Respectful Insolence

…you might want to check out this talk by a certain “friend” of this blog, as well as the reception to follow (although why anyone would want to pay any money to hang out with him, I have no idea). A little birdie tells me it’ll be pretty good.

Comments

  1. #1 Chris
    August 17, 2010

    psh, Orlando is way better.

  2. #2 Chris
    August 17, 2010

    This Chris is heading towards Canada this weekend. Sorry.

  3. #3 René Najera
    August 17, 2010

    I’d love to go. I have some few choice words (of praise) for that Gorski fellow.

  4. #4 cervantes
    August 17, 2010

    If the birdie does say so himself . . .

  5. #5 highnumber
    August 17, 2010

    I’m in that ‘hood, but can’t make it cuz The Wife of this certain “friend” is going to the Twin Cities for the 3 Day Walk for the Cure and I have to watch the kids. Feel free to swing by my pad after the cocktail party and we can watch The Jerk or Johnny Dangerously or something, cuz that’s what I’ll be doing.

    And, if anyone wants to give to The Wife or her team:
    Go hier

  6. #6 Chris
    August 17, 2010

    highnumber, can you take the kids? Is it a venue that allows children, and are they old enough to appreciate a talk?

    Tonight I am going to our local Skeptics in the Pub. One person always brings her son (he is about eleven years old). He is a very bright kid, and does participate in some of the activities (like the magic demonstration).

  7. #7 kevin
    August 17, 2010

    is it just a coincidence that this Gorski fellow is going to be in Chicago the same weekend the Comic Con is being held?

  8. #8 Orac
    August 17, 2010

    Oh, no! The Shat’s going to be there Saturday! How can one possibly compete with the Shat?

  9. #9 Todd W.
    August 17, 2010

    @Orac

    The Shat’s going to be there Saturday! How can one possibly compete with the Shat?

    Umm…watch where you step?

  10. #10 highnumber
    August 17, 2010

    Chris, 4 and 1 y.o. Too young even if allowed.

  11. #11 Chris
    August 17, 2010

    Bummer. But they are fun at that age. Enjoy them because all too soon they turn into teenagers!

  12. #12 blf
    August 17, 2010

    Why would I want to go listen to a long-winded troll…? ;-)

  13. #13 plutosdad
    August 17, 2010

    I’m on the mailing lists for those skeptics clubs (I live on the north side) but never went to one. Maybe I should go to this one?

    I have a bunch of comics I need to get rid of too :)

  14. #14 Prometheus
    August 17, 2010

    Unfortunately, I will be out of town this weekend, else I would try to make it. Maybe Orac could give us more advance notice the next time Dr. Gorski is scheduled to speak.

    Prometheus

  15. #15 DLC
    August 17, 2010

    I’d like to go, but if I get any farther from Chicago I’ll be in Mexico.
    oh well.

  16. #16 Mu
    August 17, 2010

    hmpf, do you know what plane tickets cost at such short notice? Have your friend post his appearances 14 days in advance, preferable when there’s a football game in town the same weekend ;)

  17. #17 Orac
    August 17, 2010

    My friend never imagined that anyone would even consider flying to Chicago to see him speak. It just plain never occurred to him.

  18. #18 anthro
    August 17, 2010

    I’m going! Might try to make The Shat! event as well. Oh boy, this will be fun–I’m preparing a dose of long-winded insolence (cleverly disguised as a question) that will make ORAC proud to know his “friend”.

  19. #19 dedicated lurker
    August 17, 2010

    How much is this event? I live there and would attend if it doesn’t cost a lot. (I am a poor bohemian.)

  20. #20 Orac
    August 17, 2010

    The talk is free, other than the beer; the dinner and drinks later, from what I understand, are $35. Double check the page:

    http://www.site.chicagoskeptics.org/

  21. #21 Mu
    August 17, 2010

    I’ve flown cross country to have a beer. In college, we used to drive 4 h to go to the Hamburg fish market, usually Sunday 1 am – 5 am. A three hour non-stop to Chicago to hear DG wouldn’t make my “top ten stupidest reasons I went somewhere”.

  22. #22 bug_grrl
    August 17, 2010

    I hope to be there!

  23. #23 https://me.yahoo.com/a/MfVjaVMK1NpHjCg62YBlE.UHTTJCXEQ-#5352c
    August 17, 2010

    If it were you, it would be worth seeing.

    But that Gorski pharma-shill guy … he’s dead boring!

  24. #24 Canadianchick
    August 17, 2010

    if it had been last weekend I might have gone for it, although it would be borderline nuts to drive from Cincinnati to Chicago just to have a beer with a box of blinking lights…but alas, I leave for home on Friday.

    Now, if you come to Vancouver, I’ll be there!

    (hoping to go to Chicago in the spring…)

  25. #25 ChrisKid
    August 17, 2010

    I’d be there, but we have plans for later that day, and I don’t think that would sit well with my husband. Maybe next time. Have lots of fun.

  26. #26 anthro
    August 17, 2010

    All these excuses! Am I the only loyal reader? I live in Milwaukee and I hate driving to Chicago, but I’m definitely going and my husband, who has been wondering for some time why I am devoted to a box of blinking lights, is coming along. Not sure about the cocktail party. I have to drive home and not sure I can spare $35 for a club soda. But it’s a fundraiser, so we’ll see.