10. We have a lot of watering holes
Not the ones with bearded, tatted bartenders (though we have those, too
). Summertime is the time of year when thousands of 20- and 30-somethings (and a handful of tan, oddly-fit septuagenarians) flock to Barton Springs, Deep Eddy Pool, Hippie Hollow, and many others -- sometimes to swim and sometimes just to soak up some sun with a smuggled six-pack of Lone Star
11. Barton Springs is 25% swimming, 75% laying in the grass
Temperature regulation is key: float in the water until you're freezing, lay in the grass until you're boiling, repeat.
12. People like to brag about not having a television
"I mean, I have Netflix, but like I would never sit on the couch and like, ACTUALLY WATCH TV, gross." (You will see these same people at a bar’s Game of Thrones
watch party, because, you know, HBO…)
13. All the streets have more than one name
2222 has like four names, Loop 1 is Mopac, 15th is Enfield, 26th is both Manor and Dean Keeton, 71 is Ben White... you get the idea.
14. Everyone has three jobs
The typical Austinite's income stream includes one full time-ish job, one passion project for which they're greatly underpaid, and one clever niche service that gets them free stuff from local businesses.
15. We all know someone who reminds us of a Portlandia character
They generally display some combination of the following: dreadlocks, ownership of multiple chickens, organic soap they’ve made for the farmers market, obsessive use of the word "sustainability", and hosting chakra alignment workshops.