Bloomington IN meetup? March 31, 2010 9:31 AM   Subscribe

Anyone in Indiana interested in a Bloomington meetup?

I'd prefer a Sunday, Monday or Wednesday so the SO can come but I already know him. I'd love to meet you. Any suggestions for date, time and place are appreciated. I open the bidding with Sunday April 18th at Cascades. Anybody?
posted by irisclara to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:31 AM (54 comments total)

I'm sorry, but Bloomington is 4 hours 21 minutes from Chicago, and 4 hours is really my drive time limit for meetups.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:17 AM on March 31, 2010

I could go for that, though I'd make a request for a Sunday afternoon due to teaching obligations. Also, for a place with beer (say, Upland, with it's lovely patio and all-ages-ness?).
posted by amelioration at 10:46 AM on March 31, 2010

I'm up for it in principle, though Monday nights are bad for me (until the end of next month) and I'll be busy on Sunday the 18th and 25th.
posted by Johnny Assay at 11:02 AM on March 31, 2010

Sorry you can't make it adamschneider. Maybe I'll meet you in Indy sometime.

Johnny Assay, how about the 11th? Would that be too short notice? If that won't work we can try again later. Are you a townie or a student?

Upland's good for me amelioriation. I was thinking late afternoon/early evening. Would 3 be better than 5?
posted by irisclara at 11:22 AM on March 31, 2010

That's almost 4 hours from Fort Wayne, making it a little far for me. Indy is probably as far south as I'm willing to go most of the time.

That'd also be three MeFi meetups in three weeks for yours truly, and while I love you all, damn.
posted by valkyryn at 12:27 PM on March 31, 2010

Sorry valkyrin. My car isn't up to a trip to Indy so I'm trying to get something going closer to home. I totally understand if it's too soon after the March meetup but I hope there's enough of us in Bloomington to do something down here soon.
posted by irisclara at 1:40 PM on March 31, 2010

I'd be willing to drive down to Bloomington from Indy for a meetup at some point, but my April weekends are already full. Have fun, and I hope to join you at a future meetup!
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 2:27 PM on March 31, 2010

I just moved to Bloomington and would love to meet ya'll. My schedule is pretty flexible; count me in for what/whenever.
posted by JohnFredra at 3:03 PM on March 31, 2010

Tuesdays, Wednesdays (though I do have my radio show at midnight), and Fridays are best for me- I have class all day Monday, and again on Thursday. Saturday and Sunday are also usually pretty okay. I'd rather meet up somewhere in-town; Upland sounds okay, though I'd also throw out the Irish Lion or Soma.
posted by Pope Guilty at 3:39 PM on March 31, 2010

I'm pretty sure I'd be free if we wait until Sunday, May 2 (being done with the semester will open up my schedule like whoa) if that works for other folks, rather than trying to push an earlier date (though I could do the 11th if we had a quorum for that date). 3 vs 5 is unlikely to impact my availability -- perhaps it would for folks considering the trek from Indy?
posted by amelioration at 6:00 PM on March 31, 2010

I've never done this before. I guess now we wait a while to see who else is interested. May 2 looks good for everyone so far. Is Upland ok with everyone?
posted by irisclara at 12:29 AM on April 1, 2010

April 11th works for me, as does postponing things until after the end of April. And yeah, Upland sounds good.
posted by Johnny Assay at 5:33 AM on April 1, 2010

Sounds good to me, irisclara.
posted by JohnFredra at 6:55 AM on April 1, 2010

May 2, Upland, 3 or 5p? Should we figure out how many people we expect, maybe increase that by a few to account for people who don't hear about it until later, and then make a reservation?
posted by Pope Guilty at 2:57 PM on April 1, 2010

Beats me PG. Maybe wait until after this weekend to give folks more chance to check in. We can see if anyone has a time preference. I don't know how far in advance we should call for a Sunday afternoon. If you think it would be a good idea to make the reservation ASAP I'll call Monday or Tuesday next week. If it doesn't matter when the reservation is made I'll just wait another week. I guess it would be good to finalize though so Bloomington will go up on the meetup sidebar. What do you guys think?
posted by irisclara at 10:57 PM on April 1, 2010

They don't take reservations, but it's usually not hard to get a spot at that time. I think you should go ahead and sidebar it now, since we're off the front page at this point. Thanks for taking lead on this!
posted by amelioration at 5:40 AM on April 2, 2010

May 2nd sounds fine. I can probably be there.

Don't make reservations until maybe the day before, and only then if there are more than 4-6 people who are confirmed.
posted by ErWenn at 6:21 AM on April 3, 2010

Ah, and I should have read Amelioration's message, which renders reservations a moot point.
posted by ErWenn at 6:21 AM on April 3, 2010

Ooh, I just realized that Bloomington's Meet-up for the 10th Anniversary of Geocaching is on May 2nd at 5pm at the Scenic View Restaurant near Lake Monroe. If it's not possible to move the date, I vote for 3pm, or even earlier, so that I can attend both, at least for part of the time.
posted by ErWenn at 6:27 AM on April 3, 2010

That seems perfectly reasonable.
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:55 AM on April 3, 2010

So we're looking at closer to 1pm now? (hi ErWenn!) Ok. In case you didn't notice we're up on the sidebar now (of course you noticed). Thanks for the info about reservations. That's one less thing to worry about. It looks like we'll have a good turnout. I can't wait to meet everyone.
posted by irisclara at 1:07 PM on April 3, 2010

I'm in the same-ish boat that valkyryn is in. Bloomington's a bit of a trek for me from Muncie. Y'all have a swell time, though. Hopefully, we can get something going in Indy again, soon.
posted by Thorzdad at 2:44 PM on April 3, 2010

1:00pm sounds great to me.
posted by ErWenn at 9:07 PM on April 3, 2010

I'm in, and 1pm works fine for me.
posted by asperity at 10:22 AM on April 5, 2010

I think I can make it down from Indy that day. I look forward to meeting you all.
posted by ocha-no-mizu at 5:38 PM on April 7, 2010

I'm in Bloomington, walking distance from Upland. I'll see if I can round up some more MeFites!
posted by Heretic at 3:36 PM on April 9, 2010

W00t! I'm SO there! Thanks, everyone, for organizing this! This is very first meetup.
posted by CitizenD at 7:48 PM on April 9, 2010

Wow! It looks like we've got almost a dozen coming including me and my boyfriend. I agree with CitizenD. This is my first meetup and I'm very excited that I'll get to meet so many people.
posted by irisclara at 10:25 AM on April 10, 2010

Just checking back in: I'm pretty sure I can make it on May 2nd. Looking forward to it!
posted by Johnny Assay at 1:21 PM on April 13, 2010

Grarr! I just realized that I'll be in Madison, WI on May 1st and 2nd for a conference. The one time we have a meet-up where I live, and I'm not going to be in town. Now I feel bad for asking people to shift the times around.

Sorry for all the trouble. Maybe next time.
posted by ErWenn at 9:07 AM on April 19, 2010

ErWenn, it's too bad you won't make it! I vote we keep it at 1pm, though -- seems like that's what folks are planning on/around (it's certainly best for me).
posted by amelioration at 6:17 PM on April 21, 2010

And it turns out I was stupid it enough to schedule four other things in Bloomington that weekend as well. It looks like the combined weight of my other obligations now outweighs that of the conference, so I'll be staying here in Bloomington, and I can make the meet-up after all!

So false alarm. I'm still stupid, but you'll all have to deal with me anyway.
posted by ErWenn at 7:34 PM on April 21, 2010

So, uh, how many people do we actually have for this? If it's not very many, should we reschedule for a time more people can make it?
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:37 PM on April 21, 2010

Here's the list of who's checked in.

Pope Guilty
Johnny Assay

Others who've said they might attend:


I vote Thunderbirds Are Go! Unless, that is, there's something you guys aren't telling me. Does the current time conflict with the Hot Sexy People competition or the opening of the Fun Frolic? I'd definitely reschedule for that.
posted by irisclara at 8:31 PM on April 21, 2010

I guess I can skip the Hot Sexy People competition. Sign me up.
posted by logicpunk at 10:53 AM on April 22, 2010

MeFi > Hot Sexy People*

*may not be valid for hot sexy people who regard you as a hot sexy person*
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:52 PM on April 22, 2010

Shift me to a maybe-- I've got a big-ass interview in a faraway place on Monday and will need most of Sunday to freak out, pack, and finish my research on the place. But I will try my damndest to come have a beer!
posted by Heretic at 1:05 PM on April 29, 2010

I'll shift from a maybe to a definite to take Heretic's place.
posted by ocha-no-mizu at 7:13 PM on April 29, 2010

If we don't see you, good luck Heretic. Thanks for stepping up like that ocha-no-mizu. So many new people to meet!
posted by irisclara at 7:58 AM on April 30, 2010

Okay, I remember the Fun Frolic, but now there's a competition for Hot Sexy People?

I was going to say something about how much I miss Bloomington, but now I'm not so sure. The place hasn't been the same since Tony's anarchist band stopped crashing the 4th of July parade, anyway.
posted by tangerine at 2:18 PM on April 30, 2010

I'm in! Looking forward to seeing you all.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 9:06 PM on April 30, 2010

Hmm. For some reason I had gotten it in to my head that we were starting at 2 PM. If anyone's reading this, I'll aim to be there in a half-hour or so.
posted by Johnny Assay at 10:11 AM on May 2, 2010

I got dragged into other peoples' stupid drama last night and was up way too late. I've just woke up. So... maybe next time.
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:06 AM on May 2, 2010

That was a hell of a turnout. We got a dozen even without CitizenD and Pope Guilty. Sorry we missed you two this time. The event went pretty well so maybe we can try again in a month or so. It was great meeting everyone who came. Heretic said she might post some pics later so check back. Special thanks to DevilsAdvocate and ocha-no-mizu for driving farther to meet us than we did to meet them. I hope it was worth it. I know I was glad to meet you both.
posted by irisclara at 5:22 PM on May 2, 2010 [1 favorite]

It was a blast meeting everyone. I had no idea there were so many of us in the area.

Thanks to irisclara for putting things together.
posted by ErWenn at 5:42 PM on May 2, 2010

I have a few pictures, just need to figure out where to host them. Looking forward to the next one-- this was a good time. Thanks for organizing, irisclara!
posted by Heretic at 7:15 PM on May 2, 2010

A scant few pictures up, I gotta hit the sack. If you can help with names in some of these please do-- it was so hard to hear the far end of the table. Who else took pictures? 'night, all!
posted by Heretic at 8:09 PM on May 2, 2010

Lovely to meet you all!
posted by amelioration at 7:19 AM on May 3, 2010

Looks like a great time. I hope I can make it next time.
posted by Pope Guilty at 8:17 AM on May 3, 2010

Where are these mysterious pictures you speak of, Heretic?
posted by ErWenn at 8:40 AM on May 3, 2010

ErWenn, they're linked in the sidebar at the top of the page, right above the tags. I did a little supplemental captioning last night, but I don't think I got everyone.
posted by Johnny Assay at 8:55 AM on May 3, 2010

Wow. Great turnout! Hopefully, we can get something going this summer, too.
posted by Thorzdad at 9:02 AM on May 3, 2010

I've got a few stealthy photos up now too. Apologies if I got any names wrong!
posted by ocha-no-mizu at 5:34 PM on May 3, 2010

Thanks for the great photos, folks. Most of the names are correct and no one was completely left out. How MetaFilter!;)
posted by irisclara at 8:49 AM on May 5, 2010

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