The infamous 27th Comrade announced it. And then it happened:
So my curiosity did get the best of me right, blame in Sage for all the flack he gave it or the numerous bloggers who defended it. Well Kissyfur did show up at BHH. Mostly because I was going for rock night and needed to buy time before that and it sounded like a good idea. So yeah, I bribed Tandra with a Tyler Perry movie simply because I desperately needed to have somebody there that I atleast knew.
So anyways, got there abt 7.30 and interestingly enough i knew or had interacted with the majority there..isnt blogistan but an extension of ur life?? so i technically met Rev, ai, Dee, Carlo, Dante, the Baz (not the bee,mind), Liz and Heaven!.
I use a boda-boda to get to Mateos, known in some circles more appropriately as “that place where bloggers meet.” I attempt to keep my face non-smiling. I don’t want to give vendors the impression that we are buddies and they should offer me groundnuts. It’s my sod-off expression. Patented. Often imitated but never duplicated. Then I see two bloggers of the female persuasion.
Must. Not. Smile.
They see me as I try to stare down a pretty young thing that almost stepped on me. They smile.
Must. Fight. Smile.
One of them stands up. She seems taller than when last I saw her.
I yank the ear phones out of my, well, ears. That’s where they reside, isn’t it?
Smile Bad! Scowl Good!
She hugs me and my scowl leaves me. But not before saying, “Adios amigo, you’re weak. You give in way too easy!”
I’m counting around nine blogren, ten if you include Gay Uganda, who sort of showed. Mad props to him for doing so, especially in light of Monday’s debacle. Having the courage to make it to UBHH at all given Uganda’s current cultural climate makes you the Blogren Star of the Month in my book.
One: people are using The Kampalan to announce actual events! Vision realized.
Two: the actual event announced happens to be this month’s Uganda Bloggers Happy Hour, which 27th Comrade has taken upon his shoulders. Details:
What you are reading is my first post to The Kampalan. It is the first of a number. I am the acting organiser for the Uganda Bloggers’ Happy Hour. And because I am letting my own blog hibernate (on top of it not being the best venue for what I’ll be doing here), I am going to be putting any/all communiqués concerning the UBHH over here.
So … dress up for the 27th of September, 2007, for on that fateful day, yet another Happy Hour shall touch the ground at Mateo’s Bar. The usual time (starting 6:30pm, to when the last blogger leaves).
The August Uganda Bloggers Happy Hour will be this Thursday (yeah, that’s tomorrow) at 6:30 PM at Mateo’s in downtown Kampala.
I hope to see everyone there (including you, SAGE), as this is my last UBHH before I head home for the rest of the year.
I promise not to cry.
My next piece is up at Global Voices Online:
Ugandan blogger/hip-hop artist Saving a Generation Endangered (S.A.G.E.) stirred up controversy this week when he lashed out at Uganda Bloggers Happy Hour (BHH) attendees in a Blogging a Blogger interview conducted by Country Boyi:
He (S.A.G.E.) further lashes at the Blogger Happy Hour logo that describes Ugandan bloggers as “intelligent, witty, sexy and occasionally ridiculous.” He finds an alternative description for the Ugandan blogging scenario.
“I’ll just call it the theatre of the absurd,” he says, “because the ‘best’ bloggers are the same guys that have been setting themselves the goddesses and gods -the idols they worship. They don’t want anyone to make negative criticism about these goddesses/gods; the whole thing is basically absurd!”
This month’s Uganda Bloggers Happy Hour will be held next Thursday, July 26, at 6:30 PM at Mateo’s. My good friend and talented writer Locus Amoenus is back in the country and will be there, as will blogren newbie Gritty & Giddy (link on its way).
Put your dancing shoes on….