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Old 05-05-08, 05:52 PM   #1
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I'm in Austin!

So what now?

We got in at 2:30 this morning and my dog kept us up the rest of the night. For the most part, things have gone smoothly, with the exception of my dog's prey instinct kicking in (long story). I'm sad to leave my family, but excited to be here. I start my job tomorrow. I kinda wish I had a couple of days to get settled in... oh well.
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Git yer boots and hat on, and strap some cow horns to yer Cadillac, cuz it's hootenanny time! YEEEEEE-HAW! *whip-crack sound effect*



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Old 05-05-08, 06:15 PM   #3
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We got in at 2:30 this morning and my dog kept us up the rest of the night.
Is that what the kids are calling it?

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Breakfast tacos. Barton Springs. Chicken **** Bingo on Sunday. Take the pup to Redbud island so he'll let you sleep.
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omg - I'd forgotten about chickensiht bingo. We're totally doing that.
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Old 05-05-08, 09:29 PM   #5
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omg - I'd forgotten about chickensiht bingo. We're totally doing that.
So that's what the kids are calling it now?
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Old 05-05-08, 09:47 PM   #6
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I think the wild flowers are pretty much done but you might find a few bluebonnets and indian paintbrushes here and there. Iron works brisket, Barton Springs, a drive up to Lukenbach, and check out the 3-5 million bats in the bridge downtown will get you started. After that, there are a bazillion more things to do just be advised it will get hot in the very near future. Welcome to Texas.
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I haven't been to Austin in about 20 years, but the last time I was there I saw Stevie Ray Vaughn, the Fabulous T-Birds and Bonnie Raitt at an intimate venue; the ultimate Austin experience, highly recommended. Oh hold it, SRV's dead, I don't know what else there is. How about: (1) Invite Michael Dell to lunch; (2) Be proud of your immigrant status and show disdain for all things "Longhorn" whenever you can.

Oh, I remember going to this cool multi-level restaurant overlooking some big lake west of Austin, but it might be just a tourist destination and not where the "cool" people go.
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I've never been to Austin. But I know a guy named Austen.
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Old 05-05-08, 09:59 PM   #9
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um, bingo? I don't think I'd be doing bingo at a time like this. Well, I'm now a newbie on the dating scene (made decision to step it on up after splitting from the ex 3 yrs ago) so ... hmmmm bingo.

Does bingo include disco balls, drinks and ... groping?







Glad ya made it there!!!
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um, bingo? I don't think I'd be doing bingo at a time like this. Well, I'm now a newbie on the dating scene (made decision to step it on up after splitting from the ex 3 yrs ago) so ... hmmmm bingo.

Does bingo include disco balls, drinks and ... groping?




Glad ya made it there!!!
It involves *****-tonkin, lone star, live music, live stock and fabulous cash prizes. And yes, there's usually some groping on a very packed dance floor.

http://media.www.dailytexanonline.co...t-994320.shtml
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It involves *****-tonkin, lone star, live music, live stock and fabulous cash prizes. And yes, there's usually some groping on a very packed dance floor.

http://media.www.dailytexanonline.co...t-994320.shtml


Daa--aaaam!! And I thought I was the bit snit when I was in a DISCO bar this past weekend.

My sister lives in San Antonio and she must lead a sheltered life - she never talked about that!
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April, Have you seen that bridge they're going to charge $10.00 to cross next year?
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Some ideas:

1: Get used to the late night eateries. Kerbey, Magnolia, and Starseeds. For starters, I'd try Kerbey North (183, south of Spicewood), and Magnolia on Lake Austin road.

2: What is your genre of music? Emos and Elysium cover rock/goth/alternative/industrial. If country, Tejano, or hip-hop are your thing, clubs aplenty for that.

3: If you bicycle, anywhere around the UT campus or downtown are hotspots for bike theft. Lock that sucker down and to something sturdy. UT police have improved lots in driving off bike theft [1], but outside streets like Guadalupe, be really careful. Use two locks.

4: Guadalupe is pronounced "Guad-a-loop". Burnet Road is pronounced "Burn-it". Loop 1 is also called Mopac.

5: Beware the I-35 bridge near UT. Its a wreck hotspot, and usually at a standstill most of the time.

6: Barbecue places: The Salt Lick for an out of town trip, the County Line for general stuff, Iron Works, Rib Kings, Ruby's on Guadalupe for organic barbecue.

7: Mother's Cafe -- top notch vegetarian place.

Lots more... if you need any questions about Austin, PM me... if I don't know, I can find out.

[1]: UT requires all bikes on their campus to be registered. No registration and flag hanging off of bike == UTPD taking your bike, and unless you have a receipt or 100% proof of ownership, it may be hard or impossible to get it back.
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I haven't been to Austin in about 20 years, but the last time I was there I saw Stevie Ray Vaughn, the Fabulous T-Birds and Bonnie Raitt at an intimate venue; the ultimate Austin experience, highly recommended. Oh hold it, SRV's dead, I don't know what else there is. How about: (1) Invite Michael Dell to lunch; (2) Be proud of your immigrant status and show disdain for all things "Longhorn" whenever you can.

Oh, I remember going to this cool multi-level restaurant overlooking some big lake west of Austin, but it might be just a tourist destination and not where the "cool" people go.
That would be the Oasis. I haven't been to it since lightning struck it and it burned to the ground. They rebuilt it and it looks nice. Great view, but food is just so so and they charge a boat load for drinks. Another great place that not as many people know about is the Iguana Bar and Grill. It's just south of the dam on 620 and has just as good of a view of Lake Travis as the Oasis.
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April, Have you seen that bridge they're going to charge $10.00 to cross next year?
What bridge is that?
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I read about it in a thread Siu started about bridge tolls.
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Woot!! If you see this guy, say hi for me..

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where did you move from?
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eat bbq til you sweat sauce
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Lock your bike up...use a cable and a U.
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We moved April down from Omaha.
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+1 on Rudy's BBQ.

For good TexMex, and Mexican Martini's, I'd suggest the Texican. It is off of Manchaca Rd.... (pronounced "Man-Shack").

And get ready to see Leslie.
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April...Glad you made it down there without incident. Good luck on the new job, the cycling and with Ravenmore
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+1 on Rudy's BBQ.

For good TexMex, and Mexican Martini's, I'd suggest the Texican. It is off of Manchaca Rd.... (pronounced "Man-Shack").

And get ready to see Leslie.
Nothing can prepare you for Leslie *shudder*
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We moved April down from Omaha.
I would consider Austin and upgrade over Omaha, I really like the hill county around Austin. Omaha, not so much.



fwiw, I moved my then gf now wife from Lincoln NE, to N. Texas. Not trying to suggest anything, just sayin'
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