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On Saturday, the new Houston Area Kossacks group finally got together for its first meet-up. I woke up that morning a little nervous because I'd never planned one of these large meet-ups before. I was excited to meet everybody, but also apprehensive (despite my loud mouth online, I'm really not all that outgoing in person). But, looking back, I don't know why I was nervous--the venue was great, the food was fantastic, and we have an incredible group of very nice Kossacks. I think I speak for everyone when I say the meet-up was a blast. And the La Mexicana staff did a great job accommodating such a large crowd during their Saturday lunch rush (I kind of sprung a large number on them a week before the event, not expecting the large RSVP list we got). Overall, it was a success in every way, and we can't wait to plan another one (and I'm going to get on that ASAP!).

Anyway, I promised a photodiary, so I figured Top Comments was as appropriate place as any. Follow me below the beef enchilada for some lovely pics of awesome Kossacks eating fabulous Mexican food.

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Please come in. You're invited to make yourself at home! Join us beneath the doodle...

First of all, if you're ever in Houston and wondering where to eat, I can't recommend the restaurant we ate at--La Mexicana--enough.

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I think commonmass and Steveningen, as well as anybody at the meet-up, will back me up on this--the food and service are pretty fantastic. And it's located in Montrose, arguably the coolest neighborhood in Houston. So anyway, there's my plug for La Mexicana. My favorite is the beef enchilada.

As you can see, we had a really good turnout at the meet-up.

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suesue's husband took some more action shots of our whole table (since I'm a really bad photographer, lol).

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Although, I did capture a few good pics. Here's one of suesue and her awesome photographer husband. Two very, very sweet people.

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It was also a privilege to finally meet Texdude50 (right) and his partner after interacting with him for quite a while online.

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Oh, and then there's miscanthus, who I found out loves Angry Birds almost as much as I do!

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Here's GrannyOPhilly (on the right--Mrs. PDiddie is on the left). She surprised all of us by bringing a bag of Obama buttons to pass around, which you can see they're both wearing. I snagged the only LGBT for Obama button, as you would probably guess.

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And here's PDiddie. I suppose I should have just gotten all three in one shot!

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cosette is rocking her Obama Mama button, which goes quite well with her shirt.

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And, last but not least, the cool end of the table (just kidding! We're going to have to mix ourselves up next time so all of us get to know each other!). From right to left, Delilah, disconnect the dots, and me. And nomandates's hair!

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That's not everybody--there were a few attendees who didn't make it into the pictures. nomandates (not just her hair), doraphasia, and lightseekertexas were also in attendance, and just as awesome as everybody pictured! ;)

And that's it for the pictures. Since this meet-up was such a success, we'll be planning another one very soon. If you're reading this and are from Houston and aren't a member of Houston Area Kossacks, let me know so you can get in on the fun!

October 17, 2012

Thanks to tonight's Top Comments contributors! Let us hear from YOU
when you find that proficient comment.

From cohenzee:

indycam comes up with a brilliant piece of snark vis-a-vis the debate.
From Melanie in IA:
gratuitous gives us two new terms for our world: Money Boo Boo and gyno-Americans.
From blueoregon:
I'd like to nominate from Chris Andersen's diary the comment bobinson made I hadn't considered until I read it.
From mdmslle:
Omg! Binder goodness from Diogenes2008.
From JaxDem:
I am nominating this comment by Free Jazz at High Noon from his own diary. The final sentence in Jazz's comment - " When you are given everything, perhaps you only know the real value of nothing." defines Romney better than any pundit that I have read or heard has done thus far.
From voracious:
There have been so many great comments from the debate diaries, but this comment from Xapulin had me chuckling all afternoon.
From Pam from Calif:
This is an awesome comment by Marjmar in one of the Presidential Debate Liveblogs.

October 16, 2012

(excluding Tip Jars and first comments)

Got mik!

1) Is anyone else having trouble clicking on the by Penman — 184
2) Please proceed is code for "here have some by Xtatic — 177
3) Mitt's biggest mistake by Diogenes2008 — 169
4) :-) by Trix — 161
5) Extremely poignant: by 4CasandChlo — 156
6) That. Was. AWESOME! by Cinnamon — 156
7) I heard that too by musicsleuth — 150
8) Good by sgilman — 146
9) That moment and the by psilocynic — 145
10) Moderator corrects Romney by Philosoraptor — 136
11) Like so? by Scarce — 136
12) That was pretty awesome. by psilocynic — 135
13) I think Obama's "Could you repeat that, Candy?" by Penman — 134
14) Best yet... by JoCoDem — 132
15) Tipped & Recc'd for being Jesus' hands and feet by absdoggy — 130
16) Very clever and well done! by VClib — 127
17) The word "offensive" was the dagger. by The Troubadour — 124
18) Actually this could do some good by ontheleftcoast — 123
19) Of note: by bluesteel — 119
20) "Romney Made Shit Up" by Wisper — 118
21) Visceral Resonance with this comment by JohnS33031 — 117
22) that is legal experience not boardroom experience by NeverThere — 114
23) That may have been the moment where Obama by pistolSO — 114
24) Obama looked sincerely pissed. As a man who by rogerdaddy — 113
25) He was as good as anyone would be: by 4CasandChlo — 111
26) Nice catch! by bluedust — 111
27) When asked about pay equity for women.. by ssentamu — 110
28) Fox News is calling it a draw... by Scarce — 108
29) "Please proceed, governor" by azpenguin — 108
30) If he doesn't want to pay taxes here... by JeffW — 105

October 16, 2012

Enjoy jotter's wonderful PictureQuilt™ below. Just click on the picture and it will magically take you to the comment that features that photo. Have fun, Kossacks!

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