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Old 03-22-2011, 06:53 PM
 
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I was asking this on my other thread and it accured to me that it might be worthy of its own thread:

I used to live in Boulder. Is there a similar vibe (i.e. Liberal-leaning college community for outdoorsy people)? I think Austin might even be far more tolerant of everyone's opinion. No real city in Boulder though-- and I really like being able to feel like I am in a metropolitan area.

I also see much more patriotism, concern about border issues, concern about taxes, hunting and gun use in Austin, *Texas* and I think the Texas part is influential, whereas the *Colorado* part of Boulder *Colorado* seemed to not matter as much.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Irvine, CA
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Nothing like Berserkeley.
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:00 PM
 
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I don't know anything about Boulder, but Austin is one of the more tolerant cities I've lived in. We have the classic example of "Leslie", a homeless man living in the downtown area who wears womens' clothing (bikinis) in a tight-fitting manner. He ran for mayor of Austin (lost), and generally brings smiles whenever somebody mentions his name, although I've heard a few people have remarked on his alleged drunkeness and violent outbursts. Then there's the (recent?) arrival of "thong-man", who rides around the downtown area on a bike wearing an extremely skimpy thong which reveals his butt cheeks. I saw him during SWSW, and when people see or talk about him, it's generally grins and laughter. A few people complain mildly about thong-man (how do I explain this man to my children?) but I think he's been accepted as part of Austin. If I lived anywhere else, these two examples of Austin (culture?) would have been driven out of town or arrested and jailed.
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:04 PM
 
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Uh, are you sure "thong man" isn't Leslie?

http://www.keepaustinweird.com/images/leslie.jpg
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Greater NYC
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We're moving from the Boulder-area to Austin within the next two months so while I don't really know Austin yet, I do know Boulder. Pretty damned tolerant, yes; although I'm originally from the Bay Area and SF so my expectations surrounding tolerance may be different than others'. I will be looking forward to more of a city feeling wrapped up with the 'Liberal-leaning college community for outdoorsy people' vibe you mention. Truthfully though, Boulder offers a great mix of everything I value... if I could afford it, I'd live and die in an old mansion on Mapleton Ave. but we haven't won the lottery yet. That said, everything outside of Boulder and the mountains, which are beautiful, isn't all that unique, thus, we're enthusiastic about moving to a 'big Boulder' -- as many, many people have referred to Austin -- and enjoy more of that same tone but a bigger city.
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Uh, are you sure "thong man" isn't Leslie?

http://www.keepaustinweird.com/images/leslie.jpg
Nope, they are different people. Thong man is a guy who rides his bike in nothing but a thong. Leslie is a cross-dresser who will sometimes wear thongs.
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:28 PM
 
Location: ITL (Houston)
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I guess around the core Austin is tolerant. Quickly outside of it, it turns into Southern Christian Conservative Land. Not sure how a guy wearing bikinis around a city makes it tolerant though.
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:52 AM
 
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Apparently Leslie is 'on the lam' right now. I saw his face on the front page of that wanted circular that they put in convenience stores tonight. Don't know what he's wanted for, just that he's wanted.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:46 AM
 
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I grew up in Marin, have spent a good amount of time in Boulder, and live in Austin. All three areas have a similar liberal vibe but as Scarface points out Texas is a RED state! Between the cost of living, great weather, and friendly, socially aware people, I don't think you can beat Austin, come on out!
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Apparently Leslie is 'on the lam' right now. I saw his face on the front page of that wanted circular that they put in convenience stores tonight. Don't know what he's wanted for, just that he's wanted.
Probably the thong manufacturers are suing him.
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