I arrived late, after a long afternoon bike ride in which I lost one rider (but found her again), had another rider get a flat, then got a flat myself, and then discovered that I'd left the house without my wallet or any cash.
Fortunately, Erin, ever the MGS friend, offered to come and hang out with me and cover my tab. How sweet is that?
I met John (jonboi_net) and Sam (luvsammy) out front, then found my way to the patio, where about 40 Internet People had pushed a bunch of tables together and were generally carousing. Said hello to Xander, Gia, Nicole, Matthew, and a bunch of other folks I'd met at previous meetups or otherwise, then looked for a place to sit.
Kelly (meisterdorf) came over and shook my hand, and we talked about summer bike rides, and then I grabbed a free chair at a table next to Sam and John. Also at the table were Chris (remix79) and another Nicole (thatsassylassie), neither of whom I'd met previously, and Jo (krazyfelioness), who I had.
Over the course of the evening, I also met:
- Meghan (mjulietm),
- Onca (rogueonca),
- Jess (notorious_oit),
- James (taishi),
- Jessica (raindancer_jess),
- Dan (quagmeier), and
- Sia (mendemama).
|Sam, John, and me.|
I look like I'm trying to hit her up for her number with her boyfriend right there, or (more likely) asking how many M's there are in "Sam."
|R to L: Jo, Chris, Erin, me, and half of the back of Nicole's head.|
|Here's a better shot of Nicole, on the left. That's Amy (vampireborg) in the foreground.|
|This is maybe a third of the folks that were there.|
|Longtime heroin addicts Erin and I show our preferred arm locations for shooting up.|
|Matthew is perhaps illustrating his own preferred technique?|
|Jo brought her copy of The Secret Language of Birthdays for everyone to sign. Kelly and Nicole are finding theirs.|
|Writing Sia's name in my book. I don't know why three-letter names make me look so bewildered.|
Oodles o' fun, and I even remembered to pay Erin back. We played a few games at our table, one I'll post about later today.