Posted by Phil on April 27, 2012, at 0:25:33
In reply to Re: Disability? How do you survive? » Phil, posted by JohnLA on April 26, 2012, at 23:47:07
Austin is an Oasis in Texas, both nature and political. Beautiful hill country, huge lakes, spring fed swimming holes everywhere and a clothing optional park on Lake Travis called Hippie Hollow.
It was called something else till the hippies hit in the '60's and didn't like clothes. The name was eventually changed.
In the '60's, Austin was a sleepy college town, UT, cheap to live and musician's were moving in. Go swimmin' in Barton Springs pool all day and go play music at night...repeat.
A venue called the Armadillo World Headquarters had every act you can imagine filtering through, many early in their careers. Springsteen, Zappa, Gino Vanelli and hundreds more. There were a few really hot bands here that opened for them, one called Too Smooth was probably the best unsigned band in rock history. Lots of bad luck.
I'll cut this short. More people came. High tech hit here big time and mostly people we don't like were moving from, oh...California. They could buy big houses here so I guess they told everyone they knew to come to Austin.
Last summer we had 100 days straight over 100 degrees and some of those people left. Traffic here is some of the worst in the country. 20 years behind on roads.
It's got a lot to offer but I wouldn't miss it much if I moved. I'm 58 and broke, I had my fun.