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There used to be a handful of Ricochet members in and around Nashville.  I don’t know of even one anymore, so I’m probably talking into the wind.  Nevertheless, on Saturday, January 21 my wife and I are having lunch at BJ Hot Chicken, then going to Lane Motor Museum.  They appear to have an immense […]

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Looking at the lists of books in Mr. Scrubb’s post I’ve got a challenge for y’all: At any meetup you see me at this year ask me how many books I’ve read, year-to-date. If you’ve read more than me I’ll buy you a drink. If you got there without padding the list with seven hundred […]

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There’s nothing quite like a radical change in lifestyle, location, and vocation to bring out the podcaster in Ricochet’s Dave Carter.  After a year and a half’s hiatus, Dave is now safely and happily ensconced in Florida, on “The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches.”  As it turns out, the thing he most wanted to accomplish after getting settled in was setting up his in-home studio and firing up the microphone to talk with us.  And we’re glad he did!  Rob Long joins the fun, talking with Dave about the contrasts between New York City and Florida and pausing to counsel Dave on his unique sense of ebullient pessimism over the country’s trajectory. The conversation changes pace with Rob advising Dave on his new line of work in radio sales before the two discuss tentative plans regarding an upcoming Ricochet Meetup in New Orleans. The conversation concludes on a fun note, but not before Dave makes a shameless plug for his new internet radio station called The Tiger, Bayou Blues & Rock (which includes some notable and notably funny Christmas music for the holidays).

Finally, Ricochet’s Jenna Stocker calls in and Dave doesn’t miss the opportunity to solicit a comparison between the balmy weather in Florida and the single digit temps in Minneapolis where Jenna resides with her husband and delightful one year-old son.  The two discuss Jenna’s remarkable writings on her substack page, as well as The Federalist, Newsweek and elsewhere. Then Jenna turns the tables on our host and interviews Dave to find out exactly how his move to Florida went and what life is like now that he’s settled in (Hint: Dave’s attitude on the Christmas holidays has radically changed). You’ll want to listen in to learn more about this one.

The National Review Institute Cruise

 

It was great to be cruising again, and to be on an NRI cruise.  Although neutral observer and I have been on a few NR cruises, this was our first NRI cruise.  The difference?  The NR cruises had a lot more speakers and panel sessions.  Even with the reduced number, we had a lot of fun and learned a lot.  First of all, we had a near-continuous Ricochet Meetup underway.  I don’t have the ten-Ricochetti dinner pictures, so someone else will have to post those.  Here we go:

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Yes, it’s that time again.  Time for the Kujawa Holiday Open House and Chili Party.  This year’s date is Saturday, December 3, and we open at noon, until the last guest departs.  We make Ray’s Famous No-bean Chili, and provide toppings and other yummy stuff.  We live in Everett, Washington, and we hope as many […]

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Well, I finally figured out how to log onto the Princess Cruise Line’s onboard internet. The National Review Institute Cruise is fabulous so far (a more detailed post to follow once back at home).  Last night, we had 10 out of 11 Ricochetti on board hold a dinner meetup.  Much alcohol was consumed, and it […]

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Although it was looking like more people would be coming to the Ricochet Meetup in Huntsville, Alabama, it ended up being just @neutralobserver, @stad, my wife and myself.  It was still a lot of fun.  The official meetup was just the evening of October 20th, but we had stuff going on for a few days. […]

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I have created a Discord server to act like a long-running chat and audio meetup for Ricochet members and close friends.  Discord is a free chat client mostly used for video games and online communities, but it is easy to use.  You can use a browser or download their client.  It allow text, audio, or […]

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We are planning to attend this Hillsdale College function at the end of October.  Will any Ricochet members be attending?  It would seem like an excellent reason to schedule an informal meetup.  We have not decided whether we will be arriving on the 27th (Thursday) or late on the 26th, as it is a full […]

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I’ll be in Folsom, CA the week of September 19th for a conference. (East of Sacramento.) I have Thursday dinner available for a mini-meetup. I’m taking the red-eye Friday night from SFO back to Atlanta, so I could also/instead do a late lunch or early dinner in the Napa area. Any Ricochetti available to participate? […]

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Phil Turmel, @philturmel, his wife Patricia, my wife Linda and I hosted the Atlanta Meet up last weekend. Attending this weekend from out of town were Stad, @stad, Neutral Observer, @neutralobserver, Robert Herring, @robertherring, and Red Herring, @eherring. The Out of town guests arrived at the Marietta Conference Center in the afternoon, and decided to […]

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For several months I had been planning on attending the 2022 World Science Convention, which is being held in Chicago.  Then the organizers came out with their Covid policy.  Not only do all attendees have to show proof of their vaccination, but everyone must wear a mask at all times unless they are eating in […]

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