Hey, gang!

It's been an interesting 4 months, since the move back to Austin.  We'd had a lot happen on our little family, including surgeries and illnesses have lasted the better part of 2 months.  It started with a family friend coming over for the Memorial Day holiday, spread his germs all throughout my house and got me very sick.  I missed nearly 2 weeks of work with a flu/cold combination that morphed into bronchitis and a nasty sinus infection.  Then I gave it to my wife, and she's been battling it for a month now. 

It should go without saying, but that asshole is never welcomed back into my home.

ANYWAY, in case you are wondering what's with all the anxiety riddled posts on RT and social media, it's that time of year where everyone convenes in Austin for RTX.  Yes, it's insanely hot.  Yes, it's insanely dry.  But, that's Texas in the summer, what do you expect from us?

Rather than post a breakdown of suggestions on what and what not to do, I'll let the professionals continue doing their thang.  Just go check out some of the folks that have posted great outlines and recommendations.

My journal is just a little bit of elder statesman advice...If you're coming to Austin, Texas and have the ability to see more than what downtown has to offer, please do so.  

If you're in a group that has a car rental, take some time to go see the sites the city has to offer.  McKinney State Park has some great hiking, along with the greenbelt.  Yes, the food is off the charts delicious, but ask some of the experienced RTers and locals on places to go outside of what you've heard on a podcast, or what's downtown.  Trust me, there's much better ramen, sushi and fried chicken then those few blocks around the convention center.

One other thing...don't be afraid to strike up conversations with strangers.  I know it may be nerve wracking to be in line with dozens of people you don't know, but remember, you are all there with a common thread, that you're fans of Rooster Teeth.  

If you see me (yes, the aging guy usually wearing an Astros, Rooster Teeth or Longhorns cap) walking the convention center, don't be afraid to stop me and say hi.