After a short evening walk, Tantek and Kat and Carolyn and I arrived at 219 West in Austin, Texas for the WestCiv gathering. The crowd inside was quite loud and densely packed, saturated with so many Web geeks that it was threatening to precipitate a site right onto the carpet.
Just as we got close to some people we knew, a staff member appeared at our elbows. “I’m very sorry, folks, but this is a 21-and-over establishment,” he said with a distinct lack of sorrow.
So if you wondered where we were, or happened to spot us in the 90 second window before we left, or I walked past you without interacting and never got back to you… that’s why. We weren’t blowing you off; we just ran afoul of an odd local custom.