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January 16, 2006

six million tons of fun

I hope everyone is mindful of today's holiday. A very, very short march just went by my house on Vermont Avenue, NW, accompanied by a single police car here in Chocolate City. But there were fewer than 60 people marching to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday, who was known to lead far larger gatherings. I hope the crowd doesn't get any smaller as the years roll on.

This afternoon I will be the Dungeon Master when the geek gang comes over for Dungeons and Dragons. This will be the only role-playing I will have done all weekend, despite the Mid-Atlantic Leather celebration having passed.

I got a lot of work done last week as the boss was not there to pester me about minutae that he thinks requires action at every juncture. However, trying to do desktop publishing while three screeching harridan government workers are out in the hallway avoiding work by discussing whether or not to go home early (please, just go home early) made for a tough Friday. So I was bundled up in my jammies and pillows Friday night to watch sci-fi Friday. The scruff episode of Stargate: Atlantis was pretty much full-on prime time porn to me, where Lt. Col. Shepphard basically walks into a scruff enhancement (time distortion) field from which he must be rescued. Battlestar Galactica was even better than expected, as I had predicted Cain would be slain, but guessed wrong as to how she would die.

Our rugby team did coat check at various venues over the weekend from which we got profit from the tips. I worked coat check at a cocktail event on Saturday night. At one point in the evening I saw an old trick whom I wanted to avoid, so I ducked into the aisles of black leather jackets, hiding between them. I found I could go deeper into the coats, so I did to ensure my concealment. Further in I went, until I noticed snow on the ground, and the smell of pine needles...finally the bundles of coats opened up into a snowy glade with a single lit gas light lamppost. In the distance I heard sleigh bells, and suddenly a sled pulled up, pulled by two slaves bound in leather. In the sled was a The Leather Queen Jason, who asked, "Would you like some Turkish Poppers?"

Side Note: I found an interesting blog about everything white: Absolutely White.

Anyway, Blowoff was a huge ton 'o fun, and it was good to see Circle in a Square come down from Philly, and Cynically Optimistic from NYC. Notably absent was JoeMyGod, who vowed to come down for the fun! An old (and I mean OLD) friend of mine made a surprise appearance, so it was good to hang out with the coven of hags again. I hear they had to pull the stake out of her heart so she could come out to Blowoff.

Photo caption contest entry.

Photo by Cynically Optimistic. Caption contest for above image.
My entry: "Jimbo! What part of 'FOOD FOOD' didn't you understand over there? I said I wanted a corndog!"

Coven of Hags

Another photo from Cynically Optimistic. Me with some longtime friends in DC.

On Sunday I went to the ever-popular lobby of the MAL event hotel to meet up with several old friends, shop around for goods and guys and generally hang out. I spotted SingleTails in the cigar tent and we chatted with some blog readers who said hello. Yes, you can say hello if you see me! I won't beat you up like Bjork would.

That night I met up with Tim to go out to the Reaction dance, where we ultimately danced with Dreamy Ron and his friend for a bit. It's nice to dance with Dreamy Ron as eventually really hot guys show up to dance with us. I also spotted Mr. Bartender and The Boy from DC Urban Family and their friends (all cute, especially Kevin), and shook it with them for a while too. The music was GREAT, spun by Chris Cox of Thunderpuss, who did a very fast remix of 'Mesmerised' my currently favorite workout track.

Posted by jimbo at January 16, 2006 12:51 PM


Sorry I didn't come down. I'm lame.

Posted by: Eric at January 16, 2006 4:30 PM

Chocolate City? Positively offensive...

Posted by: Scott at January 17, 2006 6:40 AM

Sorry I didn't come down. Eric's lame.

Posted by: Joe.My.God. at January 17, 2006 8:00 AM

You should make Gurl wear that shirt all the time. It would have saved me an awkward moment when I ran in to Gurl at JR's. He probably thought I was cruising him, when I was just thinking ‘Is that Gurl from Jimbo’s blog?' The burden of being the friend of a celebrity...

Posted by: Jim at January 17, 2006 9:28 AM

Scott: I believe even the long-term African-American residents of D.C. call it "Chocolate City" around here. It's a nickname for DC if I understand correctly. So if there's a problem with the use of the phrase, talk to the locals (I see you're commenting from Reston, by the way).

Posted by: jimbo at January 17, 2006 11:28 AM

I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that they recently moved the main MLK parade to springtime so that it will be nicer weather - so don't dispair - it will probably be huge - and timed to correspond with the Cherry Blossom hoopla when more visitors are around. Yep - here's a story from the WaPo:

Wednesday, January 4, 2006; Page B01

"A committee appointed by D.C. Council member Marion Barry has moved the District's annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade from its traditional date near King's birthday in wintry January to the warmer month of April, when the civil rights leader was assassinated.

"This year, according to Barry's office, the parade will be held April 1 -- April Fool's Day."

Of course people are now upset that it's being held on April Fools Day...

And I've lived here since I came down for college (G'town) in '73 and DC's been called "Chocolate City" as long as I've been here. There was even a groundswell back in the 70s that if we ever got a baseball team again it would be named the "Chocolate City Chips". Much more fun than the 'Nats - dontcha think? But I'm happy to have a team regardless of the name..

Posted by: Andy at January 17, 2006 2:49 PM

I have grown up hearing chocolate city in the lower case. Referring to any city with a predominantly large black population. DC, Atlanta, Richmond, Charlotte, and Detroit, have all been called chocolate cities in my presence.

And where were all you people at anywy?!
MAL is one of my vacations every year. I was in that lobby all weekend long and didn't see any of you. (Actually, I did see Ed across the room at the vendor fair.)

But joe didn't even come down. Eric is lame.

Posted by: chris at January 17, 2006 3:50 PM

That's my shoulder to the left in the foodfood pic! I'm famous!

Posted by: Dan at January 17, 2006 4:23 PM

It was nice to meet you too!

Posted by: The Boy at January 18, 2006 9:05 AM