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Kilgore Trout from Boston

Part II

July 28th, 2004

     Howdy all. Well yesterday was a much better day for me than Monday. There were no problems with the security gaurds and I even stopped by Mickey's Pub for a quick sharpener to thank the bar keeper for the asprin after my little spill.
     Tuesday was something, I tell you. Ole Teddy, Dean, Obama, and that 12-yr old gave quite a rousing touch to the dolldrums and hangover. I was enjoying myself so well that I took the liberty of talking to all the bloggers I could find.
     I ran across "Atrios". He seemed like a nice chap alright. Very polite. He didn't even get angry when I ashed on his Penny Loafers. It was an honest mistake after all. We talked about blogs and politics. And women. Mostly about women.

      I also ran across our pal Markos. Didn't recognize him at first. It wasn't until he threatened to "break his foot off in my ass" that I realized exactly who was threatening me. Of course, it was just a little misunderstanding. It seems we have really similar laptops. I had forgotten that I had left mine cleverly stashed away on top of one of the port-o-lets(they'll never think to look up there I was thinking). Anyway, so I was milling about, talking to fellow bloggers, and I noticed "my" laptop on a chair next to some latino guy.
      I picked it up saying, "That's where I put that thing." The guy sitting next to it reached to grab it, but he was too slow. I had closed it up and was starting to walk off when he became a bit alarmed and shouted, "Hey, what the hell are you doing with my laptop?" I didn't get upset, I thought he was merely confused. When I explained that it was actually mine, he became very irritated and issued the above-mentioned threat.
    It was then that I noticed it was in fact, not my laptop. I opened it back up, and was suprised to find that the site Dailykos was on it. I told him as much and he said, "No shit, it's my website jackass." Obviously, I had offended him and really upset him. I profusely apologized and went and retrieved my laptop to show him that it was an honest mistake.
    He was very understanding. As a goodwill gesture, I offered him a swig from my hip flask. Who would have thought Markos was a fan of single-malt whiskey? He took several pretty long gulps. I was a bit dismayed when he handed it back nearly empty.
    But, all was well(I had another in my pocket). After that, we hit it off perfectly. He apologized for threatening me, saying he had been under a lot of stress with this convention thing and all. I told him no problem and not to worry, that I wouldn't tell anyone.
    And the rest of the night was just great, although Kos did keep nagging me for 'just one more sip'. I eventually had to leave the blogger section and sit behind one of the posts in the rafters. All in all a great night.

Originally posted to kilgoretrout on Wed Jul 28, 2004 at 11:13 AM PDT.

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