And a good saloon in every single town

I’m still mostly on a blog vacay, but I thought I’d give a pic from the BJ Meet-Up. A surprisingly telegenic group of vituperative foul-mouthed hippies!

I had a great time and I’ll try to do one on the left coast sometime soon, I’ll be out there a fair amount this fall and spring.

It occurs to me that we’ve gotten everything right about the election — that demographics would play a key role and work to Democrats’ advantage, that Obama’s first debate didn’t doom civilization as we know it, that Nate Silver and Sam Wang were more likely to be right than Peggy Noonan and Michael Barone.

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  1. 1
    Face says:

    OK….who’s who? Is that you in the background, Dug Jay?

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    What’s the opposite of “sausage party?”

  3. 3
    Bruuuuce says:

    @Cris (without an H): Traditionally, “hen party” or similar.

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    Carnacki says:

    LIEberal demon spawn! /rightwingnut

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    Schlemizel says:

    From what I have read about lefties I am amazed you all have your cloths on & not a bong in sight!

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    Chris says:

    I remember something you once told me
    And I’ll be damned if it did not come true

    20,000 roads, I went down, down down…
    and they all led me straight back home to you

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    joeyess says:

    Why don’t you try holding one in fly-over country, you elitist bastard.

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    JPL says:

    More pictures, please. Since I live in the Atlanta area, I can only dream about a meet-up.

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    Metrosexual Manichean Monster DougJ says:


    When you rednecks start building large enough cities, we’ll start holding meet ups there.

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    Anoniminous says:

    Also have to toss some kudos to the people at and the 700,000 volunteers at OFA.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Metrosexual Manichean Monster DougJ: Chicago isn’t big enough for ya?

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    shortstop says:

    What a pleasant- and happy-looking group of societal mooches. Hope you guys had fun!

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    Kane says:

    Great smiles all around.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Lovely photo!! Happy folks.

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    joeyess says:

    @Metrosexual Manichean Monster DougJ: Ha ha ha ….. touche’

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    bodacious says:

    Any chance the Portland OR crowd (including those lucky-duck legal tokers from Vancouver WA side) could hold a together? We can mooch just as well as those easties.

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    joeyess says:

    I’ve been called an elitist bastard but I’ve never been called a redneck. And to think…. right after the re-election of America’s first African American president and the dirty, filthy, foul, racist, fuck-the-dog-whistle-campaign that was run against him, and his winning despite all of that. Just when you think you heard it all…… ya get called a redneck. Well, couple this with the Justin Bieber news and I have to say……. I’m just a little butt-hurt.

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    Neutron Flux says:

    @joeyess: Living in the KC metro area, I am confident this is not the first time you have been called a redneck.

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    joeyess says:

    @Neutron Flux: well, not by anyone around here. I’m a liberal atheist/ex rock and roller with a “I’m not a Republican” magnet on the back of my car. So, yeah. First time. As far as I know. No worries. I’ll just go out to mah porch and start a-whittlin’.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    @joeyess: Not enough decadent enclaves in fly-over country?

    Either fix that or send the Coastal Elites a travel guide.

    /snark I’ve been to the decadent enclaves in Madison, Ann Arbor, Boulder, Santa Fe and Lawrence

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    Neutron Flux says:

    @joeyess: I’ll join you. We can wear our gimme Seed Co hats, chew plug tobacco, and bitch about that elite right coaster Doug J.

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    lamh35 says:

    Hey, what a out the South?? Not all BJ live in the East or West coast. Jeez, the South gets no respect.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Neutron Flux: Doesn’t DougJ live in the cousin-marrying part of New York?

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    joeyess says:

    @Neutron Flux: Ayup…. that elitist, Metro-sexual DougJ can kiss mah *phootooey, ping! right in the spittoon* backside.

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    joeyess says:

    @Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason: Lawrence. Now that’s a decadent enclave.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    It would be just like us middle America bumpkins to wait for a coastal elite to organize a Baloon Juice meet-up for us.

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    blingee says:

    “Nate Silver and Sam Wang were more likely to be right than Peggy Noonan and Michael Barone.”

    Jesus titty fucking christ I hope you are being sarcastic by that “more likely” understatement. I would also hope you could just as easily have made that understated comment in Oct.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @joeyess: Make sure you whittle a gun.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @lamh35: I’ve asked about a Louisville/Cincinnatti area meetup, but I guess we’re too declasse.

  30. 30
    Calming Influence says:

    Who the fuck are you calling vituperative?

  31. 31
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    We’re just going to have to do our own. You, Raven, SIA, and I know there are a bunch more around these parts. We don’ need no steenkin’ Metrosexual Manichean Monsters to have a BJ meetup Southern Style.

  32. 32
    Calming Influence says:

    Which is the motto on my family crest, by the way. In Latin, of course.

  33. 33
    Calming Influence says:

    The emblem on the crest is a snake dragging its heels.

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    eldorado says:

    i’d drive over for a lawrence meetup. maybe even austin.

    eta: semi-proper grammar

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    wrb says:

    It’s a three hour drive to the nearest town with a Best Buy or a shopping mall so I’m thinking there will be no meet-up.

  36. 36
    PurpleGirl says:

    Yes, a good time was had by all. Thanks for the picture, DougJ.

  37. 37
    Felonius Monk says:

    And I’ll bet —

    Not a shot drunk in anger.

  38. 38
    Ted & Hellen says:

    Wow. Big turnout.

  39. 39
    Ivan Ivanovich Renko says:

    How about Cleveland, we poor, miserable, sports-cursed, LeBron-less buggers who ACTUALLY PUT THE PREZ OVER THE TOP, eh?? What about us?

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Paul in KY: I keep hoping Zandar will help with that. But we are, indeed, déclassé it would seem.

  41. 41

    I’m in Los Angeles and will go get a beer with pretty much anyone any time. Call it a meet-up if you want, but I just like socializing.

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    karma gyurme says:

    Thank you for the gratuitous Gram Parsons reference.

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    Splitting Image says:

    I wonder if there are enough BJers in Toronto to warrant a Canuckistan meetup.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @lamh35: Hey, what a out the South?? Not all BJ live in the East or West coast. Jeez, the South gets no respect.

    Don’t worry, we earned it.

    I am so fucking butthurt about this election it’s not funny. At least Obama took Florida. Thank you Jesus.

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    Splitting Image says:

    Also, I call shenanigans on the photo. Everyone knows there are no women on the internets.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    You know, we could have a meetup … on Skype.

    Just sayin’.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Splitting Image: I have seen pics on the Internet that leave no doubt.

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    Commenting at Balloon Juice Since 1937 says:


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    SectarianSofa says:

    Dallas, anyone? Yeah, nevermind — I wouldn’t want to come here either. I’d drive to Austin. There would have to be a lot of people, though, so I could slink into the background.

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