That Book Changed My Life

So, I just posted a few seconds ago about my Spring Break in Austin for SXSW, but I wanted to make a separate post for one of the funniest stories I can imagine.

I'm actually a vegan, I swear.

After Brennan and I got finished with a technology conference, we were already feeling a pretty good buzz and started walking throughout the 6th Street area when we realized we were starving and hit up the nearest source of food, a pizza cart. We started smashing on some meat lovers pizza, when, like the true hawks we are, noticed an attractive female ordering a pizza and holding some book. I decided the best thing to do would be to start a meaningful conversation with her, so I approached her and said “that book changed my life”. She turned around and started agreeing with me and explaining how the book illustrated why the meat industry was the worst part of America and that she converted to a vegan diet after reading it.

That’s about the time that she realized we were both talking to her while eating a meat lover pizza. Brennan made probably the funniest face I’ve ever seen when I said “Yeah, this was just my one slip-up”.

This has to be about the best timing on anything, ever. The moral of the story is that she turned out to be a bartender, thought our massive bullshit introduction was hilarious, and actually bought us shots at her bar when we finally figured out what it was called. That’s how winners play Austin.

“Spring Break” 2011

I’m putting that in quotation marks because I no longer have a Spring Break because I have somehow turned into an adult. That said, I really needed to catch up with all the people I have been telling I would catch up with for years — and this is the perfect time to do it before I ship out on May 17th. Pretty much everything worked out time wise, so I decided to take off this past Wednesday and head into Austin for South by Southwest (or SXSW), which is basically a festival films, technology, art, music, and food. So, uh, pretty much everything I like in one place at one time!

Having a slightly inebriated converstaion with Angelo, the CEO of deviantART

So, Wednesday I headed to Austin for my first event, a Texas devMeet with a lot of the core staff (and friends!) from deviantART which was put on at the Spider House off Guadalupe. I met a lot of new folks because it drew such a crowd, which was nice, but it was also comforting to see the rest of the Texas devMeet guys from our annual meets. We’re pretty much family now. Lots and lots of history there. Interesting how bonds like that form.

I got to talk to Ryan, the creative/marketing guru for dA, and I think we talked way too long about demographics, but for us it was an enjoyable experience. And, of course, I got to see my former bosses, Heidi and Danie, who were pretty awesome. And finally, I had a few drunken rambling conversations with Angelo, the dA CEO and all around badass. During this entire time, I was working on getting completely plastered, at which I completely succeeded.

Finally, we headed to another venue to wrap up the night and I really can only say that I hope they expected me to be truly a memorable experience. I was all kinds of nuts that night for a lot of complicated reasons. In turn, if I ever get to meet them all again some day, I believe I will be “that guy”. Ha.

Thankfully, I survived the night and found a place to stay. I ended up getting some breakfast with Charlie, one of the elite SXSW photographers this year, and a Texas devMeet regular and had more random conversations about life. Good times.

Koreana, the world's best place to eat. This is not an exaggeration.

Following that, I headed into San Antonio to link up with Christian and see if he had been betting his life savings on the field. We hit up Koreana off Rittiman and had the best meal in the entire world. I forwarded this image to Dan and he instantly started crying. What a baby. After that, I linked up with KJ, Dylan, and Craig (and worked in a trip to Taco Taco with KJ the following morning before heading out). Then, we did Bays, like the classic Trinity experience where an entirely hammered Rob showed up. Of course, we managed to get to Crabby Jacks (and didn’t even get kicked out). I got to see Stephanie again, which was nice, even though she lost all of my elite CD collection.

After hanging out with Rob for a while that next day (until Ariel came in town!), I got a call from Brennan, the source of my exploits from last year’s spring break. I headed that way and met him in Austin for a SXSW feature about the future of technology in ten years. Unfortunately, the most memorable thing about it was an egg toss and a four dollar Bud Light, but after this, we were set and ready to party. Along the way, probably the funniest thing possible happened to us. But, as usual, it all went down at and around 6th Street (though there were noticeably less people than usual — I guess they were at the VIP parties).

When I woke up, I called up Scott who I went to Creekwood Middle School with in Kingwood, and ended up reuniting with in college freshman year as incoming Trinity freshmen. We ended up making margaritas and heading to meet other Kingwood friends like Matt and Aaron to swim at Barton Springs, a really beautiful natural spring with a nice park area. Then dinner at Garj Mahal, the best Indian place I’ve ever tried, and then back to the 21st St Coop, an interesting coop with a bar set up and lots of music and places to gather. We listened to some screaming music and drank, but the highlight was just getting to see all the guys again.

I wanted to make this post immediately after I got home, otherwise I would delay it and forget it like I usually do. I had a really, really great time. I think it was such an interesting Spring Break because I had four completely unique experiences: a devMeet, a Trinity-style night, a Sam/Brennan 6th Street rager (Sam was with us in spirit. 5 dollar liquor pitcher? Absolutely!), and a chill reunion with my best friends from my childhood. Seriously, what more could you ask for?

There was a possibility of staying another night, but I really had to get back because of work (and my body had becomeĀ  a living alcohol sponge for days straight). Next week will be cut short too because then I’m heading to Houston to see Emily.

Spring Break, Round 2 — coming soon.

22 March 2010

As usual, I’ve slacked off on updating this. I suppose it’s just because I’m busy or just not really caring. Not too much is new in my life, however. I suppose more than usual, though.

I’ve been searching for a job and this whole process is extremely frustrating. Employers treat potential employees like trash for the most part, canceling meetings and not showing up to them (the company in question is called CityVoice in San Antonio). It’s an annoying process and my hopes of getting something in San Antonio have pretty much been erased. I’m expanding my search to all across Texas (at least in major cities) and a few other places. I have something going on with Sam though, and that could really pan out — and Austin is the best location for that. Hopefully it will pan out because I really think Sam and I would do best on yacht being rich, but the market is crowded and it’s hard to bring an idea to reality. But I am hopeful and hope is really what can make or break an idea. We’ve got to keep pushing ahead.

Sam was taking care of the Gremlins while we chilled.

Also new in my life is a girlfriend, Stephanie, who is a really nice girl. She’s fun to hang out with and as weird as I am, which makes things a lot more compatible. I’m really not a girlfriend kind of guy so we’ll see where this goes. I’m currently happy, but I demand a certain amount of space and freedom which seems a little hard to get right now. That said, that’s coupled with all the things that are going on at school and in my personal life.

I’m continuing to work out, although I’ve hurt my left shoulder pretty badly and so I’ve had to relax my efforts. I will eventually get a giant ripped beast, or so I hope, but for right now I’ve got to take it easy for a few more weeks before I ramp up my weights. Of course, it’s hard to have a consistent work out schedule when I’m so busy with everything else. On top of it, Spring Break 2010 pretty much set me back two months. I haven’t drank and partied like that in a long time. It was certainly very fun to be there for SXSW and St. Patty’s, and I had a few of the best days of my college career. However, at the same time, it’s good to be back. I’m not really sure how anyone gets anything done in Austin; how do college students not drop out immediately? I don’t think I could handle doing that sort of thing unless it were my job! Somehow, we need to get paid to party…

20 March 2008

Whoa, it’s March already. In fact, it’s almost April. That means it’s almost time for school to start wrapping up (right before a huge mass of research projects and final papers, followed up by finals). I’m on Spring Break right now, and thank God. Unfortunately, it’s been packed with a lot of work and I’m still not done yet. I wish I could have got more finished, but I mean, seriously, it’s break so why shouldn’t I be allowed to take one? So yeah, take that Trinity. I don’t want to write an essay!

Emily (left), myself, and friends

Anyway, besides that, I have good news. I’ve found a very special girl, Emily, and we’re pretty much the best thing since sliced bread. Ballin’! Strangely, I can’t wait to get back to school for once. Weird. Oh well, things are moving very fast as it is, so I should be set. Hell, this thing is like a time machine — the next time I post it could be the end of April and I’ve already got through all the horrible things at school and done a lot with my life. Who knows!

6 March 2008

We ended up visiting Big Bend State Park. Neato.

So I am taking midterms. For the last week, and this week, and the next week, my social life is forfeit to the struggles of education! Perhaps this will make me a wise individual, but so far I’ve been perfecting the best ways to memorize lines and lines of trivial and pointless information only to immediately forget it all after turning in the test. Yes, college rocks.

My Spring Break is on the 14th though, so I can’t wait. I’ll be going home to Midland, maxing, relaxing, all chill, all cool, and shoot some bball outside the school. Not going to do much else besides some client work and meeting with friends.

9 March 2007

I just wanted to that right now Spring Break is awesome. I got home, my mom fixed me a sandwich and started my laundry. How awesome!

Then, I laid outside listening to some southern rock out in this beautiful day (72F, Sunny with a breeze). I passed out for a little on my lawn chair and then I poured myself some homemade iced tea and ate strawberries. No lie, spring break is looking like a great waste of time. I’m so happy to be doing nothing.

Oh, and I’m also stealing wireless internet on my laptop as I’m lounging here. “Jordan Home” is fast too! Gotta love WiFi!

Ah, I’m so happy.

4 March 2007

It’s 4:20 in the morning and I’m still up, like usual. Tomorrow I have to study for my art history midterm, and I’m fearing that. So it’s art history Monday, paper revision on Tuesday for Wednesday, Thursday is ethics and forensics. Sort of a packed schedule really. I’m not looking forward to it at all. Otherwise life is good and I finally did some partying, albeit mild. I think beer has finally taken a toll on me, but I really don’t mind it. I just wish I didn’t drink and instead did other things, but whatever.

Yekshemash

A lot of the guys on my hall talk in the Borat voice now, but I definitely do it most often. I’m really good at it, but it’s driving me nuts. I’ve been trying to stop for a while now, but it’s just so appropriate sometimes. Also frustrating, I keep gaining weight. I hardly eating but I’m somehow gaining weight. The food here is pretty terrible.

I can’t wait for Spring Break — it’s only a week away at this point. I’m skipping my Friday class for sure. I’ll just have to figure out how I can miss out on the fun for Friday since I have an assignment due. Whatever. Thursday night will be an amazing party, I’m sure of it.