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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

Ren and I made it into Santa Fe, NM yesterday for the TequilaCon 2009 and BeerHer “blogger conferences” aka “excuses for people who’ve never met to actually meet and drink while we’re at it.”  He’s doing more of the “trip report” thing over at his blog (Day 1 and Day 2), so check it out if interested.  Shoot, check it out even if you’re NOT interested because hey, he has pictures of me over there!

Also, since I’m not a cool kid with an iPhone or camera-enabled Blackberry, you might want to make sure you follow Ren on twitter.  He can live-twitpic on demand.

Pre-BeerHer was a blast as we met up with early arrivals Geeky Tai-Tai, Bellaventa, Karl and LibraGirl for a quick snack, some social lubrication and*ahem* colorful discourse.

Image Courtesy Renagerie

As you can see, all the guyfolk were making fun of my arm-reaching avatar.  All the womenfolk were just sitting there being hot.

Ren and I left that group after a couple hours and I waited  in the hotel for what felt like hours while Ren did a bunch of stuff on the computer, making us potentially late for our meeting, and I got all anxious and stuff.

We finally were able to leave.  Ren navigated while I drove (a good combination).  The unofficial BeerHer Pre-TequilaCon meet-up officially started with the two of us being the first to arrive at the Santa Fe Brewing Company, all alone in our lonesome loneliness, smothered in a blanket of solitude.  We scoped the place out a little and waited for the rest to show up.  Yes, you may now laugh at my aforementioned anxiety about tardiness.

Here’s basically what happened:

I met Dawg and laughed at his shirt.

ECNALUBMA A TON MA I

Isn’t that shirt hilarious?!?!?!?  It cracked me up something fierce.  And it’s so true.   I shook his hand (paw?), said hello and then soon thereafter Ren took over and talked cameras and photo shutter speeds and exposurifics and lens capitals and flashonomics or something I caught a few glimpses of Dawg throughout the evening before he left.

Then I met TEH POPPY and got a great hug.

All I got to say about that is… it’s about time we met.  I was so looking forward to her smile, and laugh and funness, not to mention she’s smart and geeky.  Meeting her is truly one of the highlights I was looking forward to this whole trip.  Then Ren monopolized teh Poppy the rest of the evening by talking, you guessed it, camera stuff and this and that and features and facial recognizance and aperture focal planetariums and spot meets and what his focal length was and then she said goodbye.

Serving as the late-yet-incredibly-heralded arrivals, Marty Mankins and his lovely wife Reba showed up.

Although Marty and I differ on a few political beliefs, we have an online kinship that has grown over the last year, with video tributes, a shared love for music, and a mutual respect for each others’ technical prowess.  I was looking forward to chatting it up with him until Ren devoured their attention and cornered the market on MY friends while they immersed themselves in the one person at the meet-up I DIDN’T need to talk to and learn about, forcing me to wallow in the corner curled up in a fetal ball while I talked to my camera and consoled it telling it everything will be better tomorrow.  But then they left.

I also met the youngun of the group, ohsarahjoy.

L-R: Bellaventa, OhSarahJoy, LibraGirl

L-R: Bellaventa, OhSarahJoy, LibraGirl

If there’s any cause in the world colossal enough to be worthy of an event like “BeerHer”, this has to be it – a soon-to-be-22-year-old drinking her very first beer, surrounded by people she’s never met in a city far away from home.

All-in-all, it was a good start to the vacation and I can’t wait for Ren to overpower my inconsequential presence at tonight’s blogger meet-up!

And lo, the people did comment thus:

41 Comments

  1. Avitable says:

    Ren’s clearly the shining star and you’re just the sideshow!

    Avitable´s last blog post..Best of America’s Funniest Home Videos

  2. martymankins says:

    Nice photo you took of Reba and I. And thank you for the kind words. It’s good we have a lot of other topics in common to ease those political yearnings.

    We’ll have to get more pics tonight. We were so tired from driving (well, I was, since I drove the entire way from Price, UT to Santa Fe with only a few stops.

    Looking forward to TC09 tonight.

    martymankins´s last blog post..My Hawaii Vacation – The Photos

    • whall says:

      martymankins – in the interest of full disclosure, I stole that picture from Ren’s post. In fact, Ren actually wrote this post FOR me and instead of making me feel horrible let me post it as my own and even sprinkled it with strikethroughs so I wouldn’t feel so bad because he likes to think he is one of my closest friends and friends do that.

  3. Faiqa says:

    Aww, you’re like the prom queen’s sad little sister, the one who is always brooding in the shadows because everyone is so enamored with her sister… the one who ends up murdering her sister in her sleep.

    Note to Ren: Sleep with one eye open!!

    Faiqa´s last blog post..Saturdays Are For Loving The Jason Show

  4. i’m sitting in my underwear in my backyard, wishing i was partying in sante fe. in clothing, not just my undies.
    regardless, so happy that you are having a blast. kepp the recaps and photos coming!

    hello haha narf´s last blog post..Aack! Zombie Chickens!

  5. Sybil Law says:

    What a great time!!!
    Sarah’s first beer?!! Whaaa ???!!
    I think your star will shine brightly tonight. Drink a ton of tequila and dance. That’ll do it. 🙂

    Sybil Law´s last blog post..The One Where I Curse And Link A Lot

  6. Ben says:

    I have a couple of questions for you Wayne:
    1) What is Ren like?
    2) Could I meet Ren sometime?
    😀

    Ben´s last blog post..Isabella!

  7. Jen says:

    Does Ren always take such great photos and do all this cool gadget stuff. Would Ren be willing to meet me for a cool event? I wonder if he would allow me into his “club” since my name rhymes with is? Oh, how I wonder!

  8. Rachel says:

    Hey he didn’t take over our side of the table. just the nerdy geeky tech side. so there.

    Rachel´s last blog post..Going on a vacation

  9. marilyn says:

    They aren’t mocking you’re avatar, they’re mimicking it. That must mean they want to be like you.

    marilyn´s last blog post..One Single Impression:One Word

  10. marilyn says:

    you’re = your

    Um… just go on having fun. I’ll sit here and let Janna beat me at some more word games on FB

  11. Poppy says:

    This is really Poppy posing as Dawg while I upload photos from his computer.

    We met Sarah in Altamonte Springs, so she at least knew us already, but having her first beer in our presence was quite spectacular.

    You are still the shining star in my book. WHO GOT THE HUGS? You did. :p

    As for that last post about shirts, your own blog’s shirts and the shirts of others’ blogs are both fair game at a blogging event. The internet is too slooooow here for me to open up that post, so one comment it is!

    When you respond plllleeeeeaaaase forward me a copy to my poppy email.

    [edited by whall to be “from” Poppy]

    • whall says:

      Poppy – I edited the comment so as to not let you hide behind Dawg any more. Thank you for the hug – I’m a winner for that alone. I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And gosh dawg it, poppy LIKES me!

  12. bubblewench says:

    You are too damn funny. I’m sure Ren didn’t have as much fun as you had, no matter what was monopolized!

  13. scott says:

    It’s always nice to meet a fellow Texan, especially an intelligent one.

    Hello, Whall.

    scott´s last blog post..Santa Fe and TequilaCon ’90’09 (oops)

  14. Dragon says:

    I’m so glad you had a good time. Great looking group!

    Dragon´s last blog post..Cafe Au Lait Cheesecake With Caramel Sauce

  15. How come I didn’t get a picture with you at BeerHer? **pouts**

    Geeky Tai-Tai´s last blog post..TequilaCon ‘09

  16. NYCWD says:

    I finally got around to reading this post… and it is HILARIOUS!!!

    My shirt was pretty funny too.

    Oh and look! I apparently already commented! Imagine that!

    NYCWD´s last blog post..We Called It BeerHer…

  17. Jen says:

    I don’t need you to rent him out. I bet I could ask him and it would be free.

    • whall says:

      Jen – but if you go direct, I don’t get a commission! Isn’t the American Dream having a middleman who gets compensated for little to no effort! I want to doth protest too much!

  18. scott says:

    I don’t think Ren ever wandered into my wallflower buffer. Connection missed. Maybe next time, or online.

    Hello again.

    scott´s last blog post..I Got Your Poetry Right Here

  19. Rachel says:

    I am calling you a nerd. Are you denying it?

    • whall says:

      Oh ok, good. You had said Ren took over “the nerdy geeky tech side” and I wanted to make sure you weren’t saying I wasn’t nerdy or geeky.

  20. Sarah says:

    Oh hey more pictures of me. At least I remember this one.

    Sarah´s last blog post..TC09

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