What a lovely mistress you are, and truly, you are a mistress. See, you are my escape to life, a chance to see my closest friends, eat like a growing teenager, and drink like a college junior. I get to be with you for a week out of the year, and by far that week is the best out of all the rest. It's not even close, that is the greatest time for me.
This year was something special for me. I had just moved to Austin, and started what is quickly becoming the happiest time of my life. I finally feel that I'm establishing a good work/life balance, and (once I get internet) I'll have the social element back in my life. As much as I love Minneapolis, I had to get out to make the change, and I'm so happy I did.
My RTX started Tuesday. I got into work, my second day at work, and couldn't concentrate on anything. I knew I was moving into the condo that night, and I couldn't wait. Me, Dan, Michelle and Newbs all hoped in Dan's car and headed for my place to grab my stuff, then off to Torchy's to see Laurin. Had a damn good time and ate delicious food like usual.
Wednesday is when my memory starts to go a little hazy. Went to work, once again fully concentrating on anyhting but work, then got out. Met up with everyone, as the stream of people coming into town amplified, and next thing you know, we're going on a pub crawl. There was rushed double scotches, punching machines, amazing friends, then sickness. Maybe I over did it that night... but as per usual, did end the night at Shakespeare's...
Thursday was lovely. See I had a ticket to the charity auction, but my feet were dead from walking back and forth between offices 3 times that day, and the last thing I wanted to do was get dressed up. So I threw on much shittier clothes, bought a bottle of rum, and headed to the hotel for Pacific Rum. We may not have paid much attention to the movie, but it was still a wonderful night relaxing and drinking with friends.
Friday... hmm Friday was pretty awesome. Went to work, then ran the fuck back after. Newbs had a panel at 4:30, and I didn't get out until then, so I ran as fast as I could to get to it. Ran inside the JW and it was like I was being guided by all my close friends as I rushed through the hotel at their direction. Only to finally being ushered into the panel by Hazer after registering in record time. Good panel too, sad I missed half of it. After the panel I got thrown into the floor in search for a Cubone plushie, guided by Ty and Newbs, my heroes. Don't worry, I got my Cubone as well. That night, we headed back out. First BD Riley's for dinner (this is where things get hazy for the weekend) then we ran over to Buffalo for billiards, then shuffleboard. It was another amazing night, Lammy got in, then I left to go pass out for about 10 hours.
Saturday morning was my private time, watching the opening weekend of the English soccer leagues, and cheering on my team. After that, headed for lunch with Reta and Newbs, then spent the after wandering the floor with Reta. Bought another shirt, hung with Fernando and Mindy at their booth, and then headed for Geeks Who Drink. Despite a couple of horrible randos on our team, it was still a great time. Anyways, went back to the hotel, played some games, had some good times, and then went to sleep.
Sunday... I can't recall what happened on Sunday if I'm perfectly honest. Laurin had her panel, I dragged Reta to it, it was a damn good time. Such a good time I took a nap after it. (Actually I had a serious headache.) Then, after that was the dinner. The RSMUD. What a time, what a fucking time. I love that party, and I love Newbs for hosting it. I can't remember all of it, but I do recall getting the boot from Buffalo, after about midnight, then being kinda sad.
(currently sitting in a meeting discussing software updates we want to push out, including flash, firefox, adobe and java. Super Exciting)
Anyways, after getting the boot, me and Schraver headed for Shakespeare's for a few more drinks. Went back to the hotel to, what was quite frankly a hilarious shit show. Had an interesting night after that, and headed back to the condo around 3:30 am.
Monday was kinda the last day of RTX really. Main event being the river float. We were missing a couple faces, but all in all it was an amazing time. I got tehtered to the cooler, and therefore Reta, and it was pretty hilarious. Honestly, I haven't had that much fun for a long time. I even got beat up by a rock or two and it was still incredibly fun. ANyways, after those couple hours on the river, we headed for the Salt Lick, and all was well...at least in the restaraunt. We had far too much food, me Dan, Reta and Drekr became a family bonded over meat, copious amounts of meat.
Anyways, by Tuesday I was back to work, and most people were leaving. Now I'm just getting depressed, moved back into my own apartment, with no internet... On the bright side, more and more of my friends are deciding to move to Austin, which makes me very happy. So come on down! Lets make this our own fucking town.