SxSW inspiration

Posted: March 16, 2018 in Creative Writings, TRAVEL / Gatherings, Uncategorized
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In a Social media world full of visual presence, the art of literary expression seems to be fading.

The majority of my self expression these days is done through visual Instagram posts but as i write this I am inspired to tell the SxSW story by the dimly lit austin river walk.

As I enter downtown Austin 7 patrols have the road blocked as they are arresting some trouble makers. Proceeding through checkpoint Charlie, I go 6 blocks up Lamar and find a quaint dark side street to set up camp.

Soon as I shut off the engine, the car is still vibrating as a train roars 10 feet behind me. Ok, let’s try this again. I go further up the street and discover something special. An air stream camper surrounded by what appears in the dark to be some lovely garden landscaping. There is a short path over to a shipping container food both with a ladder to the roof. “This will work”, I say to myself. “What sun rise view will delight me in the morning”, I wonder.

I begin my trek towards the music in the air. First stop, Alamo theatre district. Very similar to my college town Haymarket. A few block further to the river and I find a nice hill with benches to rest and write these thoughts down. On one side of me, two high school girls are making out. On the other, a woman with a few health issues in her 60s with a German Shepherd is smoking a joint.

Music from the main stage is below in front of me. Over my left shoulder another band is playing on a paddle boat as it approaches.

The music at this stage comes to a stop and the departure of the crowd tells me it is time to search for the next stage. Time to cross the river and see what we will find next.

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