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Is there any interest in Kossacks living in the Washington DC area to meet-up at some point?

The meeting could be oriented to progressive strategy, thinking, networking, or just a social gathering of like-minded people. If there is sufficient interest, we could hold additional meet-ups in the future.

Perhaps something informal like a happy-hour? Or something else?

Originally posted to ixtx on Thu Jun 09, 2005 at 08:56 AM PDT.

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  •  I would have if you posted this (none)
    last week. Just moved up to Boston.
  •  YES...great idea (none)
    I was going to suggest the same thing
  •  I'm in (none)
    Fridays after work are good with me.
  •  My 3 cents (none)
    I'd suggest 2 types of big one to get the ball rolling & then smaller meetings on a regular basis

    for example...I know a group of people very interested in digital media & copyright/intellectual property issues....they meet every week at a restaurant...

    it works out great -- people who are interested know where/when to drop by

  •  sounds cool (none)
    to me.
  •  I'm Game (none)
    This sounds like fun.

    Check out Answer Guy Online. Thoughts from a bottomless pool of useless information. VA-8

    by Answer Guy on Thu Jun 09, 2005 at 09:15:27 AM PDT

    •  VA Kossacks (none)
      If you're from VA, you might also want to join our VA Kossacks email list (if you haven't already).

      Once a date/time for a DC Kossacks meeting is settled, could someone from this diary please send it to the VA list if you're subscribed?  It's hard to keep track of events like this if we happen to miss a related diary!


      BTW, if any Kossacks in the NoVA/DC area are interested in getting together for an event tomorrow night, Bruce Roemmelt, a candidate for VA House of Delegates against the worst of the worst of the VA Theocon Brigade, Bob Marshall, is having a fundraiser tomorrow night.  I wrote about Bruce on dKos here and here.  It will be fun and would be much more fun if we could hang with other Kossacks!

  •  This could be great (none)
    not just fun...but perhaps we can get something useful accomplished
  •  Meet-up Time/Place (none)
    Do people want to meet this week, or should we plan for something later? I get out of work at 4:30 tomorrrow.

    What areas are convenient for everyone? I work in downtown DC at 13th and Pennsylvania.

  •  I'm in (none)
    Would it be around Cap. Hill, Dupont, U-Street, or what?

    "The truth is never pure and rarely simple"--Oscar Wilde

    by VirginiaBelle on Thu Jun 09, 2005 at 09:34:28 AM PDT

  •  Tomorrow works for me (none)
    what's a good place?..Post OFfice Pavillion?

    you're near Federal Triangle Metro?

    not a bad location

  •  Love to (with caveat) (none)
    I work in DC but live in a distant suburb, and travel periodically (like now) for my job. I'd love to meet up - whether for discussion, activism, or just to bend an elbow - but normally need to plan my schedule for it. And knowing how many Type A folks there are in DC - including Kossacks - I'll bet there would be more interest with more notice.
  •  Make sure it's not Thursday - as that's DL-DC Nite (none)
    We already have a thriving a Drinking Liberally chapter (hoping to break 1000 members this week) which meets for Happy Hour on Thursdays in Dupont Circle.  

    Given that, I would try to target a different night and different part of the City (Region).  Maybe in Alexandria or Arlington to energize the VA folks leading upto the Gubernatorial election?

    Definately have it within a short walk of the Metro, and either in the City or relatively close in.

    Having it at a wifi connected coffeeshop would probably be more conducive to actually getting work done, and would also provide balance to the DL meetings - which, while they do have informative speakers, are held at bars.

    •  In Arlington (none)
      Common Grounds has WiFi and is very close to the Clarendon Metro stop...they have a whole upstairs room that is often empty for larger groups.
      •  be careful in Clarendon... (none)
        that's where the Leadership Institute is located and they are big on happy hour almost every night. Just don't be so obvious.

        by vanhells on Thu Jun 09, 2005 at 10:06:24 AM PDT

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      •  The prob. with Common Grounds (none)
        The thing is that Common Grounds is always sooooo quiet and laptop filled.  Also wouldn't mind a place that has a bar.

        "The truth is never pure and rarely simple"--Oscar Wilde

        by VirginiaBelle on Thu Jun 09, 2005 at 10:44:50 AM PDT

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        •  Yeah... (none)
          ...sometimes a noisier, drinkier place is more comfortable for a crowd of people meeting each other for the first time.

          BTW, when I hosted a DC Kossacks meeting last year, we had it at "Recessions", a dive bar near the corner of 19th and L Streets, near the Farragut North and Farragut West Metro stations.  It was a cheesy place, but it had plenty of tables, a great jukebox, and cheap drinks.

    •  Drinking Liberally (none)
      I've been meaning to go to one of those, but suck at meeting new people at bars (which I consider intimidating). How are they?

      "The truth is never pure and rarely simple"--Oscar Wilde

      by VirginiaBelle on Thu Jun 09, 2005 at 10:45:36 AM PDT

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      •  RE: Drinking Liberally (none)
        I haven't made it to the beginning of any of the ones that start at Timberlakes, for those I've only made it for the end when the speaker was already going and then they usually wrapped up pretty quickly after that.  

        For the two of them I attended when they had them at RFD in Chinatown, getting there before it got too crowded found me having interesting conversations with intteresting liberal people.   It didn't feel like striking up a random conversation with someone at a bar at all.  You can always talk about the current topic dujuor among the blogosphere or if you prepare specifically for the event do  little background research on the planned speaker.

        I also went on one of the pub crawls and again it was pretty easy to talk to people, though everytime you changed bars you would end up with a different subset of the folks there - which let's you meet a lot of new people, but if you are uncomfortable talking to "strangers" (as I am) this starts to wear on you by the third bar or so - even though you know everyone there is friendly.

  •  The Blonde is Wise (none)
    ...but if we start meeting on a regular basis...the busy people will eventually be able to schedule it in
  •  I'm in the DC area (none)
    Limited time for face to face stuff - two young kids at home who I rarely ever get to see.  My time with them is absolute gold.

    Still - keep me in mind.  I'd like to attend if the timing's right.

  •  hey Maura? (none)
    if you're familar with Clarendon...drop by "The Museum of Modern ARF" @ 1116 N Wilson near the Metro...there is a bunch of political art you might get a kick out of
  •  Yes, yes, yes (none)
    I move to DC this weekend. So far any day of the week is fine with me.
  •  Meeting Place and Time (none)
    I'm willing to meet anywhere in DC that is metro accessible. Regional Food and Drink [RFD] in Chinatown has an excellent beer selection, and it is large enough to accommodate a group. Also, the Red, Yellow, and Green lines are a short few blocks away. The Orange and Blue lines intersect with the Red Line at Metro Center, which is only one stop away from Chinatown.

    If there is sufficient interest for a meeting this Friday, I would like to go ahead with that, then plan out a meeting further in the future so that others may plan on attending.

    Does RFD at 5:30 on Friday sound like a good idea? Any other suggestions?

  •  Is there a DC Kossacks Email List? (none)
  •  Also interested (qualified) (none)
    I've got similar issues with 2 kids and little time, but I may be available on occasion for a DC-based Kossack gathering.

    Keep me posted at

  •  Maura -- YES (none)
    yup...the Museum of Modern ARF loaned some art to the Moran office and also made some Kerry/Edwards posters

    we still have a big Kerry sign on the building as well as a big sign that shows the number of soldiers killed in Iraq imitation of "Whistler's Mother" reading the Richard Clarke book named "Whistleblower's Mother"

  •  RFD works for me (none)
    RFD at 5:30 works OK for me........I like the Common Grounds idea because I'm so often in that area...but...that's Va not DC
  •  Meeting Today Cancelled? (none)
    Unless if more people commit to attend the meeting today, it should be cancelled. we can set up a time and place in the future that is more amenable to peoples' schedules. So is there still any interest in holding a meeting? Let's set 4:30 as the deadline to confirm or deny attendance.
    •  I was going to come (none)
      And bring a friend as well...but perhaps it would be better if you posted a new diary entry asking for confirmation so that its fresh on everybody's lists.

      "The truth is never pure and rarely simple"--Oscar Wilde

      by VirginiaBelle on Fri Jun 10, 2005 at 10:37:25 AM PDT

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