Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, Nov 20 2004 - Dinner at Blue Agave (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): John Putman
Participants:John Putman, Amy Pickwick, Ralph Pickwick III, Kate Copanic, Leo Seung, Carrie Graff, Pat Pickwick, Gunther Oakey, Adam Miller, Kimberly Hengbuoy, Sherry Westerman, Amanda Miller, Lisa Hansen, Allison Ehrman, Kristen Larson, Ian Wright, Richard Just

Write Up:
The evening got off to a slightly awkward start as the ever- insightful management at Blue Agave thought it best if we didn't sit down until the whole group had arrived. I am not sure what restaurant management guru came up with this concept, but its only result was about 15 hungry people jamming up the bar area. Some of those hungry people started filling up on Blue Agave's famous margaritas. Some say they are the best in town. The margaritas, I mean, not the hungry people.

After we were finally allowed to sit down (can you tell I'm a little bitter?), we settled in and had more margaritas. The restaurant was a bit too loud to do introductions in any meaningful way, so everyone was on their own. It was okay, though, and, as with most MOC events, everyone was instantly comfortable and conversations flowed easily. In fact, unlike most MOC events, there was only one fistfight and Carrie did NOT start it.

The food, as is to be expected at Blue Agave, was muy excellenté. Blue Agave specializes in mole sauce, a dark brown Mexican sauce or gravy made from dry chilies, nuts, spices, vegetables, chocolate, seasonings, and sometimes raisins. One can put the sauce on just about anything and it will taste good. They don't put it in the margaritas, however.

After dinner and paying the surprisingly exorbitant bill, a few in the group went on to Ryleigh's, a drinkery on Cross Street around the corner from the restaurant. Normally a quiet pub, Ryleigh's decided that deafening all the patrons was the way to go. The music did eventually subside and the group actually was able to talk to one another. There are lots of interesting people in the MOC, very interesting indeed.

The group dwindled as the night progressed until only three remained into the wee, small hours of the morning. Until finally, when we could stay no longer, and as the designated driver and his passenger entered the parking garage, the event organizer walked home, all alone, quietly into the night.

It was good to see some MOC veterans, but it was especially nice to see some new faces. I appreciate everyone helping to make my first event a successful one. I hope everyone had as good a time as I did.

--John Putman

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