Open Thread: NYC Meet-Up, Saturday July 27

Update from visiting fireman NotMax:

Time keeps on ticking, so maybe we can (metaphorically) nail this puppy down.

The date: Saturday, July 27

The place: Tír na Nóg
254 W. 31st Street (across from Penn Station, just east of 8th Avenue)

The time: How does 6 p.m. sound? Earlier? Later?

My plans are to attend a matinee in the afternoon, which lets out about 4:15. I’m willing to arrange the reservations.

If desired, BYO balloons.

Lurkers, spouses and friends welcome, as always!








Lovely Weekend For The Park (+NYC Meetup? pt. 2)

As I am generally asocial, I’ve spent my very long weekend reading, writing, playing video games (Hollow Knight for me, FFXIV for the husband), and wandering around. I got some gorgeous shots of Central Park.

Oak Bridge facing south

Oak Bridge facing south

Somewhere in the Ramble, looking out on the lake

Somewhere in the Ramble, looking out on the lake

It’s been a touch on the hot side, but the park is nice and cool if you stay out of the sun.

So speaking of New York City, let’s try to nail something down for a meetup this month. NotMax will be in town!

Checking on interest in a NYC area meet-up.

Shall be arriving in the area July 23, leaving August 7. Only date I know of at this point which might be iffy is the 28th.

Would be satisfied with the same spot as last year as it is convenient to all mass transit, but certainly not married to the idea.

Possible dates, time and location all subject to jackal recommendations, consensus and convenience; please, please chime in.

My preferred dates are July 26/27, or August 3/4. No preference on venue, although I hear the place from last year was good.

Open thread as well, I suppose. Bonus Samwise below the fold…

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St. Louis Meet Up Proof of Life: The Up Meeters!

Commenter Lapassionara sent me some proof of life pictures from the St. Louis meet up, where the chefs and cooks were bland, unzested, but ready!

Picture one is Commenter Quinerly in the middle flanked by Opiejeanne and BC in Illinois.

Picture two is Opiejeanne, Mr. Opiejeanne, a mystery guest, Marco Polo, and Lapassionara.

Open thread!








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!








Open Thread: Possible NYC Meet-Up?

Query from faithful commentor NotMax:

Checking on interest in a NYC area meet-up.

Shall be arriving in the area July 23, leaving August 7. Only date I
know of at this point which might be iffy is the 28th.

Would be satisfied with the same spot as last year as it is convenient to all mass transit, but certainly not married to the idea.

Possible dates, time and location all subject to jackal recommendations, consensus and convenience; please, please chime in.

Lurkers, friends & companions welcome, as always. Leave a comment, or email me and I’ll forward your message to NotMax.