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The Dave in Texas Acepalooza Post September 17, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events.

I am so behind.

Ok, a few pics, a few anecdotes, fond remembrances.

Got in Friday about 4:45.  First flight cancelled, second not so late after that one so no big.

Driver’s license expired on my birthday 2 weeks ago.  Yeesh.  Normally Texas is kind enough to send me a letter, I’ll look around for it.  But I had my passport so NBD.

Great, great time.  With everyone, ace, Slublog, lauraw and Mr. W, spongeworthy (who cracked me up all weekend long), and everyone I met… goodness I will not remember you all and I apologize if I miss a name… US Citizen, someone and someone2, Hutch1200, Stumbo, Rocketeer and Farmer Joe, S. Weasel, AndrewR, others whose names I may not be authorized to release…. oh God I’m sucking at this now and not remembering names… shit.

Goodness, there were even lurkers there who don’t comment, hi Michelle and Steve!

It’s kinda weird to meet people you’ve talked to online before but never met.  Never even spoken to.

Nice, cause they’re all nice people.  Weird, cause, hell I don’t know, I can’t find a life’s experience to compare it to.

Sue me.

Friday night I met up with ace and spongeworthy, and we watched the Yankees come back from a 7-2 drop, and I did my best to hang with them, but I had to let them shut it down… too tired to run with those dogs.

Saturday I got up (late) and thought I should show up at the USS Constitution, since I offered it up.  And none of you bastards did (or I missed you, in which case I apologize).  I read the directions to get there from the Green Line and they said nothing about walking a mile and a half after you get off the T.

But that’s what I did.

It looked like this (overcast, rainy morning).


and this


As I crossed back over the highway I took a picture of the interesting bridge.


I headed back and it rained on me, but me and my boots held up just fine.  Grabbed a bite of lunch and started to take a nap and the phone rang, Slublog was there.

So I put away the panda porn and invited him up.  We visited for a bit, then we walked out to the Commons, and did Ron Paul research and Weedstock ’07 research.  It was a beautiful afternoon in Boston, the rain moved out and it was sunny and cool.

Saturday night we met up with lauraw and Mr. W, spongeworthy, and ace, and had dinner before the Palooza.  Lauraw had the Paul Anka backstage pass that RG sent her, which was awesome, and we passed those around and laughed.  Ace found a paper clip somewhere and kept that on the pocket of his shirt for the rest of the evening.  Dinner was quite nice.

Then we hit the place for the palooza, and without giving up too much, the folks there totally screwed up and overbooked.  ace got in somebody’s face, and they made adequate space for us, so no big.  It probably was more complicated than that, but I’ve learned that when it doesn’t need me involved, I get out of the way.  And my involvement was not needed.

So we met a bunch of nice people.  As you’d expect, all pleasant, all friendly… and all smiles.  Another nice remembrance, I mean, I expected it to be that way, and still, when you’re shaking somebody’s hand and saying “ok, who are you” and they grin and say “I’m Rocketeer”, you just beam and laugh and connect a face with a name that you’ve joked around with for over a year.  It was funny, and it was pleasant.

I got hugged.  I shaked hands.  People bought me a drink, slapped me on the back, asked me about my life.  And we all grinned as S. Weasel found a wireless connection and put up a live blog post. 

And Bart got there.  He missed lauraw and Mr. W, they had a long drive back and had just left.   We had a nice visit though.

ace expressed some appreciation today, which is different from my own, cause it was a different experience for him, about kind hearted people who wish him well, about the “utterly undeserved kindness of strangers”, and he expressed it quite nicely.  For me it was just enjoying the company of people I have laughed or ranted with online (or sometimes irritated).

It was a lot of fun, and I’m really glad I made the run.

There were an awful lot of folks who I think kindly about who couldn’t make it, and I send you all my regards, and hope you make the next one.

And even if you don’t, please make lots of comments on my moron-posts at AoS.  We’re on a quota system now and JackM is busting my balls with these poems.


1. Retired Geezer - September 17, 2007

you just beam and laugh and connect a face with a name that you’ve joked around with for over a year. It was funny, and it was pleasant.

Yeah, I’m really looking forward to the IBSB for just that reason.

2. S. Weasel - September 18, 2007

Hm. I wonder how you’d go about collecting the usernames of the people who are willing to admit they attended. I know I didn’t meet every moron in the room, and it was loud, and we were mixed in with that birthday party, and I’m unclear who managed to make it.

3. Dave in Texas - September 18, 2007

lauraw had the list of RSVPs, which I didn’t keep, but I’m sure she still has it, and can probably tell us who the no shows were, if any.

I know I missed some folks, and others I didn’t connect to their screen monikers.

4. Cuffy Meigs - September 18, 2007

Wish I coulda made it. Next year!

5. Wickedpinto - September 19, 2007

It’s kinda weird to meet people you’ve talked to online before but never met. Never even spoken to

I have actually been there many times.

Noone believes that the scrawny (not so much anymore, as a matter of fact, not at all) would be the loudmouthed fuck who invaded into every conversation when he got irritated.

Net meetings are a blast, and I bet that ace-a-palooza was a blast, cuz we are all loudmouths, we are all nice, we are all dicks, we are all humble, we are all contradictions of self, that, I believe that all those who made it, would be exactly as my experience in netters would have been.

Thats not a bad thing, it’s an honest thing, because well, thats how it goes.

It’s also why I really do wanna make the IBSB cookout, but can you convince MRS Mike that I will not take part in cooking or in judgement of cooking, at least. . .not until after I eat?

I really am working on it.

Especially with this crowd, YOU GUYS ROCK THE HOUSE!!! Rock, rock THE HOUSE!!”

6. Mrs. Michael - September 20, 2007

WP — I don’t wander over into Texas territory very much, but I’m glad I did this morning.

You are under no obligation to assist me in the kitchen at the IBSBP.

FYI – I try to keep the knives sharp, but I’ve never used one on somebody… at least not yet.

7. kevlarchick - September 20, 2007

That bridge pic is cool.

Next year I’ll try to make it to Ace’s shindig.

8. davebones - September 20, 2007

Nice to see you are having fun. Just popped by to say hi, and this is the band I have been playing with for a little while now. If you scroll down you can see a bit of a gig we did in Britanny recently for the surrender monkeys ;-)

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