Pizza that ate Chicago April 20, 2010 8:51 PM   Subscribe

I know Chicago has meetups approximately every half-hour, but for reasons of convenience and terrible awkward crippling fear of people I've never made it to one.

Kskomsvold needs to be fed Pequod's pizza, which crush-onastick likes, and adamdschneider wants to come. Someone rush in here to save me further embarrassment and arrange this damn thing.
posted by shakespeherian to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:51 PM (1351 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

Guys, meet up, and treasure your pizza. I moved a year ago and figured I'd miss the Italian beef and hot dogs. But I had no idea pizza was so shitty outside of Chicago.

I'm almost tempted to pay the ridiculous prices Lou Malnati's charges to ship that stuff across the country at this point. And I miss the Rosati's square-cut thin crust stuff, too, actually.

So, I exhort you! Get together and cherish your pizza superiority!
posted by ignignokt at 9:11 PM on April 20, 2010


Yes, do. Los Angeles is a pizza wasteland. Hell, eat two for me personally.
posted by mykescipark at 9:40 PM on April 20, 2010


You know, for all my love of Chicago pizza, I've never eaten at Pequod's.

Last week I happened to be talking about pizza with my dad, a seasoned judge of deep-dish, thin crust, and calzones, and I mentioned this lack, and I asked him if Pequod's lived up to all that I'd heard about it.

He needed a moment to compose an answer. "Understand," he said slowly, "that your first bite will not redefine pizza for you. But you'll realize, as your fork proceeds, that that's only because something very like this had been your definition of good pizza all along. After that, fine deep-dish from anywhere will always have something of Pequod's about it. Its goodness is elemental."

So: yeah, I would definitely be up for a Pequod's meetup. This week or next?
posted by Iridic at 10:29 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


If we can somehow weasel this into the first couple days of May, I will have just returned to the states after eight months in Italy.
You would think that after eight months in Italy, I would not be interested in more pizza.
You would be wrong.
posted by daniel striped tiger at 1:13 AM on April 21, 2010


I can do the first couple days of May. Should this be a weekend- or non-weekend-type thing?
posted by shakespeherian at 6:28 AM on April 21, 2010


Aww man, I'll be out of town May 1-9. Eat some pizza for me!!
posted by misskaz at 6:30 AM on April 21, 2010


Pequod's is good; I like how they burn the crust.

ignignokt: road trip to New Haven, go get a pie at Sally's, Pepe's, the Spot, or Bar.
posted by jtron at 6:33 AM on April 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


If Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday anytime from here to June I am so in.
posted by Tchad at 6:46 AM on April 21, 2010


I'm down with this. Pretty much any day of the week is good.
posted by Kskomsvold at 7:02 AM on April 21, 2010


Well, as it happens, your regularly scheduled MeFiChi Meetup is two weeks from today. I've got no problem with a venue change, even though the non-existant CC is generally more in favor of additional meetups rather than relocated ones. Honestly, I'm cool with two meetups too.

On preview: But that's not going to work for Tchad, so maybe an additional meetup is the better way of going about it? Or we could have the monthly on Tuesday the 4th or Thursday the 6th at Pequod's?

On reflection: So all it took to bring all of you non-meetuping Chicago folk outta the woodwork was some breaded cheese pie? You've got no idea half of the ROCK we've got waiting at our meetups. COME ON.
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:04 AM on April 21, 2010


Like, cocaine, you mean?
posted by shakespeherian at 7:10 AM on April 21, 2010


sshhhhhhhhh ixnay on the o-cain-ay.
posted by readery at 7:24 AM on April 21, 2010


I am in. Can't do this weekend, but I could do next Sunday (out of town Thurs-Sat). I am also down for a weeknight just about any night.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:42 AM on April 21, 2010


Wednesday the 5th is the ONLY free night I have the first week of May. the latter half of the next two weeks are reasonably open for me. But for an anti-social freak, I am shockingly likely to find that's no longer true between now and then.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:56 AM on April 21, 2010


I've never been to Pequod's, so I will come if its on a workable weeknight or weekend.
posted by lholladay at 8:18 AM on April 21, 2010


I am so likely going to make a strong effort to make the time to hopefully come.
posted by Green With You at 8:51 AM on April 21, 2010


Geez, guess I need to drive to Chicago just for a meetup...
posted by Drasher at 9:28 AM on April 21, 2010


I've never been to a meetup. Sounds awesome!
posted by georg_cantor at 10:21 AM on April 21, 2010


I thought rock was crack? Because that's what we have at our meetups. Crack. Lots.

I propose the following:

Wednesday, May 5th
Regular Meetup
Billy Goat
6ish-wheneverish

Thursday, May 20th
SPECIAL EXTRA PIZZA MEETUP
Pequod's
6ish?

Yay? Nay? We could also, I suppose, move the pizza meetup (pizmeetzup? (no.)) sooner than that, just trying to pick a time that worked with everyone's schedules above.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:58 AM on April 21, 2010


I second the motion made by my honorable colleague, SpiffyRob.
posted by crush-onastick at 11:37 AM on April 21, 2010


This sounds good to me, and I am obviously the only one who matters.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:39 AM on April 21, 2010


Yay.

though I'm slightly offended that I've never been told of the crack (lots or otherwise)

Thursdays generally aren't free for me, but leaving work on the first Wednesday of the month without, at least, swinging by the Goat seems pretty unlikely, if not unfathomable.

And if Thursday is free, pizza is always a good idea if you'd like my company (let that be a tip or a warning).
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:42 AM on April 21, 2010


Thursday May 20th could also pretty easily become Tuesday May 18th, if that was better/no worse.

And Mike, the crack was HOVER FOR SPOILER!
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:53 AM on April 21, 2010


Thursday May 20th could also pretty easily become Tuesday May 18th, if that was better/no worse.

If I try to drag my wife to meet a bunch of nerds on LOST night, I may never get the chance to tell everyone what taters really are.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:02 PM on April 21, 2010


If you would like a CCPP on TUESDAY, MAY 18th, favorite this comment.
posted by eamondaly at 12:43 PM on April 21, 2010 [13 favorites]


If you would like a CCPP on THURSDAY, MAY 20th, favorite this comment.
posted by eamondaly at 12:43 PM on April 21, 2010 [15 favorites]


Vote for both if you can make both. Don't vote if you can't make either.
posted by eamondaly at 12:44 PM on April 21, 2010


Both can either for if make vote you can't. Don't.
posted by eamondaly at 12:49 PM on April 21, 2010 [3 favorites]


Oh, right. I'm not coming if it's on Tuesday either. Don't know what I was thinking.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:55 PM on April 21, 2010


SpiffyRob: "On reflection: So all it took to bring all of you non-meetuping Chicago folk outta the woodwork was some breaded cheese pie? You've got no idea half of the ROCK we've got waiting at our meetups. COME ON."

No, for me it would take Giordano's breaded cheese pie, and MissKaz not being out of town who is on the Grand List of Mefites I Want To Meet. And as many other members of TCC* showing up as possible. I can't drive to Chicago every month. Well, I could, but it would get really expensive.

*TINCC
posted by IndigoRain at 8:42 PM on April 21, 2010


Okay, just in case it wasn't clear, I was kidding - I would go to the Billy Goat. But I really do love Giordano's.
posted by IndigoRain at 10:59 PM on April 21, 2010


Hey, IndigoRain! My grandpa came to Chicago from Indiana EVERY DAY for years! Uphill! in the snow! For work as an accountant in a suit! And he didn't get any pizza for it!!!! OR tiny beers, or whiskeys in thimbles, which he would have enjoyed.

ahem But we'd love to have you. If you ever do get to the City, we'll meet up for you. Of course, we meet up in honor of Wednesdays, so make of it what you will.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:01 AM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Every MeFite is on the Grand List of MeFites I Want to Meet. I <3 you all.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:03 AM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Well, mostly.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:03 AM on April 22, 2010


If you think eamondaly creates meetup votes because he BELIEVES IN DEMOCRACY AND GETTING DECISIONS MADE, favorite this comment.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:17 AM on April 22, 2010



If you think eamondaly creates meetup votes because he IS HOARDING HIS FAVORITES SO HE CAN TRADE THEM IN FOR A PRIZE, favorite this comment.

posted by SpiffyRob at 11:17 AM on April 22, 2010 [3 favorites]


If you think SpiffyRob is totally jumping on the favorites hoarding bandwagon, favorite this comment. If you do not think this, go pound sand.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:53 AM on April 22, 2010


Indigo Rain, just tell me when you're going to man up and drive up here, and I'll be there. Because we all know I'm the only TCC member that really matters. Because I am awesome.

I can do either. I just want someone to decide, because I'm somewhat compulsive about my Google Calender and I really want to enter in a pizza date, here.
posted by Juliet Banana at 12:01 PM on April 22, 2010


Actually, wait, can we have it on the 18th, please? Because The Chainlink has their meetups on the third Thursday of the month and I like those meetups better because it's totally socially acceptable to show up panting, thirsty, pink-faced, sweaty, and smelling kind of bad.

Not that I don't show up like that to the Meta Meetups, anyway.

And yes, I am cheating on you all with another website that likes to meet up in dive bars and drink. What can I say? Hipster bike nerds wear tighter pants and buy me more drinks.
posted by Juliet Banana at 12:11 PM on April 22, 2010


*makes note to get tighter pants*
posted by adamdschneider at 12:14 PM on April 22, 2010


Maybe more people would buy you drinks if you didn't call them assholes twice before they had a chance to sit down, JB.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:13 PM on April 22, 2010


I am what you'd call RUTHLESSLY EFFICIENT.
posted by eamondaly at 1:49 PM on April 22, 2010


LAST CALL FOR VOTES. Speak up or forever miss out on whales with panties on their heads.
posted by eamondaly at 1:50 PM on April 22, 2010


Haha Juliet Banana, I know you're awesome. I have a bag of jewelry for you to go through too lol.

All right all right, where's the parking around this pizza place? Is there any free parking nearby?

But you guys all totally have to get on the train and ride out here sometime. We could go to the dunes.

Yeah adam, the entire CC* is pretty much on my list of people I want to meet.

*TINCC
posted by IndigoRain at 6:52 PM on April 22, 2010


May's MonthlyMefiMichAveMeetup will be May 5th at 6pm, Billy Goat Tavern on (under) Michigan Avenue. Be there or be [].
posted by eamondaly at 8:12 AM on April 23, 2010


It occurs to me that the proposed CC*PP is four weeks away, so unless there are any objections we'll keep the voting open for another week or two. A lot can change in a month.
posted by eamondaly at 8:16 AM on April 23, 2010


Man, we're only 9 days away from the MMMAM, folks. Let's hear a little chatter! I'll turn my baseball cap inside out, hold my baseball cap by the brim and shake the hat part like I'm panhandling, blow up some gum and stick it on an unsuspecting neighbor's baseball cap, whatever. Really, I'll do anything so long as it keeps this rally alive and involves baseball caps.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:52 PM on April 26, 2010


Oh! And! I just discovered that my company's blood drive is taking place that same day, so I'll be getting drunk even FASTER off of tiny beers. Because I know that's what everyone always says about me: "i think spiffyrob is a pretty cool guy. eh gives bolod and isn't get drunk fast enough."
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:56 PM on April 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Vaya con Dios.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:34 PM on April 26, 2010


ay...batter....


Nope, sorry SpiffyRob, I'd do just about anything for you but even virtually, I sound ridiculous makin' chatter.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:37 PM on April 26, 2010


I think Billy Goat is a pretty cool guy. eh frustrates cubbs' chapionship ambitions and doesnt afraid of anything.
posted by Iridic at 3:00 PM on April 26, 2010


I think pretty cool guy is a pretty cool guy. eh kills grammer and doesnt afraid of anything.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:45 PM on April 26, 2010


I think Payne is a pretty cool guy. eh gives us tiny beers and doesn't afraid of the Green Line.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:41 AM on April 27, 2010


I feel drunk already, how confused I am by this banter. Also, is it time for the drunkening yet?
posted by crush-onastick at 8:18 AM on April 27, 2010


Oh, god, not the drunkening again....

I mean, oh, boy, the drunkening again!!!
posted by eriko at 11:23 AM on April 27, 2010


Well I don't know if it will help me or not but I found this free app for Chicago parking. (Warning: Unless you have a Greasemonkey script to prevent it, this will launch iTunes.)
posted by IndigoRain at 11:52 AM on April 27, 2010


P.S. Which Pequod's location were we considering?
posted by IndigoRain at 12:05 PM on April 27, 2010


I just assumed the Clyborn one. I can't imagine there'd be a ton of support for a meetup in Morton Grove.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:17 PM on April 27, 2010


Yelp Link.

[NOT MORTONGROVE-IST]
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:17 PM on April 27, 2010


Yeah definitely Lincoln Park (or whatever neighborhood that technically is).
posted by shakespeherian at 12:17 PM on April 27, 2010


I love Pequod's but I've always been a bit turned off by the whole whale-with-panties-on-its-head thing.
posted by georg_cantor at 1:57 PM on April 27, 2010


By the way, Pequod's is two blocks from the Red Line (at Fullerton), the Purple and Brown Lines (at Armitage), and both the Metra North and Northwest Lines (at Clybourn).
posted by eamondaly at 4:34 PM on April 27, 2010


How was the pizza?

I share georg_cantor's uneasiness with Pequod's gimmick. It makes me think of whalers headed out to sea, harpooning great white gobs of mozzarella, tankards of red sauce below decks. And that leads to thinking about making scrimshaw from old crusts and then the whole day's gone, just gone.

ps if in Avondale/Hermosa/Logan Square, "Mom's" is some of the better pie I've had since moving here
posted by jtron at 7:27 AM on April 28, 2010


How was the pizza?

I have come from the future to tell you:

It will have been delicious.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:46 AM on April 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


adam, we're not on speaking terms until you apologize for what you're going to have done at the CC*PP.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:35 AM on April 28, 2010


I hereby apologize for every stupid, boneheaded, tone deaf, embarassing and/or offensive thing I have ever done, am doing now, will ever do and will ever have done in the past, present, future or any combination thereof. For real. You guys are the best, but sometimes I just can't help putting my foot/fist into my/someone else's mouth. Though I do try my hardest.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:27 AM on April 28, 2010


You're going to owe me $40 for that thing, so you might as well pay up now.
posted by eamondaly at 11:59 AM on April 28, 2010


Time travel is hard.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:38 PM on April 28, 2010


Speaking of time travel, I'll be there starting Thursday the 6th. Hopefully adamdschneider can help a sister out.
posted by pomegranate at 11:23 AM on April 29, 2010


The master of time travel should have brought us all to Wednesday already.
posted by crush-onastick at 3:49 PM on April 29, 2010


I've been there and back three times and am now too drunk to take anyone else. Cuidado, indeed.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:01 PM on April 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


On a non-meetup-related note: Daaaaaamn is it nice out today. Adam: If your traveling abilities allow you to traverse not just time but also space, I suggest you briefly (but, given the temporal shifting, probably not a problem) head back from SF to check it out. Also: Bring me back a burrito.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:22 PM on April 30, 2010


Daaaaaamn is it nice out today.

Apparently the weekend is prepared to punish us for enjoying it, though.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:24 PM on April 30, 2010


SpiffyRob: "Oh! And! I just discovered that my company's blood drive is taking place that same day, so I'll be getting drunk even FASTER off of tiny beers."

Dude, I will totally try to give blood that day to be in light-headed solidarity with you. I used to be so good about doing that every 2 months.
posted by kitarra at 9:09 PM on April 30, 2010


The master of time travel should have brought us all to Wednesday already.

look, I've been busy on a commission, ok?
posted by jtron at 8:31 AM on May 1, 2010


Yay, it's tomorrow! Yay!
posted by Juliet Banana at 6:06 AM on May 4, 2010


I thought tomorrow was tomorrow?
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:42 AM on May 4, 2010


not when you're time-traveling. tomorrow can be any when, when you're time-traveling.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:23 AM on May 4, 2010


Tomorrow never comes.

Unless you're a time traveler.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:23 AM on May 4, 2010


i've always wondered, what is it that tomorrow never knows?
posted by crush-onastick at 8:41 AM on May 4, 2010


That tomorrow never dies.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:22 AM on May 4, 2010


Tomorrow Never Dies was the least essential of the Brosnan Bond films. How can you hire Ricky Jay and then not do anything with him?

Sure, Die Another Day was worse, but it was at least memorably insane.
posted by Iridic at 10:31 AM on May 4, 2010


GoldenEye was the only truly enjoyable Brosnan Bond film. I hope they haven't fallen into a pattern of delivering a good movie to introduce a new Bond, then following it with disappointing sequels, but the evidence is starting to come in.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:41 AM on May 4, 2010


Casino Royale and GoldenEye were both Martin Campbell jobs. Might that not be coincidence?
posted by Iridic at 11:36 AM on May 4, 2010


Possibly. On the other hand, he did No Escape.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:21 PM on May 4, 2010


GoldenEye is a movie? I just thought it was a fun way to shoot people on my Nintendo 64.

(This is just barely a joke. When I saw GoldenEye for the first time on HBO one restless Saturday somewhere I didn't have cable box/TiVo to tell me what the title of the movie I'd stumbled onto was, it took me a while to figure out why the plot seemed so familiar.)

Hope to see you all tomorrow.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:42 PM on May 4, 2010


The worst part of watching GoldenEye is that when Brosnan plays on Expert, he's only allowed to kill three scientists before he fails the mission and has to restart at the beginning.

Is it tomorrow yet?
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:56 PM on May 4, 2010


Oh man. Goldeneye. How I loved that little upstairs alcove on the multiplayer. The only place I could use the sniper zoom to good effect.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:21 PM on May 4, 2010


TOMORROW IS NOW

but tomorrow tomorrow I have free tickets to CINCO DE MONDO at the Congress, which is waaay closer to my house
posted by jtron at 2:46 PM on May 4, 2010


We played Temple so much in college that I eventually and unintentionally memorized the spawn order. License to Kill, Slappers Only: WHACK, run, run, stand...WHACK, etc.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:10 PM on May 4, 2010


I had free tickets to Cinco De Mondo too, but I gave them up just to hang with you people. How 'bout THAT?
posted by eamondaly at 5:19 PM on May 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


I gave up hanging out with a cute boy who buys me food and does tricks on his track bike. Since it has already been established that A) free shit and B) bike nerds are my favorite things ever, y'all should be hella flattered.
posted by Juliet Banana at 6:10 PM on May 4, 2010


If you can travel through time, you never have to give up anything.
posted by evisceratordeath at 6:54 PM on May 4, 2010


Yay, it's tomorrow today! Yay!
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:55 AM on May 5, 2010


I am actually going to make it to this one.
posted by Windigo at 7:45 AM on May 5, 2010


The SpiffyRob you know and love is gone. The SpiffyRob with less blood rises like a Phoenix from Arizona!
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:08 AM on May 5, 2010


If you can travel through time, you never have to give up anything.

Except your homeworld, and every other living member of your species. And the odd companion.
posted by lholladay at 9:55 AM on May 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


THIS SUMMER

Drunkenness...has an address.

Bloodless

Starring SpiffyRob

a Mike Campbell film.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:58 AM on May 5, 2010


I'm planning to hit up the amazing Xoco before heading to the meetup at around 6:30. Does anyone want me to pick them up something? For the record, I have been bringing outside food into the Billy Goat for months and it's never bothered them; Payne usually just asks where his sandwich is.

If you want me to pick you up something, pick something off the menu and A) text me at 312 - sevensevenfive - CAKE with your name and request or B) email me at the address in my profile. I would like to be reinbursed in cash upon delivery of your delicious torta, but there's an ATM in the Billy Goat and I'll have change.

Probably no one will want anything and I'll feel silly for typing this all up, but none of you are allowed to give me the stinkeye as I eat my delicious food in front of you. I offered.
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:06 AM on May 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


lholladay:
If you can travel through time, you never have to give up anything.

Except your homeworld, and every other living member of your species. And the odd companion.


But you get so much in return.

Like guilt. Lots and lots of soul crushing guilt that you hide under an armor of quirky wackiness.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:28 AM on May 5, 2010


Like the dude in the photo in this post. Dude's burden is crushing.
posted by evisceratordeath at 10:37 AM on May 5, 2010


It's gonna be tough, but I'm gonna swing by for a beer. And some time-travel tips.
posted by georg_cantor at 12:20 PM on May 5, 2010


JB: Bayless' grub sounds delicious, but (and this may be the lack of blood talking), I feel like it would be sacrilege to eat anything except doubles/triples or steak and egg. Do you find yourself delivering tortas often? Perhaps we could arrange something at a later date.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:36 PM on May 5, 2010


Oh, lord, am I tempted to get a pork belly torta. I will commit any sacrilege for the almighty pig.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:04 PM on May 5, 2010


adamdschneider: I will commit any sacrilege for the almighty pig.

That's what he said.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:34 PM on May 5, 2010


(Yeah, I don't know what that meant either - I think all this talk of time travel has made me drunk a few hours early.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:34 PM on May 5, 2010


That Xoco place looks awesome, but I am of the same mindset as Spiffyrob. I think I really must stop by there though and try one of those tortas (especially that Milanesa one).
posted by Windigo at 1:51 PM on May 5, 2010


Am I going to get kicked out the Chicago Cabal for admitting I've never eaten a steak and egg? TOO BAD, THERE IS NO CHICAGO CABAL.
posted by Juliet Banana at 2:19 PM on May 5, 2010


I'm still pissed at the Goat for ditching the chili.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:28 PM on May 5, 2010


I had planned to be there tonight, but it's not going to happen. I couldn't sleep at all Monday night, which means I'm crashing today. (I don't know why, but it always seems to skip a day for me.) Hopefully, June will not be a problem.
posted by WCityMike at 3:50 PM on May 5, 2010


June the mid-May pizza meetup
posted by WCityMike at 3:51 PM on May 5, 2010


I am failing at meetup right now.
posted by georg_cantor at 4:19 PM on May 5, 2010


Oh, man, this sandwich is fucking delicious. Y'all are missing out, here.
posted by Juliet Banana at 5:18 PM on May 5, 2010


Georg Cantor, I have no idea who you are but apparently everyone is sad that you aren't here. It only took two seconds of me showing them your post for the "awwww" to devolve to OMG IT'S AN iPAD.
posted by Juliet Banana at 6:00 PM on May 5, 2010


Hey Juliet-
Do me a favor and post an update if there is bong-talk. It's either that or I harass Eamon with dirty text messages.
posted by lholladay at 6:17 PM on May 5, 2010


Lholladay - We are discussing bongs VS hot knives. Good enough? Where are you?

In other news- I just admitted to being the author of a certain Anon AskMe. Faux pas?
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:43 PM on May 5, 2010


Had a late class. Might catch up with you on the northside.

And, we all knew it was you.
If the post was in any way serious or embarrassing I take that back. Hugs!
posted by lholladay at 7:51 PM on May 5, 2010


YOU DIDN'T TELL ME YOU WERE GOING TO BRING RICK BAYLESS FOOD! I am soooooo jealous and regretful that I didn't know the meetup was today... I was waiting for pizza... but XOCO?! I am dying to meet Rick!
posted by IndigoRain at 9:10 PM on May 5, 2010


So when is the Pequod's meetup? *mumbles about 70 mile drive through construction at rush hour*
posted by IndigoRain at 9:43 PM on May 5, 2010


Girl, if Rick Bayless was standing there just waiting to hang out with you as you waited for your Jamaica-Lemongrass Agua Fresca and Pork Belly Torta at Xoco, I would already be knocked up with his quarter-Mexican baby.
posted by Juliet Banana at 11:47 PM on May 5, 2010


Also: The Pequod's meet up is Tuesday. Officially. The votes win. Sidebar that shit.
posted by Juliet Banana at 11:49 PM on May 5, 2010


Photos?
posted by terrapin at 5:01 AM on May 6, 2010


I think I blew a vocal chord backup screaming on Wanted Dead or Alive. Great meetup.
posted by adamdschneider at 6:01 AM on May 6, 2010


Juliet, I asked him on Twitter if we can meet him, and he said if he's at the restaurant all you have to do is ask for him and he will come say hi.
posted by IndigoRain at 7:47 AM on May 6, 2010


P.S. The Xoco, Frontera, and Topolo kitchens are all linked in the back so that goes for him being at any of the 3 restaurants.
posted by IndigoRain at 7:48 AM on May 6, 2010


The Pequod's meetup is either 12 or 14 days away, and the voting is neck and neck. It seems like neither date is going to work for everyone, so, given that it's winning by a vote, I guess Tuesday is it? I'm not going to be going, as such, so someone who is should make the post.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:18 AM on May 6, 2010


Though it's worth mentioning that Tuesday doesn't work for shakespeherian, who raised the idea in the first place.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:20 AM on May 6, 2010


Though it's worth mentioning that Tuesday doesn't work for shakespeherian, who raised the idea in the first place.

That's no good.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:25 AM on May 6, 2010


I still have the Newsies stuck in my head. Now, though, it's being sung in a gravelly Batman voice. Which is kinda disturbing. The Christian Bale in my head needs to stick to one genre at a time...
posted by BevosAngryGhost at 8:51 AM on May 6, 2010


Though it's worth mentioning that Tuesday doesn't work for shakespeherian, who raised the idea in the first place.

I am a pretty big fish to land.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:58 AM on May 6, 2010


Ooh, that's a good point. Thursday it is.
posted by eamondaly at 9:04 AM on May 6, 2010


I won't be there, but pick a time and I'll sidebar it.
posted by eamondaly at 9:06 AM on May 6, 2010


Does 6pm work for everyone?
posted by shakespeherian at 9:23 AM on May 6, 2010


I should be there by 6:15.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:37 AM on May 6, 2010


All righty then. Sorry JB, but the CC*PP will be 6pm THURSDAY, MAY 20th at the world-famous Pequod's, Clybourn and Webster. Expect whales. And panties. And whales with panties. On their heads.
posted by eamondaly at 9:50 AM on May 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


If a picture paints a thousand words, hell I don't even know what analogy I'm going for, but damn, youse guys had some drinkening last night. My today self is very glad that my last night self left when I did.

Hope to see you all at Pequod's.
posted by readery at 9:52 AM on May 6, 2010


Glad it's Thursday, as Tuesday's the series finale of Lost ...
posted by WCityMike at 10:11 AM on May 6, 2010


Nah, the finale is the following Sunday for whatever reason.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:12 AM on May 6, 2010


Yeah, LOST is actually the driving force behind making on Thursday, in as much as shakespeherian said he wouldn't miss LOST for this. I wouldn't either, but I also don't matter. It is one of very, very few shows that I pretty much need to watch as it airs.

I'm also glad we're just gonna keep on using this thread for the second meetup. This thing is gonna be as long as a Palin thread by the time we're done.

I offer the following couplet, which I just wrote:

Goin' to Pequod's and I hope they don't cheat us
Or I'll blow off the doors like I was Frank Lapidus.

Kaboom.

Finally: JB. Blow off your biker friends. They only love you for your iPad. I'll wear tight pants, if that helps.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:21 AM on May 6, 2010


I'll be there Thursday the 20th, unless I'm still mean as a snake and twice as twisty. In which case I won't be. In either case, I will not have panties on my head.
posted by crush-onastick at 10:30 AM on May 6, 2010


JB, if it helps, I wear tight pants and am also a rare and elusive bird.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:32 AM on May 6, 2010


So, did anyone point out to eamondaly his doppleganger on the Wall of Fame?
posted by WCityMike at 10:46 AM on May 6, 2010


In either case, I will not have panties on my head.

Not at first, no.
posted by eamondaly at 11:12 AM on May 6, 2010


So, did anyone point out to eamondaly his doppleganger on the Wall of Fame?

Yup. He agreed that there was a frightening resemblance. Should've taken a picture of him standing next to it, in retrospect.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:12 PM on May 6, 2010


There may never be another opportunity.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:21 PM on May 6, 2010


We may do pizza.....it'll prolly be a spur-of-the-day decision.
posted by Windigo at 12:44 PM on May 6, 2010


Good times. Once again my half-assed efforts to take it easy did not prevail.

Also, photo link is borked for me. What gives?
posted by evisceratordeath at 1:51 PM on May 6, 2010


Damn, Thursday's a no-go for me. The LOST finale is Sunday, May 23rd, by the way.
posted by Bunglegirl at 2:00 PM on May 6, 2010


evisceratordeath, I re-added it. If you can't open it, though, you're not missing much: I just wanted to document the aftermath of our consumption.
posted by eamondaly at 2:24 PM on May 6, 2010


So, uh, coincidentally Thursday afternoon we'll be arriving in Chicago for a few days of desperate apartment-hunting. Although we're staying a ways afield up near Evanston, we might try to make it to the meet-up? If out-of-towners are invited? We're moving to Chicago in July, so making some friends might be nice.
posted by booknerd at 2:37 PM on May 6, 2010


Yeah, absolutely! Just take the Purple Line to Armitage. It's a half-mile walk northwest from there.
posted by eamondaly at 2:44 PM on May 6, 2010


Though be advised, booknerd: Your trip back to Evanston will take quite a bit longer, as the Purple Line won't be fully running anymore, so you'll have to take the Brown to Belmont, switch to the Red, take that to Howard, then take a Purple back home. Totally doable, and I'll be happy to repeat those instructions at the time of, it'll just add 45 minutes or so to the trip. But don't let that discourage you!
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:59 PM on May 6, 2010


You can just get off at Fullerton and back on there for the trip back. It's a little longer going Red to Purple, but honestly not much. The Purple Line just isn't that fast. Since Pequod's is equidistant from Fullerton and Armitage, it just makes sense to get off one stop sooner, plus then you only need two trains, not three.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:13 PM on May 6, 2010


You should go, Booknerd!

(And I suggest the Edgewater/Andersonville area for an apartment. Just sayin')
posted by Windigo at 4:44 PM on May 6, 2010


PS.....what sort of apartment you looking for?
posted by Windigo at 4:46 PM on May 6, 2010


I've missed too many Chicago meetups so I'm going to try hard to make this extraveganza. It would be very helpful to me if I could crash at someone's place (and hopefully store my car nearby for not a lot of money). It isn't necessary, but I just don't like driving late at night for 1.5 hours. I will buy you drinks in return! Otherwise, I hope to see you all (again in some cases) on the 20th.
posted by Green With You at 5:52 PM on May 6, 2010


I will not miss the 20th. And I will try and drag a lurker friend along too.
posted by georg_cantor at 12:26 PM on May 7, 2010


We're looking for the sort of apartment that is pretty nice, big enough for two people and a big dog, and under ~$1200/month, with one parking spot and hardwood floors and on-site laundry somewhere. Also, within about a 30 minute public transit commute of Northwestern. So far we've been mostly looking in the Evanston and Rogers Park areas, since it seems like a lot of other places are a bit of a longer commute.

Oh, and it was sort of vague, but I was referring to the meet-up on the 20th. We fly into O'Hare in the afternoon that day, will apartment-hunt for a few days (and omg hopefully find and get approved for a place so I can quit stressing about this), and fly back to San Diego on the 23rd.
posted by booknerd at 9:04 AM on May 10, 2010


Ooh, check your MeMail, Booknerd. I think I know of an apartment that's close to what you describe.
posted by ignignokt at 12:24 PM on May 10, 2010


Is this the place to advertise an apartment soon-to-be for rent? 'Cause I have one, available August 1. (2 bed+office; big! sunny! free laundry! great 'hood! cute backyard!)

Missed the Goat due to work travel, but will be at pizza meetup. Whee.

booknerd, I've always had good luck with services like Chicago Apartment Finders and/or Apartment People when on that kind of apartment-hunt timeline. That said, I found our current apartment (see above) on Craigslist.
posted by misskaz at 12:37 PM on May 10, 2010


Yes, please, any and all upcoming apartments fitting my description can be directed to me! We could move in as late as August 1, or start paying rent as early as July 1. We've got an appointment with Apartment People on May 22, but I will definitely be checking out Chicago Apartment Fingers (in addition to my daily craig's list searching).
posted by booknerd at 1:22 PM on May 10, 2010


Wait, fingers?! Finders!
posted by booknerd at 1:35 PM on May 10, 2010


Apartment Fingers
posted by shakespeherian at 1:37 PM on May 10, 2010


Since we're following up on stuff, the aforementioned Gold Pyramid House.
posted by eamondaly at 1:48 PM on May 10, 2010


I think I found a good plan to avoid needing to to crash at someone's place.

At around 5pm park near Irving and Ravenswood which is free except for a few hours in the morning (last time I parked near there). Take #9 Bus from Irving and Ashland to Clybourne and Ashland. Walk a few blocks to Pequod's! The bus operates until late and if I miss it I can take a taxi back to my car and still be home before 2am absolute worst case. Or my car gets towed. Or dying. Dying would definitely be worst case.
posted by Green With You at 6:17 PM on May 10, 2010


There are worse things than death, my friend. You could be subsumed into the putrid, never-dying flesh of Pequodthulhu, for one.
posted by adamdschneider at 6:59 PM on May 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wait, what? I'm pretty sure there's parking behind Pequod's. If not, there are a million side streets in and around there. In an emergency, metered parking ends at 9pm, which would probably still be cheaper than two trips on a bus.
posted by eamondaly at 9:07 PM on May 10, 2010


But... But... I'll get lost if I don't know where I am or where I'm going!

I suppose I can risk it and find parking near Pequod's. My main worry was I wouldn't be able to find out where to go, but of course I have blackberry and I have a portable GPS so I can't get too lost.

Pequodthulhu here I come!
posted by Green With You at 8:45 PM on May 11, 2010


Ooh hey. As it happens, I'll be in Chicago that day with no other plans. I'm not from Chicago, and I don't really know anyone, but I hope to make it.
posted by Eumachia L F at 2:12 AM on May 12, 2010


Don't let not knowing anyone stop you. We were all in that boat, once upon a time. Consider the timing a sign from the gods and come out for some great pizza.
posted by adamdschneider at 6:26 AM on May 12, 2010


Agreed, not knowing anyone should never stop anyone from going to a meet-up. Everybody is totally nice to you the first time around or until they figure how much shit stuff you can take.

After that, it's all downhill from there.

(kidding...mostly)

posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:33 AM on May 12, 2010


Yes, come! We can face the elder pizza gods together.
posted by Green With You at 6:02 PM on May 12, 2010


Since we're following up on stuff, the aforementioned Gold Pyramid House.
posted by eamondaly


I told you; you say when and we're there. Yay for bizarre roadside attractions!
posted by Windigo at 8:57 PM on May 12, 2010


Yay! I have consistently missed these when in Chicago, and when in Paris, and when in Berlin. So now, I attempt to make good on my MeFiness and show my ass up. Show up my ass. Show up, my ass. Hmm, there's no good way to bring these two expressions together.

Anyway, I'll be there, yo. Look for the boy with bright violet hair.
posted by LMGM at 10:36 PM on May 12, 2010


P-I-Z-Z-A
Pizza! Pizza!
Hooray!

Is it next week yet?

Please begin discussion of Next Week Never Dies.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:51 PM on May 13, 2010


I would also like to point out that, as my home is in the delivery range of Pequod's, it would be very useful for people to come up with stunning combinations of toppings that I can order in the future.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:01 PM on May 13, 2010


We're moving the party to shakespeherian's house!

Note: We are *not* moving the party to shakespeherian's house.
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:12 PM on May 13, 2010


We could do that, but everyone after the fourth to show up would have to wait outside for more room.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:25 PM on May 13, 2010


PARTY IN SHAKESPEHERIAN'S DOORWAY.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:43 PM on May 13, 2010


LET'S DO IT

IT IS A FAIRLY LARGE DOORWAY
posted by shakespeherian at 2:48 PM on May 13, 2010 [4 favorites]


Whoooo! Hallway party!
posted by crush-onastick at 6:48 PM on May 13, 2010


DOOR IN SHAKESPHERIAN'S PARTYWAY!
posted by WCityMike at 10:13 PM on May 13, 2010


Days later, shakespeherian's comment continues to make me laugh.
posted by eamondaly at 7:40 PM on May 16, 2010


Hey, I'm going to get there a little late. Are we going to order right away, or have a couple of beers as the stragglers roll in? I'm thinking I'll be there around 6:30pm.
posted by LMGM at 6:13 PM on May 17, 2010


I'm sure it'll be quite leisurely. I myself will not be there until probably 6:15 or so.
posted by adamdschneider at 6:41 PM on May 17, 2010


My agoraphobic stranger-interaction-dread has started early. Someone tell me soothing stories so I still show up.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:42 AM on May 18, 2010


I don't have soothing stories, but we're still planning to come after we go see ignignokt's awesome-looking apartment. This will be our prelude-meetup since we're moving to Chicago in July. I've lived in San Diego my entire life and I'm terribly shy and really nervous about making new friends in a big city. Having another San Diegan there would be very nice, so please come, shakespeherian.
posted by booknerd at 9:14 AM on May 18, 2010


shakespeherian, if it helps, you should study this picture (I'm in the blue and black striped shirt, looking freakishly tan) to figure out what I look like, and then as soon as you see me, flip me the bird. This simple gesture will: 1. Instantly make you a member of the CC*, as everybody flips me the bird thanks to eamondaly. 2. Show your dominance over me. I won't even be offended! Just dominated!

*TINCC
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:27 AM on May 18, 2010


My agoraphobic stranger-interaction-dread

I used to suffer from this very same thing. Just imagine you're out for a walk. Hey, how about going into this pizza place? Hey, look there's a bunch of people here, and they're all happy to see you. Huzzah!
posted by adamdschneider at 11:31 AM on May 18, 2010


I will be on the lookout for a large group of nerds gathered in apparent worship around one of their number who has been granted, by God's great mercy, a tan.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:35 AM on May 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


I don't live far. I could bring a door. Would this help the party?

Or are we looking for doorways only? 'Cause I'm not bringing one of those. Mostly because I'm not speaking to mine. We had words when moving the couch.
posted by BevosAngryGhost at 12:06 PM on May 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ooo, it helps to refresh the page. Now I just sound out of place...unless I'm a time traveler from yesterday.

HEY EVERYONE! FIREFOX IS A TIME MACHINE!
posted by BevosAngryGhost at 12:09 PM on May 18, 2010


So that picture was in last August, when I was much tanner. I am not as tan now. It would be... difficult... to get a full summer's worth of tanning into the next 48 hours. But I want to be recognizable/worshiped.

I'll let you know how it goes.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:34 PM on May 18, 2010


Start sleeping in a tanning bed. Also, sleep for the next 48 hours.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:37 PM on May 18, 2010


I want to be recognizable/worshiped.

I'm your new god.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:43 PM on May 18, 2010


I just want to know what kind of color-blindness it is when someone says a clearly plaid or checkered shirt is striped.

*flips SpiffyRob the bird*
posted by misskaz at 1:54 PM on May 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


It is a shirt with stripes. Hence, it is a striped shirt.

/closes tanning bed.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:59 PM on May 18, 2010


If you wear the striped shirt in the tanning bed your chest will get all stripey.




So do that.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:05 PM on May 18, 2010


On a more serious note, it probably is a checkered shirt, but that didn't seem right when I typed it, so I went with striped. Maybe I'll wear it on Thursday and we can talk about it all night!
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:00 PM on May 18, 2010


I can hardly imagine a more interesting topic of conversation than your shirt.
posted by adamdschneider at 6:56 PM on May 18, 2010


Crosshatched, perhaps?

In retrospect I am ok with the fact we didn't have the meet up tonight because I scored a free pie from Lou Malnati's today and eating a twenty pound slice of deep dish for lunch, eating dinner at Pequod's, and then eating deep dish every day for lunch for a week might make me hate pizza forever.

I still wonder why Eamon hates democracy, though.
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:47 PM on May 18, 2010


TINCD.
posted by eamondaly at 10:05 PM on May 18, 2010


shakespeherian, what if I promise to be the most awkward person there? I'm up for a challenge.

Alternately, we could conduct the entire meetup in a darkroom.
posted by LMGM at 6:40 AM on May 19, 2010


Ha! Most awkward person there? I have an degree in creative writing.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:48 AM on May 19, 2010


Fortunately, total darkness dining never took hold in Chicago. I'm simply not cool enough for that experience.

But, hey, I have an enlarger, if you mean the other sort of darkroom. But you can't eat pizza off my developer trays. Cause that's gross. And probably toxic.
posted by crush-onastick at 6:49 AM on May 19, 2010


nono, I meant the other kind of darkroom, NUDGE NUDGE.

shakey, dear, I'm a grad student at UofC. I know from awkward. I'm pretty sure it's our main export.
posted by LMGM at 6:53 AM on May 19, 2010


In college, one of my roommates played an ocarina next to the science building because he thought it would attract women.

Let me tell you some things about awkward.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:58 AM on May 19, 2010


I cannot wait to watch you two awkward it out. I will watch with an awkward face, but will also be ashamed at how much less awkward my face is, which will make things more awkward, but again, still not awkward enough to compete.

And now I've seen the word awkward too many times, and it has ceased to look like a real word anymore. Also, I'm aware of my tongue. It's awkward.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:26 AM on May 19, 2010


I'm about to book an appointment to get braces put in, and then I will go back in time and convince my parents to homeschool me.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:29 AM on May 19, 2010


Well, I'm preparing a list of conversation-killing phrases to blurt out at random intervals. "I'm allergic to air." "This D&D game sucks; the dice are made of cheese!" "Hey wait, you're not my uncle!" "Oh my god, you wouldn't believe what olives do to my intestinal tract. Hold still while I draw a diagram…" "WHO STOLE MY CRAYONS?!" and so on.
posted by LMGM at 8:43 AM on May 19, 2010


I'm preparing a very long monologue about all of my mother's reproductive-system problems which is really just such a shame because she's the perfect woman and wouldn't it be a perfect world if you could marry your own mother? Meanwhile I will be wearing a shirt with a racist joke that I clearly think refers to a sports team.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:49 AM on May 19, 2010


I'm just gonna come without pants.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:58 AM on May 19, 2010


Great! Guess it's time to practice backing away slowly and not making any sudden movements. Or conversation. Not making any sudden conversation. There will be booze, right? Or will I need to bring my own airplane bottles?
posted by crush-onastick at 9:14 AM on May 19, 2010


So basically when I get to Pequod's I'm looking for the group of people without pants.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:29 AM on May 19, 2010


http://www.yelp.com/biz/pequods-pizzeria-chicago

Alcohol: Full Bar

Hooray!
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:31 AM on May 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


No pants and mysterious shirts, yes.
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:31 AM on May 19, 2010


SpiffyRob: And now I've seen the word awkward too many times, and it has ceased to look like a real word anymore.

'Awkward' always look like that to me, such that I always spell it wrong when typing -- though now when trying to spell it wrong, I can't figure out how I normally spell it. And I use the word awkward a lot.

You know why? Because I was a writing major too.

I mean, fuck, shakespeherian, I'm the type of person who finds the weird way I spell 'awkward' not only something worth considering in my own head for more than a little while but something worth SHARING WITH OTHER PEOPLE. And I'm even worse/better in person. And yet I've yet to be fed to the smoke monster by these people.

Yet.

(I actually don't think I'll make it to pizza tomorrow, so please know you can safely hold the 'most awkward writing major at a Chicago Metafilter meetup' prize proudly.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:33 AM on May 19, 2010


I'm just gonna come without pants.

From an ergonomic point of view, it would be more awkward to come in pants.

OK, OK, apparently my flavor of awkward tomorrow will be sexual double-entendres. Brace yourselves.
posted by LMGM at 9:38 AM on May 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


(and shakespeherian: yes, your mom is "the perfect woman")

I keed, I keed
posted by LMGM at 9:40 AM on May 19, 2010


I know she is! But I wish I knew in the way you know, you know?

*overlong stare*
posted by shakespeherian at 9:54 AM on May 19, 2010


*awkward deflect* You know, Freud had some thoughts about mothers…
posted by LMGM at 10:31 AM on May 19, 2010


Freud? Oh, I don't believe in the opinions of minorities.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:37 AM on May 19, 2010


I went biking on Sunday and forgot the sunblock so now I have helmet strap tan lines on the side of my head. Except I don't really tan, my skin turns pink even when it doesn't burn. I'd love to show you how awkward that is but my students are emailing me and asking Hey, where's our grades? You've had plenty of time to grade our work hydrophonic and we feel like you're ignoring us. This is very awkward because that's exactly what I've been doing. So I'm going to miss the pizza tomorrow night and stay home and grade. If misskaz and Juliet Banana come to the next meetup at the Billy Goat, I will have small size bicycle jerseys which I will trade for small size beers.
posted by hydrophonic at 10:55 AM on May 19, 2010


Small size bike jerseys! Yay! Small beers! Yay! I guess I will have to come to the next Goat meetup.

(I will be at the pizza meetup tomorrow as well. Possibly hot and sweaty and stinky from riding my bike there, so there's my contribution to the awkwardness party. Woot.)
posted by misskaz at 11:11 AM on May 19, 2010


I just came in here to say, I love all of you. Even the awkward ones. Even if you don't love me back. These things take time.

Also, PIZZA TOMORROW OMG.
posted by lholladay at 11:19 AM on May 19, 2010


What the hell, people? I've come to rely on there being at least one new comment on this thread every time I check at work.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:12 PM on May 19, 2010


Me, too. Thanks, SpiffyRob!
posted by adamdschneider at 1:36 PM on May 19, 2010


This thread doubles as Chicago in miniature.

See? Here's the Sears Willis Tower.
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posted by shakespeherian at 1:47 PM on May 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


by the way, the prospect of pizza in about 24 hours has me jiggly with glee. JIGGLY I TELL YOU.
posted by LMGM at 1:52 PM on May 19, 2010


Get your jiggles out prior to the pizza. Post-Pequod's jiggling is probably a bad idea.
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:06 PM on May 19, 2010


This thread doubles as Chicago in miniature.

See? Here's the Sears Willis Tower.


Whatchoo talkin bout.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:08 PM on May 19, 2010


I like to think of it as the Wesley Willis Tower.
posted by misskaz at 2:12 PM on May 19, 2010


I call it Bruce.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:13 PM on May 19, 2010


Oh look, I found cabal headquarters. *
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posted by lholladay at 2:18 PM on May 19, 2010 [3 favorites]


MEETUP IN THE WATERTOWER
posted by shakespeherian at 2:22 PM on May 19, 2010


ROCK AND ROLL SEARS TOWER
ROCK AND ROLL SEARS TOWER
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:39 PM on May 19, 2010


Jeez guys this whole thread and I'm the only one who showed up yesterday.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:03 AM on May 20, 2010


Oh, misleading *CC about the date—even in jest—earns you a paddlin', son.

And not the fun kind, so put yer pants back on.
posted by LMGM at 7:00 AM on May 20, 2010


I am so looking forward to this! I will look like a manic crazy person with all of the construction I have to have done by 6, but I will be there.
posted by Tchad at 7:46 AM on May 20, 2010


Well, many of us will be rolling in a touch after 6. Guy (not his actually name, truthtotell) still haven't quite figured out the logistics of getting there, so we certainly won't be stumbling in on time.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:25 AM on May 20, 2010


I don't really know when I'll be getting in, but it'll probably be in the 6:30-7:00 range.

100% serious question: Are there enough people interested in anchovies to warrant getting a pie with them?
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:50 AM on May 20, 2010


Ew, Jesus no.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:52 AM on May 20, 2010


In trying to determine the Pequod's parking situation (since if I was going to be able to attend, I'd have to go home first), I realized that it was very near the Clybourn Metra stop, which makes it a 7 minute train ride (followed by 1/2 mile walk) from my apartment. So it feels almost rude not to go since you've all made it so convenient for me. I'll see you a little after 6 or a little before 6:30, depending on what train we catch.

I will also probably be bringing a non-MeFite, so play nice.

I am not seriously worried about non-niceness happening.

I am seriously answering that neither of us will be into anchovies (unless I have completely misjudged him)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:54 AM on May 20, 2010


I'm bringing two non-MeFites, only one of whom is my wife. I am not aware of any desire for anchovies, but maybe I'm wrong about that?
posted by shakespeherian at 8:58 AM on May 20, 2010


I had anchovies for a late snack the other night. Some cheese a neighbor brought me from Spain, Chicago Flat Breads (peppercorn!), fig jam and, to be eaten separately, these lovely little anchovies rolled around raw almonds and packed in oil. Yum.

Guy doesn't eat meat, though, so he'd be a god, no! on the anchovies.
posted by crush-onastick at 9:04 AM on May 20, 2010


Negative on the anchovies. How do people feel about spinach?
posted by Iridic at 9:28 AM on May 20, 2010


Nine thumbs up for spinach.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:46 AM on May 20, 2010


I'm not super-excited about anchovies, but I'll eat'em if they're ordered. I'm all for garlic-onions-hot-peppers-sausage-olives and so on.
posted by LMGM at 9:48 AM on May 20, 2010


(and yes on spinach or basil or anything else green)
posted by LMGM at 9:49 AM on May 20, 2010


This sounds so good, I am very sorry that I have a prior engagement.
(will be making a little speech right around 7:00pm)

Eat a piece for me, somebody!
posted by readery at 9:51 AM on May 20, 2010


GIARDINIERA
posted by shakespeherian at 9:51 AM on May 20, 2010


Really, almost anything is cool except anchovies. Spinach, giardiniera, awesome.

Meat is obviously the best, though.

Obviously.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:02 AM on May 20, 2010


Well then I'll just get my own pie and my own pitcher of beer and sit in the corner in my striped checkered shirt, HATING YOU ALL.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:16 AM on May 20, 2010


We usually don't eat meat, although it's possible that we'll make an exception for tonight under our 'hospitality' clause.

HINT HINT BUY ME PIZZA HINT HINT
posted by shakespeherian at 10:19 AM on May 20, 2010


I vote for DELICIOUS. Show of hands?
posted by LMGM at 10:27 AM on May 20, 2010


Shakey: I'm going to order you a personal-sized pizza made of nothing but bacon, shrimp, beef, and giardinera. And I will get all teary-eyed if you don't eat it all.
posted by LMGM at 10:29 AM on May 20, 2010


If he doesn't I WILL HELP!
except for the bacon. ugh.
posted by BevosAngryGhost at 10:31 AM on May 20, 2010


LMGM, if you actually do, I will the whole thing.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:38 AM on May 20, 2010


Accidentally?
posted by adamdschneider at 11:15 AM on May 20, 2010


There is no other way to the whole thing.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:18 AM on May 20, 2010


They have personal pizzas. I posit that they are better than the full pizzas due to the improved crust-to-sauce ratio, but opinions differ.
posted by eamondaly at 11:24 AM on May 20, 2010


Jeez, how many people are going to be there? I've never been to Pequod's - I hope they have room for us! Maybe I should make a MeFi sign?
posted by misskaz at 11:28 AM on May 20, 2010


A MeFi sign would be great! They have an upstairs, which means there should be plenty of room-- if we could get seated upstairs it might be better, as the downstairs could get crowded quickly.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:31 AM on May 20, 2010


Well, lets see: 1+1+2+1+1+3+1+1=11. Which is my totally random estimate of party size. Whoever gets there first is free to make something else up.
posted by crush-onastick at 11:42 AM on May 20, 2010


+1 for MeFi sign. I can also serve as an ersatz MeFi sign: look for a short, beardy boy with violet hair.
posted by LMGM at 12:03 PM on May 20, 2010


I'll take my pants off as soon as I get there so everyone knows who we are. That I will probably be one of the last to show up is of no concern.

I will *NOT* allow you to overtake me for the highest number of comments in this thread, shakespeherian.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:05 PM on May 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


I didn't even know we were doing that.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:31 PM on May 20, 2010


Competing, I mean.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:31 PM on May 20, 2010


I didn't even hardly comment in the whole middle of the thread.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:34 PM on May 20, 2010


Oh, we're competing.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:40 PM on May 20, 2010


Winner gets a personal anchovy pizza. Unless you win. If you win, loser gets a personal anchovy pizza.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:41 PM on May 20, 2010


I had sure as hell better win, then.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:42 PM on May 20, 2010


And just as a word of warning, I have, like, no work for the rest of the afternoon.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:42 PM on May 20, 2010


You bastard.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:55 PM on May 20, 2010


But if I wasn't sitting here typing until five, people might get suspicious, you know?
posted by shakespeherian at 12:56 PM on May 20, 2010


I'm already suspicious.
posted by crush-onastick at 12:58 PM on May 20, 2010


And want in on the anchovies.
posted by crush-onastick at 12:58 PM on May 20, 2010


having just looked at the menu, I propose:

- Garlic, Pineapple, Basil
- Jalapeno, Anchovies, Canadian Bacon
- Onion, Sausage, Ground Beef, Giardinera, Pepperoncini
- mushroom, ground beef, black olives
- cheese cheese cheese
posted by LMGM at 1:06 PM on May 20, 2010


Awesome, crush. We can have the lame table party we never got to have pre-10th.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:09 PM on May 20, 2010


I also have no work to do until quitting time. If anyone's taking the Metra to Clyborn to get there, I'll be in the 2nd car from the front on the train that gets into Clyborn at 6:00. I'll be in the upper deck. We can take turns playing Lego Rock Band!
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:10 PM on May 20, 2010


/retakes the lead.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:11 PM on May 20, 2010


Hey, sweet, I'm getting on that train at Davis. \
posted by adamdschneider at 1:16 PM on May 20, 2010


There's a Lego Rock Band?
posted by shakespeherian at 1:18 PM on May 20, 2010


Is it Lego STAR WARS Rock Band?
posted by shakespeherian at 1:18 PM on May 20, 2010


Also I really need to ensure that SpiffyRob gets that anchovy pizza.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:19 PM on May 20, 2010


Oh, there's a Lego Rock Band.

AND ADAM AND I ARE GONNA PLAY IT!

(For any other Metra folk, I am, in fact, referring to the inbound one, as I'm coming from up north.)
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:19 PM on May 20, 2010


Reread my stakes of the competition comment, sir. I do believe you'll find I get the anchovy pizza either way.

It's not Lego Star Wars Indiana Jones Rock Band, but I do have the standalone version of both of those games as well, so if we switch between them in rapid succession, it'll kinda look like it!
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:21 PM on May 20, 2010


I'm not even sure how I'm getting there. Ashland bus, I guess?
posted by shakespeherian at 1:21 PM on May 20, 2010


I realize that, but I want to make sure you get the anchovy pizza because I won, not because you won.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:22 PM on May 20, 2010


there is no way in hell i would eat a jalepeno on a pizza. especially not a delicious anchovy pizza. in fact, LMGM, you have not proposed a single pizza which i would have also proposed.

i have often ranted that people always think pizza is the easiest thing to serve large groups of people because everyone love pizza. this is true. however it is also true that no two people like the same things on their pizza and picking a pizza that three people want is impossible. IMPOSSIBLE.
posted by crush-onastick at 1:23 PM on May 20, 2010


This time, it's personal.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:23 PM on May 20, 2010


Giardinera, pineapple, extra cheese.

THE BEST
posted by shakespeherian at 1:24 PM on May 20, 2010


ULTIMATE PIZZA DRAMA!!!

Yeah, I'm actually rather versatile when it comes to pizza, so I'm likely to eat whatever you folks come up with. I was just coming up with some more adventurous combinations. I'm actually rather taken with the idea of pineapple, garlic, and basil, tho…

I'm off to a meeting and then straight to the CC*PP, so this'll be my last missive. Can't wait for the hot, cheese-on-crust pizza action! I'll be canceling out all of your non-emission travels by driving from Uptown to Hyde Park and then from Hyde Park back to Lincoln Park. UofC complicates everything.
posted by LMGM at 1:39 PM on May 20, 2010


Yeah, I wouldn't order jalapenos. Giardiniera is mild enough, with its own sweet taste, but jalapenos are a bit too hot for casual pizza consumption and pretty much just taste like burning. They're the vegetable equivalent of vodka.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:42 PM on May 20, 2010


(ps: I'm half-Peruvian, so I have a really skewed understanding of "too hot." For example, my omelet this morning had 4 jalapeños in it and I smothered it in home-made hot sauce. So I'll restrain myself from ordering burn-y things.)
posted by LMGM at 1:45 PM on May 20, 2010


crush I generally lean towards either anchovies alone or anchovies and another meat, but will accept pretty much anything. I also expect that their beers aren't so tiny, so I'll probably accidentally drink too many and it really won't matter what's on the pizza anyway.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:48 PM on May 20, 2010


I take that back. I demand my pizza be topped with shakespeherian's defeat.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:49 PM on May 20, 2010


it isn't the hot--it's the fact that jalepenos 1) don't belong on pizza; 2) don't complement anchovies. And canadian bacon is an insult to the pig.

Apparently, I am full of piss and vinegar today.
posted by crush-onastick at 1:50 PM on May 20, 2010


And I will regain the lead...
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:50 PM on May 20, 2010


I <3 hot stuff. I almost killed myself with Blair's Sudden Death Sauce (500,000 SHU). That said, I don't think jalapenos are terribly flavorful in themselves. What sauce did you use on your omelet?
posted by adamdschneider at 1:50 PM on May 20, 2010


NOT with comment 300 (this one)...
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:51 PM on May 20, 2010


DAMNIT ADAM YOU STOLE COMMENT 300 FROM ME.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:51 PM on May 20, 2010


But now I'm winning again.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:51 PM on May 20, 2010


I like jalepenos, but I don't have any particular devotion to them as pizza toppings.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:56 PM on May 20, 2010


Piss and vinegar, generally speaking, don't belong on pizza.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:57 PM on May 20, 2010


SpiffyRob, by my defeat did you mean anchovies, or my actual, literal defeat?
posted by shakespeherian at 1:58 PM on May 20, 2010


Because in all honestly it probably tastes like
posted by shakespeherian at 1:58 PM on May 20, 2010


VICTORY
posted by shakespeherian at 1:59 PM on May 20, 2010


C-C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER.

(I'm bowing out. You win.)
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:59 PM on May 20, 2010


Damnit I didn't even get my breaker in there.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:59 PM on May 20, 2010


I'm pretty sure Tabasco is the piss & vinegar hot sauce. At any rate, it's the one we don't have in the house. But I've never put it on pizza.

And man, I needed to be working diligently this last hour of the day.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:00 PM on May 20, 2010


I win! You have to have anchovies on your pizza.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:00 PM on May 20, 2010


Hmm, I just did the math. I had about 1/6th of the lethal dose of that hot sauce. It sure felt like I was gonna die from a swollen shut throat for a while there, though.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:00 PM on May 20, 2010


Cholula is the go-to hot sauce at my house.

SPOILER ALERT

It's pretty good on pizza. And ramen. Actually pretty much anything.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:01 PM on May 20, 2010


Sriracha is my favorite hot sauce. It also goes very well on pizza and pizza-like items (like Hot Truck, if any of you have ever been to Ithaca....)

I am getting there by bike, hopefully early enough that I can freshen up in the restroom and not look a mess. It's also not looking like the awesome idea it seemed when it was all sunny and nice this morning. They said the rain would stay away until midnight! LIARS!

My other option is to leave the bike at work. It's safely locked inside the building and that may be preferable to a drunken, soggy ride home. Hmmm...
posted by misskaz at 2:12 PM on May 20, 2010


Sriracha is fabulous.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:23 PM on May 20, 2010


Omigod I haven't looked out a window all day. I had no idea it was getting so gloomy. If it helps, it looks like we should be rainless again by 10pm.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:24 PM on May 20, 2010


You all are wasting your words. Now you'll have nothing to talk about at Pequod's!
posted by eamondaly at 2:24 PM on May 20, 2010


INT. PEQUOD'S PIZZA.

SHAKESPEHERIAN

So, uh.... remember when we talked about hot sauce?

ADAMSCHNEIDER


That was great.

FORTY-THREE MINUTES OF SILENCE
posted by shakespeherian at 2:27 PM on May 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


I've got plenty of words left, Eamon. I haven't even started talking in Dutch yet.
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:33 PM on May 20, 2010


I can always talk about people leaving out my D again. That routine's a laugh riot.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:39 PM on May 20, 2010


Ok, this was 8,000 comments ago when I said I couldn't come to the Pequod's meetup because I was going to be at The Chainlink meetup?

Well, it turns out that the Chainlink meetup isn't until 8, and it's only, uh, 5:09, and here I am sitting in front of Pequod's tapping this out.

I'm going to ditch out early to go the Chainlink meetup, unless it starts raining, because riding my bike 3 miles through Lincoln Park home in the rain sounds a lot nicer than riding like 10 miles to get to the South Side and back in the rain.

I'm the first person here, right? I'm a little shy of saying "Can I have a table for 10-15 people, none of whom will be here in the next hour, and who will trickle in unpredictably?"
posted by Juliet Banana at 3:14 PM on May 20, 2010


Oh, and if any of the n00bs are earlybirds as well, I'm the girl dressed head to toe in kelly green who will not notice you because I'll be absorbed in my iPad. Come say hi, y'all.
posted by Juliet Banana at 3:15 PM on May 20, 2010


On my way, left the bike at work but Red Line is a damn mess.
posted by misskaz at 3:40 PM on May 20, 2010


Should be there in 10-15 min.
posted by shakespeherian at 3:41 PM on May 20, 2010


We're upstairs! We are, in fact, here!
posted by Juliet Banana at 4:15 PM on May 20, 2010


Crisis

We are doing this.

That is all.

For now.
posted by adamdschneider at 5:32 PM on May 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Am I the first one home or am I the first one nerdy enough to post on the site again I think I know the answer to that.

Also I am SO ANGRY that my wife was FORCE-FED anchovies.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:13 PM on May 20, 2010


Hey, no-one twisted anyone's arm. also, i was gonna eat that.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:21 PM on May 20, 2010


HOME! And feeling a bit nerdy about it. Awkward, even.

adamdschneider: the hot sauce I was using was my own "turbo" version of chimichurri, which is a peruvian variant of the argentinian sauce. My version involves a bit of raw onion, a bunch of raw garlic, a fuck-ton of cilantro (like, 4 bunches), a bit of olive oil and vinegar, lime juice, cumin seeds, and several tablespoons of peruvian ground ají paste, which is a kind of hot pepper. DELICIOUS. I added habaneros to this version, too.

By the way, Pequod's was jiggly deliciousness. A++++ WILL EAT AGAIN.
posted by LMGM at 8:30 PM on May 20, 2010


crush-onastick: you ate, like, half that pizza by yourself. My new suspicion is that you are part shark.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:34 PM on May 20, 2010


Wait I didn't get any turbo hot sauce!
posted by shakespeherian at 8:35 PM on May 20, 2010


I was so excited to get away from my workroom and be with human beings! I can't wait until I can actually DO regular meetups!
posted by Tchad at 8:37 PM on May 20, 2010


Once again, I am filled with sorry that I don't have a link to the panel from that Stray Toasters I had framed in my apartment when I started law school. About sharks. And lawyers. But not anchovies. And yes, I ate much pizza.

Of course, I am again reminded that someone stole my copies of Stray Toasters. And now I have to be sad, too.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:50 PM on May 20, 2010


This was my first meetup everyone! How did I do? JUDGE ME
posted by shakespeherian at 8:59 PM on May 20, 2010


shakey: I dunno, I was really expecting more awkwardness. You were all, like, talking to people and stuff.
posted by LMGM at 10:08 PM on May 20, 2010


As a lady, I loved you (insert anachronistic hat style here).
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:43 PM on May 20, 2010


Apparently when you go straight from one meet to another, linking them in an endless chain of drinking, you forget to put certain letters (like "r") in things you type.

You also apparently forget to pay for the beers you have drunk at meet up number one before you ditch it for meet up number two, and then worry that everyone thinks you're some crafty Hipster Grifter beer mooching d-bag when really you're just incredibly forgetful, and then have five minutes of self loathing, and then pledge to buy a lot of people darks at the next regular meet up. So, basically, I owe a lot of you darks. Claim that shit. I heard a rumor it'll be on a Wednesday at some weird dive place with ham and steak and egg sandwiches.
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:47 PM on May 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


We almost kinda gave you the benefit of the doubt, but now that you've outed yourself, yeah. Beers are owed.

This is me giving you a face, full of lasciviousness and judgement.
posted by lholladay at 11:36 PM on May 20, 2010


I am so wet. And so happy. Thanks much all. You never disappoint.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:41 PM on May 20, 2010


Pfft. The BEST part was the Bong. MORLEY IN THE MARKET 4 EVA!
posted by eamondaly at 12:32 AM on May 21, 2010


As a lady, I loved you

Reader, I married her.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:33 AM on May 21, 2010


shakespeherian, your professed fear of strangers was nowhere in evidence. You did also have a cool hat.
posted by adamdschneider at 6:35 AM on May 21, 2010


Crisis

We are doing this.


I looked at this site. I still don't understand what it is. But it looks awesome.
posted by tivalasvegas at 6:47 AM on May 21, 2010


Oh and Juliet Banana -- did you cycle the whole way to Meetup No. 2? Bus it? Were you too tipsy to trek back north in the rainy dark? Inquiring minds must be informed.
posted by tivalasvegas at 6:49 AM on May 21, 2010


Envious. You all better not be too partied out for the next Goat rendezvous.
posted by evisceratordeath at 6:59 AM on May 21, 2010


The highlight of the evening, for me at least, was realizing that the next normal meetup was a mere 13 (now 12!) days away. I can only speak for myself, but I'll be there! LET'S KEEP USING THIS THREAD!
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:15 AM on May 21, 2010


The best part was when we got the bill and it was THREE FEET LONG
posted by shakespeherian at 7:19 AM on May 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


You all better not be too partied out for the next Goat rendezvous.

The party never stops.

And neither will this thread.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:25 AM on May 21, 2010


I woke up this morning with a massive grease headache. Thank you, Metafilter, for making it all possible!

(In for Crisis; in for June Goat.)
posted by Iridic at 7:34 AM on May 21, 2010


I hope everyone remembers the look of sheer humiliation and defeat on SpiffyRob's face as he choked down that anchovy pizza.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:51 AM on May 21, 2010


It was a thing of beauty & joy, Spiffy's humiliated anchovy-eatin face. Like a Madonna & Child. I may have new religion.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:55 AM on May 21, 2010


MeFiChi: June Meetup
June 2nd, 2010
6PMish
Billy Goat
430 North Michigan Avenue (Under Michigan Ave)
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:24 AM on May 21, 2010


Most delicious humiliating defeat ever.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:26 AM on May 21, 2010


So what's the Goat beer list look like?
posted by shakespeherian at 8:29 AM on May 21, 2010


Light or Dark.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:45 AM on May 21, 2010


I believe they have some bottles of the usual sort, but yeah, Light or Dark is basically the real choice.
posted by evisceratordeath at 8:48 AM on May 21, 2010


No, no, the *real* choice is "Jameson" or "Bushmill". silly peoples.
posted by crush-onastick at 9:00 AM on May 21, 2010


Bushmill? That's Protestant whiskey.
posted by evisceratordeath at 9:10 AM on May 21, 2010 [3 favorites]


Michael Collins is the best. Jameson and Bushmills can both jump.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:14 AM on May 21, 2010


Just dropping in to say I had a great time. Too bad I already know I'll miss the next meetup at the Goat.
posted by Green With You at 9:25 AM on May 21, 2010


Also, is this a record? 3 meetups in 28 days in the same city!
posted by Green With You at 9:27 AM on May 21, 2010


adamdschneider: i'm not sure the Goat has room for three Irishes.
posted by crush-onastick at 9:31 AM on May 21, 2010


OMG fun you guys. The n00bs were cool too!

Cafe Bong was awesome. Wish I could have stayed longer. Voice is a little froggy this morning, as it always is after a night at the Bong.

One of the funniest things about Crisis is one of the hosts looks like a cross between eamondaly and lholladay. It's a little freaky, actually.
posted by misskaz at 9:35 AM on May 21, 2010


My only regret is that I was unable to stick around and assault your eardrums further.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:14 AM on May 21, 2010


Jameson it is, then.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:47 AM on May 21, 2010


Love Jameson, hate Bushmill's. Fine with Michael Collins. Largely tolerant of Tullamore Dew.
posted by eamondaly at 11:51 AM on May 21, 2010


I am incredibly lucky that noon thirty is an acceptable time for me to sneak into work and make like I've been here all morning.

You all are like bad medicine. But bad medicine is what I need.

As is often the case, my only true regret is that I didn't get to actually meet-up with everybody over the course of the evening. I am always so fond of the side of the table where I end up; this is one of my reasons for arriving last - so the decision is made for me. This is just an observation and certainly not a complaint which would sound like "hey, quit being interesting so I can go meet more people" or "why do we have to have so many people at our meetups?"

Hope to make it and see see all of you and more in 12 days, God and liver willing.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:01 PM on May 21, 2010


Michael Collins is the best.

Actually, I would argue that James Connolly and Eamon de Valera were more instrumental in the planning and execution of the Rising, and that Collins' role has been consistently - oh. We're talking about whiskey, aren't we?
posted by lholladay at 12:07 PM on May 21, 2010


But Mike, if you were at the other end of the table, we never would have stumbled upon how weirdly parallel our lives are!
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:25 PM on May 21, 2010


Today as I'm listening to music at work, I'm taking careful notes of good karaoke songs (not that the Bong will necessarily have any of them). So far my additions include PYT by Michael Jackson and September by Earth Wind & Fire.
posted by misskaz at 12:41 PM on May 21, 2010


I would argue that...Eamon de Valera [was] more instrumental in the planning and execution of the Rising

Not to mention being the spitting image of Louis Skolnick.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:42 PM on May 21, 2010


SpiffyRob: But Mike, if you were at the other end of the table, we never would have stumbled upon how weirdly parallel our lives are!

And I wouldn't trade that for anything... and I'm sure neither would you.


misskaz: Today as I'm listening to music at work,


Me too... but it's so I can get fucking Fernando out of my head.

(To be absolutely clear, I meant the Abba song that was sung at the Bong, just in case there was somebody named Fernando who I didn't meet at the other end of the table.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:16 PM on May 21, 2010


Ahem. Having been encouraged by my recent and successful journey to some karaoke bar that was PRACTICALLY IN WISCONSIN, I will now attempt to watch Game Three of the Blackhawks vs. San Jose at Crew Bar & Grill, 4804. N. Broadway, beginning at 7.

If anyone wants to join me... well, it's a public place.
posted by tivalasvegas at 3:09 PM on May 21, 2010


Oh and Juliet Banana -- did you cycle the whole way to Meetup No. 2? Bus it? Were you too tipsy to trek back north in the rainy dark? Inquiring minds must be informed.



After my drunk ass stumbled out of Pequod's I realized it wasn't raining and did in fact just bike to the Chainlink meet up, where there was a black and white photo booth and piles of greasy (hardcore) tator tots and cigarettes and too many Oberons and good times.

Hell to the no did I bike home after that. I managed to snag a ride from Pilsen to Wrigleyville from a friend with a soccer mom minivan that amazingly manages to fit my bike without even taking off the QR wheel.

I'm really happy I got to hit the Mefi meet up even if it was only for five seconds.
posted by Juliet Banana at 3:23 PM on May 21, 2010


Dangit, I'm going to miss the next several meetups! I'm going to be in Montréal for an awesome digital arts festival in June (Mutek), then I'll be in Berlin for July and August, and then I'll be in Paris for September. So…see you guys in October! Unless you have a mid-june meetup, for example…

HINT HINT LETS HAVE PHO IN MY HOOD HINT HINT
posted by LMGM at 9:17 PM on May 21, 2010


You are not alone in desiring a mid-June meet n greet.

I also love pho. Honestly, though, I just love food. yum. food.
posted by crush-onastick at 10:19 AM on May 22, 2010


I have taken SpiffyRob's advice to heart, and will be spending at least part of my birthday this Tuesday evening with the lovely cittehkitteh at Cooper's just west of the Belmont station. All and sundry are invited to join in the beer and pulled pork pizza, if such is your desire.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:35 PM on May 22, 2010


I'll be at Coopers, half because it's a two minute bike ride from my house and half because I heard I owe Adam a beer.
posted by Juliet Banana at 1:36 PM on May 22, 2010


So much beer debt. I am the Greece of alcoholics.
posted by Juliet Banana at 1:38 PM on May 22, 2010


I'd love to stop by and offer birthday wishes!

I'm also thinking, if we end up meeting somewhere in the next few days and it still seems needed, we should consider gathering cash donations for the fake/ifdssn9/stranded Russian women situation, because ifdssn9's Paypal account has been frozen. I volunteer to take whatever we have to Western Union the next morning. No pressure to donate, but I hadn't sent anything by Paypal yet and meant to; now I'm wary of doing so.
posted by misskaz at 3:40 PM on May 22, 2010


Bah, it seems like I should be at Cooper's for the Birthdayening, but alas, I already have plans. Phooey. Enjoy a Pulled Pork sammich on my behalf, and Happy Birthday!
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:22 AM on May 24, 2010


We showed up and ate extremely delicious pizza with my future in-laws. I was totally charmed by the three of you I met before fleeing to eat pizza with family downstairs. Perhaps we'll make this meeting-up a more regular thing after July 1, when we have a Real Illinois Address.
posted by booknerd at 12:11 PM on May 24, 2010


Adam, I am going out to buy you a birthday present right this minute (yes! This one! Wait, no, I'm still typing...ok, now!) and there's absolutely nothing you can do about it. That's what you get for being so rad, you asshole.

(flips off adamdschneider with both fingers)

If anyone is considering going to Cooper's and feels like they'll be an awkward partycrasher, please keep in mind my loud awkward drunk ass will be there, so the whole thing will already be ruined. Also, holy fuck, who knew Cooper's had such a rad beer menu.
posted by Juliet Banana at 4:06 PM on May 24, 2010


SpiffyRob knew, and he passed this knowledge on to me. The Riddle of Beer.

JB, I'm touched. So totally not necessary, but so totally appreciated. Cooper's, 7PM, eleven people confirmed, I think we told them 15, so there's still plenty of wiggle room if some other folks want to surf the pulled pork pizza wave. Nobody should feel obligated in the slightest to get me a gift, whether or not they think I'm a rad asshole. JB's just crazy that way (and I totally <3>
At this point I feel a little weird for somewhat hijacking this thread for my own personal glorification, so this'll be my last post about it. Hope to see some of you tomorrow, and if not then, then next week!
posted by adamdschneider at 4:41 PM on May 24, 2010


Huh, I didn't know it would turn my little ASCII heart into a tag. That was supposed to read "(and I totally <3 her for it)".
posted by adamdschneider at 4:42 PM on May 24, 2010


I'm not obligated but seeing as we're TORTA BLOOD BROTHERS/FAIRLY CLOSE INTERNET FRIENDS FOREVER it seems fitting. I mean, you have been in my house. More than once. That's, like, family as far as internet friends go.

This thread has almost 400 comments in it. I'm not even sure it is possible to hijack it anymore than it already is.

Also, PS, Claude doesn't close for once tomorrow so he's gonna come as well, bringing it up to 12.
posted by Juliet Banana at 5:40 PM on May 24, 2010


I totally <3>.

Quit with the lovefest. You're making me feel bad for not being able to be there. (Which I probably should.)
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:04 AM on May 25, 2010


TORTA BLOOD BROTHERS

4 life
posted by adamdschneider at 10:18 AM on May 25, 2010


Di... did the bite of torta I took have JB's blood in it?
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:53 AM on May 25, 2010


am i still allowed in this thread
posted by shakespeherian at 10:56 AM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


SpiffyRob: Di... did the bite of torta I took have JB's blood in it?

Didn't you realize that what makes the dark beer so dark?

(I'm avoiding making a reference to something that's a relevant reference to this season's Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" episode on the Internet. Because, well, I'm not 1995.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:58 AM on May 25, 2010


Rob, uh, you might want to inform your current sexual partners that you've been exposed to an unsafe torta. I'm pretty sure they make an e-card for it.
posted by Juliet Banana at 11:23 AM on May 25, 2010


My only current sexual partner would prefer a cupcake to an e-card. Perhaps something can be arranged.

GTFO SHAKESPEHERIAN!

GTFO: Glad To Finally Ocularize (You.)
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:37 AM on May 25, 2010


I'm telling your current sexual partner that you ocularized me. All. Night. Long.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:47 AM on May 25, 2010


All. Night. Long.
(all night)
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:06 PM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm telling your current sexual partner that you ocularized me. All. Night. Long.

We going to--party, blinding, fiesta, forever...
posted by adamdschneider at 12:11 PM on May 25, 2010


You realize transportation is going to be a bitch tonight, right?
posted by misskaz at 12:36 PM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


misskaz: that is brilliant! why did I never think to look for that? now I know when not to leave my house! and when to take the slow bus home.

I think we're going to stop by. I'd like to. I don't think we have anything going on tonight.
posted by crush-onastick at 1:02 PM on May 25, 2010


At this point I feel a little weird for somewhat hijacking this thread for my own personal glorification, so this'll be my last post about it.
posted by adamdschneider at 6:41 PM on May 24 [+] [!]


Pffttt. We all know what a whore you are for personal glorification. There you always are, glorifying left and right...with your...personals.
posted by Windigo at 1:09 PM on May 25, 2010


You realize transportation is going to be a bitch tonight, right?

How inconsiderate of the Cubs. I'll have to take this up with them. Hopefully no one has too bad a time of it.

We all know what a whore you are for personal glorification.

KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!
posted by adamdschneider at 1:23 PM on May 25, 2010


I've managed to talk the Mr. into braving the Cubs traffic so we'll be there. (We can't ride because he hurt his knee trying to train for a 5k so he's taking a few days off the bike.)
posted by misskaz at 1:32 PM on May 25, 2010


I think I'll be able to drop in tonight. Happy birthday, by the way!
posted by Iridic at 1:41 PM on May 25, 2010


can i just say? I LOVE this thread
posted by crush-onastick at 1:43 PM on May 25, 2010


I love it too. i can live vicariously. New job + family responsibilities + volunteer responsibilities = unable to have much fun.
posted by readery at 1:48 PM on May 25, 2010


As long as I'm glorifying myself in public, I'm gonna link to the beard signal I made for the other thread. I spent my morning at work doing it, so damn it I'm gonna share!
posted by adamdschneider at 1:53 PM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Hey, if we want to continue the BEST THREAD EVER fun... We're doing Bike the Drive on Sunday and having folks over afterwards for recovery/celebratory/just need an excuse to grill and drink tasty beverages in our backyard (weather permitting). Come one come all. Anyone that's interested can memail me your email address so I can send you the details.
posted by misskaz at 1:55 PM on May 25, 2010


I'm gonna link to the beard signal I made

Am I... needed somewhere?
posted by lholladay at 2:00 PM on May 25, 2010


I'm gonna link to the beard signal I made

Am I... needed somewhere?


Funny, I had the same feeling.
posted by evisceratordeath at 2:08 PM on May 25, 2010


How long do MeTa threads stay open? I'll bet we can beat the Palin thread.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:12 PM on May 25, 2010


"meetup threads stay open for six months, leaving ample time for discussion, followup and adding photos after the event"
posted by crush-onastick at 2:19 PM on May 25, 2010


Look, if you don't know the answer, just don't say anything.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:20 PM on May 25, 2010


So THAT'S what Bike-The-Drive is!

I want to gooooooooo. That sounds like so much fun. I bike the LSP every day from Rogers Park to the Loop for work, and the idea of doing so on the actual LSD sounds fantastic.
posted by Windigo at 4:51 PM on May 25, 2010


Windigo, I ride the lake front path to work every day too, and Bike the Drive is awwwwwesome! It's even cooler than you think to be riding on the Drive with a bunch of other cyclists, especially if you have a car and drive on it regularly so you're used to interacting with it via car.
posted by misskaz at 9:06 PM on May 25, 2010


Windigo, you should do it! I'm planning on it.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:30 PM on May 25, 2010


Best birthday ever.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:35 PM on May 25, 2010


Well, seeing how the packet pick-up/sign-up point today (as it changes every day) is literally down the street from my work, it's a bit of a sign isn't it?
posted by Windigo at 4:38 AM on May 26, 2010


The problem with my incredibly fun standing Mem Day event is I miss BTD every year. Suck, do I.
posted by eriko at 6:33 AM on May 26, 2010


Just a heads up for those contemplating BTD - we're using it as much for some training as for the fun, so we plan to start at the crack of dawn and try to get 2 round trips in before they open the Drive back up to cars. So just fair warning there, although anyone could certainly join us for just part of the ride.

Anyone interested please memail me your email address b/c I'm trying to organize w/ non-MeFites as well and email is just easier; also then I can send you the evite for the post-ride cookout.
posted by misskaz at 7:21 AM on May 26, 2010


Yeah...I think I'll be happy with the single 30 mile round-trip.
posted by Windigo at 7:47 AM on May 26, 2010


Bike the Drive scorecard:

Lights on in daytime: 2 points
Helmet tilted way back: 1 point
Helmet on backwards: 10 points
Carbon frame, out of shape, yellow jersey: 5 points
Dressed for winter: 5 points
Boombox on handlebars: 5 points
Trailer with sound system: 15 points
Trailer with live band: 50 points
Elderly couple with matching bikes and outfits: 10 points (5 points if on a tandem)
Bandit roller-blader raiding rest-stop snacks: 10 points
Hummer brand bicycle: 5 points
Slingshot: 25 points
Tall bike: 10 points
Penny-farthing: 15 points
Trike with filing cabinet on the back: 40 points
Sociable: 50 points
Tandem, no stoker: 10 points
Triple-tandem: 15 points
Quadruple-tandem: 30 points
Quadruple-tandem, no stokers: 75 points
Back-to-back tandem: 100 points

Crash: -500 points.

We're going to have to miss it this year. Have fun!
posted by hydrophonic at 12:53 PM on May 26, 2010


Awesome scorecard, hydrophonic. I actually have seen two people so far this season on my commute with helmets on backwards. It's always a very WTF moment when I see that.
posted by misskaz at 1:15 PM on May 26, 2010


Carbon frame, out of shape, yellow jersey

I already saw this guy today in the registration line for BtD.
posted by Windigo at 2:14 PM on May 26, 2010


.....also, no points for a milk-crate basket*?


*has a milk-crate basket.
posted by Windigo at 2:18 PM on May 26, 2010


An exemplar of economy of form, the milk crate has an honest, quotidian functionality that affords it a certain modest beauty. It has been celebrated among designers and architects alike since the early thirties, when Buckminster Fuller developed the Dymaxion Shelf, an innovative modular, replicable storage system that utilized milk crates and scrap lumber.
posted by hydrophonic at 10:15 PM on May 26, 2010


By the way, I've yet to see a Slingshot, sociable, quadruple, or back-to-back tandem, but everything else I've seen on Chicago rides.
posted by hydrophonic at 10:23 PM on May 26, 2010


My belated apologies for not making the last pizza meetup. As I mentioned to Adam, my aunt passed away and 2 days later my mom wound up in the hospital with pneumonia, and I was pretty sick as well, sick enough to miss my aunt's funeral.

However, I do look forward to making the next pizza meetup over here and I hope lots of you come so I can meet you.
posted by IndigoRain at 2:12 PM on May 27, 2010


Two things I'd like to add to the score card (inspired by actual cyclists seen on my commute the past couple days):

Motorcycle helmet: 5 points
Full racing kit... on a folding bike: 10 points
posted by misskaz at 7:20 AM on May 28, 2010


I'm so tempted to see if by by next year I can build the bike that would give out the most points per the scorecard.

Every year for the past 4 years I've said I was going to replace my bike to do BTD, so here's the point where I ask you to call me out next March to be sure. Guilt and shame work really well with me.'

Seriously, though, have fun.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:11 AM on May 28, 2010


May I add:

Small dog in a basket (front or back): 5 points
posted by Windigo at 7:41 PM on May 28, 2010


We finally have a cat that is smaller than a purse dog; she's about a third the size of each of the other cats, though.
posted by crush-onastick at 9:54 PM on May 28, 2010


I couldn't make it, but how was BTD?
posted by d. z. wang at 1:34 PM on May 29, 2010


It's tomorrow morning...I hope.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:47 PM on May 29, 2010


What happened to the time travel, Adam D Schneider of Persia?
posted by Juliet Banana at 3:09 PM on May 29, 2010


I have already traveled to Monday to answer this question for you.
posted by adamdschneider at 4:44 PM on May 29, 2010


And?
posted by SpiffyRob at 4:50 PM on May 29, 2010


I now have a bad feeling about Monday.
posted by tivalasvegas at 5:36 PM on May 29, 2010


And?

And Jell-O is awesome.
posted by adamdschneider at 6:49 PM on May 29, 2010


Small dog in a basket (front or back): 5 points
posted by Windigo at 9:41 PM on May 28 [+] [!]


+recumbent bike, small dog sitting on man's chest: 80 points

+ bike taxi, with cameraman in back who is facing backwards and filming a newcaster biking and recording a bit for the morning news (and still keeping his Morning News Voice perfectly): 5486415445415 points.
posted by Windigo at 8:49 AM on May 30, 2010


Well I'm glad I was able to do BTD after all. misskaz and co, sorry I spent too much time chasing down my restless friend and getting my bike fixed to ride with you more.

By the way, I scored 66 points.
posted by hydrophonic at 9:30 PM on May 30, 2010


I scored nothing because I was too busy putting one foot in front of the other, as it were. Still, it was a good time, and I'll definitely do it next year.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:21 PM on May 30, 2010


I did not keep score because, alas, I left my scorecard at home.

Question, tho. Are those bikes made from kits? Or made to order? Did you see the triple recumbent? Talk about a steering ratio.

And as with most things I see these wonders and wonder where do they store these giant, useless in day to day life, bikes?
posted by readery at 10:50 PM on May 30, 2010


The triple tandem (with only two people on it) looked like it was made by a professional frame builder. The tall bike and one of the trailers with a sound system were hand made.
posted by hydrophonic at 6:31 AM on May 31, 2010


Tiny beers tomorrow, FYI.
posted by lholladay at 12:55 PM on June 1, 2010


Tiny beers tomorrow, FTW!

or, you know, Protestant bastard whiskey. And my grandad's angry ghost.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:01 PM on June 1, 2010


Get your middle fingers ready, because I'm backing out!

I'm leaving town for the weekend bright and early Friday morning and I just have too much stuff to get done before then to spend an evening with you wonderful folks and some tiny beers. It's weak sauce, I realize, but them's the breaks. Until the next CC*PP, or the July Goatening!
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:38 AM on June 2, 2010


_|_(-_-) _|_
posted by adamdschneider at 7:23 AM on June 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm out: home sick.
posted by eamondaly at 8:08 AM on June 2, 2010


This is the Billy Goat meetup thread, right? I can't even tell anymore.

Does anyone want anything from Xoco? If so, please read this comment from one month ago (I can't believe this is the same thread, by the way). Everything still applies except

A) I should be there somewhat earlier, around 6 and

B) If you were at the Pequod's meetup you will get a discount on your torta as I am a tipsy flakester and I owe you.
posted by Juliet Banana at 11:20 AM on June 2, 2010


Consult this comment before jumping on the torta bandwagon.

My take: Delicious enough to be worth the exposure.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:36 AM on June 2, 2010


I'm in!
posted by halonine at 4:03 PM on June 2, 2010


Stop torturing me with the tortas!
posted by IndigoRain at 6:22 PM on June 2, 2010


Ah good times, folks. Good times!
posted by crush-onastick at 7:53 PM on June 2, 2010


Well, now we can talk about pizza.....
posted by Windigo at 8:54 PM on June 2, 2010


Ah fuck! I threw out that 6/18 date without even thinking! I totally can't come because I'm seeing Brubeck/Lewis at Ravinia that night. Damn!
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:26 AM on June 3, 2010


Good times last night. I regret that I wasn't able to be my usual last-one-to-leave self.
posted by evisceratordeath at 7:30 AM on June 3, 2010


Ack! Brubeck! I totally forgot to look into tickets. Not that it matters. I have a family wedding-related thing that night. Damn and damn!
posted by crush-onastick at 7:39 AM on June 3, 2010


That's all right man, we don't need you to have a good time. Now alcohol, that we need.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:22 AM on June 3, 2010


Please tell us how cool the Brubeck show was in July, though.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:23 AM on June 3, 2010


Looks like reserved and lawn are both still available, crush. (Or anyone else! Hate to draw folks away from the CC*PP, but I'll have a crap ton of wine and cheese and other stuff for anyone who wants to come!)
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:28 AM on June 3, 2010


Jeez, the last comment was over a week ago. *tap* *tap* Is this thing on?
posted by adamdschneider at 2:40 PM on June 11, 2010


YOU HAVE WOKEN THE SLUMBERING GIANT
posted by shakespeherian at 2:45 PM on June 11, 2010


Somebody better brew some coffee.
posted by crush-onastick at 1:45 PM on June 12, 2010


Oh yeah! This thread! I like this one.
posted by SpiffyRob at 4:23 PM on June 14, 2010


Really? It seems a little... ratty to me.
posted by eamondaly at 3:05 PM on June 15, 2010


Giordano's is cool and all, I guess, but it doesn't have pulled pork pizza.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:31 PM on June 15, 2010


Why would you put pulled pork on anything other than a bun?
posted by crush-onastick at 11:18 AM on June 16, 2010


What aborted god made the bun king of the meat holders? I tell you this as a man who has crossed the desert where none among the sane dare tread and emerged purified: pulled pork sits atop that pizza crust and under that cheese as if natural law itself has placed it there.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:49 AM on June 16, 2010


What aborted god made the bun king of the meat holders?

I was under the impression that this dubious title belonged to the humble stick.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:51 AM on June 16, 2010


I remain unconvinced. And, apparently, a believer in the divine right of buns. Who knew?
posted by crush-onastick at 11:56 AM on June 16, 2010


You must partake of the sacrament. Only then will your eyes be opened.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:12 PM on June 16, 2010


I also have eaten pulled pork pizza, but it was a bit less dramatic for me. Fuckin' killer with good beer, no doubt.

Crush would probably cover her sandwich with a shit-ton of mustard anyway, so bah!
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:38 PM on June 16, 2010


Are we talking yellow mustard or Real Mustard?
posted by shakespeherian at 12:42 PM on June 16, 2010


Pulled pork with...mustard?
posted by adamdschneider at 1:09 PM on June 16, 2010


Mustard . . . on pulled pork . . . .? what did I do to deserve such an accusation?! Was it the anchovies?
posted by crush-onastick at 1:30 PM on June 16, 2010


Basically you put too much mustard on a boorger like a year ago and eamondaly made fun of you and I NEVER FORGOT.
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:54 PM on June 16, 2010


Oh it's true. I put too much mustard on boorgers. Buy just the right amount on hot dogs. With celery salt
posted by crush-onastick at 3:14 PM on June 16, 2010


I wonder if we can pump this thread to 1000 comments before it closes.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:08 AM on June 17, 2010


Is it me, or does SpiffyRob look like a young Henry Rollins?
posted by eamondaly at 10:05 AM on June 17, 2010


His head isn't rectangular enough. Henry Rollins is a man designed by a geometry teacher.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:12 AM on June 17, 2010


Holy shit, I kinda do.

But yeah, my big Irish head sorta ruins it.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:49 AM on June 17, 2010


Also, Adam, at the current clip, we'll cross 1400 comments before the thread closes. That may be tough, given that it would be sort of a dick move to use this thread for any future meetups, but I suspect we can keep it alive with our mirth and comparisons to rocker talk show hosts.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:51 AM on June 17, 2010


I'm so proud of my baby.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:52 AM on June 17, 2010


It's too bad shakespeherian flamed out before he got to see his baby grow up.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:53 AM on June 17, 2010


I dismissed that as a joke...but then I went back and clicked his profile later, just to be sure.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:16 PM on June 17, 2010


If I do flame out it will be because no one appreciated my Calvin & Hobbes film treatment.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:24 PM on June 17, 2010


Woah. I am gobsmacked by the whole Rollins thing. I may have to do some heavy drinking and contemplate it.
posted by crush-onastick at 12:26 PM on June 17, 2010


Or possibly do some heavy drinking to contemplate the whole city-rain-sewers-backing-up-into-my-basement thing.
posted by crush-onastick at 12:26 PM on June 17, 2010


Or just some heavy drinking to celebrate shakespherian's baby.
posted by crush-onastick at 12:26 PM on June 17, 2010


Meanwhile I will be heavily drinking with a baby.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:30 PM on June 17, 2010


My advice to you...
posted by adamdschneider at 12:32 PM on June 17, 2010


is to run very fast?
posted by crush-onastick at 12:42 PM on June 17, 2010


We'll actually drink to all of these things together tomorrow!

Actually, the above is not true. You know why?

CAUSE I'M A LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIAR!
I'LL TEAR YOUR MIIIIIIIIIIND OUT!
I'LL BURN YOUR SOUL!
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:51 PM on June 17, 2010


sure, we've all been out there. we've ALL tried to mix with those animals.
posted by crush-onastick at 1:20 PM on June 17, 2010


Come on, little big thread. Don't you die on me now. We've been together since I only had space calves.

"space calves" also makes me think of wfrgms
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:45 AM on June 21, 2010


thread 19176 4-eva, yo.
posted by lholladay at 10:47 AM on June 21, 2010


They can take our lives...
posted by adamdschneider at 11:13 AM on June 21, 2010


...but they'll never take...
posted by adamdschneider at 11:13 AM on June 21, 2010


...our big thread!
posted by adamdschneider at 11:13 AM on June 21, 2010


"space calves" also makes me think of wfrgms
so very true.
posted by crush-onastick at 11:14 AM on June 21, 2010


Crush celebrated the 500th comment in the thread by agreeing with me. If only a picture of my doppelganger (who may or may not be Henry Rollins circa 1980) would be put up on the wall of the Goat, I'd achieve all conceivable Chi-Tonw [sic] honors.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:46 AM on June 21, 2010


I want my thready back thready back thready back thready back
I want my thready back thready back thready back thready back
Big thread, big thready thread (barbecue sauce)
posted by shakespeherian at 2:16 PM on June 21, 2010


Keeping it swingin' with some Louis Jordan.
posted by lholladay at 12:15 PM on June 22, 2010


So who's ready to come out to the dunes for a beach party?
posted by IndigoRain at 4:12 PM on June 22, 2010


That's where I was this weekend! We ate at Matey's Restaurant. I had the grouper tenders. Our waitress had 1/4" of ass cleavage. It made us all a little sad.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:51 AM on June 23, 2010


July meetup is the 7th, right? Let's get this shit sidebarred.
posted by lholladay at 8:36 AM on June 23, 2010


You were at the dunes? Sorry I missed you! Readery was out here on Friday when I was in Chi for the pizza meetup!
posted by IndigoRain at 1:46 PM on June 23, 2010


Hey, I rode right by Matey's Saturday AM. Did not see ass cleavage. So did not get sad.

Where were you thinking of having a beach party (although I really can't take being on a beach all day...blazing sun...sand...sweat...ick)? Maybe an evening sundown bonfire party?

Do you go to the Central Ave beach just west of Michigan City?
posted by readery at 2:38 PM on June 23, 2010


This is where I admit that I actually have no idea how to sidebar a meetup.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:30 PM on June 23, 2010


Put all the relevant info in a comment, post, copy the URL under that comment's timestamp, and then go here.
posted by eamondaly at 6:16 PM on June 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I normally go to Kemil beach which is a straight shot from the train station (there's parking and beach access all along Lakefront Drive, not just where point B is), but we'd probably have to find a different one... certain parts of the Dunes National Lakeshore don't allow alcohol and I can't find info about bonfires. It also closes at dusk (not sure how patrolled the area is). If we go to one of the beaches with bath houses and lifeguards like Washington Beach in Michigan City, it's usually a lot more crowded and there's an admission fee. Kemil has picnic tables, bathrooms (holes in the ground with toilets) and an outdoor shower. Also, Mount Baldy is now closed to climbing because of erosion - if you go there, you have to take the trail & stairs around it.

So maybe a beach party isn't such a great idea. It just seemed like the most major attraction over here. I was thinking maybe beach and then a bar. Pjern is familiar with the area, maybe he can suggest a better venue.
posted by IndigoRain at 8:23 PM on June 23, 2010


Actually, I'm not that familiar other than with small areas of the park. Good luck, though.
posted by pjern at 9:35 PM on June 23, 2010


Let's keep it rolling, ChiFites.

Wednesday, July 7th, 6pm until karaoke.
BIlly Goat on Lower Michigan.

Please continue to fill this thread with love, happiness, and space whales.
posted by lholladay at 7:50 AM on June 24, 2010


I was going to suggest that, perhaps, we start a new thread, but, meh.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:59 AM on June 24, 2010


Is this the longest meetup thread in history? I went back through posts tagged with 'meetup' and the closest I found was a few 170-ish comment threads for Brooklyn.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:14 AM on June 24, 2010


IN YOUR FACE, NEW YORK.

OUR PIZZA IS BETTER, TOO.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:16 AM on June 24, 2010


NO ADAM IT REALLY ISN'T. PEQUOD'S SHOWED ME THAT THERE IS SOME LIGHT IN THE OTHERWISE BLACK ABYSS THAT IS CHICAGO VERSIONS OF FOODS BUT DON'T BE RIDICULOUS.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:19 AM on June 24, 2010


why are you guys yelling i had a lot of whiskey last night ow
posted by shakespeherian at 10:37 AM on June 24, 2010


Sorry guy. Not sorry that you had the whiskey. That's rad.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:36 PM on June 24, 2010


it was in sour mix and then i had it neat but it was like six fingers ow
posted by shakespeherian at 12:43 PM on June 24, 2010


I love you and your space whales, but on this topic we will have no accord. Which whiskey, shakes?
posted by adamdschneider at 12:52 PM on June 24, 2010


I have recently decided that my signature cocktail is a Maker's sour, but we ran out of sour mix pretty quickly (oh, five people drink a lot?) so I started pouring out my Gentleman Jack. That's right, it was an all-American whiskey night, exemplified by an epic battle between Kentucky and Tennessee. I'm not sure why I don't have any Irish or Scotch right now. I could have set up brackets.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:56 PM on June 24, 2010


This is very much all, "Yo dawg I heard yo like threads, So I put a thread in your thread so you can Read while you Read!"
posted by Windigo at 1:19 PM on June 24, 2010


I am a Gentleman Jack fan.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:20 PM on June 24, 2010


Since I just rediscovered this thread, I shall post here what I just posted in the other:

Bong @ 9:30.
posted by Windigo at 1:22 PM on June 24, 2010


SpiffyRob I am going to waterboard you with pizza.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:35 PM on June 24, 2010


As long as it has anchovies and garlic I am happy to be considered an enemy combatant.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:49 PM on June 24, 2010


Now I just have to put on my rubber Rumsfeld mask.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:55 PM on June 24, 2010


I hate Maker's and am not much of a fan of Gentleman Jack.
posted by eamondaly at 2:40 PM on June 24, 2010


I didn't say they were my favorites, but I'm not about to be mixing Macallan 18 year into a cocktail.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:43 PM on June 24, 2010


I said they were your favorites.

That's right.

You'll just have to come to the next meetup to fight me.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:53 PM on June 24, 2010


Ooo, the IRL site is live.
posted by lholladay at 2:58 PM on June 24, 2010


YOU SONUVABISCUIT
posted by shakespeherian at 3:01 PM on June 24, 2010


BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I was going to post the Cafe Bong event on the IRL site so Chicago could be first, but nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Official meetups only!
posted by eamondaly at 7:08 PM on June 24, 2010


So you know that guy dressed and painted like a statue that we saw at the last pizza meetup... is there a word for "guy that dresses and paints himself to look like a statue?" Is it just "performance artist?"
posted by IndigoRain at 9:28 PM on June 25, 2010


Living statue.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:59 PM on June 25, 2010


Ooh, that works. Thanks!
posted by IndigoRain at 12:28 AM on June 26, 2010


I love whiskey. However, apparently, I am better known for the rhubarbara.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:08 PM on June 26, 2010


Actually, I suspect I have only ever met one whiskey I didn't like. American Eagle. That stuff isn't even Old Pan Therpis.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:09 PM on June 26, 2010


Does the Goat have a liquor license? I've heard that the menu is quite small. True?
posted by tzikeh at 3:10 PM on June 27, 2010


If the Goat didn't have a liquor license it would probably infere with the large quantities of whiskey shots and darks beers and Horny Goats we guzzle there.

The menu insists of greasy meats that can be griddled and slapped on a bun. Also, chips, no fries. I'll be making my customary run to Xoco if you want something, though.
posted by Juliet Banana at 3:39 PM on June 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


And if you're wondering what I mean by running to Xoco it's because this thread has been going on FOREVER. I'll post a reminder the day of, but here are the details for Cupcake's Torta Delivery.
posted by Juliet Banana at 6:26 PM on June 27, 2010


And I've been yelling at Juliet Banana because I have been dying to go eat at Rick Bayless' restaurants (Xoco, Frontera, Topolobampo) forEVer and she gets to go as often as she wants, and she wouldn't smuggle tortas into Giordano's for me. But she does smuggle them into the Goat.

P.S. I've Twittered at him several times and he says if he is in, you are welcome to ask for him and he will come out and say hi. But at the pizza meetup when I was in Chi, he'd said on Twitter that he was in Aspen at the time.
posted by IndigoRain at 10:08 PM on June 27, 2010


I kind of believe a celebrity chef should be spending the brief time they spend in their kitchens managing shit and being an executive chef, not glad handling tourists and self-described "foodies," so I feel weird asking for Ricky B like we're old friends or some shit.

That being said, I spent my 18th birthday hanging out with Alton Brown and when I saw head mixologist Charles Joly outside The Drawing Room* I made him light my cigarette and flirted with him hardcore, so I appreciate gourmand geekdom.

If you ever make it to a Billy Goat meetup, I'll get you your torta. Hell, I'll throw in a churro.

*Dear Charles, if you ever find this while egosurfing yourself, hit a girl up.
posted by Juliet Banana at 8:27 AM on June 30, 2010


It's 4:14 and I've been at work for 2 hours. Wooooo!
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:14 AM on July 1, 2010


you're punchy, spiffy, take a nap.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:11 AM on July 1, 2010


NEVAR.

Sup dawg, I heard you like not overpaying for shipping, so I put an updated shipping calculation based on size and weight into your fine home goods retail website so you can get things sent to you at a reasonable price while you furnish your domicile.

/doing it exactly right.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:01 AM on July 1, 2010


No seriously. I will NOT WUSS OUT this time.

Karaoke ahoooyyyyyyyyyyy!
posted by bibliogrrl at 10:29 AM on July 1, 2010


I'm currently at a meetup and all of you are missing out!

(adamdschneider and I are eating poutine and drinking beer outside The Southern)

(since adamdschneider is at every single Mefi meet, every time he and at least one Meef meetup it counts as a meetup)
posted by Juliet Banana at 5:12 PM on July 1, 2010


I am the Melpha and the OmeFi.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:06 PM on July 1, 2010


NEVER FORGET
posted by Juliet Banana at 5:35 AM on July 3, 2010


Can I? Shall I make it to the first one I've been to in, like, a year? (shameful shameful)

I will try.

My arteries are probably just now unclogged from the last steak + egg. Time to gum them back up.
posted by sparkletone at 2:00 PM on July 3, 2010


it will be nice to see you, sparkle.
posted by crush-onastick at 4:27 PM on July 3, 2010


What is this? Sparkletone going to a meetup, finally? Why, I never! I was beginning to think I would only ever see you again at Radiohead shows.
posted by Windigo at 4:34 PM on July 3, 2010


Yeah. I missed a few for legit reasons and then kind of forgot to either 1) notice it was the first wednesday or 2) look at metatalk. Ever.

But perhaps I can become a meetup recidivist once more...
posted by sparkletone at 4:55 PM on July 3, 2010


I almost don't want to change this thread from 555 comments.

Almost.
posted by crush-onastick at 1:32 PM on July 4, 2010


Dammit. Now we're going to have to get it up to 666.
posted by sparkletone at 3:15 PM on July 4, 2010


That was the plan when I started the thread, actually. I was looking for a way to get Satan to check out the Taste of Chicago.
posted by shakespeherian at 3:47 PM on July 4, 2010


we'll never make it in time to get him here before the Taste ends!
posted by crush-onastick at 6:48 PM on July 4, 2010


When's the air and water show? Maybe we can get him here for that!
posted by sparkletone at 7:02 PM on July 4, 2010


With me, Satan is welcome anyday.


That's why I got a pentagram tattooed on my anus.
posted by Juliet Banana at 9:53 PM on July 4, 2010


I was just going to DM this to Adamdschneider, but Twitter is down, and we need a billion more comments to summon the dark lord, so here goes:

Last night I dreamt that Mathowie had instituted a system where every Ask Metafilter question would have an accompanying illustration. Users would submit drawings, like, maybe you'd draw a toilet and somebody pee-peeing into it, and tag it "toilet urination wee-wee bathroom" and then when somebody posted "My little boy wee-wees all over the toilet when he urinates, how can I get him to use the bathroom more effectively?" it would automatically match up the user-submitted illustration.

In my dream really only one person had done any submissions, and they were all done in MSPaint, and I vowed to spend all my lunch breaks drawing sexy drawings for NSFW anonymous questions.


This idea is the worst pony every, and seeing as I also robbed a bank and develop female-pattern-baldness in my dreams last night, I strongly suggest no one suggest otherwise.

(still half asleep)
posted by Juliet Banana at 6:57 AM on July 5, 2010


I know that scientifically speaking, everyone dreams, myself included obvs. However, for whatever reason, it's super, super rare for me to remember my dreams or even that I was dreaming when I wake up.

Reading things like that makes me totes okay with this.
posted by sparkletone at 12:28 PM on July 5, 2010


C'mon, guys, it's Satan! We can do this!
posted by shakespeherian at 12:40 PM on July 5, 2010


That is one seriously weird dream.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:21 PM on July 5, 2010


Sure, we can do this, but what's in it for us? I mean, money? power? my name in lights? What does his Overlord of Evilness offer at the Air & Water Show? I want a ride in the SR-71.
posted by crush-onastick at 6:12 PM on July 5, 2010


What does his Overlord of Evilness offer at the Air & Water Show?

Free taquitos.

It's a subtle evil.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:07 PM on July 5, 2010


So, I just mentioned that I don't remember dreams much? Perhaps the solution is to sleep shallowly and not for very long, like I did last night due to insomnia!

I had an awesome series of dreams about tornadoes in Chicago, the most awesome of which involving a bus I was riding getting picked up and tossed in the lake.

For the record, if you're curious how to survive the bus you're in getting thrown into Lake Michigan by a tornado: Turn into a fish, like all the other bus passengers.

(Incredible Mr. Limpet joke goes here.)
posted by sparkletone at 6:47 AM on July 6, 2010


...what's in it for us?

As you might imagine, Satan is rather a "you scratch my back" kind of guy. hE offers rewards commensurate with what you can do for hIM.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:13 AM on July 6, 2010


Now is where I'd like to tell a story about a wacky dream I had so as to facilitate this thread's becoming about dreams, but I can't think of any. What is it about dreams that makes them so forgettable? I've had many a dream that I've remembered upon awaking, yet right now I can't think of a single one.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:15 AM on July 6, 2010


I have precious little to offer Satan. But I'll buy him a whiskey.

Last night I dreamed that Guy had a totally different name. First, last, middle. Totally different and not the name of anyone I know, have known or even heard off, to my recollection and the internet's search engines. Yet, he was still Guy and we were just going about our business. My dreams are random and irrelevant and, apparently, quite subtle.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:47 AM on July 6, 2010


Because I'm becoming confused at this point, I'm laying out all of the active MeFiChi threads below:

-The present page, Shakespeherian's 570+ comment omnithread.
-The Giordano's thread that hoperaiseshell raised.
-lholladay's inaugural MeFiChi MefiIRL thread.
-Stewriffic's July 23rd meetup thread, original MetaTalk flavor.
-July 23rd meetup thread, cool ranch style.

If there were no Chicago Cabal—which is entirely the case!—it would be necessary to invent it.
posted by Iridic at 12:08 PM on July 6, 2010


Someone should ask pb to keep this thread open in perpetuity.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:16 PM on July 6, 2010


That Giordano's thread is defunct. The meetup came and went, and I think we can only handle one immortal thread at a time.

Yes, I am saying there can be only one.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:28 PM on July 6, 2010


All the sword fighting, beheading, etc. is going to make meetups way, way, way more awkward.

Particularly because I have not been trained by Sean Connery to behead my enemies in the most dramatic manner possible.
posted by sparkletone at 12:43 PM on July 6, 2010


...karaoke?

Um.

Really? Where does this take place? Is it... frightening?
posted by tzikeh at 12:44 PM on July 6, 2010


Thunder and lightning... I tell you it's frightening.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:50 PM on July 6, 2010


You better knock on wood.

Three times. (Twice on the pipes, if the answer is "no").
posted by crush-onastick at 1:06 PM on July 6, 2010


KARAOKE THREAD
posted by shakespeherian at 1:23 PM on July 6, 2010


Oh, oh, oh oh oh.

Oh, oh, oh oh.

Professional background.

THE WHITE STUFF
posted by adamdschneider at 1:29 PM on July 6, 2010


A long, long time ago...
I can still remember
How that elephant used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those cat .gifs dance
And-- maybe-- we'd be happy for a while.

But portabellos made me shiver
With every pageload Chrome delivered.
Goatse in the longboat;
I couldn’t take the reload.

I can’t remember if I cried
When I read some epic caps lock snide,
But something touched me deep inside
The day the IMG tag died.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:38 PM on July 6, 2010


Brother bought a little steak, he bought it for a dime
His sister had a couple eggs, she paid for with a lime.

She put an egg on the steak, and she ate them all up
She put an egg on the steak, and she ate them all up
She put an egg on the steak, and she ate them all up
She put an egg on the steak...

Can you tell I'm having a craving?
posted by sparkletone at 9:02 AM on July 7, 2010


We are the cabal
We're coming out
Got my Flash on it's true
Need that jpeg of you
With a white background
It'd be so professional

Fedora and jeans
In this picture of you
Not sure what it means
Is it Ghostbusters 2?
It don't make no sense
Ready for quoting SCIENCE
'Cause you know mathowie I-

I'm your biggest fan
I'll follow you with no HAMBURGER
Meta-Metafilter
Baby there's no other hardcore tater
You know that I'll be your-
Meta-Metafilter
posted by shakespeherian at 10:01 AM on July 7, 2010


ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: First meetup in the better part of a year.

Lovely seeing everyone new and OOOOOOLLLLLDDDDDDDD.
posted by sparkletone at 11:49 PM on July 7, 2010


I am commenting in the most recent of my Recent Activity threads. I can't believe it's 2:00AM. Ow.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:01 AM on July 8, 2010


Well I rode home in the rain, but I'm all safe. Now time for macaroni.
posted by lholladay at 12:12 AM on July 8, 2010


(Apologies, but given a conversation about mods tonight...)

When the day job bites hard,
and ambitions are low,
the link count is high,
but the content's still low,
they're taking you away,
deleting this post

Mods, mods will tear us apart again.
Mods, mods will tear us apart again...

I'll, uh. I'll refrain from doing something similar to Stand By Me.

PS: My inner huge nerd wants to be all FFFFUUUU about being out of the house when the Starcraft beta came back up, but tonight was too lovely to mind. Also, it's getting hammered and isn't very stable at the moment, so better to be out anyway.

PPS: Would've been LULZ if someone'd done this one tonight. MAYBE NEXT TIME.
posted by sparkletone at 12:30 AM on July 8, 2010


I look forward to August, when I won't be so busy and won't go home so early. Not that I'm likely to be out past midnight.
posted by crush-onastick at 6:58 AM on July 8, 2010


We're kicking you out of the cabal. You made kaz cry.
posted by eamondaly at 8:48 AM on July 8, 2010


dammit. i'm a dumb bastard. how about if i bring cookies?
posted by crush-onastick at 9:47 AM on July 8, 2010


Nope. Jen already said she'd bring cookies.
posted by eamondaly at 11:28 AM on July 8, 2010


Heck. We should bring cookies too. I'll make sure we are on that.
posted by bibliogrrl at 12:15 PM on July 8, 2010


Hm. without cookies I have nothing to offer. Other than rhubabaras.
posted by crush-onastick at 12:16 PM on July 8, 2010


We will also accept brownies.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:48 PM on July 8, 2010


Yeah, next time I'm totally bringing cookies. And probably the non-MeFite boyfriend.
posted by phunniemee at 1:29 PM on July 8, 2010


I can do brownies, I suppose. But the legal sort, only.
posted by crush-onastick at 6:12 PM on July 10, 2010


Hey so has anyone been to The Plymouth Rooftop Bar & Grill by the downtown library? Don't go. I ordered a Hendrick's martini and the waiter asked me what that was. I told him it was a kind of gin and he said, 'So, gin... and...?'

I had to tell him that a martini has gin and vermouth.

And then when my drink came it was in a rocks glass with crushed ice and a lime wedge.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:00 AM on July 15, 2010


Ha ha. That's not a bartender, that's a barstander.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:03 PM on July 15, 2010


Oh, the waiter, right. Still.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:03 PM on July 15, 2010


I had a very decent turkey sandwich there once. I'll have to remember to stick to the "& Grill" part if I return.
posted by Iridic at 12:18 PM on July 15, 2010


It confuses me that the waiter needed to know exactly what the drink was. I mean, wouldn't you just write it down and give it to the bartender? Unless the waiter is making the drinks... or there's a total n00b behind the bar. Either way, bad scene.
posted by lholladay at 12:20 PM on July 15, 2010


Oh, and I should mention that after my drink came, it dawned on me that I'd seen him write on his pad 'gin vermouth.' My working theory is that he thought a Hendrick's Martini is a particular sort of drink, like a Tom Collins or something. What I got was clearly not Hendrick's.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:17 PM on July 15, 2010


Wow, this thread is still going? We're moving in to our new place in Uptown on August 1, if anyone wants to come help us unload stuff and drink the beer we're bringing along.
posted by booknerd at 12:35 PM on July 21, 2010


I am well known for being the MeFite Who Will Help Anyone Move.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:36 PM on July 21, 2010


Man, I was totally going to sneak into this thread (having so successfully distracted shakespeherian with our Bee Gees battle) and reclaim the lead. Curses.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:28 PM on July 21, 2010


Damn, when did I fall so far behind? 87? Fail.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:33 PM on July 21, 2010


We have 59 comments left to get to 666 by Friday evening, so maybe you should just make all of them.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:59 PM on July 21, 2010


NOT SO FAST HOTSHOT
posted by shakespeherian at 2:14 PM on July 21, 2010


My 666th favorite and 666th comment on the blue were both in response to the same, famously pious Meef user.
posted by jtron at 2:28 PM on July 21, 2010


Intentionally, jtron? I could see the comment being intentional, though not the favorite. Unless, of course, it was a self-favorite, which would really make the whole enterprise not much to brag about.
posted by SpiffyRob at 5:58 AM on July 22, 2010


Also, juuuust in case anyone missed Iridic's helpful summary above, there's a Pizza Auxiliary Yearning Nourishment Engagement (AKA: A MeFiChi Pizza Party) tomorrow! With out of town guests and everything!
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:01 AM on July 22, 2010


Hmm, didn't necessarily intend to link people right into the middle of the Bee Gees song parody battle, but hey, if that doesn't prepare you for when I bring the PAYNE, nothing will.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:03 AM on July 22, 2010


Wait you were parodying Bee Gees songs? I was just writing poetry.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:45 AM on July 22, 2010


I am well known for being the MeFite Who Will Help Anyone Move.
posted by adamdschneider More than 18 hours ago [+]


This is something that may come back to haunt you.
posted by readery at 7:54 AM on July 22, 2010


Well, it wouldn't be the first.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:12 AM on July 22, 2010


SpiffyRob: intentional on none of the three (?) counts :p
posted by jtron at 10:48 AM on July 22, 2010


Juliet Banana, eriko and I had a 10 minute meetup outside Revolution Brewery last night. Wild time.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:30 AM on July 25, 2010


The sad part about Rev Brewing on a Saturday night is that that 10 minutes meetup was only 1/6th of our time spend waiting for a table.
posted by Juliet Banana at 9:59 AM on July 25, 2010


The happy part about Rev Brewing on a Saturday night is duck confit pizza, Iron Fist Pale Ale, and an eminently fuckable bartender with long shiny shampoo-commercial hair and double-barreled sleeve tats.


Oh, yeah, and running into eriko.
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:01 AM on July 25, 2010


LIVE DAMMIT
posted by shakespeherian at 12:44 PM on July 26, 2010


Compressions!
posted by adamdschneider at 1:36 PM on July 26, 2010


Holy Jesus, this thread is over three months old.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:36 PM on July 26, 2010


Holy Jesus GREAT LORD SATAN, this thread is over three months old.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:40 PM on July 26, 2010


I WANNA KILL EVERYONE
SATAN IS GOOD
SATAN IS OUR PAL
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:47 PM on July 26, 2010


Sometimes I think
When I look up, real high
That there's such a big world up there
I'd like to give it a try
But then I sink
Cos it's here I'm suppossed to stay

But I get so lonely down here
Tell me why does it have to be that way

Up there there is so much room
Where babies burp and flowers bloom
Everyone dreams, I can dream too

Up there, Up where the skys are ocean blue
I could be safe and live without a care up thereeee.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:54 PM on July 26, 2010


Satan is real, working in spirit
You can see him and hear him in this world every day
Satan is real, working with power
He can tempt you, and lead you astray
posted by lholladay at 2:04 PM on July 26, 2010


Probably fewer people will find this funny once it turns out Daley has conspired to have his wife impregnated by Satan.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:38 PM on July 26, 2010


We were sitting in a bar in new orleans over the weekend. One of those ones with all sorts of random photos and signs and things. And my sister said, incredulously, "is that a young Richard M.?"
posted by crush-onastick at 3:45 PM on July 26, 2010






Satan eats Cheez Whiz.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:30 PM on July 26, 2010


Is the Cheez Whiz on those little veggie crackers in the interesting shapes? Cause I don't like it on Ritz.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:58 PM on July 26, 2010


Which crackers are these? SHOW ME
posted by shakespeherian at 8:02 PM on July 26, 2010


You can see them here. Or purchase them here.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:12 PM on July 26, 2010


I have somehow lived my entire life ignorant of a Nabisco product. How is that possible?
posted by shakespeherian at 8:18 PM on July 26, 2010


Shakes, what with Kraft owning Nabisco and all, if you come visit me at work maybe we can get a tour of Kraft's offices, which are just up the street, or their R&D lab, which is slightly further down the street.

Sidenote: Kraft's new logo is terrible.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:11 AM on July 27, 2010


Business lunch! I'm already wearing my business socks.

And you know why they call them business socks.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:13 AM on July 27, 2010


It is terrible, Spiffy! But I will nonetheless endeavor to make today delicious.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:50 AM on July 27, 2010


Yeah that new logo is terrible. It looks like every other re-do logo I've seen this year.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:55 AM on July 27, 2010


Bearing the slogan, "Make today delicious," the new Kraft logo consists of an upward, red smile exploding into an array of seven "flavor bursts"...

What are Flavor Bursts? And why are they Bursting from the side of a crimson, lopsided smile?
posted by Iridic at 8:22 AM on July 27, 2010


Kraft Foods: Brought to you by the Joker.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:26 AM on July 27, 2010


I thought that was supposed to be a firework.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:06 AM on July 27, 2010


Nothing says compressed vegetable oil like the thrill of exploding gunpowder!
posted by shakespeherian at 9:13 AM on July 27, 2010


why seven? I don't know that a seven flavor bursts are sufficient to make today delicious. I just spent 72 hours tasting free samples of alcohol. A mere seven bursts of flavor can't compete.
posted by crush-onastick at 9:31 AM on July 27, 2010


That reminds me that we should do a microbrew crawl someday.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:37 AM on July 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


72 hours? Were the samples enormous, or did you drink really slowly? Also, why aren't you dead?

I mean, I *suppose* it's possible you didn't mean 72 consecutive, uninterrupted hours, but I'm going to assume, for now, that you did.
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:42 AM on July 27, 2010


Well, we did take food breaks. And slept a little. But largely we drank. Though it wasn't all free samples. And most of the sample were pretty small. But tasty. And free.

I am not dead, Spiffy, because I know how to pace myself.
posted by crush-onastick at 9:46 AM on July 27, 2010


So, like, five drinks then?
posted by shakespeherian at 9:53 AM on July 27, 2010


five-and-a-half thankyouverymuch.
posted by crush-onastick at 10:20 AM on July 27, 2010


Can't say I blame you. Those Mike's Cranberries can be pretty tough to get through.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:26 AM on July 27, 2010


Surprisingly, it was the whiskey that did me in. We were being tossed out of the tasting, so I dumped a couple of my not-finished whiskeys into the (clean) spit cup. Trashcan whiskey is nasty.
posted by crush-onastick at 12:09 PM on July 27, 2010


"Trashcan Whiskey" is my Tom Waits cover band.
posted by lholladay at 12:28 PM on July 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


That reminds me that we should do a microbrew crawl someday.

I am working my approximately-annual shift at Quenchers this Saturday night if anyone needs to practice for this entirely hypothetical event
posted by jtron at 12:46 PM on July 28, 2010


Hey Quenchers is the site of the historical failed meetup!
posted by shakespeherian at 12:52 PM on July 28, 2010


Quenchers has the worst photo booth in Chicago, and by worst I mean best. It takes a full cigarette break to spit out a strip of murky photos, full of streaks and dark spots, still wet and smeary with developing chemicals.

It's awesome, and I probably spend equal amounts on that goddamn photo booth as I do keeping the Pride & Joys flowing.

Now that I think about it the real worst photo booth is probably Skylark, because I once took a strip of photos in it, made out with the boy I was taking photos with in the booth, and then it abruptly stopped working when we came up for air/another strip. I've been back months later and it STILL DOESN'T WORK. Likely it's just full of money or out of supplies but I can't help but feel like maybe it was punishing me for using it's sacred confines to mack on a bike nerd.
posted by Juliet Banana at 12:56 PM on July 28, 2010


The one meetup I've made it to (bar the worldwide one on eamondaly's block) was the 'historical failed' one. I'm part of history!
posted by jtron at 12:59 PM on July 28, 2010


A lot of people made it to that one, but very few actually encountered one another.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:01 PM on July 28, 2010


I'm curious - where's the thread for this debacle?
posted by lholladay at 1:07 PM on July 28, 2010


Here is where it was planned(-ish), with debacle beginning here. Regretful followup here.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:20 PM on July 28, 2010


Wonder if anyone took pics at the bar that night? We could go through and identify people/out ourselves...
posted by jtron at 1:29 PM on July 28, 2010


Ah, the heady days of the Age of Exploration, before the confines of Meetup Civilization closed the map and regularized the time and place of our drunken excursions.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:33 PM on July 28, 2010


I was more of a SimCity guy myself.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:49 PM on July 28, 2010


Aww, it's so cute! Adam had never been to the Billy Goat! Meetup threads only got 13 comments!
posted by Juliet Banana at 1:57 PM on July 28, 2010


We're bearing down on comment triple-six. Anyone got anything appropriately blasphemous planned?
posted by Iridic at 1:59 PM on July 28, 2010


Yeah I think so.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:01 PM on July 28, 2010


ALL HAIL REDDIT
posted by shakespeherian at 2:02 PM on July 28, 2010 [4 favorites]


now you're just making me feel bad for having a reddit account
posted by lholladay at 2:14 PM on July 28, 2010


Well played, sir!
posted by hydrophonic at 2:26 PM on July 28, 2010


i feel dirty
posted by shakespeherian at 2:40 PM on July 28, 2010


I'm so glad we could make this happen. I only wish I could've contributed more. Yay team. Smoke if you got 'em.

(I do not "got 'em" because smoking is grody.)
posted by sparkletone at 7:07 AM on July 29, 2010


Okay so let's hit 1000 by Sunday.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:26 AM on July 29, 2010


Madness.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:10 AM on July 29, 2010


You may choose how SpiffyRob will riff on Adam's comment.

Option 1: "The Specials."
Option 2: "Sparta."

Please vote now.
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:01 AM on July 29, 2010


Ooh, ooh, I want Calculon to do paperwork!
posted by adamdschneider at 9:27 AM on July 29, 2010


I was going to request the lyrics to Our House.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:43 AM on July 29, 2010


That was kind of what I was getting at with Option 1, Shakes. Albeit in a more obtuse way. Still, duh^2.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:00 AM on July 29, 2010


Sparta? THIS.... IS.... OUR HOUSE!!!!
posted by shakespeherian at 10:07 AM on July 29, 2010


Convergence. Everyone's a winner. Oldies 99.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:06 AM on July 29, 2010


I'm out the door, but SpiffyRob's gonna be keeping you company on the long ride home. Don't touch that dial.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:22 PM on July 29, 2010


Hi, Adam, longtimelistenerfirsttimecaller, listen, seriously, love the show. Hey, Chainsaw! Okay but what I was calling for was-- Do you think that guy in the mattress commercial is serious about staying on the roof until he sells a thousand mattresses? I mean, it's forecast to hail this weekend.

Okay thanks, love the show!
posted by shakespeherian at 1:43 PM on July 29, 2010


Hey! Just wanted to -*Hey! Just wanted to -* *Hey! Just wanted to -* oh shoot, feedback - *to - oh shoot, feedba* - yeah, uh, let me just turn down *back - yeah, uh, let me just turn* the, uh, knob... *down the, uh*

...on my end. Sorry.

Anyway: would you play "Mountain of Love," by Johnny Rivers? I know you played it like two hours ago, but c'mon! Johnny Rivers.
posted by Iridic at 2:12 PM on July 29, 2010


Do you guys know that I used to be a Top 40/Country/Rock/Oldies DJ from roughly 1997-2002? If you ever need someone to talk from the start of a reasonably popular song released anywhere in the above period up until the split second the vocal starts, I'm your man.

It's actually a really awesome party trick.
posted by SpiffyRob at 4:27 PM on July 29, 2010


Hey look who joined yay ONE OF US ONE OF US ONE OF US
posted by shakespeherian at 10:20 PM on July 30, 2010


Totally marking her as met. Now you guys just need to make it to another meetup.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:21 PM on July 30, 2010


Nothing outlasts the Energizer. It keeps going and going and going....
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:25 AM on August 3, 2010


Hey, so this is open until October 20th, right? We should start planning a Halloween meetup.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:45 AM on August 3, 2010


oooh halloween! I totally didn't get to wear my resident evil costume last year!
posted by crush-onastick at 1:00 PM on August 3, 2010


This thread itself is a Resident Evil costume.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:02 PM on August 3, 2010


I'm never celebrating Halloween again, because I'll never think of a better costume than this.

(Note: Lady and Dog are not part of the costume.)
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:06 AM on August 4, 2010


Though I probably would have said the same thing after the previous year's costume.

(Note: Lady is a part of the costume.)
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:08 AM on August 4, 2010


My favorite costume was the year in law school I went as Ragged Robin or the year in grade school I turned a pair of polyester palazzo pants that had belonged to my Grandmother into butterfly wings. That was fun. No-one got it. But I did.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:48 AM on August 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


previous year's costume.

That is pretty damned rad.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:24 AM on August 4, 2010


Consider it my "not going to be at tongiht's meetup" gift.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:08 AM on August 4, 2010


Come on folks, 700 comments by tonight's meetup. We can do this.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:10 PM on August 4, 2010


No we can't.
posted by eamondaly at 1:12 PM on August 4, 2010


you're so negative, eamondaly. don't be a hater. it's a safe place, remember?
posted by crush-onastick at 1:17 PM on August 4, 2010


I don't remember declaring that.
posted by eamondaly at 1:18 PM on August 4, 2010


We'll never make 700.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:27 PM on August 4, 2010


Maybe not lately, but you have declared it in the past. I must have missed the revocation.
posted by crush-onastick at 1:38 PM on August 4, 2010


For O'Hagan.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:39 PM on August 4, 2010


Once our Dark Lord showed up, the space may have become less safe.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:39 PM on August 4, 2010


Oh hey, there's a party over in the bottom of the Prop 8 thread if anyone is bored with work.
posted by lholladay at 1:53 PM on August 4, 2010


Y'all should swing by the rally at Daley. It's not far from the Goat.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:22 PM on August 4, 2010


I think of each thread as a unique "place", so declaring one safe does not extend beyond the scope of that individual thread, in my opinion.
posted by eamondaly at 9:40 AM on August 5, 2010


Does that mean I need to tell you to fuck off and die in every single individual thread? I don't know if I have the commitment to the prospect of you fucking off and dying.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:01 AM on August 5, 2010


I suppose your view of "place" makes sense.
posted by crush-onastick at 10:35 AM on August 5, 2010


Let me know if you need a hand!
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:36 AM on August 5, 2010


IT'S SO ON
posted by eamondaly at 11:36 AM on August 5, 2010


(this is the best thread of all time)
posted by shakespeherian at 11:39 AM on August 5, 2010


STILL AT WORK LA LA LA LA.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:45 AM on August 5, 2010


This is the greatest and best thread in the world.




Tribute.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:41 PM on August 5, 2010


This is not the greatest thread in the world
This is just a tribute
posted by shakespeherian at 1:44 PM on August 5, 2010


Couldn't remember the greatest thread in the world, no
This is just a tribute oh oh oh
To the greatest thread in the world!
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:38 AM on August 6, 2010


He asked us:
"(snort) Be you bloggers?"
And we said, "Nay.

We are but Meefs."

ROCK
posted by adamdschneider at 6:07 AM on August 7, 2010


Joan Fucking Jett was just here, man, and y'all missed her. Seriously, I hate myself for loving you.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:42 PM on August 8, 2010


Seriously, I hate myself for loving you.

You have no idea how often I hear this.
posted by sparkletone at 3:19 AM on August 9, 2010


Live, damn you.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:10 PM on August 10, 2010


Careful Adam. You might make a Zombie Thread.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:32 PM on August 10, 2010


ARISE FROM YOUR GRAVE!
posted by eamondaly at 3:24 PM on August 10, 2010


I like how the first powerup is pretty much just taking your shirt off. Stallone must have played this game.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:29 PM on August 10, 2010


Someone poke it with a stick. Is it still breathing? Should we call 9-1-1?
posted by crush-onastick at 8:57 AM on August 12, 2010


I am going to drag this thread to 1,000 comments like Will Smith dragging that alien across the desert.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:18 AM on August 12, 2010


And I am dragging you all with it.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:19 AM on August 12, 2010


Kicking and screaming, if need be.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:19 AM on August 12, 2010


Maybe it's just me, but Will Smith being the first human being ever to come face-to-face with intelligent alien life and immediately punching it in the face and shouting 'Welcome to Earth!' was like the greatest social commentary ever committed to film.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:22 AM on August 12, 2010


How much more time do we have? Until October 20th, right? I think we can do it.
posted by lholladay at 9:23 AM on August 12, 2010


I believe in America The Thread.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:30 AM on August 12, 2010


I'm helping!
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:10 AM on August 12, 2010


I believe in Will Smith. He is the Omega Man. He can do anything. I am almost sure of it.

But I'd really believe it if he showed up at my office with an MBurger. Unconscious alien not required.
posted by crush-onastick at 10:14 AM on August 12, 2010


I hadn't thought of it before, but Will Smith and Mark Wahlberg should have a Charlton Heston remake-off.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:40 AM on August 12, 2010


I'd buy a tub of popcorn and watch that.
posted by crush-onastick at 10:50 AM on August 12, 2010


I'd watch a corn of buytub and pop that.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:05 AM on August 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Mmm, Corn Pops.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:11 AM on August 12, 2010


corn nuts. (crash)
posted by crush-onastick at 11:14 AM on August 12, 2010


Will Smith stars in Michael Bay's The Ten Commandments?
posted by adamdschneider at 11:22 AM on August 12, 2010


With Marky Mark as the voice of God.

Yo! It's about that time
To bring forth the rhythm and the rhyme
I'm a get mine so get yours
I wanna see sweat comin' out Pharaoh's pores
On the Nile strip is how I'm swingin' this
Strictly Hip-Hop boy, I ain't singin' this
Bringing this to the Israel nation
Let my people go and
Feel the vibration

posted by shakespeherian at 11:45 AM on August 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


I would watch the everloving shit out of that.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:13 PM on August 12, 2010


It is apparently the case that only lousy rappers who have become successful actors can fill the shoes of Charleton Heston.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:20 PM on August 12, 2010


I can't fuckin' wait for Ludacris to star in The Ten Commandments.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:25 PM on August 12, 2010


Since Smith's already got the Moses part locked, Ludacris can play his wisecracking archangel sidekick.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:54 PM on August 12, 2010


Now I want to make an all-ex-rapper DeMille film. Let's see:

Moses -- Will Smith
God -- Mark Wahlberg
Rameses -- LL Cool J
Nefretiti -- Queen Latifah
Dathan -- Mos Def
posted by shakespeherian at 1:09 PM on August 12, 2010


Sorry, this free-wheeling thread is just truckin' by so fast, I didn't realize the role had been filled.

I will now fill my roll with butter and eat that roll and the butter.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:30 PM on August 12, 2010


Hurf durf etc.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:50 PM on August 12, 2010


I wish I knew enough rappers-cum-actors to contribute to the concept. I don't, but I'll buy s ticket.
posted by crush-onastick at 3:40 PM on August 12, 2010


Ice Cube! Ice-T! P Diddy (sort of)! Common! T.I.! Andre 3000!
posted by shakespeherian at 5:30 PM on August 12, 2010


Ice Cube is the king.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:25 PM on August 12, 2010


Fuck, I hope somebody reads this thread someday.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:26 PM on August 12, 2010


You mean other than you, spiffy and that shakespeherian dude?
posted by crush-onastick at 9:39 PM on August 12, 2010


I hope crush-onastick reads this thread someday.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:05 AM on August 13, 2010


Can we print itnout and perform a dramatic reading at the next meetup?
posted by Juliet Banana at 5:17 AM on August 13, 2010


Also Mos Def and Heavy D.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:39 AM on August 13, 2010


I already cast Mos Def as Dathan, the Edward G. Robinson role. I'm imagining Mos Def going 'Myah, see, myah' like a Robinson caricature from a Warner Brothers cartoon. And it is glorious.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:58 AM on August 13, 2010


Don't forget 50 Cent, guys. (that post has one of the best titles ever)
posted by evisceratordeath at 7:08 AM on August 13, 2010


Oh and Eminem should play baby Moses in the basket.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:35 AM on August 13, 2010


With, like, Benjamin Button CG to put Eminem's face on a baby's body.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:36 AM on August 13, 2010


I always thought Ice Cube would have done a pretty OK job in Will Smith's role in Independence Day, but who could replace Jeff Goldblum? Hmm...
posted by adamdschneider at 7:59 AM on August 13, 2010


Violent J.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:30 AM on August 13, 2010


I've always thought RZA was sort of the Jeff Goldblum of the hiphop world.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:40 AM on August 13, 2010


Well observed. Pharrell might do in a pinch as well, though I don't know if he's ever done any acting.
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:38 AM on August 13, 2010


Air and water show this weekend! It's gonna be all like ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOM and WHOOOOOOOOOSH and SPLAAAAAAAAASH!
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:50 AM on August 13, 2010


Yeah I was hearing the planes outside my office yesterday.

FUN FACT: Last year I got married on the one hot weekend of the whole year, which was also Lollapalooza, and also the Air & Water Show. We stayed in the Drake for our wedding night and got to watch jets over Lincoln Park the next morning.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:55 AM on August 13, 2010


I wonder if the F-22 will ever come back. I'll bet I love planes more than anyone else in this thread, but after seeing that one, the rest are a little boring.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:48 PM on August 13, 2010


There are few times I hate living where I do, but the Air and Water Show is one of them. They start buzzing my apt. every 10 minutes WAY too early.

MMMAAAVVVEEERRRIIICCCKKK, etc.
posted by sparkletone at 1:01 PM on August 13, 2010


HIGHWAY TO THE
DANGER ZONE
RIDE INTO THE
DANGER ZONE
posted by shakespeherian at 1:18 PM on August 13, 2010


FUN FACT 2: Shakes is lying. Just like this year, Lolla was the first weekend in August, and Air and Water was the second. They were both excruciatingly hot. I know this because I helped a guy move out of his apartment on the first weekend, and then moved myself and my lady into that apartment the second weekend.

Because of the above, Shakes' Fun Fact is actually a Fun Lie, and so Fun Fact #2 is actually #1.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:24 PM on August 13, 2010 [2 favorites]


Huh. Well then I guess they were either 1) practicing their aeroplane funtimes in preparation for the show, or 2) some sort of Bond-level heist was going on involving jet planes, cuz I totally saw jet planes from my hotel window. I was out of town the following weekend so it's possible that's when the heist was reported.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:28 PM on August 13, 2010


Fun Lie #2: Heavy D will be starring as Ignatius J. Reilly in the upcoming Uwe Boll-directed A Confederacy of Dunces: Fat Boy in the Big Easy. Opening on both the first and second weekends of August, 2011.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:43 PM on August 13, 2010


You're just jealous that I got to watch jet planes while nude.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:59 PM on August 13, 2010


You guys are seriously hilarious. I'd listen to your morning show.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:05 PM on August 13, 2010


Also, 'Uwe Boll-directed A Confederacy of Dunces' made my skeleton turn 360 degrees around inside my skin.
posted by shakespeherian at 3:16 PM on August 13, 2010


We were watching jet planes while nude earlier today. They do their off-show passes[fn1] right over our alley and we can see them. From inside our house. We were not nude in our alley. Actually, we may not even have been nude. But it's hot enough to need to be nude. 43 days in a row of temperatures at or above 80 degrees. It has broken a record. Fuck summer. Fuck it sideways.

[fn1] Guy's dad was an Army pilot for, like, a gazillion years. And my dad was a Air Force nonpilot for, like, a gazillion years. I got to climb up a little ladder once and look inside the cockpit of the SR-71, shortly after its existence was revealed to the world and it was being shown off at the base where dad ran one of the command groups. Very exciting. Anyway. That's background. See, there's a technical term for the maneuver the pilots make when they are in an air show--or some other formation flying--and they peel off and make a pass outside the bounds of the formation flight paths. Like, say, over the alley behind our house. Neither of us can remember it and we should be ashamed.
posted by crush-onastick at 3:47 PM on August 13, 2010


Why weren't you nude in your alley? I'm nude in your alley right now.
posted by shakespeherian at 4:37 PM on August 13, 2010


That explains the sirens.
posted by crush-onastick at 4:37 PM on August 13, 2010


So you've seen the cockpit of the SR-71? Can I get some crazy scifi brain scanner thing and sell your memories to the commies?
posted by shakespeherian at 4:42 PM on August 13, 2010


Well, the Blackbird's in the Udvar-Hazy, now, so I'm not sure they'd pay you much for my fuzzy brainscan.
posted by crush-onastick at 5:03 PM on August 13, 2010


I was obviously talking about traveling back to 1961 first.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:05 PM on August 13, 2010


shhh! ixnay on the imtay raveltay. That's not in the Smithsonian, so I'm pretty sure the dirty Commie bastards don't know about it yet.
posted by crush-onastick at 5:41 PM on August 13, 2010


Speaking of which, have you guys seen the new coffee shop in Wicker Park called The Wormhole? It has a BTTF2 DeLorean in it. Complete with Mr. Fusion!
posted by shakespeherian at 6:38 PM on August 13, 2010


I work down the street from there. Coworkers claim the ambience isn't just a gimmick and that the coffee is excellent as well.
posted by sparkletone at 7:08 PM on August 13, 2010


We went in there last weekend and indeed the coffee is excellent. I had a mocha with Grand Marnier in it.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:11 PM on August 13, 2010


It has a BTTF2 DeLorean in it. Complete with Mr. Fusion!

That is so amazingly amazing, I think I'd like to steal it.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:37 PM on August 13, 2010


What's this about tim travel?
posted by eamondaly at 12:47 PM on August 14, 2010


he has a really cool car. that's about all there is to say about tim travel.
posted by crush-onastick at 3:30 PM on August 14, 2010


Well that's the only polite thing to say about him.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:15 PM on August 14, 2010


Well, there's gossip and lies, too. Which might be fun to say. But I never was good at spinning a yarn.
posted by crush-onastick at 9:31 AM on August 15, 2010


SO WELL NOW THEN
posted by shakespeherian at 10:27 AM on August 17, 2010


The other longboat crashed ashore before it got to one thousand. The fools. They didn't realize meetup threads give us all the time in the world. We'll live like kings, I tells ya.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:07 AM on August 17, 2010


Favorites as far as the eye can see!
posted by adamdschneider at 11:13 AM on August 17, 2010


My favorite thing about longboats is how long the boats are.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:14 AM on August 17, 2010


They certainly have it all over wideboats.
posted by Iridic at 11:20 AM on August 17, 2010


And deepboats are just kind of dumb.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:27 AM on August 17, 2010


Boats, boats in the deeps...
posted by adamdschneider at 11:29 AM on August 17, 2010


You know, Guy's brother-in-law was in town, and we took him to dinner and then were walking along the lake. And somehow, the Simpson's came up in conversation and I asked, "So, when Ralph says 'sleep! that's where I'm a Viking!' what does he mean." And Guy's brother-in-law said "He's dreaming he's a Viking." and Guy says "Goddamn philosopher majors." I guess I should have asked "Does Ralph's longboat have a dragonhead?"
posted by crush-onastick at 11:54 AM on August 17, 2010


I had something to say.

But then I burned out, and it faded away.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:29 PM on August 17, 2010


I just realized that the fact that I believe I KNOW exactly what Ralph Wiggam meant and can truly understand all his inner hopes and dreams has no basis in reality.
posted by readery at 12:51 PM on August 17, 2010


Sleep! That's where I'm a tater!

Much less controversial now.
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:32 PM on August 17, 2010


Does sleep imbue tater-like qualities? Or like a true philosopher are you merely dreaming?
posted by readery at 3:11 PM on August 17, 2010


I just realized we missed the opportunity for a timely CCR reference 51 comments ago.
posted by adamdschneider at 4:39 PM on August 17, 2010


But are we past the opportunity for an UNtimely CCR reference?
posted by crush-onastick at 8:58 PM on August 17, 2010


373 arising up from the ground
Won't you leave me up in Quebec with a mid-day hound
I want to stay
Working in a stationary solo performance

No folks are killed, made to hold the flag perfectly steady
Ooh they're green yellow and sort of an off-pink

Killed off the peninsula.
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:06 AM on August 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Whoops, those were timely UNCCR references. My bust.

Also, it should be "solo act" not "solo performance". Fail fail.
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:07 AM on August 18, 2010


I'm judging you.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:25 AM on August 18, 2010


But not silently judging you. You should work on that.
posted by crush-onastick at 9:29 AM on August 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


What? I'm judging. That's right. I'm not afraid to say so. I'm out and I'm proud.

JUDGED
posted by shakespeherian at 9:32 AM on August 18, 2010


It's always a challenge, when doing an UN thing, whether your should seek to do the UN version of every word, or just try to UN the whole meaning. Like, "Killed off the peninsula" isn't really the UN of "Born on the Bayou", because "Born off the Bayou" would really be that.

/puts on lipstick and leans back on the sofa while listening to ELO's "Telephone Line."
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:39 AM on August 18, 2010


I'm unsilently judging your unsilenced judging. I'm also unsilently musing about whether or not I may be silently judging my own unsilent judging.
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:44 AM on August 18, 2010


I'm now unsilently judging my use of "unsilenced" above. It has been silenced, at least temporarily. Or Shakes is just judging me, out loud, to random passers-by. Both seem likely.

But, truly, all of this is, technically, "silent" judging, or at least very quiet, because typing should be the only noise it makes. Unless one of us is using a screen reader, or has a loud CPU.

But here's a thought: If I judge you in print, and then you read it aloud, it's on YOU that it's not silent judging, so, shouldn't I get ice cream?
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:48 AM on August 18, 2010


Negalibel calls for ice cream; contraslander, frozen yogurt. Your combination scenario, SpiffyRob, demands Dippin' Dots.
posted by Iridic at 10:04 AM on August 18, 2010


so, shouldn't I get ice cream?

My judgement causes lactose intolerance.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:59 AM on August 18, 2010


And causes the use of extra "e"s.

Hey, I have astronaut ice cream belonging to my brother in law's brother in law's nephew. Anyone want to come over & make a toddler cry by stealing his astronaut ice cream?





Really? You do? You should be ashamed of yourself. And, no, I won't let you in. I will just judge you, loudly, cause Guy has the music turned up and otherwise you won't be able to hear me.
posted by crush-onastick at 11:22 AM on August 18, 2010


Iridic: Dippin' Dots

How did the ice cream of the future get brought into this?

Oh yeah, time travel.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:23 AM on August 18, 2010


I am now picturing crush-onastick glaring at me so hard that it is audible.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:26 AM on August 18, 2010


Scary, right? Very scary, considering I also have a sour apple dum-dum in my mouth and a disgruntled cat on my lap. I'm like a James Bond villain, a time-traveling James Bond villain. Man, I love working from home.
posted by crush-onastick at 11:49 AM on August 18, 2010


Now I'm thinking of Doctor Claw.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:52 AM on August 18, 2010


I was thinking more "Silas Greenback" but then I'm ancient.
posted by crush-onastick at 12:08 PM on August 18, 2010


Now I'm thinking of Sidney Greenstreet.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:11 PM on August 18, 2010


Better than Simon Legree.
posted by crush-onastick at 12:30 PM on August 18, 2010


I don't even have a cabin.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:35 PM on August 18, 2010


I don't have an Uncle Tom. So we're. . . uh . . . even?
posted by crush-onastick at 12:41 PM on August 18, 2010


Hey nor do I, in neither the original nor the newer sense!
posted by shakespeherian at 12:45 PM on August 18, 2010


I wanna know
Have you never smelled the snow?

Kept a shitty job in the country
Playing for a lady, never.
But I was unable to sleep the entire time
Secure in the knowledge that things couldn't have been any different.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:07 PM on August 18, 2010


Silas Greenback. Holy hell.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:59 PM on August 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


I do have an Uncle Tom and now that I think about it, his first house was a log cabin. 100% true.
posted by eamondaly at 3:27 PM on August 18, 2010


Also, sour apple Dum-Dums are the best Dum-Dums, with Root Beer and Blue Raspberry close behind.
posted by eamondaly at 3:28 PM on August 18, 2010


By the way, I love Dippin' Dots. If you love Dippin' Dots, you should go to UIC Pavilion this Saturday at 6pm to watch roller derby and eat Dippin' Dots!
posted by eamondaly at 3:36 PM on August 18, 2010


I have never had Dippin' Dots. I am stuck in the past.
posted by shakespeherian at 4:10 PM on August 18, 2010


Shakes, son. you need to get yourself to some roller derby and have them dippin dots.
posted by crush-onastick at 5:11 PM on August 18, 2010


Growing up, I only ever saw them in those little gazebos at the mall-- the same structures that sell costume jewelry and T-Mobile. Thus, I assumed Dippin' Dots were made of plastic and would be terrible.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:26 PM on August 18, 2010


So are we going to see you at the next meetup?
posted by adamdschneider at 6:30 PM on August 18, 2010


One expects to see many you's at meetups.
posted by crush-onastick at 6:45 AM on August 19, 2010


It's the ice cream of the fuckin' future. Who cares if its made of plastic? If you don't get with it, you're gonna be all like "hey what happened to my ice cream it's all little dots now I'm used to it being scoops or like in cases where the scooper is lazy just kind of like slabs pulled off the side of the container" and then the rest of us are gonna be all like "ha ha past boy why don't you go ride your penny-farthing home and cry about it we're gonna ride this rocketship to the stars!"
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:56 AM on August 19, 2010


In a comment that's mostly an intentional grammatical nightmare, my unintentional missed apostrophe is haunting me. Silently.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:58 AM on August 19, 2010


So, it's not an Apostrogeist?
posted by crush-onastick at 7:24 AM on August 19, 2010


There's no I in meetup.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:58 AM on August 19, 2010


There's no puteem in meetup.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:15 AM on August 19, 2010


Also if I had a penny-farthing you fuckers would know about it cuz there'd be giant tire tread all over your faces.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:18 AM on August 19, 2010


well, then you really wouldn't get to share out dippin dots.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:39 AM on August 19, 2010


If the longboat is the wrongboat, I don't want to be right.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:55 AM on August 19, 2010


Is it the weekend yet? Cause I'm exhausted.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:59 AM on August 19, 2010


The only impending meetup I see is for expensive barbecue tonight three blocks from my apartment.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:01 AM on August 19, 2010


Chicken, fool.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:14 AM on August 19, 2010


It is possible to barbecue chicken.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:09 AM on August 19, 2010


Fried chicken, fool.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:30 AM on August 19, 2010


It is possible to deep-fry a barbecue.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:38 AM on August 19, 2010


I've been longing to try out this 500° roast chicken recipe, but it'll have to wait until after tonight's grease coma subsides.
posted by Iridic at 10:51 AM on August 19, 2010


Some friends and I once made Southern Stromboli:

1.) Take two pieces Papa John's thin crust BBQ chicken pizza.
2.) Add City Barbeque pulled pork between pizza slices.
3.) Close pizza around pork with toothpicks.
4.) Batter dip.
5.) Deep fry.
6.) Eat with City Barbeque Brushfire BBQ sauce. Lesser sauces may be used but are not recommended.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:03 AM on August 19, 2010


Iridic: I've been longing to try out this 500° roast chicken recipe, but it'll have to wait until after tonight's grease coma subsides.

I would invite myself to that meet-up in a New York Chicago minute.

shakespeherian: There's no puteem in meetup.

A puteem sounds like something I don't want at a meetup. Or anywhere.

* A Chicago minute is like a New York minute, only cooler, faster, and maybe a little fatter.

posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:07 AM on August 19, 2010


ONE OF US! ONE OF US! ONE OF US!
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:25 AM on August 19, 2010


Yay! Now we need more SOs to actually, y'know, post (HE HINTED QUIETLY)
posted by shakespeherian at 11:26 AM on August 19, 2010


I like how she only links to you as "met".
posted by adamdschneider at 11:36 AM on August 19, 2010


adamdschneider, there are not enough E's or W's in the world to express this, but ew! ew! ewwwwwwwww!

also, this: * A Chicago minute is like a New York minute, only cooler, faster, and maybe a little fatter.
posted by crush-onastick at 11:37 AM on August 19, 2010


Also I can't think of any Chicago movies that were actually shot in Canada.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:02 PM on August 19, 2010


I actually tell my boyfriend that he should probably never start reading Metafilter. This may have something to do with the multiple sex advice AskMe comments I got into fights over with my last boyfriend and subsequently made the kind and sympathetic Jessamyn delete.

Now I get to post whatever I want and it's AWESOME. My favorite lube for anal is Probe Classic, everyone!
posted by Juliet Banana at 12:29 PM on August 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


Crush, it is the perfect fair food. Wash down with funnel cake and flat soda.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:34 PM on August 19, 2010


Great, now I have a taste for funnel cake with Probe Classic on it.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:36 PM on August 19, 2010


Now that needs to be washed down with everclear or corn whiskey.
posted by crush-onastick at 1:40 PM on August 19, 2010


Damn Adam, that might even top Cooper's pulled pork pizza.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:47 PM on August 19, 2010


So is this the chicken hangover silently controlling the thread?

Talk to y'all later! We're off to the Handlebar on this unbearably hot unChicagolike day.
posted by crush-onastick at 9:14 AM on August 20, 2010


This thread confuses me. When do we start playing D&D?
posted by misskaz at 11:16 AM on August 20, 2010


Hopefully soon; my bi-Wednesday 1st ed game kinda fizzled out :\

I have been on a board/card game buying spreee, though, if anyone wants to play Funny Friends at a meetup instead of Limbo or Frolf or whatever it is you actually do at one

posted by jtron at 11:20 AM on August 20, 2010


I just ordered my 4th ed Players Handbook. Absurdly excited.
posted by lholladay at 11:27 AM on August 20, 2010


I've never played D&D. Which is weird, considering all my friends in high school. None of them played D&D either, but they were exactly the people who would.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:28 AM on August 20, 2010


4th ed D&D didn't grab me on readthrough, and I haven't heard from any friends who're playing it. We much prefer this for fourth editions. However, when I was at Cat & Mouse the other night spending money there was a group playing it and having a gay old time, in the Flintstones sense.

also the owner of C&M is the only person who I've ever JUST ASSUMED was on MeFi, it was like she had blue green and grey in her frickin aura
posted by jtron at 11:46 AM on August 20, 2010


Books are winging their way toward me. When I've digested them somewhat, I'll start scraping it together. I would estimate that we are about a month away from our first awkward, lurching session.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:24 PM on August 20, 2010


Are we *really* going to play D&D? Cause that would be awesome!
posted by crush-onastick at 1:18 PM on August 20, 2010


We damn well better now that I bought those books!
posted by adamdschneider at 1:41 PM on August 20, 2010


I'm a little concerned we might have too big of a group, if everyone that says they're interested actually is going to play.
posted by misskaz at 1:50 PM on August 20, 2010


It will be quite large. I am thinking a West Marches approach could work quite nicely. Google it; I'm on the bus at the moment.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:37 PM on August 20, 2010


From http://arsludi.lamemage.com/index.php/94/west-marches-running-your-own/:

West Marches is a swirling vortex of ambition and insecurity.

Count me in!
posted by evisceratordeath at 2:55 PM on August 20, 2010


If it helps the group management at all, this is one meetup I am not interested in at all. More fun for everyone else!

(yeah, this is where someone says "yeah, we would have more fun if you didn't show up to meetups" and I cry)
posted by Juliet Banana at 2:59 PM on August 20, 2010


As if to cancel out Juliet Banana's helpfulness, if newbies (relative) are invited, I would be super duper interested.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:16 PM on August 20, 2010


MCMikeNamara: you're a newbie? in what meetup universe? or did you mean the D&D universe?
posted by crush-onastick at 3:23 PM on August 20, 2010


All are welcome.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:59 PM on August 20, 2010


I meant D&D universe... though it feels like it's been so long since I've been to a meet-up that my....

You know what I'm not going to go through with this particular virginity metaphor. It will be better for all of us.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 4:14 PM on August 20, 2010


I've never played D&D; I'd love to be involved. But I've not been paying attention to this thread too closely ... has something been firmly scheduled yet?
posted by WCityMike at 6:13 PM on August 20, 2010


As I told Adam at the Goat, if you guys were playing 1st ed. AD&D I'd be all over it, but I'm going to pass of 4th ed. because of time constraints and a fierce loyalty to my misspent youth. I'm sure I'm going to regret this. In fact, I'm already starting to regret this.
posted by hydrophonic at 6:14 PM on August 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


No bards = no fun.
posted by eamondaly at 9:18 PM on August 20, 2010


Apparently Bibliogrrl and I are going to try to organize a dodgeball meetup? I am posting this here before starting an actual Meta thread because I want to give someone a chance to talk me out of it.
posted by Juliet Banana at 1:02 PM on August 22, 2010


Dodgeball, wow. Funtimes. I've been really busy and missed so many meetups. Now I've go that JetBlue pass so I'll be out of town. I think about you guys every first Wednesday though. Hopefully this fall I can get back to meetups.
posted by Bunglegirl at 2:14 PM on August 22, 2010


I like dodgeball. Also, kickball.
posted by eamondaly at 9:56 AM on August 23, 2010


By dodgeball, do you mean the thing where you have two teams opposite one another on a divided field, and you try to get people out by hitting them with the ball but if they catch it then you're out, and whichever team runs out of players first loses?

Because that's what everyone seems to mean by 'dodgeball,' but when I was growing up we called that 'team ball' and 'dodgeball' referred to a sport in which 2-4 throwers were outside of a circle which contained all of the players, who tried to dodge balls thrown at them by the throwers. I'm not sure if this sport existed anywhere else or what it would be called if the term 'dodgeball' is already taken.

We also had a game called 'Pickle' where you put three hula hoops on the ground, each several yards from one another, as bases, and people would try to run from one hula hoop to another without getting pegged by the (again) 2-4 throwers. If you were on a base you were safe and being pegged didn't count.

In conclusion my elementary school had a lot of games revolving around kids throwing balls at other kids.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:07 AM on August 23, 2010


I just reread some of this stuff.

This is the silliest thread ever.

<3
posted by adamdschneider at 10:51 AM on August 23, 2010


We played dodgeball in a circle, with a couple throwers on the outside and everyone else in the middle. If the dodgee got hit, he or she got to leave the circle and the idiotic game and go do something interesting at recess instead. If the dodgee caught the ball, he and the thrower traded places.
posted by crush-onastick at 10:52 AM on August 23, 2010


I'm not alone!
posted by shakespeherian at 10:56 AM on August 23, 2010


After second grade I moved from a circle-dodgeball school to a school where that was unheard of (and of course "gay") and people played the two-teams-and-jails version (as well as a charming game called "suicide" which involved penalties where you had to stand against a wall while people threw golf balls at you from ten feet away)
posted by jtron at 11:04 AM on August 23, 2010


Adam I also went back and read the first ~350 comments and dear lord.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:15 AM on August 23, 2010


Anyone else play "Medic" in school? Getting hit by a ball knocked you down, rather than out; you had to lie prone and wait for your team's Doctor to drag you back to your home base line on a gym scooter before you could play again.
posted by Iridic at 11:53 AM on August 23, 2010


What's a gym scooter?
posted by shakespeherian at 11:58 AM on August 23, 2010


Gym scooters. I think they evolved from milk crate carts.
posted by Iridic at 12:06 PM on August 23, 2010


Gym scooters! We used to have to play spidertag or something on those when it rained, but ours were not that high tech or safe-looking.
posted by crush-onastick at 12:23 PM on August 23, 2010


Wow I must be thirty times older than you guys.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:27 PM on August 23, 2010


No, I think you have that backwards. We're about 100 years older than you.
posted by crush-onastick at 12:37 PM on August 23, 2010


Dad, you couldn't have had those things growing up, they have wheels.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:38 PM on August 23, 2010


I did once, as a small child, ask my mother if they had cars when she was a kid. My great uncle told her that she should have said, "No, we rode dinosaurs to school."
posted by adamdschneider at 1:02 PM on August 23, 2010


DODGEBALL MEETUP THREAD IS GOOOOOOO!!!!

I know "proposed" threads are a little easy to miss so forgive me for trying to herd everyone over there. I really want to play some goddamn dodgeball.
posted by Juliet Banana at 1:26 PM on August 23, 2010


Yeah, if the world is as litigious and parents as helicopter-y as they apparently are according to my readings of MetaFilter, I'm pretty sure gym scooters have been outlawed. Ours were also not nearly as hi-tech as the ones pictured; ours were wooden and basically gave you splinters if you looked at them funny.

Things we did with gym scooters:

1) Seated hockey...with full sized plastic sticks. Also known as "somebody gets smacked in the face"
2) Dodgeball (what we called "speedball" -- insert joke here) where we were seated on the scooters and had to stay seated or you were out. Also known as "running over your own fingers"
3) Kickball on gym scooters
4) Basketball on gym scooters -- also known as "fucking impossible"

5) Dodge-scooter -- when we'd sit on scooters and whip the empty ones at each other.

The first 4 were actually done in P.E. The fifth was done when adults weren't in the room (or irresponsible adults were)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:31 PM on August 23, 2010


Maybe it's because I grew up in San Diego so all the gym activities we had involved joining the Marines.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:35 PM on August 23, 2010


I imagine my life would have been very different if that had been the case with me.

----
Over the weekend, I added whatever script it is that counts how many times a specific person has posted in a thread. I'm feeling very, very lame.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:03 PM on August 23, 2010


Is it because more than 10% of all my Metatalk comments are in this thread?
posted by shakespeherian at 2:14 PM on August 23, 2010


More than 25% for me.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:17 PM on August 23, 2010


IT'S OVER 900!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by adamdschneider at 2:17 PM on August 23, 2010


Hell we might break 1k before September, even.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:21 PM on August 23, 2010


Whooo! 1k club! I'd say shakespherian is a on track to a charter membership
posted by crush-onastick at 3:10 PM on August 23, 2010


Hey and I totally just broke 10k favorites notthatipayattentiontothatsortofthing.
posted by shakespeherian at 3:49 PM on August 23, 2010


I just broke 100 favorites!
posted by eamondaly at 6:27 PM on August 23, 2010


HEY I'M BACK FROM THE U P!

I liked Bombardment, which was like Dodgeball but with pins you could knock down, and if you scored a basket from halfcourt, everyone could get back on the floor!

All the water tasted like iron in the U P. I think it's because we were north of Iron Mountain.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:52 PM on August 23, 2010


The last time I was in the UP I saw a gas station that offered No Lead and Super No Lead gas. Apparently prefixes haven't made their way across the lake yet.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:08 AM on August 24, 2010


Things I saw on the side of the road that I liked:

-The "I Don't Know" Saloon
-"Pawn and Gun" which featured an image of a fist grabbing cash and a handgun pointing at it.
-The frighteningly accurate "Deer: 3 Miles" sign. Sure enough, exactly three miles later, there was a deer standing in the middle of the road that didn't afraid of anything. I had to pull onto the shoulder to drive around it.

Something else I liked:

-The natural, wood-burning sauna at the place we stayed. Sort of overkill in the middle of the summer, but it must be amazing in the winter.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:29 AM on August 24, 2010


You have to watch out on the UP. The animals up there can READ.
posted by betty botter at 6:55 AM on August 24, 2010


I love the UP. We once had a wolf cross in front of our car along the Seney stretch.
posted by readery at 7:21 AM on August 24, 2010


I am really enjoying the idea of a deer that is so reliably in the road that they put up a sign.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:58 AM on August 24, 2010


Deer is a pretty cool guy.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:30 AM on August 24, 2010


So, how far to 1k?
posted by crush-onastick at 11:26 AM on August 24, 2010


eh stands in the middle of the road.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:28 AM on August 24, 2010


85, after this comment.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:30 AM on August 24, 2010


You down with U-P ... p?

damn so close

just doin' my part to get us closer to 1k
posted by WCityMike at 4:40 PM on August 24, 2010


I believe in America the thread.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:04 PM on August 24, 2010


You have to watch out on the UP. The animals up there can READ.

I may not like Canadians[1] either, but I don't see any reason to call them animals. They're still people. Horrible, horrible[2] people.

[1] - I have no actual problem with Canada or Canadians. ... Yet.
[2] - Lovely, lovely.

posted by sparkletone at 3:41 AM on August 25, 2010


How did Canada get mixed up in this? If the UP is interchangeable with Canada, then, based on relative proximity, I'm Canadian too.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:30 AM on August 25, 2010


You're from Greenland?
posted by shakespeherian at 10:44 AM on August 25, 2010


We are all Canadian now.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:53 AM on August 25, 2010


Yes, please do not connect Canada to my lovely home state. There's a whole large lake and a state's appendage between us and them.
posted by betty botter at 11:45 AM on August 25, 2010


There's nothing wrong with being Canadian. Some of my favorite pop singers are Canadian, and the ones who aren't are from Minnesota which is the same thing.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:33 PM on August 25, 2010


My brother is currently in college in the UP. If he says there's nothing up there but bears and Canadians sneaking through our broken borders, I don't need any more proof.
posted by sparkletone at 12:40 PM on August 25, 2010


I think my sister was born in the UP. She's not Canadian. I don't think. I better ask her what the capital of Texas is.
posted by crush-onastick at 1:25 PM on August 25, 2010


T.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:56 PM on August 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


smart ass. :p
posted by crush-onastick at 2:41 PM on August 25, 2010


SpiffyRob is American. They don't have smartasses in Canada.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:46 PM on August 25, 2010


However, and perhaps thankfully, America does not have a monopoly on dumbasses.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:57 PM on August 25, 2010


Full disclosure: I spent many drunken weekends up in Montreal during my youth. The drinking age is 18 and, moreover, they don't card anyone. So... I might be part Canadian Smartass.

ALSO: The codeword you're looking for when you exit the subway is: "bubblegum."
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:41 AM on August 26, 2010


*scribbles furiously in travel journal*
posted by shakespeherian at 7:22 AM on August 26, 2010


HOW TO USE THE MONTREAL SUBWAY

1. Go to Montreal.
2. Approach subway tunnel.
3. Casually say "bubblegum?" until someone tells you to follow them.
4. Follow them.
5. Complete transaction.
6. ????
7. Go down into subway station and eat crepes.
8. (OPTIONAL) Ride Subway.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:09 AM on August 26, 2010


Crepes are pretty awesome. But I don't want bubblegum in them.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:27 PM on August 26, 2010


Actually, crepes with "bubblegum" butter would be delicious and stupefying. Although "bubblegum" butter is often used as part of a sweet delivery vehicle (brownies, etc.) I sort of feel like a ham and cheese crepe would be best.

I know what I want for my birthday!
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:18 AM on August 27, 2010


I don't know if other people miss stuff on IRL like I do, and not that anyone still following this thread would need to be reminded, but here's a reminder: September MeFiChi Goatup.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:20 AM on August 27, 2010


This comment number is evenly divisible by all of the individual digits that form it. Also, all of those digits are evenly divisible by three.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:22 AM on August 27, 2010


CREPES MEETUP
posted by shakespeherian at 6:53 AM on August 27, 2010


"bubblegum" butter? I suspect this is an abomination.

Crepes are very near to my house. And even nearer delicious scotch.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:27 AM on August 27, 2010


Ooh can we talk about scotch again?!
posted by shakespeherian at 7:48 AM on August 27, 2010


Uh, oh, sounds like wants La Creperie/Duke of Perth.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:49 AM on August 27, 2010


La Creperie is awesome. The last time we were there we sat at the table at the very back of the patio behind a tree and eavesdropped on a family with young children while eating savory mushroom-laden crepes.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:08 AM on August 27, 2010


I can always be tempted out of my house for Duke of Perth.

this is a total lie. I am appallingly hermetlike, plus I have scotch in my very own living room--that I don't have to leave the house for. But I will always at least seriously consider leaving the house for Duke of Perth.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:12 AM on August 27, 2010


So... bubblegum is pot. Was that not clear?
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:29 AM on August 27, 2010


When I was still living in Evanston, there was a crepe place across the street from the Rotary building. It closed. Then a noodle place opened in that location, and they kept two thirds of the sign in tact, so now you have a chef with a crepe pan frying up the logo of the noodle place. It's weird.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:31 AM on August 27, 2010


Is that still there? I would like to visit it or at least Google Street View it.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:37 AM on August 27, 2010


Yeh, no.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:49 AM on August 27, 2010


Street View appears to have captured it when it was still the crepe place. I *think* the noodle place is still there, but I've not been up to E-Town all that often, and haven't really checked on the fate of the place when I've been there.

But you can totally picture it: Exactly what Street View shows now, but replace "Viva La Crepe" with the logo from this page.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:59 AM on August 27, 2010


If Evanston wasn't such a long-ass haul from here I would totally make the trip just to look, because that's awesome.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:01 AM on August 27, 2010


I may stop by there on my lunch break to take a look.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:14 AM on August 27, 2010


I mean, it's interesting enough (IMHO) that I brought it up, but I'd feel bad if you planned a trip *just* to see it. It's not that awesome. I could help you compose a longer to-do list for Evanston, if needed. Also: Metra Metra Metra. Not sure if you're near a station, but if you are, that's the way to do it. 14 minutes from Clyborn to Davis, 11 from Ravenswood, 7 from Rogers. Probably like 20 from Ogilvie.

Maybe aDs can take a picture and share with the class.
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:29 AM on August 27, 2010


I've barely spent any time in Evanston, mostly because my wife worked there when we were dating and sometimes my friend in Roger's Park wants to see a movie at the Evanston theater, and also one time there was this awesome graphic novels panel with Jeffrey Brown, Chris Ware, Ivan Brunetti, and Anders Nilsen and I got to chat with Anders Nilsen and it turns out Chris Ware is exactly as soul-crushing in person as his books are, and then afterwards we went to the Clark's there and found out it doesn't serve alcohol. That is pretty much everything I know about the place.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:58 AM on August 27, 2010


FWIW I totally thought that "bubblegum" was "pot" or somesuch, but could not understand why someone would go to Canada to acquire it.

I like the idea of saying bubblegum to strangers, though. I may go do that during my lunch break.
posted by readery at 10:16 AM on August 27, 2010


Reasons I still go to Evanston:

-The move theater is rad.
-The dog food our dog eats appears to only be sold at a store there. (Fit and Frisky. Highly recommended!)
-Gigio's pizza is awesome, and the one in Roger's is a poor substitute.
-My friend Craig lives there.
-It's the closest place for me to buy Metra tickets.
-The Simple Gourmet is really good.
-My friend Dave is a bartender at Tommy Nevin's, making it an excellent place to get drunk on the cheap.
-Wiener and Still Champion.
-The Public Library beats the pants off of all but one I've ever been to.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:21 AM on August 27, 2010


Well, it's not so much that you'd go to Canada specifically for it, but that's how you do it if you already are. Plus, it at least used to be hilariously cheap. Like, 60 Canada Fun Bux (~42 US at the time) for a quarter.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:23 AM on August 27, 2010


and it turns out Chris Ware is exactly as soul-crushing in person as his books are

That's odd. I've seen Ware at a couple of panels, and each time he came off as a gracious, gregarious man. Now, Ivan Brunetti - there's a convicted soul-crusher for you.
posted by Iridic at 12:16 PM on August 27, 2010


Oh, Ware is definitely gracious and gregarious, don't get me wrong. But when I chatted with him as he drew Jimmy Corrigan for me, the level of self-deprecation-on-behalf-of-cartoonists-everywhere was almost staggering. Def. agree about Brunetti, tho.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:18 PM on August 27, 2010


I see Ivan Brunetti around the office quite a bit, although we work in different areas. He comes off like a big ol' affable teddy bear to me. If I were to appear in another one of of his comics where he fantasizes about killing and mutilating his co-workers, it'd be quite an honor.
posted by hydrophonic at 12:38 PM on August 27, 2010


We went and saw Jeffrey Brown do a reading at the Barnes & Noble where he work(s/ed) and it was the weirdest thing, because his manager introduced him and clearly had never read any of his books and after the reading he went right back up to the DVD/music section and started working again.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:41 PM on August 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


Well one time I talked to our CFO at a champagne toast and he was like hey Rob drink these four glasses of champagne and I was like but Sascha it's only 1:00 and he was like what do I care I'm from Germany and then I got all drunk and there was still half a day of work in front of me.

That time was today.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:52 PM on August 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


You have work on a Friday?!
posted by shakespeherian at 1:03 PM on August 27, 2010


If I were to appear in another one of of his comics where he fantasizes about killing and mutilating his co-workers, it'd be quite an honor.

...another one?
posted by adamdschneider at 1:33 PM on August 27, 2010


Well, another one for him. It was before he worked here.

We've been making a lot of crepes lately. Grated and sauteed zucchini makes a good filling, and we've been getting tons of it from the CSA.
posted by hydrophonic at 2:00 PM on August 27, 2010


Confederate States of America?
posted by shakespeherian at 10:30 AM on August 28, 2010


Chicago States of America.

We're gonna franchise this town!
posted by Green With You at 1:21 PM on August 28, 2010


1. community supported agriculture, I think.

2. Did you guys get special permission from the mods to keep this meetup thread open for four months?
posted by d. z. wang at 4:21 PM on August 29, 2010


And...on post, I see that meetup threads stay open for six months.

/me sees the preview button as if for the first time.
posted by d. z. wang at 4:22 PM on August 29, 2010


hydro: which CSA do you use?
posted by crush-onastick at 4:49 PM on August 29, 2010


on post

YES. THANK YOU. We must combat the scourge that is people posting "on preview" when they clearly did not preview, because the "on preview" is in a second comment! GRAR!
posted by adamdschneider at 6:09 PM on August 29, 2010


On adamdschneider's preview, I agree.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:33 PM on August 29, 2010


Only Communists and lovers of sheep are too lilly-livered to post their comments sans proof-reading, and without the benefit of anything that may have subsequently been posted.

Are we not men (and/or ladies)?
posted by sparkletone at 1:03 AM on August 30, 2010


I typically say "On non-preview" in the second comment.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:59 AM on August 30, 2010


On non-preview: We are DEVO.
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:00 AM on August 30, 2010


crush: Big Head Farms. It's their first year, and they got off on a shaky start. It's usually a pretty good mix, and sometimes they surprise us by bartering for cherries or berries with their neighbors.
posted by hydrophonic at 7:45 AM on August 30, 2010


Damn it adam, now I'm going to have to be annoyed every time something happens even though it never bothered me before.

On preview and before it, I realize that's stupid, but what ya gonna do; that's me.

This is unlike the using the @ convention, which I stopped doing 1 based on community norms, but it actually makes me happy when others do it because I know it annoys people well beyond what I think is reasonable.


1 Actually I'm not sure if I ever did it, but I didn't realize doing it was such a problem, so when I first saw that flame up, I was surprised.

posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:49 AM on August 30, 2010


Can we discuss how the farmer's market in my neighborhood is turning into a mall food court and there's only one actual farm represented and the rest of the market is little kiosks that sell pizza by the slice and crepes and things like that?
posted by shakespeherian at 8:19 AM on August 30, 2010


The farmer's market by my office is not like that.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:56 AM on August 30, 2010


I am outraged. Outraged I say!
posted by shakespeherian at 9:00 AM on August 30, 2010


Crepes, eh? How's the butter? Made with bubblegum? I would trade my normal, non-food-courtish Farmer's Market for one with those...
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:08 PM on August 30, 2010


I didn't try the crepes, as I was too Outraged to do anything but find some heirloom tomatoes and storm off.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:24 PM on August 30, 2010


Meetup meetup meetup meetup meetup meetup tomorry!
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:03 AM on August 31, 2010


On non-preview: tators.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:04 AM on August 31, 2010


Po-ta-tors.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:11 AM on August 31, 2010


Mildly on topic:

my favorite YTMND.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:12 AM on August 31, 2010


There's a topic?
posted by shakespeherian at 11:18 AM on August 31, 2010


There is now!

TAT(E/O)RS
posted by adamdschneider at 11:48 AM on August 31, 2010


A topic dear to my trollish little heart.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:50 AM on August 31, 2010


A trollish dear almost got embedded in my little heart. See above.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:32 PM on August 31, 2010


Embedding Heart midis in a little website is almost trollish.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:05 PM on August 31, 2010


Funny, she doesn't look trollish.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:38 PM on August 31, 2010


Hey anyone want to go get a Trollish with some sauerkraut?
posted by shakespeherian at 2:16 PM on August 31, 2010


Shit Roll is an anagram of Trollish.
posted by SpiffyRob at 4:30 PM on August 31, 2010


Mana Rag is an anagram of anagram.
posted by adamdschneider at 5:32 PM on August 31, 2010


I still kind of want to see Bloodless starring SpiffyRob directed by Mike Campbell.
posted by adamdschneider at 5:37 PM on August 31, 2010


completely off-topic. can I just brag that I get to go bowling in the basement of the WHITE HOUSE this weekend? no? well, I'm going to. brag, that is. and go bowling. in the basement of the White House!!

Rob bless America. Are we at 1,000 yet?
posted by crush-onastick at 5:57 PM on August 31, 2010


Holy shit, that's awesome!
posted by shakespeherian at 6:28 PM on August 31, 2010


Oh, neat. A guy I work with did that, too. Take good pictures!
posted by adamdschneider at 6:52 PM on August 31, 2010


I will share the photos & my scorecard at the next Auxiliary meetup or October, whichever comes first.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:07 PM on August 31, 2010


Can you try to get one that looks just like this?
posted by shakespeherian at 7:20 PM on August 31, 2010


I don't have such a stylin shirt, but I'll see what I can do.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:26 PM on August 31, 2010


1000

HIGH SCORE

posted by shakespeherian at 7:31 PM on August 31, 2010


Whoa. The blink, it burns!
posted by crush-onastick at 8:21 PM on August 31, 2010


I miss the img tag. I miss marquee. But I miss nothing so much as blink. It is the tag of tags for web 1.0.

PS. For once, I am grateful for my phone's autocorrect.
posted by sparkletone at 1:05 AM on September 1, 2010


Do we want a pizza auxiliary meetup in September, or is the Goatening + Dodgeball enough?

I have a real bitching idea for the next pizza meetup (it has everything to do with a $7 deal for a slice of pizza/Jameson shot/PBR tallboy and nothing to do with me allegedly making out with the executive chef underneath a train trestle at one in the morning last night) but I don't know whether to start scheduling it now or wait until October.
posted by Juliet Banana at 6:57 AM on September 1, 2010


Or maybe I should wait a month so other people can organize a meetup for once. I guess I'm going to look like kind of a cock when I have more IRL threads under my belt than FPPs (they're currently tied).
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:04 AM on September 1, 2010


Post what you like. I have 4 FPPs and 7 MeTa+IRL threads. I, for one, am intrigued by your bitching idea.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:27 AM on September 1, 2010


It's not so much TOO MANY POSTS as TOO MANY MEETUPS I worry about. You are not the person whose opinion I was trying to gauge because I know you'd come to every meetup if we had them every other day.
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:49 AM on September 1, 2010


I LOVE TOO MUCH.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:55 AM on September 1, 2010


Drunkening tonight, fools!
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:23 AM on September 1, 2010


a fool and his drunkening are soon started.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:59 AM on September 1, 2010


Tiny beers are the best pickle.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:14 AM on September 1, 2010


Come on. Ride the train. And ride it. Woo woo.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:25 AM on September 1, 2010


It will be a jollification.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:28 PM on September 1, 2010


I think I have a dozen Meetup posts and 0 FPP, so.
posted by eamondaly at 1:23 PM on September 1, 2010


I'm glad you said something, or else I would never have gone to count, and I would have missed this.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:37 PM on September 1, 2010


SHAKES PLEASE COME TO OUR MEETUPS FOR SERIOUS YOU ARE A FUN GUY.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:41 AM on September 2, 2010


I totally would have gone last night but my boss's husband just soft-opened a new restaurant in the Gold Coast so I went to that and ate more free upscale barbecue chicken (and hushpuppies! and pickled tomatoes!) than I can honestly account for.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:15 AM on September 2, 2010


Come on, dude, you can't just drop BBQ chicken and hushpuppies on us and not mention the name of the restaurant.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:37 AM on September 2, 2010


Chicago q, coming soon to the Gold Coast!

It was a really weird experience, because every time the waiter came by and was like 'How is everything?' someone would say 'These greens are too salty' or something and he would actually write it down and say 'That's good, that's good, great!' We were encouraged to complain about the food, the service, the dishes, everything.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:46 AM on September 2, 2010


How much fun.
posted by crush-onastick at 11:52 AM on September 2, 2010


PS The previous comment is actually the culmination of my 4-year stealth campaign to infiltrate MetaFilter and promote a friend's restaurant.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:52 AM on September 2, 2010


Now that we've broken 1000, are we going to rest on our laurels?

Hell no, we're not. We're going to press on. Onward and upward, to 2000 comments.

To victory.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:15 PM on September 2, 2010


According to my calculations, we need 20.395833333 comments per day to make 2000 by October 20th.
posted by lholladay at 2:21 PM on September 2, 2010


According to my calculations, we need 20.395833333 comments per day to make 2000 by October 20th.

Is
posted by phunniemee at 2:52 PM on September 2, 2010


that
posted by phunniemee at 2:52 PM on September 2, 2010


a
posted by phunniemee at 2:52 PM on September 2, 2010


challenge?
posted by phunniemee at 2:53 PM on September 2, 2010


We can do it.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:58 PM on September 2, 2010


We can do it nine times.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:58 PM on September 2, 2010


I want to believe.
posted by sparkletone at 2:59 PM on September 2, 2010


Duck a l'orange.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:27 PM on September 2, 2010


I'm helping!
posted by lholladay at 2:04 PM on September 3, 2010


Yeah, come on, guys, let's get this thread moving. Whoever has an iPhone or iPad and hasn't checked out the Epic Citadel app yet really should. It's just a little thing where you walk around this castle town in 3D, but as a tech demo of what's possible on the platform it's pretty incredible.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:14 PM on September 3, 2010


Are you trying to get Blazecock Pileon in here?
posted by shakespeherian at 2:20 PM on September 3, 2010


All I can add at this time is that because of Metafilter and an AskMe from last year, I am now the proud member of a Yahoo group devoted to nerdly eDiscovery goodness.
posted by readery at 2:49 PM on September 3, 2010


Are you trying to get Blazecock Pileon in here?

That would be a fun meetup.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:19 PM on September 3, 2010


I currently have 1337 favorites.

Aww, yeah.
posted by adamdschneider at 4:56 PM on September 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Not any more, nerd.
posted by phunniemee at 7:27 AM on September 4, 2010


Good thing I took a screenshot! Nerd, you say? I have no idea what you mean.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:26 AM on September 4, 2010


I have nothing to add.
posted by crush-onastick at 11:39 AM on September 6, 2010


Up until last night, I was extremely obsessed with chef Paul Kahan but had never sampled any of his restaurants besides the rather lowbrow bourbon-soaked taqueria Big Star. I love Big Star, and all, but The Publican was a relevation.

We got to sample 18 (!) different dishes between 7 people and by the end of it you didn't really remember that you were eating rendered fat or pig skin or fattened goose liver or headcheese or pig ear and whatever else goes into haute charcuterie; you just kept shoveling bite after delicious bite into your mouth and each one was different.

This bragging has nothing to do with the discussion at hand (uh, is there one?) but let me tell you, I am so fucking relieved to wake up and find that I am no longer uncomfortably full. I was about to start knitting booties for that food baby, y'all. I was going to register at Baby Gap for that shit.
posted by Juliet Banana at 5:29 AM on September 7, 2010


RICK AND SKIP BAYLESS ARE BROTHERS GOOD LORD MY MIND IS BLOWN.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:14 AM on September 8, 2010


I seem to remember reading, though I can't call to mind where, that young Rick Bayless was the black sheep to Skip's golden child because he had no interest in sports.
posted by Iridic at 12:50 PM on September 8, 2010


Other way around!
Skip: In a nutshell, I was the black sheep of my family so to speak, because I initially fell in love with sports and nobody in my entire extended family liked sports. Everyone had a cooking background, restaurant background…grand father had a drive-in restaurant.
Sauce
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:12 PM on September 8, 2010


And you are all black sheepses in this thread to the golden boy of someone who posts more often.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:57 PM on September 8, 2010


Oh, hey, I had Chicago q last night. The pork shoulder was delicious, but the pulled pork even better, and the cornbread? Drool.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:09 PM on September 8, 2010


They have apparently been getting really good reviews. Also if you tell them that you know me they will give you free appetizers.

NOTE THAT IS A LIE
posted by shakespeherian at 2:19 PM on September 8, 2010


The shake is a lie? :(
posted by lholladay at 2:39 PM on September 8, 2010


It was brisket, not pulled pork. Still, it was delicious all around.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:17 PM on September 8, 2010


I got to see Rick Bayless at Xoco during the last Mefi Torta Run! I thought about ripping off my shirt and offering to bear his Churro Babies but I was shy so I just skulked off with my giant free brownie sundae instead.*

I have no idea who Skip Bayless is.


*the girls who work at Xoco love me and therefore probably overcompensate me when I forget my churros at the take-out counter
posted by Juliet Banana at 3:58 PM on September 8, 2010


Speaking of eating delicious piggies, I went to Smoque this weekend.
posted by phunniemee at 4:04 PM on September 8, 2010


Smoque is pretty good. Been there a couple times.
posted by adamdschneider at 5:28 PM on September 8, 2010


MMmmmm smoque. Some days, having a vegetarian in the house is a real bummer.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:30 PM on September 8, 2010


The old grey thread, she ain't what she used to be.
posted by crush-onastick at 9:56 AM on September 9, 2010


We need a new numbers goal.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:58 AM on September 9, 2010


NEW GOAL: 1,060 comments by October 20th!! WE CAN DO IT!
posted by lholladay at 10:07 AM on September 9, 2010


1066. The comments invasion.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:08 AM on September 9, 2010


We're practically dealing in imaginary numbers, now.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:11 AM on September 9, 2010


FUN FACT: I am at Pequod's eating pizza and drinking a beer RIGHT THE FUCK NOW. (yes, I'm on my lunch break, and yes, I have a bit of complicated relationship with alcohol, thank you for asking)

FUN FACT: This thread was originally about Pequod's. Who knew?
posted by Juliet Banana at 12:38 PM on September 9, 2010


Everyone here knows we're playing dodgeball on Wednesday, right?
posted by Juliet Banana at 12:38 PM on September 9, 2010


You take a really late lunch.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:42 PM on September 9, 2010


Ugh, I am helping out at a tiny bank branch today that only has one teller? So I could barely rip myself away from the line long enough to take my lunch and now when I get back I have to handle every single customer no matter how complicated or pain in the ass myself without letting a line build up while she takes her lunch. Buzzed.

This is why I drink sob sob (actually no the reason is drinking is rad)
posted by Juliet Banana at 12:51 PM on September 9, 2010


Oh that reminds me I really need to get these Series E savings bonds changed into rolls of dimes, could you help me with that I'll be coming in right now.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:53 PM on September 9, 2010


I am starting to get real excited about dodgeball.
posted by Juliet Banana at 4:44 PM on September 11, 2010


Three...
posted by adamdschneider at 12:15 AM on September 12, 2010


...more...
posted by adamdschneider at 12:15 AM on September 12, 2010


...comments!


YEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!
posted by adamdschneider at 12:16 AM on September 12, 2010


1066 comments? I'm uncertain what we're yeeeeeaaaaaahhhhhhing about.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:16 PM on September 12, 2010


That was the arbitrary number I picked. Well, not entirely arbitrary.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:14 PM on September 12, 2010


Adam's doing it for the Normans. Boyeeee.

AND NOW! SpiffyRob will attempt to type out as much of the opening lines of The Canterbury Tales, in the original Middle English, from memory, as he can. No attempt will be made to spell correctly. It will be, if anything, an attempt at a phonetic recreation.

Whan that avril with his shoores sootah
The drought of Mars hath perced to the rootah
And bathed ev'ry veine in sweich licor,
Of which vertue engendered was the floor
Whan zepherus eke, with his sweete breathe
Insprired hath in every holth and heath
The tendred croppes, and the youngest soone
Hath in the ram's half cours yeronne
And smale fowles maken melody
That slepen all the night with open yee. (YEEE!)
So prikith hem nature in in here corages
Them longen folk to go on pilgramages (Legit!)
And palmers for to saken straunge strondes
To fern halwes, couth in sondry londes
And specially, from every shires ende
Of Engelond, to Caunterbury they wende
The holy blissful martyr for to seke
That him hath holpen, whan that they were seke.

Y'all got fake poo?
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:49 AM on September 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


My wife had an English class where they read a copy of Canterbury Tales with a painting on the cover that showed exposed breasts, and the teacher apologized to the class for the cover. Which, I mean, are you just assuming no one is actually going to read the thing, or what?
posted by shakespeherian at 7:46 AM on September 13, 2010


Yeah, that's pretty odd, assuming it was an era-appropriate painting and not like a painting of a screen cap of Phoebe Cates getting out of the swimming pool or anything.

One time, at Thanksgiving dinner, my great aunt and I discovered we both knew these opening lines, and started just sort of reciting them. My great great aunt paled and had to be assured that we were not, in fact, speaking in tongues. That same year, some of my younger cousins put on a puppet show using an old refrigerator box. She enjoyed the first act, but during intermission, asked that she be allowed to skip Act II because: "I don't trust them playing in that booth."
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:10 AM on September 13, 2010


Paintings of screencaps exhibited by puppets in refrigerator cartons is actually the subject of my fine arts thesis.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:26 AM on September 13, 2010


Ooh, I have a good puppet show story.

In 4th grade we each had to do a project for the Georgia history unit, and one of the choices was to put on a puppet show about the first meeting between James Edward Oglethorpe and Tomochichi. My friend Will did the puppet show and needed another classmate to volunteer to be the voice of Tomochichi, to read his gibberish lines that would later be translated by the interpreter, Mary Musgrove. This girl, Gavin, volunteered. Gavin decided that for "Indian talk" (noted as such in Will's script) she would use the one foreign language phrase she knew: "tu et un poulet," which is sort of but not really "you are a chicken" in French.

So, for all those who missed out on Georgia history, the settling of Savannah by English colonists went something like this...

JEO: Hi, Tomochichi, I'm James Edward Oglethorpe. I am from England and would like to settle here now.
Tomochichi: Tu et un poulet.
JEO: I will call this Savannah, Georgia.
Tomochichi: Tu et un poulet.
JEO: Thank you for the animal pelt. We will educate the Yamacraw Indians.
Tomochichi: Tu et un poulet.

Also, Tomochichi looks remarkably like a Pocahontas barbie with a mustache, in case anyone was curious.

Script accuracy is aided by the fact that my mom, who never throws anything away, was our 4th grade teacher and found a big stack of our classes old projects when I was in high school.
posted by phunniemee at 11:30 AM on September 13, 2010


phunniemee, can you hum/sing the song you posted your AskMe about and post it here or MeMail me? That period of time/music is right in my wheelhouse (see above) but I'm coming up dry based on your description.

Also: Just realizing that Cobie Smulders from How I Met Your Mother (The cool kids call it "Metch") looks quite a bit like Phoebe Cates.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:44 AM on September 13, 2010


SpiffyRob: Unfortunately, no. I am physically incapable of making any noise in my head translate into any reasonable approximation of that noise on the other side of my mouth. I thought about it when I originally posted the question, and excitedly pulled out my handy digital voice recorder, thinking that maybe--just maybe--this time would be different and I had suddenly lost my tone deafness overnight. The result was so unintelligible that to include it would only throw people even farther off track.

And plus, I paid my five bucks with the understanding that you guys would all be able to read minds.
posted by phunniemee at 12:07 PM on September 13, 2010


Five bucks? I had to buy Matt like a whole box of Munchkins to get an account.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:10 PM on September 13, 2010


Well if you don't have an answer by the next meetup, we'll see if we can't break down that wall with some tiny beer squib charges.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:10 PM on September 13, 2010


Though, on reflection, those tiny beer squib charges would be directed at me, so I'd just need to get drunk enough to sort of divine the song in your head. Seems easy enough.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:14 PM on September 13, 2010


GUYS: Auxiliary November meetup?
Looks legit.
posted by lholladay at 1:25 PM on September 13, 2010


I already have our next auxiliary meetup planned in my head but I'm putting off making the thread because

A) I'm dating the executive chef at the restaurant and if he turns out to have a shrine devoted to me in his closet it's gonna be real creepy awkward when I have to go to the meetup and he serves us all pizza with my face drawn out in giardinera and little pepperoni hearts

B) When I make IRL threads and they go dormant running up to a meetup I get in a bad habit of replying to EVERY SINGLE COMMENT possibly while tipsy

C) I know the October auxiliary meetup cannot possibly top the November suggestion and I'm cowed into submission
posted by Juliet Banana at 2:25 PM on September 13, 2010


Stop being a pansy and post that shit. I'll eat your piece if you don't want to eat a pepper simulacrum of your own face.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:07 PM on September 13, 2010


Why is there no, "This is seriously a weak-ass post" flag?
posted by adamdschneider at 5:09 PM on September 13, 2010


Adam,

Did you just offer to eat my spicy slice?

Curiously Yours, Lo-Lo Cups
posted by Juliet Banana at 6:45 PM on September 13, 2010


Anytime.

(also: didn't I play your Adventures once upon a time?)
posted by adamdschneider at 6:59 PM on September 13, 2010


If that's a reference to something it flew right over my head and around the corner, up the alleyway, and is currently smoking a rollie behind the 7-11 with Manesh.







PS HOLY SHIT DODGEBALL OMG WEDNESDAY CAN'T WAIT
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:23 PM on September 13, 2010


I'll post the October meetup thread after we have dodgeball, OK? I only need one active non-immortal IRL/Meta thread to be obnoxious in at once.

Also I need to ask Cody how many people we can reasonable seat at those huge communal tables at Boiler. He'll be at dodgeball so remind me; he's coming after he gets off work so likely I will be drunk and forget.
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:26 PM on September 13, 2010


Reference.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:56 PM on September 13, 2010


"Little pepperoni hearts" is my Juliet Banana cover band.
posted by lholladay at 11:14 PM on September 13, 2010


Can the first Little Pepperoni Hearts album be called Pepper Simulacrum?
posted by Juliet Banana at 6:17 AM on September 14, 2010


I think JB should actually sing for it, but under the stage name Punky Peppers.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:12 AM on September 14, 2010


That might create confusion with my porn stage name, Punky Peckers.
posted by Juliet Banana at 12:13 PM on September 14, 2010


I thought that was Pumpy Gooster.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:42 PM on September 14, 2010


JB, if you made porn it would be on Projects. So I'm gonna have to call you on that one.
posted by lholladay at 9:30 PM on September 14, 2010


IT'S NOT PORN, IT'S ART


....and I dare you to find it. No Google Search will help you.
posted by Juliet Banana at 6:27 AM on September 16, 2010


IT'S NOT PORN, IT'S ART HILARIOUS

posted by phunniemee at 7:46 AM on September 16, 2010


FUN FACT: I did a bunch of nude modeling for Terry Rodgers and a pretty inaccurate likeness of me ended up in two of his paintings. Seeing my boobs rendered life size in oil paint is pretty rad.
posted by Juliet Banana at 12:10 PM on September 16, 2010


I really like seeing the word "boobs" spelled out. I can't explain why.

Maybe I was a second-grader's upside-down calculator in a previous life.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:37 PM on September 17, 2010


BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO0OOOOOOOOOBS
posted by Juliet Banana at 5:57 PM on September 17, 2010


BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO0OOOOOOOOOBS

Why is this in Gir Voice in my head every time I read it?
posted by sparkletone at 8:24 PM on September 17, 2010


1) There used to be a mural on the outside wall of B Dorm, Porter College, UC Santa Cruz, featuring me as "an artist inspired by the muses." We all posed, and were painted, naked. Sure it's been re-muraled by now.

2) I have long held that naming your band BOOBS (or 80085) guarantees interest and ticket sales.
posted by jtron at 7:14 AM on September 18, 2010


Seriously, this textual boobage has made me very happy.

(I've come to accept the ease of making me happy as a personal feature, not a bug.)

"Textual Boobage" - yet another band name I like that came up in this thread.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:02 AM on September 18, 2010


So, back in college living in the dorms, I wanted to secure myself a single room my second year. The only way to do that in the building I was in was to sign up to be suitemates with the yet-to-be-named RA. Thankfully, she turned out to be really nice. She had the personality of a preschool teacher--really warm and welcoming, but occasionally very concerned about peoples' welfare--but was a fine roommate.

She had a crazy amount of information on the walls surrounding our suite's door (maps of campus, those pamphlets about being gay and having herpes from the student care center, extra course catalogs, contact information for every campus service, etc), and had a whiteboard on which to leave messages for her if she was out of the room. Well, one day, I decided the most hilarious thing in the world would be to write TITTY on the board in small, tasteful letters.

She freaked out. There had recently been a rash of whiteboard marker-stealing in the dorm (not our house, I suspected someone from the East wing), and she was pretty sure this was an escalated attack by the perpetrator. Of course, it was all incredibly amusing. Over the next few weeks, while she was out of the room, my friend and I scrawled various boob euphemisms back and forth. Titty turned into boobs turned sweater cows turned into milk pillows turned into breasteses turned into hooters, basically, you name it we wrote it. Eventually we ran out of words and gave up.

She never found out who did it, never once suspecting her roommate. Bwa ha ha ha!

TITTY
posted by phunniemee at 9:03 AM on September 18, 2010


This thread is still happening.

I... have no response to that.
posted by tzikeh at 7:11 PM on September 18, 2010


It is a thing of beauty.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:24 AM on September 19, 2010


Oh man, this might be the best thing ever...

The volume slide on BBC News' video player GOES TO 11.

!!!
posted by phunniemee at 10:56 AM on September 19, 2010


That is the best thing ever.
posted by shakespeherian at 3:20 PM on September 19, 2010


I am happy to see it's still bouncing along, like sweater kittens.
posted by crush-onastick at 9:39 AM on September 21, 2010


And it still has one month to go! Hooray!
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:35 AM on September 21, 2010


Oh dear. Only a month. What will we do to memorialize it? How will we fill the void when it's gone?
posted by crush-onastick at 12:11 PM on September 21, 2010


We will fill it with tiny beers and boorgers, natch.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:35 PM on September 21, 2010


I think we should get jessamyn to install it permanently on the sidebar.

Failing that, I am going to print it out on a dot matrix printer and hang it from the terrifying glass balcony on the Bruce Willis Tower and see if it reaches the ground.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:20 PM on September 21, 2010


That's more a function of font size than anything
posted by jtron at 5:55 PM on September 21, 2010




It's a bit early to be planning meetups for 2017.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:07 AM on September 22, 2010


That's loser talk for a time traveler such as yourself.
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:02 AM on September 22, 2010


OK, October 20th. Would it really be a Juliet Banana planned meetup if I didn't fuck up the time/dates at some point?
posted by Juliet Banana at 11:01 AM on September 22, 2010


It does seem to be your Achilles' Heel.
posted by eamondaly at 11:33 AM on September 22, 2010


I still think Adam should go to the 9/20/2017 meetup and report back on how we're all doing. Then we can take short videos at the 10/20/2010 meetup and post the updates over still images at the end of each clip, a la Animal House/Fast Times etc etc.

I'll buy a round if it turns out I'm the US Senator.

Though I do wonder if 2010 Adam runs into 2017 Adam what will happen. Will it be the paradox that Back to the Future II foretold? Or will it just be the comparatively ho-hum Elisabeth Shue"both of them faint" reality that Back to the Future II showed?

Moreover: I really think they missed a golden opportunity to make a Roseannesque "Two Beckys" joke there. Imagine if Elisabeth Shue traveled to 2015, and she ran into "herself" and it was Claudia Wells? That would have been pretty fuckin' rad, but given that they went to the trouble of reshooting the end of BttF with Shue for the start of BttF II, it seems like they probably never had the chance.

Hey look, Wikipedia knows these things! They did not, in fact, have the chance. Wells stopped making movies after BttF and didn't return until 1996.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:25 PM on September 22, 2010


It was fine. In 2017 I will was on an extended vacation to the Mongol Empire c. 1215, so I was been alone therne. Your three kids are adorable.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:29 PM on September 22, 2010


Did you remember to bring me my war pony back from Mongol?
posted by crush-onastick at 2:03 PM on September 22, 2010


Yes, but you don't get it until 1936 when I return from my trip.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:33 PM on September 22, 2010


I saw Crispin Glover present one of his films at the Music Box a few years ago and he's still pretty pissed about BttF2.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:43 PM on September 22, 2010


oh, good, i think the neighborhood still has plenty of war pony pasture in 1936!
posted by crush-onastick at 4:54 PM on September 22, 2010


Hope war-ponies love celery!
posted by eamondaly at 5:47 PM on September 22, 2010


Uh, Juliet Banana, when were you going to tell us that you have a starring role on the new season of Glee? (A show which I am totally not going to ever admit that I watch.) Sitting here watching, 12 minutes into last night's episode, and look who shows up.
posted by phunniemee at 6:53 PM on September 22, 2010


look who shows up.

O_O
posted by adamdschneider at 10:10 PM on September 22, 2010


I saw Crispin Glover present one of his films at the Music Box a few years ago

What Is It, right? How was that? I remember wanting to go, but I was out of town or something.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:11 PM on September 22, 2010


It was uhm... it was moving images with accompanying sync sound.

The main cast consisted entirely of actors with Down Syndrome. The main character has an aquarium full of snails, which I guess typified his youthful naivety, or something, so when he can't get a girl in the park to like him he has to force himself into adulthood by running around the park killing snails. Actual snails were killed for the filming of this movie, by pouring salt on them, cutting their heads off with razor blades, etc.

Meanwhile in a metaphysical realm of the hero's conscience or something, there's an actor with cerebal palsy in a basement somewhere who eventually moves to a throne in a graveyard where naked women wearing rubber animal masks cavort, lay him down on a giant clam shell, and proceed to jerk him off.

Oh, sorry, spoiler alert on all of the above!

Anyway, Crispy gave a dramatic reading of some of his books, which was a lot more fun than What Is It, which, aside from all the elements that seemed to be bizarre for their own sake, was not especially well-shot or -edited.

A fun night for all!
posted by shakespeherian at 5:06 AM on September 23, 2010


I'm supposed to keep quiet about my role on Glee because they don't want anyone associating my character with my previous adult movie acting under the moniker "Eva Angelina."
posted by Juliet Banana at 5:29 AM on September 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I am more determined than ever to get Glover to Glover-- my documentary/action-comedy about three identical triplets (Danny Glover, Crispin Glover, and Donald Glover) reunited after years of separation who go into business together as international mercenaries for hire-- off the ground.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:38 AM on September 23, 2010


I'm pretty sure any war pony in my house would love celery. Especially celery alongside pickled okra in one of Guy's unbelievably magnificent bloody marys or bloody marias.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:07 AM on September 23, 2010


Play along with last night's pub quiz at home! Or at work.

Name as many Christian Bale films as possible in three minutes. TV movies count, because why not.
posted by Iridic at 9:16 AM on September 23, 2010


I only had two for far too long....then remembered two more (one of which was super obvious based on one of my first 2) for 4... and then 5... and then 6... then......... I've got 6 (none of which were TV movies)

I used to be really good at trivia. Now I'm nothing without a smart phone.

Speaking of...

'Newsies' Getting Its Own Broadway Musical
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:50 AM on September 23, 2010


I've got thirteen, nothing teevee, although I always think that Equilibrium is called eXistenZ so I'm not sure if I get a point for that.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:54 AM on September 23, 2010


I hope no one forgot Reign of Fire.
posted by evisceratordeath at 12:08 PM on September 23, 2010


I always think that Equilibrium is called eXistenZ

Heresy.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:47 PM on September 23, 2010


I consider it a personal failing that eXistenZ is not better loved. because I am an asshole that way.
posted by crush-onastick at 12:54 PM on September 23, 2010


I also blame you.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:56 PM on September 23, 2010


It's okay. I'll take the blame.
posted by crush-onastick at 1:47 PM on September 23, 2010


I hope no one forgot Reign of Fire.

I'm ashamed to say that I did exactly that last night. I also forgot Velvet Goldmine until three seconds after I'd turned in our answer sheet.

Realistically, though, our team was never going to beat the clutch of Newsies fanatics a table over. I don't think that Bale himself remembers voicing "Thomas" in Pocahontas, but these guys had been paying attention.
posted by Iridic at 2:28 PM on September 23, 2010


I don't for a moment understand the passion that surrounds Newsies. Maybe it's all people who never saw the movie?
posted by shakespeherian at 2:31 PM on September 23, 2010


Eva wears totally different glasses.
posted by eamondaly at 5:38 PM on September 23, 2010


Well, yeah, and if I had eight tits you could fit them all inside one of her breasts. Still, it's a striking resemblance as far as porn doppelgängers go. Blow a load on my face and I look a lot more like her.

You're just jealous your doppelgängers have totally boring jobs like journalism, Eamon.
posted by Juliet Banana at 5:54 PM on September 23, 2010


My doppelgänger is fuckin' harsh with his rockin' and talk show hostin'.
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:53 PM on September 23, 2010


I don't for a moment understand the passion that surrounds Newsies. Maybe it's all people who never saw the movie?

I've never seen it and I have zero passion for Newsies. Perhaps I am the exception that proves the rule.
posted by Green With You at 5:34 PM on September 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


UP AND AT THEM.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:55 AM on September 27, 2010


I was just thinking of getting goggles. I hope they do something.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:26 AM on September 27, 2010


I think they help you goggle.
posted by readery at 8:05 AM on September 27, 2010


Sometimes when I'm up really late at night and a little drunk I Goggle my ex-girlfriends.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:06 AM on September 27, 2010


Sometimes when I'm up a little late at night and really drunk I play Peggle.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:49 AM on September 27, 2010


Sometimes when I'm up really late at night and really drunk I peg my ex-boyfriends.
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:58 AM on September 27, 2010


Sometimes when I peg my pants I get really drunk and miss the 80s.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:11 AM on September 27, 2010


Sometimes Peg pegs me while listening to Steely Dan. (Drunk.)
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:17 PM on September 27, 2010


Sometimes Dan steals my pants while I drink 80 cans of Pam.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:39 PM on September 27, 2010


My teal pants got stained with Pam while dancing to an 80% speed version of "Sometimes" by Britney Spears.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:49 PM on September 27, 2010


I got speared with an 80ft steel Britney statue when my Speed Stick fell on the dance floor.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:56 PM on September 27, 2010


I did speed with Britney Spears while pegging her with an 80ft steel, uh, prosthetic.
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:48 PM on September 27, 2010


Lubed with Pam, obviously. Lower in saturated fat!
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:49 PM on September 27, 2010


(I'd been sort of conflating Pam and Pledge in my mind up until just now.)

Sometimes saturated, Pam lowered the steel spear speedily. Britney wore goggles.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:29 AM on September 28, 2010


February 3 – Emperor Frederick Barbarossa takes Crema, Italy following a cruel siege, as part of his campaign against the independent Italian city-states.

Eric IX of Sweden is succeeded by Karl Sverkersson (see Swedish monarchs).
Richard FitzNeal is named Treasurer of the Exchequer of England, and begins writing a handbook for the division, his Dialogus de Scaccario. It will describe the organization of personnel, the duties of each, how to audit sheriff's accounts at Easter and Michaelmas, how to value coinage, and how to draw up receipts.

The Heiji Rebellion continues in Japan. Some 500 Minamoto rebels opposed to the retired emperor Go-Shirakawa carry out a daring raid on the Sanjo Palace.

Yasovarman II succeeds his uncle Dharanindravarman as ruler of the Khmer Empire.

Dharanindravarman's son Jayavarman acquiesces to his cousin's succession and goes into exile in neighboring Champa.

Spital am Semmering is founded by Margrave Ottokar III of Styria.

The city of Tomar is founded in Portugal by Gualdim Pais.

Reynald of Chatillon is arrested by the Muslims.

Derby School is founded at Derby, England.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:20 AM on September 28, 2010


how to value coinage

The 2 kroner is close enough in size and weight to be confused with a US Quarter in many vending machines. Unfortunately, this knowledge is not particularly useful to us. At present, a krone is worth ~$0.18, making a 2 kroner worth ~$0.36, so every time you sub in a 2 kroner for a quarter, you're losing 11 cents.

However! Some enterprising Dane might take it upon hisself or herself to exchange for a bunch of quarters and start using them in Danish vending machines. If Danish bending machines are as easily confused as their US robo-brethren, they could be enjoying [DANISH EQUIVALENT OF SNICKERS OR MAYBE LIKE A TWIZZLERS IF THEY'VE HAD A BAD DAY :/] at a $0.22 (1.21 DKK) discount per!
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:40 AM on September 28, 2010


Fuckin' Danish bending machines. Not nearly as well-made as the dolemite-enriched Mexican bending units.
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:42 AM on September 28, 2010


Kiss my shiny Danish ass.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:45 AM on September 28, 2010


Wow, it didn't like me hotlinking to that "2 kroner" image AT ALL. Apologies. Do a google image search for "2 kroner". I'm referring to the one with the hole in it.
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:56 AM on September 28, 2010


The one with the hole in it? You're gonna need a bigger vending machine.
posted by Iridic at 10:21 AM on September 28, 2010


I could use the [Danish equivalent of a Snickers]. My lunch didn't really satisfy.
posted by crush-onastick at 11:54 AM on September 28, 2010


I'm going to Potbelly. Want me to pick you up something?
posted by shakespeherian at 12:05 PM on September 28, 2010


Mocha shake!
posted by crush-onastick at 12:06 PM on September 28, 2010


How about a peanut butter burger? I don't know what that would really entail, but hey, you asked.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:32 PM on September 28, 2010


Okay well that mocha shake was delicious. I'm not sure why you didn't come by to pick it up.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:39 PM on September 28, 2010


The peanut butter burger is a very real, and very delicious thing. Behold!

Not that anytime is appropriate to say what I'm about to say, but here it is:

Whenever I stay at a hotel with a complimentary breakfast buffet, I take a bagel, spread peanut butter on both sides, and put a sausage patty in the middle. Best enjoyed with seven cups of bad coffee.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:55 PM on September 28, 2010


Bruno's, a pizzeria in West Lafayette, Indiana, offers a "dessert pizza." It's almost a regular pizza - cheese, wheat dough - but peanut butter replaces the tomato sauce.

It's dry, dry, dry. There's not enough milk in the world can make it palatable.
posted by Iridic at 1:13 PM on September 28, 2010


I had some Elvis pizza from Whole Foods a few weeks back. PB instead of sauce, sliced bananas and bacon on the slice. Wish they'd make it again.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:28 PM on September 28, 2010


Also, Rob...I'm totally trying that. I may add honey.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:28 PM on September 28, 2010


I may have that for dinner, except it would be vegetarian "sausage" which would be Not Good. Man, I'm hungry. Can I go home and eat, now?
posted by crush-onastick at 2:12 PM on September 28, 2010


I've had some vegan sausage from Whole Foods which was, for my money, more delicious than the real stuff.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:15 PM on September 28, 2010


Best nonstandard use of peanut butter on a sandwich: BLTs.

Whole wheat bread, lightly toasted, mayo on one side, PEANUT BUTTER on the other, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Sounds weird, but peanut butter and bacon go really well together and tomato and mayo go really well together; the lettuce acts as a catalyst. It is delicious.
posted by phunniemee at 2:26 PM on September 28, 2010


I'm considering moving to the European system of replacing all instances of peanut butter with Nutella. This sounds like an insanely good idea.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:31 PM on September 28, 2010


You'd think. And for peanut banana french toast sandwiches it is. But when you go whole hog with bacon, it isn't a good substitute. Despite the pure joy of Vosges Mo Bacon Bars. I blame the hazelnuts.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:48 PM on September 28, 2010


whole hog with bacon

I see what you did there.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:50 PM on September 28, 2010


Honey might make it a bit too sweet, but that's a matter of taste. I tend to shoot for chunky peanut butter, because it doesn't taste as sweet to me. The goal, for me, is to focus more on the savory, which is why I often opt for everything bagels.

Of course, at most buffets, my only option is a tiny tub of Smuckers creamy, which (I suspect) is HFCS'd to hell, but I do what I can.

Morningstar Farms Chik'n Nuggets beat the pants off of any frozen chicken nugget, real or fake, I've ever tried.

And 2nding phunniemee on the PBLTs. I hate tomatoes and mayo, but otherwise, divine.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:33 AM on September 29, 2010


phunniemee: Best nonstandard use of peanut butter on a sandwich: BLTs.

Hell yeah. When I was a non-vegetable liking child, one of the few concessions my mom ever made for me was that when she would make BLTs, she would make peanut butter and bacon for me and my siblings. I like regular BLTs just fine now but am much, much more likely to make peanut butter and bacon when there's a couple of extra strips of bacon around.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:12 AM on September 29, 2010


I'm gonna be pretty sad when this thread finally closes.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:43 AM on September 29, 2010


I feel as though we have accomplished a great thing, and yet only the few of us know about it. Perhaps someday some brave MetaTalk archaeologists will discover this thread and it will assume its proper place in the pantheon of fantasticness. This is my prayer.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:17 AM on September 29, 2010


ADAM JUST HIT 200

THIS
IS
META!!!!!!!!!!!

-100
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:28 AM on September 29, 2010


This thread now represents almost 1/3 of my total MeTa comments. Wow.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:32 AM on September 29, 2010


I have posted more in this thread than I have on all of AskMe.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:32 AM on September 29, 2010


A peanut butter and salami sandwich is one of my favorite things in the world.
posted by eamondaly at 12:27 PM on September 29, 2010


Now I have one fewer post in this thread than in all of AskMe.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:30 PM on September 29, 2010


Now I have the same number of comments in this thread as I do in all of AskMe.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:31 PM on September 29, 2010


And now I have more comments in this thread than in all of AskMe.

This is only like 1/5th of my total MeTa output though, but I also like this section of the site better than the others, so there you go. (Although, up until a week or so ago, MeTa was getting really ugly, excluding this thread. Seems to be better lately. *knock wood*)

Eamon that sounds delicious and I will be trying it as soon as I can.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:33 PM on September 29, 2010


Seems to be better lately. *knock wood*

NO U
posted by shakespeherian at 12:34 PM on September 29, 2010


SpiffyRob: Eamon that sounds delicious and I will be trying it as soon as I can.

Seriously. I am buying salami before I go home.

(not a euphemism)

posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:36 PM on September 29, 2010


I have almost 50% more comments in this thread than answers on AskMe. Information is precious, and I'm not sharing!
posted by adamdschneider at 12:40 PM on September 29, 2010


I talk too much, including in here. And I did not have peanut butter for dinner.
posted by crush-onastick at 6:38 PM on September 29, 2010


I'll be sad when this thread is gone, but at least it will live to see another meet-up.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:45 AM on September 30, 2010


And I do imagine we'll find another thread to natter on in, but it'll never be the same.

Still: We have like three weeks left. Let's not break out the tissues just yet.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:51 AM on September 30, 2010


What about black arm bands? Can we do black arm bands?
posted by shakespeherian at 10:14 AM on September 30, 2010


I'll allow it.

We might want to check with a mod on the EXACT timing of the thread's closure (I know that with previous longboats, it hasn't happened at a month to the exact minute, or whatever) but, assuming that this thread closes 6 months from the time of its posting, it will close on 10/20 at 10:51. AND WE'RE ALREADY HAVING ANOTHER MEETUP THAT NIGHT!

Boiler Room PAYNE

I think it behooves us to send this baby off in style.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:29 AM on September 30, 2010


I'll drink to that several times.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:28 AM on September 30, 2010


Y'all realize the Boiler Room has Jameson on friggin' tap, right? I think we need to send this thread out with a round of shots for sure.
posted by Juliet Banana at 1:26 PM on September 30, 2010


I had no idea Vas Foremost had improved their beer selection so much.

Still ended up buying one of my old standbys, like a chump, though
posted by jtron at 3:08 PM on September 30, 2010


Foremost has a pretty rad selection. They even have the eponymous Adamdschneider's favorite beer, Schneider Weiss.

Jtron, apologies for calling you out or totally forgetting you, but have you actually been to meetups before? We appear to enjoy drinking in the same places* but I have no memory of ever meeting you. You should come to the Boiler Room meetup.

Don't even play like Boiler is way off your beaten path.

*this actually plays a large part in how I choose my friends; do they want to spend a bunch of time with me in my short list of favorite bars?
posted by Juliet Banana at 3:59 PM on September 30, 2010


i was at the abortive Quenchers meetup. i was at the anniversary meetup, but by the time i showed up everyone was logy and slothful with food and beer and the only person i ended up talking to was Reverend John. I spent a year and a half working nights, and the year since then mostly broke. i also have some fun mobility issues. but my intentions are EXCELLENT and i was just reminding myself of the boiler room meetup so hey! who knows.

i look like if shane mcgowan and dr house took a teleport ride together, so: easy to spot
posted by jtron at 5:10 PM on September 30, 2010


I AM GOING TO BOILER ROOM THING
posted by shakespeherian at 5:47 PM on September 30, 2010


YAAAAAAAAAAAY! I have never failed to have a good time at Boiler Room.
posted by Juliet Banana at 6:31 PM on September 30, 2010


Come on. Ride the train.

AND

Ride it.

Woo.

Woo.
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:55 PM on October 3, 2010


Aww, my boyfriend didn't know what "Brown Sugar" by The Rolling Stones was about.
posted by Juliet Banana at 5:10 PM on October 3, 2010


Baking!
posted by SpiffyRob at 5:16 PM on October 3, 2010


Instant coffee.
posted by adamdschneider at 5:38 PM on October 3, 2010


It's about having sex with the title, like every Rolling Stones song (c.f. 'Wild Horses').
posted by shakespeherian at 5:42 PM on October 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's about having sex with the title

Well, that makes Under My Thumb a little awkward.
posted by phunniemee at 5:51 PM on October 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Huh. I thought it was about banging a beer bottle on the bar and yelling "whoooooooo!"

Did we ever find a mechanical bull in Chicago? Speaking of.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:15 AM on October 4, 2010


Well, that makes Under My Thumb a little awkward.

Best Stones songs for this rubric:

Dandelion
Family
Parachute Woman
Potted Shrimp
Rock and a Hard Place
Rough Justice
Sittin' on a Fence
Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind
The Spider and the Fly
Too Much Blood
posted by shakespeherian at 8:27 AM on October 4, 2010


Beast of Burden is kind of cheating, but still gives me a chuckle.
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:38 AM on October 4, 2010


The visual of Parachute Woman is the best, IMHO.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:39 AM on October 4, 2010


Hello-there-really-long-thread.
posted by Windigo at 11:20 AM on October 4, 2010


I don't know what it means that I have had Air Supply's "The One That You Love" going through my head all afternoon, but I wish I was heading out for tiny beers tonight.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:31 PM on October 5, 2010


Well, I understand that the tiny beers love you in so many ways.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:30 PM on October 5, 2010


This conversation is getting comfortably personal.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:27 AM on October 6, 2010


Oh, you guys still here? Sorry, I've been playing Minecraft obsessively for about a week.
posted by lholladay at 12:56 PM on October 6, 2010


I need to take more Minecraft "sick days".
posted by adamdschneider at 1:21 PM on October 6, 2010


You should get on the mefightclub server, if you're not already. We have awesomeness.
posted by lholladay at 1:29 PM on October 6, 2010


My current compy gets sad pretty fast on the Mefightclub server, so I'm mostly relegated to playing solo, unfortunately. Last time I signed onto Mefight, I was there just long enough to see lholladay say hey before everything crashed spectacularly.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:59 PM on October 6, 2010


I should check it out. Am I right in remembering that someone said there's a 25-player limit? I find it hard to believe that in all the MC Mefites, that limit doesn't get pegged all the time.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:03 PM on October 6, 2010


There is a 25 player limit, but people have different schedules. And those of us who are on all the frakkin time number about a dozen, I'd say.

Rob: I had to set my render distance to "normal" to avoid crashing in multiplayer. Might help.
posted by lholladay at 2:20 PM on October 6, 2010


Yeah, the normal render distance was mentioned on the blue as necessary to play on the MeFi server.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:23 PM on October 6, 2010


Also, if comments are years A.D., then Genghis Khan is now dead.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:24 PM on October 6, 2010


If comments are years B.C., then Ramses II, hobbling hunchbacked into his sixth decade of rule, still has seventeen years to go.
posted by Iridic at 3:01 PM on October 6, 2010


Which direction are we going?!?!?
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:08 PM on October 7, 2010


Down, baby. Straight down.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:19 PM on October 7, 2010


We have yet another pizza meetup coming up soon! Yay!

Last night I was at Boiler Room for the fifty bazillionth time. Tipsily riding my bike through the dark streets of Logan Square en route from WeeGee's to my home, I turned onto California and felt the magnetic pull of a PBR tallboy softly whispering my name.

I generally always have cash on me (yay for working in a bank) but for the first time I was able to confirm that, yes, if you use their ATM, you're charged the normal two-whatever fee but you can turn your ATM receipt in for a shot of Jameson.

This makes me very happy.
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:28 AM on October 8, 2010


Ooh, is Boiler Room cash-only? Good to know.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:34 AM on October 9, 2010


Which Mefite did my fiancée spot on Thursday? We were at the Daley Plaza farmers' market around 1:00. Jeannette said "Oh, there's one of your internet buddies," but he went by too fast and I couldn't see him. Shaggy blond hair, she says, but not Iridic or MCMikeNamara.
posted by hydrophonic at 3:04 PM on October 9, 2010


Yes, Boiler Room is cash only.

I withdrew $50 in singles today because I'm going on The Chainlink Homecoming ride-a biking bar hop in ironic formalwear between bars that have photo booths-and I wanted cash for the photo booths and the many normal sized beers I foresee myself drinking. Of course my coworker was all LOL STRIPCLUB LOL but honestly I think being alone in a photobooth with a bunch of bike dudes is way hotter than a strip club.

Different strokes, different folks.
posted by Juliet Banana at 3:30 PM on October 9, 2010


Iridic is many things, but shaggy haired? Never.
posted by adamdschneider at 4:17 PM on October 9, 2010


I like "dapper" myself.
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:56 PM on October 9, 2010


Actually, I've been shaggy haired and blond in my time, though never both at once.
posted by Iridic at 10:03 AM on October 10, 2010


Happy 10-10-10 day!
posted by Windigo at 1:22 PM on October 10, 2010


Boom boom ca-ca, Boom ca
Boom boom ca-ca, Boom ca
Boom boom ca-ca, Boom ca
Boom boom ca-ca, Boom ca

dun dun dun
dun-na
dun-na
dun dun dun
dun-na
dun-na
dun dun dun
dun-na
dun-na
dun-na
dun-na dun-na dun
dunna dunna dun

HEY!

dun-na dun-na dun
dunna dunna dun

HEY!

dun-na dun-na dun
dunna dunna dun

HEY!

dun-na dun-na dun

Boom boom ca-ca, Boom ca(hey)
Boom boom ca-ca, Boom ca(huh)
Boom boom ca-ca, Boom ca(hey)
Boom boom ca-ca, Boom ca(ha)
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:06 AM on October 12, 2010


The verse of that song kind of looks like a diving platform.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:07 AM on October 12, 2010


Seven days.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:51 AM on October 13, 2010


Oh shit, Adam's gonna crawl out of this thread and kill me to death with his scary hair.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:59 AM on October 13, 2010


ALL SEVEN AND WE'LL WATCH THEM FALL [whipcrack]
THEY STAND IN THE WAY OF LOVE AND WE'LL SMOKE THEM ALL [Wilhelm scream]
WITH THAT INTELLECT [shotgun cock] AND THAT SAVIOR-FAIRE [shotgun blast]
NO ONE IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE COULD EVER COMPARE [baby going "a-ha", like in that Aaliyah song. Does this tropish sound have a name?]
I AM YOURS NOW AND
YOU ARE MINE AND TO
GETHER WE'LL LOVE THROUGH ALL
SPACE AND TIME SO DON'T
CRY
ONE DAY ALL SEVEN WILL DIE [Reading Rainbow stinger]
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:03 AM on October 13, 2010


Fun things to do regarding the Prince song "7":

  • Read the comments at SongMeanings.com.*
  • Type "ONE DAY ALL SEVEN WILL DIE" into Google Image Search. (This happened by accident for me -- and it's not so much fun but interesting.)

    * - This is actually fun, if you're an asshole who likes to mock stupidity, to do for most songs. It's like reading the comments at YouTube with 98% less casual homophobia**

  • posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:22 PM on October 13, 2010


    It is the seven world powers. You'll see.

    I'm excited.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 1:47 PM on October 13, 2010




    FIVE.

    When Hershey's came out with the Take Five candy bar, the commercial they aired had some horrible generic advertisement pop that repeated the name over and over as the candy bar twirled over images of people jumping around all happy and on BMX bikes and shit. I remember I was with my college roommate the first time we saw it, and we got into a discussion of what the commercial would be like if they had elected to use Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" instead. Here was my proposed treatment:

    Slow fade in to black and white footage of a smoky nightclub. The Dave Brubeck Quartet's rhythm section is onstage, and they begin the familiar opening vamp of Take Five. It repeats a few times, and Brubeck anxiously looks off-stage. Paul Desmond is scheduled to make his entrance to play the head, but is nowhere to be found.

    Cut to backstage. Desmond is slumped in the corner, surrounded by used needles and other associated bits of his works. He idly fingers a few glassine baggies, but realizes them all to be empty. Desperate for another hit, he starts blindly pawing at items on a nearby table, until his fingers find the edges of a Hershey's Take Five bar. [This would probably be the sole object shown in color, in the style of Nuprin commercials.] He pulls it down off the table knocking off numerous other objects in the process. He eyes it suspiciously, but then quickly unwraps it, and jams it into his forearm.

    Instantly, he grabs his sax, joins the band on-stage, and plays his heart out. The camera pans back as the focus decreases and the Take Five logo is placed on the screen. Norman Granz's voice announces: "Take Five. Give your taste buds a smack." Fade out.

    FIN
    posted by SpiffyRob at 6:48 AM on October 15, 2010


    I'm with you all the way on that one, except I think it would be more effective if he ate it, opposed to jamming it in his arm.
    posted by adamdschneider at 8:57 AM on October 15, 2010


    Yeah, though that would probably come a little closer to an appropriate, albeit way, way edgy commercial, than I'm going for.

    Something about the image of him jabbing at his arm with a candy bar strikes me just so, but admittedly, if we're going to go through all of the trouble of the scene leading up to it, he might as well reduce the thing down in a spoon, suck it into a hypo through a cotton ball and mainline it.

    Boo-cha, Boo-cha boo boo
    Boo-cha, Boo-cha boo boo
    Boo-cha, Boo-cha boo boo
    Boo-cha, Boo-cha boo boo

    Ba dooba doooba dooba dooba dooba dooba doo doo
    Doobity doo doo

    Ba dooba doooba dooba dooba dooba dooba doo doo
    Doobity doo doo
    Doobity doo doo

    Ba da bada dooba dooba
    Ba da bada dooba dooba
    Ba da bada dooba dooba dooba dooba dooba dooba dooba dooba

    Ba da bada dooba dooba
    Ba da bada dooba dooba
    Ba da bada dooba dooba doo doo!

    *jazz hands*

    Wait, sorry, that should probably just be, under the circumstances:

    *hands*
    posted by SpiffyRob at 9:42 AM on October 15, 2010


    And I'm totally just gonna keep doing crap vocalese of songs to reach 200 comments, if that's what it takes.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 9:45 AM on October 15, 2010


    Though admittedly, nonsense syllables are better vocalese than even the best "real" vocalese. Let's give that a shot:

    Hey guys we're playing in a band and now it's time to stop so
    Maybe we'll Take Five

    Hey guys we're playing in a band and now it's time to stop so
    Maybe we'll Take Five
    Maybe we'll Take Five

    Shall we Take Five? Yeah let's do it
    Shall we Take Five? Yeah let's do it
    Shall we Take Five? Yeah let's do it
    And then play some more songs later

    Shall we Take Five? Yeah let's do it
    Shall we Take Five? Yeah let's do it
    Shall we Take Five? Yeah let's do it
    Taters
    posted by SpiffyRob at 10:06 AM on October 15, 2010


    If shakes' approximations of meetup frequency in the OP are correct, we have had 51 meetups (with #52 right behind) since anyone who wasn't Adam or I posted in this thread.

    DO NOT FORGET THAT IT WILL SOON CLOSE. POST POST AND BE POSTING FOR IN FIVE TOMORROWS IT DIES.

    Cause we're Tripping Billies!

    Dun dun!
    Dun dun dun dun dun dun!
    Dun dun dun dun
    Dun Dun!
    posted by SpiffyRob at 1:34 PM on October 15, 2010


    DO NOT EVER QUESTION MY MATHEMATICS
    posted by shakespeherian at 1:38 PM on October 15, 2010


    I have to admit, I'm sort of running out of things to say.
    posted by adamdschneider at 2:52 PM on October 15, 2010


    I'm kinda sad that it doesn't look like we'll hit 1337 comments, after all.
    posted by shakespeherian at 3:07 PM on October 15, 2010


    That's total loser talk. 80 comments to go, 4 days to make them in. Easily achievable. In fact, I propose we close it out at 1337 comments. That would be fitting.
    posted by adamdschneider at 4:48 PM on October 15, 2010


    Hey, I am still at work, so I will do my part.

    But I am leaving and will forget once I get home.
    posted by readery at 4:51 PM on October 15, 2010


    I'm sure there will be a flurry of comments from the Boiler Room. We should have a Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament to see who gets to make the final comment. Get one ready ahead of time, like a Japanese death poem, just in case.
    posted by adamdschneider at 5:52 PM on October 15, 2010


    That's total loser talk.

    Well, I said it.
    posted by shakespeherian at 6:35 PM on October 15, 2010


    Double numbers and specifically the number 12 doubled are my favorite numbers because I was born on December 12. What I mean is I can't believe I missed the 1212nd comment.
    posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:21 PM on October 15, 2010


    Oh, man, Adam, you just assured that The Boiler Room Meetup is going to be a bunch of dorks ignoring each other and tap-typing. I mean, it was gonna be that anyway, but come on.

    (drunkest comment in this thread yet, so many corrections)
    posted by Juliet Banana at 11:04 PM on October 15, 2010


    What is this Boiler Room meetup? Its much easier to get myself two blocks from my house than all the way to Billy Goat (although oddly I ate at Billy Goat today so I was thinking about you guys).
    posted by Bunglegirl at 11:22 PM on October 15, 2010


    I kind of assumed the bulk of that flurry would come from you, JB. ;-)
    posted by adamdschneider at 12:05 AM on October 16, 2010


    Spiffy and The Space Whales' second album was entitled Bulk of that Flurry.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 3:57 AM on October 16, 2010


    And Bunglegirl: Boiler Room PAYNE. This coming Wednesday.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 3:59 AM on October 16, 2010


    Today has been a day for obsessing over metal covers of the Bionic Commando theme song.

    Viz.

    cf.
    posted by adamdschneider at 2:01 PM on October 17, 2010


    One of the more under appreciated old NES themes. So under appreciated, in fact, that I had not even heard it until today!
    posted by adamdschneider at 2:02 PM on October 17, 2010


    Everyone who plans to come to the November Goat meetup: please participate in my cake poll. Thanks!
    posted by phunniemee at 4:46 PM on October 17, 2010




    Dude, I used to babysit a little girl who made that exact same face whenever I'd try to get her to brush her teeth.
    posted by phunniemee at 8:10 PM on October 18, 2010


    I was going back through the thread.

    I found my YTMND link.

    Grooving...
    posted by adamdschneider at 8:11 PM on October 18, 2010


    Holy shit, dudes, the Boiler Room meetup is TOMORROW! I think I decided it had to be the venue for a meetup the first time I ever went, and seeing as since then I've been there eight thousand times, befriended half the staff, and made out with multiple dudes who work there, it's about goddamn time.
    posted by Juliet Banana at 5:39 AM on October 19, 2010


    PIZZA!
    posted by Juliet Banana at 5:40 AM on October 19, 2010


    PABST BLUE RIBBON!
    posted by Juliet Banana at 5:44 AM on October 19, 2010


    JAMESON ON TAP!
    posted by Juliet Banana at 5:47 AM on October 19, 2010


    PABST BLUE RIBBON!

    You have no idea how much I wanted the link to be to this.
    posted by sparkletone at 10:14 AM on October 19, 2010


    .

    for Dennis Hopper. We should all wheeze through an oxygen mask and scream 'baby wants to fuck' in his honor.
    posted by shakespeherian at 10:18 AM on October 19, 2010


    Oh also can we talk about how the guy who makes Glee is apparently going to remake The Rocky Horror Picture Show and how I now need to stab everything in the face.
    posted by shakespeherian at 10:39 AM on October 19, 2010


    shakes that is crazy talk Glee makes everything better see this for an example.

    I think we can all agree that is much, much better than the original. Obviously.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 10:53 AM on October 19, 2010


    You have no idea how much I wanted the link to be to this.

    And you have no idea how much I wanted your link to be this.

    we go to bars, bars
    we go to clubs, clubs
    drink pee bee arrs, arrs
    And we do drugs, drugs


    Dear Sparkletone, I would like to preemptively explain that I'm not the biggest Ninjasonik fan EVAR and have no interest in defending them in case you want to argue at me about music again. I will happily discuss Das Racist all day long with you, though, because those motherfuckers are hilarious.
    posted by Juliet Banana at 11:48 AM on October 19, 2010


    Spiff I am going to stab your face in the face.
    posted by shakespeherian at 11:57 AM on October 19, 2010


    I actually feel kind of bad for posting that. I don't think it's unfair to say that watching that video immediately and irrevocably makes one's life worse.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 12:13 PM on October 19, 2010


    But it's so catchy!
    posted by SpiffyRob at 12:19 PM on October 19, 2010


    I like that Glee is like 'You can do anything!, which is why we hired a normally-abled guy to play a kid in a wheelchair.'
    posted by shakespeherian at 12:21 PM on October 19, 2010


    In-dom-it-able spir-it!
    posted by Iridic at 12:34 PM on October 19, 2010


    TODAY IS THE DAY.
    posted by adamdschneider at 8:09 AM on October 20, 2010


    NEVER FORGET.
    posted by phunniemee at 8:14 AM on October 20, 2010


    And to think we did it all without the IMG tag or Sarah Palin.
    posted by shakespeherian at 8:20 AM on October 20, 2010




    That was, in fact, the first offer of a Xoco run! I just link back to that comment when I'm making another one because TYPING ON AN IPAD IS HARD, PEOPLE.

    OK, not really, but if it helps excuse my egregious amounts of spelling errors that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
    posted by Juliet Banana at 8:48 AM on October 20, 2010


    We need to make a Wonder Years-esque montage of all the memorable inane comments.
    posted by shakespeherian at 8:52 AM on October 20, 2010


    Nice highlight reel, Rob. Oh, thread, we hardly knew ye. It seems only yesterday when we had our whole future ahead of us, and now we know both the day and the hour.
    posted by adamdschneider at 9:00 AM on October 20, 2010


    Also, we really can make it to 1337 without too much trouble if everyone pitches in.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 9:07 AM on October 20, 2010


    Pitches in like a fox!
    posted by SpiffyRob at 9:08 AM on October 20, 2010


    Were we supposed to have an election to see who gets the last comment? I think it was discussed above but I'm far too lazy to use that tiny scroll bar.
    posted by shakespeherian at 9:08 AM on October 20, 2010


    Also: I stopped looking at MeFi at work on my work computer, and now do on my lappy while tethered to my phone. This also gives me a fun bandwidth meter. Currently, every load of this page is about 200k. So proud.

    So proud
    So proud
    So so so so
    He's climbin' in your MeTa
    He's postin' a Meetup thread
    He wants some Pizza so you better
    Hide your beers, hide your whale
    Hide your beers, hide your whale
    Hide your beers, hide your whale
    And hide your panties 'cause we're meetin' up at Pequod's!
    You don't have to come to the Goat, we're lookin' for you
    We're eatin' pizza, we're eatin' pizza
    So you can run and eat it
    Run and eat it
    Run and eat it, homeboy
    Home home home boy.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 9:12 AM on October 20, 2010


    There was talk of an election, but I like the idea of us all being anti-social and hammering away at the thread over shot/beer/pizza.

    Granted, if it actually closes up at 10:51, we'll be hammering away over karaoke/transportation home/bed.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 9:13 AM on October 20, 2010


    I'll be hammering away at Cole's or Whistler probably because my past has taught me that if I expect to get home from Logan Square early and sober I am sadly, sadly mistaken.
    posted by Juliet Banana at 9:36 AM on October 20, 2010


    Yes, that talk was me, and it was of a rock, paper scissors contest, but if you want to have a drinking contest instead I'm all for it.
    posted by adamdschneider at 9:38 AM on October 20, 2010




    Heh. At one point here I wondered if we could hit 1,000 comments before the thread closed. Ah, youth.
    posted by adamdschneider at 9:42 AM on October 20, 2010


    Yeah, I was going to pull all of the "How Big Can it Get?" type comments, but then I didn't. I also said a ways back that we'd probably finish around 1,400, which, assuming a bit of a last-minute surge, seems to be about right.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 9:53 AM on October 20, 2010


    Also, I've noticed that summary is pretty me-centric. I'm done, so anyone who wants to pull out more, please do.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 9:55 AM on October 20, 2010


    Actually I thought the summary seemed sort of me-centric. THEREFORE YOU DONE GOOD
    posted by shakespeherian at 9:58 AM on October 20, 2010


    Well, as my AM Drive Time co-host, promoting you is pretty much the same as promoting me.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 10:28 AM on October 20, 2010


    Wow I had forgotten about that. I owe you some kind of awkward sidehug.
    posted by shakespeherian at 10:32 AM on October 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


    I am gonna totally cash in on that tonight.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 11:00 AM on October 20, 2010


    This shit.
    posted by eamondaly at 11:04 AM on October 20, 2010


    Is bananas.
    posted by eamondaly at 11:04 AM on October 20, 2010


    B
    posted by eamondaly at 11:04 AM on October 20, 2010


    A
    posted by eamondaly at 11:04 AM on October 20, 2010


    N
    posted by eamondaly at 11:04 AM on October 20, 2010


    C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER
    posted by adamdschneider at 11:18 AM on October 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


    Owned.
    posted by evisceratordeath at 11:24 AM on October 20, 2010


    DAMN YOU
    posted by eamondaly at 11:37 AM on October 20, 2010


    Quick: Without CTRL+Fing, is that the first time somebody has attempted a C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER in this thread?
    posted by SpiffyRob at 11:49 AM on October 20, 2010


    I am almost sure of it. To be honest, Eamon's post was kind of a sitting duck.
    posted by adamdschneider at 12:15 PM on October 20, 2010


    Yeah, as he revealed in the Boiler Room PAYNE thread, it apparently cuts you off if you try to post more than five times in a row.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 12:41 PM on October 20, 2010


    There was a combo breaker attempted on me about ten years ago upthread but I totally beat it.
    posted by shakespeherian at 1:08 PM on October 20, 2010


    Yeah, I didn't know what I was up again back in those days when everything was in sepia tone.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 1:16 PM on October 20, 2010


    Against. Bah. Flah. Mnah.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 1:17 PM on October 20, 2010


    Oh man, MefiNavigator is really starting to choke on this thread. I'd better make another comment! That'll help!
    posted by SpiffyRob at 1:18 PM on October 20, 2010


    Holy shit I have a lot of comments in here.
    posted by shakespeherian at 1:21 PM on October 20, 2010


    Ooh hoo hoo, looks like I'm just 6 comments away from crossing the millennium mark for MeTa. 5 once this posts.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 1:35 PM on October 20, 2010


    Hmm. It's actually smarter than that: it won't let me post the A, and yet it let me post N twice. Fascinating.
    posted by eamondaly at 2:10 PM on October 20, 2010


    WHAT.
    posted by eamondaly at 2:11 PM on October 20, 2010


    THE.
    posted by eamondaly at 2:11 PM on October 20, 2010


    FUCK.
    posted by eamondaly at 2:11 PM on October 20, 2010


    PB?
    posted by eamondaly at 2:11 PM on October 20, 2010


    A-N-A-S!
    posted by eamondaly at 2:11 PM on October 20, 2010


    Wow, my phone doesn't like this thread at all.
    posted by SpiffyRob at 2:45 PM on October 20, 2010


    Ok Tim. I'm commenting in the mega thread without knowing what it's about. So nice meeting you.

    P.S. You really do need to watch Valley Girl! It's a true classic.
    posted by cittehkitteh at 5:31 PM on October 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


    Better... closer... warmer...
    posted by SpiffyRob at 5:42 PM on October 20, 2010


    So close.
    posted by adamdschneider at 5:43 PM on October 20, 2010


    Yet so far.
    posted by adamdschneider at 5:46 PM on October 20, 2010


    |= |_| < |< '/35.
    posted by adamdschneider at 5:48 PM on October 20, 2010


    Holy fuck, shots on the house. We just toasted to this thread.
    posted by Juliet Banana at 7:36 PM on October 20, 2010


    JB YOU WENT OVER 1337

    FUCK YOU GUYS

    ALL OF YOU

    NO SERIOUSLY

    NO I LOVE YOU ALL

    OMIGOD LET'S NOT LOOSE TOUCH AFTER COLLEGE
    posted by shakespeherian at 7:51 PM on October 20, 2010


    .
    posted by phunniemee at 8:03 PM on October 20, 2010


    Is this threads still gonna let me post? We have a few minutes, right?
    posted by Juliet Banana at 8:34 PM on October 20, 2010


    No, it's closed already.
    posted by shakespeherian at 8:36 PM on October 20, 2010


    Threads not because I'm drunk, ut because it's like ten threads in one. Molly won't let me correct typos. "time is of the essence." she wants to post next so don't blame me if the next post is even worse than this unproofread one.
    posted by Juliet Banana at 8:37 PM on October 20, 2010


    Wait why didn't we go to Violet Hour?
    posted by shakespeherian at 8:41 PM on October 20, 2010


    This is Juliet banana slash Lorena Cupcake.everything after this point is Molly.


    Hi. I like octopuseseseses. How are you. Spicy condoms are delicious. Cupcake does not love me but dark and stormies love me. Who is his guy shouting in my ear? I like eggplant. Want to snuggle.
    posted by Juliet Banana at 8:42 PM on October 20, 2010


    Molly still. Tshreading the bikester shiznit. Jazz is lame. I prefer noise rock. Let's count money together.
    posted by Juliet Banana at 8:43 PM on October 20, 2010


    This is Lorena Cupcake slash Juliet Banana, no longer allowing my sweet but jazz-hating girlfriend Molly to command my account. Will this be the last comment? Who knows.


    I do know that anyone who didn't come to The Whistler missed out.
    posted by Juliet Banana at 8:46 PM on October 20, 2010


    Not the last comment, apparently.
    posted by Juliet Banana at 8:46 PM on October 20, 2010


    I love cupcakes :) <3 molly
    posted by Juliet Banana at 8:48 PM on October 20, 2010


    Yay!
    posted by Windigo at 8:51 PM on October 20, 2010


    This WOULD be my sixth comment in a row, ten millionth in this thread. Will it let me post?
    posted by Juliet Banana at 8:51 PM on October 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


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