August 21, 2005

New York City Mini-Meet.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 3:12 pm

Yesterday it seemed that I had just gotten off the train from New York City after the Neil Diamond Concert, when I found myself boarding the same train for the trip back to New York City for a bit of a mini-blogmeet. It seems that Zonker was in town to attend a bachelor party on Friday night, so I arranged to meet him near his hotel in New York for some interesting and thoughtful conversation semi-drunken carrying-on.

Mr. Surly and I went into the City together and did the steamy and fragrant (sometimes good, sometimes bad) walk from Penn Station to Desmond’s Tavern, which was right next door to Zonker’s hotel. This was a good thing on several levels. First, it was a good thing for Zonker, who, the night before, had found himself drawn into the beer-tequila, beer-tequila, beer-tequila maelstrom and really needed a nearby bloody mary joint. Second, it was an extremely comfortable and friendly saloon that served excellent draft beer in pints (I recommend the Brooklyn Lager in mass quantities).

Also in attendance were Kate of Katespot, Mary of Bookblog and one of Mary’s excellent friends, who, understandably, sometimes seemed a bit bemused by the non-stop blabbing and laughing that invariably characterizes one of these gatherings. Bemused or not, he fit right in.

After several rounds of refreshments, we headed off to find a place to eat, which should never, ever be a problem in Manhattan. However, after about ten city blocks of strolling about, I began to think that we might be the only knuckleheads in Manhattan who couldn’t find a suitable place for victuals. We finally settled in on a Thai restaurant and wolfed down some terrific food. We were, of course, loud.

After chow, it was back to Desmond’s (Did I mention that it is a friendly place?) for a parting drink or four and yet more blabbing and laughing.

By about 8 o’clock, it was time to saddle up. Turns out that we had been talking for about seven hours!

That’s easy to do at a blogmeet.

Note: Zonker’s version of his excellent adventure are here, as is acknowledgement of the grassroots campaign to make him the next Governor of New Jersey!


  1. As always, it was a delight to spend some time with you and the rest of the crowd, Jimbo. You’re a terrific guy and I really appreciate you and Mister Surly coming in to visit with me for a while. Much appreciated, Jim!

    (And thanks for your vote!!! 😉

    Comment by zonker — August 22, 2005 @ 2:16 am

  2. Although it was a small gathering, it was incredibly fun and there was certainly no shortage of conversation. I’m so glad I was able to attend! So, when are we planning the next event?

    Comment by Kate — August 22, 2005 @ 8:49 am

  3. Better late than never

    I had a fantastic time on Saturday. I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with my friends – Mary and her non-blogging friend, Zonker, Jim and Mr. Surly. We spent of most the afternoon haning around one place -…

    Trackback by KateSpot — August 22, 2005 @ 9:09 am

  4. I love the bumper sticker. If I was in NJ – Zonker would get my vote. Wait a minute – we’re talking NJ? I’m sure that we can work something out for multiple votes. . .

    Comment by moos — August 22, 2005 @ 11:36 am

  5. I’d vote fuh the mutha.

    Comment by Dash — August 22, 2005 @ 2:50 pm

  6. Sorry I couldn’t make it, Jim. Z-guy’s got my vote.

    Comment by Sluggo — August 22, 2005 @ 9:45 pm

  7. I can’t believe we drank, ate and drank, and drank for seven hours. The time passed very quickly and I’m already looking forward to the next get-together. 🙂

    Comment by marydell — August 23, 2005 @ 6:55 am

  8. Yes it is New Jersey… so I should be able to vote for Zonker too. I think the blogosphere could get him elected in a heartbeat. *grin*

    Sounds like it was a great time!

    Comment by Teresa — August 25, 2005 @ 2:05 pm

  9. Better late than never

    I had a fantastic time on Saturday. I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with my friends – Mary and her non-blogging friend (who has now converted into a blogger), Zonker, Jim and Mr. Surly. We spent of most…

    Trackback by KateSpot — August 26, 2005 @ 9:15 am

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