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Old 07-25-05, 01:07 PM   #1
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NPR news story: 'Lance Fatigue' in Austin, TX

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...toryId=4769910
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Old 07-25-05, 01:18 PM   #2
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Lance is nowhere near the Tom Cruise overload (and lunacy) of last month
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Old 07-25-05, 03:22 PM   #3
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I wouldn't like to live in Austin, seriously. But they probably like Lance, just like when Michael Jordan and the Bulls were at their best in Chicago. Though I LOVED having the Bulls team around town, and when they celebrated, we partied so hard, I probably lost a lung and half my liver.

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That was a funny story. Did anybody read the article on slate.com that was mentioned in the NPR piece? >link<
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I wouldn't like to live in Austin, seriously. But they probably like Lance, just like when Michael Jordan and the Bulls were at their best in Chicago. Though I LOVED having the Bulls team around town, and when they celebrated, we partied so hard, I probably lost a lung and half my liver.

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Just curious why you don't think you would like Austin? I have lived several places and Austin is my favorite from most points of view except family which is still back in southwestern VA.
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It's nice here but we aren't getting Lance over-load at all. There will be a big party/parade according to the CSE guys but other than that we have more important things to worry about now that the tour is over like ACL fest.

Side note, newspaper said Lance is going to come back to Austin and ride some mountain bike races, I knew he wasn't done.
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Austin rocks! Lance rocks! He has been, and will continue to be, a positive force in this towne (hopefully for a VERY long time). But even Jan tires of bon-bons after 21 days straight! I hope he has a nice, quite 6 month vacation on a remote tropical isle that has absolutely no media coverage.
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Old 07-26-05, 07:52 AM   #8
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My friends in Texas call Austin "Moscow on the Colorado." That's what makes me think I wouldn't enjoy it. For someone whose politics run to the left, or the certainly larger group who just wouldn't care, it's probably a beautiful town. I hear the music scene is fantastic there, but I don't do bars . . . .
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I left Austin because the bugs*, the heat, the humidity and the suburban sprawl are just awful, and there's barely any public land for 200 miles. The music scene there still rocks, though, and it is a fairly progressive city, at least by Texas standards.

*godawful fire ants, chiggers, ticks, fleas and mosquitoes, for starters, and they've probably got killer bees by now, too.
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Dude, Austin is one of the most liberal cities in the entire country. Austin has supported Lance from day one. Austin was into Lance before he was even nationally known.

I grew up in Austin, and the bugs up here in NYC are worse. I don't know what you're talking about. No public land? There is a huge park right downtown (Zilker Park) and there are miles and miles and miles of untouched, very hilly, california-like roads to ride to your heart's content.

And as far as 'progressive by texas' standards, i lived on a street with hispanics, lesbians, old people, college people, hippies, rednecks, everyone under the sun. I moved to NYC and didn't feel like I took any real step up in terms of liberalism.

Austin is perhaps the most bike friendly city between the coasts. Lance Fatigue only comes from the fact that we've been into Lance longer than the mainstream public. He's very well connected in Austin politics and nonprofits and his face is EVERYWHERE.
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I've heard rumors of a possible political future. What about Mayor, or Governor Armstrong?
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[QUOTE=arbeiter...his face is EVERYWHERE.[/QUOTE]
That's unfortunate.
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...the bugs up here in NYC are worse...
No way. I grew up in NY and the bugs in Austin are at least an order of magnitude worse. And Zilker park is nice, but it doesn't really fit my definition of public land. You have to go to somewhere like Big Bend or New Mexico before you get to *real* public land in or near Texas.

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Lived there. Too packed.
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No way. I grew up in NY and the bugs in Austin are at least an order of magnitude worse. And Zilker park is nice, but it doesn't really fit my definition of public land. You have to go to somewhere like Big Bend or New Mexico before you get to *real* public land in or near Texas.
Do you now? Well, frankly, there is nothing like Big Bend within 1,000 miles of the East Coast, so I don't see your argument. I can think of plenty of gorgeous state parks within 2 hours drive of Austin, some with great off-road biking opportunities (not road cycling, but anyway, I digress). Have you been down near Bandera or Castroville, or over to the Lost Pines? There are a lot of options.
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I haven't lived in NY or on the east coast for almost 30 years, or Austin for 20. And don't get me wrong, I liked Austin when I was there, and I still read the Austin Chronicle online to follow the music scene and Texas politics...
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no wonder - you haven't lived here since 1985. things are completely different... downtown lofts being built, the population of UT expanding, higher wages, etc. Dell Computer was just founded when you lived here. But let's just agree to disagree. It's a city for the young(ish) anyway.
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Actually, I left Austin in '87.

Are you calling me old? I still ZooBomb with the best of 'em, IMO, you're only as old as you feel...

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