Re: The 28th, DC Edition

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Eh, I would hang out with you people, but nobody except me likes beer.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 8:19 AM
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Yes, that's the problem, Sifu.


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 8:37 AM
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We've had discussions of art outings, a trip to some beer keller, and drinks at McManlypants' fancy hotel bar. I'm up for anything or everything.


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3 is me. Now I'm out of pocket for the rest of the day. I expect you all to have everything solved yet aligned with my whims when I return.


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 8:39 AM
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I'll be on the road all day, so I enjoin you to bear my interests in mind and reach a conclusion with which I too will be satisfied.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 8:58 AM
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Ben, keep the handjob pleas offline, okay?


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 9:04 AM
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5 was a blowjob plea.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 9:05 AM
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You're really shit at reading signals, apo.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 9:05 AM
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Just tell me what you want next time, sailor.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 9:06 AM
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I am a terrible organizer and planner so I'm just going to say I'm cool with whatever. I am very interested in having my Arms mashed re: art and I'm of course cool with not having to go further than downstairs to have a drink. I'm also up for trying this beer keller even though I don't like beer.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 9:08 AM
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My travelling companions and I won't be in DC until after dinner-ish, I think, so we'd probably miss any artism? How late them museum dealies stay open?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 9:57 AM
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Sir Kraab and I are also members of the annoying "whatever someone else decides is fine" camp. What we all need is a benevolent but iron-fisted dictatorcruise director.

I would like to add that I do indeed like beer. Pity that Sifu is such a jackass though.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 10:04 AM
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Robust, in which hotel are you staying?


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 10:13 AM
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They're staying at the Palomar.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 10:19 AM
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museums generally close around 5 or so. kriston said he'd had some art stuff planned out for friday daytime, but he hasn't sent the details. i'm inclined to suggest solly's on 11th and U for beering (same place we started last year). it's right next to a metro stop (u street green line) and has a big upstairs that we could take over with relative ease, depending on how big our group is...becks, what do you think?


Posted by: catherine | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 10:20 AM
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I think Solly's sounds like a good place to start, if only because Cath and Kriston and I know the neighborhood well so we should be able to come up with places for the group to adjourn for dinner.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 10:23 AM
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The one thing I wasn't crazy about at Solly's is the long skinny tables that don't make circulating particularly easy. A hotel bar sounds better for that (although I haven't been to the Palomar).


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 10:36 AM
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17: that's true...i'm just concerned space could be an issue. seating and space are always abundant at solly's. but i'm up for anything.


Posted by: catherine | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 10:43 AM
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Either is fine. I think we were only downstairs at Solly's last year, though. The upstairs has seats and standy-mingly spots.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 10:47 AM
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19: No, we went upstairs at Solly's last year. Did we forget to tell you and you wandered out of the bathroom and thought we'd left?

18: That sounds like a reverse of the old Yogi Berra line "Nobody goes there any more, it's too crowded".


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 10:49 AM
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i might have time to pre-scout the bar at the palomar tonight and see how it looks - if so, i'll report back!


Posted by: catherine | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 11:23 AM
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It's worth noting that I loved my room at the Palomar when I was in DC in April but never stepped foot inside the bar. If it's judged unworkable I will in no way whatsoever be bothered. Oh noes, going to DC and having to go to new places, teh painz.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 11:34 AM
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I'll get into Dulles on the 28th at 4:20. Something may happen at Marcus's but I'm not sure about details.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 11:54 AM
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I'm up for it.


Posted by: tweedledopey | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 1:51 PM
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Has anyone else not yet booked a room for the night of the 29th and interested in splitting one? I know I'm late on this, but I was out of the country for two weeks.


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly then go in." (9) | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 2:03 PM
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25: I haven't. (I don't have as interesting an excuse as being out of the country, though.) Sure, I'd be interested in splitting one. E-mail me at vermont underscore voyager@hotmail.com (with the character instead of the word "underscore") or call me at 1-802-989-9/3/9/1.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 3:39 PM
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I've switched pseuds, but since Emerson referred to me by name I'll go with that. Emerson will be staying at my place, and I had planned a cocktail-party type thing (but with plenty of food) at my house on the 29th prior to the party (late afternoon). I think I have 5 RSVPs for that and I'll be emailing people back with the info soon. I could probably handle about 3 more people coming if there is interest. Email me at the link above.

I hadn't really been planning anything special for Friday evening, but if enough people wanted to then I suppose I could switch the cocktail-party type thing to the evening of Friday the 28th. That would be fine with me. I'm open to suggestions on that either in email or in this thread as it continues.


Posted by: marcus | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 4:23 PM
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Alas, we shan't be attending. But a Salud! to ........the demise.... of Little Kissinkger


Posted by: 01011010 | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 4:30 PM
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The Palomar is awfully close to the beer place, so it ought to be easy enough to ditch one for the other, if it comes to it. I'd really like to stop over for a drink right now, but have to head along home, and deal with a Situation. My son has done something harmless but stupid, and run afoul of Zero Tolerance. I need to instill the proper attitude of contrition for our interview with the authorities tomorrow.

I'm just glad we're not Icelandic.


Posted by: Nápi | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 4:54 PM
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Good luck with that, Napi. And next time just cut up her steak before she heads off for school so she can leave the knife at home.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 4:56 PM
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It's a more modern problem. Having, apparently, to do with the naming of file folders of his school internet account.


Posted by: Nápi | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 4:59 PM
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I'm staying at the Palomar under an assumed identity. I'd be interested in getting some food before the party (on Saturday the 29th, that is).


Posted by: Invisible Adjunct | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 7:11 PM
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I think I have finally determined that I will not be attending.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 8:12 PM
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IA, I'll leave notes for you between the couch cushions in the lobby if you like so you can get more into the incognito thing.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 12-20-07 10:21 PM
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Was it something we said, eb?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 7:57 AM
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after checking out palomar, i'm going to say that i still think brickskeller (in dupont) or solly's (u street) would be better locations for casual friday night hanging out. personally i prefer solly's, but brickskeller could be cool too. anyways, clearly, i think what we need here is an executive decision so if you all don't think it's too dictator-ish, i'll chat w/ becks and smasher and come up with an official location and time and report back.


Posted by: catherine | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 9:05 AM
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Jammies and I will head to the brickskeller then, after we get in and get situated.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 1:05 PM
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Don't do it, heebie! Question authority! Resist the dictators! To the barricades!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 1:08 PM
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We'll miss you, eb.

I have made my travel reservations but not the hotel. Is the Palomar kind of trendy or is that my imagination?


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 1:09 PM
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We are known for our docile obedience, Sifu. Please issue clear instructions for us to execute.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 1:33 PM
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Keep a red card in your shirt pocket Sifu. If she starts acting up, look her directly in the eye and pat the card.


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 1:37 PM
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Solly's blows.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 1:40 PM
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42: I was always kind of fond of it.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 2:01 PM
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39: The Palomar is a little satisfied with itself but the room I had in April was very nice, spacious, comfy chair for sitting, good desk for working and an extremely comfortable bed.

The Brickseller is someplace I am delighted to have heard about. It's around a corner on the same block as the Palomar but I didn't walk that way when I was at the Palomar before and thus never saw it. Can't wait to try it!


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 2:05 PM
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43: Finding that reminded me of this oldie but goodie.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 2:14 PM
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All right, room booked. I'm holding you responsible if it's insufferable, McManly Pants.

(Six preferences for hotel rooms? What kind of world do these people live in? Foam pillow, feather pillow, near elevator, far from elevator...accessible? One of these things is not like the other.)


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 2:29 PM
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My only caveat would be that the food isn't that great quality when ordering room service at like 3am. Otherwise, pick your pillow and shut yer yap.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 2:46 PM
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Dude, I'm a low-maintenance hotel guest, really. I'm just messing with you.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 2:52 PM
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Pillow fight!


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 2:57 PM
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cant we at least pick better contestants??


Posted by: Will | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 2:58 PM
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will's right. Plus, I don't think McManly swings that way.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 3:04 PM
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I'm just razzing you, Witt. Razzing!


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 3:07 PM
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You Southerners are so hard to read.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 3:09 PM
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Witt is a Northerner??? He/she seemed so nice and helpful.


Posted by: Will | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 3:10 PM
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53: It's funny and telling that in a post accusing us Southerners of being illiterate, you can't even get the word order right Witt.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 3:11 PM
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That's just my Yankee craftiness.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 3:11 PM
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56: That's Yankee ingenuity, dumbutt.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 3:12 PM
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You too, M/tch? I thought you were just temporarily abiding in the South, while actually a D.C. native. Why did I think that? (Or are you by some bizarre Mason-Dixon logic defining Washington as a fully Southern city?)


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 3:12 PM
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Yeah, see, this is why I shouldn't try to be funny in this crowd. I don't know you well enough to be entertainingly silly, and the sophisticated wit bar is too high.

(All sorts of low-hanging fruit there, folks. Go for it.)


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 3:14 PM
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yay brickskeller! like 1 billion beers!


Posted by: tweedledopey | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 3:20 PM
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I was born and raised in Texas.

Sir Kraab, on the other hand, spent many years in DC before her move to Austin several years ago, and travels there often for work.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 3:22 PM
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It's true, you really can't circulate at the bar at the Palomar, as it's really part of a very dark and crowded restaurant. Not recommended for meetup.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 3:23 PM
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We Southerners, in our timeless decadence, take great and terribly cruel pleasure from refusing to get Witt's jokes.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 3:23 PM
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McManly, now you're just showing off your literacy.

I'm a-going Christmas shopping now, so the pillow fight will have to wait.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 3:29 PM
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Well y'all have fun, now.

Feliz navidad a todos! Hast' al' aňo que viene.


Posted by: OneFatEnglishman | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 3:38 PM
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Unfortunately it's looking unlikely (although still possible) that Magpie and I will be able to make it for UDC. OTOH, Jackmormon was making noises about being in the Bay Area next week. Is that still on?


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 6:39 PM
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It's true, you really can't circulate at the bar at the Palomar, as it's really part of a very dark and crowded restaurant

True indeed, but heading to the free(!) wine happy hour in the lounge from around 4-6pm is a quite recommendable pre-meetup activity.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 6:49 PM
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That is true. My mom and I kept going back down for drinks so we didn't have to mingle. The radio in the hotel had a plug for my iPod, so we had our own little party during the happy hour.

I actually liked the hotel a lot, but the super-sexy shower didn't drain and the whole bathroom ended up wet every time.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 6:51 PM
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Dogs and Republicans


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 6:53 PM
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Jackmormon said to email her for Bay Area meetupping.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 7:09 PM
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69: Mitt Romney's dog is named "Seamus"? As if he didn't have enough problems appealing to Protestants already.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12-21-07 11:07 PM
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His cat is called Calvin.


Posted by: Bave Dee | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 12:41 AM
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Also: If his name is Mitt, and his son's name is Tagg, what are the names of his other four kids? I'm thinking Hekk, Fugg, Lipp and Godd.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 12:53 AM
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Yay for executive decisions! See y'all at the Brickskeller. (If anyone wants a contact # in case you get lost or can't find us or whatever, e-mail me at sirkraab at gmail.)


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 8:04 AM
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Yay for executive decisions!

Fascist.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 10:59 AM
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Why, I bet that even now she's planning to launch a putsch from the Brickskeller.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 11:01 AM
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Gang, I can't make it. I cancelled my flight this morning. Have lots of fun for me, and I'll try to make the next big event.


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 11:07 AM
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Boo!


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 11:13 AM
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Sad!


Posted by: Counterfly | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 11:14 AM
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Tips for the Brickskeller- hopefully be able to drop by:

Someone should specify upstairs or downstairs.

There's hundreds of beers available and they don't always have the one you want, so give your waiter a couple choices if you're picking randomly.

The upstairs room has ~10 taps, which always have interesting things. Otherwise everything is bottles.

With many exceptions, if a country is represented in the menu by only one beer, i.e. Iceland, don't get it. It's the same boring old lager. That said, I've had nights there where all I drank was Viking, just 'cause I could.


Posted by: Counterfly | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 11:22 AM
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But without Chopper, who'll take tons of photos?

Chopper: not just a cool guy, but an awesome photog.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 11:23 AM
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Sleep! That's where I'm a viking!

Sorry to hear it, Chopster.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 11:32 AM
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Too bad, Chopper. Have fun with your family or whatever lame alternative plans you're pursuing instead.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 11:49 AM
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Sorry to hear it, Chopper. Hope all's well with you and yours.

At UnfoggeDCon II, we'll encourage people to do various things by intoning "Come on, ______ one for the Chopper!"


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 1:36 PM
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Alas, poor Chopper!

I'll bring a camera, so every bring your pretty faces.


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 2:20 PM
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77: Nooooooo!


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 2:25 PM
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Thanks guys. I'm bummed, but marital harmony is important.

I guess.


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 2:43 PM
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Yeah, marital harmony is more important than a party. I'm still sorry you won't be there.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 2:52 PM
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Is Romney's dog named after a Pink Floyd song? If so, does it mean anything?


Posted by: Nápi | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 3:03 PM
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He saw his dog play with Pink Floyd, Nápi.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 3:05 PM
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I saw Pink Floyd once and he told me he likes dogs quite a bit.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 3:07 PM
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With many exceptions, if a country is represented in the menu by only one beer, i.e. Iceland, don't get it. It's the same boring old lager.

This cannot be overstated. And applies to every other beer bar on earth, as well.

I've never seen a beer worth drinking from a country that doesn't have snow. This includes Italy and Mexico.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 3:22 PM
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Italy has snow, you maroon.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 3:23 PM
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I guess Italy has snow. But still.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 3:28 PM
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You've never seen a Mexican beer worth drinking? Which ones have you seen?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 3:30 PM
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I guess Italy has snow.

Enough to hold the winter Olympics, even.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 3:36 PM
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The ones that are available in Pennsylvania.

Corona
Dos Equis
Negra Modelo

I shouldn't say "not worth drinking". Just not different from standard American beers like Busch or whatever.

Corona Lite is good for a lite beer, not to say that it's good.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 3:37 PM
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97: Fair enough. Mexican beers are a lot like American beers because most of the breweries in Mexico were started by the same sorts of German immigrants who started most American breweries at around the same time. Light, not very hoppy lagers, for the most part.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 3:40 PM
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Mexico has snow too.


Posted by: Nápi | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 3:48 PM
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And here's an 1883 NYT account (in pdf) of climbing the snowy peaks of Mexico. If only they'd had more beer.

Mexico might well be called the Switzerland of America on account of the number, size, and accessibility of its mountain peaks. On approaching Vera Cruz the first thing that gladdens the eye of the weary voyager, as he peers over the bow of the steamer in search of land, is the snow-capped peak of Orizaba . . .


Posted by: Nápi | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 3:55 PM
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I always forget that sometimes places have mountains that are so high that there's snow on them even when it's hot in nearby non-mountainous regions. Never having seen such a place myself.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 4:08 PM
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I was quite startled the first time I saw the LA skyline framed by snowcapped mountains.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 4:10 PM
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e.g.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 4:12 PM
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Theoretically I could attend, actually, but it would mean bus rides Saturday and Sunday and only making it to the party.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 4:40 PM
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Perfect, eb! See you there.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 4:47 PM
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Not all theories make it into practice.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 4:49 PM
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Busses are fun!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 4:52 PM
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Everyone loves buses.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 4:54 PM
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Mexico might well be called the Switzerland of America on account of the number, size, and accessibility of its mountain peaks.

Um, Peru?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 4:55 PM
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Sifu Tweety, they're looking for you, or why your blog is down, or something, over at ObWi and claim that you're not "over at Unfogged", either.

I note this to congratulate your on your autocomment bot, since you are not here.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 4:57 PM
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I am robot.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 4:59 PM
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Wait, though: what? Where?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 5:00 PM
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ObWi, top post, Ugh in comments.

Where have you gone, Sifu Tweety Fish
A nation turns its lonely eyes to you
(woo hoo hoo)


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 5:02 PM
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Found it. Still, I'm a robot.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 5:03 PM
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I see Greyhound's prices are the same as last year. I actually have taken the bus on the same route a few times - opposite direction round trips - but those were Friday-Sunday trips. Anyway, the meetup type stuff is much more interesting to me than party stuff.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 5:03 PM
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That's so sweet. I love it when the internet misses someone who is in internet hiding.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 5:03 PM
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115: good news: it is a meetup!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 5:05 PM
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Bad news: It's also a party.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 5:06 PM
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You got your meetup in my party!


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 5:08 PM
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You should go, eb, though I can see why the bus schedule would be a pain.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 5:11 PM
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You got your meat up in my party!


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 5:16 PM
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eb, please come. I'm arriving Friday, staying through Sunday afternoon. There's time for meetup stuff! Bus terminals are fun! Greyhound is entertaining!*

*This courtesy of my brother, who informed me that on today's NY-Phila run, the driver announced at the beginning of the trip that he needed a passenger to give him directions.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 6:06 PM
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I guess it would've been worse if he hadn't asked at all.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 6:11 PM
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Or if 15 hours into the trip, the driver says "Anyone know if we're in Mississippi yet?"


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Negra Modelo is not a standard lager, at all. Corona does indeed suck, hard, as does Sol (although in Mexico itself the Corona brewery makes some other beers that aren't bad, for example a Christmas beer, and a brown ale. The latter, the last time I had it, came in these cool stubby bottles made out of heavy returnable glass with a built in opener in the bottom of each bottle, i.e. you use the bottom of one bottle to open the next one, kind of like chain smoking. ) Dos Equis is okay, but nothing to get excited about. I like the amber better than than the lager. Bohemia is probably the best Mexican beer that's at least somewhat widely available.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 8:28 PM
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Yeah, Negra Modelo is an exception, and I like it a lot. The Modelo brewery is the one that makes Corona, Negra Modelo, Modelo Especial, and (presumably) the other beers M/tch mentions. I've actually never had Bohemia, even though it's widely available here. What's it like?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 8:33 PM
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on today's NY-Phila run, the driver announced at the beginning of the trip that he needed a passenger to give him directions.

Holy crap! There's budget travel and there's budget travel ('We'll get you there, eventually, but you'll have to help us out'). And what if a passenger deliberately misdirected the driver, just for kicks? They could end up in Selma, Alabama, or who knows what godforsaken place.


Posted by: Invisible Adjunct | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 8:37 PM
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Hmmm, I hadn't been paying attention to the Mexican breweries lately, but as with everywhere else in the world, there's been a lot of consolidation in the last decade or so.

As for Bohemia, it has some nice little floral hoppy notes, almost apricoty, that are refreshingly unique. Although I had one a couple of weeks ago that just tasted like your standard lager, so perhaps it's been assimilated by the Beerg (I'm hoping I just got an off bottle).


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 8:38 PM
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I hadn't been paying attention to the Mexican breweries lately, but as with everywhere else in the world, there's been a lot of consolidation in the last decade or so.

As far as I know, Cerveceria Modelo has always made Corona.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 9:05 PM
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And thanks for answering my question about Bohemia. I should try some and report back.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 9:07 PM
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I third the approval of Negra Modelo. It's probably in my top-five keep-it-in-the-fridge-for-whenever beers.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 9:08 PM
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The second time I took Greyhound from DC to NY the driver made a correct turn, then (thinking it was a wrong turn) a u turn, then a stop to ask for directions, then an announcement apologizing and explaining that it was their first time on that route.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 10:26 PM
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The first time I took Greyhound from DC to NY it turned out to be possibly the best form of transit that day because the flights were delayed or canceled and the trains were overloaded. We arrived early. The driver ignored the signs on the highway recommending people drive more slowly in the snow.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 12-22-07 10:29 PM
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eb, you should take the bus down, party all night, and bus back the next day. I think some other NY people are doing that, too. You'll totally get points for being hardcore. You shouldn't not come just because you can't make it to the other stuff -- UnfoggeDCon's where it's at. The rest is just gravy for people coming early.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 12-23-07 12:30 AM
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eb--mrh, and I, and maybe Bave Dee will be drivign down from New York on Saturday. I think that I'm taking the bus back though. There might be space. E-mail me or mrh. I'll forward it to him if you send it to me.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 12-23-07 1:02 PM
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And, eb, I'm not a huge partier, so I'll need some time to be quiet and would love to have someone to be mellow with. Please come.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 12-23-07 1:03 PM
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