Portland Meetup February 18, 2005 4:28 PM   Subscribe

How about a Portland meetup? The limitedpie family just moved to PDX from NYC and would love to meet Pacific Northwest MeFites. And to the New York meetup veterans: we miss you already, have a deep fried Mars Bar for us!
posted by limitedpie to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:28 PM (81 comments total)

I'm game!
posted by Specklet at 4:37 PM on February 18, 2005


I'd be down for that.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 4:39 PM on February 18, 2005


Me too...
posted by ramix at 4:57 PM on February 18, 2005


so that's where you went! boo!
posted by amberglow at 5:09 PM on February 18, 2005


Count me in...
posted by ..ooOOoo....ooOOoo.. at 6:02 PM on February 18, 2005


I'm in.

I'd recommend Backspace for a nice venue, but they don't serve booze. And I know how you mefites are about your booze.
posted by frykitty at 6:05 PM on February 18, 2005


..ooOOoo....ooOOoo.. just as an aside, how DOES one pronounce your name?!!
posted by ramix at 6:12 PM on February 18, 2005


Fake an orgasm.
posted by DaShiv at 6:22 PM on February 18, 2005


Sounds great.
posted by Slacker Manager at 6:47 PM on February 18, 2005


do it march 5 and I'll bring my iSight to the Seattle meet. We already know Matt's got a camera. ;)
posted by mwhybark at 6:53 PM on February 18, 2005


HA! Greetings Portland! I'll be expecting a shoutout since Cali don't love me :(
posted by jonmc at 7:06 PM on February 18, 2005


I'll bring my iSight to the Seattle meet

heh. As if we needed a better, easier way to announce to the rest of the bar/coffee joint that "here, thar be dorks"
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:10 PM on February 18, 2005


I'm down for it. I'd suggest somewhere with WiFi that would be able to host a large group in a comfortable format, and that has beer. (I'd say Pied Cow on Belmont, but there's no way there'd be enough space for all of us.)
posted by SpecialK at 7:12 PM on February 18, 2005


jonmc: love is a two-way street. :)
posted by DaShiv at 7:31 PM on February 18, 2005


OK, next NYC meetup, I'll send a shoutout to the west coast. Although we've sent several to fishfucker.
posted by jonmc at 7:32 PM on February 18, 2005


Can it wait until August?
posted by alan at 9:17 PM on February 18, 2005


alan: How about we do it again in August! What about next Saturday? You all will have to pick the place tho'. We are so new here, the only places we have been so far are the Kennedy School and Apizza Scholls (which btw, has better pizza than any I ever had in nyc. But don't tell that to these guys, they'd never believe it.)
posted by limitedpie at 9:33 PM on February 18, 2005


The Portland Bloggers group meets at Backspace. It seems pretty geek friendly with wireless, etc.
posted by pb at 9:36 PM on February 18, 2005


pb, Backspace doesn't serve booze. I thought the point of a meetup was to consume copious amounts of alcohol?
posted by ramix at 9:44 PM on February 18, 2005


Backspace doesn't serve booze. That was easy enough.
posted by Dean Keaton at 10:28 PM on February 18, 2005


I'm in, as well. Preferably at a booze-dispensing locale.

limitedpie: no worries, 50% of all restaurants in Portland are owned by McMenamins so you were bound to stumble into one.

The Horse Brass or the Hedgehouse maybe?
posted by turbodog at 10:32 PM on February 18, 2005


How about Billy Reed's? Full bar, good restaurant, sorta centrally located, easy/free parking and free wifi.

Oh and ramix, dashiv is pretty close.
posted by ..ooOOoo....ooOOoo.. at 10:41 PM on February 18, 2005


..ooOOoo.., (can i call you that?) Billy Reeds sounds just fine! Date and time?
posted by ramix at 11:01 PM on February 18, 2005


You can just call me .ooO ramix. Anytime before March 10th works for me.
posted by ..ooOOoo....ooOOoo.. at 11:03 PM on February 18, 2005


Count me in, assuming that my hectic lifestyle of unemployment doesn't get in the way.
posted by pikachulolita at 11:41 PM on February 18, 2005


Skosh the Horsebrass, I can't stand the cigar smoke...

What about one of the HotLips pizzas? If we meet at the one in the EcoTrust building in NW (which has easy parking), we'll have wireless.

We could also meet at Ground Kontrol, which is an arcade in NW on 5th and Couch. They serve beer.
posted by SpecialK at 12:42 AM on February 19, 2005


pikachulolita: I sent an IM, but email's in the profile. I checked your website for a resume but didn't find one. Tell me what you're looking for, I, uh, <span style="voice-class: pimp">I know people in Portland, honey... I know lotsa people... </span>
posted by SpecialK at 12:56 AM on February 19, 2005


Ooooh--does Ground Kontrol have places to sit? I suppose I could check myself, it being about a five-minute walk from me.

If GK isn't massively loud and has seating, that would be my first choice. Billy Reed's also sounds fine, if it's not loud.

That's the hard thing with bars--they tend to crank up the music so you can't talk. Portland Bloggers used to meet at Kell's--which is a great location--until we got tired of screaming at each other.
posted by frykitty at 8:55 AM on February 19, 2005


Personally, I like the idea of having a meetup in Olympia -- that way, both the PDX and Seattle Mefites can meet in the middle, making for an even bigger meetup!

Also, there's at least two active mefites in Oly (me and car_bomb), and according to my userpage, at least two more who post at least occasionally.
posted by Captain_Tenille at 12:04 PM on February 19, 2005


"heh. As if we needed a better, easier way to announce to the rest of the bar/coffee joint that 'here, thar be dorks'"

Well, people were complaining about the cost of the Klingon head-wigs.
posted by mwhybark at 12:12 PM on February 19, 2005


You could have your own room the bar where I work, if it was during happy hour. Else, there's liable to be a band or poetry readings happening. Unfortunately, it's on Alberta street, so not exactly convenient for all. It's non-smoking, too, which either a plus or a downfall, depending on who you are. Let me know if you are interested.
(I'm way new, so you don't know me, although I've been a reader for a few years)
posted by immer geradeaus at 12:47 PM on February 19, 2005


You could have your own room the bar where I work, if it was during happy hour. Else, there's liable to be a band or poetry readings happening. Unfortunately, it's on Alberta street, so not exactly convenient for all. It's non-smoking, too, which either a plus or a downfall, depending on who you are. Let me know if you are interested.

If you're talking about the Alberta St. Pub, the smoking section outside isn't too bad. Also, $1 PBRs on Tuesdays is all sorts of awesome.
posted by cmonkey at 1:00 PM on February 19, 2005


Hah! I am! $1 PBRs for happy hour til 8 every day, actually. Tuesday nights are most likely too busy for anything like a meet-up to happen. Plus, that's the night of the poetry reading. That room is left open Wed-Fri during happy hour. Lots of space, no noise. Or the patio would work too. Anyhow, it was just a suggestion. (You must know of me..kind of scary ;))
posted by immer geradeaus at 1:16 PM on February 19, 2005


Is there consensus on a date yet?
posted by everichon at 2:35 PM on February 19, 2005


Well we have two primary questions, location and time. Why don't we list some preferences.

It seems the location options are Billy Reed's, Ground Kontrol, and the Alberta Street Pub. Your vote?

Secondarily, I'll offer up Friday, March 4th from 7:00-??? as a time. Good, bad, indifferent?
posted by ..ooOOoo....ooOOoo.. at 12:22 AM on February 20, 2005


..ooOOoo... : Uggg, that is the one day I won't be able to make it. What about Saturday the 5th?
posted by limitedpie at 11:21 AM on February 20, 2005


I suddenly feel very shy. But I may appear.
posted by redsparkler at 12:12 PM on February 20, 2005


limitedpie, that works for me. Anyone else?
posted by ..ooOOoo....ooOOoo.. at 1:39 PM on February 20, 2005


3/6 works for me
posted by turbodog at 3:49 PM on February 20, 2005


oops, 3/5
posted by turbodog at 3:50 PM on February 20, 2005


Friday, March 4th will interfere with the Portland Bloggers meeting, so you'll lose a few of us, unless you want to integrate the two meetings.

I'll vote for 3/5, Ground Kontrol. The two pubs are equally hard for the car-free, so I'll manage whichever one if I can.
posted by frykitty at 9:33 AM on February 21, 2005


Does Ground Kontrol have enough seating for a group of 12 to 20?
posted by turbodog at 11:53 AM on February 21, 2005


There's the #6 that goes right down mlk from downtown.
Both pubs are easily reached from this line. I work weekends, so can't make it to another location. I would happily make it to the next one, though.
posted by immer geradeaus at 1:15 PM on February 21, 2005


3/5 works for me.

Could someone please check on seating at Ground Kontrol? I really like the idea, because it gives us the opportunity to wander off and play games if we so feel. I think gatherings are always more fun if there's an activity, not just a bunch of random people getting together and adding alcohol.
posted by SpecialK at 4:34 PM on February 21, 2005


(If there isn't seating there, I still say we meet there and have a check-in area where you can get a genuine reproduction MetaFilter Name Tag with your username and IRL name, and then you can wander around and hang out with who you want to meet.)
posted by SpecialK at 5:01 PM on February 21, 2005


Oh, cursed drinking age. I'll be there in spirit.
posted by hopeless romantique at 5:24 PM on February 21, 2005


(And that pun was so unintentional.)
posted by hopeless romantique at 5:25 PM on February 21, 2005


Oh, damn. That's a good point. Crud. Any places where the ah-dolts can drink, but the youngins can still get in?
posted by SpecialK at 12:28 AM on February 22, 2005


Oh, and hopeless - You like sore thumbs! You're ok in my book.
posted by SpecialK at 12:31 AM on February 22, 2005


I stopped by GroundKontrol tonight to check it out (and also to see if it would work.) Great place! Ohhh, the hours I need to brush up on my joust and defender! But, unfortunately for the drinking fans, if you want alcohol there you have to rent the place for a "private party" which gets steep. $50 set up and then $100 to $150 an hour depending on the day (weekday/weekend). I think this leaves us with the two pub choices mentioned above. (And will they work for hopeless?)
posted by limitedpie at 2:20 AM on February 22, 2005


Well, poo on GK then. I can catch a bus. I assume both those bars are non-smoking?
posted by frykitty at 7:59 AM on February 22, 2005


I vote for Alberta St. Pub (and not just 'cause it's two blocks from my house). So is 3/5 solid?
posted by Specklet at 1:03 PM on February 22, 2005


3/5 is solid for me. Is Alberta St. Pub non-smoking?
posted by SpecialK at 1:20 PM on February 22, 2005


Alberta Street Pub and 3/5 work for me. I can also give some rides to and home if needed, cause you know mathowie just going to get bombed so I can be the designated driver...
posted by ..ooOOoo....ooOOoo.. at 1:50 PM on February 22, 2005


3/5/Alberta st Pub sounds good to me! Is that enough consensus to make it official?
posted by wtfwjd? at 2:51 PM on February 22, 2005


Yes, Alberta St Pub is non-smoking, but there's a half-heated patio outside for smokers. No, no minors can go there, sorry about that. We open at 6 on Saturdays, and we may have a show going on that night. I'll check when I go in later and let you know that status of that.
posted by immer geradeaus at 2:51 PM on February 22, 2005


Ah, well, maybe at some point later we can do a coffee/tea thing. Sometime in the next two years, that is- after that I'll be game/legal for a bar.
posted by hopeless romantique at 3:36 PM on February 22, 2005


What time dat do?
posted by Specklet at 4:05 PM on February 22, 2005


OK, so there's a pretty big concert happening at the Alberta Street Pub on the 5th. That means that the 'music room' will be full, but the actual bar will not. The concert is at 7, so I'd expect that the rush of people will be over by 7:30. I would say that anytime after that would be best, so as not to get caught up in the mix of confused concert-goers. (Trust me, they'll be confused. It's amazing.) If everyone wants to be inside, in case of a rainy day, I can reserve some tables.

Must say, though, I really never thought you'd agree to the pub, and now I'm nervous. ;)
posted by immer geradeaus at 5:34 PM on February 22, 2005


Does the pub allow minors in the evening?
posted by turbodog at 10:57 PM on February 22, 2005


Ok, sorry to throw another wrench in the proceedings ... but what about someplace like the Tin Roof? It's on Alberta, and it's a coffee shop that allows minors but has beer.
posted by SpecialK at 11:39 AM on February 23, 2005


I think that is a better idea SpecialK. I think it should be set up so anyone and everyone can come. So, how about it all? 7:00ish, Saturday March 5 at the Tin Roof?
posted by limitedpie at 3:32 PM on February 23, 2005


I don't think there's gonna be enough room at the Tin Shed, not on a Saturday night...
posted by Specklet at 3:49 PM on February 23, 2005


I don't really hang out there, but does the Kennedy School have a place for minors and beers?
posted by Specklet at 3:49 PM on February 23, 2005


The main restaurant at the Kennedy School should be minor & booze friendly.
posted by turbodog at 8:04 PM on February 23, 2005


I'd vote kidney school over the other places that have been mentioned, even though I don't like McMenamins that much. Specklet's right that Tin Shed is going to be very crowded on a Friday night.

(Sorry, Immer.)
posted by SpecialK at 10:06 AM on February 24, 2005


Well, you guys have fun. See ya next time, I guess. :(
posted by immer geradeaus at 12:09 PM on February 24, 2005


I really think this thing should happen at the Rialto on SW 4th & Washington. Cheap beer, cheap liquor, massive space, and it's a block or two away from all forms of public transit. Also, there are pool tables.
posted by cmonkey at 8:11 PM on February 24, 2005


I haven't been to the Rialto in a while. How smokey is it? Do they have a few tables we could shove together?
posted by turbodog at 8:58 PM on February 24, 2005


The Rialto is no more, at least for now. The building they were in is under massive reconstruction and as far as I can tell they haven't moved anywhere else. My office is a block away so I see the construction guys hanging out everyday. Oh, and it was super smoky turbodog.
posted by ..ooOOoo....ooOOoo.. at 11:58 PM on February 24, 2005


If we want pool, the place to go is Touche (NW Glisan and 14th). But upstairs (where the pool tables are) is 21+.
posted by Specklet at 10:26 AM on February 25, 2005


Um, are we having a meetup tonight?
posted by pikachulolita at 2:52 PM on February 26, 2005


Next weekend, pikachulolita...

Have we decided on a place? Does someone want to make an executive decision?
posted by SpecialK at 9:50 PM on February 26, 2005


It looks like the closest we came to a consensus was Kennedy School (with a vote by SpecialK, turbodog + Specklet) So how about that? 7ish, Saturday March 5 at the Main Restaurant at the Kennedy School! See you all there!
posted by limitedpie at 9:29 PM on February 27, 2005


I'm in. And for those of you needing a ride, drop me a line and we can talk.
posted by ..ooOOoo....ooOOoo.. at 11:50 PM on February 27, 2005


Works for me. Should we repost a reminder? I think most people have stopped watching this thread.
posted by SpecialK at 4:33 PM on March 1, 2005


Is there a meet-up still?
posted by yodelingisfun at 6:15 PM on March 1, 2005


I was going to post a reminder with all of the details tomorrow so it would (hopefully) still be on the main page later in the week.
posted by ..ooOOoo....ooOOoo.. at 8:03 PM on March 1, 2005


Excellent ooOOoo and I look forward to meeting you all!
posted by wtfwjd? at 8:37 PM on March 1, 2005


Woot!
posted by yodelingisfun at 9:57 PM on March 1, 2005


updated.
posted by ..ooOOoo....ooOOoo.. at 12:10 PM on March 2, 2005


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