The Fifth Column


America – He’s Your President for Goodness Sake!

By William Thomas

There was a time not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political stripes, rallied round their president. Once elected, the man who won the White House was no longer viewed as a republican or democrat, but the President of the United States. The oath of office was taken, the wagons were circled around the country’s borders and it was America versus the rest of the world with the president of all the people at the helm.

Suddenly President Barack Obama, with the potential to become an exceptional president has become the glaring exception to that unwritten, patriotic rule.

Four days before President Obama’s inauguration, before he officially took charge of the American government, Rush Limbaugh boasted publicly that he hoped the president would fail. Of course, when the president fails the country flounders. Wishing harm upon…

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We’re still alive!

Hi gang!

Sorry, we haven’t posted anything here lately. We have moved the operations over to Facebook group to see if that would fare better. So far, it’s going pretty well!  If you haven’t join our group yet, please do!

We haven’t been quite as active, but we hope we’ll be doing better by getting folks to participate more. If you have a Long Beach event you’d like us to join in, please do share!

Now, we have a few upcoming events to put on your radar.

Game Day with League of Extraordinary Ladies OC Chapter
Sunday, June 23, 1:00pm
District Wine
Organizer: @oakMonster

Join the League of Extraordinary Ladies Orange County Chapter for a geeky afternoon fun over a game of Cards Against Humanity, or whatever board games brought to the party!  Bottomless mimosa flows through 3 p.m., by the way.

Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Meet time TBD
Marine Stadium, Long Beach Harbor
Organizer: @dananner

In addition to hosting one of the largest dragon boat competitions in California, there will be Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, hip hop, music and martial arts performances. Come join us for all the fun, food and excitement!

Aquarium of the Pacific 5K Run/Walk
Sunday, September 8, 7: 30 a.m.
Aquarium of the Pacific
Organizer: @oakmonster

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is hosting its second annual 5K Run/Walk. The scenic course will take participants around the Aquarium and surrounding shoreline area. Admission to the Aquarium is included in the registration fee.

Long Beach Marathon Post-race Party
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Time and place TBD
Organizer: @oakmonster

A few of us are running a marathon/half marathon/5K and riding bikes at the Long Beach Marathon. So we’re thinking of partying it up after everyone is done. I’m going to arrange for an post-race gathering for participants and friends. More info as we get closer to date.

Hope you can join us in the new space! We promise to do better at posting here too. 🙂

Dim Sum

Finally, a weekend Tweet Up everyone has been asking for!

Join us on Sunday, July 31, starting at 2 p.m. for a blissful afternoon at 320 Main in Seal Beach/@320main.

320 Main

(Borrowing this pic from OC Weekly blog)

I know, it’s not really Long Beach, but Wyatt (@Phraktyl) helped us arranged for ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR and reserved seating.  Good enough to cross the border just this once!

320 Main is well known for their classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned, Sazerac, and Pimm’s Cup. And also all kinds of rum drinks. And Moscow Mule, served in tin cups. Best way to cool off on a summer day.

Happy Hour pricing includes:

  • $4   Well Drinks
  • $4   Select Wines
  • $4   Draft Beers
  • $4   Select Appetizers: Baby Back Ribs, Bleu Tenders, Fried Pickles, Bruschetta, Calamari, and the famous Duck Fries…which Wyatt ordered with an egg on top…to die for!  See?

Again the details.

Sunday, July 31. Starting at 2 p.m.
320 Main : 320 Main Street, Seal Beach.
Happy hour all day. Reserved seating area.
This being a main beach town thoroughfare, parking can be a bit of a hassle. Wear comfy shoes in case you have to walk a bit.  Bring change for meter. AND PAY ATTENTION to parking signage!

As always, RSVP in the comment with your Twitter name so we can save enough seats, and that we all can follow you back.

Calling all wine drinkers and beer guzzlers!

@DivaCowgirl got the hook up at @DistrictWine in Downtown Long Beach. Not only we’re getting our own private area, our group also has EXTENDED HAPPY HOUR!

$7 flatbread pizza
$4 wine by the glass
$4-6 beer

Join us on Monday, June 27, starting at 6:30 p.m. in our own private quarter ! (I know, another school night.)  Look for me in bunny ears, as always, or @DivaCowgirl’s signature bright red hair.

RSVP below — with your Twitter handle– so we know who to expect.

See y’all there!

Party Whale is ready!

I know. It’s May. We’re late. But WHAT THE HECK, LET’S DO THIS THING!

LBC Tweet Up Drinky 2011

Monday, May 23 – Starting at 7 p.m.

Tantalum – At this time I have a table for 12 reserved, but the group dining person will HOPEFULLY call me back tomorrow to confirm some seatings in the lounge area instead.

We’re doing this thing regardless of private table/area!

6474 E. PCH – Marina Pacifica Shopping Center, between Alcapulco & Loehmann’s.

Why Monday?! Well, it’s Happy Hour Monday at Tantalum. Drinks and food specials. ALL. DAY.

Drink specials:

  • $6 House wine by the glass
  • $5/16 oz or $7/22 oz Draft Beer
  • $3/16 oz or $5/22 oz Basic Beer.
  • $5 Well drinks.

Check out the food specials here.

Look for me in the bunny ears or the Party Whale signage.

RSVP below so we know who to expect. AND BRING CASH…for easier group dining economics, just in case we can’t get our own check.

See y’all there!

Baby Shower!!!

Baby ShowerWe are about to welcome a new baby to the #LBCTweetup. You are invited to @ResaMichelle‘s baby shower on November 21 (the Sunday before Thanksgiving).

Come join us in celebrating Resa Barillas’ upcoming baby boy! We’re celebrating with afternoon h’ors d’ouvres, games and of course, a great time.

RSVP to Resa Barillas on Facebook. You can send Resa a message with your address if you’d like a snail mail invitation, too!

Be sure to bring a baby picture of yourself!

Resa is registered at Target.

Brunch Recap

Brunch was a smashing success! Lots of people showed up, the mimosas were delish, and it was great to see some old friends and make new ones. In case you missed  all of our tweets, here’s the recap in twitpics:


I hope this isn't overkill


some #lbctweetup attendees

Early birds at the #LBCtweetup, @oakmonster, @__sin__, @LBxChica.



@nsputnik is old school yo.

@resamichelle and @dananner catching up

@niecee and @jonathan360 and @Kirstenwright in shadow.

@daveconrey @nsputnik @OakMonster (in the bunny ears) +2 @_sin_ +1 and @ResaMichelle

kidlets @phraklet & @IntrepidPrncess are playing Life



The Food

Hawaiian french toast with coconut syrup

@resamichelle calls this @_sin_ 's pie massacre. @rickandbrians banana cream pie.


The Babies — #LBCtweetup is expanding

@phraktyl and dexter
Aidan is sad we had to leave the #LBCtweetup , but happy to meet everyone one. We’ll see you next time.



Time to get caught up with each other and make some new friends!

Join us on Sunday, October 3 at 11 a.m. for brunch at Rick and Brian’s (@rickandbrians) on Redondo between 6th and 7th.

Oh, $2 mimosas is their Sunday special, by the way. AND 10% off the bill for our twitter friends!

To make sure we have enough seats for everybody, please RSVP in the comment with your Twitter name by Friday, October 1.

Thank you and see you there!

RSVP so far…

@oakmonster : organizer + 1
@kristenwright + 1
@daveconrey + 1.5
@phraktyl + @phraklet + 1.5
@dananner + @hankito + 2

Strong Maybe: @fstop23, @shelley_rae + Hugh, @christine426 + @xoxomarcellaa + 1


It’s that time again. Hopefully it won’t be as windy as last year. I think we’ll skip the hike and just meet at the festival.

Plenty of food,music, and art to capture.

The Festival runs from 10am-6pm. Any inclined to come back to my place for socializing afterwards are welcome to.

Directions can be found here .

@ or DM @dananner if you have any questions.