hi SF people let's be friends! January 2, 2010 1:39 PM   Subscribe

Hi San Francisco! Want to have a meetup?

I just decided this sounds like a nice week to go to San Francisco. Y'all want to hang out some time between Friday 1/8 and Monday 1/11? My flight arrives around 7 pm Thursday, so that evening would also work.
posted by little e to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:39 PM (90 comments total)

pack me in your suitcase and take me with you!
posted by youcancallmeal at 2:07 PM on January 2, 2010


Sure, I'm in.
posted by UrineSoakedRube at 2:10 PM on January 2, 2010


okey doke! It's a comfy suitcase. Just promise me you won't try to set your pants on fire.
posted by little e at 2:22 PM on January 2, 2010


definitely maybe.
posted by special-k at 2:59 PM on January 2, 2010


Too busy planning a meetup for when you get to Vermont, little e.

Consider this the pre-announcement for that meetup
posted by terrapin at 3:11 PM on January 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


that sounds good to me. drinks? what about the orbit room for a couple splashy cocktails and then walk across market to the mission for some dive bar action? i personally vote sunday evening--won't be too busy--but i'm free that weekend whenever.
posted by liketitanic at 3:15 PM on January 2, 2010


Saturday is better.
posted by special-k at 3:58 PM on January 2, 2010


Ha! I'm going to be over in your neck of the woods* from the 5th to the 12th and was thinking of planning a little meetup there. SF/DC represent!

*I had a great time meeting you and other MeFites in DC back in October!

Also, bummed I will be missing out on this one in SF.

posted by iamkimiam at 4:49 PM on January 2, 2010


Ha! I'm going to be over in your neck of the woods

I see this as the start of Mefite Swap™

Now, which Melbourne mefite wants to come here?
posted by special-k at 5:28 PM on January 2, 2010


I'm planning to go to tahoe on the weekend weekend so I'll vote for thursday
posted by aubilenon at 8:25 PM on January 2, 2010


We're in! I think any of those nights works for us.
posted by rtha at 8:43 PM on January 2, 2010


Probably not this one...:(
posted by jeffamaphone at 8:56 PM on January 2, 2010


I'll try to attempt to make it. No time preference yet, cause this is like 6-9 days in advance and I just don't plan ahead that far.
posted by bkudria at 9:10 PM on January 2, 2010


Hmm, I'm still lurking when it comes to meetups - though I always look at the online photos afterwards.

Little e, I just wanted to say that I looked at your profile, read your occupation: "Imaginary friend', choked on laughter and spit out my tea.

As a career counselor, I've just got to tell you, I've never really had a witty repost when I go to parties or whatever and people hear about my job and sarcastically ask the: "So you're a career counselor, what should I do with my life" question.

UNTIL NOW! (*Please add corresponding Vincent Price maniacal laughter here*)

I'm so sharing this at work on Monday. So, thank you.
posted by anitanita at 9:45 PM on January 2, 2010


Wait, little e is going to VT? Now I am really sneaking into her suitcase.
posted by youcancallmeal at 10:32 PM on January 2, 2010


Jaybeans and I are leaving for a delayed holiday trip to our families in Tennessee on the 12th, so the only day that's especially hard for us in 1/11 as we're difficult travelers who need all the focus we can the night before we go anywhere. Other than that we're easy for what or whenever.
posted by mostlymartha at 1:33 AM on January 3, 2010


youcancallmeal: yes. 15 January. There will be a Meta thread soon.
posted by terrapin at 11:33 AM on January 3, 2010


Yeah, I'm just working PRN at the moment and purposefully taking some extra time between real jobs, so my January will be pretty awesome. Vermont's been on my Want to Visit!! list for awhile. Conversely, I unexpectedly realized yesterday afternoon that flights are reasonably priced, I'm cold, and I'm tired of looking at Arlington, thus San Francisco.

I've never been to SF before, so I'm definitely open to suggestions for a location.
posted by little e at 2:45 PM on January 3, 2010


Maybe? Work schedule is, as always, completely random, leaving me unable to plan ahead.
posted by mollymayhem at 3:52 PM on January 3, 2010


Yeah, well, this is the fun part, where we spend umpteen comments deciding where to go. (No Frjtz!!) I'm off to a movie but will ruminate. Downside of the orbit room, as mentioned above, is that it's not very BARTable.
posted by rtha at 3:55 PM on January 3, 2010


Oh, and I vote that the meetup be earlier - Friday, maybe - so that little e can benefit from our considered wisdom about how great SF is and why she should want to move here.
posted by rtha at 3:57 PM on January 3, 2010


Upside of the Orbit Room is that it's right on Market St., so BART folks are fine if they can hop a F-Market streetcar from Civic Center. Friday sounds good to me.
posted by gingerbeer at 9:42 PM on January 3, 2010


It's really not a bad walk from, say, the 16th Street BART to that area, either. The last time I did it I think it took about ten minutes.

I would LOVE to be in! I'm kicking myself for being trapped in finals mode for the Afroblanco meetup. Saturday works best for me.
posted by cobra_high_tigers at 10:11 PM on January 3, 2010


Not just yes but hell yes.

Not on Monday though, Monday = bad for me.
posted by Relay at 10:38 PM on January 3, 2010


I may be able to make it on a Thursday or Friday. I promise not to bring whole durians this time.

Asia SF? Eddie Rickenbacker's? Rye? Nihon Whiskey Lounge?

Writers With Drinks will be on at the Make-Out Room in the Mission on the 9th (Sat.). Katherine Kerr and some other writers will be there.
posted by benzenedream at 1:14 AM on January 4, 2010


How about bowling or ice skating at Yerba Buena?
posted by jasper411 at 9:38 AM on January 4, 2010


Hmm. This is true about the Orbit Room (not being so far off the beaten track - and we've had meetups at the Edinburgh Castle, which is not on BART either. See why I don't suggest places?).

Maybe we can Officially Meetup on Friday, and then get together (whoever wants to) on Saturday at Writers with Drinks - I think Officially MeetingUp at WWD might be hard because it's not like we can talk much, since people will be reading, and there's no good group area except past the bar, where the readings happen.

So, okay, I propose: Orbit Room, Friday January 8, 6 pm.

What say you, good mefites?
posted by rtha at 9:56 AM on January 4, 2010


That sounds awesome to me!
posted by little e at 10:15 AM on January 4, 2010


I second that emotion! 6 PM Friday is perfect for me, and I LOOOOVE the Orbit.
posted by liketitanic at 10:41 AM on January 4, 2010


thirded! go forth and sidebar it, rtha!
posted by special-k at 10:45 AM on January 4, 2010


I can't! little e has to!

little e, sidebar it!
posted by rtha at 10:52 AM on January 4, 2010


done, woohoo!
posted by little e at 11:05 AM on January 4, 2010


Will be there.
posted by Relay at 12:05 PM on January 4, 2010


I will make an appearance at the Orbit Room, Friday January 8, 6 pm.
posted by jsavimbi at 3:48 PM on January 4, 2010


I can do that - would love to actually.
posted by Poet_Lariat at 5:16 PM on January 4, 2010


I've ubersucked at getting to meetups recently, and shall attend this one!
posted by potch at 6:37 PM on January 4, 2010


This is probably going to sound really, really dumb; but how will I know who is a MeFite when I (finally) show up at a meet-up?
posted by Pecinpah at 5:22 PM on January 5, 2010


This is probably going to sound really, really dumb; but how will I know who is a MeFite when I (finally) show up at a meet-up?

Not a dumb question at all. Most of the time you'll just be able to guess but you could always approach a group and ask "Are you friends with Mathowie?" or "Is this Jessamyn's birthday party?"
It's also very likely that someone will be wearing a Mefi shirt.
posted by special-k at 5:47 PM on January 5, 2010


We are also all exceptionally good-looking. So look for a bunch of really gorgeous people - that's us.

(But maybe this time I'll just bring a sign.)
posted by rtha at 6:26 PM on January 5, 2010


Or you could look through some of the photos from the cortex meetup, which are mostly well-labeled, I believe, so you can see who's who.
posted by rtha at 6:29 PM on January 5, 2010


I look like the pic in my profile. Except 15 years older. With less hairspray. I've yet to pack, so I make no promises regarding the presence or absence of lamé. Perhaps more helpfully, I don't mind mefi mailing my phone number to anyone who's worried about finding us.
posted by little e at 7:34 PM on January 5, 2010


We are also all exceptionally good-looking.

Yeah, speak for yourself rtha.
posted by Relay at 11:54 PM on January 5, 2010


The Orbit Room will do nicely for this girly-drink drunk. Mmmm, Pimm's Cup.
posted by benzenedream at 12:51 AM on January 6, 2010


gah...the mountains are calling me. If I can reserve a cabin, I am off tomorrow and will def. miss the meetup. :(
posted by special-k at 10:42 AM on January 6, 2010


Noooooo!!!

Well, okay. There'll be other meetups.

Maybe.

(Actually, a friend just got back from Tahoe and he said it was AMAZING - the skiing was great, everything was great, so, yeah, go play with your mountain friends. We'll just sit around in a bar and tell untrue stories about you! Ha!)
posted by rtha at 10:51 AM on January 6, 2010


I shall attend. See you all there!
posted by Afroblanco at 1:27 PM on January 6, 2010


I'm in. Let's do this.
posted by clorox at 1:50 PM on January 6, 2010


Sorry rtha (also sad I wont meet little e).

Next time, fo sho.
posted by special-k at 2:32 PM on January 6, 2010


Well my tahoe plans turned into sunday-only plans so I'm totally going to be there, drinking girly drinks!
posted by aubilenon at 7:49 PM on January 6, 2010


I'm about to fly to SFO to visit family, so there is a slim chance I'll crash the meetup. DC represent!
posted by exogenous at 6:28 AM on January 7, 2010


Ooh, I would come but I haven't seen my Scrabble nerd friends in weeks and they're having a game on Friday. Next meetup!
posted by needs more cowbell at 10:08 PM on January 7, 2010


If anybody wants my cell phone number, memail me.
posted by rtha at 6:56 AM on January 8, 2010


I'll be there for a bit.
posted by esprit de l'escalier at 1:56 PM on January 8, 2010


I somehow just became aware of this. I'm just getting over a horrible cold, but I have to walk the dogcow anyway, so perhaps we'll stop by and wave or something,
posted by trip and a half at 2:03 PM on January 8, 2010


dogcow!
posted by rtha at 2:27 PM on January 8, 2010


On my way.
posted by rtha at 5:27 PM on January 8, 2010


I'm here. Black shirt with polka dots, denim skirt, towards the back.
posted by little e at 5:52 PM on January 8, 2010


I'm on the way...
posted by Pronoiac at 6:05 PM on January 8, 2010


Now several of us, second table from the back
posted by little e at 6:11 PM on January 8, 2010


dogcow and I are leaving soon. Keep an eye out the window. Come out and say 'hi' if you feel like it. (I don't think dogcow is allowed inside, so we'll be IRL lurkers!)
posted by trip and a half at 6:14 PM on January 8, 2010


On the N-Judah, on my way. There soonish. Grey sweaterhoodie, big stompy boots, purple streaks in hair, extremely nervous.
posted by mollymayhem at 6:17 PM on January 8, 2010


Oh damn, in the line for the bathroom. Drunk.Have been
strongly advised to drink
h2o next.
posted by mollymayhem at 7:48 PM on January 8, 2010


Was handed a drink with gingerbeer. All is well. Meetup rocks on.
posted by gingerbeer at 8:18 PM on January 8, 2010


so wish I was there.
posted by special-k at 8:23 PM on January 8, 2010


We wish you were here too, special-k.
posted by gingerbeer at 8:44 PM on January 8, 2010


I would have come up earlier, but some other friends had called dibs, so I had to stay. But I would totally be willing to make the trip up right now if I had some assurance that people will still be there in an hour when I arrive. How's it looking? Hit me up on Twitter!
posted by sambosambo at 10:35 PM on January 8, 2010


What do you want to bet that the guy in the corner on his MacBook was actually a well-known MeFite who didn't have the nerve to actually introduce himself?

Either that or he was reading porn.
posted by Afroblanco at 1:40 AM on January 9, 2010


Back in my day mefites used to party until the bar closed down. Guess meetups have changed a bit since the 00's.
posted by sambosambo at 1:57 AM on January 9, 2010


But then again, I did give a cigarette to some chick who paid me back with a kiss which I'm pretty sure is the most action I've ever gotten at a meetup, so... BEST. MEETUP. EVER!!
posted by sambosambo at 2:38 AM on January 9, 2010


Sorry we missed you sambo. That was a fun meetup. Best charts and graphs for sure!
posted by gingerbeer at 8:29 AM on January 9, 2010


That was fun! mollymahem, hope you drank some water. little e, hope we didn't scare you away from SF. Everybody, let's do this again soon! More charts and graphs!
posted by rtha at 8:33 AM on January 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


I went to a metafilter meetup and all I got was this lousy spouse. (Note to Pronoiac: You are not actually lousy, but rad.)

I did drink some water, thanks. I'm in pretty decent shape this morning, surprisingly...

I had a really fantastic time. Thanks everyone!
posted by mollymayhem at 9:20 AM on January 9, 2010


We did the obligatory post-bar burrito crawl afterwards, so I feel we successfully introduced little e to a small part of SF culture. Nice meeting everyone!
posted by benzenedream at 10:57 AM on January 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


That was fun!

You're pretty cool too, molly.

For all my taunting about your early morning, I got up relatively early - I'm flailing about at recovering lost Askme comments & beanplating & oh hey did I just crash my browser again
posted by Pronoiac at 10:59 AM on January 9, 2010


Well I,for one, had a pretty damn great time.

Yes, again, please.

And thanks to all of you!
posted by Relay at 11:16 AM on January 9, 2010


We only put in an early cameo appearance, but the dogcow and I had fun, too! Sorry we missed everyone we missed. (Please link to charts and graphs.)
posted by trip and a half at 11:55 AM on January 9, 2010


Fun had, photos posted!

I guess I got there too late to meet trip and a half and ... Clarus?

Is the guy who I can't remember if it's clorox clorox?
posted by aubilenon at 1:23 PM on January 9, 2010


That's not clorox, but gingerbeer's friend & co-worker, who doesn't have an account yet.
posted by Pronoiac at 2:20 PM on January 9, 2010


Ah, ok! I thought that from the picture, but I also thought I had taken a picture of clorox, and that was the only one I couldn't put a name to. (guy in picture: if/when you make an account and want the caption updated, memail me)
posted by aubilenon at 2:33 PM on January 9, 2010


Roll call -

Pictured:
little e, The Guest of Awesome
Afroblanco, needs banhammer
benzenedream, misleads with log-log paper
gingerbeer, calls out misleading graphs & shouts out hugs
mollymayhem, who was fun to hang out with
pronoiac, who I've heard is cool
radicarian, who thinks log paper is geekier than hex paper
Relay
rtha
ryanrs

Not pictured:
aubilenon, who had the camera
clorox, who reminded me of Jarvis Cocker
esprit de l'escalier
jasper411
liketitanic, who suggested the Orbit room
trip and a half, and his dogcow
... & possibly others. Did jsavimbi or potch make it?

and there goes my attention span.
posted by Pronoiac at 2:58 PM on January 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oops -- I thought the 8th was today (Saturday). Next time, I swear.
posted by UrineSoakedRube at 4:14 PM on January 9, 2010


Love the photos. I think this one is my favorite.
posted by rtha at 4:19 PM on January 9, 2010


We gotz shoutoutz!! *grabs dogcow - faints*

Also, way to raise the bar for meetup charts and graphs! I'm impressed. Looks like everybody had a swell time.
posted by trip and a half at 4:26 PM on January 9, 2010


wut? No shoutout for me? Ok, I might just not return to your land of fog and good burritos!

(bummed that I missed you all.)
posted by iamkimiam at 5:06 PM on January 9, 2010


My coworker has now been to three meetups. I think I need to buy him an account of his very own.
posted by gingerbeer at 5:31 PM on January 9, 2010


Yeah, he totally needs one.
posted by special-k at 5:34 PM on January 9, 2010


Super awesome fun. Good to meet you all! Let's do it again in a couple of months if I end up back here for interviews.
posted by little e at 9:51 PM on January 9, 2010


Ah, crap! I missed another meetup. I need a freaking secretary.
posted by serazin at 10:45 PM on January 9, 2010


I like to think I'm more of a Buddy Holly than a Jarvis Cocker.

Had a good time, though I was a little out of it. See you all next time!
posted by clorox at 10:55 PM on January 9, 2010


I like to think I'm more of a Buddy Holly than a Jarvis Cocker.

I was going to say you struck me as an up beat Ian Curtis, but that's just me.

Charts and graphs?! How the hell did I miss out on charts and graphs?
posted by Relay at 11:21 PM on January 9, 2010


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