I've only been to two of these monthly gatherings previously, probably over a year ago now. Not sure what made me decide to go to this ... probably thought it might be a good way to relieve some stress from work.
It was. :)
When I walked in, the first person I recognized was Don (bellybalt), sitting at a table with Shannon (shademalek), Gloria (socktree), and Stephen (cratermoon), and a couple folks I hadn't met in person before: Michelle (windfaerie), and my LJ friend Julia (prettymuchjulia). wOOt!
Over the course of the night, I also visited with LJ friend Dorota (dstroy) and Shel (angleburn1), both of whom I'd met previously, and met a bunch more LJ'ers, all from the damnportlanders com:
- Sarah (omphalina), a kick-ass lichenologist
- Gia (giapet), mod of damnportlanders and birthday girl
- Andrea (a_muffin_story), food porn goddess and bringer of delicious nerdcakes
- Andrea's husband, who I'll refer to as "Mr. Muffin" because I didn't write his name in my little book (argh)
- Xander (halloween), a master debater who rocks a derby more than I thought possible
- Amy (vampireborg)
- Paul (peajayess)
- Karla (seduce_kar)
- Anthony (diffuse)
- Dawn (rathanylakan)
- Samantha (majandra_girl13)
This marks my debut on YouTube, by the way:
Don took pics all evening, which he traditionally does, but posts none of himself. These are going to look a little weird because they're compressed. Click each to see a big version, or go to his post in DP for the entire set.
|L to R: Me, Julia, and Michelle.|
|There were a bunch of folks at the big table across the room, we went over to join when an adjacent table opened up.|
That's Andrea in the lower left, with her nerdcakes. She put one in a little bag specially for me. :)
|And then you do what? Wait, let me write this down.|
(Sarah is telling me how to spell her username, or making fun of me for writing everyone's down.)
|Julia feeding a cupcake to birthday girl Gia.|
At this point we were switching the nametags around and reprazentin' absent DP celebs. Gia was drjeff for a while. Julia was ... well, me.
|I decided to be lokidecat for a bit.|
|Xander and Shel appear to be freaking Julia out with their bindis.|
|Shel deploys a tot to launch at Don, and I anticipate getting caught in the middle of a food fight.|
Man. What fun. :)