Category: Austin

Things To Do In Austin While Complying with Covid-19 Mandates

Dinning out in Austin during Covid-19

It’s been more than eight months as the first reported cases of COVID-19 in Austin issued a stay-home order, together with most communities across the nation and the world amid the worldwide pandemic. South by Southwest, a significant revenue source many restaurants depended on, was canceled, drastically ending a 34-year streak.

Austin restaurant needed to shut their dining rooms. Some readily transitioned into to-go operations, which were allowed because restaurants were considered essential businesses, but many struggled to find footing in a changing environment. Furloughed employees flocked to unemployment, bolstered by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARE) at the end of March. But that increased advantage, worth $600 a week, expired at the start of August.… Read the rest

STD Test Locations in Austin

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[List updated in 2020]

OK, so this is my first and only PSA (public service announcement) on this website.

A friend of mine happened to ask me the following question while I was Googling on my phone:

What’s the closest STD Test Clinic near me, right now?

I won’t bother you with the reason for his question, but after a while, I did find what he needed.

So without further adieu, introducing Austin’s first and only comprehensive directory of STD Test Locations in Austin, TX!

Thanks to Randy Glickman at STDTestOptions.info for the update 🙂… Read the rest

Best Things To Do While In Austin, TX

Austin cow art display

When you visit Austin, Texas in the USA, there are many things to do. For instance, you can participate in activities like site seeing as well as enjoying a variety of dishes or drinks in various restaurants. This guide gives you information about the top ten must-see places in Austin. The following places are some of the most popular centers of attraction in this general area.

Barton Springs

Barton Springs Pool is in Zilker Park, and it is favorite destination among the residents and visitors alike.  Native Americans and other professional travel writers believe that the pool possesses some spiritual healing powers. Some people even refer to the pool as the soul of Austin.… Read the rest

Places To Celebrate Margarita Day in Austin

Margarita Day Austin

February 22 is just around the corner, and one good reason to celebrate is that it’s National Margarita Day.

There are few places where you can make the most of this day in Austin—where it’s already bright and sunny in late February.

Here’s a list of some excellent spots to celebrate Margarita Day 2017. After all, the margarita is the unofficial cocktail of the city. So, no matter if your margarita preference is classic, frozen, sweet, spicy or a combination of both, you’ll find the right place for you on February 22 on this list—… Read the rest

Austin’s Increased Hospitalizations from Synthetic Marijuana

Spice K2

A wave of hospitalizations has hit several counties in Texas as the use of synthetic marijuana has increased in the last few months. Synthetic marijuana is an artificial combination of various herbs and chemicals, some of them dangerous, to create a drug with a similar effect to naturally grown marijuana.

Officials say that they have found some variations that have rat poison as well as oils. The increased use of synthetic marijuana, also referred to as K2 or spice, is attributed to its highly addictive nature, easy access, the perception that it is as natural as real marijuana and the difficulty in detecting it during drug tests. It’s colorful packaging also helps attract its young users.… Read the rest

Adderall Abuse on the Rise in Texas Universities

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The rising number of cases of Adderall abuse in the United States has become a top matter of concern among key players in the education industry, especially among American colleges and universities.

 

Originally designed for treating Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) among a very small minority of people, Adderall has become an extremely popular study drug at college campuses today.  Many research studies have been done to understand the nature and the size of the problem, for example:… Read the rest

“The Interview” Keeps Austin and America Weird

The Interview Keeps Austin Weird CNN

Austin, Texas (CNN) — Most Americans are probably familiar with the T-Shirt slogan “Keep Austin Weird.” Ever since Willie Nelson brought rednecks into an alliance with hippies back in the psychedelic ’70s, Austin has milked its quirky libertarian spirit for a worldwide bonanza of free publicity. Both South by Southwest and “Austin City Limits” were born in the cradle of this stoner plea. But in recent years, the Texas capital has become corporatized, the weirdness factor replaced by Starbucks, Marriott and Chase Bank.

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How To Throw a Texas-Sized Margaritaville Party

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Every Texan knows that Austin and Margaritas are joined at the hip. The margarita is our cultural beverage of choice. If you haven’t had one at Chuy’s, you don’t know what you’re missing!

You can’t ever go wrong by serving Margaritas at a laid back, relaxed party.

I hold a Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville party at my house every August when the heat is at its highest here in Hill Country. It’s a perfect time to chill out, drink some cold bevs and catch up with friends.

I like the Margaritaville theme because (a) I love Buffet and (b) it sets the right mood for a late summer party.

To make a Margaritaville party authentic, you have to focus your energy on the right decorations, the right food, tequila, and serving delicious frozen margaritas – while of course playing great Buffet and Texas-style tunes. It … Read the rest

Austin: Keeping Us Weird Since 1839

Austin Skyline

Today’s Texas Music owes much to the weirdness that is Austin, Texas.

Austin may not have a lot of in common with the rest of its Texan neighbors, but it surely does with the global music and the international art scene.

So catch a couple of affordable seats on Southwest and head on down to Austin to discover why most of the cars, trucks and t-shirts of the city proudly proclaim, “Keep Austin Weird.”… Read the rest