Cortex, Chicago, and Cheezborgers, October 2nd and 3rd September 9, 2009 10:40 AM   Subscribe

As promised: the First Annual Chicago Cortex Convergence, October 2nd and 3rd. Mark it on your calendars, kids.

Cortex is crashing at our place for the weekend, so Friday October 2nd will be a mini-crawl up in Andersonville hitting (in part) Hopleaf, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, and Cafe Bong. The afternoon of Saturday October 3rd will take us downtown to Millennium Park, the Goat, and possibly Rossi's. Suggestions for other places to hit in and around those areas are welcome.
posted by eamondaly to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:40 AM (215 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Ah, man. So looking forward to this.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:38 AM on September 9, 2009


Sweetness. I will arrange the TML tokens as soon as we have a headcount for Saturday night. I look forward to the softcore and Disney music.
posted by lholladay at 11:38 AM on September 9, 2009


Awesome. I will definitely be making the trek into the city for one or both of these meetups.
posted by burnmp3s at 11:44 AM on September 9, 2009


Yay, a Chicago meetup I can attend. Well, Saturday, anyway.
posted by desjardins at 12:13 PM on September 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


Wow. In.
posted by Iridic at 12:15 PM on September 9, 2009


Oh it's on the weekend? Well, I am so down with that. But this time I have to find cheaper parking. $30 for 3-4 hours of parking is just wrong and I'm sure I could find a better deal if I take the train/bus to my actual destination.
posted by Green With You at 12:19 PM on September 9, 2009


Hmmm...Maybe my wife will want to do this now that we live within driving distance. She does have a love thing with Chicago.
posted by mrmojoflying at 12:45 PM on September 9, 2009


Awesome, and I haven't seen Too Much Light in ages! Yay!
posted by misskaz at 1:46 PM on September 9, 2009


In in in in in. In.

Green With You, if you're willing to be a little creative, you can find extremely free parking. For instance, if you swing by my neck of the woods (By the Montrose Brown Line stop) there are a kerschmillion free parking spaces on Ravenswood Ave, and you're a shortish walk from Andersonville. I bet there's an equally viable option somewhere closer too.
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:13 PM on September 9, 2009


Ah Rossi's! Awesome.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:16 PM on September 9, 2009


Are we allowed to put ketchup on cheezborgers?
posted by desjardins at 2:23 PM on September 9, 2009


Considering getting a hotel in Evanston on Sat. night and taking the El down. Now to find babbysitter.
posted by mrmojoflying at 2:27 PM on September 9, 2009


desjardins: Are we allowed to put ketchup on cheezborgers?

No Coke, Pepsi.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:36 PM on September 9, 2009


Oh hey! This looks awesome but I feel like a nerd for failing to communicate my flight schedule enough, here: I arrive on the 2nd in the morning, am around for the rest of that day and all of the 3rd, flying out on the 4th in the morning.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:59 PM on September 9, 2009


So move things forward a day?
posted by adamdschneider at 3:17 PM on September 9, 2009


It's like crossing the International Date Line or something. Backwards.
posted by desjardins at 3:18 PM on September 9, 2009


If I come will Oprah give me a car?
posted by GuyZero at 3:25 PM on September 9, 2009


At the moment even thinking about drinking or raging or perky breasts of the Asian variety makes my head ache, but yeah, I am down.

Moving it up a day would work for me, too; Kid Koala is playing on Sunday and I have been waiting to see him for YEARS. Even before he opened for Radiohead and all my friends got to see him and fell in love and I LIKED HIM FIRST YOU BASTARDS.
posted by Juliet Banana at 4:21 PM on September 9, 2009


In, but given Cortex's Sked, maybe Friday should be ALL BEER, ALL THE TIME and Saturday should be Bean, Light, and some beer.

Or, fuck it, we spent 30 straight hours in the Goat.
posted by eriko at 5:43 PM on September 9, 2009


Yes, I somehow got completely confused by the itinerary on cortex's trip site.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 2ND: Andersonville.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 3RD: Downtown.

Blurgh.
posted by eamondaly at 7:19 PM on September 9, 2009


vertical tour of chicago! You did it for me, do it for cortex!
posted by mrzarquon at 8:10 PM on September 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


I gots to go to work early on Saturday, so I'm wavering on Friday. What's the deal with these magical tokens you speak of, lholladay, and when do you need a definite headcount?
posted by hydrophonic at 9:36 PM on September 9, 2009


Can someone who is going to be there on Saturday Mefi Mail me their cell phone number so I can reach you guys, so I don't have to spend the day playing "chase Cortex around Chicago?"

(Which, while it might sound like fun, would make it awfully inconvenient... I am trying to make this a 2-in-1 and visit a friend I haven't seen in 4 years.)
posted by IndigoRain at 9:41 PM on September 9, 2009


What's the deal with these magical tokens you speak of, lholladay, and when do you need a definite headcount?

Normally one must stand in line for Too Much Light, as they do not take reservations. However, I work there, and because we have a group I may be able to swing us an exception.

A headcount by September 25th would be brilliant.
posted by lholladay at 9:41 PM on September 9, 2009


But what's the magic part?

And IndigoRain brings up a good point. I was going to pester people I've already met for location updates on Saturday. But is there a way we can broadcast this via SMS?
posted by hydrophonic at 9:50 PM on September 9, 2009


So it's settled that Friday will be the north side crawl? Meet at Hopleaf when? As I will be coming in from the great north woods I need to nail down schedule a little earlier than most. But I can definitely only make Friday, it would appear.
posted by dhartung at 10:28 PM on September 9, 2009


If there's anyone else from Milwaukee interested in going to this, maybe we can work out some sort of MKE Mefi contingent carpool.
posted by drezdn at 5:24 AM on September 10, 2009


Okay - so Friday is a night thing and Saturday is a day thing? Any vague sense of times? I'm trying to parse how to make an overnight stay work with a wife who loves Chicago, accepts MeFi, and who I don't get enough time with to do fun things (like our first meet-up).
posted by mrmojoflying at 5:40 AM on September 10, 2009


lholladay - count me in for sure.

hydrophonic - despite the twitter haters, this is something that it's perfect for. I'm desjardins there too. We could use #mefichicago as a hashtag, or #mefichi to save space.

Please no one suggest an iPhone app unless you plan to buy me an iPhone.
posted by desjardins at 6:24 AM on September 10, 2009


Consider us in for the Hopleaf on Friday but not Too Much Light.
posted by crush-onastick at 9:56 AM on September 10, 2009


For those attending the Too Much Light show on Friday, here is a Google Spreadsheet.
Please toss in your info at your convenience.
posted by lholladay at 10:03 AM on September 10, 2009


As a resident of East Rogers park, this makes me happier than kitten giggles. Yay!

How much does TML cost? I've never been to it.
posted by Windigo at 11:52 AM on September 10, 2009


Wait, never-you-mind, I just remembered how they make you roll the dice for your ticket price.
posted by Windigo at 11:55 AM on September 10, 2009


How much does TML cost? I've never been to it.

Yep, it's $9 + 1d6.
posted by lholladay at 12:05 PM on September 10, 2009


Freaky -- as I was trying to add my name WCMike (God, that guy posts too much)* was adding his and it was changing before my eyes. Perhaps those who often use shared Google spreadsheets wouldn't be so impressed by this, but it really made me feel like I'd finally entered the future.

(But he may have changed his mind because his name is no longer there. Or I ruined the whole thing by spooking the magic fairies who run the thing by watching them work too closely.)

* (Meetup related joke, not me being a dick)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:28 PM on September 10, 2009


The spreadsheet is ALIVE!
posted by mrmojoflying at 2:46 PM on September 10, 2009


in the Frankenstein sense or the Sound of Music sense?
posted by desjardins at 2:52 PM on September 10, 2009


Young Frankenstein: The Musical?
posted by mrmojoflying at 3:03 PM on September 10, 2009


But he may have changed his mind because his name is no longer there. Or I ruined the whole thing by spooking the magic fairies who run the thing by watching them work too closely. (MCMikeNamara)

I was jokingly putting down "0.5" as I wasn't sure whether I'd be going or not; then, I figured I'd be less jokey about it and just wait until I was relatively sure one way or the other.

I actually saw you "log in", sort of -- it told me you were now editing the spreadsheet, too.

I watched the full "Google Wave" demonstration video, and they showed that sort of real-time reflection of data change ... it is pretty wild, the times we're living in ...
posted by WCityMike at 4:49 PM on September 10, 2009


What if it rains or freezes?
posted by hangashore at 7:09 PM on September 10, 2009


Oh we are so there! So is TML an improv group of some kind, cause I would be quite prepared for that eventuality. If not, also prepared.
posted by cittehkitteh at 2:21 PM on September 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


Homecoming Weekend! Damn my high school-ness. But, have to keep up appearances I suppose.
posted by Askiba at 12:40 PM on September 13, 2009


cittehkitteh: So is TML an improv group of some kind, cause I would be quite prepared for that eventuality.

Only sort of. TMLMTBGB is an audience-participation dramatic theater experiment, where the performers have 30 brief scripted plays and 60 minutes in which to perform them-- the plays are numbered, and the audience is given a menu of the plays, and at the conclusion of each play the audience shouts of which one they want to see next. At the end of the show, the Neo-Futurists discard a certain number of that evening's plays from their repertoire forever and have to write new ones for the next performance. So no two shows are ever alike, but it isn't really improv either.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:37 AM on September 14, 2009


Count me in for Friday! Sadly (for you) Cinnamon and I will be headed to New Orleans on Saturday.
posted by me3dia at 7:53 AM on September 16, 2009


Oh, btw, if we're a large enough group for dinner/drinks at Hopleaf, we should definitely call ahead to reserve a couple tables. Otherwise we can expect to wait forever. They might be able to set aside a row of tables in the upstairs bar.
posted by me3dia at 7:59 AM on September 16, 2009


Good point me3dia. I think eamondaly is handling Hopleaf arrangements.

As a reminder, here is the Too Much Light signup sheet for Friday.
posted by lholladay at 9:07 AM on September 16, 2009


Yep. I'm leaning toward just having drinks at Hopleaf: the dinner menu is a bit... stuffy for a meetup, in my opinion.
posted by eamondaly at 9:27 AM on September 16, 2009


the Neo-Futurists discard a certain number of that evening's plays from their repertoire forever

Do they then crossbreed the remaining plays? That would be neat.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:40 AM on September 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


Dare I...? We'll see.
posted by little_c at 7:36 AM on September 18, 2009


Yep. I'm leaning toward just having drinks at Hopleaf: the dinner menu is a bit... stuffy for a meetup, in my opinion.

I *like* the food, but yeah, a big meetup there for food would be a nightmare. Something more like Hamburger Mary's would be easier to deal with.

Also, we can all get cupcakes at A Taste Of Heaven. Because Cupcakes make life better.
posted by eriko at 7:40 AM on September 18, 2009


An early heads-up for those attending Too Much Light (26 so far!): even I with all my powers cannot break the no-reservations rule, so we will need to get in line at the theater at 10-10:30ish. Doors then open at 11, show is at 11:30. You will need $15 in cash, in case you roll high.

I'm performing in the primetime show prior to TML, so I'll meet everyone at the Hopleaf around 9:30 and help herd cats when the time is appropriate.
posted by lholladay at 8:25 AM on September 18, 2009


I am confused as to timing. If it's Hopleaf for drinks, elsewhere for foods, then TML, after how many hours does the red car pass the blue car when are we meeting at Hopleaf?
posted by crush-onastick at 9:35 AM on September 18, 2009


I would think that foods would happen before Hopleaf. But I'll defer the details to eamon.
posted by lholladay at 10:06 AM on September 18, 2009


Are Hopleaf and TML within walking distance?
posted by desjardins at 10:12 AM on September 18, 2009


Are Hopleaf and TML within walking distance?

They are approximately 60 seconds from each other.
posted by lholladay at 10:27 AM on September 18, 2009


60 seconds while sober or while drunk?
posted by desjardins at 10:41 AM on September 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


Well, we all know where my priorities lie.
posted by crush-onastick at 1:18 PM on September 18, 2009


I'm definitely going to be at Hopleaf, but $15 is, like, a bottle of Sweet Tea Vodka and a carton of lemonade, or 1.5 packs of cigarettes, or 6 train rides plus a fancy new art pen. So my unemployed ass is going to skip TML.

Not that anyone cares, but I will be able to say YOU WERE FOREWARNED if anyone tries to convince me otherwise. I've spent a lot of time at parties and shows lately weakly arguing why I need to go home at two in the morning ,and I've found I'm a total sucker for a convincing argument or a free drink or someone alleging that in fact, I am a blue-haired little grandmother in disguise.
posted by Juliet Banana at 5:13 PM on September 20, 2009


So, what time are we saying for Hopleaf Friday night?
posted by me3dia at 8:21 PM on September 20, 2009


Assuming we walk over to the theater around 10pm, I'd say... 8pm for Hopleaf? 7:30? The earlier we get there, the less likely it is to be sardines.
posted by lholladay at 9:56 AM on September 22, 2009


I'll probably head there straight after work, so I would imagine I'll arrive at like...6:00. Anyone who wants to is welcome to join me.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:35 PM on September 22, 2009


we'll head up shortly after work, too, which is probably 6:00ish as well.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:08 PM on September 22, 2009


Thanks for the clarification shakespeherian!
posted by cittehkitteh at 4:59 PM on September 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


I am incapable of operating a calendar. I work on SUNDAY, not SATURDAY, so I may be able to make some of SATURDAY's events as well. If I'm not too hungover/broke from FRIDAY.
posted by desjardins at 5:11 PM on September 22, 2009


I am obviously not understanding something - are Saturday's festivities day/afternoon events? I don't arrive in town until 4:30pm and have stuff to do before I can come out and play.
posted by arcticwoman at 7:02 PM on September 22, 2009


I imagine that folks will hit the Park and the Goat in the afternoon on Saturday, and head over to Rossi's later in the evening. I have little doubt the frolicking will last long into Saturday, particularly when there are out-of-towners to entertain!
posted by crush-onastick at 7:50 PM on September 22, 2009


I'll be there on Friday. Will be watching a Pacific Northwest Indie Chanteuse on Saturday... sorry y'all.
posted by baxter_ilion at 4:06 PM on September 24, 2009


Hey, is this old buddies catching up, or are newbies welcome?
posted by d. z. wang at 11:38 PM on September 24, 2009


FRESH MEAT Everyone is welcome.
posted by desjardins at 5:19 AM on September 25, 2009


The more the hairier! Unless you are completely deplilated, in which case addition becomes an identify function I guess.

I think what I'm saying is What Desjardins Said.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:16 AM on September 25, 2009


ugh, I'm going to have to back out of the Hopleaf and TML. What's the plan for Saturday?
posted by desjardins at 7:09 AM on September 28, 2009


Hey, everybody! Sorry for the media blackout: I was up at North Central Regionals last week and now I'm waiting for this week's Timeout to hit just in case there's anything special happening this weekend. Check in Wednesday for firmer plans.
posted by eamondaly at 8:23 AM on September 28, 2009


is it Wednesday yet? Can we start the drunkening?

Also, I think we should go up in the balloon! The info says "through October" so does that mean it stops running October 1 or October 31?
posted by crush-onastick at 8:59 AM on September 29, 2009


That balloon is a great idea. Just watched it go up a couple weeks ago from down by the Shedd. Wonder if it matters how windy it is.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:50 AM on September 29, 2009


I have very little to add, but I wanted to jump in and refer to adamschneider as hot man-beef.

Also: I probably won't be going to TML, it turns out. I'll update the spreadsheet accordingly.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:35 PM on September 29, 2009


*flex*
posted by adamdschneider at 12:51 PM on September 29, 2009


Oh, baby.
posted by eriko at 7:05 PM on September 29, 2009


Seriously, is it time for the drunkening yet?
posted by crush-onastick at 6:28 AM on September 30, 2009


8:28 in the morning seems as appropriate a time as any, crush.
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:20 AM on September 30, 2009


I hereby recommend Edgewater Lounge or something other than Hopleaf for Friday night. Hopleaf just Does Not Work for large groups of people, or medium groups of people, or really anyone after about 630pm especially on a Friday. As much as I love the Montreal brisket at Hopleaf, it is just too pricey for this kind of meetup, IMO. If we could get table(s). Which we couldn't.

Another thought is T's, although I haven't been there in ages so I don't know if it gets more crowded these days.

Fireside is another possibility, if slightly more difficult to get to.

If people don't mind not being around the block from TML, there's always Moody's. (Ever sat *inside* there? It's gloomy and awesome.)

To end my grumpy post with a final dose of pessimism, the balloon sounds fun but rain is in the forecast for this weekend.
posted by misskaz at 2:47 PM on September 30, 2009


Well, Fireside is walking distance to my place and I could be very persuaded to finally show up at one of these things. However, I don't think you could pay me to eat there (or use their bathroom).
posted by Bunglegirl at 3:50 PM on September 30, 2009


We'll be there on Saturday.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 4:04 PM on September 30, 2009


METAFILTER 2: THE DRUNKENING
posted by adamdschneider at 6:09 PM on September 30, 2009


MsKaz is wise! We'll see you at Edgewater? After work. 6pmish!
posted by crush-onastick at 6:16 PM on September 30, 2009


Right, it's time to use the power of the Intarwebs!!!

It's obvious that this whole din of shig is going to be random and chaotic. Other than the drinking, that'll be specific and chaotic.

Thusly. I've created a twitter account.

And then I created one for all of us. Everyone watch mefichi. Anyone needed to stick news up can memail me for the super sekrit password, or just use something like "we need more beer", but without spaces.

Basically, let those who are one with The Drunkening post drivel and misdirection, to lead those who would like to be one with The Drunkening to the wrong, or right, place. Depending.
posted by eriko at 7:33 PM on September 30, 2009


Uh, can't we all just tweet to #mefichi or something? No need for passwords, just look to the hash.

Words to live by.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:40 PM on September 30, 2009


Uh, can't we all just tweet to #mefichi or something? No need for passwords, just look to the hash.

Yes, but then they know who you are.
posted by eriko at 2:22 AM on October 1, 2009


(you can read that as "I forgot about # syntax" of course.)

But seriously -- one problem I've found with the #tag is that you end up with thirty or forty of them at a large event. I gave up trying to follow them at VMWorld this year.

@mefichi has the advantage that if you look in the wrong place, it's obvious, if you try to post to the wrong place, it fails. And the password issue is pretty trivial...
posted by eriko at 3:56 AM on October 1, 2009


In the interest of defraying any last-minute confusion, more of us should repeat misskaz's wise words:

Edgewater Edgewater Edgewater Edgewater.

I'll probably be there at like 6:30-7:00.

Hooray!
posted by SpiffyRob at 5:13 AM on October 1, 2009


Edgewater Lounge is official, then?

Also, I keep remembering to post something here, and then forgetting what it is when I go to post.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:32 AM on October 1, 2009


Given the absence of Our Fearless (Non)Leader, and the unanimous-ish approval of MsKaz's suggestion that the Hopleaf is unworkable, I'd say YES, it is official that we will be at Edgewater Lounge around 6-6:30 on Friday. I'll text the man now, so he knows we usurping his authority.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:58 AM on October 1, 2009


What the hell are we doing on saturday??? You guys are going to be all hungover and I'm going to have to drag you out of bed, aren't I? I know where you live! OK, so just one of you.

East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94, I sure hope your real name is shorter, because I am not calling you THAT all day.
posted by desjardins at 8:04 AM on October 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


SATURDAY'S AGENDA:

We're gonna go up in a rain-soaked balloon and push eamondaly out because he abandoned us. He'll give us all the finger on the way down, so everyone wins, really.

Maybe notsomuch the small children at Navy Pier who will end up with PTSD, but hey, that's the cost of doing business.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:09 AM on October 1, 2009


We're gonna go up in a rain-soaked balloon and push eamondaly out because he abandoned us. He'll give us all the finger on the way down

Man, I really need to learn to draw.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:12 AM on October 1, 2009


FRIDAY: Edgewater Lounge it is! Cortex lands at 5:00ish, so I'd guess we'll be there from 6:30ish to 8:00ish. Then we'll wander down Clark and stop in at one or all of Pudgie's, Farragut's, and Simon's, then TML by 10:30.
posted by eamondaly at 12:10 PM on October 1, 2009


SATURDAY: Still very much up in the air and depends largely on cortex's cashflow situation and how much sightseeing he wants to do. You can pretty much figure we'll do brunch at Big Jones at 11am, then possibly a jaunt out west to the Eli's Cheesecake Festival, then miscellaneous stops at cortex's whim. Figure 5pm at the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, then a walk across Millennium Park, and Billy Goat at 7pm. After that, we may swing by Rock Bottom for a civilized drink, then get straight-up hammered at Rossi's.
posted by eamondaly at 12:19 PM on October 1, 2009


I <3 cheesecake. If there is to be a jaunt, will there be a car pool? Looks like a long trip between the two by bus.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:33 PM on October 1, 2009


That schedule makes me tired just thinking about it. I'm committing to Friday, but beyond that I get squirrelly. Plus I hate cheesecake.
posted by misskaz at 1:01 PM on October 1, 2009


I'll be at Edgewater and I'm bailing before TML. I have to think about Saturday. I'm currently still hungover from last night and the idea of committing plans at 11 AM the day after going out drunkening seems like folly, since I'm pretty sure at 11 AM this morning I was fiercely staying asleep so as to delay the inevitable headache.
posted by Juliet Banana at 1:27 PM on October 1, 2009


I hate cheesecake too, but one of the events is "cheesecake games", and I think I need to see that.
posted by eamondaly at 1:38 PM on October 1, 2009


I forgot to mention: Cafe Bong after TML, of course. I just dropped off a new mic cord last night, so many, many duets will be in our future.
posted by eamondaly at 1:39 PM on October 1, 2009


wtf is wrong with you cheesecake haters?

what, do you not like bacon either? how about beer? I BET YOU HATE BASEBALL TOO
posted by desjardins at 1:40 PM on October 1, 2009


I fucking hate baseball more than anything in the world.
posted by eamondaly at 1:43 PM on October 1, 2009


I don't hate cheesecake, it just makes me viscerally uneasy. Be cheese or be cake, but MAKE UP YOUR MIND.

I am having a dreamy solo-wander day in SLC today, so I will be all charged up for having too much fun in Chicago, choices of dessert aside.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:45 PM on October 1, 2009


What the fuck kind of person hates cheesecake.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:48 PM on October 1, 2009


More freshmeat here (at least for those squares who don't hang out at the MeFightClub, where I'm relatively old, Pyro-scorched meat). I'll be wandering around downtown sometime in the afternoon/evening so I'll probably show up in either Millennium Park or the Billy Goat. Will there be some way to recognize the mefites? Will it be the group to which the word "rabble" would not be misapplied? Or is that only after I show up?
posted by burnfirewalls at 1:49 PM on October 1, 2009


I know cortex will be gone on Sunday, but it looks like there's a WINGS COVER BAND playing at the Cheesecake Festival at 3:30 on Sunday.

I wonder how much we'd have to bribe them to stop playing "Band on the Run" after the second section. Just, like, stop the song cold, right there.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:55 PM on October 1, 2009


People who have not eaten a Sicilian ricotta cheesecake, which is light and gently flavored, which does not have that thick weird texture or that heavy too-richness of an American cream cheese cheesecake don't like cheesecake, that's who the fuck sort of person doesn't like cheesecake. And I say good on ya.

Me, I hate beer. I'm that kind of sort of person.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:02 PM on October 1, 2009


I hate celery.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:16 PM on October 1, 2009


Dammit, now I'm craving cannoli.
posted by Iridic at 2:22 PM on October 1, 2009


What's the record for # of comments in a meetup thread?

Also, I hate baseball and I put ketchup on my hotdogs. But I'm from Wisconsin so I'm legally obligated to enjoy cheesecake (and beer).
posted by desjardins at 2:27 PM on October 1, 2009


Well...some of us have pictures, burnfirewalls, and you could follow the mefichi or @tweet some of us (my name's in my profile and is as creative as my username here).

Or you could hold up a big sign that says CORTEX IS MY COPILOT and hope we see you.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:29 PM on October 1, 2009


So, and to sum up... where should I be on Saturday afternoon if I want to take a photo of this cortex character everyone keeps talking about?

I'm going to submit it to one of those Monsterquest shows; "He eats donuts. Giant, giant donuts. The horror..."
posted by quin at 2:36 PM on October 1, 2009


I think we should all hold up big signs that say CORTEX IS MY COPILOT and see if he still wants to hang out with us.
posted by burnfirewalls at 2:52 PM on October 1, 2009


I was soooo counting on being there but this weekend just may not be possible. If you see me at all, it will be spontaneously materializing, with a rush of air TARDIS-style, at the Edgewater, and vanishing forthwith in time to reboard the space-time continuum headed back to Wisconsin.
posted by dhartung at 6:08 PM on October 1, 2009


HEY GUYZ I GOT MY PILOT'S LICENSE LOL
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:55 PM on October 1, 2009


Edgewater lounge? Damn, I don't think I can lame out of this one if everyone's meeting up (vaguely) in my neighborhood.
posted by ubersturm at 8:03 PM on October 1, 2009


cortex, if you just got your pilot's license then someone is going to have to refer to you as "little buddy" or "champ" in a spectacularly and avuncularly condescending way, like they're some sort of silver-haired wizard of the sky, even if they're definitely not.

Do you understand, champ? That's just how life is. Like the seasons. Or the sky. She's a bitch. She'll let you ride her but then she'll turn on you and fill your life with hellish turbulence. Like my ex-wife. Like this very advice. Stuttering. Incoherent. Terrible. Ready for take off.

And then some dramatic shit will happen and you'll save a puppy from the side of the road and there'll be lots of cinematic scenes of waving, golden straw while you do a voiceover of all the life lessons you learned from that crusty old pilot. Imagine a terrible heist movie (one last job) crossed with Airplane! and edited for a Lifetime channel audience.
posted by burnfirewalls at 9:35 PM on October 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


I will try to make it Saturday evening!
posted by halonine at 9:59 PM on October 1, 2009


I've just gotten back home, and am exhausted. I so need the Drunkening.

Our Fearless Non Leader has a better twitter answer, which he has memailed me, but I'm too tired to parse it. If he doesn't explain before morning, I'll try then.
posted by eriko at 10:07 PM on October 1, 2009


Wow, things got pretty intense here in the last few days.

SpiffyRob, thanks for the suggestion sorry I didn't thank you earlier! Oh, and I sent you a Mefi Mail if you didn't see it.
posted by Green With You at 10:51 PM on October 1, 2009


Cortex built my hotrod.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:02 AM on October 2, 2009


Cortex loves you (but not as much as I do)!. (oh colleen, you are cute as a bug!)
posted by crush-onastick at 7:25 AM on October 2, 2009


Aaaaaand, we're out of the running for the 2016 Olympics.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:28 AM on October 2, 2009


more like chicagno amirite
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:50 AM on October 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


IMPORTANT! If you want to be notified by SMS as we move from place to place throughout the weekend, do this:

1) Login or join twitter. Sorry, but that's just the way it is.

2) Go to Settings, then Devices, and add your cellphone number.

3) Go to the mefichi page and click the "Follow Me" button. It should change to "Following".

4) Click on the little cell phone next to the word "Following". You should get a bubble message saying "Updates are sent by SMS to your mobile phone".

I sent a link to eriko so he can enable the rebroadcasting of @replies to mefichi's followers, but we'll have to see if he has time to set that up.
posted by eamondaly at 8:54 AM on October 2, 2009


Hey, in case anyone is driving in and is worried about parking: There is a bunch of free, easy parking in my neck of the woods, between Berteau and Montrose on the east side of Ravenswood. Green With You and I have tentative plans to meet up there and then take the Damen bus up to Edgewater. It's not super-close to Edgewater, TML, etc, but is right next to the Montrose brown line stop, so it should be pretty easy to get back, regardless of where we end up. There may well be reliable parking closer, but someone would know better than I.

Anyway, we'll be trying to meetup in that neck of the woods around 6-6:30, so if you want to come with, shoot me a MeFi Mail.

Gooooooooooo Rio!
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:04 AM on October 2, 2009


I was going to suggest something similar before Rob beat me to the bunch. (No, really, I was.) For those who may be driving and planning on ending the night after Too Much Light, parking on my street/around my apartment (Hermitage and Paulina between Lawrence and Winnemac) is better than average. Thought no plentiful, you can usually find something and is only 2-4 blocks from Foster and Ashland (where TML is at)

Like an idiot, I closed down a bar on a weeknight because the nice couple I met kept buying rounds and letting my newbie ass beat them at Wii bowling, so though I plan on hooking up with you all eventually this evening, depending on if I can get out of work early and get a disco nap. Maybe they'll let me take a personal day because my Olympic-sized heart has had its Olympic dreams Olympically crushed.

(That is an Olympic lie.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:22 AM on October 2, 2009


Yeah I'll be driving into the city for tonight's meetup so any parking suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I probably won't be able to get there before 7PM but I'm planning on sticking around until the bitter end.
posted by burnmp3s at 9:35 AM on October 2, 2009


Okay. Mail List Expander (err, dude, this is 2009...) ReTweetBot in in place.

If you follow @mefichi, and you let @mefichi follow you, you'll be able to post to the stream via DM. Currently, we can't post via @reply, hoping that will happen soon.

If you just want status updates, you can just follow @mefichi.
posted by eriko at 9:49 AM on October 2, 2009


For those of you new to twitter, to "DM" ("Direct Message") mefichi, just send a message to Twitter (40404 on your mobile phone) like this: "d mefichi I thought Cortex would be taller".
posted by eamondaly at 10:06 AM on October 2, 2009


Yeah, there is decent parking on both Foster and Ashland, though the earlier you get there, the more luck you're likely to have. There's also an arts thing going on tonight, but I don't know how that might affect parking.

I'll be both there and square tonight, but tomorrow, we'll see about the noncheesecake-lover's (WTF?) cheesecake festival expedition et al--it all depends on how drunkening the drunkening I have tonight is, and past experience points to....very!
posted by carrienation at 10:09 AM on October 2, 2009


Also: To be able to post, you need to be able to direct message, which means MeFiChi has to follow you back. I don't want to set up an auto folower, too many spammers in the world today. I'll keep on top of who's following, but give me a few minutes....
posted by eriko at 10:17 AM on October 2, 2009


Yeah I'll be driving into the city for tonight's meetup so any parking suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

There's lots of residential parking around the Edgewater and the Neo-Futurarium. There's also metered parking down by the Futurarium that should be free in the evening. Two things to watch out for:

1) Some of the residential parking is permitted. Which means you can't park there without a permit. Which you won't have. So watch out for signs which specify permit areas.

2) You can't park overnight on most major streets. (Foster, Ashland, etc.) So if you're going to leave your car somewhere overnight, make sure you're on a non-permitted side street.

("Permitted" in this post means "restricted by permit", not "allowed". Fucking English.)
posted by lholladay at 10:53 AM on October 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


Thanks to eriko and eamondaly for setting up the Twitter stuff.
posted by desjardins at 10:56 AM on October 2, 2009


And, for clarification: Parking further south on Ravenswood as referenced above is 100% free of any parking restrictions, but is a bus/train ride away.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:46 AM on October 2, 2009


Can anyone who is not me or eriko confirm that they're getting the retweets? I just sent one re: picking up Cortex.
posted by eamondaly at 12:17 PM on October 2, 2009


I just got that one on my web feed and cell phone.
posted by lholladay at 12:18 PM on October 2, 2009


Word. Full tweets ahead, I guess.
posted by eamondaly at 12:19 PM on October 2, 2009


Yep, loud and clear. Whiskey tango foxtrot, over.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:28 PM on October 2, 2009


INFORMATION: RECEIVED RETWEET. OUT.
posted by desjardins at 12:33 PM on October 2, 2009




Always the underground one. Always. Anything else is not Cabal-approved. (TINCC)
posted by lholladay at 1:26 PM on October 2, 2009


Yes. The Original Goat, under Michigan Avenue.
posted by crush-onastick at 1:39 PM on October 2, 2009


The retweeter took a bit of time to get rolling, but it appears to have rolled. Maybe it was in Olympic Shock [NOT-OLYMPICIST]

T - 2 Hours. Remember to warm up and stretch before serious drunkening.
posted by eriko at 2:33 PM on October 2, 2009


Man, the last half hour is always the worst.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:02 PM on October 2, 2009


Man, the last half hour is always the worst.

The inverse of this is true for the Bong.
posted by lholladay at 3:35 PM on October 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


So much fun, y'all! Sorry I bagged out at 2:30 (sigh, so early), but I wanted to conserve a bit of energy in the hopes that I can fit in some meet up tomorrow. Rest assured: the fact that I instigated tonight's conga line is one of my proudest moments.
posted by carrienation at 12:36 AM on October 3, 2009


Yeah, much fun. What's with the bong and the 2:00 AM license?

Enjoy the Saturday festivities. Nice to meet those I haven't before - AND where is the omnipresent Admin Panel? Cortex? Couldn't we have perma banned someone while karaokeing? Why sing hokey songs and conga if it does not involve permanent damage?
posted by readery at 1:36 AM on October 3, 2009


SATURDAY: Josh wants an extra hour, so we're going to meet at Big Jones at NOON Saturday. Please RSVP by 11am so we know how many seats to save, because they will not seat us without an accurate headcount, and I will not let you fuckers get between me and my Smores French Toast. Use Twitter or call me directly.

After that, Cortex said he wants everyone to meet at my place for a screening of Lawrence of Arabia, but I suspect that's drunk talk. I figured you'd want to be kept in the loop, though.
posted by eamondaly at 2:14 AM on October 3, 2009


It is drunk talk AND the truth. Some mellow group screening of David Lean is feeling like just the thing, at this point.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:20 AM on October 3, 2009


Dude, get off my neighbor's WiFi!
posted by eamondaly at 2:20 AM on October 3, 2009


Well shit. Completely forgot. Maintaining my perfect record. Hope you guys had fun and alternately cried/laughed in your beers over the Olympics. Would have felt good to have a respite from all the Chicago-hate on the interwebs.
posted by nax at 6:00 AM on October 3, 2009


Okay, there's still today. What time at the Goat? (Why can I never figure this out-- is there some obvious place with the time? Not finding it in the thread)
posted by nax at 6:04 AM on October 3, 2009


Billy Goat at 7pm. Follow the Twitter account on your mobile phome to get locale updates throughout the day.
posted by eamondaly at 7:51 AM on October 3, 2009


LAURENCE OF ARABIA [+]
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:57 AM on October 3, 2009


In further evidence that no one should ever believe anything I say, ever (oh. i'll just stop in for a drink or two at Edgewater and then bounce, deedley dee) I might come out for the brunchening since I am apparently awake and not hungover. Also I owe Adamdschneider&Citteh Kitteh some French Toast or some shit.

Note to self: staying up and drinking water until you're sober is way better than passing out drunk.
posted by Juliet Banana at 8:01 AM on October 3, 2009


I hereby nominate "deedley dee" for phrase of the weekend.
posted by eamondaly at 8:09 AM on October 3, 2009


Seconded.
posted by misskaz at 8:11 AM on October 3, 2009


Brunch at noon? Yeah, I'll show.
posted by Windigo at 8:19 AM on October 3, 2009


LAURENCE OF ARABIA [2 favorites +]
posted by WCityMike at 8:27 AM on October 3, 2009


eamondley you're so cute. What's a mobile phone?
posted by nax at 8:42 AM on October 3, 2009


eamondley you're so cute.

eamondeedley dee, you meant.

Anyway, y'all have fun today, we have Things To Do. If anyone feels like cleaning litterboxes or changing a tire, please stop by.
posted by desjardins at 8:50 AM on October 3, 2009


For the record, I counted five bars, 26.5 plays, three singings of 'Take On Me', and one conga line, with nine survivors at the end of the night, or, if you wish, the beginning of the next day.

Nice job, people. Game beer goes to eamondaly for the duet with the bartender.
posted by eriko at 9:11 AM on October 3, 2009


Heading over to Big Jones momentarily. I have:

- Me
- The Missus
- Cortex
- Juliet Banana
- Adam
- Kaz
- Bo
- WCMike
- Windigo

Please text me ASAP if there's anyone I missed.
posted by eamondaly at 9:31 AM on October 3, 2009


I'm getting downtown at six, where will the Roving Meetup be found? Is Millennium Park still a go?
posted by burnfirewalls at 11:09 AM on October 3, 2009


We're moving things up a bit to accommodate Laurence of Arabia. So:
4pm - Navy Pier Ferris Wheel
6pm - Billy Goat
9pm - Laurence of Arabia at my place, 1511 W Norwood (Thorndale Red Line or #22 bus)
posted by eamondaly at 11:31 AM on October 3, 2009


Success! I'll meet you guys at the Billy Goat.
posted by burnfirewalls at 12:12 PM on October 3, 2009


Billy Goat at Navy Pier or 430 N. Michigan?
posted by applemeat at 12:21 PM on October 3, 2009


Follow up: "The Billy Goat is always at 430 N. *Lower* Michigan Avenue. Others are fake, not approved by the non existent cabal."
posted by applemeat at 12:37 PM on October 3, 2009


I officially won't be able to make it back out there today. Have fun everybody and try not to lose cortex.
posted by burnmp3s at 12:49 PM on October 3, 2009


Nope, turns out nax jr. has a gig, so I'm going to that. Have fun y'all.
posted by nax at 3:14 PM on October 3, 2009


Eamon's divorce, T minus...
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:11 PM on October 3, 2009


Forty of the seventy-three photos I took have a monkey in them.

Cortex, I think you just got a new profile pic.
posted by Juliet Banana at 9:15 PM on October 3, 2009


I don't have words for how much I enjoyed this weekend. Thanks for a great time, everyone – and special thanks to Eamon for putting so much of it together (as well as to anyone else whose efforts I might be unaware of).
posted by WCityMike at 11:43 PM on October 3, 2009


I have to know, did you guys go on the ferris wheel in the rain or not??
posted by desjardins at 6:31 AM on October 4, 2009


We did not. We went to the wheel, and the wheel was there, but beyond that the Hemmingway kind of breaks down. Apparently the operators were trying to get approval from the home office to run the wheel despite the rain, but we sort of gave up on the idea of standing around for an hour hoping against hope and just got on with our Navy Pier Tourist Extravaganza.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:00 AM on October 4, 2009


And yeah, that was a hell of a couple days, Chicago. Thanks for having me.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:01 AM on October 4, 2009


Good times. Good times.
posted by eamondaly at 7:52 AM on October 4, 2009


Just thought I'd drop you guys a note to let you all know I arrived home OK. I got to my van at about 3 AM, drove for an hour, then was too tired to drive, so took a 4 hour nap in Rensselaer, IN. Arrived home at 11 AM my time.

Thank you all for being so giving and caring- you turned what could have been a disaster into a minor inconvenience.
posted by pjern at 8:10 AM on October 4, 2009


How was Lawrence of Arabia?
posted by Iridic at 8:49 AM on October 4, 2009


Too good to wait for the whole set: The Last Round
posted by pjern at 9:43 AM on October 4, 2009 [3 favorites]


Iridic: How was Lawrence of Arabia?

Since it was a library DVD, it gave up the ghost partway through – so we rounded out the set with Nancy Drew ... Reporter and the first two episodes of The Venture Brothers.
posted by WCityMike at 10:16 AM on October 4, 2009


> Too good to wait for the whole set: The Last Round

That is crazy awesome (been following the thread, wishing I was visiting chicago as well).
posted by mrzarquon at 10:26 AM on October 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Thanks Eamon for being an awesome master of ceremonies.
And I would have switched my schedule around on Saturday had I but known the plan was to recreate religious tableau.

Very cool, pjern!
posted by readery at 11:28 AM on October 4, 2009


OK, the whole set is up. Have at it. If you have any special requests, let me know :)
posted by pjern at 11:43 AM on October 4, 2009


Pee-jurn, you are awesome. Did the spider have magic photo taking abilities it transferred to you, do you think?
posted by Juliet Banana at 11:56 AM on October 4, 2009


psst, the photoset has the wrong year, unless you guys found a time machine yesterday (and if you did, please tell me where)
posted by desjardins at 12:09 PM on October 4, 2009


psst, the photoset has the wrong year

I still can't type.
posted by pjern at 12:14 PM on October 4, 2009


so we rounded out the set with Nancy Drew ... Reporter

I will never see that the same way, ever again.
posted by pjern at 12:16 PM on October 4, 2009


Thanks to all you Chicago residents for having such a fun city, for being great hosts, and for having great guests. Your library DVDs, inclement weather, and train pick-pockets leave a little to be desired, however. But because of the former greatness the latter sadness was much mitigated.

The part of me that wants to talk about the entire Friday/Saturday craziness is fighting to break out so I'll just say I will certainly try to make as many meetups in the future as as I have time for and that the few pictures I took will go online sometime later today, assuming something shiny doesn't distract me too much.
posted by Green With You at 12:31 PM on October 4, 2009


The Last Round: the Answer Key (I think).
posted by WCityMike at 1:18 PM on October 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


So when do the Advent calendars go on sale?
posted by desjardins at 1:23 PM on October 4, 2009


Jesus, what a weekend. Best meetup ever or bestest meetup ever?
posted by adamdschneider at 2:16 PM on October 4, 2009


Pick-pockets? What happened?
posted by hydrophonic at 2:45 PM on October 4, 2009


pjern's wallet went missing sometime after leaving the Billy Goat and getting off the red line at Thorndale and the hypothesis is it was a pickpocket while getting on to the red line. I'm sure if pjern wishes to talk about it he can go into details.
posted by Green With You at 4:06 PM on October 4, 2009


We're pretty sure it was a pickpocket after the fact- the guy who weirdly 'stumbled' while getting on the train at Grand Ave., falling back into me, was undoubtedly the confederate of the actual pickpocket, who struck in the momentary jam at the door to the car. I think he's in one of misskaz's pictures on the train, sitting next to WCityMike.

Further proof seems to be in the pattern of bogus charges that started happening before we even got off the train at Thorndale- $92.00 for something (a pass?) at the CTA Union Station, $23 bucks at a White Castle, $53.00 at a Jewel.

I've already canceled the cards and arranged for new ones.
posted by pjern at 4:17 PM on October 4, 2009


Awww, now I'm sad I wasn't able to make it back out on Saturday for the Last Dinner. Oh well. Next time at the Goat we can recreate The Picnic.
posted by Windigo at 4:17 PM on October 4, 2009


Sigh.

Last Supper.
posted by Windigo at 4:18 PM on October 4, 2009


I just want to say that if you have to get walletjacked, having the jacker spend $20+ at White Castle is one of the best possible outcomes. But that's probably just because we don't have White Castle on the west coast and I find it endlessly amusing.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:01 PM on October 4, 2009


I take some small solace in the fact that the pickpocket is probably, right now, in the midst of the worst case of massive intestinal distress that it's possible to have.
posted by pjern at 5:06 PM on October 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm really sorry that happened to you, pjern. I hope that creep's been stuck in the john all day.
posted by applemeat at 5:11 PM on October 4, 2009


It was awesome to meet all of you! I'm sorry I had to cut out early, but let's look on the bright side: KMFDM rocked my face off so those images of me are now rare & valuable.

I will have to come to future meetups and eat cheezborgers with you fine people!
posted by burnfirewalls at 5:18 PM on October 4, 2009


That's awful pjern. I feel terrible for you. And I can't even imagine $23.00 at White Castle. What did he do, buy a round of sliders for everyone? Maybe you had a rare altruistic thief that was feeding the hungry.
posted by readery at 5:59 PM on October 4, 2009


This was an amazing amount of fun, despite the fact that I feel like I've been beaten up today. I don't think the two are related. Man, Nancy Drew had a seriously fucked up father.

It's clear we need to have MeFiChi Beer Night.
posted by eriko at 6:01 PM on October 4, 2009


I'm sorry to hear that pjern!

Was it determined whether we're having regularly scheduled first Wednesday this week? I (we) missed out on most of the festivities and I'll need to make up for lost drinking.
posted by crush-onastick at 6:25 PM on October 4, 2009


misskaz apparently made the motion for Wednesday and I seconded it, so I guess at least two of us are going to be there. I know eamondaly won't be able to resist that siren song, either.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:14 PM on October 4, 2009


23 dollars? Probably a crave case or, as I like to refer to it, the 30 Bad Decisions in a Box Special.
posted by burnfirewalls at 7:18 PM on October 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Despite only managing two and a half bars with all of you on Friday I think it was a successful initiation into MeFiChi. I was flattered that you went all out but next time I only require one disco ball. I will do my best to remember to watch out for November's Goat time.
posted by Bunglegirl at 7:31 PM on October 4, 2009


Dang, pjern. That sucks. Glad you got home okay.
posted by hydrophonic at 8:18 PM on October 4, 2009


Photos from both nights up now. I've got a couple of gaps where I'm failing to remember which face goes with which username, so please lemme know.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:33 PM on October 4, 2009


misskaz apparently made the motion for Wednesday and I seconded it, so I guess at least two of us are going to be there. I know eamondaly won't be able to resist that siren song, either.

Fine, fine, I'll get it....
posted by eriko at 9:14 AM on October 5, 2009


The bad thing about meeting all of you is it will be a little bit harder to hate you all now! Or maybe that is a good thing?

Here are the few photos I took. They turned out better than I expected.
posted by Green With You at 8:24 PM on October 5, 2009


I wasn't able to participate for too much of it, to my dismay. But for the time I was there, MeFites, you were fan-tas-tic.
posted by lholladay at 8:48 AM on October 8, 2009


THE MAN WITH THE CAULIFLOWER EAR WUZ HERE
posted by eamondaly at 8:51 AM on October 14, 2009


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