Attention St. Louis Meet Uppers: Opiejeanne Is Coming To Town!

I have no idea if it is one if by land and two if by sea for a Balloon Juice meet up, but whatever it is: The Opiejeannes are coming! The Opiejeannes are coming!

Commenter Lapassionara has emailed asking if I would provide the details to the forthcoming Opiejeanne invasion:

Opiejeanne is coming to town, and we have decided to have a Jackal meet up this Thursday, June 27th, starting at 5 pm, at McGurks, in the Soulard area.

And since the only song I can think of with McGurk in it is the Irish Rover, here’s the Irish Rovers singing it.

Open thread!

34 replies
  1. 1
    piratedan says:

    my apologies for being OT on the first post… Suzanne and Mr. Suzanne have welcome baby Francesca to the family, per FB, Mom and Baby are fine and doing well.

    9lbs 4oz 21inches long

    Mazel Tov!

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    congrats, fellow pirate.

    as for myself, I wonder how these meetups go. Balloon Juice gatherings are always so far away from me.

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    JPL says:

    @piratedan: Oh my.. That is one big baby. Congrats to the Suzanne family.

    For those going to the meet-up have fun.

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    piratedan says:

    <—- is not Mr. Suzanne (just to avoid any potential confusion), just knew that some folks were following along and thought I should share the news….

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    debbie says:


    Congratulations, Suzanne! You made it through!

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    trollhattan says:

    Aww, congrats to the parents and not-so-small new critter! Best wishes.

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    Lapassionara says:

    Yes, congratulations!

    And for those in the St Louis area, Quinerly will also be there, and I hope Marco Polo, and BC in Ill, who is actually living in the St Louis area. And others, we hope.

    Thanks, Adam

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    I’m in Kimball, TN tonight if anyone wants to meet! (HinTN actually lives fairly close). The Shoney’s Big Boy is closed for renovations, so Cracker Barrel or Waffle House.

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    SFAW says:

    Congrats to Suzanne and Mr. Suzanne!

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    chopper says:

    (i like the dubliners’ version better.)

    congrats suzanne!

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    chopper says:


    congrats suzanne and piratedan! even tho he isn’t the father!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @chopper: have you seen the version by the Dubs and the Pogues together?

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    satby says:

    @Steve in the ATL: you are evil 😂😂😂

    Edit: I almost shared the Pogue-Dubliner version

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    satby says:

    Congrats to Suzanne and her whole family on Spawn the newbie.

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    NotMax says:

    Tying things together (sort of), ~five months until new arrival Francesca and the McGurk effect mesh.

    McGurk’s a much better name for an Irish pub than the now defunct one which was frequented by students at Hofstra University.

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    frosty says:

    Congratulations to Suzanne! You made it!!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @piratedan: in closely related news, Lou Reed’s “I Love You Suzanne” came up on my Spotify shuffle today at the gym.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    To all you permanent and transient St Louisians, go see Circus Flora. A friend of a friend runs it, and I’ve heard nothing but good things. It’s not a dancing bears and jumping tigers circus, it’s an old school theatrical circus.

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    Another Scott says:

    @piratedan: Woot! Congrats to all the Suzanneses!


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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Gin & Tonic: ooh, bookmarked! As a circus and theater buff, I will *insist* my ex and my best gal pal take me out to see it when/if I get to St. Louis in the near future!

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @piratedan: Thanks for letting us know!

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    The Lodger says:

    To quote Sandra Boynton, “Congratulations! Wishing you joy and wonder and some sleep.”

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    Quinerly says:

    @Gin & Tonic: go every year. It is a must. I’m so old I remember Flora.💙

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    Quinerly says:

    Obligatory… “Irish Old Ladies” performed by my buddies Joe and Sean…. Live at John D McGurks in Historic Soulard.
    McGurks has been in business since 1977. It’s known for bringing struggling musicians from Ireland for 5 week residencies. Putting up the musicians in housing and promoting them. My friends, Joe and Sean, are local. Joe is a math teacher by day. Sean is a full time, working musician.

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    Duane says:

    Happy news for the Suzanne Clan. Congratulations. Better start taking your vitamins!

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    chigail says:

    The Irish Rover also is timely, there’s a measles outbreak!

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    TomatoQueen says:

    Oh welcome in Spawn the Youngest and huzzah for Suzanne being able to breathe again, soonest.

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    CaseyL says:

    @piratedan: Congrats! Mazel Tov!

    …good lord, that’s a big baby.

    (And now Suzanne’s sinuses can finally drain!)

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    Kristine says:

    Congrats to Suzanne and Mr. Suzanne! 🎈

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    I love that fresh new baby smell! Congrays Suzanne and family!!!

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    laura says:

    Suzanne!11! Congratulations and all the best, especially sleep, snuggling and cool fresh sheets and pillows.
    Meet Uppers across the jackaltariat, pics please.
    A bit of joy in these woeful times is balm, balm I tells ya.

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    opiejeanne says:

    I’m a day late, but woohoo, Suzanne and new baby Francesca! Congratulations, and I hope everyone is doing well.

    Looking forward to meeting everyone at McGurk’s.

    Right now we’re staying with mr opiejeanne’s cousin at Lake of the Ozarks and meandering around Camden and other counties. So far, no chigger bites so that’s very good. Visited a very old family cemetery, the Green Cemetery on a dirt road near Macks Creek and looked for a particular headstone but most are so degraded by something and/or lichen-encrusted that the names and other info are obscured. Found my great and great great grandparents’ headstones, located great grandma’s house which is unusually grand-looking for the area, and a still-standing cabin that is purported to be the oldest house still standing in Camden County. I knew the family members who lived there, a much-beloved great aunt and uncle up until the 1920s and it still shocks me that they lived like that so recently. When I knew them they lived in a nice old house in Kansas City and he was the one with the tin can marked peantus that had the spring-snake inside that would pop out when an unsuspecting child open the can in hopes of a nut.

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