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[food|travel] Last night’s open dinner in Greensboro, NC

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 [info]xjenavivex and her partner, IRL friends and cheese makers [info]icedrake and [info]katfeete and their one-year-old daughter E— (all of whom had driven down from Galax, VA), and my cousin Sheri Lake and her partner L— (who had driven up from some tiny town in SC).

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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 [info]xjenavivex. And it was nice to introduce people to one another.

Plus [info]icedrake and [info]katfeete brought me some award-winning cheese from their Meadow Creek Dairy, and a cold pack so I have some hopes of getting it home in my luggage. Thanks, guys!


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[personal] Stepping out into the dawn

Going on another trail hike this morning, with Team E— and [info]mlerules. Breaking in my new/old boots with a (hopefully) better pair of socks. This afternoon I’ll put more time into the current short story project, a requested horror piece entitled “Spendthrift”. Plus hanging out with my kid.

Tomorrow is a busy-as-usual day, then I’m off to North Carolina prior to the crack of dawn on Tuesday. If you’re anywhere within striking distance of Greensboro, consider coming to my open dinner Tuesday night [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].

I get home from that trip very late Wednesday night, more like Thursday morning. Thursday after Day Jobbery, I’m off to my gig as resident pro at Cascade Writers, which will take me right through the weekend.

This week, I also plan to finish this short story, send the latest revision of the Going to Extremes outline to my agent, turn another round of effort on a book outline I’m working jointly with [info]calendula_witch, and get back to serious revisions on Other Me.

Busy much?