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11:39 am - Highly Specialized Accolades Dept.
"We boast the largest hotel atrium in West Texas."

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From:ikkarus01
Date:August 9th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
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Obviously you weren't there for the West Texas Atri-ocity. Those were troubled times, they were. So many hotels. Such rampant atrium expansion. So many lives, lost to the madness. Troubled times, indeed. To come away from those terrible days as the holder of the largest atrium is truly an accomplishment worthy of recognition.
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From:ron_newman
Date:August 9th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
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Now here's a hotel atrium that actually did cost lives.
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From:ikkarus01
Date:August 9th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
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114 people? Holy crap.
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From:derspatchel
Date:August 9th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
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I remember reading the DRAMA IN REAL LIFE account in Reader's Digest after it happened. Reader's Digest was the place where I got all my disaster news, months after it happened.

Except for the time they wrote a DRAMA IN REAL LIFE story of the guy in my town who was stung mercilessly by a swarm of bees and managed to drive himself 12 miles down the mountain to town for medical assistance -- and the most dramatic part was when he got to the part of the road with multiple S-curves (or, as we called it, "The Shuffle.") That was awesome.
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From:ladivinafemme
Date:August 10th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
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Whoa, do you remember the guy who saw Jesus (our Lord and Saivyer) in a fire in his shed?
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From:bostonista
Date:August 9th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
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Great for balloon conventions!
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From:bedfull_o_books
Date:August 9th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
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They said biggest, though. Not tallest....
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From:gwynethfar
Date:August 9th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
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Not in Texas, mind you. Just in the west-ish part.

The other thing I love is when someone says, "Our restaurant was voted in the top six best local eateries," and you're like, "Okay, they're obviously number six." Because if they were number four or five, they'd say "In the top five."
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From:derspatchel
Date:August 9th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
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That's what I love. The more qualifiers you have, the funnier your boast is.

The biggest atrium in West Texas with herringbone patterns on the floors and a guy at the front desk named Dusty!
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From:markm
Date:August 9th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
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Ah, but has it got a specious Loby?
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From:hemlock_martini
Date:August 9th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
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That rates about 1/4th of a "Yeehaww!" That's just a "Ye-" more or less.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:August 9th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
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They also apparently specialize in cactus platters for your wedding reception.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:August 9th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Also, that's not an atrium: this is an atrium.
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From:derspatchel
Date:August 9th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
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That's no atrium; that's a space station!
From:katre50
Date:August 10th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
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Hey, is that the Opryland Hotel (and, now, apparently a Convention Center). I love that place. it's nice any time of year, but the Christmas decorations are entirely awesome.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:August 10th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
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It's not the same without any Hee-Haw Honeys.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:August 10th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
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Also, we apparently share an alma mater. That's wrong on a fundamental level.
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From:ticket_monkey
Date:August 11th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
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I just found out that's where I'll be spending a weeklong convention in August of 2008. Also where I'll be spending my 40th birthday. *yay*
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From:clickie
Date:August 9th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
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That fits right in into my theory of "why Texas is weird:" I think Texans like to boast about things that no other American can understand as being a superlative. For example, the giant Sam Houston statue in Huntsville: "the largest statue of an American hero." I didn't know that was even a competition.
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From:ron_newman
Date:August 9th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
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Mount Rushmore doesn't count as a 'statue' ?
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From:derspatchel
Date:August 9th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
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Nope. It's technically a mountain carving. Statues are typically free-standing sculptures.

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