Started calling the Austin Motel at 9 AM this morning to secure a room for the Lone Star Round Up...per the 9 am Jan 1st first call gets room policy Keep in mind I've only gotten through once in 7 years to actually get a room. Got through thinking my luck was gonna change this year and the 1970's muzak inspired phone system kicked me out after holding for 5 minutes. 'Sold out' the sleepy voiced woman told me at 9:11 AM. Anyway, the Embassy is taking reservations just down the street for $159.00 a night and the free breakfast is pretty tasty too. Those rooms go fast too. Grab 'em while you can and Happy New Year!