I always like to spend the evening before Easter surrounded by atheists, as a sort of preparation for the holiest day on the Christian calendar. Easter is the day that Jesus Christ (“Christ” as in Christ-ian … get it?) is said to have risen from the dead. You have to be suspicious of a holiday that on one hand moves from one part of the season to the next in an unpredictable way, yet still always manages to land on a Sunday. How do they do that?Anyway, last night was the advertised gathering of Blog-symps in the Twin Cities, at The Local, a tavern in Downtown Minneapolis. Tangled Up in Blue Guy primarily organized it and with PZ Myers publicizing it, it had to be well attended.I’m sure you will find a more coherent description of the event at TUIBG’s site, with photos. Or at least, I remember a lot of photo’s being taken. TUIBG has one of those cameras with a very powerful flash. I’m still seeing spots.I got to spend some time getting to know some people I’ve wanted to know better, such as Skatje Myers, PZ’s wife, Mary, and some of our local blogger-folk and activists, such as Kristine of Amused Muse and Richard Shauer.The last I saw of PZ and Mary, they were heading off into the inky black yet speckled with white dots in a building snow storm, in the wee hours of this morning. I hope their trip back to Morris is pleasant and uneventful!My Jewish mother In Law will be hosting Easter this year for the extended family. I have to make the green salad. It is too cold and snowy to fly kites and airplanes (the true meaning of Easter) but we will be able to show off the New Kitchen.