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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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Please come in. You're invited to make yourself at home! Join us beneath the doodle...

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!

December 7, 2012

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A laugh out loud comment from Melanie in IA that needles the senior Senator from SC.  And be sure to check out the response from the diarist below, it's a goodie.
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Another great quote from Dallasdoc on religion as a personality intensifier. From the diary post Blake Page won't have to reimburse Army after dropping out of West Point to protest fundie influence by Christian Dem in NC.
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lineatus provides a comment with picture that symbolizes a great thing about this here blog: the wonderful things we learn here every day!
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This comment by left rev in ornerydad's diary "rural" and "dumb" need not apply was just an excellent rant.
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In my diary about Pat Robertson's declaration that Robert E. Lee is "rolling over in his grave" about a lesbian wedding at West Point, Cartoon Peril made me LOL with this comment about Lee's daughters.

December 6, 2012

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1) I would like to stick around and respond to by YucatanMan — 119
2) Presumably, John has a parole officer. by hannah — 118
3) Near our cabin in the Santa Cruz mountains, which by lineatus — 112
4) The shame and humiliation are not Dole's by marina — 80
5) Boy this is a win win by glitterscale — 76
6) This is shameful. The numbers for by blue jersey mom — 73
7) Indians 101 by Ojibwa — 70
8) ^ ^ ^ This is going to be the best by gchaucer2 — 69
9) Thanks for this info.  They will do ANYTHING... by Obama Amabo — 67
10) Why is an enlisted person, by Horace Boothroyd III — 62
11) well I love your examples by ornerydad — 59
12) One of my professors suggested Legal Aid, yes. by ConfusedSkyes — 58
13) Evil cowards by Dallasdoc — 57
14) They'll cave on taxes and like it by Liberal Capitalist — 57
15) he said the AARP are the bad guys by Deep Texan — 56
16) Know-Nothings are shoving Right to Work for Less by RFK Lives — 55
17) Why is NY Times not covering this story? by Don midwest — 55
18) He was on CNN this morning by Dallasdoc — 54
19) no nog for me, thnx by Debbie in ME — 54
20) In no particular order...... by AllanTBG — 53
21) He'll have less power by litho — 53
22) But he'll have more power by Walt starr — 53
23) There are some reservations by Ojibwa — 52
24) He will be able to transfer credits and I believe by ColoTim — 49
25) We've gotten to the point where I wonder by glitterscale — 48
26) Didn't read the diary that sparked this by Catte Nappe — 48
27) Especially considering that all of by Jesselyn Radack — 48
28) At least he'll have more time... by ARS — 48
29) As you or someone said in a diary yesterday... by Floyd Blue — 48
30) Actually, I just forwarded an edited version by ConfusedSkyes — 47

December 6, 2012

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