Seattle Meetup, with sun and booze April 21, 2009 10:13 AM   Subscribe

Seattleites: rtha and gingerbeer are going to be in town the weekend of May 9th. How about we have a meetup?

I'd be up to bring them to the Twilight Exit at some point. Or possibly taking over the Cal Anderson chess tables.
posted by mrzarquon to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:13 AM (66 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Crap. Second meetup in a row where I have opera tix. I could be up for something during the day. I got some showing off to do.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 10:25 AM on April 21, 2009

I just had those show up on my flickr stream. Congratulations!

If the weather holds, I was thinking we could do something in cal anderson park during the day (also it is close to Rancho Bravo, which I documented here). I've been tempted by the giant chess boards, along with some board games and other such outdoorsy type things.
posted by mrzarquon at 10:29 AM on April 21, 2009

(those as in the photos, welcome Slarty Junior )
posted by mrzarquon at 10:29 AM on April 21, 2009

Wooo! Seattle meetup! I've heard that Seattle mefites are pretty cool. Is it true?
posted by rtha at 10:32 AM on April 21, 2009

Also, May 9th or 10th is what I had in mind, in case folks already have plans for that Saturday (silly sidebar not letting me pick a range of days).
posted by mrzarquon at 10:36 AM on April 21, 2009

Oh yeah! And congrats, Slarty!
posted by rtha at 10:36 AM on April 21, 2009

Yay meetup. I still haven't been to Rancho Bravo.

I suggest the big table at Oddfellows which is right off Cal Anderson and a hop/step/jump from Rancho Bravo. One downside is that Oddfellows' food is overpriced, but last time I was there they had Oly on tap. Yes, Oly. On TAP. For $2, I think.
posted by dw at 10:53 AM on April 21, 2009

Ravi is darling! Happiness to the Bartfasts.
posted by Cranberry at 10:57 AM on April 21, 2009

Congratulations, SB! That is one adorable baby, all right.

And I would vote enthusiastically for a daytime meetup, since I have to drive up from Olympia, but either way I will likely be there.
posted by Kat Allison at 11:31 AM on April 21, 2009

Sounds like fun.
posted by grouse at 11:31 AM on April 21, 2009

Meetup! Meetup! Meetup! And this time I'll try to actually come! Daytime sounds good.

And congratulations on Slarty Jr!
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:44 AM on April 21, 2009

My calendar is clear after 6:00, I haven't made one of these since the four top at Grinders sandwich place in Shoreline.
posted by vito90 at 11:46 AM on April 21, 2009

What a sweetheart, Slarty! Congratulations!

As far as the meetup goes, I agree that the Twilight Exit would be a great venue. It's usually pretty empty during the day, plus they have deep-fried bacon.*

I'm also very fond of The Hideout, though the food offerings there are fairly limited. It can get a little crowded at night, but during the day it stays pretty empty.

But regardless of where or when folks decide to get together, I'm in.

*I mention the bacon for informational purposes only; I can neither endorse nor discourage the eating of same.)
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 12:19 PM on April 21, 2009

> plus they have deep-fried bacon.

I can whole (clogged) heartily endorse the chicken fried bacon. You can order your BLT to be made with it.
posted by mrzarquon at 12:33 PM on April 21, 2009

How is it that I've lived in Seattle this long and never heard of deep friend bacon? My inner glutton is weeping.
posted by Smarson at 2:20 PM on April 21, 2009

Bacon is one of my deepest friends.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 3:59 PM on April 21, 2009

Kat Allison, could we carpool? I too am coming from Olympia, and would love to finally get to a mefi meetup! (Plus dw is always bugging me about how I never come to Seattle.) And yes, a daytime thing on Saturday is definitely better for making the long trip northwards. :)
posted by epersonae at 4:06 PM on April 21, 2009

unless something suddenly comes up, I will probably go. Daytime would be preferable.
posted by silkygreenbelly at 8:55 PM on April 21, 2009

epersonae: Sure thing! My e-mail's in my profile, so just drop me a line once the date gets settled.
posted by Kat Allison at 7:01 AM on April 22, 2009

Because a meetup with out of towners isn't a true meetup until there is a tour of awesomeness, how about this:

Saturday, 2pm at South Cal Anderson Field (near Oddfellows / Ranch Bravo). If it is nice, we can get beverages and burritos and go sit in the park. If it is bad weather, we can just go to oddfellows.

But wait, that isn't the whole thing!

For people interested in adventuring on, we would move over to the Twilight Exit for dinner and more drinking, before soldiering on to other parts of Seattle yet unknown. Along with bacon, they also serve tater tots.

(This is actually part of my general plan of events to drag rtha and gbeer to)
posted by mrzarquon at 12:09 PM on April 22, 2009

posted by The corpse in the library at 12:23 PM on April 22, 2009

I mean, sounds good.
posted by The corpse in the library at 12:23 PM on April 22, 2009

Second The Corpse in the Library about the plan sounding good.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 1:17 PM on April 22, 2009

I mean taters
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 1:17 PM on April 22, 2009

I probably won't be able to make the early part but might be able to join y'all later. Is there anyone who's going who could MeMail me their phone number?
posted by grouse at 1:30 PM on April 22, 2009

grouse- check your memail.

For anyone else who will want to catch up with us later, shoot me a memail and I'll give you my cell, i figure with these two crazy californians in tow, we will be hanging out all over capitol hill as the evening progresses.
posted by mrzarquon at 1:36 PM on April 22, 2009

You people are not making it easy to ignore this one are you? I have standing saturday plans, but I just may be able to squeeze this in. Undecided!
posted by P.o.B. at 4:27 PM on April 22, 2009

This is sounding awesomer by the minute. Seattle, mefites, beer, and taters - what more could you ask for?
posted by rtha at 4:39 PM on April 22, 2009

I'm in!
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 5:42 PM on April 22, 2009

No way. That whole thing sounds awful. Well, except for the beer, and the mefites, and the park, and the bar.... Okay, fine. I'll be there.
posted by gingerbeer at 9:08 PM on April 23, 2009

This has the potential to be awesome, especially with the taters. Count me as Potentially In.

Where were the burritos from?
posted by spinifex23 at 12:02 PM on April 24, 2009

Rancho Bravo, an honest to goodness taco truck that has taken up occupancy inside the old KFC across from Oddfellows (and Cal Anderson park). $4 or so for a burrito.
posted by mrzarquon at 12:30 PM on April 24, 2009

My life just got a whole lot shinier. Thanks! I love taco trucks, and it's about time Capitol Hill got some real Mexican street food!
posted by spinifex23 at 12:43 AM on April 25, 2009

Anyone who wants to show up 8 days early for this MeFi shindig will get a delightful treat: a free performance by my friends' awesome circus arts troupe. I hope it's okay to pitch this here. They're assembling a giant freestanding aerial structure in Cal Anderson, and I've been looking forward to this show for months.

(I'll try to make this meetup but my health has been extremely iffy lately.)
posted by cirocco at 12:45 PM on April 25, 2009

Oh yeah, and in case people were still on the fence about the meetup:

Molly Moon's has opened at Oddfellows
posted by mrzarquon at 9:29 PM on April 26, 2009

Oh, and a followup update (and a bump for other folks).

I've just accepted a job with a company out of LA. I will be heading down next friday to start 4 weeks of training. There is a chance I may be returning to work out of Seattle, but if not, this may also be my last Seattle meetup for the foreseeable future.
posted by mrzarquon at 6:00 PM on May 4, 2009

Well, holy shit: 10th.

I'm out for this May deal, but like, the tenth? yes.
posted by mwhybark at 6:10 PM on May 5, 2009

I'm debating whether to take the reins on a Seattle 10th meetup or just concede that we have two meetups three hours in either direction and there's no need for the duplication.

Maybe we can discuss on Saturday.
posted by dw at 11:05 PM on May 5, 2009

Well, there are rumblings about a sunday meetup in portland, so you guys could do a saturday meetup, and then interested parties could take the train down.
posted by mrzarquon at 11:17 PM on May 5, 2009

One last note: Rancho Bravo is cash only -- no cards. So bring your cash money if you want the burritos.
posted by dw at 9:09 AM on May 8, 2009

The weather looks good. I think I'll show up.
posted by Tube at 11:35 AM on May 9, 2009

We are at twice sold tales and will be in the vicinty of rancho bravo sortly
posted by mrzarquon at 1:55 PM on May 9, 2009

Hanging out across the street from oddfellows,
posted by mrzarquon at 2:15 PM on May 9, 2009

We're sitting in a circle on the grass right at the shade line near home plate.
posted by gingerbeer at 2:48 PM on May 9, 2009

About to head out on King County's finest bus system and join y'all. Should be in Capitol Hill in about 45 minutes. I'm going to call mrzarquon to confirm your location as soon as I am en route.
posted by grouse at 4:34 PM on May 9, 2009

We've moved on to the elysian, 13th and pike
posted by mrzarquon at 5:05 PM on May 9, 2009

shouldn't we have a twitter stream for this?
posted by jacalata at 5:30 PM on May 9, 2009

We are discussing hard vs softcore tators
posted by mrzarquon at 6:35 PM on May 9, 2009

We are our own twitter stream!

And, the conversation has now turned to taters, hard- and soft- core.
posted by gingerbeer at 6:35 PM on May 9, 2009

Jinx, mrz, you owe me a beer.
posted by gingerbeer at 6:36 PM on May 9, 2009

Three Sara's and we all spell it correctly. Color me surprised.

(and happy (but the happy might be the raspberry cider (or, maybe the sunshine)))
posted by silkygreenbelly at 7:08 PM on May 9, 2009

I'm apparently doing something wrong because I click the "add photos" thing. I add my link and click "add photos" and nothing happens.

Here are my pictures
posted by silkygreenbelly at 7:18 PM on May 9, 2009

Well, of course as soon as I post a comment saying I can't figure it out, I see I now have two sets of pictures listed.
posted by silkygreenbelly at 7:20 PM on May 9, 2009

We have now made off to 22 Doors, which has truffled french fries rather than taters. Still we drink.
posted by gingerbeer at 7:33 PM on May 9, 2009

Same problem here adding pictures up there, silkygreenbelly. Will mine show up magically?
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:12 PM on May 9, 2009

Why yes, they will.
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:13 PM on May 9, 2009 [1 favorite]

Holy cow, this is a great meetup. It is still happening, as a few of us are now at mrzarquon's. Seattle mefites rock!
posted by rtha at 10:04 PM on May 9, 2009

I was pretty amused to hear that there were photos being posted while I still considered the meetup to be ongoing. Such a connected bunch. It was fun meeting new folks and seeing some familiar faces again as well. Hope to see y'all again soon!
posted by grouse at 11:14 PM on May 9, 2009

Probably the best meet-up I've been to, though I don't regret leaving "early", as I later attended a function at Fantagraphics, just over the hill from where I live. I met Ellen Forney. We discussed late 60's muscle cars, autoerotic asphyxia, shime-waza, Gracie jiu-jitsu, and the death of Vaughn Bode'.

Cal Anderson park used to be skankville supreme for many years, they did a really good job in restoring the park. Outstanding choice, mrzarquon!
posted by Tube at 12:35 AM on May 10, 2009

Bah! I couldn't make it. Looks like it was a good one. If any of you guys are still rolling around today (Sunday, the next day) please give a shout.
posted by The Loch Ness Monster at 6:21 AM on May 10, 2009

Ellen Forney! I'm very envious, Tube.
posted by gingerbeer at 9:01 AM on May 10, 2009

Great to see folks, glad everyone had a good time.

Unfortunately, I don't have any photos to upload, because in my foresight I thought to go charge my battery before the meetup. I did not however, remember to bring said charged battery with me.
posted by mrzarquon at 9:17 AM on May 10, 2009

Sorry to bug out early, but it was nice to fit a few more faces to names, rtha, gingerbeer, and jacalata. And the person sitting directly across from me, was it silkygreenbelly? I missed talking to grouse yet again, and it looks like hattifattener showed up later? You guys are awesome, though, can't wait to do it again.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 10:39 AM on May 10, 2009

I was showing apartments during the day and then never got around to going online until today. Shoot, I am sorry I missed you all. It sounds like it was fun.
posted by y2karl at 2:44 PM on May 10, 2009

It was great fun to meet up and hang out with everybody! Thank you all again!
posted by spinifex23 at 11:20 AM on May 12, 2009

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