January 12, 2006

Fritz Fest Rocked

Damn - Sunday was a great day. Hell, the whole weekend was pretty flippin' fantastic. Friends, food and drink. What more does a girl need? (that's retorical, so keep your smart remarks to yourself!) Anyway - I've been thinking all week how I could possibly write this up and do it all justice.

First and foremost I want to thank T1G for pulling this all together. I left him a comment at his place - he may want to think about a career as a Party Planner. I think he may just have the gift. Everything went off without a hitch!!!

Now I do have to admit some bias. I LOVE FRITZ'S! The atmosphere, the people, the food - and they serve a very good drink. It really was the perfect place to have this and they did a fantastic job.

An added bonus was the weather. Winter in the midwest can be "rough" and I was worried that the travel could be difficult. Heck - it was HOT on Sunday. At least in the high 30's. No snow. No Ice. No worries.

Upon arriving I was met at the door by a man wearin' a kilt. Hmmmm - nice knees (wink wink). Contagion and his wife Ktreva are one of my favorite couples to spend time with. It was a very good way to kick things off.

My beloved Blogdaddy, Harvey, was there with his beautiful wife TNT. Holy cow!! More of my favorite people. And who is this pretty lady sitting there? Sarah? Who ever said "That's not very nice" was using sarcasm to name her blog. She's a sweetie. Don't let her kid ya!!

That was when I ordered my first drink - so events started to run together a bit from here on out. Hey - it's the first time EVER I've had a designated driver and could just cut loose. And I took full advantage of the situation!!! BTW - a big THANK YOU to Eric for pickin' up the tab. Very Cool. Very VERY Cool. But you were missed Dude. Big Time.

Anyway - I was happy to see Blackfive there. Always makes my day when I get to see him. Didn't get to talk to him much, but he always adds that certain "something" to the event.

My youngest Blogdaughter Talula was there, with her friend and commentor McHenry Dude. OUTSTANDING. I don't get to see her as much anymore, and she gives GREAT hugs. Meeting McHenry Dude was a real pleasure. MD - when you gonna start that blog?? (hint hint)

I had the honor of sitting by Richmond at dinner. Between shoveling large quantities of really good prime rib down my gullet, we had the chance to chat. What a lovely woman. Inside and out. I'm thrilled she made it and am already thinking of ways to get together with her again.

I think Teresa and I spent more time in the same general area with this meet than we have all the others we've been to combined. We are known for splittin' up and then rehashing later. This time we had the opportunity to really socialize. Plus - I miss her like hell. It was just so nice to look up and see her there smiling.

Laughing Wolf disappeared on me once we got there. NOW I find out he was busy charming the Fritz's!! Damn - he even got a tour of the kitchen!! I'm kinda jealous. But as with Teresa, it was just great knowing he was there and hearing his laugh ring across the room.

I was happy to see Grau there. He's been so busy he hasn't been posting much and I miss his humor and perspective on things. Had a wonderful time just catching up.

I had the opportunity to meet some new folks. Freedom Folks to be exact. Very nice couple. I just wish we had had the opportunity to talk more. BTW - thanks for the CD!!

Near the end of the day I was lucky enough to settle myself next to Og, at Neaderpundit. Holy Cow - this guy ROCKS!! Funny, quick and just well, a hoot. Seriously - you have got to get over and check out his site. And believe me, meeting him in person is even better!!!

I barely had the chance to talk with Omnibus Driver and Buckaroo Bonsai and that is my biggest disappointment. I'm seriously hoping to meet up with them again soon and get a chance to really chat. I love her site and you can tell just by her smile that she is just someone I want to know better.

Now - if I forgot anyone please shoot me a reminder. Like I said, it all got a little blurry after a while. (It might have been that Starbuck's shot, but who knows with my mind.)

All in all it was a great day. By now you should know I'm all about the people. Sitting and chatting, laughing and learning. It's one of my favorite things to do. But this - this was the perfect way to spend a Sunday. Thanks again everyone! It was a real pleasure.

Posted by Tammi at January 12, 2006 06:14 AM

the weather here is gorgeous.


ok, just trying to make you as jealous as you're making me.

Posted by: sarahk at January 12, 2006 10:08 AM

Back 'atcha. Ooooh. And that secret project we talked about briefly? I've got something for you!

Posted by: Omnibus Driver at January 12, 2006 11:12 AM

I was a great time. And it was so nice to finally meet you! :)

Posted by: Richmond at January 12, 2006 11:46 AM

Tammi, I am so glad you were able to have fun. I know you were so looking forward to this. I also hope you get more times to enjoy yourself this year, now that you are in a better place. Miss ya, and lot's of love.

Posted by: Emily at January 12, 2006 05:54 PM

It was a great time, and thanks again for hospitality and hearth!

Posted by: Laughing Wolf at January 12, 2006 09:09 PM

Tammi, thanks for the kind words and as I posted on your daughter's site. Very cool meeting all the cool folks. :) Wonderful Little "family" here! You ask when I'm going to start a blog. LOL I'm not sure I could handle being Talula's blogson :) After all, she's got a hand full already! I have no idea what I'd call it yet, but the thoughts are a spinning! Oh, I have a idea...Na, can't go there! Have to play clean I s'pose! Anyhow. Cool meeting you and everyone else! Dang, Shut Up MD. :)

Posted by: McHenry_Dude at January 12, 2006 11:12 PM

I keep telling people I'm dead sexy from the knees down, but no one believes me.

Posted by: Contagion at January 13, 2006 07:20 AM

.. it was the least I could have done, Tammi.. sorry I missed the party...

Posted by: Eric at January 13, 2006 08:40 AM

Thanks! Fact is, I have a thing for women with actual curves and hips, and you didn't choose to sit next to me, my psychic powers drew you there like a tornado to a trailer park.

Posted by: og at January 13, 2006 10:52 AM