Monday, October 10, 2005


Things of note about Austin . . .

Less than a mile from the airport, we saw a store prominently advertising ammo. I guess they figure since you can't bring it on the plane, you have to restock ASAP once you hit the ground.

We also saw a sign advertising Japanese tapas. We're still trying to parse that one.

I know it's a cliche, but everything in Texas is BIG. Unbelievably big. If you come from any other part of the country, for God's sake, order the small of everything unless you want your food/drink served in a bucket.

When you go to the movie theater, there will be a sign advising you that handguns, concealed or otherwise, are not allowed on the premises.

Austin not only expects you to make U-turns, it will force you to do it. Some of the weirdest, most inconsistent traffic patterns I've ever seen in my life were on this trip. One minute, there are helpful signs indicating the name of the crossroads prior to the intersection. The next, the road at the intersection isn't even marked.

Although most of the signage we saw was in both English and Spanish, almost everyone we saw was Caucasian, which makes us wonder how integrated Austin is. Granted, we spent the bulk of our time in/around our hotel or at wedding related activities, so we may have a skewed perspective.

All in all, I don't think we got a real good feel for Austin in the short time we were there, so I don't think we'll be crossing it off the travel list quite yet. I did get a damned fine margarita while we were there though!