If my sister says I should go, then geez…that carries a lot of unexpected weight :-) I just finished booking my registration, hotel, and flight, so I’ll be in Austin from March 10th to March 14th for SXSW Interactive.
I am an incorrigible snorer, so rather than find a roommate I’ve decided to just get a room by myself to save any potential friendships in the making. One time I was sharing a room with Ged and Talos at E3. After the first night, Ged, who never ever says anything even the slightest bit unpleasant, confronted me with bleary, bloodshot eyes: “Dude. You. Snore. Sooooooo. Loud.” I apologized, not realizing the magnitude of his statement for some years. Then more recently someone played me a recording they had made. I had never heard myself snore before, but I knew if I ever heard a sound like that, I’d round up a mob of angry villagers and arm them with torches and Frankenstein pitchforks, crying KILL THE BEAST! KILL THE BEAST! The IconFactory guys must have thought the same thing, as every morning I would wake up covered with pillows that had been thrown at me during the night. Guys, if you’re reading this, I. AM. SOOOO. SORRY.
Anyway, I’ll be staying with myself at the Hawthorn Suites by the Austin Airport. Thanks to JWynia’s email suggestions. He also pointed out that parking will likely be expensive, and people only go back/forth once a day, so cabbing it will probably be fairly doable (especially with ridesharing).
The plane ticket itself was in the $350 range, on United flying out of Manchester, NH. It ends up being about the same as if I fly out of Boston, once I factor transportation costs in. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone else is flying out to SXSW out of my home state. Most people I have mentioned it to have never heard of it, my sis being the notable exception because somehow she just knows stuff.
I also came across Bryan Veloso’s Bowling Extravaganza on the 9rules forum, and signed up. There’s a bunch of other 9rulers there too, really looking forward to meeting them! Here in the Boston area we have that candlepin bowling instead of 10-pin. I may have to get some practice in on a 10-pin lane, and buy my own shoes (bowling alley shoes == yuck)
I have about 3 weeks to obsess about what to bring, what to prepare, and what to do in Austin. Very exciting! I have a lot of catch-up reading to do too…I must admit that I don’t recognize most of the names of the speakers.