Sunday, March 1, 2009

Amazing, Intelligent and Hilarious Women. And Jill. And Eddie.


So, I went.

And I first have to thank all of my commenters yesterday who were so supportive, obviously fresh from begging for forgiveness at church and feeling the need to make someone ELSE feel good.

I gotta tell you, though, I have no idea what I was so worried about. As my newly reaffirmed friend Em pointed out, "I think besides Holly and Jill, the rest of us were probably in the same emotional boat."

In retrospect, personalities like the ones that many of we bloggers carry around are chock full of neuroses, discomfort and pain...the really juicy stuff that creates such wonderful humor. As I looked from face to face last night, I found myself wondering what emotional baggage each one carried that resulted in such amazing wit. Some stories I knew, and but hearing a laugh or seeing a twinkle made me realize that I have some archive digging to do in the blogs I don't know all that well.

Nicole, thanks for falling on the sword for the group and sitting next to the creepy guy. I don't at all blame you for inching your chair away from me when you thought I wouldn't notice...my nervous rambling, obvious self-amusement, overpowering cologne and the mountain of lettuce wraps in front of me left me in awe of the fact that you didn't run screaming from the table, or subtly lean over to dry heave in the direction of Elaine's pretty shoes. My only other comment...5 kids in 7 years? OUCH.

Holly, I am dumbfounded by you. Not only can you carry on an intelligent poker conversation, but when we switched gears to the pros and cons of various drug habits, you didn't miss a beat. You made compelling arguments, but I still have to pin the blue ribbon on vicodin...euphoria AND attractive weight loss that doesn't result in your garage exploding? I'm sorry, those babies are win win win. As a tribute to your addictions, I include the picture below that obviously caught you on a brief mental trip to Jamaica. Please do your best to try to ignore the waiter who kept insisting on sticking his pelvis in the frame.



Shauna, I haven't been so thoroughly and repeatedly insulted in a public place since my wedding night. For your obvious Math Brain, you certainly learned how to handle yourself on the playground at some point. I was terrified, and impressed.

Bianca, Lisa and Ally, thanks for being so sweet and not macing me when I introduced myself... hope we can spend better time together next time.

Elaine, I can't thank you enough for putting together such fun, and for appearing so calm through all of your arranging! Sorry again if I was monopolizing the conversation...it was sweet of you not to run away.

Kristin, if I find one more Pinot bottle in my yard I'm calling the cops. That's it. I've had it. Tell your husband no haircuts till St Baldrick's.

And finally, to Em and Jill, three words.

Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful.

Yes, I'm aware of how gay that just made me sound, but I can't think of anything more accurate to describe you two. How fun it was to see you both "animated" and to hear the laughs behind the words. After reading you both for months, and laughing along with your witty posts and comments, meeting you in person felt like a formality at this point...and yet incredible to see your personalities in motion. Seeing your picture I know that Deb is devastated that she couldn't be there to play with us, but I bet we can persuade her next time. It was a real treat getting to spend time with you two...the next meeting is too far away.





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33 comments:

texasholly said...

I am laughing too hard here to make any sense of my keyboard.

I want to start by thanking the waiter for posing his pelvis so nicely in the picture which I think may keep most eyes off mine.

I loved meeting you last night. I do think we need to sneak away to WinStar for a morning tournament in the near future. Not only for the poker, but because I didn't feel I had adequate time to defend my garage meth lab.

Kristina P. said...

I am so jealous! I need to round me up a man for my next meet and greet! Need to come relive the Santa Fe days?

Laurie said...

Sounds like you guys had a great time at your table! Sorry I wasn't able to get over and meet you. Hopefully next time :)

jill jill bo bill said...

Damn Holly was always the pelvis magnet.

I officially love you. And real men eat lettuce wraps. BWAHAHAHAHA!

Dorsey said...

I wish we'd all been together!! Man I could really use some tips Holly, my garage is ALWAYS blowing up! Ugh! hehe next time we get a room, DEFINITELY!!! Or maybe just a BIG round table and we put everyone in the middle on a lazy-susan for 15 minutes...hmmm

Elaine A. said...

I'm so glad you joined us Jay and that I got to sit across form you and hear some of that sarcasm in person. Hope you'll be there next time too. Cheers!

Elaine

Lee of MWOB said...

I absolutely love it when you sound gay. I really do. :-) That pic of Jill and Em really made me smile 'cause I happen to think Em is wonderful too. I don't know Jill as well at all but I know she's wonderful too!

Seeing all of these cool Texas bloggers makes me think there's a Texan deep down inside of me somewhere....

Whatever THAT means! :-)

Mama Kat said...

I'm pretty positive that many bloggers do not exist in my neck of the woods. We have similar personalities...I would have been terrified. But with enough alcohol probably warm up.

And in case we ever meet up in the future, I just want to put this right out there. The death of my Dad pretty much fucked me up. That's why I'm so funny.

Glad we got that out of the way...now excuse me while I go write a poem or something...

ps LOOKS LIKE FUN!!!!

Summer said...

Seriously, how did you find so many good looking AND funny women bloggers in one area? Only you could, Jay, only you.

You have one very understanding wife. ;-)

As for my issues...it would take quite a few dinners to get through all that stuff!

Fun times!

Beth said...

Dang that sounds like a fun outing.

angie said...

Sounds like a really fun evening. Why aren't I ever invited to the fun parties? :)

Jen said...

Can't type too jealous!


But I guess I am glad that you had a good time!

Eudea-Mamia said...

I'm so not worthy!!

And I'm just sorry I had to leave before the drug talk - could have used a pointer or two.

The best "date" I've had in a very long time! Tha you guys for that too, Em

Deb said...

sigh.

Eddo said...

Jay! Dude, I never even saw you after we sat down, even when I went to the other end of the table and sat with Dorsey and the gang. We guys should have stuck together. I was trying to juggle long-time friends Bianca and Jes with my best friend Joe who was feeling out of place and the one chance we got to talk I was interrupted and felt bad about it all night.

But.. Love your writing and recap of the night and I look forward to reading more. Also, I'll follow you on Facebook and are you on Twitter? Well why not?!! It's all the rage and you can link your facebook status with your twitter status updates. It's fun.

Also, I read about the St. Baldricks, that's very cool. Wish I wasn't already bald or else I would participate in the head shaving!

Later tater.

Eddo
eddierenz.com
postednote.com
soundandshow.com

Sorry for the self promotion, but in this economy a man's got to do what a man's got to do!

Eddo said...

I just read Holly's comment - I am in for Poker too! I love it!

Brittany said...

Yay for you for going, it looked like ablast! Now that you are de-flowered, you can start coming to tons of blogging events...like some big thing they are throwing in July....

Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy said...

yay, how fun! I can't wait to do a meet and greet with any of the bloggers I have come to love!

and vicodin causes weight loss? hmmm...I might have to switch from red wine and xanax. LOL.

Jenn@mylifewiththecrazies said...

So glad you went and had fun! I enjoyed reading your recap! Thanks!

Soxy Deb said...

And a great time was had by all. Well, except me. I didn't have a good time at all. Whatever.

Leslie said...

Meth and poker??? Man, I wish I had been at your end of the table....

I am now looking through my pics for waiter's pelvis to prove his sick habit....

Shauna said...

Jay - Glad I could help put you in your place. And terrify you. That takes skill by the way.

Really - it was such a fun night and I am glad I got the other seat next to the creepy guy down the street.

Jenni Jiggety said...

I am so glad you all had such a good time! I am not even a little jealous about it...

but I AM totally moving to Texas.

Annie said...

I came over in hopes of seeing part 2 of your Village People routine in your construction get up. Where is it? Has Jill steered me wrong?!?!?

Mariah said...

I'm moving to Texas, so I can share my fucked up stories with y'all and take pictures of waiter's pelvises. Maybe I'll strip with Jill or something

Mariah said...

P.S. I'm wicked good at Poker

The Mom Jen said...

So green with envy how fun!! I swear we need a poker room at BlogHer, I can hold my own!

Tony@ That One Paticular Harbor said...

Wow, sounds like such an interesting and fun evening. How cool to be able to actually meet the people that make me laugh, bring a tear to your eye or make you really think each week. I wish I could have been there. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

LOL--sounds like y'all were the crazy table ;)

The dinner was really fun--I hope we have more! It was great to meet you--and you're welcome for not being maced ;)

Christina said...

What an awesome night it was - although I wish I'd gotten to hang out with you more, sounds like it's a laugh a minute with you around! hehe. WEll, next time for sure!

mommaof4wife2r said...

i am soooo jealous!

Momisodes said...

What fun! And I'm so jealous. Wish I were closer.
Yet another reason why we should move out of the bitter cold northeast :)

Jenners said...

You seem to travel a lot ... why don't you set up regular blogging meetings whereever you go? I'm sure you have tons of free time to do this! HAHA!

Glad it was fun .. except for the water guy. And see ... you had nothing to worry about.

And thanks for the Vicodin tip...good to know!

posthumous pointer
To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded. - Emerson