January 09, 2006

Part One: Fritz Fest

I awoke in the middle of the night with tinnitus and the echo of a certain bell ringing and warring in my ears. I could not get back to sleep.

As I walked through the darkened house, I chuckled at the string of clothes leading from my door to my bedroom. I was wiped out by the time I got back last night. A full shift, and then some, put in at Fritz's.

I got myself a large glass of water, and, immediately after, another. I could smell the faint scents of cigars and cigarettes, and beer. I couldn't stop grinning to myself... Fritz Fest turned out much more gooder than I would ever have imagined. I got to see some old friends, and make some new... I don't know why I was such a nervous wreck earlier in the day.

Let me say that before the day even got started, Fritz had a phone call with someone asking for "Jeebus", and another setting up drinks... I spoke to both of them. Made my day.

Who all was there? Let me start by mentioning my new friends, the first four for whom this was their first blogmeet. Heheheh... we broke cherries...

First, there was Sarah, Harvey's blog daughter/niece. I was a little let down, but only because she didn't speak with a Minnesotan accent. She talked perfectly normal, as did the rest of us. Very quick wit, and unlike her blog title, "That's Not Very Nice", she was pretty damn nice. I wish I could have spent more time talking to her...

Then there was Richmond, of "One For The Road." She's been commenting here for a while now, and I've seen her over at many other blogs. Beautiful woman, with a great smile, and as Og pointed out, a nice behind. *grin* I did get to visit with her for a while, but I wish it would have been longer. 'Twas great to finally meet her.

Jake and MJ (aka thebaldchick) of "Freedom Folks" were one of the late additions. Very quick to get back to me when I e-mailed, I could tell they were pumped. A very sharp couple, I spent more time talking to Jake, than MJ. Not a very good host, was I. I'm looking forward to getting to visit a little more next time.

Next up was Og, of "Neanderpundit". What a trip, ladies and gents... what a trip. I was listening to his stories, just busting up. Incredible timing, but even better stories. It made me regret that I've only recently started reading him. I've missed much.

Last, and certainly not least, was Leslie, of "Omnibus Driver," and Buckaroo Bonsai. Leslie was all over this thing from the start. I'm not one to keep in touch very well, and it's not like we were sending emails back and forth with great regularity, but even if she wasn't the last to arrive, I'd have known her instantly. I did get to spend quite a bit of time talking with her... great woman, and I'm thinking, she's going to be a great friend.

I'm going to post the rest of the folks tomorrow, or Wednesday, depending on my schedule. Still no internet.

Posted by That 1 Guy at January 9, 2006 04:36 PM

You are too kind. And it was a *great* time (too short for me, I agree).

Now I just need to figure out what you and Og were drinkin'...
;) lol!

Posted by: Richmond at January 9, 2006 06:09 PM

Whaddaya mean "going" to be a good friend??? I got news for you, Pal -- you're stuck with me now. Hah!

Posted by: Omnibus Driver at January 9, 2006 07:53 PM

You done good. Have you thought about expanding your job search to include Party Planner? I think you have a knack for it!!!

Posted by: Tammi at January 9, 2006 08:07 PM

Good job my man, good job.

Posted by: Contagion at January 9, 2006 09:43 PM

Excellent festival, and you played host with just enough balance between keeping the activities moving and mingling with the guests.

Posted by: Harvey at January 12, 2006 06:55 AM