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! :mrgreen:

So a greeting to everyone I met last night, in… I think the order I met them:

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.

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5 Responses

  1. lacochran says:

    So glad to have met you! Next time you pick the place. 😀

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  2. Gilahi says:

    It was a pleasure to meet an chat with you. I hope we can get together again at some point. I agree with you about the whole separate check business. Fortunately, our group seemed more than willing to pony up more than enough when we all left, and the server(s) got a fairly generous tip.

    And I didn’t even have to click on the Bistromathic Propulsion link to know what you were referring to!

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  3. It was a pleasure meeting you and hope we have the chance to enjoy a happy hour together again.

  4. LiLu says:

    So glad to have met you! I agree, the $2 cheeseburger was nice but the service and noise level left a bit to be desired. We can stake out somewhere a bit quieter for next time!

    Also, I was in the hospitality industry for a decade, and whenever I had a table of, say, more than 5 people, I just automatically kept their checks separate. II’ve worked with a number of dining computer systems and almost all of them make it incredibly easy to both split and add checks together, so why wouldn’t that be the automatic thing to do? If for some reason one person IS picking up the whole check, you can add it all back together in a second, but if you only have one bill and they want it split 9 ways… it’s going to take you some serious time and some serious brain power to figure it out. Seems like the obvious thing to me…

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  5. Madame Meow says:

    Hey, it was great meeting you too! I think the service was a little below average, but the company more than made up for it.

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