Monday, March 9, 2009

In Austin Soon!

Photo Credit: Hi I'm Santi

Well, I leave for Austin on Thursday morning and I'm absurdly excited about being in the city, seeing old friends, making new ones, and attending SXSWi!

I've been taking the time to really delve into what panels I'd like to attend, meeting my company sponsors via email and phone, and just planning out this week in general. Now it's go time.

Top four things I'm excited about (in no particular order):
1. Seeing Terri Koen, an old MAIP friend who has been kind enough to let me stay with her instead of a hotel (hey, I'm resourceful!)
2. Visiting Austin for the first time - I've heard so many times that Austin is a large Gainesville, FL. Being the Florida Gator that I am, this appeals to me
3. Meeting people from my online community. This includes two of my sponsors that are outside of NYC and hanging out with one that is in NYC
4. Parties and music! Do I need to say more?

My SXSWi newbie guides:
1. SXSW - Steph's Don't Miss List! (and some tips)
from Internet Geek Girl
2. SXSW Is Easy
3. The SXSW Survival Guide by Jeremy Wright

What I'll arm myself with for the plane ride:
1. The Watchmen and Outliers
2. iPod Nano
3. Canon Powershot with my new Joby Gorillapod (quite possibly my favorite purchase in a long time!)
4. Travel blanket
5. Comfy shoes

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