Holiday Goat.
posted November 22, 2010 7:33 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Wed December 1 at 5:30 PM, Billy Goat Tavern
430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, USA (Map & Directions)
The Monthly Drunkening approaches. On the one hand, there will be no reporters or random gawkers. On the other, we will be responsible for our own sizzle. I think we can handle it.
posted by crush-onastick to Meetup (75 comments total)

posted by SpiffyRob at 8:42 AM on November 22, 2010

I finally have a job with regular hours and think I can make it there by 6:15ish. What do I look for as I have never been to a meetup before?
posted by Uncle at 9:09 AM on November 22, 2010

I'll probably be overdressed, as I have a charity thing I'm supposed to go to as well that night.

We're usually on the left-hand side of the room, in the middle of a random cluster of tables, checking our mobile devices. Metafilter + Chicago at Flickr brings up a lot of our faces, if that's useful.

Just say you're a friend of Eamon's and if someone at the table hits you with his shoe or tells you you're in a safe place, you've found us.
posted by crush-onastick at 9:23 AM on November 22, 2010

I love the Billy Goat! Please have a cheezborger for this former Chicagoan.
posted by cyndigo at 1:12 PM on November 22, 2010

By the way, thanks for posting, crush. I was totally going to do this today, but look at you! I hope everyone remembers... with no PAYNE in October, I'm worried we're losing that loving feeling.

Sidenote: A couple of weekends back, I went with friends to the Goat on a Saturday because they were visiting from out of town and wanted to go someplace "real." It was NUTS how thickly the Goat folks lay on the schtick on weekends! I'm feel so privileged knowing that they trust us Wednesday regulars and don't bother wasting their A game on us.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:18 PM on November 22, 2010

Also: Will I still have access to Eamon's shoe, for hitting, if he's not there?
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:20 PM on November 22, 2010

Did I hit someone with a shoe? I don't remember that.
posted by eamondaly at 8:38 PM on November 22, 2010

Maybe it hasn't happened yet. Adam?
posted by SpiffyRob at 5:58 AM on November 23, 2010

Actually, I did not mean *Eamon* would hit you with a shoe. Just that *someone* *might* or, you know, another possible outcome was that you'd be welcomed with a tiny beer and open arms.
posted by crush-onastick at 6:39 AM on November 23, 2010

I think this month I'll be in charge of getting home to take care of the dog so my better half can finally go to a meet-up. Be nice to him, and make sure he drinks enough to make it worth my while.
posted by booknerd at 8:12 AM on November 23, 2010

I knew what you meant, crush, but I was running with the alternate reading and I'm glad I was able to get Eamon on board. Mostly because I don't want him (or anyone) to hit me with his (Eamon's) shoe, but now that the cat's out of the bag, I fear my plan has backfired.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:22 AM on November 23, 2010

Whew, I have a complex about not making sense. Maybe we should just hit Eamon with a shoe and move on to something more interesting.
posted by crush-onastick at 12:38 PM on November 23, 2010

NEW TOPIC: Will the CC find this IRL thread in the next 8 days?!??! Will it be a meetup of four?!?!?! STAY TUNED!!!
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:25 PM on November 23, 2010

CC? Cash Cow?
Much work anticipated next week, but i should break away for tiny beers. They are so redemptive and restoring.
posted by readery at 2:08 PM on November 23, 2010

There is No Cash Cow.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:24 PM on November 23, 2010

There is no Christmas Cuttlefish.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:30 PM on November 23, 2010

I would love to see a Christmas Cuttlefish. A perky Santa hat over one bulging eye!
posted by readery at 3:20 PM on November 23, 2010

There is no "Cheezborger, Cheezborger!" - except on weekends, apparently.
posted by Iridic at 3:35 PM on November 23, 2010

There is a Cardboard Cutout of Han Solo in my parents' attic. (I won the coin flip after the video store closed down and was giving its stuff away, so my friend Gabe got stuck with the Mace Windu one. Burn.)
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:14 AM on November 24, 2010

Spiffy! You are once again MY HERO. Also, at my father's birthday dinner this year (he's in his late 60's now), he & mom were discussing what age that would have preferred to stop getting older. And dad picked his age around the time I started high school. So I mentioned that that was when all my friends thought he looked like Harrison Ford. I think that is probably the best birthday present I ever got my dad. I suspect he always wished he was Han Solo. Or possibly the Stainless Steel Rat.
posted by crush-onastick at 6:37 AM on November 24, 2010

Christmas Cuttlefish.
posted by phunniemee at 9:44 AM on November 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

Thanks, phunniemee!
exactly how i pictured the bringer of gifts from the deep.
posted by readery at 9:53 AM on November 24, 2010

God rest you merry, cuttlefish,
Let nothing you dismay;
For Sepia latimanus
Was hatched upon this day
To save you from the fishing boats
A-trawling in the bay —

O high tides of ocean and sea,
Ocean and sea!
O high tides of ocean and sea!
posted by Iridic at 11:30 AM on November 24, 2010 [6 favorites]

Whoa, this thread exists!
posted by evisceratordeath at 1:54 PM on November 24, 2010

It does. You might not. Cheers!
posted by crush-onastick at 4:14 PM on November 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

Today I give thanks for my indeterminate existence. It's been or not been a great time!
posted by evisceratordeath at 7:45 AM on November 25, 2010

Bites: Working the day after Thanksgiving.
Bites Hard: When the site appears to not be up to handling Black Friday traffic, let alone Cyber Monday traffic.
Gums Gently: Realizing it's the crappy Endeca server fucking it up for the people that's in the streets, and we can just throw some hardware at the problem in hopes of making it to Tuesday.

At least nobody else is in the office to bug me!
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:34 AM on November 26, 2010

Continuing my grand theme of becoming way too busy for Mefi Meets, I will be drinking Malort in a divey bowling alley during this meetup.
posted by Juliet Banana at 12:05 PM on November 26, 2010

Hah, Endeca. I got trained on that but I left that job before actually having to work on it in production. Best of luck.
posted by evisceratordeath at 12:21 PM on November 26, 2010

We thankfully had some old servers in our farm that we hadn't decommed, so we've now got double the Endeca servers for Monday. I'm cautiously optimistic that if something breaks, it won't be that.

JB, anybody who would lead you to a bowling alley to drink Malort is not your friend.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:40 PM on November 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

I was incredibly anti-Malort, about as anti-Malort as you could be, until my friend made me a Chicago 75, his own riff on a French 75 with Goose Island 312, North Shore Aquavit, and a bit of Malort.

I talked shit incessantly until I tried it and now, while I pray I'll have the strength to resist the demand to do shots of it, I can't totally hate Malort.
posted by Juliet Banana at 2:54 PM on November 26, 2010

I just sang the title of this post to baxter_ilion to the tune of Holiday Road. He was amused.

Sadly, we will also be drinking malort at a bowling alley on Weds, and will miss. D:
posted by bibliogrrl at 11:43 AM on November 28, 2010

Well, this is looking like a lackluster lead into the Holiday Party Season.
posted by crush-onastick at 10:13 AM on November 29, 2010

Website status: Not yet blown up as we head into lunchtime.
Rob status: Sleepy and already having pre-tiny beer jitters.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:17 AM on November 29, 2010

Also, every time I refresh the sales stats page (powered by different servers, don't worry) I get this song stuck in my head and just want to do a whoooooooooooooole lotta fist-pumpin'.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:42 AM on November 29, 2010

I've got "MacArthur Park" stuck in my head. I don't think that I can take it.
posted by Iridic at 10:46 AM on November 29, 2010

Oh noooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:55 AM on November 29, 2010

So what's the recipe again?
posted by crush-onastick at 1:45 PM on November 29, 2010

You can turn out a decent green icing cake with boxed mix, crushed pineapple, Cool Whip, and instant pistachio pudding. Doesn't take so long to bake, actually.
posted by Iridic at 2:26 PM on November 29, 2010

Yes, but is it rainproof?
posted by evisceratordeath at 3:03 PM on November 29, 2010

We need a mid-month pizza meetup, I think.
posted by Windigo at 4:08 PM on November 29, 2010

Like, December 16th. Doesn't that sound swell? *wanders off to make a proposed meetup*
posted by Windigo at 4:10 PM on November 29, 2010

I don't know how to make a proposed meetyup. Hope me!
posted by Windigo at 4:11 PM on November 29, 2010

When I was a lad, "Cyber" when used by itself, was short for Cybersex. As in, "Do you want to Cyber?" Accordingly, I have very different expectations for what will transpire on CyberMonday.

Still! A rousing success. Very excited to celebrate with the consumption of many a tiny beer.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:43 PM on November 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

And Sweet Green Icing! Tiny Beers and Sweet Green Icing! right? right?
posted by crush-onastick at 7:07 AM on November 30, 2010

I might put some sweet green icing on a double tomorrow to prove a point. I'm not sure what that point is, but believe me, it'll be proven.
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:18 AM on November 30, 2010

That cake sounds straight-up disgusting.
posted by eamondaly at 11:43 AM on November 30, 2010

but it's probably upside-down delicious!
posted by crush-onastick at 12:30 PM on November 30, 2010

I see how this is gonna be.
posted by eamondaly at 12:35 PM on November 30, 2010

Upside-down hilarious! And green.
posted by crush-onastick at 12:52 PM on November 30, 2010

Adam hasn't shown up in this thread and isn't coming to the meetup, so I feel a little wrong talking smack about him, but not wrong enough to not do it.

A million nerd points subtracted

9ish hours until boorgertime!
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:46 AM on December 1, 2010

yeah, where's Adam?
posted by Windigo at 7:25 AM on December 1, 2010

6ish hours until boorgertime!

Whenever I eat breakfast and lunch on the day of a GoatUp, I find myself hating whatever I'm eating because it isn't a boorger.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:12 AM on December 1, 2010

Shit. My permanent retainer (which I've had for like 15 years) has come loose on one side. It's staying more or less in place. For now. Anyone know a good Orthodontist? (Preferably one covered by Cigna DHMO?)

I'm still totally coming.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:14 AM on December 1, 2010

I think the Goat has a guy in the back who can take care of that for you.
posted by evisceratordeath at 11:30 AM on December 1, 2010

Fantastic. I'll apply the general anesthesia myself!
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:50 AM on December 1, 2010

I won't be there tonight; I'm going bowling. That's why I made a Super Awesome Mid-month Pizza Meetup!
posted by Windigo at 12:11 PM on December 1, 2010

I think we'll all be applying some tiny-beer anesthesia. You are not unique.
posted by BevosAngryGhost at 12:40 PM on December 1, 2010

Unless somebody else has a piece of metal half-attached to the backs of their bottom teeth, I'm going to go ahead and reject the idea that I'm not unique.

Also my hair is getting long and is kind of back in mock pompadour state and the sideburns ain't helping.

And I want beer and boorgers now. Thankfully, they're just 3ish hours away.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:54 PM on December 1, 2010

Hey, Spiffy! That happened to my about two hours before I was supposed to speak at my high school graduation. Mom removed the poky bits of the retainer with needlenose pliers and some sort of snippy thing. About 15 years later I finally had the remaining bits of cement removed by a dentist.

Where is Mr. Schneider, anyway?
posted by crush-onastick at 1:02 PM on December 1, 2010

If I had to guess, I'd say Mr. Schneider will also be bowling tonight. The absentee-for-bowling MeFites will be found at the Long Room I think, sometime later this evening.
posted by booknerd at 1:34 PM on December 1, 2010

Yeah, my lizard brain wanted to rip the thing out by myself and scrape at the cement with a paper clip, but I found an in-plan ortho near work and got an appointment for tomorrow. I figured that, whether the answer is reseal or remove, I probably want a pro's opinion.

(But man do I hope remove is the decided-upon course of action. This thing sucks.)
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:42 PM on December 1, 2010

Oh, and Adam might have been lying to me, but I think he had another non-Bowling obligation tonight, possibly with out of town friends. He might have said he might try to come by. I... don't really remember anything from before the great metal-from-tooth separating of aught ten.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:43 PM on December 1, 2010

Oh, hey. Sorry, I've been...away. Please do not talk about the shoe thing. My face is/will still have might be sore.

I am chagrined at the whelk thing. I loooooved that game, too. Can you believe there's no single YouTube video of the opera scene? A crime.

I do have another obligation tonight, a going away party for a friend who's departing our fair city, possibly forever. I will stop by the Goat, though, for an hour or so before going to her thing at Elephant & Castle.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:53 PM on December 1, 2010

I do have a piece of metal on the backs of my bottom teeth, but mine is wholly attached, so touche, sir.

I also have a false tooth held in with temporary glue. For the past seven years. I live in constant fear that it will fall out, much like a pin from a grenade, and I will explode.
posted by BevosAngryGhost at 1:59 PM on December 1, 2010

I'll go ahead and say it: absentee-for-bowling MeFites suck.
posted by eamondaly at 2:50 PM on December 1, 2010

I'm absentee-for-work and despise bowling, but I still suck. Sigh.

Is this what SAD is like wahhhh sniffle sniffle whimper
posted by booknerd at 3:08 PM on December 1, 2010

All right, on my way. Don't drink all the beer.
posted by eamondaly at 3:39 PM on December 1, 2010

Still working, then planning on being worn out.
posted by readery at 4:23 PM on December 1, 2010

Ah, man, The Picture got linked in another Blue thread. Just look at that luscious hair on Iridic.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:19 PM on December 1, 2010

I'm still bummed I didn't make it into The Picture despite 1. being there and 2. being a somewhat regular.
posted by misskaz at 11:34 AM on December 2, 2010

Guess who made the mistake of stopping for gyros on the way home? Hint: the same guy who had to miss work and has been shaking and shivering all day.
posted by eamondaly at 1:09 PM on December 2, 2010

Whoa. Bummer. Did you at least get to sing at that place?
posted by evisceratordeath at 1:16 PM on December 2, 2010

I did! Nice place, fun crowd. KJ Sue kept making fun of me for doing the obvious double-take in front of the window and rushing inside. And apparently that was The Glenwood-- funny that I ended up there by accident.
posted by eamondaly at 1:31 PM on December 2, 2010

Nice! Man, my morning would have been considerably worse (and it wasn't great) had I gone in there too.
posted by evisceratordeath at 1:40 PM on December 2, 2010

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