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As a friend of mine aptly put it before leaving Austin in disgust, "Austin is a great retirement community for young people."
This picture, for example, shows a 23 year old man after living in Austin for only six months.
Seriously, if you adore playing playing hacky-sack, smoking bowls of Herb, and talking endlessly about how unique your dog is, you will absolutely love it here.
If you have any lifetime goals (and, no, I'm not talking about fame, fortune or conspicuous consumption here) but artistic, philosophical or altruistic goals...well...buyer beware..
Austin is a plastic carrot filled with Twinky frosting.
Why don't I leave? One problem: I no longer know who I am, where to go, or what to do.
Guess I'll just smoke a bowl, go outside and play hacky-sack with my dog.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Austin traffic is the WORST! And I've lived my whole life in Dallas and Houston which has horrible traffic. Austin's worst traffic is on I-35 and 183. I-35 is the worst where 290 meets it and near downtown. Plan to be in slow traffic at ANY TIME...ANY DAY!
So if you're staying downtown, going to see the bats on Congress Ave, or going to 6th street plan some extra time so you don't miss a thing.
Written May 21, 2009
Thousands of bands are playing here. You have to do your homework to find the bands you want to hear. The bands are listed late February (if I remember correctly) on the website www.sxsw.com Do not print them out!! I accidentally hit print and walked away and it printed more than 80 pages! While working from home I would find their music at myspace.com and see if I liked their sound or not. Just a suggestion if you are a music lover like me and don't like wasting time on mediocre bands!
Written Jun 26, 2007
Austin is quickly turning into the land of Yuppie-condos, they're building them everywhere, it's very possible that soon Austin might lose it's one great advantage - live music keeps rich people awake.
Written May 8, 2007
Coming from California, I found it odd that on Texas Highways designated "Rest Areas" are different then "Picnic Areas." No doubt both have inviting benches and paths for weary travelers to rest thier tired bodies, and are frequently seen at 40 to 80m intervals. But don't be fooled, those people walking in form the toolies in the Picnic Areas are on a different kind of nature hike. That's right, there are NO restrooms, much less a place to wash ones hands before eating at Picnic Areas. Such refinement as a toilet are left to Rest Areas only. Rest Areas where everything is left to air dry, if you know what I mean.......
Updated Jan 27, 2007
Texas drivers are absolutely horrible. I've lived in three states and have been in many states, but Texas drivers rank pretty high on the list of worst drivers. People rarely use their turn signals. They often cut across four lanes of traffic at the very last minute to get to their exits. They love cutting you off. They also love driving in your blind spot. Many people never really seem to know where they're going. And above all that, they all love to drive fast. If you're not driving at least 15 mph above the speed limit, many people will get impatient. I also have several friends who were the victims of hit-and-run accidents in the city. One more thing: if there is any sort of precipitation, beware of traffic. It appears that Austin drivers are terrified of driving in the rain.
However, Austin roads can be confusing. Many roads seem to have multiple names (Mopac IS Loop 1; Capital of Texas Hwy IS 360; and U.S.183 IS Research Blvd., Anderson Lane, Ed Bluestein Blvd. and Old Bastrop Hwy; 2222 IS Northland Dr. or Allendale Rd. or Koenig Lane). You'll see exit signs right before the exit, so there isn't much time to get into the exit lane. Also, when you enter a major road from a ramp, you're often yards away from the next exit, so you better get into another lane, fast. Many streets are one way streets, especially in the downtown and university areas, and this can get confusing. Basically, Austin roads can be confusing and you can rarely go back the same way you came. Maybe the confusion causes so many people to be horrible drivers.
Also, beware of traffic on I-35. It can be absolutely horrendous.
Written Jan 6, 2007
These people provide a noisy, unwelcome presence in downtown San Antonio, especially at the Alamo Plaza. People come here to pay their respects to the heroes of Texan independence, NOT to be evangelized. Keep a safe distance from them.
Written Nov 19, 2006
I like Texas a lot, but the service roads that parallel the interstates are designed to be as dangerous as possible, or so it seems. The frontage road traffic can quickly slip into interstate traffic, and interstate traffic can quickly slip onto the service road. Maybe a little too quickly. You really need to be on your toes. Drive friendly!
Updated Mar 5, 2006
One of the key features of Austin is all of its beautiful greenbelts and hike/bike trails.
I will warn you however that there is alot of construction going on in Waller Creek at this time. Right by the convention center is actually closed off right now for rennovation, so make sure you check in with the City of Austin website prior to going on a walk throughout Austin!
Enjoy your trip!
Written Feb 18, 2005
When i visited Austin last August i was shocked to how hot it was.
i was constantly thirsty.
In England we might be lucky to get the odd day of 85 degrees but in Austin it was always mid to high 90's and to me it seemed a lot hotter.
Just common sense really drink plenty of fluids and dont spend to long out in the midday sun!!
Written Jan 6, 2005
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