happy hour: mini-DC blogger meetup
My first sorta blogger meetup was at a Nationals Game, the next was a surprise party for Liz. In general I don’t do meetups because I don’t really read all that many blogs belonging to people. Mostly they’re by people I’ve met, and most of them I’ve known long before they had a blog. Also, groups of new people aren’t really my bag, it’s an introvert thing. But I’ve been slowly getting into reading more D.C. blogs so when lacochran suggested a happy hour meetup, it sounded like it couldn’t hurt!
So a greeting to everyone I met last night, in… I think the order I met them:
- lacochran’s bloggery
- The Gilahi Blog
- A Daily Dose of Zen Sarcasm!
- The Restaurant Refugee
- Who Invented Roses
- The Chronicles of Tewkesbury
- Sean’s Ramblings
- Live it, Love it
- “It’s Toasted”
- (That’s Why) The Lady Is A Tramp
- Charlotte Harris
- Culinary Couture
With the number of us there and the relative noise level of McCormick & Schmick’s, I didn’t get to chat with everyone that showed up, but I do have a good list of new blogs to read. It had been a long rough day at the office, so it was nice to sit down and relax and have some laughs. I’m not sure I’d recommend M&S happy hour to many since it seemed really difficult to get hold of the servers. They’d come in, eyes on the table and at the last minute swoop away to attend to another party. As such, I only managed to have one cocktail over the whole of happy hour, but I can’t complain about the $2 cheeseburger–I can’t rave about it either.
Around about 7p, I was pooped but had completely forgotten to grab cash. My plan had been to go home and change after work and pick up cash along the way, but my day was one where getting a drink became the top priority. Finding an ATM from that location wasn’t easy, but I excused myself and made a run for cash at a nearby CVS. Side benefit was being able to cross an errand for today off my list at the same time.
I’d asked the server if she could cash out my order (1 drink and a cheeseburger, not so hard), but she stated that she’d put our whole table on a single check. Some might disagree with me here, but I’m starting to think separate checks should be the norm when your group exceeds a certain number of people. The establishment is free to tack whatever their standard large party service charge is onto my bill, but it’s nice to be able to say “I need to get going,” without worrying about whether you have enough cash on you and whether you put enough in. I realize this might throw a monkey wrench into the development of Bistromathic Propulsion, but it would make settling up a lot easier.
Still, it was a nice time out. I look forward to learning more about the people I met last night and perhaps there’ll be another meetup in the future.