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by Jen

This is not a recap

June 28, 2016 in general info, recap

Wow. Been awhile, internet. My apologies for our mess. We got hacked some and had some bad custom experiences with Bluehost (don’t use Bluehost) and then moved the site and then some fun site restoring processes, and locking down. But we’re back. And more awesomer than ever.

This is not a recap. We just had book club but Sarah hosted so that’s her job. ūüôā But I am going to quickly recap the books we read over the last few months so we have a record of them…

October:¬†‘Cuckoo’s Calling’ by Robert Galbraith

November: How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky’ Lydia Netzer

December: Long-form articles

January: ‘Furiously Happy’ by Jenny Lawson

February: ‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson

March: ‘Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore’ by Robin Sloan

April: ‘All the Bright Places’ by Jennifer Niven

May: ‘Life and Other Near- Death Experiences’ by Camille Pagan

June: ‘Yes, Please’ by Amy Poehler
(but Sarah owes you a recap for this one, don’t let her off the hook!)

Thanks for checking back and we hope not to go offline again for at least another 5 years!

by Jen

The Origins of an Idea

July 19, 2011 in general info

I am supposed to be posting about our first “meeting” of Saloon, but I feel I can’t start without saying a few words about where we’ve come from and the¬†impetus¬†for this project.

I don’t think any of us will deny that we have shamefully stolen this idea from the Originators of Awesome, the Captains of Cool: Salon. The Salon group of John, Kim, Sarah E.W., Brad and Anna (am I missing anyone?) had this brilliant plan to meet regularly to talk about NEAT STUFF. I’m sure they’d explain it in a much more lyrical, elegant, intriguing manner, but for our purposes that’s basically what we’re talking about. An excuse to get together, talk, laugh, have fun… and to make the effort to have the important and interesting conversations you sometimes stumble on to, only on purpose.

So at some point we, the co-creators of Saloon, decided that we wanted this experience for ourselves. We thought about infiltrating Salon by killing off the members one by one but it seemed awfully complicated and potentially dangerous if not properly planned. So then we had a conversation about “if you were going to commit the perfect murder, how would you do it?” and then we realized THAT was a perfect Salon topic and behold: Saloon was born.

Ok, it didn’t really go like that at all.

In truth we just decided that if they could do it we could do it better. And what makes things better? Alcohol. Hence the “Saloon” concept, the “Books and Booze”… you get the point (yes, I would be remiss if I did not do my shout out to “Mattie” for the books and booze name. Nice work, buddy!).

So here we are, a week past Saloon (Volume I, Disc I) and way overdue on my blog recap but with you, whoever you may be, that much wiser in the ways of this website. Here’s to you.

by Jen


May 25, 2011 in general info

Hooray for books, hooray for booze, hooray for friends that like those, too!

Please look in the Groups to find a list of meetings and the forums within each group reference the topics to be discussed, book and playlist for each month. Following each meeting the host will share a blog post with their summations from the meeting, though others are welcome to post as well.

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