Once inside, we were greeted with a spectacular spread: veggie platter, BBQ beef, and a taco bar (plus some of the most delicious chocolate chip cookies that I've ever had).
The first group of fellow HBOers I chat with was Arch Druid, Stickman (who is sporting a newly acquired beard), and Digger (the one in the I (heart) Mike t-shirt).
DFO, HBO's blogmaster, made his rounds and never had a problem finding a friend. Here he's chatting with Herb Huseland. (Sorry about the wacky stripes across the bottom of the picture. My camera revolts when its batteries are dying.)
Dogwalk had her camera with her and was probably doing a better paparazzi job than I.
Sam the Reporter and his wife Kat made the trek out from Bellingham. They managed to convince Sam's mom, Truly, to drop by and share in the social festivities.
Mike Kennedy was there, as were some other important folks from around the city including Christie Wood and a CDA Press employee whom shall remain nameless.
Digger dug down into the goodness of his heart and donated his I (heart) Mike Kennedy shirt to Mike Kennedy. (ps: don't be surprised if that t-shirt makes an appearance at a city counsel meeting.)
A good time was (hopefully) had by all. While some may see us as a group of co-conspirators of an evil empire, I assure you we're harmless.
Others that I chatted with but did not capture on (digital) film: Clean Water, Liz & husband David, Idaho Dad (who said a great line about how parenting - if done correctly - will make you neurotic), Mama JD, Cindy H, and many more whose names have escaped my short term memory.
As always - much gratitude to Dave for creating such a thriving online community that we all enjoy.