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Naked Conversations Launch Party in Bellevue

January 22nd, 2006 · 5 Comments

Robert Scoble kindly invited us to attend the Naked Conversations Launch Party on January 21. Ted was in San Francisco this week and couldn’t make it. But after a week of parenting by myself, I was grateful for the opportunity to go out alone, pick up a copy of the book, and celebrate with friends. It was great to meet Scoble’s co-author Shel Israel whose writings on stories have come up in my recent research for my upcoming presentation.

Here are a couple pictures of Shel and Paula Israel with Robert and Maryam Scoble.



There was lots of laughter between the two authors and the two couples. As the spouse of an author, remembering the intensity and stress of the book-writing process, I saw all the smiling as a good sign!

Maryam Scoble had the line of the night (loosely quoted): “The book is titled Naked Conversations but Paula and I don’t appear anywhere in it!” I think she should write a book too – I can’t wait for that launch party!

Other highlights included:

Chris Pirillo and his glowing belly (due to sweatshirt pocket + gadget). (Ponzi, come home soon!)

Anita Rowland and Jack William Bell looked great – they have good news to celebrate!

Liz Lawley’s homeschooling adventures with her family.

Mitch Ratcliffe introduced me as a community theorist. I’m always collecting descriptions and will add that one to the mix…

Meeting Mitch’s wife, and finally meeting Jeff Sandquist’s wife.

Buzz Bruggeman, expert connector, responsible for helping to put Naked Conversations and the launch party together – and now a Seattle resident!

Talking in depth with Bryan and Jennifer Zug.

Introducing some of my friends to each other.

Nabila Lacey, wife of Gnomedex attendee Steve, and blog reader, came over to meet me – thank you! 🙂

Tasty crab cakes!


Big thanks to Nancy Folsom, who offered to pick me up and take me to the party, making my trip from the island much easier. As we were arriving, Beth Grigg was leaving. Maryam captured two pictures of the three of us on the front steps. See Robert’s flickr page for more photos. My flickr page has a few photos from the party too.

And thanks to Robert and Shel, and to Maryam and Paula, for all they’ve given and shared. May Naked Conversations be the beginning of many good things…!

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lauri Sandquist // Jan 22, 2006 at 2:08 pm


    It was great to finally meet you as well! Jeff and I need to plan a date with you out on your island when the nicer weather finally gets here.

    All this blog talk is making me wish I still had a place to call my own – this morning I’m reading everyone’s blogs about last night! What fun 🙂

    It was a great party and I hope we get to see ya soon again.

  • 2 Robert Scoble // Jan 22, 2006 at 5:56 pm

    Thank you Julie, it was a great night. One I’ll never forget.

  • 3 Nancy // Jan 22, 2006 at 7:03 pm

    Heh. How nice of you to NOT mention how utterly lost I got us on the way there! Even with that, it was a fun adventure from start to finish. Especially at the end…I saw you making a mad dash for the ferry!

  • 4 Shel Israel // Jan 23, 2006 at 6:01 pm


    Thanks so much for helping us make it into such a very special night. Thanks for the great ittle gifts and the remrkable wrapping paper. I hope next tme to meet Ted as well.

  • 5 Julie // Feb 26, 2006 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks, Lauri, Robert, Nancy and Shel.

    For the record, I’ve realized I should say that it was Nancy who created the remarkable wrapping paper!

    Yes, I hope Ted can come next time too.


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