An Invitation

Readers will remember that at the end of March Anthony hosted a small dinner for the moderation staff and writers at a restaurant in San Francisco and posted about it here. A number of us couldn’t make it, so I proposed a summer-time get-together for those of us on the East Coast at my home on the Connecticut shore.

I am pleased to announce that the WUWT East Coasters Picnic will take place on Saturday, August 18 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Several of the East Coast moderators and contributors plan to come and Anthony rearranged his schedule to be able to attend.

We would like to extend an invitation to our commenters to join us as well. I can accommodate an additional twenty or so guests. If you would like to attend and put a face to some of the names, just post your request and I will send you an e-mail. I’ll look forward to meeting you.

 

- Bob Phelan

67 thoughts on “An Invitation

  1. Hmmm….How is the weather going to be?
    Will this gathering result in an Anti-Gore effect?

    [REPLY: Joe Bastardi did offer to try to arrange a hurricane to make it interesting, but I think I persuaded him not to. -REP]

  2. What a generous and filial post. I can’t think that I’ve ever seen such an invitation before. I foresee that that is going to be a remarkable gathering. (I’ve modelled it already so it must be true). Would that I could attend.

  3. A bit far for me & I’m sure there’s other more regular commenters who should really get the space instead. But, expanding on the idea, it might be fun to see some of the Tarheels at some point – I gather there’s a good number of commenters from NC.

  4. Nice invitation. I’ll be at the other end of the country, holding it down so everyone doesn’t slide into the Atlantic. ‘Grets and then some.

  5. Don’t know if I can attend, but taking duncan binks suggestion at least I can model it. Beautiful day following good rain on the 15th, not too warm, good company plentiful and no trolls expected. Perfectly accurate I’m sure… stole the core projection logic from the GCMs. ☺ OTOH, maybe you should also have a shelter just in case.

    • daveburton – worst case, I’m buying some land around the beginning of the year & would be happy to host. We can usher in next Spring with a proper pig-pickin’ :)

  6. That would have been a wonderful opportunity, and close enough to drive, but alas, will be away that week.
    Have a great time
    Cheers

  7. I would give anything to attend. But I don’t have anything. Have a great time! Maybe one of these days you all could come to one of the remotest places on the mainland in the far corner of NE Oregon. You would be driving by one of the coldest places along the 45th parallel (Meachum, Oregon) on your way to Wallowa County to a large cabin (my Aunt and Uncle’s getaway) tucked away in South Fork and I’ll cook up a mess of trout for ya. If I get lucky and bag an elk and deer this year, we’ll have that too. There’s room for 10 or so at the cabin, more if we need our good neighbor’s facilities.

  8. I’m very sorry I can’t be with you for your excellent gathering on August 18: I’ll be at the World Federation of Scientists’ annual seminar on planetary emergencies at Erice, Sicily. But I do want to congratulate the unseen but marvelous moderators on their tact, good taste, and sense of proportion and balance. You all do a stellar job, and I just wanted to say “Thank you”.

    [REPLY: That’s very kind of you. If the Sicily thing gets canceled, do feel free to reconsider. -REP]

  9. @ Pamela Gray,

    Only if I can bring my flyrod! I hear there are some big Dollies in the Wallowa. ;-)

  10. I have some Miles to spare for a worthy cause.

    Bookable on Star Alliance carriers.
    (AC UA US LH…)

    Now where is that Mileage Jar?

  11. The invitation is appreciated, but a previous obligation on that date obliges me to decline.

    Please hoist a Solo cup for me in absentia, though, and “Confusion to the Enemy!”

  12. Andrew Newberg says at 1:38 , Hey I can vouch for the dollies , the fish that is . There are places in Pamelas’ area where you catch a fish every cast . You just have to be willing to hike to get to them. Fantastic fishing and I can say that without having to worry about the holes being fished out . If rep had his party there they could fill up on fish , and a little beer.

  13. Would love to be there but I have become a climate refugee, going to Italy to escape the “heat” of the English summer.

  14. To get to Southfork in the Wallowa Mountains you have to fly into Portland and then hop a prop to Pendleton (noisy things and they smell like gasoline). I don’t think Greyhound has a route to NE Oregon anymore and the train stopped passenger service decades ago. Anyway, from there you might be able to rent a car from a local dealership and drive to LaGrande. There used to be a mail truck that took passengers from the bus or train station in LaGrande to Wallowa County but you had to sit on sacks of mail and there is only room for maybe two or three people (that’s how I traveled to and from Oregon State in the 70’s). Anyway, if you can somehow get to Wallowa County you’re nearly there. Sort of. Once you get to Lostine (just stay on the main road through Wallowa County cuz there is only one main road), stop along the way for directions. The nice thing about the county is that you don’t have to wait for the light to change. There are no stop lights. Anywhere. Anyway, it’s about 7 miles up one of the canyons and then along a logging dirt road for a couple miles that is kinda one way most of the way. If you meet another vehicle, you will have to pull off into the forest. And the bridge that says “Cross at your own risk”? Never mind the sign. It’s safe.

    Leave your cell at home. No service. And if you don’t like my cooking, the nearest restaurant is back down the logging road and over the “Cross at your own risk” bridge.

    It would be a great adventure, but my hunch is that it is a helluvalot easier to fly to Connecticut and get to that shore than it is to get to Lostine, drive up a canyon, and then along a dirt logging road to a cabin with no cell service in NE Oregon.

  15. But on the other hand, I do have access to miles of private land along both the Wallowa AND Lostine rivers.

  16. Sixteen party-poopers and one acceptance. I would like to come if there are some knowledgeable people there. Tell me more. Arno

  17. Sorry, a bit far for me, but have a nice gathering there! If anyone of the moderators or Anthony himself comes in the neighbourhood of Brussels/Antwerp/Amsterdam, I like to offer a visit to my (near) home town Antwerp with a dinner and some local specialties (we have some 300 kinds of beer here, Steve Mc does already tasted a few of them… and our world famous chocolates), as thanks for the tremendous amount of work done by you all.

  18. This seems a very gracious and open hearted invitation. I’m sure that many Europeans would love to come, but the distance……

  19. I shall be with you in spirit on 18 August.

    I’m hoping to visit Dr Graeff again in Germany to get more details on his experiments to ensure successful replication of them and informed, likely workable variations. I regard this work as being the most important for me to work with – only because very few others here seems to see its huge importance for Climate Science, and Science in general, as yet.

    But ah, I had to take time off to celebrate and support the “protestant reformation” in Science emerging with the historic nailing to the blog door of Watts et al 2012.

  20. arnoarrak says:

    “Sixteen party-poopers and one acceptance. I would like to come if there are some knowledgeable people there. Tell me more. Arno”

    Arno, there are a lot of acceptances already. Bob has graciously offered to invite others if they’re interested. Rest assured that there will be plenty of knowledgeable folks there.

  21. TonyG says:
    August 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    …. But, expanding on the idea, it might be fun to see some of the Tarheels at some point – I gather there’s a good number of commenters from NC.
    _______________________
    Oh yes, I can think of at least five besides you and I.

  22. clipe says:
    August 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm
    I have some Miles to spare for a worthy cause.

    SFO-ORD-MDT-ORD-SFO 25,000 miles plus $29 CAD example.

    Connecticut shore where exactly?

    [REPLY: Check your e-mail. -REP]

  23. 300 kinds of beer AND chocolate beats “Cross at your own risk” any day of the week. What would you have for desert?

  24. Pamela Gray says:
    August 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    300 kinds of beer AND chocolate beats “Cross at your own risk” any day of the week. What would you have for desert?
    ============================================================
    Beer is a dessert !!

  25. johnmcguire says:
    August 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    John you realize if this were a fishing blog you and I would be drawn and quartered!

  26. Thanks for the invite. I wish I could be there on Aug 18… just a little difficult being in Australia and restricted by a major work commitment over the next three months. Many thanks.

  27. Wow, what a kind and genuine offer. I would love to attend, if you really want me there. It would truly be an honor to meet the many good folks who make this great site work, but I would be more interested in discussing how to grow the reach of this site and honest message that comes from it.

    I am not a scientist, climatologist, or scholar. I am an average American who found myself puzzled by the stories of climate in the mid 2000’s coming from the MSM. I don’t like being puzzled (being a long time business owner), so I did some homework. Finding legitimate information on the net was hard then, but it was there if you tried.

    I found a moment in time when I finally was convinced there was something very wrong in the science community. That moment occurred when I read the Casper post by Bishop Hill. I became a true skeptic at that moment and questioned everything. I started reading papers on climate and the supporting science. Yep, I found out about pay walls then too, and so did my credit card bill and wife.

    Needless to say, I will not to bore you on the off post info any further.

    I would like to attend. I would also like to discuss how we take what you all do, further, faster, and funner, as a potential investor. It does seem strange to say this in a blog post, but it is reality. I think I can help BASF things :)

  28. I would suggest you make a side trip to Wooster St in New Haven and have the attendees sample both Pepe’s and Sally’s. Perhaps a new thread to post the reviews and discuss the reasons for preferring one over the other. In any event, you could all then write the trip off as business.

    [REPLY: Would that we had time, but inviting a comparison would have the same effect at WUWT as has plagued New Haven for generations: broken friendships, split families…. Sallie’s or Pepe’s, Pepe’s or Sallie’s. But you’re right… New Haven style ah-beetz is simply to die for. -REP]

  29. I’m glad Stephen Lacey posted a portrait of himself along with that twitterance. I will be able to recognize him in the street and therefore to avoid conversation with a twit by ducking around a corner or crossing the street or pretending to be engrossed in a newspaper article or somesuch.

  30. My “Chicago to Connecticut shore” map searches always return:
    “you can’t get there from here”

    Wish I could :)

  31. REP-
    You’re awesome enough to get me to resurface just to say so.
    Have a great time.
    My best wishes to a man of virtue!

  32. Do people need to bring their own floaties? I’m assuming your abode will be submerged by then since it’s coastal; Greenland ice melt and all.

  33. OK, a serious response.

    I’d love to but I’m a west coast political junkie and my August is spoken for in spades. I’m from your area, Westchester, NY. What a great idea, let us know if you would ever consider an event in October, a strikingly gorgeous month at the Connecticut shore and one in which those of us involved in the political world on the left coast, could travel to attend, gladly. I’m sorry to miss this party. What a great idea.

  34. And yes, I am deeply engaged in the implementation of California’s AB 32 program, including the mock auction scheduled for August 30 and the first real auction now scheduled for November. Interesting times.

    [REPLY: Sorry you can’t make it. If there is a next time, I’ll consider a different date, but Autumn is also school season, doncha know… and I think that one way or another we’re ALL gonna be busy this October. -REP]

  35. Some day you all will have to throw a party in Seattle where the nation’s weather begins. It isn’t a t-storm in Kansas or a tornado in Oklahoma until it’s been rain in Seattle.

  36. Pamela (@1:24),
    I’d drive (about 4.5 hours) down (from the 47th parallel) for that but we don’t need no stink’n cabin. Tarps, tents, and pickup trucks are all good.

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    captainfish says:
    August 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Perhaps you missed this. It was on WUWT at the time:

  37. I’d love fly fishing Wallowa, never tried Crazy Horse but Country Club malt liquor sounds like the same kickapoo juice. Just make sure to give each other a lot of casting room!

  38. Pamela Gray says:
    August 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    300 kinds of beer AND chocolate beats “Cross at your own risk” any day of the week. What would you have for desert?

    Ice cream, also delicious, be it that Italian and Australian ice cream is also very good. Unfortunately forbidden for me, as good as the chocolates (diabetic…), have eaten them in quantities good for three lifetimes and now the bill is presented…
    And indeed as Matthew W. said, some heavy beers here have 8-10% alcohol, thus more used to enjoy after dinner, not if you need some fast drink because you are thirsty…

  39. Have fun. If you or Anthony get to come and visit your cousins in the UK, it’d be good to meet up.

  40. “[REPLY: Would that we had time, but inviting a comparison would have the same effect at WUWT as has plagued New Haven for generations: broken friendships, split families…. Sallie’s or Pepe’s, Pepe’s or Sallie’s. But you’re right… New Haven style ah-beetz is simply to die for. -REP]”

    Yes, ah-beetz! While we are at it, everyone take note: please stop referring to mozzarella cheese as mottsarella. Motts is a brand of applesauce. The proper pronunciation is “mootzarella”, make sure your trill the “r”.

  41. Tom in Florida says: “The proper pronunciation is ‘mootzarella’, make sure your trill the ‘r’.”

    Why did you include the “a” at the end?

  42. I was way more than happy to receive Bob Phelan’s invitation and look forward to meeting everyone.

    I know many of you are concerned that I’ll have that nasty 1/2 hour Newfoundland-to-Connecticut jetlag. I initially tried to avoid it by riding my bicycle, but I ran into some water…everywhere I went. Who woulda thunk–NewfoundLAND is surrounded by NewfoundWATER. What are the chances? So I’m taking my kayak. You’ll be able to follow my progress here:

    http://bobtisdale.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/im-on-my-way-to-the-wuwt-gathering-in-connecticut/

  43. I will be at the cabin with my Aunt and Uncle in August and will see what I can drum up for next Summer. It would be all kinds of fun for those of us who live on the frontier to gather together and get all brainiac with each other, spend a day on two delicious rivers with spin rods, bait casters, and flyers, maybe spend some time on the shooting range outside of Enterprise, sample some wildlife (and deadlife on the BBQ), and visit some old time weather stations (which are not in the best of conditions).

  44. Bob Tisdale says:
    August 3, 2012 at 8:26 am
    So I’m taking my kayak. You’ll be able to follow my progress here…

    I trust you’ll make better progress than the Arctic Row kids. They spent the better part of two days paddling north/south along the edge of the pack ice that they were positive had already disappeared…

  45. Ferdinand Engelbeen says:
    August 3, 2012 at 12:10 am
    And indeed as Matthew W. said, some heavy beers here have 8-10% alcohol, thus more used to enjoy after dinner, not if you need some fast drink because you are thirsty…

    Give me a nice hefe weissbier and I’ll skip dessert every time!

  46. Stairway Press would like to buy a round of drinks for the group or a bottle of wine or something…whatever is appropriate.

    [REPLY: That’s very generous, Ken. Tried to send you an e-mail but you can’t reply to a twitter account. If you want to contribute, a donation to Anthony’s surface stations project would be appreciated. -REP]

  47. Your invite give new meaning to the term “open forum”.
    (For those of you that were concerned about the quality of the conversation, I won’t be able to make it.)

    [REPLY: You would certainly add to the quality. Maybe next time…? -REP]

  48. Bob Tisdale says:
    August 3, 2012 at 5:54 am
    Tom in Florida says: “The proper pronunciation is ‘mootzarella’, make sure your trill the ‘r’.”

    “Why did you include the “a” at the end?”

    Because the proper pronunciation includes the “a”. I know you are addressing the way most of us say it, mootzarel or just mootz when ordering pizza…… “gimme a large mootz half sausage”.
    When I first moved to Florida I ordered a delivery pizza from a place claiming they were from New York. I simply asked for a “large mootz”. The person on the other end had no idea what I meant.

  49. Andrew Newberg says at 6:18 pm , you must be refering to the catch and release thing. I never have been in to that as I catch them to eat. But the fishing in that part of the country can be so good that you can catch a fish for everyone in your party in just a few minutes or even less if the big ones are hitting. To do so you either need to know private land owners like Pamela Gray or be willing to hike for a little ways. The fishing is good enough that I have yet to be dissapointed with my catch. I suppose if you wanted to you could use finess and fancy tackle but you can catch all you can eat with an old take down spinner. Last time out my father in law fed a party of seven with nine casts. If the fish doesn’t approach a pound you should throw it back as it’s a baby. One of his fish went close to three pounds and he never moved to change spots. So I really don’t know how good the fishing is at that spot hahaha.

  50. Gosh, I’d love to come, but it is too far for a quick jaunt. I hope all you wonderful people attending have a marvelous time, and will be there with you in spirit. I’d love to meet you, REP. As a North Atlantic fisheries science historian stuck living on the Great Lakes I’m frankly envious of all you maritime coastal dwellers.

    Valuable thread: I had no idea Bob Tisdale was a Newfie – they’re among the best people on earth! Happy kayaking!

    [REPLY: Would have loved to have you join us. Your comments here have always been insightful and informative. -REP]

  51. Unlike many other commenters, I live in the area (Manhattan, of all places). I would love to go if the event is not oversubscribed. Although not a frequent commenter, I have made a few contributions, including one that Anthony made into a post (“NYC: Denying the sea and Hansen’s sea level predictions,” 5/17/11).

  52. “If the directions to your house include ‘turn off the paved road’, you might be a redneck” – Jeff Foxworthy….(c;

    Best wishes and huge thank you from us non-scientist skeptics in Charleston, SC. Hope this takes place on a cliff as the ocean here on my neighbor’s dock has already risen .02mm from the Greenland ice cap melting.

  53. Depends how far along the connecticut shore in which direction whether this full time denier and occasional commentor from Rhode Island can make it. Have to be back in Providence that night, but maybe if you all pour out a little extra CO2 this week and the jet stream bounces north we can set up a kiteboarding demo out front to show you a better alternative for harnessing wind energy. Apologize for not having a jet ski to bring but I love extreme weather.

    Brian

  54. Would love to come and meet some of the astute regulars here, but I have this radio show,* and afterward am too tired to function without a nap. Sunday might have worked; I’m in eastern MA, so probably not too far (but probably too far to drive home after a few beers!). I’ll raise a couple of Smutty Nose IPAs, though, and toast the good company of WUWT Realists.

    I’m wondering where on the ‘CT coast’, as I always relish the view from the windows of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor trains from Westerly, RI south to NYC.

    /Mr Lynn

    * “Hillbilly at Harvard,” honky-tonk country and bluegrass, WHRB-FM, Cambridge, MA (95.3), 9 AM – 1 PM Eastern, streaming at WHRB.org [shameless plug; aside from reading the weather forecast once or twice, absolutely nothing about climate]

    [REPLY: Awww, sorry you can’t make it. I can sometimes make the trip to Roxbury in about 2 and a half hours. New Haven Station would be the closest Amtrak stop. In the late 60’s I worked the New York to Boston trains as a brakeman and baggage master. Civilized travel. I’ll try and listen for your show. -REP]

  55. [REPLY: . . .New Haven Station would be the closest Amtrak stop. In the late 60’s I worked the New York to Boston trains as a brakeman and baggage master. Civilized travel. I’ll try and listen for your show. -REP]

    Thanks, REP! Would love to meet and chat sometime, as I’m a bit of a railfan. You must have worked for the New Haven, as Amtrak didn’t start until 1970; I’m impressed! Have you noticed the new legacy NH paint on locomotives in the yards in Connecticut? Saw a couple a few weeks ago on a trip down to DC and back.

    /Mr Lynn

    [REPLY: Yes, the McGuiness colors. Both Metro North and Shoreline East are using them, I believe. There is quite a bit of nostalgia around here for the old New Haven. -REP]

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