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Posted on Friday, August 10th, 2007

Dave!In a mere two weeks, I'll be in Chicago for big-time fun and excitement, culminating in Saturday's blogger meet-up in the city on the 25th. Just like last year, the guest list is packed with a great bunch of people, and good times are sure to ensue!

Right now, we are planning to meet for dinner at Pizano's on Madison, in The Loop. But before we can make reservations, we need a head-count. If you are able to attend, please email me so I can call up and make reservations next week. Even if you've already told me you're coming, It would be great to have confirmation that your plans haven't changed.


Last year, dinner was just the beginning, and the festivities continued on into the night, as we just couldn't get enough of each other. Talking with people who "get" blogging is a treat, and I cannot wait to hang out with everybody again this year. Hope you can make it!

In other news, I've finally given up waiting for the mailing tubes to ever arrive for mailing out Artificial Duck Co. print and photo orders. I've done some test-mailings in boxes, and everything has arrived in great shape, so I'm just going to start mailing them out that way. This kind of makes me feel bad, because $5 of the price for the prints was to accommodate the cost of the tube and additional mailing charges. Now that I'm not using them, I've overcharged everybody by $5. To make up for it, there will be some extra goodies sent along with the orders. Again, thanks so much to everybody for their patience while I got this all sorted out!

Artificial Duck Painting
Cover of the Artificial Duck Co. Print and Photo User Guide Booklet.

And now, it's time to get ready to head back to the coast for the weekend...

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  1. RW says:

    You can count the Mrs and I there again. And this will make a third time for you and I. I think people are starting to talk.

  2. ajooja says:

    I just learned my wife will be out-of-town that weekend. I’m going to see if I can make it.

  3. ms. sizzle says:

    i wish i could be there. sounds like good times!

  4. jenny says:

    so is “chmeet” a yiddish word? do i pronounce it like challa?

    and i – quite happily – have been able to change my plans so now i will be able to join everyone again. can’t wait… oh, sweet, sweet buttery pizano’s crust.


  5. Wayne says:

    Dang! I see “chmeet” as the subject and I’m thinking – hey, Dave wrote about Ringworld Engineers, but misspelled the aliens name!

    Alas, not the case. Still, I’m glad you’re excited.

  6. Joefish says:

    I’d love to be able to make that. That’s in my back yard, comparatively speaking.

  7. I wish I could go to Chicago too. I’ll be looking forward to some fun posts from everyone afterward.

  8. Mrs RW says:

    Since you’re talking about Chicago you might want to go here to see some of Chicago’s sites (in case you can’t actually be there).

  9. *lynne* says:

    hola! well, y’all have fun w/o me… maybe *next* time i’ll have te opportunity to meet up with y’all… in the meantime, the postcard offer is still open is any other folk are interested in getting some snail mail from exotic malaysia and chocolately switzerland 🙂

  10. James says:

    I wanna gooooo

    But I’m a broke college bound punk.

    So home I’ll stay, alas.

  11. bogup says:

    The Chicago event sounds like fun. Great city.
    I’d probably want to go to The Palm restaurant and have lobster and their East Coast Gigi salad.

  12. Mrs RW says:

    Ok, guys: I need someone to share the spinach dip because RW hates it. Those pasta dishes look delish, but way too much for one person. Anyone who wants to split either one let me know when we’re there.

  13. kilax says:

    I have been looking forward to August 25th since you first mentioned it… can’t wait to meet everyone!

  14. Suzanne says:

    Drat. I wish I could go… but alas, I am too broke right now to swing it.

    I’m kicking myself for having to miss Dave2, RW and Mrs RW all in the same room. Oh, the humanity!!

    When’s the next Seattle convention??

  15. Avitable says:

    I think Bad Monkey might be the real artist here!

    RW, are you going to wear a different shirt this time? In the pictures of last year, I noticed you had the same shirt on that you did when you met me!

  16. diane says:

    Mrs. RW, I will totally share the spinach dip with you, especially since my fella is likely attending and I know he won’t touch the spinach dip!

  17. Dave2 says:

    RW… I can live with that.

    Ajooja… Hope to see you there!

    Ms. Sizzle… Well, we’ll certainly do our best to try and have a good time… but without you there, it’ll be tough though. 🙂

    Jenny… Sweet! It wouldn’t be the same without you! The call of Pizano’s buttercrust cannot be denied!

    Wayne… Chicago+Meet=Chmeet!

    Joefish… Then you have no excuses! See you there!

    Geeky Tai Tai… Looks like Mrs. RW has got you covered… click her link and you’re in Chicago!

    Mrs. RW… The more you explore Chicago, the more you love it. It’s an easy city to love.

    Lynne… Delicious Swiss chocolately goodness is almost worth missing Chicago for.

    James… What can you learn at college that’s more important than what you could learn with us in Chicago? Ask your college for a refund, and we’ll see you there!

    Bogup… Do I even dare ask what a Gigi salad is?

    Mrs. RW… We could always do Spinach Dip Bowling with the leftovers.

    Kilax… What? No last-minute trips to Rome? Sweet! We look forward to seeing you this time around!

    Suzanne… We really do need a Seattle meet-up. There’s enough of of around to make it a happenin’ event.

    Avitable… Unfortunately, it takes a fifth of Jack Daniels to get Bad Monkey feeling artistic. Nothing

    Diane… Popeye he ain’t!

  18. RW says:

    Not so, Avitable. The shirt I had on when I met you and Miss Britt was one of those ones without a collar, plus it was white and with long sleeves that were rolled up. The shirt I wore at the first Chicago Meetup was an off white with small little gold designs and it was short sleeved.

    Glad I made such a grand impression on you. Now I have to go kill myself.

  19. bogup says:

    >>Bogup… Do I even dare ask what a Gigi salad is?

    How did I know you would ask?

    East Coast Gigi
    chopped shrimp, string beans, tomato, onion and bacon tossed in a vinaigrette

    And yes, I mean no, the bacon doesn’t fit with a veggie selection…

  20. Mocha says:

    I know I’ll be there and am so glad that Jen will be, too! We got to see each other 2 weeks ago and tried to cram in all good stuff because she wasn’t going to make it. And now she is! Yay!

    I need to get in on that spinach dip action. So count me in.

    Looking forward to it, Dave!

  21. Avitable says:

    Oh, now I see the difference, RW!

  22. kapgar says:

    I plan to be there and am working to talk Katie into it, but she always feels weird amongst a bunch of bloggers. A bit out of place.

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