Billy Goat Brouhaha
posted August 23, 2010 1:20 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Wed September 1 at 6:00 PM, Billy Goat Tavern
430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, USA (Map & Directions)
You know it'll be at the Billy Goat and that there will be tiny beers, Horny Goats, and cheeseborgers. But will we end up at karaoke? Will elusive newbies show up? Will I be incredibly hungover the next day? The mystery cannot be solved unless you attend! posted by Juliet Banana to Meetup (92 comments total)

I propose, post-Billy Goat, that we head over to jtron's thing later that evening.
posted by misskaz at 1:34 PM on August 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


That's a great idea, misskaz.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:49 PM on August 23, 2010


YOU'RE RUINING THE MYSTERY no I am kidding that sounds rad.
posted by Juliet Banana at 1:54 PM on August 23, 2010


That's a great idea - both this thread and the afterparty.

I really like the idea of meetups having afterparties and after-after-parties...

because I act to like I'm still, you know, young and not the sometimes-too-old-to-even go-out-for-a-6:00-meet-up guy that I am now
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:09 PM on August 23, 2010


I might have a league meeting that night, but if not, I'm there like a bear.
posted by eamondaly at 2:33 PM on August 23, 2010


Looks like fun! And ending near my house is always appreciated.
posted by betty botter at 3:51 PM on August 23, 2010


IN IN IN. Especially since no one seems to be diseased in my house right now.
posted by bibliogrrl at 6:18 PM on August 23, 2010


and as always, i'll be there at like 5 since i get off work at 430.
posted by Windigo at 6:49 PM on August 23, 2010


The Maybenauts are great! Well done jtron!

However, school just started again for me, so I'll be spending Wednesday evening balancing chemical equations and playing with acid. I'll have to subsist on auxiliary meetups for a while.
posted by lholladay at 9:39 AM on August 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


I will probably not be lame this time. No promises.
posted by PMdixon at 12:16 PM on August 24, 2010


Yes! Unless something goes horribly wrong with my move this weekend, I will come bearing the long-ago promised cookies.
posted by phunniemee at 8:14 PM on August 25, 2010


Man, I just can't get used to IRL. I'm in.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:54 AM on August 26, 2010


Oh! If phunniemee is bringing cookies (oh my god cann't waaaiiitt), we should bring supplementary cookies. COOKIES FOR ALL.
posted by bibliogrrl at 9:09 AM on August 28, 2010


I have no idea how an "elusive newbie" recognizes other mefites, but I'll figure it out.

I'm in.
posted by Short Attention Sp at 3:59 PM on August 29, 2010


I have no idea how an "elusive newbie" recognizes other mefites

Some of us have profile pics that are our real selves. Generally we congregate on the left hand side of the Billy Goat as you come in, but it's not guaranteed. Just look for a big group of nerds.
posted by adamdschneider at 6:10 PM on August 29, 2010


Or, you could do what I did, and walk up to someone with interesting glasses and ask "are you from the internet?" Turns out, windigo is pretty cool :-)
posted by betty botter at 10:42 AM on August 30, 2010


But my glasses aren't interesting.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:11 AM on August 30, 2010


Who wants to talk to you anyway?

I kid, I kid
posted by betty botter at 11:18 AM on August 30, 2010


Less talking means more beer. Seems like an even trade to me.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:30 AM on August 30, 2010


The lady's probably coming too. She's got her own account, so she could theoretically RSVP, but I think she's still getting a hang of the site.

Beers beers beers beers beers beers beers beers.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:04 PM on August 31, 2010


More like beers beers beers beers beers beers beers beers amirite?
posted by adamdschneider at 2:03 PM on August 31, 2010 [2 favorites]


I don't like beer, but I like pretty much all of you.

Work is truly horrible right now. But if nothing else, I will need steak and egg before going home. Post-game plans that are not karaoke at the usual place are unlikely to succeed with me, but you know. I like you kids. Let's see how this goes (if work doesn't rape more than one or two of my orifices)........
posted by sparkletone at 1:09 AM on September 1, 2010


I may have gotten 4 tipsy hours of sleep last night, I don't know, but I am coming anyway. I am hella exhausted/hungover so if I seem not my usual self (i.e. I only scream one comment about fellatio above the din of the bar instead of five) that is why.
posted by Juliet Banana at 4:49 AM on September 1, 2010


Won't be there tonight; I've been sick since Saturday (and yes, it pisses me off that I haven't shaken it in four days), and I have been feeling particularly crappy beginning yesterday afternoon. Hopefully I'll feel human by the next meetup.
posted by WCityMike at 5:44 AM on September 1, 2010


Why does it always rain on Billy Goat nights? I know it's just my perception, but MAN there's a lot of rain the first Wednesday of the month.
posted by Windigo at 7:18 AM on September 1, 2010


No, it sure seems that way, doesn't it?
posted by adamdschneider at 7:26 AM on September 1, 2010


I will be making a Xoco run tonight. I get off at 4 so I should be at The Billy Goat with food by 5. If you're planning on arriving later (because you're not a freakish earlybird like Windigo) I can attest to the fact that Xoco food is great at room temp, based on the fact I always eat half my torta at the Goat and then drunkenly smash on the other half hours later at karaoke.

For those of you who weren't aware of Lorena Cupcake's Torta Delivery Service, please read this comment for details. Basically, if you want a handcrafted artisanal creation that could be described as a sandwich but should properly be called ART, I will bring it to you. If you want a griddled piece of meat on a bun, Billy Goat has you covered.
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:33 AM on September 1, 2010


That comment is almost four months old.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:38 AM on September 1, 2010


Ha ha, I know, I actually had to favorite it even though it's my own comment because I got sick of searching for it in the +1000 comment infamous Thread That Ate Chicago. I ain't typing that shit up every month.
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:42 AM on September 1, 2010


Just me, no lady, I'll be arriving and leaving earlier than usual.

Beers beers beers beers beers beers beers beers.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:22 AM on September 1, 2010


I'm out, kiddos. New doggy at home that needs me. :)
posted by misskaz at 8:58 AM on September 1, 2010


BOOOOOO YOUR DOG SUCKS

ok, not true, I've seen pics and how adorable is your new doggy when asleep? Tons adorable.
posted by Windigo at 9:08 AM on September 1, 2010


Today is skull day at work. We're making skulls. Newbies, look for a bright yellow plastic front-half of a skull in our table. If I can I'll bring more to give away.
posted by hydrophonic at 9:11 AM on September 1, 2010


On our table. In our table sounds like a time-travel experiment gone horribly wrong.
posted by hydrophonic at 9:12 AM on September 1, 2010


IF THERE ARE SKULLS I CLAIM ONE!

I will trade you a churro.
posted by Juliet Banana at 9:14 AM on September 1, 2010


God, am I really going out drinking again tonight? Here is my schedule for the week.

MONDAY went to two bars
TUESDAY went to two bars
WEDNESDAY will go to at least one bar
THURSDAY pool lesson in a bar
FRIDAY oh god please not more drinking
posted by Juliet Banana at 9:16 AM on September 1, 2010


I would love a churro. What color skull do you want?
posted by hydrophonic at 9:51 AM on September 1, 2010


Obligatory Blink the Dog pics and one video. (And guess what? Completely coincidentally, I found out that Blink Dog is a D&D creature!)
posted by misskaz at 9:52 AM on September 1, 2010


Yeah, maybe I'll work some blink dogs into our campaign somehow, just for you.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:09 AM on September 1, 2010


CAN I HAVE A SKULL TOO? PLEASEEEEEEEE *BEG BEG*
posted by Windigo at 10:13 AM on September 1, 2010


Pink! Please, please, pink!
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:26 AM on September 1, 2010


You should probably bring all the skulls you can. I'm pretty sure everyone's going to want one. I realize this is unlikely to be possible, which is why I'd like to remind everyone I have steel embedded in all parts of my body that I might hit with, or that you might try to hit.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:37 AM on September 1, 2010


I will trade Lorena to hydrophonic for a skull. I will throw in the rest of you if it's orange.
posted by Windigo at 10:38 AM on September 1, 2010


But if there are not enough to go around I get one anyway because CHURRO
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:38 AM on September 1, 2010


Kaz: blink dog, by mefi's own Lore Sjöberg.
posted by hydrophonic at 10:58 AM on September 1, 2010


Juliet: no pink, but I'll try for a clear one and you can paint it.
Windigo: yes orange.

This all depends on how many we have left over and how attentive my boss is going to be today.
posted by hydrophonic at 11:00 AM on September 1, 2010


~squee~


And if no skulls can be freed, we surely appreciate the effort none-the-less.
posted by Windigo at 11:03 AM on September 1, 2010


Really any bright or girly color works. Clear as well.
posted by Juliet Banana at 11:24 AM on September 1, 2010


Well I guess that makes me the theoretical recipient of skull #3. I will not be insulted if this is not possible. However, I do know, roughly, where you live! Of course, you biked by me when I was standing front of *exactly* where I live so, advantage you.

Goddamn I want boorger and beer so bad. Wish there was some way to get out of here sooner.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:29 AM on September 1, 2010


3 hours til I'm free.....

Mark Beers shall not be attending, however, as he is sick and damaged and most likely in bed right now.

In other news, I bought really cute socks on my lunch break.
posted by Windigo at 11:32 AM on September 1, 2010


Whoa, I totally bought cute socks on my lunch break (knee high Betsey Johnson nylons in hot pink). SOCK TWINS. We can compare at five when we're both there super early!

I was trying to find sheer black lace top thigh high stockings but Filene's and Macy's were both totally disappointments.

I have approximately eighty billion pairs of socks/tights/stockings/OTKs and I wear them every day but I notice a simple pair of classic thigh high stockings does weird things to the brains of heterosexual men. It is like having a sexy superpower of boners and befuddlement.
posted by Juliet Banana at 11:44 AM on September 1, 2010


Dude, did you go to the Filenes by where I work on Michigan? That's where I went!

PS...

There's a new shop in Water Tower that just. Sells. Socks.
posted by Windigo at 11:57 AM on September 1, 2010


That is totally where I went. That Filene's has a great fringed drop waist dress that is pretty much screaming to be turned into a flapper costume if anyone's started thinking about Halloween, by the way.
posted by Juliet Banana at 12:01 PM on September 1, 2010


Me and Mark are still considering Team Rocket.

To protect the world from devastation! To unite all people within our nation! To denounce the evils of truth and love! To extend our reach to the stars above! Team Rocket blasting off at the speed of light!
posted by Windigo at 12:07 PM on September 1, 2010


TIME FOR WORD PROBLEMS

If a SpiffyRob boards a southbound Metra in Winnetka at 4:54 PM that he will exit at Davis Street to pick up the Purple Line that he will take to Belmont where he will switch to Red and take that to Grand and then walk to the Goat and commence drunkening, at what time will he be sauced?

I am wearing tan socks.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:37 PM on September 1, 2010


ANSWER: Depends on if the drink is purple.
posted by Windigo at 12:41 PM on September 1, 2010


What time you cruising through Evanston? I get on the 5:45 Purple, usually.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:47 PM on September 1, 2010


Also: Windigo: lulz
posted by adamdschneider at 12:48 PM on September 1, 2010


Why change trains? Take the Metra in and bounce over on the 124. Way faster. And cheaper, I imagine.
posted by eamondaly at 12:54 PM on September 1, 2010


TRICK QUESTION!
No one except my grandma wears tan socks.
(ohhhh!)

In other news, bacon cookies are in the oven.

posted by phunniemee at 1:35 PM on September 1, 2010


Also, speaking of Evanston, any chance we could do a Chicago meetup there or anywhere else with parking? I would be going tonight, except I am not friends with the public transportation.
posted by january at 1:39 PM on September 1, 2010


BACON COOKIES???????
posted by Windigo at 1:51 PM on September 1, 2010


If you want a torta, you better text me in the next 15 minutes. So far Windigo and I are the only ones riding the Torta Train down Bayless Boulevard.
posted by Juliet Banana at 2:02 PM on September 1, 2010


...any chance we could do a Chicago meetup there or anywhere else with parking?

I just moved to Irving Park, a block away from this gigantic, lush green area and tons of free, open street parking.

If people like picnics and bocce ball, I'd definitely be down for something before the weather gets cold.
posted by phunniemee at 2:03 PM on September 1, 2010


Hey, I like bocce.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:09 PM on September 1, 2010


This was going to be the time I didn't flake out and actually showed up to one of these things but I have been coming down with something all week like WCityMike, damn it.
posted by enn at 2:10 PM on September 1, 2010


I'm missing bacon cookies? That dog better be extra cute and well-behaved tonight, is all I'm saying. Sigh.
posted by misskaz at 2:16 PM on September 1, 2010


Oh and january, the rule is: Our 1st Weds of the month meetup is always at Billy Goat (with very rare Special Treat exceptions) but ancillary meetups are allowed and encouraged.

The corollary is that if you want an ancillary meetup, you have to propose an ancillary meetup.
posted by misskaz at 2:18 PM on September 1, 2010


BACON COOKIES???????

Hell yes, bacon cookies.
And you'll be pleased to know that this might be the best batch I've ever made. PREPARE FOR TOTAL BACONATION.

misskaz: If they're a hit tonight I could easily be persuaded to bring them again.
posted by phunniemee at 2:24 PM on September 1, 2010


It'll probably be like the 5:15 purple for me, Adam. Unless I investigate this hot bus action Eamon describes.
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:28 PM on September 1, 2010


Hot bus action: Investigated.
Tan socks: On.

Let's do this.
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:49 PM on September 1, 2010


You kids have fun. I'll probably be balancing double displacement reactions around the time you're eating borgers and drinking one million beers.
posted by lholladay at 2:52 PM on September 1, 2010


Ooh, Phunniemee, you live stumbling distance from Goldie's on Lincoln. DOLLAR PBRS AHHHHHHHHHHHH

Speaking of beer the dark seriously tastes off tonight. I would doubt my taste buds but I have had approximately 5,000 of these beers before and they were never this weirdly sweet or awful.

And, I mean, I'm the kind of girl who drinks dollar PBR so it's not like my palate is that refined or anything, there is a seriously weird aftertaste going on here.

Hey! They just replaced my beer for me from a different keg and it tastes fine! Disaster averted, and now I totally trust my taste buds.
posted by Juliet Banana at 2:56 PM on September 1, 2010


January, I posted a helpful guide to picking a meetup venue a few months back that might help you pick a place that works better for you. Note that though you might not be a friend to public transit many people rely on it, so you'll probably want to factor that in anyway.
posted by eamondaly at 3:08 PM on September 1, 2010


Man that was terrifying and then excellent. Would read on my phone on the train again. A+++++++
posted by SpiffyRob at 3:09 PM on September 1, 2010


And january, for what it's worth, I lived in Evanston and went to many meetups at the Goat while there. Purple to Red down, Red to Purple back. Bring music and snacks.
posted by SpiffyRob at 3:13 PM on September 1, 2010


I am delurking in order to claim a skull on behalf of bibliogrrl...
posted by baxter_ilion at 3:39 PM on September 1, 2010


oh yeah, and I made boring cookies... boring as in no bacon. they're still tasty, though. I promise.
posted by baxter_ilion at 3:40 PM on September 1, 2010


I am on my way. I am wearing a suit and carrying a sack full of skulls. Will anyone sit next to me on the subway? Let's find out!
posted by hydrophonic at 3:40 PM on September 1, 2010


We are also bringing cookies! And, uh. Yeah.

beers beeeeeeers beers
posted by bibliogrrl at 3:40 PM on September 1, 2010


Fuck it. Tommorow will suck, but it will suck anyway. Inbound on the Jeff Park L!
posted by eriko at 3:50 PM on September 1, 2010


Bus action is not hot at all. I could have walked faster. Never again.
posted by SpiffyRob at 3:57 PM on September 1, 2010


hydrophonic: i have never been more sorry to miss out. friend is in from Texas and we're going to dinner!
posted by crush-onastick at 4:05 PM on September 1, 2010


I'm heading over... hope people will still be around when I get there!
posted by halonine at 5:59 PM on September 1, 2010


Good times, good times. Even if we had to hide in the VIP room.

Damn realtors. Stealin' our tables. Fuck 'em.
posted by Windigo at 8:38 PM on September 1, 2010


Even if they can take a joke.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:12 PM on September 1, 2010


Good times, great cookies. The phallus cookie transport was a huge success.
posted by SpiffyRob at 4:42 AM on September 2, 2010


I ran into a guy wearing a digg shirt on my way home. I thought for a minute about attempting to throw internets gang signs or challenge him to a duel or yelling memes at him. Alas, fair mefites, I failed. I glared and walked past muttering something about how my internet was better than his internet like the crazy that I am.
posted by betty botter at 8:15 AM on September 2, 2010


I bet it was a magnificent glare.
posted by Windigo at 1:41 PM on September 2, 2010


It was the best exhausted crazy person glare anyone could have hoped for.
posted by betty botter at 2:05 PM on September 2, 2010


Seriously, next meetup: hammocks.
posted by eamondaly at 9:46 AM on September 3, 2010


eamon if you can make it happen, I will ABSOLUTELY partake.
posted by betty botter at 10:15 AM on September 3, 2010



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