Converging on the pig

My Jinni kind of giggled last night after we discussed preparations for tomorrow night’s third annual, ConvergeSouth BBQ here at the Hoggard mansion in the center of the Aycock Historic Neighborhood. 

I’ve been receiving periodic email updates on the attendee count for the event, which had been hovering around 110, of which we figure about a 20% ‘no-show’ rate.  So we were planning dinner for 95.  Then yesterday, the final number of Convergers saying they want to eat some pig and drink some beer spiked up to around 150.  So right before we nodded off last night Jinni and I agreed to buy and prepare for 125. 

I heard Jinni’s little giggle and I asked her what was so amusing.  She said, “I just think its kind of funny.”   “What?”, I asked.  Remembering the many times we have cooked and served up to 400 without hardly breaking a sweat, she said, “There really isn’t any difference between feeding 95 and 125, is there?  I’ll go to Sam’s Club in the morning.”

I suppose she’s got a point.

The banana pudding is ordered and I’ll start cooking an ample number of Boston Butts around 7:00a tomorrow because they’ll need a good 10 hours before the meat falls completely off the bone. 

Ya’ll come.

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  1. Posted October 18, 2007 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    You and Jinni, and the rest of the gang in the Aycock neighborhood, are just too much. This is your third year feeding the masses and you always wear a smile when you do it.

    I griped about being up late over a plane ticket. You’re going to feed 100 people and are looking forward to it. My hat’s off to ya’ll.

  2. Posted October 18, 2007 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Screw ‘The Fifth Estate’ – I’m looking forward to the ‘cue.

  3. Posted October 18, 2007 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    It is indeed the highlight of the weekend!

  4. Posted October 18, 2007 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    ‘cue rocks. I’m looking forward to it.

  5. Posted October 18, 2007 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    You know, that sounds like a lot of fun. Last year I promised myself that I’d go ‘next year’, and now it’s next year and I’m still not going! Someday, I swear I’ll get there. Maybe next year. Really! I mean it!

  6. Posted October 18, 2007 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait!

  7. Posted October 18, 2007 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    I, too, am very anxious for this. Since I won’t be at the Friday-day part of the conference, the barbecue will be my first taste of ConvergeSouth this year. Last year was my first time coming to the ‘cue, and I had a great time. Immaculate hosts are the Hoggards.

  8. Posted October 18, 2007 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Congressman Brad Miller, trying hard to get to ConvergeSouth even though he has to vote on something or other, made it clear that he’s going to do everything humanly possible to get to the barbecue.

  9. John G
    Posted October 18, 2007 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to be there. But the Q would be better if it was a “whole hog” affair!

  10. Posted October 18, 2007 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    I was bummed that I missed the whole deal last year, but Friday night most of all. I’ll be there with bells on this year. Let’s go crazy!

  11. westvirginiajanis
    Posted October 19, 2007 at 8:05 pm | Permalink


    Please remind the neighbors to link their VIC card to Aycock middle school- if they have not already. The number for Aycock is 2468 (the first four even numbers). Remember, your vic card can be linked to up to five schools.

    Have fun at your event!

  12. Posted October 21, 2007 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Thanks for hosting a wonderful party and helping convert more strangers into new friends.

    Although I thoroughly enjoyed the intellectual conversations and fellowship and meeting people I would normally never encounter.

    However, had the most fun tossing football with your boy. So fun watching kids push themselves to a desired outcome fall down without a wimper, brush themselves off and go out try it again. A lesson I need to remember in business world. Resiliency is so important. And the creative class developing in Greensboro is helping make that happen.

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