, Real Estate Investor Day, Sloths Dressed As Unicorns Day (wait, what?) Sure, they’re all pretty silly, but today, Wonderful Weirdos Day, is special for Austinites. Keeping Austin weird has been an evolutionary endeavor since the late 1960s and has inspired everything from creating SPAM sculptures to music and tech festivals. The motto “Keep Austin Weird” gained momentum during the initial tech-boom that brought multiple technology companies and instilled a distinct tech-sector Austin. The locals wanted to ensure that Austin didn’t lose its originality due to the influx of new faces. In 2000, the motto was officially adopted by the City Council, and now graces merch like bumper stickrs and T-shirts.

Although Austin did shift its “idea” of weirdness to support artistic endeavors (instead of bizarre hobbies or demonstrations), the new residents embraced the motto whole-heartedly. A lot of people, who are arguably not weird, have asked what “keep Austin weird” means. The truth is, it can mean different things to different people. What do you think is “weird?”

For local businesses, the slogan can be used to remind customers that shopping local is not only great for the community, but is also the best way to keep a city unique. Local businesses are more able to custom tailor merchandise and cuisine to the things that you like. For example, Austin is famous for its bizarre fusion food scene, where local restaurateurs are known to sell things like “taco donuts” or Southern soul food with Pan-Asian cuisine.

Artists of all mediums flock here in order to pursue their dreams, and we invite them with open arms! Artists make it easy to “keep Austin weird” by contributing uncensored art of all types. Unlike other cities, Austin’s tight-knit community encourages creative societies to collaborate and inspire each other. Artists can get together to create large displays that otherwise be impossible in your average community. You don’t visit many cities that have sanctioned graffiti masterpieces on the sides of the buildings.

There are a lot of sub-cultures perusing Austin, but even if you don’t feel like you belong to any scene, you can help “keep Austin weird” by being tolerant of the things that make us different. Sure, you might not have tattoos and paint pictures of whales with your forehead, but you can still do your part by being accepting and appreciative of the eccentric nature of your fellow Austinites.

So, take a moment today to love your local neighborhood weirdos, because their unique lifestyle is what makes Austin – and any city! – so much fun. It’s not everywhere that you can walk down the street and experience a sporadic acoustic set or see a live painting performance while eating a bratwurst made of antelope. Embrace the weird.