Let's get together, yeah yeah yeah May 21, 2010 6:44 PM   Subscribe

Chicago meetup, anyone?

Lizarrd and I will be in Chicago from June 16th to June 20th for Puerto Rican festivities and fun, and are interested in a meet up on one of those nights. Of course we're amateurs when it comes to Chicago and have no suggestions for where/what, but is anyone interested? And if so, are you interested in helping pick a place and time? Thanks!
posted by hoperaiseshell to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:44 PM (268 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

So this is the 3rd meetup in 4 weeks for Chicago?

Wow, you guys are social.
posted by hal_c_on at 8:02 PM on May 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


Tentatively fuck yes! I might be able to make it for the weekend but I'm in Champaign-Urbana (3 hours from the city) so it will be tricky.
posted by yaymukund at 9:12 PM on May 21, 2010


That's it, I'm exhausted. I love you guys but it's time we have a jumping-out ceremony where you all beat me up and I can stop stumbling into work with my hungover pallor carefully masked behind a faceful of creative cosmetic work.
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:40 PM on May 21, 2010


Count me in for a weekend!
posted by SisterHavana at 9:00 AM on May 22, 2010


I'm pretty booked that week, but where will you be staying? I'm happy to throw out my (considered) opinion of places to meet.
posted by crush-onastick at 9:11 AM on May 22, 2010


Oh, I think I'm going to be gone that weekend, but I could probably do the 16th.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:27 PM on May 22, 2010


I have never been to a meetup, but in light of recent events, this Chicago resident will be attending the next official Chicago meetup. Because if I or a loved one is ever almost human trafficked, I want to know who I'll be thanking the next day.
posted by phunniemee at 4:43 PM on May 22, 2010


I can do either June 18, 19, or 20. Place doesn't matter to me.
posted by Tchad at 3:29 AM on May 23, 2010


So...does one just show up? Or do you have to pretty much "know" some of the Chicago people?
posted by stormpooper at 1:45 PM on May 24, 2010


Just show up. Take solace in the fact that everyone before you has done the exact same thing.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:06 PM on May 24, 2010


Not to be *THAT* guy, (Which one, you ask? *THAT* one, I reply) but given the success of our last mid-month extra meetup pizza party, sh.. should we have another mid-month extra meetup pizza party?

Pequod's?
June 18th?
6PMish?

Hearing more votes for the weekend than against, so there you have it.

Also doesn't have to be a pizza party, or if it does, it doesn't have to be Pequod's.

Hell, it doesn't even have to be six.

EVERYTHING CHANGES.
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:49 PM on May 24, 2010


It does have to not be on the third Thursday of the month.
posted by Juliet Banana at 4:10 PM on May 24, 2010


GEE ORE DON OHS!
posted by IndigoRain at 7:48 PM on May 24, 2010


You only get a say in the venue if you actually come up for this one. ;-)
posted by adamdschneider at 9:52 PM on May 24, 2010


Last pizza meetup, my mom was in hospital with pneumonia and I was really sick too. :(

Promise me a location near the South Shore and Juliet Banana, and I'm there. And where's Karen? And Eamon?
posted by IndigoRain at 1:50 AM on May 25, 2010


I'm sorry to hear about your mother. Hope you're both feeling better. Karen was at the pizza meetup, and I heartily endorse another.

As for Eamon, his whereabouts are unknown. Some say that where is need, he will be there. All you must do is raise the beard signal and wait.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:04 AM on May 25, 2010


....or just step outside and scream out 'BONGGGGGGGGGGGG HOOOOOOOOOOOOO' and he will be along presently.
posted by Windigo at 1:00 PM on May 25, 2010


I have no idea what June holds for me. Rest assured I will monitor this thread closely.
posted by eamondaly at 5:55 PM on May 25, 2010


Adam, it worked! He's here!
posted by IndigoRain at 10:04 PM on May 25, 2010


I know exactly what June holds for you, Eamon. Let me know if you're interested in finding out.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:41 AM on May 26, 2010


Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease can we have Giordano's? One close enough to the South Shore (Millennium Station) that I can walk? I haven't had Giordano's in... 9 years!
posted by IndigoRain at 6:55 PM on May 26, 2010


You're moving the cabal out of its comfort zone, but it so happens that there is a Giordano's less than half a mile from Millenium Station, easily accessible from all Lines.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:35 AM on May 27, 2010


Any thoughts, hoperaiseshell or Lizarrd? Your meetup, your call. (Also feel free to weigh in on the date/time proposed.)
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:51 AM on May 27, 2010


stormpooper one just shows up. and then, unsurprisingly, one "knows" the chicago people. it's crazy efficient that way! :)

But June 2 is still the Goat, right? after work? where it's safe for those of us who fear change?
posted by crush-onastick at 9:32 AM on May 27, 2010


Indeed! Knowing we're just a week away from a GoatUp just tickles my fancy, I tells ya!

For anyone who hasn't made it over to the glory that is the 420+ comment Chicago May/Mid-May/June meetup thread, enjoy!
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:51 AM on May 27, 2010


Crush, don't be afraid, come to Giordano's so I can meet you.

Besides it's only 2 weeks before I turn th...thir.... 29+1. (Why yes I am in denial.)

adamdschneider: "You're moving the cabal out of its comfort zone"

But TINCC?
posted by IndigoRain at 2:02 PM on May 27, 2010


Giordano's is the best, and I heartily endorse it for any future meetup plans. Unfortunately I'll probably be in Michigan during the proposed timeframe, and it's easier to get into the city on a weekend anyway. Why no weekend meetups, nonexistent Chicago Cabal?
posted by kyleg at 2:19 PM on May 27, 2010


I'm booked solid June 12-21, so I'm totally stirring the hornet's nest for no purpose here.

As for why no weekends for the TINCC, well, I'll just reiterate Our Fearless Leader eamondaly: if you put it in the side bar, someone will show up.

Anyway, we do weekends, i guess, sometimes, when someone decrees it, but mostly people are busy and midweek seems to bring out the most people, plus we've been doing it on wednesday for a long time now.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:27 PM on May 27, 2010


If you show up at Giordano's on Lake on the 18th at some yet to be determined time, I can guarantee that at least one other person will show up.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:35 PM on May 27, 2010


Er, if that location works for the people who, you know, actually called for this meetup.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:36 PM on May 27, 2010


Juliet Banana stood wearily on the streets on Andersonville. She had made the mistake of signing the lease on an apartment before actually seeing it, trusting the word of her boyfriend. Though the landlord promised all renovations would be done before their move in date, at this point the living space resembled nothing so much as a crowded rabbit Warren, a labyrinthian hamster cage, a hoarder's hovel full of jumbled drywall, broken tile, and exposed wiring.

Her boyfriend tried to distract her from the obvious predicament. "Have you ever been this far north in Andersonville before?"

"I dunno, probably," she mumbled, scanning the street for any familiar landmarks.

She gasped.

Her new apartment, which she was contractually obligated to live in for a year, was directly across the street from Cafe Bong.
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:13 PM on May 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


So, basically, I don't think I'm ever going to be able to beg off of a Bong excursion claiming I need to get home ever again.
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:15 PM on May 27, 2010


*wonders if Juliet Banana can smuggle Xoco tortas into Giordano's*

Aw heck, smuggle Rick Bayless in too while you're at it.
posted by IndigoRain at 7:40 PM on May 27, 2010


Nah, you got to make it to Billy G's if you want the torta love. I don't mind disrespecting the hamuncheez, but if I want to be a true Chi-Townian I better not piss off the deep dish gods.
posted by Juliet Banana at 8:17 PM on May 27, 2010


I just noticed the iPad insisted on capitalizing warren. Not the Cleaver kind, Apple, the Watership Down one.
posted by Juliet Banana at 8:18 PM on May 27, 2010


Ward Cleaver
posted by adamdschneider at 7:28 AM on May 28, 2010


My name's not fucking Warren! Stop calling me that!
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:34 AM on May 28, 2010


Warren Cleaver sounds like a MTG card with psychotic rabbits on it.

i miss the old thread
posted by shakespeherian at 10:58 AM on May 28, 2010


Warren Cleaver sounds like a MTG card with psychotic rabbits on it.

Now that you've given me the idea, I am actually picturing an item that cleaves warrens. I am picturing the art for this card right now. Awesome.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:15 AM on May 28, 2010


I bet we can make this thread even LONGER.
posted by Juliet Banana at 11:42 AM on May 28, 2010


The "old" thread is still the thread for the next meetup we're having. It's old inasmuch as also represented two passed meetups, true, but it also holds the future. Sort of like the children, but with less sticky hands.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:45 AM on May 28, 2010


I wrote "passed" when I meant "past", but the former actually seems to work. Sort of like the children, but I don't get arrested for violating labor laws.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:46 AM on May 28, 2010


Are you going to do that for every comment now, SpiffyRob? Sort of like the children, but without legal implications?
posted by shakespeherian at 11:47 AM on May 28, 2010


Juliet Banana: "I bet we can make this thread even LONGER."

Let's do it!

So, hoperaiseshell, is Giordano's on the 18th okay? What time? I have plans to make here!
posted by IndigoRain at 12:41 PM on May 28, 2010


Probably not every comment, but I'll whip it out when it suits me. Sort of like the children, but...

Hold on, someone's at the door! It's some sort of bear! And he's saying something about the speed with which he arrived!

/going to hell
posted by SpiffyRob at 3:20 PM on May 28, 2010


Well, since you brought it up...

Seriously, one of the most disturbing things I have ever seen.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:27 PM on May 28, 2010


Well there's certainly no unseeing that. I'll be on five sleepless nights at the meetup and I know who I'm gonna blame! Sort of like the children, but I won't start it with "MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!"
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:25 PM on May 28, 2010


Oh wow, get busy for a week or two and there's a whole torrent of responses. Hmm, I think pretty much any day we can get the most people out would be the best for us. I was trying to tally how many weekends/days/specific dates people had, but I got kinda sidetracked. You all sound rather awesome.

I would agree with Giordano's on June 18th. I shall poke hoperaiseshell and see what she thinks about it. We should be able to move around a bit more as we shall have a car handy.

If anyone has any strong feelings AGAINST Giordano's please let them be known!
posted by lizarrd at 6:13 AM on May 30, 2010


So that I may smite them down!

Okay, we need a time now.
posted by IndigoRain at 12:37 PM on May 30, 2010


People have very strong feelings about deep dish. I got a free Lou Malnati's pie a few weeks back and I was carrying it home through Wrigleyville.

Now, I get strangers trying to talk to me everyday. Maybe they just want change or cigarettes, maybe they want to fuck me and think that random girls on the streets actually want to be approached about such things, maybe they just want to drunkenly yell I LIKE YOUR SOCKS out of their car window. Whatever. I am used to it.

I have NEVER, ever, had so many strangers call things at me as when I was toting a Lou Malnati's box on my shoulder. It felt kind of good; for once it had nothing to do with the fact I have a vagina or the length of my skirt, it was only about the pizza. Everyone fucking wanted some of that Lou Malnati's.

And then I took it home and ate it all myself, ha ha ha ha.
posted by Juliet Banana at 6:14 PM on May 30, 2010


So Giordano's June 18th 8 PM (hoperaiseshell agrees)?
posted by lizarrd at 7:49 PM on May 30, 2010


8pm is a little late... could we do 6? I mean if it goes on for a couple hours like these things usually do... or we could move it to the Goat at 8... the Goat's only a few blocks away, right?

Sorry, I'm really not trying to dictate your meetup, it's just I've got a train schedule to consider. And I've been promising to come for a while and haven't because stuff keeps happening, and I really feel like I have to make this one.
posted by IndigoRain at 9:32 PM on May 30, 2010


I vote for a little earlier as well, if only because it's kind of pointless for me to go home after work and then come back down. If we move it a wee bit earlier, I'll show up, at least, and anyone who can't make it until 8 will probably get there right about the time we drunkenly decide what pizzas we want to order.

Wait, they Giodorno's has a liquor license, right? (stricken, panicked, hoping for craft beer)
posted by Juliet Banana at 4:03 PM on May 31, 2010


Giodorno's? Man you're gonna make some people unhappy with the misspelling.

Anyway, yeah sure we can do it a little earlier 6-6:30 PM work for everyone? Whatever time gets the most people to come out the better.
posted by lizarrd at 8:09 PM on May 31, 2010


All this time I was thinking the 18th was a Saturday. I can make it by 6:30, my standard weekday time.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:24 PM on May 31, 2010


As near as I can tell, Giordano's has a full bar. Which one are we going to?
posted by shakespeherian at 8:53 PM on May 31, 2010


Giordano's! YAY!
posted by IndigoRain at 9:36 PM on May 31, 2010


Which one are we going to?

135 E Lake. It's up some concrete stairs, but fairly roomy inside, if I remember right.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:42 PM on May 31, 2010


Oh okay. It's not showing up on Google Maps, which I think is a sign of the apocalypse.
posted by shakespeherian at 4:55 AM on June 1, 2010


Yeah, I don't know why. You can see it on Giordano's listed locations here. Perhaps Google Maps, like a precocious 15 year old, is pretty smart, but it doesn't know every damned thing.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:34 AM on June 1, 2010


Hot damn adamdschneider, it's 10am and you're showing me delicious drippy melty deep dish pictures? You'd better meet me for lunch in like five minutes and buy me some goddam pizza.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:57 AM on June 1, 2010


I feel your pain. If it makes you feel any better, there is a Giordano's in my building, but I won't be having any for lunch, even though that would be fantastic. Calories, you know.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:04 AM on June 1, 2010


Surprisingly, that doesn't make me feel any better.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:06 AM on June 1, 2010


I just walked past a Giordano's. That probably doesn't make you feel better, either.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:02 PM on June 1, 2010


WHY ARE YOU BEING SO MEAN
posted by shakespeherian at 2:36 PM on June 1, 2010


It was showing on Google Maps for me... Oh, I was typing in the address I got off Giordano's website, that's why. NM.

Oh you guys are so mean, almost as mean as Juliet Banana teasing me with Xoco... I swear I'm tempted to come up to Chicago early that day and have Xoco for lunch and Giordano's for dinner... :P
posted by IndigoRain at 6:46 PM on June 1, 2010


I just got back from Big Star and have tequila-induced hiccups. WHO'S LAUGHING NOW
posted by shakespeherian at 8:03 PM on June 1, 2010


Not me. I'm not laughing now. Guy had hiccups last night and I got no *%!@^%#!^*% sleep. I'm actually chewing up rocks and spitting out gravel right about now.
posted by crush-onastick at 6:44 AM on June 2, 2010


You didn't get sleep last night because of hiccups? Are you sure it wasn't because of the sound of JESUS CHRIST TRYING TO SMASH US WITH ELECTRICITY
posted by shakespeherian at 11:39 AM on June 2, 2010


Posting to get this thread in my recent activity so i can find it again until one of you crazy kids puts it in the meetup sidebar.

Also yes I should be there. I'm almost getting sick of you guys. ALMOST.
posted by misskaz at 12:30 PM on June 2, 2010


CC*PP
Giordano's
135 E Lake.
6/18
6:30ish.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:45 PM on June 2, 2010


DONE.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:46 PM on June 2, 2010


Juliet Banana: NO. FUCKING. WAY.
posted by eamondaly at 2:23 PM on June 2, 2010


What? (most innocent face, eyes wide behind immense spectacles)
posted by Juliet Banana at 3:29 PM on June 2, 2010


Heh, you guys sound insanely fun. I'm excited for the meetup.
posted by lizarrd at 5:46 PM on June 2, 2010


Me too lizarrd, I can't wait to meet these guys.
posted by IndigoRain at 6:25 PM on June 2, 2010


MCMikeMcNamara: I am likely too drunk to spell your name correctly, and lord knows if you're even reading this, but

A) I wish I could bum a smoke off you

B) Finch wishes she could talk about Dr Who with you

<3 Lorena Cupcake, drunk and missing you, during a meetup
posted by Juliet Banana at 6:51 PM on June 2, 2010


OMG MIKE WE HAD THINGS TO !~*DISCUSS*~!
posted by Windigo at 8:56 PM on June 2, 2010


No Dr Who spoilers, please! If I have to I'll make sure I'm caught up by the CC*PP...
posted by misskaz at 6:20 AM on June 3, 2010


No spoilers: we have been discussing Doctor Who vs. Alien. I am of the opinion that the Doctor would not be the victor.

This is a very important topic, and we must reach a consensus!
posted by Windigo at 7:43 AM on June 3, 2010


Is the June 18 meetup still happening? No one has posted to this thread for three days; I'm concerned that you've all died, or been abducted by aliens (or Doctor Who).
posted by tzikeh at 8:43 AM on June 6, 2010


I haven't come up with anything sufficiently witty to say. Yes, the meetup is still happening. The thread will probably pick up again a day or two beforehand.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:58 AM on June 6, 2010


Don't pressure the thread to become active before it feels ready, tzikeh. Take it slow, take the pressure off, and before you know it, the thread will feel comfortable enough with you to open up on a whole new level.
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:17 AM on June 6, 2010


Hee, Juliet.

I realized after I left the house that when I said "been abducted by aliens (or Doctor Who)" that, of course, Doctor Who is an alien, and I might get mocked! Mockity mock mock! But then I thought, these are people who would mock other people for not knowing that the Doctor is an alien; these are my people.

I really should come to a meetup one day. I don't know if I will come to this one... I'm extremely averse to having my picture taken. I'll happily take pictures of everyone else, if someone wants to post them (and brings a camera).
posted by tzikeh at 2:57 PM on June 6, 2010


Well, we don't really take pictures that much any more; we've seen each other enough times we remember and recognize each other by face, or sometimes by scent if necessary.
posted by Windigo at 7:18 PM on June 6, 2010


Yeah, honestly, I haven't seen a camera get whipped out in FOREVER. I used to take photos but quickly stopped when I realized that if I took 20 photos at every meetup my Flickr page would be all internet nerds brandishing tiny beers instead of all photos of me dressed like a posthipster space alien that gets me lots of creepy fanmail from sock fetishists.

Not that I really enjoy those emails, but, you know. If someone specifically disliked having their photo taken, I can promise that everyone would make such a tiny, tiny, tiny deal about not taking their picture, because it's just the respectful thing to do.

We really need to make a thread for the apparent TENS OF PEOPLE who have some sort of fear or reservation holding them back from MefiChi meets (which are totally a safe place) that just calmly and politely explains that y'all bitches are crazy. If your particular brand of anxiety or perceived social awkwardness is holding you back from sitting in a room of really quite friendly and nonthreatening and pretty uncool and unintimidating fellow nerds, well, that's OK, but we're all special snowflakes and we were all nervous at first and we all are pretty much the least threatening group of people ever. If anyone expects us to be doing blow off each other's perfectly sculpted and tanned scantily clad bodies while we make catty remarks about your posting history and in jokes that you'll never get, you are sorely mistaken about what goes on at Mefi Meets.

WE ARE SO NOT SCARY.

That was totally not aimed at anyone in particular. I just feel like this is something that comes up fairly frequently and while it's totally, totally, totally OK for people to have problems stepping outside of their social comfort zone I feel like a lot of people's fear comes from misunderstanding exactly how nonthreatening Mefi Meets are. If the nonexistant Cabal was going to tar and feather anyone and run them out of town, my drunk loud annoying ass would already be more downy than a feather pillow and halfway to Indiana.
posted by Juliet Banana at 8:03 PM on June 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Damn, Juliet, you mean I finally got up the guts to come to this thing and I'm not gonna get to do blow off eamon's beard? Actually, what kept me from coming as much as social fear is lack of fundage for parking and/or train fare fear of walking to & from the train station alone. Train fare is $14 and that doesn't count the restaurant bill.

So anyways, do we need to make reservations? How big is this Giordano's? I'm probably bringing my BFF, and my friend from Woodstock is going to meet us there with her fiancee and 2 kids, so I'm potentially in for 4 adults, a 5-year-old, and a baby.

And I am TOTALLY taking pictures, even if it makes Juliet feel like a sideshow attraction. (/Twitter reference.) However, I will probably not upload them without permission. And while I'd feel better if people didn't upload pics of me without my permission, I realize I can't control anyone so if you do upload them, please show me where they're at so I can see if I look like a dork or not!
posted by IndigoRain at 9:20 PM on June 6, 2010


we were all nervous at first.... WE ARE SO NOT SCARY.

Oh man, I am so not nervous or afraid of walking into a group of (meatspace) strangers; I love meeting new people and have absolutely no problem showing up for a lunch or dinner full of people I've never met. My, problem is my own self-consciousness about how much weight I've put on since I was in shape I KNOW SHUT UP I KNOW ALREADY
posted by tzikeh at 9:40 PM on June 6, 2010


It's just more area to lay out lines, baby. Let's get this party started.
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:09 PM on June 6, 2010


I just realized that this means I have two separate internet meetup things in a row, one on the 17th and now one on the 18th. I'm such a nerd.

A BADASS NERD, BABIES!
posted by Windigo at 6:51 AM on June 7, 2010


I think we're pretty cool.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:27 AM on June 7, 2010


So do I.
posted by Windigo at 7:31 AM on June 7, 2010


....tho I can't seem to make tiny text. WTF font size tag? Why's it gotta be like that?
posted by Windigo at 7:31 AM on June 7, 2010


If you average the coolness level of you two we're extremely cool, but I'm the huge dork who fucks up the math and brings us all down. I'm taking one for the team.
posted by Juliet Banana at 8:07 AM on June 7, 2010


I'M FUCKING TERRIFYING BUT I WON'T BE AT THIS ONE SO DON'T BE SCARED FOR NOW.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:18 AM on June 7, 2010


My username is completely literal, so it's a good thing I won't be at this one either, for your sake.
posted by evisceratordeath at 8:37 AM on June 7, 2010


I also miss the tanned hardbody blow sessions.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:54 AM on June 7, 2010


Bring the tanned hardbody, and I'll bring the "blow," if you know what I'm saying.*

*WHAT I AM SAYING IS AN ALLUSION TO PERFORMING ORAL SEX
posted by Juliet Banana at 9:40 AM on June 7, 2010


*purchases combination gym/tanning salon membership*
posted by adamdschneider at 10:06 AM on June 7, 2010


Windigo - try the <small> tag.
posted by tzikeh at 10:56 AM on June 7, 2010


Though possibly we don't want the <small> tag in the same reference area as oral sex.
posted by tzikeh at 10:58 AM on June 7, 2010


I will quite probably make this my second meetup, if only to see this Giordano's with a bar. (The one in Hyde Park has yet to achieve a likker license, ya see.)
posted by PMdixon at 6:34 PM on June 7, 2010


SPIFFYROB IS FUCKING TERRIFYING. in a totally cute fuzzy bunny way
posted by crush-onastick at 8:10 PM on June 7, 2010


Damn, how'd I miss this thread? I'll be there on the 18th, albeit briefly, as I am committed to go dance at Taste of Randolph at 8pm. dance.
posted by lholladay at 8:46 AM on June 8, 2010


I am of the opinion that the Doctor would not be the victor.

Dr. Who has destroyed timeless creatures who consume the life essence of entire worlds, he can certainly defeat some hypersexual skeleton.

*ahem*
posted by aramaic at 11:45 AM on June 8, 2010


Will you give us a preview at the restaurant?
posted by Windigo at 11:45 AM on June 8, 2010


Aramaic -

The Doctor would still be nattering on what a beautiful specimen it is as it tore out his chest.

Unlike the majority of Who villains, aliens don't expound on their villainous brilliance.

I AM SO SO RIGHT AND YOU ARE SO SO WRONG!
posted by Windigo at 11:48 AM on June 8, 2010


Also, "give us a preview" = Luke's dancing skills. We desire entertainment.
posted by Windigo at 11:50 AM on June 8, 2010


I personally would enjoy a preview of Dr Who vs Alien. TIA.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:55 AM on June 8, 2010


Unlike the majority of Who villains, aliens don't expound on their villainous brilliance.

Dr Who is himself an alien, as are all of the villians he conquers/ass-kicks/sends away/etc.

I vote Dr. Who.
posted by misskaz at 12:38 PM on June 8, 2010


She meant Alien aliens. So long and thanks, Dan O'Bannon, for all the ambiguity.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:54 PM on June 8, 2010


Windigo - see preview in my above comment. The dance space at Giordano's will be limited, I suspect.
posted by lholladay at 1:58 PM on June 8, 2010


She meant Alien aliens. So long and thanks, Dan O'Bannon, for all the ambiguity.

I know. I think the Doctor would know or figure out what kind of aliens they were, though, and would know whether to reason with them or dispatch them immediately.
posted by misskaz at 2:07 PM on June 8, 2010


*fret*

NO THEY WOULD MAKE CHARMING LITTLE DOCTOR ALIEN ACID BABIES IN HIS CHEST!

*sigh*

I'll just keep yelling til my viewpoint wins due to everyone else being terribly bored by it.
posted by Windigo at 6:28 PM on June 8, 2010


Misscaz: Dr Who is himself an alien, as are all of the villians he conquers/ass-kicks/sends away/etc.

Is it true that. in twenty-six seasons, the vanquished baddie has never once been human? This fascinates me, if true....
posted by tzikeh at 1:07 AM on June 9, 2010


No, there's been plenty of humans.

Everyone is an alien to Doctor Who, however.
posted by Windigo at 6:38 AM on June 9, 2010


Is it true that. in twenty-six seasons, the vanquished baddie has never once been human? This fascinates me, if true....

Oh, you are asking the wroooong person there. I just recently got into the show and have been catching up on the "new" Doctor series on Netflix while also watching the current season. This means I've only seen the Eccleston episodes, a couple Tennant ones so far, and all the current Matt Smith ones.

So I think you are reading me a bit too literally. Perhaps I should have said "most."
posted by misskaz at 6:40 AM on June 9, 2010


Always wanted to buy Dan O'Bannon a drink, but only is Stanzi cast the bartender.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:03 AM on June 9, 2010


where "is" = "if"
posted by crush-onastick at 8:03 AM on June 9, 2010


Um, has anyone every bumped into AdamCSnider on the blue? Now THAT'S how you get your middle initial recognized when your name is Adam!

That's sort of creepy. I also can't believe I've never noticed a dude with 300ish comments before.

And he's sort of close by in Michigan! Let's invite him to a meetup! Question: If Adam D. Schneider and Adam C. Snider get close enough, will they stick like magnets or cause the universe to collapse?
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:35 AM on June 9, 2010


Fucking Adams. How do they work?
posted by shakespeherian at 10:37 AM on June 9, 2010


We exchanged pleasantries once.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:52 AM on June 9, 2010


In person, or was it an ePleasantry®?
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:04 PM on June 9, 2010


I think he responded to a comment of mine? I can't seem to find it. Or maybe someone mistook him for me. I can't recall.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:26 PM on June 9, 2010


We're gonna miss the Chicago disaster drills by one day.
posted by IndigoRain at 12:45 PM on June 9, 2010


Also:

Fucking Adams

John "Fucking" Adams was *this* close to rounding out the John Adams presidential trilogy.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:52 PM on June 9, 2010


John Fucking Adams is my marginally successful gay punk band.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:56 PM on June 9, 2010


Oh. There's a meetup.

I'm in Chicago for the summer, so I'll try to stop by.
posted by mullacc at 2:43 PM on June 9, 2010


YAY Mullacc!
posted by IndigoRain at 2:45 PM on June 9, 2010


I've seen all of the Eccleston & Tennant years, but stepped away once Moffat took over. I was curious about all of the previous Doctor Who from 1963 onwards. I can't believe you don't have a ready answer for me!

I was going to make a lame joke about some kind of drink we should have at the meet-up that would reference Doctor Who, but the only ones I can think of are Star Wars or Star Trek drinks. (I suppose a Banana Daiquiri would count, but that's kind of sad and not very science fictiony at all.)
posted by tzikeh at 3:52 PM on June 9, 2010


Oh, and windigo, really, this was such a softball:

MetaFilter: I'll just keep yelling til my viewpoint wins due to everyone else being terribly bored by it.
posted by tzikeh at 4:20 PM on June 9, 2010


I think this is a list of all the RSVP-ed attendees thus far:

me
IndigoRain
adamdschneider
lizzard
Juliet Banana
shakespeherian
misskaz
PMdixon
Windigo
lholladay
mullacc (?)
crush-onastick (?)
posted by tzikeh at 9:17 PM on June 10, 2010


Silly rabbit, trying to make a list of those who will attend is like trying to herd cats.
posted by Windigo at 4:40 AM on June 11, 2010


Yes, I think you will find some people drop out the day of, and others will show up without explicitly saying so.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:32 AM on June 11, 2010


I wish I could attend but I'm unemployed and spending $45 on train fare is probably not the wisest idea.

In the off chance there's anyone from Milwaukee/Racine/Kenosha that wants to go, drop me a line and we can carpool. I have a nice car with an iPod interface.
posted by desjardins at 8:07 AM on June 11, 2010


No, no. I was just talking all over the thread. I have a Big Fat Family Wedding next weekend and am unable to do anything but Big Fat Family Things, including Brubeck, Lewis & Nancy Wilson at Ravinia.

As far as I know, I'm in for July 7 at the Same Goat Time, Same Goat Place.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:09 PM on June 11, 2010


Same Goat Chanel.

Now there's a fragrance I could get behind.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:18 PM on June 11, 2010


It'd come in a bottle shaped like a tiny beer mug, à la Avon.
posted by Windigo at 8:29 AM on June 12, 2010


I should also mention, given my previous comments to the contrary, that I, too, will *not* be at Brubeck/Lewis/Wilson. I will also not be at the meetup. I will be doing SOMETHING DIFFERENT ENTIRELY.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:04 AM on June 12, 2010


Spiffy: I hope it's something awesome. Like eloping. Or saving the world by piloting a space whale that is intercepting a meteor hurling toward Los Angeles.
posted by crush-onastick at 1:06 PM on June 12, 2010


If it is a saving the world thing, please let it be immediately followed by a tickertape parade.
Tickertape parades are awesome.
posted by readery at 2:31 PM on June 12, 2010


I like looking at them, but I hate getting the confetti stuck in my hair and clothes. Balloons dropped from the ceiling, however, is another story. Bring it on!
posted by Windigo at 3:06 PM on June 12, 2010


Readery are you coming?

Anyone heard from Eamondaly?
posted by IndigoRain at 10:14 PM on June 12, 2010


IndigoRain, I am going to be spending Friday in your neck of the woods as part of a long distance bike thing. I am bummed to miss meeting you, CD-swap-mate.
posted by readery at 7:13 AM on June 13, 2010


Space Whale Interceptor is my next album title.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:19 AM on June 13, 2010


I saw Eamon Friday night, and he said he was coming as of then.
posted by Windigo at 2:18 PM on June 13, 2010


I'm planning to be there, though this week is shaping up to be a bit of a mess.
posted by eamondaly at 6:27 PM on June 13, 2010


We'll be arriving at Millennium station at 4:15 so we'll probably be walking around Millennium Park if anyone else is early. You can PM me and I'll give you my cell number for texts or calls, or Juliet Banana has my number (if it's still in her phone).
posted by IndigoRain at 6:56 PM on June 15, 2010


Hi - I'm new but I am officially RSVPing for me and baxter_ilion.

Please be nice to me. (hah)
posted by bibliogrrl at 6:15 PM on June 16, 2010


I'm going to try to make it - first meetup!
posted by pitseleh at 6:55 PM on June 16, 2010


Yay it's my first meetup too! Welcome bibliogrrl and pitseleh!

And a very merry unfirstmeetup to the rest of you!
posted by IndigoRain at 7:34 PM on June 16, 2010


Miss Indigo, I'm getting off work at 4:30 and I'm only three L stops north of State/Lake. So I'll be a bit early; I can text you when I get to Giordano's if you don't want to kill a bunch of time in the park or if you get mauled by Tuscan Raiders text me and I'll come rescue you, with a WHOOOOOOOOOAHHHHHHHHHH-EYYYAH krayt dragon call to scare off the louche sand creepsters.

It should be pointed out that I am currently drunk and watching Star Wars.

Also, it should be pointed out that I haven't had Giordano's since I was 15. I remember it having several inches of meat on it, much like your mom. However, I went to Great Lake tonight and I must say that any pizza I eat from now on is going to have an awful lot to live up to.
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:52 PM on June 16, 2010


Wow, we're going to have a lot of first-time meet-up folks there (including me). Is there a core of people who meet every month, or is it sort of a rotating group?
posted by tzikeh at 10:14 PM on June 16, 2010


Yeah, you can tell us apart because we have a few more stripes and bars and badges and medals and epalauts on our Official Metafilter Uniforms.

Some people come more often than others, some people have been coming longer than others. We've realized that the only person who is, without fail, at every meetup is Adam D. Schneider. Hence, if you ever hang out with Adam, that's a Metafilter Meetup right there.
posted by Juliet Banana at 4:52 AM on June 17, 2010


I usually come to them all, but missed the last one and will miss this one too. So when you're sitting there, eating your cheese pie, thinking things are 99% awesome and wondering what's missing, well, that'll be me.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:41 AM on June 17, 2010


What can I say? I like you guys.

Also: Imagine a Pequod's pie. Flip it upside down. Change the bread to cheese and vice versa. Now you've got the proportions about right. The pepperoni pie has a bit more meat in it than usual, it's true, and is the best Giordano's topping because it goes at the bottom of the cheese.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:28 AM on June 17, 2010


I get out of work at 5 and have to ride my bike a measly three blocks to get there (which is good because it will be crazy hot tomorrow and maybe I can make it without getting too sweaty and disgusting) so I'll be pretty early too.
posted by misskaz at 7:42 AM on June 17, 2010


I will be pretty early, as I get off work at 4:30. So would prolly be there around 5.

PS...I BROKE MY ARM IN A BIKE ACCIDENT PEOPLE. I expect lots of cooing and complimenting me on my bravery. For I was the victor, even with the broken arm.

You should see the horse.
posted by Windigo at 7:48 AM on June 17, 2010


Hi. I'm coming and I'll be early-ish too because I get out of work between 4 and 4:30. Though I might kill time shopping for stupidly unnecessary but awesome shoes. Anyway, see you all there!
posted by betty botter at 8:25 AM on June 17, 2010


Wow, this is going to be one huge meetup.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:27 AM on June 17, 2010


Don't worry, Adam, you're still our fulcrum.
posted by Windigo at 8:29 AM on June 17, 2010


Should someone reserve tables for this many people? I have no idea how this works.
posted by tzikeh at 8:33 AM on June 17, 2010


Nah. We live on the edge. *waves broken arm*

*gingerly*
posted by Windigo at 8:39 AM on June 17, 2010


Finch, bike injuries are hella sexy. Remind me to tell you about how I knocked half the stitches out of the disgusting shoulder injury of a bike kid I know who got doored.


I'm sure the suspense it totally killing you, because given my proclivity for keebler bike kids it must be really difficult to guess how I managed to knock the stitches out.
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:15 AM on June 17, 2010


I can't decide if I should go to the Chainlink tonight, Lorena. I'm maimed and my bike is busted! I have a feeling I won't feel up to it this time, which sucks, as it's hella close to my place.

The suspense comes from guessing which askmefi questions are yours, BTW. I saw an interesting anon one recently I need to ask you about....
posted by Windigo at 10:28 AM on June 17, 2010


Juliet: It's Tuksen Raiders. Drunkenness is no excuse.
posted by lholladay at 10:36 AM on June 17, 2010


Oh, man, I totally glided right over Tuscan Raiders. Now I'm picturing guys in scraggly robes ambushing people in the picturesque, well-manicured Italian countryside.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:58 AM on June 17, 2010


Uuuuurk urk urk urk urk urk uuuuuuuuuuurk!*

*We have come for your rustic villa! And your private garden! And possibly pinot noir!
posted by lholladay at 11:02 AM on June 17, 2010


Man, a girl gets no fucking slack on misspelling proper nouns with you people. I BROUGHT YOU CHURROS YOU JERKS
posted by Juliet Banana at 2:09 PM on June 17, 2010


I killed them! I killed them ALL!

I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything is soft and smooth.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:13 PM on June 17, 2010


Finch, I totally forgot you were supposed to come to the Chainlink meetup tonight! It's ok, I'll see you tomorrow. Right? RIGHT?
posted by Juliet Banana at 2:13 PM on June 17, 2010


oh hi… i'm working a gig at the Cultural Center tomorrow night. But if I get off at 9:30 like I'm supposed to maybe I'll pop by and see if anyone's still around. Or is this like a dinner then leave without hours of drinking afterwards event?

:tries, fails to picture that:
posted by tivalasvegas at 2:19 PM on June 17, 2010


Drinking?!

Chicago meetups are dry.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:22 PM on June 17, 2010


Where was I for the churros?
posted by adamdschneider at 2:40 PM on June 17, 2010


Yay to earlyness! And ye shall know me by the Minnie Mouse Gaga Paparazzi style glasses. Although I don't know how much I'll be *wearing* them since they're not prescription.

Windigo: "PS...I BROKE MY ARM IN A BIKE ACCIDENT PEOPLE. I expect lots of cooing and complimenting me on my bravery. For I was the victor, even with the broken arm."

Okay, but I get lots of cooing and sympathy over the root canal I had this morning. :-D
posted by IndigoRain at 2:40 PM on June 17, 2010


I demand applause and plaudits for the horrendously complicated spreadsheet I just finished today.

everyone cares about year-over-year spending by department and ship-to, right?
posted by shakespeherian at 2:48 PM on June 17, 2010


I'll be there tomorrow. Most likely I'll be traveling single file to hide my numbers.
posted by Iridic at 3:13 PM on June 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Fine. Whatever cooing and sympathy and plaudits that are left over after I have had my share, the rest of you can fight over. In mud.
posted by Windigo at 3:32 PM on June 17, 2010


Where was I for the churros?
posted by adamdschneider


On the wrong end of the table.
posted by Windigo at 3:34 PM on June 17, 2010


Damn you, table!
posted by adamdschneider at 5:41 PM on June 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Last night's Chainlink meetup was a 45 second bike ride from my house at The Fireside. Normally my nights out involve a 5-7 mile trek home and 2am left turns through six way stops in the pitch black so I try not to get super wasted because after a certain number of beers the problem is not going to be "Lorena getting hit by a car," it's going to be "Lorena riding into something or falling off her bike because she's a fucking idiot."

Not that that's ever happened or anything. Ahem.

So, anyway, normally I drink lots of water and limit my beers and get condescending "what a wimp" look from keeblers who live miles closer to the bar than I do and responsibility is rad and all but it is not the easiest thing to keep up bar night after bar night and I really rejoiced at being sent a shining beacon from the gods that I could go out and get trashed and hell, WALK my bike home if I needed to.

The idea of going out and doing another internet meetup is kind of horrifying to me right now but it's 7am and I'm hungover and trying to type this on the bus for no good reason, and hopefully by the time the clock strikes quitting time I'll be slightly more enthused.
posted by Juliet Banana at 5:18 AM on June 18, 2010


You can come out and just have pizza. I hear that sort of food is good for a hangover.
posted by Windigo at 7:07 AM on June 18, 2010


Whoah, Finch, let's not get crazy here. I'm alive, aren't I? Drinking will happen.
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:10 AM on June 18, 2010


The only time I've ever fallen off my bike was after too many tiny beers at a Metafilter meetup. (It was also hydrophonic's fault, because I thought we were going to speed through a yellow light but then he stopped at the last minute and I had brand new clipless shoes/pedals and could not clip out in time. Result = hilarious slow motion tip-over.)

Today I did not wear my clipless shoes for that very reason. Although I will also keep the drinking under control because a 9 mile ride home, possibly in the rain, and while drunk, is a bad idea even in Chuck Taylors.
posted by misskaz at 7:20 AM on June 18, 2010


I have only fallen off my bike drunk once (and once was enough!) but I would rather not try to tally up how many times I have fallen off my bike, period.

Man, I was so wasted when I went down that hill.
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:28 AM on June 18, 2010


I have only fallen off my bike once WHEN MY FIANCE RAN ME OVER while biking like a jackass.

*waved broken arm around again*
posted by Windigo at 7:40 AM on June 18, 2010


PS... Mark is fine.

I make a great landing cushion for 6 foot tall men and their giant bikes.
posted by Windigo at 7:42 AM on June 18, 2010


Just realized I have an errand to run right around 5pm that will put me downtown-ish, so I'll be joining the early crowd. I should also let you know that I'm easily startled, but I'll soon be back, and in greater numbers.
posted by lholladay at 7:43 AM on June 18, 2010


How did I completely miss this thread? I'm mentioned in multiple times and there's a whole Doctor Who bit in the middle. I've just been reading that other thread like a chump.

There's no way that I can not come out for pizza as we are meeting approximately 1300 feet from my place of employment. There's no way I'm staying at the office until 6:30 though. So I may be hitting that underground bar that we found on our tour. And I may really be bringing Andy this time.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:58 AM on June 18, 2010


For all of us meeting up at 5-ish? Are we meeting up at the pizza place, or elsewhere?
posted by Windigo at 8:06 AM on June 18, 2010


See, Mike, I was starting to emote all sadly, thinking I had gone too far in my Doctor Who suppositions and you decided I wasn't cool enough to talk shop with anymore. I had wondered if you were secretly thinking, "I bet she spells it Dr. Who!"
posted by Windigo at 8:09 AM on June 18, 2010


I think we should meet at Giordano's - looks like we've got a big group and the sooner we can snag table(s), the better.

I bet she spells it Dr. Who!

*looks at previous comments, winces*
posted by misskaz at 8:23 AM on June 18, 2010


I think we should meet at Giordano's

Yes, establish a beachhead so the later waves have somewhere to land.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:49 AM on June 18, 2010


It is a Friday, after all.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:49 AM on June 18, 2010


I cannot believe the suck.

This promises to be a huge blow-out Chicago MeFite Meetup, the likes of which may never be seen again, and I am sick.

Someone drink a nice glass of red wine for me?

dammit
posted by tzikeh at 10:26 AM on June 18, 2010


This promises to be a huge blow-out Chicago MeFite Meetup, the likes of which may never be seen again

The first part of this sentence is undoubtedly true; the accuracy of the second part is highly debatable.

Y'all have fun. Sorry to miss it! And I hope Spiffy & the Space Whales divert the meteor without too much trouble.
posted by crush-onastick at 11:26 AM on June 18, 2010


I've got a young Henry Rollins on board to help my cause (and a second space whale, accordingly) but for the good of humanity, we need everyone's prayers.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:36 AM on June 18, 2010


Ok, Spiffy & the Space Whales is a sweet band name.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:05 PM on June 18, 2010




It turns out that I can probably attend this thing. People will be at Giordano's at 5? I get out of work at 4 today so I'll probably booze it up at Rossi's for a minute if anyone's around there.
posted by evisceratordeath at 1:01 PM on June 18, 2010


Careful out there, MeFites. There's a line of nasty storms headed our way.

"NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A VERY DANGEROUS LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DESTRUCTIVE HURRICANE FORCE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 80 MPH."

There's your huge blow-out Chicago MeFite Meetup, right there.
posted by misskaz at 1:48 PM on June 18, 2010


BRING IT
posted by adamdschneider at 1:59 PM on June 18, 2010


They're letting us out a little early on account of the weather. I'll probably just run to Giordano's.
posted by Iridic at 2:04 PM on June 18, 2010


I received this email about a half an hour ago from Corporate Security:

We have been advised by our weather monitoring service that a storm with
high wind conditions and gusts to 65 mph. It is projected that this storm
is expected to hit the Chicago area between 4:00 and 5:00 PM. When leaving
this afternoon please use caution as you begin your commute home.


Suck it, wind; I will not be denied pizza or MeFites.

Also, we have a corporate weather monitoring service?!?


(Also, "Dr. Who" is an acceptable usage. If you aren't a Doctor Who fan. (The Radio Times used it often well into the fourth and fifth season, and beyond... because I know you care.))

posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:05 PM on June 18, 2010


I am hungry and want pizza.

Rawr.
posted by Windigo at 2:07 PM on June 18, 2010


Rain again? -_-
posted by adamdschneider at 2:12 PM on June 18, 2010


I am a Doctor Who fan! It's just that I only started watching like three months ago and haven't caught on to all the rules and suchlike yet. Give a girl a break, pretty please.
posted by misskaz at 2:13 PM on June 18, 2010


I'm just teasing because it was brought up by someone else. Otherwise, I would have never mentioned it. (I swear.)

Also, holy freaky scary darkness outside right now all of the sudden.

Buckingham Fountain is shooting out parallel to the ground.

I can't just believe I just bullied somebody I love into meeting me downtown.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:20 PM on June 18, 2010


OMG

all hell just broke loose out there
posted by Windigo at 2:25 PM on June 18, 2010


I might be a little late.
posted by Windigo at 2:27 PM on June 18, 2010


Well this should be a fun bike ride. Maybe I can stay on Lower Michigan the whole way.
posted by misskaz at 2:28 PM on June 18, 2010


IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT
posted by adamdschneider at 2:30 PM on June 18, 2010


It's easing up a little bit out there. The rain isn't frothy anymore.
posted by Windigo at 2:31 PM on June 18, 2010


YOU BROKE THE SKY
posted by eamondaly at 2:34 PM on June 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


I AM HUNGRY DAMMIT!

I WILL MAKE IT!
posted by Windigo at 2:35 PM on June 18, 2010


Don't worry, guys, I'm sure this is all just turbulence from the meteor. I've received a transmission from SpiffyRob. The space whales are inbound. We have assumed control. We have assumed control.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:39 PM on June 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


My concern now is all the tourists dashed in to Giordano's to get out of the rain. We shall see.
posted by misskaz at 2:44 PM on June 18, 2010


We've been given an hour estimated wait, and they want EVERYONE here. it's pretty packed. so THIS is why we always do the Goat.....
posted by Juliet Banana at 3:12 PM on June 18, 2010


We're seated! The table is u deer the name Lorena, and we'll try to find room for you...


Giodorno's = Never Again
posted by Juliet Banana at 4:21 PM on June 18, 2010


I was at Giordanos but couldn't find you guys :( It's a zoo in there and the hosts were unfortunately zero help. My courage disappeared after trying two tables that weren't you. And then my blackberry wouldn't let me log in to Mefi to ask y'all for help. Bummed.
posted by pitseleh at 5:04 PM on June 18, 2010


Damnation, sounds like I missed the end of the world again!
posted by Green With You at 6:32 PM on June 18, 2010


did anyone survive?
posted by desjardins at 9:29 PM on June 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


pitseleh - oh no! That's awful! Yeah, it was a ZOO in there, I understand why you couldn't find us!

Mike - WHERE WERE YOU? DID BUCKINGHAM FOUNTAIN RINSE YOU AWAY? All itsy-bitsy-spider-like?




After pizza we went the the Goat and imbibed many tiny beers, Shirley Temples, and Horny Goats. Right know everyone is at the Blue Frog singing Karaoke. I decided it was too crowded in there and my cast-free arm was gonna get banged into and smooshed, so I gathered my Road Warrior fiance and we're now home and mostly dry.

Good to see everyone, and good to meet those of you I hadn't met before!
posted by Windigo at 9:43 PM on June 18, 2010


When I drove home from the train station it was hailing. No car damage, luckily. But our train left 10 minutes late and then had to pull over twice for trains going in the opposite direction, so we were half an hour later getting to the station than the schedule indicated.

Funny story from the ride home - police walked through the train with drug-sniffing German Shepherd and the guy in front of us freaked out and threw his pot in the toilet. Oh, and the engineer announced over the loudspeaker to the conductors that there was a passenger hanging out of the back of the train, but we didn't get to see that one.

BEST MEETUP EVAR! Okay, so it was my first. But I felt like I was instantly among a big happy family. It was a GREAT time! I was so happy to meet all of you! I can't wait to come back! I sometimes feel shy meeting strangers but I felt no anxiety whatsoever around you guys! And thanks all for helping me out with Julie. She was feeling pretty uncomfortable at first and wanting to leave but then she decided you were a great group of people. :)

Huge thanks to Adam for taking us back to the train station. :)
posted by IndigoRain at 9:53 PM on June 18, 2010


...and I just looked at the pics... man, did my hair ever get messed up in the rain! ha!
posted by IndigoRain at 10:30 PM on June 18, 2010


Except for the pile of vom on the train home, an excellent time was had.
posted by PMdixon at 12:42 AM on June 19, 2010


The party's not over yet. I'm up, eating chips and watching Bram Stoker's Dracula on AMC. Wooo!
posted by misskaz at 12:47 AM on June 19, 2010


Ok, Dracula sucked so thanks to Netflix I'm watching Ghost in the Shell. Expect to fall asleep soon...
posted by misskaz at 12:55 AM on June 19, 2010


Karen. Go to sleep. If I can pull myself away from Deus Ex, you can manage to abstain from anime. I hope.
posted by lholladay at 1:07 AM on June 19, 2010


I've been working since I got home. Booooooooooooooooooo.
posted by eamondaly at 1:31 AM on June 19, 2010


And damn it, now I want chips.
posted by eamondaly at 1:41 AM on June 19, 2010


For those who weren't with us, Blue Frog 2: Electric Boogaloo was okay. Not as good as the original (and a lot less divey), but by the end there was a pretty solid karaoke crowd. I have to say it was a bummer that the emcee closed out the evening with "Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy." Lame!
posted by evisceratordeath at 7:40 AM on June 19, 2010


Dammit, evisceratordeath. Just reading the name of the song got in back in my head. Curse you!
posted by misskaz at 8:25 AM on June 19, 2010


Quick, start singing I've Had The Time Of My Life. That's what I'm doing, anyway.
posted by evisceratordeath at 8:34 AM on June 19, 2010


I did have the time of my life! I really did!
posted by eamondaly at 8:40 AM on June 19, 2010


And, as it turned out, we had chips in the pantry THE WHOLE TIME.
posted by eamondaly at 8:40 AM on June 19, 2010


Well, there ya go, chips. We managed to stumble to the couchsurfing place where I ended up scarfing down some of the leftovers and promptly went to sleep.

The best karaoke song ever if you haven't heard it is: Convoy by CW Macall.
posted by lizarrd at 8:43 AM on June 19, 2010


I have the ultimate earwash, EvisceratorChris. Please go listen to this Javelin song and then make sure to see Javelin play Lollapalooza so I can live vicariously through you.

I really wish this song was mainstream enough to be in karaoke catalogs because I really want to scream "Your anaconda won't get none unless you got a condom" in a crowded bar.
posted by Juliet Banana at 9:05 AM on June 19, 2010


All I know is that I woke up this morning and my throat felt like I had been enthusiastically singing along to karaoke and chain smoking. Which is quite surprising, really.
posted by PMdixon at 9:12 AM on June 19, 2010


Y'all are awesome. That was my first karaoke experience EVAR and it was great! Now I'm off to the zoo to terrify my friend's child with my lack of voice.
posted by betty botter at 9:20 AM on June 19, 2010


You should really play it up by interspersing your conversation with random Emperor quotes. "How did you like the zebra? Take your father's place at my side."
posted by adamdschneider at 9:37 AM on June 19, 2010


I'm still bummed cittehkitteh and I didn't get to sing Bad Romance. It would have been epic.
posted by misskaz at 11:09 AM on June 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


There's always July 7th.
posted by eamondaly at 11:21 AM on June 19, 2010


Also, I am finally eating chips.
posted by eamondaly at 11:21 AM on June 19, 2010


WITH SALT
posted by eamondaly at 11:26 AM on June 19, 2010


Is that the green bag?
posted by evisceratordeath at 11:55 AM on June 19, 2010


Sure is!
posted by eamondaly at 11:57 AM on June 19, 2010


The green bag is a solid chip. I'm a big fan of the brown bag (El Milagro) as well.
posted by evisceratordeath at 12:02 PM on June 19, 2010


I want a song called Rad Bromance.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:50 PM on June 19, 2010


DAMMIT I am so sorry I missed this, even with the rain and the hail and the wait at Giordano's.

It sounds like an awful lot of you guys were there!

For someone upthread who said "Never again" re: Giordanos, I would point out that it was a Friday night, after work, downtown, in a rainstorm of Biblical proportions. Something like a Tuesday, and maybe with a reservation, might work better.

Phooey. I hope there's another mega-meetup at some point. I'm *especially* sad to have missed all you guys' singing!
posted by tzikeh at 1:10 PM on June 19, 2010


I want a song called Rad Bromance.

Ask and ye shall recieve.
posted by PMdixon at 1:14 PM on June 19, 2010


Oh, hey - who all in Chicago and the surrounding area has a twitter account?

I'm tzikeh (big shock, I know)
posted by tzikeh at 2:46 PM on June 19, 2010


I would like to point out that Eamon is secretly a big softy.
posted by Windigo at 3:55 PM on June 19, 2010


El Milagro's a damn fine chip, but El Ranchero (green bag) has the superior grease/salt profile.
posted by Iridic at 4:28 PM on June 19, 2010


Windigo: "I would like to point out that Eamon is secretly a big softy."

Yes and according to my friend, he's cute too. ;)

I'm sorry to have missed pitseleh and tzikeh.

I only got to check out the Goat for a few minutes... our train left at 8:40 and if we weren't on it we'd have been waiting until 11 for the next one. Which wouldn't have been a problem had I been alone. I love karaoke!
posted by IndigoRain at 8:48 PM on June 19, 2010


Honestly, Tzikeh, I'm nit sure it was all that much huger than our normal ones. There were a fair amount of out-of-towners but we had our usual amount of tables at the Goat.
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:37 AM on June 20, 2010


I don't know who this Eamon you're referring to is, but I look forward to meeting him at a future meetup.
posted by eamondaly at 10:48 AM on June 20, 2010


You wouldn't like him. His beard is mightier than yours.
posted by Windigo at 6:12 PM on June 20, 2010


HEAR YE HEAR YE

SO!

A little bird has told me that this Thursday is very special.

IT'S GINNY'S BIRTHDAY! PARTY AT THE BONG!

I don't know all the details, but apparently a little party is being thrown, with Korean food and merriment. So says the bartender, Daniella.

I mean, obviously, this needs to happen. I shall try and find out more info, as my friend passed along the info to me and he was a bit drunk at the time.
posted by Windigo at 7:38 AM on June 21, 2010


I am back from teh space and teh world is safe. Glad everyone had a great time, hope I'll get to meet some of the new folks at our next Goatup on 7/7.
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:45 AM on June 21, 2010


Ah, I'm going to be out of town Thursday. Too bad.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:26 PM on June 21, 2010


Aww, man, Thursday I'm doing the smallest bike bar crawl ever (basically me and one/two friends riding around Wicker Park and getting shitty). I have to come home at some point, though....
posted by Juliet Banana at 4:39 PM on June 21, 2010


Also Julie has renamed the site, she asked me if I was on Medifilter. Perhaps that's what we should call all the "OMG go to the ER" posts.
posted by IndigoRain at 1:48 AM on June 22, 2010


Indigo - I constantly mis-type it as "MeatFilter."
posted by tzikeh at 9:51 AM on June 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


If anyone remembers me drunkenly submitting "keebler" to Urban Dictionary from The Goat, you will be happy to know it's totally up now. Go forth and vote it up, please.

Or just use it constantly in conversation like MT, Adam, and I (aka the cool kids).
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:52 AM on June 24, 2010


If your fashion sense is feebler
Than a misbegotten dweeb-ler
And you've got no banged up knee-bler(s)
Then you might not be a keebler
posted by adamdschneider at 9:12 AM on June 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


Bong @ 9:30.
posted by Windigo at 1:15 PM on June 24, 2010


Poop!
posted by eamondaly at 3:10 PM on July 4, 2010


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