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South X Southwest 2011: Day One/Two

Day One: I got in around 8 in the evening, and a woman was nice enough to share a piece of manicotti, as they didn’t have any extra, and I was just sitting there, drinking soda. That was very nice of her, but the management said I had to pay for it. I told them the situation, and they changed their minds.

Day Two: Got up, fell out of bed (top bunk — ouch!) did the usual morning stuff before heading out to downtown Austin to pick up my badge. It turned out that they didn’t open until 11 am, so I went to the Starbucks next to the state capitol building and watched the world go by for about an hour. Then went back to the convention center, where I stood on the first of many, many lines to get my stuff.

There doesn’t seem to be anything going on right now. Just people constructing stuff, and the actual programs don’t start until tomorrow afternoon. So I take a bus tour of the city, using my decades-old student ID to get a discount (they didn’t ask if it was valid or not, only if I had one). We went out into the Hill Country and then north of the University by the LBJ Presidential Library, which I’ve seen already.

I checked out a few venues, which were empty, and had fondue for dinner before going back the hostel.  The good guys are losing the war in Libya and while one would expect something like that, it’s still a bit of a disappointment.

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