South By Southwest

Everything feels more exciting. Work seems ten times harder. Music starts to float in through the windows in the afternoon and I’m drawn again and again to look outside although I know I can’t see anything. I can’t see all the tourists wearing badges around their necks and carrying bags of free goodies. The less affluent wear wristbands that set a person back more than a paycheck. They walk in packs, Ray-Bans on and tight jeans stretched, hiding nothing.

Last night I went to a house party in Hyde Park where I watched two close friends perform as Loves It! as well as a band from L.A. called Slang Chickens who were fantastic. House parties are a lost art. This house was was incredibly friendly. Everywhere I went I introduced myself or was greeted and spoken to warmly and enthusiastically. They paid for 3 kegs and made endless supplies of tater tots. Tater tots are the key to a good party.

If you haven’t made it to a South by Southwest, do it. Don’t buy a wristband or a badge. Just show up and enjoy all the amazing free music and free giveaways! Not to mention the celebrity sightings are always a hot topic. From what I understand Bill Murray is an Austin favorite!


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