Rockville MD Meet-Up: Proof of Life

From commentor & picture-taker Tobie:

The Rockville meetup happened last weekend thanks to efforts of Intrepid Elizabelle and Always-On-the-Ball Matt F.

In attendance at the meetup were: Elizabelle, Matt F, Uncle Cosmo, Uncle Cosmo’s swing dancing friend, Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerlyMumphrey, et al.), tobie, and mr. tobie.

Our group was small but feisty, and we even managed a midnight trip to F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s gravesite. Who knew that the entire Fitzgerald family was buried in a small churchyard in Bethesda now wedged between several high-traffic roads!

The inscription on F. Scott’s grave is quite touching but a little tough to read, so here’s the text:
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” –The Great Gatsby

D.C. Area Meet-Up — This Saturday, 9/15

Update from intrepid commentor Elizabelle:

DC Meetup folks: we have a venue: two of them, actually. Saturday, September 15: 7:00ish (or earlier) to …? Drinks, and then trouping further up Rockville Pike to a tasty Chinese dinner.

Meeting for drinks at 7:00 at City Perch Kitchen and Bar in the Pike and Rose complex (11830 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, phone: 301-231-2310), near the White Flint Metro.

Daily happy hour from 4:00 to 7:00, if you want to arrive earlier. Has its own menu. Matt F and I will probably get there around 7:30. (We are walking over from the SPX comics expo at the Bethesda North Marriott, 2 blocks away.) City Perch might be a little yuppified and pricey, but it got good reviews and is rated for “average” noise level. Selling point is location and validated parking.

City Perch offers 3.5 hours free parking (near the complex), with validated ticket. The garages are at:
11580 Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, MD 20852
11860 Trade Street, North Bethesda, MD 20852

I’ve reserved a table for six people from 7:00 to 9:00 or later, for drinks and appetizers. Please give me a head count; we can revise that up or down.

Wondering if we can get this menu (early birds and night owls, aka bar food.)

[And I have to say: the appetizers menu at City Perch is kinda pricey and limited. If anyone would rather try our luck at the Marriott hotel bar — called On the Rocks — let me know. It might be quieter and have more bar snacks. Will definitely have more tattooed and artistic looking folks flocking around, if the comics/graphic novel crowd is in there.]

Following: we can head to Xi’an Gourmet in main Rockville, maybe around 8:30 to 9:00-ish, for Northern Chinese/Sichuan dinner. Plenty of free parking, it seems. About half a mile from the Rockville Metro Station. Beer and wine available; no bitcoin (LOL). Yelp review:

316 N Washington St
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone number(301) 875-5144

Tyler Cowen gave Xi’an Gourmet a good review on his blog.

Wow. Word is this is from the people who brought you Panda Gourmet in DC. As a Sichuan place, it would be one of the region’s five best, but that is not even their real strength. For Xian food it is a clear first in the region. Get their soups, most of all the beef with chili and noodle soup (contrary to the name it is not spicy) and the lamb soup with bread. The Dan Dan noodles I found to be a slight disappointment, but overall this is one of the very best Chinese places around plus it has many dishes you won’t find elsewhere. Pleasant service, great prices, no downside here that I can see.

Open Thread: Possible DC-Area Meet-Up?

From peripatetic traveller & frequent commentor Elizabelle:

I think Matt and I (and maybe other jackals?) will attend the Small Press Expo this weekend in North Bethesda (aka Rockville, MD)… We might put in a meetup announcement for other jackals once we draft it up, although I have not noticed anyone but Matt expressing any interest in the SPX.

I have booked at the Sheraton Rockville, about 8 miles from White Flint Metro. Will arrive Friday night; probably head back down to Richmond (RVA) after the program Sunday. Let’s figure out how to meet up!

Matt F, if you contact me (‘Contact A Front-Pager’ under Quick Links at the top right, or annelaurie dot bj at gmail) I will pass on Elizabelle’s email addy…

Proof of Life: Boston Meet-Up

Via intrepid party-planner & commentor Lakhe:

Summer Shack was reasonable and tasty, but loud.

Most of us had forgotten that it was moving day for many, many students, so our tiny, narrow roads were a little congested, and even with our reservation we had to wait. However, it was lots of fun! I vote for next time in the ‘burbs.

Given that it’s the evil Web, perhaps people should not be named unless voluntarily?

[Insert wallflower joke] Why do cats like to participate in making the bed? This lump is Gretel.

Boston Meet-Up This Evening — Saturday 7:15pm

Celebrating “mostly lurker, occasional commenter, Big R”‘s visit to The Hub of the Universe.

Summer Shack
50 Dalton / 10 Scotia Street
(617) 867-9955


Thanks to intrepid party-starter Lakhe for setting it up.

Don’t forget to take some pics, and have a great time, everybody!

REPOST: Boston Labor Day Weekend Meet Up?

Adam was kind enough to post this last week. I’m not going to be able to make it myself, but who else in the Boston area is up for a get together this weekend?

Mostly lurker, occasional commenter, Big R will be in Boston over Labor Day weekend for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting – doing business as the largest cattle call of polisci geeks in the known universe (trust me, it’s a cattle call!!!) – and would like to meet up with the Balloon Juice greater Boston area cadre. Here’s the details he sent along:

My schedule is fairly light; I have a teaching mini-conference on 8/29, I present on 9/2, and I have a few interviews lined up here and there. If BJ readers wanted to get together for a meal and/or a drink, I would be delighted to join them. If nobody wants to meet my lurker tuchos, then my feelings won’t be hurt.

Anyone from the greater Boston area cadre interested, please sound off in the comments. And I’m sure Big R would be greatly appreciative of recommendations about where to hold the meet up. I personally stopped going to APSA years ago for personal reasons, but the last time they held it in Boston and I was in attendance (early 00s), they held the meeting at the convention center and all the conference hotels were in close proximity. So unless Big R says otherwise in the comments, that’s where he’ll be most of the time.

Boston Labor Day Weekend Meet Up and Primary Election Eve Open Thread

We can probably use a new election eve open thread, and since I’ve been waiting till we got within three weeks or so to post this Boston Meet Up request, consider this an open thread to comment about either or neither or, as usual, anything else that strikes your fancy.

So primary returns are coming in. Balderson is currently barely ahead in OH12 with 100% of the precincts reporting by 1,766 votes. There are 3,435 provisional ballots outstanding that still have to be verified and counted. And the rules in Ohio is that provisional cannot be counted until 10 days after the election. Right now the margin is at .9 for Balderson. Ohio law requires an automatic recount if the margin is .5 or less. So the provisionals have the potential to push this to a recount. This one won’t be finalized and certified for a while. And once it is, because this is a special election, Balderson and O’Connor will be running against themselves for this seat in the regular midterm in November. Regardless, this was a huge swing in this district from Republican to Democrat, which is, itself, a positive indicator of the mood of the electorate.

In Kansas, Krish Kobach is currently trailing the incumbent Kansas governor with 57% of precincts reporting. I know a lot of folks want him to win so that the Democratic candidate can run against him as an extremist. Personally, I just want him out of office. And since, because of his legal issues and the fiasco that was the President’s special committee to investigate non-existent voter fraud, which will make it almost impossible for him to get a Federal appointment. So if Kobach loses this primary, he’s out of government, back in private practice, and a senior fellow at some anti-immigrant institute. He’ll still be able to cause trouble and be a nuisance, but he won’t be able to directly negatively impact people’s lives.

As to the Boston Meet Up. Here’s the details from mostly lurker Big R:

I’ll be in Boston for the American Political Science Association over the Labor Day weekend. My schedule is fairly light; I have a teaching mini-conference on 8/29, I present on 9/2, and I have a few interviews lined up here and there. If BJ readers wanted to get together for a meal and/or a drink, I would be delighted to join them.

So those of you in the greater Boston area, if you’re interested, please chime in in the comments about availability for a meet up over the Labor Day weekend. I’ll run this again on Sunday and next week to make sure we get some good feedback.

Open thread!