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Better late than never has never rung so true. Welcome back to the Austin Daze. We would have been here sooner but we ran out of gas and had to work an extra job just to fill her back up. We hope that we have not lost fans in our absence. We plan on hitting it hard so the timeline of release will continue on constant.

I know you can sympathize, at least I hope so. If not, can I interest you in an ad? The almighty advertisement strain. And yes it is a strain. We are feeling the shrinkage of our economy. We did not receive the Stimulus check. That must be the reason. That check is supposed to make it all better, right? If you did receive it and are wondering how to spend your new fortune, once again, can I interest you in an ad?

OK, that’s enough of that.

How have you been? Us? Just fine. Minus several 800 pound obstacles standing in our way en route to the next issue. While we were busy confronting, dodging, and trying not to get crushed by them, I had some time to think about the very nature of the funny looking word that threatened to take us down.

Obstacles. Dictionary.com (we are print media with an utmost respect for cyber world) offered the following:

Something, material or nonmaterial, that interferes with or prevents literal or figurative action or progress.

And then this:

Lack of imagination is an obstacle to one’s advancement.


Googling “obstacle quotes” offered a similar tough-love, you-can-do-it attitude towards the word, many of which implied that we create our own.

When a human meets an obstacle he can’t destroy, he destroys himself.

And this,

If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.

The implications were unanimous: Obstacles were meant for conquering. They also take a tremendous amount of mental and emotional patience, physical endurance, and an overall resolve. In the end it is what separates the mice from the men (and women).

After much effort (see above), we have in fact slain most obstacles, shrunk the ones we couldn’t kill, told the rest that we would get to them when we were good and ready, and at last, bruised but not beaten, here we are. As I humbly step off my soap box of steely resistance and hope, I give you Issue #69. It’s essentially our greatest hits. A compilation of the past many months; the best we could fit in print. And coincidentally, several interviews on overcoming obstacles: physical, mental, emotional, environmental, creative. Our website has the rest. Speaking of our website, there is much happening there. Interviews are now being posted as soon as they happen. Pictures are being uploaded to our image gallery as soon as they are taken. The bloggers are bloggin on all things zine daily. You too can comment: start fights, have good discussions, make friends and even find love. Yes it can happen to you at austindaze.com.

Have you seen our sexy new stickers? Send me a note and I will get you one while they last.


Russ Hartman

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  1. Margaret

    GREAT ISSUE…. The interviews are GREAT… congrats…Russ..

  2. John Holt

    Austin Daze back from the dead. Nice. When will the new one be at Bouldin?
    -a fan

  3. Russ