Have been fantastically wild and fun.
Starting out in San Fransisco for the Bay Area Anarchist Book and ending up frantically trying to figure out how I managed to book a ticket home on Alaska airlines when Alaska doesn’t fly out of Austin.
Highlights included meeting tons of cool people in San Fran, LA, and Austin. Seeing family I hadn’t seen in a long time. Seeing friends I hadn’t seen in a long time. Making new friends, especially in Austin, home of perhaps the friendliest people I’ve ever known. Eating at an all you can eat bbq place in Driftwood, Texas and then heading straight into a food coma. A delicious, delicious food coma. Seeing Grampall Jookabox put on a great show. Catching some great outdoor shows. Middle of the night dance parties on multiple occasions, once with the host sleeping in his van because there were so many people packed into his house. Eating late night breakfast at Magnolia, next to Bay Area rapper Mr. Fab.
Lowlights included static in San Fran, some crappy airline customer service throughout, a bit of sadness back home, and the melancholy feeling that accompanies the end of every great trip.
Overall though, the good outweighs the badness by a mile with a smile, and the soreness that comes from sleeping on couches and floors for ten days is already starting to fade.
Oh, and I also met a superhero. No lie. I was across the bar Saturday night from a man dressed in some sort of white uniform, with a weird inverted volkswagon (VW) symbol on his chest, and a white Mexican wrestling mask on his head. A friend and I approached with the extreme caution of men who are not strangers to the weird and unexpected. Turns out the dude was really nice, name was <<>> and he’s an artist. Bet you didn’t expect that, the dude who stands out for being weird at the biggest indiefest in the country is an artist. He’s an illustrator with a comic book, The Really White Vigiliante. Hence the white inverted VW symbol and wrestling mask. This particular superhero is fighting to keep gentrification out of East Austin. Pretty interesting dude, the costume was a solid conversation starter.
Too tired to proof, catch you kids later.