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Topic 49 of 64: Austin grows up

Wed, Sep 5, 2001 (08:23) | Paul Terry Walhus (terry)
Austin, let's face it, is no longer the sleepy, hippy town where the only game in town is the Armadillo World Headquarters. We're growing up and with come growing pains. This is the topic where we face reality, the reality of becoming a big city.
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 Topic 49 of 64 [austin]: Austin grows up
 Response 1 of 6: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Wed, Sep  5, 2001 (08:23) * 30 lines 
 

I went in Fry's last night. There is one word to describe this place and
underline it.

Is this the Austin that's going under? You wouldn't know it by the crowds
jamming the place, the place was packed. I thought I was in the land of
failed dot coms? There were acres of upscale cars filling the parking
line with yupsters storming the entrance, cell phones hard pressed to
their ears.

Inside there was a guy playing classical music at a grand piano. A
very large, concert sized grand piano not some sleazy little synthesizer.
There were marble floors. Bright lights, big wide aisles, and an
assortment of everything in the Universe that runs electrons through
it. Sixty, count 'em, sixty check out counters staffed by an army of
white, starched shirts with ties.

The sales people were besieged. I was lucky enough to score a sales guy and
the whole time he was helping me put together a system, he was assaulted
by people saying "Can I be next?". One guy said, can I help you so I can
be next.

But this is no chintzy warehouse like the Fry's in San Jose. This is a
monster Circuit City, Sam's Club, Bestbuy, Altex, CompUSA all rolled in to
one. And then some. Fry's must look in to the mirror every day and and
say " . . . who is the most upscale of all?" and hear back "You are, oh
great palace of electrons."





 Topic 49 of 64 [austin]: Austin grows up
 Response 2 of 6: nick a'hannay  (pmnh) * Mon, Oct 15, 2001 (11:15) * 9 lines 
 
Fry's must look in to the mirror every day and and
say " . . . who is the most upscale of all?" and hear back "You are, oh
great palace of electrons."

lol






 Topic 49 of 64 [austin]: Austin grows up
 Response 3 of 6: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Tue, Nov 20, 2001 (10:42) * 3 lines 
 
http://www.austinpostcard.com/

Lot's of pictures of how Austin used to look.


 Topic 49 of 64 [austin]: Austin grows up
 Response 4 of 6: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Tue, Nov 20, 2001 (10:43) * 2 lines 
 
The opening ceremony for IH35 in Austin:
http://www.texasfreeway.com/austin/historic/photos/i35/images/i35_austin_opening_ceremony_3-29-1962.jpg


 Topic 49 of 64 [austin]: Austin grows up
 Response 5 of 6: _cosmo_  (aa9il) * Wed, Jun 19, 2002 (10:01) * 8 lines 
 
So Fry's is pretty fancy huh? I visited the one in San Jose and it is kind
of like a big old Circuit City as well. I like the crappy old surplus junk
stores with stuff piled to the roof and narrow walkways between old Tektronix
oscilloscopes and PDP 11 disk drives.

73 de Mike
AA9IL



 Topic 49 of 64 [austin]: Austin grows up
 Response 6 of 6: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Wed, Jun 19, 2002 (12:52) * 1 lines 
 
It's upscale, high class. Marble floors. Big. Clean. Overstocked with everhting that runs electrons through it. It's THE place, usurping all the AES's, Circuit City, COMPusa's and Altexe's of the world. The only game in town now.

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