Austin used to be such a chill place to hang out.

A good friend and I made the trip to Austin for South by Southwest (SXSX) in 2012. That was the first and only time I’ve been to the festival so far. However, it seems like I plan to go damn near every year but eventually abandon the plans, for whatever reason.

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But after seeing all of these street fight videos that have been circulating on social media, I’m not in a big hurry to get back down there.

Here’s the thing – my friend and I were at South by Southwest for three days. We bounced all over Austin, going from club show to club show. I’ve never seen so many cool bands in such a short period of time.

But guess what I didn’t see the entire time I was there. A fight. Not one single fight broke out over the course of the three days I was there.

The streets and clubs alike were packed with people. Yet, everyone was being cool and having a good time.

Man, a lot has changed in the last ten years.

I hear people nowadays saying it is uncommon to not see a fight on 6th Street – especially after the sun goes down. And that’s just sad.

I could sit here and put out an emotional plea for everyone to just chill and enjoy the nightlife in Austin. But you and I both know that genie ain’t going back into the bottle.

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