Austin Central Library

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The Austin Central Library is something to explore in awe. It is located at a prime spot along Lady Bird Lake with nice views on all sides. It cost around $125 million and has everything you could imagine a Library would have. Six stories, nearly 200,000 square feet, a three story clock with red grackles, a rooftop garden, a technology petting zoo, portables and MacBooks to check out on loan, a two story underground parking garage, and so much more. The building is full of light and people are everywhere to be seen, admiring the design and discovering their favorite reading locations. It will probably become one of my favorite spots in Downtown Austin to take a break and enjoy a book or magazine, so look for me there on some lazy weekend afternoon.

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AVP Austin

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It was a nice, cloudy, cool day in Austin for the AVP to have their finals.  The women’s and men’s favorites won their matches as the packed stadium cheered them on.  April Ross and Whitney Pavlik won $15,000 in the women’s bracket, and Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena did the same in the men’s bracket.  I think Phil Dalhausser is still my favorite volleyball player, with him winning the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 with partner Todd Rogers as my favorite memory.  It is so much fun to see all the volleyball professionals play live in the stadium. Catch them on tour this summer if you have the opportunity.

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The Phantom of the Opera

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One of my favorite musicals, The Phantom of the Opera.  How awesome was it to have this tour stopping in Austin.  If only they joined the age of the internet and let you take a photo inside the theater either before or after the show.  So much free publicity that could be had on social media sites.  You will just have to trust me that the show and the sets on stage were great.

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