October 31, 2005


You ever been to a new place, meeting new folks, and yet, it just felt ... familiar? Saturday was like that for me...

About a dozen or so of us went out to go shooting. Some of these people, I have met before. Some, I've only talked to on the phone. Still more, I've only read their blogs. But being with these people almost felt like hanging with folks you've known for years, but haven't gotten the chance to get together with for a while. A damn fine bunch of folks these people are.

Just spending time outside, shooting, bullshittin', and just relaxing in general... ain't anything better. Or is there? After our crew finished up killing a few rabid cardboard boxes, and terrorizing balloons (it was very interesting watching a certain person, with no gag reflex, trying to blow up a balloon!), we made our way back to the home of the bravest couple alive... Eric and Fiona. There we ran into some more miscreants, and they just kept coming.

Beer, booze, and conversation were flowing, ribs cooking... and not long afterwards, music playing, as Jimbo and Denny warmed up the guitars. Not being a very proficient player, I was hesitant to join in... a decision I now regret. However, I will play the ol' flat-top box with them one of these days... and I really do hope it's sooner than later.

While I won't go on and on about the gathering, I will introduce you to a few of the felons who showed. Those I've met before, and those who privileged me with their presence this fine weekend.

In addition to Eric and Fiona, I've had the honor of meeting Sissy, the Blog Faddah and his beautiful wife, TNT, Matty O'Blackfive, and, of course, Tammi, before. As always, it was a blast to see them! Well, maybe excepting Harvey... just kidding! :)

New peeps include some Bad Example family members, some Jawja bloggers, and Castle folks... also a couple of Eric's blog offspring.

Finally, I got to meet my Blogsis, Bou, and her sister, Morrigan! Two very beautiful women... I'd been looking forward to meeting them for quite some time now, and yet, I didn't visit nearly as much as I had hoped to... which was not their fault. I was being my usual "hang at the outskirts" self. Damn... hopefully, I can make that up sometime.

Another family member that I'd talked to on the phone, but never met in person, was Johnny-Oh, a Blogbro. It was very good to meet him, and we did visit quite a bit. It was a pleasure to meet him!

I guess you'd call her a blogniece, if such a term exists, but I was also able to meet Martha Stewart, v. Red Hot.0 Army Wife was a frickin' riot to talk to, and she does a "pritty gute MeenahSOtin accent, doncha know." Looking forward to reading her posts concerning a certain jar of squeezin's...

I talked to her a while back (one of those deals where the phone gets passed around to everyone), but this was the first time I ever met The Incredible Key Monroe, a Jawja blogger. (That husband of hers is a lucky man...) Eric had told me aways back that she was a real sweetheart, but until you meet her, you don't know that that is no casual compliment. Unfortunately, they had to leave early Saturday, after we all had terrorized a local cafe.

I've already mentioned Denny, and Jimbo, also Jawja bloggers, but I'll mention them again. Two of the nicest guys in the world... I'm sorry I've not met them sooner. And Jim really does have great farookin' hair... not from personal experience, but because the ladies said so! It truly was an honor meeting these two gentlemen.

I'm not sure if he's an official Jawja blogger or not, but Redneck was another who was a blast to visit with. Hell of a good guy, with lots of great comments... he had me busting up!

Last of the Jawja bloggers, but by no means is he the least, is Zonker, aka "The Mullet Man." I had been looking forward to meeting him, thinking that he would be one of those guys you want to hang out with. Well, I've got to tell you, he's not. Nope. The guy pulls ALL of the women! Normally, this is a good thing, as you can pick up stragglers. But with the Master of the Mullet about, the women will settle for nothing less. Heheheh... seriously, it was great to meet him... another that I visited with quite often.

Then, of course, there were the Donovans... John and Beth. Both very nice people, I never thought I'd ever have the privilege of meeting them. Unfortunately, they arrived after we'd gone shooting. They are discussing having something like this at their place now!!!

And finally, two of Eric's blog offspring were there, and I was able to spend quite a bit of time chatting with both of them. Hell, I even got to talk to one of his other "daughters" on the phone. Both Princess Cat and RSM were there, and it was a real pleasure talking with both of them. Eric's got himself some very impressive blogspring... I'm looking forward to visiting with them more... much more.

So, what all went on at this meet? Uh, even against my attorney's orders, I'll only mention this:

1 stripper chair
Clothing missing
racked balls
hot women
homemade "wine"
Martha Stewart
horny women
two very special folks who sacrificed their home.

I'd like to go into great detail, but I'll only say that I want to thank Eric and Fiona again for subjecting their home to this, at the risk of being run out of the neighbourhood. They flat out rock... I'll tip a couple of pints to them this eve.

Posted by That 1 Guy at October 31, 2005 05:02 PM

.. thanks, Joe... it sure was one helluva time... and thanks for reminding me about the stripper chair.. that really set off the sights...

Posted by: Eric at October 31, 2005 07:20 PM

Good times... good times indeed...

Posted by: Princess Cat at October 31, 2005 07:22 PM

stripper chair, every deck ought to have one....

Posted by: armywifetoddlermom at October 31, 2005 08:05 PM

I have to tell you, you have a smooth speaking voice!

Thank you and Zonker so much for calling. You guys made my evening.

Now, get thee on over to Texas in April!!


; )

Posted by: Chrissy at October 31, 2005 08:16 PM

I missed something. I missed this stripper chair! Eeegads. It must've been because that occurred outside where it was threatening to snow and you crazy people were sitting out in it while I sat inside and stayed mosty toasty.

I'll have you know I got a grass stain on my right knee trying to blow up that damn balloon. Morrigan thinks she popped a muscle in her neck making her potentially the next Dizzy Gillespie look alike blowing up hers.

I had a GREAT time. It was hard not to keep hugging on you. I figured you'd get sick of me in your personal space. I was just so happy to finally meet you in person!

Posted by: Bou at October 31, 2005 09:00 PM

Joe, the pleasure was all mine. We definitely have to do it again, and next time bring the axe. Maybe you can teach Denny and me some songs that were famous some time after they stopped making eight track players. :-)

Now, go get that farookin' BP script filled.

Posted by: Jim - PRS at November 1, 2005 12:13 AM

Glad to hear y'all had such a good time and I'm sorry I missed it. I've met a few of those folks, but I'd love to meet the rest of 'em. Hope you can make it to Texas in the spring.

Posted by: Dash at November 1, 2005 01:03 PM

Oh! I wish we'd had more time!

You are too kind... I should've stolen Blackfive's seat at Breakfast so that we could have had more time to chat it up.

(Esp. since I missed you Friday night, and yes, I asked SEVERAL times where you 2 were and why you weren't back yet!!)

Posted by: Key at November 1, 2005 04:39 PM