I have several times gone on a trip over the years only to come down sick while traveling.  Traveling while sick is nothing that I would wish on anyone.  So there is a bit of an irony that I came down with a nasty virus this week and was too sick to travel to Austin for the SXSW Interactive Media conference.

SXSW – South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival in Austin | Maven Mapper’s Information

I’m disappointed because I will not get to see a number of people and companies and attend some great learning sessions, but at the same time I am somewhat relieved that I did not become sick after departing for Austin.  Plus, I am also somewhat relieved that I am not there to be ‘that guy’ that accidentally passes on a virus to everyone they meet through all the hand shaking and stuff.

So in general, I wish everyone that is going a great and healthy time.  I do wish I could be there, and honestly I won’t miss lugging all that trade show material around from bouncing light up balls to bic pens with company logos to USB drives that I’ll never use, because I really only need one anyway.