Last weekend (starting on Thursday the 23rd) a bunch of bloggers descended on Washington, D.C. The bunch was not, alas, as numerous as initially planned but we carried on. I was there, principally to cover a major infectious disease conference for the Day Job, and consequently did not get to hobnob with the other bloggers (largely sketch-bloggers) as much as I would have liked. Still, it was a treat to meet Sparky Donatello himself (he goes by a variety of other names including Wally Torta and Walt Taylor, but he’ll always be Sparky to me), as well as Amanda of Craftmonkeys, her 16-month-old daughter Oonagh (who doesn’t have a blog yet; slow learner, I guess), her sister Lydia who used to blog at Cootie Garage, and Sam of problemchildbride. In fact, you can see sketches, photos and tales of the weekend on their blogs.
I took my reportorial responsibilities so seriously I didn’t even get out to hunt any new Washington gargoyles – although on the shuttle bus to and from the convention centre, I spotted this lion. At first, I thought he had buck teeth but that’s a downspout. He graces the front of a former fire station on U Street.
Rumour has it that the bloggers (known, for reasons too detailed to go into here, as “Hosses”) will meet again next year in New York, which has a gargoyle or two.