Post Colbert/Stewart rally meetup
posted October 22, 2010 6:54 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat October 30 at 4:00 PM, Irish Times
14 F St NW, Washington, DC, USA (Map & Directions)
I have bad luck with these, but here it goes: Any MeFites who are going to be at the DC rally are invited to coalesce at Kelly's Irish Times after the official events end (about 4:00-Whenever (It's across the street from Union Station.))
posted by ChurchHatesTucker to Meetup (56 comments total)

Remotest of possibilities here.
posted by Eideteker at 6:24 AM on October 23, 2010

Just to be clear this is the same as the other meetup that was proposed earlier over here yes:


I'm super excited for this obviously, the rally, the irish times, and the whole thing. Up With Sarcasm Or Whatever!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:41 PM on October 24, 2010

I may be dragging my parents in tow.
posted by Stewriffic at 3:14 PM on October 24, 2010

Well stewriffic you won't be alone. I am bringing my mom.
posted by ShawnString at 4:15 PM on October 24, 2010

The BF and I are staying in Baltimore, but are planning to hang out in DC for a while after the rally - we're so in. Well, I'm in and am going to be dragging him along with me. See you guys there!
posted by youngergirl44 at 9:17 PM on October 24, 2010

Just to be clear this is the same as the other meetup that was proposed earlier over here yes:

Yeah, I thought that was more a see-if-there's-interest thing. But same deal.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 8:28 AM on October 25, 2010

I may come -- I'm going with some non-mefite friends, so it'll have to be a group decision... but hopefully!
posted by Solon and Thanks at 7:47 PM on October 25, 2010

Ditto, Solon and Thanks. We're rolling into the city at around 6am, after an overnight bus trip. So it's possible that a post-rally, pre-prandial nap might win out.
posted by zerbinetta at 8:58 PM on October 25, 2010

Might I suggest that anyplace remotely near the mall is going to be mobbed with people?
posted by schmod at 9:45 PM on October 25, 2010

Hmm. Does anyone have a floor I can crash on, on Friday night? (I'm not staying Saturday night.) I promise that I'm really nice and I won't get in your way. MeMail if you can help me out!
posted by defenestration at 10:56 AM on October 26, 2010

I may be coming to this as well, but I'm bringing my dad and sis along so if they want to get back in time it may be hard to make this.
posted by Del Far at 3:27 PM on October 27, 2010

In addition if DC or visiting folks want to come to a house party that night, i'm throwing a rock and roll house party starring (former) awesome MeFite ludwig_van's band: Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies!

more here:
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:14 PM on October 27, 2010

I'll be there. Never been to a mefi meetup before, should be a fun day!
posted by 3FLryan at 7:40 PM on October 27, 2010

Post-rally won't work for us either, but we're up for meeting on the mall before or during the rally as well.
posted by arabelladragon at 4:49 AM on October 28, 2010

I would advise anyone who would like to meet at the rally to find a very, very specific time/place to meet. For example: 10am, next to the old engraved IRS sign, outside Federal Triangle metro station. Because it would be safe to assume complete chaos for the event itself. Whatever you do, pick a different spot than the Smithsonian metro station exit, because that's where everyone else will be attempting to meet.
posted by zennie at 8:50 AM on October 28, 2010

what we can't meet at the top of the stairs at the metro entrance? that would be such a good place
posted by ShawnString at 11:01 AM on October 28, 2010

I'll be there (I've got an obligation right before and a little bit after the rally a block away, so it'd be stupid of me not to.)
posted by Navelgazer at 11:31 AM on October 28, 2010

Has anyone figured out where they will approach the event? Are you bringing signs? Colbert fans, are you wearing Halloween costumes?

what we can't meet at the top of the stairs at the metro entrance? that would be such a good place

Met someone there in the middle of a snow storm last winter. Hundreds of bewildered zombie tourists were milling haphazardly about, but at least there was a muddy ice pathway to slip on.
posted by zennie at 12:44 PM on October 28, 2010

K. I'll be there with a reddit polo and a straw fedora (Weather permitting.)
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 5:06 PM on October 28, 2010

I will be there in a crowd of folks in business suits waving large green signs saying "Legalize Pot". I can't stay for the meetup, alas.
posted by gingerbeer at 6:50 AM on October 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

I'm in town! YAY!
posted by Stewriffic at 10:55 AM on October 29, 2010

Oh, i'll be wearing a blue mefi t-shirt likely under an open jacket.
posted by Stewriffic at 10:56 AM on October 29, 2010

Will attempt to come with my underage girlfriend (who won't order any beer!). If they kick us out, I'll just politely leave.
posted by mccarty.tim at 3:05 PM on October 29, 2010

Wife and I will be there. Tim, if you can't get into Kelly's we'll be happy to give you and GF the quick five-and-ten-cent around the Union Station/Capitol area.
posted by brownpau at 6:34 PM on October 29, 2010

Hatefully, I don't have internet, but gingerbeer and eideteker have my phone number.
posted by Stewriffic at 4:22 AM on October 30, 2010

Well just about to start heading out. Will try to make it (crowds all depending) I will be wearing a shirt with "flag it and move on". Hope to see ya
posted by ShawnString at 5:31 AM on October 30, 2010

Ok so is there any confirmation on a during-the-event meetup?

I think the only plan is to join mefites if you recognize them. (And I guarantee you won't be the only ones "from the Internet," so don't be shy!)
posted by zennie at 6:50 AM on October 30, 2010

I'm wearing my "ride more than you drive" tshirt, a camo hat, and carrying a black sign that says "What's Your Sign?"
posted by Eideteker at 7:10 AM on October 30, 2010

Its madness here. But in a sane way.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:59 AM on October 30, 2010

thanks for the offers. Not sure well have time. WE have a bus to catch at 4.30.
Incidentally. we missed our regular bus and are taking the megabus from phl.
1.20 arrival
posted by mccarty.tim at 9:05 AM on October 30, 2010

Best sign so far: "Name a roots song!"
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:09 AM on October 30, 2010

Lol why are the mythbusters on stage? Awesome
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:40 AM on October 30, 2010

we're missing mythbusters?
posted by mccarty.tim at 9:46 AM on October 30, 2010

Ergh, change of plans here: we overslept and now Metro is FUBAR so we're staying home in the boonies. One of those days I wish I still lived beside Union Station. Have fun down there and see you on the internet.
posted by brownpau at 10:15 AM on October 30, 2010

Hooray, you guys!! I'm watching you online --- live, right now! ... from TURKEY!! (Yes, they banned youtube, but, hey, we get CSPAN!!)
posted by Surfurrus at 10:25 AM on October 30, 2010

stuck in traffic. No rally on my dumbphone.
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:45 AM on October 30, 2010

There's 150 k people here tim, the next couple of hours are gonna be really awesome anyway
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:15 AM on October 30, 2010

I was also at Woodley Park, took the bus walked through the crowds and enjoyed the atmosphere. Currently outside Kelly's. The whole area is crawling. This is crazy (but in a peaceful way).
posted by zennie at 11:51 AM on October 30, 2010

get a big table somehow lol
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:58 AM on October 30, 2010

I'm here!
posted by Eideteker at 11:59 AM on October 30, 2010

Heading to Irish Times! I'm in a red hoodie and sugoku niinja tshirt. Eideteker, you'd better come!!
posted by youngergirl44 at 12:18 PM on October 30, 2010

We have a table on the lefthand wall.
posted by zennie at 12:35 PM on October 30, 2010

Anybody still there? Sorry... i had to leave abruptly to tend to a lost friend.
posted by schmod at 2:37 PM on October 30, 2010

Yes we are still here. Come on down
posted by ShawnString at 2:40 PM on October 30, 2010

Wow, what a logistical nightmare. Apparently our "drive down to a Metro station and hop a train" plan was woefully short-sighted. Parking lots were full up, and lines for the tickets were nuts.

Ended up driving down and parking a mile from the event and walking. Lost one of our group in the crowd, and had a hard time finding one who was meeting us. Cell phones were mostly useless anywhere approaching the stage area.

So, never made it to the Times (but the one we lost did--she just didn't realize that was the meetup place I had mentioned!)

Finally got everyone sorted and just headed back out. Still had a good time due to the general awesomeness of the crowd.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 5:35 PM on October 30, 2010

Was great to see you all, and to finally meet Stewriffic and Eideteker. Sad to know that asavage was in town and didn't show. Sorry I had to leave so quickly, but good times.
posted by Navelgazer at 9:51 PM on October 30, 2010

Well, I didn't manage to see a lick of the rally, despite being in the general vicinity. Spent too* much time trying to find gingerbeer.

Nonetheless, I had a blast. Needed a sign so picked up a Vote 19 one with a big cannabis leaf on it, since I thought it might help me find people if I had a sign. Ended up meeting the founder of NORML, which was interesting. Not my pet cause, but it doesn't conflict with my values, either. Bizarre, really!

So then I got bored and walked up to the meetup place, stopping along the way to beg the red bull people to pass me a freebie through the fence where their hawkers were stocking up. Not that I'm huge into red bull, but omg was I thirsty by that point.

Thought I'd be the only one there, but ended up having SO MUCH FUN!! The place was slammed and I ended up with free food that came after everyone else's by about an hour. My friend took a bunch of pictures and I may post them once i get back to having actual internet on demand instead of having to go to starbucks.

GREAT to meet everyone. My gosh I like meetups.
*Not enough, is more like it, since I never found her.
posted by Stewriffic at 5:00 AM on October 31, 2010

Wonderful to meet you all as well. Saw a real life setup for a joke "George Washington, a vampire and a Leprechaun walk into a bar…" (ok it really was Captn Crunch, Count Chocula and The Lucky Charms Leprechaun).
Stewriffic you really need to get your friend on Mefi. She would be a great addition. Posted the few pics I took.
posted by ShawnString at 7:44 AM on October 31, 2010

Waaah, we missed all but 1% of the rally. We saw a bunch of cool people, though, including a Lady Gaga cosplayer who looked exactly like the real thing. Were it not for the lack of bodyguards (although she did have a big group of friends), I'd have been fooled.

Anyway, I'm now trying to cheer her up. Hopefully, I can finangle some tickets to the Daily Show/Colbert Report. Failing that, I'll bake her some cookies and bring over a torrent of the rally.
posted by mccarty.tim at 1:44 PM on October 31, 2010

Pardon my wet blanketness. Got tix to the Colbert Report!
posted by mccarty.tim at 4:42 PM on October 31, 2010

Yeah, Colbert! If you guys have time to wait around, Colbert tapings are awesome! Plus, we got to see the Hobby Hovel up close! We nearly got glitter on our faces! And the warmup guy was actually funny!

Photo of me with the cardboard cutout and the GF. Photo of us in the audience.
posted by mccarty.tim at 8:40 AM on November 2, 2010

Alright guys - so there was $64 left on the table when Stewriffic and crew left... It turns out that getting the bill was just as hard as getting service all afternoon. I couldn't believe that the money left was the tip, and didn't want someone random (like another patron) to glom it off the table - so I took it and we walked out on the tab. I feel awful about that last part, but we could not have waited any longer.

I don't want to keep the money - it's not mine. I will gladly mail you back your dollars, mail them to the bar, or donate them to the preservation of the National Mall. Your call.
posted by youngergirl44 at 1:45 PM on November 4, 2010

You did what now?
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 2:32 PM on November 4, 2010

You should probably mail it to Kelly's along with an explanation. You can do that anonymously if you're worried about prosecution.
posted by anotherpanacea at 5:40 PM on November 4, 2010

Yeah, mail it to the bar.
posted by Stewriffic at 12:31 PM on November 8, 2010

Will do, folks. Thanks!
posted by youngergirl44 at 3:41 PM on November 12, 2010

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