After some confusion, and a Paula Abdul sighting (!), we had a lovely diner with the BlogFather. In spite of the downpour, we enjoyed the cookout at the Hoggards‘ place in the lovely Aycock neighborhood last night, and met or caught up with a few Internet celebrities like Dave Slusher of Evil Genius Chronicles, Matt Gross (former Dean campaign blogger-in-chief), black republican Michael Bowen (a.k.a. Cobb), and Duncan Black (a.k.a. Atrios).