In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.
~~~~~Booker T. Washington
My mind is going numb from trying to catch up on all my backlogged reading. So much so that I had to have help getting the pictures downloaded from the storage card to my computer. I had thought that I would try to do the pictures in chronological order, but... Sorry, too much dang work.
Therefore, in no particular order are some shots that I took while attending the 2009 Mil-Blog Conference in Arlington, Virginia. May I say that all the milbloggers I met are much more awesome in person. Not saying that they aren't awesome on their blogs. It's just that meeting everyone is like extending my family across this wonderful country. Whew! Talk about a family reunion. Good times for sure.
While I can put names to quite a few faces, there are several whose names I just didn't catch. If you see someone you recognize and I didn't give their name, feel free to let me know who they are.
David Stanford, editor of Doonesbury "The Sandbox" and ??? Jill?
Mary Ann from Soldiers' Angels~Germany (facing the camera) talking to ??? Boston Maggie and Mrs. G. (I think) facing away from the camera.
Andi (who did the most arduous task of organizing the whole Mil-blog shebang) talking to Chuck Z. Mrs. Borda (JP's wife in the background)
Susan Katz Keating, myself, Eve, and a friend of Eve's whose name I can't recall. I know...terrible person that I am.
CJ Grisham (Soldiers Perspective) asking a question of one of the panel members.
Lisa (in DC), Kathi (Mail Call), and myself having a gabfest after dinner at PF Changs. We had the bestest time eating and talking. Kathi's daughter; April, took the picture.
Tankerbabe (Leta) and me. Meeting the first time, you can't just shake hands, you got to give and get hugs. I love hugs...
Susan (Susan Katz Keating on National Security) and CJ (Soldiers Perspective) schmoozing.
Troy (Bouhammer) and me doing our own schmoozing. His wife, Christine, is super sweet as well.
Carren (Chuck Z's wife) and Greta Perry (Hooah Wife/Kiss my Gumbo). Those two together made me laugh. 2 very special ladies that I had the privledge to meet that first night.
Susan (with back to camera) Sherry and Alex Horton (Army of Dude). Sherry and I talked so much that I missed one complete panel. But it was well worth it. Good thing CJ and Troy video taped the panels.
Elizabeth Newberry (National Museum of Americans at War) Bob Miller (Concrete Bob), and JP(Milblogging). Susan with back to camera. Hmmm, is she trying to tell me something?
These next few pictures I took using my phone. Quality isn't as good, but the battery on my digital camera was kaput!
Greyhawk (Mudville Gazette) moderating the last panel of the conference.
CJ auctioning off a ball cap with a whole hell of a lot of major sports figures signatures with the proceeds going to benefit Soldiers' Angels. I think the last bid was $350. Good job CJ!
Rick Lowe, Matt Bernard and Ricky John. Matt was presented a certificate and 5K check. Great job Matt (American Soldier).
The last panel of the conference....Representatives of Long War Journal, Small Wars Journal and Abu Muqawama. These guys are the heavy thinkers of the military blogging world. You really should check out what they are posting to keep up with all the heavy stuff. Me, eh... I'll stick to those little drops.
And so it goes......