It Was a Fishbowl And BBQ

A list in no particular order to illustrate what happens with a bunch of romance fans, bloggers, readers and authors descend upon a Times Square BBQ place with big honking holy shit huge drinks.

1. I arrive late because I went home, took care of the fam, then drove back into Manhattan. This was bad idea jeans, because a few hundred other people had the same idea at the same time and I was taunted by sitting on the helix into the Lincoln Tunnel looking at New York but unable to get there. And, to make matters more embarrassing for me, the restaurant wouldn’t seat the party until we were all there. What the crap?!

Now I’m one embarrassed person. Sorry, y’all.

2. The drinks were huge.

3. No, really. The drinks were huge.

4. DO YOU SEE THE SIZE of the FISHBOWLS they serve the DRINKS in?!

5. See #1 re: driving. Hence I drank barely a quarter of the fishbowl, chugged water (which did NOT come in the fishbowl, damn them) and donated the rest of my margarita to a worthy cause: the inebriation of someone who didn’t have a drink. Yay!

6. I don’t go out much, really, which makes me lame, but I forget how funny it is that a table of 15 people with one major genre in common will always find something to talk about, and will undoubtedly have a kicking time. It’s like a book club on crack. With margaritas.Or beer. In fish bowls.

7. There are funny pictures of me circulating out there. I promise I am about 200% more funny-looking in real life.

8. Ann Aguirre was angelic and very cool, and if you ask her how she met her husband, the story will make you wet yourself with laughter.

9. We talked about any and all of the following: writing, books we’re reading, Magic Hoo-hoos, San Francisco, juicy pink velvet things, Twitter, and dial up modems. Also books. But you guessed that.

10. My camera phone takes grainy ass pictures in low light, but that doesn’t mean I can’t caption them. Enjoy – and thanks to everyone who came for creating a kickass evening.

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  1. 1
    mearias says:

    Last night was fun, sorry I didn’t get to chat with you.  Ann Aguirre is very funny, LOVED her.  We should do that again.

  2. 2

    Awesome time last night.  Here’s too more fun in San Francisco!

  3. 3
    Gail Dayton says:

    So did the pants survive? What about the shirt? (Speaking as one who ALWAYS wears her lunch/supper/whatever…I have stories…)

    Sounds like a great party—not too many people have layovers in Houston…

  4. 4
    SB Sarah says:

    Pants, yes, as they were black. Shirt, not so much. Butter. And a dot of sour cream.

    So great am I, yes.

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    Maria Lokken says:

    Yup – was a great time. Ann was fabulous, and meeting her dh story is hilarious. I loved meeting all the people I only chat with on-line or have only heard about.

    The only other table having as good a time as ours—was the ‘troupe’ that took up three tables seating 45 people singing the most unusual rendition of happy birthday I’d ever heard.  Loved it, if I could keep a tune, I woulda remembered the melody.

    Sarah – we’ve put up pics.

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    AmandaG says:

    Not getting out much marks you as the mother of small children.  My youngest is three and I’m just now starting to have a social life again. Looks like you guys had a great time!

  7. 7

    That sounds like so much fun.  Now I am beginning to really look forward to RWA SF.

    word verif: married17.  No, only 1.

  8. 8
    katiebabs says:

    My post will be up in a few minutes. And with pictures! :D
    I hope I have everyone’s name under the correct picture! :P
    Such a wonderful time!

  9. 9
    Christine says:

    Oooo! My (sort of) cleavage is posted on SmartBitches!!! I’m not sure if I should feel glamorous… or dirty!? LOL

    It was a pleasure meeting Ann and everyone else in our party. I hope to meet everyone again sometime. :)

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    JEANETTE says:

    Huge drinks? that’s the normal size in Texas.

  11. 11
    alau says:

    You’re just as much fun in person as you are on your blog :)

    Yea, those drinks…damn. That was like how much I drink in one month!

  12. 12
    SonomaLass says:

    I am green with envy!  Such a fun time, great people, and the drinks look wonderful. (JEANETTE is right about Texas—my DP and I shared a margarita in Galveston once that put both of us completely under the table.)

    Have I mentioned a million times yet that I can’t come to RWA because my son is getting married?  Yeah, I thought I had.  We need to organize a wine country romance event—wine and romance, they go together.

  13. 13
    ev says:

    5 hours warning and I would of tried to make it just to see if I could. Oh, well. It looks like everyone had a great time!!

  14. 14
    Leanna Renee says:

    LOL love the pictures and captions.  As usual, Sarah, cracking me up.  I had a simply marvelous time with wonderful company and my fishbowl pina colada!

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    TracyS says:

    Okay, I want to hear how Ann Aguirre met her hubby!!  Sounds like a great story.  The story of how I met my hubby is SO BORING that I like to hear the good stories!

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    dragonfly says:

    I’m with Tracy on the story!!!  I’m from Australia and am sooooo jealous.  If any of you are interested we are having our 1st…yep 1st romance convention and it’s being held in my home town, Melbourne!  So, puhlease, try and make your way over as we have a great country here and often feel left out of the loop.

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    Mary Stella says:

    I’m in a book discussion group with several co-workers.  We read from all sorts of genres.  (Although we’re taking a hiatus from gut-wrenching memoirs.)

    Someone who isn’t in the group said she’s heard that “book group” is really a code phrase for “girls night in someone’s house with alcohol”.  She asked, “Do you really talk about the book, or do you just drink wine and talk about other things?”

    My answer?  “Yes.”

    Specifically, we drink wine, eat pizza, have brownies for dessert AND discuss the book.  Then we talk about other things. 

    Book discussions, laughter, good conversation, good wine.  What’s not to love?

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    amy lane says:

    dude, considering the fact that most of the people I know who love romance or pnr don’t actually know EACH OTHER, you just described the best night EVER!  The only thing that would make it better for me would be if everybody brought their knitting.

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    Wryhag says:

    The big beer fishbowl, it is called a “boomba” where I come from (which is Milwaukee, where my parents owned and operated neighborhood taverns). Boombas used to sell for a nickel a pop . . . back when men were pigs and women were sluts and people were proud of what they were, no matter how they smelled.

    You can fortify a truckload of pride with five-cent beers.

    Ann Aguirre?  A damned goddess, far as I’m concerned.  Wish I could’ve been there (“smellin’ like a brewery, lookin’ like a tramp”—as Tom Waits put it).

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    sara says:

    You went to Dallas BBQ? To talk about romance? And didn’t invite me?! I am tragically sad! My magic hoo-hoo and I are going to go sulk now.

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    Gail Dayton says:

    Hey, SonomaLass—the margarita was INVENTED in Galveston. (I should know. I live there.) So yeah. Big margaritas. Of Course. :) (We will not discuss the one the son made for me.)

    (SB Sarah, you have not yet equalled the Every Course on the red shirt feat I did for the last anniversary dinner at one of the fanciest-ass restaurants on the island…salsa with the plaintains, salad dressing with the salad, raspberry sauce with the fish, and a big glop of ice cream, pecans and caramel to top everything off with dessert…) (At least the shirt was red.)

    So is there going to be a SB hangout at the bar or something in SF?

  22. 22
    Ann Aguirre says:

    Wow, you guys are so making me blush. Sorry I’m late to the post; I’ve been on the road. So happy everyone had a good time! I had a blast myself. Thanks to everyone for coming. I will definitely host one of those again.

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