Rally to Restore Sanity / March to Keep Fear Alive
posted September 17, 2010 4:50 PM   RSS

Oct. 30, the Stewart/Colbert rallies. I know we can expect a lot of us there and with signs. So here's the organizing thread.
Let's figure out when/where we're meeting (as more information becomes available, of course) and any other questions.
posted by Navelgazer to Proposed (54 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

I'll be at the Irish Times (across from Union Station.) Time to be decided.

Might be the whole day...
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 5:03 PM on September 17, 2010

Irish Times works for me, as it's right by Georgetown Law, where I've got other commitments that day as well. Depending on the exact location(s) though, it might be a little far from the event.
posted by Navelgazer at 5:12 PM on September 17, 2010

I'll be there, but may or may not be able to meetup.
posted by youcancallmeal at 9:24 PM on September 17, 2010

Irish Times is a pretty great dive but I really am throwing a house party rock and roll show that night with bands and kegs and such. I will list it separately on IRL though methinks to not hijack things. And I thought of another sign:

posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:22 AM on September 18, 2010

I'll be there. May have to talk mom and crew into going to the meetup though.
posted by Stewriffic at 8:10 AM on September 18, 2010

am coming from NYC. anybody want to car pool? it would be way cheaper to rent a van (although parking could be a major nightmare).
posted by liza at 8:19 AM on September 18, 2010

I'm interested in coming from NYC. I am looking to carpool/crash first, then will look into more expensive transport and lodging options.
posted by Eideteker at 9:20 AM on September 18, 2010

Not sure of my plans for the day yet, but I'm pretty sure I'll be there.
posted by JoanArkham at 6:58 AM on September 19, 2010

odinsdream, depending on when you and purpletangerine go, maybe we can carpool?
posted by Stewriffic at 10:08 AM on September 19, 2010

AFAIK, I will have exactly 72 hours from 12:30 on the 29th for the entire thing, meaning I leave my crusty little shack in Hamilton, ON at 12:30 on Friday and must return by 12:30 on Monday.

So far the cheapest option seems to be to rent a car and drive down the 8+ hours (according to Google Maps) to DC......

posted by Throw away your common sense and get an afro! at 3:19 AM on September 20, 2010

Throw Away, we just did a DC to Toronto (and back) drive and I'd add a few hours for traffic and construction there. Protip: Sheetz gas stations have clean bathrooms and decent sandwiches.
posted by JoanArkham at 6:12 AM on September 20, 2010

I will be flying into Baltimore on Friday and out again Sunday morning! I'm also looking to crash or split hotel rooms!
posted by ChuraChura at 8:16 AM on September 20, 2010

Count me at the rally. don't know about the meetup though. was planning on taking the orange line in all the way. I guess it depends on what time it is
posted by ShawnString at 11:30 AM on September 20, 2010

I'm considering driving up from Orlando. Anyone along 95 want a ride? Honda Civic, space for 2, driving up Friday and leaving Sunday. Or maybe Monday. Resting is good.
posted by cereselle at 1:57 PM on September 20, 2010

I'll be at the rally with a non-mefite, but I'd love to meet up with all of you!
posted by HotPatatta at 10:43 AM on September 21, 2010

I'll be there and I'm down for a meetup.
posted by anti social order at 2:34 PM on September 27, 2010

I'll be there all day with a few pals. Not sure if I'll make it to the meetup, but I'll keep an eye on this thread nonetheless.
posted by Phire at 7:29 PM on September 27, 2010

Sounds fun.

You all coming in from out of town-- when are you arriving?
posted by zennie at 11:35 PM on September 27, 2010

For what it's worth, there are buses that leave from Penn. Sta. in NYC and drop you off at Union Sta. in DC, leaving hourly, for some ridiculously low price, like $19 each way. Wifi on board and everything. It's the way to go if you're going. Boltbus is the one I used, but there are others.
posted by crunchland at 9:37 AM on September 28, 2010

You all know I'm usually down with this sort of thing, but I'll be up in the hills jamming with the hippies.
posted by MrMoonPie at 10:04 AM on September 28, 2010

awww…it wouldnt feel like a dc meetup without MrMoonPie
posted by ShawnString at 8:10 PM on September 28, 2010

If I'm not up in the hills with the hippies and the MoonPies, I'll find the mefite swarm.

Also, Oct 30 is Halloween (observed) in DC. As such, I'll be dressed as a purple cephalopod.
posted by peeedro at 9:39 PM on September 28, 2010

I just need two more people to complete my human centipede costume. Who's with me?!
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 10:02 PM on September 28, 2010

For us New York City-istans, Arianna Huffington's got our transportation covered. I just tried to fill in their form (and had to sign up for a HuffPo membership via Twitter, ugh) and got error messages. I'm on IE.

Also, for us NYC-geeks, the "Wil Wheaton-less but mefi's own Adam Savage-full" w00tstock will be the day before. Anyone going to that and want to make it a weekend-long rampage?
posted by TrishaLynn at 9:43 AM on September 29, 2010

Buses, but where do I stay? Still haven't priced hotels, but I'm guessing "expensive." Unless you stay far enough away to necessitate a ride to and from the rallies themselves.
posted by Eideteker at 11:44 AM on September 29, 2010

I hear hotels are going fast. Staying in the burbs (VA or MD) and Metro-ing in might work. Crystal City, VA pretty much only exists for that purpose.
posted by JoanArkham at 12:46 PM on September 29, 2010

I will likely be there.
posted by empath at 5:02 PM on September 29, 2010

There is a Marriot Courtyard in downtown Silver Spring, MD, that I think is pretty reasonable (not super cheap, but they're showing a room for the 10/29 - 10/31 for $149/night).

It's within a 10 minute (or less) walk to the Metro. I commute into DC from that metro station every day and it's less than a 30 minute commute (if the red line isn't acting up). Downtown Silver Spring has a bit more of a soul than Crystal City. I wish that I could offer to put someone up, but I live in a particularly small and currently pretty grotty studio.

I will try to get to the rally and would be interested in a meetup.
posted by kaybdc at 8:21 AM on October 1, 2010

Hey, now, Crystal City has soul! It's got Freddie's, the great drag-queen karaoke bar!
posted by Navelgazer at 11:09 PM on October 2, 2010

I'll be there! Sane and Afraid ALL AT THE SAME TIME
posted by waraw at 10:55 AM on October 5, 2010

I might very well be there, but I haven't worked anything out (except in my head) so it remains to be seen.
posted by graventy at 12:48 PM on October 6, 2010

Mrs ish and I and the two little ishes will be at the rally
posted by ish__ at 5:04 PM on October 6, 2010

Here's the HuffPo sign-up form. Looks like it's there and back the same day. Fun?

Are we calling an actual meetup for this?
posted by Eideteker at 8:37 PM on October 6, 2010

Oh, um... the actual link.
posted by Eideteker at 5:19 PM on October 7, 2010

I propose 4pm at Kelly Irish Times after the rally breaks up at 3.

posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:21 AM on October 14, 2010

I literally have 4 different places to be that day, so I think I'm going to have to bow out of the Meetup. Still planning on going to the rally (for a while, anyway) so say "hi" if you see me.
posted by JoanArkham at 8:37 AM on October 14, 2010

I'll tentatively Aye.
posted by ChuraChura at 9:28 AM on October 14, 2010

Cautious Aye here, as well.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 9:31 AM on October 14, 2010

depending on if I can con my wife to come to a another meetup I should be there.
posted by ShawnString at 5:51 AM on October 15, 2010

I've never been to a meetup before, but this one is 3 blocks from my house. Is there some sort of hazing ritual I'll be required to participate in?
posted by decathecting at 2:47 PM on October 18, 2010

Some friends decided to drive up last minute, so I'll be there. Not sure if I can get them to meet up with my internet friends :)
posted by niles at 9:00 PM on October 18, 2010

Also, would I be too out of place with an awesome FIAMO rally sign?
posted by niles at 9:08 PM on October 18, 2010

Uh... not to be dense, but when/where exactly are we meeting up? And can we add it to the Upcoming Meetups list?

niles, I suspect you would confuse many people, but definitely not out of place!
posted by zennie at 6:18 AM on October 19, 2010

Seems that 4:00 at the Irish Times (across from Union Station) is the default.

I'd add the meetup myself, but I seem to have bad luck with that...
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 10:13 AM on October 19, 2010

From another board:
My name is Erika Morant and I am a graduate student in the Master of Tourism Adminstration Program. I am working with Mr. James Day, of JD Associates, Inc., which is the event production company that is producing the Comedy Central Jon Stewart Rally on October 30. We are looking for 50 volunteers to help with event activities such as crowd control. I was wondering if you would be able to send out an email blast about the event. If you could I would greatly appreciate it. I have included all the event information below, the volunteerism is open to all people who wish to be a part of the event. All interested individuals can contact me at elmorant@gwmail.gwu.edu.

Event: Comedy Central Jon Stewart Rally
Where: 3rd Street Between Madison and Jefferson (In front of the Capitol)
When: Saturday, October 30, from 9am to 5pm
All volunteers will be given a tee-shirt and trained at 9am that morning.
I have no connection to these folks, so enter at your own risk!
posted by MrMoonPie at 12:12 PM on October 19, 2010

So is this a go or not?
posted by ShawnString at 9:30 AM on October 21, 2010

If I make it down, I'll be there regardless.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 10:14 AM on October 21, 2010

I'll be there, but I'm catching a ride with friends, so I may not be able to stay afterwards. If anyone wants to try to meet on the mall (a little bit before, so we're all standing near each other, maybe?) perhaps we can set up a kind of phone chain or something. Text each other, "I'm over here," that sort of thing? I know several people in this thread well enough to consider them "trusted MeFites" I wouldn't mind giving my # to (you know who you are, those I've either met or exchanged mail with).

I'm sure it's going to be pretty much impossible, but I specialize in the impossible.
posted by Eideteker at 12:36 PM on October 21, 2010

"I'm catching a ride with friends, so I may not be able to stay afterwards."

(also, there's the fact that I'll be riding back with my friends to Princeton, then catching the train to NYC, so I'm already going to be getting in late. And I have an invite to a Halloween party that night starting at 9pm, etc.)
posted by Eideteker at 12:39 PM on October 21, 2010

It looks like I may be there, with a whole crowd of my coworkers and other folks. Have to get back to Philly right after, but will keep an eye on this thread.
posted by gingerbeer at 8:00 PM on October 21, 2010

I'll be there getting in some time on Friday and leaving some time on Sunday... I really want this to work out, but I'm nervous to post it!
posted by Stewriffic at 11:20 AM on October 22, 2010

OK, I put it up.

posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 6:56 PM on October 22, 2010

Wait, shouldn't we just make this thread the meetup thread? I think Cortex(?) can do that instead of everyone having to go to that other thread.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:39 PM on October 24, 2010

Or not. I'm obviously not that good at IRL pun intended.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:40 PM on October 24, 2010

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