NYWC So Far…

In case you are late to the party, Erin and I are in Austin right now for the National Youth Worker’s Convention put on by the fine people of Youth Specialties.  At this exact moment, we are in one of the general sessions listening to Rowdy Roddy Piper’s band tear through the finest music ever to come out of Scotland. I don’t know about you, but I love me some Scottish music!  (i thought I could do it, but there’s no way I can say that with a straight face)   WIthout further ado, here are the highlights
First and foremost: David Crowder*Band.  They are unbelievable!  They have led at two sessions now, and because Erin and I are so hip and well-informed, we went to a book signing they did at a  South Austin Borders.  I got my book signed.  I got a picture.  I teared up.  It was wonderful.
We had late-late-late dinner with illusionist jared hall.  Nothing is finer than an Austin IHOP at 1:00 am on a Friday night.  Getcha some.
Whilst at said late-late-late dinner, I got to experience something that dreams are made of (no, not the fantasy french toast).  I looked in the sky to see a police chopper with a spotlight shining somewhere a few blocks away.  I heard the sirens.  My pulse began to race.  I turned towards the highway underpass, when I saw a Suburban driving with 5 police cars chasing it.  That’s right, I was 200 feet from a high-speed chase!  That’s worth the price of admission right there!
The SpringHill Suites by Marriott is a fine hotel.  USA Today outside your door each morning, hot waffles for breakfast, and ultra-soft blankets.
Ryan Hall (Carpenter’s Way in Lufkin) and Lori Hatfield (FBC Round Rock) are both here.  It’s nice to see some Camp 121 folk.  Erin and I also ran into Jade Guerra-Payne and her crew.  Always good to see the ghosts of Zephyr-past!
I took Erin to see the Congress Bridge Bats.  How exciting can bats be, right?  Rabies infested rodents flying around just waiting to poop on your unsuspecting head.  You couldn’t be more wrong!  There are millions of these flying dudes roaming Town Lake at dusk doing their part to keep Austin bug-less.
Erin has found her favorite enchilada of the past few years.  The chicken-sour cream-cilantro enchilada at Chuy’s on Barton Springs Road had her breaking out in prayer and song.  Meanwhile, my cheesy-ranchero enchilada found me wishing I had gotten fajitas.  Oh well.
And last but not least…LEELAND.  Baytown-based-band rocked up the late-night concert on Thursday.  I was hooked from the first note.  You’ll be hearing them in a Refuge near you soon!
We are having a great time.  I’ll post more later today and tomorrow now that I know the Convention Center has the free WiFi.  Miss everyone!



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