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By 606 (Tue Nov 27, 2007 at 08:37:35 PM EST) husimeet, calgary, drinking, revelry, good times (the having of) (all tags)
(I always post these a few days late...)

I honestly don't know how, and forgot to ask, how glamorgan found our table seeing as I forgot to send him a picture of myself or describe what to look for. It's logical that he found a picture of myself or misslake amongst the old husistock photos and worked from there, though my personal theory is he merely walked around until he found the table that reeked of The Internet.

Truly it was a meeting of the literate nerds as the world of HuSi was intersected by another secretive Internet group, the sciurus inferi. At the far end of the table a hipster pseudo-librarian kabal was celebrating a birthday. All enjoyed the tasty Alley Kat Aprikat apricot ale, amber in colour, ample in amount.

I found it hard to keep track of things that night. I didn't drink too much, but I drank enough. From the Hop 'n Brew we escaped to Broken City for dancing and carousing and at that point I find it difficult to remember what hapened. No, wait... glamorgan bought me a big Newcastle brown ale and then we all had shots of Jagermeister. At that point things got very strange.

I remember dancing, and people I knew phased through the crowd, though never all at the same time. misslake and glamorgan sitting at a table, Katie the librarian and her cronies, and somehow my sister passed through with her own seperate party. Then there was a dance circle and everyone had a shot at the centre. And then there was the good dancer who spun misslake around and then produced a banana from his pocket. Between him and the booth-dancer trying to paw at her shirt, misslake was rudely attended. Her smile is too radiant. We men can't help but become stupid in her presence.

Sunday was spent at the Glenbow museum, which was a lot better than I remembered it. There was an exhibit of Emily Carr paintings. My only exposure to Emily Carr and Group of 7 works happened when I was young and impatient. I was annoyed by the slapdash paintings of mountains and scrawny trees. Looking again with older eyes, I can see the power of Carr's work. Her later paintings radiate with bluegreen tones. Shadows are illuminated with irridescent blue. Trees looks like velvet drapery. Giant swirling mountains dwarf tiny encampments, ridiculous in their attempt to quell nature. Prints cannot do the works justice.

misslake and I also visited the Asian gallery, best described as "a thousand Buddhas, with a side of Ganesh". Ancient statues of stone and copper. Ganesh sure was the party God. He always appears with a large busomed "consort", on many occasions copping a feel. Ah, that cheeky deity.

All in all, a good time was had. It's great to finally have a reason to do all those "touristy" things in Calgary.

Next time there's a meet, I think I will plan some true Calgarian activities. We'll go to a country music bar and ride the mechanical bull. Yup.

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Ranchman's by glamorgan (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue Nov 27, 2007 at 09:34:59 PM EST
I vaguely recall promising misslake a ride on the mechanical bull. She seemed excited at the time, but that may have been the booze talking.

My last trip to the Glenbow was years ago for a Edvard Munch exhibit. Google tells me it was 1999, which I guess does not actually qualify as  'a few years ago.' Munch had a dark soul, and I found many of his works quite disturbing.  My favorite art exhibit is the Picasso museum in Barcelona, but not for reason you would expect.  At the end of the museum was a brief exhibit of works by Miro and Dali.  I thoroughly enjoy Dali in particular, and still do.

And remember, Jager will always make the night go strange.

i was actually appalled by misslake (4.00 / 1) #7 Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 04:56:19 PM EST
i thought mechanical bulls only existed in jokes about cowboys, not in real live cowboy bars.

i am eager to go out with you again, cowboy bar or not!

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It is debatable... by 606 (4.00 / 1) #8 Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 06:29:58 PM EST
many would argue that Ranchman's, despite being the most cowboy-like bar in Cowtown, is not actually a cowboy bar. The place is a parody of itself.

If you demand total authenticity we could go to Hanna, Alberta, play a few rounds of curling, and drink at the bar and watch the stripper.

imagine dancing banana here

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Ah, Jager by 606 (4.00 / 2) #9 Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 06:49:20 PM EST
Indeed it does make nights out extra special. One New Years I drank half a bottle at a party and made pleasant conversation for the rest of the night. The next day my friend told me "dude, you weren't making any sense last night. You said some weird shit." I can't recall what it was, of course. I do recall kissing some people that, in retrospect, probably didn't expect it.

imagine dancing banana here
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Hop n Brew by glamorgan (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Nov 27, 2007 at 09:41:54 PM EST
The hair - and I'm not talking about yours.  misslake recently posted a link to facebook that gave me the clues I needed.

And your table reeked of the internet......

the bananaman's atentions weren't actually rude by misslake (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 04:33:40 AM EST
he asked if i liked dancing, then if i was there with my boyfriend.
yes and no, i replied.
then we danced and it was awesome.

and i'm calling his attentions "not rude", based on the fact that he was grinding his banana into my hip and not anything else...

Euw by DullTrev (4.00 / 1) #4 Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 05:43:09 AM EST

That would make it go all sticky, and squidgy.

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You buy your hips from by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #6 Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 08:47:54 AM EST
Non FDA-certified suppliers.

I never have that problem with Dow Corning™ hips.

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ah, the old decoy banana trick by clover kicker (4.00 / 2) #5 Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 07:38:26 AM EST
Fools 'em every time.

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