Well I have written my two posts about the 2012 Milblog Conference and posted them at YouServed.comHERE and HERE. Last night I was forwarded this other great write up on Business Insider Military & Defense from Ms. Eloise Lee (who is a very nice lady and spent the day sitting right behind me). You can check out her review of the conference at http://www.businessinsider.com/2012-milblogging-conference-2012-5. Be sure to check out the pictures of who’s who that was there. See if you can spot the Bouhammer.
I went to the 2009 Milblog Conference a couple of weeks ago and realized that life was moving so fast that I had not even written my recap of the conference. This was my second milblog conference that I have attended, and the first one in Washington, D.C. (the birthplace of the Milblog Conference four years ago). The one I went to in Las Vegas was a great time and fast as heck, but I felt like the conference was an afterthought in the shadow of the Blog World Expo that was going on. So I was glad to see the Conference go back to D.C. and to be the only thing going on.
The Conference started on Friday with this site (Bouhammer.com) and SOG Media (sogmedia.net) sponsoring the showing of Scott Kesterson’s movie, At War. Prior to the debut of the movie, my wife and I ran over to a local restaurant to grab a quick bite. My buddy CJ stopped by to visit with us and then I had to take off and run back to the hotel so I could coordinate with the audio-visual (A/V) guy at the hotel to set things up. I left my wife with CJ, and asked him to walk back with her. Once I got back to the hotel I ran through the bar where I ran into Jimbo and Matt from Blackfive, Greyhawk, Concrete Bob and a few other folks. Of course they were in the bar making sure that the bartender had things to do. I ran up to my room, changed clothes real quick and then back to the ballroom to set up things.
The A/V guy and I worked on stuff for a while, and a couple of his staff helped too. We ran into a problem with the DVD player not being able to play the HD DVD of the movie correctly. Luckily I had a backup plan and had a copy of the movie burned to my computer’s hard drive. So after about 30 minutes of checking video, audio, etc. my wife pointed out that we were a few minutes past 6PM. Boston Maggie was doing a great job of being the door guard, so I had to tell her to go ahead and let people in.
After doing my short intro and then showing a new trailer from Scott that shows new footage for his new film he is working on, I started the movie for what was about 100 people in the room. As the movie played, the audience grew to about 150 -170 people. Some had to get up and walk out as it was too much for some to see. The comments I got during the showing were all very positive and much more so after the showing. TSO and Sniper thanked me for showing it and kicking back up their PTSD. The Sniper also commented about there being no sandbags in this room to start building up his fighting position.
After the showing and about half an hour of questions and comments from people in a one on one basis, I got out to the cocktail hour. Quite honestly the cocktail hour(s) went by in a blur. I didn’t even drink a lot, not because I didn’t want to but because the cocktails were $9 and I have a problem spending that much money on a tumbler of whiskey and coke, so I went to straight whiskey on the rocks. I figured if I was going to spend that much I better get my money’s worth.
Scott Kesterson called me from Afghanistan during the cocktail hour and we talked about 20 minutes about the showing, where he was and what he was up to. I saw Matt from Blackfive walk by so I called him over and handed the phone to him. Matt and Scott talked for about 10 min about the movie and some collaboration efforts.
The rest of the night at the hotel was bouncing from person to person, talking about the movie, meeting people for the first time, seeing old friends I haven’t seen since Vegas, meeting Kim Cameron who provided some live entertainment and was a guest on CJ’s and my You Served Radio show and just trying to catch up with folks. So many of us in the milblog community talk a lot on the web with each other, but rarely get to see each other face to face, get to hug, get to toast each other. My wife, being the great woman she is, had no problem meeting people and developing new friends on her own. At some point around 11PM she told me she was heading up to the room because her feet hurt. I kissed her goodnight and kept on talking with folks. Somehow I slipped getting arrested in the jail and bail fundraiser, and it was not easy as Boston Maggie kept eyeballing me trying to find a reason to arrest me.
At some point, the few of us left; David Stanford, the Blackfive boys, the USO girls, Greyhawk, Eve, the RangerUp boys and several others all moved to the bar downstairs. We were not there long before getting throw out, or at least that is what Jimbo said. I think his exact words were “They don’t want our kind around here”. We left the hotel and started walking down the street. We ended up at a bar called “Union Jacks” I think. It was a half-bar, half-dance club. The dozen of us hung out there until that place closed at 2AM. We were there when the lights went up. As we were leaving, one of the RangerUp guys was joking with some guy standing outside with his girlfriend. As were were walking away, the guy tried to talk smack to the RangerUp guy about wanting to fight him. There we were, about a dozen of us with only 2 of the 12 being women and the rest men all looking at each other trying to make sense of this one guy wanting to get into a fight with one of us. We laughed at him, and I think I said something about either of the girls could kick his butt and we stumbled our way back to the hotel. We were only a block and a half away, but boy was that a long walk back.
I eventually made it back to the room and crashed for the night.
Head over to GreatAmericans.com, who were one of the sponsors of the 2009 Milblog Conference. They have a series of videos up that are interviews of several of the milbloggers on the web today, to include me. Yes, you can watch ole’ Bouhammer himself jacked up on Starbucks talk about all sorts of things related to blogging, patriotism, and of course Afghanistan.
I spent the entire Conference mostly live blogging and conducting interviews for www.youserved.com, so my report is still coming. Look for the recap in the next couple of days. I am still trying to recover from a weekend of very, very little sleep.
Milblog Conference Attendees acting like, well Milblog Conference Attendees
Well I am here in Arlington, VA (D.C. Area) to attend the 2009 Milblog Conference. It is going to be a great time and I can’t wait to get it started. Of course I really can’t wait to start the debut showing of At War tonight for what will hopefully be a packed house. I have no guess as to how many will attend, but I hope we have to cram them in, and I am praying that everything goes off without a hitch. Of course after the showing of At War we will be having a awesome cocktail party and reception here at the hotel which should produce a lot of memorable moments and incriminating pictures for some. Starting tonight and through the weekend CJ and I will be live micro-blogging and even writing some regular blog posts over at the other site we both write for, www.youserved.com. We will be micro-blogging on the You Served twitter account at www.twitter.com/youserved.
So be sure to follow us, the by the moment happenings, and any other crazy stories that may come out of this year’s conference. I will try to throw up a blog or two here, plus I will also be micro-blogging on my personal account at www.twitter.com/bouhammer
On March 22nd, I put up a post asking for people to help out and contribute what they could in order to hold a screening of the movie At War at the Milblog Conference on April 24th. that posting is here, http://www.bouhammer.com/2009/03/bouhammercom-needs-your-support/. On March 24th, I put a hold on it becuase I had quite a bit of money come in and it looked like the quote for the logistics needed to show the movie may be lower then originally estimated.
Well I finally got the real quotes from the vendor that the hotel uses for all of its audio/visual needs and wouldn’t you know it, the quote is now higher than I was originally told. So with just over two weeks left until the conference I am again coming with hat-in-hand asking for donations from those that feel led to and can still afford to do it. Not only will we have several hundred milbloggers there to review the movie, but there is a grass-roots effort to also have as many Senators and congressman (http://www.bouhammer.com/2009/03/invite-a-congressman/) there also.
So if you can be sure and invite your representatives and if possible, if you can donate a little something, it would really help make this a premier event.