San Diego meetup! May 13, 2010 12:57 PM   Subscribe

San Diego! I'm coming your way.

I'll be in town for a conference June 3 and 4. Anyone want to grab dinner/drinks? I haven't booked a hotel or flight yet, but the conference is being held at the San Diego Convention Center.

I may take some vacation time and arrive a few days early, but I think Thursday or Friday would be the best days for me. Anyone interested?
posted by backseatpilot to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:57 PM (43 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I can confirm the fact that backseatpilot is a very classy fellow. You should meet up with him.
posted by loquacious at 7:27 PM on May 13, 2010

We're out of town exactly those days, and probably without a babysitter earlier in the week. Bummer. If you do find yourself in town over the previous weekend (29th or 30th), though, a get-together over good food/drinks could happen.
posted by moira at 8:02 PM on May 14, 2010

I think that the rumors of San Diego Mefites are greatly exaggerated. I looked and looked but did not see any when I was there!
posted by cabingirl at 8:11 PM on May 14, 2010

Sorry, cabingirl. I was being an antisocial curmudgeon that week.

I've seen two others with my very own eyes (meetup #2 years ago), but one of them moved away.
posted by moira at 12:26 PM on May 15, 2010

I'm still here! But yeah, I also went to the first SD meetup, when Matt himself came down. We had three non-Matt people.
posted by LionIndex at 7:45 PM on May 15, 2010

Wow, as many as four people at a SD meetup?

Backseatpilot, we might be able to do Monday the 31st, as well.
posted by moira at 9:27 AM on May 16, 2010

We had um, four MeFites plus a couple of lurkers/SOs at the 10th anniversary thing.

I'm so busy planning my engagement party and move to Chicago though, that the 3rd and 4th is just too far out to foresee how crazy things might be for me. If I'm in the downtown area those nights though, I might be up for a drink!
posted by booknerd at 1:11 PM on May 16, 2010

It's like a Metafilter dead zone or something...

The absolute earliest I'll be in town is the 31st - June 1 is much more likely, though. I haven't booked tickets yet because I'm still waiting for the paperwork for the conference fees to go through, but once I get confirmation for that I'll update again.
posted by backseatpilot at 7:28 PM on May 16, 2010

Yay meetup!

I can make it pretty much whenever, as long as it's June 1 or later. If it's on the 4th then Feantari will also be in town.
posted by The Pusher Robot at 10:40 AM on May 17, 2010

I can make dinner/drinks on the 4th or 5th, perhaps with a lurker-Mefite in tow.
posted by millions of peaches at 12:32 PM on May 17, 2010

Awesome possum. Got my conference confirmation and booked tickets. Will Friday the 4th work for everyone?

The conference is at the convention center and I'm staying at the Gaslamp Quarter Hilton, and I have a rental car... and I've never been to the city before. Suggestions for a place to go?
posted by backseatpilot at 10:54 AM on May 18, 2010

What do you like?
posted by booknerd at 10:56 AM on May 18, 2010

Candlelight dinners, long walks on the beach, and romantic comedies.

I mean, um... maybe something "Californian"? What's good and plentiful in SD that's more difficult to find in Boston? Maybe some authentic Mexican food? Sushi?

Stiff drinks would be a plus.
posted by backseatpilot at 11:58 AM on May 18, 2010

Let's see...

San Diego is good at Mexican food, both authentic and greasy. The other SD meetup thread had some good Mexican food suggestions, but mentioned none of them were great for meetups. Also, uh, since you're downtown--if you like carne asada and fries all rolled up in a tortilla with delicious hot sauce, get the California burrito at Mexican Fiesta on India Street (8am-4pm). Get it for lunch and then find somewhere to take a nap. Most California burritos have home fries or regular fries in them. These feature crazy awesome crispy hash browns. I still dream about them.

For stiff drinks, I think the Tractor Room could work. I like the cocktail menu, and the appetizers are good. My main concern is that the prices are a bit high there.

Oh yeah, almost forgot-- San Diego is also good at beer, if you're into craft beer...for that there's Toronado, Small Bar, and Blind Lady Alehouse. Toronado has a little back room that's a bit quieter than the front of the bar, so I'd vote for that if we wanted to go there.

Is froyo (tart frozen yogurt with odd toppings like mochi and cornflakes) a thing that's available in Boston? We have froyo shops all over the place here. Some could be quiet enough for a meetup.
posted by millions of peaches at 2:55 PM on May 18, 2010

Craft beer is all good in my book. We have a Pinkberry around here... somehwere... but that's about it as far as frozen yogurt goes.
posted by backseatpilot at 6:17 PM on May 18, 2010

Oh gosh I'm late in responding, but I'm in San Diego and would love to meet up. When cabingirl was here earlier this month we had some trouble getting organized, but a meetup DID take place, albeit just a tiny one! Hopefully some of the folks who responded to the earlier thread are still about and interested in getting together.
posted by illenion at 4:43 PM on May 19, 2010

I'm totally coming this time.
posted by changeling at 11:11 PM on May 19, 2010

you know, there were a bunch of North Park-dwelling Mefites who spoke up in this thread. maybe we should meet somewhere thereabouts?
posted by changeling at 11:13 PM on May 19, 2010

Ooh, North Park. Any suggestions on good places in that area?
posted by millions of peaches at 10:49 AM on May 20, 2010

June 1 would work for me if it was fairly late--I have to work until 8. From the 2nd-5th I have a guest, but the 6th and after is also fine. Even if we can't get something together for this time, we should definitely do more meetups!

There are lots of fun places in North Park, and most of them are along 30th st--so much so that there's actually a beer named after it.
posted by exceptinsects at 4:01 PM on May 20, 2010

I think I would prefer something on the 4th, but if the 1st is better for everyone that's fine - I'll just be a little jet-lagged.

I have a car, so I can get just about anywhere - is there any particular place in North Park that's a group favorite?
posted by backseatpilot at 8:34 AM on May 23, 2010

In North Park, Splash seems kinda cool. It has self-serve wine tasting kiosks (OMG The Future!!). Happy hour is 4-6 every day.

I haven't been to Urban Solace either, but have heard good things about it (and their goat cheese/butternut squash dip. swoooon)
posted by changeling at 2:23 PM on May 24, 2010

For dinner, Urban Solace is completely delicious, but we'd need a reservation with semi-reliable number of attendees (might be difficult for an SD meetup). It gets crowded in there and it's a smallish restaurant.

If this meet-up were to happen at a bar later in the evening on June 1, (Hamilton's, maybe?), IjonTichy and I would probably make it. His dissertation defense is that morning, so serious drinking and celebrating will happen somewhere. Might as well make it a Metafilter meet-up deal... probably our last before moving to Chicago, actually.
posted by booknerd at 3:09 PM on May 24, 2010

The website for Hamilton's looks promising - how's the food?
posted by backseatpilot at 11:04 AM on May 25, 2010

The food is very tasty, on the gourmet greasy side. :-)

Hamilton's later in the evening would work for me as well.
posted by exceptinsects at 2:01 PM on May 25, 2010

8:30 on the 1st then? Or 9? If at least two people who aren't me chime in and say they'll come, we can sidebar this. Actually, I'll probably plan to go for dinner and just hang out and drink for a while with the PhD celebrating, but we'll make sure to still be there for a while after you get off work, ms. exceptinsects.
posted by booknerd at 9:02 AM on May 26, 2010

I'm coming! No preferences as to time. I'll try to get my partner to come but he's got some obligations on Tuesday nights.
posted by millions of peaches at 11:24 AM on May 26, 2010

That sounds good to me! I'll take try to get some sleep on the airplane - leaving the house at 4:30 am (EST!) so I'll need it.
posted by backseatpilot at 11:40 AM on May 26, 2010

chime! I'll probably bring the mister too & come at 8ish for food. this is my first meetup. how do y'all find each other?
posted by changeling at 12:16 PM on May 26, 2010

Last time I flew my MeFi shirt like a flag from the umbrella stand, since it was too hot to wear it. I'll wear it this time though. Also, look for the short girl with glasses and short brown hair, and the boy next to her with the same haircut.
posted by booknerd at 3:01 PM on May 26, 2010

I think I and the boy can make it, but I have to double-check.
posted by FritoKAL at 3:28 PM on May 27, 2010

I can attend on June 1st or 4th.
posted by overthrow at 2:45 AM on May 31, 2010

I'm still in! Hope this is still happening...
posted by illenion at 7:44 PM on May 31, 2010

what's the time we decided?

ugh, there's a chance my husband will be taking my car to a meeting tonight, which kills my chance of going. otherwise, I'm in for sure.
posted by changeling at 10:10 AM on June 1, 2010

I'm still in too. I'll be there between 8:30 and 9:00 since I'm getting out of work late today.
posted by millions of peaches at 1:16 PM on June 1, 2010

I'm here, and I guess I'll get to Hamilton's a little early to get dinner - around 7-7:30, I guess? I'll probably have a bright red backpack and be falling asleep in my beer.
posted by backseatpilot at 2:16 PM on June 1, 2010

Made it to the bar (the one on 30th, I hope..?) - look for the lone guy at the back of the bar.
posted by backseatpilot at 7:19 PM on June 1, 2010

I'll be there around 9ish, hope you'll still be awake, backseatpilot!
posted by exceptinsects at 7:32 PM on June 1, 2010

Yeah, we're running a bit late too, family stuff came up. I'm wearing a white dress instead of my MeFi shirt, since I think I ate too many celebratory meals to comfortably fit into my jeans (ughhhhhhh).
posted by booknerd at 8:03 PM on June 1, 2010

Running late as well, sorry, should be there 9ish. I'll be the small Asian woman wearing a dark blue hoodie with a green tree on the back.
posted by millions of peaches at 8:46 PM on June 1, 2010

lame. did not obtain car access. I hope you guys are having a great time!!
posted by changeling at 9:29 PM on June 1, 2010

Fun to meet all you guys! Let's do it again sometime!
posted by exceptinsects at 12:07 PM on June 5, 2010

Seconded :)
posted by millions of peaches at 8:55 PM on June 7, 2010

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