Oh mirage of SXSW…

As February approaches, and I have just over a month to find myself a new, satisfying and well-paid job to occupy my time, my mind is increasingly turning to SXSW. I’m desperately pining to attend – I don’t know that I can cope with everyone writing about what a laugh it was – but I just can’t see how I could do it. The cost is just too severe – there’s airfare for a start, which alone I could probably manage, but then there’s transport to Austin, hotels for three or four nights, the cost of the conference itself, and that’s before I’ve even started drinking. It seems bizarre to me that I can afford to go and visit Kerry and Sean in LA next month (flight only) for a week, but I can’t scrape together the money for Austin (which is nearer) for three days.