We had a pretty good turn out of about 9-10 people. Some of our original RSVPs dropped out, but others stepped in. I knew about half the people who came out, JoeBruin15, UclaLuv, MexEastLA, Mathbruin, and, Chrissorr from previous meet ups. My favorite addition was a good guy; Wayne. He does not post on BN, but says he reads all the time. He just decided to join us, having read the two previous posts about meeting up. Right on, Wayne!
Barney's Beanery was something of a disappointment though, to be honest. First of all, when I got there, I asked about our table reservation, and was told they had no record of it. Pretty unacceptable considering I not only made the reservation, I had also called to confirm this last weekend. Next, they appeared to be unprepared for the large number of people who came out for the game. The place was packed with Bruins, but they were understaffed the whole time. The result was orders took longer to arrive, they were often wrong, and the staff had some poor attitudes at time. When we got there, all the TVs were tuned to whatever morning game ESPN was televising. We had to ask several times to get our TVs tuned to CBS, and I can't imagine we were the only ones asking, considering the crowd. And yet, they were not changed over to our game until right around 11am. So, boooo Barneys.
The Crowd on the other hand, was a good one. It was a solid Bruin gathering, and very vocal. You should have heard us during Hundley's long run and TD, the two Pick Sixes, and the 60 yard bomb for a touch down. No one had to read anyone the Miranda Rites, and nobody was asking anyone else to sit down.
The final, sad, piece of news was that at halftime, we were talking about the poor service and JoeBruin15 quipped that now we knew where to hold the next one. In a fit of curiosity, I took the short walk over to O'hara's (Nee Maloney's) to see what their turn out looked like. It was a ghost town. I counted all of 4 people. This breaks my heart. This was the place that I called home when I was in school. If there are any fat cat alumni reading this and you would like to save what should be a Westwood/Bruin institution, don't hesitate to look me up. I would love to be involved.
I hope everybody else had as good time watching the game. Have a happy, and safe, New Year's Eve.