Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Autumn Weekend: Friday

The Bird Show began at noon, with me behind a table of candy and complimentary copies of the May/June issue -- the annual hummingbird overdose. (Many thanks to Adrian Binns for the photo.)

With the gray damp weather outside the Cape May Convention Hall, I didn't mind spending most of the afternoon indoors. Plus, I've enjoyed the same spot -- near the entrance and exit -- for a few years and like chatting with familiar neighbors: The Bird House of Cape May on my left and Tom Ahern and his wife, Barbara, on my right. See what we avoided while tending our booths inside the hall?

While inside, I got to catch up with colleagues and to greet bloggers in town for the birding bloggers conference. Woo hoo!

On the way to Jackson Mountain Cafe for dinner and Birds & Beers, Birdchick and I stopped in Atlantic Book Shops on Washington Street Mall to look for her newly released book. One copy remained in the humor section!

Then things got silly at the cafe.

We enjoyed the wit and laughter of so many interesting folks that evening: Laura of Somewhere in New Jersey, Susan of Susan Gets Native, Delia of Beginning to Bird, Susan of Lake Life, John of Born Again Bird Watcher, Mike of 10,000 Birds, Jeff of Jeff Gyr's Birding Blog, Liz of Blue Lizard Birding Blog, Sheri of Birders on the Border, Patrick of The Hawk Owl's Nest, Beth of Easy Eco-Living, Taryn and Lisa of Houghton Mifflin, Bill Stewart who shared positive news about birders buying land for Red Knots (that's what it takes -- doing it ourselves), Jim Rapp of Delmarva Low Impact Tourism Experiences... and probably other individuals who're beyond my recall at the moment.

Sheri, Mike, Sharon and I practically closed the place. We had such a good time gabbing about birds and other topics that we were the last customers in the cafe. We should do it again soon.

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