Well shucks y'all, back home they said San Francisco was just heathens and fornicators... April 16, 2010 9:58 AM   Subscribe

Is San Francisco all Meetupped out? Or are there SF MeFites who might want to get together to show a Texas boy a good time next weekend? Evening of Saturday the 24th (so that people nearby can make it in easier)?

I've never been to San Francisco. I'll be in town for the weekend just for fun, visiting politikitty. It would be nice to meet you all.

Otherwise, she and I are just going to spend all weekend making out in front of doublewhiskycokenoice and watching C-SPAN.
posted by greekphilosophy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:58 AM (73 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

1. Hell no we aren't!
2. Them back home said that for a reason.
3. We way be Missoned out in which case what neighborhoods make good alternatives, folks?
4. My place is the only one that even gets C-SPAN these days so watch it.
posted by Doublewhiskeycokenoice at 10:03 AM on April 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

sweet. I'm down. We do need to explore bars outside the mission.
posted by special-k at 10:39 AM on April 16, 2010

SF Public Library Meetup!

But seriously, someplace where we can hear each other talk would be great.

You know this means private room Karaoke, right?

posted by ooga_booga at 11:05 AM on April 16, 2010

Private room karaoke?! This sounds very promising.
posted by greekphilosophy at 11:12 AM on April 16, 2010

Private room karaoke?! This sounds very promising.

Sounds like it could end my future bid for public office.
I'm on board nevertheless.
posted by special-k at 11:26 AM on April 16, 2010

My dear boy's birthday BBQ is that evening, so alas, I can't make it. Have fun, you crazy kids!
posted by mostlymartha at 11:29 AM on April 16, 2010

Damn. I am very sorry to miss meeting you, greekphilosophy. We'll be off in England by then, unless of course the volcano keeps at it.
posted by gingerbeer at 11:41 AM on April 16, 2010

Another vote for not-so-loud-please (I feel better knowing I'm not the only person who has a hard time following the conversation). Also BART-friendly would be great.

Heathens we may be, but show me a town that isn't full of fornicators and I'll show you a town that is empty. Where do y'all think all those Texans come from?
posted by Quietgal at 12:10 PM on April 16, 2010

posted by greekphilosophy at 12:17 PM on April 16, 2010

It's hypothetically likely that San Francisco could be a town absent of fornicators. it is a town that imports about 95% of it's population. So the procreation happens elsewhere, leaving no evidence behind of fornication, except for the used condoms and sex tapes.

Also, if there are quiet evening activities in the city, I am all ears. I have been living under the impression that you have to yell to be heard in parks, much less bars or other meet-up locales.
posted by politikitty at 12:22 PM on April 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

Edinburgh Castle? That's a relatively quiet place, and there's lots of room upstairs. Or maybe Hyde Out. What say ye?
posted by Doublewhiskeycokenoice at 12:48 PM on April 16, 2010

posted by rtha at 12:50 PM on April 16, 2010

Maybe? I might be out of town, but that depends on my ability to actually plan the roadtrip I want to go on.

So, if I suck at planning, I'll be there!
posted by mollymayhem at 12:58 PM on April 16, 2010

Edinburgh Castle would totally work. I second this motion.
posted by special-k at 1:27 PM on April 16, 2010

I don't know what that is, but I'm a queen, so I'm sure it'll work.
posted by greekphilosophy at 1:32 PM on April 16, 2010

I can't even go but wanted to let y'all know that the Castle is not necessarily very quiet on a Saturday. Sometimes they have bands. Sometimes the jukebox is really loud. But I bet if you get there on the early side you can commandeer the big table near the front (far from the jukebox), and be there before the crowds start to arrive and get noisy.
posted by rtha at 1:55 PM on April 16, 2010

I'd imagine it would be really difficult to find anything super quiet on a Saturday night unless we hit up some swanky bar.
posted by special-k at 1:58 PM on April 16, 2010

There's this.
posted by special-k at 2:05 PM on April 16, 2010

Does it have to be a bar, per se? What about a cheapish restaurant in New Chinatown? Most serve beer, which is the lifeblood of MeFites, and Chinese restaurants are fun with lots of friends because you can order a whole bunch of dishes to share. There's often a huge table with a lazy susan, so maybe we could reserve it ... *looks arounds sternly* ... as long as you guys promise not to see how fast you can spin it before the dishes go flying off. I can scope out the possibilities on Clement St and report back, if anyone is interested. (Hey, greekphilosophy, we have really good Chinese food here. It's not all fornication Mission burritos.)

Also, Green Apple Books on 6th & Clement is open till 11:30 on Saturday nights, and it's a terrific used bookstore for a post-dinner browsing session. There's a quiet evening activity for you, politikitty.
posted by Quietgal at 2:46 PM on April 16, 2010

Lived in Chinatown in Philly. Love dim sum long time. Usually decently behaved with a lazy Susan.

(I also don't drink - so while Im sure a bar would be tons of fun with you kids, it would otherwise be just kind of meh for me. But the combination of mefites, drinking and some other awesome thing (like karaoke or Chinese food or historical re-enactment or political protest) would be great!)
posted by greekphilosophy at 3:25 PM on April 16, 2010

I just remembered that next weekend I am off on a bachelor party/snow camping trip. So I'm out.

y'all remember to have fun.
posted by special-k at 4:26 PM on April 16, 2010

If you want political protest, you could have a special Metafilter meetup on a sidewalk as part of the city-wide Sit/Lie protest on Saturday.

(Sit/Lie being an unfortunate, misguided, and regressive attempt to make it illegal for certain people to sit or lie on certain sidewalks in certain neighborhoods at certain times)
posted by gingerbeer at 4:42 PM on April 16, 2010

San Francisco was just heathens and fornicators...

But Texas on the other hand...
posted by jpdoane at 8:48 PM on April 16, 2010

No more bars. Seriously. Are there no bright and happy places to gather?
posted by jeffamaphone at 10:15 AM on April 17, 2010 [1 favorite]

I second the above comment. If only because I am 20.
posted by MattMangels at 4:17 PM on April 17, 2010

OK, on Tuesday I can go to Clement St and look at Chinese restaurants that are bright and happy and have big tables that we could reserve on Saturday evening. I'll report back on the options, but I'll be looking at places where one main dish plus a beer would be under $20 (the places I'm thinking of charge ~ $8 - $15 per main dish, with portions large enough to share). They're mostly clustered between 4th and 10th Ave, accessible by Muni #1 and #44 (which in turn are accessible by BART at Embarcadero or Glen Park). Parking can be difficult but there's usually something on the residential streets nearby.

An after-dinner visit to Green Apple Books is another bright and happy option. Hubby and I went on many a cheap date featuring Chinese food and used books ... *happy nostalgic sigh*

Stay tuned!
posted by Quietgal at 4:39 PM on April 17, 2010

Hell, let's do a BBQ. If the weather's nice there's those grills over by the disc golf course in Golden Gate Park. If the weather sucks there's Chinese or Pizza Ogasmica or something.
posted by Doublewhiskeycokenoice at 10:28 PM on April 17, 2010 [1 favorite]

A BBQ in GG Park sounds very nice. I'm not sure if we have to reserve a grill, though - this PDF from the Parks & Rec Dept says yes and it costs $27 for family/nonprofit groups, but I don't know if people actually do this, or just "squat" on any open grill. Anybody here have any firsthand experience? (The one thing I know for sure is that those grills are really really dirty, so if anybody has a portable grill they could bring, that would probably be better all around - if it's allowed in the park.)

If we do the BBQ, what about the logistics? Potluck? Who brings the charcoal? Who's the grillmeister? *looks at Texan guy*

This would be fun but will take some planning, so let's start discussing the details while we still have lots of time to figure stuff out.
posted by Quietgal at 10:15 PM on April 18, 2010

Ooh, that sounds like a lot of fun! I am probably a stain on the reputation of BBQ, but I am sure I can grill up a skirt steak for some fajitas! Potluck sounds like a good option!

The ten day forecast seems to say it's going to be sunny and beautiful on Saturday, so that's promising in terms of planning with some substantial certainty that we wont get thwarted at the last minute by Mother Nature. So in terms of a potluck BBQ, we'll want some:

more meat
veggies for grilling

Anyone want to agree to something to get the ball rolling? I'll plan on bringing fajita makings (steak, peppers/onions, guac, salsa, tortillas - omg you all have tortillas there, right?), a flat of bottled water, charcoal and lighter fluid.

Does this sound like a good start? Are others in?
posted by greekphilosophy at 8:20 AM on April 19, 2010

I would be able to be there in the evening, but my afternoon is spoken for, alas! It sounds like a fantastic idea though.
posted by ooga_booga at 10:35 AM on April 19, 2010

That's a fantastic idea. I'm not entirely sure I can make it but I sure hope so.
posted by tangerine at 12:14 PM on April 19, 2010

I'm in, afternoon (BBQ) or evening (Chinese restaurant). The BBQ sounds like more fun, to be honest. We definitely have tortillas here *harumph* and I will bring a bunch. I'll be coming by bus so I can't schlep a whole lot, but tortillas are definitely do-able.

The central point is the grill, though. Has anybody got a portable grill or hibachi they can bring? Otherwise we'll need a flamethrower, sandblaster and hazmat suits to clean off a park grill.
posted by Quietgal at 7:54 PM on April 19, 2010

Quietgal, are you still on recon for Chinese places today?

I get the feeling that this is going to work best if we have a location and time and have people RSVP so that we can make a reservation, rather than doing something sprawling and pot-lucky. Just a hunch, though.
posted by greekphilosophy at 11:17 AM on April 20, 2010

My understanding of the park reservation is that it isn't so much to reserve the grill, per se, it's really to reserve some space. Each section of a meadow will have a grill and a picnic table, and when someone reserves a grill, they lay claim to the space around it. I've never tried to squat anywhere, but the park is generally pretty full and people get territorial about their reservations. You probably want a reservation whether you intend to use the grill or not. That gives you an assigned place where you can tell people to meet ahead of time. It's a big place to try to find a bunch of strangers.

And you can just lay some aluminum foil on the grill rather than bring your own. I wouldn't bother, personally. Fire tends to sanitize things just fine. But I know a lot of people still get squicked out.
posted by team lowkey at 11:44 AM on April 20, 2010

Greekphilosophy, I think you're right. The less logistics and planning required, the more likely the meetup will work.

I did reconnoitre some Chinese restaurants on Clement St today, and I think China First at 336 Clement (between 4th and 5th) would work for us. They have lots of big tables (with lazy Susans!) that seat 8 - 10, and they only need reservations for groups larger than 8. They're also cheaper than I remembered, with lots of main dishes for $5 - $7 (although the specials go up to about $12) and lots of variety. The food is good and the place is cheerful and pleasantly busy. There are tons of good restaurants in New Chinatown but I think this is a good one for larger groups.

Since you're the guest of honor, perhaps you should make the decision? Or your hosts? I don't want to muscle in here
uh, despite appearances to the contrary ...
posted by Quietgal at 6:41 PM on April 20, 2010

Here's what we'll do. We're gonna go ahead and call this puppy to give people something concrete to plan on.

April 24, 2010

Your presence and scintillating personality is desired at

China First
336 Clement
San Francisco, CA

for food, fun, and unabashed nerdery.

Please RSVP in this thread if you plan to attend. I will call ahead at COB Friday PST and place a resevation for as many mefites as have responded by that time. If you don't respond, then we will make you sit at another table, all alone, and we will possibly throw noodles at you.
posted by greekphilosophy at 9:07 PM on April 20, 2010

Thanks, greekphilosophy! I will be there. I will probably even be early, since I will probably leave a little early. If we have 8 people or less we don't need a reservation but I will stake out a big table for our group. If nothing else, we can shout across the table and pretend we're at a loud bar and can't hear each other.
posted by Quietgal at 9:31 PM on April 20, 2010

Wooh, I wanna come!
posted by bkudria at 12:05 AM on April 21, 2010

Assuming my ride works out (and it looks like it might) I will be there!
posted by ooga_booga at 12:43 AM on April 23, 2010

Sounds like fun to me; I'll be there.
posted by MikeKD at 1:05 PM on April 23, 2010

Anyone else?

We're not at the magic number requiring a reservation and I think that means we can forego that little part of it. (Though I'm happy to make one if someone thinks it is prudent - or if a couple more people announce that they want to come along!)

You all have a purdy city.
posted by greekphilosophy at 4:45 PM on April 23, 2010

Considering how much fun I had at Frjtz last time, I'm going to come tomorrow if I can, but it's looking to be about even chances now. Sorry that doesn't help much for making the reservations gp.
posted by baserunner73 at 6:59 PM on April 23, 2010

Are politikitty and doublewhiskey coming? So far I count 5, maybe 6. That's enough to justify staking out a large table for 8, in my opinion. I'll try to get there a little early and do just that.
posted by Quietgal at 7:28 PM on April 23, 2010

Yup, there will be three of us. Politikitty, and doublewhiskycokenoice and I are all coming together. We'll need a big table, but it doesn't look like we'll have to make a reservation. Can't wait to see everyone.

Hope you can come baserunner73.
posted by greekphilosophy at 8:14 PM on April 23, 2010

Hey, can I, um, come to the meetup?
posted by iamkimiam at 8:15 PM on April 23, 2010

Isn't that a hell of a commute?

I mean, I'm pretty sure internet nerds are not above skyping in fools.
posted by politikitty at 9:14 PM on April 23, 2010

(I haven't actually left yet. The early goodbye/birthday meetup was perfect so that I wasn't in fluther of leaving crazyness and the inevitable puddle of tears. And you SF people have meetups, like, every two weeks. That means I've probably got one or two left in me. Yay. So, soon the crying...)
posted by iamkimiam at 11:22 PM on April 23, 2010

(Also wanted to make sure that the currently-being-converted-into-the-England-cabal peeps, rtha and gingerbeer, were able to make it. Because, you know, they ain't coming back. Something about a volcano and a plan...you're next politikitty...you and doublewhiskyandcokenoice should be expecting your British MeFi welcoming package soon.)
posted by iamkimiam at 11:29 PM on April 23, 2010

We are too coming back! Volcano or no volcano.
posted by gingerbeer at 7:08 AM on April 24, 2010

> Hey, can I, um, come to the meetup?

Of course! We can squeeze in another chair for you!
posted by Quietgal at 5:23 PM on April 24, 2010

To my greatest consternation I won't be able to make it. I've been in SF for almost a year now and I have been to a single meetup - ridiculous, right?

Hopefully you'll all have fun and I'll get to meet the wonderful mefites of SF next time.
posted by bkudria at 6:17 PM on April 24, 2010

Last minute hopeful attendee! I'm about to head over to the city. bkudria, you've got nothing on me-- I've been here longer than metafilter has been around and still have yet to make it to a meetup. Tonight.... that changes.
posted by wzcx at 7:15 PM on April 24, 2010

I'm standing outside the place and MAN is it hopping! This is clearly a popular spot and I can't wait to find out why.
posted by greekphilosophy at 7:38 PM on April 24, 2010

I'm vicariously thrilled. Have fun guys, and don't be too vicious on wzcx.
posted by bkudria at 7:49 PM on April 24, 2010

Table near the back! Come join us.
posted by politikitty at 8:18 PM on April 24, 2010

Thanks for a fun evening, everyone. It was good to meet some new faces and see a few old-timers again. Hope those who couldn't make it tonight will be able to come to another meetup!

Hey, greekphilosophy, if you want a guided tour of Telegraph Hill and the Filbert Steps tomorrow, MeMail me. The invitation is open to the rest of y'all too. I'm free all day, but mid-day works best since Coit Tower Plaza is an excellent spot for a picnic lunch and the wild parrots often hang out in the Marchant Gardens around then. Nearest BART station is Montgomery Street, a bit of a walk but interesting, historic, and scenic.
posted by Quietgal at 10:04 PM on April 24, 2010

Thanks so much, Quietgal! Had a blast SF mefites!

After today's sunfest, I think I have to push off Coit Tower/Telegraph Hill until at least Monday so that I can let my skin calm down a bit!!

Wonderful to meet you all, and if I never go home then I'll see you again soon! And if I do go home, I'll see you again later!
posted by greekphilosophy at 11:56 PM on April 24, 2010

Oh hey special-k! How's the evening going?
posted by special-k at 10:39 PM on May 15, 2010

quite ok I suppose. I really miss twitter. sort of.
posted by special-k at 10:40 PM on May 15, 2010

So now you talk to yourself in old Meta threads?
posted by special-k at 10:40 PM on May 15, 2010

posted by special-k at 10:40 PM on May 15, 2010

Kamikazes are dangerous.
posted by special-k at 10:41 PM on May 15, 2010

you mean the drink?
posted by special-k at 10:41 PM on May 15, 2010

yes, yes I do.
posted by special-k at 10:41 PM on May 15, 2010

hmm. yes, I suppose. How many have you had?
posted by special-k at 10:42 PM on May 15, 2010

Is several quantitative enough for you?
posted by special-k at 10:42 PM on May 15, 2010

Is several more than like many?
posted by special-k at 10:42 PM on May 15, 2010

why yes, yes it si.
posted by special-k at 10:43 PM on May 15, 2010

posted by special-k at 10:43 PM on May 15, 2010

woah indeed my friend.
posted by special-k at 10:43 PM on May 15, 2010

wtf special k
posted by baserunner73 at 5:09 AM on May 21, 2010

I would like 'several more than like many' of whatever you were drinking that night
posted by baserunner73 at 5:09 AM on May 21, 2010

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