DC Meetup Photos August 8, 2003 7:36 AM   Subscribe

At the DC meetup last night, we had cameras. [More inside.]
posted by arco to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:36 AM (40 comments total)

Well, a couple of us had cameras. Thanks in no small part to brownpau’s mad wiki skillz, we had a pretty good turnout (10, I believe). The weather was nice, the overpriced drinks were flowing, a good time was had by all.

I posted the 14 pictures that actually turned out. They’re on my Yahoo Photos page, but if anyone wants to mount them on a “real” website and spiffy them up, that would be great. I’ll leave them up on the Yahoo page for a while, but I’ll probably have to take them down eventually (I’ll need to storage space to upload pictures from my upcoming honeymoon).

My ability to recall names is notoriously dicey, so the titles aren’t very descriptive at the moment. Email me with any additions or corrections and I’ll make the changes.

Thanks for a fun evening, everyone! Hopefully we can get together again sometime soon. I generally have the social skills of a warthog, and I tend to speak in gibberish around people I don’t know all that well, but I promise I won’t be so awkward next time.
posted by arco at 7:37 AM on August 8, 2003

I like how in number 6 it looks like I'm about to eat BrownPau's head, as Red58 watches, bemused.

Thanks for a good time, all. Remember, 6:30 on Tuesdays at Madhatter, 7:00 (or so) on Fridays at Atomic Billiards.
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:08 AM on August 8, 2003

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posted by dg at 8:13 AM on August 8, 2003

the yahoo server seems to be unresponsive.
posted by quonsar at 8:13 AM on August 8, 2003

dammit! hang on, let me see what I can do.
posted by arco at 8:16 AM on August 8, 2003

let the record show that i did not "not show"

stupid Guzuza wouldn't let me in without pants on. (i did have shorts, as Mr Moon Pie can attest.) oh well, mebbe meet you guys next time.
posted by danOstuporStar at 8:29 AM on August 8, 2003

While Ron heroically does battle with the giant squid making trouble on his yahoo page, I just wanted to say thanks to MrMoonPie for serving as the North Star for all lost and wandering MeFites who were actually able to get into the place (sorry, danO, while I was worried Gazuza might have a black shirt ban that would have been equally fatal for our group I didn't know how they felt about shorts, and I think you're not the only one that got stranded outside, dammit). PJgulliver, nortonindc, brownpau, and MrMoonPie were already there when I arrived, soon followed by tittergrrl and her brother, and Becky who made it after all (? yikes is that right? sorry!), and arco with camera, and a fun lurker pair that included Rene Zellweger lookalike Kayla (I apologize for my display of name suckage) and her London bound brother. Who did I forget, and what did I get wrong?

Anyway, I had lots of fun talking to you all and it's pretty cool to put faces and personalities with the names. We'll definitely have to do it again, at someplace that doesn't require pants. Well, after the whole "naked party" discussion, maybe not. The pants part, I mean. Re the other part, Brownpau is going to leave the wiki up for a while at least (thanks, Paulo!) so we might be able to post future meetup ideas there.
posted by onlyconnect at 9:10 AM on August 8, 2003

Okay, Yahoo Photos can officially bite it. dan has offered to host them at least temporarily. Thanks to everybody else who offered! I might still need your help. In the meantime, here's an Ofoto directory of them that will probably break immediately. (Warning: that links starts a slideshow in a separate window.) Or, I can email them to anyone (4 MB total; I can't zip them at work, sorry) if you really want to see them.

Sorry for the confusion!
posted by arco at 9:13 AM on August 8, 2003

arco's pics here
posted by danOstuporStar at 9:30 AM on August 8, 2003

If I could award gold stars, danOstuporStar, you'd have two.

posted by arco at 9:34 AM on August 8, 2003

It sounds like THREE people got turned away at the door. Sheesh. Next time, we need to go somewhere less pretentious, like Brickskellar or Buffalo Billiards or Atomic or something.
posted by MrMoonPie at 9:35 AM on August 8, 2003

What an attractive group of MeFiers you all are. Looks like you had fun and your turn-out beats the west coast hands down.

Neat pics, arco!
posted by Salmonberry at 9:35 AM on August 8, 2003

Ah, there's the picture of me eating BrownPau's head.
posted by MrMoonPie at 9:36 AM on August 8, 2003

Looks like you guys had fun! Go east coast!
posted by riffola at 9:42 AM on August 8, 2003

soon followed by tittergrrl and her brother,

The funny thing is that I just happened to bump into him there. I hadn't asked him or anything, but.. I guess he knew which was the cooler sibling. Thats right. Me, baby. Me.

Good time. Next time hopefully somewhere a bit less loud (I had so much trouble hearing people, and I feel like I really didn't get to visit with some people very much :( ).

I like the idea of Buffalo Billiards, but they card also. Not sure about Atomic tho. That might be good. Big fan of the District Chophouse for meet ups too. Nice big lounge upstairs!

I'll try to get my three little pictures online later :)
posted by tittergrrl at 10:01 AM on August 8, 2003

Well, after the whole "naked party" discussion, maybe not.

if i had a dollar every time i heard that...
posted by danOstuporStar at 10:09 AM on August 8, 2003

Yeah...apologies about the venue, to you especially dano (and anyone else who was turned away)...but I'm glad to have met y'all and am looking forward to the next one...now, all of you who signed up on the Wiki and never showed are absolutely obligated to be there, I mean where else can you hear about naked parties?
posted by pjgulliver at 10:12 AM on August 8, 2003

It's always humbling to see how goofy I must look to other people. Well, as long as you beautiful people keep letting me hang out I can't complain too much.

And it was good to meet you all, even if you did crush the life out of our tender illusions about Claire Danes.
posted by NortonDC at 10:14 AM on August 8, 2003

I missed the naked parties conversation, and the Claire Danes conversation.

Thats it. I will have a party and invite a naked Claire Danes. And, of course, we'll have cameras.
posted by tittergrrl at 10:27 AM on August 8, 2003

no need to apologize, pj et al. fortunately a friend had planned to met me there anyway and the Royal Palace is rite down the street. =)
posted by danOstuporStar at 10:38 AM on August 8, 2003

I too missed all talk of naked Claire Danes, or anyone naked at all. I mean there was some pantlessness going on, but that all seemed very normal, what with the dresses and all.

And if we get a naked Claire Danes can we also get a naked Russell Crow?
posted by Red58 at 10:43 AM on August 8, 2003

Sorry I still think SalmonBerry is the hottest Mefiite around.
posted by carfilhiot at 10:56 AM on August 8, 2003

Although I live in the woods and am unlikely to ever 'meet up' with anyone anyplace, I admit to finding the cigarettes and alcohol on the tables oddly reassuring.

Now, about that naked Claire Danes thing...
posted by cedar at 11:16 AM on August 8, 2003

Mmmm..with cream cheese and strawberry filling? Chocolate sauce and a flaky pastry exterior? Getting the two together would be difficult though. Variations in yeast contents, not to mention contrasting baking temperatures would make for a....


what? i thought eclaires and....


*laments lack of SouthEastMeFiMeetup*
and salmonberry is the shizzle fo' rizzle. that sho-tee be wiiiicked fly.
posted by lazaruslong at 11:39 AM on August 8, 2003

I still haven't recovered from pjgulliver's revelations about the bathroom habits of the rich and famous. Between that, the naked party with Barbara Bush Jr., and the secret society talk, I think pj gets the prize for most exciting conversational gambits. :)

NortonDC, I will send out an e-mail to all officially adding you to the list. For the record, I don't think you look at all like Ryan Stiles on the Drew Carey Show! At all!

I didn't really get to talk to tittergrrl (though I'm curious about the livejournal experiment), Red58, brownpau, or MrMoonPie. Or, inexplicably, even arco who was sitting right next to me. (I was avoiding the camera!) Next time: Less noise, more pants!
posted by onlyconnect at 12:52 PM on August 8, 2003

Who knows, maybe I'm a giant imposter making all of this up to impress y'all.....
posted by pjgulliver at 1:01 PM on August 8, 2003

It occurs to me that none of the pictures that turned out included Kayla (did I get the name right?!). All apologies!! We could just add a picture of Renee Zellweger and nobody would know the difference.
posted by arco at 1:21 PM on August 8, 2003

Awww! Wish I could have made it. I had something come up I couldn't get out of. Can we do it again??? I'll even wear pants.
posted by JoanArkham at 1:32 PM on August 8, 2003

East Coast represent!

Glad to see the DCers have just as much fun as the NYers.

(And what's this about Claire Danes and celebrity sleaze gossip? A transcript of the evening's conversation is requested.)

Less noise, more pants!

That may make for a good MeFi Meetup, but it's just the opposite of a really really good party.
posted by Vidiot at 11:11 AM on August 9, 2003

I love the artsy photo, especially if it was not done purposefully.
posted by billsaysthis at 12:09 PM on August 9, 2003

No, that shot was purely accidental. I had my camera (old Sony DSC P30) set to "low light" (slow shutter speed; that's also how I got the "ghost" shots) and tittergrrl took a picture at just the right moment. We didn't plan it at all. She'll probably post her side of it on her website.

Here's the full-res version of it, though it actually looks better reduced.
posted by arco at 7:11 PM on August 9, 2003

arco: new, improved, scary AND glary!!
posted by billsaysthis at 8:31 PM on August 9, 2003

The single shot I managed to get of nortonDC's head came out all black on my flash-less Palm camera, so I'm glad you guys all got great pics.

We look like absolute lunatics.
posted by brownpau at 10:18 PM on August 9, 2003

Vidiot, explaining it would lesson the magic, but events on a recent camping trip prompted the announcement that "Needing to hose off the Twister mat is the sign of a good party."
posted by NortonDC at 10:44 AM on August 10, 2003

Or lessen.

Maybe needing to hose off the mat is also the sign of a good lesson.
posted by NortonDC at 12:02 PM on August 10, 2003

Yeah, it's only too bad that the Claire Danes gossip and the nudity tales weren't one in the same...that really would have been cool.
posted by pjgulliver at 8:35 AM on August 11, 2003

This guy would also have had trouble getting into Gazuza.

I have never combined camping and twister, and it seems like a recipe for disaster. Excellent!
posted by onlyconnect at 12:28 PM on August 11, 2003

Well, I'm waiting tables at Hawk 'n Dove on the Hill if a SouthEastMeFiMeetup ever gets off the ground. There was a Dean meetup there tonight, so the bar must have some interwebby cred...
posted by GriffX at 7:35 PM on August 12, 2003

Wait, Griffx, you work on the Hill, but would only go to a SouthEastMefiMeetup, not our terrific DC meetup of last week?
posted by pjgulliver at 8:03 PM on August 12, 2003

I was waiting tables at a different bar at the time, unfortunately.
posted by GriffX at 10:04 PM on August 12, 2003

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