I was feeling a little jealous of all of these Bloggernacle get-togethers, so I flew to Washington D.C. to meet Matt, Nate, and Kaimi.
We arranged to meet at the Lebanese Taverna, which has food not readily available in Madison. I spotted Kaimi in the lobby of the hotel, based only on the photos from the recent NYC party, and we went to the restaurant together and waited for Nate and Matt. We talked about T&S, and about how blogs get names. Apparently, before I entered the picture, the four founding members (Adam, Kaimi, Matt, and Nate), batted around some other names, like “FourMormons.com.” A fortunate rejection, I think. Times & Seasons is a great name.
Nate is very tall, and even though he has referred to it, I hadn’t imagined him with red hair. (This photo used to be in black and white.) Plus he has a goatee! So when he walked into the restaurant and greeted me, I hesitated before I realized who he was. He said that Matt would not be coming, so the three of us proceeded with dinner. We talked about the life of a law professor and just a bit about legal theory. Not much T&S.
We were all surprised when Matt showed up very late after spending two hours in traffic. (Another reason not to live in DC.) By the time he came, Nate had to go, but Nate was quickly replaced by one of my law professor colleagues from Wisconsin. My colleague has a Ph.D in economics, so we talked about — what else — law and economics! And an article that Kaimi recently published in the Wisconsin Law Review. Matt achieved the status of former lawyer only 18 months after graduating from Harvard Law School, but he obviously has a sharp legal mind, and he kept Kaimi hopping. When Kaimi talks about his article, his cadence increases noticeably; like every good future law professor, he gets excited about law!
All in all, breaking the barrier between the cyberspace and meatspace was not as traumatic as I had imagined. I am honored to be associated with these fellows, and with the other T&S permabloggers whom I have not yet met in person.