I hope you all had a nice weekend! We were busy here in Austin. SXSW started on Friday, so there is a lot going on!
I volunteered for SX in 2012 and 2013, but I decided not to do it this year. In short, it’s a lot of work and a lot of stress. To earn a Gold badge (admittance to badge-only Interactive and Film events), volunteers are required to work a minimum of 40 hours. 40 hours on top of my normal 40 hour job was tough to balance in years past. Plus, March is a big month for lacrosse games, so my officiating schedule is jam-packed. Add wedding planning to that mess, and I just knew it wouldn’t be a good idea to commit again.
While a badge is required for most events, there are PLENTY of fun things open to the general public, and Stephen and I devoted Saturday to checking out a number of them.
First up, the Game of Thrones exhibit at the Austin Music Hall, sponsored by HBO. We waited in line for 1.5 hours, but interesting people-watching made the time pass quickly. Even better, right when we reached the front of the line, Maisie Williams, the actress who plays Arya Stark, came out to throw shirts into the crowd. She doesn’t exactly have a rocket arm, so many of the shirts fell right into our row. Score!
The weather took a turn for the worse while we were stuck in line, and by the time we got inside, both of us were wet and cold. Sigh. The exhibit was great, though, especially the costumes and props on display.
Many of the garments are hand-embroidered. The care that goes into these costumes is just INCREDIBLE; it’s really a shame that you can’t see the details in the show.
After the Game of Thrones exhibit, we braved the rain and walked back over to the Long Center and the Palmer Center for the Create festival and the Gaming Expo.
Look who we found!
Mike (Sarah’s boyfriend) is in town working a gig for Samsung. If any readers are in Austin this week, look for the guys in bright blue T-shirts and black backpacks. They’ll switch out your Samsung phone battery FOR FREE.
We met up with Mike at the Gaming Expo on Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday morning for breakfast. He’s great company (Sarah says ‘duh’), and we really enjoyed getting to hang out, even if just for a short time. Hopefully we’ll meet up again mid-week!
I’ll end with a few shots from the Gaming Expo. Abby, I know you’ll love the big Catan board!