It really was a grand time. Thanks to everyone who came. The O’Beirnes were, as always, generous hosts. I’m still coping with the fact I actually saw Derb sing a Chinese Revolutionary song. Everyone was very sweet to lil’ Lucy who liked to give people NR buttons and then take then back. There were a great many requests for Cosmo, but he doesn’t do parties like that — too much close-in foot traffic and drunken lunging stangers who think that Cosmo will tolerate sudden movements from people who are “good with dogs” that he doesn’t know. Maybe one day we’ll have a giant outdoor NRO picnic where everyone can bring dogs and kids. He’d like that.
One other thing that was great about the get-together was that we NROniks got to see our “colleagues.” We never get to meet/see each other. Kathryn and I see each other at most a half-dozen times a year. I’d never met Mac Owens before (Guess what? He looks like a military guy and how I’d like to appear when the first boys come a’courtin’ my daughter). Andrew Stuttaford’s an extremely decent dude and fun to hang around with (even though, I’ve learned, he eats whale). And, while I could do without seeing Ponnuru as much as I do — obviously — his bride April is always the life of the party as far as I’m concerned.