Game Day at Jessamyn's (MoMu)
posted June 28, 2014 12:37 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat July 19 at 1:00 PM, Jessamyn's Summer Place
778 Main Road, Westport, MA, USA (Map & Directions)
MeFi is 15. I have hot dogs. You have games. Let's hang out in a shady spot by a big table and not let our pale skin get all blotchy in the direct sunlight.
There are two possible weekends and two days in each weekend. Possible dates for me: July 12, 13, 19 or 20th. Any of those work better than any others? This is more of a one-day than a weekend thing but if people need to crash there we can accommodate, probably.

I'll provide dinner-ish stuff (grilled something, let me know about food preferences) you bring snacks and drinks. Looking forward to seeing people.

Please note: Address on map is not actual address. Contact me if you need the actual address.
posted by jessamyn to Meetup (103 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I like this idea very much.
posted by not_on_display at 1:37 PM on June 28, 2014

I think I'm free either weekend, no real preference. Also happy to drive folks from Camberville.
posted by backseatpilot at 1:48 PM on June 28, 2014

Oh! And I made an impulsive purchase of a kubb set, so I will bring that.
posted by backseatpilot at 3:46 PM on June 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

Definitely up for this, but will have to wait for Horace Rumpole's input on what Saturday he is working in July.

I just bought Alhambra, which I've only played once, but it was a lot of fun, and much quicker than Tammany Hall!
posted by DiscourseMarker at 4:36 PM on June 28, 2014

I'm interested. Saturday is probably better than a Sunday, and the 19th is probably better than the 11th. But really I could finangle any of those dates so whenever everyone else is free is a-ok by me.
posted by Aznable at 5:25 PM on June 28, 2014

I would totally be up for this but I'll be away during all those dates. Darn it!

This is when I always go away, which now that I think about it is the reason I missed all the ten year celebrations. Why couldn't MeFi have been started in March?

Maybe I should have a 15th anniversary meetup in rural Quebec. Poutine for all!
posted by bondcliff at 6:06 PM on June 28, 2014

I'm in pending transportation, which I can probably procure from backsestpilot it seems.

Uh, sorry, I gotta go. the groomsman is about to take his pants off so they can put the garter on him for ten years good luck.
posted by maryr at 6:10 PM on June 28, 2014

The 19th is probably better for me by a hair, so if DM and HR can do that date, let's call it and get down to planning details about snacks! Let us know when you know!
posted by jessamyn at 6:33 PM on June 28, 2014

I and the ever-lovely SO are in. I can provide transport and =perhaps= lodging for game-addicted regulars without either in the greater RI/South Shore MA area.
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:25 PM on June 28, 2014

This sounds like the kind of thing I'd do.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 8:36 PM on June 28, 2014

The 19th should work for me--I'm in!
posted by Horace Rumpole at 11:56 PM on June 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

Interested -- Saturdays better than Sundays, no particular preference about the weekend.
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:24 AM on June 29, 2014

Okay, the 19th it is. Confirming. Here's my basic thought.

- come by at 1-ish, after lunch
- we'll have snacks and drinks and music, some lame games (so bring the good ones) and a lot of tables and chairs
- we'll have some sort of grilled dinner (let me know if you have food restrictions) in the 6-7 area. Rain plan is order some pizzas or you'll all eat quinoa and chourico and like it

I'll send the address to anyone who doesn't have it, but the place is on Main Road in Westport MA and I think most of you have been there. If the weather is nice traffic may be annoying, so be forewarned. Looking forward to seeing everyone.
posted by jessamyn at 6:33 AM on June 29, 2014

I'm in. Do please send me the address. Any special game requests from anyone? What do people like to play?
posted by Aznable at 8:26 AM on June 29, 2014

Sent info to the email in your profile, if that's not a good one, email me with a better one.

I like shorter (30-45 min) games that you can play and chitchat during. I really liked Qwirkle from the last meetup and funky path and tile games. I also love Kubb so there may be some outdoor kubb-play but it will not be mandatory.
posted by jessamyn at 9:30 AM on June 29, 2014

Yay! Also, HR and I can provide a ride for 2-3 people from the general Cambridge area if needed.
posted by DiscourseMarker at 10:21 AM on June 29, 2014

Got the address. I'll scour my collection for funky path and tile games.

If anyone else in the central CT area wants to come and would like to car pool, drop me a line.
posted by Aznable at 10:27 AM on June 29, 2014

Address on map is not actual address.

Please be Santa Monica.
posted by Room 641-A at 10:35 AM on June 29, 2014 [2 favorites]

I love Kubb, if only for the chance it gives me to quote this classic.

posted by not_on_display at 10:59 AM on June 29, 2014

Would be down, but I might be signed up for a road race already, need to check my dates.
posted by Diablevert at 11:08 AM on June 29, 2014

Metroid Baby and I hope to come and hum the Theme for your Summer Place.

We can also give rides from the Somerbridge.
posted by ignignokt at 11:52 AM on June 29, 2014

Can I RSVP as a maybe, even though it's probably a pie-in-the-sky, not-actually-gonna-happen sort of maybe? Because this sounds like such a wonderful meetup and right up my alley, even though it's not right up the street from me.
posted by ocherdraco at 6:16 PM on June 29, 2014

Sure. There will be folks coming from the Providence area so there's a possibility of a get-a-ride-from-the-train sort of situation.
posted by jessamyn at 6:16 PM on June 29, 2014

Peter and I would love to game with y'all again, if you'll have us!
posted by xingcat at 6:19 PM on June 29, 2014

posted by jessamyn at 6:39 PM on June 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

I'd love to come, and I'd love to take one of you up on a ride, preferably from anywhere along Mass Ave between Harvard Square and Arlington, or from anywhere along the red line. I have Pandemic somewhere, I think.
posted by daisyace at 6:32 AM on June 30, 2014

I would love to come if I can wrangle a you still have a spot in your car, DiscourseMarker? I will repay you in meat-rain research
posted by threeants at 10:46 AM on June 30, 2014

or metroinokt. whosoever
posted by threeants at 10:47 AM on June 30, 2014 [1 favorite]

Yup, spot still available threeants. Memail me your details. And daisyace I'm close to Arlington, so if you also want to memail me we can figure out logistics.
posted by DiscourseMarker at 11:05 AM on June 30, 2014

Also thanks jessamyn for soliciting dietary needs! I'm vegetarian, but don't fret about it if it's an issue-- I am content to eat the traditional dish of my people, A Piece of Iceberg Lettuce.
posted by threeants at 2:03 PM on June 30, 2014

Are you okay with stuff cooked on a grill that has, in the past, had meat on it? It's fine if the answer is no, I'll just adjust accordingly.
posted by jessamyn at 2:14 PM on June 30, 2014

Hello -- doublechecked and I am free that day. Can I bring something? Dessert, salad? I like to cook and would be happy to contribute, but if you've got it all nailed down that's cool.
posted by Diablevert at 2:19 PM on June 30, 2014

Yep, that's fine, thanks for asking! I guess as long as it's not like, the Item was literally cooking in an inch of another item's meatfat.
posted by threeants at 2:37 PM on June 30, 2014

Also I plan to bring my famous* peanut noodle salad as an offering

*not famous
posted by threeants at 2:38 PM on June 30, 2014

Can I bring something? Dessert, salad?

Salad would be awesome. There's a big kitchen, so totally okay to bring stuff and prepare on-site if that's easier. I am really hoping we can get special guest appearance by My Sister who is not only totally great but an amazing cook. Yay everyone, this will be fun.
posted by jessamyn at 2:51 PM on June 30, 2014

Huh. I've never been to a meetup but I can literally see Westport from where I work and I'll be getting done with work around 3. Plus games are fun. So... maybe?
posted by geegollygosh at 3:41 PM on June 30, 2014

We have a ton of homemade pickles that we didn't eat quickly enough over the winter, I'll bring those so I can make more pickles.
posted by backseatpilot at 4:40 PM on June 30, 2014

Oh, and if we have anything fresh from the garden I can bring some of that, too.
posted by backseatpilot at 4:43 PM on June 30, 2014

geegollygosh you should totally stop by!
posted by jessamyn at 5:26 PM on June 30, 2014

Wish we could come, but we'll be out of the country at that time. Hope you all have a great time!
posted by peacheater at 1:04 PM on July 2, 2014

aaaah I keep forgetting to ask you, backseatpilot, could you share the recipe for that RIDICULOUS cranberry chutney you made for the meetup at your place? (if it's not some sort of ghost-guarded family secret.) it was truly a thing to behold and betaste.
posted by threeants at 1:22 PM on July 2, 2014

Cranberry? Are you thinking of the red onion spread? I can't remember anything I made that had cranberries in it...
posted by backseatpilot at 2:26 PM on July 2, 2014

hmm, must have been the red onion! It was spicy and tart and red.
posted by threeants at 3:54 PM on July 2, 2014

Ah! hot chili chutney.
posted by backseatpilot at 4:56 PM on July 2, 2014 [1 favorite]

thank you!!
posted by threeants at 2:57 PM on July 3, 2014

OK, I just got a copy of Ascension and some of it's expansions, so I will bring that plus King of Tokyo, Sentinels of the Multiverse, and a couple of smaller games.
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:34 AM on July 8, 2014

Now is the time to let me know if you

- need an address/directions/ride
- have special food requirements or concerns
- don't know what to bring
- would like to stay over (there is room but we'd like to plan for it)

I have things like sunscreen and bug spray and fridge space.
posted by jessamyn at 7:00 AM on July 14, 2014

i am on a strict diet of peanuts and beer
posted by backseatpilot at 10:57 AM on July 14, 2014 [2 favorites]

I have a work/family conflict so will regretfully move myself to the "no" column. Have fun everyone!
posted by maryrussell at 4:59 PM on July 14, 2014

I have not yet decided on a snacky-type thing to make, so I am open to requests!
posted by Metroid Baby at 6:14 AM on July 15, 2014

Oh, oh, my lurker husband and I would love to drop by, if that's okay! We haven't seen MA-fites in ages, and Westport isn't too far off. We can bring games/food/sacrifices to the dark lord if appropriate!
posted by Diagonalize at 5:32 PM on July 15, 2014 [2 favorites]

Totally come by and bring the lurker husband! Email me if you need directions/info.
posted by jessamyn at 6:07 PM on July 15, 2014

I have not yet decided on a snacky-type thing to make, so I am open to requests!

backseatpilot's hot chili chutney!!! (see above)
posted by threeants at 6:41 PM on July 15, 2014

I'm not making that ambrosia myself only because I fear flying too close to the sun
posted by threeants at 6:42 PM on July 15, 2014

Dang, this is lining up with my sudden free Saturday afternoon and a breakfast meet-up I have in Marshfield at 7:30 the next morning. Could I pretty please get the address and could I take you up on the offer of a couch? I definitely prefer my own bed but would love a plan B if things run late. I will definitely bring food.
posted by cocoagirl at 7:39 PM on July 15, 2014

Info sent to the email address hidden in your profile. Email me if that's not the right place to send stuff. You are welcome to a place here, no hassle, no problem.
posted by jessamyn at 7:53 PM on July 15, 2014

I also need the address!
posted by ignignokt at 9:02 PM on July 15, 2014

posted by jessamyn at 9:16 PM on July 15, 2014

If I have the time on Friday, I'll make the chutney. (Don't believe that 30 minute estimate on the website - charring all those peppers on the stovetop takes a long time. Doing it on the grill takes about three minutes, so maybe I'll find an excuse to light that up for dinner Friday.)
posted by backseatpilot at 7:01 AM on July 16, 2014

I will be bringing blueberry bars, although now I am tempted to make ambrosia.

I'll also be bringing MeFi manicure supplies (I think I have an acceptable blue, green, white, maybe gray?, and I bought a yellow pen thing. And sparkles, of course)
posted by maryr at 8:16 AM on July 16, 2014

I have gray if we're doing this MeFi manicure thing (though drying nails make games and snacks kinda difficult). Also white glitter for special snowflakes.
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:41 AM on July 16, 2014

I don't know what to bring. Do people like soda? I can bring a case of Hosmer if that's the sort of thing that might be in need.

It's a 2 hour drive for me, so I suppose it might not be a bad idea to reserve a crash spot if things go super late. If that's ok.
posted by Aznable at 9:12 AM on July 16, 2014

Crash spot reserved. I like soda. I'm a diet soda person so if you could tuck in a few of those (or some seltzers) I'd be super pleased. Will email you directions/info.
posted by jessamyn at 10:20 AM on July 16, 2014

OK I have gone shopping and am now done shopping. House has

- hot dogs, not dogs, buns, condiments
- a lot of little bags of random chips
- iced tea and coffee, seltzer, Fresca, diet coke-ish drink, milk, a few beers, some liquor, some wine
- peppers and onions, apples
- cheddar cheese and crackers
- random popsicles
- marshmallows

My sister is on call with the MA State Police so will not be joining us which is a huge bummer. Feel free to toss any more questions my way. Look forward to seeing people on Saturday.
posted by jessamyn at 1:18 PM on July 16, 2014

I have received word that there will be bocce, and possibly croquet. The lawn is huge, so multiple games can be held simultaneously. Bocce vs. Kubb! Also, there are frogs in a pond, so many games of "spot the frog" can be played. If anyone has a frisbee, feel free to bring it -- the lawn is that big.
posted by not_on_display at 2:20 PM on July 16, 2014

If I have the time on Friday, I'll make the chutney.

oh jesus, I can't believe I actually guilted someone into making The Chutney. I am the worst / A WINNER
posted by threeants at 3:46 PM on July 16, 2014 [1 favorite]

Seems like we could be rowdy enough to draw the Staties...

(Details received, thanks!)
posted by cocoagirl at 5:06 PM on July 16, 2014

We have one spot in our car, if anyone still needs a ride. We're leaving from the Somerville/Cambridge area. The one caveat is that there is a slight chance that some unexpected pregnancy-related thing could cause us to bail.
posted by ignignokt at 5:05 AM on July 17, 2014

How do we contact you for the actual address? Via a note here?
posted by klausness at 9:17 AM on July 17, 2014

Yessssssssssss bocce. I love and am terrible at bocce, or as I prefer to call it, p├ętanque, because god, that is a great word.

(Those Hosmer sodas look AWESOME and I would happily pay you back if you brought me some ginger beer/black cherry/lime rickey...)
posted by maryr at 11:21 AM on July 17, 2014

Via a note here?

I emailed you at your email address in your profile. Drop me an email if you did not get it and let me know if you have more questions.
posted by jessamyn at 8:28 PM on July 17, 2014

I have browned the butter for the cookies I'm going to try out on you. I think I have an aerobie, for slightly reduced risk to MeFi-manicures. Though for unimpeded snacking, a MeFi pedicure sounds better.

I think I have bocce too, in case we might need an extra. And two bottles of Hopsters beer that a firm seeking my patronage just sent me in a fancy clever box. Apparently, one is for right-brained thinkers (a coffee & cocoa infused stout), and the other for left-brains (a vanilla ale). They suggest a black & tan for balance.
posted by daisyace at 7:26 AM on July 18, 2014

daisyace, will you be my new best friend?
posted by maryr at 8:19 AM on July 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

I will probably check this thread when I wake up and then not return to it. People who need to get ahold of me can text my cell at 508-415-XXXX and I can fill in blanks or give extra information. Driveway is smallish so if you arrive early and think you may need to leave early, you may want to park on the street so as not to get parked in. The door right next to the garage door is the Greg Brady room and not the house, go through the doorway to the right of that and you'll find people. Anyone who needs/wants to stay over can be accommodated. Really looking forward to seeing everyone.
posted by jessamyn at 7:44 PM on July 18, 2014

I was hoping I could make it, since I'm not heading down to Dennis, but instead I am NO FUN up here in Somerville.
posted by rmd1023 at 9:05 PM on July 18, 2014

I'm aiming to arrive sometime between 3-5pm. I've got limited cargo space but will aim for quality contributions if not quantity.
posted by cocoagirl at 6:35 AM on July 19, 2014

Sorry, I was hoping to make it, but something came up at the last minute. Hope you're all having fun.
posted by klausness at 2:51 PM on July 19, 2014

I am in the wilds of Quebec and so bummed I missed this. I hope y'all had a great time and I hope to see some (or all) of you at another game night in the future. Happy 15th, MeFi!
posted by bondcliff at 7:29 PM on July 19, 2014

Yay! That was a super-awesome MeFi 15 party!! Thanks again Jessamyn for hosting. It was great to see everybody!
posted by DiscourseMarker at 8:44 PM on July 19, 2014

Awesome time, everyone. Thank you, Jessamyn for putting this together!
posted by Aznable at 10:17 PM on July 19, 2014

Thank you, Jessamyn! I had so much fun. Great to spend time with everyone with the perfect setting, food, drinks, and games... And I have sparkly toes to remember it by.
posted by daisyace at 4:34 AM on July 20, 2014

I had a super-great time, although I'm still puzzled that, in Star Trek Catan, you can have access to water without having access to oxygen....
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:52 AM on July 20, 2014

Thanks for the amazing party, jessamyn!! It was so fun. Thanks also Discourse Rumpole and Metroinokt for the rides. Walking would have taken a while.
posted by threeants at 9:12 AM on July 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

and thanks for the everdelicious relish, backseatpilot. initiate phase II of mind control project
posted by threeants at 9:14 AM on July 20, 2014

Yeah, quite a kickass time! Great job hosting, Jessamyn and NOD, and great job being cool everyone. Photos added of some of you guys playing Dixit and of that super good view.

Oh, yeah, re: people that asked about my username, it's the green guy.
posted by ignignokt at 9:31 AM on July 20, 2014

Wow! Thanks, Jessamyn, for a great party. Wonderful to meet new friends and see old friends.

And a special thanks to the folks who reintroduced me to Ascension, which I guess is kinda cool after all! I've been playing a little on my phone, but it turns out I don't have any Playdek friends to play with! Send me an invite to "grobstein" on there, yes please kthxbye.
posted by grobstein at 9:51 AM on July 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

So much fun! Thanks for hosting, Jessamyn, and thanks for being fun and hilarious and awesome, everyone!

I ate about four pounds of food and I still want some Italian pasta from the pasta planet.
posted by Metroid Baby at 10:01 AM on July 20, 2014 [4 favorites]

Big thanks to everyone who could make it and brought food and games. I had a terrific time. Thanks cocoagirl for the little jam surprise this morning. We've been sitting on the couch drinking coffee and eating leftover pasta, broccoli salad, relish, guacamole, cheese, carrots, sodas and not dogs. I'm so pleased people were able to make the trip and spend so much time hanging out. I'll upload some photos later. For now we're going to return the recyclables and buy some suet for the birds and then probably go right back to chilling on the couch. Yay summer!
posted by jessamyn at 11:01 AM on July 20, 2014 [4 favorites]

That was wonderful, thank you! I couldn't imagine having a nicer time.
posted by the young rope-rider at 11:58 AM on July 20, 2014

So much fun! Thanks for hosting and making all the magic happen!
posted by Diagonalize at 1:55 PM on July 20, 2014

Added some photos, had a few "not sure what this is" questions. Feel free to add notes.
posted by jessamyn at 2:27 PM on July 20, 2014

Thanks to Jessamyn for hosting and to everyone for a great time! Really enjoyed hanging out with people, eating the awesome food, and playing Star Trek Catan and Time's Up (even though I was terrible at it). Hope to see everyone again next time!
posted by Poegar Tryden at 3:13 PM on July 20, 2014




Thanks youse guize for making it so. I eate your leftovers. I eat all your leftovers. mgobblgobblgommmphm
posted by not_on_display at 7:10 PM on July 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

Thanks to everyone for making it such a good time! Hope to see you all at other meetups!
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 7:34 PM on July 20, 2014

Thanks for hosting and making all the magic happen!

Wait. People were playing Magic? I think I would have noticed that.
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:06 AM on July 21, 2014

No, they were playing some other cheesy fantasy-based card game that has an iPad app version I downloaded and I don't think I've slept since then what day is it halp
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:53 AM on July 21, 2014 [3 favorites]

I propose the following subsites be renamed based on 90s Trivial Pursuit:

MeFi-- Important
AskMe-- Oops
IRL-- Hanging
posted by threeants at 11:48 AM on July 21, 2014 [2 favorites]

also all MeTa complaints have to be presented in the form of Dixit cards
posted by threeants at 11:59 AM on July 21, 2014 [3 favorites]

elven queen with scepter sitting on a throne of fire

I totally agree; shadowy labyrinth accented by portentous birds, flowers, and butterflies.
posted by threeants at 12:02 PM on July 21, 2014 [2 favorites]

basically I feel like turning the site into a jungian fever dream could really defuse conflict between community members
posted by threeants at 12:04 PM on July 21, 2014 [1 favorite]

basically I feel like turning the site into a jungian fever dream

You mean it's not one already?
posted by Slap*Happy at 12:50 PM on July 21, 2014 [2 favorites]

This post was deleted for the following reason: man made out of autumn leaves walking with a cane into the dusking sunset.
posted by threeants at 3:18 PM on July 21, 2014 [4 favorites]

yaaaaaaay somebody picked my card
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 4:52 PM on July 21, 2014 [6 favorites]

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