Monday, October 02, 2006


As I mentioned in my last post, Jennine and her husband Darren came out to Bubba's last night to meet my wife and I.

The funny thing about finally getting to meet blog friends face-to-face is that the whole process is really kind of backwards. First you learn about all the most personal details of their lives through their stories, then you meet them physically.

meeting these two was so much more than just a couple of fellow bloggers getting together. Meeting Jennine and her husband was all about making new friends and connecting with people you know you want to "hang out" with.

1:30 a.m. - and STILL laughing!

I can't even begin to describe how much fun we had yukking it up about things we've been laughing over for months, or diving into the questions we've been waiting to ask each other so we could finely learn "the rest of the stories." The inside jokery was perfect ammunition for one woman who asked how us two couples knew each other.

"Oh, Jennine and I met on the internet."

~silent stare~

"We have very open marriages."

The only disappointment was how quickly the evening flew by - especially since I had to "work" for most of the night. But I thoroughly enjoyed the precious minutes of my breaks. If only every one of my gigs could be so entertaining!

And as I told Jennine - it was so incredibly flattering that they drove all that way and stayed the WHOLE night as well. Even our most devout fans don't that. Thanks you guys - that really means a lot.
And with that the first annual Blog-esota event was born! Of course with only two bloggers attending this year, we obviously still have room for growth. But if the amount of fun we had at this first one with only TWO people is any indication of what's to come -



Waya said...

Is this your version of Blogher/him? Next thing I'll see is Heather at Cool Zebra at this blogfest. That's great to be able to find a blog friend with common things that you're willing to break bread with.

Anonymous said...

OMG--I recently Googled "Livingston Fury" and wound up discovering your blog! About 18 years ago (gosh, are we really that old?) you were in the band, and I was the blonde little front-desk girl at the Super 8 in Fargo y'all stayed at when playing @ Cactus Jacks!! You were my favorite live band (cause I knew you) and I snuck in underage just to hear you! Unfortunately, my ex-roomate confiscated my signed album...but I do have my memories! You look great & it's nice to hear that you're a dad (I have 2 fabulous little people myself)& still the Harmonica Man!

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

waya - And don't forget that Blog-esota is not limited to just Minnesotans. Now that it's official, I'll expect to see you here next Sept 30 too!

cleo - That is so cool that you found your way here! I remember the ol' Super 8 well - we played in Fargo many times. You can download every one of our songs from the My Music Downloads dropdown box in my sidebar. Then you can put 'em on your mp3 player. I know your ex-roommate won't be able to get her hands on that!

Mooselet said...

I'm more impressed not that you two actually met up and enjoyed yourselves but that you stayed awake until 1:30 am! It's not even 11 pm and I'm nodding off.

Anonymous said...

Jeff: I missed the music, because I ended up with an ambulance rid to your hospitl with stenosis of the spine. No one should have to have so much pain, where your body is sweating and up=chucking before passing out. Your wife spent many hours baby sitting me, instead of enjoying the music. She is a gem. My question is whether non bloggers are invited ? to the event?

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

mooselet - Be even MORE impressed that after they left at 1:30, they had to drive home for ANOTHER 2 HOURS! We offered to let them stay with us for the night but Jennine was concerned that with 7 kids at home - well, she might not HAVE a home when she got back.

dad - That was a pretty elaborate scheme you came up with to avoid having to see the band. An ambulance ride to the hospital is pretty creative!

But to answer your question... Yes, everyone is invited - bloggers, non bloggers, dogs, cats - even you, if you don't make up some other lame excuse ;-)

Jennine said...

I interrupt Jeff's comment section to send a personal shout-out to Bill:

Lookit here, Perocet!

I'm so sorry to hear about your pain. You can't even enjoy saying the words "Maggots hurt my back!" Though you could get the t-shirt which says "I went to St. Cloud and all I got was this stenosis." and then Jeff could get the shirt that says "Don't feel sorry for anyone dumb enough to get hurt." and Char could get the shirt that says "I feel like the Marilyn in this family of Munsters" and everyone could have a good laugh.

You and Lois have raised a fine son. And to have a daughter-in-law who is that kind and loving... wow.

Feel better because if I don't get to see you at the next Blog-esota, I'm going to be really sad.

Anonymous said...

I passed out three times because of the pain, so I do not wish squeezing of the spinal column on anyone. In fact, I would have had to get better to die! My heart goes out to anyone with a serious back problem. I find it easy to avoid work by walking around like I have my pants full. Enough said. Lois told me to say "Thanks to you and Charlie for the vigil"

Anonymous said...

1:30am?! If I go to Blogesota can we do an afternoon tea? Because I need my beauty sleep.


JD at I Do Things said...

Jeff! I have traveled back in time to comment on this post! Kathy sent me the link (after we started making our own plans for "Blog-oronto.")

Sounds like you had a great time.

JD at I Do Things