Saturday, June 27, 2009

Ann Made Me Do It

For a good many years, I've wanted to attend General Convention of the Episcopal Church, but I never followed through with a plan. A couple of weeks ago, I read about the gathering of bloggers at Bar Louie on Friday evening and felt so very jealous. I checked plane fares and hotels, going back and forth about whether I'd go over a period of a good many days. I will. I won't. I WILL! It's a great self-indulgence, but will I be better off waiting three more years to attend? I'm getting to the point of, "I want to do this before I die," and I may not have years and years ahead of me to do these things.

Someone spoke of a button for those who would be meeting, and Ann suggested the one pictured above. I asked her not to include my blog, but she did it anyway. The truth of it is, although I don't think my blog belongs on the button, the button is what pushed me over the line to make the reservations, so, God willing, I'll be in Anaheim at Louie's Bar on Friday night, raising a glass with the rest of them.

My blog name is on the button. What could I do? It was out of my hands, right? I had no choice.

Once I'm in Anaheim, I have no plans beyond going to Bar Louie on Friday night. I'm assuming that things will evolve after I get there. Maybe I'll see if there is a need for last-minute volunteers. I don't want to plan ahead too much, because if I commit now, something better may come up later. Hmmm. Shallow. If nothing develops, I may spend the whole time in Bar Louie. I'm bound to meet up with interesting people there.

So, to all of you who will be there on Friday, I'll see you at Louie's and around in Anaheim.

Update from the comments:

Lapinbizarre said...

"wotthehell wotthehell toujours gai I always say, there's life in the old girl yet." Mehitabel the Cat


UPDATE: IT wants to know if you will be in Anaheim. Check in at Friends of Jake and leave a word in the comments.


  1. Who knows, you may not only enjoy meeting friends and making new ones and generally enjoying the spectacle but also get to do some lobbying (of the passionate grass-roots sort). Safe travels to you and all who attend and have a great time!

  2. Grandmère, we absolutely have to meet!!! I may not make it to the bar but will be at the Integrity HE... and maybe we can figure a time of meeting at booth 816 (Cristosal, and other mission-related entities) in the great hall of commerce. I'll be with the Vermont deputation so if you sit in on the doings, give a note to a page and we at least can meet at the blue barrier between the House and Gallery during a break. Lee

  3. Thanks for the good wishes. I'll do my best with the lobbying.

    Caminante, send me an email with your cell phone number. We'll meet one way or another.

  4. "wotthehell wotthehell toujours gai I always say, there's life in the old girl yet." Mehitabel the Cat

  5. Oh goodie! I get to kiss Mimi again! Woo hoo!

    Has someone called the Anaheim police department? Mimi's back in town.

  6. I will be at home that evening, feeling sorry for myself.

  7. This can make up for your being unable to make it to New Brunswick.

    This time you can kiss everybody. I'll bring my camera.

  8. Good for you, Grandmere Mimi! You will be there for many of us who would love to go, but can't for one reason or another. Raise a glass to us and know you (and all the saints in Anaheim) are in our prayers.

  9. Elizabeth! What will Mrs. Conroy say?

    Don't worry all you left-behind saints, we won't forget to drink to you.

    Paul (A.), I'm looking forward to seeing you again.

  10. Yee, as we say, Haw!

    Update on the friends-in-anaheim site...

  11. That is so great!!!!

    YAY YOU!!!

  12. It's Ms. Conroy, Mimi. We aren't allowed to marry in NJ. Yet. So, I'm free to kiss all the girls I want. :~D. Well, okay. She'll make an exception for you, but only because you're already married - and to a man.

  13. This is just great Mimi!!!! I'm so excited for you. Raise hell with 'em, Girl!

  14. I'm thrilled, too, Peeps. You just don't know!

    You and MS. Conroy are like you're married, Elizabeth, nevertheless, it was a huge faux pas, and I apologize.

    I don't know, but somehow a kiss seems kind of worse to me, if we're both taken.

    Margaret suggested that I could be a lobbyist, although I won't be able to wine and dine any of the bishops or deputies. All I can do is talk.

  15. Yahoo! Great news!

    Ann is so sneaky, isn't she? heh heh.

    Looking forward to seeing you there!

  16. Yeah Mimi! yeah archie!

  17. well now I'm just as jealous as hell. Have fun.

  18. Jake! I was in such awe of you before I met you in New York, but this time I'll be more relaxed. I'm looking forward to meeting you again.

    I was awed by the thought of meeting several of the bloggers, Tobias Haller and Elizabeth Kaeton, to mention two others, but once I met them face to face, I liked them immediately, and the awe passed into sheer enjoyment of their company. I wasn't a blogger then myself, just cluttering up the comments of other bloggers.

    I'm sorry all of you can't be there.

    Dennis, Chicago! I don't know where in the hell I'm going to get the money for all the promised trips. Go for broke and go out with style, I guess.

  19. That makes the GC complete; without Mimi: not so much. And nobody at all was thinking all y'all together weren't gonna toast absent saints, present saints, sinners, non-human clergy & bishops, and anything else anybody thinks of.

    Have a great and blessed time, Mimi and all who sail with her.



    PS I'll be in Phoenix fer a week visitin the GrandBs

  20. Johnieb, my favorite man next to Grandpère! I don't plan to raise hell, but you never know.

    And we won't forget the rest of you when we're drinking toasts. That's five that you've assigned to us already. My, my, we'll all be tipsy before we're done.


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