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Old 09-14-08, 03:13 PM   #1
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ot: Yo Austin, Tx!

Tell me a bit about your city. The lady and I are coming to visit in march (its in the running of where we want to move when she is done with school).

Tell me the good stuff, the bad stuff, the fun stuff, and the sh!tty stuff.

I like to drink. I like to get tattooed.

Whats the job market like? I've been a messenger in boston for the past 4 years. Can I messenger there, or is the industry too small?

Thanks in advance. All replies are much appreciated.
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Old 09-14-08, 03:19 PM   #2
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dude, why are you moving from boston??? Boston is the greatest city (next to Minneapolis) in the world.
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Old 09-14-08, 03:21 PM   #3
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time for a change of scenery. im born and raised here. austin has a huge music scene, and thats the lady's career ya know? we are weighing out the options.
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Makes sense. Austin is pretty dope. I'm more of a cold weather guy but if I had to go for texas I too would hit the city with culture.
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austin is an a-okay place
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Well if you like drinking, tattoos, and music it's a great place. I heard it has the highest concentration of tattoo parlors in the country, or something like that.

There are also lots of UT students there, LOTS. Which could be a good or bad thing.

Summer in Texas will be a swift kick in your nuts coming from Boston, but winter will be lovely. And there is always Barton Springs to cool you off.

All in all I give Austin an A-, but I'm prejudiced, being a Texan.
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I have a buddy from Waco and he loves it. Might try to visit with him this winter.
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ive heard rumors of $1 beers and 25 cent well shots. that pretty much sold me right there. i look forward to the hot weather. i can happily give up riding in 35 degree rain.

however i cant find much of anything on messengering there. maybe ill go back to working in a shop
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Old 09-14-08, 05:10 PM   #9
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There probably isn't much mess work down there. How long have you been messing?
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4 years. this is coming up on boston winter number 5. heh i dont really want to do much else.
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I bet. You could maybe sniff out some kind of work down there.
Have you ever thought about working for a firm serving papers or delivering legal documents? They might have something like that in Austin.
I worked for a joint up here serving legal papers on my bike. Kindof like mess work but with much smaller packages.
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I currently live there (well, here). I'm too much into the cycling/messenger scene, but I can try to help.

It's not as awesome as it once was. There has been a big push for downtown development, which normally is a good thing, but it is turning too corporate. They are forcing out all the nice little classic bars, restaurants and shops, and replacing them with "mixed use" (condos, retail,office) high rises. I really don't mind high density development, but it takes away the charm and "old-schoolness" of the city.

The music scene is nice, and pretty much every genre (and sub genre) is represented. There are parts of the city that are really pretty, lots of little parks sprinkled around the town. Bus system is pretty good, although pretty slow sometimes (most of the time it is faster to cycle) If you like festivals there is one pretty much every weekend if you look hard enough. Look up "eyores birthday" "spamarama". I'm sure you have heard of SXSW and ACL Fest. There will be pretty much something to do every weekend if you look hard enough, and are adventurous enough.

There are bike messengers, but I don't know how busy they work, or what sort of income they get. I actually drove a pedicab for 9 months or so. The money was hit or miss, and I thought it was too much of a socialist system. I had another job, so I was never worried about money. Some of the characters there bugged the hell out of me. I wouldn't suggest this as a longterm career.
There are plenty of places to drink, although the frat-boy/dooshbag crowd comes out downtown thurs-sat. There plenty of tatoo places though. Can't vouch for any though.

It gets really hot here in the summer. There isn't really any way to get to the nearby big cities without a car, or taking the greyhound. However, there isn't much to Houston, or Dallas/FW. San Antonio is ok.
Fell free to ask any other questions. If you need particulars as to what you want to see when you visit I can try to help you out.
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Old 09-14-08, 06:00 PM   #13
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ive heard rumors of $1 beers and 25 cent well shots.
You will have to look long and hard to find that, but they do exist, and they also bring crowds. And it is mostly bugLight and similar. Cain and Abels near UT has $1 domestics, but that turns into a sea of fratboys and sorority chicks. Never hear of 25cent well shots. It might be hard to get into messengering if you are new to the city and don't know the city very well. YOu might want to get another job first, ride your ass off, get lost a few times, and learn the lay of the land.
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I was going to say rent is high, and getting steeper every day, especially in the nice areas. But you are coming from Boston and will probably think it's a bargain.
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thanks for the response fivehoursfree. the lady and i are looking at buying a home in the south austin area. any opinion on that particular area?

the fratboy/******bag bar crowd doesnt really bother me, as the places i prefer to drink are the lowkey, head down at the bar type place.

im picky about tattoo shops, and ive yet to see a site from an austin shop that portrays a shop i would go to. i will just have to go around a get a feel for myself ya know.

ive been to houston and dallas and both left a lot to be desired. san antonio i have not visited.

as for parks and such in the area, is there much mountain biking? how about swimming holes and rope swings?

thanks for your help!
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South Austin is pretty nice, although there are more hills than north of the river (er lake). It also depends how south you mean by south austin. Unless you go REALLY south there is no new single family home development, mostly older homes built between the 40's and 80's probably. They are fairly small (~1000sqft), but plenty of people raise families there, if that is your intention. You can buy a condo if you want something new. There is box formed by I35 on the East, mopac (loop 1) on the west, hwy 290/71 the south, and hwy 183 on the north. (Look at a map to understand). That whole area is section of town I would prefer to live in, although the east side near downtown is slowly becoming revitalized (gentrified). Crime can still be a problem in some areas, but too me it's a risk I take for not having to live in the suburbs. (I also don't have much stuff worth taking)

There are plenty of lowkey bars, although not as many as there used to be (see what I said about development.)

There is decent Mountain Biking here. The Barton Creek Greenbelt is pretty much right downtown, and is a 7.5 mile trail, one way, plus some more unofficial trails spouting off of it. It can get crowded with hikers, since there are a handful of swimming holes on the trail, but that is only when we have sufficient rain. This summer we are in a drought, so the holes are dry, and the trails are mostly deserted. I actually try to stay away from biking there when the holes are full. It brings out the same dooshbag crowd that brings a cooler full of beer, and a boombox. I don't mind hanging out and swimming, and even the getting drunk, but the Boombox spoils the vibe, and they tend to leave trash everywhere. Plus the biking track crosses the creek a handful of times, so you have to get wet. Walnut creek is another good park to ride. Then there are a handful of places anywhere from 30 min to 2 hours drive away. FlatRock ranch and Rocky hill ranch are notables, as is City Park.

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the only 2 problems with austin:

1. its in texas
2. its too hot

there are LOTS of mountain biking.. a few inside town (trail head starts at really nice Town Lake park as a matter of fact) like greenbelt.. a few nice XC like walnut creek not too far way.. a few SERIOUS ones like emma long.. and a lot more within all good driving distance

swimming hole is one of the best - google chilly natural pool Barton Springs.. and there is also Hamilton Pool

its got lots of good natural stuff. just too many pick up trucks and humidity
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Yea, I don't like houston or dallas either. I would rather live in San Antonio, or even ElPaso than those two cities.
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1. its in texas

Austin is really an anomaly in the state. For example, a few years ago the state put voted for a state constitutional amendment banning same sex marriages. They showed a map of counties and the way they voted. Austin (Travis county) was the ONLY one that voted against.
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true blue tattoo is austin is worth looking into.
dallas has the best tattoo shop in texas, though.
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Austin is OK . They call it the blueberry in the raspberry patch for a reason..Yeah it is cheap ,but I think in this case you're getting what you pay for ,an island of open mindness and somewhat diversity in the middle of an redneck ocean . You're take may be different.

If you like beer go to 6th street.Goto the jackalope and go to the back room and wave the guy down behind the bar.He is one of the bartenders,usually wearing a hat.tell him that his mom sent you and to serve you some beers before he gets punched in the face.He'll understand. Good luck.
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