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Date: 6/3/13 5:24 PM

I'm arriving on Monday, June 24th for the national conference at the Waldorf School. It looks like I've got free time on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights, plus a little time Saturday after meetings conclude around 1pm. My flight home leaves at 8:30 l have a rental car and want to soak up the local best- music, food and wuh woh- maybe even fabric. Like I need more. If any of you have time, I'd love to meet you. PR folk are the best.

My accommodations are at the Extended Stay America-Austin-Southwest. They have a kitchenette and were relatively inexpensive. Good enough or, if not- other suggestions? TIA. Excited!
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Date: 6/5/13 3:28 AM

Bumping-

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Date: 6/5/13 9:34 AM

Well Austin is one of those crazy cities smack dab in the middle of the buckle of the Bible Belt. It's unofficial slogan is Keep Austin Weird. And it fits. If you want strange, try these ideas:
-Congress Ave Bridge nightly bat flight. Just Google it or ask at the hotel for times and best location. [tip: if watching from a boat, which is cool, take an unbrealla. Bats poop.]
-The website: www.keepaustinweird.com It lists the bizarre across this town.
-6th street is one long walkable party street. Bar after bar and lots of live music
-Need food? Check out www.yelp.com Not uncommon for a restaurant to have 300+ reviews. How could I forget, if you like the "Diners Drive Ins and Dives" TV show, Google it. They have been to quite a few Austin restaurants.
-Fabric? Havn't been to Austin ones. Yelp has a few reviews.
-Cool sunset watching at the Oasis restaurant on Lake Travis. The deck(s) and view(s) are amazing.
-Speaking of Lake Travis, it has Texas' only clothing optional beach, called Hippie Hollow. Oh my :)
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Date: 6/5/13 10:35 AM

The Common Thread's website makes it look very tempting.

Swimming Barton Springs is on my bucket list. Don't know why but I really enjoy swimming in spring fed pools. You should at least pull up some pictures on this.

Google Austin Best Barbeque to find out about food. Franklin's, Mueller's? Mueller's, Franklin's? They both sound super to me and they are both cited for their great sauce. Maybe some Austinites will chime in on this.

When we go back I think it would be fun to ride the 'Dillo', the armadillo leg of the trolley that supposedly goes by many downtown tourist spots.

Been years since we've visited the capital; once with the family and once with a bus load of eighth graders from the Dallas area. I found it impossible to disassociate it with the movie, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Charles Durning's two step shuffle as governor stuck in my mind. So naturally that is what I thought of when we were 'on location'.

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Date: 6/5/13 12:18 PM

Craigrama and a7yr- thanks! Your leads will get me off to a good start. OK, umbrella for bat situations noted. How about plain old rain? In San Francisco we are in our dry months now with rain unlikely till October. I understand it may be scorching. Will start following the weather, but hot and dry, or humid, or it depends? Maybe should break down and go to the travel book store and get a guide! Ever so much more fun to get the PR guide though.

May have a little time to sew- what would be the best projects if I can squeeze in a thing or 2?

FYI- Here in SF it's a 63 a high today with blue grayish skies and light breeze. Wearing a sweater, camisole, corduroys, socks and booties, plus pleather jacket and scarf. I own exactly zero sleeveless tops.

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Date: 6/5/13 12:48 PM

For fabric you need to go to TexStyles, Fabricker and Common Thread.

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Date: 6/5/13 10:13 PM

My dd lives in Ausitn and if you are older than a college kid ts you may like Rainey street better. More 20-30 somethings. She much prefers Rainey. Lots of great clubs and music and the drinks are very reasonable by NY prices.
I second the bats. You have to be there just before dusk. It's very cool.
If you want cowboy boots, Congress street has some great shops.
Have fun. It's hot as hell there right now, in the mid 90's

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Date: 6/5/13 10:18 PM

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if you are older than a college kid

I have a college daughter, so thanks for the tip Nancy. Cowboy boots, hmmmm . . . I'm sure there's a big price range, but can anyone give me an idea for not over the top?

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Date: 6/26/13 1:36 AM

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It's hot as hell there right now, in the mid 90's.

I'm in Austin and it's been 100 everyday; this Friday and Saturday, the prediction is 102. Fortunately dry and breezy. The day before I left San Francisco, we had 56 degrees. Sweater weather.

The conference has me busy, but I did get to South Congress St. Asking locals about BBQ here is like asking NYers for the best deli- heated discussion! Still getting advice on that. It's fun to be in a place where the pace is different with an accent that is new and lovely in my ears.

Nixing fabric shopping here off my list, since I'm going to NYC in 2 weeks. Staying home and sewing sounds utterly appealing.

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Pfonzie- my honey Pfaff Creative Performance, Bernina 930 and 830, Evolution serger.

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