I can has awesome New Orleans party? April 14, 2009 10:46 AM   Subscribe

Official 10th Anniversary New Orleans Meetup thread in 3...2...1...Go!

If you missed the last podcast (shame on you!), the worldwide MeFi 10th Anniversary will be held simultaneously in multiple cities across the world the weekend of July 17th-19th.

The mods are going to set up an "anniversary" subdomain at some point in the future, but Cortex gave us the go-ahead to start a New Orleans thread since (hopefully) a lot of people want to come to the Crescent City for this, and we want people to have time to plan ahead.

This should also give me and ColdChef an idea of how many people are coming so we can plan accordingly.
posted by radioamy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:46 AM (108 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

*goes*
posted by Eideteker at 10:48 AM on April 14, 2009


Ooh, I will put this on my calendar. I'm not sure what my finances are going to look like at that point, but who knows? I've always wanted to go to New Orleans.
posted by sperose at 10:58 AM on April 14, 2009


I love New Orleans in the summer. There's something beautiful and liberating about being so hot, muggy and sweatsoaked that there's no damn point in even thinking about trying to stay clean and unsweaty. On the other hand, the smell of Bourbon Street on a Sunday morning before they clean up from Saturday night will punch you in the face with the force of ten thousand angry vomit cannons. On the third hand, fuck Bourbon street anyway-- why would you go there when there are so many much better places in New Orleans?
posted by dersins at 11:04 AM on April 14, 2009


On the fourth hand, I won't be able to attend this for financial reasons, so I'm glad there's a plan for a distributed party...
posted by dersins at 11:07 AM on April 14, 2009


Anyone who wants to sponsor me and my girlfriend in order for us to be able to afford a trip to NO is welcome to pipe up. Otherwise, we're gonna have to do it in the other LA.
posted by klangklangston at 11:32 AM on April 14, 2009


I really really want to go to the New Orleans anniversary meetup. But I think it's unlikely. But it's so ALMOST likely, you know? Not so unlikely that I've stopped turing it over in my mind, trying to figure out how to make it work.

An 8 hour drive, followed by the meetup, followed by me coming-to in the backseat of my rental car in the parking lot of a Tiger Mart in the bleary half-light of a sweltering Sunday morning, followed by me driving the 8 hours home, into the sun, with a crippling hangover.
posted by dirtdirt at 11:42 AM on April 14, 2009


Nice. I'm coming back to town right before then. Let me know how I can help.
posted by umbú at 11:43 AM on April 14, 2009


oh, i'll be here. sigh.
posted by liketitanic at 11:45 AM on April 14, 2009


Holy shit.

Train available from Memphis? Check.
Summer vacation? Check.
Absalom's Attendance? Check.

(I still owe ColdChef an in person apology and a bucket of Gus' chicken!)
posted by absalom at 12:10 PM on April 14, 2009


Pretty sure I'll be there, since I live here.
posted by Night_owl at 12:13 PM on April 14, 2009


I'm interested but I may not know if I can for a while.

Where's Miguel? You still going?
posted by loquacious at 12:13 PM on April 14, 2009


I'm up for hosting a meet-up in Mid-MO, Columbia is a really nice place (especially with all the students gone and no sporting events.) Centrally located, cheap lodgings, food, drinks. What more could you want?

Oh right, history...well shucks.
posted by schyler523 at 12:33 PM on April 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


Count me in but don't count on me. Um...does that make sense? It is just the date is so far away...
posted by govtdrone at 12:42 PM on April 14, 2009


I wonder if there could be some functionality to the subsites so that organizers can keep track of attendees, i.e. a sidebar with "attending," "maybe," and "probably not." It can be torture reading through the meetup threads to figure out who's coming and who's not. It's not like there's going to be place settings, but I'm sure numbers are helpful to have, and it's nice to know if person-you-always-wanted-to-meet is going to be there.
posted by desjardins at 12:45 PM on April 14, 2009


I'm going to say 85%.

Hotels are also way cheap in July.
posted by CunningLinguist at 1:02 PM on April 14, 2009


i can't actually sponsor anyone's trip sorry klang2ston, but i've got floor space at my place for the feline tolerant. depending on the timeframe for the renovation of the other half of my house, i might have floor space aplenty. i should know more about the availability of that half in the next few weeks. it ain't the ritz, but it's a decent alternative to paying for a hotel. WATCH THIS SPACE
posted by msconduct at 1:08 PM on April 14, 2009


Calendar marked!
posted by honeydew at 1:23 PM on April 14, 2009


I love my Philadelphians so much, it would be hard to be away from them on the anniversary. But I love New Orleans and haven't been back post-K because I've been chickenshit.

So, uh, maybe? And if I can convince the rest of the Philadelphians to jump ship and come with me, then definitely!
posted by desuetude at 1:44 PM on April 14, 2009


I wonder if there could be some functionality to the subsites so that organizers can keep track of attendees, i.e. a sidebar with "attending," "maybe," and "probably not."

I'd recommend one big google spreadsheet, with either (a) 1 sheet per city, and multiple columns on that sheet, or (b) 1 document per city, with separate sheets for yes/no/maybe.
posted by inigo2 at 1:52 PM on April 14, 2009


Man, yet another NO meetup that I'll miss out on because it's scheduled a couple of days after Tales of the Cocktail.
posted by kkokkodalk at 2:17 PM on April 14, 2009


I'm planning on going, but I won't know for sure for at least another month. So count me in, sorta kinda. klangklangston, if I had the money I'd spot you for sure.
posted by nola at 2:42 PM on April 14, 2009


I would definitely like to go.
posted by subbes at 2:54 PM on April 14, 2009


One week earlier and the whole family is away and I am free to do as I like. That weekend, not so much. Argh.
posted by GuyZero at 3:09 PM on April 14, 2009


I'll be here and I'm definitely down.

I'd offer crash space but I think I'm moving between now and then and, well, you know how it is. I should know closer to the actual date.

Do you think we'll coordinate special activities or will we just drink ourselves into oblivion?
posted by djeo at 4:05 PM on April 14, 2009


I'm thinking strongly about NOLA but I'd need/want a me+1 place to stay. Must have wifi. Possible?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 4:20 PM on April 14, 2009


I wonder if there could be some functionality to the subsites so that organizers can keep track of attendees, i.e. a sidebar with "attending," "maybe," and "probably not."

Heh. Like Facebook.

...new subsite?

FaceMe
You in or you out?
posted by niles at 4:21 PM on April 14, 2009


I've always wanted to see NO, the heat, not so much. Seriously, how bad is it? I know I am a total wimp but I need ac in summer.
posted by saucysault at 4:29 PM on April 14, 2009


It's worse than you can imiagine, saucysault. Seriously--you think you've been hot before, but you're wrong.
posted by MrMoonPie at 4:57 PM on April 14, 2009


Here's last year's weather, with charts and graphs galore.

Temperature : . . Actual: . Average: . Record :
Mean Temperature . 85 °F . . 83 °F
Max Temperature. . 94 °F . . 91 °F . . 97 °F (2000)
Min Temperature. . 75 °F . . 74 °F . . 62 °F (1967)

Moisture:
Dew Point 70 °F
Average Humidity 70
Maximum Humidity 91
Minimum Humidity 49

posted by filthy light thief at 5:00 PM on April 14, 2009


With that in mind, may I propose a very merry un-anniversary to MetaFilter in October? Perhaps October 10th and 11th, and the 12th for those who have a Columbus Day holiday. We could recall the days when MetaFilter was just Matt and Matt (mathowie and tdecius), talking to themselves about Yahoo boxers and typo URLs.
posted by filthy light thief at 5:07 PM on April 14, 2009


october *is* still hurricane season, you know .... then again, so is july.

let 'er blow!
posted by msconduct at 5:09 PM on April 14, 2009


I HATE the heat, and humidity even worse. But I was NO twice last summer and was surprised at how bearable it was. This may have been due to the fact that I spent most of the time with a cool drink in my hand inside dark bars, though, emerging only to move on to another dark bar. YMMV.
posted by CunningLinguist at 5:10 PM on April 14, 2009


Huh. Maybe I'm weird, but I didn't think the heat and humidity were that bad. Certainly no worse than NYC or MO during the summer. I guess the main difference is that in those other places, it usually cools off at night, and it didn't really seem to do that in NOLA. Still, it's summer; it's supposed to be hot! Unless you're from the cold cold north, you have no excuse :)

Having said that, my attendance is a strong possibility. And if Navelgazer can make it, you can go ahead and count me in as a "yes."
posted by Afroblanco at 5:14 PM on April 14, 2009


Nawlins.

In July.




All right, but only if Migs shows up.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 5:18 PM on April 14, 2009


New Orleans is hot in the summer, but a few icy cocktails and you'll never notice. Seriously, if heat is the only thing keeping you away, saucysault, I promise to personally fan you with banana leaves from the moment you deplane until the moment you abandon all your clothes as you dance in the misty light of the sleepy city.

I'm in. New Orleans 2009 is going to be epic. Big ups to radioamy for organizing this.
posted by ColdChef at 5:20 PM on April 14, 2009


Having said that, my attendance is a strong possibility. And if Navelgazer can make it, you can go ahead and count me in as a "yes."

Say "Prada!"
posted by ColdChef at 5:22 PM on April 14, 2009 [2 favorites]


All right, but only if Migs shows up.

If you come, I promise to smoke cigars all weekend, speak with an OUT-REAGOUSLY afflicted accent and I'll even let you throw martinis in my face everytime I offer support for the Bush regime.
posted by ColdChef at 5:24 PM on April 14, 2009


Since I'm from FL, I'm hoping not to melt. Still have to work out if my husband's going to attend or stay home looking after the Guitar Hero...
posted by subbes at 5:30 PM on April 14, 2009


Say "Prada!"

Hah! That drag queen was the best!

What a great night. And Mimi's is a great bar! Now, whenever I think of the Night of Joy bar (from Confederacy of Dunces), I always picture Mimi's in my mind. I could totally see them keeping a stack of cheesecake pictures in a secret compartment behind the bar.
posted by Afroblanco at 5:33 PM on April 14, 2009


I think it would be a totally awesome idea if some of the locals could make lodging suggestions, especially the "don't stay at that hotel NO MATTER HOW GOOD A DEAL PRICELINE OFFERS" variety.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 5:37 PM on April 14, 2009


Here's last year's weather, with charts and graphs galore.

Those numbers aren't much worse than typical North Carolina numbers for July (I had to move the date a bit; we were in a drought last year). Bottom line: if you live in the South, you've probably experienced at least a few weeks of New Orleans-like summer humidity.
posted by mediareport at 5:47 PM on April 14, 2009


if you live in the South, you've probably experienced at least a few weeks of New Orleans-like summer humidity.

Born and raised in Florida, and I've never felt heat/humidity like I have in New Orleans. That doesn't mean that a particular day is going to be that bad, and I'd never let it keep me from New Orleans. Then again, not much can.
posted by justgary at 5:59 PM on April 14, 2009


I wonder if there could be some functionality to the subsites so that organizers can keep track of attendees, i.e. a sidebar with "attending," "maybe," and "probably not."

I'd recommend one big google spreadsheet, with either (a) 1 sheet per city, and multiple columns on that sheet, or (b) 1 document per city, with separate sheets for yes/no/maybe.


This is why god invented wikis. Fyi.
posted by dersins at 6:13 PM on April 14, 2009


Okay I won't lie, it's fucking hot here. But *everything* is air conditioned. Even bars that have outside parts have covered patios with huge ceiling fans.

The only hotel I've ever stayed in here is the InterContinental (with my dad, so I have no idea about rates). It's a great hotel.

Any hotel in the CBD, French Quarter, or Garden District is going to be fine. Proximity to the streetcar is nice, but cabs are abundant. Just don't get suckered into staying in a hotel in the suburbs that says "10 minutes to downtown New Orleans."

If you're uncertain about how AWESOME meetups here are, check out ColdChef's pix from Mardi Gras or last summer. And yes, we did have a tranny take our picture and instead of cheese she instructed "Say Prada!"

ColdChef and I are kinda waiting until we know numbers to really look at specifics. There will definitely be a big thing either Friday or Saturday night. Then perhaps we can organize some "field trips" for the daytime. Insectarium, anyone?
posted by radioamy at 6:50 PM on April 14, 2009


Meetup + Insectarium + New Orleans + MetaFilter?? Oh, my, god WANT. (I've never been to the South, either!)

These insects you have in new orleans... are they crunchy?

posted by not_on_display at 7:04 PM on April 14, 2009


Thanks for the mefimail heads-up, radioamy. It's a ways off, but I don't see why I couldn't join in.

(heat is why god invented sno-balls, cold beers, and porch fans)
posted by gordie at 7:15 PM on April 14, 2009


Yay! I'll be there! Or rather, here.
posted by artychoke at 7:18 PM on April 14, 2009


I am scratching lottery tickets as fast as I can. These things don't grow on trees, you know!
posted by yhbc at 7:30 PM on April 14, 2009


Will be looking for guesthouse recs in the Marigny, preferably cheap and charming.
posted by desuetude at 7:38 PM on April 14, 2009


Born and raised in Florida, and I've never felt heat/humidity like I have in New Orleans.

I've spent lots of time visiting Florida and worked in a Boca lumber yard one summer, and the humidity there has never even come close to what we get every year in NC. Besides, everyone knows Florida's not the South. :P

Again, I'm sure NO's July humidity is bad, and probably worse than what most Southerners are used to, but almost certainly not by that much. Just doing my part to encourage folks to prepare themselves, brave the weather and go. Myself included!
posted by mediareport at 8:02 PM on April 14, 2009


Okay, I'm in, but although I am not from the cold north I AM Canadian so yeah, I need the AC (and the bananaleaf fan). I think I'll drive down from Toronto though, I always enjoy I-95.
posted by saucysault at 8:25 PM on April 14, 2009


This sounds awesome and I am going to try and be there.
posted by cabingirl at 8:27 PM on April 14, 2009


NO is fully the opposite side of the country from me, and I'll have a new baby to boot. But I'm like 70%. I have some drinks to buy.

No, I would never give my baby the boot.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:27 PM on April 14, 2009


Hmm...I think I'm going to be in DC for July 4th and 14th. Maybe I can make it down south for the 17th. Anyone wanna carpool?
posted by jacalata at 9:51 PM on April 14, 2009


Wife and I will come, most likely.
posted by y6y6y6 at 12:09 AM on April 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


Okay, so, when interviewing for my summer internship, I mentioned that this might be a possible commitment, and the boss said it was okay, so that's cool (yes, I got the job) but my finances are pretty scant.

But I was in nola for the epic (if small) 9th Anniversary precursor to all of this, so I really, really want to be there for the Big Event. I can handle airfare on my own, but if anyone can put me (and hopefully my girlfriend, we're both very small and compact) up for the weekend, just memail me and we're absolutely there.

This is getting exciting...
posted by Navelgazer at 12:38 AM on April 15, 2009


what's the site policy on ... for lack of a better word, underwriting/sponsorship? like if i were to approach someone at a hotel in the quarter to see about group rates/discounts? on a smaller scale, i've had some luck with oliver house with room discounts & everyone i've referred there seems to like it. this would almost certainly hinge on some sort of head count--i doubt that any place would give any real deal to 'groups' of less than 10. but if there are enough people ... who knows? also, it would probably work better if i could toss out that it's for the mighty metafilter world-wide community weblog, etc etc etc. could probably also extend to things like the zoo/aquarium/insectarium if people are in to that sort of thing. and i know group discounts apply to swamp tours.
posted by msconduct at 3:36 AM on April 15, 2009


Oh and thanks for the temp filthy light feet but I only know celsius so when I went to the temp conversion chart I got my columns messed up and looked up 91 C and it was 195.8 F and I was all like fuck, man, those New Orleaners(sp?) are HARDCORE. Yeah, I need to get myself a tea. (But 33 C is pretty painful to me - can I sleep in the cold storage room at your work ColdChef?) THere is still some snow around here so I maybe I will pack up a cooler with it to bring down.
posted by saucysault at 4:51 AM on April 15, 2009


If we are making a subsite of attendees, would it be possible to post car pooling possibilities? I'm not sure if I can go or not but I'd love to road trip from Atlanta if possible. Several full cars together, caravan style would be fun.

I know nothing about subsite/wiki stuff. Just a suggestion.
posted by pearlybob at 5:29 AM on April 15, 2009


like if i were to approach someone at a hotel in the quarter to see about group rates/discounts?

I certainly don't think that anyone would have a problem with that.

(But 33 C is pretty painful to me - can I sleep in the cold storage room at your work ColdChef?)

I don't have cold storage, but I could arrange to have you embalmed.

I know nothing about subsite/wiki stuff. Just a suggestion.

According to the podcast, the 10 Year Meetup Subsite should have this kind of capability.
posted by ColdChef at 6:08 AM on April 15, 2009


like if i were to approach someone at a hotel in the quarter to see about group rates/discounts?

I will write you a note on official letterhead, if it matters.

I know pb/mathowie are working on a subsite where all this info goes, perhaps we can get an ETA from when we're likely to see it.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:45 AM on April 15, 2009


I'd seriously aim to attend and represent central Mississippi.

Heat? What summer heat?
posted by fijiwriter at 6:54 AM on April 15, 2009


Ok, looks like I'm really going to do this. Yaaaay!
posted by Afroblanco at 7:04 AM on April 15, 2009


wow. metafilter has official letterhead? who'a thunk it?
posted by msconduct at 7:13 AM on April 15, 2009


Count me in. 90% sure - I grew up in Charleston; New Orleans can't possibly be worse than there or Baltimore in the summer. However, alas, I am very poor. Therefore I am also very very open to carpooling/motel room sharing/any & all money saving plans known to natives and/or others.
posted by mygothlaundry at 7:24 AM on April 15, 2009


radioamy: Any hotel in the CBD, French Quarter, or Garden District is going to be fine.

With the possible exception of this one. All signs point to staying the hell away from the Canal Street Hotel.

The Roosevelt is supposed to be open for business this June if you're interested in historic ostentation. It's going to be pricy but it's reopening is a big deal this summer so I thought I'd mention it.

I stayed at the International House my first trip to New Orleans, before I moved here, and I definitely enjoyed it. It's also expensive but I'd stay there again in a heartbeat if I had the money.

I've never stayed at the Royal Street Inn but I drink at the R Bar all the time and I hear the rooms are nice. It's a place I'd like to spend a hometown holiday.

The Intercontinental and La Quinta are both supposed to have decent rates, according to travelocity, for our weekend. I've known people who have stayed at each place and they were pleased.
posted by djeo at 7:31 AM on April 15, 2009


I will write you a note on official letterhead, if it matters.

Ooooh! Can I use that to miss a day of school if it's really nice out, and I don't want to go?
posted by fijiwriter at 7:32 AM on April 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


FYI, the W on Poydras quotes $112 a night for that weekend, which is an amazing rate for a W.
posted by CunningLinguist at 7:48 AM on April 15, 2009


Skip the Ambassador on Tchoupitoulas. They lost my baby blanket.
posted by liketitanic at 8:02 AM on April 15, 2009


Oh yeah I remembered I have stayed at one other place, with my mom. The Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast. Really cute B&B, nice owners, great location.
posted by radioamy at 8:06 AM on April 15, 2009


I would love to attend, New Orleans being one of my favorite places in the whole US of A (despite the wretched tropical heat and humidity). Finances are the big question for me, though - gotta see about that part. Sigh ...
posted by Quietgal at 8:40 AM on April 15, 2009


We're working on the subsite right now, but there will be attending/maybe headcount designations for sure. You can start local threads for each city, so there can be a carpools thread and a hotel thread, etc.

only if Migs shows up

I offered to pay for his flight to the US and he said he was too busy this summer to make it.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:43 AM on April 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


These insects you have in new orleans... are they crunchy?

You can find out, if you want. There is a gift shop that sells teh edibles.

The boyfriend is going to need some convincing that I'm not going to get murdered or solicited.... this is gonna be awesome.
posted by Night_owl at 10:06 AM on April 15, 2009


I can be there, probably. I've been here for years and haven't been murdered. I swear I haven't hijacked raysmj's user name.

Meanwhile, C-Murder denounced violence in a press conference held yesterday on the stoop of his residence in Kenner, where he's under house arrest. He has a plan to save the city, via house arrest in Kenner. So it'll all be worked out by the time you get here.
posted by raysmj at 10:43 AM on April 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


You do get a breeze, by the way. For a couple of years of my residence here (I came here post-K, had family the area before, for background purposes) , the temps here were lower than in most parts of the Deep South--especially the summer when Atlanta and places like Raleigh-Durham were experiencing droughts. It's not that bad, except in August. August is intolerable.
posted by raysmj at 10:46 AM on April 15, 2009


I offered to pay for his flight to the US and he said he was too busy this summer to make it.

Perhaps he's holding out for a Michael Jordan/Nike style co-branding deal.
posted by found missing at 11:53 AM on April 15, 2009


A one way flight is 36 hours. So that's a no from NL.
posted by jouke at 1:33 PM on April 15, 2009


I'm checking flights. It would be fun to have one hotel as a "headquarters" - adds to the slumberpartyness!
posted by tizzie at 2:10 PM on April 15, 2009


Ooooh! MeFiPillowFi ..ght!
posted by subbes at 6:37 PM on April 15, 2009


Woo tizzie!

I'm a little better than 50/50. Seems like a great way to usher in my 30s.
posted by Ufez Jones at 7:21 PM on April 15, 2009


Oooh, this is tempting. I've never been to New Orleans, and I don't have to work that weekend.
posted by little e at 10:42 PM on April 15, 2009


OK, all set. Committed! Countdown to po' boy begins now!
posted by tizzie at 6:14 AM on April 16, 2009


OK, all set. Committed! Countdown to po' boy begins now!

This is the best news I've heard all week. Anyone else booked their flight yet?
posted by ColdChef at 6:15 AM on April 16, 2009


That's awesome, tizzie. Congrats!

I'll get back to pestering my prospective ride-share partner and continue pinching the proverbial pennies.

As they say, laissez les bon temps poulet!
posted by Ufez Jones at 7:13 AM on April 16, 2009


Poulet? Is stavrosthewonderchicken coming?!
posted by tizzie at 7:33 AM on April 16, 2009


Anyone else booked their flight yet?

We're thinking of taking the train from Chicago. Not booked yet though.
posted by cabingirl at 8:00 AM on April 16, 2009


Damn it, okay. You convinced me to think about driving my ass down there and hang with you crazy lot.
posted by rand at 9:08 AM on April 16, 2009


This is tempting!
posted by halonine at 10:44 AM on April 16, 2009


laissez les bon temps poulet!

Let the good times chicken? Let the good times prostitute? What?
posted by Night_owl at 11:44 AM on April 16, 2009


Well, I'm taking the train down on friday, I expect, I'm just hoping to find a floor to crash on so I don't have to rent a room. I will probably book sometime in may, once I have lodgings sorted out
posted by absalom at 12:04 PM on April 16, 2009


Yeah, that was either a silly joke or my babelfish is on the fritz again, buho de la noche. I'll let you decide which.
posted by Ufez Jones at 12:09 PM on April 16, 2009


Any graphic design peoples out there want to work on the 10th Anniversary New Orleans Meetup Teeshirt or poster? MeMail me (or, you know...email me.)
posted by ColdChef at 2:01 PM on April 16, 2009


[quote]I've spent lots of time visiting Florida and worked in a Boca lumber yard one summer, and the humidity there has never even come close to what we get every year in NC. Besides, everyone knows Florida's not the South. :P[/quote]

Well, I'm on the state line. It's kind of more florabama than florida.

It's just been my experience that New Orleans heat on the worst day is unmatched anywhere I've been. But that's on the worst day. And as already said, AC is everywhere, and heat is part of the experience, and the drinks are cold, and the hotels are cheaper. I definitely don't want it to keep anyone away. I adore new orleans, both seasons of the year.
posted by justgary at 8:23 AM on April 17, 2009


Damn bb code.
posted by justgary at 8:24 AM on April 17, 2009


It's not that bad, except in August. August is intolerable.

True across the region, although I'm happy to cede the championship to New Orleans. This is why I go to Las Vegas in August, where I get to walk around giggling maniacally about how awesome the weather is.

(reading this thread wistfully, and starting to think about the ATL alternative since I just got laid off.)
posted by catlet at 8:42 PM on April 17, 2009


I can make it from the UK but only if some really kind mefite can put me up?
(I can offer cooking and gardening duties in return, Gazpacho in NO anyone?)
posted by Wilder at 6:34 AM on April 18, 2009


wow! this is so exciting...

i'll be there and hopefully i'll have some floor space...

you probably won't get murdered but there is zero chance that you will not be solicited if you spend any amount of time in the upper french quarter.

cool! can't wait to see the website
posted by goneill at 8:22 PM on April 18, 2009


If the big Mig comes, I'm there.

I'll pencil it in and see if others want to make the trek from Atlanta, either via Amtrak or car.
posted by zpousman at 8:21 AM on April 20, 2009


I'm here and hope to participate. Glad to help with organizing, etc. as we get closer.
posted by ajr at 4:38 PM on April 22, 2009


Anybody else want to help out ColdChef during the meetup?
posted by saucysault at 4:40 PM on April 24, 2009


Hah! Thanks, saucysault. That's a very kind and generous offer, but I don't want to take away from anyone's valuable drinking time. If I do decide to make a treehouse in the future, I'll definitely let you know. Thanks again.
posted by ColdChef at 4:45 PM on April 24, 2009


Ok I think I've got everything worked out, so I'll be seeing you fine people in New Orleans. I'm sure that riding a motorcycle from Tennessee to New Orleans can't be that hard right?

I'm gonna need alot of sun block.
posted by nola at 2:50 PM on April 30, 2009


So, this thread is in my favorites and I've had these conversations with my husband in the past couple of weeks. Most go a lot like this.

Me: You know how we never had a real honeymoon after we got married last June?
Him: Mmmhmm.
Me: Well, since a trip to San Fransisco is apparently not in the cards for a variety of reasons, harrumph, how about a trip to New Orleans?
Him: New Orleans? I love New Orleans!
Me: Yeah, well this would be in mid-July.
Him: This has to do with that site I should get around to joining, doesn't it?
Me: Yes, honey, because this one is so much better than Fark, for crying out loud.

So, we're looking into logistics, but really, REALLY want to attend. If there is a package deal for a hotel, please memail me.

I really want to have this conversation with my excellent boss, and I do believe it'll go a lot like this.

Me: So, my husband and I are finally getting a honeymoon, so I need time off.
Boss: Really? What's the plan?
Me: Driving to New Orleans in the middle of July to hang out with the people on that great site I show you pretty often. Especially that undertaker dude. He's so great!
Boss: Errr.... well, ok. (Add confused looks from my great boss and my coworkers here.)
Me: Yes, we ARE that nerdy. Remember how we met on our first day on the job? And remember that great party we threw at the wedding last June when you had a great time? Well, now I want a couple days off to go drink beer and eat oysters with my internet people.
Boss: If you bring me back some oysters somehow, you've got a deal!

I have the best boss ever. But I'm gonna need a connection for oysters to take back, if possible.
posted by lilywing13 at 12:54 AM on May 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


OKAY KIDS TIME TO TAKE THIS TO THE....WHITE?
posted by radioamy at 7:42 AM on May 6, 2009


Just let me know where, and I will do my best to show up with bells on.
posted by mitzyjalapeno at 4:18 PM on June 4, 2009


Also: we have floor space without wifi and with a cat and two children. And it's on the westbank. But you won't be sleeping in the back of a rental car, as dirtdirt suggested. Also, not the Ritz, but you don't have to pay and we think it's fun.

There's also a recording studio with musical instruments of all types, if anyone would like to convince my husband to play around with his stuff. Send me a memail if you want to stay.
posted by mitzyjalapeno at 4:25 PM on June 4, 2009


Mitzyjalapeno, you should repost your generous offer over on the other post that radioamy links to right before your comments. Folks have moved the discussion over there.
posted by umbú at 6:36 AM on June 5, 2009


Thank you umbú, I obviously skimmed over the entire thread to get my two cents in.
posted by mitzyjalapeno at 11:09 AM on June 14, 2009


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