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Limited Bus Service Wednesday
Press release from Capital Metro:

Media Advisory
Capital Metro Will Offer Limited
Bus Service on Wednesday, January 17

January 16, 2007

Due to inclement weather and the resulting road conditions, Capital Metro will be operating a reduced service level on Wednesday, January 17th.

AISD Magnet routes, UT Shuttle routes, downtown 'Dillo routes, Express routes (Routes numbered 900-999) and Limited stop routes (routes numbered 101 through 199) will NOT operate.

Route 100 Airport Flyer will continue to operate.

All other routes will operate on reduced schedules. Due to weather and road conditions, passengers should be prepared for significant delays throughout the service area.

Information regarding delays and detours will be posted online at

8:25PM Tue. Jan. 16, 2007, Lee Nichols Read More | Comment »

AISD Closed on Wednesday
Oh great … ANOTHER day home with the kids. AISD just announced that all schools and administrative offices will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 17, due to continued forecasts of bad weather.

7:26PM Tue. Jan. 16, 2007, Lee Nichols Read More | Comment »

'Possession Arrow': Badgley->Razook
From: John Razook
To: Shawn Badgley
Time: 11:50pm, Jan. 15

String cheese and ginger ale? Nice. Do let me know how that turns out. Because, when the Big Thaw finally comes, it may be only those who have adapted to such a spartan diet who are fit to rule.

We'll need leaders, true men of vision who can guide us through the perilous days of our new post-apocalyptic reality. As a man who saw the necessity, and possessed the grim determination, to lift a case of souvenir cups, I know I won't stand alone in looking to you for the way ...

4:08PM Tue. Jan. 16, 2007, John Razook and Shawn Badgley Read More | Comment »

Capital Metro Shutting Down Early Tonight
If you depend on evening bus service, start planning your trip home early. Capital Metro warns:

Media Advisory
Regular Capital Metro Bus Service to End at 8:00 p.m.

January 16, 2007

Capital Metro will suspend regular bus service tonight beginning at 8:00 p.m. Route #100-Airport Flyer will continue after 8:00 p.m., with the last scheduled pick-up at the airport at 11:20 p.m.

The following Night Owl Routes will continue operation from 8:00 p.m. until midnight:

481-North Night Owl
482-East Night Owl
483-Southeast Night Owl
484-Lamar/S. First Night Owl
485-Cameron Night Owl
486-Dove Springs Night Owl

Special Transit Services (STS) hours will mirror the regular bus operation with most service ending at 8:00 p.m. STS will continue along the Night Owl corridors until midnight.

Due to weather and road conditions, passengers should be prepared for significant delays throughout the service area.

Capital Metro will determine its Wednesday service level following decisions on closures by schools and government offices later tonight. Information will be posted online at

3:50PM Tue. Jan. 16, 2007, Lee Nichols Read More | Comment »

Joel Osteen Swearing in Perry?
Yes, Joel Osteen is delivering the invocation for Rick Perry's swearing in. Kinda surprising; from his Wikipedia page, he doesn't sound nearly as Christian Taliban as Rick "Yer all going to hell" Perry would like. Oh well, different strokes.

You can watch the swearing-in ceremony online here.

[Ed. Note from Lee Nichols: It's also showing on KVUE, News 8 Austin, and KXAN, but Fox-7 - despite saying "Inauguration" in the program guide - is instead showing Tyra Banks. And really, I'd much rather look at Tyra Banks than Rick Perry any day, no matter how perfect his hair might be. K-EYE is making no pretense to interest in Texas civic affairs and is showing The Price Is Right with no apologies. (Come to think of it, maybe we should just call the inauguration "The Price Is Right.")]

10:24AM Tue. Jan. 16, 2007, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

Limited Cap Metro Service Today
Capital Metro says:

UPDATE: 'Dillo Routes canceled
Tuesday - January 16 Capital Metro has canceled all AISD Magnet routes, UT Shuttle routes and ‘Dillo routes. Other routes are operating with significant delays due to weather

Customers should expect delays due to icing conditions.

For information about possible changes in bus routes, please visit our Web site at

10:05AM Tue. Jan. 16, 2007, Lee Nichols Read More | Comment »

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Not much at all: schools-wise, Austin ISD, the University of Texas, and Austin Community College are all closed, to name a few. City of Austin and Travis County offices have also shut their doors. For more information, News 8 Austin has an updated list of closures and delays all across the city.

So much for my interview with Lee Leffingwell.

6:30AM Tue. Jan. 16, 2007, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

'Possession Arrow': Badgley<-Razook
From: Shawn Badgley
To: John Razook
Time: 9:49pm, Jan. 15


I dip my quill at halftime of the Missouri-Kansas "Border Battle." I lament the term "Border Battle" – mostly because any interstate college sports rivalry that employs it is competing with every other interstate college sports rivalry; that is to say, there are more than a few borders in the United States, for all of you a few years removed from your fifth-grade social studies class; to belabor this, Columbia and Lawrence are not even nestling border cities as, say, El Paso and Juarez are (UTEP and Universidad de la Juarez would have a legitimate "Border Battle" claim if they ever scheduled each other) – almost as much I do Austin calling itself the "River City."

You are the "Live Music Capital of the World," Austin. Must you laughably throw your 10-gallon hats and backward burnt-orange caps into the ring of river cities? You want to take on, oh, I don't know, Iquitos, Peru? Or maybe Cairo? Wouldn't a few spots in the Fertile Crescent have a claim? You want me to stay in the States? OK. St. Louis. Game over.

So, back to border battles.

9:51PM Mon. Jan. 15, 2007, Shawn Badgley and John Razook Read More | Comment »

'Possession Arrow': Badgley->Razook
From: John Razook
To: Shawn Badgley
Time: 5:56pm, Jan. 12

FYI: Durant, Okla., is, in addition to being the Magnolia Capital of the great state, the headquarters of Halliburton.

I don't know what this means. I simply find it interesting.

I'm also flattered – though outraged that the rest of the sporting press lets it go unmentioned – that you know it was Oklahoma State's Henry Iba who invented the motion offense. If one listens to Bob Knight enough – again impossible, thanks to the media-types who thrive on 20-second soundbites – he talks more about Iba than anyone else. Knight was an assistant on that ill-fated '72 Olympic team, coached by Hank Iba, that got hosed against the Ruskies.

8:02PM Mon. Jan. 15, 2007, John Razook and Shawn Badgley Read More | Comment »

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