15th Anniversary - A Melbourne MeFi Midwinter Meetup
posted July 8, 2014 4:05 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Fri July 25 at 6:00 PM, The Standard Hotel
293 Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia (Map & Directions)
in the spirit of 15th anniversary celebrations, who's up for a Melbourne meetup on the 25th?
it's been ages since the last official Melbourne MeFi Meetup, and what better excuse for one than the 5th anniversary of the 10th anniversary of Matt laying the groundwork for his eventual purchase of cat-scan.com?

in honour of our venue choice for the MeFi 10th anniversary, I propose The Standard Hotel in Fitzroy.
posted by russm to Meetup (35 comments total)

Good on you russm, I started writing one up and deleted it realising I had no suggestions to make.

I'll be around the CBD generally on the 18th (but have some fkd up work function), not any of the other suggested dates. I can do a school night but have learned that I shouldn't with you folks. Could maybe swing the 25th.
posted by Trivia Newton John at 6:44 AM on July 8, 2014

Any of those dates are fine with me (though going to a gig in Williamstown on the 18th, but that's later...).
posted by pompomtom at 9:49 PM on July 8, 2014

18/19 works better for me. I'm working the weekend of 25/26 so those are school nights for me. Looks like Workshop is indeed still around.
posted by Athanassiel at 12:05 AM on July 9, 2014

I support this as a thing. However, I'll be away for both (sets of) dates. GLHF.
posted by Suspicious Ninja at 12:12 AM on July 9, 2014

Are noobs welcome? The recent "loaded questions" thread has all but convinced me that I should probably just stay home. Forever, I mean.
posted by gingerest at 12:44 AM on July 9, 2014

noobs are always welcome - we were all noobs once.

I'll give it another day or so and then unless anyone has a different venue suggestion I'll lock it in for Workshop on the 18th.
posted by russm at 1:53 AM on July 9, 2014

come to think of it, The Standard would be appropriate (since that's where we did the Melbourne 10th), and also be less shitty what with actually being able to hear people talk.

posted by russm at 2:01 AM on July 9, 2014

I have something on the 18th but it finishes at nine so I should be able to join youse after that. Thanks for organising!
posted by mosessis at 4:27 AM on July 9, 2014

My recollection of the Workshop is that it's pretty shouty, so the Standard sounds fine to me. On the other hand, the Workshop is about two block from my work so if we wind up going there, it also has its advantages.
posted by Athanassiel at 4:34 AM on July 9, 2014

25th is best for me - 27th is Run Melbourne and I have things on the 18th / 19th but could possibly come late. Let me know!
posted by curious.jp at 5:01 PM on July 9, 2014

contemplating this, although I feel much the same as gingerest.
posted by solarion at 7:02 PM on July 9, 2014

Oh, go on noobs. Last meetup was my first one and I was the only noob. Somehow I survived. I'm basically a noob still! And an introvert! It'll be fine. Really!
posted by Athanassiel at 8:39 PM on July 9, 2014

Gingerest, I'm a freakish northern interloper, but I can attest that the Melbournanians put up an almost watertight display of avuncular warmth and eldritch hunger bonhomie. If you look past their milky, dead opalescent gazes, you will find hearts that are very much beating, if not actually alive.
posted by smoke at 3:53 AM on July 10, 2014 [5 favorites]

I'm in!

To throw another venue into the mix - Two Birds opened their new brewery to the public last night - and rockwell does the food. It's a great spot with nice big tables, good beer and, DUH, AMAZING FOOD - not that I'm biased *at all*.

It's in Spotswood, so a bit of a trek, but right near the train station for staggering home.

Obvs, not fussed if we go somewhere else, but it's a great spot.

/totally biased
posted by jonathanstrange at 6:11 PM on July 10, 2014 [1 favorite]

"almost", smoke? Who disappointed?
posted by wilful at 9:40 PM on July 10, 2014

The one who bit him and left that terrible suppurating wound and his incessant desire for the taste of human flesh.
posted by gingerest at 11:22 PM on July 10, 2014

Wilful you know as well as that I cannot speak its name without blacking out and awakening in a barrow somewhere, half naked, covered in Babylonian cuneiform and smelling of ashes and turpentine.

The first six times were enough, thank you.
posted by smoke at 12:08 AM on July 11, 2014 [2 favorites]

I'd apologise Smoke, but no one can resist a man in cuneiform.
posted by Trivia Newton John at 5:21 AM on July 11, 2014 [14 favorites]

Sounds great, js, but Spotswood is a big UGH. We should def go there, but with a bit more notice, and not on a day I have to offload my regular weekly clients & time/travel is a bit more casual On the 18th I'm already booked until 8.30 pm, so I'll have to reschedule/cancel appts costing $270 if I decide to knock off at 5.00. I'm torn.
posted by goshling at 7:53 AM on July 11, 2014

Trivia, that was bloody beautiful.
posted by smoke at 4:06 PM on July 11, 2014

OK, I'm going to call it for the 25th at the Standard.
posted by russm at 11:55 PM on July 11, 2014

Sounds good, we should be able to make that!
posted by mosessis at 1:23 PM on July 13, 2014

russm: Are you booking a room? If so, I believe my +1 has a couple of lurkers to invite. If not, well, same same, I suppose, but they can sit outside. In the freezing, freezing cold. If you so choose. You monster.
posted by pompomtom at 9:40 PM on July 17, 2014

I think I'm out for this one. Bad work timing. Have fun!
posted by Athanassiel at 11:18 PM on July 17, 2014

pompomtom: I hadn't thought about booking, but that's not a bad plan. I'll see whether that's viable for a Friday.
posted by russm at 12:46 AM on July 18, 2014

Oh shit, just realised I'm double booked. Had in mind this was on a Saturday. I have tickets to a concert this Friday. :(

See you at the 20th, I guess. :(
posted by jonathanstrange at 4:57 AM on July 21, 2014

OK, I've booked for 12 people at 6:00 under the name Russell (assuming pompomtom + 1 + several are actually going to be coming). We can get a better table (the big corner triangle near the bar) if it's 10 or less, so if people can firm up the Attending /Maybe numbers I'll update the booking.

See y'all Friday!
posted by russm at 10:00 PM on July 21, 2014

OK, will check with the possibles.
posted by pompomtom at 10:54 PM on July 21, 2014

damn you, jonathanstrange.
posted by goshling at 10:26 PM on July 22, 2014

I'm sorry, I swear it's not cowardice: I am home from work with a cold and can't make it tonight. Next time?
posted by gingerest at 9:53 PM on July 24, 2014

we're here, at the table by the door out to the beer garden. for those who don't know us I'm the guy in the grey tshirt with the shaven head and unshaven face.
posted by russm at 12:31 AM on July 25, 2014

I'm just leaving the office so I'll see you all after a little while (I thought this was 6:30 for some reason). Wearing jeans, a black north face jacket and a yellow and green PAX scarf.
posted by curious.jp at 12:53 AM on July 25, 2014

Okay, I'm attending because why not.
posted by solarion at 1:28 AM on July 25, 2014 [1 favorite]

Sorry I missed it but I picked up oh yes I did.
posted by Trivia Newton John at 10:35 PM on July 25, 2014 [1 favorite]

of all the reasons to be elsewhere that's probably one of the best.
posted by russm at 11:57 PM on July 25, 2014

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