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February 1, 2009

out on the town with “Ed Post”

Filed under: Schenectady Synecdoche — David Giacalone @ 9:58 am

.. illusive Blawg Review Editor returns to Schenectady . . ..

It’s been 51 weeks since our famously anonymous friend “Ed Post” first arrived at the train station in Schenectady, New York, after attending LegalTech 2008 (see our prior post).  Yesterday, returning for a quick visit on his way to LegalTech 2009, the Editor of Blawg Review was speechless to discover he didn’t yet appear on a display of famous guys who’ve made railroad “whistle-stops” in Schenectady.  The customarily self-effacing Editor was not mollified by my explanation that Lincoln, Edison, Roosevelt, etc., had arrived sans pseudonyms, and actually allowed their faces to be photographed (or sketched) for the press and public to see.

I’m glad Ed didn’t notice this nearby sign, proudly announcing Thomas Edison’s arrival in Schenectady in 1886, to found his machine works, which became General Electric Corp.  My “we need a photo” argument would not have persuaded the canny Editor.

After an enjoyable $20.09 Schenectady Bicentennial dinner at the Stockade Inn, Ed could not resist the temptation to let his tech-crazy followers know he had entered the den of the blawgisphere’s infamous techagnostic. See his Tweet from Schenectady (Jan. 31, 2009).  Despite Ed‘s eloquence and practical arguments, he couldn’t get Prof. Yabut to jump on the Twitter bandwagon.  He’ll surely try again over lunch today.

Monday morning, Ed hops back on Amtrak, tooting and tweeting his way south to New York City, where he’ll be schmoozing with some of the luminaries of the world of legal weblogs.  Schenectady will miss him, and we might even be working on a plaque to greet his next arrival in town.

afterwords (Feb. 2, 2009): Speaking of LegalTech 2009, this week’s Blawg Review is #197, and its theme is LegalTech.  Legal Blog Watch teamed up with “Ed” to produce and host Blawg Review #197.  In fact, “Ed” labored away on it from his room in the Schenectady Holiday Inn, while watching Super Bowl XLIII.

After ingesting far too much food and one very large glass of Merlot, last night, the f/k/a Gang seems unable this morning to sustain any new haiku moments.  If you came for haiku today, here’s a reprise of poems from Kobayashi Issa, celebrating Chinese/Japanese New Year:

on New Year’s day
a cute little pilgrim
at the gate

the kettle’s lid
rattle, rattle…
New Year’s herbs

bedtime sake–
whether the new year comes
or not

the cat steals
a New Year’s nap…
sitting room

………. by Kobayashi Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue

related: read about Ed’s first visit to Schenectady

p.s. Click to see a post card of Schenectady’s Union Station, which was demolished in the 1970’s prior to Prof. Yabut himself arriving in Schenectady. Its successor Amtrak Station is not quite as classy.


  1. Hi David,
    It’s great that you and Ed. were able to get together. This is indeed the neatest part of the blogosphere. Hope we will see you again in DC.

    Comment by Carolyn Elefant — February 2, 2009 @ 7:18 am

  2. Hello, Carolyn. Ed made the visit possible by being willing to put Schenectady on his itinerary. All I had to do was a little hanging out.

    You and Ed, and Walter Olson, are still the only blawgers I’ve actually met in person. Bob Ambrogi and an anonymous guy in the UK are the only other webloggers I’ve spoken with on the phone. Considering how enjoyable those encounters have been, you’d think I’d figure out ways to do it more often.

    I am indeed hoping to get to DC in the near future. I’ll give you fair warning, when I do.

    Comment by David Giacalone — February 2, 2009 @ 9:03 am

  3. you mean to tell me that there is (yet) another “Ed”?

    and here in D.C. (Takoma Park), too!

    hey, I was in Schnectadee once in 1957…

    I wouldn’t wanna die there. or,
    here either..

    I think, as I recall, Geof and Nancy Huth live there..

    when they visited her/me I couldn’t get a word in edge-wise

    Comment by Ed — February 2, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

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