Let's buy grouse some beer!
posted September 6, 2012 8:31 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun September 16 at 3:00 PM, The deck at Ivar's
401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA, USA (Map & Directions)
You might have seen the post about the ENCODE project. grouse was on that giant project of multi-team, collaborative, awesomeness. Any other project participants welcome to hit me up for a beer too! And anyway, we haven't had a meetup in a while (that I've actually gone to) so this may just be an excuse to have a meetup.
For times I would vote next weekeed (most days work for me) or the following. For places, I am fine with basically anywhere that isn't an hour away from downtown by bus. The U-district (university) or South Lake Union (all that biotech researchers) might be thematically appropriate but no specific suggestions as to location.
posted by R343L to Meetup (49 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Awww, thanks R343L! I don't have any plans yet this weekend or next.

In the U-District area, Ivar's Salmon House has happy hour starting at 3 seven days a week, and an incredible deck on Lake Union. (Also: whalemakers.) It is a traditional drinking space for UW postdocs.
posted by grouse at 11:36 AM on September 6, 2012 [1 favorite]

What a smashing idea! I would love to buy Grouse an enormous beer. I've not been to this Ivar's joint- the deck sounds great.
(i'm good sunday (sep 9) or either day next weekend if that counts any toward logistics).
posted by pymsical at 1:46 PM on September 6, 2012

No putting evil Prometheus DNA in the beer.

But yes, in theory I am well up for this.
posted by Artw at 9:32 PM on September 6, 2012

Next Sunday works for me.
posted by ChrisR at 12:02 AM on September 7, 2012

(by which I mean the ... 16th)
posted by ChrisR at 12:03 AM on September 7, 2012

Bugger. I'm going to be on the other coast next weekend. I could potentially do something this Sunday the 9th.
posted by Errant at 12:04 AM on September 7, 2012

I will go so far as to buy grouse something to eat while drinking that whalemaker. Something salty so another drink is needed.
posted by skyscraper at 12:16 AM on September 7, 2012

I'm on board for next weekend.
posted by Apropos of Something at 7:53 AM on September 7, 2012

It sounds like aside from Errant, next Sunday the 16th is least conflicting. I'm fine with either. Will you be okay Errant? We should have another game day sometime ... and maybe I could show.
posted by R343L at 11:54 AM on September 7, 2012

I got a meeting for this concom I'm kind of on this Sunday but really I've been mostly blowing that off as I'm really just the art volunteer. Which I guess is a roundabout way of saying "next weekend is just fine." And so's this coming weekend for that matter.

U Dist would be totally awesome for me because I live there!

Also holy shit that is one hell of a thing to be involved in. Another step in the process of trying to disassemble ourselves!
posted by egypturnash at 11:58 AM on September 7, 2012

Are meetups not started and finished by Errant possible? On the one hand we should find out for Science!, on the other hand are we playing god and going TOO FAR!?!?!
posted by Artw at 12:20 PM on September 7, 2012 [2 favorites]

Artw: I don't know. We might need to do some Science. Clearly we need to have two meetups with all the same participants except Errant can't come to one. Only we'll have to blindfold everyone so we aren't sure which meetup doesn't have Errant. It's the only way to be sure.

(Only half joking. If people want to try to meet more frequently we could try to turn one Sunday into a game day and the other a "sit on Ivar's deck and enjoy the last dregs of summer").
posted by R343L at 1:57 PM on September 7, 2012

Question: are there not awesome margaritas right next door to that Ivars?
posted by Artw at 2:00 PM on September 7, 2012

Do you mean Agua Verde? I wouldn't call them awesome (or right next door, really), but they do have decent margaritas and mediocre Mexican food.
posted by grouse at 2:03 PM on September 7, 2012

/remembers the food as being pretty good but is clearly no judge.
posted by Artw at 2:04 PM on September 7, 2012

So I just looked up this Agua Verde place and I think it's marvellous that a place that hires out kayaks will also sell you very brightly coloured margaritas.
posted by pymsical at 2:42 PM on September 7, 2012

I swear that said "Let's buy grouse some beef!"
posted by deborah at 4:26 PM on September 7, 2012

Well, let's make the official grouse-day be next Sunday the 16th at 3 (4?) as it maximises the set of stated preferences.

If we want to get up another thing for this Sunday, I'm okay with that. Perhaps we could play some games.
posted by R343L at 4:35 PM on September 7, 2012

I am quite prepared to sacrifice some time this Sunday afternoon to testing the suitability of Agua Verde's deck and drinks menu for official grouse-day on the 16th.

I like the idea of the combo of deck+drink+game, excellent call!
posted by pymsical at 4:44 PM on September 7, 2012

Well, let's make the official grouse-day be next Sunday the 16th at 3 (4?) as it maximises the set of stated preferences.

Works for me. Is this still at Ivar's?

Agua Verde is next door to work and we get food there when we don't have time to go anywhere decent so the thought of having to go there on my day off feels depressing, like when they used to have our holiday party in the building cafeteria. Maybe the Agua Verde people should go this weekend?
posted by grouse at 5:48 PM on September 7, 2012

I think grouse has a point. For official grouse-day it shall be Ivar's and next Sunday (16th). I don't have any preferences either way on let's-just-hang-out day. Perhaps we should split to another meetup post?
posted by R343L at 6:03 PM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]

Awww... India's old preschool teachers leaving party is that day. Looks like I'm out :-(
posted by Artw at 6:13 PM on September 7, 2012

(now if Errant was going i'd check in on you guys at midnight)
posted by Artw at 6:15 PM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]

Oh, hey, I might come with Hubby. I'll be in the area that week and have a little professional interest in the ENCODE project, so maybe the biogeeks can talk shop while the normal people do normal things.
posted by Quietgal at 11:49 AM on September 8, 2012

I think grouse may be the only real biogeek (I'm just an enthusiastic reader) so I suspect any bio-geek-itude will be interesting and appropriate for lay audiences.

Query to Errant and others: if y'all want to hang out tomorrow afternoon too, I'm game. Maybe just play some Cards Against Humanity. :)
posted by R343L at 4:04 PM on September 8, 2012

And I probably will not. It doesn't sound like much of a quorum and it's nice at home. ANd I have a lot of writing to do ...
posted by R343L at 1:05 PM on September 9, 2012

Man i have got to get better at checking recent activity or something.

Thanks for organizing grouse-day for next weekend, R343L. I am looking forward to the Ivar's experience!

Moonorb, I'll pop my head into agua verde and have a beer if you're around. Won't be there till at least half two I'd think. I will curse the sun if it buggers off before then.
posted by pymsical at 1:51 PM on September 9, 2012

Reminder! This Sunday! Ivar's deck! Be there and be square!
posted by R343L at 11:27 AM on September 13, 2012 [2 favorites]

Second reminder! This Sunday! Ivar's deck! Be there and be rectangularly prism-shaped!
posted by R343L at 8:41 PM on September 14, 2012

Thanks for bringing a new dimension to this meetup.
posted by grouse at 9:01 PM on September 14, 2012

I admit to posting the one last night after having drank two beers and pretty happy about life. And we do want there to be turn out! Perhaps tonight's reminders will involve Klein bottles or a math puzzle or something.
posted by R343L at 7:42 AM on September 15, 2012

(And yes, I did smirk a bit at your response. I just couldn't bring myself to use one of those laughter/amusement abbreviations.)
posted by R343L at 7:42 AM on September 15, 2012

Hubby and I are still planning to show up, barring unforeseen obligations (he's on call pretty much 24/7).
posted by Quietgal at 2:57 PM on September 15, 2012

I'll be there. Sadly, my +1 has demurred.

Will there be games? I have CAH!
posted by ChrisR at 10:15 AM on September 16, 2012

I had planned to bring CAH but we could do other games .. probably skewed towards ones without huge setup demands since I don't know that we'll have good table space (also those games tend to demand 4-6 people's continuous attention for hours which isn't conducive to socializing).
posted by R343L at 10:21 AM on September 16, 2012

Looks like I'll be there fourish.
posted by egypturnash at 12:00 PM on September 16, 2012

I'm on a bus. Should be there soon.
posted by grouse at 2:52 PM on September 16, 2012

We're here. Out on the patio.
posted by ChrisR at 3:06 PM on September 16, 2012

Add enough booze and conversation will lean towards the CAHish anyway.
posted by Artw at 3:07 PM on September 16, 2012

R343L brought snacks.
posted by grouse at 3:17 PM on September 16, 2012 [1 favorite]

Finally on my way there, bus from the thing I did noonish and unwinding from it took a while. Hope folks is still hanging q
posted by egypturnash at 5:38 PM on September 16, 2012

That was fun! Thanks for the booze. You are all horrible people.
posted by grouse at 8:03 PM on September 16, 2012


Next time, oh yes, next time...
posted by Artw at 8:09 PM on September 16, 2012

It was indeed fun, and it was nice to meet some of the Seattle contingent. You're not really horrible, your cards were just drawn that way!
posted by Quietgal at 8:17 PM on September 16, 2012

Fun stuff, kids. We should do this again sooner rather than later.
posted by Apropos of Something at 11:52 PM on September 16, 2012

I assure you, I'm horrible people. 100%. However, we have data to show that R343L is more horrible than any of the rest of us.

Thanks for the good time!
posted by ChrisR at 7:28 AM on September 17, 2012

Good to see everyone!

Though before we can declare me more horrible, I think we have to play more games.
posted by R343L at 10:18 AM on September 18, 2012

Oh my, that's an unfortunate photo.
posted by pymsical at 5:19 PM on September 18, 2012

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