Blogger Meetup: Phase 2

4 Mar

I want to start by thanking Tracy Fulks for suggesting that we call this a Blogger Summit™ because supposedly it’ll help us on our taxes or something. Everyone go and thank her for being this group’s official CPA. She doesn’t know it yet, but she’ll have to give me extra attention since I only fill out tax forms with “EZ” at the end. What do you guys think of the name change?

I also want to thank everyone who threw in their two cents. The most frequent responses:

  • “I diarrhea in my pants just thinking about human contact so I’m out.”
  • “I’m in Canada and this meetup needs to be in a place where maple syrup is available 24/7.”
  • “Meeting you would fulfill me in a way my spouse/kids/meth can’t.”
  • “I can’t wait to meet friends I’ll end up having mediocre sex with!”
This will be my go-to pickup line

This will be my go-to pickup line

So now we move on to Phase 2. This is kind of like Miss America but without alarmingly white teeth, women butchering dance routines in bikinis, and Donald Trump.

We’ve divided up the possibilities into three regions:

Options for West Coast:
  • San Francisco Bay Area, CA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Los Angeles/San Diego, CA

Options for East Coast: 

  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Boston, MA
  • Atlantic City, NJ
  • Charleston, WV
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • NYC, NYC
Options for South:
  • Houston, TX
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Atlanta, GA
Please note in the comment section which of these places sound most appealing to you. Please refrain from getting creative and saying things like, “I wanna party in your mom’s pants!” My mom’s pants are booked through 2017. Don’t be afraid to pick more than one place. Wanderlust is a beautiful thing.

69 Responses to “Blogger Meetup: Phase 2”

  1. the_lunatic 03/27/2013 at 7:45 pm #

    No one ever wants to get together in Oregon. Le sigh.

    • Jen and Tonic 03/27/2013 at 8:20 pm #

      We should plan something in Oregon! I’m in Portland, I believe you’re a little South, right? We have a few more Portlanders, and a couple Seattle people. Maybe something in the summer when the weather is good?

      • benzeknees 03/27/2013 at 11:10 pm #

        Oregon is good for me, it’s just south of Alberta!

      • the_lunatic 03/28/2013 at 8:46 pm #

        Yes, lets! I’m in Eugene, not too far away.

  2. El Guapo 03/07/2013 at 11:07 am #

    If the insurance is manageable, can it be held in Trumps hair?

    • Jen and Tonic 03/12/2013 at 8:10 pm #

      Anything can be held in Trump’s hair. Except dignity.

  3. benzeknees 03/06/2013 at 1:28 am #

    I nominated you for a couple awards, I hope you can find time to pass them on.

  4. Stacie Chadwick 03/05/2013 at 2:00 pm #

    There should only be one city on your list and you already know which one it is.

    Vegas baby.

    • Soul Walker 03/11/2013 at 10:59 pm #

      I would go to Vegas.

      • Stacie Chadwick 03/12/2013 at 6:52 am #

        Right. You can see the capital of the United States AND the capital of glitzy-glam-glut at the same time. =p

  5. Monk Monkey 03/05/2013 at 1:05 pm #

    Wait – mediocre sex? I didn’t know that was on the table, here. My tickets are booked and my sexy hat is packed!

    • Jen and Tonic 03/05/2013 at 1:55 pm #

      Oh, you didn’t know we chose YOU to be the one everyone has mediocre sex with? You lucky dog.

  6. UndercoverL 03/05/2013 at 12:22 pm #


    • Jen and Tonic 03/05/2013 at 1:54 pm #


      • UndercoverL 03/05/2013 at 2:04 pm #

        But I am going to wear a balaclava and use a voice changer. I will wear a red ribbon on my balaclava so you don’t think I am a weirdo. I have to protect my identity. LOL

  7. SocietyRed 03/05/2013 at 6:13 am #

    I like Boston, Austin, and your house; but I will go anywhere, except maybe Pittsburgh. But I would go there too. But no dry counties in the south please…

    • Jen and Tonic 03/05/2013 at 8:32 am #

      A blogger meetup in my house? Man, room will be tight, but my roommate will like having all those pretty ladies in our place.

      And no, no dry counties. I’ll make sure of it.

      • SocietyRed 03/05/2013 at 6:05 pm #

        I’m already in, but now I’m in in.

  8. Pixie Girl 03/05/2013 at 2:34 am #

    I’ll be with you everywhere in my spirit :/

    My spirit being Jaegermeister with Red Bull, otherwise known as Jaegerbomb.

    • Jen and Tonic 03/05/2013 at 8:31 am #

      You are my spirit animal. My spirit PARTY animal! *pats self on back*

  9. benzeknees 03/04/2013 at 8:54 pm #

    East, West & South – I guess you must have fewer followers in the North? Maybe you could work out a way to broadcast the meets via Skype so those of us in the North can be included?

    • Jen and Tonic 03/04/2013 at 9:20 pm #

      We just went with the most frequently suggested areas. I wish we could have a million meetups to include everyone. Maybe you wanna organize one in your area?! That would be cool 🙂

      And yeah, maybe we’ll skype. A few people have suggested it!

  10. Lyssapants 03/04/2013 at 12:19 pm #

    SF Bay Area. Who’s bringing the maple syrup?

    • Jen and Tonic 03/04/2013 at 1:15 pm #

      Someone from the US must bring it that way we force AMUUURICAN syrup on the Canadians.

  11. Ashley Austrew 03/04/2013 at 12:16 pm #

    That panda picture made me laugh so hard I died. Also, on Becca’s page I voted for Houston but said Austin would be cooler. Mostly just because I want an excuse to go to Austin. You know, assuming I’m invited. Otherwise I’ll just be that weird kid who shows up and follows you guys around.

    • becca3416 03/04/2013 at 12:18 pm #

      We may have to make a change there…

    • Jen and Tonic 03/04/2013 at 1:14 pm #

      You are most definitely invited, and I saw the suggestion for Austin. It actually makes more sense to have it there.

  12. Kylie 03/04/2013 at 11:49 am #

    Austin, TX. I know it’s not on the list, but it’s supposed to be weird. And cool. Which are really the same.

    • Jen and Tonic 03/04/2013 at 11:51 am #

      I know! On Becca’s post, I commented that Austin is supposed to be the Portland of TX.

  13. writerwendyreid 03/04/2013 at 11:44 am #

    I suggest Australia. I would rather hug koalas and baby kangaroos than people.

  14. isawbobdylaninaspeedo 03/04/2013 at 8:32 am #

    Vegas because it is close to me…NY because I have fam there and LOVE IT…Houston because my best friend lives there. I keep deleting funny things…carry on. (OMG THIS WOULD BE SO FUCKING RAD)

  15. calahan 03/04/2013 at 8:22 am #

    I’m open, at this point. I’m not a fan of the escort leaflet-strewn streets of Vegas, but anywhere else sounds good.

    • Jen and Tonic 03/04/2013 at 8:39 am #

      You don’t like all of the escort alleyways? But that’s where I earn 75% of my yearly income.

      • calahan 03/04/2013 at 9:28 am #

        Which explains why I always feel itchy after reading your blog.

        • Jen and Tonic 03/04/2013 at 9:40 am #

          My blog should come with a prescription for a cream.

  16. daniheart21 03/04/2013 at 7:50 am #

    I vote for Los Angeles. I would love to go to any of them, but it cannot be worked in to my budget at this time. 🙂

  17. La La 03/04/2013 at 7:26 am #

    I will go any of these places as long as you all are there and that you didn’t just tell me a place to go and I show up alone and I’m like wow that was rude.

  18. Rutabaga the Mercenary Researcher 03/04/2013 at 7:12 am #


  19. Le Clown 03/04/2013 at 6:54 am #

    Boston could potentially work.
    Le Clown

  20. Kelly 03/04/2013 at 5:04 am #

    I lurve the East Coast options. I am down for Boston.

  21. jdanryan 03/04/2013 at 4:45 am #

    My first choice is New York; Atlantic City has possibilities, too.

    • Jen and Tonic 03/04/2013 at 8:37 am #

      I’ve never been to Atlantic City, but it seems like a little Vegas? Maybe like Reno, but less depressing?

      Thanks for weighing in!

      • jdanryan 03/04/2013 at 5:58 pm #

        Maybe Laughlin might be closer to it….

        True story: Just today, a friend of my wife’s was on the phone with her and were talking about Atlantic City. Friend asked, “Is Atlantic City anything like Vegas?”

        Unable to pass up the chance for mischief, Susan asked, “Have you ever been to Vegas?”

        “Uh, no, I havent.”

        “Then yeah,” she said to her friend while possessed with the desire for mischief, “it’s exactly like Vegas.”

        The friend took a few beats before she replied as she smelled the trap, “It’s more like Blackpool, isn’t it…?”

        My wife knows some very astute people…

        • Jen and Tonic 03/04/2013 at 8:12 pm #

          Laughlin?! Yikes. I think I would want to visit AC just one time for the novelty of it.

      • Soul Walker 03/11/2013 at 10:36 pm #

        (ha ha ha… I laugh into the cold desert night…)

  22. Brother Jon 03/04/2013 at 4:12 am #

    Hey-yooo. I’m thinking Cincinnati, Boston, and Houston. I’ve got nothing funny to say so I’ll go away. Good day.

    • becca3416 03/04/2013 at 8:05 am #

      Houston has been getting a significant amount of votes so far!

      • Jen and Tonic 03/04/2013 at 8:36 am #

        I’ve never been. Maybe I can use all of you as an excuse to go there.

    • Jen and Tonic 03/04/2013 at 8:36 am #

      Thanks for the vote, Jon. And no expectation to be funny, it’s Monday morning.


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