Sunlit Water

August 5, 2006

What I Learned This Weekend

Filed under: Personal — by teofilo @ 3:49 pm

New York is a very walkable city. Jersey City is not.

The Gingerman hates children.

Jackmormon has a lot of energy and hates the Gingerman waitresses with a passion.

Scott Lemieux has a remarkably loud voice.

Adam Ash is significantly less polemical in person.

Washerdreyer talks very fast.

Carl is an awesome guy who should comment more.

Tia is not at all intimidating.

47-year-old balding men are hott.

That third beer was not a good idea.

People who live in New York don’t understand the subway system either.

Taxis are plentiful at the Hoboken train station at 2:00 AM.

Drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike are bizarrely resistant to either giving or accepting space to change lanes. They also drive on the shoulder a lot.

Blog people are every bit as wonderful in person as they are online. Meeting them was a pleasure.



  1. Yay! You’re alive! I figured you made it back to where you were staying in one piece but was a little nervous given how the first leg of your trip back to Jersey went down.

    Comment by Becks — August 5, 2006 @ 6:30 pm |Reply

  2. Yeah, it all went swimmingly once I got to the PATH, for which I am eternally grateful to you; I wouldn’t have been able to figure it out on my own. There was a whole line of cabs outside the Hoboken station just waiting for the drunk people coming in from the city, so I had no trouble getting back. I considered calling you to let you know I got in safely, but it was after 2, which seemed a little late.

    Comment by teofilo — August 5, 2006 @ 6:55 pm |Reply

  3. You know what I learned, courtesy of Scott Lemieux? That the first line of Helix’s “Rock You” is “I got a pistol, loaded like a gun.”

    That was indeed a fun meetup.

    Comment by dagger aleph — August 5, 2006 @ 6:55 pm |Reply

  4. Indeed it was, and I was quite pleased to meet you, da, along with all the other people I didn’t mention by name in the post.

    Comment by teofilo — August 5, 2006 @ 7:12 pm |Reply

  5. I learned that I need to get to one of these meetups one day.

    Comment by eb — August 6, 2006 @ 2:58 am |Reply

  6. No, no, we understand the subway system, but sometimes we forget and get a little mixed up. Glad to hear you made it back safely.

    Comment by Jackmormon — August 6, 2006 @ 7:14 pm |Reply

  7. New Yorkers appear to understand the parts of the subway system that they use regularly, but not necessarily the other parts (and there are a lot of other parts). But it turned out okay.

    I note that you didn’t dispute my characterization of you personally.

    Comment by teofilo — August 6, 2006 @ 7:34 pm |Reply

  8. Why did you need to use the subway system? The PATH was very close by the bar. Did you take a subway train to a different PATH station?

    Those waitresses were weird alright. I was glad to meet you, however briefly, and to almost get a chance to play cards with JM. Thanks Becks and LB, for hanging out with me in front of the bar waiting for my family.

    Comment by Clownæsthesiologist — August 6, 2006 @ 8:09 pm |Reply

  9. I note that you didn’t dispute my characterization of you personally.

    Well, no. I’ve gotten the “holy hell, JM has a lot of energy in person” reaction a few times now. On the other item, well, I realize now that I should be ashamed of having wanted to kick and bite them.

    Comment by Jackmormon — August 6, 2006 @ 8:14 pm |Reply

  10. We got lost looking for the PATH. It was my bad — we went to what I thought was the PATH station and it was locked so I thought maybe we should go back to MSG, figuring there was a connection to it from there. The security guard we asked at MSG sent us right back where we had been and, lo and behold, there was another entrance that was unlocked a couple hundred feet from the one we had tried.

    Comment by Becks — August 6, 2006 @ 8:33 pm |Reply

  11. Now that I’ve met JM, I can’t read her comments without hearing them in her voice.

    Comment by teofilo — August 6, 2006 @ 10:30 pm |Reply

  12. It’ll fade.

    Unless you come out to the city more often!

    Comment by Jackmormon — August 6, 2006 @ 11:03 pm |Reply

  13. I would like to, but I don’t know how practical it is. Of course, I could well be moving there after I graduate.

    Comment by teofilo — August 6, 2006 @ 11:08 pm |Reply

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