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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Update to the Important Change Announcement.

I just realized that July 28th is also Blogathon Day, and we have some bloggers who are participating.

What ever shall I do?

Easy. We're having two BlogFests at Barley's, one on the 21st and the other on the 28th. Come to either one or both.

I'll be at both. I live Barley's pizza. And their hummus. Now I don't have to decide which one to have!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Important Change Announcement

The BlogFest previously scheduled for July 21 has been re-scheduled to July 28 in order to avoid conflict with the next Harry Potter Book launch. I have been contacted by attorneys for J.K. Rowlings,and they have advised me about the legal ramifications of holding such a high profile event so close to the release of Harry Potter Dies a Miserable Death While Ron and Hermione Play Hide the Wand in the Chamber of Secrets.

I can hardly wait for the movie.

Be that as it may,we will be having the Blogfest, just a week later than originally announced. So, to recap:

BlogFest: Saturday,July 28th, 6PM upstairs at Barley's in the Old City.

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I’ve Had a Request

I've been asked to move the Blogfest to the following weekend,the 28th of July. It seems that there is a book or something coming out on the 20th that's going to have people up all night or something. If this isn't going to cause anybody any heartbreak,we'll go ahead and move it.

All opposed signify in the comments.

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Friday, July 06, 2007

In Case You Missed It…

July 21,Saturday
Barleys in the Old City
Starting at 6PM.

Be there or be...ummm...somewhere else, I guess.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

April BlogFest:  And a Good Time was Had by All

First, the attendees:

Tam's friend (I got there late, so I didn't get his name.)
Evan (not old enough to blog yet without shorting out the keyboard(toddlers leak from both ends, dontcha know), but it won't be too much longer I'm sure!)

I was late getting there because I was visiting my mother in the hospital. (You know, that's the first time I've used that excuse and it's been true!) It's serious,but not really scary. She's had a history of heart trouble including two very mild heart attacks, some arterial blockage, and arrhythmia. The arrhythmia eventually became so frequent and severe that she had to have laser ablation, which worked wonderfully. Every now and then, she can feel the precursor to an attack, but her heart never runs away like it used to (300bpm or better). Anyway, she started having some chest pain on Friday, and the nitro didn't help, so she checked in today. Her enzymes are all good, so the doctor doesn't believe it was another heart attack, but suspects some arterial blockage of some sort. She'll have a cath tomorrow and they'll find and fix the problem.

It's simply amazing to me the progress we've made in treating coronary disease.

Anyway,I brought her her laptop, and some stuff from home and then left her with my sister. My mom tried to get my sister to leave as well, but that ain't gonna happen. Deedi is there for the duration.

Anyway,I went on out to Calhoun's and joined the reveling crowd. Cathy has posted pictures, and I'm starting to get paranoid. Pictures of my always come out looking like I've been drinking when I haven't. Maybe I'll look more sober if I take a drink or two.

The gathering was more intimate than the last BlogFest, but still very energetic, with several animated conversations going on at different ends of the table. At one point,I heard Glenn and Tam discussing the proper weaponry for blowing away zombies. I believe they settled on a shotgun, but I'm not sure. Lissa was happy to be there and not studying for a change. Tommy and I talked about video games for a while, while Evan tried to help the wait staff by running the sweeper over the carpet. Not even two years old yet and Cathy has him doing more chores than my 6 kids ever do!

I must be doing something wrong...

I wanted to talk to Dr. Helen about my horrible childhood and the deep scars it left on me, but she bailed on me and went to the other end of the table to talk about zombies and shotguns.

That seems to happen to me a lot these days...

We all talked about the Knoxville schools rezoning plan, which has something in it to irritate just about everybody. Listening to people talk about it makes me happy to be in Sevier County, where if you don't like the school you're zoned for,you are free to put your child in one of the other schools.

I wanted to ask Michael about all the ads I've been hearing on the radio about contract negotiations at the Sentinel, but I figured this was a social occasion, so why talk shop. On the other hand,he was there alone, and he claimed his wife was "out of town" again. You know, every time we have one of these get togethers, she's out of town somewhere.

It's starting to feel like a bad episode of "Murder She Wrote."

We wound it up fairly early tonight, leaving around 9:30 or so. Cathy stopped to take a picture of the rain chains Les was obsessing over earlier in the week, so Les, check 'em out on flikr. It's pretty cool; they look like, well, chains hanging from a gutter.

I was telling Cathy,Doug and Lissa that I'd like to do one of these out at my house sometime this summer. Make it a longer event,and one where the kids can get out in the yard and play. Or more likely, gather in the living room and play on the Wii.

So,how many of you would be willing to make the drive out to Sevier County?

Oh, by the way,Cathy, Evan was fine. The wait staff loved seeing him sweeping the carpet!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Awkward, but Necessary Plug

Remember folks, we are going to have a BlogFest this Saturday. Given the circumstances, I think it's appropriate to postpone the Laser Quest portion of the festivities, and just meet up at Calhoun's at 6. I look forward to another fun evening, and I will call Calhoun's and see about getting the upstairs area.

Once again:

WHAT: BlogFest
WHEN: 6PM Saturday, April 21. We'll be there for a long while, so if you can't get there early, come anyway.
WHERE: Calhoun's at Pellissippi Pike
WHY: Good food, fun people, and exciting conversation, or a reasonable facsimile thereof.
WHO: EVERYBODY!!!!!!AND THEIR KIDS!!!!!and your little dog ToTo too! Yes, even you and you!

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Monday, February 12, 2007

And a Good Time was Had By All

First, I'd like to thank everyone who came to the Blogfest and made it a smashing success. We'll be doing another one soon, probably in early March. Calhoun's worked pretty well, but if anybody has other ideas, particularly of places where the kids can run around a bit more, let me know. The party started at 5 and the last folks left at about 9:20PM, so we had a good run.

A lot of the folks there have already blogged on it.

Present but not blogging were Les Jones and his wife Melissa, and Mark Steel.

I hope I didn't leave anybody out, or miss meeting anybody. If I did, just leave a comment and I'll fix it.

A few observations:
  • I wasn't surprised by the lack of conflict, as so many of the other bloggers were. It seems that most bloggers are smart enough to realize that the online persona is in essence an adolescent one. Even those of us who blog under our own names feel like we have some small curtain of anonymity, and that allows us to go farther than we would in real life. And to a certain extent, we all exaggerate our positions to play to our readership. But when we all get together in the real world, it's much easier to remember that the person on the other side is an actual person, and we behave accordingly. In fact, I'm perfectly certain that Mr. R Neal and I could debate nearly any political issue in person without a resulting fist fight simply because we've done it before at other blog fests. In fact, that was one of the reasons I wanted to get these things started up again; to remind everybody that we are all real people behind the pixels, in hopes of restoring some small bit of civility in the blogosphere. (Can you hear Kumbaya playing in the background?*grin*)
  • It seems that East Tennessee produces more bloggers and better bloggers than any other region in the nation, which is really surprising. But at this one meeting, we had the Instapundit and R. Neal, two heavyweights in the blogosphere, and several light heavyweights as well, including Say Uncle and Dr Helen.
  • Michael Silence's daughter is simply adorable. We watched Barney together, and Elmo.
  • Katie Allison Granju is glowing. That's the only word that fits. No, Katie, you don't look pudgy and short You look radiant.
  • After reading my post on my losses at poker, Uncle spent a considerable amount of time trying to convince me to play in a couple of home games. I'm not really sure how to take that...*grin*
  • Having the blogfest out west seems to increase attendance, but it also changes the mix. We had more of a family atmosphere at this one.
  • Barry is stumping for a future blogfest to be held at Lazer Quest. I'm worried. I don't know who he wants to shoot.
  • Lissa took a truly flattering picture of me with my mouth full, and no, I won't link to it. Find it yourself! Of course, since my mouth is always either open or full, it probably wasn't her fault.

I really enjoyed getting to meet all the new people at this bash, and reconnecting with some old faces who couldn't make the last few. Hopefully, we'll keep this thing growing. And on that note, I have a question for the brigade.

How many of you are interested in participating in charity events as a group? Things like the CANstruction competition they used to hold, or the cardboard sled race in Gatlinburg? If we have enough interest, I'd like to see us get involved in some things like that. Send me an e-mail and let me know.

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Monday, January 22, 2007

It’sThat Time Again!

OK folks, time for another blog fest. I'm thinking of holding it February 10th to avoid Super Bowl conflicts.

I've been requested to move the bash out to the west for a change, and someplace a little more family friendly.

Any suggestions?

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