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Travel whinging [Jan. 6th, 2013|10:44 pm]
Beemer
So I'm in Austin. I flew Southwest, which I haven't done before. A super-long line for baggage drop-off and slow-ass security at DIA cancelled out my clever early online check-in. But I still got an aisle seat, so it was only a mildly annoyance.

Annnnd then Southwest lost my poster tube.

(I know, I know, shoulda carried it on. Lesson learned.)

I am inconvenienced, not hosed, because I printed out all of my figures (which make up 80% of the poster area) and brought them with me (because the resolution on the first printing of my poster was too low and it was horribly pixelated) and there's a UPS store in the lobby of my hotel that has a large-format printer, so (assuming Southwest doesn't find my poster tomorrow morning and bring it to me), I can go down there tomorrow morning and have them print out the other chunks of the poster in time for the poster session in the afternoon and it'll only cost, like, $50.

But still, blah.

And I have a cold. I'm alternating between feeling not bad and fairly lousy, depending on whether my sinuses have decided to swell up and be horrible and how achy I feel and how recently I've been having digestive distress. Food has helped. (Well, except when it hasn't.)

Happily, the hotel is right across the street from the convention center, and there's nothing I want to attend until 11 am tomorrow, so I expect I'll be able to convalesce reasonably well.

All in all, though, this trip is not off to a spectacular start. Unless they have this meeting someplace super-exciting next year, I'm just gonna skip it next time.
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2013-01-07 06:38 am (UTC)
But... but you're in Austin. Land of breakfast burritos and migas and reall Bar-B-Q and airstream trailer food and the Alamo Drafthouse and and and more thrift stores than you can shake a stick at.

Okay, the last never really excited me, but it is true nonetheless.

I hope you feel better.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2013-01-07 06:49 am (UTC)
Thanks, D. I hope so, too.

(Food recommendations within walking distance of the convention center gladly accepted!)
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2013-01-07 03:41 pm (UTC)
Oh god. Let's see. There are so many restaurants in downtown Austin, and a lot of them are good. We used to go to this Mongolian BBQ place not far from you. Of course I can't remember it specifically, except I think it was the corner of San Jacinto and Third? We went to the Iron Works grill one night when it was closed, because it was close. I'm not being helpful.

You also have to realize it's been 3 years since I've been there. You've got that ginormous Whole Foods on 5th and Lamar. If you feel up to walking there (about the same distance as going to the French Quarter from NOLA Convention Center), head North on Lamar and go to Bookpeople and Waterloo records.

If you want burgers, go to 1)Casino El Camino on W 6th, 2) the Jackelope on W. 6th, 3) Hut's on W. 6th (Hut's is the more traditional burger place with amazing milkshakes wherein the other two are bars that serve food.

GO TO THE ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE. Pick a movie and just go. Do you have time? Do it. Get there 30 minutes early, order some snack and enjoy the experience. Oh wait, there's an Alamo in Denver now. Never mind.

Try to avoid going where UT students go and ask locals where to eat. Austinites are friendly, and you're an outgoing guy. For example, I never ate Tex-Mex downtown, but I'm sure there is someplace great. And you can't go to Texas without eating Tex-Mex at least once.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2013-01-08 11:08 pm (UTC)
Sadly, the Alamo within easy walking distance isn't showing anything I'm interested in... :-/
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2013-01-08 11:04 pm (UTC)
I had a burger at Casino El Camino for lunch, and I must say, it was really quite excellent. Thanks for the rec!
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2013-01-08 11:06 pm (UTC)
I HAVE A PURPOSE!!!
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[User Picture]From: nitasee
2013-01-07 04:22 pm (UTC)
It's been a while since I was in Austin, but I'd suggest Freebirds burritos if you want something fast cheap and yum.

Also Book People if you want any books. One of the great bookstores.
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[User Picture]From: nitasee
2013-01-07 04:24 pm (UTC)
There seems to be some kind of bug going around. I'm got a nasty cold myself. It's also for some reason making me sick at my stomach too...not typical for a cold.
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From: ajfbs
2013-01-09 07:14 pm (UTC)
FWIW - most airlines allow a poster tube in addition to your carry-on + personal item. Presumably it fits in the overhead bin pretty easily (behind or above rollaboards). Note that I've only personally experienced this once, and not on Southwest.

Hope you're feeling lots better soon/already
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2013-01-09 08:59 pm (UTC)
I decided to check it because a lot of planes have these weird bracing flanges in the overhead bins that make the poster tube actually fit kinda poorly. And to avoid the inconvenience of carrying it around the airport. But annoying as all that is, the inconvenience of lost luggage still makes that a net win...
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