I am at Easy Tiger. You olds should wear a jacket because it is chilly outside.

Just ask the pretty girls if they are here for the BJ meetup.


Update- two tables


I’m the guy in the back.

138 replies
  1. 1
    Comrade Mary says:

    How about a selfie while we’re waiting? Pleeeeeease? Must judge level of healing after your self-barbering.

  2. 2
    MomSense says:

    Ok Austin BJ meetupers we are counting on you to steal a photo of John!

  3. 3
    Jerzy Russian says:

    I am sorry am in California at the moment. While you are in Austin you should eat at Fogo de Chao ( near the Convention Center. Wear loose-fitting pants if you go.

  4. 4
    Schlemizel says:


    It is a send up of the great orange boner on Press The Meat

    Too true to be funny

  5. 5
    srv says:

    I had a dream about the Donner Party last night

    Let’s make it interesting. I will make the $100 donation to Austin Pets Alive promised and I will dollar match the first $100 donated by the attendees.

  6. 6
    BGinCHI says:

    Gonna call Easy Tiger and ask the bartender to yell around to see if Amanda Huginkiss is there.

    Cole, don’t say it’s you.

  7. 7
    Dee Loralei says:

    Y’all have a blast! I’m ever so slightly jealous. Luckily my son talked me into going to his weekly poker game, so I’m gonna have fun too.

    Oh and somehow my giant golden Cassidy pulled a muscle or something in his right hip, the vet didn’t find anything worrisome, so he’s on an anti-inflamatory and pain meds today.

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    the Conster says:


    Gonna call Easy Tiger and ask the bartender to yell around to see if Amanda Huginkiss Mike Hunt is there.

  9. 9
    BGinCHI says:

    @the Conster: That one sounds too possessive.

  10. 10
    I am not a kook says:

    Just ask the pretty girls if they are here for the BJ meetup.

    LOL, are you sure you didn’t mix your posts to here and adultfriendfinder?

  11. 11
    MomSense says:

    @the Conster:

    That was the name of the Catholic Priest when I was in college. He never even flinched when he introduced himself (he must have seen our reactions) or when people introduced him.

  12. 12
    MomSense says:


    That is very cool, srv!

  13. 13
    the Conster says:


    If it were in Mass., I’d suggest Dick Hertz from Holden.

  14. 14
    MomSense says:

    @John Cole

    “Just ask the pretty girls if they are here for the BJ meetup.”

    I’m thinking you may want to say Balloon-Juice lest those pretty girls slap you on your still healing formerly bearded face.

  15. 15
    Redshirt says:

    Awaiting independent confirmation…

  16. 16
    Ultraviolet Thunder says:

    I knew a man who went by Dick Cox. First name was Richard but he didn’t go by Richard, Rick, Ricky or by his middle name. When a man choses to look you in the eye, stick out his hand and say “I’m Dick Cox” that tells you something about him.

  17. 17
    the Conster says:

    @Ultraviolet Thunder:

    Too bad you can’t get him to show up tonight with a Cox cam so we could watch him introduce himself to random strangers as Dick Cox here for the BJ meetup.

  18. 18
    Suzanne says:

    @the Conster: I have a contractor I work with named Mike Hunter. I laff like an eleven-year-old boy when he introduces himself.

  19. 19
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Fuck you and Easy Tiger. I say Mugshots.

  20. 20
    Marcelo says:

    I’ll be there as soon as I can. Getting off work very soon.

  21. 21
    Mnemosyne says:

    @Ultraviolet Thunder:

    I can beat that — a company I worked for had a customer named Richard Head. He insisted on being called “Dick.”

    We played those voicemail messages over and over again for the whole office.

  22. 22
    BGinCHI says:

    @the Conster: That’s one of my faves.

  23. 23
    the Conster says:


    Snicker. I’m glad I don’t have one of those kind of names, but I love when other people really own them. My mom went to high school in the 40s with Ima Pearl Button.

  24. 24
    geg6 says:

    Well, as they say, pics or it didn’t happen.

  25. 25
    Comrade Mary says:

    Either John has incredibly long arms, or someone else took that photo. Nice to see y’all!

    (John in back right corner, eh? I recognize the forearms.)

  26. 26
    Baud says:

    I don’t know why it always surprises me that you people are real.

  27. 27
    Comrade Mary says:

    No, wait, waaaaay at the end of the table: is that Cole? I see blond hair. Maybe those are ringer forearms on the right.

    Who’s everyone else?

    EDIT: Fuck it. John is taking pictures on the only legal camera in the joint. But the night is young …

  28. 28
    BGinCHI says:

    @Comrade Mary: Yeah, we need IDs.

  29. 29
    PeakVT says:

    Just ask the pretty girls if they are here for the BJ meetup.

    “I’m here for the BJ meetup. The reservation is in the name of Heywood Jablome.”

  30. 30
    Suzanne says:

    Y’all are adorable. I wish I was there.

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    David Koch says:


  32. 32
    Omnes Omnibus says:


    Y’all are adorable.

    For now.

  33. 33
    Mobile Grumpy Code Monkey says:

    Cole is not in the picture.

    Them’s the rules.

  34. 34
    Poopyman says:

    @BGinCHI: Hugh Jassel.

  35. 35
    Highway Rob says:

    Not alone & Easy Tiger.

  36. 36
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @efgoldman: You’re Max Headroom?

  37. 37
    catclub says:

    @Mobile Grumpy Code Monkey: Where are those little spycams they advertised in the back of Boys Life, when you need em.

  38. 38
    Eric U. says:

    I may troll the wingnut wing of my family on facebook by proposing that vet retirement be sequestered. Is that so wrong? How you can be so virulently anti-tax while living off of tax dollars is really beyond me, but I’m sure veteran retirees are largely republican.

    I used to think I was real. However, now that I see how original the pie filter posts are, I’m pretty sure I could be replaced by a greasemonkey script

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    raven says:

    @Eric U.: Especially lifer shitheads.

  40. 40
    gogol's wife says:

    @the Conster:

    I haven’t heard that one since 1978.

  41. 41

    Need a Lansing area meetup.

  42. 42
    Mayken says:

    @Eric U.: Because THEY earned it, donchano? Unlike all those other federal employee lazy scum etc.

  43. 43
    MazeDancer says:

    Looks like a lovely group. Though a picture larger than a Twitter avi would be welcome.

    Easy Tiger calls itself a Bake Shop & Beer Garden. Hard to understand why there was any discussion about where to hold that Meet-Up. Sounds like perfect BJ choice. Only thing better would be if they gave 1% to pet rescue.

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    Ultraviolet Thunder says:

    I’m in Central Missouri, or smewhere like that, at the moment. Perfect lead-in handed to me this morning at hotel breakfast: a guy asks me out of the blue if there’s any news about that politician and the prostitutes. So I filled him in that one woman has recanted and now says she was paid to make the accusation. Nothing proved and it’s now looking like a planned smear job. Glad to be of service to my fellow citizens, especially when it’s at the expense of a right wing media libel campaign.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    I simply do not believe it until I see photos.

    Cole and actual Juicers in the same room?! I……need visual (non-Photo-shopped) evidence.

    However, I will scrutinize any picture purported to be coming out of this so-called ‘meet-up’.

  46. 46
    Alison says:

    Who is the lady with the pretty red hair? Whoever you are, you have pretty red hair :)

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    Comrade Mary says:

    I’m the guy in the back.

    Of course you are.

    (Those of you asking for pictures: you know there are two up now, right?)

  48. 48
    raven says:

    That’s some shitty camera.

  49. 49
    Comrade Mary says:

    @raven: Feature. Not bug.

    But yeah, that’s one hell of a shift to green in the second pic.

  50. 50
    raven says:

    @Comrade Mary: Yea, proly a stoplight outside the winder.

  51. 51
    MomSense says:

    Nice to see the lovely Austin BJers!

    Any way we can embiggen those pictures?

  52. 52
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Lookit how smug all those people look, just because they’ve met John Cole in person and we haven’t.

    Bitter? Jealous? Not me.

  53. 53
    dance around in your bones says:

    @Comrade Mary: Well, there weren’t any photos when I posted. Uh, as far as I recall.

    I’m a kind of in and out BJer, depending on the circumstances. I get a bit scattered sometimes.

    Like dawdamn grandkids. They can distract you something fierce.

    ETA: Oh, and who’s the guy with the dark hair and gray goatee? I like.

  54. 54
    raven says:

    @MomSense: I have, it doesn’t help.

  55. 55
    gogol's wife says:

    Which one is Ted & Hellen?

  56. 56
    raven says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Hey, got your reply last night. Yea, music lyrics and movies burned into my feeble brain.

  57. 57
    raven says:

    @gogol’s wife: The dull lamp.

  58. 58
    David Koch says:

    your. gonna. need. a. bigger. boat.

  59. 59
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Okay, there are people. Where is the damned debauchery? I was promised debauchery.

  60. 60
    raven says:

    We just had an adjacent neighborhood declared historic ending a year of battling neighbors and “outside” interests!

  61. 61
    geg6 says:


    This is so totally unfair…he goes 1200 miles or whatever and has meetups. He’s constantly in Pittsburgh (or within a fairly short driving distance) but can’t be bothered. Fuck you, Cole.

  62. 62
    dance around in your bones says:

    It figures Cole would position himself in the far back of the room, so we couldn’t see him at all.

    Not that I don’t respect his wishes to keep his public/private life separate. I’m still struggling with that issue.

    Keep on truckin’ , Cole!

  63. 63
    Highway Rob says:

    Just for the record, Cole is in the photo because I offered to give $$ to Austin Pets alive, which I have now done.

  64. 64
    Citizen_X says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    Which one is Ted & Hellen?

    All of them, Katie.

  65. 65
    raven says:

    @geg6: I’d call him a dick but a dick has a head!

  66. 66
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @geg6: Maybe it’s you. I’ve taken the blame for the lack of Madison meetup; I figure he knows he can’t match my charm, erudition, and good looks so he claimed to be a misanthrope. You can come up with your own excuses.

  67. 67
    La Caterina (Mrs. Johannes) says:

    We took MUCH better pics of the last NYC meetup. But a certain FPer never posted them.

  68. 68
    Comrade Mary says:

    @dance around in your bones: Hey! I saw goatee guy first!

    Wrassle you for him? :-)

  69. 69
    geg6 says:


    Good on you! That’s what it means to fight the power and it’s true that all politics are local. Wish more liberals took a look at local politics and got more involved. Our side does not value local activism highly enough. I’m sure our president would agree, seeing as that’s how he cut his teeth.

  70. 70
    raven says:

    @geg6: Oh god, I’m in the shit now. My wife went to the meeting but I couldn’t drag myself away from watching my Illini suck it up and lose at Iowa. :(

  71. 71
    dance around in your bones says:

    @Comrade Mary: Ok, meetup in Santa Barbara.

    I’ll pin your arm to the ground and then find out the guy is married.

  72. 72
    The Dangerman says:

    Two tables on such short notice? Impressive. Let me be the first to say it:

    John Cole in 2024!

    (after 8 years of Hillary, of course).

  73. 73

    For various fucktastic reasons I am pricing flights to Hartford for tomorrow. Normally this would just suck because I’m going to Hartford but the storm will add an extra layer of woe.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @dance around in your bones: I think goatee guy is going to have to speak up soon before we revisit the War of 1812.

  75. 75
    geg6 says:


    I’m starting to be skeptical about there being a storm at all. First it was supposed to start at 6pm. Then that was changed to 8pm. And it’s now 9:45pm and we got nothing. Not even a snowflake. It’s clouded up since this afternoon but I can still see stars. We’ll see what’s what when I get up in the morning.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Citizen_X: Hee!

    Rachel Maddow is letting Nichole Wallace be incredibly dishonest about Obama’s stance on gay marriage, suggesting Obama changed his stance to catch up with the conservative amicus brief

  77. 77
    Mnemosyne says:

    @dance around in your bones:
    @Comrade Mary:

    Knowing your luck, it’s gonna turn out to be Corner Stone.

  78. 78
    raven says:

    @geg6: It’s on it’s way.

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    @geg6: I’m more concerned about thurs and friday but I’ll be fine with the storm not fulfilling its disaster pr0n prophecy.

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    eemom says:

    Thread needs moar positive reinforcement.

    This is a HUGE deal, y’all. This is the same Cole who used to put up a preemptive “fuck NO, I don’t want to meet you for a drink” every time he visited a place. This new Man of the People Cole is the awesomest transformation since the Grinch carved the roast beast.

    Yay Cole!

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Comrade Mary: Gawdamnit! Comrade Mary and I both lust after you!

    Who are you, guy in the goatee? Speak up now man, or forever hold your peace!

    Ok, unintentional double entendre.

    But – a cutie! no harm in looking, right?

  82. 82
    Hill Dweller says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Are you surprised? She let’s Andrea Mitchell and Dan Rather come on her show regularly and spout all kinds on nonsense without pushing back.

  83. 83
    raven says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: They gotta thing goin on.

  84. 84
    dance around in your bones says:


    Knowing your luck, it’s gonna turn out to be Corner Stone.

    Why, that is just stone cold cruel.

  85. 85
    master c says:

    Wish it was happening in Big God Damn D!
    Looks like fun.

  86. 86
    Some guy in Austin says:

    wish I could be there, but I had to coach soccer practice tonight.

  87. 87
    eemom says:

    @dance around in your bones:
    @Comrade Mary:

    I noticed him too.


    Nah. Corner Stone’s got “looks like a toad IRL” written all over him.

  88. 88
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Hill Dweller: Yeah, Dan Rather is particularly annoying these days, i find. A weird combination of firebaggery and Village CW.

    @raven: Shee–eeee aaaa-and Mrs, Mrs Jones?

  89. 89
    Steeplejack says:

    I did a spit-take because the least hysterical local TV weather guy just said we’re looking at 6-9" of heavy, wet snow here in NoVa tonight. I’ve got victuals and supplies to hole up for a few days, but I hope the power doesn’t go out, because this building is 60 years old and not very well insulated.

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    General Stuck says:

    Geesh, all those people balloon juicers. Austin is crawling with commies.

  91. 91
    dance around in your bones says:

    @eemom: Oh my, we gals are going to bruise Corner Stone’s gigantic ego.

    Poor soul.

  92. 92
    Eric U. says:

    @gogol’s wife: that’s easy, it’s the pie

  93. 93
    General Stuck says:


    I’m pretty sure corner stone is in a wheelchair and is female. But it doesn’t really matter.

  94. 94
    General Stuck says:

    Did I blow yer mind?

  95. 95
    The Fat Kate Middleton says:

    @the Conster: I went to school with a girl named Herletta Farta. True story.

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    Punchy says:

    Whose blog will publish the REAL photos first? Lookin at you, SoBeale…

  97. 97
    The Fat Kate Middleton says:

    @raven: Said in a lilting tone: Ha ha.

  98. 98
    Dcrefugee says:

    Damn, Cole. You can’t make these images any smaller?

  99. 99
    dewzke says:


    agreed. wtf?

  100. 100
    Yutsano says:

    Ain’t none of you folks there liveblogging? Splitters.

  101. 101
    MMM says:

    I am not Cole – I am a better dresser

  102. 102
    The Fat Kate Middleton says:

    @geg6: We just went through the so-called storm. So not a big deal. Lots of light, fluffy snow, little or no wind … just a very pleasant snowfall. And we had ten inches, according to the NOAA folk. I really found that hard to believe, but they’re the experts, I guess.

  103. 103
    MMM says:

    Nice to meet real BJ followers/members – and from what I saw, Mr. Cole had a good time and MIGHT be up for future meet up in the future

  104. 104

    That’s a lot of Juicers.

  105. 105
    General Stuck says:


    Yea, I had to download them and enlarge with Vista photo viewer. Cole is probly drunk, and it still seems a minor miracle to me that such an absent minded person could create and maintain a popular blog. So there is always a ton of slack from moi.

  106. 106
    The Dangerman says:


    Ain’t none of you folks there liveblogging?

    Their passwords were apparently pulled so as to avoid any BUI’s (blogging under the influence).

  107. 107
    John Cole says:

    Geg- i told everyone at the meetup I will drive to Pittsburgh and take you out to dinner.

  108. 108
    Comrade Mary says:

    @MMM: Are you forearms guy on the right? If so, nice forearms! If not, I’m sure you still have nice forearms, but I just didn’t see them.

  109. 109
    amk says:

    who the fuck is who?

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    Yutsano says:

    @The Dangerman: Pfft. I liveblogged while drinking and on Percocet. Don’t tell me the Austin peeps are lightweights.

    @MMM: Knowing what JC does and knowing there are a shit ton of universities & colleges in the greater Seattle area, odds are Monsieur Cole will be up around these parts. Of course Dougie has been to Portland like three times and not even said so much as hi. Y’all can ask SoBe and Lojasmo, we don’t bite. Well CaseyL does but it’s all in good fun.

    (and yeah she’ll kill me for that later.)

  111. 111
    dance around in your bones says:

    @John Cole: Pittsburgh? Pittsburgh?

    Why can’t you come to Californistan?

    And who’s the guy with the black hair and black and grey goatee? Enquiring minds want to know!

    Unless he is married; in which case – apologies to his wife, but ……uh, congrats!

  112. 112
    Lokahi says:

    OMG. Never thought I’d live to see:

    –Cole, in person!

    –the designer of the “FEED” logo

    –and multiple donations to Austin Pets Alive!

    The kittehs (and dogs) are grateful.

    I’m old and left a bit early, so am posting from home…


  113. 113
    Jager says:

    @Mnemosyne: I played hockey with a guy named Dick Swingen.

  114. 114
    Mobile Grumpy Code Monkey says:

    @Comrade Mary: Just to be clear, who exactly are y’all talking about? Left side, two back?

  115. 115
    S. Holland says:

    @ranchandsyrup: I, most most sadly live here, so must ask why in God’s name would anyone ever come here?

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    Highway Rob says:

    Sobering up. JC & MMM, you are gentlemen and scholars, and I hope you enjoy(ed) our fair city. Sincere regards to all y’all who put in appearances. \m/

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    👽 Martin says:

    @geg6: We had a storm like that back east when I was a teenager. 6 inches of snow! 9 inches of snow! 15 inches of snow! We waited and waited and nothing. About 5 hours after it was supposed to start, it started. Snowed for 24 hours straight. We got 37 inches.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Mobile Grumpy Code Monkey: Yep, just behind the cute woman in blue with glasses.

  119. 119
    SquareSquid says:

    Fyi, John just ditched us all.

  120. 120
    Petorado says:

    I know the tag line is already taken, but it appears that Mr. Cole is a somewhat popular blogger. Is the “at least two people in handcuffs” rule on for tonight?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Comrade Mary: This has nothing to do with Obama, so leave his damn house alone.

  122. 122
    Comrade Mary says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Hey, it’s the twenty-first century. We’re civilized now. I’d ask them to stay with the Bidens for a bit, then bring in some U of T engineers to put old Resolute on the roof or something. Might even go old-school and TP the place. I think the girls would get Instagram it.

  123. 123
    Schlemizel says:


    There was a family of Finnish extraction in my neighborhood with the last name ‘Aho’. While Grandpa pronounced it A-ho the kids insisted it was AH-hoe. They were a bunch of A-hoes!

  124. 124
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Comrade Mary: I just don’t see why Obama enters the equation at all. Aren’t the two of you fighting over some bearded Texan?

    ETA: I realize I just made it sound like something to do with ZZ Top groupies, but I refuse to apologize.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I think it’s a Canadian joke, eh?

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    RoonieRoo says:

    @Comrade Mary: The guy with the dark hair and grey beard would be Grumpy Code Monkey and he is mine…all mine! Bwahahaha. Yes, he is all that and a bag of chips.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Now I feel so bad.

    Here, can I bring y’all a lady, a cow and some chocolate? Friends now?

  128. 128
    Comrade Mary says:

    @RoonieRoo: Lucky lady!

  129. 129
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Comrade Mary: Awesome. Even the orange cremes.

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    Grumpy Code Monkey says:

    @Comrade Mary: And the cute woman with the glasses would be RoonieRoo.

    This was damned awesome. Interesting how many people are recent Austin transplants.

    And Cole is far less bitter in person than you would think. Especially after a few drinks.

    So this needs to be a regular event for the Austin Juicers, whether Cole’s in town or not. Too many cool people. And Easy Tiger is a nice little joint, and not at all hard to get to. Still a little early in the year for outdoors without long sleeves, but otherwise pretty damned pleasant. With yummy beer.

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    Sandia Blanca says:

    FYI, I posted a list of attendees on the next thread. Not in same order as in photo, however. Mix and match!

  132. 132
    dance around in your bones says:

    @RoonieRoo: Oh RoonieRoo, I haz a jealous!

    I guess Comrade Mary and I will have to fight to the death over some other dude.


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    @S. Holland: legislative-y work stuff. any suggestions for someone trapped downtown?

  134. 134
    SquareSquid says:


    it was So SO great to meet you! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with my goofy idealistic self. You are lovely! I hope I get to run into you again sometime soon!

  135. 135
    KS in MA says:

    @S. Holland: You have my sympathy. Maybe it’s time for a Southern New England BJ meetup?

  136. 136
    SquareSquid says:

    Assuming that you’re the right person, it was So SO great to meet you! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with my goofy idealistic self. You are lovely! I hope I get to run into you again sometime soon!
    -redhead Feed designer (if you couldn’t tell)

  137. 137
    Lokahi says:

    @SquareSquid: Assuming I’m the right person, it was my privilege–and a much-needed dose of goofy idealism :)

    And even if I’m not the right person, I’m going to assume that I am anyway…

  138. 138
    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Schlemizel: Too true to be funny.

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