The blog party at D’s was a great success. It was quite interesting to put faces to names. (Kristine’s reaction when Steve Evans introduced himself: “No you’re not!”). We had a lot of people there: D, Kristine, Steve and Sumer, Mat and Gigi Parke, Logan and Amy Bobo, Bob Caswell, Christina Taber-Kewene & Manahi, Chris Williams and wife (I didn’t get her name) and daughter, JL (Celibate in the city) and her sister, Rusty Clifton and Sara, Davis Bell, Jim Lucas, Mark Butler & his wife. I was also there, along with Mardell and the kids. There was good food and good company, and (once D. started playing the piano and Kris singing) good music. But I must admit I’m still trying to sort through the mental gear-shifting of putting faces to names. A few preliminary thoughts:
Kris is as interesting in person as she is on the blog. She also has a very nice voice, and was great with the kids (when we left, Kace asked if she was coming with us). And lest anyone wonder about the validity of her constant self-deprecating description of her looks, let me offer a contrary opinion: she’s cute as well. (Side note: she was wearing some pretty hefty heels; hopefully she’s not going to get Haglund’s deformity).
Bob Caswell — you see him in person, and suddenly a lot of things about his blog make much more sense. It’s hard to convey in blog how baby-faced and innocent-looking Bob is. I’m sure that random old grandmotherly ladies who don’t know him still try to pinch his cheeks and pat him on the head and tell him he’s such a cute little boy. So he’s the kind of guy who can get away with challenging authority — because he looks so innocent.
Mat Parke is pretty much the opposite of what I expected. He’s tall and broad and athletic-looking and blond. For some reason (probably because he’s on Steve’s blog), I had always vaguely assumed that he more or less looked like Steve. Ooops. (Mat’s wife looks more or less as I had anticipated).
JL (Celibate in the City) was also a bit of a surprise. She’s tall and lanky with dark hair and trendy-librarian glasses. Imagine Jennifer Garner playing a librarian, and you have a basic idea. And the most surprising part was that she looks like the most level-headed person on Earth. (Ahh, looks can be deceiving, no?) There was absolutely nothing in her appearance to say “I blog about my dates at CITC.”
Davis was also a surprise. He’s a tall, broad-shouldered, short-haired, easygoing guy. His prior posts about being a geek in high school had for some reason given me a different mental image. And for being a self-proclaimed geek, he was the life of the party, chatting with everyone and having a good time.
Rusty wasn’t really a surprise, since he has his picture posted online. One minor shift in image: Rusty does look a little bit like a bad-a** in his online photo, but at the party he was very nice and friendly. (He also brought a camera).
I didn’t really have strong mental images of Mark Butler or Chris Williams, so I wasn’t particularly surprised by either of them. I already knew D, Steve & Sumer, Logan & Amy, Christina & Manahi, Jim Lucas. So I wasn’t particularly surprised by any of them. Lest anyone wonder, here’s the brief assessment of them:
Steve is a thin, light-haired Canadian who has skater-esque (or is it surfer-esque?) hair, and actually smiles quite a bit (despite his snarky blog persona). He’s very witty in person, though it tends to come across on blog as snarkiness. Sumer is a blondish, freckled Texas girl who tolerates Steve’s antics with superhuman patience. She’s also incredibly nice and polite. Christina is just as I remember her from law school — fiery, sassy, and chatty. Manahi I don’t know all that well, but he seems very laid-back, a perfect complement to Christina’s fieriness. As for Logan and Amy, it’s a real mental exercise to remember not knowing what they looked like, since I see them every Sunday. Logan is dark-haired, a self-proclaimed metrosexual (though he always seems too masculine to reconcile with that), and usually goateed. He’s extremely chatty and outgoing. Amy is reserved and musical, with classic Snow White (black hair, white skin, red lips) looks. Jim Lucas is a George-Lucas type, or a scruffy-old-scholar type, depending on one’s viewpoint. He has a great knowledge of all sorts of events.
And D, the host of the party, was amazing. He put up with four rambunctious children, plus twenty-odd adults (and they were very odd adults!) invading his apartment. He’s got a nice place on Riverside drive. He had a great spread of food and drinks, and a nice set-up of furniture and decorations. He also has a nice entertainment center (the kids put it to good use watching cartoons) and a piano, which he was nice enough to play for a short while. D is (for the five people who don’t know him) the quintessential New York artist — 40′s, impeccably dressed, medium height, and generally artsy-looking (in a non-scruffy way).
And what about Kaimi and Mardell? I’m not sure what everyone thought about me. Mardell looked great, as always, with mid-length brown hair, pretty blue eyes, and a cute denim skirt. She spent most of the evening (as did I) chasing and corralling children.
Well, those were my impressions. I’m still integrating physical images with longstanding mental assessments of some people (Kris, Bob, Mat, Davis). It was a fun party, and quite fun to meet everyone. I couldn’t locate my camera (it’s gone missing lately), but Rusty brought his, and took some pictures that he e-mailed to me. So here they are:
Kaimi, Christina, and Sullivan
Kaimi and Kristine
Kristine and Davis in foreground. Steve in background. Sumer and Christina, looking away from camera.
D., Chris Williams, and Lilly. Background: Mark Butler, Gigi Parke
Rusty, Kaimi, Davis
Logan, Bob, and D. Background: Mardell, Sullivan
Mat, Gigi, Mark B.
Sumer, Steve, and Davis
UPDATE: Bob Caswell also has a report up about the get-together. (And he has some comparative comments, since he attended both of the events).