Post-Hurricane Florence meetup
posted September 11, 2018 5:30 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat September 29 at 2:00 PM, Morgan Street Food Hall
411 W Morgan St, Raleigh, NC, USA (Map & Directions)
Now that the storm's blown through and we've picked up the pieces, let's meet up at Morgan Street Food Hall.
We should start by chatting about the whens and wheres of a meetup, since as I write this we don't know what the hurricane's gonna do.
posted by ardgedee to Meetup (57 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

I love this. Something to remind us the world probably won't be completely destroyed this weekend.

I have quite a lot of travel coming up over the next few weeks so I won't try to make you work around me - but consider me a YES if I happen to be in town.
posted by something something at 7:23 AM on September 11 [1 favorite]

I'm up for it! I was surprised to see how many MeFi peeps are here in the backyard. :) Stay safe kids & we'll see you on the other side.
posted by yoga at 7:35 AM on September 11 [1 favorite]

I haven't been to one of these in a while. I support this idea.
posted by thivaia at 7:54 AM on September 11 [1 favorite]

Sounds fun. I'm in Cary so Raleigh or Durham work for me.
posted by freecellwizard at 9:19 AM on September 11

Like thivaia, I haven't been to one of these for awhile. I'm on board.
posted by msali at 9:22 AM on September 11

Yes, great idea, ardgedee. Probably when depends on just how bad things get. For the moment I am assuming that things will be mostly back to normal in the Triangle by the following weekend (22nd and 23rd) and we might all be ready for a little fun and games by then, but maybe people will still be dealing with power outages and whatnot.

Looking forward to seeing folks, and I hope we can corral some of the Triangle MeFites in the thread who maybe haven't been to a meetup in a while (or ever). We are pretty fun and chill and try pretty hard to be as welcoming as is comfortable to shy/reserved folks. It's totally fine to sit back and listen to everybody else gab, and I'm sure we will all have our share of storm stories by then. Please consider joining us!
posted by Rock Steady at 10:31 AM on September 11 [1 favorite]

Yes, please. I'm new to Durham and have been freaking out about this storm, so something to look forward to the following weekend would be amazing.
posted by basalganglia at 1:50 AM on September 12

I don't want to fix a date yet, since it's too early to know whether the Triangle will sail through this storm unscathed or have a week-long blackout to recover from. But we can talk venues. Where would you all like to meet up?
posted by ardgedee at 3:40 AM on September 12

I will be bringing hot sauce made with my first batch of Carolina Reaper peppers this year. Trying it is entirely voluntary.

Also, for those of you who have experience overwintering pepper plants, I have two Carolina Reaper cuttings to give away. If kept alive through the winter, they should give you an early start on Carolina Reapers next year. Super hot peppers tend to be slow starters - this site estimates 220 to 250 days between planting a seed and having a mature Carolina Reaper pepper, with up to 60 days being taken up from germination until ready to transplant outdoors. So the cuttings will let you experience the joys of Carolina Reaper peppers earlier next summer!
posted by research monkey at 5:27 AM on September 12

I'm in Durham, would love to join if the scheduling & location work. Would like to bring my SO if that's cool.
posted by jzb at 6:36 AM on September 12

Guests are always welcome!
posted by ardgedee at 6:45 AM on September 12

A side note about the mechanics of organizing a meetup: Most restaurants in the area (the ones that don't mandate reservations) will only accept reservations for a party of a dozen or more. So a big group can be easier to plan than a small group that requires people to coordinate arrivals and squat tables.

tl;dr: The more, the merrier.
posted by ardgedee at 7:06 AM on September 12

If folks are willing to brave downtown Raleigh, I'm dying to try the new Morgan Street Food Hall, which lends itself to peoples' idiosyncratic food preferences, as well as an amorphous number of people who may drop in or out.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:12 AM on September 12 [3 favorites]

Rock Steady, I was just hearing about that place on Monday. I would be willing to trek to Raleigh for the rolled ice cream! haha!
posted by leesh at 8:13 AM on September 12 [1 favorite]

Heh. I'm famously a rolled ice cream curmudgeon in my family, as we've been to Milk Lab in Cary a couple of times. Personally, I think it gets too ice-crystally, but I do admit the performative aspect of it is pretty fun.
posted by Rock Steady at 9:02 AM on September 12 [1 favorite]

I love the milk foam cap tea at Milk Lab! Sipping tea through the layer of creamy, salty milk foam is not to be missed. And they have the best boba of the bubble tea places I’ve tried in the area.
posted by research monkey at 10:05 AM on September 12

Now I think we should meet at Milk Lab.
posted by leesh at 10:19 AM on September 12 [1 favorite]

It's really all about the company... but I'd vote for Morgan Street, given my druthers.

(I'm only a Maybe because of the scheduling uncertainty. Am looking forward to seeing folks.)
posted by GrammarMoses at 3:09 PM on September 12

> Now I think we should meet at Milk Lab.

I would back this 100% except the space is pretty small.
posted by ardgedee at 4:39 PM on September 12

Morgan Street it is then!
posted by leesh at 5:31 PM on September 12

I would love to go but will need a ride. I have a bum leg and can't drive for another couple weeks.
posted by Stewriffic at 6:04 PM on September 12

I'm down for Morgan Street! Can we please do it on a Saturday or Sunday? I work until 8pm on weekdays. :(
posted by yoga at 11:29 AM on September 13

Where in Durham are you stewriffic?
posted by yoga at 11:30 AM on September 13

There's a boba tea place place at Morgan Street too! I have not been yet but would be excited to try it (hehe I am always about some boba). Milk Lab is great and I like Kung Fu Tea in Cary too.
posted by bubble tea time at 7:09 PM on September 13

looks like leesh could give me a ride, yay!!
posted by Stewriffic at 6:50 AM on September 14

No worries, I'll grab Stewie!!
posted by leesh at 6:50 AM on September 14

Um, jinx?
posted by Stewriffic at 11:26 AM on September 15 [1 favorite]

I never did make it to New Orleans like I was supposed to last weekend, so I could really use a pick me up. This weekend is great for me, and the Food Hall is open morning until late night, so whatever people think. From a traffic/parking/table-finding perspective, I feel like a late lunch on Saturday or Sunday would be best, but I'm flexible.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:22 AM on September 18

Aw! I am all in for a late lunch. Can do Saturday, not Sunday.
posted by leesh at 7:54 AM on September 18

Saturday afternoons have tended to be the easiest time for people to manage, so that sounds fine.

Now that the storm's passed and we're even getting (sporadic) sunshine again, what date works for everybody?
posted by ardgedee at 10:52 AM on September 18

I'm free the next couple of Saturdays (22nd and 29th). Out of town every weekend in October -- how did that happen?? -- but if October works better for more people, go for it.
posted by basalganglia at 5:39 PM on September 18

After being out of town on almost every weekend over the last two months, I finish my last trip this coming (the 22nd). Will be back for the weekend of the 29th and around up until the very last weekend of October.

Depending on schedules, I am happy to drive/carpool people from Carrboro/Chapel Hill.
posted by thivaia at 9:42 PM on September 18

The 29th is perfect for me as well. Y'all might finally get to meet my better half, now that she is not working weekends anymore!
posted by Rock Steady at 5:41 AM on September 19

And I am happy to drive folks up from the southern Wake County area, but depending on which of my non-MeFite family members join me, there might only be one free seat in the vehicle.
posted by Rock Steady at 5:44 AM on September 19

Both dates are fine for me; am hoping to bring spouse, but no guarantees.

Also, I too am available to transport folks. I'm in NW Raleigh.
posted by GrammarMoses at 6:43 AM on September 20

Should we lock in on Morgan Street on September 29?

If there are no requests otherwise, I'll make it official this evening.

What's a good time? I'm thinking either 1 PM or 2 PM.
posted by ardgedee at 5:50 AM on September 21

I'm in favor of 2 PM.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:01 AM on September 21

If nobody's against 2 PM, that's what we'll go with.
posted by ardgedee at 1:50 PM on September 21

Sounds good!
posted by leesh at 3:18 PM on September 21

I’ve got my littles next weekend, so I will probably take them to Marbles beforehand and then stop in and say hello. If anyone else wants to bring their smalls along, we can coordinate a side-trip.
posted by mfu at 10:13 AM on September 22 [1 favorite]

Huzzah! Leesh, do you have my number?
posted by Stewriffic at 10:57 AM on September 22

dammit, y'all. I have an event from 10-3 that day here in Winston. I promise I'm gonna try to come to one of these one day....
posted by bologna on wry at 10:52 AM on September 23

Hey, y'all -- Just in case you weren't aware, as I wasn't until this morning, there is a big-ass bluegrass music festival happening in downtown Raleigh this weekend.

Your 2018 day-by-day guide to Wide Open Bluegrass

Parking spaces may be a bit harder to come by than usual.
posted by GrammarMoses at 6:21 AM on September 28

I am out of town this weekend - so sorry to miss you all!
posted by something something at 6:57 AM on September 28

Your best bets for parking are going to be at the brand spanking new garage at The Dillon (one block away), the Raleigh Municipal Deck (two blocks), the Wake County Parking Deck (four blocks or so), or the 510 Glenwood Parking Deck (six blocks). If you really don't want to drive into downtown Raleigh, let me know and I can help you find a convenient place to park on the outskirts and Uber (or carpool) in from.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:48 AM on September 28 [1 favorite]

Hoping that my handicap parking placard will allow Leesh and me to find a good spot nearby.
posted by Stewriffic at 9:53 AM on September 29 [1 favorite]

Hey, is this outside seating?
posted by Stewriffic at 10:19 AM on September 29

I’m sure it will. There is a good amount of street parking in the area, so you should be able to find a handicapped spot.
posted by Rock Steady at 10:19 AM on September 29

No, there is indoor seating.
posted by Rock Steady at 10:20 AM on September 29

Street parking is bad. There are $5 lots on West Morgan, immediately to the east of the food hall.
posted by ardgedee at 10:58 AM on September 29

Has anybody staked a table yet?
posted by ardgedee at 11:05 AM on September 29

We’re grabbing circular tables in the area next to Wicked Taco.

I’m wearing a (kinda Mefi-)blue Subaru teeshirt under a blue and white plaid overshirt.
posted by ardgedee at 11:12 AM on September 29

I’m here and in line at Wicked Taco; lots of available seating overs here.
posted by GrammarMoses at 11:18 AM on September 29

There’s a bunch of us getting Boba. Be right there!
posted by Rock Steady at 11:27 AM on September 29 [1 favorite]

That was fun!!! Good to see y'all.
posted by Stewriffic at 3:23 PM on September 29 [2 favorites]

posted by leesh at 6:55 PM on September 29 [1 favorite]

Great time. Fun adventure. It's always nice to meet more MeFites in person.
posted by GrammarMoses at 8:44 AM on September 30 [1 favorite]

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