On Sunday, the Houston Area Kossacks held their second meet-up (third, if you count the election night watch party we had). During our first meet-up, we were anxiously awaiting the election, keeping our fingers crossed in cautious optimism for President Obama. This meet-up had a much different tone--one of celebration. And what better way to celebrate than to eat Greek food at 11 in the morning with a bunch of Kossacks? I defy you to think of one.
We held this meet-up at Theo's, a wonderful Greek restaurant located in fabulous Montrose. We had a very healthy turnout, and the restaurant staff was just fantastic in accommodating all of us. If I'm counting correctly, we had a total of twenty-two people show up--not all Kossacks, but everybody was a Kossack in spirit. We were fortunate enough to meet several new people. Hopefully, this trend of gaining new Kossacks to our group will continue with each meet-up we have.
Here's my extremely crappy photo, attempting to get everybody I could in the shot. The two long tables both belonged to us:
Yeah, I know, I'm a terrible photographer (my photographer boyfriend really needs to start attending these meet-ups). But that gives you an idea of how good a turnout we had. Follow me below the gyro for more photos...because, if you're like me, you can't get enough meet-up photos.
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Two of the new people we met were Crabby Abbey (who, believe it or not, is not crabby in the least...she's so much fun) and her friend Tacey. Tacey is not a Kossack yet, but by God, she should be. She delivered a righteous rant about men and protoplasms that, if written in diary form, would certainly be rec-listed. Here's Tacey (left) and Crabby Abbey.
Also at our end of the table were cosette (left) and another new Kossack to our group, VinaMist.
These four awesome ladies, combined, with wine added, made for some very interesting conversation!
We were also blessed to be able to meet the very sweet Libby Shaw and her cool husband.
And, of course, we had some familiar faces. Like Texdude50 (left) and his partner icelus, who are as nice as can be and always come armed with interesting conversation.
We were also happy to see GrannyOPhilly (left) again, pictured here with her roomie (she also brought her husband and son).
And then there's the incredible Delilah. That's not the sun, by the way--that's her beauty radiating! And I'm not just saying that because she was nice enough to pick up my tab and buy me wine! In the background is GrannyOPhilly's husband.
Since we didn't really move around too much, I didn't get to spend much time with the other table. But it looked like everybody had a good time over there. Next time we're going to have to switch it up! I did, however, get over there to take pictures. Here are three more of the nicest ladies you could ever meet--from left to right, doraphasia, htowngenie (who hosted our election night watch party!), and miscanthus, who really knows how to make a cup of tea.
Here is miscanthus again, pictured with her friend Kate and Kate's fiancé--both of whom are welcome additions to our group!
And last, but certainly not least, here is PDiddie, the one who came up with the idea of a post-election brunch in the first place, and his lovely wife. And yes, the photo is very poorly edited, because I accidentally got a little more than nomandates' hair thanks to the damn mirrors!
Oh, well I guess I can't leave myself out...I'm posing with nomandates' hair. ;)
There were a few other people who came but are not pictured. As previously mentioned, GrannyOPhilly's son was there, as were DRo and nomandates, all of whom are just as fantastic as everybody else (I'm sorry, DRo, I didn't realize I didn't get your picture before you left!). And on the subject of nomandates...can you believe that I just figured out at this meet-up that her user name = "no mandates"? I'm not the quickest one sometimes...
Oh, and have I mentioned that the food was fantastic? I got the gyro sandwich with fries.
This meet-up was a blast. I am very proud of what this group has become. I have had the opportunity to meet some of the most fantastic people I've ever met. I can't wait to meet even more in the future.
Our next meet-up will probably be sometime in mid-January, so if you're in Houston and haven't signed up for our group's mailing list, send me a Kosmail with your e-mail address.
I'm looking forward to seeing everybody again next month!