Fins up!

We set out again with Marty and Sue this afternoon for the Austin installment of the Jimmy Buffett “Songs from St. Somewhere” tour.  We got there a couple hours early so we could phlock with all the other parrot heads.  We saw Rob and Jen, too.  Though the concert was postponed 24 hours, the place was packed.

The new Formula 1 track complex is pretty impressive.  It sprawls over 1300 acres, located SE of the Austin airport.  Quite a trek, but boy do they know how to move people in and out quickly and smoothly.


The Austin360 amphitheater is very nice.  Brand new.  Accommodates 14,000, which we must have been close to tonight.  It is nestled between 2 giant hairpin turns of the F1 racecourse.  The tower behind the stage is the observation tower overlooking the racecourse


And the concert was fantastic.  Jackson Browne opened, and Jimmy played for a couple hours straight.  He’s a great entertainer.  I hope he doesn’t wait 17 more years before coming back again.



JBWe’ve been counting down to tonight, to go to a concert with Marty & Sue at the new Circuit of the America’s racetrack concert venue called the 360 Amphitheater:  Jimmy Buffet + Jackson Browne!

The last time Jimmy Buffet played a show Austin was 17 years ago at the (no longer there) Southpark Meadows.  I was at that show, and have been looking forward to tonight’s show as well.

So we all headed out together in parrot head garb, and stopped to eat at Chuy’s before the show.   It was there that we learned, an hour before the gates opened, that the concert had been postponed on account of high winds, until tomorrow night.   A cold front came through early this morning and the winds have been blowing 20-40 miles all day, and will continue through the night.

Ok, I guess we’ll do it all again tomorrow!



Tonight the conference is hosting a concert in the garden arena of the MGM Grand.  Carrie Underwood is treating us to an evening of music.  On the floor you can see upwards of  8000 IBM-ers, clients and friends cutting loose.  I’m enjoying seeing colleagues from current assignments, as well as those I haven’t seen in over ten years or more.


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