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article imageDJ Exclusive: SXSW 2007 Day 1

By malan     Mar 13, 2007 in Entertainment
The first day of sxsw is well... underway... sort of.
Well today was to be my first day in Austin but for some reason I'm still in Oklahoma. Here's the story...
We arrived at the airport at about 5:30pm and waved goodbye to our friend Leslie who was kind enough to drop us off. We were met by a smiling Southwest representative who took our bags and informed us that our flight was "about an hour behind" due to inclement weather in Texas tonight. I called Shannon who was picking us up at the airport that we were going to be delayed and she broke it down for me.
"You really shouldn't come tonight, it's hell out there."
We were informed by the flight screen that we were still set to leave at 7:40pm (an hour after our original 6:25 departure) so we walked to a Quizno's got some sandwiches and I unsuccessfully searched for any available wi-fi. There were several options available but somehow I could not get around the net even after connecting. It was if the airport had muddled up the signals so that I'd be forced to use their pay service... either way, I was getting no action.
George walked off for a bit to see what was going on and he was told that our flight had been moved back again, this time to 9:25pm and the storms were getting worse in Dallas, where we were going to switch flights and we began to fear that even if we made it out of Oklahoma, we'd be stuck in Dallas for the night.
We huddled up and made a call, we were going to try to get out of there... maybe they'd let us fly out tomorrow instead. We walked and found the counter for our flight and talked to the Southwest reps. They were nice, smiley and told us that it'd be no problem to fly out tomorrow... success!
In moments we were on our way to get our bags again. We found them at the same counter we'd checked in at and we were out of there. Our good friend Jeremy was kind enough to pick us up and taxi us home. He was actually just at the airport picking up another friend, what kind of timing was that?
Overall we'll be fine. The first must-see event doesn't happen until Wednesday night anyway, when Vic Thrill - New York's underground golden boy and ex-singer for the legendary New York rock group 'The Bogmen' hits the stage with his friend, The Saturn Missile.
So here I am, at home, still waiting to get to SXSW 2007. Surely... somehow, we'll get there soon. Until then, wish me luck. Malan D. out.
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