Two more days left of March, eh? First quarter of 2009 over already? Mother-fuck this year is flying by me.
It's been a good month. My first true SXSW experience was a blast. We all went in to it blindly by not reserving a hotel and not knowing what exactly to expect as far as getting in to shows without a badge, but it all couldn't have worked out better. Definitely had the time of my life out there, and I'd fully recommend going if you have the ability to do so.
-Stressing, driving towards Austin through foggy Houston traffic at 10AM, thinking that we were going to miss the first set we wanted to catch - Dear and the Headlights at noon.
-Being cut off multiple times by a car full of scene kids and their baggage, knowing they were heading to the same place we were.
-Seeing aforementioned scene kids pulled over by a cop just outside of Houston. SUCKAS!
-Arriving in Austin right at noon, only to discover that the entire area surrounding 6th Street was plagued with traffic.
-Luckily finding a free place to park all day (we used the same spot all weekend, actually), next to a MHMR (Mental Health/Mental Retardation) clinic.
-Finding out that Dear and the Headlights didn't play until 5 PM (it was the showcase that started at noon, not the band...).
-Pizza, veggie burgers, and free beer @ The Jackalope (not exactly because I drink, but because of the hilarity that ensued in the bar).
-Finding out that the massive "tent" As Tall As Lions were playing at was charging $15 for general admission. Then, walking around the corner and trying to watch for free, sitting on top of dumpsters overlooking the fences - only to be busted by security before they began...
-Buying first aid supplies for my brother as he bled pools of blood into his shoes from his heels (do not wear Vans with no socks to events where you know you're going to be walking around all day).
-Being hit on by girls at Denny's, in the form of middle-school note passing and tic-tac-toe.
-Stumbling randomly into the many bars on 6th Street, not knowing what to expect.
-Walking immediately back out of one of those bars, after witnessing a "circle pit" of drunken madness/groping while the white DJ pumped his fist in the air, his spiky hair/wife beater/sunglasses bouncing along with him.
-Finding out that the same "tent" venue that was charging for ATAL, was also charging ridiculously for The Bled/The Used ($17).
-Waiting in line for aforementioned show, and realizing there was a break/gap in the fence. Then, watching as the first person led the herd in sneaking in (seriously, after the first person snuck in successfully, about 20-30 people made a run for it and got in for free - us included... haha)
-Realizing that taco mobiles in Austin, no matter how fancy they may look, are no better than taco mobiles anywhere else in the world.
-Unwinding from the events of the day by playing Super Mario on SNES at night, while reminiscing about old video games and yelling NBA Jam catch phrases at the screen.
-Having to make the 10 minute trip back to my truck to charge my phone in the middle of the day, every day (thanks, G1!)
-Spending a fuck load less money than I had intended.
-FROM DOWWWNTOOWWWWWN!! HE'S ON FIRE!!
If capable, I will definitely be going back next year. Austin's 6th Street during SXSW is like LA's Hollywood Blvd... without all the LA, which is a huge plus... haha. All in all, such an awesome experience.