Average Jane



Shut up & drink: My first Blogger Happy Hour

I should have known the night was off to a good start when in the first hour a blogger proclaimed “Shut up and drink.” This was in response my declaration that he was trouble. (I was right.)

It almost didn’t happen. I almost didn’t go. It would have been a tragic mistake if I hadn’t. With a small kick from Arjewtino and a gentle shove from i-66, I stopped being lame and agreed to go to this meeting of the minds: this Blogger Happy Hour. I am not a prolific blogger, nor do I blog about anything mind shatteringly interesting. Such is my life, I suppose. Average. But the thing I heard more than once last night was “You’re anything but average.” The same goes for you all!

I tried to explain to a colleague this morning about this event. He said, “all I can think of are a bunch of emo kids hanging out and being all ‘in touch with their emotions’.” He was quickly and sharply corrected. Buffalo Billiards was privy to a meeting of the minds, last night. A group of brilliant, articulate, genuine people. Not to mention that they were a group of particularly attractive, snappy dressers.

I felt like a fish out of water amongst these amazing writers; these eloquent, deep, funny bloggers, well known in the DC blogosphere. Every time someone said “Oh, yeah! I’ve read you,” I felt like I was the butt of a joke until one blogger said, in essence, “Get over it! If they say they’ve read you, they read you. Get over yourself! Oh, and nice glasses.” Ahh, my glasses…

Lessons learned on the night:

  1. Remembering names is hard enough. Remember blog names is harder. (sorry!)
  2. I need to remember to write down what people tell me. Like blog names. See #1.
  3. I can still tie a tie like a champ.
  4. I can’t complain to other bloggers about living the burbs. Apparently they do, too!
  5. Not everyone I went to high school with is evil. As a matter of fact, some are downright lovely.
  6. If your handle has a name in it, and it’s not your actual name, this can be confusing. (sorry again!)
  7. I should drink more when drinks are offered to me.
  8. When three men stand around a bar and you hear “I’m trying to get laid”, make a mental note and adjust flirting techniques appropriately. *wink*
  9. Wear comfy shoes with no heels to blogger events. Seats are limited and bloggers are short. JOKES!
  10. I need to stop being a pansy and go out more often. Especially with amazing people like these.

Thanks again to everyone who was nice and welcoming to me last night. List o’ lovelies that I met last night are to come. As soon as I can sort them all out =)

In the comments: Feel free to cryptically identify yourself and your blog because I am, in fact, a big loser.

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  1. * I-66 says:

    Woo! Recap city!

    Yes. You should drink when they are offered to you. Ahem.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago
  2. * I-66 says:

    Oh, and don’t think you won’t be feeling the vengeance for that short joke.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago
  3. * freckledk says:

    Something tells me that I know exactly which three guys were part of that group πŸ™‚

    I have the same memory issue. I’m sure I met you, and would remember your face, but I find that being around so many people causes my head to swim and I can’t focus properly.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago
  4. * Average Jane says:

    I-66: Bring it, bitch.

    K: This is where polaroid cameras and sharpies come in handy. For the 3 boys, AND for the memory lapses.

    After such a rad night last night, my planless night tonight seems very sad. But will be more than likely filled with cleaning and dancing around my apartment. Because I can.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago
  5. Aren’t you only like 5 ft nothin’?

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago
  6. * carrie m says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how small this world is! But in a good way. So nice to hang out last night and yes, you will be coming out into the city more often, and I’ll be seeing you in the ‘burbs. πŸ™‚

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago
  7. Oh, and while I dig your glasses, mine are WAY cooler.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago
  8. * Jo says:

    It was nice meeting you! Glad you enjoyed it!

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago
  9. * I-66 says:

    You’re goin down, suckafoo.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago
  10. * Lisa says:

    Yay! I’m glad you ventured out of the burbs! So fun to meet you! And your glasses are fabulous! And at the next HH? To mitigate the short I will be wearing my standard going out 4″ platform heels.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago
  11. * matt says:

    Nice template.

    This post reminds me of the time I accidentally ran into a blogger’s meeting in Chinatown that was attended by some of the most horrendous and unfortunate looking creatures I’ve ever seen.

    They were POLITICAL bloggers. I find personal journals much more interesting….

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago
  12. * Kristin says:

    Glad to hear that you had fun!

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago


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