Birmingham, Alabama Meet-Up... January 18, 2009 3:06 PM   Subscribe

Birmingham, Alabama meet-up in March? (Mini-Meetup this Week!)

I've been meaning to post about an Alabama meet-up for a while - so what do you think? I'm thinking the lion days of March...

Also, there will be a mini-meet-up in Birmingham this Thursday the 22nd of January at 8:00 pm:

BitterOldPunk and I will be swapping spectacular/infamous Birmingham crime stories (axe murder gangs in the twenties; closeted/homicidal/handy-with-a-knife Birmingham police officers in the seventies; etc.) over drinks and food.

All are welcome.
posted by cinemafiend to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:06 PM (24 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

We'll be easy to find. Marty's will be a ghost town at 8 PM (leaving no excuses for poor service from Han the Sullen Bartender).

I'll be the loud drunk belligerent guy in the black t-shirt.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 3:47 PM on January 18, 2009

Hey, cinemafiend and BOP! I'm in the 'ham! I'm down! Thing is, the mini-meetup on Thursday is, unfortunately, no-go for me, due to prior commitment. And your suggestion for March is also NG for me, cause I'll be back in Tokyo by then. SO... howsabout something in between? For example:

Any way to make the mini-meetup on Southside happen tomorrow or Wednesday (20 or 21)?

Failing that, could y'all see getting together on Feb.2 or 3? I know those are Mondays and Tuesdays, which might not be optimum... Saturday Jan. 31st might be OK, too.

I just can't believe what a crazy coincidence it is that I'm here now and you called a meetup. Wow!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:46 AM on January 19, 2009

Oh, awesome!

I'd actually rather be out on a weeknight -- weekends are for amateurs. My schedule is flexible -- pretty much any day after 7 PM is fine.

Though it now occurs to me that I do know of two other MeFites who'll be in town by Feb. 9. Hmmm.

How long are you gonna be in the Tragic City?
posted by BitterOldPunk at 10:48 AM on January 19, 2009

BOP, I'll be here til Feb.5, but with some side trips here and there before departure.

In my comment upthread I mentioned Wednesday availability (day after tomorrow), but that's now out. I'm gonna lean heavily on pressuring you 'hamians into meeting up on Feb. 2 or 3. Whaddaya say? Seems like BOP is pretty open... cinemafiend, how are you on one of those days?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 2:00 PM on January 19, 2009

Tuesday the Third of February sounds excellent to me.

Should we do Marty's again or another location?
posted by cinemafiend at 5:35 PM on January 19, 2009

Or maybe we should just shift Thursday night's activities at Marty's to the Third of February?
posted by cinemafiend at 5:43 PM on January 19, 2009

Let's move it all to Marty's and meet there on Feb 3 around 8 PM.

If I go to Marty's twice in rapid succession it frightens the help and alarms the management.

See y'all there!
posted by BitterOldPunk at 7:08 PM on January 19, 2009

Okay, there it is! Burning ham and a banana MEETUP! See y'all at Marty's, 2/3, 8pm. Looking forward!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:15 PM on January 19, 2009

Wish I could join you guys. Have a drink for me.
posted by nola at 8:50 PM on January 19, 2009

Aw, hell, nola, it'd be GREAT if you could make it. I know I made some noise awhile back about trying to get up your way on this visit, but it wasn't in the cards for this time around. We'll surely have at least one drink in your honor!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:16 PM on January 19, 2009

Also: someone bring a camera. My meet-up budget does not include flying DaShiv in. And unlike many MeFites, I do NOT have a camera.

I offered coach, he wanted business class, what can I do it's the economy
posted by BitterOldPunk at 12:26 AM on January 20, 2009

Oh, I'll bring a camera for sure. Rarely leave home without one!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:53 PM on January 20, 2009

I'm guessing Marty's is going to have a better selection of beers than what I can get at the bars here in Leeds, so suggestions will be welcome if I show up.
posted by robtf3 at 3:15 PM on January 20, 2009

I know I made some noise awhile back about trying to get up your way on this visit, but it wasn't in the cards for this time around

It's cool. Gives me another reason to see Tokyo some day.
posted by nola at 8:10 PM on January 20, 2009

Marty's is a dive, which is why I love it so. Their beer selection is reasonably broad, but hardly great. Plus -- no draft beer (they might have Bud Light or something, I dunno).

But it's a great place to snag a bottle of Newcastle and a cheeseburger.

In fact, that's the entirety of Marty's menu: cheeseburgers.

Hope no one attending the meet-up is a vegetarian. If so, we can always go up the road to that Thai place near the fountain. They're pretty good.

I suggested Marty's because it's one of the few bars that doesn't blare music so loudly you hafta shout to be heard across the table, it'll be dead at 8 PM (it only starts filling up after midnight), smokers like me can indulge our filthy habit anywhere on the premises, and all the bartenders and bouncers know me.

Hmmm. Just checked their website and they don't start serving food until 11 PM. That can't be right. I could swear I've eaten there way earlier than that.

Well, we can start there and move elsewhere. There's only about a dozen bars and restaurants within walking distance.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 7:42 AM on January 21, 2009

Oh, and: Marty's doesn't take plastic, but they have one of those charge-you-an-arm-and-a-leg ATMs.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 8:38 AM on January 21, 2009

Thanks, BOP, for the Marty's info. No loud blaring music is a big big plus. An extra added plus, as we say.

I'm not veggie, and cheeseburgers are fine by me, but then again, if they don't start doing food til 11, then food is a bit of a non-issue. I'll probably get to Marty's with some sort of dinner already in me anyway, but, like you say, moving elsewhere is always an option. Flexibility is always a good thing!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:52 AM on January 21, 2009

BOP, where were you, man? Damn, we missed you! Me and cinemafiend did the Marty's hang, had a fine old time... I got up and sang a coupla tunes, cause it was OPEN MIC NIGHT, fer chrissakes! Anyway, hope you're okay and all.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:32 PM on February 3, 2009

FUCK! I had it down as THURSDAY, not Tuesday!

Had it marked wrong on my calendar and everything.

Dammit. Sorry, guys. I was sitting at home watching Hellboy II. Fuck.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 11:26 AM on February 4, 2009

posted by flapjax at midnite at 2:15 PM on February 4, 2009

Damn man - I so wanted to hear the scoop on the homophobic-closeted-killer-cop.

posted by cinemafiend at 3:52 PM on February 4, 2009

Any plans to do another one of these? I hadn't checked my email on here in about a month...
posted by damnthesehumanhands at 2:37 PM on February 5, 2009

I'd like to do another - are your itching to do some planning damnthesehumanhands?

I'm game for March or April, but I also think we should make a new thread...
posted by cinemafiend at 5:43 PM on February 5, 2009

I can vouch for the fact that cinemafiend is a fine fellow. Now, that calendar-fuckup BitterOldPunk, I don't know about him, though... and be warned, if you do go to Marty's, you WILL smell like tobacco for the next three days.

Still, nice bluegrass mix Scott the bartender had going in there.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:05 PM on February 5, 2009

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