7 Reasons You Know You’re Experiencing SXSW Withdrawal

There’s no doubt that by the end of South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi), we are all tired, brain dead and a little overwhelmed… yet we all seem to have a big ole’ permagrin on our face (not to mention hundreds of new Twitter, Plancast and and Gowalla followers). This is partially due to the fact that there is just nothing quite like “South-by” as locals call it. It’s just such a perfect mix of sun, friends and a deeper understanding of what makes “social,” well… “social.”

As a three time veteran, I feel the need to let other South-by attendees that they aren’t the only ones to feel that twinge of remorse as their planes touch down, especially those that have to go back to colder climes. What better way to empathize than to share my seven reasons you know you’re experiencing SXSW withdrawal with my friends.

Drumroll please…

7. You can’t stop using the world “douchebag”… including with your kids, grandmother and your boss.
6. Checking into every room in your house using Gowalla and Foursquare feels perfectly normal.
5. You find yourself daydreaming about BBQ… ALL THE TIME
4. Neighbors look at you funny when you ask them which parties they are going to tonight.
3. None of your co-workers know where or what the “Blogger’s Lounge” is.
2. You can’t help but wonder if you’ll randomly bump into Robert Scoble, Gary Vaynerchuck or Guy Kawasaki  in your local Starbucks.


1. You keep looking at the @RedSoxGnome‘s Twitter stream to see which wild and crazy guy or gal he’ll end up with next!

Great seeing everyone. Sorry we didn’t get a chance to visit more. A more serious wrap up SXSW post will be coming soon!

Photo Credit: my main, techmology man, Jim Storer. (respect, respect)

I’m now a Texan (humorous)

As any of you that follow me on Twitter or read my blog regularly now know, I’ve officially settled in the great republic of Texas — Austin, TX to be exact. To that end, I’m working on acclimating myself and my family as fast as possible. Fortunately, I have co-workers like Mary Lemons who was kind enough to share a list with me via e-mail titled, “To Help with your Texas-ifying.” It was a list of 40 items — all humorous — that I’m sure has been amassed through blog posts and e-mail forwards over the years.

Knowing my proclivity for sharing, I couldn’t resist posting the “best of” this list below. Apologies to the original source of this list — if anyone knows who owns it, let me know and I’ll be sure to provide proper attribution.

You know you’re a Texan if:

  1. You know it’s a given that the true value of a parking place lies in the shade, not the distance to the door.
  2. You see just as many Texan flags as American flags.
  3. You end a lot of words without the letter “g.”
  4. You can drive all day (and more) and never leave the state
  5. You’ve actually burned your hand opening your car door. (or front door for that matter)
  6. You know all 4 seasons: Almost summer, Summer, Still summer, and Deer season.
  7. You choose a brand of salsa with the same care that another might use to select a bottle of fine wine.
  8. You know that “Fixinto” is one word.
  9. You have owned at least one belt buckle bigger than your fist.
  10. You aren’t surprised to find movie rental, ammunition, and bait all in the same store.  
  11. You know there are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 of them live in Texas.
  12. Your biggest bicycle wreak fear is, “What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?”
  13. You know everything goes better with BBQ sauce.
  14. You don’t consider people from Austin to be real Texans.
  15. You can fix anything with Duct Tape.
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