10.12.06

Lebanese 15th Blogger Meetup

Since everyone else is busy making reports for books they haven’t read yet and work they haven’t even started, I volunteered a few minutes of my own precious time to write about Friday’s 15th Lebanese blogger meeting.
Venue: Mandarine, Verdun (orange color coincidental). Date & Time: December 8, 2006 @ 7.30 p.m.
Who arrived on time? Eve, Jamal, and yours truly, followed shortly by newcomer Failasoof.
Who arrived fashionably late à la libanaise? All the others.



After asking for the menu and waiting more than 15 minutes for it, Ana Min Beirut worked his charm on the waiter who happens to share the same name with him, and our menus appeared as if by magic. Among splashes of vodka/orange (also coincidental), San Pellegrino, Diet Pepsi, and beer, and bites of good food, the conversation revolved around many interesting topics, such as creating a Spanish blog in Lebanon (si quereis realmente hacerlo, estoy disponible!), making falafel from scratch in New Jersey, and living in Ghana.



The military parade outside was rivaled only by the fashion show inside. Service was extremely bad, but we felt so guilty for squatting the place for three hours that we left a generous tip and a huge smile for our waiter.
The bloggers present were: Eve, Doha, Delirious, Jamal, Faylasoof, Nobolis Tobilis, N10452, Bob, Ana Min Beirut, and Mustapha (accompanied by his charming wife). We also had an external guest (i.e. not a blogger) who felt right at home with the rest of the bunch and participated in the political discussions and heated debates. Because, lest I forget… there was some talk about politics, as you can see from the video below.

16 Comments:

At Sunday, December 10, 2006 11:17:00 AM, Blogger linalone said...

Hopefully, you have enjoyed your time. I was supposed to come b ut was sick all the afternoon. Looking forward to meet you at the next meeting...

 
At Sunday, December 10, 2006 12:46:00 PM, Blogger Rampurple said...

You guys just couldn't avoid politics, could you? Well wish I was there. Next time hopefully.

Thanks Delirious for the report and the sample ;)

 
At Sunday, December 10, 2006 7:16:00 PM, Blogger eramzi said...

i would appreciate it if you could try to do one between the 17th of december and 8th of january. some of the overseas bloggers will be back home :) at least i know i will !

 
At Sunday, December 10, 2006 7:51:00 PM, Blogger Eve said...

the video is a very nice touch, ba3eth li zikrayat mo7tadima :p

 
At Monday, December 11, 2006 3:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahaha politics...again :P...
I so enjoy politics, NOT.
next time we will talk about my favorite subject :P (yeah right, I will be talking alone :P)

 
At Monday, December 11, 2006 9:49:00 AM, Blogger Charles Malik said...

The video is excellent.

Jamal looks like he's lost weight, and the guy next to him looks like Housam Housam.

You have to watch out for the non-bloggers at blogger meetings not brought by Mustapha.

 
At Monday, December 11, 2006 12:06:00 PM, Blogger Eve said...

Charles,
they are brought by me ;)

 
At Monday, December 11, 2006 12:38:00 PM, Blogger MarxistFromLebanon said...

lol @ Eve and Charles Malik

 
At Monday, December 11, 2006 1:32:00 PM, Blogger Khawwta said...

I was supposed to come.. yalla bassita.. maybe next time
It seems from Delirious's account that you really enjoyed your time!
Delirious, I loved your report.. It's good that you were there to write about it, otherwise we would not have been able to see the interesting conversation.. ;-)

 
At Tuesday, December 12, 2006 6:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys,

Add my blog to your list

 
At Wednesday, December 13, 2006 4:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next time try to make it somewhere closer to Ashrafieh w heik :P I will go!

W watching the video is like watching tennis (metaphorically and literally)!

 
At Thursday, December 14, 2006 9:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liliane, in the future, please refrain from making silly comments like that. There's less than a few kilometers between Ashrafieh and Verdun, and if you, a Lebanese living in Lebanon, don't know that... then too bad for you. But no need to flaunt your ignorance in public like that. Try studying your geography before commenting ;)

 
At Thursday, December 14, 2006 7:58:00 PM, Blogger shafik said...

Speaking of which, take a look at my blog. I have some interesting movies about Lebanese politics.


lebanonnewindustry.blogspot.com

 
At Saturday, December 16, 2006 11:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm are you going to the meeting "Lebanese Blogger"? I would like to meet you, and then when I do, please say what you said here to my face :)

 
At Saturday, December 23, 2006 4:19:00 AM, Blogger Al-Hajeji said...

Is it true what people say about some lebanese that are not arabs? coz:
you don't look like arabs, you don't sound like arabs, you don't act like arabs you don't speak like us either.

 
At Monday, December 25, 2006 4:57:00 PM, Blogger minh said...

Hi, just got a link to this from my boyfriend who´s blogging about Middle East affairs in Finnish. We had a blogger-meeting on the 15th December in Helsinki and by the look of these pictures, it was a similar, nice meeting:)

Season´s greetings and all that to you Lebanese bloggers from Helsinki,
-minh-

 

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