UT-Arkansas Game Postponed

I’m not sure when the last name a UT football game was moved for any reason, but this weekend, DKR will be quiet.

The game was moved to the bye week for both teams, September 27th. With it being ACL weekend, things could get quite interesting for finding hotels.

I wonder what the UT Conference Center will do since they probably already have bookings for that reason, but contractually gives rooms on game weekends to high-dollar donors.

The UCC’s tailgate this weekend, obviously, is canceled as well.

You Are Trapped At Work

Road Closed SignAs a follow-up to my near home arrest, I am now trapped at work. Currently, there is a Nike 10K that is being ran by individuals across the world at the same time. In Austin, the running route has MLK, Guadalupe, Red River and Dean Keeton closed in various forms around campus with through traffic, apparently, not being allowed to cross those streets.

Anyone familiar with the campus area will quickly realize that anyone with a car on campus won’t be able to get out until the road closures are ended. I’m at work (on campus) now, but not leaving anytime soon.

skateboards that cause problems

I was driving home today on Congress, turning right to a side street, when a person on a skateboard rode out in front of me. I honked and him, and he yelled profanely back that he was at a crosswalk.
For those unaware, it is illegal to ride a skateboard on the sidewalk on Congress Ave between the river and the Capitol, on 6th between 700 East 6th and 1200 West 6th, and on Guadalupe between MLK and 29th street.
I probably shouldn’t have honked, but he shouldn’t yell at me when he’s the one actually illegally.

Capital Metro trains APD to drive a bus

Capital Metro, the public transit authority for the Austin-area, has a blog entry about training the Austin Police Department’s DWI unit to drive a new Breath-Alcohol Testing bus donated to the City by CapMetro.

The simulator is pretty sweet; would love to have a chance to see how hard it would be to drive a bus. I’m hoping there’s an open house of the bus as well. I suppose they would drive it to a DWI enforcement zone (i.e. South 1st or South Congress around the time bars close) and test folks inside.

The video from Fox News 7 is below. EDIT: The video has been removed from YouTube as of August 2018.

You Are Trapped in Your Own Home

One thing I check every week is the City of Austin’s website to see what road closures will occur due to special events. Living so close to downtown, the Palmer Event Center and Auditorium Shores, it is very common for something to be going on.

One thing I check every week is the City of Austin’s Event Closure Page, listing road closures due to special events.

The week’s press release, released yesterday, informed me that South 1st Street between Oltorf and Cesar Chavez will be closed between 7 am and 5 pm on Saturday. That’s the street I live on and that’s a long time for the street to be closed.

I placed a call to the City’s 311 line to ask if this was a complete closure or if there will be a lane open. During the marathon, for example, one southbound lane was open, allowing traffic to make it to Oltorf westbound and back to the normal street system.

As the operator was aware, the street will be closed. Period. She transferred me to Special Events, who basically said she knew the same thing. I asked about the way the marathon had it setup and asked if that wasn’t in the works. She wasn’t sure and said she would do research, getting back to me later in the day. She asked me exactly what street I lived on so she could help figure out a route if South 1st was completely closed. Yes, my friend, I live on South 1st.

This wouldn’t be a big deal except Vanessa and I have an appointment at 10 am and with the 10K’s 4-mile point being right at our apartment complex, I highly doubt all of the racers would be passed us by the time we would need to leave.

Let’s hope for good news.