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Memorial Daze

Memorial Daze

This long Memorial Day weekend started early. Wednesday, to be exact, and it could not have come any sooner. There was plenty of celebrating to be had, lots of momentous occasions and life changes on the horizon. It’s also my last weekend before moving to New York. So, I took some photos from the last few days, as good friends and great evenings made Memorial Day weekend especially memorable. These are the kind of photos I will look back on when I inevitably get homesick:

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(Wednesday night started with a cocktail gathering at the Four Seasons bar, to celebrate the 25th wedding anniversary of John and Janet Pierson. Here they are, with their daughter Georgia, in the middle.)

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(Wednesday was also filmmaker Spencer Parsons’ birthday, and he came out for the Piersons’ anniversary gathering. He’s standing, far right, with fellow local filmmakers Toddy Burton, far left, and Mike Akel. Afterwards, a bunch of us headed to Texas Showdown, to celebrate Spencer’s birthday.)

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(Thursday evening began at Red House with a farewell cocktail party for SXSW’s Lya Guerra, left, who is moving to Norway at the end of the month but will still be working for SXSW. Next to her is former SXSW film sales rep, Wendy Cummings.)

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(On Thursday evening, I asked friends and family to meet up at Longbranch Inn on East 11th. AICN’s Harry Knowles and his wife, Patricia, were among the first to arrive. Harry had just undergone lapband surgery a few days before. So, just water for him.)

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(Also, at Longbranch, I was happy to see pals: Blair Bomar, Kristen Tucker, and Ryan Wiley.)

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(On Friday night, I had another small gathering of friends at Buffalo Billiards, on 6th Street. SXSW Interactive staffer Shawn O’Keefe, right, enjoyed several rounds of pool and air hockey with his wife, Adrienne.)

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(Also at Buffalo Billiards on Friday night, were Austin pals Nick Robinson, Courtney Pierce, and Corey Burke.)

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(My beloved SXSW volunteers! I love these folks, and all the crews of dedicated people they work with at the event each year. It was so great to see them before I left: Willita Mahone, John C. Rodriguez, Shauna Leveille, and Lyrae Anderson.)

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(Even Austin’s own infamous Leslie was at Buffalo Billiards on Friday, just by coincidence. I didn’t really need to see Leslie before I left town, but now I’m happy I did.)

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(On Saturday afternoon, I ventured over to Tim and Karrie League’s house, where they hosted a crawfish boil. Standing by the grill and pots, are trusty Alamo staffers John, Devon, Mike, and Zack!)

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(Tim League really knows how to bring people together. Pictured here near the end of the party, are new Fantastic Fest staff member Matt Kiernan, Spanish filmmaker Eugenio Mira, and Tim League himself. Mira and a bunch of his friends were spending the weekend in Austin, from Spain. Why were they in Austin? “To see the new Indiana Jones at the Alamo Drafthouse.” He was probably exaggerating, but you never can tell when it comes to Spanish film fans and the Alamo Drafthouse. Oh, and that sword? It was used to cut some watermelon for dessert. No surprises there.)

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(On Sunday evening, I had dinner with the Cummings clan at Ski Shores on Lake Austin. Here’s Wyc and his daughter Harper, who is one of those kids by friends who you know since birth and babysit for years. She’ll probably be in high school the next time I see her. Or at least it feels like that.)

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(Ski Shores is awesome. You pull up in either a car or boat, and order some tasty burgers. We had the Border Burger: cheese, jalapenos, and guacamole. And, this band played, but they were pretty awful. That’s okay, I’ll still miss stuff like this.)

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