Your shirt! July 22, 2011 6:56 PM   Subscribe

I met delmoi He seems like a nice guy. He also flipped someone off.

Coming out of Wal-Mart today a stranger pointed at me and said "Your shirt." As usual I had no idea what shirt I was even wearing, so I looked down and saw it was my metafilter one (blue traditional). So I asked, "You on there?" He said yes. "You delmoi?" He said yes.

So I finally met delmoi and I think that is cool. I also think it's cool someone recognized what the shirt meant.

While we were talking a pickup slowly drove by and the driver yelled at us for standing in front of the store and "blocking traffic." That was the guy that got the finger. He stayed in the truck while his wife did the shopping.

p.s. User 10539 looks nothing like his profile picture.
posted by cjorgensen to MetaFilter-Related at 6:56 PM (176 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

But how did you know it was him?
posted by danb at 7:01 PM on July 22, 2011


Dear Metatalk,

I never thought this would happen to me...
posted by empath at 7:04 PM on July 22, 2011 [46 favorites]


There's a pic of Delmoi in the profile and proximity details also.
posted by acoutu at 7:05 PM on July 22, 2011


Sounds like a con artist. Did you give him any money or services?
posted by Horselover Phattie at 7:06 PM on July 22, 2011 [3 favorites]


He's listed as one of my "Nearby users" on my profile page. I didn't know it was him. He's just the only name I could remember from Ames. I wouldn't have been shocked if he'd said no.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:06 PM on July 22, 2011


Wait wait wait. Mefites... shopping at WalMart? In small groups? Didn't any of you get the memo?
posted by hippybear at 7:09 PM on July 22, 2011 [19 favorites]


I like this!
posted by something something at 7:13 PM on July 22, 2011


I assume you performed the Greeting Ritual?
posted by The Whelk at 7:22 PM on July 22, 2011 [14 favorites]


The finger was given.
posted by clavdivs at 7:24 PM on July 22, 2011 [5 favorites]


I got the memo, but I'm too old to stop using the hyphen in Wal-Mart.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:30 PM on July 22, 2011 [6 favorites]


How funny! Now I want to go down to Ames and walk around looking for Mefites.
posted by triggerfinger at 7:32 PM on July 22, 2011


Yay!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:36 PM on July 22, 2011


I walk around NYC all the time in my mefi shirt and no one notices me.

Which is odd cause I'll get noticed after shows with a " I know you from another meet up! " thing. strange.
posted by The Whelk at 7:37 PM on July 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Pfft. I met a MeFite at a non-MeFite party, and neither of us were physically identifying ourselves as MeFites. Much higher level of difficulty.
posted by davejay at 7:38 PM on July 22, 2011


to be fair, she didn't flip anyone off. at least not in my vicinity. unless she flipped me off behind my back.
posted by davejay at 7:39 PM on July 22, 2011


This is why I support the Mwfite Registration Act with badges and everything. Your neighbor, your store clerk, even your child's teacher could be a hidden Mefite. You deserve to know.
posted by The Whelk at 7:43 PM on July 22, 2011 [21 favorites]


Sometimes I meet people and talk about, y'know, websites and stuff, and I mention that I really like Metafilter, and they're, like, 'Yeah, I've heard of that thing.'
posted by box at 7:44 PM on July 22, 2011 [4 favorites]


But how did you know it was him?

Actual Transcript:

"Your shirt."
"You on there?"
"I have been known to comment there occasionally."
"You delmoi?"

Just simple probability math.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 7:44 PM on July 22, 2011 [10 favorites]


I met a MeFite at a non-MeFite party, and neither of us were physically identifying ourselves as MeFites.

I found out that one of my IRL friends was a mefite when they linked one of my own posts to me without knowing them knowing that I wrote it.
posted by empath at 7:48 PM on July 22, 2011 [10 favorites]


I think that mefites need a code phrase like Reddit's "When does the narwhal bacon?"
posted by empath at 7:49 PM on July 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


But how did you know it was him?

Fun fact, the more you comment the more your skin emits a green glow, it's usually too faint to see in daylight ( think glow and the dark stars ) but this is delmoi.

I use mine as a reading light < /small>
posted by The Whelk at 7:50 PM on July 22, 2011 [4 favorites]


It's " Friend of Matt "
posted by The Whelk at 7:50 PM on July 22, 2011 [19 favorites]


Reader, I married him.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:52 PM on July 22, 2011 [34 favorites]


I think the perfect Mefi gang sign would be to sign "m", then "f" in ASL.

But that reminds me that I'll need to pack my blue shirt for my August road trip.
posted by lysdexic at 8:01 PM on July 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


whelk you're freaking me out with those extra spaces man
posted by graventy at 8:04 PM on July 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


I have, in the past, seen two nyc mefi shirts from afar, and immediately fled in the opposite direction lest I flailingly accost them while shrieking such glorious witticisms as LOLBUTTS or TATERS.
posted by elizardbits at 8:06 PM on July 22, 2011 [4 favorites]


This was on my secret bucket list. I live 7 miles from the most prolific Mefite. Of course I wanted to meet him.
posted by cjorgensen at 8:07 PM on July 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Horace Rumpole was the first MeFite I ever met. I recognized him from his profile pic and the "nearby users" thingie. I was also on a lot of cold medicine, so when I sat next to him and we started to talk, I probably didn't seem like the most engaging fellow. I remember not drooling.

No bird was given, to the best of my recollection.
posted by not_on_display at 8:12 PM on July 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


The first time I met The Great Big Mulp I simply ran into him on the streets of Providence. I asked him: "Are you The Great Big Mulp?" He said: "Yes," while scanning the area around him looking for safe escape routes. Of course, it's easy to recognize him, since he is a Mulp of extraordinary size.
posted by Kattullus at 8:15 PM on July 22, 2011 [12 favorites]


Did he tell you if he ever figured out OAuth?
posted by silby at 8:16 PM on July 22, 2011


My secret mefi meet-up would involve jumping out of a 62' caddy dressed as a Thy'lek Shran screaming "I am a pink skin" at random billboards.

frak.
posted by clavdivs at 8:20 PM on July 22, 2011 [5 favorites]


I've been inside my house all evening and I haven't seen a damn one of you people.
posted by marxchivist at 8:23 PM on July 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Note to self: acquire suitable shirts and wander nyc at random hoping to run into elizardbits before she can spot me and run away.

This should be fun.
posted by galadriel at 8:25 PM on July 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm still not convinced that you all aren't some figment of my overactive imagination.
posted by TooFewShoes at 8:32 PM on July 22, 2011 [5 favorites]


I met a girl, aka young woman, who was, like me, a substitute teacher here in Oakland. She expressed some quandaries, should she move back east? She'd just broken up with a long term boyfriend. I said, most gently, "There's this website, 'MetaFilter,' and the 'AskMefi' zone might really be a good place for you to get some answers. People who answer are caring and thoughtful."
"MetaFilter?" She said. I think I know someone associated with that site. Her name is "Jessamyn." It is, and the rest is history. (What are the odds of that, my friends?)
posted by emhutchinson at 8:36 PM on July 22, 2011 [4 favorites]


I have seen that shifty-eyed fight or flight look flit across the faces of people I've mentioned "this website I'm on" before, but I've never just stumbled across a MeFite in the wild yet, other than meetups. I'm awful lucky to work for a web-related business where at least my bosses know what the hell I'm talking about when I pull stunts like Bring Donuts to Work Day. My employees all just smile and nod. They think I'm insane, but fortunately, I outrank them.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:37 PM on July 22, 2011 [5 favorites]



I've been inside my house all evening and I haven't seen a damn one of you people.


Excellent, the potion works.
posted by The Whelk at 8:50 PM on July 22, 2011 [9 favorites]


So is he Secret Service or not?
posted by homunculus at 9:23 PM on July 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


And does he have a secret sauce?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:43 PM on July 22, 2011


I run into lurkers all the time.I just don't know it.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 9:53 PM on July 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


And this is the part where I sigh tragically. Living in the boondocks of Australia, far away from most Aussie Mefites and a fair chunk of the planet away from most Mefites, I will never ever have such a serendipitous (is that a real word?) story.

Note to self: get a t-shirt next time they're on sale, and wear it on your Sydney excursions.
posted by malibustacey9999 at 10:05 PM on July 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


Heh. I love shit like this, especially in non-NYC/SF/Chicago/etc. places.

When I hosted this meetup back in 2007, this MeFite called item showed up and it took me a few minutes, but I finally placed him (mainly via his tattoos) from a book signing we both had attended about four years before. I'd stood right behind him during the whole reading/speech part of the event, which was at least an hour long. Random as heck, but cool, none-the-less.
posted by Ufez Jones at 10:57 PM on July 22, 2011


Hmm. Thought I saw kind of a green glow over walmart way, earlier today... I felt a ripple in the Force (or, um, the Farce.) good thing I wasn't there, mighta been a critical mass (or, um, mess.)
posted by drhydro at 11:00 PM on July 22, 2011


Finally, I have enough pictures now to start a FUCKYEAHMEFITESATWALMART tumblr.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 11:03 PM on July 22, 2011 [3 favorites]


I was giving. Talk at Bluestockings and going " wait I totally know that dude from somewhere did we date or something?" and then after it was all " oh wait I know you from Mefi meetups is that not a gas?"
posted by The Whelk at 11:12 PM on July 22, 2011


I like how the iPad makes me sound like a glitch in the universal translator
posted by The Whelk at 11:14 PM on July 22, 2011 [14 favorites]


You give good talk.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 11:15 PM on July 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wait wait wait. Mefites... shopping at WalMart?

For a counter-point, I was at Whole Foods a few weeks ago and somebody stocking produce commented on my MetaFilter shirt ("Don't see that shirt too often.") I was briefly excited until he "just read" the site. He and another shopper started getting into a conversation about it, but I couldn't be bothered hanging around with lurkers.
posted by nickmark at 11:18 PM on July 22, 2011 [21 favorites]


So if delmoi doesn't look like his profile pic, what does he look like? No stalker video is necessary: a comprehensive verbal description or lithe modern dance interpretation will suffice.
posted by maudlin at 11:23 PM on July 22, 2011


Delmoi looks like your favorite memory, the one thing you want, everything you want, whatever you want, always and forever.
posted by The Whelk at 11:25 PM on July 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


That's not modern dance. (This is modern dance.)
posted by maudlin at 11:31 PM on July 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


I thought it was a rule we had to look like our profile pics. Did I get that wrong? Cause I spent a fucking fortune on that portrait.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 11:35 PM on July 22, 2011 [6 favorites]


Please tell me you gushed about how awesome your iPad is and how great Apple is for making the world's tablet.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:46 PM on July 22, 2011


[you are] standing in front of the store and "blocking traffic."

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posted by fuq at 12:22 AM on July 23, 2011 [3 favorites]


I see you all all of the time. Get out of my goddamned head!

The tinfoil isn't working why isn't it working?
posted by Eideteker at 12:34 AM on July 23, 2011 [3 favorites]


I always look through my door peephole to check for lurkers before heading out. Of course the the twitching bushes could just be the wind...
posted by arcticseal at 12:50 AM on July 23, 2011


This is why I support the Mwfite Registration Act

Of course they should be registered! Goddamned Welsh.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:58 AM on July 23, 2011 [11 favorites]


shopping for beans and plates at Walmart...
posted by Namlit at 12:58 AM on July 23, 2011 [4 favorites]


Haha, yup. Actually I think yelled out "Hey! Metafilter!" at first. Then the "Your shirt!" thing was to clarify why I was saying that. You did look pretty confused.

Yeah the profile pic is a little out of date.
posted by delmoi at 1:06 AM on July 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


Fun fact, the more you comment the more your skin emits a green glow, it's usually too faint to see in daylight ( think glow and the dark stars ) but this is delmoi.

Think Glow and the Dark Stars is going to be my new band name.
posted by hippybear at 3:26 AM on July 23, 2011


... serendipitous (is that a real word?) ...

Since you asked, yes. Perfectly cromulent.
posted by Bruce H. at 3:43 AM on July 23, 2011


I keep telling you, Ufez, those aren't tattoos, they're birthmarks.
posted by item at 4:03 AM on July 23, 2011


So I'm wondering .... did you say "you del-mwa?" or did you say "you del-moy?" Because I think there's a 50/50 chance I'd actually mispronounce that name.
posted by crunchland at 4:04 AM on July 23, 2011 [12 favorites]


I was at a show with my husband and my feet hurt, so I went to sit at the bar. I ordered a drink, took out my phone, and started reading Metafilter. A guy next to me says to his girlfriend - "look, she's so bored she's reading Metafilter." He wasn't leaning over me or staring at my phone. He just knew. I always wondered if he was actually on the site, since there seem to be a lot of people from Metafilter in my area who never go to meetups or comment all that much.
posted by pinky at 4:22 AM on July 23, 2011


Every time I drive down to the booming metropolis of Grand Rapids, I wonder if I'll bump into Quonsar. But he'd generally have to be at the record store or pet supply joint for that to happen, so probably not.

Too bad, because I don't get many chances to go up to strangers and say, "Metafilter! Your pants! Have you a fish in them?"
posted by FelliniBlank at 4:22 AM on July 23, 2011 [4 favorites]


quonsar is easy to spot, what with his elephant and all.
posted by crunchland at 4:33 AM on July 23, 2011 [3 favorites]


I'm still not convinced that you all aren't some figment of my overactive imagination.

Not all of us. Just most of us.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:47 AM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Huh, I've never looked at delmoi's pic before. I didn't realize it was MeFi's own Ralph Nader.
posted by DU at 4:49 AM on July 23, 2011


But how did you know it was him?

My guess would be that cjorgensen could tell delmoi was misspelling words even while only speaking them.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:25 AM on July 23, 2011 [7 favorites]



How funny! Now I want to go down to Ames and walk around looking for Mefites.


Way too late for that -- Ames went under a number of years ago.
posted by jgirl at 5:39 AM on July 23, 2011 [3 favorites]


Ames went under a number of years ago.

Fast Eddie: No bar?
Cashier: No bar, no pinball machines, no bowling alleys, just pool... nothing else. This is Ames, mister.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:54 AM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


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posted by bwg at 6:06 AM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


It will probably be a long time before I ever meet another Mefite in person, given my location.

That, and I'm not exactly fond of parties or late-night meets. I'm not opposed to meeting others, I just prefer either one-on-one or very small groups.

I know for sure I've met two, one from Hong Kong and one from Taiwan, so there's that. If I had to make a list of those I'd enjoy meeting, there would be several at the top, including but not limited to (off the top of my head):

(Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates, Blazecock Pileon, Cool Papa Bell, elizardbits, flapjax at midnite, liza, loquacious, nickyskye, stavrosthewonderchicken, The Whelk, and louche mustachio (even though her current profile pic scares me).
posted by bwg at 6:15 AM on July 23, 2011


I see how it is.
posted by carsonb at 6:23 AM on July 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


I worked with the girlfriend of a somewhat prolific poster. Several days after chatting with him in a group at a meetup she mentioned that I'd met her bf.
posted by sammyo at 6:26 AM on July 23, 2011


So, you found your great white whale. What's next?
posted by pecanpies at 6:54 AM on July 23, 2011


Ah, "sam pecanpies" would have been a pretty good username.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:01 AM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Hm, I had no idea Delmoi was so cute.
posted by Lleyam at 8:03 AM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Public Service Announcement.

saw this at clips of faith last night. i lol'ed.
posted by kaibutsu at 8:04 AM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


I met Pronoiac yesterday! Cool guy, and had a good suggestion for a project I'm working on at work. Thanks for coming in, P.
posted by fake at 8:08 AM on July 23, 2011


Oh, and I asked the "Are you friends with Mathowie" question at a meetup in SF, and it didn't work. But I spotted aubilenon, and then I knew I was in the right place.
posted by fake at 8:10 AM on July 23, 2011


Argh, wretched consciousness.
posted by The Whelk at 8:17 AM on July 23, 2011


Ooh, I'm a "somewhat prolific poster."
posted by Eideteker at 8:23 AM on July 23, 2011


Eideteker is only 'somewhat prolific'? I'd better step up my comment game.
posted by box at 8:27 AM on July 23, 2011


So if delmoi doesn't look like his profile pic, what does he look like?

I am guessing what he'd look like if you rolled his profile picture forward a decade. I doubt he's changed it since he joined 10 years ago.

Actually I think yelled out "Hey! Metafilter!" at first. Then the "Your shirt!" thing was to clarify why I was saying that. You did look pretty confused.

I totally missed that. I did say under my breath (to my girlfriend) "You know that guy?" She said no. I thought I was going to get accosted for a donation since someone was setting up a table to my right. I've been wearing that shirt a lot in the last two years. I bought a few when they were $5. This is the first time someone has been on the site. I've had a few people know what it meant.
posted by cjorgensen at 8:27 AM on July 23, 2011


Good to know that part of the formal introduction ceremony between two mefites now requires that we find a semi-random stranger to flip off...
posted by Nanukthedog at 8:29 AM on July 23, 2011 [5 favorites]


There is also the rabbit dance.
posted by The Whelk at 8:31 AM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


I was wearing my t-shirt once and someone pointed at it and asked "Are those for swimming pools or something?"
posted by Toekneesan at 8:31 AM on July 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


Are there plans to sell another round of shirts sometime soon?
posted by Vectorcon Systems at 8:45 AM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Next time around, it's going to be pint glasses.
posted by box at 8:48 AM on July 23, 2011


Quart.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:49 AM on July 23, 2011


Favorite and flag shot glasses
posted by The Whelk at 8:54 AM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


"he didn't look like his picture" reminded me of this thread.

sorry
posted by desjardins at 8:58 AM on July 23, 2011


For the record, I look exactly like my profile picture.
posted by Alison at 8:59 AM on July 23, 2011 [4 favorites]


As do I.
posted by The Whelk at 9:04 AM on July 23, 2011


OTOH, I am not a delicate flower.
posted by desjardins at 9:17 AM on July 23, 2011


But you are a garden in France....
posted by The Whelk at 9:21 AM on July 23, 2011


Man, I wasted my metatalk for the week on this? Now how am I going to bitch about the forthcoming shitty Amy Winehouse obit thread.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:57 AM on July 23, 2011


Be the awesome thread you want to see in the world.
posted by The Whelk at 9:58 AM on July 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


She was only 27.
posted by Sailormom at 10:04 AM on July 23, 2011


> ...did you say "you del-mwa?" or did you say "you del-moy?"

I pronounced it del-moy. The other way sounds silly.
posted by cjorgensen at 10:05 AM on July 23, 2011


This sounds really familiar to me:
One time I was at the grocery store and there was this woman in the produce (picking out grapefruit, IIRC) was wearing one of the old MeFi shirts. After walking around the olive bar a few times (I'm shy) I approached her and said something about taters, praying to god she would know what I was talking about (I was also trying to come up with an exit strategy involving potatoes, which were decently close by). She laughed and said 'Actually I'm the one who posted that question.' I couldn't believe it. I wanted to hug her. Instead I blurted out 'What the fuck are they? Why didn't you ever answer? Did you see the MeTa thread about it?' and suchlike.

And then she told me. And now I know.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 10:06 AM on July 23, 2011 [4 favorites]


Ah, but we must not speak of that anymore.
posted by jgirl at 10:08 AM on July 23, 2011


Wait wait wait. Mefites... shopping at WalMart? In small groups? Didn't any of you get the memo?

When I wanna meet me some new, I'm gon' get me a basket and walk around Wal-Mart.
All the women be at Wal-mart...
posted by PeterMcDermott at 10:16 AM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ah, I had thought of that, jgirl, but I am not referencing taters lady. Rather, I am bringing up the penchant of MeFites to tell stories (or as was the case with shakespeherian's, fake stories) about recognizing other MeFites at retail outlets because they were wearing MetaFilter shirts.

Life imitates art!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 10:17 AM on July 23, 2011


All of my stories are 100% true except for one.
posted by The Whelk at 10:19 AM on July 23, 2011


Was it this Wal-Mart? (may be nsfw)
posted by desjardins at 10:29 AM on July 23, 2011


How do you check on near-by users?
posted by codacorolla at 10:31 AM on July 23, 2011


codacorolla, there's a place in your preferences to add a longitude and lattitude. Once you get that info in, your profile page will show you a bunch of nearby MeFites. And you'll be able to see yourself in the next KML file update on Google Earth too.
posted by carsonb at 10:33 AM on July 23, 2011


Or just use the chips I implan-

Nevermind.
posted by The Whelk at 10:36 AM on July 23, 2011


A few weeks ago, while suffering a serious bout of insomnia, I wandered over to my favorite 24hr coffee shop with my laptop... and their network was down. The guy at the next table turned to me to confirm it wasn't just his computer. He offered to let me use his smart-phone's hotspot, joking that he wouldn't snoop my traffic. I replied with something along the lines of "if you wanna watch me read Metafilter, be my guest."

"Metafilter?" he said, "I haven't logged in there in forever. I think the background colors finally got to me." I told him about the theme options in the profile settings now now and how my boyfriend uses the plain black and white one. He said he might have to check that out.

I wonder if he's come back yet... and who he was.
posted by MuChao at 10:39 AM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Whelk: Nine 9s of truth. 99.9999999% true.
posted by cjorgensen at 10:44 AM on July 23, 2011


You will meet a Miguel at night, drinking the night's coffee
posted by The Whelk at 10:52 AM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's " Friend of Matt "

Is that a reference to Bill or Dorothy?
posted by wallabear at 11:26 AM on July 23, 2011


Favorite and flag shot glasses

I actually really like this idea. Could make meetups interesting. Well, more interesting.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:36 AM on July 23, 2011


What are the odds of that, my friends?

Probably more likely than knowing someone who moved Mr. Whipple's piano.
posted by hwyengr at 11:37 AM on July 23, 2011


It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a jackass in possession of a good pickup must be in want of a MeFite Finger.
posted by Dr. Zira at 11:45 AM on July 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


I found myself sitting next to a well-known MeFite in a local coffeeshop once or twice but I didn't say anything because a) I didn't want to be creepy, no identifying T-shirts were involved, or b) out myself as a MeFite.
Now I am wondering if it was creepier to NOT acknowledge that I knew what was what.
posted by bobobox at 11:57 AM on July 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


For the record, I look exactly like my profile picture.

For the record, my dog looks exactly like my profile picture.

Also, will this thread ever reveal if it's DelMOY or DelMWAH?
posted by bearwife at 11:59 AM on July 23, 2011


For the record: day-ZHAR-denz
posted by desjardins at 12:17 PM on July 23, 2011


scratch that last z.
posted by desjardins at 12:18 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Metafilter People, Dear Reader
posted by The Whelk at 12:24 PM on July 23, 2011


Metafilter: Be the awesome thread you want to see in the world.
posted by palbo at 1:56 PM on July 23, 2011


Midnight. sir.
posted by Splunge at 2:02 PM on July 23, 2011


Sir Midnight? Haven't seen him around since the that thing with the sword and the screaming and the frogs.
posted by The Whelk at 2:05 PM on July 23, 2011


I found out fairly recently that a former portfolio advisor I had that I sort of had a crush on is a long-inactive member. I don't think she cares for me much. I know she didn't like my portfolio much, but I still doubt she ever gave me the finger.

Other than that I've never met another person ever.
posted by cmoj at 2:50 PM on July 23, 2011


shakespeherian's, fake stories

SLANDER!
posted by shakespeherian at 3:16 PM on July 23, 2011


I've never met a MeFite. But this is a cool thing that apparently happens. though not to me.
posted by IvoShandor at 3:42 PM on July 23, 2011


For the record: day-ZHAR-denz

I think of it in Spanish -- Day-har-deens. Probably because one of the characters in Under the Volcano is the Jefe de Jardineros, which I've always wanted for a sockpuppet - that, or his cohort, the Jefe de Rostrums.
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:04 PM on July 23, 2011


I've been inside my house all evening and I haven't seen a damn one of you people.
posted by marxchivist


...look behind you...



Just kiddin'. But you should really clean out this closet!
posted by 1000monkeys at 4:06 PM on July 23, 2011


And I've always thought it was del-mwa like moi in the French sense.
posted by 1000monkeys at 4:06 PM on July 23, 2011


Too bad, because I don't get many chances to go up to strangers and say, "Metafilter! Your pants! Have you a fish in them?"

I met up with Salmonberry and fishfucker once. Out of politeness, I didn't bring up the pants issue.
posted by eddydamascene at 4:39 PM on July 23, 2011


I like stories.
posted by jeffamaphone at 5:52 PM on July 23, 2011


I doubt he's changed it since he joined 10 years ago.

For what little it's worth, profile pics are a relatively new thing here.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:35 PM on July 23, 2011


Hhhhhmmmmm, I think I've always had a profile pic. So they were introduced between 204 and 2007 sometime.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:39 PM on July 23, 2011


*Hurf durf Mefite meeter*
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 7:42 PM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Heh. Where 'relatively new' might well be 5 or 6 years.

I am old.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:44 PM on July 23, 2011


cjorgensen: " As usual I had no idea what shirt I was even wearing, so I looked down"

I think there should be a customary ettiquette to talk about a persons shirt before talking about the decorations upon it, because this is a universal pattern of tshirt induced apparent non-sequitors. It literally happened to me to today, but not in a MeFi shirt. Hopefully the next one comes with a professional white background.
posted by pwnguin at 8:09 PM on July 23, 2011


One Saturday a few years ago, I was studying at the library in downtown LA and I saw a cloud of feathers rising from Pershing Square. I walked over and it turned out to be Pillow Fight Day. As I gawked, I saw two others watching the fight and I totally knew their faces. I asked if they were from Metafilter and they were all, "Yeah!" and I was all, "How neat! I recognized you guys from some recent meetup photos!" Who were these Mefite pillow fight enthusiasts? None other than dhammond and katillathehun!
posted by HotPatatta at 8:31 PM on July 23, 2011


I'm not actually as tall as I look in my profile picture.
posted by maryr at 9:23 PM on July 23, 2011


Oh, me neither.
posted by nickmark at 9:40 PM on July 23, 2011


I wore my "Everybody Needs A Hug" t-shirt to the 10th Anniversary Meet-Up in Boston.

Unfortunately, I made the distinct mistakes of both wearing it on the T and forgetting that I was wearing it so that when strange men with dubious intentions tried to actually hug me, I was pretty freaked out.

NO, SIR, I DO NOT ACTUALLY NEED A LITERAL HUG AT THIS TIME.
posted by sonika at 11:25 PM on July 23, 2011 [7 favorites]


I stumbled across another mefite in the wild. We're now married :)
posted by HMSSM at 12:50 AM on July 24, 2011 [3 favorites]


I ordered a t-shirt with the dream of precisely this kind of encounter happening to me. Only I ignored everyone's advice about the t-shirts running really small, and ordered a medium, and then I put it in the dryer on high heat, and then it shrank.

On the bright side, the t-shirt now makes me new friends (of the "old, dirty man" variety) every time I wear it. Which, as you may imagine, is not often.
posted by artemisia at 1:15 AM on July 24, 2011


I used to have it so good - flapjax, misozaki, gen & Ghidorah at my fingertips!

malibustacey9999 you might complain about Sydney but here in FNQ (Far North Queensland) I gifted my brother an account to not feel so alone (and then the bastard* was loaned down to a Naval ship in Sydney for MONTHS).

Apparently t0astie is in Port Douglas maybe we can organize a token meetup next weekend when we go up. Otherwise everyone else is hundreds of kilometres away.

Technically I'm the bastard not him but I was going for cursing not accuracy here.
posted by gomichild at 2:53 AM on July 24, 2011


On the bright side, the t-shirt now makes me new friends (of the "old, dirty man" variety) every time I wear it.

I was just trying to be nice. Sheesh.
posted by maxwelton at 2:53 AM on July 24, 2011


*sigh* I never meet mefites.
posted by nile_red at 5:42 AM on July 24, 2011


I'm not actually as tall as I look in my profile picture.

My arms are not actually as stubby and green as they appear in my profile pic.

the intermittent RAWRing is pretty accurate tho
posted by elizardbits at 6:42 AM on July 24, 2011


I was in Manhattan a couple of years ago and I was invited to a reception at a swanky office in Chelsea, but right after that reception I was going to go to a Metafilter meet-up down in the Village. I didn't know anybody who was going to the meet-up so I wore my Everyone needs a hug t-shirt so the folks at the meet-up would know I'm one of them. The reception I was attending beforehand was at a tech company with a reputation for casual though extravagant offices, and most of the folks I've worked with there were pretty casual, so I thought I could simply through a blazer over the t-shirt and I'd blend right in. And I did, for the most part, but what was shocking is I discovered something similar to what sonika and artemisia observed. People I never would have hugged, came up and hugged me. Difference being I'm a slightly overweight guy in my late forties and I had just walked down to Chelsea from Hell's Kitchen and thus had what could very generously be described as a musky "glow". And this wasn't a bar, it was a tech company's office, though it was a reception so there were drinks available. Even so, these were engineers and publishers. They are not known for their hugs, as was evident in their execution. Of course my glow might have had something to do with that. By the end of the night I was in awe of the power of that shirt. I've been very careful about where I wear it ever since.
posted by Toekneesan at 6:46 AM on July 24, 2011 [8 favorites]


I stumbled across another mefite in the wild. We're now married :)

Stranger things have happened, and we do live in Iowa, but I don't think this is in the future for delmoi and I. He's cute enough, but I already have a girlfriend.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:16 AM on July 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


Weirdly appropriate thread. Just this Friday, I was at Cure in New Orleans, a bar I've decided to make a habit of visiting since I stopped by the first time last year. It was during Tales of the Cocktail, an annual cocktail/spirits convention, and the place was packed to the gills with experts, bartenders, brand representatives, spirit writers and one or two hapless locals who were getting caught up in the fray. I'd been sandwiched at a corner striking up conversations with folks, when I can't help but overhear a conversation take place behind me and I hear the distinct (IRL) name of our very own ColdChef. I flip around and ask, "WAIT DID YOU SAY [ColdChef's real name]??"

The guy says yes and explains he knows ColdChef mostly from corresponding online.

"Metafilter?" I blurt out.

"Pardon?" he says.

"Are you a mefite??"

"Yes!"

At this point, the third wheel of the convo, a really nice head bartender of a well-regarded bar up here in Brooklyn, whom I'd just made friends with earlier that day over Highballs at the Yamizaki tasting room, is quietly staring at us.

I tried to explain and apologize at the same time: "Sorry, it's an internet nerd thing..."

"Oh, no, no...it's cool, I understand. Get your geek on," he said a little unconvincingly.
posted by kkokkodalk at 8:13 AM on July 24, 2011 [6 favorites]


I assume everyone I see wearing a fedora is a MeFite.
posted by essexjan at 10:36 AM on July 24, 2011


I assume everyone I see wearing a fedora needs a punch in the dick.
posted by desjardins at 10:59 AM on July 24, 2011


I like my fedora, but not enough to get punched in the dick over it.
posted by cjorgensen at 11:26 AM on July 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


The phrase "punch in the dick" is some stupid shit.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 11:36 AM on July 24, 2011


Horselover Phattie: The phrase "punch in the dick" is some stupid shit.

desjardins was mixing two MetaFilter memes, this AskMe and this song
posted by Kattullus at 11:44 AM on July 24, 2011


I know, but it's still stupid.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 11:48 AM on July 24, 2011


Ooh ooh, now tell ME my comment is stupid shit!
posted by Specklet at 1:18 PM on July 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


I wear my "everyone needs a hug" shirt ALL THE TIME, but nobody ever tries to hug me. I'm a reasonably attractive woman in my 30's. I'm pretty hugable. WTF America? Why don't you want to hug me?
posted by jeoc at 1:29 PM on July 24, 2011


I'm a reasonably attractive woman...

I think I found your problem right there, ma'am. Perhaps you should try something a little less threatening to nerds, like cherubic middle-aged guy with a paunch.
posted by Toekneesan at 2:24 PM on July 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


I might be able to develop a paunch. *drinks beer, throws away yoga DVDs*
posted by jeoc at 3:10 PM on July 24, 2011


I did this once, turned out it was just a guy in a blue shirt. Gave me the finger too.
posted by tumid dahlia at 3:37 PM on July 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


"... Why don't you want to hug me?"
posted by jeoc at 4:29 PM on July 24

Respect for personal space borne out of feminist rhetoric and the hassles that result in an increasingly litigious society.
posted by paulsc at 4:07 PM on July 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Respect for personal space borne out of feminist rhetoric and the hassles that result in an increasingly litigious society.

*sigh* Yes, it's those nasty feminists, forcing you to bean-plate jeoc's comment. How dare they?
posted by maryr at 4:41 PM on July 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


Tell you what, paulsc, if you ever see me in public in my shirt, you can ask me about it and I PROMISE I won't sue you. You can even ask for a hug. I may not hug you, but you can ask! You have to make sure it is me, though. I can't promise what may happen if you try to hug another MeFite in that shirt.
posted by jeoc at 5:42 PM on July 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


How would another MeFite have gotten your shirt?
posted by nickmark at 7:09 PM on July 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Swear to god, the only person who's ever inquired about my Metafilter shirt was a burrito roller at Chipotle. You don't get that sort of attention at Qdoba, folks.
posted by mattbucher at 8:12 PM on July 24, 2011


Respect for personal space borne out of feminist rhetoric and the hassles that result in an increasingly litigious society.
posted by paulsc at 7:07 PM on July 24 [+] [!]

the shear economy of this gem makes want to go shopping.
posted by clavdivs at 10:18 PM on July 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


the shear economy of this gem makes want to go shopping.

For cheap scissors?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:50 PM on July 24, 2011 [3 favorites]


If the guy who yelled "Hey! A MetaFilter shirt! I love MetaFilter!" in my general direction on Land's End Trail in San Francisco a week or so ago happens to be out there and reading this...I dunno, I guess I don't have that much to say. Hi there! I love MetaFilter too!
posted by naoko at 1:58 AM on July 25, 2011


I dunno, I guess I don't have that much to say.

Maybe you should try "are you Delmoi?"
posted by flapjax at midnite at 2:33 AM on July 25, 2011


I was recognized by a MeFite in the airport because I was wearing my shirt once. We had a nice chat and I let him ban one of his own noxious sock puppets. The system works, folks!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:07 AM on July 25, 2011 [4 favorites]


I've only met MeFites before knowing they actually were MeFites--Tokyo bloggers who've interacted with me on this very site but don't know we've met before. I even went to a classical concert in Ikebukuro (or thereabouts, it was a long time ago) with one of them. So, dear Tokyo MeFite, if you can identify yourself from this, you are awesome.
posted by zerbinetta at 7:31 AM on July 25, 2011


The phrase "punch in the dick" is some stupid shit.

I prefer "stab in the throat."

And for the record, I look exactly like my profile pic. So if you ever see me, feel free to hug.
posted by slogger at 9:08 AM on July 25, 2011


I will hereby wear my leather fedora to any and all appropriate meetups, just so I can get punched in my theoretical dick.
posted by TrishaLynn at 11:54 AM on July 25, 2011


I am my profile pic.
posted by ob at 2:12 PM on July 25, 2011


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