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The direct flight from D.C. to Austin is a small jet, with four passengers per row. It is so small that everyone is required to gate-check one's carry-on luggage. I notice at least a dozen guitars in the large carts for check-in luggage. This is a flying can full of artistic talent. I feel giddy.
On the way to my hotel in Austin, I run into an In-and-Out burger. I become jumpy with excitement; I have not had America's best burger for more than a year. I roll into the drive-thru and order my usual: animal style double-double with whole grilled onion, with animal fries. The order-taker is impressed: "That's a real California-style order right there." But when I was checking into my hotel with my bag of In-and-Out, I see a couple of girls holding bags of Whataburger. I gotta try that too. The burger, not the girls.
Walking around the streets of Austin, I feel life and energy of the kind I could feel in the hip streets of New York and Seoul. Food trucks are everywhere, and they emit fantastic aroma. People are looking good, and they are in a good mood. This trip is going to be great. I can feel it.
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