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Posted on Sunday, June 4th, 2006

Dave!How is it that you can spend an entire evening with complete strangers, yet be chatting away as if you were old friends immediately after sitting to the table? A meet-up with your fellow bloggers, that's how!

Truth to tell, there's really no way of knowing how something like this is going to go down. Blogs can only tell you so much about a person, and there's no way of knowing what they are like in "real-life" until you meet face-to-face. And then you run the risk that the bloggers you meet will be totally psychotic, and everybody will end up fighting and screaming. Fortunately, I was the only psychotic person there, and nobody seemed to notice.

As it ends up, everybody had a really good time. At least I know I did. A nicer bunch of people you'll never meet, and now I have some new blogging friends to read (not to mention an awesome new pizza to look for: MASHED POTATO PIZZA!). All in all, it was a great night, and has me wishing I could meet up with my readers and fellow-bloggers more often.

Super-Best-Friend Bloggers Roll Call...

  1. Ariana from Ariana's Space.
  2. Gary from Gary Said.
  3. Jen from Run Jen Run.
  4. Kelly from Mocha Momma.
  5. Kevin from Kapgar.
  6. RW from Chasing Vincenzo.
  7. Steve from Contemplaydoh.
  8. Susan from Soccer Orb.

The evening started out with really good pizza at Piece...

Blogger Meet Chicago

And ended with mango mojitos at a tequila bar called Salud...

Blogger Meet Chicago

Though I think Bob is contemplating the "world's worst wine" there, and I have no idea what lethal red concoction Jen is drinking. Out of all of us, Gary is the only one who actually had one of Salud's famous margaritas. Probably because "Mango Mojito" just sounds too tempting (and is fun to say).

Thanks to everybody who attended for a terrific night out!

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  1. ms. sizzle says:

    a mango mojito sounds delicious. what fun!

  2. Laurence says:

    I’ve never spent my time “speaking” with a blogger. You’re the first. And, in reality, I’m enjoying it’s you. En fait, je n’ai pas trouvé de blog en France aussi bien que le tien. It’s strange, like you said, but it’s causing great sensation, isn’t it ?

  3. Mocha says:

    Ummm…Jen is drinking a tequila cosmopolitan which got stickier as the night went on.

    Which, by the way, could NOT have gone better and what a wonderful little group it turned out to be. Just so you know, I was the one who knew you were psychotic. Why do you think I sat next to you at the bar? I was PROTECTING the others.

    See how selfless I am?

  4. Pauly D says:

    I feel like I was there.

  5. adena says:

    Mango Mojitos!! Mmmmm!

    See?? This is precisely why there needs to be a Northwest Meetup.

    I’m all for mango flavored liquory goodness.

  6. RW says:

    The second glass was better! Honest!

  7. lizriz says:


    I want mojitos…


  8. kilax says:

    I am really happy it went well, because that means maybe you will do it again in Chicago next year, and I will actually be in the country then!

  9. Brent says:

    It looks like a lot of fun. I’m glad it all went off without a hitch. Cheers.

  10. Chanakin says:

    Sorry I couldn’t make it this time ’round. Sounds like you all had a blast.

  11. Juli says:

    Well… for those of us who rank as chopped liver, I’m glad you had fun. hmmph!

    Actually, I can only imagine how much fun y’all had! It’s great meeting up with pseudo-strangers.

  12. SJ says:

    Wherever the next gathering is (Atlanta?), I sure hope to be there! Sounds like you all had a great time. And now you have faces to go with their words.

  13. Jeff says:

    Way cool, sounds like you had a great time! I’ll organize a Twin Cities party if you’re ever in this neck of the woods. Although it might be a small crowd since I’m not sure how many other fellow bloggers there are in this nape of the neck.

  14. Belinda says:

    trying. not. to. hate.

    But way envious.

  15. Kevin says:

    Now I wish I wore a hat.

  16. Moi says:


    I want mojitos…


  17. Ariana says:

    Awww…I’m tickled to be on the best friends blogger roll.

    Now I really have camera-envy. That mojito shot is amazing. Great angle and I love the shallow depth of field…I gotta go buy a new digital SLR asap.

  18. Steve says:

    Not that your readers need further confirmation, but that was a very fun evening. Thanks for extending the welcome to interlopers like me and my better half as part of Mocha Momma’s entourage.

    Regarding your psychosis, it was pretty well disguised most of the time. Your comment about clowns, though, did make a few of us wonder. (For readers who are not fortunate enough to have met Dave personally, he has the same semi-earnest deliver of outrageous thoughts in real life as he does in his posts — winkies apply, but your not entirely sure how many.)

    Anyway, it was a real pleasure being part of that group. We were disappointed at first not to have met Bad Monkey, but then it was explained to us that he really is pretty bad. I haven’t read enough of your previous posts to know, Dave, but I gather he’s a damn sight worse than Curious George.

  19. Deb_LA says:

    So jealous. So you think noon is too early for a mojito?

  20. Michelle YBF says:

    Psst, did anyone clip their fingernails over the mashed potato pizza?

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