beep beep, yeah! May 1, 2011 4:16 PM   Subscribe

I think I saw jessamyn driving a small green car on 84 south of Sturbridge today, or maybe we were still on the pike. Was that you in the little green car, jessamyn? I was the dork in the maroon Pathfinder, wearing my Metafilter T-shirt.
posted by vrakatar to MetaFilter-Related at 4:16 PM (199 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

I need to start drinking again.
posted by cjorgensen at 4:17 PM on May 1, 2011 [5 favorites]


I saw Jessamyn at the Burger King.
posted by The Whelk at 4:18 PM on May 1, 2011 [10 favorites]


http://twitter.com/#!/jessamyn/status/64812629335605250
posted by lohmannn at 4:19 PM on May 1, 2011 [31 favorites]


Hi, that was me!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 4:20 PM on May 1, 2011 [56 favorites]


I love you, internet.
posted by The Whelk at 4:20 PM on May 1, 2011 [20 favorites]


Wow
posted by Blasdelb at 4:21 PM on May 1, 2011


Wow indeed. Your car just screams "you".
posted by vrakatar at 4:22 PM on May 1, 2011


Also, did you ever have a cap with Rice/Beans written on it?
posted by Aquaman at 4:22 PM on May 1, 2011


I'm currently in a blue forrester with Jessamyn, going to dinner. :-) Yep, that was her.
posted by griffey at 4:22 PM on May 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter: Bringing together crazy people who yell at each other on the highway since 2011.
posted by Blasdelb at 4:23 PM on May 1, 2011 [36 favorites]


I saw Elvis in Grand Rapids today.
posted by tomswift at 4:24 PM on May 1, 2011


I saw Jessamyn drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's...
posted by scody at 4:25 PM on May 1, 2011 [44 favorites]


The other day, stopped at an intersection while driving, I sneezed so loud that the guy in the car next to me shouted, "Bless you!"

Was that one of you guys?
posted by bluedaisy at 4:25 PM on May 1, 2011 [15 favorites]


Whoa.

We should have a massive drive by meetup on I95 somewhere. Screw the carbon footprint,
posted by fourcheesemac at 4:27 PM on May 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm belong to a bad Crash place with that idea.
posted by The Whelk at 4:29 PM on May 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Am I the only person who wants to make a stencil of the favorite symbol ([+]) and take it and can of bright green spray paint around the world?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:32 PM on May 1, 2011 [20 favorites]


First this, now this.

We'll know restless_nomad has been fully integrated into the mod collective when she tweets about being recognized somewhere because of MetaFilter.
posted by ambrosia at 4:34 PM on May 1, 2011


I saw three mods on Christmas day, in Christmas day, on Christmas day in the morning.
posted by The Whelk at 4:34 PM on May 1, 2011 [4 favorites]


Yep. Definitely need a drink.
posted by cjorgensen at 4:37 PM on May 1, 2011 [3 favorites]


Heh - just saw the Twitter update, then this. Mod-spotting.

I saw Jessamyn drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's...

Her hair was perfect!
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:38 PM on May 1, 2011 [9 favorites]


"Am I the only person who wants to make a stencil of the favorite symbol ([+]) and take it and can of bright green spray paint around the world?"

I have always wanted to print out fliers of the Migs symbol, travel to Portugal, and paste them up around his town.
posted by Blasdelb at 4:39 PM on May 1, 2011 [3 favorites]


No one ever recognizes me on the street ...but soon

Charges laser, points it at Moon

...soon
posted by The Whelk at 4:40 PM on May 1, 2011 [6 favorites]


This post should have gone in the Metafilter Missed Connections subsite.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 4:46 PM on May 1, 2011 [4 favorites]


I was wearing my MeFi t-shirt today too! It was about 7am - while cooking pancakes for several sleep deprived eight year old girls. I kid you not. No sign of Jessamyn though...
posted by R. Mutt at 4:47 PM on May 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


I saw Jessamyn at a coffeshop!

Granted I was meeting her there, but still.
posted by The Whelk at 4:48 PM on May 1, 2011 [4 favorites]


I thought I saw Jessamyn once, but it was just a branch in the wind.
posted by maryr at 4:49 PM on May 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Charges laser, points it at Moon

Too late. Muahahaha! Ha!
posted by m@f at 4:50 PM on May 1, 2011


Bar is open here.
posted by vrakatar at 4:51 PM on May 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


I see Jessamyn everywhere. She's at the Burger King, she's at the Safeway, she's in my ceiling watching me masturbate.

I probably need professional help.
posted by hippybear at 4:51 PM on May 1, 2011 [3 favorites]


That's nothing, Cortex speaks to me through the patterns in burst toast.
posted by The Whelk at 4:55 PM on May 1, 2011 [4 favorites]


what's that you say? All of them?
posted by The Whelk at 4:56 PM on May 1, 2011 [3 favorites]


Your toast bursts? Dude, you're doing it wrong.
posted by Think_Long at 4:56 PM on May 1, 2011 [19 favorites]


Not as much professional help as I need, hippybear.

I read your comment as "in my kitchen watching me masturbate."
posted by mr_crash_davis at 4:57 PM on May 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


The toast burst is a rare yet delicious stellar phenomenon.
posted by The Whelk at 4:58 PM on May 1, 2011 [5 favorites]


I saw her through her front window.

What? Close the drapes if you want privacy!
posted by found missing at 5:11 PM on May 1, 2011


so we're in agreement that the new slang term for kitchen masturbation is 'bursting some toast'?
posted by mannequito at 5:12 PM on May 1, 2011 [21 favorites]


Hot buttered love.
posted by The Whelk at 5:16 PM on May 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm sorry. I have a problem.
posted by The Whelk at 5:17 PM on May 1, 2011 [4 favorites]


JESSAMYN, the call is coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE!!!!
posted by 1000monkeys at 5:20 PM on May 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


I was trying to make my lips readable. And no, that is not some kind of perversity slang.
posted by vrakatar at 5:24 PM on May 1, 2011


"He fixes the toaster?"
"Don't be fatuous, Jeffery."
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:25 PM on May 1, 2011 [8 favorites]


I saw Jessamyn drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's...

How was her hair?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 5:26 PM on May 1, 2011


I saw the best minds of my generation
posted by kuujjuarapik at 5:27 PM on May 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


So, how's everyone doing in their fantasy baseball league?
posted by vrakatar at 5:30 PM on May 1, 2011


Jessamyn is a friend of a friend on Facebook, and every once in a while she comments on his status updates and it appears on my news feed. Every time I see this, I immediately think "HOLY SHIT, {friend} KNOWS JESSAMYN!" as if I discovered that one of my friends hangs out with Brad Pitt on the weekends and forgot to tell me. Then I feel a bit embarrassed, but then I remember how much I love this site and how much her contributes are part of that and feel totally at home with my mental gushing.
posted by Schismatic at 5:30 PM on May 1, 2011 [10 favorites]


Do you remember me? Airport shuttle, June 7th. You: striking redhead with yellow dress, pearl necklace, brown shoes. I was the bookish fellow in the green cardigan who helped you find your contact lens. Am I crazy, or did we have a moment?
posted by NoraReed at 5:32 PM on May 1, 2011 [7 favorites]


Really wondering who that guy was who passed me on I-84 who was clearly saying "Hey that's Jessamyn" as his car drove past me.

My favorite "car-to-car" moment:
It was September 11, 2001, and I was still working at the University of Texas in Austin. I had held my shit together for most of the day, but I was driving over to some friends' house to sit and drink and stare at the television (and light those candles--remember that?). And I was listening to NPR and they were talking about how a construction crew across the street from the towers had torn apart their scaffolding and were using it as makeshift stretchers to move the injured, and the interviewer asked them who had told them to do that and the guy was just, "No one. One of the guys suggested it and then all of a sudden, we were just all doing it." and I just lost it. I was at a stoplight and I was just sobbing, sobbing, sobbing. Gasping for air and just tears rolling down my face. Everything that had built up inside of me all day came roaring out and I couldn't control it. And then I turned to see a young lady in the car next to me, watching me. She kindof smiled weakly at me, put her hand against her window and mouthed, "It's okay." to me. The light turned and we drove off and she was right, I was okay, and it was such a small thing, but it's stayed with me through all these years.

It was a tiny kindness from a complete stranger that only lasted for a brief moment, but it was a connection that reminded me that most people are basically good and that got me through all the aftermath that followed.
posted by ColdChef at 5:56 PM on May 1, 2011 [249 favorites]


"Doctor Penfield, I smell burnt toast!"
"I don't know what you were expecting, but I'm a neurologist. Please stop doing that and leave my office immediately."
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 6:01 PM on May 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


We need to put a handicap on ColdChef when telling stories. Like every third word is fart or something.
posted by The Whelk at 6:03 PM on May 1, 2011 [26 favorites]


My most memorable "seeing somebody in a car" moment:

I was crossing the street in Tempe, Arizona when I nearly got run over by a guy in a beat up old Honda. I saw him coming right at the end, but there wasn't enough time to react. I cringed, brakes squealed. He stopped juuuuuuust in front of me. And as I glared at him, his face went from frightened to apologetic to very excited in a matter of moments. Then he started pointing at his face, pointing at me, then giving the thumbs up. He kept doing that as I started back across the road.

After a few seconds, as I began to calm down, I realized what he was trying to convey by those gestures. This guy looked almost exactly like me. I wasn't anywhere nearly as excited by it as he was. But I guess I wasn't the one who almost ran myself over, and -- lets face it -- that's gotta be something that would totally mess with your day. I guess I'd be excited too, and more than a little relieved.
posted by .kobayashi. at 6:07 PM on May 1, 2011 [54 favorites]


Not as poignant as ColdChef's mind you. But something that would definitely stick with you.
posted by .kobayashi. at 6:08 PM on May 1, 2011


Cold Chef - you made me cry whilst sitting in the airport. That was a beautiful story.
posted by jonathanstrange at 6:16 PM on May 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


so, .kobayashi, you're telling us your clone tried to murder you and take your place? Pretty sure I've seen that movie before.
posted by Think_Long at 6:24 PM on May 1, 2011 [6 favorites]


This reminds me a bit of this old Metafilter bumpersticker sighting thread.
posted by RichardP at 6:26 PM on May 1, 2011


I recognized The Great Big Mulp on the streets of Providence. To be fair, he's got a very particular look, so it wasn't a great feat.
posted by Kattullus at 6:31 PM on May 1, 2011


The Metafilter bumpersticker should be brought back.
Can i get a hells-to-the-yeah??
posted by feistycakes at 6:31 PM on May 1, 2011 [3 favorites]


At the beginning of the financial crisis Bush kept coming to New York to hand out money. Companies were failing left and right. My tiny company got sold at fire sale prices to our most hatred competitor and I was sent to work out of our new overlords offices on Water Street.

One day I stepped out of the building to smoke, the first thing I noticed was there was no traffic, no cars at all. There were people standing in groups, everyone seemed to be waiting. I crossed the street to the store but the doors were locked and there were people peering out the windows at the street. There was a woman, who seemed like an employee trapped outside with me, she told me that secret service had told them to lock the doors and let no one in or out.

Then I spotted the motorcade, cars and motorcycles hauling ass up Water street. Several Motorcycles passed, then the suv with the machine gun in the back, then the limos. The cars passed 10 feet from me. As they sped past I saw a pale face peering out of the back window, even though it was heavily tinted I swear it was bush and we momentarily locked eyes.

I don't really consider it seeing the president, I think it was more the president saw me.
posted by Ad hominem at 6:36 PM on May 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


Bush is a MeFite?

There goes the neighborhood.
posted by mccarty.tim at 6:43 PM on May 1, 2011


I've never experienced a jessamyn sighting. O mods, why have you forsaken me?

A photo exists of me and cortex, but he's not as cute.
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:43 PM on May 1, 2011


Of course, what's really cool is if someone were to ask, "Are you really the Jessamyn West?" she could actually reply, "No, just a Jessamyn West."
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:46 PM on May 1, 2011


oh man, that bumpersticker thread was great, thanks for linking it.

I'm still giggling from this Divine Wino comment
posted by mannequito at 6:47 PM on May 1, 2011


so, .kobayashi, you're telling us your clone tried to murder you and take your place? Pretty sure I've seen that movie before.

Basically, yeah, although in this version my clone didn't succeed, and seemed rather pleased with himself (myself?) in regard to the outcome.
posted by .kobayashi. at 6:53 PM on May 1, 2011


You know you've arrived when your stalkers start telling you that they're stalking you.
posted by crunchland at 6:54 PM on May 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


About 10 years ago, when my daughters were 8 or 9, they were out at the end of the driveway selling lemonade, and I was tinkering around in the garage. A large SUV, like a Land Cruiser or something pulled up, and the driver asked the girls directions, but of course, they couldn't answer, so I walked up and answered their question (Kerbey Ln. has 2 sections and they were on the wrong one) and as I was conversing with the woman driver, one of the girls looked over at their back seat and said "Hey, aren't you Michael Jordan?" I glanced over to see this absolute giant (hunched over, with his head against the roof) respond, with a very pleasant smile, "Yes I am!" The girls both ran for the kitchen and returned with paper and sharpies for autographs, he obliged them, we waved and said "Thanks!" and off they went. It's the only time I've ever knowingly met a billionaire.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:02 PM on May 1, 2011 [17 favorites]


Hi Jessamyn!! I am waving at you right now!! Can you see me???
posted by briank at 7:03 PM on May 1, 2011 [3 favorites]


I'm pretty sure Chuckles rode past me on his bike today.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 7:11 PM on May 1, 2011


I met Jessamyn before she went electric. I think of cortex every time I eat a doughnut. I guess I will think of r_n every time my foot itches now.
posted by arcticseal at 7:11 PM on May 1, 2011


I yodel when I drive. Nobody beeps at me.
posted by ardgedee at 7:12 PM on May 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Jessamyn was into MeFi before it went popular.
posted by five fresh fish at 7:24 PM on May 1, 2011


I saw jessamyn tweet about this!
posted by madcaptenor at 7:45 PM on May 1, 2011


My mom used to work at the hospital in Randolph and I accompanied her one day (amazing thrift store next to the hospital, almost everything is $1.50). I was wandering around and went into the library, and I was sitting in the magazine section when I heard a couple of the librarians talking, and one of them asked "Jessamyn is working tomorrow, right?"

Also, jessamyn works in a library that has a pull chain to flush the toilet.

</creep
posted by Corduroy at 7:56 PM on May 1, 2011


I never thought I'd find myself writing this here or anywhere else, but some of you guys need therapy.
posted by joannemullen at 7:56 PM on May 1, 2011 [3 favorites]


I ran into rolltruckroll on the bus one time - I think it was the 19, and I was on my way to a meetup that he was not on his way to. And one time Afroblanco and I were at the same club and we each knew the other person was there but we never found each other. That is all.
posted by rtha at 8:15 PM on May 1, 2011


My mom used to work at the hospital in Randolph

I live across the street from that hospital and am mostly dressed from that thrift store.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:34 PM on May 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Jessamyn, we should Drag Race.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:08 PM on May 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


*looks down*

I am wearing a flannel right now from that thrift store as I type this very comment!
posted by Corduroy at 9:28 PM on May 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


You: striking redhead with yellow dress, pearl necklace, brown shoes.

Gross.

I mean, I've only heard "pearl necklace" before, but it doesn't take much to figure out those other euphemisms.
posted by Sys Rq at 9:33 PM on May 1, 2011 [18 favorites]


I saw Jesus at McDonalds.
posted by marxchivist at 9:34 PM on May 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Feeling a little strange that 9-11 was so fresh on my mind earlier this evening. Whole lotta emotions going on in my tiny head.
posted by ColdChef at 9:45 PM on May 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


A few years ago, I thought I saw mathowie on his recumbent bike at the Kansas State Fair. I have since discovered that there are many recumbent bike riders in America, some of whom look nothing like mathowie. Who knew?
posted by amyms at 9:53 PM on May 1, 2011


Yes. That occurred to me as well, in light of the news. Steady as she goes, C-Chef.
posted by vrakatar at 9:53 PM on May 1, 2011


"I saw Jessamyn drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's..."

Do you remember how her hair looked?
posted by klangklangston at 10:01 PM on May 1, 2011


Jessamyn has the best car. Even though a Green Subaru is the state car of Vermont, it's her license plate that is the icing on the cake. (And she's the chewy center.)
posted by not_on_display at 10:23 PM on May 1, 2011


Out on the road tonight, I saw a Mefi sticker on a Cadillac. A little voice inside my head said, "dont look back you can never look back"
posted by drjimmy11 at 10:23 PM on May 1, 2011 [12 favorites]


Jessamyn and I got shushed by Dave Winer at a blogging conference in Boston for being too exuberant in the hallway. (That's all I've got, story-wise).
posted by bitter-girl.com at 10:46 PM on May 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


I thought I saw Kurt Vonnegut in a green Chevy Blazer in Phoenix the summer before he died. I was driving back to work after eating lunch at home. Me in my beat up little Geo Mertro. He was smoking a cigarette. I pulled up next to him at the stoplight at Indian School and 44th Street.
posted by Barry B. Palindromer at 10:56 PM on May 1, 2011


I peeded next to Ewan McGregor.
posted by The Whelk at 10:59 PM on May 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


I peeded next to Ewan McGregor.
Next to, or on? Be honest.
posted by 1000monkeys at 11:03 PM on May 1, 2011


You have to go to my pay site for that.
posted by The Whelk at 11:04 PM on May 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


I think I saw you in an ice cream parlour.
posted by tangerine at 11:21 PM on May 1, 2011 [7 favorites]


I once saw Randy Bachman as he was just about to enter an airport restroom. "I love your radio show," I said, but he ignored me. I think he had to go pee.
posted by KokuRyu at 11:58 PM on May 1, 2011


Punchbuggy Jessamyn!
posted by bardic at 1:11 AM on May 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I once picked a fight with Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti over Kirby's lack of design chops, and how his dynamic poses, wild, wide-angle perspective and obsessive attention to small detail covered several sins in composition and anatomy.

They didn't realize they were tangling with an art-school nerd until too late.

Well, I learned 'em, and while they went on to immensely productive careers in comics, I went back to being a lonely comic book nerd. The day was mine!
posted by Slap*Happy at 1:49 AM on May 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


I looked to my right at a Hollywood red light. Stallone.
posted by ambient2 at 2:18 AM on May 2, 2011


This seems stalkerish. Also...you should keep tabs on people favoriting this thread...because they are probably keeping tabs on you.
posted by hal_c_on at 2:30 AM on May 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


SEND HELP CALL 911 TXTNG W. FACE,. IN TRNK OF SMLL GREEN WAGON, DUCT TAPE BURLAP COFFEE BEAN SACK SMELL OF BOOKS AND POOL CHLORNE I SEEM 2 B LAYNG ON SHOVEL
posted by loquacious at 2:34 AM on May 2, 2011 [9 favorites]


"I saw Jessamyn drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's..."

Did she have hair?
posted by Splunge at 3:52 AM on May 2, 2011


Gee thanks, now all day I will have "Werewolves of London" playing in my head.....
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 4:53 AM on May 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Missed connections by MetaFilter
posted by infini at 5:58 AM on May 2, 2011


You know you've arrived when your stalkers start telling you that they're stalking you.

Mine are so dumb that they tell me each time they head over to my system when the flag showing the guy they're really stalking shows up.
posted by infini at 6:01 AM on May 2, 2011


Brought to you by the Apple iPhone.
posted by NortonDC at 6:16 AM on May 2, 2011


A photo exists of me and cortex, but he's not as cute.

I was there when this picture was taken and I'm going to disagree. You are both quite cute.
posted by josher71 at 6:27 AM on May 2, 2011


Oh! Actually once I ran into Jon_Evil like three times in a week cause we traveled in the same dork pods.
posted by The Whelk at 6:33 AM on May 2, 2011


I saw Goody West with the devil!
posted by hermitosis at 6:44 AM on May 2, 2011 [9 favorites]


And she didn't even introduce me :(
posted by hermitosis at 6:44 AM on May 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


It's actually a rare week where I don't run into a MeFite.
posted by jonmc at 6:49 AM on May 2, 2011


I almost saw a fellow mefite today but she was asleep!
posted by h00py at 7:01 AM on May 2, 2011


If you want to see me today, I'll be at Bar None on 3rd ave between 11th & 12th around 3pm. I'll even be spinning tunes. Kind of.
posted by jonmc at 7:05 AM on May 2, 2011


4pm actually
posted by jonmc at 7:23 AM on May 2, 2011


(Yo cortex, drop that beat boyeee!)

Green Car Jessamyn

Once upon a time, a mod fell down to Earth
Her ship ran out of gas, oh boy,
Her hair was gold and pure,
Her eyes so blue and clear
We're glad to have her here, Uh Huh!

A strong and gentle mod,
A body like a dream,
The best you've ever seen, Oh My!
She came into the thread,
The men went into shock
The idol of our dreams -- our fantasy.

Green car Jessamyn, Green car Jessamyn
The dream of every boy, she makes us faint.
Green car Jessamyn, Green car Jessamyn
Stay forever here, don't leave us now.

The trolls did not approve,
She made them scream and shout
No one would turn around, Oh no!
They wanted her to leave, she couldn't understand
Went back into her car and left.

The men were quite depressed,
That Jess had gone away
And sorrow came instead and stayed.
And ever since that day,
The men they sit and wait,
For Jess to come again and stay.

Green Car Jessamyn, Green car Jessamyn
The dream of every guy, she makes us faint.
Green car Jessamyn, Green car Jessamyn
Stay forever here, don't leave us now.
posted by puny human at 7:35 AM on May 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


(with apologies to Digette and Fred From Jupiter)
posted by puny human at 7:36 AM on May 2, 2011


I gave jessamyn a sweaty hug once. She was polite enough not to go all ewwwwwwwww.
posted by middleclasstool at 7:51 AM on May 2, 2011


Found a picture of the OP
posted by TomMelee at 8:19 AM on May 2, 2011


I never thought I'd find myself writing this here or anywhere else, but some of you guys need therapy.

You may be among the first to write such a thing but by far not among the first to think such a thought. Oh, the ubiquity!
posted by y2karl at 8:22 AM on May 2, 2011


I Wish They All Could Be Meta-Filter, Girls!
posted by Danf at 8:32 AM on May 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I was parking cars at a hotel in Miami one summer long ago.. A car pulled up, I opened the back door to let the occupants, and there, in 90 degree heat, wearing a suit and a trench coat was Tiny Tim.

I reached in, shook his hand, and told him it was a pleasure to meet him.

Then I went and washed my hands.
posted by tomswift at 8:43 AM on May 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


edit.. let the occupants OUT...
posted by tomswift at 8:45 AM on May 2, 2011


I watched the Oscars with jessamyn once. She liked our cat.
posted by gingerbeer at 8:52 AM on May 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I saw somebody driving a car today!
posted by flabdablet at 9:00 AM on May 2, 2011


Faint of Butt: "Of course, what's really cool is if someone were to ask, "Are you really the Jessamyn West?" she could actually reply, "No, just a Jessamyn West.""

Haven't you heard? She comes in six packs.
posted by Reverend John at 9:25 AM on May 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I have always wanted to print out fliers of the Migs symbol, travel to Portugal, and paste them up around his town.

posted by Blasdelb at 7:39 PM on May 1


That's a bit stalkerish, given that Blasdelb joined mefi only after Migs stopped posting except to askmefi.
posted by orthogonality at 9:29 AM on May 2, 2011


That's a bit stalkerish, given that Blasdelb joined mefi only after Migs stopped posting except to askmefi.

So's that.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:49 AM on May 2, 2011 [13 favorites]


The Whelk: Oh! Actually once I ran into Jon_Evil like three times in a week cause we traveled in the same dork pods.


I ran into him at 3rd Ward once. He gets around!
posted by defenestration at 10:13 AM on May 2, 2011


He plays Magic:The Gathering with a co-worker of mine.
posted by jonmc at 10:18 AM on May 2, 2011


Seems like I'm always running over one MeFite or another. I mean into. I'm always running into one MeFite or another. Then backing up. Then running over. I mean into.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:20 AM on May 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


Jon_Evil is like the weak nuclear force, everywhere and nowhere.
posted by The Whelk at 10:20 AM on May 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


For the last time IRFH it's not like Highlander.
posted by The Whelk at 10:21 AM on May 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


(and oh, yeah Mefites come to my show all the time but I don't that counts.)
posted by The Whelk at 10:31 AM on May 2, 2011


For the last time IRFH it's not like Highlander.

This website sure could use a quickening right about now, am I right folks?
posted by Think_Long at 10:41 AM on May 2, 2011


*stab*
posted by The Whelk at 10:43 AM on May 2, 2011


He plays Magic:The Gathering with a co-worker of mine.

I remember telling him: "Hey, dude, an internet buddy of mine told me he plays Magic: the gathering with you!" and then immediately thinking "My God, that is the nerdiest sentence ever spoken aloud."
posted by jonmc at 10:45 AM on May 2, 2011 [15 favorites]


People see me all the time and nobody ever makes a stupid MeTa post about it.

[Kicks ground angrily]
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:26 AM on May 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


"I saw Jessamyn drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's..."

That's pretty serendipitous, as there is a Warren Zevon song with lyrics almost exactly like that!
posted by Meatbomb at 11:31 AM on May 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


People see me all the time and nobody ever makes a stupid MeTa post about it.

We explained to them that being you wasn't technically a violation of the guidelines.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:35 AM on May 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


Those were the last words you ever said to Paphnuty.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:42 AM on May 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


My most memorable "seeing somebody in a car" moment:

I was waiting in line, in my car, to get the cross channel hovercraft. Alongside me a beautiful black convertible old Mustang pulled up. Cue much pointing and oohing and ahing.

It was only as we were all driving off the hovercraft in France that I realised Robbie Coltrane was driving the Mustang.
posted by MuffinMan at 12:00 PM on May 2, 2011


I saw that guy, from Star Trek First Contact, the guy who turned into a Borg when the Captain and Worf (and the guy) were trying to unhook the dish thingy before the Borg could use it to do something. In an elevator in Salt Lake City.
posted by Brocktoon at 12:03 PM on May 2, 2011


I sat next to Chuck Norris at a Sushi joint in LA. He came in with a whole entourage and sat down at the table next to mine. This was back in the last year of Walker: Texas Ranger. He was slagging the show the whole time, talking about how happy he was that it was finally ending. Shortly after that, they publicly announced the end of the show. I felt very "in-the-know." I can't say anything about his fighting prowess, but he beat the hell out of that sushi.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:14 PM on May 2, 2011


Tobey Maguire ate a sandwich under a portrait of me at the Mission Cafe.

(They closed a while ago. Shortly after they removed my portrait from the wall. COINCIDENCE?)
posted by The Whelk at 12:19 PM on May 2, 2011


>Of course, what's really cool is if someone were to ask, "Are you really the Jessamyn West?" she could actually reply, "No, just a Jessamyn West."


Dang. I am kinda disappointed to find out that this book on my bookshelf is by the other Jessamyn West.
posted by fancyoats at 12:21 PM on May 2, 2011


If you have a sockpuppet or 3, you can run into another MeFite everywhere you go. Now I've scared myself.
posted by theora55 at 12:30 PM on May 2, 2011


my life ambition is to meet astro zombie.
posted by PinkMoose at 12:50 PM on May 2, 2011


When I was driving a Taxicab in the Summer of 1972, I picked up Vincent Price from the Indianapolis Hilton downtown and drove him to the airport. The *very same airport* that I picked up Jessamyn from 38 years later!

Coincidence?
posted by pjern at 12:54 PM on May 2, 2011


I was waiting in line, in my car, to get the cross channel hovercraft. Alongside me a beautiful black convertible old Mustang pulled up. Cue much pointing and oohing and ahing.

Now I know people are just making things up. I mean, black convertible Mustang - pffft.

Tobey Maguire ate a sandwich

Seriously, don't try to pass these off if they don't have a shred of truth to them!
posted by backseatpilot at 1:06 PM on May 2, 2011


I'm just jealous that I never meet anyone famous.

My parents apparently shared a flight with Andre the Giant way back when. They tell me that he was horrendously drunk and belligerent, and smelled funny.
posted by backseatpilot at 1:08 PM on May 2, 2011


This reminds me ... where can I get a MetaFilter shirt? All I see on CafePress are pancakes.
posted by cyndigo at 1:42 PM on May 2, 2011


This one time, I was standing on a street corner in, of all places, Winslow, AZ, when some kind of truck (domestic make -- Ford, I think, but perhaps a Chevrolet) drove past. I noticed the driver was female, and, as she drove by, I had the distinct impression she was reducing her speed, looking at me -- ME -- the while. I'm not sure why, but I found this incident at the time to be rather exciting, perhaps unduly so.

Don't know if it was Jessamyn, though, as this was back in the 70's, before Metafilter, the internet, or mileage-conscious compact automobiles.
posted by newmoistness at 1:53 PM on May 2, 2011 [7 favorites]


So hard to find.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:57 PM on May 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Hey now, take it easy.

Actually, there's a weird parallel here with Hotel California: singer-as-pedestrian observing temptation passing in an automobile vs. singer-as-driver slowed to stopping by temptation. Is Henley exploring the his own duality as both observed and observer, driver and landmark? Is the passing-by of the driving woman vs. the vehicular surrender of driving man a meditation on some notional gendered difference in processing desire vs. forebearance? Where is the midpoint between Arizona and California, and in what way would Don expect the figurative pedestrians and drivers of that locale to react to one another?
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:00 PM on May 2, 2011 [5 favorites]


I like henley style shirts.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:06 PM on May 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Maybe.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:13 PM on May 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


Am I crazy, or did we have a moment?

Hi, it's me—your striking redhead. Of course I remember you. Let's get together for lunch sometime. How about Friday at one o'clock? Meet me at my favorite restaurant, Wowsville. It's in the mall on Century Parkway. See you there, darling. Oh, yeah, and be sure to wear that sexy green cardigan.
posted by Houyhnhnm at 3:02 PM on May 2, 2011


My hovercraft is full of eels.
posted by Splunge at 4:23 PM on May 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I let Jake Gyllenhaal use my lighter to light his cigarette one time. I didn't realize it was him until the next morning. That sounds dirty, but it isn't.
posted by SpiffyRob at 4:34 PM on May 2, 2011


I can't quit you, Marlboro! Literally.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:37 PM on May 2, 2011


Actually, there's a weird parallel here with Hotel California

You can log out any time you like but you can never leave.
posted by The Whelk at 4:48 PM on May 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


My parents apparently shared a flight with Andre the Giant way back when. They tell me that he was horrendously drunk and belligerent, and smelled funny.

Your parents were flying in the cargo hold? I'm pretty sure Andre the Giant is classified by the FAA as a hazardous flammable liquid. Plus they'd have to rip out a row of seats just for him to sit down in the passenger cabins.

Rumor has it he once drank a bus.
posted by loquacious at 5:05 PM on May 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Does drinking at various comics people count? Cause I've done that a lot.
posted by The Whelk at 5:08 PM on May 2, 2011


"Hotel California" recently made my list of Inappropriate Wedding Reception Songs for that line, Whelk. "You can check out any time you like but you can never leave" is a TERRIBLE sentiment to celebrate a marriage with.
posted by maryr at 5:16 PM on May 2, 2011


My best "being seen in a car story" is actually terrible and embarrassing, but hey, here goes.

Once, when I was about 21, I was all dolled up to go out for the night, sitting at a red light in my cute little car and thinking about nothing in particular. I was so relaxed and happy and spaced out that apparently I started picking my nose. Like really, really picking my nose.

I was startled out of my zone by the sounds of cheers and screaming. I turn my head all slow-motion style to my left and see a bus full of baseball players. Hot, young, college-aged baseball players. And they are all pressed up against the windows making finger-up-the-nose gestures and laughing at me.

I actually ran a red light on purpose for the first time in my life.
posted by tryniti at 5:20 PM on May 2, 2011 [8 favorites]


I once stood in the newsagents at Birmingham Airport next to Jasper Carrot.
posted by arcticseal at 6:18 PM on May 2, 2011


I just realized that nearly every one of you have seen me in a movie.... well, you saw my feet, in a crowd scene, they cut the rest of that scene...

you probably wouldn't recognize me...
posted by tomswift at 6:27 PM on May 2, 2011


You have very nice toes.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 6:30 PM on May 2, 2011


I totally cooked beef enchiladas for John Doe and Exene Cervenka when I worked at Xalapeno Charlie's.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:02 PM on May 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


For Marxchivist: I saw Allah at an Arbies.
posted by Joey Michaels at 7:22 PM on May 2, 2011


This is my favorite Talk thread ever.
posted by apricot at 7:25 PM on May 2, 2011


There are at least 75 mefites "near me" and I rarely run into any of them. Heck, the ones I do run into, I knew them pre-Metafilter.
posted by pinky at 8:03 PM on May 2, 2011


Several years ago, I was in a car with my sister and her husband (then fiance) as they were discussing some wedding-related things, including the marriage preparation meetings they intended to have (but had not yet scheduled) with a priest they were close with from their previous parish, now two states away. "We've really got to call Father George," my sister said as we pulled up to a stop sign.

Just then a honk came from the car stopped next to us.

It was Father George.
posted by ocherdraco at 10:17 PM on May 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


So I'm 21 years old. I'm working for a company called Aurea. It's an Italian gold jewelry company. Probably still around now.

Anyway. I was just out of high school and working at a cool place. They had a computer. It was more down than working. What it did was produce paperwork that I filed.

It was in the "diamond district" 45th Street and 5th Ave.

On my lunch break I'd light up a small joint, usually some kind of weird rainbow paper that tasted like strawberry or something. And more than likely with an name like Panama, or Thai or gold or something.

Then I'd walk to a place called, if I remember correctly, Panacea. It was a health food store nearby. I'd be stoned and then get something really healthy to eat. It usually had sprouts in it.

So one day I'm a bit buzzed on my lunch break. I'm walking to the health food store and who do I see? Fucking John Lennon and Yoko.

Walking toward me. Hugging and stuff. Me I'm wearing a cheap blue suit and a tie. But I am stoned. But I KNOW WHO THEY ARE.

I freeze in my tracks. I'm just shocked.

And as they walk up to me John Lennon smiles and throws me a peace sign. You know, the two fingers and Yoko throws me a kiss.

And I stand there. Mouth open. Fucking stunned.

And Lennon nods and they walk by.

And I'm frozen in a moment that I will remember forever.

When I finally get to the health food store I tell the guy at the counter the story and he's all like, "Yeah they come here all the time."

And I go back to work and tell the story and NOBODY BELIEVES ME.

But it's fucking true!
posted by Splunge at 10:28 PM on May 2, 2011 [5 favorites]


I just realized that nearly every one of you have seen me in a movie.... well, you saw my feet, in a crowd scene

My arm is in American Graffiti.

Also, I once shared an elevator with Chicago (the band, not the city) in Berlin (the city, not the band).
posted by trip and a half at 10:55 PM on May 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I saw MetaFilter once... it was blue.
posted by infini at 1:29 AM on May 3, 2011


My husband and I went to see Jon Stewart do stand-up in Indianapolis a while back (like years). We lingered in the lobby after the show, talking to a friend we had unexpectedly run into while walking to the venue (we hadn't seen this guy in like 10 years; it was cool). As we walked out of the building, a very nice black car pulled up and had to stop to let some people walk by. In the back seat was Jon Stewart. He looked at me, gave me a kind of "Oh, jeez" smile, and waved. It was very, very endearing and sweet.

Also, my husband and I were extras in Seabiscuit. He got to stand at the rails, I didn't. Stupid societal norms of the times!
posted by cooker girl at 6:33 AM on May 3, 2011


I saw Jessamyn kissing Santa Claus ...
posted by bwg at 6:35 AM on May 3, 2011


Has anyone mentioned that song by Warren Zevon yet? Because I think referencing a line in that would be really funny.
posted by joannemullen at 7:40 AM on May 3, 2011


Jessamyn the Headless MeFi Mod? Poor Poor Pitiful Mathowie? Deletable Boy?
posted by jonmc at 7:42 AM on May 3, 2011


Kobayashi, was that the corner of 5th and Mill? If so, then I have been nearly run down by a good friend on the same corner that a fellow mefite was nearly run down on by a clone. How's that for a tenuous connection?
posted by Alterscape at 8:00 AM on May 3, 2011


The Hula Hula Mods.
posted by The Whelk at 8:04 AM on May 3, 2011


Hey, cooker girl, my 1st cousin once removed was the kid who dies in Seabiscuit! (He was also Murphy Brown's baby.)
posted by epersonae at 8:19 AM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm in a documentary no one saw.
posted by The Whelk at 8:29 AM on May 3, 2011


the kid who dies in Seabiscuit

Seabiscuit was a carnivore? Explains the speed, actually. He had to be able to outrun his prey in order to survive. Too bad about the kid, I suppose, but he probably shouldn't have been poking the carnivorous horse. That's just asking to be eaten.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:18 AM on May 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm in a documentary no one saw.

Oh, hey, I never saw that too!
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:21 AM on May 3, 2011


I'm in a documentary no one saw.
posted by The Whelk at 11:29 AM on May 3 [+] [!]


This one?
posted by Sys Rq at 9:22 AM on May 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm in a documentary no one filmed.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:22 AM on May 3, 2011


Don't Look Bad
posted by y2karl at 9:28 AM on May 3, 2011


ah here it is, or rather, the trailer for it. I'm the first guy who talks. NSFWish
posted by The Whelk at 9:58 AM on May 3, 2011


My travel/vehicle related celebrity sightings...

Michael Rapaport on a razor scooter in the lower east side. He was moving pretty quick too. Some guys drove by and yelled out at him: "YO, MICHAEL RAPAPORT!". He casually waived back. If it were me I would've fell off the scooter. That's just one difference between him and me.

Carrie Brownstein and Tae Won Yu in the IKEA parking lot in Washington and then again at two more stop lights. This was after repeatedly crossing paths in the IKEA itself. We could not get rid of them! It was so bad people in both cars were laughing.

I saw Hermitosis on the E train -- just once. He was at other end of the car or I would've said something.
posted by safetyfork at 12:41 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


We're still here?

When I was 21 I managed to be invited on a dinner cruise down Indian River in Miami with most of the contestants of that year's Miss Universe Pageant.

Needless to say, none of them hit on me...
posted by tomswift at 2:16 PM on May 3, 2011


I saw John Wayne once, in a hotel at the Republican Convention in 1968.. he was one tall sucker...
posted by tomswift at 2:17 PM on May 3, 2011


In 1973, I saw John Wayne in the tray line in the cafeteria in Harborview Hospital in Seattle, where he was being filmed in the basement in some scenes for McQ. He was one tall sucker in pancake makeup, wearing a bad toupee. But, then, is there any other kind ?
posted by y2karl at 5:00 PM on May 3, 2011


The hell -- I have MeFites 0 miles from me and still have never met one in public. Come out, come out, wherever you are . . . [/capefear]
posted by theredpen at 5:10 PM on May 3, 2011


THE MEFITES ARE POSTING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE.
posted by The Whelk at 5:19 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of theredpen? The MeFites know!
posted by likeso at 5:24 PM on May 3, 2011


Could one of you get me a sandwich or some low-fat ice cream please. TIA.
posted by theredpen at 5:40 PM on May 3, 2011


On the road today I saw a deadhead sticker on a Cadillac.
posted by Meatbomb at 7:39 PM on May 3, 2011


Oh! Oh! This is where I get to say I saw the queen of England. At least, that's who I think I saw.

So I'm in London and I'm walking down some street near Russel Square and suddenly these cops on bikes tear by and I look over to see what the hell is going on and a motorcade zooms by and there in the back seat of one of the fancy cars is someone who looked very very much like the queen.

And here's the thing: she had this odd little smile on her face and her hand was up just a bit. It was almost as if she were thinking "Wheeeeee! I'm a the Queeen!"
posted by Deathalicious at 10:15 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


THE MEFITES ARE POSTING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE.

Could one of you bring me in a beer, I'm too lazy to get up from the couch.
posted by arcticseal at 12:27 AM on May 4, 2011


I have MeFites 0 miles from me and still have never met one in public.

We do have meetups occasionally.
posted by backseatpilot at 5:03 AM on May 4, 2011


Oh! Oh! This is where I get to say I saw the queen of England. At least, that's who I think I saw.

Oh! Oh! Me, too! For sure! She came to Seattle in March 1983. There was a reception for her at the Westin Hotel to which she traveled from the Seattle Center aboard the monorail. A plywood sidewalk had been constructed that led from the monorail terminus to the Westin, so that her feet never had to touch real pavement. She was remarkably short but she was not wearing anything like the yellow oven mitt she wore at the recent royal wedding.
posted by y2karl at 8:52 AM on May 4, 2011


backseatpilot: " We do have meetups occasionally."

Yes, I know . . . I will probably drag my antisocial self to one someday. If you promise not to bite.
posted by theredpen at 12:40 PM on May 4, 2011


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