Every SXSW I've been to has been a little different. The first year, I went to a lot of films, mostly because I didn't know there are so many free shows. (I did know about the free Strokes show, though!) The second year, I carefully planned all the concerts I wanted to catch and unexpectedly found out about a few gems (Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes). This year, it's a whole new experience because there aren't that many bands or shows I'm familiar with, so I'm sort of flying by the seat of my pants. Heck, I even listened to a hip hop band today! (See? It's totally unlike me!)
Here's what happened so far:
- I got a sunburn.
- I saw a girl with what looked like barbecue sauce around her mouth. (We were not near food.)
- I was as close to being crushed by a crowd of people as I'd ever like to get.
- I saw Tegan & Sara, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and The Shout Out Louds.
- I got a pair of free sunglasses, and this:
Classy, huh? Those are my friends Nathan and Rachel. We decided to play it cool for the picture. I think we pulled it off.
(Also, I look A LOT like my brother Blake in this picture. We could be twins.)
Thing I'm thankful for: crowds of interesting people