July 29, 2008

Thanks to all who came to the Althouse reader meetup last night.

We were ensconced amid big pillows in an alcove at The Abbey... a cool gay bar in West Hollywood.

ADDED: I didn't take pictures last night, but here's a picture I took of Chris there the other day.

Chris at The Abbey

49 comments:

MadisonMan said...

It looks like the guy in the back is wheeling in a big old vat of glowing toxic waste.

john said...

Unless you all agreed to a code of silence, will any of the meetup participants comment about it? Pix?

XWL said...

There was no agreement spoken, as far as unspoken agreements, I can't say, and as far as Pix, nobody in our group took any snaps, so unless there was a paparazzo with absolutely nobody better to snap at that moment, there's no visual evidence that last night ever happened.

(but merriment was had by all, I assure you, at least, that was my perception of the event)

veni vidi vici said...

A marvelous time was had by all!

The Abbey's always a great venue, the food is great, the drinks are overpriced but sufficiently potent, and in last night's case, at our table/booth/alcove/bat's nest/whatever, the company was terrific and the conversation flowed much like it does in the comments threads here, naturally and mellowly (if that's a word).

No one was taking photos, that I recall. And unfortunately, the party broke up before the "Candiss Cayne" transgendered-karaoke revue got into full schwing.

Maybe next time.

Trooper York said...

I am sure it was great, but nobody did card tricks like Palladian did at the last Brooklyn meet up.

How did Maxine do in the gay bar? Did she complain about the decor and the cleanliness of the silver wear?

OldGrouchy said...

So, many of the original 12-Althouse Commenters showed up, eh! When will the most secret meeting minutes be published by the NYT?

There's a great(?) sidewalk restaurant about 1/2 block inland from the corner Tee-Shirt shop on the north side of the Venice Beach Broadwalk. Hope you got a chance to see that and perhaps eat there!

Martin said...

Wearing Shorts Exception: Christopher should be photographed in shorts. Preferably walking away from the camera. Stop being such a mom.

JSF said...

A great place and a fun time.

Ann, maybe as you do these meet ups you can have tour shirts:

"You! A Law professor! Althouse America Tour 2008"

Have fun in LA!

Palladian said...

Why did so many more people come to the meetup in LA than the ones in NYC?

I mean, Althouse almost didn't show up at the last Brooklyn one.

Chris is so cute! If that bitch Zachary laid a hand on him....

AllenS said...

I've often wondered if commenters would like their pictures taken and posted on the blog. I'd pay about five bucks to see what Maxine looks like.

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AllenS said...

No way.

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Trooper York said...

Could be. Rita Hayworth has been dead for about ten years. So it's possible.

Zachary Paul Sire said...

Sadly, I did not attend. I hate the Abbey, it's way too pretentious and "sceney" for my tastes. I used to go there 10 years ago when it was 1/2 the size and way more real. The guys there all think they're models--some of them probably are models or porn stars actually--and I don't have time to compete with that trash.

But that's not why I didn't go! If you're with a fun group, as I'm sure the group was last night, location doesn't really matter. I mentioned to Ann in my email to her that, hopefully, the meetup would be on a weekend day as I work until at least 6pm down in Orange County during the week. When I saw "6pm at the Abbey" in the message she sent, I knew I probably wouldn't make it. I didn't get home (to Long Beach) until after 7 last night and was in no mood to trek up to the middle of West Hollywood.

By the way, 6pm on a Monday, in the middle of West Hollywood? Not very convenient. But then again, she's the one on vacation.

If Ann (and Chris!) would like, there's a great club in downtown LA that I'm going to on Friday night called "Shits & Giggles." It's at 740 Broadway, I think, sort of behind the Orpheum Theatre. You enter through the back alley. $5 cover, midnight show featuring tranny sensations Tammie Brown and Barbie-Q. Great drinks with 4 full bars, three levels, outdoor smoking patio. Doors open at 10!

Zachary Paul Sire said...

Shits & Giggles!

also:

www.myspace.com/shitsandgigglesla

Brian said...

It was quite the scene, man!! The experience was enough to bring me out of my closet as a lurking reader-only member of the blog, and into the comment threads. Of course, going to a gay bar will do that to you.

Unfortunately, I had to leave the party early, just as the conversation was getting interesting. Still, it was an honor to meet the esteemed Ms. Althouse, her son Chris, and some of my fellow commenters. Hope we can do it again some day.

Palladian said...

"there's a great club in downtown LA that I'm going to on Friday night called "Shits & Giggles." It's at 740 Broadway, I think, sort of behind the Orpheum Theatre. You enter through the back alley."

Sounds classy.

knox said...

No pics?? what the hell!

chuck b. said...

"It looks like the guy in the back is wheeling in a big old vat of glowing toxic waste."

And the other guy in the background is playing with himself.

Meeting in a gay bar--sounds like a good way to ward off all the people you didn't want to meet anyway. :)

sonicfrog said...

Hey, isn't that the guy from "Burn Notice"??? :-)

MadisonMan said...

I notice you kindly changed the labels.

blake said...

Apparently, I'm pariah. :-(

Mrs. Wanda Hackette said...

Actually, the men in unbutton silk shirts, gold chains etc....who populated the Playboy Mansion in the late 70s got lucky ! ---For a little while, at least.

Unlike the sad Desperadoes, and their simulated jubilance, at "The Abbey" who'll still be waiting 6 years from now, or at least until the next, LAPD, or IRS raid on The Abbey for not paying taxes.

Waiting, waiting, waiting...for whatever isn't going to come, while staging fake joy and faux laughter.

Boulevard of Broken Dreams.

T Mack said...

Is Chris gay?

Palladian said...

"Is Chris gay?"

You bet your life he is! And cute too.

Paddy O. said...

Very sad I missed it too. I was in Pasadena all weekend--a big party among other things--but then had to get back when some work picked up. Back to the mountains, and then wasn't able to get free til late.

Next time!

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Chet said...

Of course, why didn't you know?

Carrying an "attache" filled with nothing but 14K gold 'Cross' pens is simply the epitome ---the absolute pinnacle of success and prosperity in American life !

Palladian said...

You are such a tiresome cunt, Maxine.

If I was Althouse, I'd really be considering that restraining order.

John Stodder said...

So sorry I missed it. I had a previous engagement at Dodger Stadium, which, ironically, was also decorated in big pillows.

Palladian said...

Of course, since Althouse is in L.A., maybe we could add a startling plot twist. What if Christopher is actually Maxine?!

Eh, no. He's too young and smart (and cute!) to spend so much time being pathetic. If it were really him, I think he'd have come up with a more interesting character.

MadisonMan said...

The notion that it is in any way acceptable to gossip about a blogger's child on that blogger's blog boggles my mind.

And I didn't write that sentence just to cobble blogger blog and boggle together.

XWL said...

And I didn't write that sentence just to cobble blogger blog and boggle together.

MadisonMan, you couldn't work in a 'gobble' in there, too?

Or goggle?

(and if I were Titus, I'd probably throw a 'knob' in somewhere adjacent to gobble, but being the repressed straight-laced fella I am, that thought never crossed my mind)

Mrs. Belfry Standopher said...

'Maxine' could be nearly anybody. And she's become such a popular impersonation, that even her impersonators have impersonators !!!

Perhaps, 'Maxine', in all her various incarnations, combinations, permutations.....was conjured up by Althouse, herself, to bring the kind of variety and dissonance that wasn't possible any other way.

Of course, if Maxine is a close relative, an inlaw, an ex-husband.....all the more thrilling !

Just remember, whilst devouring all the raucous banter, the wreckless jargon, the raunchy witticisms--- that are a 'Maxine' staple:

98% of the comments in any Althouse post......are all written entirely by the same person !

MadisonMan said...

It should be pretty obvious that I enjoyed this comic strip on Sunday.

knox said...

Maxine, go tend to that girl suit you're making in your basement

blake said...

It rubs the lotion on the skin or else it gets the hose again!

Palladian said...

Oh wait... was she a great big fat person?

Ann Althouse said...

I'm going to delete some comments....

knox said...

yes, she was a big girl

ktmnyny said...

I'm a rare commenter, but daily reader, and I'm endeared to you more and more.....Next time you do a meetup in NY, I'm in.

And I'll take a vacation day if Chris is there!

Mrs. Glendora Wheatly said...

Isn't that cute....how a comment with absolutely no expletives gets deleted, but the comments with expletives are more than welcome to stay up.

And, of course, not a single reader has problems following --deciphering the Althouse sense of discretion and logic.....

You go girl !

Chet said...

Can I just ask---what happened to 'Carmona Carmichael' and 'Raylene Flossworth' ???

Those were my two favorites.

I hope somebody's keeping track of all these alter-egos. Some of them are quite creative !!!

OldGrouchy said...

Sock puppets? We ain't got no sock puppets. We don't need no sock puppets. I don't have to show you any stinking sock puppets.

We've got real persons, most of the time, with only a demented, always varying, sock puppet player.

Well that's not counting certain rare clumber owner(s), which is a different matter after all.

Of course, this is said as a totally disinterested and slightly amused observer.

Good on you, Madame Professor. Three Cheers for Professor Althouse. Hip, hip, ...

Paul Snively said...

I just wanted to say that it was very nice to meet all of the attendees at the meet-up. Thanks for arranging it!

age appropriate said...

Chris is gay? I don't know why I didn't pick up on that with the amount of time that I've been reading the blog. Nice one, and he's cute too! ;o)

Anonymous said...

I agree: Chris is cute. Though he could use a change of hair.