Chicago, Part II...

... where to begin... ahhhh, yes... another bar & restaurant.. this time a classy joint called Ba-ba-reeba... a tapas bar... actually, my first taste of that kind of cuisine... but their Happy Hour started at 3pm... so it was a very nice choice...

... once Matt and I got his broken vehicle squared away and found my "stolen luggage", we skedaddled back to his place to change and get cleaned up... we arrived at the front door of Ba-ba-reeba, and Blackfive told me to go ahead and go in... he had to run down the street to a pharmacy... his noggin was still thumping from Tuesday morning's fun... anyway, feeling bulletproof, I headed into the bar...

... seated in the corner and looking incredibly suspicious were The Laughing Wolf and That 1 Guy... by the way, Joe (T1G) is like a friggin mountain... I'm not a small guy, but he towered over me like a giant oak.. I had a flash that maybe the whole Wang deal wasn't such a good idea... but after a few handshakes, I realized that his sense of humor was even bigger than his physical stature.. so the knee-jerk reaction of imagining him slamming my face repeatedly into the tabletop was replaced by watching him jovially slam gulps of Guinness down his gizzard.. the relief in the room was palpable..

... Blake, The Laughing Wolf, I had met before, and it was a pleasant sight to see him again.. ominously, though, after our greeting he pointed to a backpack that was stashed in the corner.. "I've got us some Scotch for later", he grinned... heh.. a man of high character and moral fiber, he is.. but, alas.. after the previous night's activities, I cleaved unto the beer all evening... (with the exception of two shots of tequila as we left our final bar and parted)... but maybe next time, Blake..

.. we hadn't been there long when Teresa and Tammi arrived... being the upstanding guy, I asked them if they'd like a drink. and in a flash, an Appletini was presented to the tall, redheaded goddess... seriously, folks... if you ever meet Tammi.. you will quickly become a fast friend if you can magically conjure a steady flow of Appletinis... as for the platinum-haired, ever-smiling beauty, Teresa... she dropped the shocker of the evening when she asked for an Amaretto Sour... a woman of taste and culture, she is..

... next to show up was Graumagus of Frizzen Sparks... a Guinness-drinking fiend if ever I saw one... between him and That 1 Guy, you'd be wise to start buying stock in Guinness... if either of them pop their clogs, the consumption of that Irish brew will plummet in the northern United States... yeah, I know you don't get stock tips here very often, but trust me.. run with it, children.. you won't be sorry...

... the tail-end Charlies were Mr. Bad Example and his wonderful Wife, Smiling Dynamite... what an absolute pleasure to meet them.. they seemed like the two happiest people on the planet all night... and Mrs. Dynamite can work a pool table, too... but that is a story for another time...

... after a wonderful meal of various seared hunks of flesh, Mr. Blackfive directed us towards a few local watering holes... we pub crawled for blocks.. laughing and drinking... telling jokes, stories, and lies... at times, we'd get some one-on-one time with each other as we caught someone heading to the bar or jukebox.. we talked of blogs, books, writers, and our families... music, The Military, friends, and travel... we asked questions, and quoted each other.. we took notes - mental and written, and shuffled blogrolls.. but most of all, we simply enjoyed meeting each other... as with every blogmeet I have ever attended, I met some incredible, interesting, and truly talented people.. my thanks goes out to you all.. the pleasure was all mine...

.. I could go on about all of the wild fun we had... but the rest of you would just get jealous... so I will keep the small pleasures, moments, and memories of that night to myself... I actually started to list them here in this post, but decided against it... because in the end, if you want to know what REALLY goes on at a blogmeet... attend one... some things have to be lived to be appreciated.. and writing about them is just not the same...

by Eric on March 31, 2005 | Bullshit (18) | Drinking
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LOL - I didn't know an amaretto sour was a drink of taste and culture... I pretty much thought it was a frou-frou drink. *grin* And thank you for to lovely compliment. It was a wonderful evening.

Bullshitted by Teresa on March 31, 2005 08:30 PM

Dammit, I am jealous.

And, being one of lofty goals, I have this goal to one day hug my blogbro Joe. I knew he was big, now I really really want to hug him. ;-) Poor guy...

Bullshitted by Boudicca on March 31, 2005 09:00 PM

Damn! I'm jealous too. Would of loved to have been there, done that, and I'm only 2 hours away! Damn!

Bullshitted by The Wizard on March 31, 2005 09:22 PM

No good...I'm already jealous!

No blackmail stories?

Bullshitted by Sissy on March 31, 2005 10:38 PM

Bro, I kid you not when I say that this was one of the coolest evenings I've had in years. Truly.

It really was like meeting family... and a brother.

I think my favorite quote of the evening had something to do with you removing Grau's head with a beer glass... and I can almost guarantee that he loved the hell out of that!

Bullshitted by that1guy67 on March 31, 2005 10:56 PM

It can't be said any better...DAMN I'm jealous!

Bullshitted by PrncessCat on March 31, 2005 11:09 PM

I can say it better:
Goddamn it! I'm so jelous, my brown eyes turned GREEN!
Glad you had fun, it sounded like a great time.

Bullshitted by Maeve on March 31, 2005 11:29 PM

".. I could go on about all of the wild fun we had... but the rest of you would just get jealous..."

Silly Eric, inflicting jealousy on the non-attendees is one of the BEST parts of doing blogmeets :-)

Bullshitted by Harvey on April 1, 2005 12:01 AM

I spent some time in Illinois last summer with my husband's people...I had the best time..the people of Illinois are just wonderful..they give Southern Hospitality a run for it's glad you enjoyed yourself.

Bullshitted by Sandy on April 1, 2005 04:13 AM

It was good to see you again too, my friend! BTW, I thought making others jealous was part and parcel of the game? May have some even better scotch next time... That was fun, and it was great to meet everyone.

Bullshitted by Laughing Wolf on April 1, 2005 08:09 AM

Great description! But I like the fact that the little stories stay between us....but then again, I'm evil that way!

It was wondeful spending quality time with GREAT people! And it was the best time I've had in Chicago in a long time! Just wish it wouldn't have ended so soon!!!!!

But shame on away my secret like that! Feed me or ply me with drinks and I'll pretty much follow you anywhere! ;-)

Bullshitted by Tammi on April 1, 2005 08:16 AM

Damn! I am within walking distance of Cafe Ba Ba Reba! I would have definitely fit in with my taste for the Guinness. My bad for not finding out the plans before I left on vacation -- I come back, a Chi-town blogmeet, and I am at home doing taxes!?!

Bullshitted by John on April 1, 2005 12:01 PM

So sorry I missed you in Chicago (I live within 15 minutes of Ba-ba-re-ba)... and will miss you in Jekyll, too. Poop! If you're ever Chicago-bound again, count me in for the pub crawl, 'kay?

Bullshitted by Omnibus Driver on April 1, 2005 12:48 PM

.. sorry, John and Omnibus Driver.. next time I am up that way, we'll definitely hook up...

Bullshitted by Eric on April 1, 2005 01:16 PM

Great post, Eric. I've only been to one blogfest but you're right...they need to be experienced to be understood. Two more weeks, dude!

Bullshitted by zonker on April 1, 2005 02:02 PM

Sounds wonderful. Glad everyone had a good time! In another year, I'll be joining ... just wait and see.

Bullshitted by vw bug on April 1, 2005 04:22 PM

That was an absolute blast. And T1G is right: nothing makes me feel at ease like having a friend explain how they could kill me with random objects around the bar (seriously, it's not just a southern pastime, trust me on this) :)

Bullshitted by Graumagus on April 1, 2005 11:15 PM

I'm not bullshittin' - Mr Bad Example and I arrived BEFORE Graumagus. I think Grau had to come last to make his 'big entrance'.

Eric how much did you have to drink already when we arrived?? Or maybe you were still recovering from the night before?

Bullshitted by TNT on April 3, 2005 11:21 PM