Austin Texas, Gay Pride, Gold's Gym...Oh My!

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    Jun 20, 2008 1:13 PM GMT
    My Gay Pride was full of surprises!! I wore my classic 90's attire of Levi cut-offs, white tank top, and SWAT boots. My rainbow umbrella-ella-ella was the icing on the cake. I stayed for the fair all fucking day - keeping cool under my practical parasol while making new friends. I met atxclimber at his booth (Dayum!!) and signed up for volunteer work. Later, the Bears invited me to the float, but it was too crowded and not much room for me.

    The HRC folks were in major need of volunteers, so they asked if I could help them carry the big walking logo. A straight girl was also asked and it was her first gay anything. She was just a jogger passing by. We both helped out. At the back of the banner, I waved my colorful umbrella and the crowd cheered on.

    For the first time I felt like a celebrity from all the flashing cameras...I still have yet to find those photos and see them... LOL!!icon_question.gif

    It's my first official week in Austin. So much has happened, I'm still in a daze just trying to sort out the fast-paced environment I am now in.

    I went to this super extended jogging trail in the heart of downtown. The paths cut and curve through small bridges, creeks, and ravines. It was the ultimate experience - I have never seen soo many joggers at one time!! Then I went hiking - I don't know where it was, but I recall seeing cedar posts that zig-zag to prevent mountain bikers from entering the walk zones. Hiking trails are an obvious cruise site - I saw plenty of used condoms tossed about....

    Monday's membership tour of Gold's gym was suddenly turned into a job interview. Mark, the Sales Manager, felt that I would be a good candidate for the team and hired me on the spot. What normally would have taken three weeks to complete, the three day application process was quite exhausting yet VERY rewarding.

    Wow!

    The Gold's Gym located at Lakeline Mall is like the MECCA of hot guys, both members and employees. It will take time to accommodate sexy, beautiful people in my life - major overload, but I'll be ok.

    I still have not met any Austin RJayers. But, I have been meeting other really cute guys not affilated with the site. The locals seem to be very helpful. There are times when I feel like I have "New Guy" aggressively written on my forehead and everyone knows it. Once I get used to the bus system, I'm sure to venture into the downtown area more frequently.

    I'll most likely spend my Sundays at Gold's there.

    Later, dudes!

    -James




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    Jun 20, 2008 2:31 PM GMT
    Welcome to Austin! We're newish, too, but are loving it. What a cool town. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 20, 2008 4:29 PM GMT
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    where is he? roadbikerob should be here by now!!!

    who else is going to spew vitriol about the inhumane manner in which he was driven from austin, like a witch out of salem.

    i'm jealous of you boys in austin! it's one of my favorite cities in the country. i'm glad you're all finding your way nicely!
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    Jun 20, 2008 4:36 PM GMT
    I'm SO moving there in a few years!!! Can't WAIT!!
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    Jun 20, 2008 4:38 PM GMT
    a1972guy saidI'm SO moving there in a few years!!! Can't WAIT!!


    let's all live in the same gayborhood! ;)

    i hope to open an office down there!!! i'd even retire there!
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    Jun 20, 2008 4:39 PM GMT
    metroPAULitan said[quote][cite]a1972guy said[/cite]I'm SO moving there in a few years!!! Can't WAIT!!


    let's all live in the same gayborhood! ;)

    i hope to open an office down there!!! i'd even retire there![/quote]


    I'm GAME!!!
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    Jun 20, 2008 4:42 PM GMT
    Yes, yes Californians: why don't all of you move here in droves and drive up the value of our property. icon_smile.gif

    Seriously, though... there aren't a lot of actual gayborhoods here. That said, we seem to be trying to build one in our hood.
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    Jun 20, 2008 4:45 PM GMT
    hobronto saidYes, yes Californians: why don't all of you move here in droves and drive up the value of our property. icon_smile.gif

    Seriously, though... there aren't a lot of actual gayborhoods here. That said, we seem to be trying to build one in our hood.


    maybe we WILL! as a matter of fact, i'm google mapping your address right now, as i dial my real estate agent's number!

    can i borrow a cuppa sugar, sugar?
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    Jun 20, 2008 4:45 PM GMT
    hobronto saidYes, yes Californians: why don't all of you move here in droves and drive up the value of our property. icon_smile.gif

    Seriously, though... there aren't a lot of actual gayborhoods here. That said, we seem to be trying to build one in our hood.


    Actually part of the appeal to me about Austin is that there is no Gayborhood!
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    Jun 20, 2008 4:46 PM GMT
    metroPAULitan saidmaybe we WILL! as a matter of fact, i'm google mapping your address right now, as i dial my real estate agent's number!

    can i borrow a cuppa sugar, sugar?


    meanwhile, i'm dialing the police... j/k
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    Jun 20, 2008 4:48 PM GMT
    hobronto said[quote][cite]

    meanwhile, i'm dialing the police... j/k


    oh. you've heard about my stalking record? never mind. icon_twisted.gif
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    Jun 20, 2008 4:50 PM GMT
    hobronto said

    meanwhile, i'm dialing the police... j/k


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    Jun 20, 2008 4:51 PM GMT
    a1972guy saidActually part of the appeal to me about Austin is that there is no Gayborhood!


    I totally agree. I think living in a full-on gay ghetto would drive me insane. Seriously, how many cute little antique shops does a person need?

    Austin seems to be pretty darn accepting. Everyone is more or less welcome everywhere. I think that's actually why the gay bars and Pride are kinda...meh.
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    Jun 20, 2008 4:57 PM GMT
    mnjock2003 saidI wonder what Roadbikerob thinks of Austin and your new experiences?icon_twisted.gif


    who the heck is this guy and what's the deal?

    just an fyi, i try not to let other people define my experiences for me. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 20, 2008 5:03 PM GMT
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    lol.. just some guy with endless opinions about Austin and Hilary Clinton.

    (And just for the record, I loved living in Austin and found everyone to be loverly..)[/quote]

    and i bet everyone in austin found YOU to be Equally loverly. ;)
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    Jun 20, 2008 5:07 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]metroPAULitan said

    and i bet everyone in austin found YOU to be Equally loverly. ;)[/quote]


    GOD KNOWS I do!!!
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    Jun 20, 2008 5:40 PM GMT
    Welcome. Thanks for adding to the hot quotient.
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    Jun 20, 2008 5:52 PM GMT
    Welcome!!! There is no gayborhood, but move into a hood and instant gayborhood. I think Hobronto and I come pretty close to one. And Jadamo knows where I live now, since he tried to stalk me and use my wireless. You will have fun here, plue this city is gonna be sooo dofferent in a few years, it will be exciting to see it all go down.

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    Jun 20, 2008 5:54 PM GMT
    I LOVE AUSTIN!!!!!!! Though I've never been there, I did just subscribe to chaosmen.com (which is also called Chaos in Austin for some reason) and WHEW! It's hot!

    Any town that can produce such excellent porn is aces in my book (shout out to San Diego!).

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    Jun 20, 2008 5:56 PM GMT
    My ex-boyfriend and his new partner live in Austin. They seem so happy together there and it makes me glad. (Really! I'm happy my ex stopped dating losers!)

    Anyway ... I think they go to your Gold's Gym, so if you see a beefy, shorter guy w/ dark hair and goatee and a bit shy (w/ an ass to die for!) ...

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    that's Mark.
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    Jun 20, 2008 6:29 PM GMT
    DJBens77 saidWelcome!!! There is no gayborhood, but move into a hood and instant gayborhood. I think Hobronto and I come pretty close to one. And Jadamo knows where I live now, since he tried to stalk me and use my wireless. You will have fun here, plue this city is gonna be sooo dofferent in a few years, it will be exciting to see it all go down.



    Yeah, I was gonna say... we're pretty damn close. All this modern architecture - it's like catnip for gay folks.
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    Jun 20, 2008 6:31 PM GMT
    Not to mention a whole new public transit system.
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    Jun 20, 2008 6:37 PM GMT
    Rugger!!! I was about to put out an amber alert!
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    Jun 20, 2008 11:29 PM GMT
    Welcome to Austin.

    Sorry I could not be there for the RJ Austin Meet ups.

    I am just very exhausted these days. Exhaustion usually translates to hibernation and dreading/avoiding social engagements.

    When I emerge from my neuroses I am sure I will meet you at one of the get togethers...

    Hope you have a cool summer in the meantime :-)
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    Jun 21, 2008 2:36 AM GMT
    Today on the bus ride home, a skinny white guy handed me a flier to his DJ bash tonight. Then he pulled out his compact and added more eye shadow. Then a fat crazy lady was talking about little green stupid people and how they bother her in the mornings....

    It's raining out, so I'll just stay home.

    I met my neighrbor across from me. He seems nice...which makes me wonder if this complex is mostly gay...???

    ANhyhoo.

    I was told that a film is screening here at the back of the complex. Jerry mentioned it to me, but I forgot the date. Bens, did you hear about that?

    I'm off on SUNDAY!!

    I'll be at the Gold's Downtown to scope out what it has to offer!! I can't cruise cuz I suck at sending off the gay vibe... I'm too butch.

    Ciao!