Re: Short Notice, But Does Anyone In DC Want To Have Dinner Tomorrow Or Thursday?

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Yes! I'm in DC tomorrow night and (barring major immigration policy news, which could happen) I'm up for dinner. Although I'm terrible on DC geography and restaurants.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 10- 1-18 2:16 PM
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Aaah. That wasn't a void.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 1-18 2:18 PM
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I live in the area, would prefer tomorrow to Th., 80% likely to be able to make it Tue.

H Street corridor is nearby, has a bunch of options. ALso suitable stuff by the convention center, or right downtown though more crowded and noisy there usually.

H street: Maketto tasty, not crazy expensive, good, a little pretentious. Dangerously Delicious Pies right by there has ggood savory pies, tiny space not good for a big group, places for drinks all around. Near the convention ctr, Espita 1250 9th St NW, is really tasty, roomy enough for a loose group of uncertain size, also a few bars with suitable ambiance. Downtown either Oyamel or Zaytinya are good, would probably accomodate in their respective bar areas.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 10- 1-18 2:32 PM
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1. Near Union Station? Plenty of choices, on foot or by short bus trip or streetcar. Even if I can't make it, I'll make some recommendations.

2. I may be able to make it, especially if it's right around Union Station or on H Street. You say tomorrow or Thursday, but not Wednesday? I'm not sure either way about any of those three but Wednesday would be better.

3. A deposition in DC this week? Are you going to be on the news?


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 10- 1-18 2:33 PM
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It's been a while since I've been active here but I'd like to join if that's not an impediment. I could do either Tuesday or Thursday evening. I don't really have an opinion on H Street options (that area has changed quite a bit since I lived nearby) but if venturing downtown then either Zaytinya or Oyamel is a solid choice.


Posted by: widget | Link to this comment | 10- 1-18 3:02 PM
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I will not be on the news. I am circling on the very outskirts of an interesting case, but nothing I'm doing myself is remotely interesting.

I'll be in and out of being able to check the site so I am arbitrarily saying it's on for tomorrow, 7 pm or later, lw picks the restaurant, and widget should show up. Sorry Wednesday's out -- I have different plans set for then. Specific plans should be made in the thread or email me at eliizardb@hotmail.com .


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10- 1-18 3:20 PM
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She put a stray "i" in that email address. Maybe unintentionally.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 10- 1-18 3:42 PM
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No, I just type badly on my phone. But thank you kindly for catching it -- I'd never have looked back to notice.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10- 1-18 3:48 PM
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hotmal.com?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 1-18 3:53 PM
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NSFW


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 10- 1-18 3:58 PM
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Tuesday at 7 works for me! I'll show up wherever I'm told. Planning to wear a pair of very green pants, for those of you who haven't met me (or who are as bad as I am with faces).


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 10- 1-18 4:54 PM
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Second meet-ups are weird like that. It can take me than one time to learn a face, especially if the second time I see somebody is months or years later, but I feel like I should recognize people if I've met them before.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 1-18 5:46 PM
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For work tomorrow, I actually have to drive in the direction of this meet-up, but it turns out (upon Google-Mapping) that I'll still be 90 miles out.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 10- 1-18 6:33 PM
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Some H Street options.

Granville Moore: Belgian beer and oysters. Kind of loud. Queen Vic: British football bar/restaurant. Great dessert. Mostly British beers. Also loud. Qusbah: Indian/Asian fusion. Spicy stuff, OK beers, nice cocktails. Mostly outdoor seating, more quiet. Smith Commons: Nice beers, cocktails, the fancy place. To get to any of these from Union Station, walk through the bus garage to the streetcar, it's free. Lw's are fine too.

If it's anywhere on H Street, there's a 90 percent chance that I, Cassandane, and Atossa will be there. If not, probably not. Sorry to condition my attendance on that degree of convenience to me, I'll blame the 3-year-old, and other plans that same night.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 10- 1-18 7:06 PM
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She is a princess, after all.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 10- 1-18 7:16 PM
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Qusbah: Indian/Asian fusion

Wonder what Sharif thinks of it.


Posted by: Kreskin | Link to this comment | 10- 1-18 7:23 PM
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Also, if it doesn't wind up on H St., no hard feelings, I'm not the one coming in from out of state. Whatever works for LB and the rest of the group.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 10- 1-18 7:26 PM
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Rock the quinoa.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 1-18 7:28 PM
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HEY.


Posted by: OPINIONATED ALTIPLANO | Link to this comment | 10- 1-18 8:09 PM
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I'll have to see how the day goes, but will try to make it if I can.


Posted by: potchkeh | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 4:57 AM
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I'll come, if someone will buy me a beer.


Posted by: Brett Kavanaugh | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 6:07 AM
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If you promise to get in a fight, I'll venmo you the price of a whole pitcher.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 6:17 AM
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22: Are you saying I'm a belligerent drunk? How dare you? I might have to track you down and kick your ass.


Posted by: Brett Kavanaugh | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 6:41 AM
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Smith Commons has a lovely website, looks inviting, let's try that. 1245 H street. There's a "seasonal outdoor patio" on the third floor, I'd say we take our chances that we'll be OK for space rather than getting a table for a bunch. 30% chance of rain without accumulation right at 7. If anyone else prefers the certainty of reserving, go for it-- sounds like 6-8 people so far with a 90% likely kid.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 8:59 AM
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Is this going to be on the test?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 9:00 AM
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Oh, I'm tall, rectangular glasses, my phone has a wooden case.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 9:03 AM
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Sounds good. See you there. I'll be wearing a purple shirt and a mildly confused expression.


Posted by: widget | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 9:49 AM
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Sorry to miss this. I have another friend in town for business and arranged dinner already. Hope you have a good meet-up.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 10:03 AM
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I'll be wearing green pants too. Let's see if anyone gets me and Witt confused.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 11:31 AM
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Smith Commons it is. I'm in a green dress, shortish brownish gray hair, glasses.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 2:36 PM
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TONIGHT IS GONNA BE A GOOD NIGHT, TONIGHT IS GONNA BE A GOOD GOOD NIGHT/


Posted by: OPINIONATED, MUSICAL SERIAL KILLER IN THE SHOWER | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 2:41 PM
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Is anyone there yet? We almost are.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 3:51 PM
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A little alarmed by 31, but am heading over. Will be a few minutes late, so please save a seat if you can. Not wearing green, but I think I've met a couple of you before so hopefully will find you without an extended period of wandering around awkwardly.


Posted by: potchkeh | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 3:54 PM
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I'm 15 min away.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 3:56 PM
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Oh good fucking lord, I've done the DC thing.

That address wasn't NW, was it. I'll tske a cab and be there in a bit.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 3:58 PM
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35: you know, when I saw there was no quadrant specified in 24, I thought about saying something, but didn't want to BALB. Sorry.


Posted by: potchkeh | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 4:01 PM
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There was a restaurant name, I could have googled.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 4:02 PM
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I have even less excuse. I dawdled leaving work for no good reason and ended up taking a taxi rather than the Metro.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 4:09 PM
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Eta 10 min


Posted by: Lw | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 4:35 PM
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Which floor ?


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 4:46 PM
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I guess there really was a serial killer.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 2-18 7:27 PM
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41: Heh. If so, they let me, Cassandane, and Atossa leave in peace. Good gathering, sorry we couldn't stay later. Cassandane goes to an exercise class on Tuesday, and, of course, the 3-year-old had bedtime.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 10- 3-18 3:51 AM
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I was annoyingly seated so I didn't get to talk to Atossa hardly at all, but she was great -- adorable and very good at being in a gathering of adults.

But the high point of the evening for me was finding out that Potchkeh and are at sort of less than one degree of professional separation. His firm worked on a case suing NY State for a whole lot of money a few years back, and the section I was working then handled it. I wasn't directly on the case, mostly, but was stepping in at intervals to do some supervisory stuff when someone on the case was having a breakdown, which several of them were all the time. The main lawyer handling it, who Potchkeh remembers unfondly (as do I), has now left lawyering to try and make his singer-songwriter career work, partially due to the accumulated stress of that case specifically.

(NYS won, meaning that Potchkeh was at least happy that he'd made us absolutely miserable for a year or so.)


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10- 3-18 4:04 AM
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Very happy indeed. If we couldn't crush our opponent, some consolation to know that we at least crushed our opponent's lawyer's spirit.

Afterwards--out of a morbid curiosity to see if any of the pain we had caused him had expressed itself in his art, and I guess to do my little bit to support a career I unwittingly helped nudge him toward--I tried to find some music of his to buy. Unfortunately he shares a name with a fairly prominent musician, so he might as well be invisible to the internet.


Posted by: potchkeh | Link to this comment | 10- 3-18 5:50 AM
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43.1: Thanks. She's definitely friendly and outgoing. As I've mentioned I feel guilty parking her in front of the Kindle, but what else can I do with her in public at this age.

43.2: Was that potchkeh or widget? I know the guy sitting next to me was a lawyer. I thought it was widget. I thought potchkeh, between him and you, worked for a certain trade association (being vague to not VSOOBC, but also because we didn't talk directly, sitting where I was).


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 10- 3-18 5:53 AM
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45 crossed with 44. I was obviously wrong about the names, then. Let's see what else I was wrong about.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 10- 3-18 5:54 AM
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I was wrong about the capacity of the American public for basic standards of decency and competence.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 3-18 5:57 AM
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I was wrong about how many beers I could drink in the afternoon and still make it to the meetup.


Posted by: Brett Kavanaugh | Link to this comment | 10- 3-18 6:23 AM
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45: I was sitting next to you, potchkeh was sitting next to me, and potchkeh was the one who had the shared war story with LB.

It was nice meeting everyone! Probably all for the best that neither BK nor the serial killer (so far as we know) could make it.


Posted by: widget | Link to this comment | 10- 3-18 6:32 AM
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Oops, missed that already being clarified in 44. Sorry.


Posted by: widget | Link to this comment | 10- 3-18 6:33 AM
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48 Did you Ralph?


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 10- 3-18 6:43 AM
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Potchkeh -- if you want to find him, search his name on Youtube with the addition of Hoa/gie, which is his performing name. At least, I haven't tried lately, but that worked a few years ago.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10- 4-18 12:25 PM
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Behind every great artist is a sandwich made on elongated bread.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 4-18 12:32 PM
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