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Why the hell is it that suddenly half the people I know either live in Austin, are moving there, or are moving back there as soon as possible?

It's bloody hot, and bright, and surrounded by Texas. But I've never actually been there.

Is the universe trying to tell me something?



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Feb. 9th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing I wouldn't know any of these people? Maybe I need to meet them? Band O' Austin Newbies? ::giggle::
Feb. 10th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
You know...
When I finally get to see the day that you moved from Ohio, I'd hoped you might move closer. I'm not sure how... but distance wise, I think you're only about 200 miles closer.

Feb. 10th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
Re: You know...
Are you sure? I mean, it's 1400 miles SOUTH and WEST from Ohio... wouldn't you think it would be a little more than 200 miles?

I suppose Seattle is WEST and NORTH, though... so maybe that makes sense. Wacky.
Feb. 10th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
Let's see.
LJfriends who are living there currently:
ubiquity, moiety_tx, contentlove, schnookiemuffin, usumcasane, musickal, evalah, christeos_pir. Just off the top of my head.

You suddenly announce you're moving there.

And I believe motive_nuance and queenofhalves are planning to move back once they finish grad school.

Ok, ok, not quite half the people I know, but still. I still swear Austin has been popping up EVERYWHERE lately. It's a little freaky.
Feb. 10th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
Re: Let's see.
It's been really odd for me that way, too. There has been a goofy Austin vortex goin' on. It and its various pulleys and levers have been the largest group of reasons I'm ending up going there at all. It's a little eerie. The way it's panned out, I'm pretty sure the universe is intent on getting me there whether I like it or not - it just so happens that I kinda like it. ::laugh::
Feb. 10th, 2006 12:52 am (UTC)
Re: Let's see.
It's a conspiracy, mwah! We are super baby friendly here these days :) Lots of babies are popping up everywhere, come join us in Austin, anytime, ya here?
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Feb. 10th, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
Re: Let's see.
I knew there was another one I was forgetting!

Well, I'm visiting there, finally, in June, looks like. And then I'm having a baby, and then, well, we'll see what happens.
Feb. 10th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
Re: Let's see.
Whereas if you live in Austin, you know plenty of people who moved to Portland or want to move to Portland.

Austin is bright, I will give you that. And it is hot, but I like that. But it is Austin, and it is awesome and the weather is beautiful when it is not hot and I live here now.

Funny, I haven't met half those people who live in Austin...
Feb. 10th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Let's see.
And one of these days, I'd like to make time to hang out with you. (:
Feb. 10th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Let's see.
Austin 0wns j00!

Sorry, not sure where that came from.
Feb. 10th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
Austin is great!

Shame it is in Texas :(
Feb. 10th, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
*twinkle* (:
Feb. 10th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
Twingle? Well it is the Lone Star State :)
Feb. 10th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
*giggle* But what I meant was:

*twinkle*: Borrowed from Reclaiming which in turn borrowed it from ASL, *twinkle* expresses agreement with the speaker, more precisely "I concur" or often "I know what you mean". It's an emote of a physical gesture: rapidly wiggling the fingers of both hands, as if one were playing two separate 4-note piano scales very quickly.
Feb. 11th, 2006 07:55 am (UTC)
Your ASL is obviously better then mine since I did not know this sign :)
Feb. 11th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
I think it means "applause" in ASL...
Feb. 10th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
Actually, this time of year Austin weather can be really nice: 60-70 degrees and probably sunny & clear. Once in a great while there will be an ice storm in January or February, but the effects wear off in a few days. It's May-October that is bloody hot.
Feb. 10th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC)
There's always a possibility that I could get accepted to a graduate program at UT. Austin is the only Texas city I'd remotely consider moving back to.
Feb. 10th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
oooOOOOooooo =)
Feb. 10th, 2006 06:41 am (UTC)
I've been to Austin thrice (though one of those times was only for a night, as a stopping point on a drive from CA to FL, so it doesn't really count), and I loved it. I definitely want to go there again.

I remember reading about Richard Florida's rise of the creative class when he first wrote some articles about it, before the book, and before I had ever been to Austin. He rated American cities on a series of criteria that were meant to predict how well those cities would attracted and retain "creative" workers (artists, computer programmers, journalists, etc.) and succeed economically. Factors like gay-friendliness, local music, percentage of economy employed in creative work, and so on. He found three cities clearly at the top of the scale: San Francisco, Boston, and Austin.
Feb. 10th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
Yes. The Universe is trying to tell you that Texas rocks. Austin to the umpteenth power more so.
Feb. 10th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC)
Jezebel and I have lightly considered relocating in an effort to shake things loose (whatever the hell that means). I've been in Lincoln longer than I've ever stayed in any one place in my life. I like the people here; I keep making new and delightful friends; but other parts are less satisfying.

Austin is one area we considered. Portland is another. Minneapolis a third. For Jezebel, it has to have an active and fairly large amateur/semipro theater community and a good human services community. For me, it has to have a thriving Thelemic community, and preferably a decent sized Hispanic community with a relative dearth of Spanish speaking attorneys.

Or we could just stay where we are.

Feb. 22nd, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
Austin is a very nice town. I have lived here for 12 years now. It can be fairly cheap if you don't mind living further out in the more plebian suburbs, but the cool places near central can cost as much as places in the bay area.

Jobs tend to pay ok, but they're hard to find. I'd expect at least 6 months of unemployment looking for a job.

Summer hurts. You can go hang in the lake or a spring, or live inside a movie theatre but eventually you have to face the sun.

You have to have a car unless you live central.

Fire ants, scorpions, spiders, stink bugs, mosquitos, biting flys, poison ivy, poison sumac, cactus, nettles, mesquite, watter moccasins, copperheads, rattlesnakes, and the texas legislature.

On the other hand, SXSW, warehouse district, barton springs, t-shirt and shorts at the dog park last week, flipside, eeyore's birthday, carnivale, redriver st, bull creek, half a dozen live theatre groups, artz ribs, threadgills, and shiner bock.

I'm not sure which catergory to put leslie in.

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