Hey Tokyo, I'm visiting again!
posted March 14, 2013 12:48 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat April 13 at 6:00 PM, Devil Craft
Japan, Tokyo, Chuo, Nihonbashimuromachi, 4丁目2−3 (Map & Directions)
We had a very pleasant meetup last year. Feel like doing it again? I'm scheduled to be in Yokosuka again from April 7th to 27th so that's two possible weekends in that timespan.
OK, we have
date: April 13th
time: 6pm-?
location: Devil Craft

Please make sure you mark your "Attending" status if you're showing up as Ghidorah has kindly made a reservation of the party space for the group.

Detailed directions to the restaurant are in the link above.
posted by Runes to Meetup (106 comments total)

I'd love to meet up, but I don't know that I can do much to help organize. Saturday nights should be all right, but other than that, it's right at the beginning of the school year, and things will be a bit hectic. Where are you staying this time?
posted by Ghidorah at 12:07 AM on March 15, 2013


Works for me.
posted by 23 at 12:28 AM on March 15, 2013


I might actually be able to show up to this one, depending on when and where it ends up being held. I'll be keeping an eye on this thread. If I do come, though, forgive me if I sit there without saying much, because I honestly haven't spoken a word of English since...well, since the last meetup I went to in 2011!
posted by misozaki at 12:45 AM on March 15, 2013


As of right now I'm wide open for both weekends, and would love to see you again, Runes, not to mention the rest of you lowlife Tokyo bums! (Actually, misozaki, you're not a lowlife, just the rest of 'em!)

Chances are good that there will be one or two gigs booked for me as the dates get a little nearer, but, yeah, right now it's all open, so I'll just keep an eye on this thread and see who else shows up and why their schedules look like. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 1:42 AM on March 15, 2013


More lowlife checking in here ... This might be OK for me too (although not down in Yokosuka.)

And it was funny to see over on the right column, that 23 people were on the 'maybe' list ... or so I thought, until I clicked to see who they all were ...
posted by woodblock100 at 1:56 AM on March 15, 2013


Hey, you're coming back Runes? Very cool! I'm embarrassed 'cause I haven't made it to a Tokyo meetup since you were here last...doh. Seriously, I am a lowlife bum flapjax, 'cause I STILL haven't made it to one of your gigs among other things. *sob*

But I should have time in that period, so I'm definitely interested. I can try to help organize too if need be. And I should be able to go wherever in the Tokyo metro. area.

I'm hoping to start a conversation about Lisp again with you, I really enjoyed that (among other conversations we had...).

And I hope I can finally meet the mysterious fluent-in-English-hangs-out-on-metafilter 主婦 Misozaki...

EDIT: Er, I just clicked "YES" on attending but I guess we don't know when it is yet.
posted by dubitable at 4:01 AM on March 15, 2013


I may be able to make it to this one... nothing on the two weekends right now. Sadly I haven't been to another meetup after you came last year either :( so I'll try my best to show up for this!
posted by monocot at 5:22 AM on March 15, 2013


Seriously, I am a lowlife bum flapjax, 'cause I STILL haven't made it to one of your gigs among other things.

Hey, just head over to Mefi Music, dubitable, there's something I just posted yesterday, from a gig I did in Shimokita just this past weekend. Metafilter Music: next best thing to being there!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:02 AM on March 15, 2013


In order to lure woodblock100 out from his lovely studio in Ome, we should probably make this take place somewhere along the Chuo Line!

mysterious fluent-in-English-hangs-out-on-metafilter 主婦 Misozaki

Well, nothing mysterious about me at all, but I sure do hang out at MetaFilter a lot! I can't believe it's been 7 years already!
posted by misozaki at 6:10 AM on March 15, 2013


Hey, come on, misozaki, why not play up the *mysterious* angle!

And, Chuo Line good!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:22 AM on March 15, 2013


Hey, no need to humour me by moving out this way - anywhere 'in town' would be fine by me. (I was just reluctant to sign on to a meetup out Yokosuka way, because that's kind of too far to get back in the evening ...)
posted by woodblock100 at 6:30 AM on March 15, 2013


Well, last time Runes was here, we met up in Ueno. I don't think it's a problem for him to come to Tokyo particularly, and I think it would be unlikely that any of us Tokyo folks would be able to do a Yokosuka thing.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:36 AM on March 15, 2013


lowlife here.

Hope to make it but need to know specifics before I can confirm.
posted by gen at 6:42 AM on March 15, 2013


I'll be in Yokosuka but had no problem getting to/from Ueno last time. Weekends work better if it's more than an hour away from Yokosuka since I'd rather spend the time visiting with y'all than riding the train or worrying about whether I'll miss the last connection from Yokohama.

I should have been more clear in the announcement, I am *not* suggesting we meet in Yokosuka. Just somewhere I can get to from there without too much pain.
posted by Runes at 12:16 PM on March 15, 2013


So, to try to make this a more concrete:

We've got two possible weekends.

April 13 (Sat) - 14th, and 20th (Sat) - 21st.

It sounds like Saturday evening is good for Ghidorah and probably myself as well. How does that sit with everyone else? I can also do the Fridays before (12th or 19th), but maybe Saturday is best? If that is true, do folks have a preference for the 13th over the 20th or vice versa?

As far as location, sounds like we have folks coming from all directions, so maybe central-ish is best? But I don't know what that means for folks. If we are doing Chuo, what about, um, Shinjuku-ish? Or Yoyogi/Harajuku? Is that terrible for people? Ghidorah, is that killer for you? I think you'll be coming from the farthest east if I recall.
posted by dubitable at 3:01 AM on March 16, 2013


Ueno is fine for me too, just to confirm. I'm worried it may be very far for woodblock100 though, if he's coming all the way from Ome. But maybe Ueno works?
posted by dubitable at 3:02 AM on March 16, 2013


Ueno not a problem at all for me. The Ome trains start at Tokyo Station, so that's where I prefer to begin my homeward journey - that way I can (usually) sit down, which I can't do if I get on at Shinjuku ...
posted by woodblock100 at 4:33 AM on March 16, 2013


Well, damn, I'm way into meeting in Ueno, cause its crazy close to my house!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:30 AM on March 16, 2013


I now have an unlocked GSM phone so if I can figure out the arcana of renting a sim card in Japan I'll have some way to be contactable this time, which I know was an issue last time. Yay!
posted by Runes at 2:16 PM on March 16, 2013


crazy close to my house

Got any venue suggestions?
posted by woodblock100 at 4:13 PM on March 16, 2013


I'm good pretty much anywhere around Tokyo. Shibuya isn't too far, though I kind of like the Yurakucho/Tokyo/Ueno area. I'm a little partial to the earlier weekend, but either are fine with me. There are a couple places that might be worth checking out in Kanda, but are a little pricey.

There's Tokyo Butchers (which I've only seen from afar), and Devil Craft which does a pretty good Chicago-style pizza in addition to having really, really good beer. (there's also a really cool, tiny little Hawaiian place right near there that's way too small for a meet-up, but they serve delicious ox-tail soup, if that's your thing, and you're in the neighborhood)

Other than that, I don't know much about places to go in Tokyo, and I'm up for anything.
posted by Ghidorah at 4:33 PM on March 16, 2013


Okay, unless we have any further objections (23, misozaki, monocot, gen, anyone else?), shall we say

April 13 (Sat), somewhere in Ueno

...how's that sit with you folks?

I'd love to make it to that Irish pub you showed us last time (but I think we weren't able to enter if I recall), flapjax. But, we can think about that later as the evening progresses...
posted by dubitable at 8:27 AM on March 17, 2013


Those places both look awesome Ghidorah. How far is Kanda from Ueno? I'm a bit crap with Tokyo geography (still)...
posted by dubitable at 8:28 AM on March 17, 2013


April 13 (Sat), somewhere in Ueno

4/13 sounds fine to me. And Kanda, to answer your question, dubitable, is just 2 stops down (on the Yamanote line) from Ueno, very close. It's also a Chuo line stop, which might be good for others. Plus plus!

As far as the Irish pub in Ueno, that was my first and last time there (at our meet up) and I have no special fondness for it or anything. We can maybe find something in Kanda, instead, if we're gonna chow in Kanda.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:13 PM on March 17, 2013


Ghidorah's suggestion of Devil Craft in Kanda sounds good I think, for the 13th. Their website says that they take reservations, and that they have room for a dozen or so people up on the third floor. If we got a head count, it looks like we could get ourselves a nice comfortable (and tasty) place for our meet up ...
posted by woodblock100 at 4:47 PM on March 17, 2013


With Devil Craft, reservations are absolutely a must. Mrs. Ghidorah and I went there without, just two people, and we had to wait about thirty minutes to get a table. It's usually pretty packed out.
posted by Ghidorah at 5:16 PM on March 17, 2013


April 13th in Kanda works for me!
posted by misozaki at 7:35 PM on March 17, 2013


Woot! Starting to look good!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:13 PM on March 17, 2013


Another lowlife here. I might actually be able to make this meetup for once! It'll be great to see y'all again.

And yes, reservations for Devil Craft are a must, especially for anything more than two people. (There's also Pizzakaya in Roppongi or the Nakameguro Taproom if we want to keep the craft beer and pizza theme.)
posted by armage at 12:13 AM on March 18, 2013


Works for me, and I've been meaning to go to Devil Craft anyway.
posted by 23 at 1:45 AM on March 18, 2013


Wow, we're really on a roll here! I say we make the Devil Craft reservation, that third floor for a dozen people sounds perfect.

And 23, thanks for coming to the blues gig the other night, it was great to see you there!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 2:09 AM on March 18, 2013


Thank you, flapjax! It was a great show and I'm glad I know where What The Dickens is now.

Unrelated, but is the Pizzakaya good? I only heard of it a week or two ago.
posted by 23 at 6:10 AM on March 18, 2013


Do we have enough of a consensus to set a time and move this from proposed? BTW, if y'all are picking a pizza/beer place because you've got a visiting American, I'm more than comfortable eating Japanese food and drinking sake. It looks like the last train south would be around 22:30 with a fallback to 22:50 so that sort of caps the top end of the timescale.
posted by Runes at 2:45 PM on March 18, 2013


BTW, if y'all are picking a pizza/beer place because you've got a visiting American

Probably not that, Runes. More like it's just an easy place that Ghidorah knew, that has room for us, and all that. Would you strongly prefer a Japanese place, or is pizza and beer OK?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:14 PM on March 18, 2013


Pizza and beer is fine. Just want to make sure y'all weren't accommodating me. I will admit that after the last time finding some place that takes reservations is a big win.
posted by Runes at 3:39 PM on March 18, 2013


Given Runes's relatively early cutoff time, how does a somewhat earlier start sound to everybody? Like, maybe 6pm, say?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:05 PM on March 18, 2013


a somewhat earlier start

/hand goes up ...
posted by woodblock100 at 4:16 PM on March 18, 2013


6 in Kanda is doable for me. And, honestly, I was just thinking of a decent place I knew of, which, when it comes to Tokyo, really isn't much. Given how busy the place is, we should really do our best to get a solid number of who's in and how many seats we'll need.

I, too, am okay with an earlier start. It makes the possibility of a second drinking more likely.
posted by Ghidorah at 4:31 PM on March 18, 2013


This is great. So, it seems like we've got a 'yea' vote for

6:00 PM on Saturday, April 13th at Devil Craft

from:

Runes
flapjax
Ghidora
misozaki
woodblock100
armage
23
dubitable

with a 'maybe' for

monocot
gen

did I miss anyone?

So, we'll be looking at a 8-10 person reservation.

Should we set a cut off date, just to keep the reservation manageable? Although I suspect we could do 10 now and if people drop before then it won't be too hard...
posted by dubitable at 5:59 PM on March 18, 2013


With 8-10 we could nearly take over an entire floor of Devil Craft. I suggest we make a reservation for 10 as soon as possible to hold our place, since it will get increasingly hard to make a reservation for that many.
posted by armage at 6:22 PM on March 18, 2013


Yeah, we should definitely reserve soon, possibly today. 10 sounds good.
posted by Ghidorah at 6:36 PM on March 18, 2013


Ghidorah, will you do us the honors of making the reservation? I will bring you a Special Gift in exchange for this service.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:31 PM on March 18, 2013


Ten people, 4/13, from 6 pm, reservation has been made. On Saturdays, they get a lot of business, so we have a 2.5 hour limit, which should be okay if we want to find a second place to fight off any lingering sobriety.

They did recommend Pre-ordering pizzas for a big group. I held off on that, since I've got no idea what all people would want. They asked that we call and let them know by at least the day before (4/12). So, I guess, take a look at the menu and see what looks good.
posted by Ghidorah at 11:14 PM on March 18, 2013


They have two basic sizes of pizza, personal size, with four slices, and large, which has eight slices. Mrs. Ghidorah and I got a large Abe Froman when we went, and there was a good amount leftover. Maybe four pizzas? It depends on how hungry everyone is.

Take a look at the menu. The Abe Froman was pretty good, and I've heard good things about the Meatzza. We can organize some sort of feats of strength style contest to figure out what to order, or we could do something boring and grown-up, like rationally discuss our options and come to a consensus.
posted by Ghidorah at 11:41 PM on March 18, 2013


what to order ...

Is this the kind of place where we could just turn it over to them? Give them a basic budget (per head) and just let them feed us? (We order our own drinks separately ...)
posted by woodblock100 at 11:45 PM on March 18, 2013


I've checked their site, and they don't seem to have a party menu. It didn't really seem like that sort of place when I went, but I'm pretty sure all the stuff is good. Do we have any vegetarians? Allergies? Dire hatreds?
posted by Ghidorah at 1:02 AM on March 19, 2013


Do we have any vegetarians? Allergies? Dire hatreds?

No on all counts. Everything's fine by me!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 1:49 AM on March 19, 2013


I have a condition where if I eat chickpeas I may be sad or compelled to take revenge, but otherwise anything's fine.

Meat is good.

Bergamot and Penicillin would also present problems but if you're putting those on the pizza we have bigger things to worry about.
posted by 23 at 3:20 AM on March 19, 2013


dire hatreds ...

Pizza in Japan? (Although our choice of location for this meetup is presumably doing what it can to educate the populace in the proper 'way' of pizza ...)
posted by woodblock100 at 3:38 AM on March 19, 2013


Is the date for this correct? It's showing up as March 19 at 18:00 (already past) for me...
posted by armage at 6:33 AM on March 19, 2013


I don't see corn listed as an ingredient. Clearly not Japanese pizza.
posted by Runes at 7:04 AM on March 19, 2013


Sorry armage, I dorked that. Fixed now.
posted by Runes at 1:43 PM on March 19, 2013


Sweet, thanks Ghidorah! And for me it's a solid "no" on the presence of food allergies/dislikes/etc. In fact, I actually enjoy anchovy pizza...

But seriously, if we want to pre-order we can just pick stuff and you can count me in. I imagine I will eat in the 3-4 slice range. If it was put to a vote, I like having a variety of both pizza w/veggies and some stuff that is more meaty or whatever, but I'll be happy no matter what.
posted by dubitable at 9:31 PM on March 19, 2013


Oh, I said 3-4 slices before realizing we're talking Chicago here. Maybe more like 1-2 then? Not sure, but Ghidorah, 4 pies sounds good based on your assessment, huh?
posted by dubitable at 9:40 PM on March 19, 2013


Thank you Ghidorah for making the reservation. I have no suki-kirai (can and will eat anything) and no allergies. Sorry for not responding sooner, yesterday was my son's graduation day!
posted by misozaki at 10:15 PM on March 19, 2013


Misozaki, congratulations! I remember you said you were deep into jukenbenkyou last time, I'm glad you can make it this time.

I'm going to be out of town or about a week, I'll call in and set the order after I get back. I was thinking one each of the Meatzza, the Abe Froman, the Veggie Works, and then either the Big Cheese or the Devil Daddy. Thoughts?
posted by Ghidorah at 10:50 PM on March 19, 2013


Arigato!

Thoughts?

Yum!
posted by misozaki at 1:18 AM on March 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


Fairly light eater here ... happy to go along with whatever comes to the table, either Chef's Choice from the kitchen, or the suggestions Ghidorah just put forward.

Looking forward to this! (Just hope Flapjax doesn't do something silly like go and get himself some work or something that evening ...)
posted by woodblock100 at 1:32 AM on March 20, 2013


Nah, woodblock, I'll be there for sure, barring some REALLY well paying gig (like, say, a TV commercial gig or something), cause, yeah, money is tight and all, but I'll turn down any other, more usual type live-house gigs, should an offer come in.

Ghidorah, anything you order is A-OK by me.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 1:46 AM on March 20, 2013


Yes! Sounds great, will be there to eat anything you can dish up :)
posted by monocot at 4:38 AM on March 20, 2013


DAMNATION! I moved recently, and I actually live, literally, just down the street from the Nakameguro Taproom, and know the chef there (he's from Portland, and has a totally bitchin' mohawk and fondness for metal that I greatly admire), and can confirm that their Newhaven-style pizza is second to none; you can eat lots of pizza and still have plenty of room left for the amazing beer.
But, oh well. I failed to notice this thread until Runes pointed it out to me.
SEE YOU AT DEVILCRAFT.
For the record, I have an inordinately large number of hated foods, but the meatzilla shall be more than good for me. Perhaps even...it looks, even, FANTASTIC for me. I'm looking forward to this!
posted by GoingToShopping at 7:12 AM on March 20, 2013


That's quite an impressive 'attending' list we have got going there! I'm going to pile it on a bit more by asking to bring a guest ... one of the young ladies working here as a printer-trainee wants to be let out of the cage for a 'treat', and as she is not only presentable, but is completely bilingual and well able to hold her own against you guys, I told her I'd 'think about it' ...
posted by woodblock100 at 7:53 AM on March 25, 2013


As long as there's room at the table for another, I say sure, bring your friend, woodblock!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:21 PM on March 25, 2013


Hey all,

It looks like we might be twelve instead of ten, so I probably need to call again and let them know. More people means more pizza, too, I think. If you can think of anyone who might be interested, but maybe didn't see the notice, send them a memail, and I'll call probably Thursday or Friday.
posted by Ghidorah at 3:36 AM on March 26, 2013


Hey! Any chance you can add one more, please. I didn't notice the little envelope and have now ticked "Forward MeFi Mail to email" Ready for my second attack on Meatzilla!
posted by Gotanda at 6:26 AM on March 26, 2013


Wow, I may be an Old Fart on the Internet, but I am sincerely flattered that I'm sufficiently popular to generate this sort of turnout. Just kidding, I know that I'm just the instigator of a meetup between y'all. Ghidorah, I'll eat anything on a pizza.
I'll probably head up in the late morning.
posted by Runes at 7:44 AM on March 26, 2013


Sure, Gotanda. Just click on the attending button, so we get a solid number for me to tell them.
posted by Ghidorah at 4:13 PM on March 26, 2013


Updated! Will bring the kazoku.
posted by gen at 7:51 AM on March 27, 2013


So, it looks like fifteen? I'll call tomorrow morning, just in case anyone else chimes in. Should be fun.
posted by Ghidorah at 4:08 PM on March 27, 2013


I've called in and changed the reservation, so it's fifteen people now, from 6-9 on Saturday, 4-13. I pre-ordered five pizzas, a Devil Daddy (mushroom and sausage), an Abe Froman (sausage, pepperoni, and salami), a Veggie Works (lots of veggies), a Devil Works (supreme), and a Meatza (lots of cheese and meat).

There are also appetizers and salads and such, which we can order when we get there. The beer is pretty fantastic, too. Looking forward to seeing you guys.
posted by Ghidorah at 9:48 PM on March 29, 2013 [3 favorites]


Ghidorah, thanks for all this preparation!
posted by woodblock100 at 10:34 PM on March 29, 2013


No worries. I'm just glad I had the time to do it. From Monday, I'm back to school and trying to prepare to launch a business at the same time. This meetup might be my last bit of downtime for a while.
posted by Ghidorah at 1:39 AM on March 30, 2013


I an now in country, and even have a working phone this time . Got to see a whole lot more of Chiba than I normally get to experience thanks to all the JR trains from Narita being canceled today.
posted by Runes at 2:01 AM on April 7, 2013


Welcome to VERY WINDY Japan, Runes. Although the gusts have subsided now. But, damn, they were in full effect for a solid 24 hours at least.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:10 AM on April 7, 2013


Glad you made it okay. I can't imagine the landing was all that fun. Don't worry, the winds should subside soon enough. Somethings else is sure to pop up. C.H.U.D.s perhaps?
posted by Ghidorah at 4:23 PM on April 7, 2013


C.H.U.D.s perhaps?

I wouldn't be surprised.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:30 PM on April 7, 2013


I think it will be just me tonight.
posted by gen at 8:25 PM on April 12, 2013


just me tonight ...

I'll be joining you ... I'm leaving the house soon ..

Ah, I see you mean just you from your family! :-)
posted by woodblock100 at 9:40 PM on April 12, 2013


Ah, crap. I'm finally near a meetup where I wouldn't have to drive a car afterwards, and I can't make it. I'll be here until June, though. *Waits for the polarity records site to update*
posted by ctmf at 11:36 PM on April 12, 2013


*Waits for the polarity records site to update*

Heh heh! Actually, ctmf, I keep the live schedule pretty well updated. But I'm hardly doing any shows this month and next: down to about 3 or so a month as opposed to my more usual 8 to 10. I'm leaving more time open this spring for recording, solo and group stuff. It's time for me to get some new CDs out into the world.

There is one show coming up later this month, 4/23, at this really cool little Nigerian restaurant bar run by an amenable chap named Esogie, from Benin City, Nigeria, my old stomping grounds way back in 1980/81. I recommend the food there, very authentic Nigerian fare, and of course the music that night will be *ahem* spectacular.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:44 PM on April 12, 2013


I think Gotanda is still coming, so we should have 13, which I believe means there must be a betrayal leading to death and the founding of a new religion. That, or more pizza to go around.

I'm I'm Akihabara now, and I'll probably be in Kanda between 5 and 5:30, if there's anyone else around.
posted by Ghidorah at 12:37 AM on April 13, 2013


I'm about to arrive at Ueno station and am on my way to Kanda. Very excited to see y'all!
posted by misozaki at 1:42 AM on April 13, 2013


Hey folks, due to an incident with a few perfume/cologne bottles (argh), I'm running late. Terribly sorry, please start without me and I'll get there ASAP. Waiting for train at Toritsu-daigaku now.
posted by dubitable at 1:46 AM on April 13, 2013


My train is arriving in Kanda just before six so I'll be there in good time. Looking forward to seeing everyone!
posted by monocot at 1:47 AM on April 13, 2013


I am sitting here ALL ALONE, people!
posted by misozaki at 1:55 AM on April 13, 2013


So we're currently up to eight!
posted by misozaki at 2:03 AM on April 13, 2013


I'm sorry, I got totally lost in Hibiya station. At Yurakucho now. #&@$%
posted by dubitable at 2:23 AM on April 13, 2013


We're on the 3rd floor!
posted by armage at 2:26 AM on April 13, 2013


Will be there by 18:45
posted by gen at 2:30 AM on April 13, 2013


Had a great time! Thanks to everyone who came!
posted by misozaki at 5:34 AM on April 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


Thanks do much to everyone who came. It was good to see you all. Hopefully we can do this more often. It's nice to drink with interesting people.
posted by Ghidorah at 7:21 AM on April 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


Whew that was fantastic! Thank you for coming :) It's a pity I didn't get to talk to everybody - we should definitely do this more often.
posted by monocot at 7:50 AM on April 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


There will be PHOTOS.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:31 AM on April 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


It's a pity I didn't get to talk to everybody

Yeah, the 'long table' thing is not such a great setup. I think there is a real opportunity here for some smart restauranteur to set up a place where a dozen or so people can get together to eat/drink/communicate properly.

I can imagine a space that has a small 'standing bar' where food would be placed, and where we would get drinks, and with a few (not enough) seats nearby. The patrons would mix among themselves during the time they were there ... stand sometimes, sit sometimes, and they would all get a chance to see/talk with everybody else at some point.

Come to think of it, I guess that sounds like a description of an old-style English pub ...

Anyway, I had a pleasant time getting reacquainted with the folks down at the west end of the table; maybe next time I can do the same with the people at the other end!

There will be PHOTOS

Is that a promise or a threat?
posted by woodblock100 at 2:25 PM on April 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


It was great meeting everyone (again, for some)! We've definitely got to do this more than once a year...
posted by armage at 4:01 PM on April 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


I had a wonderful time. Thanks, everyone! Remember, y'all can have meetups even when I'm not visiting.
posted by Runes at 5:39 PM on April 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


All yer glorious mugs is here in this fabulous Flickr set!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:32 PM on April 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


All yer glorious mugs ...

Ah, I see ... it was a threat!

(Thanks Samm!)
posted by woodblock100 at 7:44 PM on April 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


What a blast everyone! Thanks for coming Runes. It was great meeting/catching up with you folks. And thanks for the free merch flapjax and woodblock100, very much appreciated!!

Folks, about doing something again in the next few months, huh?
posted by dubitable at 8:50 PM on April 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Great pics of some great folks! Thanks for the pics, flapjax, those look so much better than the few I shot on my iPhone...
posted by misozaki at 10:11 PM on April 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Thanks for the great time, everyone! It was great to meet all of you and plot the destruction of mankind (or immanetizing the eschaton, if you prefer). We should definitely do this again before another year goes by.

Come to think of it, I guess that sounds like a description of an old-style English pub ...

Yeah, that was basically the setup of the Jha bar we went to afterwards. There actually is a really good pizza place (聖林館/Seirinkan in Nakameguro) that is set up a bit like that as well.
posted by 23 at 12:57 AM on April 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


If schedules mesh, I would still love to have you guys over for a bbq some time this summer. Somewhere between July 20th and August 25th. I'm all for meeting up before then, though. It's too much fun to do this sort of thing once a year.
posted by Ghidorah at 3:37 AM on April 14, 2013 [4 favorites]


Ghidorah's BBQ is something I long to consume.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:55 AM on April 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'll bring beer!
posted by armage at 11:22 PM on April 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


That's pretty much how BBQs go at Chez Ghidorah. I feed you, you get me drunk. That, or BYOB, and bring a bag of ice to toss in the cooler. I hope we can make it work this year.
posted by Ghidorah at 11:31 PM on April 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


We've GOT to make it work, Ghid. The fate of Chiba and in fact ALL OF KANTO depends on it.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:39 PM on April 14, 2013 [3 favorites]



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