Because it’s in print

It must be true. . . . In today’s NYT Style section, we follow Austinite Michael Hoinski as he follows Friday Night Lights actor Taylor Kitsch on a night out in Austin “Texas Forever (via Canada).” In for a mention are the Driskill and the Broken Spoke, with a photo of the actor and his brother playing shuffleboard at the Spoke. We, and The Great World out there beyond Austin, learn a little about where rhinestones are “not required, but encouraged.” . . . In this month’s Woman’s Day, Austinite Cathy Bonner encourages American women to use the 30-minute process she devised: “What I Want Next,” blurbed as “a new way to figure out what you want–and how to get it” (February 2007 issue, pages 62-63). The magazine’s editor-in-chief makes this article her main tout of the month, calling it “the real deal.” . . . And The Onion, recently available at fine newstands everywhere around town, really does have Austin-related content, so pick it up and find those local pages, with tightly edited local listings and way more local ads than might be expected, evidence of intentions to be here for quite some time to come. . . . This I only learned while at the dentist’s, scouring the waiting-room periodicals for diversion. In the September-October 2006 issue of Where To Retire magazine, an article entitled “8 Low-Cost Towns With Great Home Prices” (byline Nina J. Stewart) lists Austin right up there with Knoxville, Greenville, Ruidoso, Fayetteville (N.C.), Augusta (Ga.), Pueblo, and Spokane among the places described in this fashion: “The housing prices are below average, and the quality of life is high.”

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