We were in downtown Austin last night and sitting at the balcony of The Blind Pig. I stepped away for a moment and when I returned, I was informed that a Mentos car was parked on the street below and there was a team of Mentos girls handing out rolls up and down the street. I’m sure my eyes must have popped out of my head when I saw the beautiful blue convertible with mints and logos posted all over it. I was giddy! I hurried downstairs as quickly as I could with Ken in tow (someone needed to take the photos!). We rushed down to the car and started shooting photos. We couldn’t find the Mentos girls anywhere so I reluctantly agreed to head back up. Then I got a call from Dave, one of the people we were sitting with, saying that the Mentos girls were back at the car. I couldn’t move fast enough! I think I inadvertently left Ken in the dust as I rushed back to the car.
Back at the car, there were two Mentos girls and a guy carrying a giant roll of M. I got a photo with all of them. Ken and I also grabbed a roll of Mentos to take back upstairs. Later that night the Mentos guy came around on the street below us and was throwing t-shirts wrapped to look like big rolls of Mentos. They wanted people to cheer for the shirts. I of course, had no problem doing this and they threw it up to us. We missed it, but fortunately it fell on the landing right below our balcony and I was able to reach it through the rail. So I’m now the proud owner of another Mentos shirt! Who would of thought that at a wonderful tech convention (SXSW) I would run across my other vice in such force!