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Another Namescon come and gone. The drive wasn’t too bad, obviously driving for 26 hours each way can start to wear on you. I listened to several audio books and podcasts. I had a cooler sitting on the back seat stocked with Red Bull and snacks. I attempted to sleep a few times in the back of the For Escape, by putting half the back seat down and laying on top of it with my legs in the cargo area. I might have slept for a bit i’m not sure.

I found that if you’re tired, eventually it’ll fix itself even if you don’t really get any sleep, though even a short nap will go far.

Some of the things I learned through my Namescon trip, including the actual conference:

Fuel is a lot cheaper in the south, regular unleaded was under $2 a gallon in some spots, about 40 cents cheaper than where I live and work.

Apparently Louisiana is a flat swamp, even in the northern part, and they have an over population of bears. I mention bears because I saw a warning road sign with a bear on it and “next 13 miles”. There were dead deer that had been hit by cars everywhere and no “beware of deer” signs to be found. Yet I didn’t see one dead bear in the whole stretch. I was looking everywhere, I figured if they took the time to make a sign to warn me, I’d be swerving around all kinds of bears crossing the road.

Texas is huge and flat and they have giant walmart sized gas stations. I stopped at a Buc-ees twice and both times the place was packed, cars at every pump. You can tell your approaching one of these gas stations because there’s a giant cartoon beaver head visible 10 miles before you get to it.

There’s casino’s everywhere. Even though the conference wasn’t in vegas I still played a little bit of craps in Arkansas. I stopped to stretch my legs, shot craps for 45 minutes, won $500, got tipped $50 by another player that won about $10k off of my shooting, and left heading back on the road. It’s actually the best way to go to a casino. The only reason I walked out with money is because I couldn’t stay there long enough to lose it all.

I stayed at the Firehouse Hostel while in Austin. It had the feel of a European hostel and it was an overall good experience. Nothing fancy, but I had a clean place to sleep and only spent a fraction of what the surrounding hotels were charging. I got my own room every night except the first night, so I didn’t have to worry about pissing anyone off if I snored.

So there ya have it, a list of the most important things that I learned at this years domain conference.

Have a great day. I’m leaving for work as soon as I hit publish.

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