Seattle Meet Up Proof of Life: The Up Meeters!

Both CaseyL and OpieJeanne sent me after action reports and pictures from last night’s Seattle Meet Up.


What a great gathering!  HinTN is so delightful, we should get him to move here to the PNW so we can see him more frequently.  We also had two new people:  EthylEster and Jonathan (aka informationdriveway, though he comments, when he does, under his RL name).  And of course the Seattle BJ regulars:  me (CaseyL), OpieJean and Mr. OpieJean, ThalactosMaritimus (whose husband stayed home because the Writing Muse was with him), DanB, and BeautifulPlumage.
We ate and drank our way through the Saffron Grill, where the food is wonderful and so are the staff.
Of course there are pictures.  They’re glare-y because of light coming in through the window, so sorry; and one is blurry because our waitperson studied at the John G. Cole School of Photography.  And I took one of our GoH, HinTN, that is a hoot because he looks like “I Am Not Amused” – which is not at all true; he had a blast (we all did).
Thank you Adam, for alerting us to organize this shindig, and for posting this report on the festivities.
I should also mention that Yutsano, who could not attend in person, called in via cell.  We had him on speaker, and I held up the phone so everyone could say Hi, but we couldn’t really hear him, so I chatted with him for a bit and then held up the phone so we could all say goodbye.
(Harry HnTN, Guest of Honor, Looking Stern.  Self explanatory.)
(The Whole Gang:  From left: Jonathan, BeautifulPlumage, ThalarctosMaritimus, CaseyL, HinTN, OpieJean, Mr. OpieJean, Dan B, EthylEster.)
(Also Whole Gang Tho Blurrier: From left: HinTN, OpieJean, Mr. OpieJean, Dan B, EthylEster, Jonathan, Beautiful Plumage, ThalarctosMaritimus, CaseyL)
(Subset of Whole Gang: DanB, EthylEster, HinTN)
I got a couple of photos at the meetup last night. The Saffron Grill is a nice restaurant with an Indian, Mediterranean, and “American” menu. I only glanced at the American choices and went for the Tandoori prawns. Everything was delicious and the company was great.
(The first one is Casey L. standing and the guest of honor, HinTN.)
(The second photo is Beautiful Plumage on the left and Thalarctos Maritimus on the right, but she’s not really a polar bear.)
Open thread!

63 replies
  1. 1
    Sab says:

    A jacy t-shirt!

  2. 2
    HinTN says:

    because he looks like “I Am Not Amused”

    Studied at the John Cole school of social science, I did. Graduated summa cum laude of you must know.

    As for the kind words from CaseyL, I return the favor with honors. It was great to meet such a fine group and I may very well be inspired to move to the PNW.

    Thank you for being there and setting this up.

  3. 3
    chris says:

    Nice to see the young folks having a good time.

    @Sab: I thought so, thanks. Still wonder what happened to her and hope she’s OK.

  4. 4
    Baud says:

    HinTN looks like someone we can trust. Tough but fair.

  5. 5
    NotMax says:

    From which retired senator did you filch that impressive arctic mane, HinTN?


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  7. 7
    HinTN says:

    @Sab: As we say down heah in de South, “You betchum buckwheat!”

  8. 8
    HinTN says:

    @Baud: Flattery will get you everywhere, my dear.

  9. 9
    HinTN says:

    @NotMax: Gads, it’s a burden. I have an acquaintance from HS who insists that I have senatorial hair and that I but have to throw my hat in the ring (revealing said hair) to be a shoo-in.

  10. 10
    Sab says:

    So now I know what Dan B looks like.

  11. 11
    HinTN says:

    @HinTN: Also, that’s about two to three weeks of growth beyond my usual limit, but what are vacations for but to let it all hang out? I’m calling on my barber tomorrow.

  12. 12
    J R in WV says:

    Glad you all had a good visit up there in the great NorthWest!

    A good looking group of jackals…

  13. 13
    Baud says:


    I might use your visage to represent me in my campaign.

  14. 14
    HinTN says:

    @Baud: I demand half the grift, should you be elected.

  15. 15
    satby says:

    Great looking group! Glad it was a good time had by all.

  16. 16
    Baud says:


    That’s pretty steep. I might have to shop around for a less attractive Juicer.

  17. 17
    Yutsano says:

    Fun fact: my condo used to be exactly one street up from where the Saffron Grill is. I never did eat there much, mostly because I was trying to be economical but they also didn’t seem to appreciate me rolling in at 2100 and ordering food. Ah well. Hopefully soon I can bop back over there for a visit.

  18. 18
    infodriveway says:

    I had so much fun last night. It was a pleasure to meet all of you! (Should I go by the nym I use everywhere else here? I suppose I should… when in Rome and all.)

  19. 19
    zhena gogolia says:


    Foghorn Leghorn?

  20. 20
    Dan B says:

    @Sab: Scanning between lines to decide if this is a threat or a good thing. Does the intertube now own my image / soul / essence?

    I picked up HnTN at his hotel downtown. 5 miles from my house to downtown: 45 minutes! Past the stadium where the Rolling Stones were playing. 9 miles to Saffron Grill: 12 minutes.

    Much thanks to Adam the magnificent for helping set this up!!

  21. 21
    Dan B says:

    @infodriveway: Any nym will do. And people should know Johnathon got the prize for farthest drive – 80+ miles from Bellingham. (South Vancouver, Canadia)

  22. 22
    Duane says:

    @Baud: BAUD!2020! Now with Senator Hair!

  23. 23

    @Dan B: Scott Lemieux from Lawyers, Guns & Money was in there at the Stones concert. Small world!
    Made me think of the one time I saw the Stones, in Chicago. 1981. Lessee, that was…………..oh my God

  24. 24
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @John Revolta:

    the one time I saw the Stones, in Chicago. 1981. Lessee, that was…

    …a much better show than they are capable of now?

  25. 25
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @infodriveway: @Dan B: “Bob in Portland” is available

  26. 26
    Dan B says:

    Small world indeed! I saw the Stones at the old stadium, the Kingdome. Jagger was amazed that it was slated for demolition. It was imploded – giant concrete thing with a roof. The new football stadium is open air for a winter = drizzly sport. It works okay.

  27. 27
    Dan B says:

    @Steve in the ATL: A much different set of drugs fueling the performance, and the audience.

  28. 28
    Amir Khalid says:

    @Steve in the ATL:
    Available, but not desirable.

  29. 29
    Jay says:

    For anyone who hasn't seen this beautiful video of a dog who has just been adopted, that look is precious RT: @eliistender10— CCTV IDIOTS (@cctv_idiots) August 15, 2019

  30. 30
    NotMax says:

    @zhena gogolia

    Whose very voice and bluster were based on the fictional Senator Clagorn from Fred Allen’s radio show!

  31. 31
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Amir Khalid: I’m just leading the horse to Flint, MI water; it’s up to him if he wants to drink.

  32. 32
    NotMax says:

    @Steve in the ATL

    What’s the old saying? Oh, yeah.

    You can lead a horse to water but you can’t lead a horticulture.


  33. 33
    Steve in the ATL says:

    Do they get credit for having a meet up if there were no green balloons present? I don’t have my rule book handy.

  34. 34
    CaseyL says:

    @Steve in the ATL: If not, we’ll just have to do it again! This time with balloons!

  35. 35
    frosty says:

    @NotMax: I like Dorothy Parker’s line when asked to use horticulture in a sentence:
    “You can lead a horticulture but you can’t make her think.”

    Hmm. That may be a little dated these days.

  36. 36
    Dan B says:

    @CaseyL: This was supposed to be a reply to Steve in the XXXX. He’s
    up to somrthing…

    We got free dessert! Jealous?

    Careful or I’ll fire up the photoshop and claim the green balloons are an invasion of Steve in the Seattle!! They’d look fun with various grins and smirks. Right? We could even include an English barrister powdered wig!

  37. 37
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @frosty: and as Benny Hill taught us, you can’t make a vita-min

  38. 38
    Mary G says:

    Looks like much fun!

  39. 39
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Dan B: I was sitting alone with my green balloons at Chuck’s BBQ in Evadale, Texas, but no fellow jackals showed up. Seattle was probably a better choice of locations.

  40. 40
    Jay says:

    "They are not the monsters of our collective historical imagination. They are today’s flesh-and-blood monsters, and this makes them seem somehow less monstrous.Anything that happens here and now is normalized…simply by virtue of actually existing."— ✡️ Never Again Action ✡️ (@NeverAgainActn) August 16, 2019

  41. 41
    Jay says:

    Fox News, whose headquarters are on Sixth Avenue in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, just celebrated the attempted murder of Jewish protesters.— Eli Valley (@elivalley) August 16, 2019

  42. 42
    infodriveway says:

    @Dan B: You meant 130+ km? And where do I claim the prize?

  43. 43

    @Steve in the ATL:

    …a much better show than they are capable of now?

    Probably. But looking over the respective set lists (dontcha just love the intertubes?) I have to say last night’s show looks better on paper. They’re not trying to push the latest albums anymore and just going straight for the jugular.

    OTOH I doubt the opening act last night, if any, could hold up against the Neville Brothers so there’s that.

  44. 44
    MomSense says:

    Handsome bunch of Jackals. Glad you all had such a nice time.

  45. 45
    Mike J says:

    I know all those freaks!

    Wish I could have been there.

  46. 46
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @John Revolta: so they played songs from “Their Satanic Majesties’ Request” and side two of “Tattoo You”?

  47. 47
    opiejeanne says:

    @Mike J: you were missed.

  48. 48
    BeautifulPlumage says:

    Hi to all. Great restaurant and wonderful to see so many jackals and visit with most of them! And the food! I had thought to try taking my sis there when we were in the area recently but she’s not much for strong flavors; she would have ordered off of the americanized page.

    Thanks to everyone sharing their appetizers and entrees. The flavors and textures were beyond words. Cheers!

  49. 49
    Yarrow says:

    @Steve in the ATL: You should have had Adam front page it.

  50. 50
    ruemara says:

    That’s a good looking bunch of jackals. Still planning to be in Boston for PodTales in October, so let me know if anyone want’s to do a Bahston meet-up.
    Still waiting to hear when my swearing in date is.

  51. 51
    NotMax says:

    @Steve in the ATL

    From the organ meat album? (Liver Than You’ll Ever Be)

  52. 52
    BeautifulPlumage says:

    @opiejeanne: Agree, as well as Yutsano and local lurkers.

  53. 53

    @Steve in the ATL: Six songs off of Tattoo You. 25% of the show!
    Got some songs on the list I don’t recognize at all.

  54. 54
    Dan B says:

    @infodriveway: You are in luck. It’s Kennewick, or maybe Pasco, er Richland? You know, Tucson of the north. Yutsano will be your guide..

  55. 55
    NotMax says:

    @John Revolta

    Beggar’s Banquet or go home.


  56. 56
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Yarrow: there’s no internet in Evadale, but the local high school has a rebel flag on its sign, so you know things are cool there.

  57. 57
    Amir Khalid says:

    @John Revolta:
    I think almost any musical act could hold its own against Gary and Phil Neville.

    Oh, wait …

  58. 58
    BeautifulPlumage says:

    And a second shout-out to the staff. Saffron Grill was so busy but the staff were great with our large group.

    Thanks to CaseyL (and Adam) for making this happen on limited and everyone who decided on the location. And, of course, to Cole and all who keep this community running. I have so enjoyed meeting local and visiting jackals via this site.

    ETA to make clear who I meant by “staff”.

  59. 59
    BeautifulPlumage says:

    @BeautifulPlumage: “…making this happen with limited notice…”

  60. 60
    Mary G says:

    You will never guess the punchline.

    Elizabeth Warren tells the story of her first time meeting Obama back in 2002 when he was preparing to run for Senate.Wait for the punchline. 😍— Trojans for Warren (@USCForWarren) August 15, 2019

    (Apologies to Billin for posting from the enemy.)

  61. 61
    Yarrow says:

    @Steve in the ATL: You’re in Jasper county. No surprise there’s a rebel flag.

  62. 62
    hitchhiker says:

    Gads, how did I miss this?

    Note to self: check bj even on no internet days.


  63. 63
    TomatoQueen says:

    What a lovely-looking nest of jackals. Suggestion for a meet-up that just crossed my mind before sufficient caffeine: ruemara’s swearing-in. I love the idea of this dignified AND joyous ceremony with a green-balloons contingent. Ought to be a parade, really.

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