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Tampa/St Pete meetup! Come join us on December 26th for the Tampa Bay area's first ever meetup. New World Brewery, Ybor City

Hey all you mefites in West Central Florida. Some of us are getting together December 26th at 8 pm for a holiday meetup. Let's meet at the ever-popular New World Brewery in Ybor City for one of the Bay's best selections of beer and some damn good pizza to boot. As far as I know, this is the area's first ever meetup, but we already have three definites, so it'll be a great chance to get together and meet some interesting people.
posted by mosessis to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:09 PM (48 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Yes! I will be there!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:16 PM on December 18, 2007 [1 favorite]

As will Stynxno, with his magical camera.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:17 PM on December 18, 2007 [1 favorite]

aye aye captain!
posted by Stynxno at 1:17 PM on December 18, 2007

Damn, damn, damn. I live close enough to drive down but I'm going to be in TN. Can I send my best friend who lives in Clearwater as proxy?
posted by inconsequentialist at 1:21 PM on December 18, 2007

Absolutely! Sorry you can't come, though.
posted by mosessis at 1:24 PM on December 18, 2007

We'll be unavailable, unfortunately. I am definitely interested in future meetups, though. Especially if the first round is on the person with the highest MeFi UID. :)
posted by mikewas at 1:41 PM on December 18, 2007

Good lord, Ybor City... I'm flashing back to my college days. Have fun!
posted by Pantengliopoli at 2:07 PM on December 18, 2007

Is there going to be a stop off at La Segunda Central?
posted by that girl at 2:10 PM on December 18, 2007

hrm I'll try to make it- I fly back from Detroit that morning- depends on how much of a vacation I need from my vacation.
posted by tj at 2:10 PM on December 18, 2007

Wow, I didn't know there were this many Central Florida Mefites.

Unfortunately, I work in a 24/7/365 business and the day after Christmas is a busy one for us, so I won't be able to make it. I do appreciate the invite that was in my inbox this afternoon, though, mosessis.
posted by ScarletSpectrum at 2:15 PM on December 18, 2007

I've been waiting for this! I'm going to try to make it! My prime working hours are from 7pm to Midnight but if I can take a break and stop in I will.
posted by mewithoutyou at 3:23 PM on December 18, 2007

Wow, the first meetup in Tampa is at a time when I'm actually going to be in Tampa! (I only spend a few weeks out of the year there.) I will almost certainly come.
posted by epimorph at 3:49 PM on December 18, 2007

yay! i'll try to grab chime as well.
posted by taumeson at 4:02 PM on December 18, 2007

Wow! Please plan more of these. I grew up in Tampa and was actually born in Tampa General Hospital (thanks for the sympathy). I would LOVE to meet you all, too, but the day after Christmas is so hard. I'm not sure I can make it!
posted by misha at 4:59 PM on December 18, 2007

I... dammit. Can I send a friend too?
posted by casarkos at 5:35 PM on December 18, 2007

Friends can come. They will be forced to purchase sock puppets via iPhone, though.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 5:54 PM on December 18, 2007 [1 favorite]

Wow, I almost want to drive down from Tallahassee for this!
posted by leesh at 5:56 PM on December 18, 2007

I'll be flying into Tampa on the 24th, but staying with relatives near Ocala. If someone can offer a Tampa based couch that evening, I might attend.
posted by enfa at 7:28 PM on December 18, 2007

Oh man, I'm headed back to Arizona to see family on the 23rd (to the 2nd). I'll be sure to show up to the next one though!
posted by blackout at 8:06 PM on December 18, 2007

Well what do you know... I just might drop by a little later :)

I'm working crazy hours the entire week (including x-eve & xmas) so I can't promise... but I'm sure I'm gonna need a break and would be cool to meet the folks around here.

Thanks for the invite email mosessis.
posted by chime at 8:23 PM on December 18, 2007

Wow, I didn't know there were this many Central Florida Mefites

Who knew? I figured everyone was too busy either stuck in traffic on I-4, wrasslin' gators, picking fruit or polishing their dentures!
posted by Pollomacho at 6:53 AM on December 19, 2007

I do all of those things, but even toothless gator wrestlin' fruit pickin' drivers need a night off.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:03 PM on December 19, 2007 [1 favorite]

Sweet! It looks like it's going to be a great turnout.

I don't have a cell phone number right now, but I'll definitely be carrying that night, so shoot me an e-mail/mefimail if you want to trade numbers just in case anyone gets lost/separated.

Also, anyone know if the Castle is open on Tuesday nights?
posted by mosessis at 3:27 PM on December 19, 2007

Anyone lost or confused (about the meetup, although general life confusion could possibly be addressed for a price) can call my GrandCentral number, 727.475.4373.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:30 PM on December 19, 2007 [1 favorite]

Mosessis, I'm going to go with no.
I was under the impression that they're open thursday night through monday night.
posted by daniel striped tiger at 7:53 AM on December 20, 2007

ps: I may be in attendance. big maybe, though.
same goes for my brother (The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew.)
posted by daniel striped tiger at 8:03 AM on December 20, 2007

Could someone remind me how to drive to Ybor from the Clearwater/Safety Harbor area? Particularly exits for Ybor and parking?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:23 AM on December 20, 2007 [1 favorite]

You have a couple of options. If you're more towards Palm Harbor, you can take Curlew/Old Tampa/Hillsborough Avenue over the top of the bay. This'll take you to the Veterans Expressway, which you'll take south towards downtown Tampa.

Or, if you're more on the Clearwater side, you can take US19 south to the Courtney Campbell Causeway (Hwy 60), which will take you across the bay and to the Veterans Expressway.

The Veterans dumps into I275 in Westshore. Go east, or towards Tampa/Orlando. Take I275 the five or so miles through Tampa.

The most straightforward way to get to New World is to take I4 towards Orlando and get off at the first exit (21st/22nd St). Take a right (go south) on 21st St. Then take a right (go west) on Palm Avenue. There's a parking garage just after you pass 13th St. It'll be on the left (on the block between 13th and Nuccio, Palm and 9th Ave). This garage is a block from New World. New World is on 8th Avenue, south side of the street, between 13th and 14th streets (of course 14th is renamed Avenida Republica de Cuba, but it's where 14th would be, you know?)

of course, this will all make a lot more sense if you read it while looking at a map. google maps marks the one ways for you.
posted by mosessis at 10:08 AM on December 20, 2007

Daniel and Dr Honeydew, it'd be great to have you! Just think: pizza! dozens of amazing beers on tap! crazy mefites! what more could you want?
posted by mosessis at 10:12 AM on December 20, 2007

It's been a while since my Castle days, but I'm pretty sure they're open on Tuesdays.
posted by ScarletSpectrum at 10:57 AM on December 20, 2007

Yay! The Castle! A few scenes from my latest Denton and Monty mystery take place at The Castle. Maybe we can go see The Senator if he's holding court.

I shall be there.
posted by willmize at 3:59 PM on December 20, 2007

There is an outside chance filmgeek will make it. More on this breaking story.
posted by filmgeek at 4:03 PM on December 20, 2007

Does anyone want to see The Roches tonight at TPAC with Stynxno and moi? If so, e-mail or MeMail me- we have an extra ticket that is available for use.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:20 AM on December 21, 2007 [1 favorite]

Nevah mind! My father (recovering from kidney stone retrieval) is very possibly feeling well enough to go.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:55 PM on December 21, 2007 [1 favorite]

Wow, I'm excited!

TPS posted her central command up there and I'll be checking my e-mail if anyone has any last minute questions etc.

Does anyone have access to some nametags?
posted by mosessis at 10:24 AM on December 26, 2007

We're excited, too! See you all there! I have a non-Mefite friend meeting up with us in Ybor around 9 or 9:30, at which point we might bounce around to some nightclubs.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:07 PM on December 26, 2007 [1 favorite]

Ok, I'm about to head out. My cell phone number (for the night) is listed on my profile in the ICQ field. Just in case we get separated or you come late and something has changed.

Looking forward to seeing you all.
posted by mosessis at 2:54 PM on December 26, 2007

We are here! Posting via iPhone. Wish you were here!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:35 PM on December 26, 2007 [1 favorite]

What fun we had! I declare the first annual Boxing Day, Tampa Bay meetup a success. Stynx will be posting his pics tomorrow.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:07 PM on December 26, 2007 [1 favorite]

Photos posted!
posted by Stynxno at 7:22 AM on December 27, 2007

Stynxno, you do if fact have a magic camera. Those are great!

It was so nice to meet all of you last night. We should definitely do it again sometime.

To those of you who couldn't make it, it's a great crowd out here. I hope to see you at the next one.
posted by mosessis at 8:35 AM on December 27, 2007

Awesome pics Stynxno!

It was indeed great to meet the local Mefites last night. Well, technically, I was the only "local" Mefite as everyone else was a former-Tampa-Bay resident, home for Christmas.

ThePinkSuperhero: Boxing Day...

Man, I left just a bit earlier than you guys and already I don't get the inside-jokes!
posted by chime at 10:30 AM on December 27, 2007

Aww, it looks like everyone had so much fun! I worked into the wee hours but next time I'll take the night off!
posted by mewithoutyou at 2:42 PM on December 27, 2007

Hey, next time, can we do this when I'm home?
posted by mikewas at 7:31 PM on December 27, 2007

OK, the irony is that I'm in NYC through tomorrow and that's where TPS and Styxno live when they're not in Tampa.
posted by mikewas at 9:34 PM on December 27, 2007

God damnit. I fucking forgot!!!!
posted by taumeson at 11:05 AM on January 2, 2008

Sorry I missed it, but I came down with a horrendous cold and didn't even get to hang out with my family as I was quarantined :) Let's have another one very, very soon!

PS. If anyone wants my cold, please let me know, as it is finally going away and the germs might be hard to come by after it's gone.
posted by willmize at 2:53 PM on January 4, 2008

Doh.. I'll be at the next one, I promise!
posted by grahamux at 11:26 AM on January 7, 2008

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