Digging Deep Behind the Scenes at the CANference (Explicit)

Now, I'm not a gossip or anything but we just had too much fun at the CANference to not report on the behind the scenes activity that many of you may not have noticed in your coop-induced ecstasy.  

For starters, who saw Skip jump me and then Nora in rapid succession after Kim Tippens' talk, right there on the floor of the auditorium?  My guess is that we were doing such good work as Lisa Rohleder's body doubles, he got very confused.  Either that or he took my "well, who doesn't have the hots for Skip?" question a little bit too seriously.  Either way, the public display of, er, affection went a long way towards loosening everyone up even more than the audible gasp-inspiring announcement of the mulitstakeholder cooperative.  We got loose, people.  What I want to know is how many other women Skip tackled.  Show of hands please!  

While you were all in your Saturday afternoon break-out session, SnL and I went home to nap and get ready glittery for the evening festivites.   I prepared my body double outfit, we borrowed Ilse's car, and we hit the Doug Fir with bells on.  

And then, Skip and Lisa opened the karaoke party with a striptease act, oh my god.  If you missed it (Whitsitt and Rob, you know who you are), here's your chance to catch up.  (And thanks to Justine for getting so many of the CANraoke videos)

The wig ended up making the rounds - another show of hands if you had the wig on at any point in the evening, please!

Most people sang!  Most people danced!  People I didn't expect to sing sang (Andy Wegman).  People I didn't expect to dance danced (Lisa Rohleder, but sadly, no footage).  People lost their karaoke virginity (Whitsitt Goodson) -- not that you would believe it for a second, White Horse was so good.   (Lisa told me that she woke up the next day with that song in her head).  And who woulda thunk that Keith would be the first one to totally pack the dance floor.   Even Axl Rose couldn't resist the steamy lure of the Dreambox.  There was one person who didn't sing and is in serious trouble for it (Seps, you know who you are).  He does, I just found out, indulge in jello-pit wrestling though.  Next year?? Who else is in the jello-pit?  

And did anyone notice that decorative phallus mushroom on the first floor reception area food and beverage table?  Can someone (Julia Carpenter, perhaps, who was caught on film in an embrace with the mushroom) please explain that?  Really, we should have put a bird on it.

My turn is over.  I didn't catch all of the behind-the-scenes action, I know that.  Who's got some more goods?  Comment please.  

Wait, one more thing:  whoever wrote on the dry-erase board with a sharpie by accident, Sheila's out to get you.   

This story was posted on April 13 2011 by ellengrover.
Tags: canference

Comments

  • April 13 2011 at 4:58 PM
    NancyS writes:

    No good dirt here

    But I do have a magic fix to permanent marker on a white board.  All my years as a trainer for the fed. govt. left me with a few tricks.  Will call Sheila…:) And in case you’re wondering—write over the offending perm. marker with a true dry erase marker and then wipe them both off at the same time.  Works for normal perm markers.  Hopefully sharpies are not an exception.

    Oh, and I didn’t sing or dance.  Didn’t drink enough for that.  Maybe next year. 

    Nancy S.

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  • April 13 2011 at 4:59 PM
    Lisafer writes:

    Wasn’t it Emma Goldman who said

    if I can’t do a karaoke striptease, I don’t want to be part of your revolution? So there.

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  • April 13 2011 at 10:16 PM
    Whitsitt writes:

    Poutine.

    because what happens at the food carts actually haunts you for the next few days.

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  • April 14 2011 at 1:05 AM
    David Lesseps writes:

    actually

    Ms. Goldman said… “Let the hybrids in!” 

    Followed by, “everyone get jiggy in the jello-pit!”

     

    David L f’ing Ac (my earned title)

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  • April 14 2011 at 1:06 AM
    David Lesseps writes:

    pulled pork belly poutine…

    to be precise.

     

    David L f’ing Ac (my earned title)

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  • April 14 2011 at 7:23 AM
    ellengrover writes:

    aha

    the food carts.   I should have put two and two together.  

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  • April 14 2011 at 9:29 AM
    Jessica Feltz writes:

    I placed the wig on Larry

    towards the end of this video

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  • April 14 2011 at 11:18 AM
    ellengrover writes:

    and

    I know Skip was wearing it at some point too.  who else?  And the facial hair?  We should have put that on David Kato, obvs.

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  • April 14 2011 at 3:32 PM
    donnajoon writes:

    I gotta say

    I’m a little disappointed I didn’t get jumped by Skip.  Or by Ellen or Nora for that matter…

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  • April 14 2011 at 6:37 PM
    JuliaC writes:

    tell me about it!

    I had quite a few virtual crushes before the CANference, but now that I met people (and danced with them, drank a beer with them, ate lasagne with them…), my crush objects increased - in both quantity and intensity!

    jello wrestling next year.  definitely.

    Julia in Berkeley 

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  • April 14 2011 at 10:17 PM
    Whitsitt writes:

    precisely.

    Good lord that was tasty.

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  • April 14 2011 at 11:51 PM
    David Lesseps writes:

    tasty

    And it helped cut through the whiskey.

     

    David L f’ing Ac (my earned title)

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  • April 15 2011 at 2:40 AM
    Michelle writes:

    Skip was too afraid to jump

    Skip was too afraid to jump me but I know he wanted to

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  • April 15 2011 at 8:41 AM
    ellengrover writes:

    that sounds like an invitation. 

    Skip are you taking notes here?  

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  • April 15 2011 at 4:34 PM
    chaitime writes:

    .

    ya, had a big ol’ crush here as well. but where would this wallflower be without wishful thinking….?

     

    that being said, i’m down for the jello pit next year. in fact, i’ll send invites to national orgs. too. this could be hot!

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  • April 15 2011 at 6:07 PM
    ellengrover writes:

    oh wait, dish. 

    you can text me, 2158707708, with crush info.  I promise I will be subtle.  

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  • April 15 2011 at 6:10 PM
    ellengrover writes:

    AND, btw

    I don’t think you get to call yourself a wallflower after that rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, which Whitsitt said was the most punk rock thing he had ever seen.  

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  • April 15 2011 at 6:11 PM
    ellengrover writes:

    oh Donna

    next time I see you look out because I’m gonna jump all over you!  Nora, you in??  

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  • April 15 2011 at 6:23 PM
    ellengrover writes:

    anyone else

    feel free to text me too, just identify yourself.  

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  • April 15 2011 at 7:04 PM
    Skip writes:

    Noted.

    Will be acted upon in the near future.

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  • April 15 2011 at 11:49 PM
    EricaL writes:

    Wow!  Sounds like I missed

    Wow!  Sounds like I missed a lot at late night canroake :(  next time, next time…... 

    Erica Leaton

    Central Coast Community Acupuncture

    Newport, OR 

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  • April 16 2011 at 9:41 AM
    Nora writes:

    Hell yes!

    You know it.  And then, a nice cup of tea!

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  • April 19 2011 at 9:44 PM
    Whitsitt writes:

    trouble!

    are you going to play matchmaker now?

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  • April 20 2011 at 12:34 PM
    ellengrover writes:

    I would love to!

    if only someone would text…  So frustrating, the silence.   

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  • April 20 2011 at 8:38 PM
    Guest writes:

    word on the street

    word on the street is…..chaitime loves it when you call him big poppa.

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  • April 20 2011 at 9:12 PM
    Whitsitt writes:

    that’s funny…

    b/c I also love it when you call me big poppa!  I also love it when you throw your hands in the ai-er like you’s a real player.

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  • April 20 2011 at 9:13 PM
    Whitsitt writes:

    silence

    those who tell don’t know, those who know don’t tell, and the internet never forgets.

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  • April 22 2011 at 10:12 AM
    ellengrover writes:

    tweet tweet

    that’s gotta be you LG.  I will keep that in mind next time I see big poppa.  And you too, Whitsitt.  I don’t even know what I love to be called—I do know, however, that anyone can start texting me, anytime!  I’m waiting.  

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  • April 22 2011 at 10:29 PM
    Jessica Feltz writes:

    I think

    y’all should deluge Ellen with texts and not identifiy yourselves.  See how long it takes her to sort them out…

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  • April 24 2011 at 7:27 AM
    ellengrover writes:

    ok I have a new nickname

    I am not sure that it’s what I love to be called, but still, some people around here have started referring to me as TCB.  Guess what it stands for:  winner gets a prize at the next shindig (Jessica—you know already so you’re out of the running).  Go!  

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  • April 24 2011 at 11:25 AM
    David Lesseps writes:

    Texting Cellphoning Bored-o

    <3

    David L f’ing Ac (my earned title)

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  • April 25 2011 at 1:13 AM
    chaitime writes:

    tweet tweet

    there you go wielding a bicycle chain.

    being that this is the official people magazine….i mean CANference gossip thread though, i guess being called out will keep it good and juicy. not so sure i need to be called big poppa per se, but just sayin’...

     

    you looking for more dirt tweets? i might have some good stuff up my sleeve too.

     

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  • April 25 2011 at 9:31 AM
    ellengrover writes:

    so what *do* you like to be called (besides ct)

    and if you’ve got dirt I’ll take it (subtlety promised, like I said)...  I’ve given up on text messages at this point though.  And btw, why are you not on facebook?  You’re missing lots of little parties.  

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  • April 25 2011 at 9:33 AM
    ellengrover writes:

    you would win a prize for that even though that’s not it

    that is, *if* you had a cell phone and I could text you.  2011, seps, it’s your year to cave.  

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  • April 25 2011 at 8:20 PM
    ACUPUNCTURE for the PEOPLE writes:

    Mmmmm, tea.

    Mmmmm, tea.

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  • April 25 2011 at 8:49 PM
    Jessica Feltz writes:

    7’s are motivated by parties…

    ...4’s are motivated by drama.

    *DRAMA* CHAI!  YOU’RE MISSING FACEBOOK MELODRAMA!!

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  • April 25 2011 at 8:56 PM
    ellengrover writes:

    my friend Donkey just returned from Montreal

    and asked me if I knew what Poutine was.  He also said their karaoke jockey had a fog machine.  I guess we know where our first international CANference will be.  Who’s going to open a CAP there??  

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  • April 25 2011 at 8:57 PM
    ellengrover writes:

    OH!  Now I know

    you like to be called Jorge.  

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  • April 25 2011 at 9:25 PM
    Whitsitt writes:

    in a flash?

    If it stands for Taking Care of Business I’m going to have to start calling your Elvis.

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  • April 25 2011 at 10:29 PM
    chaitime writes:

    .

    you can call me whatever you like, ellen.

     

     

     

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  • April 25 2011 at 10:47 PM
    ellengrover writes:

    you’re close… it started out as that. 

    but turned into a couple of other things.  You might know what the C could stand for.  

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  • April 25 2011 at 10:48 PM
    ellengrover writes:

    sweet! 

    I’m going to take you up on that.  

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  • April 25 2011 at 11:47 PM
    chaitime writes:

    .

    ya, but drama is one of the reasons i’m holding out and refuse to get a  facebook!

    although, now that you mention enneagram, it does seem peculiarly like a 4’s attempt to create even MORE drama by being different, hmmmmmmmmmmm?!

     

    i say bring the drama here! ya know, for the whole world to see! what’s going on!?

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  • April 26 2011 at 1:38 AM
    chaitime writes:

    .

    go ahead and get the cell phone david, hold outs on those expired at the end of last year. the Unfriends of Facebook Front(UFF) is the new terrain of the luddite battles.

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  • April 26 2011 at 1:55 AM
    David Lesseps writes:

    Did you say poutine?!?

    Then you can count me in!

     

    David L f’ing Ac (my earned title)

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  • April 26 2011 at 1:56 AM
    David Lesseps writes:

    Chaitime

    If you friend me on FBook, I’ll get a damn phone.

    David L f’ing Ac (my earned title)

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  • April 26 2011 at 7:29 AM
    ellengrover writes:

    I like your thinking Seps. 

    Josh (I’ll save my new names for you for later)...  

    imagine!  you could take all the credit for David getting a cell phone, right now!  So many people would be so grateful.  You have no idea how many times we have all tried to text him, only to remember, sadly…  oh, right.  no cell phone…  only poutine.  

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  • April 27 2011 at 12:49 PM
    chaitime writes:

    .

    really? you’ve gone without a cell phone for this long(efin bravo), but all it would take is a one more facebook friend and you’re happily checking to see if you have a new voicemail every 10 minutes…. or maybe doing a little texting while driving, just like that?

    i don’t know if i want to be a part of your downfall, even if i did believe you. ha.

     

    bring on the names ellen, that’s my favorite game!

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  • April 28 2011 at 11:15 PM
    ellengrover writes:

    ok

    i’m thinking.  

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  • April 28 2011 at 11:16 PM
    ellengrover writes:

    and in the meantime

    I’ll just be calling you holdout.  

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  • April 30 2011 at 1:44 AM
    Guest writes:

    Bom Chicka Wah Wah….

    Bom Chicka Wah Wah….

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  • April 30 2011 at 1:28 PM
    ellengrover writes:

    I don’t think so

    No one gets to call themselves ellengroper without texting first. 

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  • May 1 2011 at 11:19 AM
    lumiel writes:

    I’m in your corner, Josh.

    And I thought I was the only holdout in the organization.

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