Re: Unfogged in DC

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How many people are going to be around on Friday? I'm coming in Thursday night late (stupid living on the West Coast).


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 10:30 AM
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We haven't decided exactly when we are leaving (we are driving, so we can change plans at the last minute), but I imagine we will be around Friday.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 11:06 AM
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I get in around noon.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 11:07 AM
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Hey, I'll update the main post, but I've got the address. Only I need to dig it out, from a different email account, when I'm on a real computer. You'll need to email me for it.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 11:09 AM
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Noon on Friday, that is.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 11:12 AM
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I'll be there on friday.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 11:40 AM
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Any interest in a trip down Smithsonian Row in the afternoon on Friday? I'm open as to which museums.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 11:54 AM
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I'm having dinner with family Friday night, but may be up for something afterwards.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 11:57 AM
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I similarly have dinner plans Friday night but could try to catch up to Mutombo afterwards.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 1:03 PM
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I'll be there on Friday.


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 1:07 PM
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My train is supposed to get to Union Station around 4:30ish on Friday.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 1:41 PM
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I could be interested in meeting at a Smithsonian on Friday (to whoever suggested the idea).


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 1:43 PM
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That was me. Stupid phone.


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 2:08 PM
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I get in Friday morning. I'm down for the Smithsonian that afternoon.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 2:22 PM
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When in the afternoon are folks thinking? If it's lateish, I might be able to join. Or not, depending on fam stuff.


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 2:24 PM
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Chopper is NickS?!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 3:06 PM
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Am I supposed to be hearing the title of this post as sung by the Bad Brains.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 4:07 PM
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Or Chuck Brown.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 4:13 PM
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Are there any Saturday afternoon plans? I figure I'll get off the bus and basically head straight for a museum. At least American Art is open after 5.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 7:30 PM
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Ditto 19. I assume people will be liveblogging the whole weekend so I can just find people based on the latest comments.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 7:53 PM
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15: I don't intend to actually stop going to museums until dinner time, so join whenever. If you have a museum preference, we can save that for after you arrive.


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 8:11 PM
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For the record, I'm saddened we seemed to have abandoned the name UnfoggeDCon. It had a certain elegance.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 8:23 PM
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Sometimes if a name is really special, you can't use it all the time, or it will lessen the specialness.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 8:28 PM
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I've often said the same thing about your mother, so it must be true.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 8:32 PM
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Very good, Stanley.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 8:36 PM
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We don't have to abandon the name.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 9:03 PM
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when it comes to los angeles can it be named for me?


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 05-18-13 9:10 PM
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My arrival depends on transport options available to me. On Friday. i feel like i need to attend my department convocation for our seniors, which should end by 2. If anyone who is driving wants to pick me up on the way south or take me back northward on Monday, i'd be much obliged. (I live in DE, just off I-95). Alternatively, I'll take a bus and arrive around 6 on Friday, leave whenever on Monday.
Is there interest in scheduling a few themed discussions? I have an ATM about personal finance, for example, and then could go discuss puppies and wild cubs while others do thinks pertaining to bicycles. Parents and others with kids might want a hangout time, and I think there are going to be a handful of folks who want to discuss how to handle romantic relationships in which one or both partner has mental Heath concerns .

[n.b. am posting under slight influence of sleeping meds; please disregard anything that seems excessively out of character]


Posted by: J,Robot. N | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 12:11 AM
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Yeah, let's do a skill-share! We can have a Know Your Rights training, and DIY bike maintenance, Consent Is Sexy, Homebrewing 101, Foraging for wild edibles, Consensus decision-making, Cyber security basics, flocking, and a radical moms group!


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 5:24 AM
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And then we can have a big confrontation with the DGR people.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 5:25 AM
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Coming early Friday morning. Only thing planned thus far is a 2PM visit to the George Washington Masonic Memorial. Tour had to be reserved. Otherwise free.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 6:09 AM
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Whoever wants to sign up for my workshop in Advanced Awkwardness can, um, uh, never mind. Just forget I said anything. Sorry.


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 6:32 AM
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Since we're less than a week out, I'll re-up the mix I made with the occasion in mind: Ten Years Down the Drain (cover, tracklist).


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 7:10 AM
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FYI, I looked and the big three Smithsonian museums (Ari & Space, Natural History, American History) are now all on extended hours. They are open until 7:30. The most of the others close ate 5:30. (A notable exception is the Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum, which closes at 7.)

Oh, the National Gallery (not part of the Smithsonian, and not having extended hours during the summer) just opened a new show about the Ballets Russes. The core is a V&A roadshow (expanded by non-V&A items, etc.) and seems to be very costume oriented. Not really my cup of tea, but if that's the type of thing you like, you'll probably like this.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 7:26 AM
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I don't know why people keep calling the piratepad text file a spreadsheet.


Posted by: X. Trapnel | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 7:37 AM
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It would make me so happy if y'all would visit the air and space museum, go to the "how things fly" gallery and watch a forces of flight demonstration. If you call ahead you can schedule a special demonstration for your group at no cost.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 7:43 AM
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35: Anti-pirate prejudice. I hear there is less of that in Barcelona.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 7:45 AM
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Speaking of dressing like pirates, not sure if this was linked here:

Members of a North Devon WI were left embarrassed after a number of them had dressed up as pirates for a talk by a former sea captain who has been held hostage by Somali pirates for several weeks.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 8:01 AM
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I don't know why people keep calling the piratepad text file a spreadsheet.

Exactly!

Also, I think it's very useful for consolidating discussion so everyone doesn't have to read through all the threads to get the latest. I'll try to keep it updated.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 8:37 AM
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Also, I resent this:

total unordered-ness.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 8:39 AM
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It is quite entertaining watching Sir Kraab organize the spreadsheet text file in real time.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 9:01 AM
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I am easily amused.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 9:02 AM
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I'm in for Friday afternoon Smithsonian stuff. I'm also happy to help with knitting troubleshooting but don't really have other useful skills to share.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 9:02 AM
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I see that SK got rid of the AMERICAN WOMEN NOVELISTS section of the text file.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 9:04 AM
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44: Doesn't seem mission critical, but then I am narrow of mind and imagination.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 9:13 AM
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Can the D.C. folks suggest a place we can hang out on Friday night? The Brickskeller was great last time because we could get a big table and it wasn't too loud for talking, but now that it's the Blue Baron, I don't know what it's like.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 9:24 AM
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44: now where does Harriet Beecher Stowe go?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 9:36 AM
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47: She booked a room in the cabin a long time ago.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 9:59 AM
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Anyway, I'm hoping to get out to the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial, which is apparently not the easiest place to reach.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 10:07 AM
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Only accessible by rough ride?


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 10:17 AM
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Bleg from those not attending: any swordplay should be live blogged and filmed.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 10:41 AM
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"swordplay"


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 11:06 AM
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Explicitness thy name is apo.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 11:13 AM
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Original post is updated.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 11:18 AM
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Also, I had a whole plan about reposting the old thread up at the top with various extra information. NEB.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 11:21 AM
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Do they know it's like 40 out of towners who know each other through an eclectic web magazine? Or do they think it's just a nice woman with her new baby coming to visit our nation's capital?


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 11:23 AM
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Hey, bloggers, leave those sheets alone.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 11:25 AM
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55: He's ruining the plan! He's ruining the whole plan!


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 11:26 AM
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56: Well, fuck 'em if they can't take a joke.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 11:27 AM
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56: The latter!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 11:29 AM
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For Saturday, let's discuss: what time is the party at? Basically, the question is whether to have dinner at the house - maybe spaghetti buffet or something that scales easily - or to have dinner at a restaurant and then move to the house.

Originally I'd conceived the former - party starts at like 3 or 4 in the afternoon, (or hell, spend the day at the house) with either a potluck or spaghetti dinner. Just because long leisurely parties are fun.

But I don't have a strong opinion. Maybe sampling DC restaurants is part of the fun of visiting DC, you know?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 11:38 AM
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Maybe you can make your own meal by sampling DC restaurants. But, you know, copyright.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 11:51 AM
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Also, I had a whole plan about reposting the old thread up at the top with various extra information. NEB.

Well, you know what they say, heebie. The early bird …

*puts on sunglasses*

… gets the worm.

YEAHHH!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 11:56 AM
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Neb got Mutombo's worm.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 12:02 PM
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Worm?


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 12:04 PM
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I assume you checked to make sure that's not a violation of the contract? Don't want you to lose the deposit. Because how would they ever find out, it's not like people are talking about it on the internet.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 12:05 PM
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I haven't checked, because it's a go whether or not it's a violation. If we lose our deposit, so it goes. I can eat it, for the mega-party of a decade of this place.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 12:10 PM
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62: You kid, but.

Can the D.C. folks suggest a place we can hang out on Friday night?

I haven't been to the former Brickskeller since it changed over, no idea what it's like now. If you're looking for something near the VRBO, this might be a good option. I suggest it not because it's a particularly good bar (it isn't, it kind of sucks) but it's big and it seems never to be very crowded even on weekends. I've been in there a number of times with large groups and never had a problem. It's half a block from the Eastern Market metro stop (which I think is one stop from the VRBO? and not much of a walk), and right across the street from the Market itself. But I don't know the neighborhood that well, there might be better options.

If you're looking for something in a different part of town I can try to think of something that might work.


Posted by: potchkeh | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 12:25 PM
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61: I'd be in favor of dinner at the house.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 1:15 PM
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I was holding out a slight hope I might be able to get away, but I am now sure I won't make it. If anybody was not committing to avoid me, you're clear.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 1:20 PM
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That's no good. If I told you you're Dr. Oops' favorite commenter, would you be able to make it then?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 1:23 PM
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No, but I'll feel worse about not going.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 1:34 PM
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Dr. Oops is, by the way, the best nickname for a sibling ever.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 1:35 PM
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That's no good. If I told you you're Dr. Oops' favorite commenter, would you be able to make it then?

So how come Dr. Oops never (or almost never) comments?


Posted by: James B. Shearer | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 1:41 PM
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She said I'm her favorite, which doesn't preclude us all sucking.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 2:03 PM
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71: Dr. Oops is a doctor who is not always at a desk and actually has to see patients.

61: Another vote fro dinner at the house. I am not a good cook, that is I don't think up good recipes, but I can do prep work well enough.

34: The exhibit on the Ballets Russes looks fabulous. I'd love to go with people who are interested.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 2:05 PM
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Dr. Oops is, by the way, the best nickname for a sibling ever.

Agreed wholeheartedly, though I believe my brother's long-time internet pseudonym, Mr. Sticky, rates an honorable mention.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 2:22 PM
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74: I said Moby was her favorite. Doesn't mean she likes the rest of you clowns.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 2:26 PM
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I added some Capital Hill restaurants near the house to the Pirate Pad text file, along with Granville Moore's on H Street.

I could bring a couple of bottles of good wine for the dinner on Saturday, not sure how many people will be there...


Posted by: PGD | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 4:45 PM
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I'm expecting to head to the house after the sitter arrives at my hotel at 8. Unless you'll all still be out at dinner somewhere, in which case I will follow the liveblogging. I will likely have eaten already with the boy, but will also bring some good wine. And perhaps some amaro.


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 5:10 PM
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Some ammo? I assumed the weapon of choice would be knives.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 5:19 PM
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Broadswords, surely.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 5:22 PM
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I didn't see anything on PiratePad about signup for the pit-digging detail.


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 5:26 PM
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You guys don't make fun he's trying to bring you amaro.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 5:31 PM
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"Some amaro and perhaps some wine" is the better order.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 5:57 PM
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83: Isn't the house near the Congressional cemetery? (Which reminds me, I kind of want to go to the cemetery.)


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 6:06 PM
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Have you tried eating at Taco Bell every day for a month?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 6:09 PM
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There's a border cemetery?


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 7:14 PM
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Make a run for the border between mortality and eternity.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 7:18 PM
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Runs for the border.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 7:19 PM
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My apologies if 86.last wasn't expressing a wish for death.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 7:19 PM
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The road to hell is paved with &c.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 7:22 PM
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It's really only a matter of time before Taco Bell introduces the Dante Infernito Loco Burrito.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 7:22 PM
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Doritos Muertos Taco.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 7:24 PM
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Bought the Ranch Doritos.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 7:35 PM
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If I thought this hot sauce were for one who would ever return to the world,
this taco should stay without another seasoning; but since none
ever returned alive from this meal, if what I hear is true,
I'll eat it without fear of indigestion.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 7:37 PM
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Thanatostada.

96, via Prurock, mutatis mutaco, is a thing I have always loved.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 8:46 PM
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Dante Infernito

Yesterday I was on a plane across the aisle from some guy trying to pick up the girl next to him by talking about how fascinating and intellectual the new Dan Brown novel about Dante is.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 9:09 PM
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Was he successful?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 9:53 PM
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My plan for dealing with any forthcoming interlocutors about Mr. Brown's brilliance centers on whether or not they're wearing a hair shirt. If not, total posers.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 10:10 PM
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Prurock


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-19-13 10:44 PM
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Sic transit gordito mundi


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 7:24 AM
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I can't see the Pirate Pad thing here at work. But also, wasn't there a map someone had started with thumbtacks on it for points of interest and stuff? Does anyone have a link to that?

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Can the D.C. folks suggest a place we can hang out on Friday night?

There are several nice places around Eastern Market, six blocks west of the house IIRC. I guess I'd recommend Matchbox, both for the food and the venue, because it has a kind of loft area where a large group may be able to get some privacy, but if you don't feel like pizza that same block has Belgian, Chinese, and an old-fashioned, breakfast-or-dinner-served-anytime diner. Also, lots of places have outdoor seating or patios, if you feel like a little air. I'm not too familiar with places like that in that area, but north around H St., Smith Commons is nice.

79: Granville Moore's is nice - went there myself Sunday - but small. I wouldn't recommend it for a group larger than 4.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 9:10 AM
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Do middle-class homeowners ever form group purchasing organizations to centralize and rationalize the use of contractors? I could imagine living in a house if I had an expert to hand all that off to. But maybe that's a boutique service only for the well-heeled.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 9:15 AM
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Oops.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 9:15 AM
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Parts of the Red and Orange lines will be closed and replaced by shuttle buses all weekend, from 10pm Friday through Monday night. Only people staying in VA or MD will be affected.

The Red will be closed from Shady Grove to Twinbrook, and the Orange from Vienna to Ballston.


Posted by: Kreskin | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 11:42 AM
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Only people staying in VA or MD will be affected.

Or people flying into or out of Dulles during that time. Lovely. I guess it's the shuttle for me.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 11:56 AM
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The 5A Metrobus from Dulles goes to Rosslyn, which is not part of the construction zone.


Posted by: Kreskin | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 12:03 PM
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104- Are you suggesting we get together to buy a permanent party house?


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 12:53 PM
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Oh God, stuff like 106 happens almost every weekend due to track work, and it gets really annoying. Sometimes they give it a rest on holiday weekends, but not this one, apparently.

FWIW, everything is still running except for the westmost three or four stops on two different lines, it's just running more slowly. Roughly 20 minutes between trains instead of 10, I think, depending on the time of day we're talking about or something. And if you do have to go to one of those three or four stops, there will be free shuttle buses from the metro station. So you can still get around, no need to rent a car just because of this if you weren't planning to before, it'll just take longer.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 12:55 PM
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104: there's an upscale assisted living place/ continuing care retirement community that's trying to reach out to people who want to stay in their homes. They provide lists of vetted plumbers and the like. They do a follow up interview to see if you're happy with the service.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 1:07 PM
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I'm at the Dunn Loring stop, so I've been hit by this and it's not too bad. Slow, but there are lots of people in reflective vests to direct you to and from the buses. Just be sure you don't get on the express bus to Vienna unless that's where you want to go.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 2:05 PM
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Definitely enough to push me off public transit for the airport trip, though. It's already very long with one change, I don't want to make that two.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 2:24 PM
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Throw Minivet From The Train, Starring Danny DeVito.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 2:31 PM
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The night was sultry. I had just arrived at Dulles to attend ...


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 3:06 PM
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Have any of you ever taken a 3 AM train out of DC? Is it likely to be crowded with already-sleeping people? How much of Union Station is even open at that hour?


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 3:17 PM
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Oh hey, something just occurred to me: anyone else want to watch the Champions League final on Saturday? Or know of a bar that's likely to be showing it?


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 4:15 PM
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I don't suppose films that open a week earlier in NYC and LA than everywhere else also do so in DC, do they? That just sounds ridiculous now that I've typed it. But if they do, I'm going to Before Midnight on Friday. Not because it's a matter of great importance to see it immediately but because I know enough other people that love those movies that I'm actually afraid of reading spoilers to this film that like twelve other people will see.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 4:27 PM
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118: Sorry. E Street on 5/31.


Posted by: Jim | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 4:53 PM
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Another dumb question, then: is it just big deal movies that show at midnight on Thursday before a Friday release or lots of movies? I...don't go to the movies much.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 5:12 PM
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What time are you leaving for DC? First showing at the Angelika on Friday is 10 am.


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 5:26 PM
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After Before Midnight will be Before Before and then, finally, Always Already.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 5:36 PM
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121: My hero! Maybe I will.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 5:43 PM
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Are people still going to be around on Sunday night, mostly? I'm perusing bus tickets right now and the big question mark is whether to leave late-ish Sunday night or Monday morning.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 5:55 PM
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I will be.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 5:57 PM
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That was me.


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Well, in that case! Alright, I'll go for Monday morning. Wasn't looking forward to arriving in Port Authority at midnight anyhow: the bus station is bad old New York.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 6:03 PM
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I will also be around Sunday night.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 6:07 PM
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I'll be around!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 6:19 PM
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Okay, finally finalized. I'll be in on Saturday around 1 pm, and will leave on Monday around 10 am (allow suitable time for bumbling around lost in the Metro).

I have a very dear friend in the area whom I MUST see but am waiting to hear back on when and where. Will anyone be in the rental house at around 2 pm on Saturday, or should I just trundle my I-am-a-European-tourist-backpack around with me?


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 6:23 PM
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Most importantly, I will still be around on Sunday night.


Posted by: emdash | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 7:11 PM
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So if there are ~40 people coming to the con, and one in 25 people is a sociopath...this could turn into Unfogged's Ten Little Indians.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 7:15 PM
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.this could turn into Unfogged's Ten Little Indians.

Hmmm, I was thinking that I might end up leaving early-ish (depending, but I am dull and not generally one for either staying up late or drinking). I suppose, however, that you should all be wary of the possibility of me sneaking back in a disguise.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 7:23 PM
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Thanks for the spoiler warning.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 7:34 PM
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And if more than one attendee is on the same flight/train/bus, it could be Orient Express. And liveblogging could turn it into Dr. Ackroyd.


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Roger, not Dr.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 7:35 PM
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It would be delightfully sociopathic to attend as a different pseud than your own.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 7:35 PM
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And it would be a fantastic setting for a devilishly interesting murder mystery, of course.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 7:37 PM
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EVERYONE WATCH OUT HALFORD WILL BE ATTENDING IN DISGUISE


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Or it could be one of those logic puzzles:
Halford never wears bowties
The commenterwho lives closest to nosflow always wears bowties
Nosflow has a stand mixer
Only one commenter does not even own a TV


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 7:39 PM
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I'm not going so nobody can be me.


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Be on the lookout for anyone who claims there's a bacon smell coming from a dark room and "we should go check it out." Also, anyone who claims to know a site where we can get intellectual property for free, but, like, a physical site that you have to go to because it's got an untraceable network connection and you'll have to wear a blindfold on the way.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 7:42 PM
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Long before the internet I read a spoiler for The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and was furious because it would have been so excellent to read it not knowing.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 7:44 PM
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There's really no substitute for learning about the escape to the Jupiter colony and the subsequent rebellion of the MOrglafs while you're in the flow of the story.


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I'm not going so nobody can be me.

Who wants to be text? Or should we take turns?


Posted by: YK | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 8:00 PM
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If you want to be me then you have to actually pretend to be me, adopt my linguistic mannerisms and so forth. And you should try to dress like me and dance charmingly, etc.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 8:27 PM
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I'll actually be around till Tuesday morning. I'm up for doing whatever, for reasonable values of whatever.


Posted by: x.trapnel | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 9:59 PM
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Yeah, I don't leave until Tuesday either (although I have plans during the day on Monday, and possibly the evening as well).


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 05-20-13 10:11 PM
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I just engaged a sitter for Sunday night as well, so make sure there's something for me to do.


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 6:33 AM
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(although I have plans during the day on Monday, and possibly the evening as well)

You dog.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 8:11 AM
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I'll be hanging out through Monday morning, with no real plans for Sunday -- I'm assuming some museum wandering will happen.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 8:16 AM
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Sunday afternoon you can see more motorcycles than you thought existed if you go over to the Vietnam Memorial.


Posted by: Jim | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 8:23 AM
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101: Have we ever figured out why you do this?


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 9:14 AM
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Do what? Highlight the potential for an awesome Prufrock-based rock opera?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 9:23 AM
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Oh, I thought you were just typo-shaming me. Withdrawn.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 9:28 AM
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117: Oh hey, something just occurred to me: anyone else want to watch the Champions League final on Saturday? Or know of a bar that's likely to be showing it?

Brought back memories. We were in DC on vacation July 4th, 2006 so I and German guy browbeat the hotel (someplace in DuPont Circle) to put on the Italy-Germany World Cup semifinal. All worked well until a massive thunderstorm knocked out the satellite TV broadcast early in extra time. The German guy risked life and limb running around to every place in the neighborhood confirming that none of them had a signal. I think it may have come back on right after Italy scored in the last minute just as the drenched German got back to the lobby.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 10:36 AM
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anyone else want to watch the Champions League final on Saturday? Or know of a bar that's likely to be showing it?

Maybe. I could even wear my Nationalmannschaft jersey, but that would be weird since it's Özil's, and he's not on either team. But, hey, German.


Posted by: x.trapnel | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 11:43 AM
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You should wear your National Mineshaft jersey to the party house.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 11:53 AM
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wasn't there a map someone had started with thumbtacks on it for points of interest and stuff? Does anyone have a link to that?

http://bit.ly/115Opmu

Anyone can edit it to add new locations or add info in the descriptions.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 2:20 PM
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Wow, the [what does VRBO stand for?] is like seven blocks from my sister's place.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 3:06 PM
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Vacation Rental By Owner. I have a terrible habit of interchanging IMDB and VRBO in conversation.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 3:11 PM
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My daughter and I are in! Booked a hotel room at Kellog Conference Hotel at Gallaudet. We will be there Sat to Sun.

She will want to dance. She will want to hug. She will kiss any cute boys.


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 6:21 PM
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Hey will I am reading Albion's Seed and what I can only assume is your ancestor (what with you sharing the same name, job, and state/colony of residence) is all over that thing.

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Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 6:27 PM
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I haven't read it. But, yes. That is my ancestor. Left England, married and not a lawyer. When they landed, he was a lawyer and not married. Shady, even back then!

Is it worth reading?


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 6:34 PM
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It's fascinating so far, speaking as a waspy waspy wasp wasp. Also, yeah, you should read it just to learn about your, uh, spirited ancestor.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 6:47 PM
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Albion's Seed is great. Everyone should read it.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 6:57 PM
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speaking as a waspy waspy wasp wasp

I knew it!


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 6:58 PM
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Heh. I mean, ethnically.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 6:59 PM
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But no it's fascinating to figure out why various branches of my family tree didn't get along with each other.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 6:59 PM
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169: They were all Scots-Irish?


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170: surely its like the old buddy-comedy writ in a family: some were distressed cavaliers, some were seedy puritans.


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 7:19 PM
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I love the part about the man who married late, and badly, and had note made of that fact on his tombstone. Also his "you can go to hell" "I'm going to Arlington" "same-same" exchange.


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 7:21 PM
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ROUNDHEADS AMERICANIZE LIKE THIS AND CAVALIERS AMERICANIZE LIKE THIS


Posted by: OPINIONATED DAVID HACKETT FISCHER | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 7:25 PM
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some were distressed cavaliers

My family had a distressed cavalier once. Then we sold it and got a Toyota.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 7:27 PM
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Colonies white people like.


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174: My family had a Cavalier when I was in high school. After history covered the English Civil War, my friends started calling our other car the Roundhead.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 7:33 PM
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Amaro for Saturday. For everyone but nosflow, because 85 is wrong, wrong, wrong.


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 8:07 PM
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sifu: does it mention that he married a 13 year old?? So much to be proud of!


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 8:14 PM
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Not that I saw but it does argue for that being pretty common in Virginia then. He did entertain random drunken visiting gentlemen with acrobats, so that's laudable.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 8:22 PM
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Did drunken gentlemen with acrobats visit him often?


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 8:24 PM
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Not yet 11, says the internet.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 8:26 PM
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I'm guessing they were Trappezist monks.


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179:

It is funny bc the description is much like my dad. (he has monkeys.) Carp: 11 at marriage, but sent to England for two years. To be a gentleman.


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 8:29 PM
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Classy.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 05-21-13 8:33 PM
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160,161: Surely we can do better than that!
Very Raunchy Base of Operations
Vermillion Reactive Badger Orifice
Vengeful Rector Beats Off
Vermin Rejoice! Bedding Optional!


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 05-22-13 6:49 AM
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Albion's Seed is great. Whether it's actually correct or not I have no idea (and I kind of suspect it of massive selective editing of evidence), but it's exactly the kind of fun speculative plausible super-strongly stated social science that is awesome.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 05-22-13 6:58 AM
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Virtuous Riotous Bear Orgy


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 05-22-13 7:00 AM
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Vainglorious Reprobates Belaboring Ontology


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||Oh great. I have a fb friend (wife of good high school friend, very nice) who reposts links all day including animal rights ones that show me beaten-up donkeys. I just...
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What's this about a Bear Orgy? I think that's going to be me alone in the sex grotto and I really hardly qualify. Oh wait maybe Apo sort of qualifies. Well, ok! You guys know where to find us! Sorry, Apo. Looks like you and me, kid.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 05-22-13 7:53 AM
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There are pictures of Smearcase beaten-up donkeys?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-22-13 8:13 AM
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Albion's Seed is great. Whether it's actually correct or not I have no idea (and I kind of suspect it of massive selective editing of evidence), but it's exactly the kind of fun speculative plausible super-strongly stated social science that is awesome.

I remember looking up his list of weird Puritan given names and reading something suggesting that was probably in fact contemporary mocking of Puritans - "ffly-Fornication" in particular stretches credibility. But it's great to tell people about.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 05-22-13 8:18 AM
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Please put me on the list to drink any good bottles of wine that PGD brings.

For skill-sharing, I can help people improve their swimming. Or discuss divorce!


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 05-22-13 11:30 AM
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That historian promised he would do books on other ethnic groups. I really wanted him to come out with one about the Dutch and how they influenced New York.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 05-22-13 3:39 PM
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Sorry, Apo. Looks like you and me, kid.

Helloooo, sailor!


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05-22-13 3:46 PM
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it's exactly the kind of fun speculative plausible super-strongly stated social science that is awesome

Noted.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 05-22-13 6:22 PM
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I think I just committed myself to waking up earlier Saturday morning than I really want to. But I have a ticket to DC.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 05-22-13 9:59 PM
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I just checked in for my flight!


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 05-22-13 10:23 PM
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Yay yay yay to 196 and 197! I did laundry and bought a little cover for my toothbrush. I'm about to make sure everything is clean and ready for the cats while I'm gone, so I'll stop detailing my own journey now. But 27 hours!!!


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 3:14 AM
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Sat night is formal attire, right?


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 5:47 AM
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Serious question--are there rentable lockers on the Mall or nearby that I can stash bags at for the day on Friday? I'm trying to figure out if I should check a bag so I can bring wine and/or fit a sleeping bag, and the prospect of dazedly wandering around all day with a wheeled suitcase and a backpack is stressful.


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 8:00 AM
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Haven't used this, but here is Union Station info: Baggage storage is available near Gate A on the Amtrak concourse and is run and staffed by Tiburon Lockers. Amtrak and Union Station do not manage this service. (202) 898-1592

Calling to verify would be prudent.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 8:10 AM
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Some Smithsonian museums have small lockers.


Posted by: YK | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 8:17 AM
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One has airplanes on the ceiling.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 8:19 AM
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We're at the airport but our flight was just delayed 1.5 hours. Further bulletins as events warrant.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 9:45 AM
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Sorry to hear that!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 9:49 AM
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no stilettos nor sharp heels on the hardwood floors

Also, hooves.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 9:57 AM
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Gentlemen are requested to refrain from riding ponies through the Steerage after 8:00 P.M.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 10:03 AM
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205: Could be worse. We have reading, knitting, and no small children to entertain.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 10:54 AM
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Hitting the road for SFO!


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 11:00 AM
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For those planning to hit Smithsonians on Friday, the Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum is generally open late, until 7PM.

The pseudo-outdoor courtyard there is one of the best places in the city to just hang out and relax, too, especially if the weather is unpleasant in some way.


Posted by: Benquo | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 11:17 AM
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Speaking of DC, An actual confirmation to the DC Court of Appeals. 97-0 ... some manner of deal.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 11:33 AM
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Stuff to do Friday night: the first Jazz in the Garden of the year is this week. Starts at 5 p.m., at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, which is at 7th and Constitution St. NW. Closest metro is Archives, but it's just a walk across the Mall from L'Enfant Plaza metro. Free jazz concert in a park with lots of weird sculptures. I recommend getting there early, though, because it's likely to be crowded.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 11:34 AM
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Thanks, Benquo & Cyrus!


Posted by: x.trapnel | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 11:39 AM
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Watch out for the DC sinkholes!


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 11:40 AM
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I think I'm going. Still not sure whether I'm getting there tomorrow or Sat.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 12:38 PM
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We plan to go to the Busboys & Poets at 5th & K at 1 pm tomorrow and hang out there before going to the house at 3. Any and all should join us.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 6:33 PM
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Yay teraz!


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 6:33 PM
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Is anyone actually interested in that jazz in the garden? I hadn't thought of it when I posted that comment, but in the meantime my fiancée and a mutual friend have made plans for the three of us to go there. If anyone else from the commentariat is thinking of going, let me know and I might bring a Mutombo sign.

On that note, holy shit, I just Googled "mutombo meme" to see if we were anywhere near the top of Google hits for that, because I had no idea who Mutombo is other than the guy people want to sex, and this is how I learned just now that he's the the guy in those annoying Geico ads. Wow, all these years...


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216: Sounds good. As I just wrote on the PiratePad, I think trying to organize a big museum-going deal for Friday isn't going to work very well. People who will be around and want to see museums then can contact Chopper.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 7:15 PM
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Mutombo is a gecko?!


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 7:16 PM
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The crazy thing is that after casting him as a gecko, they dubbed in someone else's voice.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 7:18 PM
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Who wants to sex a gecko?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 7:24 PM
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gexting


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 7:27 PM
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I'm leaving no later than 5 on Sunday, so I want to get in some kind of sightseeing that morning/afternoon.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 7:30 PM
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223: He first invites you up to see his getchings.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 7:34 PM
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Done with laundry and packing; about to leave for the airport!


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 7:35 PM
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Are there any friday night plans? Are there people whose phone # everyone has for coordination purposes? I won't be getting into the city until fairly late, I fear.


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227: My thought is to stake out a big table at a not-super-crowded bar Friday night so people can drop in whenever. Various places have been suggested here and on the planning thing. I'm happy to give my number to anyone interested in meeting up there (wherever there is). Email my pseud at gee mail.

Those of us who are converging on the house around 3 or 4 can perhaps choose a spot.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 8:47 PM
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My current plan is museums, or reading in that pseudo outdoor courtyard mentioned above, till 1pm, then Busboys and Poets, then the house, then maybe jazz? Then whatever the evening plans are.

My plane boards in 20 minutes. Did you know SFO has a yoga room? I did not know this. I'm tempted to go and just lie down in there: "it may look like I'm just lying down, but really I'm practicing savasana!"


Posted by: X.Trapnel | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 10:38 PM
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Oh and I'm totally willing to help with a shipping expedition, though I won't have a car. My backpack is huge, though. IYKWIMAITYD.


Posted by: X.Trapnel | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 10:45 PM
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"Shopping".


Posted by: X. Trapnel | Link to this comment | 05-23-13 10:45 PM
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Said a Cockney youth, Leon - "the Ponce,"
Who was sorted right out of his bonce,
"There's a pervert 'oo's stalking"
"Me, I'm tired of walking,"
"I'll just have to sit down for the nonce."


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 1:13 AM
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Headed to the airport! See you all soon!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 2:15 AM
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My flight is delayed 30 minutes. Makes my phone interview a bit trickier. Stupid flight crew needed to get rest.

I have plans to have dinner with my cousin but hope to go by the house around 3:30.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 4:36 AM
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Choo choo! I'm on a train!


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 7:12 AM
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I'm in old town Alexandeia.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 9:56 AM
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Sir Kraab and I are now at Busboys and Poets. We're upstairs.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 10:03 AM
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My flight from Anchorage to Dallas was late, so I missed my connection but managed to get on the next flight. Luckily my original flight had me getting in pretty early, so it's not that big a deal. Anyway, I'm here now and will head over to B&P soon.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 10:30 AM
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Wrong thread!


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 10:34 AM
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Is there ever a right thread?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 10:35 AM
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Yes!


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 10:45 AM
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I read this one first, because it's at the top of the page. Someone should do something about that if it's now considered the wrong one.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 10:46 AM
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I am doing something about it. I'm shouting, "Wrong Thread!" at people.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 10:49 AM
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In Busboys and Poets?


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 10:50 AM
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Because you should.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 10:52 AM
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Perhaps the only solution is to create a new post. Don't cross the streams.

BTW, big thanks to Heebie Geebie for everything and to Sir Kraab for wrangling the piratepad doc &c.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 10:54 AM
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Done!


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 10:54 AM
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I'm here!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 11:20 AM
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Where "here" is this thread or my lab, depending how you construe it.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 11:21 AM
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Wrong thread! Or location, depending on how you construe it.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 12:37 PM
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Fredericksburg!


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 12:41 PM
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MegaBus is late and I am FREEZING! But will be there in 2 hours (I hope).


Posted by: J,Robot | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 12:44 PM
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Apo's a civil war reënactor?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 12:45 PM
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Quantico!


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 1:03 PM
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Mas! Mas!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 1:05 PM
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Alexandria!


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 1:23 PM
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In a cab on my way to my hotel!


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 1:28 PM
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We're winding down at this venue, so if you haven't already commited to coming to B&P, better to head towards the house.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 1:28 PM
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It's like Rat Race! Sifu is being played by John Cleese.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 1:29 PM
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WIND BACK UP WIND BACK UP MY PLAYTHINGS CACKLE CACKLE MR. BEAN YOU SCAMP


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 1:30 PM
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Now we just need everyone to end up at a Smash Mouth concert.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 1:36 PM
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D'oh. That was a Metro station, not the Amtrak station. NOW Alexandria. Next stop: UNION STATION!


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 1:40 PM
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261: Apparently they are playing at New Buffalo, Michigan tonight, so probably too late.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 1:45 PM
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Union Station! Look out, fuckers!


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 2:00 PM
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Stuck in Philly for 5 hours after a cancelled flight. Looks like I'll hit 22 straight hours of travel.


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" (9) | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 2:11 PM
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My bus gets in at 11:30 so I'll be there rather late.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 2:21 PM
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265: Oh, man, you poor thing.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 2:23 PM
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Sorry to be missing you all, but thank god you're not in Pittsburgh. I'll be working all weekend.

I feel certain that this is the right thread in which to mention this.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 3:21 PM
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I'll be working all weekend.

Me too! I'm weirdly excited about it, though. First chance to sit down and write without distractions in a long time.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 7:06 PM
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Without distractions other than beautiful weather outside and liveblogging from everyone in DC, that is.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 7:07 PM
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post-blogging: whole family went to meetup pad. It was great: my kids served beer to everyone, willing or not!


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 7:08 PM
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Just don't accidentally start surfing.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 7:08 PM
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272: shouldn't be a problem?


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 7:25 PM
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273: Presumably Sifu is alluding to my current undisclosed location.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 7:28 PM
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271 gets it exactly right.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 7:30 PM
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So, not only are you not going to liveblog, you're not going to liveblog on two different threads? You people suck.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 7:40 PM
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The rest of us can keep liveblogging how we're reloading the threads waiting to see liveblogging. I'M HITTING COMMAND+R AGAIN RIGHT NOW


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 7:41 PM
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As the President would say, it's a good looking group.


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 7:42 PM
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Passed the 22 hour mark, live blogging from the metro!


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" (9) | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 7:44 PM
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277: ME TOOOOO.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 7:44 PM
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277: Naturally! ...although with the pathetic weather in upstate New York, I'm also considering whether what I thought was "barely too distant to reasonably go" could actually be "just close enough to go on a whim".


Posted by: joyslinger | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 8:02 PM
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Do it.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 8:31 PM
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Dooooo iiiiiit


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-24-13 8:39 PM
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This doesn't look like a new thread.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 05-25-13 8:40 AM
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Wait, wait, okay.

Now does it?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-25-13 8:41 AM
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Multiple active threads are no substitute for body shots.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 05-25-13 8:44 AM
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281: For the record, the weather is still pathetic, but I couldn't quite pull the trigger on making a seven-hour drive at the last minute. Alas!


Posted by: joyslinger | Link to this comment | 05-25-13 10:02 AM
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287 I'm wavering on making the 5 hour drive from the NYC area myself.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 05-25-13 10:06 AM
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Do it! Do it! Even Joyslinger should do it, that 7 hour drive isn't so bad.


Posted by: Robert HalfordI | Link to this comment | 05-25-13 10:20 AM
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my kids served beer to everyone, willing or not!

TJ's kids: too cute to be believed.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05-25-13 12:48 PM
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MLB.tv is showing Mutombo's Geico commercial more often than usual. Is it rebuking me? I feel rebuked.

Oh, well. Off to the movies!


Posted by: joyslinger | Link to this comment | 05-25-13 12:51 PM
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On a computer with a (poor) keyboard, I thought I'd add a longer re-cap.

I was a little bit nervous about having talked somebody into coming who never reads the blog, but I think both of us had a very good time.

I'm sure everybody scans the thread to look for their own name being mentioned, so some specific observations, in approximate chronological order:

• H-G come across as a notable non-anxious or nervous person. She was so calm sitting down, cuddling Ace, and enjoying watching the party she had organized -- good work!

• Thanks to Mitch and Teo for being welcoming on Friday night. I went over to the house to get some sort of feel for what I was getting myself into and talking to them helped convince me that I had signed up for the right party.

• It was a happy coincidence to share a metro ride with Turgid Jacobian, Bonsaisue, and their two incredibly charming children.

• Nametags were a great idea -- not only to be able to identify people that one was talking to, but also people one was evesdropping on.

• I enjoyed learning something about YK and Kreskins work.

• X. Trapnel comes across as more serious in person than he does in his blog persona (I'm not quite sure why I say that) but seemed to be enjoying himself.

• Eggplant is gracious and a very easy and comfortable person to hang out and chat with.

• Awl had looked like he had a bunch of nervous energy, when I saw him moving around the room, but by the time I talked to him he was starting on a bit of an, "I love you guys" mood, which was nice.

• Jackmormon: I mentioned that the one time I've been jealous of people living in the same city was when there were occasionaly NYC bridge games happening. I also said that I played for the first time in a couple years this week. Those two are connected -- thinking about unfoggedcon, and remembering that bit of jealousy prompted me to talk to one of the people I used to play with and it turned out they did have occasional space for a forth.

• Labrys was jealous when she heard that teraz occasionally cooked for other NYC commenters.

• Teraz is an excellent storyteller.

Josh: The conversation changed, but I was going to say that I appreciate your music recommendations and, in particularl, I do intend to listen to A Night At The Hip-Hopera at some point, even though it isn't on CD.

• Rob H-C and Molly looked very comfortable together, and it was nice meeting them both.

• Labs is also charming and gracious.

• Thorn and Witt are both interesting, thoughtful, generous people. Probably nobody is surprised to hear that, and I wonder if both of them are occasionally conscious about the danger of getting type-cast on the blog. But I have to say it was a treat getting to spend time with both of them.

• It would have been fun to have talked more with Lizardbreath but I am innordinately fond of the fact that in my brief interactions she called me a crazy person (immediately before she introduced herself, "Lizardbreath, by the way" since she wasn't wearing a nametag) for my opinions about kitchen utensils and then, later, used me as an example of a poor pseudonym. All is right with the world.

I am sure that I am forgetting some people, and my apologies.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05-27-13 6:37 AM
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Also, I made the decision, that I knew there would be too many people to have a chance to spend time with everybody, and I that I just had to accept enjoying whatever happened, and whoever I ended up interacting with and that was both a good mindset to have, and very easy to do in practice. Unfoggedders do tend to be interesting people.

There is a small part of me that wishes I'd gone digging for more gossip however . . .


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05-27-13 6:40 AM
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NickS, you'll just never know what Thorn, trapnel, and I were up to in that bed. (& trapnel will probably never remember)


Posted by: J,Robot | Link to this comment | 05-27-13 7:45 AM
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State-dependent memory, J. A few drinks in him and he'll start talking.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 05-27-13 7:53 AM
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Walking to Union Station, I just saw a bicyclist blow through a red light. On a pennyfarthing.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 05-27-13 8:05 AM
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294: Given that I live-blogged basically not being in bed all night, I'm curious myself what might have gone on!


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 05-27-13 8:24 AM
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