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Friday, March 10, 2006

Why yes, I think I am insane

Four-thirty in the morning is an hour when no sane human is awake. Therefore, I must be insane, because that's when my eyes popped open this morning. Not that it was that much of a loss; the alarm was set for five a.m. so I could go strap myself into an exploding tin can for five hours and head for the one drop of hip in an ocean of Texas. Yes, it's true, I'm at SXSW, just like every other self-respecting blogger in the western hemisphere. I wonder why it is that a shy, introverted person like me puts himself in a position that can best be enjoyed by an extroverted hail fellow, well met. (I used to be one of those extroverts, but I think I used up my life supply of extroversion by the age of nine. Long story.)

Anyway, I hope to be here tonight. You can see what I look like in this post here, except that my hair's probably a bit messier thanks to the eighty-seven degree heat. Didn't anyone tell these people that it's March, and that spring doesn't even start for a couple of weeks yet, never mind summer? I should have brought more shorts.... Anyway, if you're insane too and you see me, say hi. I have a hard time getting started, but once I do, I can talk as well as any other insane person who straps themselves into an exploding tin can. I'll even be happy to explain why there's a sticker with the letter "Z" on my SXSW badge.

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Posted at 6:58 PM

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i envy you! this year should have been my year to go to sxsw, but who the hell could have predicted i would have gotten laid off this week? now i have all the time that i didn't think i'd have...

have fun, blog a lot! go see all my favorite bands and tell me what i'm missing.

Posted by shirley at 7:45 PM, March 10, 2006 [Link]

Hey, it was nice to meet you this evening :-) ... See you around!

Posted by Georgy at 10:51 PM, March 10, 2006 [Link]

It was a pleasure to meet you too, Georgy.

Damn, Shirley, that sucks. I can hardly wait for the revolution to come, and the people who lay good people off will be the first against the wall.... (And unfortunately, I won't be here for the music part of SXSW; my brother had the unmitigated gall to schedule his wedding for that weekend. So I'm just here for the web geek part, SXSW Interactive....)

Posted by ralph at 12:32 AM, March 11, 2006 [Link]

i appreciate the sympathy.

too bad you can't also indulge your music geekdom down there. so near, yet so far.

Posted by shirley at 10:59 AM, March 11, 2006 [Link]

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