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The Daily David – Going To SXSW

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7 Responses to “The Daily David – Going To SXSW”

  1. Jimmy the Gent says:

    FYI: The iKlipz and YouTube links are reversed. Poland must’ve been either tired or drunk.
    I love Austin. (I live in San Antonio.) I love how an establishment like Boys Cellar can be across the street from a family restaurant.
    SXSW is kinda like Sundance in the very early Nineties. People in the know are aware how cool it is. But, trust me, the majority of people are starfuckers. If SXSW were to ever go big people would bitch and embrace it.

  2. David Poland says:

    I love that anyone thinks I would post drunk.
    Actually, on my new Mac and the set-up for the blog is different than on PC. No link button I can find. I’m sure I will figure it out, but between the late hour and trying to hand code, apparently I f-ed it up…. will fix..

  3. jeffmcm says:

    You have been much better about not posting when ‘exhausted’ lately – not so many glaring typos and incomprehensbile phrases.

  4. RolloTomasi says:

    Did somebody forget to white balance?

  5. David Poland says:

    J-Mc… why do you insist on commenting as though you know something when you don’t? I just don’t get it.

  6. jeffmcm says:

    One thing I don’t know: what you’re talking about (except your persistent grudge against me). There was a period a few months back where you obviously didn’t have anybody copy-editing your post. Not so much lately.

  7. jeffmcm says:

    By the way, I’ve read you for almost 8 years now, and while there’s no reason to think you would post drunk, there’s no reason to think you wouldn’t, either. You go to a lot of parties and events and have never indicated that you are a teetotaler etc.

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