Meet-Up Open Thread: Social Notes

redshift dc meetup june 14
Per commentor and party-planner Redshift:

The DC-Area Meetup was a success, and a good time was had by all! It was great meeting all of you, and I look forward to our next get-together.

Pictured: Seabe, Redshift, ET, Mumphrey, DeeLorelei, Mumphrey’s wife, and Sharl. (Elizabelle arrived a bit later.)
Photo by Ms. Redshift.

Commentor Uncle Cosmo, at the end of the last meet-up thread:

So can we get a roll call on who’s up for Busboys & Poets Thursday night? I could MARC down for an early evening meetup (last train northbound is at 10:30 PM) but would be highly torqued to make the trek & end up drinking alone…

If you’re up for tonight, leave a message below.

52 replies
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    dedc79 says:

    Re Busboys and Poets, you might want to specify which one. There are two in DC and another two in the burbs.

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    raven says:

    When you embiggen the photo it is upsidedown!

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    NotMax says:

    Haven’t had that much to drink – the pic is actually upside-down.

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    Tommy says:

    That is a handsome looking group of people. I am jealous. Former, long time DC resident and I miss the darn place. Heck I almost wonder if there are enough folks in the St. Louis area that would like to get together. Anybody?

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    Belafon says:

    So, when you all meet up for one of these (I would still like to do one for the Dallas area), is it like being in Zombieland and you only use your Balloon Juice names?

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Tommy: That’s the first step — asking if anyone is out there in the area. Hope you get a meet-up going because they are fun.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Belafon: At NYC meet-ups I’ve used my real name.

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    I’d love to have a meetup at Netroots Nation if anyone else is going.

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    low-tech cyclist says:

    Had to miss this get-together because my wife is out of town, so I’m Mr. Mom this week. But I’ll have to keep an eye out for the next one!

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    Tommy says:

    @PurpleGirl: There are two active posters here that are in my neck of the woods, but it would be a few hours drive to get to me. I am willing to bet there are more, maybe lurkers, right around me.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    At our last LA meetup, someone (Mary G?) brought labels that had a line across the middle and we wrote our nyms on top and our names on the bottom.

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    JPL says:

    How fun!

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    satby says:

    I’m so ready for any meetup withing 60 miles of me, because being surrounded by the crazy all the time is draining. And I’ve got my own stalker trolls on FB now, very tedious. Wish Cleek’s pie filter worked for that!

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Tommy: Well then, instead of doing one on a weekend evening, plan for a Saturday or Sunday late afternoon. Research some restaurants or bar&grills that are open on Sunday and give them as possible places to meet. See if anyone responds. I’m sure Anne Laurie would post the information.

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    Mary G says:

    @Mnemosyne: Can’t take credit for the labels, was it Ruckus, Ruemara or Roger Moore?

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    lol says:


    I’m guessing the 14th and V location. Never knew there was one at 5th and K.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    It is time for a NYC meet-up. Who’s up for one? In July?

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    Tommy says:

    @satby: LOL. About 90% of my interaction with folks on a daily basis, well not liberals. Not totally crazy folks generally speaking, otherwise I’d go crazy myself. But not liberals either. One of the main reasons I am here. It is just nice to talk to other folks that think the way you do.

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    Manyakitty says:

    I still want a meetup in the Akron/Cleveland area!

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    So was Eric Cantor there to cry in his Long Island Iced Tea?

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    raven says:

    @JPL: You can breathe easy, Price ain’t going for the post.

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    NotMax says:


    Now the ketchup bottle is upside-down.


    No food on the table, not even snackage*. Interesting.

    *hat tip to Ron Stoppable

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    Shakezula says:

    Crap, is the B&P meetup tonight?

    While I’m thinking of it – Has anyone ever attended one of the D.C. library’s Books & Bars events? I keep missing them, but I finally have the book for the next one.

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    scav says:

    @raven: & @NotMax: Look at the text. This photo and crowd had quite the night.

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    JPL says:

    @raven: He wants to chair the budget committee.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @raven: I think one more rotation might be necessary.

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    seabe says:

    Lol I’m the only young’n. Thanks for organizing!

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    Somebody brought physical nametags; we just can’t remember who.

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    scav says:

    @raven: Not a rotation, a flip.

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    I fixed the picture.

    Except that it’s a mirror image; the writing is all backward.

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    Elizabelle says:

    3 cheers to Redshift for picking Murphy’s in Alexandria and organizing this — it turned out to be a great location.

    1) accessible by Metro (King Street Station), and free Old Town Trolley will bring you to Murphys (aka Mumphreys). Balloon Juicers can return you to the Metro, in event Trolley has retired for the evening.

    2) Parking situation is good, especially on South Columbus Street (roughly, behind the Ross store). Paid parking only through 7:00 p; after that it’s free.

    3) although: last night was rainy, so maybe less competition for parking anyhoo.

    4) Old Town looks beautiful at night with white lights encircling the tree trunks. Very photogenic last night, with the wet pavement and neon too. And more pubs and restaurants abound.

    5) Upstairs of Murphy’s was quiet enough to talk, good selection of brews (Tim F and DougJ might disagree), and they make a good charbroiled burger with not so great cottage fries. ($7.00)

    But enough about logistics:

    The group last night was wonderful! Thanks to Dee Loralei for inspiring the get-together! She is lively!

    Enjoyed meeting ET and seabe and Sharl, and seeing Mr. and Mrs. Redshift again (science rocks); bummed I arrived too late to see Mr. and Mrs. Mumphrey.

    DCists: should we try to do a few of these a year, with more notice? Or when another farflung Juicer sidles into town?

    You want to do another over the summer?

    Sadly, we cannot guarantee a high-ranking Republican’s career will go belly-up every time we schedule one. But we can hope…

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    Elizabelle says:

    Sharl’s in grey, Seabe’s in plaid. You can figure from there.

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    raven says:

    @Roger Moore: Damn. I’ll take it off of the bill.

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    scav says:

    @raven: What did my grandfather say? “I’ll do the job for five dollars. Ten if you watch and twenty if you contribute.” This muti-step fashion was far more amusing and locally characteristic.

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    NotMax says:


    Chico: Now, for-a rehearsing, we get-a $500.

    Groucho: $500? How much for not rehearsing?

    Chico: You couldn’t afford it.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Between the flipped photo and my (apparently) having made incorrect assumptions about the gender and/or age of commenters, I am having trouble putting names to the faces in the photo.

    Help! (please)

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    Elizabelle says:

    Let’s see:

    from left (at least, now):

    Sharl, in the grey polo shirt

    Mrs. Mumphrey, behind him

    Dee Loralei, in B&W tank top at end of table

    Mr. Mumphrey, in button down shirt

    ET, in blue tee shirt

    Redshift, in smile and black T with blue graphic

    Seabe, the young dude in plaid

    Not pictured: Mrs. Redshift, helming the camera, and Elizabelle, not there yet

    No pets were in attendance.

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    DeeLoralei says:

    I had a blast last night! Loved meeting you guys. I’m ip for Busboys and Poets, I promise to be there by 8! Gotta do my daughter lay duty and get my dad fed! Where is this place?

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Elizabelle: That helps a lot, thank you!! How great to match faces with names, and maybe get to meet a lurker or two, as well.

    Please tell me that Mr. Mumphrey is not 12, as he appears in the photo.

    DeeLoralei, I tried to figure out what “daughter lay duty” is, and concluded that it was “daughterly duties” hijacked by autocorrect.

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    ET says:

    @NotMax: I had potato skins so there was some snacking…..

    Had fund meeting some of the commentors! But i don’t love having my photo taken but sometimes you just gotta….

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    Best laid plans o’ mice & men, Chapter 762: I went to sign on this morning & discovered my Net access was fucked. After several hours trying to fix it myself I gave up & called Verizon help. After another 90 minutes with “Munshi” from Hyderabad (the name means “teacher” in Hindi) we finally dug down to the problem in my PC & got everything working again…

    but now there is no way I can get down to a DC meetup tonight. Sheeyit. Sorry, folks. I shoulda known something would screw the plans up…

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Uncle Cosmo:

    Oh, that’s awful. So we shall have to do another pass at Busboy’s or Murphy’s later, with lots of notice.

    HAVE FUN, DEE LORALEI and Balloon Juicers. Wish I could meet the Thursday crew too. Drink liberally!

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    Ruckus says:

    @Mary G:
    Wasn’t me.

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    Ruckus says:

    Mechanics sign

    Hourly Rates
    If you leave it and go away, $50.
    If you watch, $60
    If you kibitz, $75
    If you worked on it, $90
    If you worked on it and rounded all the nuts, $100

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    ruemara says:

    Now that’s a fine looking group. Hope y’all had a nice time.

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