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light made in Oakland 
21st-Dec-2008 10:41 am
Serge 2012
To say that I had a very good time last night in Oakland is an accurate way of putting it.

A few people who normally meet on Making Light did so in the flesh at the Pacific Coast Brewing Company. Lisa Goldstein and Tim Walters couldn't make it, alas, but Xeger, who was on her way back to Toronto, was able to stop by the Bay. She was soon followed by Doug Faunt. It was rather awesome to listen to the two of them as they spoke of their respective involvement in the birth of the internet. David Goldfarb, Lenny Bailes and Kathryn from Sunnyvale appeared, and we had dinner. A bit after we were done, Lizzy L joined us. By then, we had already gotten our bill and somehow everyone had contributed so much that I didn't have to pay for my own share. I didn't wish to be a freeloader, but I also didn't want to make people again go thru figuring out exactly how much they should pay, so I grabbed Lizzy's addition(1) and took care of that.

The conversation throughout the evening ranged from the already mentionned birth of the internet to a certain enfant terrible of science-fiction who's now physically a bit too old to be an enfant. Lizzy initiated a toast to those present and to the New Year, and we added our new President, which led to a discussion of what to do with obsolete electronics. (Did you know that Kathryn and her significant other have enough 'stuff' in their home to restart Civilization when the Robot Apocalypse happens?) We talked about how googling has affected our choices of blogging IDs, and abou the criteria for keeping a book instead of finding a new home for it. We also talked about Ray Bradbury, who looked in poor health when TCM recently had him as a guest programmer. That's when I found out that everybody present either liked or loved Leigh Brackett.

Yes, we had a good time.


(*) that's the French word for a restaurant bill.
21st-Dec-2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
I had a good time there, and it was a pleasure meeting you.
Lizzy must have shown up just after I left.
I'm sorry I had to leave early, but I had a bit of fun later, too.

Among other performances, we got a reprise of this from Shay Black, "In Harmony's Way", and the entire audience.

He's looking for the hits to get over a million, so watch it, please.

22nd-Dec-2008 08:03 am (UTC)
I forget when exactly you left, but I think Lizzy showed up at least half an hour later, if not an hour.
22nd-Dec-2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
It was a pleasure meeting you too. And thanks for the link. So, Obama is Irish, eh?
21st-Dec-2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Ah, oui, je me souviens: "Garcon -- l'addition, s'il vous plait!"

Only with the little curlicues and accent marks. Curse my english-only keyboard!
21st-Dec-2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
"Oui, oui, madame," says thee Garçon de l'Enfer.

Edited at 2008-12-21 09:14 pm (UTC)
21st-Dec-2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
You're developing an Indian accent, I see. Must come from being Duc D'Enfer or Duke of Denver... (The pun is Dorothy L. Sayers's, the whimsy is entirely mine).
21st-Dec-2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Hm. Now I must switch to Latin, and quote: "Peccavi".
22nd-Dec-2008 12:44 am (UTC)
Sind (or Scinde, if you want to be Victorian) is in Pakistan, not India.
22nd-Dec-2008 02:52 am (UTC)
Ah, but in 1843, it was a province of India, when it was annexed by Brigadier General Charles Napier -- according to legend, at any rate.
22nd-Dec-2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
Charles Napier? Wasn't he one of the Good Ol' Boys in The Blues Brothers?
22nd-Dec-2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
According to history. Whether he sent a message saying only "Peccavi" and whether Lord Dalhousie, when he conquered Oudh sent a message saying only "Vovi", are matters of legend.
21st-Dec-2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks again for organizing this.

One minor correction: it was a relative of mine who could've restarted civilization. My significant and I could merely start a library (decorated with strands of cat-5 cable).
21st-Dec-2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
My many thanks for coming. And I stand corrected about who'd restart Civilization. Still, a library in the middle of the Apocalypse might help. Coming soon, The Librarian... Wait. That title is already taken.
22nd-Dec-2008 01:28 am (UTC)
Sorry I missed it! I like Leigh Brackett, too...
22nd-Dec-2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
Hopefully there'll be other times.
22nd-Dec-2008 03:24 am (UTC)
Sounds like a lot of good fun! So how has googling affected your choices of blogging IDs?
22nd-Dec-2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
For some of those present, the issue of cyberstalking was one concern. In my case, I decided to use only my first name to make it harder for my manager to find out what bad things I might say about her. If she were determined to find out, she could, but I'm not going to make it easy for her.
22nd-Dec-2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, I see. I've never worried about that, but we didn't have public internet until after I was retired on disability.
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