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Everything's Weirder in Austin

Sunday, October 14, 2012

They are not kidding when they say "Keep Austin Weird". I have to admit, guys, it's rough not to stare at a person (or multiple persons) that have piercings literally covering their ENTIRE faces! And, yet, you wonder....isn't that WHY they do that? So people will look? I don't know. I am just a Midwestern nice girl who doesn't want to be rude. And yet I want to stare so badly...

So, as you've gathered, I made it to Austin. Yesterday was Airport Day and it wasn't the funnest. I mean, I love to travel. I really do. But, something about airport air and airport food and turbulence and kids throwing up behind me in line and sharing a shuttle with a group of sweaty software developers leaves me just feeling sick. I was so bummed that my headache did not go away last night so I could watch my friends finish their IronMan World Champion race. Stupid Hawaii. Stupid 5 hour time difference.

The good news is...I slept for 8 hours uninterrupted and it was GLORIOUS!!!! Had breakfast with my team this morning and now have a couple hours of me time. I went for my first swim in this beautiful 45-ft saltwater lap pool (with jacuzzi attached, of course - this IS the Hilton!)



Of course, I met a nice fellow triathlete in the pool. We did laps together for awhile and chatted it up in the hot tub. He is from Canada and is here for Austin City Limits Music Fest. He's been doing tris for 2 years and, like me (and so many others I keep meeting), he taught himself to swim from YouTube! Ha!

The pool is on a rooftop deck outside and, at night, there is an absolutely gorgeous view of the Austin skyline. I'll snap a photo tonight (after yesterday's airport adventure, my cell was so low on battery, I couldn't quite get a pic). During the day, though...I'm gonna go ahead and admit...the city (at least right around this area) is not attractive or pretty at all. I've heard it's beautiful up by UT Austin, though. But I haven't been up that way. And I won't be...until at least Wednesday. Back to back meetings from now until Wednesday.

Just going to get ready now and I have one meeting this afternoon (a short 3-hour one), so that's not too bad. Maybe since I don't have Airport Sickness anymore, I might go out with some folks tonight. We'll see.

More to come, friends...Kuali Days is just getting started and it's going to be a GREAT one! I can feel it in my bones!
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FEMISLIM 10/14/2012 10:55PM

    I wish, I wish, I wish!!!!!!

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KAPELAKIN 10/14/2012 10:47PM

    Jealous! I visited Austin for the first time this spring and can't wait to go back. I'm thinking Austin Marathon 2014 maybe...

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LIVEDAILY 10/14/2012 10:16PM

    What a gorgeous pool!! Enjoy that!! I've been to Dallas (huge), Houston, and El Paso but never Austin. Hope you get to catch some of the music that Austin is known for. Try to have a stress free week!

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/14/2012 9:27PM

    Sooooooooooooooo jealous of this pool!!

What youtube videos did you use to learn to swim? That never even occured to me!

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LINDAKAY228 10/14/2012 5:55PM

    I used to like to fly but it's gotten so complicated since security had to change the past 11 years. I much prefer to drive and take my time and see different places but that's not always possible. And besides the problems of airports and all that stuff, I have 3 cities I could fly out of when I need to fly. El Paso, which is 3 hours from me, Tucson, which is about 3 1/2 hours to the airport, or Albuquerque which is a little over 4 hours driving time. The joys of living in rural New Mexico LOL! Hope you enjoy the rest of the trip!

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MOM-MOM8 10/14/2012 5:30PM

    emoticon that you are feeling better. Have an emoticon week!

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EBURGITE 10/14/2012 5:10PM

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GINGERHAWK 10/14/2012 4:36PM

    I'm with you - a day in airports and on airplanes does me in. I swear I never feel good after a day like that. I also always wonder why they can't manage to put some healthier food options around. As for the pool - wow, wish I was there now!

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AMARILYNH 10/14/2012 4:00PM

    Have fun! My DH and I grew up in that part of the world (in Temple, 60 miles north of Austin) so that area still feels like home (plus we have a ton of family there). I don't think of Austin as a beautiful city, but there are lots of fun places to eat. If you like Mexican I highly recomment Serranos - I make a point to eat there when I'm home!!

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CINDYW1102 10/14/2012 3:59PM

    Have a safe & wonderful trip!

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PEGGYO 10/14/2012 3:53PM

    have a great time

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KRYSTALLA 10/14/2012 3:33PM

    Enjoy it.

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GUITARWOMAN 10/14/2012 3:05PM

    Enjoy!

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CINDHOLM 10/14/2012 2:50PM

    Enjoy your time in Austin.. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 10/14/2012 2:35PM

    Have a great day in Austin!

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/14/2012 2:00PM

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LINDAK25 10/14/2012 1:48PM

    Enjoy your trip. Hope your meetings go well.

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NKOUAMI26 10/14/2012 1:22PM

    Enjoy!

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JUNEAU2010 10/14/2012 1:07PM

    Have fun! I've never been to that part of TX...

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DONNA5281 10/14/2012 1:04PM

 
I'M HAPPY THAT YOU MADE IT SAFELY. IT MUST BE WEIRD TO SEE SO MANY PEOPLE WITH THAT MANY BODY PIERCINGS.
I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR TRIP.
I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO KEEP UP, I NEED TO GET MY PC FIXED. I THINK I NEED A KEY BOARD AS IT WON'T TYPE HALF OF THE TIME.

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KIPPER15 10/14/2012 1:03PM

    The saltwater pool sounds delightful. I enjoy conferences to a point, but I am with you the airport is the worst part of it all. Have a good week. emoticon

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STHAX10 10/14/2012 12:57PM

    Enjoy! emoticon

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