River Music: Morning in Austin, Texas

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  “Austin, Texas.” Say those two words aloud and your mind conjures up images with a soundtrack to accompany them. Festivals, ten-gallon hats, guitars, Stevie Ray. Austin means music. From bars to back yards, and concert halls to street corners. Any time of night or day, someone’s playing somewhere, and somebody is listening. …

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A Broad-Ranging Local

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I think I’m done whining about Austin’s winter weather. No one should whine about Austin’s winter weather when they know for a fact that it is minus 2000 and snowing flakes shaped like bullets in Minneapolis. But my neck hurts from the routine whiplash of temperatures—33 degrees at dawn to near …

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Mile-High Class Warfare

Not long ago, I was accidentally seated in First Class on a flight from Portland to Houston. Accidentally, because there were no seats available back in steerage when I booked the flight, courtesy of my husband’s frequent-flyer work miles. The news of my good fortune came via my check-in 24 hours …

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Scratching Beneath the Surface of Your Town

We are moving soon from Portland, Oregon to Austin. The one in Texas. The reasons we have decided to move don’t really resonate with most people who ask, so we generally tell folks that Austin is closer to Brian’s work. Which is technically true, since he works on a ship …

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