Sam, Sam, Ian, and Wes Pose For a Photo at RMNB’s First Year Party. Photo by Jesse Vaughan
A Heartfelt Thank You: Over the last nine months, RMNB has taken away valuable time I could have spent with my closest friends or family. Honestly, I haven’t always enjoyed the late nights of writing, the five Diet Pepsi’s to get through the day or trekking across the tri-state area just to meet one person or get one photo.
But everything changed Saturday night when I met RMNB’s readers. You all are so fun, so passionate, and so dedicated. You showed us what it means to be a true Caps fan, and I feel so blessed that we have carved-out a place where you can all respectfully obsess with us.
At final count, over 150 fans of the blog gathered at Front Page Arlington to simply meet each other and have a good time. We gave you a great excuse to spend your money for a good cause; Samantha Casey’s charity Love146. At the end of the night, you were all gracious enough to donate almost $900 towards it. And yeah, some awesome prizes didn’t hurt either!
Simply put, you are all such inspiring people. You constantly encourage some of my closest friends: Peter, Neil, Fedor, and Kyle – to write insightful, creative, funny pieces about your favorite hockey team. We do this because you are so receptive, so responsive, and just so danged nice. Saturday night was really just a giant thank you to all of you for participating in a blog that has evolved from being more than just a hobby (that I do in my sweatpants). We eagerly look forward to this October and maybe – if we’re lucky – our 2nd Anniversary party can be in June.
Well, with that said, let’s relive the mayhem that was last Saturday Night.
Out of all of us, Neil probably had the best night:
@ngreenberg Please tell us you didn’t remark on how great that sash would look on your floor in the morning
Then Caps PA Announcer Wes Johnson announced us to the crowd:
The introductions were so epic, Neil made sure he could relive the moment for the rest of his life.
Say hello to the Best. Voicemail. Ever.
Then the raffle happened… And Neil embarrassed us again.
Amazingly, there was more to our party than Neil. Like…
Did any of you try the Ovie Burger?
The Bartender was busy all night.
It was called “The Dale Hunter,” a shot to celebrate the HOFer’s 50th Birthday!
We also made a big announcement!
And don’t worry, we didn’t forget about you Fedor!
Tweet live of #rmnbparty, please. PLEASE. I stay up until 4AM for this!
We read Fedor’s unedited Thank-you note to the crowd.
We gave a lot of free stuff away
And we auctioned off some great items
Everyone had a great time!
We loved Victoria’s Shoes
And Andrew’s Terrible Dancing
Morgan got a gift she’ll sure cherish forever
So yeah, we totally had a great time
How about next year, Stephanie Carosa actually makes the drive down from Buffalo?
Finally, my terrible sketch found a great home