Nashville v Austin

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Which city is cooler [let's pretend we know nothing of which schools are where]

Austin
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62%
Nashville
41
38%
 
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akili
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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby akili » Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:30 pm

Haha I tried to figure out who he was based on his online persona. It was pretty amusing.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby HeavenWood » Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:31 pm

lisjjen wrote:But he made us promise we wouldn't ask around for him based on TLS, so I was timid to try and find him.


The man has an image to protect!

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby Grizz » Sun Apr 10, 2011 12:23 am

lisjjen wrote:But he made us promise we wouldn't ask around for him based on TLS, so I was timid to try and find him.


I don't ever remember saying this

edit: but yes, do NOT do this.
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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby Grizz » Sun Apr 10, 2011 12:24 am

akili wrote:Haha I tried to figure out who he was based on his online persona. It was pretty amusing.


I made a pretty terrible effort to get in touch with you, IIRC.

If you had met me, you would have known.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby lisjjen » Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:17 pm

Why is this decision so hard? Did anybody else visit both schools?

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby onmytoes812 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:05 pm

just got into UT. may be looking at Vandy also.... can someone talk about COL in Austin, general culture of the city, and where law students live?

Does it feel too big with the school in the city? Also, I've heard UT is "really liberal." Super-conservative isn't a requirement for where I go to law school, but I'd like a variety of legal views that includes conservative ones, or at least a place that entertains the possibility of a conservative viewpoint. If that makes sense.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby Flips88 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:08 pm

lisjjen wrote:I love 6th St. I love Jack White. And I love football games, old fashioned campuses, spicy chicken, margaritas, cowboy boots and other things as well. Tough conundrum is tough.

Did I tell you I went to a rap concert at Third Man Records on Friday and Jack White was standing right behind me for most of the show! Like 2 feet behind me.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby lisjjen » Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:10 pm

Flips88 wrote:
lisjjen wrote:I love 6th St. I love Jack White. And I love football games, old fashioned campuses, spicy chicken, margaritas, cowboy boots and other things as well. Tough conundrum is tough.

Did I tell you I went to a rap concert at Third Man Records on Friday and Jack White was standing right behind me for most of the show! Like 2 feet behind me.


WHY DIDN'T I GO TO THAT SHOW! I knew Black Milk was going to be performing that night but I couldn't find a ride to the show. We went to San Antonio Tacos and then out to Rippy's (a honkey tonk where I got a lot of hard looks all night).

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby Flips88 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:12 pm

lisjjen wrote:
Flips88 wrote:
lisjjen wrote:I love 6th St. I love Jack White. And I love football games, old fashioned campuses, spicy chicken, margaritas, cowboy boots and other things as well. Tough conundrum is tough.

Did I tell you I went to a rap concert at Third Man Records on Friday and Jack White was standing right behind me for most of the show! Like 2 feet behind me.


WHY DIDN'T I GO TO THAT SHOW! I knew Black Milk was going to be performing that night but I couldn't find a ride to the show. We went to San Antonio Tacos and then out to Rippy's (a honkey tonk where I got a lot of hard looks all night).

Ha I walked to it after leaving the talent show. So worth it. Black Milk was legit. I bought a live special pressed vinyl copy of the show that I'll get in the mail. Best part of my trip by far

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby lisjjen » Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:33 pm

Flips88 wrote:Ha I walked to it after leaving the talent show. So worth it. Black Milk was legit. I bought a live special pressed vinyl copy of the show that I'll get in the mail. Best part of my trip by far


Tell me a song to YouTube.

That's right. I just used a proper noun as a verb.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby EricBerry » Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:36 pm

lisjjen wrote:
Flips88 wrote:
lisjjen wrote:We went to San Antonio Tacos and then out to Rippy's (a honkey tonk where I got a lot of hard looks all night).

SATCO FTW! Did you make it to the bars on demonbreun/division near campus? Those are the vanderbilt bars and you're unlikely to feel out of place there. I wouldn't judge Nashville's nightlife based on broadway. I only go once every couple of months and even then, it's only for the novelty/something different. The bars in midtown have less of a southern vibe and are the kind of bars you'd find in any other college town.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby lisjjen » Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:18 pm

EricBerry wrote:
lisjjen wrote:
Flips88 wrote:
lisjjen wrote:We went to San Antonio Tacos and then out to Rippy's (a honkey tonk where I got a lot of hard looks all night).

SATCO FTW! Did you make it to the bars on demonbreun/division near campus? Those are the vanderbilt bars and you're unlikely to feel out of place there. I wouldn't judge Nashville's nightlife based on broadway. I only go once every couple of months and even then, it's only for the novelty/something different. The bars in midtown have less of a southern vibe and are the kind of bars you'd find in any other college town.


I didn't. I probably would have had more fun there. When I found somebody had scrawled the N-word in the bathroom in Rippy's, it made me wish I was back on 6th St in Austin. I don't mind Southern. I mind ignorant, so I still like Vandy itself.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby Flips88 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:54 pm

lisjjen wrote:
I didn't. I probably would have had more fun there. When I found somebody had scrawled the N-word in the bathroom in Rippy's, it made me wish I was back on 6th St in Austin. I don't mind Southern. I mind ignorant, so I still like Vandy itself.

I will say that I felt underwhelmed by Nashville. It was way more southern than I thought it would be. Vandy as a school was exquisite, but Nasvhille as a town seemed meh to me. Haven't been to Austin before so I can't compare the two

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby drylo » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:05 pm

lisjjen wrote:We went to San Antonio Tacos and then out to Rippy's (a honkey tonk where I got a lot of hard looks all night).


lisjjen wrote:When I found somebody had scrawled the N-word in the bathroom in Rippy's, it made me wish I was back on 6th St in Austin. I don't mind Southern. I mind ignorant, so I still like Vandy itself.


I don't know what all you saw at Rippy's, so I won't try to tell you that you are wrong to feel how you feel, but I get the sense (from these and previous posts) that you might have come to Nashville looking/expecting to be offended by something. Nashville is a great place, and my minority friends love living here (from high school and VULS). And I'm really not trying to say Nashville > Austin here--just trying to encourage you to be careful to give people and places a chance without stereotyping them. (I'm also not trying to start a fight over whether you have a chip on your shoulder or not. This accusation of racial hostility just seems to have been a theme in some of your posts since long before this weekend.)

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby bk1 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:08 pm

lisjjen wrote:I didn't. I probably would have had more fun there. When I found somebody had scrawled the N-word in the bathroom in Rippy's, it made me wish I was back on 6th St in Austin. I don't mind Southern. I mind ignorant, so I still like Vandy itself.


You do realize that the N-word is probably scrawled across the bathrooms of every city in America?

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby pleasetryagain » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:13 pm

bk1 wrote:
lisjjen wrote:I didn't. I probably would have had more fun there. When I found somebody had scrawled the N-word in the bathroom in Rippy's, it made me wish I was back on 6th St in Austin. I don't mind Southern. I mind ignorant, so I still like Vandy itself.


You do realize that the N-word is probably scrawled across the bathrooms of every city in America?


+1. Last time I was in New York there was a swastika scrawled into the wall above the urinal that read "Jews go home."
Ignorance abounds.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby lisjjen » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:16 pm

Flips88 wrote:
lisjjen wrote:
I didn't. I probably would have had more fun there. When I found somebody had scrawled the N-word in the bathroom in Rippy's, it made me wish I was back on 6th St in Austin. I don't mind Southern. I mind ignorant, so I still like Vandy itself.

I will say that I felt underwhelmed by Nashville. It was way more southern than I thought it would be. Vandy as a school was exquisite, but Nasvhille as a town seemed meh to me. Haven't been to Austin before so I can't compare the two


"Underwhelmed" and "exquisite" are excellent word choices to describe the city and the school respectively.

drylo wrote:I don't know what all you saw at Rippy's, so I won't try to tell you that you are wrong to feel how you feel, but I get the sense (from these and previous posts) that you might have come to Nashville looking/expecting to be offended by something. Nashville is a great place, and my minority friends love living here (from high school and VULS). And I'm really not trying to say Nashville > Austin here--just trying to encourage you to be careful to give people and places a chance without stereotyping them. (I'm also not trying to start a fight over whether you have a chip on your shoulder or not. This accusation of racial hostility just seems to have been a theme in some of your posts since long before this weekend.)


This is fair. It comes across like I'm speaking ill of everyone in Nashville. To the contrary, I was so blown away by the friendliness of the students and staff at VULS that I had to think long and hard about rather to go there or not. And the friendliness extended beyond the school. I got into a friendly ten minute conversation with the ticket lady at the airport (who, by the way told me that she didn't like Rippy's herself.) To give Nashville fair credit, we went to San Antonio Tacos before (which rules btw) and the bar next door afterwards and everyone was extremely friendly. It's not that I'm attributing my experience at one establishment to a metropolitan area of 2.5 million. It was just that I was taken aback to find exactly what I was afraid I might - though it was in a very narrow context of a bar that was 75% tourists. I still haven't made my mind up 100% yet, but even if I do wind up going to UT, I definitely want to road trip back during my time in school.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby lisjjen » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:17 pm

pleasetryagain wrote:
bk1 wrote:
lisjjen wrote:I didn't. I probably would have had more fun there. When I found somebody had scrawled the N-word in the bathroom in Rippy's, it made me wish I was back on 6th St in Austin. I don't mind Southern. I mind ignorant, so I still like Vandy itself.


You do realize that the N-word is probably scrawled across the bathrooms of every city in America?


+1. Last time I was in New York there was a swastika scrawled into the wall above the urinal that read "Jews go home."
Ignorance abounds.


=/

I hate ignorant people.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby bk1 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:19 pm

lisjjen wrote:=/

I hate ignorant people.


Me too. If you want to avoid them then it's time you started finding a hermitage for yourself to live in.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby lisjjen » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:19 pm

Also forgot to mention the complete strangers who gave me a ride to Third Man Records.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby EricBerry » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:21 pm

Just out of curiosity-- when you guys say that you were underwhelmed by Nashville, what exactly are you referring to?

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby lisjjen » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:24 pm

EricBerry wrote:Just out of curiosity-- when you guys say that you were underwhelmed by Nashville, what exactly are you referring to?


I can't answer for the other poster, but when I went to see Transformers, I thought it was going to suck a lot. When it was pretty good, it blew me away. In contrast, I expected to bleed from the nose due to sheer awesomeness at Watchmen, and when it was just kinda average, I walked out of the theatre like I had seen someone strangle a puppy.

I had an expectation of Nashville that I don't think any city could live up to. So it's not that it isn't a great city.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby drylo » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:29 pm

lisjjen wrote:
drylo wrote:I don't know what all you saw at Rippy's, so I won't try to tell you that you are wrong to feel how you feel, but I get the sense (from these and previous posts) that you might have come to Nashville looking/expecting to be offended by something. Nashville is a great place, and my minority friends love living here (from high school and VULS). And I'm really not trying to say Nashville > Austin here--just trying to encourage you to be careful to give people and places a chance without stereotyping them. (I'm also not trying to start a fight over whether you have a chip on your shoulder or not. This accusation of racial hostility just seems to have been a theme in some of your posts since long before this weekend.)


This is fair. It comes across like I'm speaking ill of everyone in Nashville. To the contrary, I was so blown away by the friendliness of the students and staff at VULS that I had to think long and hard about rather to go there or not. And the friendliness extended beyond the school. I got into a friendly ten minute conversation with the ticket lady at the airport (who, by the way told me that she didn't like Rippy's herself.) To give Nashville fair credit, we went to San Antonio Tacos before (which rules btw) and the bar next door afterwards and everyone was extremely friendly. It's not that I'm attributing my experience at one establishment to a metropolitan area of 2.5 million. It was just that I was taken aback to find exactly what I was afraid I might - though it was in a very narrow context of a bar that was 75% tourists. I still haven't made my mind up 100% yet, but even if I do wind up going to UT, I definitely want to road trip back during my time in school.


Well, I'm glad you enjoyed the visit for the most part. (And I'm sorry that Rippy's was unpleasant.) I'm also glad you didn't take my post the wrong way--I was a little nervous about how that would sound. Good luck with the decision!

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby chrisnashville » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:06 pm

I wouldn't put too much stock in a visit to Rippy's :-) Downtown is like a herd of cattle most of the time, and I stay away unless I have visitors from out of town.

Anyone else looking to visit, I'd stick by Demonbreun / Division if you're looking for the college scene, or maybe head down to 8th or 12 South if you're looking for a different (er, hipster) vibe. Just don't expect to hit it off much with the ladies without a full sleeve and your deep-V on..

Music scene here is great. Live music everywhere, and a better quality than you'll find in most cities in the country. As others have said, you'll get NFL Football, NHL hockey, Vandy basketball...(SEC football, you just have to wait for Florida and Alabama to visit. Not gonna compete with UT there). A Triple-A team (Brewers affiliate) or a top-ranked college baseball team if that's your thing. Lots of music fests, beer fests, etc.

I haven't been to Austin, but I think you'll be able to have plenty of fun in both places, honestly. And you get used to the accents.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby akili » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:11 pm

I live in Austin and just visited Nashville. It's hard to judge between them because I know a lot more of Austin (22 years living here will do that for ya), but I loved Nashville! I went to see a Predators game (no major-league sports in Austin) and ate some really great food. There is a cool hipster-esque neighborhood that my little sister showed me that I loved. We had delicious hot dogs. I loved it. Weather was really nice too. It was hot, but there was a great breeze.




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