Monthly Archives: March 2005

SXSW Day 1 – Recap

All photos by Ms. Jen’s Nokia 7610 phone.

Fri. 03.11.05 – The First Day of SXSW 2005 – Travel Day.
Last night Erika and I went to a celebratory dinner at Sofi in West LA, a delightful Greek restaurant. I crashed on her couch last night and this morning she took me to LAX for my flight(s) to Texas. I misread my flight times and mismanaged my meals, as I ended up in Austin at 6:20pm with only breakfast and some soup to eat all day.
By the time I checked into the Hampton Inn Downtown, it was 7:25pm. I trotted over to the Austin to convention center to get my badge and then from there to the “Break Bread with Brad” at the Ginger Man pub on West 4th St.
After a glass of wine and a nice chat with George, I realized it was 9pm plus and I was starving. And I was babbling to poor George. I won a door prize from Brad’s stash of DVDs, an Original Star Trek with Joan Collins (Wahoo!). I chatted briefly with Brad and Doug, before heading off to find food.
I hit P.F. Chang’s, across the street from my hotel, for my solo 3rd annual First Friday dinner at the bar. I had Cantonese Chow Fun and a glass of Pinot Noir, as well as a nice chat with my bar neighbors, Joey and Elizabeth. Lizzie is the store accountant for the brand new HUGE Whole Foods Mother Ship Store. I will visit for lovely gluten free foods before the weekend is over. My local Whole Foods, Tustin, is the smallest store in the chain and carries few gluten free items, and none that are FRESH BAKED GOODS, like the Mother Ship does.
I am tired. Tomorrow is Kick! at 10am. Yeah.

SXSW, Here I Come!

Today is Wednesday, on Friday at 11:17am I fly out of LAX to go to Austin, Texas, for 10 BIG days of SXSW. Yep, I am a glutton for punishment – once again, or more accurately for the 4th time – I will be doing both Interactive and Music.
As with last year, I am most excited for the Interactive portion of the conference.

Front Door for the Meltdown…

Ugh. Working the door at Alex’s for a Manic or Cad Tramps show is a nightmare. Tonight is Manic.
We completely sold out at 9:27pm and for the last hour and a half it has been beg-beg-plead-plead-yell-yell-wheadle-wheadle. Ms. Jen melts down.
About 20 mins. ago I had a group of about 15 rush the door after they convinced Big Mike they were with a party on the list. They weren’t. I kicked most of them out, it was bad.
I didn’t have time for a real dinner. Scruffy is stuck in the car, because there was no one to dog sit and I was not in the mood to come home at 3am to pee and pooh. Now I am hungry and crabby.