Michigan Meetup? February 3, 2009 7:26 PM   Subscribe

There must be a decent population of Michigander MeFites..

Is anyone willing to set up a MetaFilter gathering in lower Michigan area? I would offer to do so, but I'm tremendously bad at: organizing, scheduling, being active on the site, all of the above.

They look like quite the happening activities, and perhaps I'd get over my reluctance to post if I've met some other MeFites face to face and it was proven they wouldn't instantly tear my tiny brain to shreds.

(Chicago looks awesome, but it's a bit far for a work night)
posted by waxlight to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:26 PM (71 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

well I wouldn't call them decent.
posted by dawson at 10:08 PM on February 3, 2009

There was. And then we both moved to Seattle.
posted by silkygreenbelly at 11:05 PM on February 3, 2009

There was. And then we both moved to Seattle.
...and California.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 11:13 PM on February 3, 2009

there has been a diaspora
posted by caddis at 1:00 AM on February 4, 2009

First Chicago, then China, then Japan, but I can still tell you, from first hand experience/birth certificate that yes, there really is a Kalamazoo.

I'm with you in spirit, Waxlight.
posted by Ghidorah at 2:43 AM on February 4, 2009

There was. And then we both moved to Seattle.
...and California.

...and Wisconsin
posted by andythebean at 2:52 AM on February 4, 2009

...and Malaysia
posted by BinGregory at 4:29 AM on February 4, 2009

There have been meetups in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Grand Rapids in the past year and a half. Some of us haven't fled yet.
posted by ardgedee at 5:06 AM on February 4, 2009

(hides in her small town southwest of Lansing) Is.. is there something in the WATER?
posted by waxlight at 5:37 AM on February 4, 2009

Some of us actually moved to Michigan from other places. But not on purpose.
posted by FelliniBlank at 5:55 AM on February 4, 2009 [1 favorite]

is there something in the WATER?

yes, i think they call it ice
posted by pyramid termite at 6:27 AM on February 4, 2009 [2 favorites]

We call it dioxin, but nevermind that right now.
posted by ardgedee at 6:51 AM on February 4, 2009

I'm in Livonia along with my girlfriend, who is also a MeFite.

I think HuronBob is also around.

And.. and... there are others.

We could do something!
posted by kbanas at 7:05 AM on February 4, 2009

I would attend a meetup, but unfortunately I can't be the organizer person.
posted by disclaimer at 7:06 AM on February 4, 2009

Depending on when you have it, I will try to make a road trip there. I'd prefer a day that's not snowing and miserable.

(so in June, basically)

posted by Dr-Baa at 7:54 AM on February 4, 2009

…and California.
…and California (that one's for my girlfriend).

My parents (both of which have accounts) are still in Michigan.
posted by klangklangston at 8:17 AM on February 4, 2009

posted by fleacircus at 8:22 AM on February 4, 2009

Klang... I met your dad, had a heck of a time getting him to admit that he even knew you!

yep, I'm still here... I would do an ann arbor gig if nobody minds someone older than dirt being there...
posted by HuronBob at 8:45 AM on February 4, 2009

I'm in an eastern suburb of Lansing...but I've never quite understood the point of meetups. "I go to this same website" doesn't seem like all that big a connection. But perhaps I would only understand the point if I went to one, so perhaps I would try one if one of the lower Michigan people turns out to be the organizer type.
posted by not that girl at 9:37 AM on February 4, 2009

Your emperor is willing to host a gathering at the Torch.
lower, you talkin, Ann Arbor or.... We could have it at Dick cheneys old michigan secret bunker.
posted by clavdivs at 10:37 AM on February 4, 2009

As a resident of a city that seems to have meetups on a monthly basis, I gotta tell you, not that girl, that meetups are wicked fun. Wicked. Fun. I missed our most recent meetup - a ski trip to Tahoe - and the photos made me jealous that I hadn't gone, although I do not ski at all (there was sledding, though, and I sled).

Try it. You'll like it!
posted by rtha at 10:40 AM on February 4, 2009

Ann Arbor works for me, is someone willing to be responcible for setting it up?

(I'm, uh, also bad at responsibility)

Everything I've read points to meetups being fun, and MeFites in general seem to be more intelligent, more interesting and more willing to learn than your average person. Which may be a stereotype, but it's a positive one!
posted by waxlight at 11:39 AM on February 4, 2009

How about Ypsilanti's Corner Brewery?
posted by needled at 12:09 PM on February 4, 2009

You Lansing-area mefites are asking too late. Lived in E.L. for 15 years and now that I'm in Minnesota y'all wanna meet up? Meh.

If you meet in Ann Arbor somebody go buy a fragel and think of me while you enjoy the tasty, cinnamon-sugar goodness.
posted by caution live frogs at 12:12 PM on February 4, 2009

Corner Brewery????? That place is owned by a very liberal, nearly socialist, radical left winger...Matt Greff ......how could you even consider...

oh, wait, this is metafilter...

Yeah...that would work..
posted by HuronBob at 12:25 PM on February 4, 2009

If I were to suggest February 28 and 5:00 PM at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, where very liberal, nearly socialist radical left wingers have been known to serve people who aren't, would there be objections to this having purely to do with the time of day or the date on which it occurs?

Early evening means folks driving in from far reaches of the state can get home again before turning into pumpkins, and the locals can continue on to their usual nightclubbing rounds if that's how they roll. Or everybody gets an extra long extended remix party time if the vibe is right. And because it means we can get one of the big round tables near the front before the joint fills up.

Any organization necessary beyond that should extend purely to deciding which pizzas are to be ordered from Aubrees for the occasion.
posted by ardgedee at 1:42 PM on February 4, 2009

ouch.... I would have done this, but on the 28th I'm getting on a plane for Hollywood to see the premier of Watchmen... hmmmm watchmen...meetup...watchmen...meetup...

not that I don't love you guys......
posted by HuronBob at 2:24 PM on February 4, 2009

One vote against Feb 28. Suggestions for a better date?
posted by ardgedee at 3:19 PM on February 4, 2009

Hey HuronBob, I know you'd love to get me into that premier. C'mon, do it for my dad. He'd admit knowing someone who went to the Watchmen premier, you betcha!
posted by klangklangston at 4:39 PM on February 4, 2009

Klang... I had to beg to get two tickets... and unless you plan to sleep with me after the premiere, I'm taking the wife! :)
posted by HuronBob at 5:44 PM on February 4, 2009

How about instead a handjob we never talk about?

(Alternate gag: Well, how about you stay home, and afterwards I sleep with your wife?)
posted by klangklangston at 5:46 PM on February 4, 2009

hello? any michigan residents still left in this thread?

so when do you slackers want the meetup to happen?
posted by needled at 6:42 PM on February 4, 2009

Dr. Baa and I once had a meetup in Traverse City--surely you downstaters can get your shit together and manage this.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 6:48 PM on February 4, 2009

Obviously we're not managing to do so. We're not as hardy as yoopers.
posted by needled at 6:51 PM on February 4, 2009

I'm open for most any day other than the 28th through the 5th..... (when I will have returned from the land of fantasy)...
posted by HuronBob at 6:55 PM on February 4, 2009

klang...those are good... I'll take both concepts under consideration.... my people will get back with your people...
posted by HuronBob at 6:56 PM on February 4, 2009

[notes from the upper peninsula] Houghton's Winter carnival is this week/end.. Come for the purty snow sculptures, stay for the pasties.
posted by acro at 7:21 PM on February 4, 2009

Right then. February 21, same time (5 pm), same place (Corner Brewery with Aubree's pizza).

Say you're coming, folks, or suggest something better.
posted by ardgedee at 8:18 PM on February 4, 2009

In for 5pm on the 21st at Corner Brewery in Ypsi. Must inform friend in AA that I will inevitably be crashing on her couch that night.

Come on, the rest of ya!
posted by waxlight at 10:47 PM on February 4, 2009

The 21st works for me.

(Hi Mandyman!)
posted by Dr-Baa at 4:13 AM on February 5, 2009

It's on my calendar...
posted by HuronBob at 5:35 AM on February 5, 2009

Okay, who's bringing the table tent card to mark the metafilter table (and save you reticent disorganized responsibility-avoiding slackers the shame of having to go around asking at every table in the joint if they're here for the meetup) and the sketchpad and markers for the inevitable mefi shoutouts destined for flickr?
posted by needled at 6:15 AM on February 5, 2009

Boo, I'll be out of town (where "town" is Lansing) on the 21st. Make it fun, so we can have another one!
posted by obliquicity at 7:47 AM on February 5, 2009

OK, I've put it on my calendar.
posted by not that girl at 8:10 AM on February 5, 2009

I've written it on my calendar too!
posted by oldtimey at 9:49 PM on February 5, 2009

One more here.
posted by disclaimer at 3:24 PM on February 6, 2009

Curses! Ski weekend for me.

posted by Baby_Balrog at 5:27 PM on February 6, 2009

Funny enough, I find myself house sitting in AA this weekend. But, will be back here on the 21st as well. Since I posed the question, I'll take responsibility for providing art supplies (read, nametags/markers/paper).
posted by waxlight at 5:29 PM on February 7, 2009

My friend is getting married that day. Have fun, y'all.
posted by PhatLobley at 11:20 AM on February 9, 2009

If anyone is looking for a soundtrack for the meet, try Matt Jones or Chris Bathgate, both from A2/Ypsi
posted by timsteil at 7:18 AM on February 14, 2009

D'oh! I'll be visiting my brother. (Hey, maybe I can go to the NYC meetup!) Have fun, guys!
posted by bettafish at 12:00 PM on February 16, 2009

Appears to be around eight or so of us so far. I'll be there by five.

In the interest of finding each other (I can see this turning into a game of sardines), my identifying info: 5'6, very long blonde hair, black tortishell-style style glasses. Depending on how early I get there, possible teeeeny laptop in front of me.
posted by waxlight at 10:52 AM on February 19, 2009

*I'll be there around 5pm on Saturday the 21st.
posted by waxlight at 10:55 AM on February 19, 2009

I'm going to have to cancel my appearance unfortunately, due to a nasty cold I've come down with and the fifth winter that suddenly appeared up here.
posted by Dr-Baa at 1:02 PM on February 19, 2009

Do I want to meet you crazy bastards? Yes, yes I do.

I'll probably be there around 5:00PM.
posted by formless at 11:30 PM on February 19, 2009

I'll be there at or before 5, with a bright blue parka and/or dark navy shirt.

Whoever gets there first, stake a claim on a big round table and put up a table card or sign. Early comers get to choose pizza toppings, and we'll phone in an order to be delivered around 6.

For people not familiar with Corner Brewery, here are some directions:
  • If you're coming in towards Ypsi via route 14, get off at Ford Road, turn right onto Prospect, and cruise for a couple miles until you reach suburban civilization. Staying on Prospect, after you cross Holmes Road keep your eyes open for East Forest. Turn right onto Forest. Four or five small blocks later, the old one-story industrial building on your right is the Corner Brewery.
  • If you're coming in via I-94, get off at the Huron St. exit. Turn left off the ramp onto Huron, and keep on Huron until you reach Forest. Turn right onto Forest and look for the Corner Brewery on your left.
  • If you're coming in by way of Michigan Ave. look for Prospect Rd., head north and turn left on Forest Ave. If you're coming in by Washtenaw Ave, you're an Ann Arbor townie and you can figure this out for yourself.
  • Or ignore me and get directions from Google Maps. If you continue to be afraid of getting lost, memail me beforehand for my phone number.
Corner Brewery is at the corner of Forest Ave. and Norris St. There might be an old firetruck in the parking lot between the building and the road that's easier to spot than the sign. At 5 in the afternoon, parking should be easy.
posted by ardgedee at 10:11 AM on February 20, 2009

Whoops. Incomplete information could screw up some travelers. If you're taking I-94, you want Huron Street northbound. So if you're on eastbound I-94, turn left off the exit ramp. If you're on westbound I-94, turn right off the exit ramp.
posted by ardgedee at 8:04 PM on February 20, 2009

This is where I start to feel all guilty as I'm the one that suggested this, but...

It appears that we're all getting some heavy snow today, and I'm coming from SW of Lansing. If the highways are crap, I'm not going to be able to make it, but I'll wait and see how the road conditions are. If they're drivable, I'm definately heading up.

*shakes fist angrily at sky*
posted by waxlight at 12:39 AM on February 21, 2009

waxlight... no need for the guilt.. I'm in the same situation with a 35 mile drive to get there... it will depend on the roads...
posted by HuronBob at 9:04 AM on February 21, 2009

I was just outside in Ann Arbor, at around 12:30 in the afternoon. The local roads are still passable.

The storm got a late start so we've received about 2-3 inches of snow since 10:00 when the storm started, but the latest weather report still expects it to taper off by 4 PM.

Take your time, take it easy, and if you're late we'll keep the light on for ya.
posted by ardgedee at 9:56 AM on February 21, 2009

Blah -- I won't be able to make it anyway. So far Lansing's got 4" of snow, FYI. (measurement is estimated from how much snow's on the railing of my deck.) Maybe in another two months or something we could have another MI meetup to catch those of us who won't be there tonight?
posted by oldtimey at 11:54 AM on February 21, 2009

Just went to check on the highway conditions, and as I don't think my sanity could handle 90 miles at 40mph, I'm unfortunately going to have to bail.

I'll uh, help take responsibility of planning another in a few months? Maybe towards the end of April when the snow is less likely to interfere?

Those of you there - have a great time, and feel free to brag about all the fun we're missing!
posted by waxlight at 12:28 PM on February 21, 2009

Is anybody attending? Chime in now.
posted by ardgedee at 12:30 PM on February 21, 2009

We're at the Corner Brewery. The roads are sloppy but safe for the most part. And flipping heck, it's sunny out.
posted by ardgedee at 2:24 PM on February 21, 2009

Jealous. Drink one for me!
posted by waxlight at 2:52 PM on February 21, 2009

I am drinking strawberry and rhubarb beer at the Corner Brewery. See what you guys are missing?
posted by needled at 3:06 PM on February 21, 2009

But are you enjoying that beer, needled? Is it tasty?
posted by rtha at 3:12 PM on February 21, 2009

Drinking the Brasserie Blonde now. And eating pizza.
posted by needled at 3:27 PM on February 21, 2009

I was getting a little homesick...but the idea of driving 35 miles in the snow for a beer cured me quick! I hope you all get your beers, guys.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 3:59 PM on February 21, 2009

This meetup is a wash. Let's try again in a couple months.
posted by ardgedee at 4:15 PM on February 21, 2009

I take it the three Christs didn't show up.
posted by Tube at 5:31 PM on February 22, 2009

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