I was originally planning on attending SXSW this year. Then, as life went on, it didn’t seem like it would be in the plans for me. TechMoxie is newly launched, so I had work to do. Mike couldn’t attend because of the trip to Holland and the resulting work projects. The decision didn’t sit well with me though.
After talking with people throughout the week that were planning on attending, I changed my mind. (Me? Change my mind about something? Now there’s a shock.) Thursday night I sent out some e-mails, and Friday I lined things up with Min Jung to stay with her at the “Hacker’s House for Wayward Girls” (Tara’s apartment). Friday night, I headed west for Austin. I broke bread with Brad, which was wonderful. It is so great to have a chance to see everyone.
Today, I’ve attended Kick and cheered for the guy with the fabulous silver tennis shoes. I had lunch at Iron Works with Katie and Tara. I registered for SXSW, attended the keynote address with Jeffrey Zeldman, and I now have a signed copy of his book – completing my signed book collection. I’m now attending a panel on how to bluff your way through CSS. I need to remember to visit CSS Zen Garden, along with Stylegala, Web Standards Awards, and CSS Vault more often. (That’s a note to myself since I’m writing this while in the panel.)
SXSW is full of quips and quotes that make the whole thing memorable. I’ve learned now that if a complete stranger tells you on the street that you are beautiful, you had better say thank you before he starts shouting at you, “SAY THANK YOU!” Always remember that…