Sacramento Meet-Up: Proof of Life

From expert photographer and beloved commentor BillinGlendale:

As you know we had a Balloon Juice meetup during my recent visit to Sacramento, here are the pics.

I’d like the thank the SacTown jackals for their warm welcome, even with the cooling Delta Breeze. I don’t remember(and too lazy to check the comments) who suggested Urban Roots but the food was fantastic as was the company. I will not ID the folk since I will certainly screw it up, but leave it up to y’all.

The first pic [at top] is a group photo excluding your humble photographer.

The second pic is from the other direction and includes your humble photographer in the back and to the left.

Finally, a pic of my meal(they really wasted money on knives).

Fine looking bunch, our Balloon Juice jackals!

62 replies
  1. 1
    Fair Economist says:

    I always love seeing meetup pics. It’s great seeing that all these commenters are real. I’m sure it was fun, the meetups I’ve been to have been.

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    Yarrow says:

    Very nice! Fine looking pack of jackals.

    That restaurant/bar looks so industrial. They even serve you on metal trays.

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    jharp says:

    I hope I live long enough to attend a meetup in Indianapolis.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Is it a brewery you’re in? I see barrels along the wall…yeah, very instiutional-ly feel. Like y’all are gonna burst into “Jailhouse Rock” at any moment. ; )

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    West of the Rockies says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    I see a certain amount of orange clothing, too… Curious.

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    Doug R says:

    I see a certain amount of orange clothing, too… Curious.

    Maybe it’s in honor of Manafort/Butina?

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    @Fair Economist: You don’t need a pic to have seen me, we’ve met.


    Fine looking pack of jackals.

    Sure, except for the dude in the rear left of the 2nd picture. The tables are concrete slabs, maybe they were going for a prison look, metal trays and all, The food was really good.

    @jharp: Announce that you’re having one and see who shows up.

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    Steeplejack says:

    So you guys are all in gen pop? I would have thought at least a couple would be in lockdown.

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    Yarrow says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: That dude looks like he knows how to take a photo, though.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Steeplejack: No tennis prison for this crew.

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    @Miss Bianca: They do have sudsy stuff, I can’t personally comment on it’s quality since I don’t consume the stuff.

    @West of the Rockies: Two out of 7 were wearing orange.

    @Doug R: Maybe they just like orange, possibly Giants fans(it is NorCal).

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    @Steeplejack: I was out on good behavior.

    @Yarrow: He should stay BEHIND the camera.

    @Yarrow: Heh, there were courts down the street.

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    petorado says:

    Great to make everyone’s acquaintance and hope you all had fun!

    Nice choice of venue as well … looks like the type of place Johnny Cash would have played a gig, were he still around today (rest his soul.)

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    @petorado: Food was probably better than over in Folsom.

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    Major Major Major Major says:

    I’ve never really grokked this sort of decor.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Am I detecting Darkrose in that photo? It’s hard to tell on my phone.

    I’m still in Denver. I should probably be mixing n mingling at a party downstairs, but I’m too fuqing tired and tomorrow is going to be another long day, so I’m back in my room with some leftover wine.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @Major Major Major Major: What, the whole “50’s era mental institution with beer barrels” thing doesn’t do it for you?

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    hedgehog the occasional commenter says:

    Good looking jackal pack!

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    Major Major Major Major says:

    @MisterForkbeard: Not for like, lunch.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    My complaint is the noise, because all the sound bounces off the hard surfaces.

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    Major Major Major Major says:

    @Steeplejack: And it’s like obviously pretty dangerous for the inmates too.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Mnemosyne: How’s the conference?

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    Mnemosyne says:


    It’s tiring, but awesome. I’m making new writer friends, which is great.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Mnemosyne: That sounds good.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    They probably shouldn’t bounce off the hard surfaces either.

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    ruemara says:

    *pout* Can’t believe there was finally a local meet-up & I missed it. Look at all those handsome jackals! Next time.

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    petorado says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Yeah, but it’s the conversation and community that really matter. Great to see everyone taking the time to come together, break bread, and be with other good souls!

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    @Major Major Major Major: The food was quite good, was there decor, didn’t notice it.


    Am I detecting Darkrose in that photo?

    Yes you are.

    @MisterForkbeard: I”m under the impression that the establishment is relatively new, they may do some work on the decor.

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    Major Major Major Major says:

    @Steeplejack: Har.

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    jl says:

    Thanks for great pics. Glad a certain persoin the spy from Los Angeles, gave Sacto brewpubs a chance.

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    @hedgehog the occasional commenter: Good conversation and I had a good time.

    @petorado: Absolutely. And I got some really good pics up there. This one replaced the circa 1975 photo in my bathroom, I have my own work decorating the cave.

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    @jl: Persoin, jl? Are you at a brewpub right now?

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    Yarrow says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I’m not, but I’m wearing orange!

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    @Steeplejack: It really wasn’t much of a problem, it wasn’t all that packed.

    @Major Major Major Major: Hey, I did my time; I’ve been to Texas.

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    NotMax says:

    Major⁴, could you take a peek at my message to J R in WV at #155 in the thread immediately below and see if there’s anything vital which should be added, expanded or amended?

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    @ruemara: The time kind of sucked due to my schedule since my flight out was at 7pm, so no time in the evening. I think I also missed the meetup when you were down this way.

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    Mary G says:

    Great looking bunch of jackals and the capitol is smaller than I remember, but looking good. Thanks, Billin.

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    @Yarrow: I don’t think I have anything in orange, lots of stuff in blue though.

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    @Mary G: It’s probably that I took the pic from a bit of distance. It hasn’t gotten smaller.

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    Major Major Major Major says:

    @Yarrow: I’m wearing pajamas that have drawings of otters and say I OTTER BE IN BED.

    @NotMax: Did he ask about WoW again?
    *checks thread*
    We should start a guild. But no, can’t think of much to add, not that I’m super in the know.

    And as I told him in the first thread, I don’t know any good free-to-play games other than EVE, which I dunno man that game is intense.

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    Yarrow says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: It’s a free t-shirt and the only orange thing I own. Just thought I’d mention it in solidarity.

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    jacy says:

    All y’all ever come to Baton Rouge, I know all the best places. I’ll probably never get to travel till the last kid is in college.

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    jl says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: May you always enjoy a 99 degree refreshing delta breeze and a gentle Sacramento freeway merge, my friend.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Speaking of my conference, I’ll have to see if Suzanne Brockmann’s Lifetime Achievement Award speech gets posted on YouTube, because it was a frickin’ barn-burner in support of diversity and inclusion in romance, and specifically called out the 53 percent of white women who voted for Trump. She got, like, three standing ovations.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I’m just kidding. Place looks nice – there’s a burger place sort of near my work that just opened, and looks very similar.

    It’s LOUD, though. No sound dampening at all.

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    NotMax says:

    @Major Major Major Major

    Heh. Am guildmaster (by default) of an alliance guild which still lists around 100 members. However I’m the only active player left. Have a much, much smaller horde guild I started from scratch, still one other active player in it, someone with whom I became chummy in game (fun person to chat with)

    Never liked the name of the alliance guild (I joined well after it was created, all my IRL friends who played were there) and am too cheap to pay the outrageous fee to change it.

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    jl says:

    Interesting fact for next time you play trivial pursuit.

    ” In June 2017, Montenegro formally became a member of NATO, ”

    I wonder if Trump remembers he was president when the country was admitted? Someone needs to ask this miserable crook if he had a problem with it then.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    My pajama pants have Stitch (from “Lilo and Stitch”) saying, “Hi!” “Aloha,” and “Ohana.”

    I also have pajamas with cats playing with skeins of yarn, but I didn’t bring them.

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    NotMax says:



    That’s a B-J demerit point.


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    @Yarrow: Of course😀.

    @jl: In the shade it wasn’t too bad, it was just when I walked from Old Sacramento back to the Capitol that it was a problem and I didn’t follow Adam’s advice and stay frosty and hydrated.

    @MisterForkbeard: I’m not sure how it would be if it was really crowded, but it was fine for out meetup and we could actually talk and hear each other.

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    @NotMax: I’m in good graces with B-J tradition, I was not wearing pants at the meetup.

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    Major Major Major Major says:

    @NotMax: even when I’m wearing them?

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    This a restaurant or a California State Department of Corrections Facility? lol

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    Mike in NC says:

    @jl: But he did enjoy shoving aside their Prime Minister to hog the cameras while in Europe.

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    jl says:

    ” I’m in good graces with B-J tradition, I was not wearing pants at the meetup. ”
    We knew that.

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    NotMax says:

    @Major Major Major Major

    The Tome of Cole holds the final authority.


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    jl says:

    @Mike in NC: Wonder if someone ever mentioned to the Trumptor he should aside the ‘new NATO guy’.
    At least Dub would have shook his hand, slapped him on the back, and said ‘heh heh, my diplomacy man tells me your the Montenegro man.”
    God knows what the next GOP president will do. Push the guy over and start eating his shoe, I guess, if he’s hungry.

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    NotMax says:


    “Monty Negro? I’m not about to let any Mr. Negro get ahead of me.”

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    zhena gogolia says:


    It looks like the set for Jesus Christ Superstar Live on NBC.

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    david says:

    Di… did you meet in a detention center???

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    laura says:

    @ruemara: You were missed! It was a treat except i had to schlep off back to work.

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