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Thursday NYC meetup (Dec. 2005)
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Thursday NYC meetup: If the MTA is still striking, should we reschedule? If so, what day should we reschedule for?
posted by Afroblanco to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:31 AM (65 comments total)

I can't make it if the strike is still going on, but I think those of you can should have a meetup for the rest of us.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:34 AM on December 20, 2005 [1 favorite]


Plus, we can't really discuss rescheduling until we know the strike madness is over.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:38 AM on December 20, 2005 [1 favorite]


We could make backup neighbourhood meetup plans. Let's say the strike's still on Thursday, then Manhattan's good for its one, people in various parts of Brookly, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island can then attend their own?
posted by Captaintripps at 8:41 AM on December 20, 2005


Ooooo that would be fun- mini Astoria meetup! I'm sure by then, if the strike is still on, I will *desperately* need to get out of my house.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:43 AM on December 20, 2005 [1 favorite]


striking on the weekend would be good. :)
posted by Gigglecam at 8:45 AM on December 20, 2005



Since I live "way the hell up and gone" on 117th I may not be able to make it (unless Plutor, or nomad want to drive in and drive downtown to the meetup?)
posted by splatta at 8:46 AM on December 20, 2005


Just to note: it's in my hood, so I can still make it at the scheduled time, regardless.

Otherwise - I can reschedule any time except the weekend.
posted by gaspode at 8:53 AM on December 20, 2005


(CBS) NEW YORK The international arm of the Transport Workers Union is stunned and angry that its Local 100, representing New York subway and bus workers, turned down a contract offer from management and ordered its members to walk off their jobs, CBS2 News has learned.
Sources within other large public employee unions tell CBS2 reporter Marcia Kramer that the TWU's international leadership is considering taking over the local and seeking a settlement with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Those sources say the upper level of the TWU thinks the MTA's latest offer is fair and worthy of further consideration and negotiation. They stand against a militant faction within Local 100 that pressed hard for a strike.


Cross yr fingers.
posted by CunningLinguist at 9:06 AM on December 20, 2005


::crosses fingers, toes, legs, arms, hair, and eyes::
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:07 AM on December 20, 2005 [1 favorite]


Why would I cross my fingers for a settlement to a two-tier system? If they're gonna ruin my birthday, I hope they get something for it.

I might come to the meetup since it's near the bridge, but I don't know.
posted by dame at 9:19 AM on December 20, 2005


mini-'hood meetups would be cool. rescheduling would also be ok. but, yeah, those that can, should!

...I plan to be in manhattan regardless -- thursday night, 11pm, mr. yee's (basement of l'asso) -- my friend crystal dawn (think janis joplin, mary lou lord, etc.) is going to be singing her heart out and causing a big commotion. with another good friend on drums. all-y'all are welcome. (cover is 5 bucks or 2 bucks or some similar pittance)
posted by dorian at 9:27 AM on December 20, 2005


(nb: I would be happy to pay the cover for anyone who wants to come along, 'cos crystal is that good.)
posted by dorian at 9:31 AM on December 20, 2005


I'm still up for the meetup, even with a reduced turnout. But we could also have an early-January meetup (so everyone going away for the holidays will be back by then) to pick up the slack. More drinking = more fun! :)
posted by dotreptile at 9:36 AM on December 20, 2005


Yaaay, the more drinking, the better!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:37 AM on December 20, 2005 [1 favorite]


drinking is good. prolific meetup photos of various secondary sexual characteristics: also good.

metatalk: meetup all you want, we'll make more.
posted by dorian at 9:41 AM on December 20, 2005


::makes note to hide various secondary sexual characteristics from dorian at next meetup::
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:43 AM on December 20, 2005 [1 favorite]


i'll do my damndest.

dorian: any leftover pickled eggs for the deep fryer? i don't think mine are ready just yet.
posted by kosem at 10:11 AM on December 20, 2005


we could also have an early-January meetup

An early-to-mid January meetup has been discussed.
posted by StickyCarpet at 10:11 AM on December 20, 2005


If I'm gonna walk from Rego Park, I'm gonna go all the way to Manhattan, who wants to walk to Astoria? (No offense, I like Astoria, but I want my walk to at least include a sense of adventure which bridge crossings would have.)
posted by riffola at 10:16 AM on December 20, 2005


StickyCarpet is working on mega-excellent plans for January. Keep your calendars free!
posted by CunningLinguist at 10:23 AM on December 20, 2005


Feel free to walk to Manhattan, riffola, but I'm sure as hell not walking that far in the cold. No siree Bob!

I'm siiiiiiick. Hopefully the Benadryl will kick in soon.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:39 AM on December 20, 2005 [1 favorite]


I think I'll be in manhattan anyway, though maybe by thursday I'll be sick enough of bridges not to bother...? If I am around I will come by, if someone will repost the details. Considering how many people made it last time, an edited-down guest list could still be a party....
posted by mdn at 10:54 AM on December 20, 2005


Why would I cross my fingers for a settlement to a two-tier system? If they're gonna ruin my birthday, I hope they get something for it.

*kisses dame*

I'm sending all you NYers good transit vibes from the left coast (where we don't have transit, just traffic).
posted by scody at 11:54 AM on December 20, 2005


How about iceskating? Bryant Park (with a bar right there) or Wollman?
posted by amberglow at 2:26 PM on December 20, 2005


Awwwww that sounds so romantic... ice skating with all my Mefite lovers. :'-(
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:30 PM on December 20, 2005 [1 favorite]


Having just watched King Kong in the weekend, all I have in my head is the image of all of us cavorting with a giant ape.
posted by gaspode at 2:32 PM on December 20, 2005


hey, howcome i don't have any Mefite lovers? you guys suck (and not in a good way)
posted by amberglow at 3:09 PM on December 20, 2005


I was thinking of you when I said that, amberglow!

::goes back to daydreaming of skating hand in hand with amberglow in Rockefeller Center, followed by a trip to FAO Schwartz to buy matching teddy bears in "I Love You Beary Much" t-shirts::
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:21 PM on December 20, 2005 [1 favorite]


this giant ape, can it ice skate? or is it more of the garden variety 'cavort, break thru the ice and drown us all' type? 'cos either way is good for me.

(previously I might have cast paris as the ape, 'cept now we all know pp is a hot cambodian girl. or some junk...)

also: amber, as you are the unofficial official sweetheart of mefi, whachoo talkin bout willisdogg.

kosem: strangely enough, there was one more egg hiding in the bottom of the jar. I have been afraid to eat it, but I am equally afraid to attempt taking it out of the house as it will either simply melt in a gross fashion in my hands, elst take over the galaxy. hard to say which. but we still need to plan the chip shop documentary trip for sometime in the next few months.

and for kate, sweet sweet kate, I promise not to take any more-inappropriate-than-usual photos, unless of course jonmc is there with his forkéd devil's tongue.
posted by dorian at 3:42 PM on December 20, 2005


ok then...iceskating, drinking, and then an orgy, ok? : >
posted by amberglow at 3:50 PM on December 20, 2005


sounds good to me.
posted by gaspode at 3:54 PM on December 20, 2005


wait, isn't that what we usually do? 詰~~ない'す ...!
posted by dorian at 3:58 PM on December 20, 2005


Seriously, we're had so many orgies... I'm bored of them already. ::disaffected yawn::
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:05 PM on December 20, 2005 [1 favorite]


Oh, I totally forgot. Did anyone ever find the vibrator I left at the Upper East Side meetup?
posted by nobody at 4:18 PM on December 20, 2005


I think I saw dorian run away with it....
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:23 PM on December 20, 2005 [1 favorite]


Seriously, we're had so many orgies... I'm bored of them already. ::disaffected yawn::

_Bored Orgy_ is a great band name _Bored of Orgies_ is a great album name.
posted by kosem at 4:24 PM on December 20, 2005


wait, that wasn't a meetup. and... that wasn't a vibrator....
posted by dorian at 4:27 PM on December 20, 2005


Upper East Side? So THAT's where we ended up. Happy Holidays NYCers! I hope the transit strike resolves well for all parties soon.
posted by onalark at 4:37 PM on December 20, 2005


So, I'm thinking that we should go ahead and have the meetup on Thursday, strike notwithstanding. If the transport workers are still striking on Thursday, I wouldn't be opposed to declaring an additional meetup for next week.

What do you guys say?
posted by Afroblanco at 4:46 PM on December 20, 2005


Do it for those of us stuck at home!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:49 PM on December 20, 2005 [1 favorite]


Oh yeah, and the details:

Thursday, 12/22 6PM - ???
151
Located at 151 Rivington St. between Clinton and Suffolk (but closer to Suffolk)

Warning : This place has a basement entrance. It is very hidden, as in completely unmarked!
How to find it : It is between a Mexican restaurant and a building that has a big "Centro de Medico" sign on it.

Happy hour is buy-one-get-one-free until 10pm.
posted by Afroblanco at 4:51 PM on December 20, 2005


_Bored of Orgies_ is a great album name.

Ah, like a Pride of Lions or a Flock of Birds?
posted by nobody at 4:56 PM on December 20, 2005


I would love to finally make it to one of these things. I will be driving in from CT. Is parking impossible around there?
posted by crack at 7:54 PM on December 20, 2005


I'll come, but my new rule is to show up for 10 minutes and split. That way no one gets sick of me.
right?
posted by hellbient at 8:01 PM on December 20, 2005


Is parking impossible around there?

Not particularly. There are several lots in the area. (you can do a Google Local on parking 10002.) Also, it is quite possible that you will find a meter.
posted by Afroblanco at 8:12 PM on December 20, 2005


Thanks Afroblanco.

Anyone going to be there early? Since I'll be driving in all the way from eastern CT, I thought I'd leave and arrive before traffic acts up. Also: Any recommendations for where to kill time nearby? A vegetarian eatery would be nice.
posted by crack at 4:02 AM on December 21, 2005


I plan to get there a little after 6, sorries crack -- yesterday and today I am not venturing out of brooklyn, but tomorrow I will get my lazy carcase over to work by hook or by crook; after which I plan to pick up some tastey banh mi (2nd & a) around 6pm and then walk down to 151.

but I might leave work early. or it may take me hours to get down there from ues. who the hell knows.

all the tasteyest places I know in the les are not exactly vegetarian. angelica kitchen ~union sq is pretty decent tho.

... also, I'd be happy to ditch work early if you want to come pick me up at the museum ^_^
posted by dorian at 5:50 AM on December 21, 2005


also also, in any case I think you may need to make sure you drive into manhattan higher than 96th to avoid the 4 person per car thingy.
posted by dorian at 5:52 AM on December 21, 2005


I believe the 4 person per car thing is just until 11AM.

Also, I think they have checkpoints at 96th St. as well as at the bridges and tunnels, so before 11AM any car coming south from Bronx/Harlem will need 4 passengers as well.
posted by nobody at 6:03 AM on December 21, 2005


ah, venice.
posted by dorian at 6:09 AM on December 21, 2005


Yup, from 5 to 11, a car need 4 people coming from everywhere. I was in a cab (with 5) from Queens, and they were turning people around before they got on the 59th St Bridge.

I might make it tomorrow after all- if I come to the office, mine as well stay in the city for a little fun!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:40 AM on December 21, 2005 [1 favorite]


I can probably pick up folks along the way (but it will have to be earlier). Dorian email me if you decide you want to ditch work early and get dinner. I'll give you my contact info.
posted by crack at 7:26 AM on December 21, 2005


crack, where in CT are you driving from? I'm going to be coming from Stamford, would it make sense to carpool?
posted by nomad at 9:14 AM on December 21, 2005


Nomad, I'm coming from the Uconn area (east of Hartford). I'm on my way to NJ for the holidays so I won't be driving back into CT tomorrow night. I would be happy to pick you up if you have some other way of getting back home.
posted by crack at 10:57 AM on December 21, 2005


Nah, that wouldn't make much sense. Thanks for the offer though.
posted by nomad at 2:43 PM on December 21, 2005


I can't make this meetup, but if any Brooklynites (or those who want to trek to Williamsburg) want to meetup, I plan to be drinking there Friday evening. Also, if there's a meetup in January later than the 7th, I do believe you can count me in. I should make at least one of these before school kicks back in.

Not to mention that now I'm positively dying to meet Nobody and his vibrator...
posted by youcancallmeal at 12:36 AM on December 22, 2005


So who's going tonight? I was going to blow it off because it's such a pain to get downtown, but I've had something canceled every night since the strike started and I'm getting cabin fever. I haven't tried to brave the cab situation yet, but will if anyone is still going....
posted by CunningLinguist at 5:36 AM on December 22, 2005


I'll be there....
posted by dorian at 6:20 AM on December 22, 2005


I think I'm gonna be there too, because WHAT THE HELL, I schlepped all the way in, mine as well have some fun.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:50 AM on December 22, 2005 [1 favorite]


After a few hours of 2 for 1 cocktails, 70 block walks won't seem so bad maybe...
posted by CunningLinguist at 6:52 AM on December 22, 2005


state mediators have devised a preliminary framework for a settlement of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority contract dispute that would allow strikers to return to work later today, according to four people close to the negotiations.
NYT
posted by CunningLinguist at 8:08 AM on December 22, 2005


Pleeeease let this be true. Please. Please. Please. Then there can be much rejoicing!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:16 AM on December 22, 2005 [1 favorite]


I will be there.
posted by gaspode at 8:22 AM on December 22, 2005


I'll be there, too. If the trains aren't running yet by then, I'll be a bit later than I'd originally planned, but I should still be there by 7.
posted by dotreptile at 8:33 AM on December 22, 2005


I posted a reminder thread.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:36 AM on December 22, 2005 [1 favorite]


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