Goatenating the countryside.
posted April 25, 2013 4:36 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Wed May 1 at 5:00 PM, Billy Goat Tavern
430 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA (Map & Directions)
Six days? Six days before the goat and no post, people! We're slacking here!
posted by Evilspork to Meetup (35 comments total)

Crap, that means my dad's birthday is in 6 days and I still don't have any idea what to get him. Crap.

What do you get for a guy who has asked for "plain white towels" and "a new garbage can" for the last two christmases?
posted by phunniemee at 6:15 AM on April 25, 2013


I'm giving blood that morning. Which is usually traumatic. Typically, it's too many sticks before the blood starts flowing and then the blood stops flowing before the bag is full. But I'm a trouper. Or something.

At any rate. I am giving blood that morning. So maybe I'll be around for a cheap drunk later. Maybe not. I'll have to play it by ear.

phunniemee: buy him new undershirts.
posted by crush-onastick at 6:58 AM on April 25, 2013


Quality socks are a dad's best friend. Or new undershirts. The key is quality, because dad's tend to cheap out. It is a daily blessing to have every day items be of superior quality.
posted by readery at 11:04 AM on April 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


This is the smartest thing I have heard all day --> It is a daily blessing to have every day items be of superior quality.

and i just got out of a meeting with a lot of smart people saying perceptive things
posted by crush-onastick at 11:45 AM on April 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


What do you get for a guy who has asked for "plain white towels" and "a new garbage can" for the last two christmases?

Something he would enjoy but never buy or even ask for. Typically, for a dad, a slightly extravagant tool or item. Like a high end fancy pocket knife with an engraved message or a high quality wallet or really good slippers. I tend to either go for either the completely useless or used every single day for gifts.
posted by srboisvert at 4:04 PM on April 25, 2013


What do you get for a guy who has asked for "plain white towels" and "a new garbage can" for the last two christmases?

I like the stuff being reviewed at wirecutter.com.
posted by WCityMike at 10:10 AM on April 26, 2013


really good slippers

hahahahahahahahhahahaha
hahahaha
hahahahahahhaahhahahahahahahaa
(breathe, breathe)
hahahahahaha!

No, seriously, trying to picture my dad wearing slippers is just...adorable. Awww.

There's a pile of very nice slippers in his closet, all still in the original packaging, from years of family members thinking, "gee, everyone likes a good pair of slippers!"
posted by phunniemee at 10:28 AM on April 26, 2013


Also, that totally wasn't meant to be lolz srboisvert is stupid. My dad is just really, really difficult. I'm going to burn him a cd with some music I think he'll like and make him a card and attempt to figure out something legit for Father's Day.

All he does these days is ride is absurdly expensive bike. He has forgone all other hobbies and even washing the cars (which used to be his go-to activity) in order to spend time with his precious bike. Problem is, he is extremely particular about his bike stuff.
posted by phunniemee at 10:39 AM on April 26, 2013


All he does these days is ride is absurdly expensive bike. He has forgone all other hobbies and even washing the cars (which used to be his go-to activity) in order to spend time with his precious bike. Problem is, he is extremely particular about his bike stuff.

Then get him the worst possible bicycle bell you can find.

There's a pile of very nice slippers in his closet, all still in the original packaging, from years of family members thinking, "gee, everyone likes a good pair of slippers!"


What size? I could use new slippers.

I actually once back in the good old freewheeling napster days made my parents a complete set of all the top 40 music from their teens and early twenties. They loved it.
posted by srboisvert at 7:23 PM on April 26, 2013


He might like a Park Tool bike maintenance class -- they do them at Kozy's and several other places.
posted by sldownard at 8:22 PM on April 26, 2013


Point of order re: tags...

You spelled goooooooooat wrong.
posted by phunniemee at 12:42 PM on April 29, 2013


Ah - arriving in Chicago on the 2nd, alas.
posted by running order squabble fest at 4:10 PM on April 29, 2013


rosf, This is the second time in as many years that you're in Chicago just wrong to hit the monthly meetup. Do we need to have a talk about proper trip planning and co-ordination for ensuring accumulation of both Goat and Frog experience points?

(alternatively, do you maybe wanna call a meet-up, for when you're in town?)
posted by Cold Lurkey at 7:08 PM on April 30, 2013


My word, CT - your memory is better than mine, but you're absolutely right. In this case, I am flying into O'Hare late on the 2nd, there for the 3-5th, if anyone fancies a pint, but it might be a bit too close. I will try to plan better next time!
posted by running order squabble fest at 10:10 PM on April 30, 2013


Happy Flunk Day everyone. If I can get out of my afternoon meetings, I might be a little drunk before you see me. If not, then I guess we can start celebrating together.

Also, happy phunniemee's dad's birthday.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:09 AM on May 1, 2013


I wonder what level goat misskaz is, and what level frog eamondaly is...
posted by garlic at 9:25 AM on May 1, 2013


probably billy, and blue respectively...
posted by garlic at 9:25 AM on May 1, 2013


what level frog eamondaly
None. None more frog.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 9:27 AM on May 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Outside chance of the Frog for me. We'll see what happens.
posted by evisceratordeath at 10:22 AM on May 1, 2013


Work is SO BORING and I don't want to do it and I want to be outside drinking beers right now. Or even in a dark office building basement.
posted by misskaz at 11:29 AM on May 1, 2013


gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooat
posted by phunniemee at 1:52 PM on May 1, 2013


Peeps I am DONE with work but I'm gonna sit outside for a bit, assuming no one is down in the basement yet. See y'all soon.
posted by misskaz at 2:38 PM on May 1, 2013


y'all have fun. i've got a donor meeting that i totally forgot about until a short while ago.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:54 PM on May 1, 2013


As much as I'd like to stop for a beer or two (3?), I gots too many responsibilities hanging on me. enjoy
posted by readery at 3:09 PM on May 1, 2013


REMINDER: SUMMER HOURS IN EFFECT

If you hit the Goat after seven and no one's there, it's a safe bet we're at a patio within a one block radius. Always check the thread for locale changes.
posted by eamondaly at 3:30 PM on May 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Also, I'm on my way.
posted by eamondaly at 3:31 PM on May 1, 2013


Also also, I am wearing awesome pants.
posted by eamondaly at 3:32 PM on May 1, 2013


Also also also, we're going to Cheesies for 19.5% root beer.
posted by eamondaly at 12:11 AM on May 2, 2013


Partying hard into the night, huh?
posted by Evilspork at 6:24 AM on May 2, 2013


God, I was home tucked in bed by the time the last comment was made last night, and I am wrecked today. I hope everyone else is doing better than me.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:27 AM on May 2, 2013


the rootbeer is 19.5%???? wow.
posted by garlic at 8:13 AM on May 2, 2013


Cheesies are LIARS. Their Yelp entry said open 'til five and I called and they said they were serving until four but when we showed up: nope. 2am license.

So we went to Berlin.
posted by eamondaly at 9:34 AM on May 2, 2013


I'm going to have to make it to more of these.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:52 PM on May 2, 2013 [3 favorites]


For the record, kaz is significantly more frog than I am. I mean, she goes there for lunch.
posted by eamondaly at 3:21 PM on May 2, 2013


The restaurant one or the karaoke one?
posted by Evilspork at 5:44 PM on May 3, 2013



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