Philly MeFi 10.1 meetup? July 22, 2009 9:45 AM   Subscribe

Once was not enough. Philly makeup meetup in honor of [insert Philly Mefite of your choosing], same location unless greekphilosophy would rather not, different time?

I'm proposing a meetup on Saturday, 22 August at 7:00 or 8:00, both because not everyone could make it last week and well, hey, delicious food and drink. Any takers? I'm bringing something.

Hat tip to geckoinpdx.
posted by desuetude to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:45 AM (71 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Hey, my house and my little garden are always open to MeFites. You all were remarkably well behaved and I'll be happy to have you back any time. (Except for whoever it was that took a shit in my living room. You are SOOO not invited back.)
posted by greekphilosophy at 9:50 AM on July 22, 2009 [1 favorite]

Thats like a month from now!
posted by [@I][:+:][@I] at 10:56 AM on July 22, 2009

It bears mentioning that sometime before then piratebowling is going to have a craft night, and that I'm also planning a nerdy board game night that Mefites will most certainly be invited to.
posted by greekphilosophy at 11:15 AM on July 22, 2009

I know I mentioned this to some of you at the tenth party, but there's also a not-really-a-mefi-meetup-but-love-to-have-y'all-over-all-the-same party (aka our annual barbeque) at my house on August 15th. There will be music, homebrewed beer (courtesy of our friends who actually make really, really good beer), live music, and lots of tasty of foodstuffs, including a metric ton* of authentic southern smoked pork.

We usually have about 50 folks at this shindig, and it's fairly kid-friendly, for those of you who have spawned. MeMail me for details if you're interested.

* "metric ton" may be a slight exaggeration. But there will be lots of pork, I promise you that.
posted by shiu mai baby at 12:24 PM on July 22, 2009

Greekphilosophy, did that really happen or is that a people-who-were-there in-joke?
posted by Pax at 12:31 PM on July 22, 2009

If you peruse the meetup pics with a careful eye, you can spot the shitter just before they let loose. Try it, it's like Where's Waldo, but with shitting in greekphilosophy's living room.
posted by ludwig_van at 12:38 PM on July 22, 2009

I keep saying I'll go & then something or other gets in the way, but I'm not giving up trying. Count me in.
posted by scalefree at 12:45 PM on July 22, 2009

We could combine some of these meetuplets. For instance, you boardgamer people could play games and those of us less inclined to play could stand around making pithy comments.

(Vouching for the REALLY REALLY GOODNESS of shiu mai baby's friends' beer. Ooh, say hi for me and also if we had a meetup one week after your pig, you could bring me some. Pig and beer, that is.)
posted by desuetude at 1:26 PM on July 22, 2009

If you peruse the meetup pics with a careful eye, you can spot the shitter just before they let loose. Try it, it's like Where's Waldo, but with shitting in greekphilosophy's living room.

Yeah, just look for the shazaam!, right?
posted by desuetude at 1:28 PM on July 22, 2009

You know me, I'm down. I'm also fine with the idea of combining it with the boardgame night, or craft night. Whatever floats people's boats.
posted by piratebowling at 1:45 PM on July 22, 2009

PS, sorry about the crushed up adderall I left on the couch. I hope your dad didn't flip.
posted by piratebowling at 1:46 PM on July 22, 2009 [3 favorites]

I'll make it to one of these, eventually... Assuming, of course, that Delawareans (is that what we're called? I'm not from here, really.) are allowed.
posted by JMOZ at 2:58 PM on July 22, 2009

I am definitely down for board games night (I haven't forgotten that you have Lord of the Rings Risk, greekphilosophy...), especially if it includes running pithy commentary by desuetude. I'm also in for a craft night, as long as our definition of "crafts" is broad enough to include rudimentary line drawings of unicorns on trampolines.
posted by youarenothere at 3:25 PM on July 22, 2009

I will share all the good parts of the pig with youarenothere, 'cause I'm always looking out for a sista.
posted by desuetude at 6:47 PM on July 22, 2009

I'm so jealous of you folks. The gf and I are actually planning a move to Philly in early 2010, so we will see you there eventually!

Shameless plug: My best friend plays upright bass in a philly band called Hoots and Hellmouth. They sang the 7th inning stretch at a phillies game recently and have an amazing new album out. Check them out if you ever get the chance. When in Philly, they almost always play at Johnny Brendas. Great guys and really involved and committed to agricultural sustainability in the general PA area.
posted by lazaruslong at 6:47 PM on July 22, 2009

If we are rotating places, I too could offer up my abode. I just need someone to nudge me when it's my turn, since I don't often check Metatalk.
posted by tomkim at 7:06 PM on July 22, 2009

We will not be there.

I am not sure if that is a feature, or a bug.
posted by Deathalicious at 7:41 PM on July 22, 2009

August 22? Yeah, I can swing that. Let's do that.

JMOZ: You are allowed, as long as you don't shit on greekphilosophy's carpet.
posted by Tomorrowful at 9:24 PM on July 22, 2009

Delawarians are totally allowed. Just remember that in PA we pay sales tax.
posted by desuetude at 11:22 PM on July 22, 2009

Well, as far as I know I'm in. Going to try to bring my fiancée along but we'll see, she is a bit resistant to the power of Metafilter. Nerdy board games would be fun, are we leaning toward LotR Risk (it has an ending!)? Any other candidates?
posted by graymouser at 6:34 AM on July 23, 2009

Along these same lines, will there be any MeFites at the Philly Folk Fest?
posted by The White Hat at 6:37 AM on July 23, 2009

wow! i will live there by then. maybe i will know my way around enough to attend.
posted by millipede at 8:23 AM on July 23, 2009

Oh, I will absolutely be there. I think board games are a great meetup activity, since we are not going to be manically twittering this one. My board game tendancies are more along the lines of Candyland and less like Risk, but if anyone wants to play war or whatever, I'm happy.
posted by 8dot3 at 9:56 AM on July 23, 2009

I am so going to maniacally Twitter the boardgaming.
posted by desuetude at 10:16 AM on July 23, 2009

JMOZ: You are allowed, as long as you don't shit on greekphilosophy's carpet. (Tomorrowful)

Then what's the point?

Kidding aside, August 22 is pretty far into the future, but I'd certainly like to give it a try. My wife and I have lived here for 2 years and still haven't figured out Philly at all.
posted by JMOZ at 5:16 PM on July 23, 2009

the 22nd seems okay to me now. we'll see when it gets closer.

but i think for officiality's sake, since so many people have said okay so far, that we should deem this as the date, with details to be figured out later.
posted by misanthropicsarah at 7:16 PM on July 23, 2009

Okay, people, it's on the sidebar. I propose that since greekphilosophy has so many dorky board games, we go ahead and assume we'll be playing some.

/not dorkist.
posted by desuetude at 1:43 PM on July 25, 2009


Oh...wait... it's at my house.... riiiiiiight....

Actually Philly MeFites, after a bit of soul-searching I have had to face the hard (sad? stark?) reality that my time in Philadelphia is coming to a close. (See my recent question.) I've loved my time here - and one of the especially bright spots has been getting to know you all. But a confluence of particularly-mundane-but-never-the-less-important events has helped me reach the decision to head home to Texas for a spell to get my ducks all in a row before I set out on my next adventure.

So this - and whatever other get-togethers are planned for the next month - will be my last Philly MeFi events for a while. Which I'm very sad about. But that just means I'm going to enjoy them all the more.
posted by greekphilosophy at 2:18 PM on July 25, 2009

I may be out of town late in August, not entirely sure.

Also, as I was telling some people at the anniversary party, I'm going to need a roommate come September, awesome place (3rd floor of a 19th century Victorian mansion), a lot of space, dirt cheap. It's in Germantown but the R8 is at the end of the block. Tell you friends, plz & thx.
posted by The Straightener at 5:19 AM on July 26, 2009

greekphilosophy, we will miss you so much in Philly! Thank you for pretty much single-handedly making the Philadelphia meetups a monthly occurrence. Those of us left behind owe you a ton of gratitude! If this meetup in August becomes a greekphilosophy farewell party, I might just have to come back from the beach early to attend. Thanks again for being such a fun, positive presence in our city and the Philly mefi community!
posted by lagreen at 6:29 PM on July 26, 2009

Oh man, I just moved to South NJ and would love to go but I think I will need to be in Maryland grabbing the remains of my things that weekend.
posted by Anonymous at 7:10 PM on July 26, 2009

greekphilosophy, this will be an excellent opportunity to chain you to your house so you can't leave us send you off properly.
posted by desuetude at 9:16 AM on July 27, 2009

pretty much what lagreen and desuetude said.

i'm bringing the handcuffs.
posted by misanthropicsarah at 10:27 PM on July 27, 2009

They're pink and fuzzy, aren't they? I'm totally expecting pink and fuzzy.
posted by desuetude at 6:30 AM on July 29, 2009

I'll bring the feathers and ice cubes.

Oh wait, that's a different meetup.
posted by polexa at 9:38 AM on July 29, 2009

No, no polexa, same meetup. Okay, we've got you down for feathers and ice cubes.

Who's got the rubber chicken? piratebowling, don't suppose you've got a pastry bag or other sort of icing extruder?

What else do we need to bid farewell to greekphilosophy? Hey, can we still use the Mefi10 to keep track of this stuff?
posted by desuetude at 11:57 AM on July 29, 2009

All of the Mefi10 threads are still open, but since the "Ten" link isn't in the header of the site anymore, the threads are a little hard to find.

How about we start a Mefi Philly facebook group? The Straightener could advertise his apartment on the page (or anyone else wanting to use it as a type of classifieds), we could coordinate events/logistics (a calendar for meetups?), and--AND--greekphilosophy could keep track of all of his Philly pals that way. I'd be happy to be the admin or mod or whatever of the group, unless someone else wants the responsibility, which I will happily relinquish. It can work in tandem with the metatalk meetup threads. Sound good? Suggestions?
posted by lagreen at 9:39 AM on July 30, 2009

I would certainly join a Facebook group - especially one dedicated to my favorite Philly MeFites. Then again, I know some people are wary of crossing the streams. So if you want to stay in touch via Facebook but aren't interested in joining MetaFilter groups, feel free to add me as a friend and I'll keep your interspaceID all hushhush.

Meanwhile, if anyone saw furniture at my place that they want, I'll be getting rid of it all over the next month and I'm not interested in gouging anyone with high prices. (Cause, um, it's used. And, um, I have to get rid of it or throw it away.) So if you saw anything you think you might like - tables, bookcases, chairs, pianos, etc. let me know and we settle on an outrageously low price for you to take it home with you. Cause lawd knows I am NOT schlepping all that stuff back to Texas.
posted by greekphilosophy at 9:52 AM on July 30, 2009

If you're giving away all your possessions, I'm going to start suspecting that you're joining a monastery or have been sentenced to life in prison for...uh, kindness and fabulousness?
posted by desuetude at 1:37 PM on July 30, 2009

If you don't hear from me within 10 days, send a Hare Krishna deprogrammer after me...
posted by greekphilosophy at 1:47 PM on July 30, 2009

Philadelphia facebook group. If you're interested...
posted by lagreen at 12:29 PM on July 31, 2009

I was out of town last time. This time, I'm staying put!

Except to show up at this meetup, of course.
posted by orme at 7:14 AM on August 3, 2009

piratebowling, don't suppose you've got a pastry bag or other sort of icing extruder?

How would I not have this? Needless to say, I'll have it in tow. Also, maybe a guest.
posted by piratebowling at 6:06 PM on August 8, 2009

I don't know what we should do to greekphilosophy with this random assortment of tools, but holding him down and torturing him withr embarrassing photo ops seems appropriate.
posted by desuetude at 8:42 AM on August 10, 2009

Why, why, WHY do these always occur when I have other things planned. That whole day is going to be spent helping my parents move, and then I'll be at 8Static that evening. Argh!
posted by SansPoint at 8:01 PM on August 11, 2009

Easy solution SansPoint: I think you just volunteered to call the next Philly meetup. ;)
posted by greekphilosophy at 9:46 PM on August 11, 2009

I hate that I'm going to be missing greekphilosophy's farewell, but we're celebrating my Dad's birthday that evening in Reading. :(
posted by chihiro at 6:09 AM on August 12, 2009 it 7 or 8 that this is happening?
posted by piratebowling at 6:12 AM on August 14, 2009

Let's go with 7. No reason to push it back any later than that.

Are we going with the BYOW(hatever) method of last meetup? It seemed to work pretty well!
posted by greekphilosophy at 9:54 AM on August 14, 2009


As of yesterday at around 5pm, dancingfruitbat and I officially became Ms. dancingfruitbat and Mr. Deathalicious, married couple.

dancingfruitbat is keeping her username.
posted by Deathalicious at 8:16 PM on August 17, 2009

posted by greekphilosophy at 8:53 PM on August 17, 2009

Mazel Tov, Deathalicious and dancingfruitbat!
posted by piratebowling at 9:55 AM on August 18, 2009


Will the meetup be part of your honeymoon?
posted by orme at 6:19 PM on August 18, 2009

Nope, we are in an undisclosed location for the week. I was even barred (willingly) from bringing along my laptop.
posted by Deathalicious at 9:34 PM on August 18, 2009

Speaking of which, can we sound off so that I know what kind of a head-count to expect?
posted by greekphilosophy at 9:05 AM on August 19, 2009

sound off, 1, 2.
posted by misanthropicsarah at 10:58 PM on August 19, 2009

I'm thinkin' I'll be there, so count me in.
posted by scalefree at 6:04 AM on August 20, 2009

Mwah. Moi.
posted by desuetude at 6:10 AM on August 20, 2009

I'm IN.
posted by orme at 1:22 PM on August 20, 2009

So I've done a reasonable amount of searching & I can't find an address for this shindig. Somebody care to clue me in? Thanks.
posted by scalefree at 5:31 PM on August 20, 2009

Ha! That's right. greekphilosophy's place is only sufficient info for those who have already been here. duh!

I live at 1232 Summer Street. Philadelphia PA. 19107. Google maps can zoom you in on it.

Once you are in the vicinity, start looking for a garden gate with a little sign that says "Winter Court." Enter the garden, and you're there! I'm number 8 - the last one all the way at the back of the garden.

If anyone feels unusually prone to getting lost and freaking out and going home, feel free to MeMail me and I'll give you my cell phone number in case you find yourself lost in the wilds of Chinatown and need to be rescued!!
posted by greekphilosophy at 9:38 PM on August 20, 2009

Once you are in the vicinity, start looking for a garden gate with a little sign that says "Winter Court." Enter the garden, and you're there! I'm number 8 - the last one all the way at the back of the garden.

I'd say to wander Chinatown until you stumble across Barbary Lane, but i guess that's too injokey?
posted by desuetude at 9:49 PM on August 20, 2009

Sounding off!
posted by miagaille at 6:36 AM on August 21, 2009

Oh! Count me!
posted by youarenothere at 7:13 AM on August 21, 2009

Useyourmachinegunarm and I will be there.
posted by ludwig_van at 9:02 AM on August 21, 2009

probably gonna be there.
posted by 31d1 at 11:21 AM on August 22, 2009

Eff a Dee, I double booked and need to bail on tonight in my defense, it is a charity event.
Have fun y'all.
posted by 8dot3 at 1:56 PM on August 22, 2009

posted by 31d1 at 3:20 PM on August 22, 2009

poop. it's raining. i guess that means the naked jello wrestling will just be more...interesting.
posted by misanthropicsarah at 3:34 PM on August 22, 2009

Ugh, my brain and sinuses are ow. I may have to miss the jello wrestling. youarenothere, please bring a fast lens! I'll need to see some action shots.
posted by miagaille at 4:45 PM on August 22, 2009

Great to meet you orme and scalefree!

And, as usual, wonderful to see everyone else.

Highlights of this meetup include an abandoned game of Lord of the Rings Risk (after an hour of setup and a handful of turns we opted to talk about enemas instead), piratebowling's newest triumph in dessert-making, no fewer than two discussions of gender-neutral pronouns, and more dramatic reading of The Best of Sixcolors. (I'm beginning to think that I should just have those threads printed and bound for easy access at all meetups. It's like The Art of War but awesomer.) For anyone wondering, youarenothere and scalefree won Risk. At least, that's the story and we're sticking to it, cause otherwise youarenothere might punch me.

Anyway, Philly MeFites, I've had a blast, and I'm sad to say goodbye. Look me up if you're in the Houston area any time in the next year. After that: who knows!?
posted by greekphilosophy at 12:23 AM on August 23, 2009

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