¿Crisis? ¿Cuál crisis? March 18, 2009 10:58 AM   Subscribe

¡Mexico City meet-up! The non-existent Mexico City chapter of the non-existent Cabal will not have a meet-up on or near April 12. Please respond accordingly.
posted by Cobalt to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:58 AM (50 comments total)

I'm there!
posted by clearlydemon at 11:40 AM on March 18, 2009

I'll be around then and would love to get together, assuming the date/time mesh with my work schedule.
posted by donpedro at 12:00 PM on March 18, 2009

I will not be there.... or won't I?
posted by blue_beetle at 12:42 PM on March 18, 2009

That's Easter Sunday, which doesn't bother me but thought I'd throw it out there. I'm on call with work that weekend but should be able to make it if nobody minds incessant Blackberry checking.
posted by phantroll at 4:08 PM on March 18, 2009

You're absolutely right. Awful date. Should we shoot for Friday, 17 April 2009?
posted by Cobalt at 4:39 PM on March 18, 2009

Hi!!!!!!! I was so excited when I got my mefi mail invitation... and I ran straight to this thread, only to be let down... I just bought my tickets this morning to go back to the states for a week, so I definitely can't on the 12th.

However, the 14th I'll be back in town, so Friday the 17th would be great... !!!
posted by Locochona at 4:53 PM on March 18, 2009

Friday 17th is ok for me.
posted by clearlydemon at 5:11 PM on March 18, 2009

Yep, 4/17 works for me too.
posted by phantroll at 7:58 PM on March 18, 2009

Haha, love the crisis title. I feel honored by the invitation, but as last time, I can't make it. I'll be in Chicago during all of Semana Santa (visiting a friend) and that'll probably use up all of my traveling budget for the rest of the year. Malditos dólares caros!
posted by CrazyLemonade at 10:53 PM on March 18, 2009

Hey, are you all in Mexico City? Anyone else from anywhere else? I'm in Monterrey, by the way.
posted by CrazyLemonade at 10:54 PM on March 18, 2009

¡Mexico City

Ghugle help me, I thought that was an Apple product at first.

Damn you, Jobs. Damn your craven heart to hell.
posted by eriko at 4:02 AM on March 19, 2009 [1 favorite]

I really miss Mexico City. One of the great cities of the world, in my opinion. I probably wont be back until December but I'll be sure to organize a meetup when I'm there.

No wish to derail but...does anyone know why Kong in Colonia Roma is closing? That was unfortunate to hear about.
posted by vacapinta at 7:13 AM on March 19, 2009

> Anyone else from anywhere else?

I'm in Xalapa. But I can't make it to this meetup, I'll be in India most of April. Next one, ojala.
posted by dhruva at 9:23 AM on March 19, 2009

It looks like I'll be working the night of the 17th, but could stop by after 11 if it's still going on. Believe I'm free entirely on Saturday. But I forgot to photocopy my schedule yesterday, so I'm kinda flying blind right now. I'll tie a piece of yarn around my pinkie to remind myself to check later.
posted by donpedro at 9:56 AM on March 19, 2009

donpedro is the mastermind behind the meet-up, so I would very much like to make sure he can attend. How firm is that work schedule?
posted by Cobalt at 5:39 PM on March 19, 2009

Yeah, I'm working the night of April 17. But if that's the best day for everyone else, I could stop by after 11 -- I'm sure folks will still be around. The following day, Saturday April 18, I'm 100 percent free.
posted by donpedro at 9:52 PM on March 19, 2009

I could definitely do Saturday lunch or Saturday afternoon. Anyone?
posted by Cobalt at 8:46 AM on March 20, 2009

Well, I thought night might be more fun, but either Friday night or Saturday afternoon is fine with me.
posted by Locochona at 6:18 PM on March 20, 2009

I'm not sure if I left a mistaken impression -- that Saturday night is absolutely top-drawer for me.
posted by donpedro at 11:59 PM on March 20, 2009

I'll go, I missed the last one. Roma/Condesa area would be great, but whereever, really.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 1:45 PM on March 21, 2009

I think 70% of chilango Mefites live near Roma/Condesa. Saturday afternoon is ok for me too.
posted by clearlydemon at 5:00 PM on March 23, 2009

So, is it on 4/12 or 4/17?
posted by omegar at 10:03 AM on March 27, 2009

or 4/17 or 4/18?
posted by Locochona at 7:37 PM on March 27, 2009

I'm thinking the 18th, Saturday night. Condesa seems the obvious choice.
posted by Cobalt at 11:54 AM on April 1, 2009

I've been largely unplugged lately. Personally, I think you should sidebar this bad boy to get it back on the front page of the gray, and then we can get to arguing about where to meet. Assuming good weather ... me, I'm partial to outdoors.
posted by donpedro at 5:39 PM on April 2, 2009

Hi everyone. Can we move this to next Friday? I'm in the hospital and will not in shape to go out this week, at all.
posted by Cobalt at 8:18 AM on April 15, 2009

i wasn´t aware that it was even a done deal. i agree with donpedro, the meetup should be made official.

but yeah, next friday is fine.

i hope you are well and whatever you are in the hospital for isn't too serious.
posted by Locochona at 9:09 AM on April 15, 2009

I won't be able to make it next Friday, sorry!

Cobalt, get well soon.
posted by clearlydemon at 5:33 PM on April 15, 2009

Sorry to hear you've been in the hospital, jefe. Hope it's not too serious and you'll be up and at 'em soon. Clearlydemon, could you make Saturday?

Me, I can make any of those dates. Working early morning shifts, which means only that I can't stay too late. Or, rather, I shouldn't stay too late but might anyway and just suffer the consequences.
posted by donpedro at 11:28 PM on April 15, 2009

Saturday is fine, it would be super chido if we could switch it to that day, but if not, no problem.
posted by clearlydemon at 1:14 PM on April 16, 2009

Sorry, everyone. I'm afraid I'm still not up for going out.

This meetup attempt seems to be veering off the tracks quite badly, with date changes, Semana Santa and now me ill. Is everyone free for Friday, 08 May? I'd suggest next Friday, but the long week-end will probably play havoc with our plans again.
posted by Cobalt at 1:28 PM on April 21, 2009

I'm sorry to hear that, hope you feel better soon!
May 8th is fine for me.

If we add this thread to the sidebar, is it possible to change its date later?
posted by clearlydemon at 2:47 PM on April 21, 2009

I can show up after 11 p.m. on the 8th. Or anytime Saturday, not scheduled to work at all. So, either one.
posted by donpedro at 4:06 PM on April 21, 2009

I agree with having it the weekend after the puente, May 8th is fine for me, too.
posted by Locochona at 5:22 PM on April 21, 2009

posted by Cobalt at 9:23 PM on April 21, 2009

Well done. Now pick a place, homeboy! I hope to see you folks after I leave work at 11.
posted by donpedro at 1:46 PM on April 22, 2009

8th is fine with me too.

posted by omegar at 8:01 PM on April 22, 2009

Well, things certainly got interesting around these parts. Cobalt, you don't have the pig bug, do you?
posted by donpedro at 4:11 PM on April 25, 2009

Well...i don't think so!

Actually, what I had was High Altitude Pulmonary Edema. Really not fun at all. I went camping, as I do every year, at ~3000 metres above sea level and for some unknown reason, I got HAPE this time. I did have a terrible cold before I left, but the doctor says that w ould not cause the edema all by itself.

I was in the hospital for five days, tied to an oxygen mask around the clock, and confined to my bed at home for five more. They gave me quite the cocktail: antibiotics, cortisone (which I'm still on), antiacids, diuretics, etc. The ER people say that I was in very bad shape when I stumbled in, with purple fingers and lips, and with oxygen saturation at 73%, which is, apparently, "very fucking low".

I'm fine now, but the pig bug symptoms do sound eerily familiar...the only thing I never had was a fever. At least, not while in the hospital.

I can't help wondering if I had this thing, or something similar, and that caused the HAPE. Even before the outbreak I was scouring the literature on edema to find an answer. It just didn't make sense...I mean, I live in Polanco now, but I lived the previous 25 years above 2700 and 2900 metres. If I had a genetic predisposition, it would have shown up ages ago.

I guess I'll never know for sure, but the coincidence seems a bit much.

About this meet-up, the Universe is clearly conspiring against us. Shall we suspend plans until the flu settles down?
posted by Cobalt at 8:53 PM on April 26, 2009

no no, come to xalapa :) We have no pigs here.
posted by dhruva at 9:59 AM on April 27, 2009

dhruva, do you really want our virii in Xalapa?

Damn Cobalt, it sounds serious, I'm glad you are ok. I agree, we should suspend our plans until this thing settles down, we wouldn't want you to get sick again!
posted by clearlydemon at 11:04 AM on April 27, 2009

Yeah man, glad you're OK. It's probably best to call off the meetup for now. Hopefully this'll all pass quickly. Are you guys holding up OK? I just got back from Superama (packed) and people appear to be stockpiling stuff: Bleach, tortillas, bread, canned tuna. (Interestingly the water-packed tuna is almost completely sold out, while oil-packed is plentiful. It's my preference too, but I didn't know most people shared it.)

Two friends of mine have had their bar closed entirely and their restaurant ordered to shut its doors by 6 p.m. daily through May 4. I can't find a pharmacy where they're not sold out of surgical masks. A lot of people on the street just look ... scared. Who knows what will happen if they shut down the metro.

And then the freakin' quake -- as if we didn't have enough to deal with?
posted by donpedro at 6:36 PM on April 27, 2009

I'd love to hear your experiences. (And personally I'd rather do it here, rather than the thread on the blue which has some good stuff admittedly -- but also plenty of annoying windbags and petty name-calling that's really off-putting to someone who's living this madness.)
posted by donpedro at 6:40 PM on April 27, 2009

(And by "your" experiences, I mean a general call for MexFis to weigh in. OK, I'll shut up now.)
posted by donpedro at 6:41 PM on April 27, 2009

Hey guys, I've been away. Glad I didn't miss the meetup!

Sounds brutal Cobalt, glad you pulled through.

Yeah, honestly, the quake freaked me out more than the flu scare. It's a bit unsettling when your coffee begins to splash out of its cup for no apparent reason.

Laying low, taking vitamins, fortunately working from home these days, also unable to find a mouth cover as well. I spent saturday visiting every farmacia between Roma and Polanco and they were all sold out. And I can't seem to stop at a traffic light where the army is handing out the masks.

There was also a shootout in front of my building a few weeks ago!

These are certainly interesting times in the D.F.

Well, let's wait out this latest drama and hopefully one day soon toast to our impeccable survival skills.
posted by lovejones at 9:02 PM on April 27, 2009

I'm bummed about the cancellation of the meetup, but well, this flu thing is so inconvenient on so many levels.

I'm a school teacher, so I've been off work since Friday and I won't go back until Wednesday the 6th. I have an optional meeting at school tomorrow

I live downtown, and here things are pretty quiet. I went to the ISSTE supermarket, and it was pretty relaxed. There are a lot less people on the streets, and only about half of them have masks on. I don't know where you could get more masks, they are all sold out, it seems.

I've heard everything at this point - conspiracy theories, people saying this is a cover-up for something else (what???) and all kinds of other weird things. I have some friends who STILL insist that this is all BS and that its just an exaggeration, I only shrug (virtually) and tell them I hope they´re right.

I'm not sick, although I have caught myself over the course of the past few days and thought "I have a headache. Omigod, does that mean... ??? " or "Hmm ... I woke up a little congested.. do I have it...???

But I'm pretty sure I'm fine. Also, I wasn't into Twitter before, but I am ALL OVER THAT SH#T now. I find it fascinating the part that technology plays in the sharing of this kind of situation, and how this kind of situation encourages technology.
posted by Locochona at 9:07 PM on April 27, 2009

Crazy shootout, lovejones. Venezuelan woman and Cuban man? About six months ago a lawyer was ambushed and shot dead about two blocks from my house and some people were a little freaked out. Interesting times, indeed.

Though the quake was more amusing to me than anything, having grown up in quakeland north. It did mean a sudden flurry of work activity of course -- on top of the 1 million things I was already juggling.

I've heard the conspiracy theories too. That it's a ploy that has to do with the July elections. That the government is trying to distract from rising prices for some consumer goods. Even that the narcos have hired themselves a bio-terrorist and this is the result since they failed to raise a big stir when they downed the plane last November. Yikes.

I also get the OHMYGOD ASNEEZE AMIDYING?@@!!!!!! moments. They usually pass pretty quickly.

Cuídense mucho, muchachos.
posted by donpedro at 9:51 PM on April 27, 2009

I also get the OHMYGOD ASNEEZE AMIDYING?@@!!!!!! moments

Yesterday at work, I started feeling really dizzy and I thought, "fuuuuck, I've got the flu". Then I realized it was a quake.

I live near the museum zone in Chapultepec and it was surreal to see it almost empty this past Sunday. Nobody crossing Reforma a la kamikaze, no street vendors. But there was a Turibús packed with tourists on its second deck, most of them using masks.

A doctor in the family gave us a pack of facemasks, much better than the regular blue ones, and a friend gave us a gas mask like this one. I don't know if I'll use it.

I'm also using Twitter a lot. It was super fun yesterday, but it made me a bit paranoid too.
posted by clearlydemon at 11:51 AM on April 28, 2009

I hereby declare this meet-up attempt FAILED!

Please re-direct your enthusiasm and interest in getting together to this thread, where we will be discussing Metafilter's 10th Anniversary Party in Mexico City.

The King is Dead!
Long Live the King!
posted by Cobalt at 7:02 PM on May 10, 2009

I was just in MakeSicko City last weekend...didn't come across this thread until just now!
posted by randomstriker at 10:06 PM on May 14, 2009

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