A Book Swap. For swapping books.
posted October 13, 2013 12:10 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun November 24 at 4:00 PM, Tchad's Workroom
4403 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL, USA (Map & Directions)
What say we have a bookswap-type meet-up? Bring a few good books you're willing to part with, and maybe take some new ones home. Like a clothing swap, but with fewer reasons to undress and, hopefully, no embarrassing stains to explain.
We are not locked in, by any means, but let's say Sunday Nov. 24th for now... Any objections/well reasoned requests to change?
posted by Cold Lurkey to Meetup (51 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

oooooo! I endorse this idea. I could possibly host, too, maybe. Possibly. Maybe
posted by crush-onastick at 3:39 PM on October 13, 2013

I approve/endorse/applaud this proposal!
posted by Iridic at 5:44 PM on October 13, 2013

I like this idea, and I want crush to make us cocktails.
posted by hydrophonic at 7:00 PM on October 13, 2013 [1 favorite]

If it helps, we can have it at my workrooms in Uptown like we did last time. I've got tons of tables to sort and stack the books and if you wanted to turn it into a potluck/cocktail/coffee/whatever party I've got the plates/glasses/countertops for that as well.

If you are looking at January, Fridays would be good. I'd even be willing to take the leftovers to the same charity - Books For Women In Prison.

The last one was really good. It was neat to see what everyone brought.
posted by Tchad at 5:14 AM on October 14, 2013

Great idea!! I was just talking about how I need to get rid of some books.
posted by bibliogrrl at 6:27 AM on October 14, 2013

OOoo. I say we take Tchad up on his offer. I can bring a cocktail kit with me.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:47 AM on October 14, 2013 [1 favorite]

Yes yes yes yes yes.
posted by booknerd at 7:56 AM on October 14, 2013

I'm going to feel bad when the books I take from you guys have sat unread on my shelf for a year, but that's not going to stop me from swapping books with you.
posted by garlic at 9:12 AM on October 14, 2013 [2 favorites]

How about November 24th? 4pm start. At Tchad's studio in Uptown? Does that suit all interested parties?
Iridic has also suggested Open Books as another potential charity recipient.
I await your consensus.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 5:11 PM on October 14, 2013 [1 favorite]

24th works for me.
posted by crush-onastick at 6:34 AM on October 15, 2013

me too.
posted by garlic at 11:43 AM on October 15, 2013

(if the workroom is not available, I can host, by the way. but someone will need to bring food. to absorb the alcohol. i like cookies.)
posted by crush-onastick at 7:49 PM on October 15, 2013

The 24th is fine for me!
posted by Tchad at 3:55 AM on October 16, 2013

Damn. I just got rid of the last of my to-get-rid-of books last week.
posted by srboisvert at 9:29 AM on October 17, 2013

Oh yay! Believe me, I have plenty of books to contribute. : )
posted by SisterHavana at 5:56 PM on October 30, 2013 [1 favorite]

I we are good for the 24th, I'd be more than happy to make sure everything is ready up here.

Is it for-sure a go?

I'm really excited about this!
posted by Tchad at 8:45 AM on November 1, 2013

I'd say we're for-sure ready if you are, Tchad... I am amassing a small pile, already.
Also, as people shift from the maybe list, we can better plan our potluckery.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 9:11 AM on November 1, 2013

I'm Just finishing up the tile on the countertop in the kitchenette off of the office, so the place will be in really good form by the 24th!

As far as the date goes, I have no problem setting everything up for the 23rd as well as the 24th. That way it opens up a lot of scheduling options over the weekend.

I will leave it to all of you the logistics of the schedule. Suffice it to say that I am here all day all weekend, so anytime after 6 a.m. and before midnight is fine that weekend.

posted by Tchad at 9:34 AM on November 1, 2013

shifting from the maybe to the yes list.
posted by garlic at 5:02 PM on November 12, 2013

Good to know. As we're self-catering an accurate head-count will be very nice. Crush, can I bring you some room-temperature La Croix? Truffles for all?
posted by Cold Lurkey at 8:19 PM on November 12, 2013

Photos of the books this time, plz!
posted by mlis at 9:02 PM on November 12, 2013 [1 favorite]

I have been MIA for a while, but am really sorry to be missing this, as I so enjoyed the last one (and still feel guilty about all the great books I snagged!). However, if you're in the neighborhood, I'd encourage you to swing by an event I'm coorganizing, the Chicago Book Expo, at 1345 W. Argyle in Uptown (local presses and local authors speaking about and selling their books).
posted by carrienation at 8:56 AM on November 16, 2013 [1 favorite]

I'll be bringing a fancy non-alcoholic beverage, and maybe some very spicy cookies.
posted by hydrophonic at 10:38 AM on November 16, 2013

I'll be bringing some alcoholic chocolate... are there any issues with nuts?
posted by Cold Lurkey at 9:43 AM on November 17, 2013

I have neither issues with nuts, nor spicy cookies. I was thinking I could either do a choose-your-own Campari cocktail spread (negroni, agavone, old pal and sparkling) or I could do a one-size-fits-all. Possibly the Autumn Leaves, which contrary to what you might read on the internet, is rye and applejack brandy with some additional flavors--quite tasty.

We did have a whiskey drink recently, with a coffee-honey syrup. I can replicate that one.

posted by crush-onastick at 7:05 AM on November 18, 2013

I should bring my Chex Mix. Everyone loves Chex Mix.

and if you don't, tough. You get Chex Mix.
posted by bibliogrrl at 2:21 PM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]

I'm just going to bring a big sack of Brazil nuts, still in their shells. I will also have a very capable nutcracker with me, but I won't share it with anyone, if that's cool.
posted by Iridic at 3:07 PM on November 18, 2013

But really, I was thinking cookies. Date-oatmeal, perhaps.
posted by Iridic at 3:09 PM on November 18, 2013

Switching to a "no" because I didn't realize we settled on a time so late in the day. The 24th is my birthday, and I've got some pretty epic plans for the evening.
posted by booknerd at 8:21 AM on November 19, 2013 [1 favorite]

I totally have swap-worthy books to get rid of! Unfortunately I have a family obligation directly before this which may run late. Does anyone have a rough estimate of how long this will go on for?

If I can come, I will bring an as-yet-undetermined food thing.
posted by mismatched at 4:21 PM on November 19, 2013

I'll be going to Cleveland for a funeral soon, so it's very likely I'll have miss this.
posted by hydrophonic at 9:11 PM on November 21, 2013

I just got back into town, but wanted to check in and say that everything is almost ready for you guys!

If any of you are bringing stuff besides books, here is a list of the basics I have on hand:

  • Crock Pot
  • 2 Small espresso machines
  • Cutlery
  • China (Plates, bowls, & c.)
  • Glassware
  • Small toaster oven
  • 2 (very) small refrigerators
  • 2 Bottles of art-gallery opening quality red & white wine (read: it costs $3 a bottle)
  • Some basic black tea
  • Some green and/or other teas
  • Some instant coffee
  • A small toaster oven

    I just thought I'd mention what was up here so you can plan accordingly.

    If anybody needs anything, just let me know and we will get you situated!

  • posted by Tchad at 8:11 AM on November 22, 2013

    Tchaad, you're awesome.
    No Book Swap would be complete without a toaster oven.
    posted by Cold Lurkey at 6:30 PM on November 22, 2013 [2 favorites]

    In case any of you book lovers are in the neighborhood a bit early before this, check out the Chicago Book Expo.
    posted by booknerd at 9:02 AM on November 23, 2013 [2 favorites]

    I'm getting ready for everybody.

    There will be a sign on the door with a number to call so you can get into the building.

    It is on the NE corner of the intersection of Sheridan & Montrose.

    I'll turn my phone on about 3 p.m. for the early birds.

    If a scraggly guy (or guys) ask you if you want to see Tchad, or if you are here for sewing, don't worry - it is the maintenance man (or men). They watch out for "my folks" and let them in when they see them. If they let you in, there are signs up in the hallway.

    And that's about it! Do we have an end-time set? It doesn't really matter to me, but I tend to turn my phone off when I don't need it when I'm out of class/work season.
    posted by Tchad at 8:47 AM on November 24, 2013

    Never having swapped before, I have no concept of how long we'll be... 7 at the latest?
    posted by Cold Lurkey at 12:28 PM on November 24, 2013

    Any chance someone can grab a bag of ice? I don't think i can carry anything else.
    posted by crush-onastick at 1:10 PM on November 24, 2013

    I was already going to pop in to the Jewels across the way, so i'll get some.
    posted by Cold Lurkey at 1:30 PM on November 24, 2013

    I am also stopping by the Jewel because my cheese puffs were a flop. If anything else needs purchased, let me know. Also I can get ice.
    posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:47 PM on November 24, 2013

    Do you guys want chips and guacamole? Because I am probably going to bring chips and guac, and am on my way to the store (and then will head to the swap).
    posted by mismatched at 2:14 PM on November 24, 2013

    Sure! We've got a good crowd started, so feel free to bring anything you'd like!
    posted by Tchad at 2:24 PM on November 24, 2013

    Do you remember that movie where those guys were trucking nitroglycerin over the Andes and they had to drive super carefully lest they blow up? I think my Red Line train must have a carload of nitro hooked up.

    Either I'll be there by five or you'll hear a BOOM toward the south.
    posted by Iridic at 2:41 PM on November 24, 2013 [2 favorites]

    Always so lovely to see everyone.
    posted by crush-onastick at 5:37 PM on November 24, 2013 [2 favorites]

    As predicted, the toaster oven was totally key.
    Awesome fun times, my Internet nerd friends, as usual.
    And did anyone else marvel at how eerily close it was to a real-life dialog on the blue :
    TOPIC .
    two liner
    one liner.
    one heartfelt personal connection.
    extensive personal contribution.
    relative expertise chiming in.
    some explaining.
    some questions.
    silly pun.


    posted by Cold Lurkey at 8:30 PM on November 24, 2013 [4 favorites]

    Also, here is the Lumatwill link (so you can see not only how gorgeous it is, but exactly how much I exaggerated its cost).
    posted by crush-onastick at 8:06 AM on November 25, 2013

    It's in pounds AND metric measures -- so your estimations, as exaggerated as they may have been, are all the same to me.

    Holy shit those shoes.

    And I don't think I could pull off any of these looks but sigh.
    posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:23 AM on November 25, 2013

    Also thanks again to Tchad for hosting, which is what I came to this thread to do before getting distracted.
    posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:24 AM on November 25, 2013 [1 favorite]

    I think you need those shoes, Mike.
    posted by crush-onastick at 8:39 AM on November 25, 2013

    I think we have a rule in our house that if we ever want to actually visit the UK, we need to stop ordering things from there.

    (We don't have that rule officially, but I think I'm going to have to make it. Because I really don't need a Dashing Tweeds windbreaker. But yet...)
    posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:26 AM on November 25, 2013

    And for those who wanted pictures:

    Thanks, everybody! It was a great time!
    posted by Tchad at 10:58 AM on November 25, 2013 [3 favorites]

    Looks like it was fun! So bummed I couldn't make it!
    posted by SisterHavana at 10:03 PM on November 26, 2013

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