Last Thursday we moseyed down to Fado (local Irish/Oirish pub) and met some other big nerds who all read (or are at least familiar with) the Straight Dope Message Board. I mostly lurk (~700 posts in 5 years) and Hulk never posts but he does read the nerdliness in Cafe Society. So I dragged him along, and we met some other Dopers.
It was a fun evening, especially since it happened to be trivia night, and we all got a kick out of participating (I’ve never done pub trivia before). We were in 2nd place at the end of the night and then bet all our points and were just a little off in our final Jeopardy response and so we got bupkis. But we did win round one (free beer, of which I of course did not partake).
Conversation flowed pretty freely the whole night, and everyone seemed to have a good time talking. Even though the only thing we all (ostensibly) had in common was the SDMB, we ended up finding plenty of common ground (shocking! we are all big nerds!) and everyone seemed to really enjoy each others’ company.
The best part of the evening for me was the Hulk writing Ted Koppel on his nametag and never telling anyone what his actual name was. People seemed to get a kick out of it. I never realized I’ve been sleeping with Ted Koppel for the last 5 years, but he sure is good in the sack.