Monday, March 15, 1999

SXSW ~ Her Domain and Reel Women

From the Speakeasy, Eric and I ambled down 6th Street, the popular downtown street with bars, restaurants, shops and musical venues. We spied a bat that lost its way and crawled sickily on the sidewalk. Eeew! Then we went a bit further to a nice restaurant called Louie's 106 for some tapas and continued onto Club DeVille for Her Domain and Reel Women's party. Set in an old gas station of sorts, and nestled against a rocky cliff, I felt like I was in a Flintstones' cartoon. This was heightened by the fact that Mandy Jay and "Buttah-Fly" were like Bam-Bam in an all girl ska rap band, and I was sitting in a hard rubber modular chair. Donna Kidwell, an expert in databases at Tipton Cole and Co. and founder of Her Domain and I had chatted briefly before she left for dinner--four months pregnant, she needs to take care of those "details!" Donna also has two other children and says that "it is possible to have a business and be a stay-at-home mom!" Donna is one of Austin's leading ladies in terms of the technology scene. Another personality-about-town is Content Love Knowles, a former dominatrix and now webmaster for adult and non-adult-themed sites.