And the Surprise Mystery Guests were... Pam Korda (the FAQueen), John Novak (The humblest man on the net), Keith Casner (Nae'blis), and Hawk.
Judy adds: ok, Hawk was my .27 SMG - she does not qualify as a SMG cause she often frequents DC DFS', but everyone thought she was going to be in Florida, and her plans changed at the last minute, and she was able to attend...
Bill adds: Poor John was referred to as simply "Novak" for most of the day, while everyone else was called by first name. I'm surprised that Judy's summary included his full name, rather than just saying "Joe, Pam, Novak, Mike, etc."
Novak remarks: Like Mazrim Taim, I seem doomed to go through life with everyone referring to me simply by my last name. Even my department chair does it. My flatmate is addressed by his first name. I am summarily called upon with a harsh, "Find Novak! Send me Novak!"
Judy's Twin (the Twin of her Soul) was unable to attend and sent her belated regrets. Hohn Cho and Melissa Horn could not make it, so the long anticipated defense of Melissa's barfly title did not take place. So no one drank $37 of beer (although Ivis *did* drink $19.50 of tequila...)
Bill adds: Judy would have surpassed this herself, except she was still drunk from the night before.
Joel adds: So now is it "It's hard to get sober when you are a small forsaken"
Chad Oilcan Ba'alzamon Little-Buddy Orzel could not attend. he says he got a better offer :), but I think he was once again frightened off by Piglet...
This came up in one of our talks about how we all had envisioned one another before actually meeting each other at the socials. Someone (John? Pam?) said s/he expected Judy to speak with a Southern accent, since she had lived in North Carolina for several years. Someone else made a comment about how interesting it would be to imagine a Very Small Forsaken speaking with a drawl. I couldn't help myself...Novak reminds us: one last time for the benefit of those not present, "Better a southern belle than a southern Bill."
"Mah," I said in a sugary sweet, high-pitched voice as I patted the locks of hair at the nape of my neck, "it's juss so HAWT heah in Shay-ole Gool. Mesanna, dahlin, would you be a deah an pass me th' lemonade?"
Remarks Pam: Flame? I thought it was a Deadhead symbol...
Hawk adds: I thought it was a Safeway symbol.
Those wearing Black were: Ivis (has anyone ever seen her where anything other than Black? makes you wonder), Judy's Warder (this was clearly a mistake... colors are hard...), Joe Shaw (The icons made him do it), and Josh Hall. Someone claimed that someone else was wearing Black, it was just not visible, but I have blocked this from my mind.
Pam remarks: More than one. She tried to foist 'em all off on me at one point, saying she'll keep Russ Ennis, because he's in the UK and so she doesn't have to deal with him. I told her no thanks.
Bill adds: I think she was offering Joel to Pam. Pam didn't want him. She's a Red. Heck, sometimes it seems that _all_ women are Reds.
Novak: No, I thought Pam was a Brown, with just a tinge of Red left for Roy, so to speak.
"Of course," Bill said, "that's because the male half of the One Potato is tainted while the female half isn't. You know, the two halves, Spudin and Spudar."
John added, "This means, of course, that the Eye of the World was intended to grow more pure Spudin."
Later on, Bill and Novak were talking about how long it had taken them to read LOC. Bill said it took him so-and-so calendar days to read it. Casner piped up, "Callendor days? what're those?" Novak replied, "The days which are not," as in the days you skip class/work/sleep to read the latest installment.
Judy "I'm 28" Person: "28!?! Geez, you're *twice* as old as I am!" (I shoulda balefired him right there...) At that point, others said "uh.... you're *fourteen*?!?" Person: "No, I'm 19 - Oh, I'm sorry, I thought you said you were *28*!" Others: "Uh... she *did*. Half of that would be 14". Group in unison "Math *is* hard..." (that's ok person - I'm just glad that I'm not *really* twice as old as you... you really scared me)
To which Josh says "I don't know, is Jordanism a religion?" and Mike quickly came up with "we're kinda like a fan club" This man continued to watch (ogle ?) the table for a good 5-10 minutes. Josh also commented that "if we were a family, then I guess Judy would be Mom"
At one point, Hawk was crawling across a windowsill to get next to Judy. Bill called out "Hey - this is a family restaurant!" But then again, Bill was heard to say, "Green Aes Sedai like men... Green warders like men, too!" Hey, we're all pretty flexisexual here.
Oh, and not totally unexpectedly, Hawk bit Mike, MPS. Judy: Sheesh, you'd think the boy would learn. How many times can one get bitten by Hawk, before one starts staying out of biting range? Learn from your mistakes, Mike...
Mike rebuts: Except for the fact that she was biting me as per your orders. Compelling other Aes Sedai, tsk tsk tsk. If she wasn't compelled she might have stopped after the first unsuccessful attempt, but no, she had to try 3 times to bite (finally succeeding by sneaking up on me).
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