SXSW: Longhorns Wednesday March 15, 2006

Well, well, well this post gets the righteous honor of being written on the tarmac of Kalispel international airport. Our flight attempted to land in Calgary at around 5:00ish on Wednesday night, but unfortunately a low celling and deteriorating weather conditions diverted us to Kalispel, MT. So the masterminds in Denver have decided that we’ll be returning to Denver for the evening. It is not certain, but all signs point for a night of excitment and airport food in the Windy city ;)

Tuesday was the final day of SXSW interactive festival. As typical with most events the quality of the final day always shows signs of deterioration, so we decided to play a little hookie. While we still managed to catch the closing remarks, most of the day was dedicated to site seeing and rest n’ recuperation.

Austin - Congress Street

In the afternoon we ventured down to South Congress and tried some genuine home cooked southern food. While Ian chose the more sensible vegetarian Lasagna, I (who was still reeling from the aftermath of Nuclear Taco) decided Chicken Fried Beefsteak would be a nice treat. In a previous post one of the main justifications for purchasing the cybershot was to capture those precious moments when I realize I am a complete fucking moron. Let’s add another entry to my catalogue of stupidity.

Chicken Fried BeefSteak

After lunch, Ian and myself went our separate ways. He went back to the Hotel to rest, while I high tailed it for another assault on the University of Texas.

As mentioned there are two pillars to my vacations. One finding dive bars and two checking out colleges and their football stadiums. For some reason I really dig large American colleges. I don’t know why. I just do it. Its my thing and it drives people I travel with crazy.

Either way The University of Texas is situated right beside the Texas Congress building and just north of our hotel. Like most of the campuses I’ve visited, UT is large, beautiful and has that true collegiate vibe. UT is probably most famous for Chalres Whitman Sniper Tower rampage a few years back.

University of Texas Tower

But the best part about UT are the 2005 National Champion Longhorns. As everyone knows Texans really love their football. It’s no joke people in Texas really loves the Longhorns. People in Austin are ravenous about the ‘horns. And I freaking love it! You can’t walk anywhere with out seeing orange and white. At the heart of Longhorn pride is the 85,000 seat Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium.

While the stadium is pretty impressive nothing symbolizes Longhorn pride more than this guy:

Austin Lhorns

Not only is it a beautiful bronze statue, but he’s dropping the Longhorns Hornpack!! Amazing!!! It could be the single greatest statue I have ever laid witness to.

So that kind of sums up my trip to Austin. (Well I guess it’s not really over yet, it might become a Austin/Denver trip.) We didn’t do much Tuesday evening. We caught some more Tex-Mex food and went to the closing party. It was good to see everyone for the last time. We traded music recommendations and mushy farewells.

On a whole Austin was phenomenal. If I ever get home, I’ll wrap this trip up with some my urban observations of Austin (Alright give a guy a some slack, I have to get some mileage out of this useless degree) and my impression of the interactive/creative industry.

So good bye Austin. Hello Denver.

Keep Austin Weird

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