AUSTIN TX
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..Bruce Kliewe, 2010...ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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Showing distances from Austin within the Lone Star State
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You said you knew how to work that thing
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C'mon Miguel, anyone who can't work a camera is no friend of ours
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Someday son, all this will be yours
Gee Dad, all I really wanted was a bicycle
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And to think some little kid owns all this
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..................................................Dog friendly water fountain??....................................................................Follow the yellow brick road
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..........................Were this a bridge for vehicles it would be a six-lane highway
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Come out Come out from wherever you are
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...........................................................................................The underground kayak community
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............Not sure I want to meet up with the spider
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.xxxxxAnd we use this bait to catch us a nice kayak
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.........................................................................................................It's a pretty town............................................a pretty friendly town
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Unless you consider this as taking the fun out of the game
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Of course there's always someone with a complaint.
(ahem)
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That concludes my visit to Austin Texas.  Now all I need to do is find my way back to Kelly and David's house.  Yes, the same bus I've been taking, but that's a long walk from where I've ended up after crossing the bridge back to the "mainland".  I've got my map, so I'm not lost.  But trying to find transit is something else again.
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Well whatta you know, I'm back at Whole Foods.  The same one Kelly and I came to the day I arrived.  So the train station is somewhat near.  However, I have no further use for trains at this time.  What it is time for is Lunch.  So what are the free samples like in Whole Foods?  Maybe I can feed myself well enough til dinner... whatever and wherever that may be.
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Up one aisle and down the other.  Geez.  No samples.  No fruit, nothin'.  I toy with the idea of buying something from the barbecue stall.  Also on my map there's a hamburger joint nearby; as well as Amy's Ice Cream! (though not the same one Kelly and I came to as it turns out)  OK, I'll pretend I had something to eat.  But I can't remember what.
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I continue to walk back to 2nd and Congress to get the bus.  It's a long walk but eventually I get there.  No bus.  I wait about 10-15 minutes.  It's desolate down here on a weekend.  NO BUS.  Because it's Saturday and that bus doesn't run on weekends.  Oh lordy.  I phone the # listed on the post for information.  Of course I have to wait.  Hey, I'm on my cell phone and this is costing me (18 cents a minute to be exact).  Finally a live voice.  I'm told to get the #5 on Congress...which will take me to the Arboretum stop.  Sounds easy enough.  My free transit pass is coming in handy.  I get to my stop and phone Kelly.  It's quite breezy here.  I don't have a jacket.  She comes in about 15 minutes.  My travels around Austin have concluded.
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Under normal circumstances, Kelly would have gotten her eight hours of sleep.  But tomorrow is different.  She has to help David with his photo assignment documenting the high school graduating class as the kids pull an all-nighter.  My hosts won't be getting home til --four a.m.  She then has to take me to the airport by 6:30.  That should leave me about an hour before my flight.  Normally, Aaron would help his father, but he's got a scuba diving lesson in the morning, so needs his sleep.  Let's see...it's a question of falling asleep under the water or on the freeway...hmm.
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I'm awake by 5:30.  I think I got about five hours sleep.  Too much stress.  I don't want to sleep on the plane (not that I can).  With a morning flight I want to see what there is to see out the window.
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It's 6:10...I'm ready to go.  The door to their bedroom is still closed.  Is Kelly still asleep?  I check the garage to make sure she's actually home.  Yes, both vehicles are there.  Whew.  It's 6:15.  How long will it take her to get ready?  I knock gently on their bedroom door.  I'm up, she says.  I apologize for the intrusion, but...
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She's ready to go at 6:30.  I offer to drive, but she says she's fine.  There is, indeed, only a smattering of traffic.  It would be quite a different story, I'm assured, if it was a weekday.  I ask her if we should carry on a conversation to stay awake.  She turns on the radio instead.  It's about 10 miles, I think, to the airport.  AND...it's not all freeway.  I'm amazed that for about the last 3-4 miles we're on a two lane road.  Gee, I hope this isn't a propeller JetBlue airplane. Don't think they have any.  Well, let's just say it doesn't appear to be a major airport.  I see the signs, so know Kelly hasn't gone astray.  She also seems alert.  I think she got about two hours sleep.  Poor dear.  I'm so sorry to put her through this.  But she seems to take it all in stride.  After all, she has two sons --and a husband.
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WONDER IF I'LL RECOGNIZE SAN FRANCISCO!