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In St. Louis, there are a few things you can always put money on. The weather will always change without notice. The Blues will always blow it IF they make the playoffs. You can always find a tweetup going on somewhere in the city.
This one, hashtagged as #tincantweetup, was at…you guessed it, The Tin Can. This particular establishment was the Morgan Ford location in South City St. Louis. It was a family friendly tweetup so the kids were out in full force. Special thanks to @Mugs13 for setting this one up. Quite honestly, when I walked in, I had my doubts as to the “family friendly” nature of the joint, but by the end of the night, no one was complaining. The floor plan is a little like a split level home. You walk in on the main floor where you’ll find the bar, some seating, the kitchen and a few arcade games. The lower level sports a pool table and bathrooms, while the upper level (which over looks the main floor) has more table seating.
What I immediately noticed about the menu was that it was Versa Dave friendly. Lots of fried, meaty, potatoey (I made that word up) goodness. I should preface by saying that we ate lunch at home prior to arriving because I had not planned ahead of time by looking at their online menu. I know better now. Since when has “already eaten” stopped me though. The kids were adamantly against eating since the bulk of their time was spent indulging in pool hustling and pinball (I’m tellin’ ya…watch out for the little one they call Dyl Pickle…she’ll rob ya blind).
I started the extravaganza off with a Tin Can special known as the Tator Tot Slop. As you would expect, this is a heaping helping of tator tots smothered in cheddar cheese, tomato, bacon and sour cream. I opted out of the sour cream (because I just don’t like it) and the tomato. I’m not a food critic and I don’t know all the good descriptive adjectives so I’ll spare you the pain and just say that it was pretty much amazing. I couldn’t have just tator tots…well, I could, but I didn’t. A pound of the Tin Can’s buffalo wings helped me wash it down. My friend @ladyquast and I have been on the hunt for St. Louis’ best wings and I think these ones just made it in the top 5.
Do you think I would stop there? If you think I would, then you don’t know me. Mr. @knquast decided he was going to get another pound of the wings as well as the G.C.B.L.T. Burger. The Tin Can menu describes this burger on their menu as, “We take our Grilled Cheese with its’ 6 slices of cheese, combine it with our BLT with its’ 4 slices of bacon, and throw a burger in the middle for good measure.” I can’t even begin to tell you how heavenly this creation is. Kevin and I split it…I wish we had gotten another one.
The rest of the time was spent stimulating my senses and sending me into an auditory overload of old friends and new friends. Between taking pictures of myself with all the ladies in the room, handing out quarters every 5 minutes to game starved children and discussing thoughts on prolific tweeters, I’d say the afternoon was a hit. It was the first time I had met @jvaragona and @citydiva…they’re both pretty cool and I can’t wait to hang out with them again.
I wouldn’t say that I was an early adopter or a revolutionary, but my presence in social media has certainly changed my life. The idea of socializing online fascinates me greatly; there is a piece of me that wishes this revolution had evolved in the 80s. Could you imagine…everyone toting their 80lb Commodore64 to the coffee shop just to “check in” and have conversation with their pals. Yes, I realize there were other methods in the 80s and I realize someone is going to stand up and say “I was using BBS long before Facebook” but the refinement of modern day social media is much more civilized than BBS (to a degree).
This past Friday night, I was fortunate enough to see a close friend of mine, Melissa Gilliam, before she moved on to a new chapter in her life. Melissa, passionately known as @MilliGFunk in the Twitterz, has been a friend for several years now. We met through Twitter, we became buddies, we hung out, we conversed, we chatted, we ranted, we shared emotions…we even walked in a parade together. I’m gonna miss this girl. She is going to change the lives of many in the Colorado Springs area. They don’t know it yet, but they’re about to get FUNKY.
As I sat among friends Friday night, we discussed our friendships and how they formed. I looked around the circle of companions. People like Karen Goodman and Bridget Frischer. People like Angela Vogel and Don Head. People like Tabitha Meyer and Michael Tomko. These were the people that made up a small portion of my circle of trust. In case you’re missing the point here, every single one of my friends that I was with on Friday night (with the exception of Don Head), I met through an online channel of sorts, whether it be Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogging or whatever other source you want to consider. This is HUGE! This is sort of mind blowing if you think about it. There has been a paradigm shift (like my use of business savvy terminology?) in my friend creating machine. I no longer have to stand on the loser wall in the school gym, hoping some girl is going to come by and choose me like I’m a ’78 Duster, “Ehh, this will do”. You know why I was on that loser wall to begin with? Because I, like so many others, have fears. We are genetically predisposed to have fears and social anxiety. Ok, maybe not all of us, but a lot of us.
It’s really difficult to put yourself out there and meet people face to face. The fear of rejection in person is enough to force folks to stay home and watch Dexter. Social Media has changed my life in this regard. Did you know that I’m 10x funnier online than I am IRL (that’s In Real Life for you n00bs)? Did you know that I’m ‘nearly’ 6’3″ and 240lbs? Of course you didn’t know that because pictures are not completely accurate in their projection of girth. Did you know that when I write or blog or tweet, I feel empowered? Did you know that when I speak IRL for the first time to a person, I’m often shaking so bad I have to clench my teeth? Of course you don’t know that because more than half, and maybe even as high as 70% of my circle of trust (or friends) evolved from online relationships. When I meet a person online and build that connection, meeting them in person is like shootin’ ducks in a barrel. I love it!! All of the anxiety and concern is magically dissipated. I feel at ease. And just in case you’re wondering…yes, I’ve been rejected online…it doesn’t hurt nearly as bad.
I don’t discriminate based on origin. Whether I met you at a coffee shop on a Saturday afternoon, or you started following me on Twitter, we’re friends. I like that when I tell my girls we’re going to meet friends for lunch, they say “Are these your Twitter friends?” because it gives me an opportunity to tell them that my Twitter friends ARE my friends. There is no distinction anymore. The transformation is complete.
I completely forgot to promote this!! Shamelessly because I’m in it, but still…I should still promote it none-the-less since the site is a great resource for women. And even men sometimes. So head on over to the site and shamelessly vote for me. Again. And again. And again. I can’t tell you which woman to vote for because I’m friends with almost all of them, and I ain’t no fool.
Taking note by @rockstarima and @tojosan’s example, I decided to do my one Follow Friday today via video.
It’s summer time. And for all you social media types, that means @tojosan’s Bring A Tweep To Lunch (#BATTL) is in full swing. Every Friday, Todd chooses a local establishment as the landing point for a potentially large crowd (like yesterday) or for as little as one person. Yes, it’s actually happened before; poor Todd was left to devour Ethiopian food all by his little lonesome.
This past Friday’s #BATTL was not limited to just one; in fact, we had 15 people (albeit 5 of those were kids). Speaking of kids, one particular spawn amazed a few of us that were lingering around post party. We were standing around talking when someone noticed that Drewbie (a 1.5 yr old boy) looked as if though he was planning a war. He rounded up all the sterling silver spoons within his tiny little reach; he pondered what position to place them in and at the precise moment, he’d strike the spoon in it’s new home. The table, you see, was of the patio variety; metal grated with the surface made up of hundreds of diamond shaped orifices. The act in itself was rather amazing to watch.
At one point, Drewbie decided apparently that a few of the spoons were just not sitting right, and like a brain-stopped artist who destroys his painting, he began to rip the spoons from their holes and created a new design. If you studied him closely, you could clearly see that Drewbie was plotting, thinking, concocting and organizing; this was not merely the ramblings of a toddler, but the birth steps of a genius.
We look forward to seeing your development Drewbie. Word of advice though, as you get older, I would advise your mother @ekcutshall that “Drewbie” may not be the most suitable name for the next Stephen Hawking.
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