Madison Meetup July 28, 2003 1:52 PM   Subscribe

All these meetups going on make me want one too. Madison? Upper Midwest? [more inside]
posted by rocketman to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:52 PM (88 comments total)

There's a healthy contingent of Madison Mefites, so we would be happy to host something here. If some of the outliers (Milwaukee, I'm looking at you) care to make the drive, we'd be glad to have you.
posted by rocketman at 1:53 PM on July 28, 2003


...and if you have any suggestions for locations, bring 'em on!
posted by rocketman at 1:54 PM on July 28, 2003


Dude, you guys should totally go to the Dells.

I'm sorry, that's all I know about Wisconsin.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 1:55 PM on July 28, 2003


Funny thing, I used to work in the Dells, for a man with one eye. He was a photographer, took old-timey photos of people in period costume - that's a lucrative business opportunity, by the way - and he went to Florida after that summer and killed his mother.
posted by rocketman at 1:58 PM on July 28, 2003


Damn, and I was just deciding against going to visit Wisconsin for the CART race at Road America, and I hear y'all are planning a MeFi gettogether. Oh well, such is fate. :(
posted by Space Coyote at 4:11 PM on July 28, 2003


I'd love to do it, but won't be available until the end of August.
posted by originalname37 at 4:40 PM on July 28, 2003


All these meetup reports about how much they suck are making me want one too. Boredom? Wandering around lost? [crickets]

I love the meetup idea for MeFi folks, but it doesn't seem to be working in the real world. It would be nice to see one of these actually work. What I hear people saying is that they need a *real* reason to show up (huh?). Or they need an event which isn't so much *work* (huh?).

Could it just be that we have no interest in socializing with each other? We've learned to deal with each other's BS in a virtual forum, but we can't handle the face to face version?

Hopefully the Regional meet in Vegas will work better? I loved the meetup I went to a while back. Things seem to have fizzled since then.

Or maybe west coast MeFi'ers are flaky.
posted by y6y6y6 at 5:31 AM on July 29, 2003


Madison is a great town. Sadly, it's about a 5 hour drive for me.

Anyone in Central Illinois?

/crickets . . .
posted by tr33hggr at 6:45 AM on July 29, 2003


If there's a Madison meetup, I'm in. I think the trick would be getting several people onboard before committing to a date; maybe start by checking the handy "X number of Mefites live near this user" list in your profile, find those with e-mail addresses, and talk to them.

As for locations, I would suggest one of Madison's fabulous brewpubs, like the Angelic (my favorite) or the Great Dane.
posted by UKnowForKids at 6:47 AM on July 29, 2003


it doesn't seem to be working in the real world

We had one in Madison a while back, and though only three of us showed, it was a fantastic time.

I'm not necessarily looking to get *everyone* in the area to a meetup - lord knows I'd prefer to keep my distance from this guy - but just get a few familiar names and faces, maybe some unfamiliar ones, and have a chat.

And I'd go to Vegas, but I've already got a trip to Seattle planned this year. Alas, I get but one chance to get away.
posted by rocketman at 6:52 AM on July 29, 2003


maybe start by checking the handy "X number of Mefites live near this user" list in your profile

there is nothing more depressing than entering your zip and getting this message back:

"There are no other MetaFilter members nearby, sorry."
posted by eastlakestandard at 7:00 AM on July 29, 2003


I'm in for Madison, any time after this Friday.
posted by interrobang at 7:28 AM on July 29, 2003


...and resistance is futile, rocketman.
posted by interrobang at 7:50 AM on July 29, 2003


I love the meetup idea for MeFi folks, but it doesn't seem to be working in the real world. It would be nice to see one of these actually work.

We've had several meetups here in Seattle, and the one I went to went well - there were at least a dozen people and lots of conversation. I heard similarly good things about the next couple of get-togethers (which I did not attend because I was either forgetful or previously committed).
posted by Mars Saxman at 7:55 AM on July 29, 2003


I think the success of any particular meetup is dependent upon the expectations folks set. I expect very little, mostly just to get drunk.

And I have yet to be denied.
posted by rocketman at 8:14 AM on July 29, 2003


It would be nice to see one of these actually work… maybe west coast MeFi'ers are flaky.

Vancouver actually worked. We only got four people but that was one more than I was expecting – don't forget that we're working without the zip code lookup.

I had a good time and I think the others did too.
posted by timeistight at 8:40 AM on July 29, 2003


I'm in MSP but, calendar willing, I'd go to Madison for a meetup. Anyone actually proposing date/time alternatives?
posted by clever sheep at 10:07 AM on July 29, 2003


Right now we're working with late August as a starting point. Weeknights work best for me, but I wouldn't flatly object to a Friday or Saturday night, depending on the night.

As far as location, that's wide open. UKnowForKids suggested some downtown brewpubs, I'd go there or any old skanky bar (The Plaza? Mickey's? Le Tigre Lounge?). I'd even go to Pearl's, at the Best Western East.
posted by rocketman at 10:16 AM on July 29, 2003


I'm with clever sheep.

Well, not with clever sheep, but in a similar situation, living in MSP and all.

If enough people confirm, I'd hit the road and make it. On the other hand, I'm a flaming, bitter, arrogant asshole, and the event would probably be better without me.
posted by trharlan at 10:31 AM on July 29, 2003


Clever Sheep and trharlan: there was talk earlier of a Mpls meetup, maybe some time in August... Norm seemed to be the motive force behind it.

That is, if you don't feel like going all the way to Madison.
posted by COBRA! at 11:18 AM on July 29, 2003


Mpls would be even better. Maybe we could convince the Madisoners to drive UP (grin)....
posted by clever sheep at 11:27 AM on July 29, 2003


Great. Got any college students in Madison? They get to get wasted in another state!
posted by trharlan at 11:53 AM on July 29, 2003


And the lucky bastards can buy beer on sunday.
posted by COBRA! at 11:58 AM on July 29, 2003


I think we'll have our own, thanks. But maybe (just maybe!) some of us will go the distance and crowd in on yours.

My entire extended family lives west of the Twin Cities, so I do get up that way. But I always forget about the no-liquor-on-Sundays thing. Is your state run by a bunch of Lutherans or something?
posted by rocketman at 12:05 PM on July 29, 2003


Madison is far, and Minneapolis is close. Based on past meetups, what times have worked the best? Of the following:

A. Weekday lunch times
B. Weekday post-work times (aka "Happy Hour")
C. Weekend days
D. Weekend nights

I would vote for A or B, just for my own selfish convenience, but would go with other options should consensus push it that way.
posted by norm at 12:06 PM on July 29, 2003


Is your state run by a bunch of Lutherans or something?

I can't believe Jesse Ventura could lower the taxes on vehicles and personal watercraft but he couldn't get any decent beer sold in the state on Sundays. *lousy blue laws*
posted by norm at 12:07 PM on July 29, 2003


A and B would probably be the most workable for me, too, since the weekends sort of get booked weeks in advance.

If we do go ahead with a Mpls get-together, and it involves alcohol, I nominate the Red Dragon on Lyndale... good frou-frou drinks, large spaces for gatherings, semiedible Chinese food if you're into that sort of thing.
posted by COBRA! at 12:12 PM on July 29, 2003


Minneapolis would be nice, since my little brother lives there, but the time involved is way too much for me. I'd rather stay in Madison, walk somewhere, and stumble home afterwards.
posted by interrobang at 12:19 PM on July 29, 2003


Yeah. Get your own thread, St. Pauly girls. ;)
posted by rocketman at 12:40 PM on July 29, 2003


Everybody on all sides could disagree with this.... But how 'bout picking someplace between Madison and Mpls and trying to get as many folks as possible? I nominate pie at the Norsk Nook and crashing at the Osseo Super 8!
posted by clever sheep at 12:40 PM on July 29, 2003


The only time I've ever eaten at the Norsk Nook in Osseo, my cat shat all over the car while I was eating. Bad mojo.
posted by COBRA! at 12:45 PM on July 29, 2003


has anyone here even eaten the pie at the NOrske Nook? everybody always talks about how good it is, but i've never met anyone who's actually eaten it...
posted by eastlakestandard at 12:47 PM on July 29, 2003


I have it on pretty good information that by the end of August, These clowns will live mere blocks from this pitied fool and this sucka. This jerk can drive himself there, and this yahoo can too.

This makes a very strong case for a neighborhood outing, though downtown is walking distance for everyone but the two drivers. End of August, then?
posted by rocketman at 12:49 PM on July 29, 2003


Ooh. clever sheep, that's an enticing proposition.

Let me check on that and get back to you, I could drive a carfull of Madisonians up there.

And if it's still warm, I might be able to secure inexpensive camping nearby. But like I said, let me check.
posted by rocketman at 12:51 PM on July 29, 2003


I used to work with a lady who had eaten pie at all three Norske Nooks. She only had one eye. After that publication cycle, she went to Florida and killed her mom.
posted by rocketman at 12:52 PM on July 29, 2003


there is nothing more depressing than entering your zip and getting this message back:
"There are no other MetaFilter members nearby, sorry."

Except for getting "no zip found in the db", without so much as an apology :-(
posted by dg at 3:09 PM on July 29, 2003


rocketman: As long as by "end of August," you mean after August 25th, I'm in. I'll be driving the ole girlfriend through the UP, Ontario, and Quebec out to New York for law school, and I'm flying back on the 24th.

Also, Genna's Lounge on the Capitol Square is another nice place. I just remembered that the Angelic is likely to have a DJ on weeknights (and is also frequently full of obnoxious undergrads...), so that might not be so hot, although I do love their beers.
posted by UKnowForKids at 5:35 PM on July 29, 2003


I just remembered that the Angelic is likely to have a DJ on weeknights (and is also frequently full of obnoxious undergrads...), so that might not be so hot, although I do love their beers.

They also sometimes have really horrible open-mic nights. As Madison breweries go, since I've fairly recently discovered that The Great Dane has a nice, dark basement bar, I'd rather go there.

I'm good for just about anywhere, though.

Except Genna's.
posted by interrobang at 5:50 PM on July 29, 2003


Count one more possibly in for Madison. I'm in Milwaukee, though, so it would have to be Friday or Saturday. August is going to be insane enough at work without attempting to make the drive to Madtown on a weeknight. (Plus, if we have it on a weekend, there's a slight possibility I can talk crystalblue into it. She's in Chicago during the week, but here many weekends. (Oh, sure, she may be a lurker here, but she's fun in real life.)
posted by aine42 at 5:53 PM on July 29, 2003


Maybe instead of meeting in between Madison and Minneapolis, we should consider Madison as the in-between-point for Milwaukee mefites and Minneapolis mefites?

...not that I'm in favor of it just because I live here, or anything.
posted by interrobang at 5:58 PM on July 29, 2003


Well, with that lead in from aine42, you can count me in as well, provided it is a Friday night or, preferably a Saturday (day or night), after the middle of August. Alternately, a meetup in the Chicago area during the week would work for me.
posted by crystalblue at 6:02 PM on July 29, 2003


Maybe instead of meeting in between Madison and Minneapolis, we should consider Madison as the in-between-point for Milwaukee mefites and Minneapolis mefites?

Or Milwaukee the in-between-point for Madison and Chicago mefites. Heh. (crystalblue and aine42 hijack the meetup, move it 80 miles further east...)
posted by aine42 at 6:03 PM on July 29, 2003


(crystalblue and aine42 hijack the meetup, move it 80 miles further east...)

All right, this is getting a little out of control. I'd prefer a big, big meetup that isn't mostly composed of people who I already know, but Chicago can have its own event.

I'd maybe be okay with Milwaukee, but not Minneapolis. In spite of being twenty-seven years old, I *sob* still do not know how to drive, and I'd rather not have anyone carting me around. We're all supposed to get drunk, after all! So, I'd prefer to stay in Madison.

I'd make a proposal about a date and time, but man, these things are really hard to coordinate when the thing's being pulled in every direction from a hundred miles around.
posted by interrobang at 6:11 PM on July 29, 2003


I'm kidding about moving it to MKE, interrobang. Madison's fine by me, as long as it's on a weekend. If not, crystalblue and I can have our own meetup here, like most other weekends. We're flexible that way.

Wonder if I could convince any other Milwaukeeans to make the journey west, since I know one or two of them. Hmm.
posted by aine42 at 6:17 PM on July 29, 2003


I wouldn't dream of it being on anything other than a weekend. Sorry if I sounded like an indignant jerk.
posted by interrobang at 6:22 PM on July 29, 2003


In spite of being twenty-seven years old, I *sob* still do not know how to drive, and I'd rather not have anyone carting me around.

Heh. I'm 28 and married, and am imagining telling my wife, "yeah, I think I'm going down to Madison for a couple of days to meet people I don't know except through the internet." I wonder how that'd go over?

I will propose a date/time for a Minneapolis get together very soon, once my schedule is set (I'm finishing a summer job and starting school in a few weeks). It will be the week of August 25th, and it will be a weekday, and even if me and COBRA! are the only attendees I will not bitch.
posted by norm at 4:53 AM on July 30, 2003


Genna's and The Dane are both really good meeting spots, and I'm not saying that because they're only a 10/20 min. walk from my house, respectively. I'd also suggest the Essen House or Memorial Terrace if we end up having a decent size group. Added bonus: The Essen House is 30 seconds from my four person Jacuzzi.......just sayin'.
posted by squared at 5:01 AM on July 30, 2003


and even if me and COBRA! are the only attendees I will not bitch.

That's until i start the bitching contest.
posted by COBRA! at 7:09 AM on July 30, 2003


s'okay, COBRA!, my pals will tell you I'm more than qualified to officiate. so count me in.
posted by clever sheep at 7:18 AM on July 30, 2003


In spite of being twenty-seven years old, I *sob* still do not know how to drive, and I'd rather not have anyone carting me around.

and i thought i had it rough...
posted by eastlakestandard at 7:23 AM on July 30, 2003


I'm going to set something down:

Dates:
August 29th or 30th

Locations:
Angelic
Memorial Union
Genna's
Great Dane's cellar
Paradise?
Essen Haus

Activities:
Drinking, duh.
Maybe some food
Songs, merriment
posted by rocketman at 7:28 AM on July 30, 2003


Heh, I just realized this will be the weekend before classes begin at the UW. That's something that might need to be considered when choosing a location...
posted by UKnowForKids at 7:41 AM on July 30, 2003


well, in that case i suggest somewhere well outside of walking distance from the capital/state street/uw area.

i hate college students. [i'm not being sarcastic either, i really hate them.]
posted by eastlakestandard at 8:09 AM on July 30, 2003


Wow. Excellent point. I'm so removed from the UW, I don't even think about that stuff anymore.

I can think of a lot of places we could go and avoid that rush. Some are even downtown. It's too bad Cay's Comic Strip burned down. It was conveniently located (right across from the Cardinal), very reasonably priced, and "kids" would have absolutely nothing to do with it.

How about:
Mickey's
Inferno (just kidding)
Great Dane basement (that's more snotty upscale professionals instead of undergrads)
Paradise
Le Tigre Lounge
posted by rocketman at 8:16 AM on July 30, 2003


norm, COBRA!, clever sheep, count me in.

What's that, four?
posted by trharlan at 9:26 AM on July 30, 2003


Paging Hammerikaner, spacewaitress, and mooncrow!
Rally 'round and I'll buy your first Shirley Temple....
posted by clever sheep at 11:17 AM on July 30, 2003


I might be talked into a Minneapolis Meetup, as long as the schedule fits.
posted by ScottUltra at 11:47 AM on July 30, 2003


August 29th or 30th sounds good to me, as does the Great Dane's basement.
posted by interrobang at 12:02 PM on July 30, 2003


I live in St. Paul, Minneapolis is too far away.
posted by Hammerikaner at 12:09 PM on July 30, 2003


Aug. 30 works better for me, but I could do the 29th if need be.

As for the bars, I'll leave any decision making there to you folks out in Madison. I'm not really that familiar with any of the ones you named. One word of caution, though -- every time I get attached to a Madison bar, it burns down. I think I'm up to 3 so far. It's getting kind of irritating. :-)
posted by aine42 at 12:15 PM on July 30, 2003


heres a vote for minneapolis or st. paul - how about a rooftop gathering? the new solera rooftop bar/restaurant? joes garage?

i wonder if we can talk miguel cardoso into coming?

hopefully it will be a little more entertaining than the dean 2004 meetup at nye's .... what a snore.
posted by specialk420 at 12:19 PM on July 30, 2003


I'd be up for either Minneapolis or St. Paul--I live right on the river, so it's six of one, half a dozen of the other.

If we're thinking rooftop--which sounds great!--I also nominate Brit's Pub during the non-swarmed off hours. Booze *and* lawn bowling....

I was there a few weeks ago for a post-wedding get together on Sunday afternoon, and it was great. Wholly uncrowded and a great scotch & beer selection.

Norm, looks like we've got plenty of interest; should we start quibbling about dates and times?
posted by clever sheep at 12:28 PM on July 30, 2003


I'm totally up for a Minneapolis meet-up. Drinking, eating and merriment all sound like good plans. Someone name a date (I'm not a leader, damn it!) and I'll be there. I just moved to Minneapolis from Duluth, so I'm not familier enough with the area yet to make a suggestion on a place.
posted by Zosia Blue at 12:31 PM on July 30, 2003


specialk420...
"hopefully it will be a little more entertaining than the dean 2004 meetup at nye's .... what a snore."

hey! i got three letters written to iowa democrats. i thought it was alright. it was a bit crowded though.
posted by Hammerikaner at 1:40 PM on July 30, 2003


I'd be in for a Madison dig-o'-the-shin, but that weekend, like most of August, is out for me. I'm not trying to be a spoiler or anything; just sayin'.
posted by blueshammer at 1:48 PM on July 30, 2003


So I read MeTa about twice a month and I stumble on this. I'm in Saint Paul, so of course Minneapolis would be a great idea.
posted by Utilitaritron at 2:04 PM on July 30, 2003


Perhaps we could do the weekend after? September 6th, anyone? Or does Labor Day create a problem?
posted by rocketman at 2:49 PM on July 30, 2003


Sept. 6th sounds even better to me, as I will be less likely to be drinking myself blind that weekend with my fellow new MAs in the English department. (And if the switch accomodates someone with the username "blueshammer," it's fine in my book.)
posted by UKnowForKids at 2:58 PM on July 30, 2003


In the spirit of keeping MSP meetup happening, let me throw out a few dates. Can MSP-mefis chime in as to whether one or more would work for them?

Saturday, August 16
Saturday, August 23
Friday, August 29
Saturday, August 30

I say, let's get date first, and time & place can follow. Norm, feel free to jump in and take over--not trying to take away the reins!
posted by clever sheep at 3:39 PM on July 30, 2003


A Saturday (evening) would be best for me. How about the 16th?
posted by Zosia Blue at 6:40 PM on July 30, 2003


Minneapolis! Minneapolis! Minneapolis!
(And not just because I live here.)
posted by mrbula at 9:19 PM on July 30, 2003


Oh yeah, and I second the Minneapolis call. And it is because I live here.
posted by Zosia Blue at 9:24 PM on July 30, 2003


That said, Saturday, August 16th is the only date I'd be able to make it. (Although, damn, a meetup at the Minnesota State Fair over Labor Day would rock. Er, maybe not.)
posted by mrbula at 9:25 PM on July 30, 2003


I'm in the COBRA! camp in that the weekends get spoken for very soon, but of the dates proposed August 29 or 30 are the best. I still like my idea of a weekday happy hour. *sniff*
posted by norm at 5:43 AM on July 31, 2003


Okay, let's circle the wagons here: so far for MSP we've got some interest from norm, COBRA!, trharlan, ScottUltra, mrbula, Zosia Blue, Hammerikaner, Utilitaritron, specialk420, & me.

mrbula can ONLY do the 16th; Zosia B. has indicated it's a good date; I can make it. Can any others of you listed above positively NOT make it to a gathering on the 16th?

If we can get a date settled this easily & quickly, count on me to buy the first pitcher!
posted by clever sheep at 7:44 AM on July 31, 2003


Welcome to my camp, norm. You'll be in the cabin out behind the lake, right across the way from the abandoned US Army psychological testing facility/ clown college. Don't worry about the noises at night, they're nothing.

I'd pretty much have to sit out clever sheep's dates... but if they work for everyone else, well, I don't want to be the guy pissing in the pool for everyone. I could always email a giant .jpg of myself which could be printed out and mounted on cardboard. Just pour some beer into it and everything's cool.


On preview: the 16th would be pretty rough, but, well, see above.
posted by COBRA! at 7:49 AM on July 31, 2003


So August 29th or 30th will work for these folks, then:
rocketman
aine42
interrobang
UKnowForKids
eastlakestandard
mouthnoize
originalname37

As for Labor Day weekend (September 5th or 6th), can I assume that list remains the same, except with the addition of blueshammer?
posted by rocketman at 9:09 AM on July 31, 2003


Should we make a separate Minneapolis thread or do we pretty much have it covered? All the Madison kids are confusing me.
posted by Zosia Blue at 10:16 AM on July 31, 2003


Well, again, don't reorg the weekend on my account. I missed the last one, and if I miss this one, I'll just catch the next one.
posted by blueshammer at 10:42 AM on July 31, 2003


I'll start a separate Mpls thread....
posted by clever sheep at 10:51 AM on July 31, 2003


rocketman -- Labor Day is always the 1st Monday in Sept, so it's the weekend of Aug. 29-Sept. 1, not Sept. 5-8.

And yes, I'm still good for Sept. 6.
posted by aine42 at 11:31 AM on July 31, 2003


August 29th, August 30th, September 5th and September 6th in Madison all work for me, but my vote would be for either of the Saturday dates over the Friday dates.
posted by crystalblue at 12:36 PM on July 31, 2003


Ooh -- extra bonus for Labor Day weekend (8/29 or 8/30): An escape from the Harley madness that will be going on here in Milwaukee.

But like I said, any of the dates work out for me.
posted by aine42 at 12:40 PM on July 31, 2003


rocketman -- Labor Day is always the 1st Monday in Sept, so it's the weekend of Aug. 29-Sept. 1, not Sept. 5-8.

rocketman--are you even looking at your calendar while planning this thing?
posted by eastlakestandard at 3:04 PM on July 31, 2003


There's a Harley Convention in Madison on August 29/30, too.
posted by squared at 3:11 PM on July 31, 2003


But a Harley Convention in Madison means something quite different from one in Milwaukee.

And yes, I *am* looking at my calendar. It doesn't have holidays programmed in.
posted by rocketman at 6:39 AM on August 1, 2003


So, have we made up our minds yet? Will someone make a definitive statement about the date? Then we can get to the place and time.

I nominate you, rocketman; it's your thread, after all.

(and thank goodness those Minneapolis jerks went and got their own, finally.)
posted by interrobang at 5:31 PM on August 1, 2003


Let me get back on this. I'm game, but may be involved in things on weekends and not yet know it. These things happen.
posted by rocketman at 6:19 AM on August 5, 2003


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