Friday, September 25, 2009

VE Meets an Actual Blogger in Person

Those rumors that I’m actually a fat naked blogger that never leaves his home can now be erased. I met up with Camping Blogger owner, Roy Scribner last weekend. Roy lived here in Oregon for a time before deciding it would be more fun to live house poor in the California Bay area. Of course, choosing the traffic-infested brown haze of San Jose over the blue sky (hey, for two months it is) majestic green of Portland seemed unwise, and therefore I was a bit skeptical on meeting Roy. What if it turns out he’s been out there “camping a bit too long”?

But Roy chose to meet in Mt. Angel, Oregon, home to the largest Octoberfest celebration west of the Mississippi. That’s right; this ridiculously small town in the middle of farm-ville has the wildest weekend party you can imagine. I’d been there before, but it was twenty years ago and I must have had a good time because I don’t remember a lot about the place.

Things have changed there, according to Roy. They no longer serve the beer in giant buckets that people would build pyramids and skyscrapers with. Problematic, I guess. They no longer do the stickers they used to hand out either. Apparently cleaning 20,000 stickers stuck all around town wasn’t much fun. Also, women were showing up wearing nothing but stickers that said “Raw Meat” or “Choice Cut” or something like that. Ah, the good old days.

Still, there’s plenty opportunity to get drunk and ridiculous. It’s not all about that; they have lots of food and things to do other than that. But really, it is about that…

Anyway, I could only be there for a couple of hours because VE’s gnomes get lonely if he’s gone for too long. So we met right in the heart of the town. I had to park in Nebraska in order to find parking, it seemed. Actually, I was lucky to arrive early and get one about six blocks away right on the street. I’m pretty sure if I had the patience, I could have paid off my house via private auction for my spot later that day.

Roy is notoriously camera shy so he sent in his six foot three stunt double to actually hang out with me. I’m not short, but this guy makes me look it. I quickly purchased a turkey leg for protection. You never know what Californian’s will do to unarmed Oregonians. Keep your guard off and they all move in and raise your housing rates by 1,000%.

But I did have a couple of gnomes with me and they tracked down the real Roy not too far away. He had a walkie talkie and was telling his stunt double what to say.

No, seriously, the tall guy was the real Roy and we had a good time. I got to meet his lovely wife and even one of his children, despite repeated warnings that I shouldn’t be influencing children in any way. He also got to see what a girly man I was when it comes to drinking beer. Having an allergy to most beer, I rarely ever drink it and so I’m a total light weight when it comes to the brew. I prefer my fruity rum drinks. So while I managed to drink two sixteen ounce beers there, Roy probably had 150. Ok, I might be exaggerating. Whatever it was, I still looked like a girly man. My “Flintstones” turkey leg was delicious though!

We hung out for awhile and talked blogging. I don’t know what “talking blogging” means, but I’m sure it was just the phrase we used for making fun of all of you. Don’t worry; you’d do the same for us.

I regretted not having a camera though. Roy kept calling out blogging opportunities I was missing: The decked-out pickup that looked the front of a semi-truck (we’re talking serious compensation for something), the person with the T-shirt that said “Love, Peace and Crabs” (I’d love a piece too but not if I’m gonna get the crabs), and the sign at the post office that said “US Property, No Trespassing”. Huh? Is that where they keep the detainees from other countries now?

So let it be known that it is somewhat safe to visit VE should you have the opportunity. Just ask Roy.

50 comments:

Mrsupole said...

First again, man am I good.

Mrsupole said...

That turkey leg sure does look good and I am glad that the two of you had a great time. So that means that if I ever come up to Oregon with hubby, it will be safe to visit you. I will have to think about that. Is there anywhere to go panning or hunting for gold. They say that at least 85% of it is still out there undiscovered and my hubby thinks he is gonna find it. I think I would just watch, but it would be nice if your two found some.

Great post.

God bless.

Baino said...

Sherry you're such a VE blog tart! Great to see what you actually look like and I love meeting fellow bloggers, I've never been disappointed but what the hell are you eating? Don't tell me that's an American chicken leg! Man you people go large! Look out VE . . there will be no escape from the thunder down under if I ever get to your neck of the woods!

subtorp77 said...

VE, any fest or party you can remember, couldn't have been that good-LOL! And 'tis a bit early for turkey, then again maybe it's a west coast thing? And I'll take the fruity rum drinks over the beer, any day :p

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

Thanks for the invite--I hear Portland has some great micro-breweries.

I'll leave the kids at home.

lime said...

i have thoroughly enjoyed every chance i've had to meet other bloggers. glad you and roy had fun even if you demonstrated you rgirly man ways. i think the turky leg halps make up for some of that though.

Beth said...

“Somewhat safe” is not totally reassuring but I have yet to meet a blogger I didn’t like.
If I’m ever in Oregon... ;)

Roy Scribner said...

Hey, where's my other hand in that picture?

ettarose said...

VE it sounds like you guys had an awesome time. I only hear about the women meeting up. I am glad to see the men have real feelings too. Just because you don't drink beer does not make you a girly man. To me a REAL man would say no to a beer.

monica said...

whenever you're in DK, just call, and I'll put the Turkey on.. :o))
and I'm short, so no problems there! now you know why my dog is huge!

ReformingGeek said...

Yum, turkey legs. It's State Fair time around here so they'll be plenty of those around.

It looks like you had fun. I had fun meeting Deb from Maine and would love to meet other bloggers. I also love Oregon so you might see me up there one of these days.

Wait. Don't run, VE. Wait.

Sigh.

Mrsupole said...

@Baino, I know I should have shaved a little better, but I really do think the lipstick color goes well with my skin. And those glasses are to die for. LOL.

VE said...

mrsupole - Yes,I have a fisher Gold bug metal detector and there probably are places to go. I only used mine to find old beer cans (which can sell for up to $1000 depending on what I find)...

VE said...

baino - Ha! VE blog tart? Is that like a Poptart? I liked blueberry but then they went and discontinued the no frosting ones; damn them. Australia has been at the top of my "to go" list for a long time; I just want to spend at least three weeks when I go and the wifey-poo has a busy schedule so its still pending. But if you're ever up here, by all means say so.

VE said...

subtorp77 - We don't see turkey legs much around here either. I think this was just because of the Octoberfest and there was only one place doing them. In fact, I had people eyeing it wondering where I'd gotten it as we walked around. One couple even asked so I know they were looking tasty to others too. And as they only had beer there, well, when in Rome...as they say.

VE said...

prefers her fantasy life - We do! We convert run down grade schools into brew pubs! We strip out every other row of old theaters so we can add a bench and then serve mircobrew beer and pizza in the theater. We convert old prisons to mega brewery restaurants and concert destinations. Its pretty crazy, but fun. Anytime you're around, just let me know.

VE said...

lime - Yes, it was a manly turkey leg, for sure!

VE said...

beth - Somewhat safe? Well, I can never predict what the gnomes will do. They're so prankish. Too bad I wasn't still delusional and actually worked; my old job used to go to Toronto on occasion.

VE said...

roy - Hey, what the? Did the gnomes put you up to that stunt?

VE said...

ettarose - Thanks. As a real man, I'm ok with my pitiful display of non-beer drinking in the land of extreme beer drinking (Mt. Angel Octoberfest). Yes, we men have feelings too. I'm sure Roy and I discussed relationships, hopes, fears and dreams...or was that the outdoors, rednecks, cars, hot women walking by and war stories? They're both so close it's hard to remember... ;)

VE said...

monica - Its a deal! I need to get back to the DK again. I haven't been there since 1982. I have a Scandanavian trip in mind at some point; I am part Scandanavian by-the-way...just go on being the happiest country in the world and when I get there, we'll see if my gnomes can ruin that streak...

VE said...

reforminggeek - Turkey down in Texas? No way!!! You're always welcome up here should you have the opportunity. We have a million runs here to suffer on too. I don't compete because the people that run in my age bracket? That's all they do! They're the rich retired early types that do nothing but train and they're faster than some of the younger folk! Uggh. I don't like being extreme much anymore...

Quirkyloon said...

So has Roy been to your blog since your meeting?

Ahem.

If he hasn't, then you DID sic the gnomes on him, didn't you!

EVIL VE!

Elizabeth said...

OK, what'd you say about us??

VE said...

quirkyloon - Nah, he's already been on here. In fact, it looks like the gnomes talked him into some practical joke when the photo got snapped. The gnomes aren't that evil...just obnoxious.

VE said...

elizabeth - Well of course in your case I had to point out that there are only about 30 miles of roads in Juneau so what's the point of having cars? ;) Oh, and I did tell him its only of the few places on Earth with weather worse than Portland year round. Just good stuff like that...

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EmmaK said...

I went to a Blogging Meet up here in Baltimore and it was really unsettling and wierd especially this guy I met who seemed to be able to quote my blog verbatim for the past three years. It goes without saying he never got my phone number.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Where is Roy's other hand!?

VE said...

emmak - That would be a bit creepy. Do you think he was the stalker type or just one of those strange people that remember everything?

VE said...

perpetual chocoholic - Oh, didn't I tell you Roy only has one arm? Actually, I hope he wasn't stabbing me in the back right about then...

Starrlight said...

Meeting Blog friends IRL is a blast. I am planning on meeting up with a bunch of them next summer in Atlanta.

Any holiday that celebrates beer is damn fine skippy with me =)

mama-face said...

If you parked in Nebraska, and walked to Oregon, you probably walked right past my house. And you didn't even stop to say hi.

I'm always a bit nervous I will run into another "real' blogger (cuz I think I'm a real blogger?) um. Anyway, now that I know what you look like I will know to look the other way and avoid eye contact. Trust me, you would thank me.

This is one contradictory comment. sigh.

Megan said...

I have a couple cousins who took a trip to Portland solely to have a pub crawl - the photos are pretty hilarious but the beer sure looks good.

How funny that you have an allergy, and yet did all that can collecting!

Hi, Roy!

Uncivil said...

Maybe you two can get on the next "Survivor" show?

Jeff said...

Ahh... the infamous Roy Scribner of comments-a-plenty. Way cool. I've haven't met many bloggers IRL but the few times I did have been a blast. Maybe someday we too shall meet.

yellojkt said...

I've met a couple of real-life bloggers. They are every bit as cool as you would expect a blogger to be. If not more so.

Janna said...

You're in luck; I'm painfully shy and would probably run the other way screaming if a real-life blogger actually approached.

I realize this makes me a lousy stalker.

VE said...

starrlight - I agree...but we're in the corner of the country so we don't get that many coming through.

mama-face - Come on now, the gnomes don't bite...usually

megan - Yes, the allergy is quite ironical...

uncivil - That might be interesting. We could have a VE's Fantastical Nonsense Survivor one. I'm sure I'd get voted off immediately but that's ok, then I'd get to hang with the rest of the crew and sip fruity rum drinks while everyone else shrivels up in the sun eating bugs...

jeff - Yes, since I haven't been to Minnesota that time might come.

yellojkt - I would expect no less!

janna - Shyness is a debilitating disease...ask your doctor if people are right for you....

Gladys said...

Hey don't be hatin on the Californicans. Not that I'm a native or anything, heck I'm a transplanted Texican.

Ronda Laveen said...

I don't know what to tell you VE, Cal-I-fornian's are tall. They are descendents of the Antlantean Race. You Oregonian's just don't stand a chance.

Don't even get me started on the Pineal Gland.

Nessa said...

You hold that leg like a professional.

VE said...

gladys - That's what makes California so crowded; practically nobody is from there originally.

ronda - I've got a post coming up about tallness...well, a piece of it at least

nessa - Thanks. I know how to hold my meat...err...never mind

Quickroute said...

I've met a few bloggers in person now and it's been nothing but positive stuff. There are a few I'm afraid of meeting however!

VE said...

quickroute - Hey...don't worry...the gnomes don't bite (usually)

Jaime said...

you sure that turkey leg is going to keep you safe??? Maybe you should have brought the gnomes for backup

VE said...

jaime - The thing about the gnomes... even if you don't invite them... a couple always follow along

unfinishedrambler said...

I responded on my blog to one of your comments with a swipe at Washington when you're from Oregon. Oops. It's all the same, isn't it? Washington, Oregon: Great Northwest, blah, blah, blah. ;)

VE said...

unfinished ramber - I finally caught that. We hate those dang Washingtonians and vice-versa!