Saturday, February 24, 2007

Just What the Doctor Ordered


This has got to be the suckiest February in memory. Not only is it a cold, dirty, monotonous (and typical) Chicago February, but I continue to hate my job. Drastic measures needed to be taken. Enter Bubs with Tiki Terrace salvation.

Last night, I got together with blogger Bubs, his wife Mizbubs and bloggers Lulu and Tenacious S. It was quite the delightful evening.

I'm not usually enamored of mixed drinks, but hot damn, the libations I was drinking were great. I had a twenty mile drive home, so I had to limit myself to two of them-- it took great willpower.

I don't know if I've ever sat down with four more interesting and nice people. We played "Six Degrees of the Tiki Lounge" as we discovered that all of us had some kind of strange little connection with one another.

A few weeks ago, Barbara was rightfully criticizing a scholar's report that "most bloggers are lonely, isolated, and socially withdrawn." Last night was living proof that this scholar was dead wrong; the conversation was lively, the people were anything but "socially withdrawn"-- and the cocktails delicious. Thanks for organizing a great evening, Bubs. Next one's on our turf.

7 comments:

Erik Donald France said...

Sounds like a grand time -- as one who is fond of socializing and drinks, mixed or otherwise, I applaud you.

Yes, gone are the days of the UNA-blogger, even in myth. That professor was a drone anyway, as well as wrong.

Good luck in the latest wintry mix! We are bracing again here.

lulu said...

I am already trying to rack my brain for a good spot.....Hidden Cove for a little karokee perhaps? I'm also looking forward to meeting the lovely Kim at our next event.

Johnny Yen said...

Erik-
It took me a moment to catch the "UNA" prefix-- as in Unabomber. Very true. I think that bloggers are, for the most part, very, very social people whose busy lives make it difficult to do the socializing they'd like to do-- blogging gives them a community to find this.

BTW, my mother grew up with and went to Evergreen Park high school with Ted Kaczinski. That'll be a future post. I remember the day she caught him-- she called me in shock.

Lu-
The Hidden Cove is good-- I'm a total karoake whore. Also-- the Long Room, Feed the Beast or even Simon's.

Tonight's my night to stay home with the kids-- or was supposed to-- Kim had a function at her daughter's school and a birthday dinner with a friend. The kids are actually going to a Wolves hockey game with my neighbor. I think I'm going to get my lesson plans done. Exciting.

Tenacious S said...

I had fabulous fun and it was indeed just what the doctor ordered. I'm wishing I had another Zombie right now!

lulu said...

Simons is way too smokey. Now that I am a nonsmoker I am a total princess about smoke.

I'd like to try Feed the Beast though. My usual bar of choice is 'toons, because it is close to work, but it isn't exactly exciting, and the tiki bar was SO cool!

Bubs said...

I will drink anywhere that you want, as long as you guys all show up. We had a blast. Thank you.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I am so jealous that you got to meet up and have a fabulous time! I hope that you do this on a regular basis and tell us all about it, because as you know, bloggers have no life.