MetaGras 2008 February 4, 2008 9:51 AM   Subscribe

MetaGras 2008 in New Orleans (2007, 2006)

Where y'at? Tomorrow is Mardi Gras and once again, I am hoping against hope to see a few MeFi faces down in New Orleans. My family and I will be hanging out on St. Charles (between Lee Circle and Felicity). Here's what I look like. And I'll be wearing my MetaFilter tee-shirt. We'll be there from Zulu until Rex. Hope to see you there in that number.
posted by ColdChef to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:51 AM (31 comments total)

I have to work, so I can't make it. In your honor, however, I will get bombed and encourage boob flashing.
posted by jonmc at 10:02 AM on February 4, 2008


Bonehead and I were down there two weeks ago, and asked for a meetup. Hope yours works better than ours did.
posted by LN at 10:12 AM on February 4, 2008


jonmc: In your honor, however, I will get bombed and encourage boob flashing.

There, jon. I hope you're happy.

I think I'm going to get fired now.
posted by koeselitz at 10:23 AM on February 4, 2008 [1 favorite]


There, jon. I hope you're happy.

I am indeed, but only because it's my day off and I'm drunk already. Why are you getting fired?
posted by jonmc at 10:30 AM on February 4, 2008


Well, they didn't seem to like it when I flashed my boobs for you.
posted by koeselitz at 10:47 AM on February 4, 2008


Ewww. Manboobs.
posted by jonmc at 10:56 AM on February 4, 2008


God damn you, Satchmo. I DO know what it means to miss New Orleans, and miss it each night and day.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:10 AM on February 4, 2008


Astro Zombie at Mardi Gras
posted by ColdChef at 11:20 AM on February 4, 2008


Ha! Actually, this is me. It really is.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:59 AM on February 4, 2008


maybe if I brought some beads to work tommorrow, some woman would flash her boobs just to be in the spirit and all that shit. Of course, the closest we've come to that is this street person who had unknowingly tucked her skirt into her granny panties, so maybe I'll think on it awhile...
posted by jonmc at 12:08 PM on February 4, 2008


I wish very badly that I could be there :-( Soon, ColdChef! You'll open your front door and there I'll be, with Twinkie, Stynx, and a suitcase full of showtunes.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:27 PM on February 4, 2008 [1 favorite]


maybe if I brought some beads to work tommorrow, some woman would flash her boobs just to be in the spirit and all that shit.

An LA colleague of mine sent me a king cake, only I'm trying slightly to diet (which includes skipping the tasty coffee cakes filled with cream and topped with frosting and three colors of sugar, thanks), so I'm sending it to work with my husband tomorrow. His IM in response: "sweet, I'ma put it on my desk and any ladies who come by my office who want some king cake have to flash for it. I'm campaigning on the Cans for Cake platform."

please don't flag me, I can't help it that I married the equivalent of Kevin James.
posted by pineapple at 12:42 PM on February 4, 2008


I just got a phone message of Hilary Clinton's recorded voice. Is this supposed to sway me somehow that she shelled out for a tape recorder?

Also, the cookies in Twix bars are brown now. When did this happen and why wasn't I consulted?
posted by jonmc at 12:56 PM on February 4, 2008


jonmc: I just got a phone message of Hilary Clinton's recorded voice.

jon, that wasn't a recording-- that was her. And, seriously, she wants her pants back. She wasn't joking.
posted by koeselitz at 2:53 PM on February 4, 2008


doh, im on my way back home already. ;( quarter was pretty dead this year.
posted by nitsuj at 3:05 PM on February 4, 2008


Bummer. Off doing Army stuff. Next year!
posted by atchafalaya at 5:44 PM on February 4, 2008


coldchef: i wish i had your enthusiasm. the last straw for me was orpheus crowning the garbage guy (sidney torres, rock star roadie and beloved 'mr. clean' of the city) king. oy vey. OY VEY! anyway ... party on, dude, and catch the *good* beads. maybe i'll join you next year.
posted by msconduct at 6:31 PM on February 4, 2008


*sigh*

I'm starting to feel like Linus, waiting for the Great Pumpkin every year.
Well, I'll be there. If anyone changes their mind...
posted by ColdChef at 7:58 PM on February 4, 2008


Man, oh man wouldn't I love to be there...maybe the next SantaCon.
posted by echolalia67 at 8:58 PM on February 4, 2008


In your honor, however, I will get bombed and encourage boob flashing.

Well, in all fairness, jon, I think that's kind of like saying 'in your honor, I will continue to breathe'.

I'm starting to feel like Linus, waiting for the Great Pumpkin every year.

If I ever get to Mardi Gras, I'm going to wear a great big pumpkin on my head, in hopes that you are there too.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:45 AM on February 5, 2008


I always get burnt out by Fat Tuesday - I am sitting on my bed surfing the internets.
posted by radioamy at 10:55 AM on February 5, 2008


Well, in all fairness, jon, I think that's kind of like saying 'in your honor, I will continue to breathe'.

Well, I've ben breathing in your honor for six years, buster. Just for that I'll stop.

*dies*
posted by jonmc at 4:38 PM on February 5, 2008


*sigh*

Second Mardi Gras in a row I've missed...
posted by brundlefly at 10:49 PM on February 5, 2008


FWIW: Here are my pictures from this year. Note the MetaFilter t-shirt and the look of abandonment.
posted by ColdChef at 9:00 AM on February 6, 2008


I never understood the appeal of celebrating Mardi Gras without also being Catholic. It's supposedly some sort of last binge before a period of deprivation (Lent) and spiritual reflection. If one isn't going to fast during Lent, Mardi Gras is just an empty excuse to engage in excess. Also, aren't those beads the topless women get supposed to be put to use as a Rosary (to make penance for showin' the boobies) afterwards?
posted by Burhanistan at 9:15 AM on February 6, 2008


I never understood the appeal of celebrating Mardi Gras without also being Catholic. ...If one isn't going to fast during Lent, Mardi Gras is just an empty excuse to engage in excess.

I get this. But, for me the appeal is not in the excess itself, but the cultural forms it takes. The king cakes, second lines and krewes of the Gulf Coast... the blocos and samba of Brazil... the masks of Venice. That these vastly different communities all have an indigenous and unique way of celebrating the same concept is fascinating.
posted by pineapple at 10:31 AM on February 6, 2008


I never understood the appeal of celebrating Mardi Gras without also being Catholic...Mardi Gras is just an empty excuse to engage in excess.

You pretty much answered your own question right there. And you don't have to be Catholic to enjoy Lent. I haven't been a practicing Catholic for years, but I still give up TV during Lent and do all the fasting. It's a way to connect to my heritage and my community.

Plus, you know...any reason to party.
posted by ColdChef at 11:12 AM on February 6, 2008


Great pictures. Better than mine, that look like...well...a tipsy idiot is taking them, I guess.

My new favorite uptown parade moment took place on Monday when I had to help catch a kid who was falling off a 12 foot ladder after Sean Payton nailed him with a five pound bag of beads.
posted by gordie at 11:28 AM on February 6, 2008


I never understood the appeal of celebrating Mardi Gras without also being Catholic. It's supposedly some sort of last binge before a period of deprivation (Lent) and spiritual reflection.

I gave up Catholicism for Lent years ago. Then Lent ended, but I wasn't Catholic anymore, so the end of Lent didn't really matter much. It's been one long empty excuse to engage in excess ever since.
posted by jewishbuddha at 1:54 PM on February 6, 2008 [2 favorites]


Mardi Gras is just an empty excuse to engage in excess.

*gasp*
posted by jonmc at 6:03 PM on February 6, 2008


Oh man, I wish I had known ahead of time. I made the trip this year with Dr. Girlfriend who did her residency in New Orleans, who rode in Tuck's this year with some friends. I watched most of the parades from Friday on around St. Charles and Louisiana, but I didn't have Internet access to have seen this in time. Maybe next year?
posted by cobra_high_tigers at 6:30 PM on February 6, 2008


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