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Mashable Monthly was held at ROE Restaurant in San Francisco. We arrived and checked in – receiving a Bloggers Lounge wristband and a drink ticket.
Because I attended WordCamp last weekend we were able to arrive early and have entrance to the super secret Blogger’s Lounge! That also entitled us to free pizza. The Bloggers Lounge had a curtained entrance and security to get into the door. If you didn’t have a wristband, or weren’t with someone who had a wristband, you weren’t allowed! Angela and I had wristbands, we WERE the cool kids!
The Bloggers Lounge was set up for bloggers to bring their lap tops and blog about the event as it was happening, but I personally need to experience it all before I blog about it. We did twitter the event. I used twitterfone as well which ended up posting some really odd things on twitter! Too much background noise doesn’t work well with Twittefone apparently! Although security was there to keep our laptops secure, I was also reticent to borrow and carry around/or be responsible for one of my kids laptops on a night when I was having a couple of drinks!
Angela and I sat at the bar in the Bloggers Lounge and met some great people. While we were sitting there a guy peeked around the corner of the curtain and asked, “What’s going on in there?” I said, “Would you like to come in? I can bring you in.” Of course he said, “YES!” So, I did. Really nice guy, Robert Kohn with www.realitydigital.com. He was a good sport and tried absinthe with Angela, while I was drinking some Savignon Blanc.
We decided to venture upstairs where the main event – Mashable Monthly – was taking place. On my way upstairs a guy asked me what was going on in that curtained off area. I said, “Sorry…I can’t tell you – it’s a secret!” We arrived upstairs and WOW! It was packed! Wall-to-wall people! A DJ was playing, but honestly, with all the people, the music was mere background noise.
Karen Hartline(Mashable.com’s event coordinator) was buzzing around everywhere all night! She tried absinthe with Angela and I for her first time! Karen and I have a funny, odd thing going on where we meet in the ladies room. We physically met for the first time in the ladies room at Mashable’s SummerMash, then last weekend we met in the ladies room twice at WordCamp. So this time we planned it and said okay, we must take pics in the ladies room at Mashable Monthly – so we did! Mashable’s photographer, Michael, and Angela both came into the ladies room and we had a little photo shoot! It was too fun! Stay tuned for more…
After that we chatted with Michael the photographer and took some pics with him!
It was so crowded upstairs that we decided to return to our private sanctuary, the Blogger’s Lounge. Once again, we perched at the bar to hold court. We met Merv and Missle – aliases, also Terry Chay – who had an awesome camera and used post-it notes in his pocket for business cards! We met Marita and Amanda from Organic, Khris Loux – CEO – with JS-Kit, Erin Healy with momentum and kazowie.com. Erin wants me to guest blog on kazowie! Eric Doyle with TheConversationGroup had absinthe with Angela! I sat and talked quite a bit with Diana Williams, account executive with Shift Communications. Diana and I are now twitterfriends as well! I also met Nicole Reber, who I believe was in PR or marketing, but her business card doesn’t say. She wants to email me some products to review – at least I think it was her – I need to film this or something. One of my favorite things of the night was meeting Jen O’Roarke, a Twitter friend who recognized me! Too cool! Now I am trying to find Jen on Twitter and I can’t! If you know Jen or Jen if you see this contact me!
Near the end of the night I was sitting at the bar chatting with Diana Williams and I realized Angela had disappeared. I looked around the Blogger’s Lounge. No Angela. I tried her cell. No answer. I thought maybe she had gone upstairs, maybe to the ladies room? So I went upstairs looking for her and found her standing chatting with Mashable’s Pete Cashmore and a few others. Apparently she was chatting with this funny Englishman, Bruno, in the Lounge and he wanted to meet Pete, since they were Facebook friends, and asked her to introduce them. Not that Angela and I know Pete Cashmore well – we’ve met him a couple of times now – but apparently more than Bruno did!
Angela and I decided to call it a night. I had to get up for work at 6AM and she had to get up to attend a Landmark seminar for the weekend. I got home about 11:30PM.
I heard we missed out on karaoke! Darn! I must practice for next time, and we must sing Klymaxx’s – I Got A Meeting In the Ladies Room – with Karen!
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