Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A Meeting of the Minds



So last night I had my first face to face encounter with a fellow blogger. Nathaniel R. of The Film Experience, where I semi-regularly guest blog, was in town (Washington, D.C.) on some other business and we decided to meet up for dinner and drinks. The first hour went about as you'd expect: We drank one Aqua Velva after another and tried to determine the identity of a cryptic serial killer known only as "The Zodiac." Finally I slammed my fist down and shouted, "It's Larry King! Why won't you just accept that?" Then we moved on.

As you can probably guess, that didn't happen but we did have a great time and, surprisingly, talked very little about movies and blogging. Oh we did talk about movies and blogging but not as much as each of us thought we would. But I'll not bore you with details. Suffice it to say I had a great time. So much so that I couldn't help but wonder, when are some of you other bloggers going to make your way down here (or up here or over here depending on where you are) and share some blog/movies/life talk with me?


Now I don't mean someone who blogs that I'm not familiar with or anything, because one of the advantages of meeting up with Nathaniel is that we already "knew" each other well enough that there wasn't any tedious small talk. I mean my fellow bloggers that know me well from comments and discussion. You know who you are. Anyway, I'll get something more substantial up later today, tonight or tomorrow (even though I'm sure everyone loves reading about my nights on the town) but for now I just wanted to mention the Movie Blogger Meeting of the Minds. Hopefully more will follow.

32 comments:

Peter Nellhaus said...

Not being a drinking man, I had to do a little research. At first I thought you guys were downing an after shave lotion. No plans at this time to head east, but I did get to meet Michael Guillen and Brian Darr a couple of years ago in San Francisco. I'm waiting to see if anyone going to or from Telluride tries to contact me if they have any free time in Denver, but I'm not counting on that to happen.

And I approve the Leo McCarey banner of the moment.

Jonathan Lapper said...

I have no plans to be in Denver anytime soon but without question, if and when I do, I will e-mail you before hand to meet up. Although your knowledge of more obscure titles is a bit intimidating, but we could just stick to the classics Hollywood flicks of the thirties through the sixties. And I would insist we have Aqua Velvas, just like in Zodiac.

And thanks for the approval. Leo McCarey's a director that needs more loving. Actually, he pretty much has it from film folk, I guess what I mean is he needs to be better known. And the title was a pretty easy fit for a banner here: Flag, Blog. Took about two micro-seconds for me to put that one together.

bill r. said...

As you know, Jonathan, I make into your neck of the woods pretty regularly. The thing is, it's generally only for a weekend, and I have a lot of family to visit in that short period. I need to take some time off or something, because I'd love to get together.

Rick Olson said...

I wish I had nights on the town ... but I might be in Washington sometime in October.

Marilyn said...

Unless I go to our DC office (which I haven't seen in my whole 3years on this job), I don't expect to be there.

Denver is another matter. The hubby lived there for quite some time, and we may be helping a sick friend of his (Parkinson's) to move to Chicago so we can look after him. He hasn't got any help at all. If we do, Peter, I'll let you know.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Bill - We should figure out something definitely but I realize it's a long drive so it would ultimately probably have to involve taking time off from work and meeting halfway or something.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Rick - If you are, drop me an e-mail. And if we do meet up, can I pull your beard to make sure it's real, like little Natalie in Miracle on 34th St?

Jonathan Lapper said...

Marilyn - I've never been to Chicago but I'd love to make it up there one day. However, as a back-up plan I'll call the Chicago office and pretend I'm from the DC office and say, "We need Ferdinand down here, STAT!"

Marilyn said...

I've been to DC several times and have enjoyed myself. I even have a favorite restaurant: Petits Plats on Connecticut.

Good luck with that STAT business. We're "PTA polite" around here.

Marilyn said...

Just curious - Did anyone listen to my podcast at Natsukashi? Be kind about my voice if you did; I sound like such a little girl!

Jonathan Lapper said...

Then I'll say, "We need Marilyn down here... pleeeeaaaasse."

I pass by Petits Plats every day, it's right by the Metro I take but I've never eaten there. I do love French food I just never make it down to where I work when I'm not working, if you know what I mean.

And podcast? I must go listen now on my lunch break. And I'm sure you're voice sounds great.

Jonathan Lapper said...

You sound terrific. You don't sound like a little girl at all to me. Obviously I'm not hearing you under the best of conditions since you're coming through a phone line on the podcast but I think your voice is perfectly suited for podcasting and you have a confidence in your speaking style that comes through loud and clear.

Marilyn said...

Thank you, Jonathan. This was the first time in my life when I was not self-conscious about my recorded voice. The confidence I can attribute in large part to Rob Rector. I highly recommend participating in his project. He's really got his act together and makes it so easy to talk. I was so at ease and really enjoyed myself and revisiting this genre/film from my childhood.

If you go to Petits Plats, take the waiter's suggestion about wine. Our waiter's palate was flawless!

Fox said...

Whoa... I'm excited to go hear you Marilyn. It will be interesting to attach a voice to your... er... name, I guess.

Anyways. I don't know what Natsukashi is but I'm guessing a simple Google of it will tell me, no? I'm going to check it out directly!

Marilyn said...

I don't really know what it means. I'd rather not know.

Fox said...

I just paused it to say that it sounds great, Marilyn! I like that you called yourself a "sword and sandles junkie".

Also... love the soundbites. "We will take Athens from the rear!"

Jonathan Lapper said...

Not knowing nearly as much about wines as I should I will definitely take the waiter's advice.

Fox - You always find the best quotes don't you?

Marilyn said...

Thanks, Fox. Those soundbites are all Rob's doing. I didn't know what he would choose, but I love the way he did it.

Fox said...

And again, this was another movie I was unfamiliar with. Love it.

Jonathan-

What if you had like a blogger retreat? Like bohemian grove but without the depravity. Just good times. We can all prepare presentations and sit there and drink (whatever) and listen to each other, laugh, and relish in our awesomeness.

Maybe CNN will cover it.

Jonathan Lapper said...

We'll let Bill be the Master of Ceremonies.

Marilyn said...

And Arbogast can be the Master of Cemeteries.

Jonathan Lapper said...

click then press red button

Jonathan Lapper said...

Props to Flickhead for pointing that site out to me. Just another invaluable internet tool.

Fox said...

I like how I didn't have my speakers turned on, so I just kept hitting the red buttin waiting for something to happen...

(click, click, click, click, clickclickclick...)

Then I looked at the title of the page. "Oh".

Something tells me that Arbogast has done something like that before.

ARBOGAST said...

And Arbogast can be the Master of Cemeteries.

"Can you diiiiiiig it?"

Jonathan Lapper said...

Don't joke around Arbogast. Being Master of Cemeteries is a grave responsibility.

you know the drill

Rick Olson said...

More of gravy than the grave ...

ARBOGAST said...

Olson, you little Dickens.

NATHANIEL R said...

omg i'm so lame* that i just know saw this post. it was fun and if duty hadn't called I could've had another aquavelva. those things are like water to me. and not just because Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr pretended to drink them.

*overworked by corporate america

Jonathan Lapper said...

Nathaniel - Good to see you (online) and great to have met you offline. I had a great time. Next time we will definitely determine who the killer is or I'm going to work for the Sacramento Bee!

ARBOGAST said...

I don't like the look of this new guy.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Not everyone can be an adorable forest canine like Fox.

Now stop being so suspicious of everyone.