Note: This is the ninth in a month-long exercise called Reverb10, where bloggers reflect on the year before and think towards the year ahead. The idea is to post daily, based on the day’s prompts; let’s see how well I do.
December 9 – Party Prompt: Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans. (Author: Shauna Reid)
It’s interesting to me that the social gatherings that most impressed me over 2010 almost all involved the Drupal community.
Back in April, I went to Drupalcon in San Francisco. Not only was it my first time at Drupalcon, but it was my first time in San Francisco – in fact, my first time on the West Coast at all. I fell in love with the weather, the environment, and all the amazing people I was meeting. Additionally, I’m enough of a nerd that any opportunity to learn something makes me overly giddy, and there was so much to learn at DrupalCon that I was a kid in a candy store for most of the week.
As it was my first time in San Francisco, I decided to stay for a few days outside the conference, and spend time with local friends in my off time. I had amazing Ethiopian food with a friend who’d moved there from Boston the previous August; and got together for an amazing dinner and drinks festival not once, but *twice*, with friend and West Coast Twin Jess Sand, who I don’t get to hang out with nearly often enough.
As often happens, most of my best memories about San Francisco involved food, restaurants and beer. Can’t say I’m not predictable. Particularly memorable:
- Homemade bacon tater tots at Urban Tavern;
- Violet Cassis macarons at Paulette (oh. my. lord.)
- Racer 5 beer at Bruno’s;
- The macaroni and cheese at Bruno’s;
- Just about everything at Bruno’s;
- Hanging out at a random punk bar with Jess, throwing peanuts on the floor and drinking great beer;
- Engaging in more of the same with Jess and Sean from Design ICU (another Drupalcon attendee) at another random punk bar after a long dinner at Bruno’s, and getting into a passionate discussion on the use of “feminine wiles” to get what you want (if you can’t guess, I’m in the pro-wiles camp).
All told, I have to get back to San Francisco. I also need to get my Drupalcon tickets for Chicago.