August 28th, 2006

Who do I still know in Austin?

So Mark had a bad weekend and I'm trying to find somebody in Austin I can point in his general direction to drag him out to lunch or something, and it's occurring to me that part of the reason I moved out is so many of the people I knew were leaving town.

Leaving aside the people who graduated from UT and moved out of state (as Mark seems to be planning to do a year from now): Reese is there (not answering her phone, though). Robin's at Burning Man. Bender hasn't got a phone. Kelly and Steve moved to Maryland. Stu is still there, but so dreadfully underemployed he's thinking of breaking down and looking for work in Dallas or Houston. I took Fade with me when I left, and all Fade's ex-roommates moved (to places like Colorado, Seattle, and Houston) before she moved in with me...

Several people I fell out of touch with (I don't seem to have Kandy's number, haven't spoken to Tim in ages, Heather moved years ago)...

Organizations? The Austin LUG is pretty weak (I met Stu through that, but that's pretty much it). I stopped going to the ACLU meetings years ago because it was mostly retirees. I met Kelly and Steve through Mensa...

No wonder we couldn't get enough concom for Linucon that we didn't burn out after the first year...

[Update]

I called Kelly and Steve and they got me the number for Cindy (who was in the "I've fallen out of touch with" list), but the number Mark gave me to call him back at has been constantly busy. (I couldn't get through, nor could Stu.) I'm not sure it actually works properly for incoming calls. Hmmm...

[Update]

Called Cindy: She's thinking of moving out of town too. Sigh.

I'm starting to think Austin is cursed.