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July 22, 2007

DC SEO's and Harry Potter Fans Invade Old Town Alexandria

By Li Evans

So this past weekend a bunch of us SEO's from the Mid-Atlantic states got together in Alexandria, VA.  We had a great time Friday night and Saturday morning / early afternoon.

My trip started with a jaw dropping surprise, in the form of a Nikon D80 (thanks Beau!) for which I would drive again through nasty nasty Philly traffic for.  I finally arrive in Alexandria around 6 p.m. and meetup with Simon and Deb.  We head to the bar and wait for Bill, Meg and Beau to show up.  Once everyone was together we headed out for dinner.  Trying to locate one restaurant on not specific directions, we ended up at an Italian place, but not before we were all nearly run over by all the Harry Potter fan in capes, glasses and hats roaming around old town.

It was an amazing site, all these "muggles" all making their way around the business district of old town Alexandria.  The kids had Marauder maps, there were trinkets for prizes and it all culminated at this bookstore on King Street.  Talk about a whole town getting in on a marketing venture - it was really neat to see this all in play.

But back to our fun.  After dinner we headed to Theisman's for desert and more drinks.  We really had a lot of great conversations from talk of Universal Search to Web Analytics, of course we all geeked out. 

Saturday Bill, Deb, Simon and I all walked down King Street to meet Dave and Jacob for lunch at Union Street Pub, where we even conned the waiter into being a temporary photographer for our group.  After that it was a walk back to the hotel where we then all parted ways.  Deb on her long ride back to Williamsburg, Simon on his metro ride home, Bill and Dave driving their perspective ways, and myself, I got to go to a Pig Roast too (and no Simon, I didn't put the apple in the pig's mouth!).

So if you'd like to see some of the fun pictures from our time there, check out either the Search Marketing Gurus photo galleries or the galleries on Flickr.


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Yes - Alexandria was a HOOT! Thanks, Li, for putting it together and giving me a chance to meet some local SEOs and talk "geek."

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