DFW SUCKS November 19, 2009 11:37 AM   Subscribe

Dallas sucks! Remember how much fun we had at the anniversary meetup in July, and we were all "We're besties now, let's do this every weekend, forever!!!" and everyone else was all "YEAH!" Then.... nothing. Austin has met-up three or four times since then. Even Houston has planned a couple. Dallas? Verily, we sucketh. Therefore, it is time.

So, what say you? Should we look at a date in the next few weeks? Any ideas? Shall we air the Festivus grievance airing? SantaCon? Suggestions on parts of town? Dinner? Just drinks? Thoughts? Who's in?
posted by pineapple to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:37 AM (70 comments total)

I am so in.

Addison seemed to be a good place last time, or it was for me, anyway. And I can usually be convinced to eat dinner. I can always be convinced to drink.

I liked the idea of bowling that was floated last time, too.

And I'm bringing my wife this time, so as to convince her that you people are real.
posted by Shohn at 12:44 PM on November 19, 2009

I would definitely make an effort to show up this time. Whether that effort would end in success is anybody's guess.
posted by owtytrof at 12:49 PM on November 19, 2009

As it is not the summer, and I am actually in town, I will definitely turn out for this, assuming its under-21 friendly.
posted by grandsham at 1:14 PM on November 19, 2009


Hence all the low pressure weather systems such as thunderstorms and tornados in that area. At least it is geographically contained because of Waco's proximity and its tendency to blow.

I won't be in Dallas this Thanksgiving. The extended fam has up and moved to from Dallas to to Colorado. So sadly I will miss this one.
posted by YoBananaBoy at 1:49 PM on November 19, 2009


i'm having a meetup in my pants

i don't know what that means
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 1:53 PM on November 19, 2009

I'm voting for: under-21 friendly (less than a year until I can socialize like a grownup!) and sometime over the holiday times, saaay between December 19th and 31st? It's a hard sell, I realize, but if I come I promise I'll be less awkward this time.
posted by MadamM at 2:19 PM on November 19, 2009

Yes, Dallas sucks. But I would still make the effort to come out and play.

+1 vote for a place I can drink beer.
posted by AngerBoy at 2:38 PM on November 19, 2009

Dallas sucks!

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had that on a t-shirt.
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:44 PM on November 19, 2009 [3 favorites]

Mayor Curley: "Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had that on a t-shirt"

written in brains.

too soon?

MadamM, you weren't awkward last time.
posted by pineapple at 2:59 PM on November 19, 2009

I just spent last weekend at the intersection of 75 and 635! I thought about announcing my presence and demanding that you all entertain me while I was there. But it turns out I was busy as a bee all weekend and had co-workers to corral. So it was for the best that I didn't try to plan something. Maybe next time.

Um, also, you can always come down and hang out with us in Houston.
posted by greekphilosophy at 3:10 PM on November 19, 2009

We're besties now

besties? people actually say that?
posted by jonmc at 4:35 PM on November 19, 2009

I know I don't remember saying that, but I can't vouch for everyone else.

And plz to have this event yes
posted by jinjo at 4:45 PM on November 19, 2009

Did someone mention a party? How about somewhere public transit goes? I dislike driving, especially since I'm in Fort Worth. Mockingbird Station too trendy? I'm game though, whatever. No Yo Banana Boy!? Boo.
posted by haunted by Leonard Cohen at 5:16 PM on November 19, 2009

Actually, now that you mention Mockingbird Station, I kind of owe Trinity Hall a favor for not being assholes like their neighbor was in an emergency. So I'll offer that as a suggestion.
posted by Lyn Never at 5:33 PM on November 19, 2009

Fuck it, I'm there. Time and place, holmes.
posted by dead cousin ted at 6:05 PM on November 19, 2009

Trinity Hall does sound cool, if there's space.
posted by ormondsacker at 6:56 PM on November 19, 2009

Naïve question: are minors allowed in bars if they aren't drinking?
posted by MadamM at 7:00 PM on November 19, 2009

I just spent last weekend at the intersection of 75 and 635!
Yeah, traffic can be pretty slow there.
posted by joaquim at 7:15 PM on November 19, 2009

I just spent last weekend at the intersection of 75 and 635!
Yeah, traffic can be pretty slow there.

I just spent the evening crawling down the ~1 mile of Woodall Rogers. Still had time to stop for dinner and get home earlier than I would have taking DART, though.
posted by owtytrof at 8:04 PM on November 19, 2009

MadamM: if there's food, usually yes. There are places that shut the kitchens down and go 21+ around 9 or 10, but that's not generally a conducive atmosphere for a meetup anyway (because it tends to get LOUD and be short on tables). In Dallas, it's not hard to find a place to accommodate drinkers, eaters, sitters, and minors, and then if the party people want to move on to a serious bar after, they can do that.

If we think Trinity Hall is a go and we can get a date and approximate headcount, I can talk to them about setting us aside some space. And Greenville is right there for the party people.
posted by Lyn Never at 5:17 AM on November 20, 2009

I nominate Trinity Hall for worst website, however it appears they have a full menu, so I assume under 21 is OK. If we did a Saturday afternoon, I bet it wouldn't be so crowded.
posted by haunted by Leonard Cohen at 5:23 AM on November 20, 2009

Trinity Hall does indeed allow all ages in, as they are a full restaurant and self-proclaimed "family friendly". So we're cool there. Mockingbird Station/train proximity is also a win.

I will also offer that they have a mighty fine pub quiz on Sundays, should any MeFites be willing to rendezvous on a school night in the interest of wiping the floor with the other competitors (wouldn't a MetaFilter team be just about required to win a trivia competition?).

So, sounds like we have a location (thanks, Lyn Never for excellent suggestion)...

Suggestions/thoughts on dates?
posted by pineapple at 6:28 AM on November 20, 2009

I'm in if we do this before the 19th, because after that, I'm on the Newlywed's tour for 2 Christmases.

My wife will be coming along, hopefully. I'm up in Lewisville, and at grad school in Denton, but I'm willing to make the trek into the big, scary city.
posted by SNWidget at 8:02 AM on November 20, 2009

This is probably a lark, but would anybody actually be interested in a Fort Worth meetup? Maybe at Rahr or one of the new 7th street places or one of the Magnolia/Park Place restaurants?
posted by kmz at 8:42 AM on November 20, 2009

I'm in. Will there be bean cake?
posted by LeiaS at 9:08 AM on November 20, 2009

and belly dancers?

kmz, I do think we have some Fort Worthians and mid-cities folks around here. You'd have to poke them with sticks to gin up enough interest to split off a FW meet-up though, I fear. As you can see, we're slacker enough that Dallas proper rarely happens.
posted by pineapple at 11:41 AM on November 20, 2009

Date-wise, I would prefer for this to be before December 16th, since I'll be heading back to Tulsa for Christmas Break soon after that. I could probably stay for a meetup on the 17th if an earlier date won't work out.
posted by grandsham at 12:48 PM on November 20, 2009

I'd be fine with pretty much any Sunday in December, and I love the idea of playing some trivia. As a matter of fact, I feel very strongly that we should lob the trivia gauntlet at our Austin-ite brethren. Do they still do those things on a nationwide (or somesuch) network?
posted by Shohn at 5:52 PM on November 20, 2009

This isn't NTN on the little boxes, but a proper live English-pub-style quiz. Y'all will love it, I suspect.
posted by pineapple at 8:54 PM on November 20, 2009

I'm in, but the 20th may be too late for most folks, since it looks like lots of people are starting travel plans around the 16th.

Perhaps move it up a week, so as to capture a larger mefite contingent?
posted by dejah420 at 8:04 AM on November 23, 2009

Oh...and I'll bring cupcakes if anyone is interested. I want to try out my new modeling chocolate recipe. ;)
posted by dejah420 at 8:15 AM on November 23, 2009

It looks like we'll lose somebody on any date. In other words, some are leaving town and some are coming in to town, and the twain ain't gonna meet, or somesuch.

My preference would be Dec 20, with the 13th as second choice.

We've got a venue, a nerdy activity and the promise of cupcakes. This is MeFite gold, people. Let's set a date and get this bad boy done.
posted by Shohn at 11:18 AM on November 23, 2009

I'm good for either Dec 13 or Dec 20.
posted by pineapple at 12:31 PM on November 23, 2009

I am really looking forward to this - every time I have been in a place with a meetup, I have always had something else to do that took precedence!

One vote for December 20.
posted by Jim On Light at 2:35 PM on November 23, 2009

I can make the 20th, but not the 13th. I totally understand if the numbers work out better if we have it on the 13th, though.
posted by MadamM at 10:33 PM on November 23, 2009

So, have we built towards a consensus for the 20th at Trinity Hall? If so, what time?
posted by dejah420 at 2:08 PM on November 24, 2009

According to their site, the Sunday quiz runs 7:30 to 9:30. Just as a data point.
posted by ormondsacker at 3:39 PM on November 24, 2009

Perfect! Let's start early- say 3:00 to 4:00 or so, and ease into the pub quiz.
posted by Shohn at 6:23 PM on November 24, 2009

Sunday, Dec. 20th, 3-4 PM, Trinity Hall. Got it.
posted by haunted by Leonard Cohen at 5:48 AM on November 25, 2009

I've posted it to the main calendar. See you all then!
posted by LeiaS at 8:26 AM on November 25, 2009

Just FYI, that'll be the second meetup at Trinity Hall. The infamous matteo met some of us up there several years ago. LeiaS was there, as I recall.

In other words, have fun, kids.
posted by Ufez Jones at 4:56 PM on November 25, 2009

I'm not infamous?
posted by LeiaS at 8:28 PM on November 25, 2009

LeiaS: "I'm not infamous?"

I think the word you're looking for is "notorious". Hee.

So, 3-4 it is. I'll bring something sweet. Besides me, that is. (ba da dum. thanks, I'll be here all week. tip your waitress.)

Ufez Jones: "
In other words, have fun, kids.

You won't be joining us? That makes me a sad panda.
posted by dejah420 at 7:45 PM on November 28, 2009

Dec 20th is great, but I'm not sure I can do a 7-hour deal (arrive at 3pm, wrap up quiz at 9:30 or 10). Will people be there for the duration, for those of us who need to roll in later, say 5 or 6?
posted by pineapple at 8:38 AM on November 30, 2009

Is a 5pm start time going to stop anyone from being able to come? If not, let's start then.
posted by Lyn Never at 9:53 AM on November 30, 2009

Sorry, dejah. I'm no longer in the area. Nice to see y'all meeting up with some regularity, though.

Don't forget the ass shoutouts!
posted by Ufez Jones at 10:26 AM on November 30, 2009

I vote p.m.
posted by LeiaS at 10:10 PM on November 30, 2009

Yeah, I guess a little later might be better for many. Don't get me wrong-- I'd be happy to spend seven or eight hours with you people.
posted by Shohn at 9:20 AM on December 1, 2009

Dang. I'm out of town that day. Oh well, will look forward to meeting all you weirdos some other time, I guess.
posted by AngerBoy at 11:42 AM on December 1, 2009

luckily, it turns out I will not have to return to Tulsa until the 21st, so I will most definitely be there.
posted by grandsham at 11:41 PM on December 1, 2009

Item: "I've never been to Trinity Hall before - anyone know if we should make reservations? If so, I'm on for Item + girlfriend, a non-Mefite who will probably kick all y'all's asses at trivia"

I don't believe it's an option, actually. We ought to try to get there and grab tables— quiz is pretty popular, iirc.
posted by pineapple at 8:49 PM on December 3, 2009

Yay I'm glad this actually got planned! I love trivia. I will be non-alcoholically there fo sho assuming no fam. obligations :)
posted by MadamM at 9:15 PM on December 12, 2009

I think I may swing by :)
posted by AloneOssifer at 1:32 PM on December 14, 2009

I am becoming increasingly excited about this.
posted by Shohn at 4:28 PM on December 17, 2009

Yeah, bumping in everyone's Recent Activity for the last workday before meet-up...

Trinity Hall
(located at Mockingbird Station)
Sunday, December 20
5:00 P.M.

Anyone going to wear a MetaFilter shirt or bring other indicator of the gathering spot? Or shall we rely on the old standbys? (faintly recognizing someone and silently making beseeching "are you the right person" glances until confirmation received; or, boldly walking up to tables of people and asking "MetaFilter? No? Sorry" untill success is achieved)
posted by pineapple at 6:38 AM on December 18, 2009

I'm sorry guys, I'm not going to be able to make it. I had a bit of a thing involving me, a very large excitable dog, a run away goose and a non-breakaway leash. My foreseeable future includes many painkillers and no driving for a few days.

I'm sad, I was looking forward to making/delivering candy cane cupcakes, but right now I can't even get trays in and out of the oven.

I will miss you guys bunches! Have fun storming the trivia castle!
posted by dejah420 at 5:25 PM on December 19, 2009

That is suck, dejah420. You will be muchly missed, and I hope you are on the mend.
posted by Shohn at 8:16 AM on December 20, 2009

I am also reporting suck: I can't make it. I have an unexpected family obligation this afternoon; I could go into soul-crushing details about the circumstances... but it's family, and you know how it is... and I will be there in spirit having copious amounts of drinks.

I fully expect to hear about a triumphant MeFi win at trivia!
posted by pineapple at 8:24 AM on December 20, 2009

Crap. Jim on Light and I are just too far behind on our to-do lists to make it out today.

Can we have another one ASAP after the holidays please?
posted by LeiaS at 10:37 AM on December 20, 2009

Screw all y'all. We got a sitter, so dammit, we're gonna be there!
posted by Shohn at 12:55 PM on December 20, 2009

Me too! Keep the dream alive, everyone!
posted by jinjo at 3:10 PM on December 20, 2009

This was a good meetup, even if 25% of the attendees came in from out-of-state. Unfortunately, Dojie and I were called away early to rescue my mother-in-law from a baby who wouldn't take a bottle, and the pub quiz went unfinished. We had 25 points (I think) out of a possible 30 after two rounds.

Good fun. Recommended. Would attend again.
posted by Shohn at 8:43 PM on December 20, 2009

Sorry I missed this, y'all, although apparently I wasn't the only one. I just got back in town and was caught up in grandparent-familytime stuff. Sorry!
posted by MadamM at 10:24 PM on December 20, 2009

And I'm bringing my wife this time, so as to convince her that you people are real.

Didn't work. I'm not convinced. But I had a good time anyway.
posted by Dojie at 4:56 AM on December 21, 2009

And the four of us / two of us for the last round ended up coming in... fifth? I think? Still, team Plate of Beans has a lovely Trinity Hall runner-up stein sitting on my desk, thanks to Shohn, Dojie, and especially jinjo, who swiped it. Solid work, peoples.
posted by ormondsacker at 8:42 PM on December 21, 2009

posted by Shohn at 5:40 AM on December 22, 2009

I just now made it over here to apologize for not making it and to ask for a do-over in January. Work ought to settle down by then.
posted by Lyn Never at 5:52 AM on December 22, 2009

Obviously I didn't make it either, although I would prefer the do-over in Feb. In some financial straits 'til at least then.
posted by owtytrof at 11:12 AM on December 22, 2009

I did make it out to Trinity Hall, and was there from 5:10 until about 5:50, but didn't see anyone who looked particularly mefi-like/was unable to get over my inability to ask random people if they knew Matt Haughey. Oh well, perhaps next time.
posted by grandsham at 12:57 AM on December 23, 2009

We four that eventually stayed were all titanically late, grandsham. (Were you the guy with glasses that was wandering around? If so, I looked for you on second pass-through, but you were gone.)

Hey, while I'm small-casing, Shohn & dojie - check out Learning Express, in Snider Plaza back behind Southern Methodist's campus corner. Very neat little toy store, mixed right in there with Logos Christian Books, The Great Harvest Bread Company, Food From Galilee Mediterranean Restaurant, and Bob's Methodist House of Methodist Methodism.

posted by ormondsacker at 8:18 AM on December 23, 2009

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