The first Seattle Ricochet Kaffeeklatsch was a resounding success. Intrepid members and brave spouses waded through a sea of liberal humanity to congregate before, and pay homage to, the flagship Starbucks in downtown Seattle.
As you can see, Starbucks at Pike Place Market is the place to be, but not really the place to have coffee and conversation. Yes, most of that crowd is waiting to get in. Being true conservatives who value both our time and our treasure we moved our party up the street to a nice cafe which offered immediate seating and less noise. Ken Owsley and I ordered the only thing on the menu with ingredients we recognized and hoped for the best. After all, it is downtown Seattle.
We settled in for a lovely brunch and commenced to undermine the very foundation on which Seattle is built with some lively and far ranging conservative conversation. We discussed everything from our individual introductions to conservatism and Ricochet to the upcoming presidential primary. Our server was gracious enough (or ignorant enough of our purpose) to allow us ample time to enjoy each others company. Alas, one can only sit in a booth for so long and we moved our conversation into the sunlight. We finished trading ideas and email addresses in the fresh salt air of Seattle's picturesque waterfront on an uncharacteristically beautiful day.
After too short a time we said our farewells and went our separate ways vowing to gather again. Our minds elevated with stimulating conversation and our hearts uplifted by such amiable and indomitable companions, we adjourned the first Seattle Ricochet Kaffeeklatsch. As I boarded the ferry home I was struck with an uncanny feeling that every face was familiar and each person an old friend.
Thank you to everyone who made it. Thank you to the member who graciously attempted to pick up the whole check. If Rob Long every comes to Seattle we will graciously let him.