From: Jeffrey Logsdon (

Date: Fri, 12 Dec. 1996 11:49:05 -0700 (PDT)
Dateline: Ramona

Justin's Digital Stew

Justin Hall Justin Hall whipped up what he termed a "Two Stew" last night. "MacWorld'll be in town, the geekeist will be runnin' strong - we're going to celebrate community" with what actually turned out to be seven stews. Some full of beans, one comprised of more than five different kinds of potatoes, and of course, at least one burnt stew. Justin gladly gave a tour of his kitchen to Julie Arlinghaus who followed along with a video camera from which the images this week have been captured. It was a dark night in the Ramona house so please pardon the dark images.

I knew we were in for a treat this week from the moment I hopped on the bus to head over to the house. We were treated to an ongoing, one sided commentary about Funny car racer "Big Daddy" Don Garlits by a fellow on the bus whose sole words, repeated at 30 second intervals, were "...not Don Garlits..." ad infinitum. I really wanted to hear the conversation going on in his head. We arrived with a smile on our faces. In an attempt to have an accurate census of the evening, Bryna Bank and Mister 3D stood by the door with a clipboard and did a head count throughout the evening. At last count we had 99 attendees!!! Surely one of the largest TNDs so far. It was packed to say the least.

The usual suspects were running about chatting on the space bar or web surfing. Dan and Zoe were hanging out in the kitchen, Tricia was all over the place making sure things were working smoothly, and of course, Vagabond Jim was surfing away. A few folks not seen in some time also stopped by. Alita Holly, lately in Paris with Giamma and Mara, was wandering about for much of the evening.

Ellen Rick MsWiggles returned home from a visit to the family in icy Milwaukee just in time to warm up to hot stew and a telnet session with Pine. Can't be out of touch too long, you know. She hit a few raves while in the Midwest. Check out a report in Anonymous. Mister 3D kindly met her at the airport to bring her straight to the house for dinner.

Of course, this is the MacWorld Expo week. Mark Gavini brought a bag full of software and CD's to dinner. Games galore. We may have to do that more often.
Our guest DJ this week, Matt Brown, spun in the big room off the kitchen. There were so many people I couldn't even hear it half the time. But of course, being a man of discriminating taste, Matt's selections were at all times beyond reproach. The big crowd in that room proves it.

Swabbie She of the strangely appropriate name, Wanda Webb, acted as our Guest Swabmaster during the early part of the evening. Getting those dishes washed is really important and helps to make the morning cleanup tolerable. Thanks Wanda. A big thanks goes out to Sonic, Dr. Cheez, and Bryna for pitching in towards the end of the evening to finish off the cleaning chores left unattended.

And don't forget to visit our counterpart in New York!

Jeffrey C. Logsdon

"The mind of man is capable of anything-because everything is in it, 
all the past as well as all the future." - Joseph Conrad