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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

AUSTIN TO LAS VEGAS


Austin check-in on this so-called busiest day of the year was perfunctory.  No lines and no delays.  But this is because the day before Thanksgiving is not close to being a busy flight day.  There was no body check protest in Austin.

The Denver to Las Vegas connection was on time.  I was picked up by Sharon and Daniel and we stopped by L&L BBQ for a lau lau & kalua pig cabbage combo, beef barbeque and curry, which we ate while watching the UH Wahine versus Utah State league championship match which was being played in Las Vegas...which Hawaii lost.


Austin and Las Vegas are very different in almost all ways, although the metro populations are somewhat similar at something just under 2 million.  Austin is eclectic, weird, green, University of Texas, state capitol, home of Whole Foods, and quite high tech.  You have a 1 in 714 chance of becoming a victim of crime each year in Austin.  The Las Vegas figure is 1 in 167, for, after all, this is Sin City and not much else, attracting nearly 40 million tourists each year.  Waikiki Beach is only visited by 4.5 million/year.  Oh, by the way, the Hawaii chances are 1 in 192, not so good.


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The Dow Jones Industrials shot up 151 to 11,187, with world markets all up.  Gold increased a buck/toz to $1373 and oil is at $83/barrel.

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