Whether the social fabric & overall content quality of the SDMB has washed away entirely or we just find ourselves at a low tidal point as part of nature’s ebb & flow cycle is anyone’s guess. Being optimistic in nature, I wish to conclude it’s the latter case. Conceding the point I’m not the one of the more social New York area Dopers & given the fact I’ve only been around since the Winter of Our Missed Content – I don’t feel either of those factors should preclude me from making the call for a NYC Metro Area Summertime Pool Party. Getting this gathering off the ground in terms of attendance is entirely up to you…besides, I’ve already run out of corny water metaphors.
Not that I’m the most nostalgic person out there – but part of me really misses those gatherings from yesteryear.[ul][li]I enjoyed my 1st experience at that subterranean tavern on St. Marks Place & got a kick (and almost scorched) watching some of the Doper Ladies dance atop the bar @ Red Rock West during NYC MegaDope 2002.I met some really great people at The Gate in Brooklyn when some Hoosiers wanted to meet the NYC Dopers! – And even learned that board moderators are people too.I met some great people while witnessing mass quantities of food & alcohol consumed at The American Restaurant & No Idea Pub during MegaDope 2003Nearly poking my eye out with chopsticks at Grand Sichuan when Gazelle Bounded into NYCBeer & White Castle belly bomber knock-offs as Manhattan passed the moderating torch at The Patriot SaloonAnd most recently, Boxing With Crayons this past Christmas Season.[/ul]As MegaDopeFests became an unmanageable memory, even the number of smaller on-board public meetings also seemed to wane. In my humble opinion, it’s been too long since there’s been a: [ul]NY Ren FaireKosher Dinner @ Dougies,Cemetery Tour,Boat Cruise,RibFest at Casa Dave-Guy’s, or Beer & wing blast at Blondie’s[/ul]So here it is, NYC Metro Area Summertime Pool Party:Who? You…if you can make it. Whether you’re an old veteran, a new member or a former poster who’s left and gone into lurk mode; you’re more than welcome.[/li]
What? A NYC Metro Area Summertime Pool Party – Don’t ask me to repeat myself again.
When? Saturday, July 30th, 2005 beginning at high noon – That puts it in the Dog Days of Summer, right between Independence Day & Labor Day.
Where? Seaford, Long Island. Yeah, I realize it’s not the city – but I couldn’t afford a house with a pool in Manhattan if I wanted to. On the upside, the pool’s heated; the backyard’s private; there’s a diving end & a shallow end. For those of you unfamiliar with Nassau County, the house is a stone’s throw from exit 29 on the Southern State Parkway, 8 miles north of Jones Beach and a 50 minute commuter rail ride from Penn Station on the LIRR
Why? It might not be proper board etiquette to answer a question with a question; but why not?Details, Details, Details & Any Questions You May Have:Q: What happens at a NY MetroDope Pool Party?
A: Who do I look like, The Amazing Kreskin? I don’t even know if anyone’s gonna want to come. This I can all but guarantee though: If it’s anything like the other NY Dope gatherings, you’ll meet some quality people and chat, opine, laugh, learn, flirt, drink, over eat & burp (not necessarily in that order).
Q: What’s on the menu?
A: I have summertime entertaining pretty much down to a science. There will be a couple coolers stocked full of iced down Bavarian Weissbeir, Budweiser, Coors Light & Stella Artois. I’ll have a few cases of soft drinks on hand and the bar will be open. I’ll be grilling bratwurst, weisswurst, steak and leberkase from Karl Ehmer, corn on the cob and will have a green salad, Penn Dutch macaroni salad and potato salad.
Q: If I come, what should I bring
A: Nothing, except yourself, a significant other if you so choose, your brood if you like, your bathing suit, your sunscreen of choice and a towel.
Q: How much?
A: Once again, nada, nicht, zip, nothing. The only thing really required is you attendance and some way of getting from where you are to (hopefully) where we’ll be.
Q: What if I can’t swim?
A: You can either wear swimmies, stay on the shallow end, soak in the hot tub or remain on dry ground on the deck. My homeowner’s insurance is all paid up, so in the unlikely event you drown, at least your heirs and their attorney stand to make a few bucks.
Q: Can I pee in the pool?
A: Absolutely not. Don’t believe everything you read at Snopes. I just may have come up with an ammonia indicating dye down in my lab.
Q: What if I have special dietary needs / preferred beverage you haven’t mentioned
A: Just let me know, I’m easy. I’ll do my best to accommodate any reasonable requests or needs you may have.
Q: What if I drink too much?
A: Crash at the house as opposed to on the road. There are 3 extra bedrooms and a few couches. If more than a couple people stick around to Sunday, I’ll pick up breakfast @ Bageltown – who offer the closest thing to a NYC bagel you can find.
Q: MPSIMS threads drop out of sight rather quickly, will you be bumping this invite when it fades?
A: No. But I will employ a cheap method of alerting those NYC-area Dopers who do vanity searches and have attended previous soirees. Here’s a call out to a few of them:
(Disclaimer: I’m cheating by culling & pasting screen names from posters of previous gatherings. Whether or not they’ve since moved away, never lived here in the first place, stopped posting or died is something I don’t have the time to research and edit…Let’s just say I’m casting a wide net – I’m not looking to offend anyone by admission or exclusion. In fact, I’ll put the names in spoiler tags as an extra precaution)
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And of course, as mentioned above - any other Doper who wishes to attend. I guess that covers things for now – Let’s see what happens.