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photo taken from Six Lounge rooftop

Our cousin Misty is down with her friend for SXSW and unlike us they have badges. We first met them at Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar.

Then we headed across the street to Doc’s for a beer where a random band came marching by. This is one of the many reason I love Austin, because she is as random as I.

Then we went to Six Lounge, Lance Armstrong’s club, and my new favorite club in Austin.

They have a nice rooftop view and they have my X-Rated Liquor. It’s my new favorite liquor, so good. I swear I’m seriously considering bringing  a flask of this stuff so I have it with me at all times.

I’m totally digging Misty these days.

We headed to Speakeasy.

Having too much fun.

Lot’s of people out tonight.

And lastly we ended the night at Paradise on Sixth.

I must say it was a good night.

Today we’re at Darwin’s Pub checking out the band Pistol Whippin Ike, from Dallas.

What a festive day! I love SXSW.

My Sancho looks smoking hot today.

Don’t forget to tip bitches.

Pistol Whippin Ike doing their thing on stage. I enjoyed them very much.

After our music fix we headed down to South Congress where we ordered me my sexy new black boots from Allen’s Boots. They get here in 7-10 days. It’s going to be a long week. Afterwords we went to South Congress Cafe to celebrate. Man, I really dig this place. It’s cute and trendy, the foods great and best of all they have this killer frozen black berry mojito.

Brie cheese with jalapeno jelly. It was crackalacking.

Ray got duck and get this, he actually liked the veggies more than the duck. I don’t know if that means the duck sucks or if the veggies are just that freaking amazing but whatever makes my baby eats his veggies is a winner in my book.

And I got a salad and it was divine. Ray even said, “if you made salads like this I would eat them all the time.”

Can anyone say “happy hour?”

SXSW Interactive is near it’s end which means Beau is going back to San Francisco. Just like last year we made a stop by Woodland before heading out to the airport.

This pie was actually alright, but talk about sloppy presentation on with the whipped cream.

I asked for more whipped cream and the waiter said I would be charged because they had to make it. Uh, don’t you have to make it anyways? So 20 minutes later I get my whipped cream.

Ray got fish and chips and it was piece of crap. Just a fried blob. He hated it.

Don’t think we’ll be coming back. We’re just gonna have to find a new place to take Beau before the airport next year.

As sad as it is, what you see is the extent of my SXSW Interactive experience. A lot different from last year, not that I did much last year, but whatever I did it was definitely more than this. What, sorry I’m not a geek. If I would have known being a geek would have been this cool when I was in high school I would have focused more on school shit and less on whatever the hell it was that I was focusing on at the time, boys, fucking, drugs, who knows.

Well, our good buddy Steve is staying with us and he and Ray were planning to go to the after parties together instead of purchasing a $400 ticket but Steve broke down and bought a ticket when he heard Anthony and Natalie from New York were flying in.

So Ray was left alone to fend for himself, at least for the first night because Steve got bad news the next day and had to head back to Dallas which meant that Ray landed himself Steven’s pass. That’s two years in a row that Ray’s landed a free pass.

This here is our good buddy Beau. He lives in San Francisco. And below is my dinner, grilled cheese sandwich with a shot of tomato soup. Yes, a shot of tomato soup, that’s a first for me. It was good and I would have rather had a cup or perhaps a bowl of it. Maybe they ran out of tomatoes? But who cares because the grilled cheese sandwich was money. The bread was toasted to perfection and had a slight sweetness to it that left your taste buds begging for more. Money I tell ya, money.

Ray got chicken sliders. He enjoyed his meal as well. I guess that means we have to come back to Max’s.

That’s Anthony down there in the hat. Last time I saw him we randomly ran into him while we were in New York. It was nice to finally meet his wife Natalie.

Well after Max’s we went to the Iron Cactus and I’m sure a few other bars. All I know is that it was a wild and crowded night in downtown Austin.


Shiner’s Saloon

Ever since I met Brandi, Kimmy’s sister, at my wedding and found out that she too lives in Austin I’ve been meaning to give her a call. Finally only eight short months later I did exactly that and now I’m wondering what the hell took me so long. I mean this girl is a lot of fun and really cute.

Before we met up with her we had some tapas at Malaga’s Tapas and Bar.


Malaga Tapas and Bar

It was exactly as I had suspected, small portions of overpriced mediocre food. Hey, but I had to know, every time Ray and I drive by this place I’m like, “oooooh, we need to try that place one day. It looks cute.” And that it is. It’s a really cute restaurant, service is great and they have wine galore to choose from.

I don’t remember the name of this dish but it was like a slice of potato pie, a mushy one at that with a burnt bottom crust.


Malaga Tapas and Bar

I’m not gonna lie though, if you come here try the Portobellos Alinados dish (top dish), marinated portobellos on top a bed of cheese and then drizzled with warm balsamic vinegar dressing. It was money.


Malaga Tapas and Bar

The best thing about Malaga’s is that it’s “a 21 and up establishment.” So if your here on a date you don’t have to worry about any annoying  little brats in the distance.

South By South West was still in effect. The streets were busy and the air was fill with beats and rhythms. We were now on our way to Shiner’s Saloon where Steven, Brandi’s boyfriend was playing.


Shiner’s Saloon

I tried to get a good picture of Steven and his band but failed. I don’t remember the name of the band but I do know that they fucking rock. As soon as their band came on the crowd instantly tripled in size. You can kinda make him out in the back, the guy in the green shirt playing guitar.


Shiner’s Saloon

We warmed up the sad lonely saddle and put it to good use.


Shiner’s Saloon

Me and my sexy husband. Hey ladies, you can look but if you touch I’m gonna crack your skull open with my beer bottle.


Shiner’s Saloon

This is me practicing my sweet air guitar moves.


Shiner’s Saloon

I forgot this chick’s name but those aren’t her drums. She was a lot of fun and thinking about moving to Austin. Who knows, maybe we’ll be friends.


Shiner’s Saloon

Me and Steve snuggling it up for the camera.


Shiner’s Saloon

What a great night. Brandy was so much fun, Steven’s band rocked out with no cocks out, and it’s SXSW!

Keep on keep it on.

WordPress BBQ Luncheon

Yeah, so I’m a little late on current news, what can I say, I’ve been busy making shit happen but a lot has happen since and I finally got some time to tell you all about it.

First Chris flew in but he flew in for a different conference, it just so happens that his ran into the week SXSW began. One of the first things we did was go to Buffalo Billiards for a few games of pool,

Buffalo Billiards

Buffalo Billiards

where Ray opened a can of whoop ass on us, as usual and Chris and I played the longest game of pool in history. To make Chris feel better about loosing so bad Ray let him teach him how to play foosball and pretend to really care.

Buffaalo Billiards

Buffaalo Billiards

What a boring game.

Foosball

Foosball

Chris knew more about the bar scene downtown than we did, which really doesn’t surprise me. He took us to one of his favorite bars called Legends Sports Bar to end the night.

Legends Sports Bar and Grill

Legends Sports Bar and Grill

The next day Beau flew in and that’s when South By South West really started for us.

Beau, the Victim

Beau, the Victim

Beau is a super nerd and definitely one of the smartest friends we have. He was way more involved in SXSW and was even there to represent Word Press.


Beau, the Super Nerd

We bar hopped to a bunch of random bars that I don’t really remember, but what I do remember is that is was cold as fuck.

Beau, the Alcoholic

Beau, the Alcoholic

So the best thing about the picture right above is the man standing behind Beau. I was actually trying to slyly take a photo of him by pretending to take a photo of Beau. I obviously wasn’t that sly because the dude knew and looked right at me and smiled for the photo. Unfortunately he’s not in focus but if he were you’d see that he had a tiny telescope attached on the right part of his glasses. He just walked around the bar like that the whole time. It was weird, creepy and hilarious.

Maria Maria

Maria Maria

Later on Ray, Chris and I had dinner at Maria Maria. It was a cute place but the service was shitty. There was a long piece of hair in my appetizer and  on top of having meat in my entree it was super salty. I sent my meal back and got dessert instead. After dinner we went around to a few more bars that I don’t remember. I took a cab home shortly after though because too much drinking fuels my fire. I’m not much of a drinker and sometimes being around certain people I can’t help but to get rubbed the wrong way where all I want to do is connect faces to my dark, brown, sexy boots. Going home was definitely the right choice because the Universe saw my nasty mood and delivered the perfect cab driver right to me. By the time I arrived at my destination I was in a completely different state of mind. It’s funny how different people can manage to bring out the best and worst in some. Ray stumbled home with Beau, Chris and our good friend Steven Ray some time later that night.

Ray Hernandez, photo by Beau Lebens

Ray Hernandez, photo by Beau Lebens

The next day I was on my own because the boys went off to do what they do best, be super nerds. They created a “Photo with Beau Scavenger Hunt Contest” that night that I followed on FaceBook every time they tweet about it. At around 3 in the morning the boys stumbled in and Ray got scalded for not calling me all day and night. Bad husband.

WordPress BBQ Luncheon, photo by Beau Lebens

WordPress BBQ Luncheon, photo by Beau Lebens

I did tag along the next day though. I was actually signed up for one event, the Word Press BBQ Luncheon. They had me at free food and organic vegan cupcakes.

WordPress BBQ Luncheon

WordPress BBQ Luncheon

I took the last of the cupcakes.

WordPress BBQ Luncheon

WordPress BBQ Luncheon

Sorry Chris.

WordPress BBQ Luncheon

WordPress BBQ Luncheon

We hit the bars after the barbecue.

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Later on that night we ended up at the Tumblr party.

SXSW Tumblr Party

SXSW Tumblr Party

They had me at open bar.

SXSW Tumblr Party

SXSW Tumblr Party

Ray was a fan of the open bar too.

SXSW Tumblr Party

SXSW Tumblr Party

Steven was planning on leaving that night back to Dallas so we didn’t want to stay out too late. We sobered up at the coffee shop next door and bid one another farewell. I was ready to be home, but poor Ray, he had to head back out in a few hours to pick up drunken Beau.

The next day we grabbed lunch at Woodland Restaurant on South Congress and drove the last of our guests to the airport.

Woodland Restaurant

Woodland Restaurant

Creamy Tomato Soup @ Woodland Restaurant

Woodland Restaurant

Woodland Restaurant