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January 8th, 2009

I went through my car yet one more time, this time with a flashlight in the daylight, to look for my badge after Kevin (av8rdude) tweeted that he's certain he saw it in there at one point during his visit. No luck.



Favorite tweet of the day (01/08/09):

Robert, Smokejumper
RobertFischer Note to Everyone Else: When I ask you a multiple choice question, "OK Thanks" is not an answer. ~~ Robert.



I ran to the Campus Bookstore during lunch and finally broke down and bought that $125 frame for my diploma. At the end of the day, I put my diploma in it. It looks pretty good!



Tonight was the premier Salon at Mitch's Tavern, organized by none other than exquisite Sarah Egan Warren. In addition to Sarah and myself, attendees consisted of: Brad Mehlenbacher, Kim Rothwell, Etta Barksdale, and Anna Thompson.

OMFG. I haven't had as much fun in I don't know how long. I thoroughly enjoyed four hours of repartee on fascinating topics of discussion with quick, witty, hilarious, brilliant people.

Soundbites and vignettes from the evening included, but were not limited to:

  • Dumpster Suicide: Selfish or Thoughtful—or Scheming, and no, it's not a joke!

  • Nerds, geeks, and dorks, oh my (We contemplated what differentiates these folks.)

  • "Myra's engaged???"

  • Thug knitting, which led to a round of people picking out their two four-letter "thug gluv" words; I originally chose "blog dork," but now that I see the definition of dork, I'm not so sure I want to keep that one

  • "My Three Words," which was about picking three words that represent the essence of you; from those who had already chosen theirs: "Not The Holdup" (Anna), "Mulling It Over" (Etta), "I Meant Well" (Brad); Sarah, I can't remember yours, remind me? Kim, had you decided on yours? I didn't have one at the time, but I have since come up with one that I'm thinking I'll share in a separate blog entry.

  • onesentence.org, on which a total of four submissions, from three of the group members, have been published

  • "Myra's engaged???"

  • The near-loss of the server's limb taking away a plate that still had a crumb on it, and a glass that still had some backwash in it

  • Surmising about the origin of the name of the Blue Stockings Society, which as it turns out is highly disputed among historians

  • Dating/marrying gay people

  • The "value" of a friend on Facebook

  • Changing last names—or not—when marrying, divorcing, or having children

  • Cooking Christmas dinner—or not; the wildly famous, traditional 7-Fish Italian Catholic Christmas meal

  • John's great-great grandmother, who had 24 kids—21 boys and 3 girls (that's two dozen eggs—one each!—at every breakfast, and a natural segue from the Italian Catholic story). His great grandmother had 18, his grandmother 9, his mother 3, and he got a vasectomy at age 29 with no kids (That didn't all come out, but in the immortal words of Edith-Ann, "That's the truth.")

  • Hot yoga, including the thong yoga man barking orders from the front of the room, and an abrupt dive into pettiness, to which all of us adjusted with ease

  • "Myra's engaged???"

  • Audio books on gay-men-coming-of-age; followed by a chick-on-chick suggestion for a subsequent selection

  • Compelling television shows (on DVD, or from hulu.com), and TV viewing habits

  • Moving into a house with no door handles, which reminded me of the "thumb tribes" (kids who are evolving physically as a result of texting so fast with their thumbs that they're starting to do other things with their thumbs, such as point and pick their noses!)

  • The rhetorical use of children

  • Teaching said children hand gestures, and parents' idiosyncrasies that those kids inherit

  • "I... like... pie..."

  • "May I eat your pickle?"

  • Eating a big, fat Kielbasa (That's mayonnaise in the corner of my mouth!)

  • Prompt-writing workshops

  • Teaching distance-ed classes

  • Jackie Jumpstart, Handholder Henry, and other archetypal students

  • Awards (diplomas, plaques, and the duPont award)

  • Suggestive dancing, messy bathrooms are signs of danger according to a study

  • All kinds of beans, including the infamous mean bean!

  • "Myra's engaged???"

Though that's a long list of topics, I know I've missed a bunch. Attendees, feel free to comment with additions/corrections/deletions. :-)



Sarah was a dear to give me a ride home, getting home close to 11:00. Whew. Fun, fun night!

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