Hey, this is a really nicVVVRRRSSSHHHHHXXXX ok now I'm deaf September 7, 2009 10:41 AM   Subscribe

Can I put in a formal request to schedule the Toronto meetup?

I can? Good. Here it is.

I'm just about all unpacked now and I'd love to get out and meet you guys. It's been a great week - I really love this city - but it's been a touch lonely for us having left all of our friends and family behind for now. Let's get together and get drunk, ok? I know there's supposedly something "in the works" but I need (would like) a date, folks.
posted by setanor to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:41 AM (73 comments total)

I'm good for whenever.
posted by Sys Rq at 2:33 PM on September 7, 2009


as long as it's not during CanWEA 2009 (20th-22nd; I have to have my serious propeller-beanie on then), and before the 27th, I'm absolutely clear.
posted by scruss at 3:12 PM on September 7, 2009


OK!
posted by the dief at 3:18 PM on September 7, 2009


Would the 18th work for everyone, or is that too short of a notice?
posted by setanor at 3:24 PM on September 7, 2009


We should totally have an election night meetup. Since that's going to be coming up.
posted by Hildegarde at 4:44 PM on September 7, 2009


I'm good for whenever, just as long as it doesn't conflict with Hammertime (oh no, did I really just say that?
posted by thisjax at 4:49 PM on September 7, 2009


They 18th is during the film fest, can we wait til the film fest is over? I vote for not waiting for the election since we don't even know yet when that will be. However, it would be great to have a second meetup wherein we meet at some bar with a TV to watch the debate.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 4:52 PM on September 7, 2009


Meetup sounds good. I'm pretty flexible.
posted by maudlin at 5:21 PM on September 7, 2009


I'm in for whenever. I'm unemployed. I've got the time. Anyone want to give me a job?
posted by SassHat at 5:41 PM on September 7, 2009


I too am sort of unemployed. Well, there's this baby but whatever. Maybe a lunch meetup for us leisure types?
posted by Go Banana at 5:56 PM on September 7, 2009


I was bummed to miss the 10th anniversary meetup. Also unemployed, and therefore, flexible. Woot.
posted by meerkatty at 6:13 PM on September 7, 2009


I could also do a lunch meetup for most of the month, too.
posted by scruss at 6:34 PM on September 7, 2009


Pajama party?
posted by SassHat at 10:24 PM on September 7, 2009


I will add that the person who calls the meetup usually names the time and place, and whoever can come will show up. If you try to make everyone happy it's more hassle than needed.
posted by SassHat at 9:43 AM on September 8, 2009


I can't do lunch except on Thursdays and Saturdays. For approximately the same reasons, Fridays are my only really good night.

And yes, after TIFF please. Too many celebuwhores everywhere.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 9:55 AM on September 8, 2009


Welcome to Toronto!

We could also see something at the Trash Palace beforehand (I have no idea if the Sept 18th film is a swedish erotic horror or a documentary about the FLQ or something else, I emailed Stacey). I can't commit to coming because I'm a flake.
posted by saucysault at 11:02 AM on September 8, 2009


Also, if any of you are Sound of Young America/Jordan, Jesse, Go! fans, please MeMail me ASAP. Thx.
posted by SassHat at 10:12 PM on September 8, 2009


So, how about, let's do the 25th? Victory? Somewhere with a deck, maybe if it's still warm? Not sure where you've had meetups in the past, but I do like somewhere with good beer... I've heard some good things about Ciros also, out at Bloor and Landsdowne?
posted by setanor at 9:00 AM on September 9, 2009


It's about time for a meetup east of the Don Valley. Allen's would be good but for their bizarre anti-reservations-on-the-patio policy. Suggest somewhere within a 15 minute stumble of a 24h bus route or a subway stop.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 9:50 AM on September 9, 2009


Yay!! East side!! There's loads of patios in the Beach--how do people feel about that neighbourhood? Queen car is 24 hr.
posted by Go Banana at 11:15 AM on September 9, 2009


Fine with me. Sounds like you know what's good out there.
posted by setanor at 12:09 PM on September 9, 2009


25th works for me ... Beach/Danforth is *west* for me, tho' ...
posted by scruss at 12:41 PM on September 9, 2009


The 25th *should* be alright, and as an east-ender the Beach/es would be ideal.
posted by The Card Cheat at 12:50 PM on September 9, 2009


I've been told about Murphy's Law... that they have a really nice roof patio?
posted by setanor at 1:14 PM on September 9, 2009


I don't actually know which of the many pubs are good...does anyone else? I'll be down there this weekend so if no one else has a recommendation I could just pick a place based on who will do a patio reso (with inside backup).
posted by Go Banana at 1:19 PM on September 9, 2009


Forgot about that! Murphy's Law totally has a great patio. I'd be in favour of that for sure.
posted by Go Banana at 1:30 PM on September 9, 2009


Ok, so the 25th at Murphy's Law it is.
posted by setanor at 3:18 PM on September 9, 2009


What time?
posted by sid at 7:48 AM on September 10, 2009


I'm in.
posted by FishBike at 10:47 AM on September 10, 2009


Anyone wanna pick a time? I'm no good at that.
posted by setanor at 9:00 AM on September 11, 2009


7:30pm?
posted by FishBike at 12:10 PM on September 11, 2009


I'm in!

I've never been to a mefi meetup, so I don't know how it works. Do you guys all know each other already? Because I don't think I know anyone from Toronto on the blue...
posted by alona at 8:43 PM on September 11, 2009


Alas, my wife has reminded me that we have pre-existing plans that night.
posted by The Card Cheat at 8:56 AM on September 12, 2009


What does she know?
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 12:11 PM on September 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


I've never been to a mefi meetup, so I don't know how it works. Do you guys all know each other already? Because I don't think I know anyone from Toronto on the blue...

I've been to exactly one meetup so far, the 10th anniversary one. So while there might be some people coming to this one who I will recognize, it's probably a stretch to say that I really know anyone at this point. And I think the organizer of this one is new to the city and doesn't really know anyone either. So you wouldn't be the only one.

As for how it works, I'd like to propose the following procedure:
  1. Enter the designated drinking establishment.
  2. Wander around until you see a group of people who look like they could be From the Internettm
  3. Ask, "Is this the MetaFilter meetup?", and if the answer is not some form of "yes", return to the previous step.
  4. Say, "Hi, I'm {your mefi username}."
  5. The group responds with "Hello, we're {enumerate our mefi usernames}"
At the 10th anniversary meetup, nobody seemed too sure if introductions should be made using mefi usernames or real names, and people seemed oddly hesitant to introduce themselves, so the above procedure should resolve these minor issues. As we had exclusive use of the establishment, steps 1-3 were not required, but normally would be.

Yes, I am this pedantic in real life as well.
posted by FishBike at 7:51 AM on September 13, 2009


Or make a sign. Or walk around with gigantic doughnuts. Or taters.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 11:44 AM on September 13, 2009


Sounds excellent, fishbike. So the 25th at 7:30 at Murphy's Law?
posted by alona at 1:37 PM on September 13, 2009


Yes! Perfect.
posted by setanor at 1:54 PM on September 13, 2009


I'm in.
posted by machine at 10:27 AM on September 14, 2009


I'm in. First time for me too.
posted by jmmpangaea at 1:28 PM on September 14, 2009


I'll wear my Metafilter shirt. Just look for "Special Snowflake" on a big rack.
posted by SassHat at 8:50 PM on September 14, 2009


See you then, then.
posted by scruss at 5:16 AM on September 15, 2009


She really does have a huge rack. Sassy doesn't have sweaterpuppies, she's got parkawolves.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 8:44 AM on September 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


I am naming my hipster garage band Parkawolves. Another stroke of DNAB genius.
posted by SassHat at 11:17 AM on September 15, 2009


Oh man, still not 100% sure I can make it. Will try very, very hard! I want to meet sup metafilter folks already.
posted by alona at 9:34 PM on September 16, 2009


I've been to two meetups. The first I didn't know anyone, the second I knew a few people. Both were fun, because I got pretty loaded. That's the ticket.

Sadly, i'm pretty sure I can't make this party.
posted by chunking express at 11:53 AM on September 17, 2009


Put me down as a definitely-maybe. I'm planning to come, but I just started school and my schedule hasn't quite shaken down yet.
posted by iona at 4:53 PM on September 17, 2009


Hi - I'll be there :)
posted by cranberrymonger at 11:59 AM on September 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


BRING CRANBERRIES
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 2:16 PM on September 18, 2009


She's a monger of cranberries, DNAB. They won't be free.
posted by maudlin at 4:02 PM on September 18, 2009


i'm going to try to make it if i'm in/around the city.

anyone who can't make it to the Toronto meetup, or craves more meetup action shortly after, come out to the Hamilton meetup.
posted by gursky at 8:26 PM on September 18, 2009


Hello, since I'm new in Toronto (I moved last week), I just wanted to make sure I had the right place. We are talking about this Murphy's law right?
posted by McSly at 10:03 PM on September 18, 2009


yeah, it's that one, McSly. At least it serves something other than St James's Gate Colon Clogger.
posted by scruss at 6:20 AM on September 19, 2009


Erm, did we reserve space? Because it looks like there's going to be quite a number of people there.
posted by alona at 8:01 PM on September 19, 2009


Hmm. I'm new to the city as well. I've never been to a meetup. Maybe?
posted by carabiner at 4:47 AM on September 20, 2009


Hmm, yes, normally my cranberries would cost you rather dearly but perhaps this time some complimentary goods are in order.
posted by cranberrymonger at 9:48 AM on September 20, 2009


Ack - should have said "baked goods." Otherwise I'm just hitting on everyone...
posted by cranberrymonger at 9:48 AM on September 20, 2009


the last one was really fun, but I don't think I'll be able to make it to this one. Drat.
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 1:43 AM on September 22, 2009


Not politically correct to ask, but what are my chances of being denied entrance? I'm 18, although I look older and generally have no problem, but some places are meticulous about carding.

If this is uncool to ask in a public forum, please mefimail me! I'm nervous about not making it.
posted by alona at 3:09 PM on September 22, 2009


alona, IMO, I would say 'clubs', ie dance clubs, are much more likely to card. at a 'G O O D F O O D Q U A L I T Y A L E S G R E A T C O N V E R S A T I O N' place I think the chances you'll get carded are less than 10%, and maybe nil if you're with a bunch of people who look older.
posted by skwt at 1:10 PM on September 24, 2009


Ooh! Just saw this. hylaride and I are definite maybes!

I just had eye surgery a month ago and things are still pretty hazy, so a BIG SIGN would be very helpful. :)
posted by heatherann at 4:31 PM on September 24, 2009


Another successful meetup! Thanks to everyone involved in planning this one, and it was great to meet everyone. Also, the cranberry muffins were fantastic!
posted by FishBike at 10:10 PM on September 25, 2009


Wow, yeah, cranberrymonger, those were friggin' unbelievable.

Great meetup, guys.
posted by alona at 11:22 PM on September 25, 2009


Urgh. Was all set to come, and then was felled by some sort of stomach flu mid-afternoon. (Extra irritated to hear that I also missed muffins!)
posted by iona at 5:31 AM on September 26, 2009


That was fun. And there were mini-muffins. Yay!
posted by scruss at 5:46 AM on September 26, 2009


That was a really nice meetup, especially with those surprising and tasty little muffins - yay! It was great to see everyone, especially the newbies and almost-newbies. And an extra thanks to everyone who responded graciously and helpfully when I badgered them for cycling destination ideas. Apparently Scarborough is the place to go for awesome and cheap Sri Lankan food and faux-dinosaur bones, and there are places in Toronto that will let you pick apples for free. Who knew?
posted by maudlin at 8:25 PM on September 26, 2009


By the way, did anybody see setanor at the meetup?
posted by FishBike at 5:38 AM on September 28, 2009


Scarborough is paradise on Earth.
posted by chunking express at 6:23 PM on September 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Also, pictures or it didn't happen.
posted by chunking express at 6:24 PM on September 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


By the way, did anybody see setanor at the meetup?

No, and I tried mefimailing him to see what was up, and he never replied. Actually, I'm pretty worried.
posted by alona at 11:47 PM on September 29, 2009


He was favouriting today so his index finger is at least working. Maybe he has the same disease the guy in the "Diving Bell and the butterfly" had and is desperately trying to send a message through his favourites because he can no longer type. If he missed it because he is flaky like me (I think I was in downtown Oshawa that night of all places) don't worry setanor. Just call another meetup - or there is also the hammer meetup this weekend with the excellent dief.
posted by saucysault at 6:34 AM on September 30, 2009


Oooo. Locked-in syndrome. Has anyone read "Diving Bell and the Butterfly"? Would you recommend it? I've read "Johnny Got His Gun" and thought it was interesting, if graphic.
posted by cranberrymonger at 7:45 AM on September 30, 2009


Spoke with him, he's okay.

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posted by alona at 3:44 AM on October 4, 2009


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