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  • #16
    Re: Welcome to Austin!

    Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. It rained all last night and is raining hard right now. If we're lucky, this will clear off at some point and the track will be OK for the sprints but the temps more reasonable than usual for the distances. If we're unlucky, a low front will sit on top of Austin as sometimes happens for days at a time, accompanied by repeated flood warnings. The Friday and Saturday forecasts are for clearer weather than Wednesday and Thursday. But bring rain gear as well as the usual sun screen.

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    • #17
      Re: Welcome to Austin!

      >Given the hour at which the meet ends each night, perhaps the most helpful bit
      >of info would be decent places to eat that are open late.

      Okay: walking distance from the stadium, go north up I-35 about six blocks to the Star Seeds Cafe (it's near the intersection of I-35 and 32nd street). Open 24-7.

      On the other side of the UT campus (Myers is on the east edge, so head west), try Kerby Lane Cafe (on Guadalupe, in between 26th and 27th). Also a 24-7.
      "Run fast and keep turning left."

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      • #18
        Re: Welcome to Austin!

        >Have you mentioned the bats?

        Well, no one watching the meet will get to see them, but if you're arriving Tuesday or will still be in town Sunday evening: Go to the Congress Avenue Bridge around sundown (you can park in the Austin American-Statesman lot south of the river), and you can watch North America's largest urban bat colony (1.5 million of them) leave their home underneath the bridge and head out to catch some critters for dinner. It's an awe-inspiring sight: literally, clouds of bats. Full info: http://www.batcon.org/discover/congress.html
        "Run fast and keep turning left."

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        • #19
          Re: Welcome to Austin!

          I just decided to go at the last minute. If anyone's curious, I booked a hotel room on Priceline for saturday night...I paid 65 dollars and got a the doubletree hotel in downtown...which lists for 165 a night on Orbitz...

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          • #20
            Re: Welcome to Austin!

            > In addition to being the "Live Music Capital of the World," ...<

            That ain't no lie--saw two great groups last night and there's still five days to go (and a track meet)!

            Texas coach Jason Vigilante arranged a little gathering for coaches and friends at a campus coffeshop and hired his favorite band (and one of Austin's best), "The Damnations" (http://www.musicaustin.com/alternative/ ... onstx.html), to play for the group.

            Then it was on to Friends on 6th Street to see one of the greatest blues guitarists I've ever seen--and he's only 22! His name is Eric Tessmer and he was so good that you could close your eyes and swear that Hendrix had risen from his grave. He's in town all week:
            06.09 Wed Agave - 10pm-1am - 415 E. 6th St
            06.10 Thu Headhunter's - 9.30-11.30pm - 720 Red River St
            06.10 Thu MoMo's - 12.30pm - 618 W. 6th St, above Katz's
            06.12 Sat Rockstars - 8-11pm - 418 E. 6th St
            http://www.erictessmerband.com/

            The best part of the 6th Street scene is that it's right around the corner from my hotel! (I may never make it to the meet)

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            • #21
              Re: Welcome to Austin!

              I happen to know some T&FN bigwigs are staying at the San Jose Motel on South Congress. The Continental Club is right across the street, and is one of the best nightclubs in the universe if you like roots/blues/rockabilly/country type stuff.
              "Run fast and keep turning left."

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