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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

RSVP for Rocky Mountain Blogger Bash 4.5 (Updated and Bumped (Again))

Andy and I are still going over the details, but plan to attend Rocky Mountain Blogger Bash 4.5 on August 20, 2005.

And don’t forget to RSVP so we know who will be in attendance. Graphics, should you choose to link us up, are in the extended entry.

Date, Time, and Place

They met most of our criteria, they were happy to have us coming, they have a great view up on the roof top. I realize that the Denver location is going to disappoint a few people, but finding a location that everyone was happy with proved to be more difficult than you might imagine.

We’ll be meeting at the Minturn Saloon at 846 Broadway near downtown Denver. Weather permitting, we’ll take over their rooftop patio; if the weather is unfriendly, we’ll probably take over the second floor (with its pool table and games) instead.
We’ll start at 7 pm. We’ll end when they kick us out.

View the map here.

The Parking Situation
For anyone arriving early enough (before 8 or 9) parking should be no problem. After 6, all of the meters in the area are free.

When driving down Broadway, the bar is on the left hand side midway between 8th and 9th avenue. Across from the bar, on the right side of Broadway, is a parking lot that seems to be open to the public. If you need detailed directions, feel free to email me (zombyboy -at- thisdomainname -dot- com) and I’ll do what I can to help.

See y’all on Saturday.


Verified Attendees:

This list will be kept updated.

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What a *great* birthday present this would be (Mine’s the 18th.)

On the other hand, my anniversary’s the 21st.

Oh well.  *wry grin*

on Aug 03 2005 @ 10:15 AM

Let’s see...my class ends at 2:30 PM. Get on plane at Ontario International, brief flight, there by the evening, meet Andy, hit him with my bible, buy him a shot, drink some more, sleep soundly, on a plane by afternoon Sunday, home safely by early evening.

I think it might work.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 10:24 AM

See, I just can’t tell if you’re serious…

on Aug 03 2005 @ 11:12 AM

I’ll be there. Wherever there is. Unless you decide to have it at Applebees.

Shudder.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 12:50 PM

I kind of figured you would be there. But I hate to assume.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 12:58 PM

So it’s definitely not at Applebees?

on Aug 03 2005 @ 01:01 PM

Promise rolleyes

on Aug 03 2005 @ 01:05 PM

Good, cause if it’s at Applebees I’m not fucking coming. I’m not going to eat any fucking Applebees!

on Aug 03 2005 @ 01:07 PM

I’ll most likely be able to make it. If you can arrange it so it’s not in the Denver city/county limits I’ll make it a point to be there. & just an idea - care to start things off earlier in the day by having a Rocky Mountain Bloggers range trip? I was thinking Left Hand Canyon or this other little spot just west of Lyons, but would be open to other suggestions as long as the range is rifle capable.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 01:30 PM

We’re still in intense negotiations on the venue. We’ll let you know next week.

As for an early start with a range trip: that sounds like a pretty good idea. I’ll see if it stays clear for me.

Good idea.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 01:34 PM

I don’t think I’m going to be able to drive in for this one…

on Aug 03 2005 @ 03:13 PM

It would be quite a soggy drive this time of year…

...or, really, any time of year.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 03:14 PM

I’m still hoping for downtown Denver.  Do you have any idea how expensive a DUI is these days?  By the time all is said and done, and you factor in the court costs, alcohol class and probation fees, insurance increases and legal fees (of course, this last is most justifiable) it’s between $10k and $20k.

I’m not suggesting the Denver Press Club because food is essential.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 04:02 PM

Jeralyn - Some of us in Aurora worry about DUIs, too.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 04:04 PM

But apparently not about IUDs, huh Matt?

wink

My vote is for downtown as it’s the most central place for all involved… but I’m easy.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 04:15 PM

Hmmm...I had you figured for cheap, Andy...but not necessarily easy.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 04:22 PM

Some of us try to get pregnant, Andy.

I’ll go to the blogger bash no matter where it is. Other than Applebee’s, of course.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 04:23 PM

And I’ll go only if it’s Applebee’s.  So now we’ll see who is more important to the Colorado Blogger Community.  Hmph.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 04:34 PM

Certainly not the guy that’s a Chiefs fan.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 04:41 PM

Not that you like the Broncos.

Just sayin’…

on Aug 03 2005 @ 04:43 PM

I like the Broncos alright, they’re my second favorite team. At least I don’t like Kansas City.

BTW, you’re trackback system is bizarre. I’ve edited my post linking to this one several times and every time is picks up new links to ping. The last time I edited it tried to ping 10 different addresses. But I guess it works, since I’ve got one post and one trackback, so I shouldn’t complain.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 04:47 PM

I suggest either Chuck-e-Cheez or Casa Bonita.

Barring any unforeseen conflicts I’ll be there, regardless of location.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 04:48 PM

I wasn’t going to bother waddling my pregnant ass down there, but if Patrick is going to hit Andy with his bible, I really can’t miss that.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 04:50 PM

Oh, I see.  Now we have a Blogger Bash litmus test for who can go, and us KC Chiefs fans are going to be ruthlessly discriminated against.

I mean, exclude me because I don’t like the Beatles and never really got into the Smiths, sure.  But I think the Constitution strictly prohibits discrimination on the basis of geographic football fandom.

...somewhere in one o’ them penumbra thingies.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 05:02 PM

I mean, the whole point of a penumbra is it is shadowy.  Maybe they just missed it when they were looking for the right to poke someone up the poop shoot.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 05:03 PM

Yeah, I went there.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 05:04 PM

And that would be poop chute, wouldn’t it.  [sigh]

on Aug 03 2005 @ 05:04 PM

Just so long as there aren’t any drooling Raiders fans.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 05:06 PM

Would this be a good time for me to point out that Bill Romanowski played for the Raiders?

on Aug 03 2005 @ 05:08 PM

I was talking about drooling fans, not drooling players.  It was a great day when we shipped Romo off to Oaktown in his cage.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 05:15 PM

Watch out, Cutter. God only knows why, but this is a pro-Romo blog.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 05:43 PM
Rae

What if I really couldn’t care less about football?  Can I still attend?  Personally, I would really enjoy a debate between Andy and Patrick, and to see Shannon waddle.  I occasionally miss the waddling days....Occasionally.  And not so much that I want to waddle again.

I also want to hear about how Matt got pregnant.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 05:58 PM
Rae

P.S.  I really like the graphics, Z.  Especially the one with the droplets of water.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 05:59 PM

I don’t recall football every coming up once the time I was there, actually.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 06:00 PM

ever.  not “every”.  Sheesh!  You’d think I was a blogger or something with typing that sloppy.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 06:01 PM

That was when I didn’t know you were a Chiefs fan, Nathan.

And Rae, sorry to disappoint, but Beth is pregnant. We did it the old-fashioned way.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 06:03 PM

You earned it?

on Aug 03 2005 @ 06:09 PM

Aside from that, Matt...what do you think about Frank Zappa?

on Aug 03 2005 @ 06:10 PM

Heh. Earned is one way to put it. By the way, I looked at your blog, you’ve got some cute kids. Congratulations.

Zappa I never really got into, but I respect him. If only for his album titles. Weasels Ripped My Flesh? Brilliant.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 06:13 PM

"Joe’s Garage” is my favorite of his stuff.  I can’t say he’s brilliant, or amazing...but certainly no hack.  He apparently just did what he wanted, and that gave us such classic gems as, “Why does it hurt when I pee?” and the song that inspired the earlier comment, “Don’t fool yourself, girl, it’s going up the poop chute.”

Clean and chaste, his music is not.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 06:18 PM

I think that’s the night of the Moonlight Classic bike tour.  Which makes DUI’s all the more fun what with them damn bikes ducking and dodging while you try to hit them.

I should be there.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 06:23 PM

I’ll check that album out.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 06:24 PM
Rae

R introduced me to Frank Zappa.  While I found his lyrics bizarre, his music was very interesting.

Matt, glad you cleared that one up.  I was beginning to believe in evolution or something.

:D

on Aug 03 2005 @ 06:31 PM
Rae

Oh.  P.S.  I will be there.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 06:32 PM

Right on! My wife will be nervous, tho. You’re the only woman who comments on my blog.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 06:35 PM

I’ll be there wherever.

The only thing I like by Zappa was Live at the Fillmore East June 1971 album with the Mothers of Invention.  Great album.  The rest of his work I don’t particularly care for.  (I read his autobiography once:  weird, weird, weird.  One of the weirdests things was when he talked about how he was essentially a conservative and described his anti-Communist views.  I shit you NOT.)

on Aug 03 2005 @ 06:46 PM
Rae

Really?  Shucks, I’d love to meet Beth and buy her a beer, or the beverage of her choice. 

Nathan, if you start swimming right now, you just might make it.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 06:54 PM
Rae

DF- Frank Zappa?  A conservative

I really just remember some song about pi$$ing in the snow.  Or something like that.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 06:55 PM

Well, conservative but not Republican.  I think there may have been more than one chapter railing against Pat Robertson and the Moral Majority.  But he described his political philosophy as essentially conservative.  “I believe in less taxes and a smaller, less intrusive government” could be the exact quote.  And he talks a bit about how he hated unions after his experience working with unions in the music business.  Then there was his critique of Communism, something like:  “The first word nearly every child learns is MINE.  Any system that tries to get rid of that is doomed to failure.” Something like that.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 07:09 PM
Rae

Matt, I could get my Aunt Edna to comment…

on Aug 03 2005 @ 07:16 PM

Rae - We’re both perfectly happy with you as the only XX commenter. And Beth would be glad to meet you and accept your drink, but she’s pregnant and hates blogger bashes. So you’ll just have to buy me one.

Darn.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 07:30 PM

Okay, be honest, Beth doesn’t hate the bashes--she just hates me.

It hurts inside.

Dang, you are some commening maniacs. I’m going to have to wade through this and find the RSVPs now.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 07:43 PM
Rae

Oooh, good.  I am relieved that my being the solo-chromosomal is acceptable :D So, she won’t be at the bash?  Darn.  Well, I will toast her in absentia with water :D

on Aug 03 2005 @ 07:44 PM

PS-- Don’t like Zappa’s music. Incredibly fond of Adrian Belew, though.

In fact, a little “Pretty Pink Rose” would go down good right about now.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 07:45 PM

If it’s in Denver we’ll be there.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 09:10 PM

I am so there.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 10:12 PM

Not small enough! I’ll just have to do it myself.

Why 4.5? What was wrong with 5.0?

on Aug 03 2005 @ 10:14 PM

Maybe I’ll make a smaller one. Maybe.

4.5 because next year will be the 5 series bashes.

on Aug 03 2005 @ 10:20 PM

You know what, Z? You’re still tits.

I love you, buddy.

(Yes, if you must know, my wife is out of town, so I’m durnk.)

on Aug 03 2005 @ 11:13 PM

miss Merrit & anyone else wishing for a Denver locale:

As I think I put it so elequently in a post of mine a few months back, Denver can go straight to Hell. Why, you may ask, would I wish an umpleasant afterlife experience on an entire city? Well I’ll tell ya:

I can sympathize with the projected cost of a DUI. I really can. That’s why I refrain from drinking when I drive. Sucks but hey - you’ve seen me. Long hair, etc… I fit the profile of Kid Heroin & every cop knows it.

So telling the nice occifer that I don’t have kilos in my trunk goes smoother when I have nothing on my breath. Which sucks cause I really dig a decent cognac & ameretto. But getting back to it if that same conversation happens in Denver I’d likely end up dead. Not because I have heroin in my trunk, but because during the course of the traffic stop the occifer will most likely ask if I have any weapons. So when I tell him it’s none of the city’s blankety blank biz then it’ll get interesting. Ya see, in Denver what they deem as “assault weapons” are banned. As are magaines that hold over some assinine number of rounds. Open carry is also a no no. I don’t abide by any of those nonsensical edicts from Webb/Hickenlooper types & to be honest i never was partial to state sponsored theft of private property, even if its city sponsored. Things would get even more complex if said hypothetical cop mentions he just came back from stealing some locals dog & killing it cause it was verboten. (stealing & killing someone’s pet is low).

So ya see, the first cop probably would’nt have enough of “it”, but I doubt I could get through the entire SWAT team unscathed. Hence I try to not breath the air that stifles any symbol or pretense of freedom. < /toungue out of cheek >

Really though, their “assault weapons” ban, mag capacity limits, prohibition on open carry, genocide directed at pit bulls & the city council being the push for trying to get a statewide ban on smoking in bars (know what that’ll do to the bar biz????) makes me loathe to spend any time, let alone cash inside the city/county limits.

If ya get too loaded (bad puns always intended) I’ll give ya a lift home. (all the time lecturing on the constitutionally questionable extortion which lead to Colorado have a fed mandated .08 BAC limit)

& just so ya don’t think it’s local, I also avoid D.C., Columbus Ohio, Cali, Illinois, NY, NJ, Mass & Hawaii. They don’t respect my Right to self defense & the means to secure it, so they don’t need my cash.

on Aug 04 2005 @ 02:01 AM

I’ll be there.

on Aug 04 2005 @ 06:41 AM

Rae, I am so damn pregnant right now that if waddling’s what you like, boy can I deliver.  I’ll take Beth’s beer...it’ll just make it better.

on Aug 04 2005 @ 09:13 AM
Rae

Heh.  Shannon, I gained 50# with every pregnancy (4) and delivered 8 and 9 pound kids, so I can completely commiserate and I will buy you that beer.

P.S.  You, woman, are gorgeous!

on Aug 04 2005 @ 10:11 AM

*chick talk*

Rae, I gained 105 with tax deduction #1, 60 with #2, so I’ll take the 40 or so this one thinks she’s bringin’ on.  And thanks.

on Aug 04 2005 @ 11:02 AM

105 pounds! My lord.

I figured my wife was pregnant after she’d done water aerobics for a few weeks but wasn’t losing any weight. She’d taken three negative tests during that time, but after she complained that she was eating better and exercising but it wasn’t doing any good she bought two more tests, and finally we got a positive.

on Aug 04 2005 @ 01:24 PM
Rae

<chick talk>

105?  Oh.  My.  Goodness.  I always gained the last twenty pounds in the last six weeks.  I couldn’t help it no matter what I did.  I just grew them big.  I will say there was a HUGE difference in being pregnant at 20 and pregnant at 30.  Those last fifty pounds gained wanted to hang onto my hips and backside like it was judgement day and I was Jesus. 

I also promise not to ask you “How are you feeling?” “Are you having more?” “How much longer?” or any other question from strangers or casual acquaintences that made me insane.  Oh, and any beer you want, girl.

</chick talk>

Matt- I have a friend who couldn’t get five EPT’s to register her pregnancy.  A blood test was the only thing that would confirm, though constant morning sickness and three missed periods were enough for her.

on Aug 04 2005 @ 02:02 PM

Let me cover that all now...yes.  105.  ouch.  I feel like I have a 3 pound parasite.  It will be over when the extra person attached to me gains 5-7 pounds.  No more.  Ever.  Now we can all drink.

on Aug 04 2005 @ 03:53 PM

I should be there.

on Aug 04 2005 @ 06:33 PM

We’re gonna be big…

on Aug 04 2005 @ 06:45 PM

OK, since the crowd is growing, let’s pick somewhere really small so not everyone can fit and some people will have to hang outside and it will make those of us inside feel special and exclusive and hip!

If the weather is nice, I wonder if we could tie up tables at somewhere like Above the Dove… but then, if the weather sucks, indoor would be better I guess.

Yep, that’s me, the observant and smart one.

on Aug 04 2005 @ 06:58 PM

Yeah, we need to finalize that part early next week. I have a few other wrenches to throw in the works, too--one of which will end up being a nice treat for everyone who shows up.

A very nice treat.

on Aug 04 2005 @ 07:00 PM

...soooooo: not Applebee’s, then?

on Aug 04 2005 @ 07:09 PM

Yeah...that would be somewhat unlikely…

on Aug 04 2005 @ 07:17 PM

...then Matt has already won [/saddened voice with just a hint of impending doom]

on Aug 04 2005 @ 07:19 PM

"confirmed is a bit strong, but “likely” works—I for one welcome my new Coloradan blogging overlords!

on Aug 04 2005 @ 07:45 PM

Haha, Nathan. Loser.

on Aug 04 2005 @ 08:37 PM
Rae

Treat?  Did you say “treat” Z?

on Aug 04 2005 @ 08:55 PM

I did. I did, indeed.

on Aug 04 2005 @ 08:59 PM

I’ll go.  Especially if there’s beer and live music.

on Aug 04 2005 @ 09:27 PM

Z, you’re buying shots?  Wow, that’ll be DIFFERENT!

I can’t remember you buying shots before (of course, neither can anyone else for whom you bought them).

on Aug 04 2005 @ 10:14 PM

Rocky Mountain Blogger Bash: Where So Many Beautiful Memories Might Have Been Made if Only We Could Remember Them.

And, yeah, it’s my fault. But this isn’t about that. I’ll tell you more about it at our Super Top Secret Meeting to Argue About the Venue next week.

on Aug 04 2005 @ 10:33 PM

If the overlords are interested, I may have a not so terrible idea for a venue.

on Aug 05 2005 @ 08:40 AM

I guess I’ll be there....as long as Zomby confirms he’s buying those shots.

on Aug 05 2005 @ 08:57 AM

I *should* be able to make it, but I can’t guarantee it yet.

By the way, is that a real poncho, or is that a Sears poncho?

on Aug 05 2005 @ 09:39 AM

This overlord is interested - drop it in the comments here or e-mail us, if you get a chance.

on Aug 05 2005 @ 01:03 PM

Just heard Dodgy Lesbian Girl.  If you play them backwards, there is a message that says DONT DRINK WITH THESE PEOPLE.

on Aug 05 2005 @ 03:44 PM

Oh, I’ll be there, that’s a plan.

I like Publicola’s idear about heading to Lyons prior to Da Bash, kinda like a warmin’ up of the barrels, so to speak.

Hopefully, Wadcutter will join us, and I can shoot his sweet Beretta. P’Cola can bring the precision weapons and the ciggies.

BTW, Jed, R.G. Combs, and I are heading out tomorrow. I am bringing a Kraut semi-auto and a Brit bolt-gun, both with new scopes mounted. I am sure the entertainment factor will be high. I figure we’ll head out around 10 am from Aurora.

If’n ya wanta join up, call me at 303-667-8228.

on Aug 05 2005 @ 10:36 PM

Pre-bash shoot sounds good to me. 

BTW, my pistola is a sweet CZ75B (I think you confused it with Publicola’s sweet .40 Beretta clone).

on Aug 06 2005 @ 11:47 AM

I did. I like your CZ, but I like R.G. Combs’ Daewoo Tri-Action even better; it’s essentially the same pistol with the weirdest and handiest action I’ve ever seen.

BloggerShoot 3.0 was pretty dog-gone fun today. Fired the JLD-PTR 91 with the new Bushnell Tactical Elite 3200 Mil-Dot 10 x 40 on it, and managed to get one group under an inch WITH MIL-SURP!

Handloads on the Burris-scoped SMLE got .772” today.

Whew!

on Aug 06 2005 @ 08:25 PM
jed

Hey, I am so there!

Gotta agree with Publicola about Denver. Particularly downtown. I do admit that the train ride afterwards is actually a *good* idea, but even so, I’d rather hit someplace in the burbs. And as far as central goes, I dunno. With folks coming from The Springs and Pueblo? Seems further south would be more central. But then I don’t know how from how far north anyone is coming.

As far as DUI is concerned, uh, doesn’t just everybody drive anyway, even if it is downtown? Okay, I’m guessing those who live very close to downtown take a cab or maybe even the 16th shuttle. Is that like 1 or 2 people?

Since a got a little advance tipoff on this one, I did a bit of thinking on it. I had thought that Darcy’s Pub and Bistro, on Ulster north of Belleview would be good, but it’s a bit on the noisy side. The Great Northern Tavern is a nice place, but a bit expensive—although I honestly couldn’t tell you if it’s more so than the Wynkoop, for example. I like C, B & Potts, but it’s likely to be jam packed on a weekend night. So, I guess I’m not very helpful here, but really, I don’t get out much. Nightlife? Whazzat?

And I’d be not at all if professional football disappeared from the planet tomorrow. Romanowsky should be chained to a wall for a couple days just so people, particularly referees, umpires, and line judges, can spit on in. Hell, I think it’d be great if someone collected saliva for a few weeks and dumped it on his head. He’s a cretin. Can I still come and play?

Zappa. Yeah man. Watch out where the huskies go, movin to Montana soon, and Dynamo Hum, Dynamo Hum ... anybody got a $40 bill?

on Aug 06 2005 @ 09:13 PM
jed

I apparently can’t type this evening. Appropos, my CAPTCHA word this time is couldn’t.

on Aug 06 2005 @ 09:22 PM
jed

After giving it some thought, I’ve decided that my litmus test for location is whether the proprietors will permit the spontaneous outbreak of several of us singing Hava Nageela at about midnight.

Attendees should familiarize themselves with the lyrics. Are those correct, Jeff?

on Aug 07 2005 @ 09:24 AM

How about the Fox and Hound near Park Meadows?  That’ll cut Stephen’s drive a bit.

on Aug 07 2005 @ 07:57 PM

Not only do I plan on being at Blogger Bash, I now run 2 blogs! And I have a published writer/editor/author as a guest writer on my politics blog. I write about wine at http://www.elcatavinos.blogspot.com

on Aug 07 2005 @ 09:48 PM

Sheeesh… Making this hard for me, aren’t you?

On the one hand, I can meet bloggers, get ideas, get semi-’faced, and rant for a long time.

On the other hand, I can work, which leads to paying rent, electric, and DSL…

Decisions, decisions…

Or I can wait until 5.0 and come then? Who knows, maybe someone will have read my blog by then.

Meh.

on Aug 08 2005 @ 02:36 PM

You could wait ‘til 5.0.

But you don’t want to.

Honest.

on Aug 08 2005 @ 02:47 PM

I’d like to attend, but the post really doesn’t say much about the process of RSVPing.  Everybody is kidding about Applebee’s right?

on Aug 10 2005 @ 08:09 AM

Mick, your comment is your RSVP. And, yeah, we won’t be doing this at Applebees. Promise.

Mostly.

on Aug 10 2005 @ 08:32 AM

I’m 95% certain I’ll be there. Wherever “there” is. Unless “there” is just way weird or far. Since I live near Broadway & I-25, I’d love it to be a train-ride away (i.e., downtown or the other way, at Hampden or Mineral). But, whatever…

on Aug 10 2005 @ 02:59 PM
RMBB 4.5
Go over to Zomby's place to RSVP for the next blogger bash....
Aug 03 2005 @ 12:57 PM
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