The participants are the final judges, but I believe everyone who attended our first Chicago meetup had a good time. The venue turned out better than expected, in that the hotel gave us a quiet and very large room and as far as I could tell, was pretty good about turning around drinks orders.
The event ran from 5:00 PM till 11:30 PM, and one reader estimated that there were 50 guests at 6:15 PM and another thought we had 75 people over the course of the evening. I was given a book (Gary Brecher’s War Nerd), some wild black raspberry jam (which I can report is very tasty), and a potato. The wife of the guy who gave me the potato, which was from his garden, was horrified (bear in mind he also gave me the jam). But since I gather potatoes are among the most pesticide-heavy crops (red raspberries and red peppers also high on the list), I may be in possession of one of the few “safe to eat” potatoes in America.
One request: a few readers were taking pictures, and some included people standing next to me. One who believes he was picked up in a shot wrote me an alarmed note about it (“And am I now in some NSA database somewhere?”).
So all you photo-takers: some requests (and in the future these will be ground rules):
1. Please do not upload any of these pictures to Facebook
2. Please do not tag them with any names associated with Naked Capitalism, including the site’s name and mine. Hopefully “NC” will do if you need something approximate.