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    [–] Yo, people. SLOW DOWN! mareksoon 1 points ago in Austin

    Rarely, yes, but I've seen it on 35 and on 45.

    [–] Yo, people. SLOW DOWN! mareksoon 1 points ago in Austin

    There's an area on 45 near Parmer where water pools; I've watched many cars spin out in it when they hit it at 75.

    There's also one on SB I35 under Cesar Chavez that I personally spun out in decades ago going about 50, the speed of traffic at the time ... and I had good tires. I was lucky to hit no one and even continue on my way without stopping. It's also the only area for miles with a grassy median that I was quite thankful was there.

    [–] Austin Exit Surfing mareksoon 1 points ago * (lasted edited 2 hours ago) in Austin

    it saved on average 3-4 minutes.

    ... and there's the reality. People being an ass to save less than five minutes on their drive. 5th St to Parmer is about 11 miles. At the legal speed, 65, it's about a 10m9s minute drive, only most people, I'd argue, are doing 70 (9m25s) or more likely 75 (8m45s), but then there's the ass who wants to do 85 (7m45s) and rides your bumper and tries to pass on the left (where there's space) ... all to save a minute, or three minutes tops.

    As for exit surfing, I think there are a few times and places where it helps, but the surfers have to maintain manners and let other drivers use the lane as intended, they can't fly down it and block them. I mean, the alternative is everyone stays in the backed up lanes and no one gets anywhere ... or some exit onto the access roads, ramps, and surrounding roads and lighten the congestion.

    [–] What's being built at 35 and Slaughter? mareksoon 1 points ago in Austin

    Somewhere, I have a pic of an abandoned cart left on that property in anticipation ...

    [–] Just had to recycle 24 pages of "Going Green" info from the city of Austin. mareksoon 1 points ago in Austin

    Yeah, opt out doesn’t work well when some minimum wage delivery person is tasked with delivering one to every driveway; they’re not going to make any effort following a do not deliver list. I worry any attempt to EDDM opt out with USPS will also be a waste of time.

    As far as I’m concerned it’s unwanted and flat out littering.

    [–] Just had to recycle 24 pages of "Going Green" info from the city of Austin. mareksoon 3 points ago in Austin

    Related:

    How can we stop the newspaper from littering the entire neighborhood with unwanted complementary copies every weekend? Days later and most have been scattered and trampled into sidewalks and streets.

    [–] Just had to recycle 24 pages of "Going Green" info from the city of Austin. mareksoon 1 points ago in Austin

    “Please visit our website or call us and we’ll send you a copy free of charge.”

    [–] Tree removed next to Chuy's on Barton Springs mareksoon 1 points ago in Austin

    Hmm. The article says that tree was 350 years old. In the post this weekend about mother pecan on the south side of Barton Springs, people were guessing 50 or less. Wonder how these two trees compared in size and age.

    [–] Tree Love mareksoon 2 points ago in Austin

    I always felt Austin was one of the greenest cities to fly into, tree-wise ...

    ... on the other hand, I've probably only flown into a dozen or so other cities tops.

    [–] Stupid question Sunday mareksoon 3 points ago in Austin

    ... and search and rescue.

    Weird ... that's what OP linked and they still think it's a good idea?

    [–] Stupid question Sunday mareksoon 2 points ago in Austin

    Hah ... that reminds me of my first late night trip to Katz's mid-to-late '80s; everyone was going nuts over bagels; I ordered a bagle. It was awful; it had so much cream cheese on it; I ended up scraping most off. Until that night, I had never had either a bagel or this oddity called cream cheese before.

    Then five years later, bagels were a thing at work .. and OMG did my opinion change. Now I can't get enough cream cheese on them and like all varieties ... mostly lox with the works.

    [–] First time I've used my new Instant pot. So happy with the result. mareksoon 1 points ago in instantpot

    So here's a silly question I wonder every time I add only a cup of liquid which doesn't submerge the meat.

    You distill water by condensing it again after it steams; given this removes impurities, wouldn't it also remove flavor? Does steam from broth, apple juice, vinegar, etc. maintain a flavor?

    [–] Stupid question Sunday mareksoon 12 points ago in Austin

    The Austin NIMBYs

    [–] Redd and Manchaca mareksoon 0 points ago in Austin

    The hooligans are loose.

    [–] NOAA Historical Hurricane Tracks mareksoon 1 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago) in Austin

    Multiple ways to search, but if you want to look at storms that tracked over or near Austin, click Set on Map and it will show all storms that tracked over 'x' distance from where you click (default 65 nautical miles, max 200). This way, you see the storms that tracked over Austin from the west coast ... and ONLY the storms that tracked over the area you clicked.

    Caveat, I had mixed results with this search; such as the missing portions of the track displayed on the storm highlighted here; it seems hit or miss when displaying complete tracks.

    [–] When I first moved to Austin and asked my new managers what I was supposed to do in a hurricane: mareksoon 2 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago) in Austin

    Remnants of Hurricane Allen in 1980 spawned tornadoes that caused damage in Austin ... flipping smaller planes at Robert Mueller. I'm pretty sure I recently saw either pictures or video of this, but right now can't find it. I did, however, find all of these references:

    Tornado in Austin from hurricane 200 miles away: August 10, 1980

    I Wonder: Austin tornadoes

    Hurricane Allen spawns tornadoes as it dies out

    Allen Spends Strength on Texas Coast

    The track of the storm, however, was well to our south.

    Major Hurricane Allen

    NOAA has this neat site were you can see all tracks. Just search Gulf of Mexico basin and zoom in on Austin. Caveat, I had mixed results with this search; such as the missing portions of the track displayed on the storm highlighted here. You'll see in my search below, with fewer storms, the complete tracks were displayed.

    EDIT: Actually, there's a better way to search for these. Click Set on Map and it will show all storms that tracked over 'x' distance from where you click (default 65 nautical miles, max 200). This way, you see the storms that tracked over Austin from the west coast ... and ONLY the storms that tracked over the area you clicked.

    [–] Hey ya'll, traffic light question mareksoon 1 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago) in Austin

    Right.

    Worse, I had a friend who insisted flashing red was optional if no other cars were at the light. He'd fly through them. He did that once with me in the car and I never rode with him again.

    I wonder how confused the people who move here from really small towns with no traffic lights know what to do.

    So I just moved from Tow, and in Austin, at some places where two roads meet, there's this weird looking light-thing with three different colored bulbs in it. They're ususally green but sometimes I see red and I rarely see yellow. What are they for? They seem out of place. Where I moved from we didn't really have that and I'm just wondering what it means.

    [–] Can we talk about how bad the bread is at HEB? mareksoon 1 points ago in Austin

    I was about to post the same; this came up in a past thread that I can't find right now. Hancock makes them as well as, I think, at least one other store in the Austin area.

    However, you used to be able to find them on H-E-B's website, specifically at the Hancock store ... and now they don't come up at all. Are you sure they're still there?