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What A Meet-Up!
Author: m-hadley    Date: 04/28/2008 10:42:12

This past weekend I flew to Washington DC with the intention of meeting up with some online friends - folks I'd never actually met before but with whom I already felt a strong connection. On Saturday night I participated in the FourFreedoms Meet Up at the Holiday Inn in Rosslyn (a block and a half off of DC's Metro Blue Line). I shared a room with Starling, an adorable lesbianite who had inadvertently booked a suite with a sofa, coffee table, comfy chairs, two balconies for the smokers, plenty of tabletop space and a working ice machine just down the hall. Among those attending the Four Freedoms Meet-up were Mondo (from Jacksonville), BobR & Raine from Atlanta, ShelaghC, HoneyBearKelly, Livingoli, Wicked Pam (Mala), Starling, Stanley, the blog's official lurker (every blog must have one ) and me (mfaye).

We were all treated to an evening of Raintinis (a spectacular beverage concocted by Raine. Here's what goes into a Raintini -Vanilla Vodka (count 4), Seltzer water (count 1 or 2), Splash of cherry juice (from maraschino cherries), gently shaken then poured over three maraschino cherries in a martini glass. I recommend letting the cherries soak in the bottom of your martini glass all night long and just before calling it a night, slurping down the drunken cherries for an outstanding buzz cap - like a night cap but much better.

As you might expect amongst a group of bloggers, several of us brought along our laptops and we played Steph and the Mooks' Friday show which most of us had missed as we were en route to the meet-up. But with such a boisterous group of people gathered in a studio-apartment sized hotel room, the conversation overwhelmed the sound of the show. The conversation kicked off as I shared with the group a disturbing comment, by a fellow blogger who happens to be a dog. This doggie blogger suggested that I, of all people, might want to join her imaginary deluded call for the murder of Hillary Clinton - we gathered around a laptop and watched the clip of Keith Olbermann's apparently threatening remark made against Senator Clinton. This remark was the unspoken inspiration for the astonishing (shocking and dismaying) comment that left a very sour taste in my mouth. And to which I will respond in due time, I am still recovering from my excellent weekend and don't want to bring myself down by sparring with a one-time friend over comments delusional and outrageous.

Back to the Meet-up...the topics of the night travelled from Raine's report on the on-air soap opera "How Air America turns," "Does this smell like it's turned to you?" "Yes, I think it has," was the concensus. We called TriSec and toasted him via speaker phone. We toasted Stephanie, Chris Lavoie, Jim Ward, and Rebekah Baker. Mondo made an awesome pizza run, BobR's beer flowed freely and the Raintinis kept coming. All-in-all it was an amazing evening of political banter, good friends exhanging ideas (political, familial, relationship and otherwise). I can't wait for the next meet-up Photos coming soon...

Here's the offensive comment that was posted on my blog:
"So, tell us, Faye, are you ready to join your and Steph's boyfriend Keith Olbermann in calling for the murder of Senator Clinton? That would settle the Democratic primary race for you once and for all, wouldn't it? God forbid we should let those pesky voters settle things, eh? Nice to see that His Hopeness inspires such high-minded thoughts in his delusional followers."



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Comment by m-hadley on 04/28/2008 10:58:38
Heya guys and gals,

I worked on this yesterday afternoon, but know that there are many magic moments I failed to mention (early-onset Alzheimers or too many Raintinis - take your pick :). Feel free to add any and all comments. Mostly I just want to say how much I enjoyed meeting each and every one of you and am already looking forward to our next meet-up (in Tulsa, perhaps?). I hope the next one includes Velveeta Jones, TriSec, and Auntie Azalea. You all rock my world :D

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by velveeta jones on 04/28/2008 12:03:13
Great post Faye. Sounds like I missed a good time.



I'll be around today. Though, if it quits raining I will continue the "Sidewalk Saga". :(

(Yes, I did NOT finish my sidewalk............... Anyone have a backhoe?)

Comment by right wing hater on 04/28/2008 12:41:46
Good morning everyone!



Daily Reading posted in News of Day



Have a good one!

Comment by MNRN on 04/28/2008 13:02:35
good morning to this blog for my first SMS on here....



do u guys yak here when the show is on?

Comment by TriSec on 04/28/2008 13:11:16
Morning, folks!



Home with Mrs. TriSec today...she tore another page off the calendar this morning, but didn't particularly care for the number...



I'm betting we'll have some sluggish bloggers this morning, but we are usually here for the show.



No offense Faye, but I'm planning a major offensive to get the next meetup in Boston. As you well know, planning for the next convention begins the day after the last one ends...



http://www.smoothsailingcharters.com/assets/images/Boston_Sunset_2.JPG


Comment by livingonli on 04/28/2008 13:15:45
Good morning everyone. <---- I think we all need some of this in the AM.



Yes, MNRN. We usually talk about Momma at this time. The first hour's normally sluggish as people still wake up or go to work. Today will probably be extra slugggish. I think Raine and Mondo are going to hit a few sites in the ATL today before Mondo goes back to Jacksonville.

Comment by livingonli on 04/28/2008 13:17:42
I think for the next meet-up we should make it Thursday through Monday which would allow us ;



a) more flexibility

b ) allow us to spend more time together since it goes by much too fast with only under two days together.

Comment by BobR on 04/28/2008 13:18:44
Quote by MNRN:

good morning to this blog for my first SMS on here....



do u guys yak here when the show is on?


We do... sometimes we're a little slow to get going...



oh, and Morning folks... :coffee:



... and good summary Faye!

Comment by livingonli on 04/28/2008 13:19:17
Tri, if next time ends up being Boston. Can you pick out a nice hotel that won't set us back a small fortune?

Comment by livingonli on 04/28/2008 13:21:25
And it's a cool, dreary, rainy day on the last day of my vacation.

Comment by m-hadley on 04/28/2008 13:25:51
TriSec,

Boston is fine with me - I used to live in Somerville, then my sister's husband statrted making real money and we moved to Arlington. I was the carzy auntie who lived in the attic and helped my sis and her hubby with childcare. Good times and great pizza (Greek, I think it was )

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by m-hadley on 04/28/2008 13:28:13
Mornin' Everybody,

My photos won't be ready til tomorrow - a drawback on having a non-digital camera , but I can't wait to see 'em.

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by shelaghc on 04/28/2008 13:28:19
Hey Liv - I found something on YouTube that you might like:



Homerholic's Simpsons Museum

Comment by TriSec on 04/28/2008 13:30:47
Gonna head out for a while...Mrs. TriSec gets a shopping morning and lunch today!



[psst, It's her birthday, ya mooks!] But I already asked, she won't be swimming across the Euphrates River. (It's Saddam's birthday, too...)



TTFN, Ta-ta for now!



:tigger:







Comment by livingonli on 04/28/2008 13:32:38
Quote by shelaghc:

Hey Liv - I found something on YouTube that you might like:



Homerholic's Simpsons Museum


Woo Hoo! (I think we need that as audiocon)



At least his collection is all nice and organized unlike moi whose comic books and TV Guides have overwhelmed him. <---- pile of stuff falling on him.

Comment by livingonli on 04/28/2008 13:33:15
Happy Birthday, Mrs. Trisec!

Comment by livingonli on 04/28/2008 13:35:22
Quote by m-hadley:

Mornin' Everybody,

My photos won't be ready til tomorrow - a drawback on having a non-digital camera , but I can't wait to see 'em.

Cheers,

mfaye


Well, BobR is going to set-up the photobucket account for the pictures so stay tuned for that.

Comment by livingonli on 04/28/2008 13:37:53
Fox can certainly show its bias in what camera angles they use at the convention which I am sure they will do if they are the pool feed.



Couldn't someone raise a stink on this?



Newt, you are a corrupt far-rightie, what makes you credible? :muppet sounds: Frankly!

Comment by livingonli on 04/28/2008 13:41:12
Sean Hannity, the broken record of talking points.

Comment by shelaghc on 04/28/2008 13:46:13
Quote by m-hadley:

Mornin' Everybody,

My photos won't be ready til tomorrow - a drawback on having a non-digital camera , but I can't wait to see 'em.

Cheers,

mfaye




Bob was using a film camera as well. You two should take bets on who'll get theirs developed sooner.





Comment by livingonli on 04/28/2008 13:49:06
Prince bumper.

Comment by shelaghc on 04/28/2008 13:49:47
Scarborough Snarks at Maddow Again: MSNBC Keeps it Off Video Replays



Interesting. Looks like TPTB are trying to help Morning Joe save his Hannity-like face.



Comment by BobR on 04/28/2008 13:53:37
I updated the Meetup blog post, but the photobucket location is: http://s203.photobucket.com/albums/aa213/FourFreedoms/Meetup08/



I've emailed login and password to all that attended. If the link doesn't exactly work, then the photos should go into the "Meetup08" album...

Comment by Raine on 04/28/2008 13:53:50
:yawn: Good Morning bloggie-nam!







Comment by livingonli on 04/28/2008 13:54:47
Now I wish I had brought a camera too. Or at least used my cell phone for pictures.

Comment by livingonli on 04/28/2008 13:55:15
Morning Raine. Did you sleep well last night?

Comment by BobR on 04/28/2008 13:55:46
Quote by shelaghc:





Bob was using a film camera as well. You two should take bets on who'll get theirs developed sooner.





I'll wager that Faye will...

Comment by Raine on 04/28/2008 13:56:45
Quote by MNRN:

good morning to this blog for my first SMS on here....



do u guys yak here when the show is on?


But of course!



:yawn:



Mondo is currently setting up his laptop in the dining room! He is steeping his earl grey tea, and will be joining us shortly!

Comment by livingonli on 04/28/2008 13:58:04
Mondo should call-in to Momma today for old time's sake.

Comment by wickedpam on 04/28/2008 14:07:40
Morning! :hug:



Comment by wickedpam on 04/28/2008 14:09:13
Okay brought my camera to work to load the pictures I took but I forgot the cord



So my pix will be up when I get home from work.

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/28/2008 14:11:04
Ahhhhh Well Earl Grey, hot! I will say without any contradiction that Bob & Raine's quarter ton fold out sleeper sofa is comfortable! No really I slept like a rock! Both nights even.



Morning all! :hug:

Comment by HoneyBearKelly on 04/28/2008 14:12:02
Hi.

Comment by shelaghc on 04/28/2008 14:13:11
Study Links HPV to Lung Cancer

Despite Threat of Lung Cancer, Conservatives Still Don't Want Their Kids Vaccinated

(snip)

Recent studies have found connections between HPV and cancers of the mouth and throat, but the University of Louisville study released late last week is the first to associate the infection with lung cancer.

(snip)

Conservative parents and activists have condemned the vaccine, marketed under the name Gardasil, since it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last year, claiming it would -- like easily available condoms -- encourage young people to engage in promiscuous sex.

Those same parents and groups say the news showing a link between the virus and lung cancer, which means it could affect not only their daughters but also their sons, does not change their opposition to the drug.


More at the link.



Nice - let your kids die from any one of several kinds of cancer rather than immunize them because they *might* be inclined to have pre-marital sex.



I had to fill out pages of forms and go through a background check to adopt my second cat, but any set of idiots with sperm and ovaries can have a baby.

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/28/2008 14:13:38
What! ProducerChris has not seen the Godfather? OMG!

Comment by velveeta jones on 04/28/2008 14:14:00
Velveeta is pissed!



Well, first thing that set me off: went to Rush's website (following a link regarding "Operation Chaos") and do you know that he REALLY points out the he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize? You can imagine, I'm sure, being that he's "Mr BIG FAT EGO"!



Anywho, I think I'll write a letter to the Nobel committee to have them rescind his nomination -- being that I think its unseemly for a Nobel PEACE nominee to endorse rioting!



:rage:



Oh, then I got a phone call from one of my CC companies asking if I knew that I was late paying a bill. Hellooooo Mr. Pot, Mr Kettle on line 1.





Comment by velveeta jones on 04/28/2008 14:14:41
Oh, my point of this rant:



Does anyone know how to contact the Nobel committee?



:cricket sounds:

Comment by HoneyBearKelly on 04/28/2008 14:14:47
Quote by BobR:

I updated the Meetup blog post, but the photobucket location is: http://s203.photobucket.com/albums/aa213/FourFreedoms/Meetup08/



I've emailed login and password to all that attended. If the link doesn't exactly work, then the photos should go into the "Meetup08" album...


It says there is no content in that folder.



What am I missing?

Comment by velveeta jones on 04/28/2008 14:16:27
Quote by Mondobubba:

What! ProducerChris has not seen the Godfather? OMG!


He can skip part III. I did.





Comment by wickedpam on 04/28/2008 14:17:18
Hey roomies :hug:





HBK there should be pix when people start to upload them later today.

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/28/2008 14:17:32
Quote by velveeta jones:

Oh, my point of this rant:



Does anyone know how to contact the Nobel committee?



:cricket sounds:




Nobel Committee, Stockholm?

Comment by BobR on 04/28/2008 14:17:40
Quote by HoneyBearKelly:



It says there is no content in that folder.



What am I missing?


It means that no one has uploaded anything yet. You should be able to upload.

Comment by velveeta jones on 04/28/2008 14:17:58
Quote by HoneyBearKelly:

Hi.


HEY!



I love the new people!! Well............. new to me. :D

Comment by Raine on 04/28/2008 14:18:11
Quote by HoneyBearKelly:

Quote by BobR:

I updated the Meetup blog post, but the photobucket location is: http://s203.photobucket.com/albums/aa213/FourFreedoms/Meetup08/



I've emailed login and password to all that attended. If the link doesn't exactly work, then the photos should go into the "Meetup08" album...


It says there is no content in that folder.



What am I missing?
No one has added photos yet. I am gonna put a few in, in a moment... just gimme 2 hours... :P



Good morning Honey!



Comment by wickedpam on 04/28/2008 14:18:54
Damn, was Steph secertly with us over the weekend.

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/28/2008 14:19:16
Quote by velveeta jones:

Quote by Mondobubba:

What! ProducerChris has not seen the Godfather? OMG!


He can skip part III. I did.









Oh of course! Sophia Coppola much better director then actor.

Comment by shelaghc on 04/28/2008 14:19:21
Quote by Mondobubba:

What! ProducerChris has not seen the Godfather? OMG!




I haven't either.



No interest in that series.



Saw all three of the original Star Wars and, of course, the LotR movies!

Comment by HoneyBearKelly on 04/28/2008 14:19:55
velveeta I nominate you to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.



It's just that easy.



Anybody can nominate anybody to receive any Nobel Prize.

The committee then decides who gets it. They probably throw out the joke nominations in the first round. I'm sure that's when Rush's got tossed.

Comment by MMB on 04/28/2008 14:20:41
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MRS.TRISEC

Comment by velveeta jones on 04/28/2008 14:22:57
Quote by shelaghc:

Quote by Mondobubba:

What! ProducerChris has not seen the Godfather? OMG!




I haven't either.



No interest in that series.



Saw all three of the original Star Wars and, of course, the LotR movies!




Shelagh!! Am I going to have to drive up their with my DVD copies?