JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

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JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby The Fish » 22 Sep 2008, 18:59

Right then what are you all waiting for..

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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby toomanyhatz » 22 Sep 2008, 19:40

The Fish wrote:Right then what are you all waiting for..


Well, you know we're in!

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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby Charlie O. » 23 Sep 2008, 01:13

To paraphrase a Roky Erickson joke: If I tell you I'm comin', will you still be there when I get there?

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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby toomanypillowz » 23 Sep 2008, 01:23

toomanyhatz wrote:
The Fish wrote:Right then what are you all waiting for..


Well, you know we're in!

1) The Fish
2) The Toomanies


Cool! I've never been to Austin. :)
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby The Fish » 23 Sep 2008, 13:05

Woo Hoo. We've got our first JUOTA first-timer signed up for Austin. Hope to see you there Charlie.
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby Diamond Dog » 23 Sep 2008, 15:08

have you guys ever thought of booking a condo/apartment/house, instead of going via the hotel route? With the amount of people attending, it's certainly viable, finance wise - and it may be much more 'together' if you retire to your own communal place at the end of the day?

I'm looking to book through this website next year in Vegas:

http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/us ... try/austin

As you can see, there's a fine selection of places in Austin, and it may well be worth a look?
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby toomanypillowz » 23 Sep 2008, 18:11

Diamond Dog wrote:have you guys ever thought of booking a condo/apartment/house, instead of going via the hotel route? With the amount of people attending, it's certainly viable, finance wise - and it may be much more 'together' if you retire to your own communal place at the end of the day?

I'm looking to book through this website next year in Vegas:

http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/us ... try/austin

As you can see, there's a fine selection of places in Austin, and it may well be worth a look?


That is a good suggestion; I think we'll get a hotel room on our own, though. :)
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby LeBaron » 24 Sep 2008, 01:02

Oh shit!
This is gonna happen, eh?
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby LeBaron » 24 Sep 2008, 03:44

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4) Charlie O.
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby LeBaron » 24 Sep 2008, 04:14

OK. First, for Americans, Southwest flies to Austin. Sign up for their special deal emails.
Continental goes through Houston and the other biggies probably go through D/FW. Both are a short hour flight away. There may be some direct flights to Austin from the West Coast.

Now, as for hotel advice . . . I don't have much. The main thing is to be central. Look at your Austin Map. Downtown Austin is bisected by the Colorado River (also known as Town Lake and now that she's dead, Lady Bird Lake). South of the lake is South Austin. I-35 runs north/south. East of I-35 is East Austin. It is, perhaps, the last frontier of gentrification. We're going to draw a square of desirability. You want to be between I-35 to the east and Lamar Blvd. to the west. You want to be south of 15th St. (just north of the capitol) and north of 290 West/Ben White (or better still, Oltorf). Most of the hotels will be solidly downtown. So if you find a special hotel deal, look up the hotel on a map and see where you are. I would avoid anything with an I-35 address unless you will have a car. In general, if you are in South Austin, you will want to be on South Congress (nauseatingly rebranded as SoCo :cry: ). To that end, I can recommend the Austin Motel. It is not a modern hotel so if you need a million amenities, it's not going to get it, but you absolutely cannot beat the price for the location. There's a lot of shopping, food, and the Continental Club is across the street. It's a walk downtown, but it's nothing you can't handle, and you could always take a cab or a bus if it was. It's a heavily trafficked area, so it's popping at most hours. Next door is the Hotel San Jose which appears to be a little more cha-cha, if you know what I mean. If I had the dough, I would stay there. It is perhaps worth noting that Jo's is between the two (or damn near it) which is a convenient spot for a drink or a pastry or a sandwich or some coffee etc. Downtown, all the big shot fancy type places can be found, and that's what you're likely to come up with on Hotwire. I assume they speak for themselves and would do fine. The Driskill is worth noting as the token grand old place. I would also point out the La Quinta which is right by the Capitol, on the northern fringe of downtown. I only mention it because it is likely to be a cheaper downtown option.

Intrepid walkers will be fine. Otherwise, you'll need to get your noggin around the bus service (if you're on South Congress, you can count on a line or two going up and down Congress if you don't want to across Town Lake to downtown -- which is the same idea if you're downtown and need to go to South Congress) or carry a taxi service's phone number, or make friends with me.

I'll try to post more stuff that you might need to know when I think of it. Seems like hotels and general orientation are probably most pressing right now, though.

In the meantime, you can probably get something out of the Austin Chronicle website. It's the free weekly and has all sorts of self-congratulatory "Best Of" polls and restaurant guides and the like.
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby Charlie O. » 24 Sep 2008, 04:31

On most of my Austin trips I've stayed at the Super 8 at the intersection of I-35 and 12th Street. Lite on character it may be, but it's comfortable, reasonably convenient (particularly if you got wheels), and the rooms come with fridges and microwaves.

I stayed at the Austin Motel once, and I liked it - except for the bug problem. There were ants all over the sink and a dead cricket or two in the bathroom. As it happened, I had to switch rooms after the first night anyway (I didn't reserve in advance that trip), so when I did, I mentioned the bug thing to the girl at the front desk. Instead of being properly mortified and offering me a discount on my bill, she just shrugged and explained that the motel's owners were hippies who didn't believe in using insecticides. In any event, my second room was bug-free.
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby LeBaron » 24 Sep 2008, 05:46

Diamond Dog wrote:have you guys ever thought of booking a condo/apartment/house, instead of going via the hotel route? With the amount of people attending, it's certainly viable, finance wise - and it may be much more 'together' if you retire to your own communal place at the end of the day?

I'm looking to book through this website next year in Vegas:

http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/us ... try/austin

As you can see, there's a fine selection of places in Austin, and it may well be worth a look?


That could work depending on location . . . downtown or very close to a major artery in South Austin (South Congress Ave., South First St.).
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby The Fish » 24 Sep 2008, 13:21

LeBaron wrote:carry a taxi service's phone number, or make friends with me.


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You owe me a taxi service n'est ce pas ?

I'd say DD's condo idea appears to be a moneysaver, but I'd have a number of misgivings about the logistics. I mean 10 people in a house, in Texas, in late May and only one (or maybe two) showers !!
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby LeBaron » 24 Sep 2008, 13:24

The Fish wrote:
LeBaron wrote:carry a taxi service's phone number, or make friends with me.


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You owe me a taxi service n'est ce pas ?


Oui.
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby The Fish » 24 Sep 2008, 13:45

Charlie O. wrote:On most of my Austin trips I've stayed at the Super 8 at the intersection of I-35 and 12th Street. Lite on character it may be, but it's comfortable, reasonably convenient (particularly if you got wheels), and the rooms come with fridges and microwaves.


That definitely looks like a contender.
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Postby moonie » 24 Sep 2008, 18:45

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3) La Sambient
4) Charlie O.
5) Baron
6) Moonie*


*If I'm still a resident. Hopefully yes, but one never knows.

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Postby Charlie O. » 24 Sep 2008, 18:54

moonie wrote:*If I'm still a resident. Hopefully yes, but one never knows.


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Postby moonie » 24 Sep 2008, 23:47

Charlie O. wrote:
moonie wrote:*If I'm still a resident. Hopefully yes, but one never knows.


neverknows is gonna be there? Excellent!


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