Tuesday, March 18, 2014

South By South Best

Perhaps I'm getting dull and boring, or perhaps the festival just feels like it's getting out of hand, but this year I wasn't really feeling SXSW. Either way, this year turned out to my most favorite SXSW. Here are my happy reflections from my SXSBest.

The best thing this year, by far, was taking the entire week off of work without any intention of joining in the festivities. My staycation certainly turned into a SXSW party, but my expectations were low and I knew I would be happy at home if the party didn't appeal to me. I also had plenty of down time to tackle some house chores, hang out with Pam and baby Charlie, and nap!

My week started off with a bang! Egyptian Lover is a DJ from the early 1980s that BBC turned me on to. Brandon was in a breakdancing crew as a kid, with Egyptian Lover being one of his favorite beat throwers. We were both pretty excited to learn that he was DJing at Holy Mountain and quickly made plans to be front and center at the stage. It was an amazing show and we danced our boo-tays off. Last year for BBC's birthday I bought him an unopened, original pressing Egyptian Lover album. We brought it, opened in it front of da Lovah, and got it signed.

I had to pee, so the album came with me.

Monday was a very exciting day for me. I woke up early-ish (for being on vacation) and went down to Austin Pets Alive! to meet my favorite internet sensation, Lil Bub. It's pretty insane how long the line was to meet this petite puss, but it was worth the 45 minutes and the $25 donation. The event raised $7,000 and I got to say, "Howdy, lady!" to a kitty celebrity. It was the only time I've ever been star struck by a celebrity. (Or, should I say, celebr-kitty!)

This photo is a keeper!!

Here are some photo out-takes. After all, we both can't look great all the time.

Lil Bub showing me her Yoda impression!

I wonder how well Grumpy Cat is taken care of with all the events she does over SXSW, including a Town Lake boat ride. You can rest assured that Lil Bub is pampered like a princess and got plenty of breaks and alone time with her pops during the event. I snapped a pic of a little snuggle break and for reference: Lil Bub's Dude is Hot and We Need to Talk About it.

Since I had the day off, I took the opportunity to cook a 14 pound turkey Monday and host a Fakes-giving movie night with the ladies. We had a feast with all the trimmings: stuffing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, fancy potatoes รก la Bridget, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, pie, bisquits, brownies, and cranberry jammy cocktails. We watched Son in Law, being that it's a Thanksgiving movie and all, and since it was Spring Break we didn't let the party stop once the film did.

Wednesday afternoon BBC and I set sail on a Bruise Cruise on Town Lake. It was a beautiful day and the music was great: Arp, Kelley Stoltz, and Coachwhips. My favorite part was watching the sun set while we cruised to the Coachwhips. I've been on a boat before, but I was really surprised with the weak sea legs I have. It was dizzying walking around while we were sailing and I felt like I was floating on air even after the cruise ended.

Watching the sun set on a boat, y'all!

Glamorous Sherry!

We started many of our days and ended most of our nights a Trailer Space, which was a pretty great buffer from the SXSW world. Brandon played a show Saturday night and we were fortunate enough to find great parking everywhere we went. Obnox, Gary Numan, Parquet Courts, Ty Segall, The Blind Shake, Reigning Sound, and all of our favorite local bands filled out the rest of the weekend. I think my favorite surprise was seeing Harvey Sid Fisher play an unexpected show at Trailer Space. 

Harvey Sid Fisher and BBC

As always, we ended our SXSW at the best party in town, Uncle Doug's Chili Dog Fest. Eating chili dogs and drinking beer is the best way to cure a week-long hangover. We crawled out of bed Sunday afternoon to join our favorite, tired locals for great rock n' roll. And, even better, it raised money for Austin Pets Alive! and HAAM. Needless to say, yesterday was a pretty tough day back in the office.

Pretty perky for the Sunday after SXSW. I woke up like dis!

The were certainly ups and downs at SXSW this year. The insanity of Wednesday night outside of Mohawk was sobering, to say the least. Every single person involved could have been someone we knew or loved. Friday night, after an amazing and packed Reigning Sound show at Yellow Jacket, a team of under-age, skateboarding jackasses started swinging their boards at bar staff breaking noses and busting faces when they were denied entry. I heard countless other stories of assholes across town causing havoc. It's all so very disappointing, I truly feel like the festival has gotten out of control, and I hope things will be better regulated next year.

So why was this the SXSBest ever? This year Brandon wasn't working at a bar or the festival, so we got to enjoy the entire week together. Whether we were napping in the back of our car mid-day, missing all but one song of a set that we really wanted to catch, or losing our hearing at the loudest Blind Shake show ever, it was great experiencing everything with my best friend.

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