If you follow me, you notice that every couple of months the hashtag #boozytweetup appears. The tag was born in October 2010. I had been actively engaging local Halifax tweeters for close to a year with mindless, sometimes funny, sometimes interesting tweets. I was playing with the medium and in turn, connecting with some really interesting, funny, thoughtful human beings. I have to throw credit out to
@cr8tiveCandy for my evolution on twitter. When I met her in 2009 I had a dormant twitter account and she said “follow me – I follow all the local people”. It was true! Thanks Char.
Fast forward to the fall of 2010. My marriage was nearing it’s inevitable end. My friends were our friends and I didn’t want them picking sides or even asking questions I just needed a night out with some beer and some laughs. I thought what’s the worst that can happen? So I tweeted it. The tweet would’ve looked something like this:
I’m going for beers. want to come for laughs? 4:30 Friday at Durty Nelly’s. #boozytweetup
I’d never been to a tweetup. I didn’t know who or what to expect. I got a lot of questions. What is a boozy tweetup? Where do I sign up? That’s when I made some rules about the boozytweetup.
1 – it’s a tweet up. With booze.
2- you do not have to partake in the booze but it will be held where booze is readily available
3 – everyone is welcome
4 – there is no sign-up, no registration. I don’t know who’s coming ahead of time. All I know is I will be there.
Nearing 4:30 on that first Friday, I slid onto a barstool and ordered a beer and waited. I was prepared to sit alone all night and just drink. Three sips in and @monochromegod appeared and mocked my beer choice and we fell into the same easy banter we’d had online. After that, a steady stream of tweeters appeared. We moved from the bar to a table. Then we added on more tables. I met @miss_close that night and we laughed for hours that night and on many nights in the past 2+ years. In fact, I met a lot of folks that night who’ve become some of my closest friends.
The night ended with dancing at a club I’d never heard of (I’m not a club-goer, and it was the G Lounge, I think). Someone one reminisced it was a private party we’d crashed. I really don’t know.
What I do know is that I had an incredible time meeting new people, drinking beer, and laughing that night. And it’s been repeated at #boozytweetups over and over again.
My last official #boozytweetup is going to be this Friday, March 15 @TheFoggyGoggle – be there any time after 5:30.
After this I hope someone else will adopt the hashtag and keep the good times rolling on. I may bravely try this once I find a Vancouver twitter following, but I truly think this is a Halifax thing. It’s the unique combination of a town small enough you’ll know someone, big enough you won’t know everyone, and without any puritanical hangups about bonding over booze.
See you Friday?
Oh, and please RT.