Las Vegas Meetup June 23, 2003 1:49 PM   Subscribe

Vegas baby, Vegas! Where the drinks are free, the neon lights shine brightly and the streets are coated in a light dusting of high-quality cocaine (or so I hear)!

MeFiVegas is happening November 7th-10th, plenty of time to arrange booking off some vacation time and sending the kids off to grandma's house.

No churlishness allowed.
posted by Salmonberry to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:49 PM (54 comments total)

I don't know. It sounds dangerous.
posted by eyeballkid at 1:51 PM on June 23, 2003

Yeah, you could put an eyeball out, kid.
posted by kindall at 1:56 PM on June 23, 2003

fishfucker is Wayne Newton. It all makes sense now, somehow.
posted by eddydamascene at 2:00 PM on June 23, 2003

I'll be here in lotus land, seething.
posted by timeistight at 2:00 PM on June 23, 2003

*seethes upside-down* (again)
posted by dg at 3:13 PM on June 23, 2003

dang, moz and i will be there for our honeymoon at the end of september; i don't think we can swing it twice in three months.
posted by sugarfish at 3:19 PM on June 23, 2003

Hmmm... on the one hand, it's only four hours away, I really have no excuse not to be there.... on the other hand, four days? Is everyone really staying for four days, or is the primary meetup the night of the 8th or something? What if some of us only show up for a portion of the time? I strongly suspect I can gamble away all my wages in less than two days - so is there a better two days (like the 7th/8th, or 8th/9th)? Plus, what is son_of_minya shows up and starts demanding people's hands and shit?
posted by jonson at 3:53 PM on June 23, 2003

Still stirrin' up shit, eh jonson?
posted by timeistight at 3:56 PM on June 23, 2003

Wha?? I'm not trying to cause no trouble, honestly! At least, not in this specific occasion I'm not...
posted by jonson at 4:01 PM on June 23, 2003

That's good. For a minute there I thought you were kicking someone who's down. I'm glad to hear that I was mistaken. Please accept my apologies.
posted by timeistight at 4:18 PM on June 23, 2003

The wife says we can go, woohoo! But where is the schedule showing the various seminars and keynotes?
posted by billsaysthis at 4:32 PM on June 23, 2003

Oops, are non-MeFi member spouses allowed into the vvarious classes and such?
posted by billsaysthis at 4:33 PM on June 23, 2003

Friday, Nov. 7, 2003

9:30 AM Breakfast tutorial with quonsar: Whappa-whappa and crickets: sound effects to enhance your MetaTalk posts.

10:30 AM Panel discussion: "At what point in a thread is it appropriate to challenge other users to cut off their hands ?" Moderators: matthowie, others TBD subject to availability.

11:00 AM Screening: "Night Train to Lisbon." An experimental documentary examining new evidence recently unearthed regarding the identities -- or identity! -- of a mysterious group of posters.

. . .
posted by Mid at 5:03 PM on June 23, 2003

1 PM: The Seven Deadly Topics. We'll decide who's right about obesity, abortion, religion, SUVs, captialsim, Bush, and the War on Terror the old-fashioned way: with an all-out no-hold-barred grudge match!
posted by kindall at 5:09 PM on June 23, 2003

3 PM (or later, depending on casaulties suffered from prior seminar): "We're All In This Together" -- shoulder and neck massage tips from madamjujujive; Meditation techniques and history from mr_crash_davis. Optional group massage session following. Punch and pie pancakes.
posted by WolfDaddy at 6:08 PM on June 23, 2003

Saturday evening, 7:30 PM: MetaFilter as boyzone: Do horse cocks make it better or worse?

Saturday evening, 8 PM: Billy Maulana.

Sunday morning, 10 AM: Little Christian web designers who lie on their weblogs.

Sunday morning, 11 AM: Billy Maulana.
posted by mcwetboy at 6:21 PM on June 23, 2003

Sunday morning, 11:30 AM: Da RULEZ: Discipline and Punish, Foucauldian paradigms and MeFi timeouts.

Sunday at noon: Tech support. Administrators will finally hope us.

I'll be here till Thursday.
posted by mcwetboy at 6:23 PM on June 23, 2003

sugarfish: dang, moz and i will be there for our honeymoon at the end of september

wow, you and moz are getting married? so much has happened since i stopped coming to #mefi! congratulations, guys =)

on topic: i may show up at the event, depending on how true that street-dusting advertisement is.
posted by lnicole at 6:35 PM on June 23, 2003

I would also like to point out that the reception for the event will be held at the Bellagio penthouse on the night of the 8th. Sponsored by Pepsi Blue & Apple Computers!
posted by Salmonberry at 6:50 PM on June 23, 2003

1:30 a.m. somewhere outside Las Vegas.

(62' black Cadillac pulls off to the side of the road)

Quonsar: "dam it I told you driving with those russian surplus nightvision googles could impose restrictions concerning uncoming trucks...."

Clavdivs: "dam it i lost the map...."

(Clavdivs pops a parachute flair)

Quonsar: " I knew i shoulda had TJ drive, gimme that .44. bajebus, what are you gonna do with this?"

Clavdivs: " thats to ensure the valet doesn't steal the sinatra CD's...i think where in Reno..."

Quonsar: " i'm driving, you just keep you finger on that laser and watch for your objective

Clavdivs: "Ok, lets wake up Miguel, he wanted a sign...."

Quonsar: "naw, let em' sleep"

Clavdivs: "fine, but you paste on the elvis sideburns when we hit town"
posted by clavdivs at 6:58 PM on June 23, 2003

"Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas...with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether."

"We had two bags of Grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cacaine and a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers.... also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls... but the only thing that worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible than a man in the depths of an ether binge..."


Damn, I wish I could be there. Of course I'd probably end up dead or in jail. I been dreaming of a Vegas trip nuts-deep in dangerous insanity, off the rails and off my head, since I was a teenager...
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:09 PM on June 23, 2003

I'll be there. Tequila, healthy snacks, and high speed Internet access in my room Saturday night.
posted by y6y6y6 at 7:16 PM on June 23, 2003

Sunday, 1-2pm. In-Jokes Anonymous: A 12-step program (Step 3: ???). Organizationalluncheonfilter. Share your experiences with a supportive cabal of recovering vibrating overlords who don't own whatever it is they would need to own to know what you are talking about. Catering by Fish Fresh Fish and fishfucker (please specify tuna or halibut). Caesar's Palace Upper Level Seminar room 10, my cat's breath smells like we have cameras.
posted by eddydamascene at 7:38 PM on June 23, 2003

sugarfish: dang, moz and i will be there for our honeymoon at the end of september

wow, you and moz are getting married?

No, pay attention: it's a three-way marriage -- dang, moz, and sugarfish.

Somewhere in the schedule needs to be a Clavdivs vs. Thomcatspike poetry slam.
posted by kindall at 7:45 PM on June 23, 2003

*shoves kindall*

Somewhere in the schedule needs to be a Clavdivs vs. Thomcatspike poetry slam.

But only if fishfucker gets to be the emcee.
posted by lnicole at 7:58 PM on June 23, 2003

I joyfully sense *reads the thread-leaves* that the good-natured, high-spirited MetaTalk is back!

Vegas? Four days? Your sweet selves? Pile me up on the envy truck, dammit.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 9:51 PM on June 23, 2003

What exactly is the point of going to Vegas if not to be churlish?
posted by filmgoerjuan at 9:59 PM on June 23, 2003

Godzilla Eats Las Vegas. Sorry it's a flash site and I can't link you to the right audio file directly... bring up the site, open the mp3/audio player widget toward the right side of the screen, and choose the title I directed you towards.

It's better with the liner notes, but what the hey....

This is going to be the closest I've been to MeFi meetup.
posted by weston at 10:33 PM on June 23, 2003

I can actually come, cause I'm moving close to L.A. soon. This would be my first one. It sounds like it should be fun.

posted by stoneegg21 at 1:13 AM on June 24, 2003

I got married once in Vegas.
posted by JanetLand at 6:30 AM on June 24, 2003

Can someone set us up the bomb? Er I mean set us up a webcam? I want to watch fishfucker. I don't care what he does, I just want to watch him.

Also, if the "getting detained by police", the "whoring with fishfucker" and the "smearing suntan lotion on old ladies" could somehow all be combined and captured on the aforementioned webcam, I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance for your cooperation!

Also also - nice job, filmgoerjuan. You've captured the essence quite nicely.
posted by iconomy at 7:20 AM on June 24, 2003

clavdivs for Mayor of Las Vegas -- or better yet, Nevada Governor
posted by matteo at 7:23 AM on June 24, 2003

SSUUTB indeed, iconomy. I suspect fishfucker may get detained with ecrivain for smearing suntan lotion on old ladies who they may mistake for whores due to the binge drinking that will happen with tj.

This is a family-friendly event.
posted by Salmonberry at 9:25 AM on June 24, 2003

This is a family-friendly event.
Kinda like the Playboy mansion huh?
posted by riffola at 9:57 AM on June 24, 2003

whoa. iconomy, you must be aware that there *is* a fishcam.

it's somewhere in my pants. come find it.
posted by fishfucker at 10:13 AM on June 24, 2003

Make that a slightly off-kilter definition of "family-friendly" event.
posted by Salmonberry at 10:41 AM on June 24, 2003

Manson family-friendly, perhaps?
posted by filmgoerjuan at 10:57 AM on June 24, 2003

it's somewhere in my pants. come find it.

Isn't that the same line you use on the mackeral and sea bass?
posted by iconomy at 10:58 AM on June 24, 2003

And on the mackerel, too?
posted by iconomy at 11:23 AM on June 24, 2003

I'll be there. Probably. I think.
posted by me3dia at 11:45 AM on June 24, 2003

Let's just be clear on one thing: first person to suggest a group outing to see a Cirque du Soleil show, any of them, gets it right between the eyes with that .44 I'm borrowing from Hunter.
posted by billsaysthis at 1:01 PM on June 24, 2003

But Celine Dion is cool, right bill?
posted by Salmonberry at 1:19 PM on June 24, 2003

take the skinheads bowling.

take them bowling.
posted by eyeballkid at 1:32 PM on June 24, 2003

billsaysthis - ??? what's wrong w/Cirque du Soleil???
posted by widdershins at 1:39 PM on June 24, 2003

No, not Cirque -- Blue Man Group.
posted by kindall at 1:53 PM on June 24, 2003

You people are just lucky David Cassidy's not performing there anymore.
posted by JanetLand at 2:45 PM on June 24, 2003

Blue Man Group Rocks, they put on a great show. Cirque du Soleil is cool, especially "O"--it's all under water.
posted by RunsWithBandageScissors at 9:16 PM on June 24, 2003

Don't Penn & Teller perform around there a bunch?
posted by Vidiot at 11:20 PM on June 24, 2003

P&T have a seven-figure deal with one of the casinos to perform around there a bunch. I suspect they could've been had for much less, since Penn built himself a magic castle in the area, but they probably just wanted to piss off Sigfried and Roy.

Anyway, if Penn & Teller, Blue Man Group, AND the Star Trek Experience combined have never been enough to entice me to set foot in Vegas, do you honestly think I'd go for a MeFi group impression of Hunter S. Thompson?

posted by wendell at 12:03 AM on June 25, 2003

*returns from cleaning up the puke after the crack about Ms. Nose*

I'll see if my attorney (or Benecio del Toro) is available for this little potential twist.
posted by billsaysthis at 2:55 PM on June 25, 2003

wait a sec! David Cassidy's not performing there anymore?!?
That's it! i'm not coming. : P
posted by amberglow at 5:52 PM on June 25, 2003

The more I think about it, the more I doubt I'll be able to handle the "no churlishness" rule. And you know I'll be laughing at everybody's tattoos.
posted by wendell at 7:15 PM on June 25, 2003

Just some added info: people have been finding some good deals for that time. Vidiot has located a $245 USD airfare from NYC for those dates, and from London the price is $665 USD. That's just a cursory look on expedia.

For hotel deals I'm trying, but the more people say they're coming, the better off we are. For that time of year without a group rate hotels on the strip are roughly $80 a night averaged out. That should give you enough to budget with!
posted by Salmonberry at 9:19 AM on June 26, 2003

last time I was there I stayed cheaply at the Algiers, which is one of the original strip hotels (from -66 with nice neon). It's not much more than a decent Motel by todays standards but you'll be paying 40 USD a night, and you're close to everything.
posted by dabitch at 9:53 AM on June 26, 2003

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