Hey! Have you heard? SXSW is upon us, which means traffic will be OBSCENE going in, and coming out of Austin for the next few weeks. Since Austin is already gridlocked for much of the time, combining SXSW will likely start Carmageddon. But there's one more thing happening tomorrow (Friday) - the arrival of President Barack Obama. The POTUS, the first day of SXSW, hazardous weather - sorry to be cliche but this sounds like the perfect storm of traffic.

As a result Austin Mayor Steve Adler wrote a letter to the people of his city advising them to work from home if they have the ability to do so. The Mayor has also urged employers to let people work a half day if they are unable to work from home.

The idea isn't only to help Austin commuters from going crazy and dancing naked on the top of their vehicle. It's to alleviate the impending gridlock because if you've driven to Austin or Houston you know - every car on the road counts.