The title of the proposed LA meetup. July 20, 2008 6:55 PM   Subscribe

I'm in LA working for a large sports league for the next two weeks, and I haven't met up in this city since E3 2005 (wow, three years already?). So, to keep me from dying of boredom, is anyone up for a meetup between Monday July 21st, and Friday August 1st?

I'll be staying at the LAX Marriott if that makes any difference, also, I will have a rental car and am willing to drive.
posted by splatta to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:55 PM (141 comments total)

I'm around and always up for a meetup.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 7:16 PM on July 20, 2008


What she said. :)
posted by Space Kitty at 9:11 PM on July 20, 2008


I'll open negotiations with Friday, July 25th.
posted by Space Kitty at 9:12 PM on July 20, 2008


And since I'm procrastinating, I may as well throw out location ideas...
posted by Space Kitty at 9:25 PM on July 20, 2008


Let the negotiations begin.

Which quadrant of town shall we narrow in on? North of the 10 or South? West of the 405 or east?
posted by HotPatatta at 9:53 PM on July 20, 2008


LAX is on the (wait for it) West Side. Where meetups have people that come!
posted by klangklangston at 9:56 PM on July 20, 2008


Barragan's in Echo Park has $2.50 margaritas on Wednesdays.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:38 PM on July 20, 2008


Mmmmmmmargaritas.
posted by speicus at 10:49 PM on July 20, 2008


Barragan's in Echo Park has $2.50 margaritas on Wednesdays.

I went to that last Wednesday on the myopenbar.com recommendation. The 2.50 'ritas are plain, over ice. Blended and with flavoring (like strawberry) is a dollar more...still a killer deal. They also serve one mean chimichanga, that rarest of delicacies in this forsaken town. There's a bar and a dance floor, or plenty of seating in the dining area. If it's Barragan's, I'll be there.
posted by carsonb at 11:15 PM on July 20, 2008


payday isn't til friday
posted by Space Kitty at 11:29 PM on July 20, 2008


I can do the 25th! *crosses fingers*
posted by katillathehun at 11:38 PM on July 20, 2008


Westside represent. For my dead homies.
posted by Justinian at 11:47 PM on July 20, 2008


If it's on the weekend of the 25th, I won't be able to make it. Just about any other time, though, and I'll be there.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 8:15 AM on July 21, 2008


Parasite, you didn't even make it to your own meetup. Just sayin'.
posted by katillathehun at 8:25 AM on July 21, 2008


Fair enough, but I did totally own up to it at the Anaheim meet-up.

Besides, the main factor in me missing my previous meet-up (girlfriend freaking out that I was meeting people from the internet, because I had met her through the internet, so I obviously had some ulterior motive for going to a MeFi meet-up) is so very much not a consideration any longer.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 8:48 AM on July 21, 2008


I'm interested, as always, but I'm going to SF this weekend; Friday through Sunday are no good for me.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:43 AM on July 21, 2008


I'm down and have an embarrassingly open social schedule. Not on Thursday would be my only vote. Other than that, y'all can figure it out.
posted by Bookhouse at 10:51 AM on July 21, 2008


I might be able to make it if it's on the eastsyyyyyyyde.

Not that that should be a deciding factor, but just sayin'...
posted by drjimmy11 at 12:18 PM on July 21, 2008


also this "Barragan's" place is close, and intrigues me. I would like to subsrcibe to their newsletter.
posted by drjimmy11 at 12:19 PM on July 21, 2008


FYI, The dodgers have home games the night of the 25th & 26th so there might be a bit of traffic (i.e. unbearable, mind numbing traffic) trying to get there Friday or Saturday.

They're out of town on Wednesday for $2.50 margarita night.

And there was a meetup in Sherman Oaks!?! It sucks being a noob.
posted by cjets at 1:08 PM on July 21, 2008


Work's crazy for the next 6 weeks, so I'm a long-shot at best. West side is generally workable for me, whether weeknight or weekend, but decide amongst yourselves.
posted by scody at 1:18 PM on July 21, 2008


I don't live in Los Angeles, but I am reminded that many of my favorite Mefites do.
posted by Kwine at 2:27 PM on July 21, 2008


I nominate katillathehun to make an executive decision on place and time. Because she seems executive-y, and it's already Monday afternoon.
posted by Justinian at 3:47 PM on July 21, 2008


I am partial to the weekend because I don't really like to go out on a school night.

I am also partial to katillathehun being made into an executive-type person, but only for the purposes of my role-playing fantasies.
posted by dhammond at 4:21 PM on July 21, 2008


I'm good for any night, bonus points if scody comes.
posted by splatta at 4:24 PM on July 21, 2008


only for the purposes of my role-playing fantasies

I put on my robe and wizard hat.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 4:24 PM on July 21, 2008


bonus points if scody comes

*sidesteps dirty joke*

I've been working late most nights, so a weekend is more likely to work for me.
posted by scody at 4:48 PM on July 21, 2008


All right everyone, I made agendas for you all. Please help yourself to the coffee and donuts that our new receptionist Barbra brought in. That's Bar-bra, not Bar-ba-ra. Without further ado, that brings me to the point of this meeting, vis-a-vis, notwithstanding, which is to propose that we meet on Saturday as some folks prefer to meet following a payday and weeknights are challenging, particularly for those of us who work rather faraway from these westside meetup points, and the primary reason that westside meetups are as popular as they are, after all, is because 99% of LA meetups are on the west side.

And a closing point, if I may: whoever uses the last of the paper - please reload the printer. I was waiting on a fax all afternoon due to a paper supply discrepancy.

Thank you, everyone. That's all I have.

Oh, dhammond... Could I see you privately?
posted by katillathehun at 4:54 PM on July 21, 2008 [2 favorites]


I'm most likely in. I'll save the decisions for the deciders.
posted by Thin Lizzy at 6:10 PM on July 21, 2008


I can do Saturday after 7:30. And I refilled the printer last time.
posted by Space Kitty at 7:19 PM on July 21, 2008


This Saturday is no good for monsieur speicus and me. Next Saturday?
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 7:44 PM on July 21, 2008


I'd be cool with that, but I don't think splatta will be in town next Saturday.
posted by katillathehun at 7:50 PM on July 21, 2008


Carry on then, I'll just quietly tip toe out as to not further complicate things.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 7:58 PM on July 21, 2008


Dammit, and we were so close to having an eastside meetup I could come to for once.
posted by speicus at 8:04 PM on July 21, 2008


(I swear he did that on his own and we're not tag teaming this thread!)
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 8:06 PM on July 21, 2008


Well, wait, what about next Friday? I think that's splatta's last day?
posted by katillathehun at 8:09 PM on July 21, 2008


splatta leaves Friday afternoon.
posted by splatta at 6:51 AM on July 22, 2008


So, this Friday is off the board for sure, then? (Also bowing out til deciders decide)
posted by Space Kitty at 7:04 AM on July 22, 2008


I say we draw meetup dates out of a hat(s).
posted by katillathehun at 9:35 AM on July 22, 2008


OK.

What we have here are five days—Monday through Friday.

Friday's out (Splatta's gone).
Monday's out (No time machine)
Tonight should be out (Last minute)

We have Wednesday or Thursday.

Bookhouse sez "Not Thursday. On Thursday, I re-enact Strawberry Shortcake episodes on Venice Beach as one-man crime dramas."

So, we're down to TOMORROW, CHUMPS.

Options for place—

Saints and Sinners. Advantages: I know some of the bartenders; good, strong drinks. Disadvantages: Kinda costly, can be loud, has theme that is taken perhaps a little too seriously. No food (though near to Thai Boom).

The Irish Times. Advantages: Rarely crowded. Decent beer prices. Disadvantages: Not much parking. Seats kinda uncomfortable. Beer selection is mediocre (hope you like Guinness). Food sucks.

The San Fransisco Saloon. Advantages: Great turnout last time. Good seating. Has decent beer selection. Disadvantages: Sometimes crowded (last time, that was our fault). Mediocre food; mediocre beer prices.

The Over-Under. Advantages: Um… It's a place I've never been and I enjoy novelty. Apparently a sports bar taken over by hipsters, which could either be an advantage or a disadvantage.

Given that (unless someone has more options that are better):

San Francisco Saloon looks best. Tomorrow. About 7:30? Gives folks time to get off work and get some grub (there's actually a pretty decent Mexican short-order place near there, called Tacos La Flama).

Good?
posted by klangklangston at 10:25 AM on July 22, 2008


Wait, why is this weekend out again?
posted by katillathehun at 10:45 AM on July 22, 2008


P.S. - I personally can't do Wednesday OR Thursday of this week. So, no matter when we do this, somebody's not going to be able to go. Maybe everyone involved here should just list a day that works best for them and the date with the highest votes is the one?
posted by katillathehun at 10:49 AM on July 22, 2008


(or splatta could be all like "I wanna do it here and on this day" since he's calling the meetup and we'd all be like "Hail the conquering decision-maker!" and then go and stuff.)
posted by katillathehun at 10:52 AM on July 22, 2008


I vote for this Friday the 25th because most folks seem to be available then and it has the added advantage of being not-so-quite last-minutey. Although we should maybe avoid the Echo Park area because of baseball fever.
posted by dhammond at 10:54 AM on July 22, 2008


Klang sez:
Bookhouse sez "Not Thursday. On Thursday, I re-enact Strawberry Shortcake episodes on Venice Beach as one-man crime dramas."


Now, that's just uncalled for.

*throws away script for Return of the Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak*
posted by Bookhouse at 10:58 AM on July 22, 2008


I'm available Wed, Thurs or, you know, NEXT week, which is still before splatta splits.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:58 AM on July 22, 2008


I was originally a big fan of Saturday, but since a lot of people can't do it then, Friday sounds more reasonable to me, especially if it's on the east side. Not a big fan of mid-week meetups 'cuz I feel all cranky when I get off work. *pouts*
posted by katillathehun at 11:49 AM on July 22, 2008


I'll be working late tomorrow but can come along with AV if it's Thursday or next week.
posted by contraption at 11:57 AM on July 22, 2008


Ah, so the problem was my bad math and not knowing Katilla's schedule (if she wanted me to know when she could make the meetups, she'd lift the restraining order).

If it's a weekend night, I'm more willing to head over to the dreaded east side, where the dead stalk the earth because zombies are, like, ironic, or something.

Isn't there a tool for doing this? I mean, some sort of robot fuhrer scheduler?

Let's try this: Doodle thing. Pick what night works best for you, and what side of town. If you can make multiple times, vote for 'em all.
posted by klangklangston at 1:27 PM on July 22, 2008


Oh, and I'd say that if it's on the West, we make it the SF Saloon, and on the east… Barragan's, maybe? I don't know the spots out there very well at all.
posted by klangklangston at 1:29 PM on July 22, 2008


(if she wanted me to know when she could make the meetups, she'd lift the restraining order)

It's just... why'd you have to do that to my hamster, klang? And film it? And then send me a private YouTube link?

(Voted.)
posted by katillathehun at 2:07 PM on July 22, 2008


Is there a consensus? 'Cause otherwise I'm holding a meetup at my place, and none of you are invited. It'll just be me and my stuffed animals.
posted by Justinian at 4:03 PM on July 22, 2008


I voted for Pat Buchanan, what the fuck?!
posted by dhammond at 4:34 PM on July 22, 2008


What's the matter with the LA MeFi contingent? Seriously, people, you're impossible.
posted by HotPatatta at 5:02 PM on July 22, 2008


Our problem is YOOOUUUUUUUUUUU

Friday the 25th sounds good to me, west or east.
posted by speicus at 5:44 PM on July 22, 2008


Sweet Jesus, not the Westside again.

Is there some strange barrier that prevents you all from crossing the 110 freeway?
posted by Argyle at 7:07 PM on July 22, 2008


There's something on the other side of the 110? I thought the world just got all pixelated, like in "The Thirteenth Floor."
posted by Justinian at 8:11 PM on July 22, 2008


Dude, we had a couple-a meetups on the East side and it was all a bunch of West siders bitching about how they had to drive across town and couldn't get shitfaced. Oh, and that weird guy with the open shirt whose Playstation I've been perma-loaned.

Plus, homeskillet is staying outside of LAX, which is on the Wess-iide.

And we over-ran the Anaheim meetup even.

But call for one on the East side, make it a weekend, and I'll try to get over there. If more folks were interested in crazy rock shows, I'd call for meetups when I was on that side of town, but I feel bad dragging my regular friends along when the show sucks, so I'd feel super-bad being all, like, come see this noize group by the way they may blow, but some guy said that they'd have Black Velvet whiskey.
posted by klangklangston at 8:45 PM on July 22, 2008


Dude, we had a couple-a meetups on the East side and it was all a bunch of West siders bitching about how they had to drive across town and couldn't get shitfaced.

As opposed to the west side meetups where all the east siders bitch about how they had to drive across town and couldn't get shitfaced... if they go at all. I'm just saying we could do with a little give and take here.
posted by katillathehun at 9:05 PM on July 22, 2008


I'm not against East side meet-ups. But the problem is that for the meet-ups I've been to on the West, the Westies come out. For the meet-ups I've been to on the East, the Easties have flaked.

But c'mon, have a meet-up on the East side that you put together. I'll be glad to go (assuming, of course, that it's not my malodorous presence that causes folks to flake in the East). Hell, I even went to the Valley (and had fun!), and would go again if one was out there that I could make.
posted by klangklangston at 9:29 PM on July 22, 2008


How about a westside meetup this Friday, and a eastside meetup at Barragan's next Wednesday for the stragglers?
posted by speicus at 9:37 PM on July 22, 2008


There's always the Edison...
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 9:53 PM on July 22, 2008 [1 favorite]


(Mutter… mutter… Hate to do this, but couldja at least make it a weekend on the East side?)
posted by klangklangston at 9:54 PM on July 22, 2008


(Well, not necessarily this time, since it's not like I have to go to every one, but at some point in the future, an east side meetup on a weekend would be nice)
posted by klangklangston at 9:54 PM on July 22, 2008


I LIVE IN VENTURA COUNTY YOU MEWLING MOONCALVES
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 9:59 PM on July 22, 2008 [1 favorite]


Well, we were going to have our redneck meetup in Palmdale or Lancaster, but I guess we could move it to Ventura if that's easier for folks.
posted by dhammond at 10:06 PM on July 22, 2008


Dude, we had a couple-a meetups on the East side and it was all a bunch of West siders bitching about how they had to drive across town and couldn't get shitfaced.

...

(Mutter… mutter… Hate to do this, but couldja at least make it a weekend on the East side?)

Dude, dude. Do I need to call you out?
posted by speicus at 10:18 PM on July 22, 2008


Hahahahahahaha!

This thread is full of win.
posted by katillathehun at 10:20 PM on July 22, 2008


He doesn't call people out in MeTa very often, y'know.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:45 PM on July 22, 2008


FOR GOD'S SAKE, PEOPLE. I LIVE IN THE VALLEY.
posted by scody at 11:37 PM on July 22, 2008


You can totally tell by her accent.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 1:02 AM on July 23, 2008


Obviously, this thread need a leader to rise up from the chaos and say 8:00 on Friday at the SF Cafe.
posted by Bookhouse at 8:24 AM on July 23, 2008


OUR DEAR LEADER HAS MOST HONORABLY PROCLAIMED THAT YOUR HUMBLE SERVANTS SHALL MEET AT 8:00 ON FRIDAY AT THE SF SALOON. *bow* *exit*
posted by katillathehun at 8:38 AM on July 23, 2008


SF Saloon is the same place as last time? That was cool.
posted by Justinian at 10:07 AM on July 23, 2008


Oh, hey, well lookit that! It's all sidebarred and whatnot. I guess... I guess that means it's for real now. Gosh, it feels so final.
posted by katillathehun at 2:41 PM on July 23, 2008


Well shit.

I was just notified that I'm not needed this weekend, and I'll be flying home to Philly.

Sorry to propose and bail, but maybe we can have a less-official meetup some evening next week? Have fun Saturday.
posted by splatta at 5:27 PM on July 23, 2008


Consensus only took 76 comments. We're improving! (Well, crap Splatta. Sorry to hear that)
posted by Space Kitty at 8:49 PM on July 23, 2008


Well, poop, splatta.
posted by katillathehun at 9:41 PM on July 23, 2008


I vote for speicus's brilliant two meetup plan. If Wednesday works for our flaketastic east coast visitor.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:41 PM on July 23, 2008


Can we have the unofficial meetup on the unofficial side of LA?
posted by hwyengr at 11:48 PM on July 23, 2008


Crap. I read the top posts last night, and only below the sidebarred post tonight. I'm totally down for Barragan's on Wednesday.
posted by hwyengr at 11:51 PM on July 23, 2008


Thanks to katillathehun for confirming our reservation!
posted by dhammond at 12:03 AM on July 24, 2008


Uh... what?
posted by katillathehun at 12:07 AM on July 24, 2008


I moved out from the midwest last year, and I've since discovered that the LA meetup threads are the best meetup threads.
posted by jmhodges at 2:49 AM on July 24, 2008


Voting for Re-Meetup #2 here as well, since I'm currently 15 time zones too far away to attend Meetup #1.
posted by DaShiv at 6:26 AM on July 24, 2008


Ain't no thread like an LA meetup thread 'cause an LA meetup thread don't stop.
posted by The World Famous at 8:22 AM on July 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


So, Barragan's Echo Park too? 8pm Wednesday?
posted by carsonb at 8:43 AM on July 24, 2008


Or earlier... its a schoolnight.
posted by carsonb at 8:47 AM on July 24, 2008


katillathehun: Uh... what?

I read somewhere that if I wanted something bad enough, I could will it into happening (I think it was AskMe).
posted by dhammond at 9:30 AM on July 24, 2008


Heh.

So Splatta won't even make it?

God, if I ever try to organize anything again, I'll just do it by fiat.
posted by klangklangston at 10:49 AM on July 24, 2008


I'll just do it by fiat.

Dude, tell me about it! I'd kill for one of these!
posted by scody at 11:27 AM on July 24, 2008


So, um, are we still meeting up tomorrow?
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 3:50 PM on July 24, 2008


Yeah I'm pretty sure. I thought the other thing was just some east-side consolation prize?
posted by Justinian at 4:03 PM on July 24, 2008


Yeah, I'm still showing up.
posted by Bookhouse at 6:46 PM on July 24, 2008


I'm in for Wednesday!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 7:12 PM on July 24, 2008


Yea, Wednesday looks pretty good from where I'm sitting right now. How far is Barragan's from LAX?
posted by splatta at 8:59 PM on July 24, 2008


Everything in LA is 20 minutes.
posted by carsonb at 9:07 PM on July 24, 2008


Hah! Hah hah!
posted by katillathehun at 9:08 PM on July 24, 2008


OK, 25 minutes. I've made the drive from here (I live right behind Barragan's) to LAX and back a number of times. The freeway route can be horrendous during rush hour, but it only adds 10-15 minutes if you click the little 'avoid freeways' box and go that way.
posted by carsonb at 9:11 PM on July 24, 2008


This avoids the usual snarl downtown, transferring from the 110 Harbor Fwy to the 101 Hollywood.
posted by carsonb at 9:16 PM on July 24, 2008


Click the little 'avoid freeways' box and go that way

Seconded. MeFi mail me if you like for a reality check on directions. I work very near LAX but unfortunately can't carpool with you next Wednesday. (pre-existing appointment)

I am down for both tomorrow and Wednesday because I love Metafilter that much.
posted by Space Kitty at 10:05 PM on July 24, 2008


Awesome meetup. Who knew we could have a Michigan meetup as a subset of an LA meetup?

By request, and because I was assured at the meetup that at least the LA contingent present there would not accuse me of shameless self promotion (I feel shame, I swear), my gig tonight is at Zen Sushi in Silver Lake - 2609 Hyperion Ave.

The show starts at 9:00 and we're the band playing at 10:00. I'm not going to post the name of my band, but we're the band at 10:00, and I'll be the guy with the Flying V (or maybe the Strat with fishes on it). I'll try to say or wear something Metafiltery. A fedora, perhaps.

One of the other bands playing at the show is The Kids of Widney High, who are awesome, have been mentioned several times on MeFi in the past, and deserve an FPP. So consider this to be me promoting them.
posted by The World Famous at 10:48 AM on July 26, 2008


Is there a cover?
posted by carsonb at 11:02 AM on July 26, 2008


I think it's $5.
posted by The World Famous at 11:23 AM on July 26, 2008


Will Bela Lugosi Jr. be attending??
posted by scody at 2:23 PM on July 26, 2008


Probably not.

I was just informed that we've been moved to 9:30, and that we are playing upstairs -- whatever that means. I have never been to Zen Sushi before, so I make no guarantees, aside from the guarantee of rock.
posted by The World Famous at 4:27 PM on July 26, 2008


Heh. So, OK, Amy and I went to see the World Famous's band, and got there just a bit after 10pm. Even noting the change in time, I'm a bit surprised that they'd finished—Zen Sushi must be the only punk club ever to run on schedule.

Instead, we saw some Carol-Burnett looking chick front a competent trio (The Human Value) that kept threatening to get good but didn't (five minutes of her humping a mic stand while wailing "You don't understand me!" made me feel like I was an unwilling proxy for previous boyfriends/parents). Then The World Famous left…

The next band, well, I didn't catch their name then, even though they said it three or four times. Turns out that they were The Urinals, who I was really excited about seeing but who, in the context of the guys in front of me, were underwhelming. What I liked most about The Urinals/100 Flowers (who I hadn't realized were the same folks until I read the page, though I have albums from both, since some dude at a record shop was big-upping them… This makes me feel a little foolish) was that they were incredibly brief blasts of punk rock, kind of like what Guided By Voices did later for indie rock. This current band had the unfortunate problem of being too competent for their material, generally. Well, and being a punk band who's started writing mid-tempo stuff too, which isn't their forte. The bassist and drummer are still fantastic though.
The final band that we stayed for I think was called The Horrors of Toledo, though I could be libeling some other innocent musicians. The best way to conceptualize them is to wed the drums from Cherub Rock to the guitar line from All Apologies (minus the final four notes), since that's exactly what they did. They were OK, I guess, for a mediocre grunge revival band that sounded like they should be at someone's high school talent show.

There was apparently also a stage downstairs, but I couldn't find it and no one wanted to tell me where it was. Which wasn't the only gripe about the venue: $6 for Fat Tire in a plastic cup? $8 for a gin and tonic might be OK, if you hadn't given me a gin and soda instead, and less than half a shot of gin. It tasted like legacy liquor, snuck from parents after older siblings had already watered the bottle down to mouthwash proof.

At least it was only $5, and gave Amy and I plenty of practice in snarking at bar bands and finding gas stations in the armpit of the 101/110/10 interchange.
posted by klangklangston at 1:42 PM on July 28, 2008


I uploaded the pictures from my camera from the meetup, but keep in mind that I didn't take them so it's someone else's fault if you look less than your usual fabulous self.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 9:29 PM on July 28, 2008


Thanks again for coming. It was the tightest-run ship I've ever seen in terms of set scheduling. After telling us repeatedly for days that we would go on at 10:00, they switched it to 9:30 at the last minute and then cut us off at 10:00 sharp. Any shortcoming in the bands that followed could be at least partially excused by the fact that we were all performing under bizarre time pressure and had to hack the setlists down during the show. We normally play at larger venues, and Zen Sushi was definitely a new and strange experience. Not entirely bad, but very odd.

And sorry about the cover charge and the expensive beer. I had never been to Silver Lake before, and your description as "the armpit of the 101/110/10 exchange" sounds about right. That said, LA is awesome, and so is Klangklangston. Thanks for coming!
posted by The World Famous at 7:56 AM on July 29, 2008


In honor of LA Meetup week, I scheduled an awesome earthquake for you all to enjoy!!!
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 12:27 PM on July 29, 2008


What's shakin', baby? (HAH HAH HAH!)
posted by katillathehun at 1:26 PM on July 29, 2008


har har

Mother Nature, you'll have to do better than that if you want to stop this meetup.
posted by mullingitover at 2:19 PM on July 29, 2008


That was my first freaking earthquake, I didn't like it.
posted by splatta at 3:59 PM on July 29, 2008


The thing with the quakes down here in LA is that they seem to happen regularly enough that I'm not nervous about a 'big one.' It seems to vent the pressure rather than hoarding it. Up in the bay area things have been ominously quiet for what, almost 20 years now? That's scary.
posted by mullingitover at 4:05 PM on July 29, 2008


You know, a Tony Alamo follower handed me one of Alamo's ominous EARTHQUAKES ARE GONNA GITCHA flyers only a few days ago, and I was all like, "Oh, Tony! *canned laughter*"

That said, this is California. Spending your entire cult-leading career predicting an earthquake in California isn't exactly doing the Lord's work.
posted by katillathehun at 4:16 PM on July 29, 2008


That was my first earthquake and I did like it. Sorta fun. Although it ought to be California law that every time there's an earthquake it instantly becomes a legal holiday and we all go out and party.
posted by Bookhouse at 6:21 PM on July 29, 2008


Well that was interesting. Put a little twist on the term 'couch surfing'. I hope all is well with the rest of you LA-fites. The thing with the quakes down here in LA is that they seem to happen regularly enough that I'm not nervous about a 'big one.' I was flabbergasted watching the news afterward. The newscasters and city officials seemed to relish reminding everyone that this was 'just a precursor' and 'THE BIG ONE IS STILL COMING, NEXT TEN YEARS!' Talk about scaremongering!

As for the meetup, it looks like Barragan's closes at 9:30 tomorrow. Should we move the time up accordingly, say 7pm?
posted by carsonb at 7:03 PM on July 29, 2008


Hmm, that's weird. I've been in the bar a lot later than 9:30, so I'm wondering if that time is correct on the website. There are plenty of other bars on the block if we need to get out of there at 9:30. 7pm is fine with me for meeting.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:58 AM on July 30, 2008


Yeah, that struck me as weird too. If that's the haps however, I'm down for whatever little joy we may find in the surrounding area.
posted by carsonb at 11:34 AM on July 30, 2008


I have no idea how much traffic there'll be, so leaving Ventura at 6, I might be there at 7 or 830. See you then!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:53 AM on July 30, 2008


I have no idea how much traffic there'll be, so leaving Ventura at 6, I might be there at 7 or 830. See you then!

Make that "we," I'm comin' too!
posted by contraption at 12:04 PM on July 30, 2008


darn it, between work being a swamp and the emotional exhaustion of a memorial service yesterday, I think I'm just going to have to go home and collapse tonight. Sorry, splatta!
posted by scody at 1:06 PM on July 30, 2008


I'm totally not making it tonight, since my bus barely gets me home by 6:30 and, well, I'm a big baby whiner wah wah. (Make me the shirt. I'll wear it.)

But, I am going to Spaceland to see Nomo on the third, by God, and if any of you wanted to meet me out there, I'd encourage it. They're a large Afro-jazz ensemble whose great albums don't even really do them justice. They totally kick the ass of the Antibalas cod-Fela too, mostly through excellent actual jazz chops. They're the kind of band that you actually have to be Hitler not to enjoy. That's right—you have to be both dead and evil to not have fun. If you're only one or the other, I'd still tell you to come out (though I refuse to carpool with the dead).
posted by klangklangston at 2:23 PM on July 30, 2008


Yeeeeeah, I can't come tonight either. Weeknights are often kinda tough for me. (I accidentally typed "weennights" the first time. Those are even tougher. Boy howdy.)
posted by katillathehun at 2:28 PM on July 30, 2008


I'm shocked that klang won't be driving across town! speicus and I will be there, we'll do our best to represent Michigan.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 2:49 PM on July 30, 2008


Yeah, but I NEED to get drunk (and not drive) tonight. I've been editing these damn letters all day, to the point where I'm starting to take umbrage at the violation of labor laws in one of the stories about a grocery-store threesome. I'm all, like, y'know, the manager shouldn't just be offering you an extra couple of dollars to stay after and stock—he should be paying you time and a half! (Also, that's not how stocking gets done, and in a grocery store where it's so big that you have trouble hearing each other, you'd need more than three people to stock it, and also what you're doing is facing, and that's handled by the reps from the suppliers who buy shelf space, and I'm sorry, putting the whipped cream back on the shelf… Eww.)

Anyway, have fun! Interested in Nomo?
posted by klangklangston at 3:10 PM on July 30, 2008


I accidentally typed "weennights" the first time.

Ween made me a hundred dollars today, so I might have a weennight after all. But I think Thin Lizzy and I will miss this one due to me being a sour bastard, although the mood might strike us different later tonight.

Nomo sounds interesting, but I fear commitment.
posted by Bookhouse at 5:04 PM on July 30, 2008


I'm coming. Google tells me to go take the 2 down from Glendale but the 5 is equidistant from me and I could get on the 2 from there. Should I trust the machine or find my own way?
posted by jmhodges at 5:25 PM on July 30, 2008


And I'm going to Barragan's, dammit.
posted by jmhodges at 5:26 PM on July 30, 2008


2 or the 5 should work, as long as you end up on the 2 as it ends. Then make sure you get off Glendale before you get to Sunset, use either Scott or Montana to jog over to Echo Park Blvd. I'll be there in a few minutes.
posted by carsonb at 6:53 PM on July 30, 2008


The lady and I really have to go to one of these. Maybe after we get hitched and she's done with school.
posted by infinitewindow at 8:45 PM on July 30, 2008


ZOMG Space Kitty taught me how to iphone with my tongue!!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:14 AM on July 31, 2008


But my favorite part was probably in the middle if the night in the ladies' room when this blonde bombshell caught me off guard, asking me if I was from Metafilter!! I've never felt more like a celebrity... But WTF lillitatiana, bring yer lurky girlfriends over to our table! We're practically the sweet singles dudes club. /den mother
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 1:21 AM on July 31, 2008


Another successful meetup! And I would be remiss not to point out: MEEE-FIEEEE not 'meh-fee'

You know who you are.
posted by Space Kitty at 9:59 AM on July 31, 2008


God bless you, Space Kitty. You're fighting the good fight.
posted by katillathehun at 10:00 AM on July 31, 2008




We need more meetups with cheap booze and a waitress who was efficient as ours was last night.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:35 AM on July 31, 2008


I may have not totally typed those words out in the correct order.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:42 AM on July 31, 2008


There was something glorious in the way she'd gravitate those bar trays laden with saltysweet tequila drinks over our heads, wasn't there? Blessings from above, manna from heaven, you know.
posted by carsonb at 10:48 AM on July 31, 2008


Absolutely. And "e-f-i" is vowel-consonant-vowel and I will maintain the proper pronunciation for as long as the peer pressure will allow.
posted by jmhodges at 1:45 PM on July 31, 2008

ZOMG Space Kitty taught me how to iphone with my tongue!!
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posted by scrump at 4:12 PM on August 14, 2008


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