Slightly Famous, Once Removed: The One-Up

My CPAC buddy Sean Hackbarth, called my Slightly Famous, and raised me a NYT Row Behind.

The Story of Penne Obama and How I Became a Restaurant Critic

Last year, you may remember the blogger girl’s night out dinner at CPAC.

This year we decided to make it an annual event. So Fausta, Little Miss Attila, Nice Deb and little ol’ me head out to Woodley Park to plot our plan to take over the world.

We decided on Italian and settled on Pasta Italiana on Connecticut. (I really wish there was a link. They deserve the bad press.) Despite the fine company and funny conversation, this restaurant ranks up there with Monty Python’s review of Australian table wines. It is to be avoided at all cost. The service was ten clicks past horrid. The prices were very high. The food was so-so.

Joy played with her food, during which Debra snapped proof, absolute proof that our President is not the man he claims to be.

It was a great night with great friends, long to be remembered.

The Obligatory #CPAC11 Purse Dump

Well, I’m back and feebly attempting a recovery.

Equipment wise, I was bit challenged this trip. Finally admitting this year that I may NOT be Superwoman and perhaps may have a few minor physical limitations, I opted for the iPod over the laptop (therefore avoiding the sore shoulder for weeks afterward). Combine that with the dodgy WiFi in the Blogger’s Lounge and you get an idea of my daily frustration. Only managed one actual post from the conference, but boy, was my purse packed with cards and notes, toys and trinkets. Not having to keep an eye on the equipment freed me up to walk around more (ouch, my feet!) and attend more sessions outside the big hall.

I made many new friends and enjoyed reconnecting with old ones. It’s a wonderful thing to put a face with a name. Please note the Blogroll has expanded (those listed with a * are bloggers I’ve personally met).

I was sitting right beside Ed Morrissey when he interviewed Rep. Steve King of Iowa.

Herman Cain wowed the house – “Stupid people are ruining America.”

Jason Pye interviewed Herman in the BL.

Blogger Andrew Ian Dodge announced his candidacy for Senator of Maine, the seat currently occupied by RINO Olympia Snowe. Andrew would make a great Senator and I can’t wait for him to meet Al Franken in the parking lot after session.

The American Conservative Union has new President and Moe Lane got a few minutes of his time. Hopefully, change is in the air.

It was great to put these faces with their blogs – Bruce McQuain of Questions and Observations, Doug Ross @ Journal and Bruce at Gay Patriot.

The “Awakening of the Conservative Woman” panel put on by the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute was nothing short of outstanding. All the nasties that called Cleta Mitchell names should be sent to Never Expiring Detention. She was delightful, along with the other panelists. It is so refreshing to see women of such varying ages and backgrounds agree that the foundation of this country is the family.

And of course, Stacy McCain was the Cruise Director. His multiple posts each day of the conference (sample: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, a wrap-up of sorts – there’s lots more) show not only how much ground he covered, but his incredible bandwidth when it comes to copious amounts of schmoozing.

One of the highlights of the conference was that this actually happened. No Badge, No Entry, I-Don’t-Care-Who-You-Are. Pure awesome.

People who know me, know I’m pretty camera shy. But I wasn’t shy when this guy stopped by.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’m going back to bed now.

UPDATE: Linked by Stacy, who has even more pictures, including Bogie. Sigh…

LIVE from #CPAC11

From the BloggersBunker: CPAC never fails to provide learning, entertainment and drama.

Kinda like the Prom, but with spotty WiFi.

The speeches and face-to-face encounters have been encouraging. Remember where we were this time last year? Our butts in the air awaiting the proctoscope better known as Obamacare zeroing in on us? My how a little election can change things.

Plus there’s a rumor that there’s a Sarah Palin look-alike turning heads in the halls somewhere. I wonder if she’ll drop by the bunker…

Off to CPAC

Well, here I go again. Venturing off to parts in the frozen North. (BTW, Atlanta is expecting snow tonight. For the millionth time this winter. Heh.)

Note the shiny widget in the left sidebar. I’m like official, and all.

Several posts are scheduled to auto-magically materialize while I’m away. Stay tuned for the random randomness you’ve come to expect here. I’ll post when I can, because, well, uh….I’ll be …uh…busy. 😉

Announcement from the Administration

Notice the new shiny gizmo in the sidebar. Yep, take cover, I’m headed back to DC in a few weeks.

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