The open dinner last night at Stamey’s Barbecue in Greensboro, NC was quite nice. We wound up with nine folks including myself. Soon-to-be Asimov’s TOCmate @grayrinehart (who’d driven over from Cary, NC), longtime Internet friend
The food was interesting, though not as good as I’d hoped. I had hush puppies, Brunswick stew, a plate of pork and chicken with cole slaw, and some peach cobbler for dessert. Vinegar is an overly dominant theme in Carolina barbecue. The company was excellent and a lot of fun. I grew tired, and ended things maybe a little sooner than their natural conclusion, but I think everyone went away happy and well-fed. (Cheaply, too. The prices at Stamey’s are quite reasonable.) Getting checked out was mildly hilarious, because we’d all started throwing money against a group ticket, and we confused the poor cashier.
One of the things that I find very fun is going various places around the country and seeing people like this. It was neat to see my cousin, who I haven’t seen in about five years, but also folks I wouldn’t normally see at all, like Gray or
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