Austin 2009 February 10, 2009 6:15 PM   Subscribe

New Year, New Administration, New Austin Meetup?

Sep 08: Dog & Duck

Nov 08: Opal Divine's

Dec 08: Fiddler's Hearth

Feb and/or Mar 09: Are we going somewhere? Can I come, too?
posted by woodway to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:15 PM (79 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

I'll be in town from the 18th-23rd for SXSW and could possibly attend a meetup then.
posted by ludwig_van at 7:30 PM on February 10, 2009

Of March, that is.
posted by ludwig_van at 7:30 PM on February 10, 2009

There's often an Austin meetup in March, but it's usually during SXSW Interactive, not Music. I live here, though, so I'm theoretically up for either one.
posted by bluishorange at 8:04 PM on February 10, 2009

I'm down with Feb, for sure - after the 20th would work out best, if at all possible. March would depend on where/when precisely & expected cost.

Unavailable in Feb: 14th, 19th, 20th, 24th
March unavailable dates: 19th-22nd.

The rest are tantalisingly open.
posted by batmonkey at 8:23 PM on February 10, 2009

We're crazy busy during the music portion of SXSW (March 18-22) and we're out of town for North Texas Irish Festival the first weekend in March (March 6-8). Otherwise, we're pretty available.

Yes, we did move here for the music. Why do you ask?
posted by immlass at 10:24 PM on February 10, 2009

Yeah, maybe we could have one on the last day of Interactive, just before music starts, then a different one for all us locals some other time.
posted by Pants! at 5:37 AM on February 11, 2009

I'm in town for SXSW Interactive (March 12-18).
posted by dw at 8:34 AM on February 11, 2009

I'm game. I'm not doing anything SXSW-related, and my schedule is pretty clear.
posted by adamrice at 9:15 AM on February 11, 2009

I'll be there this weekend. I know that's short notice, but if anyone's down for the 15th (which is a Sunday, and probably the only night I can sneak away), I'm way down.
posted by solipsophistocracy at 10:49 AM on February 11, 2009

I can continue my personal trend of only going to meetups far far away from where I live. (IE, I'll be at SXSWi, 3/12-18.) I had fun last year, would love to do it again.
posted by epersonae at 12:55 PM on February 11, 2009

Hey! Yeah. You folks rocked last time. I'm in, schedule allowing.
posted by fnord at 2:54 PM on February 11, 2009

I'll actually be down from dallas on March 6th and 7th, helping someone move stuff. SO if anything were to happen that weekend, it would be quite wonderful.
posted by grandsham at 5:35 PM on February 11, 2009

I live about 2 hrs away from Austin, so honestly I'm only likely to make one meetup in the coming weeks, though folks closer in might be up for a drink with out-of-town guests. Furthermore, since this is my first year in Central Texas, and the idea of catching a day of SXSW appeals mightily -- if tickets are still available, and within the price range of a mere mortal. If there's usually a meetup during the festival, how's that gone down before?
posted by woodway at 6:05 AM on February 12, 2009

How about March 15?
posted by mattbucher at 8:38 AM on February 12, 2009

Beware the Ides of March! (Actually, that should work for me.)
posted by woodway at 4:30 PM on February 12, 2009

posted by Pants! at 10:27 PM on February 12, 2009

Sounds good. I think we should meet somewhere near downtown so that the SXSW-ers don't have to go too far. Opal's again? Or Mother Egan's?
posted by bluishorange at 6:46 AM on February 13, 2009

If we're going for the 15th, know that I'm running a Core Conversation from 3:30-4:30pm on the web in higher education. And I think that's the night for AvalonStar bowling, if anyone's into the drinking-and-bowling-but-mostly-drinking scene.
posted by dw at 11:04 AM on February 13, 2009

I can do the 15th. I'd be interested in checking out Mother Egan's, if it won't be overrun.

For those who still want to hang out but the 15th doesn't work for you: we can hook up another get-together that fits your schedule better, too. And, if you're just randomly going to be in town and would like to get social, I'm easily contactable in a variety of ways (see user profile) and love the opportunity to visit with folks.
posted by batmonkey at 11:19 AM on February 13, 2009

Jessamyn's panel is Sunday afternoon as well.
posted by dw at 2:21 PM on February 13, 2009

I'm in! I'm going to be working about 2 hours from Austin, and I don't know a soul in the town where I'll be living, so it'll be lovely to meet some nice metafilter folks.
posted by jennyjenny at 6:23 PM on February 14, 2009

I would like to go.
posted by popechunk at 8:59 AM on February 15, 2009

Man, I don't check MeTa often enough. The 15th sounds perfect, and we'll definitely try to be there.
posted by malthas at 10:34 AM on February 15, 2009

Wherever there is, that is.
posted by malthas at 10:35 AM on February 15, 2009

Oh yeah, just a quick note: Opal Divine's (the Freehouse, on 6th, where we had the November meetup) is now doing a Pub Quiz type thing on Sundays at 7. I don't know if that would be good or bad for a meetup, especially since the max group size is six, but I thought the information might be useful in determining a location.

I'm done now.
posted by malthas at 10:42 AM on February 15, 2009

So it looks like we've picked a date and a venue, sort of (Mother Egan's and Opal Divines are right across the street from each other anyhow).

Time? Jessamyn is on a panel 3:30 to 4:30 and dw has blocked that out as well. I propose well before or shortly after.

How does noon sound?
posted by adamrice at 11:05 AM on February 16, 2009

Wouldn't later in the day be more beeriffic?
posted by popechunk at 5:15 PM on February 16, 2009

Opal Divine's/Mother Egan's are a bit of a schlep from the ACC for a noontime meetup. I vote for 6:30.

Wow, the Sunday schedule is chock-full of awesome IMO.
posted by dw at 5:38 PM on February 16, 2009

Hmm. I'm torn. On the one hand is my son and his birthday party. On the other, MetaFilter meetup!

Well, Milo is just going to have to turn two again NEXT year.
posted by dirtdirt at 9:11 AM on February 17, 2009 [2 favorites]

Arrgh. Looks like I need to plan a higher ed meetup for 3/15 early evening, too. Any way we could move up or back a day? Or later in the evening?
posted by dw at 9:54 AM on February 19, 2009

I can be there for noonish or 6:30 or later or Saturday evening. I'm easy, just not cheap.
posted by immlass at 1:48 PM on February 19, 2009

I'll be in Austin that weekend, but I have tickets for Spamalot on the 15th. However, if anything is still going on afters, I'd love to come. Or if we schedule it for Saturday the 14th, that would rock too. :)
posted by dejah420 at 7:46 AM on February 21, 2009

I'll actually come to this one. I was in a weird mood last year, and the whole SXSW thing gets all up in my grill, but I gotta put my money where my mouth is, one of these days.

Also: I have cameras.
posted by Devils Rancher at 11:35 AM on February 21, 2009

Saturday, March 14 from 6:30 pm at Mother Egan's... all good?
posted by woodway at 9:12 AM on February 22, 2009

I am off on the 14th if that date is good for the rest I will try to get into Austin.
posted by bjgeiger at 10:09 AM on February 22, 2009

I believe that works for me. I'm coming in from Dallas that day, but assuming SxSW traffic doesn't back up all the way, I should be there with bells on.

Well...probably not bells. Heh.
posted by dejah420 at 10:57 AM on February 22, 2009

I'm with woodway's plan. Only question: since it's 3/14, does Mother Egan's serve pie?
posted by dw at 1:25 PM on February 22, 2009 [1 favorite]

I should be there with Mr. immlass.
posted by immlass at 3:00 PM on February 22, 2009

If people are generally cool with Sat March 14, I can ask to have the sidebar notice changed. (That was overenthusiasm on my part.)
posted by woodway at 3:19 PM on February 22, 2009

14th works for myself and Malthas just as well.
posted by fontophilic at 6:54 AM on February 23, 2009

I'm in, though I may be too cheap for SXSW Interactive. People like me are bad for the economy.
posted by spamguy at 9:29 AM on February 23, 2009

Yay, mefi meetup @ SXSW!!
posted by docjohn at 4:46 PM on February 23, 2009

I'll be there!
posted by batmonkey at 4:53 PM on February 23, 2009

posted by popechunk at 8:49 PM on February 23, 2009

Great, after all the trouble I went to gaslight my wife and child into thinking that his birthday was the 14th instead of the 15th. I've got some re-re-education to perform.
posted by dirtdirt at 6:30 AM on February 24, 2009

Works for me.
posted by Pants! at 6:47 AM on February 25, 2009

Can I come, if I promise to actually talk?
posted by ormondsacker at 8:24 AM on February 25, 2009

Only if you bring me some Okie stuff, ormondsacker. I have enough Cain's chili powder to last me for the next couple years, though, and Griffin's syrup won't survive the plane flight back, and pecans are out of season. I'll think of something.
posted by dw at 1:59 PM on February 25, 2009


Pecan brittle? Choc? Jerky? I have a jerky guy.
posted by ormondsacker at 7:01 PM on February 25, 2009

Wait, air travel. Let's pretend I didn't suggest Choc.
posted by ormondsacker at 7:15 PM on February 25, 2009

I'm kin to the people who brew Choc, so don't worry about that. No, really. Mom's from McAlester.
posted by dw at 10:20 PM on February 25, 2009

Que es Choc?
posted by dejah420 at 11:55 AM on February 26, 2009

Choc beer. Now known as 1919 Choc Beer.
posted by dw at 1:30 PM on February 26, 2009

I'm down. 14th @ Mother Egan's sounds good.
posted by philosophistry at 12:53 AM on March 4, 2009

Oh shit I almost missed this. I plan to be there if the librarian meetup doesn't leave me too bleary to continue. Thanks for the nudge dw!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:24 AM on March 9, 2009

They don't appear to have beans on the menu -- I'll have to make extra preparations for the photo series I had planned.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:59 AM on March 11, 2009

scratch and sniff pictures?
posted by woodway at 4:22 PM on March 11, 2009

If you can make "overthinking a bag of pecan brittle" a meme in the next 71 hours, we're covered.
posted by ormondsacker at 5:30 PM on March 11, 2009

If you're bringing the pecan brittle, I'm bringing you... Oklahoma beer. If it survives the trip without spewing all over my bag.
posted by dw at 11:50 PM on March 11, 2009

So... I'm helping to put on a day party during SXSW on Wednesday, so any Austin-bound Me-Fites within the sound of this post -- please consider yourselves invited. Here's the scoop. I'll be the tall guy standing around looking tipsy... come on up and introduce yerself!
posted by spilon at 2:23 PM on March 12, 2009

Grant at Mother Egan's said they'd be ready for us. I'll be reading if I don't see a likely group. Looking forward to seeing you soon!
posted by woodway at 12:51 PM on March 14, 2009

I'm wearing an orange fuzzy jacket and will not be tough to miss and will likely be on time.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:39 PM on March 14, 2009

I'm so sad that I'm missing it, but I really didn't want to be the disease vector that killed off a goodly percentage of my fave folks.

Have lots of fun and take pictures!
posted by dejah420 at 4:56 PM on March 14, 2009

Hey, all that was lots of fun. I was the very cold girl with green glasses, if'in ya wanted to add me as a contact.
posted by fontophilic at 9:47 PM on March 14, 2009

my piece of paper says that we were me, dw, Devils Rancher, fontophilic, malthas, Pants!, katemonster, adamrice, philosophistry, jubos (sp?), fnord, woodway, ormondsacker, mattbucher and epersonae. My apologies if I missed anyone. So nice to have pie on Pi Day with geeks. I have finally warmed up.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:13 PM on March 14, 2009

I had fun. Who didn't sign the paper that was there? Come on...
posted by Pants! at 11:03 PM on March 14, 2009

Had a great time, despite the cold. Sat next to DW for a while, who caused me to realize I'm just not an expert at anything (through no fault of his own -- it was just an epiphany) and fontophilic & malthas, who semed to forbear my diatribes quite politely. Jessamyn is every bit as fun, outgoing and energetic as she comes off being in the Podcasts. Meeting you all was a delight.

What was with the cold-coffee-waitress, though? Sheesh.
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:31 AM on March 15, 2009

for those who came along to Katz's, here's the answer to how the f--- you fry butter.

and I had a a fantastic time, despite freezing out on the patio. great to meet/re-meet people! (I had a mefi dream this morning, too: jessamyn & pb were trying to explain that my living room wasn't properly set up as an office, and in particular they really wanted me to put up some corkboard.)
posted by epersonae at 6:49 AM on March 15, 2009

Sorry, all, about the unheated patio and rather abysmal service. I have a different definition of "we'll be ready for you!" than what turned out to be the reality. Had a great time all the same, and I'm looking forward to the next one... at a different venue.
posted by woodway at 7:11 AM on March 15, 2009

I'm just not an expert at anything

At the very least, you're an expert at taking cold coffee and bad service with grace and aplomb. Oh yeah, and you seem to be an expert on printing!

I have a different definition of "we'll be ready for you!" than what turned out to be the reality.

Yeah, I'm not totally sure how "we'll be ready for you!" turned out to be "um haha there are so many people I get confused easily omglol!" on an unheated patio. I had a lot of fun, as I've always had at meetups, but definitely a different venue next time.

Great to see you all and to meet all the people in town for SXSW! Good luck on your panels jessamyn and dw and anyone else I might not have talked to who's on one.
posted by malthas at 11:51 AM on March 15, 2009

The patio part may have been my fault partially. The bar was noisy and sort of crowded and where I'm from 50 isn't that cold so "hey let's move outside" seemed like a sensible plan. And it was for a few hours, but not for a few more hours after that. Katz's was an inspired choice.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:02 PM on March 15, 2009

For those who were partaking of the restaurant conversation, it appears that Malaga is still open but moved to a new larger location on 2d St., and Artz has reopened after a brief closure. My fears have been allayed.
posted by katemonster at 1:52 PM on March 15, 2009

I was there but not on the piece of paper. So much for going incognito. Nice to meet you all. The service was so minimal, I didn't realize there was wait service. But at least there were fried pickles later on, so by my calculations, we wound up ahead.
posted by *s at 7:30 AM on March 16, 2009

I missed but I'm sick, so I hope you at least appreciate that I didn't spread germs all over you guys. Sorry about that and I'll see you next time!
posted by immlass at 9:21 AM on March 17, 2009

Sat next to DW for a while, who caused me to realize I'm just not an expert at anything

Oh please. This from a guy who went on for quite a while about screenprinting T-shirts, something I know next to nothing about.

Also, thank you to ormondsacker for the pecan toffee, blackberry sage jam, and jerky, all from our shared home state of Oklahoma.

My talk went well. No idea how jessamyn's went, since I was pretty tipsy at the Fray and forgot to ask, then totally spaced on her continual "I'm not doing anything, just let me know if you wanna do lunch" requests.
posted by dw at 7:45 PM on March 18, 2009

. This from a guy who went on for quite a while about screenprinting T-shirts,

Okay, so maybe I'm expert at sounding like I'm expert at something :-)
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:55 PM on March 18, 2009

oh yes, the toffee! my poor TMJ-addled jaw wasn't up to actually chewing it, but it was tasty anyhow. thanks, ormondsacker!
posted by epersonae at 4:18 PM on March 20, 2009

Ain't whatcha call a champeen gabber, but I knows toffee.
(And thanks for the beer, dw.)
posted by ormondsacker at 9:28 AM on March 21, 2009

Here's some pics. I didn't get everyone's names, so if you add notes, I'll straighten out the "unidentified mefites" part.
posted by Devils Rancher at 11:40 AM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]

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