the smell of my desperation has become a stench

Meet-up in Austin

I have received dozens of emails from people asking whether or not I can get them into my keynote conversation at SXSW on Sunday afternoon. The answer is that I couldn’t even get the Avon World Sales Leader into the panel if I wanted to, that’s how serious they are about you paying for a registration. Which is fine by her, she’ll just give all that free shampoo TO SOMEONE ELSE.

Enough people have sent me email saying that they would like to meet me and Jon while we’re in Austin that we’ve decided to arrange a very informal meet-up. We aren’t going to be in town for very long, and the only time that we really have a break in the schedule is on Monday at lunch time. Neither of us is very familiar with the city and since someone suggested that we check out Halcyon Coffeeshop we’re going to be hanging out there at about noon on Monday. Drop by and say hello, we should be there for at least a couple hours.

So, to reiterate:

Halcyon Coffeeshop
218 West 4th Street
Austin, TX
Here is a map.

Noon on Monday, March 13
Sorry, we won’t be handing out free shampoo.

  • Amanda

    2006/03/07 at 10:40 am

    Darn, I have this little thing called work that just messes up all my plans!!!

    I agree you should do a meet and greet in Utah (it’s close enough for me to get to) or hell, go all out and do one in Vegas!!! I’d be more than happy to show you around the town.

  • little miss

    2006/03/07 at 10:34 am

    ah, dooce, it’s enough to just be included in your comments!

    Happy meetin’ and greetin’

  • Shane

    2006/03/07 at 10:38 am

    I’ll second the vote for Phoenix, our weather is unbeatable and I’d love to meet you.

    Come down, get a tan (in March!) and hang out.

    I smell a US tour coming on

  • Snickrsnack Katie

    2006/03/07 at 10:39 am

    That is SO cool! I am not far from Austin, being that I live in Houston, but I wish it was a weekend that you were having this meet-and-greet. I don’t think my boss will approve of me being out for the day to go to a coffee shop 2 hours away. I just may play sick that day, though! I would SO love to meet for coffee (and since you are going to be so close to Sixth Street, ya’all need go get cocktails afterward. That is, of course, where all the best bars are.)

    Next stop on the Blurbodoocery Tour – HOUSTON!

  • lemoose

    2006/03/07 at 10:38 am

    Just head down to Mexico. If you’re going to be that close to the border, it’s downright senseless to not go all the way.

    Here’s what you do: Rent a school bus, charge ten bucks a head for the Blurbodoocery Experience, and throw in a Chicken Salad Sandwich and a pickle.

    Now, that sounds like fun.

  • Patrick Nichols

    2006/03/07 at 10:36 am

    I’m with Andrea and Jennifer — choose Shady Grove. There’s perhaps no finer place to pass a socializing hour or two.

  • #1 Dancer

    2006/03/07 at 10:36 am

    Hello! The Oasis! A bit out of the way, but a glorious view of Lake Travis. Maybe not for an Austin meet up, but definitely for a nice dinner with you, the bearded wonder and a couple of interesting bloggers you pick up on the way. (I am living vicariously through John. SXSW is actually forcing me to party in San Antonio that weekend. Damn wristbands.)

  • Cassie

    2006/03/07 at 10:35 am

    I agree… world tour. Make sure you stop in Chicago!

  • Amanda L.

    2006/03/07 at 10:29 am

    You should go to Hula Hut while you are in town, great views of the lake and good food. I also third the suggestion for Shady Grove, a lot of good food that would even let you bring Chuck in to dine on the patio. Also for the BEST ice cream go to Amy’s – unique flavors you can only find there including many of the alcoholic variety.

  • stacy28

    2006/03/07 at 10:23 am

    I so wish I lived in TX right now…

  • Jennifer Barnes

    2006/03/07 at 10:23 am

    I second Andrea’s suggestion of Shady Grove, though I haven’t been to Halcyon Coffeeshop. Shady Grove is just… so Austin.

  • ifmemoryserves

    2006/03/07 at 10:24 am

    Yes, the US tour sounds like a fantastic idea.

    But, if not, please just come to the north east.:)

  • Andi

    2006/03/07 at 10:27 am

    Er……. shouldn’t you let the coffeeshop know that about a bajillion people may be turning up for their lunchtime hours?

    I’d go but will be out of town…..

    Maybe when you do your world tour?

  • Melodious

    2006/03/07 at 10:28 am

    Dooce AND Halcyon? Together in one place?!?! There IS a God!!

    Alas, I will be worshipping from afar, as I will be spending an entire day with 150 other women, being instructed on the finer points of harmonizing & choreography.

    Otherwise, I would SO be there. Seriously.

  • Amy Mingo

    2006/03/07 at 10:14 am

    Maybe you could start a US tour of offbeat coffee shops? Let me know when your tour brings you to Minneapolis…or even Chicago. I’d drive 6 hours to meet you.

  • fred

    2006/03/07 at 10:15 am

    Austin? Austin Massachusetts?

    Nevermind. Bad Joke. Too far away for me.

  • Nothing But Bonfires

    2006/03/07 at 10:22 am

    I’m afraid this is not an Austin suggestion, but rather an Avon suggestion: that lip balm they make called Lip Dew is quite possibly the best in the world. If the free shampoo is out of the question, perhaps you could lobby for a tube or two of that.

  • Stephanie

    2006/03/07 at 10:08 am

    How about a US tour? Or at least Phoenix-it’s not that far away and it is like 80 degrees here!

  • Leigha

    2006/03/07 at 10:09 am

    I live in the Austin area), and I’m going to try to make it down there…of course, explaining to my boss that I’m leaving for a few hours to meet some person from the internet might be hard to sell. Maybe I should come down with a 24 hour flesh eating virus?

  • John

    2006/03/07 at 10:11 am

    I’d love to have coffee with the both of you. I think that would be exciting and fun.

    2 things.

    Maybe you should stay for all of SxSW, and parade it as a chance for the babysitter [the grandparents, I suspect?] to spend more time with Leta. Then we can go to concerts.

    Also, when I say coffee, I mean drinks. Of the alcoholic variety.

  • mommygoingcrazy

    2006/03/07 at 10:02 am

    I think that you need to have a little meet and greet here in Salt Lake City! You have a TON of fans here!

  • Molly

    2006/03/07 at 10:03 am

    Jenorama – I like the idea of a Utah meetup. From a devout fan in Kanab, UT…

  • Irina

    2006/03/07 at 10:07 am

    Can I suggest that the whole thing be moved to New York? Is that unreasonable?

  • Andrea

    2006/03/07 at 9:59 am

    Shady Grove or Baby A’s would be MUCH better to meet large groups. Plus the food and atmosphere squash Halcyon.

    Trust me on this one.

  • Sara

    2006/03/07 at 10:02 am

    A can of worms has been opened.

  • Miranda Puckett

    2006/03/07 at 9:46 am

    Awh geez, why can’t I be close to Austin? Dooce AND stereogum are going to be there? *sigh*

  • AndreaBT

    2006/03/07 at 9:48 am

    Ditto that. Indiana is way too freaking far from TX. When are they going to have a panel in Indianapolis??? (oh, right, never, because it’s actually Indiana-no-place).

  • Amanda B.

    2006/03/07 at 9:53 am

    Will leg humping be allowed?

  • Jon Z.

    2006/03/07 at 9:53 am

    Bummer. I’m not gonna be there until Wednesday the 15th.

  • Jenorama

    2006/03/07 at 9:53 am

    Would you guys be up for a Meet Up in Utah sometime? My parents live in Provo, and I know you have tons of fan out there…

  • Leah

    2006/03/07 at 9:58 am

    OH wow! There aren’t 5 zillion comments on here yet! I just wanted to wish you both a safe trip and I hope ya’ll have a wonderful time in Austin! I’ve been to SXSW once and it was a lot of fun!

    Any way you’ll be making a cameo in Houston?

  • dre

    2006/03/08 at 9:35 am

    You guys should just pack up the entire fam and go on a national tour! Northern California would LOVE to have ya!!

  • Lowter

    2006/03/08 at 9:13 am

    World tour!?! Are you guys the first internet superstars? Does mass adoration scare the liver out of you?

  • EricaDaun

    2006/03/08 at 9:04 am

    I wanted to cast my vote out there for a meet up in SLC! It would be great to meet you both. Good luck in Austin with the hordes of fans! I’m sure the whole thing will be a memorable experience.


  • Amy D.

    2006/03/08 at 8:44 am

    OH – AYTCH — AYE – OH!! Don’t you need to visit the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame…or King’s Island or Cedar Point…or the Air Force Museum? a girl can dream…but Ohio’s kind of lame! 😉 *sigh*

  • rockr girl

    2006/03/08 at 8:43 am

    as i am reading, i would be remiss if i did not mention a few things – #1 being the Oasis (while a fantastic place, and a hike out of austin) burnt down. #2 being i wish i was also attending the IA portion of SxSW (but being a music freak, the music portion seemed more beneficial).

    i think Halcyon is a great place to meet. its close enough to the Convention Center to walk. its a neat shop, and the staff is usually super awesome and friendly.

    if you are looking for other suggestions, i would be happy to offer them (like eat BBQ at Stubb’s, get a Freebird’s borrito, have Elvis Fried Chicken at Chuy’s, and a sub from Thundercloud)but the best thing about austin is that everyone is friendly! they love to “Keep Austin Weird” by keeping independants and locals thriving, so ask around and you won’t be disappointed!


  • babyatom

    2006/03/08 at 8:17 am

    I hope you all have a lovely time. If only Austin was a little closer to England, I’d pop over and say ‘hi’. But it isn’t, and I can’t afford a plane ticket at the moment, so I’ll just say ‘hi’ here: ‘hi’.

  • madge

    2006/03/08 at 8:39 am

    Wow. Home of Rollergirls AND the First Official Meeting of The Blurbodooce Experience? You Texans are lucky little longhorns.

  • tim

    2006/03/08 at 7:44 am

    I miss Austin like Jon misses San Francisco, except I live in the bay area now and would miss it too much if I left to go back to Austin! It’s like a Catch-22 or something equally sinister.

    In case you are needing a web fix while you are there, there is a Schlotzsky’s Deli at 6th and Congress that has free wireless access. It also reaches to the Starbuck’s across the street.

    In the two years I worked downtown in Austin, I was two blocks from that coffee shop and never made it. Personally I liked the bar next door, Fado’s. Very cozy feeling!

    Have fun in Austin, I hope you have nice weather!

  • stelawho

    2006/03/08 at 7:25 am

    Another vote for Phoenix!!

    By the way, loved Austin, even though I was only there for 2 days – I bet you will too!

  • fernando

    2006/03/08 at 7:25 am

    three words-

    matt’s el rancho.

    they have this dip…oh god.

    wish i could make it out to say hey; who knows when you will be in my neck o’ the woods again.

  • Ignatz

    2006/03/08 at 7:32 am

    Wish I could be in Austin to meet you & your hubba-man.
    But if the Dooce World Tour occurs, you gotta make a stop in Dayton, OH at Boston Stoker’s coffeeshop. It’s the best coffee ever and you would be just as innundated by fans here as you will be there…

    I think a posse of bodyguards might be in order…

  • ashley

    2006/03/08 at 7:05 am

    this is really off topic and i apoligize, but i thought you might like to hear this:

    i had a dream last night about being in pittsburgh and hanging out with you guys and leta and chuck. your house was pretty sweet in my dream. i think you had a hammock in your living room. my brother [who’s on a mission now] came home with a garbage bag full of candy because he wanted to meet you guys. i guess the candy was to convince you to like him? and there was a woman who was your neighbor who had long stretched out nipples but a sultan killed her. and there was also something about a dancing hobo on a bridge but that’s all i remember, for now.

    yeah. the hanging out with strangers is probably the most normal part. anyways, i found that amusing. have fun at SxSW!

  • dhgatsby

    2006/03/08 at 7:02 am

    heather, it has been similar to waiting to call in to NPR with a question for the car guys, calling and calling but never getting in. or listening, listening, listening, then calling and calling and finally getting through. ever since Jeff Milner was featured in the Wall Street Journal for backmasking and i visited his site and found your link, i have been reading your site every day. i would love to meet you and jon and am very bummed that my agency is not sending us to SXSW. have an awesome event and enjoy austin. i am inspired by your blogs and journey. thanks, dave in denver

  • Jennifer

    2006/03/08 at 7:01 am

    I just wanted to say that I’m all for the world tour. Especially if it makes a stop in Washington state.

  • Britta

    2006/03/08 at 6:57 am

    People are right to say Halcyon is a bit tiny (though the walk-in humidor is another plus), but it is centrally located. Down the street is the great Ginger Man, which has about 200 beers on tap (for Blurb more than you, Dooce) and a nice outdoor pation (what doesn’t in Austin?). There’s also the new Doc’s on South Congress (a free bus can take you down there from your hotel) with a huge patio. Also, if you’re looking for something off the beaten path that might deter the SXSW crowd and the crazies, Azul Cafe on the East side (east of I-35) at the corner of Chicon and 1st is a great idea–beers for 2.50, lots of coffee drinks, yummy bar sandwiches and snacks and a beautiful, spacious backyard/patio. Plus, it’s a small, new, neighborhood joint owned by friends of friends. They would love to have you. But you’d have to drive to get there–I can take you. Probably not the best idea, but I thought I’d throw in my two cents. Also, if you want to hang out with some writers (we’re here for the AWP Writers’ Conference), we’re around. I’m also from Salt Lake and am really interested in you and your blog as the forerunner of a new kind of writing. I’d love to chat/drink bourbon with lime (a favorite of mine). Of course, I’m a little nobody who you’ve never met. I wouldn’t want to “hang” with anyone like me either, so I totally understand. Oh, and your interview in the Chronicle down here was great! Congrats. Hope to see you on Monday…

  • msmelle

    2006/03/08 at 6:37 am

    Too bad you’ll be in Austin AFTER the cast of the Real World worked SXSW…could’ve made for GREAT trash TV 🙂

    I think it’s hilariously entertaining that so many fans would think you would plan a “tour” based on who proclaimed the loudest that you should come to his/her city. Internet, you crack me up. Has anyone ever thought of perhaps meeting up with you somewhere close to where YOU live???

    Have a great time.

  • ErinMqt

    2006/03/08 at 6:53 am

    I wonder if you will get any crazies showing up to your rendezvous, like someone who has the same haircut as you and wears a shirt that says “I heart Heather”. Don’t worry, it won’t be me. I’m just saying, you’re pretty much famous, and people do weird things with famous people.

  • Milos_Mom

    2006/03/08 at 6:34 am

    How fun that y’all (thats how we say it “you all” in Texas) will be in Austin! My husband and I and our 2.5 year old son Milo definitely plan on coming by and meeting you both. I’ve been reading your blog for well over a year and have so enjoyed you sharing your journey of parenthood and life with us.

    If you haven’t checked the weather yet, global warming is in full swing and we are having 80-85 degree days here. Pack some shorts!

  • brandy

    2006/03/08 at 6:27 am

    This isnt about Austin, because I’m in Canada. But I just had to say that I cannot believe how much Leta has grown since that photo from last year! Honestly there she still looks like a baby, now she looks more like a wee girl. And I just have to say that every time I see a photo of her with her crazy pigtail variations it makes my ovaries hurt!

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