In the bleak midwinter January 6, 2010 3:59 PM   Subscribe

Central Florida MeFites-- let's get together!

I meant to post in autumn; I honestly did. But too soon November was on us, and I got distracted by holiday prep. Now that's over, let's us do a meetup!

I can't remember who, but a couple of you offered to have it at your place. Still up for that? If so, what dates work for everyone, and who brings what?
posted by cereselle to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:59 PM (31 comments total)

I'm in East Central Florida and have a decent place for entertaining (though I doubt anyone will go in the pool, the jacuzzi beckons this time of year). So I'd be up for it, with maybe a little help with refreshments if the number attanding goes high.
posted by misha at 4:20 PM on January 6, 2010

That was us (JazzHands and I) that offered, being as we have the whole Rock Band setup including Beatles Rock Band with drum, guitar, bass, and three microphones. We could jam the night away. As for who brings what, I'd say it would be a potluck, so y'all coming to visit should bring the refreshing beverages and such.

How many people are interested? We are located in Winter Garden, just off of 50.

We do have cats and dogs, in case anyone is allergic.
posted by Lokheed at 6:01 PM on January 6, 2010

I'd be hugely interested! More than happy to help with booze and bring a dish or 2!
posted by white_devil at 9:04 PM on January 6, 2010

Excellent! Party at Lokheed and JazzHands' place!

Things to be decided:

1. What day?
2. What time?
3. What food?
4. What drink?

I will volunteer to bring a heavy hors-d'oeuvre thing-- not sure what yet, but something reasonably substantial. Nom.

As for day, I request a Friday or Saturday night. Friday is best for me, but I can do Saturday.
posted by cereselle at 1:01 PM on January 7, 2010

Yaaay! I've been itching for another one and would love to come.

The mister is violently allergic to dogs, but if we have it at Lokheed's, I can stuff him full of allergy meds. We're in Gainesville, so we'll just count on a trek.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 1:23 PM on January 7, 2010

How about:

1. Saturday, January 23rd
2. From 7pm until ??
3. We can order out for pizza, or you all can bring heavy hors-d'oeuvres. Think social-friendly finger food, since we'll pretty much be hanging out in the living room and kitchen.
4. A mixture of soda and adult beverages would be most welcome.

BTW - We do have wi-fi in the house (not to mention my home office with a mixture of a couple of desktop machines, two laptops, a netbook, and a mac mini), so there will be ample opportunity for the geeks in the crowd to hop online as desired.
posted by Lokheed at 2:43 PM on January 7, 2010

The mister is violently allergic to dogs

We can keep the dogs corralled either out back or upstairs, if that helps. Obviously there will still be some degree of pet dander around, although we will strive to clean up as much as possible beforehand.
posted by Lokheed at 2:48 PM on January 7, 2010

That works for me! I'll cover the Vodka (Kettle One) along with mixers and I can bring some beer also (Yuengling Lager). Any requests for food? I do a mean "pigs in a blanket", lol!
posted by white_devil at 2:53 PM on January 7, 2010

We can keep the dogs corralled either out back or upstairs, if that helps. Obviously there will still be some degree of pet dander around, although we will strive to clean up as much as possible beforehand.

Ack, turns out he has a big work thing that Sunday and can't come, anyway. That doesn't mean that I shouldn't, though, I guess, even if I am losing my DD. I'll bring some sort of healthyish snack, because I'm doing some lame New Years healthy eating thang, and probably a bottle of wine. Wine's healthy, right?
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 4:30 PM on January 7, 2010

Oh, and in the event that anyone else is from the Gainesville area, and wants to carpool two hours with a stranger, let me know!
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 4:34 PM on January 7, 2010

Man, I totally would love to join you guys.


rock out in memory of me and melissa!
posted by taumeson at 4:57 PM on January 7, 2010

Just added to the meetup calendar. For those coming, please MefiMail me, and I will give you the street address and directions. For obvious reasons we would rather not post our home address in the thread.
posted by Lokheed at 5:21 PM on January 7, 2010

So far we've got: Lokheed, Jazz Hands, PhoBWanKenobi(sadly sans the Mr.), white-devil and girlfriend, cereselle(and Mr?). misha?

We do have a guest room, so if anyone who doesn't want to make the long drive if it gets late can crash overnight. I know PhoB has a long drive and misha, if you come, is a distance as well.
posted by Jazz Hands at 11:29 AM on January 8, 2010

We would totally love to meet yawl but Mr. Doodley has a marathon the following week and if he didn't break training (much) for Thanksgiving, Xmas or New Years...well, you get the idea.

on the bright side, PhoBWanKenobi, we're a little outside of Gainesville, so we should probably get beers. Probably in G'vil, for the sake of MrKenobi, because, to quote James Thurber, we have cats the way other people have mice.

also we are shy
posted by toodleydoodley at 2:16 PM on January 9, 2010

Probably not Mr. C, unless he's feeling remarkably social. I'll try a little arm-twisting.

Cavalier, dude, where are you??
posted by cereselle at 8:45 AM on January 10, 2010

I'd love to come! I'll MeMail you now. :-)
posted by _Mona_ at 5:45 AM on January 11, 2010

I'm in.
posted by PROD_TPSL at 1:49 PM on January 11, 2010

cereselle, did you read cavalier's AskMefi question from today at 9:24? It sounds like he and his family are booking it up to New York to spend time with his wife's father, who is terminal with cancer....
posted by Jazz Hands at 7:35 PM on January 11, 2010

Aw man, Jazz Hands, no I didn't. Best wishes to Cavalier and his family. :(
posted by cereselle at 9:34 AM on January 12, 2010

Okay people, this is coming up next weekend. We have had some people contact us for directions, if you are planning on coming and haven't done that, do so soon. We are looking forward so much to hosting this night. I hope some of you guys will pick up a microphone, or else I'll have to, and nobody wants that!

Also, if you could MeMail me with what, if any foods/drink you would like to bring(or post here), I can better plan what we will have here. And if you can only bring yourself, that is awesome too! (But more awesome if you can bring another person too)

I've got a count of 8 or 9 at this point. Small, personal, yet still large enough to rock out!
posted by Jazz Hands at 5:36 AM on January 15, 2010

I'll be bringing chips, salsa, and some sort of chili cheese dip (or spinach/artichoke dip, depending on my whim that day :-) Need me to bring any board games, Wii, or Rock Band stuff?

Oh, and I'll have a stash of red wine and some sweet tea or Guinness, depending on what my better half is in the mood for. Let me know if there's anything you need. SO looking forward to this.
posted by _Mona_ at 3:03 PM on January 16, 2010

We've got it covered in the Rock Band department (drums, two guitars, three microphones, Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero World Tour, Rock Band Beatles).

The food and drink is greatly appreciated.
posted by Lokheed at 5:42 AM on January 17, 2010

I hope everyone coming has gotten directions. MeMail myself or Lokheed for them if you haven't yet.

We will garage/street park our cars, so our driveway spaces will be available, so please feel welcome to pull in, if space, double up behind.
posted by Jazz Hands at 8:54 AM on January 19, 2010

I'll be bringing some hummus and veggies and a bottle of wine! Looking forward to it.

Also, PROD_TPSL and I were talking about doing a North FLA meet-up in Feb--we'll post a new thread after this meet-up, so keep an eye out!
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 9:00 AM on January 19, 2010

My spouse isn't enthusiastic about the drive, but I'm still considering going. Right now we are a "maybe."
posted by misha at 1:44 PM on January 19, 2010

Looks like my sweetie won't be able to make it as she's been sick all week and picked up a shift Sat night to get her caught up. I'll still be there, see you Sat.
posted by white_devil at 10:17 AM on January 21, 2010

A little last minute, but my partner and I are planning on coming.
posted by VeritableSaintOfBrevity at 9:00 AM on January 23, 2010

Goddamn it all to hell. I felt crummy, lay down for a nap, and just woke up with some sort of flu-type thing. Shit, y'all, I'm so sorry I missed it. I was really looking forward to this too. *is horrifically disappointed*
posted by cereselle at 5:50 PM on January 23, 2010

Boo!. We are sorry you aren't here,,, we have 7 people here,, having a great time! Wish you were here.
Get better!
posted by Jazz Hands at 6:02 PM on January 23, 2010

Pictures will be posted later, but I wanted to say: You guys totally rocked! I enjoyed meeting you all and look forward to another gathering.
posted by Jazz Hands at 8:21 PM on January 23, 2010

This is so late it's past comic and into tragic, but we had an absolute blast; thanks so much for hosting!
posted by VeritableSaintOfBrevity at 12:00 PM on February 8, 2010

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