January 09, 2006

Fritz Stop.

Before I start my post, I would like to take this time to that T1G of Drunken Wisdom for not only organizing, but also hosting Fritzfest ’06. He deserves special recognition for all of his efforts and hard work put into bringing this event together.

Fritzfest, what can I say, I’m still reeling from the fun and camaraderie of a 10 hour long party. We walked into the bar at about 11:30AM, other then T1G, my wife and I where the first bloggers to arrive. As I had promised, I wore a kilt and work boots. (Ladies, commence swooning now!) Instead of wearing a Packer jersey, I wore the Dr. Phat Tony shirt I won. I worked hard to win that; I wanted to show it off. (Ladies, you may stop swooning) After having a seat at the bar, I ordered some Jack Daniels. Hey, I figured just 45 minutes east of us it was already past noon! (Gotta love time zones)

I had met many of the people at least once before. Harvey and TNT where of course the normal blogging power couple that they are. Graumagus kept making excuses for not blogging (Tomorrow he’ll be declared dead). Blackfive was there entertaining all with stories. Tammi was the social butterfly. Talula who was trying to take my place as the shy one and of course there was T1G who was exhausted from all the work he had done. Teresa was her normal regal self; she even made me kiss her ring again upon entering the building to show my fealty.

Now for the Bloggers I had never met before.

Sarah of That’s Not Nice. Since she was from Minnesota I figured she would have the same accent as my relatives from up there, nope she was completely accentless. I don’t know what she doesn’t think is nice, but she seemed a very sweet lady that would charm the pants (or kilt) of anyone she spoke with.

Omnibus Driver and Buckaroo Bonsai of Leslie’s Omnibus. Talk about genuinely nice people. It was a pleasure to talk with them. Omnibus Driver is one of those types of people that when you meet them you are pleasantly surprised by how kind hearted they are. I could see myself spending hours talking to her.

Richmond of One For The Road. First off I must say she was a beautiful woman. I’ll admit I had only recently found her, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got was worth it. She was witty, intelligent and liked to point out in wonderment that Ktreva actually married me. Every time I turned around, her and Ktreva seemed to be chatting. No good comes from that.

Laughing Wolf of The Laughing Wolf. This is one of the bloggers that I wanted to meet, and I just didn’t get a chance to talk to him enough. Unfortunately my shyness kept me from being able to start a conversation with him. Either that or he was scared of my kilt… okay me in a kilt. Actually I think it was just a matter of every time I changed groups of people, he coincidently did the same thing. He told us we should all go down to the Wolf Park some time and I’ll probably take him up on that. Especially since Ktreva likes wolves.

Og of Neanderpundit. This guy has stories that will make you laugh so hard that people look at you like your insane(er). He’s another blogger I just recently discovered, and damn I wish I had found his blog a long time ago. He was talking about having a blogmeet/camping/blow-stuff-up weekend. Grau and I decided we’re going to hold him to that.

Jakejacobsen and Thebaldchick of Freedom Folks. Again another blog I just recently discovered. Jake was a funny guy, lots of stories, good advice and just a generally great guy to talk to. Thebaldchic was quiet, when she spoke she always had something witty or poignant to add to the conversation. The next time I have a business trip into Chicago, I’m definitely looking these two up to go to dinner with.

There was an anonymous benefactor of drinks for the event. I would like to take this time to thank Eric of Straight White Guy for keeping me socially lubricated for the day. It was a shame he couldn't have made it there in person.

Since I knew Tammi was going to be at this event, I decided it was time to receive my ransom. She has been a very busy woman of late, and Ktreva said I was being too harsh with my demands. I decided to settle the ransom demands with her just fulfilling demand number 9. (That and Ktreva threatened to yank out more leg hair) She had to have a picture of her holding a sign that says, “I have an unhealthy addiction to candles”. Here’s part of my payment.

The other part was that she was supposed to have the same picture posted on her site sometime tonight. If she didn’t I was going to e-mail it to all the bloggers that were there and have them put it up on their blogs. I have given her a 24-hour extension, because I didn’t get the picture to her until late tonight. Since I left Fritz’s kind of late, and had to work late tonight, I didn’t get the picture to her in enough time to make her post.

See, I’m a nice guy.

Stop laughing.

I’d say I can’t wait until the next blogmeet, but I think this may be my last. I’m way too shy for these things. The pressure was getting to me.

Posted by Contagion in General at January 9, 2006 09:31 PM | TrackBack

Poor Tammi! LOL!!!

Posted by: Bou at January 9, 2006 09:34 PM

A big smoocheroo to you and Ktreva. You'll see Buckaroo Bonsai and I back out at Fritz's in the near future. Good people, good food and good fun. (Not to mention good cocktails.)

Posted by: Omnibus Driver at January 9, 2006 10:13 PM

ROFL!!! Tammi is so going to shoot you for that pic! Should be fun to watch...

It's rather fun to be regal... I should do it more often. *grin*

Posted by: Teresa at January 9, 2006 10:42 PM

"The pressure was getting to me."

Maybe you just need a different kilt? Or more social lubrication... ;)

Posted by: Richmond at January 10, 2006 06:21 AM

Theresa: Why, because she had to have her picture taken with me? I guess that would upset me as well.

Richmond: Definately more social lubrication.

Posted by: Contagion at January 10, 2006 07:02 AM

ROFTL! Next time, we will both have to be in kilt. It was a pleasure, and I do want to get to talk with both of you more. Come on down!

Posted by: Laughing Wolf at January 10, 2006 09:04 AM

As always, glad you made it down. What would a party be without it's wallflower?

Posted by: That 1 Guy at January 10, 2006 09:39 AM

Looks like it was fun.

Posted by: vw bug at January 10, 2006 10:47 AM

Missed out again! Hmpff! The least you could have done was called to rub it in! But no, no one called, I couldn't make it so you all disown me!

P.S. Great picture and look out Herk, she is so going to get you one of these days!

Posted by: Oddybobo at January 10, 2006 12:37 PM

I like the way that you have a cell phone gleaming from your belt instead of a broadsword. Warrior poet indeed.

Posted by: Dr. Phat Tony at January 10, 2006 02:29 PM

It was a great time and very nice to see Ktreva and you again.

Posted by: talulazephyr at January 10, 2006 04:42 PM

I figured my single-handed-basket-hilted-Scottish-claymore would make too many people nervous, but a cell-phone wouldn't.

Posted by: Contagion at January 10, 2006 05:31 PM

... glad you enjoyed the beverages, killer.... next time, you buy....

Posted by: Eric at January 10, 2006 08:34 PM

Looks like you're giving a b**wjob to "thing".

Any more pics?

Posted by: og at January 10, 2006 09:06 PM