July 25, 2004

The Party Found Us

At the height of last night's Blogger Party at Keegan's Pub, an acquaintance of mine who works for the Million Mom March came up to me and exclaimed "There are 1,800 people here!"


Hard to even know where to start with the Minnesota Blog Party, last night at Keegan's Irish Pub in Northeast Minneapolis.

A veritable Who's Who of great Twin Cities bloggers were there - and, just as interesting, a gallery of blog fans that have become well-known to us bloggers in their own rights. It was a fascinating evening.

I apologize in advance for anyone I miss. The Northern Alliance was there in force, of course; Captain Ed, King, Atomizer, Elder and Saint from Fraters Libertas, Scott "The Big Trunk" Johnson from Powerline and of course James Lileks, the last five of whom were constantly at the center of big knots of fans all evening long.

Beyond that? DC from Brainstorming brought her husband. Cathy from Cathy in the Wright brought her brother and, as we see in last night's edition of her blog, a camera!. Anoka Flash from Centrisity took an evening off from a "Honey Do" list longer than "The Brothers Karamazov". Chuck Olson from Blogumentary brought his video camera as well, causing a scuffle between bloggers who thought it was inappropriate to bring a camera to a party and people who were lining up to get on camera. Jay Reding showed up, looking a lot less like the young William F. Buckley than I'd anticipated - but it was a pleasure to finally meet. Chumley Wonderbar from Plastic Hallway, and John from Policy Guy were both there. I also met two guys I've been swapping emails with since long before I knew what blogs were, Thorley Winston from Tacitusand Shawn Sarazin from The American Mind. There was Dave Kevin from Wombat Rampant, and Kevin Dave from Dave's Picks, KSTP's Bob Davis, Plain Layne creator Odin Soli, GOP lobbyist Sarah Janecek, David Strom and Margaret Martin, and most notably Don, the guy who gave or sold me (I can't remember) my copy of the Iron City Houserockers' Have A Good Time But Get Out Alive back in 1986, still one of the best records I own...

...and it's about here my memory starts to fail. For everybody I remember, there is at least one blogger I'm missing. I walked around and did a headcount at the height of the party - there were more than sixty people there. Not bad, all in all.

When I left at 9:30 (to rescue Anoka Flash and Mrs. Flash from my son), Lileks, Davis, Janecek, Winston, Soli and the Fraters guys were still holding out on the sidewalk tables, looking like they'd pretty well settled in for the evening on one the nicest sitting-on-the-patio-and-drinking-beer evenings of the year.

Thanks, of course, to the good folks at Keegan's, who showed they can do more than host a mean trivia contest!

So we'll have to do it again sometime. It was a wonderful evening, and I don't think I saw anyone that wasn't having a great time.

Posted by Mitch at July 25, 2004 09:06 AM | TrackBack

I was there, too.

Lileks and the Fraters were gone when we returned from watching fireworks at Pracna at about 11 ($2 Guinnesses and front-row seats to big pretty flash-booms was a good thing).

Posted by: DaveP at July 25, 2004 09:53 AM

Thanks for throwing that little bash. It was great to meet the faces behind the blogs.
How funny to just say hello to someone and then discover that he's the proprietor of one of my not infrequent visits in the is precisely what happened to me in the case of one Jay Reding.
But I was also introduced to blogs that were previously entirely unknown to me.
If the blogosphere is the universe, then the bloggers bash was a black hole. I discovered that nothing, not even Bud Lite, could escape.
I must admit I am flirting with the notion of beginning my own blog. But I'm terribly frightened. What if somebody reads it?

Posted by: pinkmonkeybird at July 25, 2004 11:17 AM

"most notably"
What an honor! Mitch, it was a great affair and I really enjoyed meeting everybody. I'll read their blogs with increased appreciation. Of special note was carrying on a coversation with King as his spirits rose, fell and rose again with the fortunes of his Red Sox. Thanks to you and the rest of the Alliance for putting this together.


Posted by: Don Loken at July 25, 2004 01:41 PM

Hey Don, this is Red Sox-Yankees we're talking about here. I take it as seriously as a Florida recount.

Thanks for coming, everyone.

Posted by: kb at July 25, 2004 01:57 PM

Er, that would be *Kevin* of Wombat Rampant, Mitch, but thanks for the shoutout anyway. We need to do this again - maybe make it a monthly thing?

Posted by: Kevin at July 25, 2004 04:03 PM

P.S. Don, I'm watching the game right now. Bellhorn hits a homerun, I jump up and they cut to John Kerry high-fiving some other op in a suit.

Thrill kill.

"Hey, Yost just hit another tatah!"

Posted by: kb at July 25, 2004 08:06 PM

It's kind of tragic that he can even ruin a game. isn't it? That said, I repeat that I don't have a dog in this Yankees/Red Sox fight.

Posted by: Don Lokken at July 25, 2004 10:04 PM

Thanks for all the introductions, Mitch! I had a great time.

Posted by: Cathy at July 25, 2004 10:18 PM

My evening began with a screeching drop-armed halt for light rail, included parallel parking hell and meter confusion, and ended with chalk outlines of the Aquatennial celebrants who strayed into my headlights on the Hennepin Avenue bridge. So I vote for having the next bash in the burbs.

Thanks to everyone for a great time, especially Mitch and the Northern Alliance posse. It was a blast to meet so many new bloggers and hang out with some old friends.

Posted by: Odin at July 25, 2004 10:51 PM

The burbs, noooooo!

Thanks for a great bash Mitch. Twas a pleasure meeting you, Dave, Lileks, Fraters Brian, Odin (natch) and about a zillion other guys.

Posted by: Chuck Olsen at July 25, 2004 11:41 PM

I didn't have any problem finding Keegans, or finding parking, either. But why does Minneapolis have to use both numbered streets and avenues? How about 1st, 2nd, and 3rd streets, etc., and name the avenues after dead governors?

I must admit, though, that Keegans was a fine venue.

Posted by: John at July 26, 2004 07:55 AM

Minneapolis is strange - they do a little bit of both.

In South Minneapolis, east of Lyndale and north of 46th both streets and avenues are *mostly* numbered (with exceptions like Chicago, Portland, Bloomington and Cedar avenues and Lake Street), while south of 46th they intersperse more named avenues - albeit with no system of any kind. Then west of Lyndale the avenues are named in alphabetical order. In Northeast, things are also mixed, except where they aren't - most of the avenues are named in order of president, from Adams through (I think) Coolidge.

And people say Saint Paul is irrational...

Posted by: mitch at July 26, 2004 09:19 AM

Saint Paul is irrational. The city though is just fine.

Posted by: elder at July 26, 2004 10:10 AM

I had a great time! If only Laura Billings could have made it. I also appreciated the little touches, like Mitch being the greeter at the door.

Would the Saturday after Election Day be too soon for the next one? We'll need a beer or two either way.

Posted by: Rex Newman at July 26, 2004 08:03 PM

Saturday after election would be a greatone - good catch.

We will probably be having a "post-production meeting" at one of the beer gardens after one of our Fair broadcasts.

Posted by: mitch at July 29, 2004 07:23 AM