Cleveland Meetup February 24, 2004 8:00 PM   Subscribe

MeFi Cleveland: Want coffee sometime? Maybe when Spring hits? We can talk about how much Cleveland really looks like American Splendor.
posted by Shane to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:00 PM (25 comments total)

Mistake on the Lake jokes: hold thy tongue ;-)

My profile says:
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SilentSalamander 44234
gummi 44485
posted by Shane at 8:01 PM on February 24, 2004

Okay, just ONE Cleveland joke.
posted by Shane at 8:05 PM on February 24, 2004

wait, was Drew Carey lying? Does Cleveland not rock?
posted by amberglow at 8:15 PM on February 24, 2004

I think the atmosphere of American Splendor is just lovely. All my friends know that I'd like to live somewhere with weather like that.

Or, in a lighthouse. Or, as they call it, a "darkhouse".

With lots of booze.
posted by interrobang at 8:29 PM on February 24, 2004

I was borned in Cleveland, and moved to L.A. at the age of 6... Anybody wanna pony up airfare so I can make a Special Guest Appearance?
(I'm not asking for tickets to Iceland...)
(And, no, I can't bring Drew Carey and Arsenio Hall with me)
posted by wendell at 8:46 PM on February 24, 2004

This thread is totally heading toward me being stood up in an Arabica coffeeshop, isn't it? Argh.

Oh, and, by the way: the original founder of Arabica (who nearly went bankrupt, and sold out to the owner of the current successful chain of shops, who also used not to open the original shop on Coventry when the daily astrological forecast was bad) practices a religion in which he occasionally sacrifices chickens and even goats. No kidding. Cleveland, baby. But I'm too chatty: going to bed.
posted by Shane at 8:47 PM on February 24, 2004

Don't worry, Shane. The first time I suggested a Madison Metafilter-meetup, I got riffed on by goethean, for fuck's sake.

Madison's own meetup, a couple of threads down, isn't doing too well either.
posted by interrobang at 8:49 PM on February 24, 2004

maybe you guys should email all the local folks and let them know?
posted by amberglow at 8:57 PM on February 24, 2004

As a former MeFi NYCer, now living in Cleveland, I will SO be there. Count me in. Damn the naysayers...
posted by ltracey at 6:03 AM on February 25, 2004

Sorry Shane, I was asleep by the time this was posted last night. :) I would love a meetup! However, between travel and wedding plans, my spring is monumentally busy. But I will try my very hardest to make it. Now, have a second one in the summer, and I'll be there for sure. Picnic at the beach, anyone? :)
posted by boomchicka at 6:27 AM on February 25, 2004

I would almost certainly attend.
posted by stuart_s at 6:43 AM on February 25, 2004

Excellent. I'm totally open to date and place. How about we do a poll of preferences on these and then decide? There can't be too many of us, so we should be able to be accomodating to most or all (we'll try to fit ya in, boomchicka).

Sometime in March sound good?

I'll send out a few e-mails to area MeFites who don't respond to this thread, just in case (good suggestion, Amber).
posted by Shane at 7:06 AM on February 25, 2004

As a former MeFi Clevelander, now living in NYC, I sadly won't be there. Where were you six months ago?

Seriously though, good luck getting this together.
posted by turaho at 8:04 AM on February 25, 2004

Is Sheauga still around? I think she's a local. By the way, I hope no one gets the idea that Great Lakes Beer, even the Burning River brew, is some kind of joke. Great Lakes Beer is absolutely the knock-down, drag-out, best beer in America, a fact which I have personally verified with extensive tastings across the country and in Canada. Mind you -- we live in a great age of beers, with stupendous brews beyond numbering, but Great Lakes is at the absolute pinnacle of perfection. In fact, the only drawback to Great Lakes Beer, and this is actually a serious drawback, is that once you've had it -- especially the Dortmunder Gold -- you will know that you've had the best beer you have ever enjoyed, and you will experience a tremendous letdown, because you may figure that you have some thirty to fifty years yet to live, and you know you will never have a better beer, and you will be sorry that you no longer have that peak experience to look forward to.
posted by Faze at 10:29 AM on February 25, 2004

I'll look for and e-mail sheauga (and everyone else), but the server's wonky at the moment and I can't get to sheauga's profile.

So, you like Great Lakes Brewery? ;-)

The beer is good, it's just the name "Burning River" that is a joke, referring to the time the Cuyahoga in Cleveland was so polluted it caught fire.

BUT, G.L. Brewery is, I'm pretty darn sure, joking you when they show you that bullet hole in their wall behind the bar, the one Eliot Ness supposedly put there. Ness was safety director in Cleveland, cleaning up the corrupt police force as well as gambling and prostitution in the Flats, after he left Chicago and Prohibition behind. Hoover hated Ness, kept a file on him, thought he was a glory-hound, and blackballed Ness from the FBI.

But I don't think Ness ever fired his gun in the line of duty at anything but door locks, at the very least not in Cleveland. I could be wrong. Ness did, however, run for mayor of Cleveland. He lost. Ness also caught flak in Cleveland for never catching the "Torso Killer," another local (real) legend.

Ironically, Ness, the enemy of Prohibition and Al Capone, had a drinking problem at the end of his career. He resigned his post in Cleveland just after he struck another car, probably DUI, and fled the scene.

Great Lakes Brewery named a beer after Ness.

Sorry: OT!
posted by Shane at 11:26 AM on February 25, 2004

Are you a Clevelander, Faze, or just a beer lover? GLB might be a good place for, or a good stop after, a meetup.
posted by Shane at 11:36 AM on February 25, 2004

("enemy of Prohibition" should be "supporter of," d'oh!)
posted by Shane at 11:40 AM on February 25, 2004

Man. I wish I lived there. Or at the very least, I wish I was going to be in Cleveland in the near future. Oh well, best wishes Shane & Boomchicka (and congrats on the wedding bells!).
posted by jonson at 10:56 PM on February 25, 2004

jonson, please don't terrify Shane like that. :) Actually, the future mr. boomchicka is not a MeFite. Imagine that!

As for a meetup day and time, plan amongst yourselves and if I can possibly be there, I absolutely will.
posted by boomchicka at 5:35 AM on February 26, 2004

Wish you could be there, jonson. I'll start sending out e-mails to area Mefites today or tonight.
posted by Shane at 6:33 AM on February 26, 2004

i wish this would have been six months ago too. i only lived in cleveland while attending cleveland state U. however i make a lot of visits there if you guys make a date i will be watching mefi and maybe be there. i loved american splendor but wasnt familiar with much of the scenery, they hardly ever showed dowtown or the lake. one time i saw a shot of the key tower from about 50 streets away.
posted by Recockulous at 7:40 AM on February 26, 2004

The best Cleveland film (besides the obvious choice, "A Christmas Story"): "Those Lips Those Eyes," starring Frank Langella and Tom Hulce. Shot in Cleveland Heights, mainly in Cain Park. Also great, "The Fortune Cookie," with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matteau, directed by Billy Wilder. "One Trick Pony" written and directed by Paul Simon has a long scene set in Cleveland, with the downtown skyline in the background. A prominent producer once told me that despite Cleveland's many great locations (every conceivable type of building and landscape), nobody wants to shoot a film there because of the crooked unions. Also, the extreme changeability of the weather. But mainly the unions.
posted by Faze at 8:15 AM on February 26, 2004

I'm near Cleveland and have a slightly different list of nearby people, so you might want to plug in some surrounding zips if you want to email more.
posted by sadie01221975 at 11:13 AM on February 26, 2004

I'll start sending out e-mails to area Mefites today or tonight.

Um, make that tomorrow morning, to sadie01221975's area members too. If I miss anyone, it's not on purpose, so please everyone pass the word along.
posted by Shane at 5:39 PM on February 29, 2004

FOLKS!: Here's what I sent out:

Hello, NE Ohio Mefites who may be interested in a meetup!

Here's the short version: I made a list of e-mails of area MeFites. If I missed anyone, it's because of stupidity, not purposeful exclusion. If you're interested, I'd like you to look over the list (below) and see if you notice anyone missing, or if you know anyone else in the area (MeFite or non-MeFite) who might like to attend. Then RSVP to me, answering the following questions:

WHERE and WHEN would you folks prefer? I was thinking late March? Maybe a coffeeshop (for us who are allergic to cigarette smoke), then we can always adjourn to a bar later? Cleveland area? (Boomchicka, do you think you can make it, or would later be better for your wedding plans?)

Here's the list I came up with:

stryder no email in profile
Recockulous (sadly, out of the area?)
SilentSalamander (currently in Japan?)
ferociouskitty no e-mail in profile
cheineking no email in profile
sheauga (moved away?)
Faze (not in the area, but loves GLB beer?)
jjrr no email in profile

ANYWAY. I went thru' my profile and grabbed everyone listed in my local Cleveland-ish area. Then I went to the profile of each of those people to see if I could find additional people. Then I went to sadie01221975's profile, at her suggestion, and did the same. I hope this works okay.


AND here is the response so far:

[gummi] failed after I sent the message.
Remote host said: 554 delivery error: dd Sorry, your message to cannot be delivered. This account is over quota. -

[sheauga] does not like recipient.
Remote host said: 550 Requested action not taken: mailbox unavailable
Giving up on

posted by Shane at 7:39 AM on March 1, 2004

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