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In defense of Austin, Texas.

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Poop Man Bob, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

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    I've recenlty noticed a lot of misinformation on this board about Austin, Texas. It is, as you might know, my current place of residence, and I don't intend to leave anytime soon. I can understand much of the dislike of Texas, what with Dubya and Halliburton and Enron and all, but I'd like to clear up some misconceptions about Austin.

    Austin is an absolutely great city, and I hope to convince you so you can later say, "man, fuck Texas; except for Austin, which rules."


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    Situated on the banks of the Colorado River, Austin is an eclectic town
    noted for its politics, scholars, rolling hills, live music, boutiques, movie
    stars, and even for Central Market, a gourmet grocery store that offers a
    world-class cooking school, seated massages, and live music performances.

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    Highlights
    • Population: 680,000
    • Slogan: "Keep Austin Weird"
    • America's Coolest City (#1, Forbes, 2004)
    • Best City for Singles (#1, Forbes, 2003)
    • Best Places to Live (#1 – 2003, Forbes)
    • Best City for Hispanics (#1 – 2004, Hispanic Magazine)
    • One of Travel & Leisures' Best Loved Cities (#4, 2003)
    • One of Money Magazine's Best Places to Live (Money, 2002)
    • One of the Coolest Cities in America (#2, NBC, 2003)
    • Travis County (where Austin is located) voted 56% to 42% for John Kerry in the 2004 election. Texas overall went 61-38 for Bush.
    • Highest per capita bookstore sales in the United States ($195 per household)
    • 172 city parks
    • 125 music venues
    • Landmark Barton Springs pool
    • 30 miles of urban hike-and-bike rails
    • 9 wilderness areas

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    Music Scene
    • Austin, nicknamed the "Live Music Capital of the World," has more than 120 live music venues offering a complete range of musical styles, from rhythm and blues and Southern jazz to hard rock, country/western and Tejano.

      Local, national and international acts of all sizes and styles can be heard year-round, but things always heat up in March, when Austin plays host to South by Southwest (SXSW), an internationally acclaimed 10-day, music, film and multimedia event. Each day, SXSW features multimedia and music industry exhibitions, educational panel discussions and workshops examining all three industries. By night, the SXSW Music Festival showcases more than 400 bands, and film screenings are held in numerous Austin venues.

      Austin has a cable access channel — The Austin Music Network — that showcases the best local talent and airs videos sampling all of the region's musical diversity.

      The inaugural Austin City Limits Music Festival attracted more than 75,000 music lovers to Zilker Park in 2002. An extension of the popular PBS show Austin City Limits, the festival aims at showcasing the best local music as well as major acts from around the world. See my pictures from the 2003 festival here.

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    The University of Texas
    • UT is located in Austin, boasting a student population of over 50,000 - the second largest in the nation. UT was recently named by Playboy as the #1 school with the best-looking girls in the nation. Plus we won the Rose Bowl, bitches.

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    I think this is enough information for now. I might add more later. For the time being, here are some photos (all mine):

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    Downtown from Zilker Park.


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    Sunset at the Austin City Limits Festival.


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    Ben Harper at the Austin City Limits Festival.


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    This is Leslie, Austin's most famous homeless dude. And, yes, he is a dude, despite his affinity for leotards and skirts and all things pretty. He's become such a town icon that I have no doubt someone bought him a ticket to ACL (~$40) that day, which is where I snapped this photo. Here's a site with a bunch of good pictures of him doing his part to keep Austin weird.


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    From Mt. Bonnell, overlooking Lake Austin.


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    Hamilton Pool.


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    Hamilton Pool.


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    Hamilton Pool.


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    On the drive to Hamilton Pool.


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    Krausse Springs.


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    On the lake.
     
  2. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

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    The State Capitol.



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    On campus; the UT Tower in the background (famous for the sniper who killed 17 people in 1966).


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    The Tower again.


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    Texas football.


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    Darrell K. Royal Stadium seats about 83,000. Click here for a larger image.


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    Texas, Texas, yee-haw.
     
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  3. Æ°

    Æ° Senior Member

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    I've always thought if I had to go to Texas, I'd go to Austin. I always hear it's not like the rest of Texas, and I live in Minnesota. So the rep must not be as bad as you think.
     
  4. T=E=A=S=E

    T=E=A=S=E Elite Member

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    and one of the most infamous 12ozers stays there i hear.

    :idea: :king: :lol:
     
  5. vinyl junkie

    vinyl junkie Elite Member

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    austin should be it's own state...
    it puts the rest of texas to shame...
     
  6. Tough Love

    Tough Love Senior Member

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    thats a pretty nice set of pics man
    i defenitly didnt see austin being like that, thanks

    its weird cuz i was just reading something about the UT tower and that guy who shot all them students....
     
  7. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

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    Duh, I mentioned that I lived there in the first sentence.
     
  8. vinyl junkie

    vinyl junkie Elite Member

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    austin is also the one place i'd be willing to live outside of the SF bay area...
     
  9. T=E=A=S=E

    T=E=A=S=E Elite Member

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    and that was what i meant by my post.

    *wink wink ...rolls eyes.*
     
  10. mackfatsoe

    mackfatsoe Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 8, 2004 Messages: 6,532 Likes Received: 168
    hamilton pool looks fucking awesome.
     
  11. rental

    rental Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 1, 2001 Messages: 7,641 Likes Received: 1
    ben harpers hot. not so hot in the documentary standing in the shadows, the story of the funk bros. he looked lost without a guitar. also, odd that he's laura derns babydaddy.
     
  12. vinyl junkie

    vinyl junkie Elite Member

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    hamilton pool is awesome...
    creek swimming was one of my favorite things about austin...
     
  13. JesusOnCoke

    JesusOnCoke New Jack

    Joined: Aug 5, 2003 Messages: 57 Likes Received: 0
    Hi,
    I'm from Canada. Before this post I didn't like Texas. Now I think I'd like to go there. Way to go, champ.
     
  14. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Nov 16, 2000 Messages: 10,259 Likes Received: 18
    Oh, and this may not be a "cool" thing about Austin, but regardless: the next season of Real World is currently filming here in town. I think it's supposed to start airing in June, so those of you who choose to watch will get more Austin than just this thread.

    Wow. I just did a search for "real world austin," and this site came up. People are fucking obsessed.
     
  15. ilovedrunk

    ilovedrunk Member

    Joined: Nov 18, 2003 Messages: 275 Likes Received: 1
    austin should be it's own state...
    it puts the rest of texas to shame...


    its more like texas should be its own country based on the fact that texas rules and other states are just plain alright... haha just kidding... but texans usually have lots of state pride and people who have come to visit me and friends of mine have felt that when they come here.. texas is the shit and when you live here you live by that....
     
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