This is going to be a bit of a selfish blog, as to be honest, we’ve both acted like normal people in the last couple of weeks, by both having very separate (& full) days.
So, I have always wanted to go to the SxSW festival in Austin (a mixture of Interactive, film, music, gaming, and anything else they can fit into that genre), which has its claim to fame as being where Twitter was first launched onto the world. Since those heady 2007 days, much has changed, and it is now a pretty massive event with the likes of Snoop Dog as a ‘keynote’ speaker. As the platinum passes are some $3,000, it worked out that if I volunteered for a certain amount, I could get one for free – count me in. Ticks lots of things off, i) gets me access to everything, ii) allows me to hang around with some interesting & different people & listen to interesting stuff, and iii) gets me out of bed in a morning.
I did a few days at the EDU (education. Yawn) part, and then a few days at the interactive element. Unfortunately, the room I was ‘monitoring’ (scanning people’s passes basically) wasn’t particularly busy, and wasn’t particularly interesting in terms of talks, so that was a bit of a bust – and naturally with a bunch of student volunteers, being managed by yet more student volunteers, it wasn’t the most efficiently run of places either. But, still managed to see some good stuff, and a lot of great documentaries & music once my shifts had finished. And, managed to bump into a few friends/colleagues from the UK and Australia. As an added bonus, a Hairventures theme (back to the heady 2011 days of the Mongol Rally) was ‘home’ by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and we managed to get front stage passes to see them – so, all in all a great couple of weeks!
After a day of tidying up, packing things away, and generally getting Milton ready for boondocking days, it’s time to hit the road again. We’re planning to be in New Orleans for the jazz festival at the beginning of May, so we have a month or so, to head a little West and back. Arizona and the like. Time to get that Atlas out, and that Shell fuel card….