I spent most of this past week in Austin, TX. My buddy, John, asked me to come down to see the Nine Inch Nails / Soundgarden show with him. Since then, a new guy named A.J. has come into his life. A.J. joined us on this trip.
John and A.J. drove to Texas and I flew down on Wednesday of last week. It was my first time meeting A.J. All we did that day was eat and go to a club. I knew that a friend I knew growing up worked at a bar in Austin. I figured out which one it was and we went there for drinks and music. Tony is the name of the friend. I can’t remember when I first met him, but I knew him up until the first year or so of college at Mississippi State. He then moved to Texas. It was good to see Tony. I got a free drink and we all got free shots. I hope to see him again the next time I’m in Austin.
We slept late on Thursday. We went to eat lunch at a lounge in a nearby hotel. We also changed rooms because the beds were too small. That night was the concert. It was hot out there, but it quickly cooled down. I can’t remember the name of the opening act, but there was too much screaming and yelling. Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails were awesome!!! Both bands played the song of theirs I wanted to hear the most, “Spoonman” from Soundgarden and “Closer” from NIN.
On Friday, John and I got massages while A.J. went to the gym. It was a very good massage. It was different from what I’m normally used to. This guy advertises himself as a Reiki Master. I don’t know a lot about it, but I noticed that he was rubbing me very quickly and sometimes it burned. John and I were both tired for hours afterward. We got some food and did some shopping after that. Later we went to the one of the Alamo Drafthouses. I had never been to one of these before. We saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The movie wasn’t that bad, but it was far from great. The experience was great, so I really enjoyed myself.
On Saturday we went to Hippie Hollow, which is a clothing optional resort. I mostly just wanted to see some sights. It was hot, so we didn’t stay long. It was nice being in the water though. After that we went to Franklin Barbecue, which we heard is some of the best barbecue around. It was pretty damn good. That night we chilled at the hotel and drank more.
On Sunday we said our goodbyes and left. They left a few hours before me, but we each made it to our respective homes around the same time.
I had so much fun on this trip! I definitely want to go back to Austin one day. I drank more than I normally drink over several months, but I don’t regret anything. I can’t wait to see John and A.J. again, whenever that might be. I enjoyed getting to know A.J. on this trip. He’s a great guy. I wish I could hang out with all of my distant friends more often, but I’m grateful for the time I do get to spend with them. Until next time…