Where's Amberglow? August 8, 2004 9:42 AM   Subscribe

Where's Amberglow? I was supposed to meet him yesterday before the NYC meetup. Last I heard from him (12.30) he was gonna come. Then he didn't show up for either our thing or the meetup. So that's 24 hours now, and I'm getting a little worried. Is there anyone out there who has a number and can check on him?
posted by dame to MetaFilter-Related at 9:42 AM (97 comments total)

Maybe he joined the Marines.
posted by jonmc at 9:44 AM on August 8, 2004


or was abducted by aliens...
posted by t r a c y at 9:58 AM on August 8, 2004


I'm sure he's fine but I just left him a message telling him to log on.
posted by CunningLinguist at 10:03 AM on August 8, 2004


He's been grounded by his "daddy".
posted by Witty at 10:05 AM on August 8, 2004


Thanks CL. I would just feel really bad if he were found tied up in some Midtown basement four weeks from now. Or Gitmo. I'm sure the Repubs are starting to clean up now that the convention is on its way.
posted by dame at 10:15 AM on August 8, 2004


I'm betting it's gitmo....
posted by CunningLinguist at 10:21 AM on August 8, 2004


doesn't this call for an amber alert?
posted by quonsar at 10:34 AM on August 8, 2004


Quonsar wins!
posted by adampsyche at 10:36 AM on August 8, 2004


...do you think this has anything to do with 8/1?
posted by Quartermass at 10:38 AM on August 8, 2004


Sorry, hon...i was tied up. Forgive me?

Did you guys have fun? I finally got to Bryant Park at 6:15 but had already missed you, then decided not to go.
posted by amberglow at 10:55 AM on August 8, 2004


He Lives!!!
posted by seanyboy at 10:59 AM on August 8, 2004


He woke up in a tubful of ice and no kidneys.
posted by adampsyche at 11:00 AM on August 8, 2004


Of course. I was just worried, especially since word on the street indicates you had never missed a meet-up. I figured you were fine, but if you had ended up in Gitmo without one of us even looking for you, well, I wouldd have felt very guilty.

Happy endings all around.
posted by dame at 11:02 AM on August 8, 2004


thanks, dame : >

so, how was it? any pics?
posted by amberglow at 11:15 AM on August 8, 2004


Some, including one of Jonmc's fabulous mullet as documented on some form of ID & many of Giant Pocky. But as I didn't take them, I have no idea when they will surface.
posted by dame at 11:23 AM on August 8, 2004


Sorry, hon...i was tied up.

Really now? I think the question is, do you have any pictures, Amber?
posted by ChrisTN at 11:28 AM on August 8, 2004


Not for public consumption, Chris ; >
posted by amberglow at 11:50 AM on August 8, 2004


He's a piece of AI code I wrote last summer. Like half of the "regulars" here. I like keeping Matt happy about having so many regulars. Most of the pageviews are from compromised zombie machines.
posted by skallas at 12:28 PM on August 8, 2004


Note to self: add a few more variations to the "skallas snarky comment generator"...
posted by wendell at 12:36 PM on August 8, 2004


This so-called amberglow is an impostor, the real amberglow is buried in the endzone at Giants Stadium next to Jimmy Hoffa.
posted by jonmc at 2:38 PM on August 8, 2004


shh, jon--i'm a covert operative--now my cover's blown! (you Novak!)
posted by amberglow at 2:42 PM on August 8, 2004


Forgive me, I'm riding a buzz, just back from Magnolia Bakery and The White Horse Tavern, so my brain is sizzling with confusion.
posted by jonmc at 3:05 PM on August 8, 2004


I have pics, I'm making the gallery as we speak, everything went great, amberglow buddy you were missed, but somehow we soldiered on into the dark and beautiful Bohemian night.

Sorry. I spent the day at Coney Island. I have a very nice tan and my brains are baked.

A solid meetup as these things go: an awful lot of sausage was consumed, as were literally dozens of pitchers of Spaten, an appearance by Ed Helms, and more (and prettier!) shoutouts than could fit anywhere (though if you're reading this and wondering: we probably forgot about you. Just warning you).
posted by chicobangs at 7:32 PM on August 8, 2004


doesn't this call for an amber alert?

[this is good]
posted by arco at 7:49 PM on August 8, 2004


chico, Caitlin raved on and on about the Cyclone and you just had to go check it out huh? :)
posted by riffola at 7:59 PM on August 8, 2004


Loved the "amber alert" too...

chicobangs, are you sure it was Ed Helms?
As for the shoutouts, did you spell wendell with 2 L's?
(run for the photoshop...)
posted by wendell at 8:00 PM on August 8, 2004


dammit, I get here a bit late and all the good quips have been taken.
posted by WolfDaddy at 8:33 PM on August 8, 2004


As promised, both quick and dirty:

A couple dozen pics from the evening.

See? We totally forgot you. (And it sure looked like Ed Helms.)
posted by chicobangs at 8:49 PM on August 8, 2004


It's okay. I sometimes forget me too.

Luckily MeFi has this "Posting as:" thing right over the comments box.

Yep, that's me, logout.
posted by wendell at 9:55 PM on August 8, 2004


Cool pix, Chico. I'm bummed I got there so late and left so early. (Missing elaborate calligraphied shoutouts, even!)

Good to see everyone again and meet a couple folks I hadn't met before.

Let's do it again sometime. You bring the scalpels, I'll bring the Giant Pocky.
posted by Vidiot at 12:41 AM on August 9, 2004


Thanks for the pix! (*waits for titles, drums fingers impatiently*) I'm glad to see login got a shoutout - it will mean so much to them. (*waits for explanation of red-haired-girl-coincidence, drums fingers impatiently*)
posted by taz at 3:03 AM on August 9, 2004


Heh heh heh.
Here's some more, with The Mullet, Giant Pocky, and many error messages. Props to shepd for webspace. I'll fix as I slack off at work.
posted by casarkos at 5:58 AM on August 9, 2004


My God...you people are actually...attractive! And clean! And seem to be fairly socially well-adjusted! This changes everything! This does not compute!!! [Waits for rebooting of the Matrix.]

(Who's the humpy bald guy in the Metafilter t-shirt? Rowr!)
posted by ChrisTN at 6:01 AM on August 9, 2004


Nice Pix. What happened to my "special" shout out to WolfDaddy?

BTW, I think there was something up with the sausage. I woke up sunday feelin' kinda funny.
posted by jonmc at 6:36 AM on August 9, 2004


Chris, I've been called many things, but never before "humpy."

Unless that's a typo, and you actually meant "shrimpy" or "Koresh-esque" or "fergodsake don't let him near the children" or something.

Didn't we all have the sausage? I felt great the next day. ((*concerned parent voice*) Joooooon? What else did you eat on Saturday? Go chronologically or alphabetically, whichever.)
posted by chicobangs at 7:14 AM on August 9, 2004


I think I just had some coffee, and maybe a hot pocket. Pips felt kinda oogy the next morning, too.
posted by jonmc at 7:22 AM on August 9, 2004


chico and christn sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g....
posted by amberglow at 7:30 AM on August 9, 2004


Oh, great. Now the paparazzi will never leave me alone.

Hm. I'll poke around to see if there was any more shots. There very easily could be; I didn't bleed the shots off the camera before going out to Coney Island, and the two sets of shots got mixed up. (You don't need to know any more about my telephoto-voyeur hobby than you already do.)

This shot totally wins, though.
posted by chicobangs at 7:53 AM on August 9, 2004


Nah, I stand by "humpy," paparazzi be damned.

I simply have to move to NYC to meet you crazy people.
posted by ChrisTN at 8:14 AM on August 9, 2004


Sorry I missed The Mullet, Giant Pocky, and Vidiot (not to mention the shoutouts, although I was there for the literal shoutout to Miguel -- we clinked glasses and downed good beer, Migs, you would have loved it), but at least I finally got to have a good chat with Dame (not to mention lots of Spaten Oktoberfest, yum). I just wish I hadn't had to leave at an absurdly early hour to get back home before midnight. All of you who missed it, shame on you. Oh, and if we get back to Bohemian Hall, I highly recommend the breaded cutlets (unless you want to wind up like jonmc and Pips).

On preview: C'mon up, Chris; Matt may even let you change your username to ChrisNY!
posted by languagehat at 8:23 AM on August 9, 2004


Jonmc looks just like I would have imagined him to look, had I ever actually pictured him.
posted by kenko at 8:26 AM on August 9, 2004


Well, I didn't end up feeling oogy and I didn't have any sausage.
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:27 AM on August 9, 2004


That was some fancy scripting on those shout-outs. Well done, there.

I love the fact that dios got tossed in as a calendar girl, yet he has no - ahem - login with which do defend hisself.
posted by Ufez Jones at 8:33 AM on August 9, 2004


Ethereal Blight ? Intentional snark?
posted by biffa at 8:36 AM on August 9, 2004


Jonmc looks just like I would have imagined him to look, had I ever actually pictured him.

That's because my prose is very plaid and lanky.
posted by jonmc at 8:38 AM on August 9, 2004


I'm just a hand model, biffa.

I see nossink, I know nossink.
posted by chicobangs at 8:50 AM on August 9, 2004


I'd just had some of the best beer of my (admittedly too short) drinking career. Internal spellcheck completely shot.

Snark? Me? ::looks around shiftily::
posted by casarkos at 8:51 AM on August 9, 2004


For those who like to think it was snark, let it be snark. For those who like to think it wasn't, let it not be. I'm probably in the latter group. :)

Great bunch of photos! It looks like you guys had a great time—it's too bad amberglow didn't make it. As has been mentioned, a great looking group of people, probably enhanced since y'all seemed pretty relaxed and having fun. Nice to put names to some faces I'd not seen before. Jonmc looks as if he's as oddly endearing in person in the same way that he is on MeFi. Did languagehat not want to be photographed (directly)?
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 9:10 AM on August 9, 2004


Would we intentionally snark someone? Don't you know how sweet and nonconfrontational New Yokers are? Shame on you now. Really.
posted by dame at 9:15 AM on August 9, 2004


They are a good bunch of folks, EB. And, I'd add, smart as whips as well. I've never had a stupid conversation at a meet up. Well, not before the 4th pitcher anyway.
posted by jonmc at 9:16 AM on August 9, 2004


Must actually hit post before getting coffee/fixing paper jam.
posted by dame at 9:17 AM on August 9, 2004


ChrisTN, you don't have to move here to drink with this crew. I've been talking off and on about moving back east for over 20 years, and I am pretty sure that at least some people suspect I'll never, ever actually follow through. Also, chico is an exemplary host, especially on dark, rainy nights when weary travelers are at their most vulnerable. Just buy a plane ticket already.
posted by caitlinb at 9:22 AM on August 9, 2004


Wouldn't it be cool if one day MeTa SAVED A LIFE?
posted by Capn at 9:39 AM on August 9, 2004


quonsar: bringing stupid conversation to meetups. eventually.
posted by quonsar at 10:12 AM on August 9, 2004


Well, it's no real secret that many of us are friends even after the cameras are turned off. Kind of like The Brady Bunch, minus the whole incest thing.

(And criminy, Capn, we're mefites, not doctors! Dammit, what did you want from us?)
posted by chicobangs at 10:14 AM on August 9, 2004


Kind of like The Brady Bunch, minus the whole incest thing.

And sadly, also minus Alice to clean up, and Sam the Butcher, to deliver the meat.
posted by jonmc at 10:19 AM on August 9, 2004


Capn, the life you save may be your own.
posted by dame at 10:20 AM on August 9, 2004


*dances in sync with brothers Marlon & Tito*
posted by jonmc at 10:22 AM on August 9, 2004


Your fabulous pictures make me feel even worse for missing out on a great time. But I'm glad you all pulled it off, and soaked up the sausage, beer, and conversation!
posted by naxosaxur at 10:30 AM on August 9, 2004


*clicks fingers*
posted by sgt.serenity at 10:30 AM on August 9, 2004


Incest? I knew it! I was sure that Marcia and Jan were getting it on!
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 10:36 AM on August 9, 2004


Well, I *do* know procedures for an emergency tracheotomy. So you could go find some volunteer to choke on a pretzel.
posted by casarkos at 10:42 AM on August 9, 2004


jon, we didn't seem to have any problems getting the meat delivered on Saturday, did we? Heh? Heh?
posted by chicobangs at 11:57 AM on August 9, 2004


Also, chico is an exemplary host, especially on dark, rainy nights when weary travelers are at their most vulnerable. Just buy a plane ticket already.

Sounds good to me. I'm hoping that business will take me to the City later this fall, so maybe a drunken rampage meetup can coincide with that.

(So now I wonder...how long will I have to bat my eyelashes at Chico to get him to let me sit on his lap? I want him to deliver meat to me! OK, I'm going to lie down now--I'm overheating.)
posted by ChrisTN at 12:00 PM on August 9, 2004


You people.

Just because he has that nice smooth head, he gets all the attention. I happen to know it's a fake.
posted by jonmc at 12:27 PM on August 9, 2004


Hmmm, this 'special' shoutout jonmc talked about sounds more and more interesting as the thread wears on............
posted by WolfDaddy at 12:31 PM on August 9, 2004


It was very special.
posted by dame at 12:34 PM on August 9, 2004


Well, now you've done it, Jon. ::clears throat:: So, Jon...is this seat next to you taken? I just wanted to come and say...hey, I love those wild sideburns of yours! And that ID...was that a mullet? Wow, I just love guys with mullets! They're such a turn-on! They remind me of all my trailer-trash friends back in Tennessee! Can i rub my fingers through your hair? What's that, you say? You have meat to deliver? Well, don't let me stop you, sugar!

(And...fin.)
posted by ChrisTN at 12:37 PM on August 9, 2004


And once again I am reminded how much I hate the way I photgraph... ;)
posted by Karmakaze at 12:41 PM on August 9, 2004


Well, now your forcing me to admit that my sideburns are actually tiny toupees that I constructed after shaving a pack of rats that I found on the subway tracks.
posted by jonmc at 12:43 PM on August 9, 2004


Man, if I had a nickel for every time I've heard Jon lay that line on someone in a bar...
posted by Vidiot at 1:51 PM on August 9, 2004


Ladytron has a posse
posted by eddydamascene at 1:52 PM on August 9, 2004


Watch it, jon!

That schemeing jezebel'll dump your rat-carcass sideburn toupees in a flash, just like he dumped my humpy smooth-headed je-ne-sais-rien, not three sad hours ago even!

*touches back of hand to forehead, sighs portentiously*

It's alright. I can't go on. I'll go on.
posted by chicobangs at 3:03 PM on August 9, 2004


and people say we're drama queens!
posted by amberglow at 3:18 PM on August 9, 2004


I learned from the best.
posted by chicobangs at 4:03 PM on August 9, 2004


Don't forget that this is Astoria.

We're drama Queens.
posted by Vidiot at 5:03 PM on August 9, 2004


....eatin' refried beans.
posted by jonmc at 5:06 PM on August 9, 2004


/me gulps down Thorazine
posted by trondant at 5:31 PM on August 9, 2004


Thanks for the shoutout...I think.

Though in my defence, have you seen his father? Total hawttie!
posted by filmgoerjuan at 7:19 PM on August 9, 2004


:)
posted by Stynxno at 7:59 PM on August 9, 2004


Vidiot -- that line about "drama Queens" made me groan out loud. "Ooooohhhh..."

'Sides, are we Astoria or Long Island City?! :)
posted by metrocake at 8:11 PM on August 9, 2004


I like "Astoria." More harmonious, quicker to write.
posted by Vidiot at 9:42 PM on August 9, 2004


True. Still.

You down with L.I.C.?

Yeah, you know me.
posted by chicobangs at 11:42 PM on August 9, 2004


Well, let me sit right down and tell you Astoria...
posted by jonmc at 6:15 AM on August 10, 2004


OK, if we're getting technical, Astoria is historically just the bit south of Astoria Park, with some decaying 19th-century houses and ugly new apartments. In current use, I'd say it goes all the way south at least to Broadway, but the Post Office seems to consider most of it LIC. From the charming "Medieval Astoria" site (with some nice pictures):
The village of Astoria was developed in 1839 by one Stephen Halsey, aided by the creation of a Ferry station at 92nd St in Manhattan. Bits and pieces of this antebellum Astoria still exist, colonaded mansions and all - go to 12th Street between 26th Avenue and Astoria Park South to look them over.

In 1870 all of western Queens was chartered as Long Island City, an entity that lasted until it was consumed by expanding New York City in 1898.

Until the eighteenth century the area now known as Astoria was known as Hallets Cove after the Englishman  William Hallett bought 1,500 acres along the shore from the Dutch governor, Peter Stuyvesant in 1652. It was renamed in honor of the elder John Jacob Astor, who had his summer home here. (The house was where Washington Irving wrote his work on the fur tradel Astoria (online) [1836]).  Some residents wanted to call the area Sunswick, an Indian name, but Halsey persuaded them to change the the name in the hopes that Astor would donate money to the village's young ladies' seminary; he eventually sent $500.
Cheap bastard. Shoulda stuck with Sunswick.
posted by languagehat at 7:22 AM on August 10, 2004


Hey. There's only one -wick, and that's Bushwick. (Though I really live in Wyckoff Heights, a great neighborhood name that only lives on the hospital and the post office.)
posted by dame at 7:44 AM on August 10, 2004


Borough of Brooklyn, otherwise known as Crooklyn....

Uh-oh, hood rivalry inna house. Ditmars Village reprazentin'.

Of course, some Bronx mefite will pop up to give us what for.

That pic of Immaculate Conception from languagehat's link could've been taken from my window. Spiffy.
posted by jonmc at 7:58 AM on August 10, 2004


You've never been in my apartment, then.

I call it "Airwick."
posted by Vidiot at 7:59 AM on August 10, 2004


Which reminds me - know I must have asked a bajillion times, but memory is fried like an overclocked PIII: where again did you people get the Giant Pocky?
posted by casarkos at 8:16 AM on August 10, 2004


Sunrise Mart. It's at 4 Stuyvesant Street in the East Village, on the second floor. Go past St. Mark's Books, and it's the elevator lobby next to the stairs.

You can (I believe) also get Giant Pocky at the bigger JAS Mart, which is just around the corner on St. Mark's Place. North side of the street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Go in the little restaurant area, hang a left, and go downstairs.

This list may also prove useful.
posted by Vidiot at 8:46 AM on August 10, 2004


When you go back to school, casarkos, just let me know when you have a yen [sorry] for them. I live in Asian-grocery-land and would be delighted to assist you with your Giant Pocky needs.
posted by caitlinb at 9:01 AM on August 10, 2004


Those were some classy shoutouts. Thanks!

I wish it were as easy for me to pop over to NY as it is for me to jump the bridge into SF.
posted by scarabic at 11:45 AM on August 10, 2004


Is it just me or does caitlinb look like mathowie?
posted by gyc at 8:28 PM on August 10, 2004


Is it just me or does caitlinb look like mathowie?

that's totally just you.

unless mathowie has breasts....hmmm

the plot thickens!
posted by Stynxno at 9:20 PM on August 10, 2004


Having met both caitlinb and mathowie, on separate occasions-- well, hmmm. Never mind.
posted by Vidiot at 10:07 PM on August 10, 2004


I'm trying to connect this with a joke about karmakaze's shirt, but I'm failing.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 11:15 PM on August 10, 2004


unless mathowie has breasts

I believe Caitlin prefers the word jugs.
posted by dame at 7:24 AM on August 11, 2004


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