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jodi's housefilk

Jodi's housefilk was lots of fun. Allison and I showed up early and we did a little bit of prep shopping (snacks, pop, paper plates etc.) before having brunch at The Pickle Barrel. Then we went back to hang out at Jodi's, waiting for people to arrive. Bob Guest was Jodi's first official housefilk guest (only appropriate, considering his name). Speaking of name, Bob says that his name was on the passenger list of the Titanic (the person with his name was one of the passengers that died). As more people arrived, Jodi's living room filled up pretty quickly; we had to move some furniture out to make room. Guests included Karen Linsley, Lloyd Landa, Howard Scrimgeour, Sally Headford, two women I didn't know but who made Jodi a very nice braided thingy while they were there, Bob Guest, Patrick and Eric, Pat and Andrew Williams. Lloyd was pleased to discover that Jodi had a keyboard, and we all thoroughly enjoyed listening to him play during the filk...I even got to hear a movement of his piano concerto, quite amazing. Lots of great music, chatting, munching on pizza (wow, quite an involved discussion of pizza toppings before ordering! Scott...I kept thinking of our Pizza Topping Blues song. :-)). Many thanks to Jodi for hosting this filk! (Note from Jodi: I was very pleased with the way it turned out and had a *wonderful* time
besides. I'll certainly be doing this again at some point! Great music
and lots of great conversation. What more could I ask for? Thanks to all
who came by and made the day a really special one. :))

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