I want to thank everyone who came out for the STL Blogger Gathering last night. We had 30 or so of the most attractive bloggers in St. Louis, sipping Pumpkin Ale at Schlafly Bottleworks well into the night.
I had a lot of fun meeting people I felt like I already knew, but more fun than that, was getting to watch other people connect. My favorite moment was when Benticore (Jerry) realized he was about to come face-to-face with Dwight Wannabe for the very first time. He was as nervous as a schoolgirl on her first date. And folks — I can attest to the fact that Dwight’s Beautiful Wife is indeed, beautiful.
Special thanks to Dana for promoting the gathering and showing up; to Jeanette (who has a wonderful voice) for promoting, coming and bringing readers; to Michelle for getting the blogging lawyers, Dennis Kennedy and Matt Homann (who, it turns out, works for a client of Standing’s) to show; to Liz, who now has a new blogger BFF; and to Raquita, whose life philosophy and sage advice keep us laughing and nodding in agreement; and to Todd Jordan (and Sharon, too) for the great photos and interesting conversation. Thanks also to the members of the Standing Partnership blogging team who were able to make it, including Cathy, Susan, Maria and Kristin. And of course, to my friends and nonbloggers, Trish, Ed and my “handler” Barry, who came out for moral support and to meet the bloggers, too.
There were a few moments that my heart just swelled with happiness; sitting at a table with Dwight, Dwight’s Beautiful Wife, Raquita and Jerry, I was so delighted that those four particular people in the world were together, that my eyes very nearly welled with tears; when Jerry extended his arms to give me a big bear hug before he left (what a sweetheart that guy is); (Oh and folks, I was huggier than I’ve ever been in my life, I think. EVERYONE got one) and when Dana and I were just CRACKING up during some silly conversation (btw, I am so much taller).
Todd Jordan and my friend Trish took a great set of photos: clickety for the slideshow.
I had a blast, and I think everyone else did, too.