So, what’s even geekier than meeting up with a bunch of fellow bloggers? Well, blogging about it, of course! So, here’s my summary of our Bend Bloggers meetup tonight.
Nine of us showed up, which was pretty impressive. In no particular order, they were: me; Shannon of There’s Always Something; Jake of UtterlyBoring; Jesse of Bring Back the 80’s!; Barney of Bend.com; Roger of High Desert Skeptic; Simone of On the Bright Side…; Dane of Brainside Out; and Kerry of Bend Buzz.
I had a good time; it was cool to put the faces to the sites. Though I gotta say, I was nervous enough at first and was sitting in just enough sun to warm up and start sweating like a pig for a while, which, you know, is just great for impressing people you meet for the first time. Yikes. Sorry, guys.
When someone asked how everyone got into blogging, I gave the entirely lame (but mostly true) answer of, “It sort of just happened.” Which is true, but sucks as an answer and could definitely be fleshed out. Sometime soon I’ll give a whole history, both to how I got started blogging and where “Chuggnutt” comes from.
And as to a couple of conversations that got left unfinished:
Shannon: McMenamins is known for buying up older, historic sites and turning them into brewpubs, bed-and-breakfasts, restaurants, etc. The Kennedy School in Portland is a good example, which has a brewpub (or two), a restaurant, bed-and-breakfast (old classrooms are the rooms), a cigar bar, a liquor bar, a movie theater, and more I think. The Edgefield is similar. And they’re buying (have bought?) the Old St. Francis School here in Bend and are supposed to be opening it up this fall (although they’ve said that the past 3 years).
Roger: Now that I’ve thought about it, it seems like I recognize you from somewhere as well. Hmmm…
Dane: Well, no actual unfinished conversation that I recall. I just had to say, Damn! You are animated, dude.