I refuse to call this place BrisVegas October 5, 2008 8:31 PM   Subscribe

I'm in Brisbane, Australia. I'm pretty sure that out of 80,000 Metafilterites, at least three or four of you are in Brisbane, Australia also. That's enough for a "thing", but not enough for a "meet", so how about a "thing"?

I don't care when it is, or where, or even if it happens, because I probably won't come as I'm a busy guy, got a lot on. But, y'know, just as an intellectual exercise, would anybody in the greater Brisbane metropolitan area be interested in a "thing"? Probably on a weekend? At Southbank or whatever? With beer? Beer and chips? Before, I dunno, November?

Please note in advance that anybody wearing a 'Vote For Pedro' t-shirt will be drowned in the little artificial beach lake whatsit.
posted by turgid dahlia to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:31 PM (125 comments total)

I'd be interested, but I have said as much regarding the previous Brisbane meet-up attempt, and did not go. Like you, I'm a busy guy, and while at one moment in time I'll be all like "Yeah! A meet up would be great!", by Friday work has killed all enthusiasm and I'm like "Fuck that meet-up shit. This weekend is my own!" For the same reasons, nights don't really work for me cos I'm usually dead tired by 5pm and I face at least a one hour commute home.

Plus I'm not entirely photogenic, so I'd be terrified of being photographed for the meet-up and having you all see my true, hideous visage rather than the safe, blurred-out B&W photo of me on my profile page.

So I will say yes, I'd totally be interested. As for actually going, though? I'll let you know closer to the event.
posted by Effigy2000 at 8:38 PM on October 5, 2008


That's the sort of steadfast commitment we Queenslanders are renowned for!
posted by turgid dahlia at 8:40 PM on October 5, 2008


I'll be in Brisbane from November 17-20 for a work thing. You know, if you want to add another "maybe" to the list and you don't mind a yank.
posted by FlamingBore at 9:04 PM on October 5, 2008


...and you don't mind a yank.

Best way to spend a lonely evening, actually.
posted by turgid dahlia at 9:18 PM on October 5, 2008 [5 favorites]


Well, if you've got your location set right and look in your profile, you'll see there's at least 29 others in/around Brisbane. Having said that, I'm not the sociable type, so don't bother asking me. With you on the "refuse to call this place BrisVegas", though.

And Southbank could only be improved by having the bodies of 29 dead Mefites wearing 'Vote For Pedro' t-shirts floating around in that little artificial beach lake whatsit...

(I'm disappointed to learn that 'Vote For Pedro!' t-shirts aren't associated with Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Because I'd so buy one for my girlfriend, who initially nagged me enthusiastically to see the movie, before deciding she now doesn't want to. I keep threatening to take her to the cinema, buy her a ticket, tie her to the seat, prop her eyes open Clockwork Orange style, and make her watch the whole damned thing while I go shopping...)
posted by Pinback at 10:14 PM on October 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


("Bris Vegas?" People really call it that? Wow, maybe it's just me, but that term sure conjures up a different image for me...)
posted by mykescipark at 11:54 PM on October 5, 2008 [2 favorites]


Reading this, I'm considering moving to Brisbane.
posted by maxwelton at 12:45 AM on October 6, 2008


Well, I would be interested in a night-time "thing" in the CBD. Anything else just ends up being too hard for me. Even the last (first?) one ended up being too hard at the last moment, although that was an emergency, so I claim a one-time-only exemption. I'd be rapt to get together with a couple of MeFites for a bit of neck oil on a Friday night, but that pretty much limits my options, I know.

Yeah, people really call it Brisvegas. When they do, I have to fight the urge to poke their eyes out with a sharp stick and eat the goo that pours from the sockets. Not that I really care (I don't live here, just work here), but it pisses me off greatly nonetheless. Maybe because the place is about as different from Vegas as you could imagine.
posted by dg at 1:20 AM on October 6, 2008


mykescipark: ""Bris Vegas?" People really call it that?"

I've lived in Brisbane my entire life (30 years worth of it) and the first time I ever heard it was probably around 1996. I heard it on JJJ. Someone from Brisbane called in and the announcer said something like "And now we've got Jayden on the line from Bris-Vegas."

I hated it then. I hate it now. Stupid name for a beautiful city, in my opinion.
posted by Effigy2000 at 1:24 AM on October 6, 2008


I lived in Brisbane for a while. I've been known to call it Bris-Vegas. Just for any American readers.... it's an ironic moniker. Brisbane used to be a very boring large country town where the shops were closed on Sundays and there was no public transport to speak of on weekends. Simultaneously there was an incredibly conservative (some say corrupt) government and lots of fundamentalist Christians floating about.

It's probably not a fair nickname anymore...Brisbane has really grown up in the last few years... but it's still kind of funny to some people. Like me.
posted by taff at 2:25 AM on October 6, 2008


Yeah it's not fair on the Banana-benders to call it Bris-Vegas.
posted by gomichild at 3:20 AM on October 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


Well, I can't come. I'm from Ipswich (two-head-city) and therefore would be overly conspicious. But I liked how at the last one people gave me a shout-out, that was really nice.
posted by b33j at 5:38 AM on October 6, 2008


Hey, I'm a "thing"! No, wait. What I meant was, uni exams finish on November 15 and I am moving away forever in December, so I'd be up for a thing. Probably after exams because I'm busy until then. But if something got organised I might turn up anyway, I'm only student busy.

I call it BrisVegas in an ironic fashion. I can do that because I'm from Melbourne, therefore it should be understood at all times that I am subtly mocking something. Even if there's overt mockery, there's probably a hidden layer of subtle mockery that you missed.
posted by jacalata at 5:44 AM on October 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


So, November 21 then, 6.00pm in the city somewhere?
posted by dg at 5:48 AM on October 6, 2008


If I'm done with exams it might be a pretty splendid idea.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 8:10 AM on October 6, 2008


Irish Murphy's?
posted by dg at 2:57 PM on October 6, 2008


I'm sort of planning to move back to Brisbane some time in November, so I could possibly make it to a thing, depending on stuff, circumstances, and whatnot.

Oh, and I've never called it BrisVegas, Brisneyland, or even Brizzo de Janeiro.
posted by plant at 3:09 PM on October 6, 2008


Now at least I know where to go if I want a bris -- down under!
posted by not_on_display at 3:19 PM on October 6, 2008


So, November 21 then, 6.00pm in the city somewhere?

I don't know how this whole uni exams thing works, but maybe a day or two earlier so FlamingBore can come?

And please Christ not Irish Murphy's, unless that's what the consensus is. My vote would actually be for the Below 7 cocktail lounge at the Hilton. Or a bench in the Botanical Gardens, with some lukewarm goon and a flyblown roast chicken, which I can't eat anyway.
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:28 PM on October 6, 2008


I can do that because I'm from Melbourne, therefore it should be understood at all times that I am subtly mocking something. Even if there's overt mockery, there's probably a hidden layer of subtle mockery that you missed.

I grew up in Queensland, but spent seven years in Melbourne, so I got a bit of that mixed in and now I'm principally about lampooning things.
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:30 PM on October 6, 2008


Oh right. I see from the entrails on my desk that the 21st is a Friday night.
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:33 PM on October 6, 2008


If you want to make a good impression, don't forget to give your sack a good scrub before the meetup.
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:00 PM on October 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


Dude, I don't expose my sack to just anyone.
posted by turgid dahlia at 5:20 PM on October 6, 2008


Well, it's quite a large sack, isn't it? Think what you like, but people will probably notice it.
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:57 PM on October 6, 2008


I'm from Ipswich too but as I'm old I like to hide my second head behind my first and under my shirt, and then I call it a dowager's hump. I don't know that I would be able to make this thing, this scam, whatever, but if you organise a time and place I could lie to myself and everyone else and say that I'm coming.

I may actually come too, depending on whether I feel like I can actually have a conversation on that day. Yay, you all exclaim! Anyway, you guys do all the work and I'll have a little think about it.
posted by h00py at 6:31 PM on October 6, 2008


Well, I'm not really that close to Brisbane, and it's unlikely that I'd be able to take a couple of days off to ride up for any kind of "thing", but I'm in-principle interested. Been a long time since I've been in that neck of the woods, I'd like to see how it's changed.

Oh, and a burning curiosity about turgid dahlia's sack, too.
posted by 5MeoCMP at 6:50 PM on October 6, 2008


If we're keeping track, put me on the side of the room that has no interest whatsoever in turgid dahlia's sack.
posted by dg at 7:33 PM on October 6, 2008


Buster? Is it you??
posted by pompomtom at 8:02 PM on October 6, 2008


swollen and burning, huh? SEE A DOCTOR YOU MIGHT DIE!
posted by jacalata at 8:53 PM on October 6, 2008


Hmm... I'll be passing through on October 30th or 31st (although I haven't yet made up my mind). Is there any interest in meeting up on the 30th? This way I'll make up for missing the SF meetup while I'm down under!
posted by ooga_booga at 10:36 PM on October 6, 2008


Accept me, accept my sack.
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:57 AM on October 7, 2008


Argh so we've got Yanks here in October, and November. We want to be polite and hospitable, right? Right, guys?
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:58 AM on October 7, 2008


I'm ridiculously hospitable. I have an exam 11am 1 November, so I won't be anywhere on Oct 31st, but I can possibly make a couple of quiet ones on the Thursday 30th (No guarantees). Then I will be finished exams by Nov 17, so I can do anything, any time*.

*Offer valid only for times beginning at or after 1pm. Not valid where prohibited by local law.
posted by jacalata at 4:24 AM on October 7, 2008


I'll be in Cairns on 26-30 October, so those days are out for me. I'm kinda flexible otherwise, though.
posted by dg at 5:43 AM on October 7, 2008


Exams finish November the 11th.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 8:48 AM on October 7, 2008


Which amongst you is the best-looking? We'll go with whatever dates you're available.

Seriously though, 21 November? Is this the consensus? ooga-booga and FlamingBore are welcome to MeMail me (!) if they'd like to hook up in the city at whatever point they're around, if they want things pointed out to them, like "Over there is where a guy threw up one night, and down there is where another dude got punched in the face." Also I think we've got some galleries or museums or something, I'll have to check.
posted by turgid dahlia at 2:56 PM on October 7, 2008


Sounds like the beginnings of some kind of plan thing to me.
posted by dg at 3:24 PM on October 7, 2008


turgid dahlia, you're a sport for trying to include me. I'm sure I'll have plenty to keep me busy, but if the date changes do MeMail me.
posted by FlamingBore at 4:52 PM on October 7, 2008


Im in Badgingarra western Australia. I dont even think 'Google' knows where i am.
sheesh no chance of a thing i take it. Maybe ill move.
kinda quite out here.....
...very quiet.
posted by lacol at 11:09 PM on October 7, 2008


...i need a hug..
posted by lacol at 11:11 PM on October 7, 2008


Hey dg - it sounds like you'll be in Cairns around the time I get back from my liveaboard!

turgid_dahlia - thanks for the offer! If I do end up spending more time in Brisbane than to go through transit on my way back South I'll take you up on it!
posted by ooga_booga at 1:56 AM on October 8, 2008


ooga_booga, when will you be in Cairns? I'll be there from Sunday night (26th) to Thursday afternoon (30th). Maybe there's a plan b available?
posted by dg at 3:02 AM on October 8, 2008


*considers hugging lacol, but wonders what exotic diseases someone from Badgingarra might harbour*
posted by dg at 3:05 AM on October 8, 2008


There once was a man from Badgingarra
Who was quite an agreeable fella
But there's not much to do
So a plot he construed
To get really drunk, and shoot up the caravan park
(Did that agreaable man from Badgingarra)
posted by turgid dahlia at 2:47 PM on October 8, 2008


Well, I'm in for November 21. However I am now taking a short hiatus from mefi until I hand my thesis in - I will buy somebody at the meetup a drink for any comment I post between now and October 25th.

Yes, I need external motivation.
posted by jacalata at 3:56 PM on October 8, 2008


jacalata free beer tally - 1.
posted by tellurian at 10:01 PM on October 8, 2008


Commence needling now!

November the twenty-oneth it is!

Now, as for venue? I still like Southbank better than the CBD.
posted by turgid dahlia at 10:32 PM on October 8, 2008


Fine, as long as it's in the evening. Plus, it's a shorter stagger to the train station for me afterward.
posted by dg at 11:03 PM on October 8, 2008


Okay, hands up people, who's doing this thing?
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:30 PM on October 12, 2008


*puts hand up people*
posted by dg at 5:50 PM on October 12, 2008


Are there any old introverts I can share a corner with? That might sway me into turning up.
posted by b33j at 7:03 PM on October 12, 2008


That would be me. We can sit in the corner and talk about everyone else behind their back.
posted by dg at 7:38 PM on October 12, 2008


Well, then, it's a tentative yes from me :)
posted by b33j at 8:08 PM on October 12, 2008


If I came into that corner, would that obviate the introvertedness?
posted by turgid dahlia at 10:45 PM on October 12, 2008


I don't think anyone can eliminate or prevent introvertedness so no, I think not, but that's alright, isn't it?
posted by b33j at 3:17 AM on October 13, 2008


wouldn't an introvert, cornered in a corner, just turn inwards?
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:47 PM on October 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


I think they would fight back, like a cranky wombat.
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:59 PM on October 13, 2008


in which case you could just brandish your sack, and wave it threateningly in front of its face. that should scare it into submission.
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:01 PM on October 13, 2008


Brandished sacks make me far more introverted. Can we have a promise of no sack flourishing?
posted by b33j at 12:41 AM on October 14, 2008


I've been thinking about it and I think I'll come. I have no sack to brandish but my handbag is large and sometimes gets in the way. Have you decided on a venue? b33j, we should be brave and have that long overdue meetup and if we decide that we can have a good conversation then perhaps we could share a drive to the meetup?
posted by h00py at 2:09 AM on October 14, 2008


I think that's a good plan, h00py, we shall get the jump on everyone else. I can't this week though - when I'm not getting paid to work, or visiting metafilter, I'm painting my room. Now, where did I put that book...
posted by b33j at 3:56 AM on October 14, 2008


Well hey, that's four of us. As good a start as any.

I was thinking the umm, pub at Southbank? The Plough Inn?
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:48 PM on October 14, 2008


Hmm, this is starting to sound like a plan. How un-queensland-ish of us.

Is 6.00pm too early for people?
posted by dg at 9:18 PM on October 14, 2008


I knock off work at 4 so that's great for me.
posted by turgid dahlia at 2:52 PM on October 15, 2008


I´m down with that.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 11:37 AM on October 16, 2008


Bob Hawke just walked out the front of my building, flanked by Japanese businessmen. Just thought I'd throw that out there. He's...looking pretty old.
posted by turgid dahlia at 9:59 PM on October 16, 2008


you should have asked him if he wanted to see your - ok, that's getting a bit old & worn out now...just like - *damn* i can't stop! why is your sack colonising my mind?!??

speaking of stopping, how did i fail to notice that it's already five past beer o'clock on a friday arvo? i blame - you know what i blame.

see youse all come mundy.
posted by UbuRoivas at 11:09 PM on October 16, 2008


He looked a lot like a sack.

A scrotal sac that is!

lulz!

(No seriously old people look like testicles after a cold swim)
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:39 PM on October 19, 2008


Scrotal sac? Holy shit, I never even realised that double meaning! Oh God, what have I been saying?!??
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:09 PM on October 19, 2008


It's that mouth-brain disconnect of yours, Ubu!
posted by turgid dahlia at 10:10 PM on October 19, 2008


sometimes if i see that somebody's dropped an icecream on the ground and it hasn't melted too much, i'll scoop it up in my fingers and eat it, ants and all.
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:48 PM on October 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


Damn it! I was coming back for that!
posted by dg at 1:09 AM on October 20, 2008


I'll give you my icecream when you take it from my cold, sticky hands!
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:06 AM on October 20, 2008


Ants are very high in protein and essential acids.
posted by turgid dahlia at 4:13 PM on October 20, 2008


i hear the ants' pants are pretty good, too.
posted by UbuRoivas at 7:03 PM on October 20, 2008


We need to find a way to get jacalata to comment some more, so we can drink all night for free. Any suggestions?
posted by dg at 2:06 AM on October 21, 2008


Gah - I am finally in Cairns, back from my dive trip! Sorry for not piping up in the interim - things were crazy between when I last posted, when I left, and now! It seems like I missed scrotal sacks of ice cream, yum! Anyway, it looks like I'm going to be headed southwards soon - sorry to miss a Cairns meetup, dg!
posted by ooga_booga at 7:27 AM on October 21, 2008


We could probably suggest to jacalata that whatever it is she's studying, it's an outdated field, totally unmarketable, superseded, and just generally a massive waste of time, and that if any of us were caught within fifteen feet of [insert field of study here], we would be embarrassed, embarrassed I tell you! Also a lot of her personal beliefs are wrong.
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:30 PM on October 21, 2008


icecream balls - Kerri Anne Kennerley gets her mouth around as many as Kerri Anne desires.
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:03 PM on October 21, 2008


I too would like to get my mouth around Kerri Anne Kennerley's balls. Lady is smokin'.

Does this make me a bad person? It does, doesn't it? Oh god.
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:23 PM on October 22, 2008


I don't know about bad, but maybe you could use some drugs. Hmmm. Maybe you already did.
posted by b33j at 4:11 PM on October 22, 2008


I'm studying IT - I'm pretty sure anyone reading this is within fifteen feet of my field right now ;)

Turns out that ignoring mefi freed up around 2 hours a day. I'll have to think about that.
posted by jacalata at 12:36 AM on October 27, 2008


Oh yea, and on topic - 6pm 21st is good for me.
posted by jacalata at 12:37 AM on October 27, 2008


Not being able to ignore mefi also freed up 4 beers. Which unfortunately, I will not be partaking of. Have fun.
posted by tellurian at 4:56 PM on October 27, 2008


first dibs on tellurian's superfluous beers!
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:45 PM on October 27, 2008


Three beers (or equivalent) - that first comment you noticed was posted several hours prior to my decision to withdraw :p
Guide to redemption of said drinks is in one of the other comments I made during my time off.
posted by jacalata at 7:22 PM on October 27, 2008


Four, now. Or five.
posted by dg at 1:13 AM on October 28, 2008


Hey, wait a minute. The drinks were only on offer for comments made before October 25th, when I finished my thesis. These ones today are worth nothing.
posted by jacalata at 2:50 AM on October 28, 2008


Five.
posted by dg at 3:13 AM on October 28, 2008


Hey tellurian, I'll be in Sydney for a conference Dec 1-4, if you're available you can dibs one of those beers for a random meetup there.
posted by jacalata at 9:00 PM on November 6, 2008


Goddammit, I just moved from Queensland back to Melbourne. Can't really complain though...

Have fun.
posted by bdave at 8:18 PM on November 10, 2008


Man, I'd be complaining if I made that move ;-)
posted by dg at 12:43 PM on November 11, 2008


Althought I haven't been around much lately, pencil me in please.
posted by Dag Maggot at 3:24 PM on November 12, 2008


I heart Melbourne. Having said that: enjoy the rail system, Bdave!
posted by turgid dahlia at 2:16 PM on November 13, 2008


Oh, hey, so this thing is on this Friday! Who's still coming? And how do we want to do it? Should we all, like, carry roses and copies of Kundera or something?
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:44 PM on November 16, 2008


Sure, why break with tradition?
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:40 PM on November 16, 2008


I'll be there. Unfortunately my habit is to try and look inconspicuous, so I don't have any identifying features for you.
posted by jacalata at 5:57 PM on November 16, 2008


Oh wait, maybe I can track down a Pedro tshirt!
posted by jacalata at 5:57 PM on November 16, 2008


I'll wear a pink fedora. So you'll spot me by the fact that I have no fedora, and two black eyes.
posted by turgid dahlia at 8:31 PM on November 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'll be getting out of prison then so I should be able to make it.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:34 PM on November 16, 2008


Mate, it tends to fuck things if you go around publicising your escape plans.
posted by UbuRoivas at 12:40 AM on November 17, 2008


I'll be there. I'll also try not to flake out like last time. Being Friday, I'll be wearing jeans and a polo shirt just like the other eleventy-twelve-hundred public servants in the city on Fridays. The difference is that I'll still be in the city and moderately sober at 6pm on a Friday.
posted by dg at 12:57 AM on November 17, 2008


The difference is that I'll still be in the city and moderately sober at 6pm on a Friday.

Do you not drink throughout the working day on Fridays then? Talk about square!
posted by turgid dahlia at 7:29 PM on November 17, 2008


are you suggesting that Fridays are somehow special?
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:30 PM on November 17, 2008


Clearly there is something special about them for dg...he's going to be sober.
posted by jacalata at 9:03 PM on November 17, 2008


perhaps he's observing Islam's holy day...?
posted by UbuRoivas at 9:49 PM on November 17, 2008


I should probably be sober too. Whenever I get drunk I tend to grab at pairs of things.
posted by turgid dahlia at 2:11 PM on November 18, 2008


are you sure you're not just grabbing at one thing - your beer, for example - whilst seeing double?
posted by UbuRoivas at 9:27 PM on November 18, 2008


Well, I guess turgid dahlia isn't getting any free drinks (boyzone it up much? We're trying to ENCOURAGE people to attend!). dg sounds like he'll need one...

I hope everyone watches their Recent Activity...nothing heard recently from most of the purported attendees!
posted by jacalata at 4:22 AM on November 19, 2008


well, this thread *was* started a month and a half before the planned meetup! this would have to be some sort of record.
posted by UbuRoivas at 12:04 PM on November 19, 2008


Actually, about five pints in, everything starts coming in pairs.
posted by turgid dahlia at 2:57 PM on November 19, 2008


Or yeah, what Ubu already said, but I think my take on the joke was of a higher quality.
posted by turgid dahlia at 2:58 PM on November 19, 2008


You would think that.

By the time you posted it, it was around 10am & the beer lady would've done the rounds of the office at least twice already.
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:51 PM on November 19, 2008


Pfft, that's no kind of record. Haven't you seen the dates on the sidebar?
posted by jacalata at 8:42 PM on November 19, 2008


There's a joke there somewhere about coming in pints, but I'm way too classy for that.

So, the Plough Inn, 6pm tomorrow, right? We are all being bought drinks by jacalata, right? Looks like only four attendees, which is a bit sad, but better than nothing. I'm looking forward to it.

My comment about clothing, public servants and Fridays was centred around Friday traditionally being the day we are permitted to slough off our boring business wear and dress down, but almost everyone (me included) plays it safe. Also, by 6pm on a Friday, almost any public servant still in the city has been at one pub or another for at least 3 hours, hence the unusuality of being sober. You people need to learn some culture.
posted by dg at 12:05 AM on November 20, 2008


Either that or you need to work for a different Department. For me, thongs, Stubbies and a torn, stained Cannibal Corpse shirt is dressing up. But then we're the water guys so we get a lot of leeway.

Plough Inn at 6pm today indeed. It's really starting to look like it's just going to be the three of us, but oh well.

Who has cameras?
posted by turgid dahlia at 2:23 PM on November 20, 2008


I might come - let's see how the storms go!
posted by divabat at 2:33 PM on November 20, 2008


Well that was an interesting experience (in a good way). A grand total of three attendees - turgid dahlia, jacalata and myself. Getting together at all turned out to be something of a lottery, given that we chose a night when lots of companies are out having Christmas drinks, it was the first day of schoolies, it's Friday night and the venue was hosting a school reunion, so it was a touch busy. Add to that some nervousness on the part of all three of us about walking up to a random stranger and asking if they are a Mefite (turns out both jacalata and turgid dahlia pronounce that wrong), so I wandered back and forth looking hopeful, while jacalata watched me walk past (I didn't recognise her, despite having met). Never mind, we got together in the end, although nobody brought a camera so we can't prove it.

Had some really interesting (to me anyway) conversation about all sorts of stuff and it all ended a bit too soon. Family responsibilities call and all that crap. It was something of a surreal experience for me, meeting people that I had only ever known on the InterWeb (except for a 10 second previous encounter with jacalata). It felt like two parts of my life that have previously been completely separate converging. In a totally awesome way, but surreal all the same. Turns out there are actual human people behind those nicknames - who would have guessed ;-)

Having finally managed to pull this off, I want to know when the next one is.
posted by dg at 2:16 AM on November 21, 2008


I think you will find, sir, that when there are three parties, and two parties pronounce something a certain way, that's what is known as "victory by default". It's ME-FIE, not MEFFY!

I am sorry for bailing early too, but it was good to meet you both, and also those chips weren't bad, and happily nobody needed to be drowned. Well, apart from the human-shaped peanut-filled condoms behind us.

I concur that the "Do you know mathowie/jessamyn" approach is a far better one than the "OH LORDS OF KOBOL, DO I KNOW YOU FROM THE INTERNET FORUM? *Star Trek Vulcan hand sign thingy*" that I tried with that Samoan biker gang. My face doesn't always look like this, I'll have you know.
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:10 AM on November 21, 2008


I'm so sorry I couldn't make it; it's been a shithouse last week or so, finance-wise, plus I bailed on meeting b33j in a pathetic way (so sorry for that too, my fellow Ipswichian). I was worried that I wouldn't have anything to talk about which reveals my essential lurker but if anyone is brave enough to organise another meetup then I will really do my best to make it. Like, really. I'm embarrassed to have said yes to both meetups and then not made it to either. I was on the verge of coming (censored) but in the end I couldn't find anything to wear plus the trains weren't running and my car has a severe oil leak. Oh, and I'll also blame the humidity because it made me all sweaty and unattractive. Umm, let me think of another excuse. No, I think that will do. Sounds like you had some interesting conversations and well, I have to admit to saying me-fie also (although I prefer metafilterites, being someone who has resisted texttalk for a long time) so you would have been really outnumbered, dg. Shall we try it again after Christmas?
posted by h00py at 3:55 AM on November 21, 2008


Just because you're in the majority, doesn't mean you're in the right ;-)

Actually your "would you be looking for anyone in particular" followed by "I might be" worked all right in the end.

I will take responsibility for organising another thing after Christmas - maybe end of January or so. jacalata won't be there, having fled to the US to work for the evil empire. h00py, if you bail again, we'll come and get you. We know where you live*.


*not actually true
posted by dg at 4:14 AM on November 21, 2008


I really wanted to do this but Nov 21 snuck up on me (plus I went on a road trip to Cairns last weekend - i think it was last weekend and I'm still not sure what day it is) and the dog ate my homework, would have, if I had a dog, plus all you lot are incredibly cool. I will endeavour to kidnap h00py sometime soon so we get practice at meeting meffo's, and we will practice the art of conversation on each other and maybe even host a Mef-event in two-head city (though I think Perth is set on taking that title away from us.)
posted by b33j at 2:30 PM on November 21, 2008


I think you will find, sir, that when there are three parties, and two parties pronounce something a certain way, that's what is known as "victory by default". It's ME-FIE, not MEFFY!

actually, it's Meffo, akthough some of us call it Bluey.
posted by UbuRoivas at 12:44 AM on November 22, 2008


Sorry! I didn't come either; I wanted to get ready for something else on Saturday. Hope you all had fun :)
posted by divabat at 8:41 PM on November 22, 2008


Clearly, I was not there. Trust me though; looking the way I do, I did you all a solid. You were able to keep your drinks and food down, right?
posted by Effigy2000 at 7:52 PM on November 24, 2008


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