#EndlessBBQ is a recent tradition, only as old as the last shuttle launch, so you may wonder how it came to be. It began very low profile, as a simple BBQ at @herrea‘s house just after the first launch attempt of STS-134 was scrubbed. As we prepared to go to the barbeque, it was a comment made by @natachac, something about how it would be an endless barbecue (as @herrea‘s parties tend to go on until the wee hours) that stuck in my mind. When we arrived, I spread the word- “we’re calling this the #endlessBBQ” and the tweets started flowing. It was a great event, and the next night those of us who were still around gathered at a different location with all the leftovers, and again the next night. On the fourth night, the #endlessBBQ moved to my house, though all that was left to eat was a bunch of hotdogs.
So, we’ve decided, for an event to officially qualify as part of our ongoing #endlessBBQ, some food items from the last event must carry forward. Don’t worry, we won’t have old, rotten food, we’re going to bring the leftover ketchup, mustard, and relish from the original event to keep it going. We’ll have to remember to save something this time to carry forward for the next one. I’m hoping this is just the beginning of a long tradition of launches and barbecues. With Juno launching next month, GRAIL after that, then another SpaceX launch and then MSL, there will be plenty of opportunities!
#EndlessBBQ is being made possible by an all around great guy, Chris, or @herrea. He hosted the first night of the original Endless, plus numerous other Space Tweep shindigs, and was a co-planner (or is that co-conspirator?) of the Space Coast Yuri’s Night Pub Crawl 2011. He is one of the original space tweeps from when the Space Tweep Society first formed over two years ago. Chris’ parties are always fun and have great food. Sometimes there are semi-dangerous laser displays in the backyard, often there are bonfires, and occasionally there are pirate ship battles or slip n’ slides aimed into the pool. You never know what to expect.
Chris and his cat, @RRavage are opening their home (Decepticon Headquarters) to us once again for another round of #endlessBBQ. Thank you Chris and Ravage, and everyone else who is helping to make this #EndlessBBQ an epic event!
The original #EndlessBBQ was amazing, and went on in various places for four days. We had space tweeps in attendance from all over the world. Of course the most fun part of it was the first night, and @harbingeralpha captured some of that here beautifully:
#EndlessBBQ is a new tradition for Space Tweeps who come to Florida for a rocket launch. The first one was held in conjunction with launch attempt 1 for STS-134, which was scrubbed. The second one is planned for the day after the final Shuttle launch, STS-135. What then, you ask? Well, we’ve got the @NASAJuno launch coming in August, then GRAIL in September. NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory is due to launch late in 2011 and there are upcoming SpaceX launches as well. Lots of opportunities for more installments of #endlessBBQ!