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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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    2028 days ago
    WELCOME to my neck of the woods! Check out South Congress while you're here. (GPS Lucy In Disguise and walk from there.)
    2042 days ago
    Have a great trip!
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    love the pool. What's it like to swim in a saltwater pool?
    2045 days ago
    Beautiful pool! and know that meetings are not fun, but sometimes you get some unexpected fun on business travel... (like the night I went with my fellow travelers to a local theatre production... but that's a story for another time!)

    I have found with most pierced and tatooed folks you can just ask them about them... I often find myself admiring some of the work... would I do it... NO, but some of it is amazing... (and at my age, watching the skin get looser makes me realize how awful they would look on me in 10 years!!!)

    Hope your trip is going well!
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    I have to admit that, as a Texan, my first reaction to your title was, 'so what else is new?' I avoid Austin like the plague if possible. However, I find myself there much more often that I would like, as it is a major way station between point A (San Antonio) and point B (Dallas).

    Honestly, I'm sure Austin isn't really that bad. I know it has a lot of neat cultural stuff to offer...I really, really hate it because the roads simply aren't able to handle the traffic, and I have never once driven through without getting stuck in a major traffic jam.

    I very sincerely hope your time in Austin is wonderful!
    2045 days ago
    I wanted to have a swim too based on the photo and it looks so nice and sunny! Enjoy!
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  • OPTIMIST1948
    I know its hard not to stare.
    Great job fitting in a little swimming.

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    UT is gorgeous .... emoticon
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  • JAMER123
    I don't fly any more due to some of the issues you had! We love taking our time and driving. This is a beautiful country! We drive through Austin about twice a year and the traffic there is about as bad as flying:):) Have a great time there!!
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    2046 days ago
    Hope the rest of your trip goes well and you connect with lots of great people and the flight home is way better!

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  • FARIS71
    THAT is a bad airport day!
    2046 days ago
    You seem to have a great time where ever you go. Your trip sounds like it has some good perks. I hope you continue to enjoy it. emoticon
    2046 days ago
    Have a great trip.
    2046 days ago
    Glad you have a great place to exercise.
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  • CHUM48
    Happy days!
    2046 days ago
    What a great way to begin my day Leah. I liked sharing the excitement ( ahem / and the not so thrilling parts too( that' s part of the whole experience ) emoticon

    To the rest of you,I'm from California. There are places such as San Francisco that you can see a representation some of those" unique" individuals that Leah referred to. One wants to have decent social manners , so you don't WANT to stare,be critical, and judgmental or unkind. emoticon

    But come on , don't we SOMETIMES crave wanting to blurt out our reaction to some of his stuff .... emoticon

    I am aware of that there is plenty of dialogue going on concerning posting words, that civil people wouldn't say if you were standing next to someone ( unless they happen to be temporally ticked off )). In my world,. there is such a thing ,as not not expressing ones thoughts and feelings, 100 percent of the time.
    ( even if our country honors individualism / living with others means using wisdom,
    because our words an build up or tear down. emoticon

    I want to bring up that just there is a wrong way to express these thoughts, and just MAYBE, there is an appropriate way to do so. Ya , think??? emoticon
    I had this idea , that this reaction would be stronger, when a person was from a small town, and had rarely seen such a sight. emoticon

    Our son who is now an adult, used to wear his hair in a punk style. Us parents only allowed him to do so, for a concert. Then he wanted to make it colors, and wear it more and more often. Oh my gosh ( I wanted to cringe ). emoticon

    They never told you these delights in parenting classes. I wonder if they do now. But there will always be a new fashion statement ( or lack thereof ), or some other emerging trend that isn't embraced ) emoticon

    He went across the country with some buddies, right after he became of age. Therefore, we weren't aware of this event, until after the fact.

    Our family hadn't been out to the midwest to see relatives for a bunch of years as a result of cost and work schedules.

    Our son managed to more or less, force his friends ,to take a detour to see his grandma. She lived in this town of about 11,000.

    He just showed up at her door, without, any notice. She opened the door, to see a startling sight. Daniel was wearing his garb ( like an uniform). emoticon
    the reason i picked this picture ( it's a stray cat..it is lovable/ as in, look what the stray cat brought in. ). I guess you'd have to be there to get it. Maybe the following paragraph will make it clear.

    Can you picture the contrast ? A frail bent over plain old woman ( from osteoporosis ), and a strong tall young man, with an eyeball of an outfit, sharing a tight hug.I wish they had cell phones then, so my husband and I could seen this powerful moment .She just grabbed him, and pulled him in the house. emoticon

    She announced she was going to call up a bunch of other family members to meet her at the local pizza parlor. She just strutted her stuff into the pizza place, and sat there enjoying this surprise reunion with her grandson. Oh, oh, I can totally imagine the talk for days, in such a place. emoticon just thinking about this tale, makes me wan to both laugh and cry ( on several levels ).

    I wanted to share another story which relates to the earlier topic ,of not gawking at people... emoticon

    One day I took a small community bus for an appointment. emoticon

    A man climbed up the 3 or 4 stairs and he was wearing some really low baggy pants.What an unbelievable conspicuous view. emoticon
    Ya, Ya, this little icon is probably someone who lost weight, but it also fits my story ....

    There was several rows of people staring straight forwarding , not one person was even smiling, even a tiny little bit, or glancing toward him, after he got to his seat, or blink an eye, when he was getting off the vehicle. emoticon

    Hey is this totally mainstream now, or common, or people SUDDENLY got SO polite. ??? I got it ...they are going to work, and their still half asleep ... emoticon

    I got off onto the sidewalk, and then I started laughing. Others , on that little van, looked out the window , and burst into large smiles. ( Hey ,as I said, I live in California, so I earned the right. ) emoticon emoticon

    No, no, I not saying, hey guys, lets be rude,
    but once in awhile ; I give myself permission to let it all hang out ( Specifically,to literally allow that internal laugh ,the freedom to turn up the sound.Oops, maybe, This is the wrong expression to use.... HA, ha, hee, hee emoticon

    Alright, I' not sorry! It's all too funny,..... something tickled me. emoticon

    Don't you ever want to act like like a kid, and either just laugh freely, or fall on the ground and roar. I can't stand it, I don't want to stand it ( does that sound like a kids temper tantrum ? )

    your not suppose to laugh at other peoples expense, but THEY give us, so many , in your face, opportunities. Sometimes, don't you think, that we should just laugh anyhow, because it actually IS hilarious .Maybe I have a unusual sense of humor, and it just " seems" normal to me, it's an illusion.

    Actually there aren't a huge amount of things that make me giggle ( this just happens to be one of them )

    Does anybody agree ? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    The End of these two stories. BTW- emoticon emoticon

    PS. Bear with me, it's long and I should of blogged this. I didn't know it was going to develop as i wrote it down.

    2046 days ago
    emoticon Have a good trip!
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    Have fun! I hope you have a blast.
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  • MS0669
    The photo make me want to go swimming ! ENJOY !
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    emoticon Very cool!

    2046 days ago
    Lucky! Have fun!
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    have fun!
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    Have fun on your trip and kudos to you for teaching yourself swimming. You tube videos do help an awful lot! I don't think there is anything with taking lessons though. I've really enjoyed my lessons and it's really given me confidence and taught me a lot. Have a nice week!
    2046 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your adventures. Sounds like you're having a ball! Rock on!!!!
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    emoticon for sharing your journey with us. emoticon
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  • NEWMOM20121
    Hope you enjoy the trip.
    2046 days ago
    Hope you get to have some fun mixed in with the work! How strange to have such a weird experience at the airport and then more in the town!
    2046 days ago
    that sounds amazing (and weird)
    2046 days ago
    Have fun!!!! The people in Austin have to be really down as they got their butt kicked on Saturday by Oklahoma! Have fun! So glad you are feeling better!
    2046 days ago
    Oh my gosh, I just visited Austin for the first time a couple weeks ago, and you are so right! I had the weirdest experiences there!

    Have a great and healthy-feeling time. Jen
    2046 days ago
    what a gorgeous pool-bet it is spectacular at night! Enjoy your trip! emoticon
    2046 days ago
    Your airport description is so spot on!!! I am one who absolutely loved to travel by plane when there were roomier seats, nicer employees and passengers, etc. I wish I could drive across oceans.
    2046 days ago
    Ahhh. Me time. So precious. And I think I could have fun swimming at night in a rooftop pool.
    2046 days ago
    Enjoy you trip
    2046 days ago
    Enjoy yourself!
    2046 days ago
    have fun
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  • NCSUE0514
    Bill Engvall (Blue Collar Comedy Tour) asked "when did shrapnel become a fashion statement?"
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    Enjoy yourself!! I absolutely LOVE Austin. My husband and I went every spring for South by Southwest (SXSW) the music festival portion. We never felt like anyone bated an eyelash at us for being tattooed because in Austin we were only MILDLY weird compared to some of the natives :)
    2046 days ago
    Beautiful pool!!!
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