For the Love of loquacious May 24, 2010 11:18 AM   Subscribe

As many of you know, loquacious landed himself in the hospital the other day. He's on the mend, but due to his extenuating circumstances many people have been compelled to assist, and some additional fund raising events have been set up.


Beginning Tuesday, May 25th at 10am EST, the first listing will appear in the eBay store.

Additional listings of MeFite donations will appear daily at 10am EST.

NYC Meet-up

Saturday, June 5th at 7pm EST

MeFite newpotato has generously provided the venue for this meet-up. Please join The Whelk for an evening of FUNdraising at St. Jerome's located at 155 Rivington St.

To avoid missing the fund raising activities, be sure to get there early.


Here's the latest from loquacious.

posted by gman to MetaFilter-Related at 11:18 AM (88 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

I'm picking up raffle tickets.
posted by The Whelk at 11:28 AM on May 24, 2010

I'm in. I hope Paypal doesn't freeze these funds too...
posted by nevercalm at 11:34 AM on May 24, 2010

Excellent, thanks. :)
posted by zarq at 11:34 AM on May 24, 2010

This is as good a place as any to say that my wife has taken to calling Metafilter "a geek NGO."
posted by nevercalm at 11:37 AM on May 24, 2010 [25 favorites]

I'm in. I hope Paypal doesn't freeze these funds too...

No worries. I've contacted them and we are clear.
posted by gman at 11:40 AM on May 24, 2010

I thought you said waffle tickets. I would so buy a gazillion of those.
posted by slogger at 11:47 AM on May 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

I'm so sorry I wasn't able to donate and I live very remotely so I can't attend any UK meetup but let me know what I can do from here!
posted by By The Grace of God at 11:58 AM on May 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

Welease the waffle!

I have no original arts/crafts to contribute, buy I'm going to dig through my old T-shirt collection & my old poster collection when I get home tonight & see what I can dig up that's worth raffling. I've got some unique, historical & interesting shirts, as well as some Kozik prints from his first years of printing, before he moved to SF. It'd be hard to part with one of those, but I hopefully have a duplicate of something good.
posted by Devils Rancher at 11:58 AM on May 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

...and, people, there will be Pimms Cups, with or without cucumber.
posted by newpotato at 12:08 PM on May 24, 2010 [2 favorites]

Sir, do you have a permit for that waffle?
posted by nebulawindphone at 12:14 PM on May 24, 2010

If anyone has a super-duper awesome thing they want to raffle off but may not be able to make it to the event MeMail me to set-up drop off points. I'm trying for 1 grand prize (which we have) and 3 runners up.
posted by The Whelk at 12:23 PM on May 24, 2010

Aw, I want to go! I have a flight out of NYC at that same exact time. :(

(Will be on the paypals, though. Get better, loquacious! You are well-loved.)
posted by functionequalsform at 1:00 PM on May 24, 2010

Good to hear about paypal!
posted by knapah at 1:09 PM on May 24, 2010

Also, what should we do/who do we contact if we do have stuff we want to enter for the wafflin'? Gman?

(Sorry if the info is in a thread somewhere I haven't seen. There's be a whole lot of MetaTalkin' this week. Getting hard to keep up with.)
posted by functionequalsform at 1:10 PM on May 24, 2010

Me for the raffle, gman for auctions, but we're getting kinda full off on raffle stuff already but drop me a line
posted by The Whelk at 1:12 PM on May 24, 2010

gman, The Whelk, you're a couple of good eggs. This is pretty great.
posted by heyho at 1:16 PM on May 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

Can you talk a little bit about the logistics of the eBay stuff? I've got a bunch of things I'd be willing to donate (mainly DVD box sets), but I see that the eBay store is in Canada - would people be listing/shipping the items themselves? Shipping the stuff to you for listing? Sending you descriptions for listing, then shipping directly to the winner? (Guessing it's the last of those three)
posted by jbickers at 1:25 PM on May 24, 2010

eBay-ignorant question here: librarina and I have some homegrown poultry to donate. However, some of our chickens have not yet been hatched and, under the terms of our poultry permit, the ready-to-cook birds will need picked up on-farm within 48 hours of "processing."

Misunderstandings about location and pick-up dates and so forth seem like they might cause trouble. Is there a way to mitigate this without risking gman's feedback? We could also auction our stuff separately since, by definition, it's going to be a smaller audience.

The benefit to the latter option is that it gives me the opportunity to declare the first annual metafilter livestock auction. Let's see the New York Times style section figure that one out!

On preview: Speaking of good eggs, we can contribute some of those as well (chicken and duck only, I've tried to convince librarina to start a flock of gmans and The Whelks but she won't go for it. We've got the pasture for it, but we don't have the server space). Again, we're not licensed for off-farm sales, so the same complications apply.
posted by stet at 1:25 PM on May 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

I spent a fair amount of time with our pal this morning in the hospital and I just want to make sure everyone is aware -- these fundraising efforts go a long, long way to helping loquacious get back on his feet. There are *some* support services that can be mobilized over the next several months, but money in the bank is a critical piece of a workable plan and without it the situation (as these things often turn out) could be far, far worse.

Please keep giving what you can. And to everyone that's given, organized, and otherwise -- you people are amazing.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 1:39 PM on May 24, 2010 [4 favorites]

FYI, we're having a Seattle meetup on June 1st. Although not a well constructed fundraiser, myself and many other MeFi folk will be competing to win the trivia jackpot for Loq.

Weirdly, I didn't ask if he was coming. I should really work on my planning skills.....
posted by lattiboy at 1:40 PM on May 24, 2010

If I were in a position to help I definitely would. Hang in there, loquacious. My thoughts are with ya.
posted by joe lisboa at 1:47 PM on May 24, 2010

I'll donate a $50 credit/gift certificate from Vortex Records in Toronto. Presumably it's best to eBay it as the shop doesn't do mail order. However, if someone not-local bids/wins, I can ship something for them personally as long as it uses up the whole credit in one shipment. (I don't want to make multiple trips.) If it's local, the thing'll work like a gift certificate and they can spend it over time.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 2:43 PM on May 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

Thanks for putting this together, gman.
posted by nola at 2:55 PM on May 24, 2010

For the ann arbor area crowd... I'll donate a cruise up the chain of lakes (Huron River, portage lake) for two in an unsinkable Boston Whaler (ok, it's only 13 feet long, but it's a fun ride up the river on a peaceful afternoon).. to be concluded with dinner (my treat) at the Portage Yacht Club.

I'll work with folks on dates (the club is open about 5 days a week, weekdays are best and more peaceful than Saturday or Sunday). We could do this most anytime during the summer (other than the one week I might be on vacation)

Get well loquacious.
posted by HuronBob at 3:29 PM on May 24, 2010 [2 favorites]

I wish I could do more, but, well, in the land of hypothetical maybes, I'm willing to put up dinner for two mefites in Japan (sort of western suburbs of Tokyo), at a lovely izakaya in Makuharihongo, home of the best fried chicken wings in Japan, if not the world. Also on the menu, skewers of grilled duck meat, delicious slices of raw horse, and fantastic fresh made potato chips. For loquacious, my treat (roughly a $60 value!). I don't know if it's viable or not, but if it's okay, please let me know.
posted by Ghidorah at 4:47 PM on May 24, 2010


That is to say... I'm donating this vintage Kung-Fu movie poster from 1971 to the raffle. Read all about the movie here!

So, Whelk, tell me what I need to do.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:26 PM on May 24, 2010 [3 favorites]

...and on that wonderful wonderful note I am capping out the auction/raffle material. We;ve got a metric ton now it's big enough to just get out of our hands.

Again, if you're auctioning something off - which I suggest you do if you can't physically get it to NYC by June 5th - talk to gman

if you are raffling it and need to get it physically to NYC by June 5th, talk to me.

In anyway cause, your tri-state area asses better come to this meet-up/raffle so we sell a lot of tickets to give away all this wonderful, wonderful stuff, so I am sticking it to the wall.

posted by The Whelk at 5:32 PM on May 24, 2010

which got stuck...there twice, can the mods remove the one that doesn't say fundraiser?
posted by The Whelk at 5:35 PM on May 24, 2010

Ghidorah, I'm not quite sure I understand what you're saying there... Do you mean you'll donate that $60 to loquacious? Or that you're willing to host a FUNdraiser in Chiba? Because, heck, I'd be willing to travel out to Makuharihongo to pitch in for loquacious if I can have the best chicken wings in the world while I'm at it. おごってくれなくてもいいし。

But I guess if I'm the only one to take up your offer, it'd be kind a lonesome fundraiser, ne?
posted by misozaki at 6:15 PM on May 24, 2010

"kind of." My kingdom for a two-minute editing window...
posted by misozaki at 6:16 PM on May 24, 2010

ha- I just read the review of the bar that gman linked to. I haven't seen that in years, it's the review from when we first opened.
A free drink for anyone who guesses who the gogo dancer that they're referring to is (hint: sure as hell isn't me).

Anyway, I'm trying to decide which beer to serve in which 100% of the proceeds will go to loquacious.
How do you all feel about Yuengling?
posted by newpotato at 6:27 PM on May 24, 2010

misozaki, and I guess, gman, I was trying to say that I'd add that 'experience' to the auction, if it was acceptable. Paypal and I aren't exactly friendly, and I was thinking that if someone were to win said bid, it would be me taking the winner +1 to the izakaya, and I'd cover the check. Mefites seem to come to Japan with relative frequency, I thought it might be a workable idea (winner's money gets to loquacious, winner has good food, possible meetup springs up in the wilds of western Chiba, and beer is drunk. Everyone's a winner!), but if it's not, I'm not sure what else I can do, though I'd like to help.
posted by Ghidorah at 6:54 PM on May 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

OK, I understand now!
posted by misozaki at 7:02 PM on May 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

Is it too late for me to send something for the fundraiser? Things generally take 7 to 10 days to get to USA from where I am, but I think I can opt for a faster postage service. Otherwise, if y'all can trust me, I can provide pix of what I am sending. I'm torn between these two (tealeaves included).
posted by Alnedra at 8:22 PM on May 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

Best bet is to put in a bid for the auctions, which should go live any time now.
posted by The Whelk at 8:24 PM on May 24, 2010

Some funds will be sent. All the best loq!
posted by aclevername at 8:38 PM on May 24, 2010

hey, what happened to the paypal link?

in the other thread, the paypal address is listed as but that just looks like whatever was initially there has been redacted by the mods...?
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:48 PM on May 24, 2010

d'ouh, i found the donation link on the loquacious blog -
posted by UbuRoivas at 9:19 PM on May 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

Hey I've got art and I'm willing to donate a print to whatever purpose you organizing types might find most useful. Grab a jpg and send me a heads-up of who I need to mail out the package to.
posted by Lou Stuells at 6:59 AM on May 25, 2010 [2 favorites]

I think lute cat needs to be on a shirt.
posted by seanmpuckett at 9:46 AM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]

Hi. Does anyone read the posts down here? :)

Semii off topic update in current thread.

I'm ok. Chest wound is healing, lung feels stable, breath depth is fine and stable. I'm in a decent hotel room over on the south edge of belltown. I slept for about 12-14 hours and I could go back for more, but I should probably go hunt down some food, coffee and toiletries first.

I have clean socks and underwear, there's laundry on site. I'm considering a different hotel/motel but I think I'll have difficulty finding another room that's this nice for the same price considering it's memorial day weekend and all.

Please don't be alarmed if I'm at the keyboard a bit less for the next few days, I'm just resting and recovering, taking care of my head and then working on housing logistics.

I might even make it to the meetup, but that just depends on a lot of things.
posted by loquacious at 10:11 AM on May 25, 2010 [3 favorites]

I'm so sorry I wasn't able to donate and I live very remotely so I can't attend any UK meetup but let me know what I can do from here!

I think you're actually responsible for the first donation with the call for help. No one should feel guilty about not being able to help - I would hate that - but you really shouldn't.
posted by loquacious at 10:20 AM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]\mollycrabapple will be auctioning this original soon
posted by The Whelk at 11:59 AM on May 25, 2010

Time nearly up for the molly crabpple art auction!
posted by The Whelk at 1:02 PM on May 25, 2010

aand that's done.

Holy shit Lute Cat is up to 106 actual dollars.
posted by The Whelk at 1:06 PM on May 25, 2010

[spit take] AWESOME!
posted by seanmpuckett at 4:19 PM on May 25, 2010


posted by The Whelk at 4:37 PM on May 25, 2010

posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:47 PM on May 25, 2010

I fully expect all you NYC -area mefites at the June 5th Fundraiser cause we are gonna tear this shit DOWN and might need adult supervision. Great Swell HIMSELF will appear to do raffle tickets, and boy do we have PRIZES.

(PROTIP: Get me really, really, drunk and I'll sing I a very suggestive version of "Grow For Me".)
posted by The Whelk at 5:47 PM on May 25, 2010

Dude. Lute Cat is fucking awesome.
posted by heyho at 10:07 PM on May 25, 2010 [2 favorites]

Did I mention that the Otter Lady, who if you remember WROTE FOR THE LEGEND OF ZELDA CARTOON, made that necklace and wore it when she met loquacious? It's a relic.
posted by The Whelk at 8:18 AM on May 26, 2010 [2 favorites]

(PROTIP: Get me really, really, drunk and I'll sing I a very suggestive version of "Grow For Me".)

I will do everything in my power to make this happen. Remember, we have a stage. And a microphone. And the ability to record things.
posted by newpotato at 8:36 AM on May 26, 2010

that is the worst possible combination of things for me to be near so you know it will happen.
posted by The Whelk at 8:45 AM on May 26, 2010

So, gman, do you need more goodies for auctioning? Or are you just pacing yourself? Say the word and I'll pony up some more stuff.

Dammit, Lute Cat is already beyond what my unemployed ass can afford. But on the other hand, yay! Go, Lute Cat, go!
posted by Quietgal at 9:00 AM on May 26, 2010

that necklace looks nice!
posted by The Whelk at 9:02 AM on May 26, 2010

Yes, after meeting THE ONE AND ONLY LOQUACIOUS we went for a walk, during which time we saw a guy getting arrested while a group of people, including a guy in a gorilla costume, looked on. I do not know what the gorilla was doing there, but no one else seemed to notice him. When we got back to where I'd parked, my car was gone. Also I met Loquaciuous, who is an amazing guy and just as sweet and vibrant in person! Those little skulls on the necklace have gazed their hollow stare at the face of Loquacious. You know you want them. (it is a good necklace for a guy OR a girl, BTW.)
posted by The otter lady at 7:19 PM on May 26, 2010

Also if I thought anyone would maybe want one I could put up a free custom miniature painting... anyone play D&D and want a painted mini? I do nice work...
posted by The otter lady at 7:20 PM on May 26, 2010

The otter lady: Could you do a painting or drawing of a ship? I made a donation to loq but would gladly make another in exchange for your work.
posted by mlis at 9:02 PM on May 26, 2010

I am sorry MLIS, I mean I paint miniature figurines, like toy soldiers, not miniature pictures. I could paint a miniature pirate for you though! :)
posted by The otter lady at 9:12 AM on May 27, 2010

The beer distributor has generously donated several cases of Blue Moon, of which 100% of the proceeds of the sales will go to loquacious. In addition, the proceeds from all sales of Pimms Cups, and also proceeds from the sales of whatever the official drink of Metafilter is will also go to loquacious

What is the official drink of Metafilter?
posted by newpotato at 9:47 AM on May 27, 2010

Official drink
posted by The Whelk at 9:54 AM on May 27, 2010

ah, I misunderstood, otter lady, though I will keep it in mind if I acquire a suitable model ship!
posted by mlis at 12:54 PM on May 27, 2010

BUT! If I come after the raffle (at, say, 9) with a couple of people who owe me beers (and will certainly need a few for themselves (and by a few I mean they drink like people stranded in the desert who really like beer)), that will also help raise money, yes?

Yes, yes it will. Drink the Blue Moon Ale, or the Pimms Cups, or whatever is determined to be the official drink of Metafilter. All those dollars that you cough up to pay for those drinks, that will all go straight to Loquacious.
posted by newpotato at 6:19 AM on May 29, 2010

I'm taking votes on which song to have a drunken sing-a-long too.

Please note, I am both Atonal and Really, Really, Loud.

Also thinking on Re: Performers. I know some.
posted by The Whelk at 7:23 AM on May 29, 2010

So not a lot of activity in this thread...can any potential attendees drop a mention of it here?
posted by newpotato at 7:34 AM on June 2, 2010

I think we've all moved over to the other thread, but I'll be there - of course- with the raffle prizes and the tickets and some music made for the event.
posted by The Whelk at 7:38 AM on June 2, 2010

what other thread? isn't this the meet up thread? I mean, it's side barred and everything... where do I find this mystery thread where the talk is of attending Saturday nights festivities??

i feel so lost
posted by newpotato at 8:27 AM on June 2, 2010

although it does link back to here. Hmm.

So yes, can we get a roll call?
posted by The Whelk at 8:28 AM on June 2, 2010

posted by The Whelk at 6:08 PM on June 2, 2010

Wow. This silence is deafening.

Was it something I said?
posted by newpotato at 4:25 AM on June 3, 2010

I AM BORED and wish I could come to your meetup!
posted by By The Grace of God at 4:29 AM on June 3, 2010

I have to make a musical performance loud that night! Load-out is at 1a (probably later) so maybe if y'all are still getting down at 4 in the morning I'll see you there.
posted by fuq at 9:00 AM on June 3, 2010

Since it looks like no one is able to show - up (I have gotten the STRANGEST e-mails lately, like the UNIVERSE doesn't want to us to meet on the 5th) We're calling this off and moving it another venue and another time. - I'll see oif I can get the mods to change this / take it off the the Met-Up Bar - and we'll talk about moving it to another time. So far the best idea is Newpotato's slamming roof and much beer.

To everyone who donated! Do not fear, I have all your beautiful treasure safely stowed away in my apartment. It is safe.

SOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooo. When can people actually show up?
posted by The Whelk at 4:24 PM on June 3, 2010

As soon as you shout me a ticket.
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:02 PM on June 3, 2010


that's good for cabin class, right?
posted by The Whelk at 5:07 PM on June 3, 2010

sounds just like cattle class to me.
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:16 PM on June 3, 2010

Hey there. Sorry I'm a little late on the update, but I wanted to wait until plans were more concrete.

First off, I'd like to thank everybody for their incredible generosity. Whether you donated goods, dropped a supportive email, posted an in-thread comment, bid on an eBay auction, or sent cold hard cash, we appreciate every last bit.

Thanks to all your support, loquacious has some awesome new opportunities available to him. As of Monday, he will have the keys to his first very own place. Your generosity has afforded loquacious the following:

a) almost three weeks of temporary accommodation
b) a phone connection to friends and family
c) and this is the big one, nearly one year of rent in his new apartment
d) some basic housewares and a futon to sleep on
e) set-up/deposit on his utilities

So loquacious is on the mend, and his heartfelt thanks goes out to each of you.

Fuckin' right people!
posted by gman at 2:29 PM on June 4, 2010 [2 favorites]

So wait, what's the deal with the meetup? What kind of fundraising activities are there? And why isn't it sidebarred? I had to really dig to find this post, and only because someone said there's a meetup tomorrow. Or is there?
posted by Eideteker at 6:15 AM on June 5, 2010

We put the meetup on hold cause literally no one can show up and we're debating how to continue it - so far the plan is a rooftop party at newpotato's place.
posted by The Whelk at 7:40 AM on June 5, 2010

We're trying to move to it a time and place when the most amount of people can come.
posted by The Whelk at 7:54 AM on June 5, 2010

I was planning on going and think I might anyway.
posted by vrakatar at 12:19 PM on June 5, 2010

Wait, what the fuck happened? Did I miss this meetup or the one next saturday? I am so confused.
posted by fuq at 12:38 AM on June 6, 2010

posted by The Whelk at 8:24 AM on June 6, 2010

Won the Izakaya dinner for an embarrassingly low bid of just over $3 so I'm donating the remainder of my maximum bid to the fund.
posted by Deathalicious at 4:26 PM on June 7, 2010 [3 favorites]

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