Seattle! I am coming to visit!
posted April 1, 2011 6:27 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat April 9 at 8:00 PM, Shorty's
2222 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA, USA (Map & Directions)
I'll be in Seattle the weekend of April 8-10, and I'd love to see you all. Yes, all of you. Saturday evening works best for me - 7:30? 8 pm? But I leave it to more experienced Seattleites to choose a venue. mrzarquon will be in town as well, so you get two for the price of one! Site confirmed: Shorty's it is! Thanks, Jawn - one of us will search you out to let you know we're there.
posted by rtha to Meetup (136 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

uncertain but not implausible, I have been a busy beaver here of late. Are you traveling together, and where will you be staying if so?

I think this may be opening weekend for the beisbol here, also. But I am an ignoramus about such (dates, that is). I will review and advise.

The Pinball Museum in the ID is walking distance to Safeco, and the opening stand is supposed to in some way involve fundraising for Japan. It has been my intent to attend a game for this reason, but my plans remain fluid.
posted by mwhybark at 9:03 PM on April 1, 2011

We're coming up separately, but are both staying at the Renaissance (5th and Madison).
posted by rtha at 9:39 PM on April 1, 2011

Yay! Not sure if I can make it Saturday night, but glad you are here!
posted by grouse at 1:12 AM on April 2, 2011

I think I will see about making this one! Thankfully, it is not the same weekend as WordCamp Seattle (which I am confirmed for) so it is quite a possibility!
posted by mephron at 1:32 AM on April 2, 2011

You know I'm there.

Last time we went to Bill's. But if pinball is on the cards, Shorty's is the obvious answer to continue the theme.
posted by Errant at 4:57 AM on April 2, 2011

I'll try to go as long as it's busable. That's the curse of being back on the east side.

(I miss living on First Hill...)
posted by gc at 7:35 AM on April 2, 2011

My record on these lately is appauling, so I won't make any time/venue suggestions, but I am vaguely in support!
posted by Artw at 8:00 AM on April 2, 2011

I'm also tentatively in. What kind of thing are you/we looking to do? Is pinball the Seattle meetups' thing now?
posted by librarina at 9:32 AM on April 2, 2011

I almost certainly suck at pinball, since I never did play much back in the day, and that day is now a zillion years in the past. Pinball or just hanging out at a bar or some combination thereof, I'm good either way.
posted by rtha at 10:21 AM on April 2, 2011

Shorty's won't be able to handle our group on a Saturday night unless we manage to reserve the back room, and that's probably not going to happen. Plus Shorty's smells funny, and I say that as a smoker. And as a Belltown resident I suggest avoiding Belltown bars on weekend evenings because they tend to be full of the popped collar bridge and tunnel crowd.

However, it is within walking distance of rtha and mrz's hotel.

My votes go to:

Stumbling Monk. (Really good beer.)
Bill's off Broadway. (Cheap, handles a crowd, decent beer.)
Elysian. (Also handles a crowd, good beer.)

All three of these are up on the hill.

But as long as it's near downtown/capitol hill I don't really care where it is as long as it can handle a crowd and we're not divided into separate booths.
posted by loquacious at 2:35 PM on April 2, 2011

Also, I may be hosting an afterparty at my place if there's people into it.
posted by loquacious at 2:42 PM on April 2, 2011

You guys want the back room at Shorty's? No problem. It's not exclusive, but if you get there early and grab the tables you need they're all yours. I normally open at 8 back there but would be happy to open a little early if there's a decent number of folks showing up.
posted by Jawn at 4:26 PM on April 2, 2011 [1 favorite]

Wow, for reals? What say you, mefites of Seattle?
posted by rtha at 6:48 PM on April 2, 2011

I personally have no complaints or objections to Shorty's with that kind of personal invite. It's really close to my place and there's good bus access for those coming into the area from outside of downtown and/or Capitol Hill.

Besides Errant and maybe y2karl I'm not sure who else is actually up on them thar hills.

Hey Jawn? Do you have the ability to turn down the music just in the back room? One thing that we've had a problem with at (many/most) previous meetups is music being way too loud to have a conversation. Some people who may be showing up have difficulty hearing when there's too much background noise, and others are uncomfortable with shouting to converse, so they don't.

And we tend to be loud enough just talking that we don't need even more noise to try to shout around.
posted by loquacious at 7:15 PM on April 2, 2011

I'm still a maybe-maybe based on baseball, but Shorty's sounds awesome, I'm always up to see what in God's name has happened to Belltown since I was last there. Now that the Croc's open again there might even be music later.

So, what is that? An invite and three expressions of interest, one insubstantial as kleenex. Do we have a quorum under MeFite rules of disorder?
posted by mwhybark at 7:38 PM on April 2, 2011

Oh, I'm there. So, so very there.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 7:40 PM on April 2, 2011

oh, and I mentioned the Pinball Museum upthread not because of a silverball clause in the clickthrough TOS but because I'm looking for an excuse to spend a Saturday afternoon there and the game was on my list of maybes for the day. I kinda lean to Sunday for the game because that'll be a day game, less freezing in the stands likely.
posted by mwhybark at 7:42 PM on April 2, 2011

It's been a long time since I met a spermatologist in the back room at Shorty's.
posted by mwhybark at 7:43 PM on April 2, 2011

rtha it would be great to see you again ... and yes, I'm up for a meet up.
posted by Relay at 8:31 PM on April 2, 2011

Either night works ok for me, and I'll definitely be there, but I'll be in work crunch so not sure when I'll be able to get away. I'm totally in though.
posted by Errant at 10:14 PM on April 2, 2011

I am up thar on them hills! And I'm late to thread but game for anything! Of course I would prefer cap hill (I live quite literally 1.5 blocks from the Stumbling Monk) but I also have a bus pass and am fine with traveling.
posted by kthxbi at 10:48 PM on April 2, 2011

I have control over all the music aside from the jukebox. It's set on an annoyingly loud volume that gets limited after 5 seconds or so, bringing it down to a semi-tolerable level (the main problem being that it's full of somewhat obscure jazzy stuff and some Johnny Cash, so all that ever gets played is the same half dozen songs by Johnny Cash). In the past when I haven't wanted to deal with it I've called it 'broken' and taped over the bill and coin collectors. It could very well 'break' over the weekend if noise is an issue.

And a super secret heads up. There very well may be new seating back there by next weekend.. We're going to transition from one awesome large booth and a couple undersized tables to three booths along the South wall. It doesn't sound like the overall number of seats will increase, but it will be more better. If they're the booths I think they're going to be a large party split across the three will work rather well, there's plenty of room to talk over the booths, and they'll fit a larger number of people in a more confined space. Delays are always a possibility, but all signs point to the change happening this week.

And I'd highly recommend visiting the Pinball Museum earlier in the day. They've got the largest public collection of pins in town and a great selection of older games you don't see many other places. I think the current price is seven bucks for free play pinball as long as you like, the best deal in town as far as I'm concerned.

And now that I see there's talk of Sunday. I'll be working that night as well, and you'd probably have the room all to yourselves then, it's generally pretty quiet. If you are looking to avoid the weekend fools in Belltown Sunday might be a good choice (though of all the spots in Belltown, the Trophy Room is probably the most insulated from drunken idiots, I have little patience for fools).
posted by Jawn at 4:33 AM on April 3, 2011

I am sad that I'm missing this meet up. Y'all show rtha a good time and send her home in one piece, okay?
posted by gingerbeer at 11:03 AM on April 3, 2011 [1 favorite]

We'll definitely miss you, gingerbeer! I guess we'll have to send her home full of enough good times for both of you!
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 2:39 PM on April 3, 2011

I'm leaning vaguely toward trying to make the drive over from Spokane for this meetup. Finding a cheap hotel with easy access will be paramount, as I'm less made of money right now than ever before in my life. But it'd be groovy to meet all you crazy west-siders, plus rtha and mrzarquon.

Anyway... leaning... vaguely....
posted by hippybear at 3:36 PM on April 3, 2011 [1 favorite]

Oh hippybear, do! Please do! The Green Tortoise is mere blocks from Shorty's, and it's supposed to be a really fun place to stay.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 3:52 PM on April 3, 2011

hippybear, come on out. We're harmless mostly harmless.
posted by Errant at 12:51 PM on April 4, 2011

City Hostel is one block away from the bar. Not sure if you could stay there as a state resident so you should talk to them first, but it's as cheap as you'll find anywhere in town.
posted by Jawn at 2:50 PM on April 4, 2011

I'll be driving a van from San Francisco. If anyone wants a ride, memail me.
posted by ryanrs at 7:35 PM on April 4, 2011

I'm in, if that helps with your decision-making.
posted by dw at 8:09 PM on April 4, 2011

Oh man, I would love to go to this. Alas, I cannot.
posted by aubilenon at 11:29 PM on April 4, 2011

Hmm. I might actually get to go to this one.
posted by litlnemo at 4:53 AM on April 5, 2011

Hopefully I'll be there with librarina if the critters let us leave the house.

artw, if you make it, I'll bring you some goat ham that you can traumatize your daughter with.
posted by stet at 11:31 AM on April 5, 2011

Oh god... is it Orange, or Blue?
posted by Artw at 11:34 AM on April 5, 2011

Orange, I'm afraid.

L. brought home a dairy goat with an eight-week-old baby girl over the weekend so we've got an even cuter goat that should be with us for much longer than Orange and Blue.
posted by stet at 12:29 PM on April 5, 2011

So did we ever decide between Sat or Sun?
posted by kthxbi at 4:32 PM on April 5, 2011

Poor Orange. If I ever have to explain this I shall do it via the medium of minecraft pigs.
posted by Artw at 4:35 PM on April 5, 2011

I'm a maybe. I'm recovering from pneumonia and it's taking a lot out of me, but I'd love to be there.
posted by KathrynT at 4:36 PM on April 5, 2011

kthxbi: "So did we ever decide between Sat or Sun?"

Saturday at 8, scroll up to the top of the page in IRL and you can see rtha nailed it down.
posted by mwhybark at 5:38 PM on April 5, 2011

Artw, wanna ride?
posted by mwhybark at 5:39 PM on April 5, 2011

Maybe, if I'm coming. Will have to confirm. I assume you have reinforced your car with armour plating for the trip through riot-torn Greenwood?
posted by Artw at 5:41 PM on April 5, 2011

I was counting on you coming through with that special 2000AD retrofit plating; did that come in OK? Should I come by early so we can jack the car up and bolt stuff on to it?

I mean, face it, we're never going to Burning Man. MeFi meetups are as good as it's ever gonna get.
posted by mwhybark at 5:44 PM on April 5, 2011

Perhaps I'll even vacuum the car!
posted by mwhybark at 5:45 PM on April 5, 2011

Greenwood, it's like the Detroit of Robocop, only worse, so basically like Detroit... Don;t go there, MeFites! You'll die!
posted by Artw at 5:49 PM on April 5, 2011

I really, really wish you'd told me that before I gave you a ride home. Now I'm stuck with this goddamn gun in my thigh.
posted by Errant at 5:53 PM on April 5, 2011

And that was just Phinney Ridge!
posted by Artw at 5:54 PM on April 5, 2011

I am glad I checked upcoming meetups! rtha and mrzarquon!
posted by R343L at 10:52 PM on April 5, 2011

That seems a little too much like "Ladder flies through Metro bus full of Greenwood residents; nothing of value was lost."
posted by grouse at 10:05 AM on April 6, 2011

Greenwood - basically the LA riots, but 24/7, 52 weeks of the year.
posted by Artw at 11:10 AM on April 6, 2011

Okay, so, is all this talk about Greenwood just the same kind of spoofing like when people here talk about Spocompton and Spokaloo and stuff?

Because I laugh every time someone in Spokane tells me that they are afraid of certain neighborhoods at night. Like they're the equivalent of bad Chicago neighborhoods or something. And really, Spokane is one of the tamest places ever.
posted by hippybear at 12:05 PM on April 6, 2011

Absolutely not. Greenwood is terrifying. It's the murder capital of Greenwood.
posted by Errant at 3:28 PM on April 6, 2011 [1 favorite]

(The Greenwood stuff comes from a previous meet-up thread where a pub in Greenwood was discussed but dismissed as being in too dangerous a neighbourhood. I have been there many times and I *have not died*. )
posted by Artw at 4:10 PM on April 6, 2011

Have not died yet.
posted by grouse at 4:35 PM on April 6, 2011 [1 favorite]

Pretty sure that Gary's Games has a Pulp Fiction style back room where they kidnap the unwarey and make them play Warhammer with the gimp forever.
posted by Artw at 4:38 PM on April 6, 2011

I am sort of mostly confirmed, BTW.
posted by Artw at 4:39 PM on April 6, 2011

Just don't go to Greenwood between now and the meetup, Artw. Or, if you do, and you die, let us know so we can drop a dot in your honor.
posted by rtha at 4:59 PM on April 6, 2011

But Top Ten Toys is there! What if I need to score Lego?
posted by Artw at 5:20 PM on April 6, 2011

I'd love to say "I speed through Greenwood to get to Crown Hill/Phinney Ridge/Broadview," but it is pretty much impossible to do that most days with all that freakin' traffic.

NW 80th and NW 15th is honestly far worse than Greenwood. The liquor store is next to the plasma center. But it is easy to speed through there (so long as you don't run the stoplight -- it's photo enforced.)
posted by dw at 7:23 PM on April 6, 2011

Isn't there a strip joint near there too?
posted by Artw at 7:28 PM on April 6, 2011

The strip clubs are at 85th and 75th, so bookending the liquor store.
posted by dw at 7:41 PM on April 6, 2011

That's like the most awesome junction for hobos ever.
posted by Artw at 8:27 PM on April 6, 2011

Aren't y'all talking north Seattle? Nothing in north Seattle is dangerous except speeding or inattentive drivers.
posted by R343L at 9:20 PM on April 6, 2011

Ah, if only it were so R343L. The blocks of Greenwood currently under discussion has hosted murders, beatings, muggings and arson. Also karaoke and role-playing games.
posted by mwhybark at 10:37 PM on April 6, 2011

Until you've seen twelve cop cars, sirens blaring, outside your house in order to terrorize some drunk college kids, I don't want to hear about your "Seattle danger". Shit is real where I live. sometimes they play music very loudly.
posted by Errant at 2:39 AM on April 7, 2011 [1 favorite]

Okay, so, is all this talk about Greenwood just the same kind of spoofing

Yeah, Seattle's sketchy neighborhoods aren't all that bad. The joke being, Greenwood isn't even one of Seattle's sketchy neighborhoods. I mean, except for the nonstop murders and rioting.

posted by hattifattener at 5:50 PM on April 7, 2011

And all the arson was pretty much that one dude.
posted by Artw at 6:01 PM on April 7, 2011 [1 favorite]

God damn it, this is the second meet up in a row I'm going to miss due to a gig. If it seems to fit in with any one's plans afterward, my band is playing at this totally sweet little dive on Lake City Way and 90th or something, The Seven Seas (it's a Chinese Restaurant that has a speakeasy in the back, friggin' strong ass drinks). Two other bands, no cover, we go on around 9:30 (my band is called Bouefcake), I'm the goof ball with the green Jaguar.

Aside from plugging my show, I really did want to say I wish I could meet up with you guys.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 10:21 PM on April 7, 2011

I dunno... up past 90th... I hear it's got Kobolds, Owl Bears, Rust Beasts, Mimics, basically all the worst parts of the Monster Manual.
posted by Artw at 12:25 AM on April 8, 2011

Conversely, as a Hindu, I am required to go wherever a rakshasa may appear. The power of Gygax compels me.
posted by Errant at 3:02 AM on April 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

Well, I simply can't get the funds together to make it over to join y'all this time around. Sorry about that. I hope to get to one of your meetups someday, but I've got to get into better financial health before I can plan quickie weekends away that involve hours of driving and hotel and food and drink costs, especially with gas prices being what they are.

Sorry I won't be there, but eventually you all will have to deal with my physical presence. I promise.
posted by hippybear at 12:21 PM on April 8, 2011

I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully next time.
posted by Errant at 5:21 PM on April 8, 2011

Artw: "I dunno... up past 90th... I hear it's got Kobolds, Owl Bears, Rust Beasts, Mimics, basically all the worst parts of the Monster Manual."

no dude, that's Gary's Games, *duh*
posted by mwhybark at 5:27 PM on April 8, 2011

I'll give Gary's Games this - the comic store opposite the Fred Meyer is mildly more shifty.
posted by Artw at 5:31 PM on April 8, 2011

Damn, hippybear. Next time!
posted by rtha at 5:41 PM on April 8, 2011

I'm sure someone could put you up one of these days, hippy bear. You're not weird or anything are you?

Actually, as one of my more favoritist Mefites I would totally put you up sometime in the future, but my house currently doesn't have walls due to a remodel project and we are hosting every possible Bartfast-in-law on God's green earth. can I come stay with you?
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 7:36 PM on April 8, 2011

Oh man ... I've been considering going to what would be my first meet-up. This one would've been perfect but I have my daughter this weekend. Have fun everyone and I look forward to photos!
posted by bayani at 9:01 PM on April 8, 2011

Of course I'm weird. I passed the entrance exam for MetaFilter, didn't I?

I'm actually shockingly well house-broken, a very low-impact houseguest, and generally people seem to like having me around.

I appreciate the offer, Slarty Bartfast, and understand about having one's dwelling in transitional states.

rtha: we shall indeed meet one of these days. Thanks for the heads up about the weekend -- sorry I can't make it. Maybe I'll get down to your neck of the woods again someday.
posted by hippybear at 9:09 PM on April 8, 2011

Heads up everyone,
It appears that I've got another party coming in tomorrow at 7:30 (heard about it from the boss at around nine this evening) If I could get a headcount of those of you planning to attend tomorrow I can try to grab a couple tables before the other party comes in. Ideally some of you could come in around 7:30 and grab the space you think you'll need.

I'm sure that both parties and all my other Saturday business can get along, I'd just like to make sure you guys get seats first.
posted by Jawn at 11:32 PM on April 8, 2011

10 confirmed, seven maybes, let's say 12? I'm going to try to get there around six or six-thirty to help lock down tables.
posted by Errant at 10:11 AM on April 9, 2011

We can get there on the earlier side as well. If anyone wants my cell phone #, memail me.
posted by rtha at 11:47 AM on April 9, 2011

I'm out, sadly. My kid had what I thought was a medical emergency yesterday (severe abdominal pain and high fever! AAAAA! turned out to be constipation and a totally unrelated ear infection, thank god) and that took all my Fun Energy for the week. PROTIP: Don't get pneumonia.
posted by KathrynT at 2:24 PM on April 9, 2011

Alas, mes amis, I think I'm out. I've got a grant proposal deadline bearing down on me, and I haven't been able to make sufficient progress on it today. Drink a whole bunch of beer for me, okay?
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 4:22 PM on April 9, 2011

No spermatology? This is bullshit.

Maybe next time. Good luck with grants and kids, y'all.
posted by Errant at 5:16 PM on April 9, 2011

I'm out too. A friend is have one of those "the world is coming to the end and I'm so depressed" sort of days so I'm having him over to make dinner and chill. He needs me. Have a great time without me please! (Also, as Jawn to write you random things on the back of his business card in my honor).
posted by kthxbi at 5:18 PM on April 9, 2011

Librarina and I are also going to be lame. Early morning appointment with the livestock.
posted by stet at 7:30 PM on April 9, 2011

Ensconced in the back, join us.
posted by Errant at 7:31 PM on April 9, 2011

I have a conflicting thing to attend after all so I am not sure if I can make it to this one now. There is still a possibility that I might appear, though.
posted by litlnemo at 7:32 PM on April 9, 2011

I'll be right back, ran home for a sec.
posted by loquacious at 7:37 PM on April 9, 2011

Well, I'm here, we're at this little table and overwhelmed by iPhone developers.

So we may be moving after everyone gets here.
posted by dw at 7:42 PM on April 9, 2011

And we have been joined by the rtha, the gtha, and the ghothfathe killah.
posted by Errant at 7:49 PM on April 9, 2011 [2 favorites]

This is hilarious. Developers are trying to network with us.
posted by rtha at 7:55 PM on April 9, 2011

Anyone with mvc, strong clientside (jquery) or qa experience?
posted by Artw at 8:04 PM on April 9, 2011

I am outside, btw, waiting for someone to bring my ID - because I am a dumbass.
posted by Artw at 8:05 PM on April 9, 2011

Cops just cruised by - hide the nuclear secrets!
posted by Artw at 8:06 PM on April 9, 2011

Damn, I should have brought my goatse business cards.

Post an update if you move, I'll probably be joining you later.
posted by ryanrs at 8:11 PM on April 9, 2011

I just defended the perimeter.
posted by loquacious at 8:27 PM on April 9, 2011

posted by loquacious at 8:32 PM on April 9, 2011

I have no idea how iphone devs are so loud.
posted by loquacious at 9:03 PM on April 9, 2011

Okay, fuck it. I'm heading over. For sure, post an update if you move.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 9:16 PM on April 9, 2011

Heading out the door this second. If y'all are watching this thread, and you go somewhere, you guys, it'd be the awesomeness if you'd give me a call on my cell. The number is the standard Seattle area code, and then my user number plus 232,9422.

posted by palmcorder_yajna at 9:22 PM on April 9, 2011

We're here! I tried to call but your cipher was nonsense. Join us!
posted by Errant at 9:36 PM on April 9, 2011

Are you guys still there?
posted by R343L at 9:41 PM on April 9, 2011

We're still here!
posted by loquacious at 9:46 PM on April 9, 2011

Ok! Perhaps I'll head out. My other engagement is over
posted by R343L at 9:48 PM on April 9, 2011

We're way in the back past pinball to the right.
posted by loquacious at 9:49 PM on April 9, 2011

Done with my other stuff. I'm coming too! If you go anywhere else, please let me know (rtha has my mobile number).
posted by grouse at 10:14 PM on April 9, 2011

Ok, my phone is dying, but for reals, we're here, so come on by.
posted by Errant at 11:44 PM on April 9, 2011

I am home, after a fun time! Cheers all and apologies to any I didn't get to talk to.
posted by Artw at 11:46 PM on April 9, 2011

Also, at the moment, I am the only person at our table without glasses. Let that be your guide. Yes, I'm bragging.
posted by Errant at 11:49 PM on April 9, 2011

Well, that was fun! Thanks, guys! I'm looking forward to the next one.
posted by gc at 11:54 PM on April 9, 2011

Good to see you folks!
posted by grouse at 12:14 AM on April 10, 2011

hello, nice to see you all!
posted by mwhybark at 12:47 AM on April 10, 2011

I'm glad I decided to come after all! Yay meetups.
posted by hattifattener at 1:59 AM on April 10, 2011

So much fun! You are all brilliant and glorious!
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 2:39 AM on April 10, 2011

As is customary, I declare myself the winner of the last-person-to-leave-a-seattle-meetup award, a competition only I care about. However, in my munificent benevolence, I will share that honor with loquacious and palmcorder_vagina, on account of them leaving at the same time as me.
posted by Errant at 3:03 AM on April 10, 2011

I declare myself the winner of the last-person-to-leave-a-seattle-meetup award

Ahem, I was there till 3:30. I think that means I win! :)

And thanks to everyone who came out. It was great to meet many of you!
posted by Jawn at 4:13 AM on April 10, 2011 [1 favorite]

I know you're there, couch tornado. Finish your signup process.
posted by grouse at 10:59 AM on April 10, 2011

right, hats off to Jawn for his exemplary hostmanship!
posted by mwhybark at 7:24 PM on April 10, 2011

Aw, I should have gone. But I was watching a friend play music, and that was fun too. If the two locations had been closer together I would have gone to both! Maybe next time? (I dare you, meet on Beacon Hill.)
posted by litlnemo at 1:33 AM on April 11, 2011

I demand a GREENWOOD DEATH ZONE meetup!
posted by Artw at 11:23 AM on April 11, 2011

That was incredibly fun. I love Seattle mefites!
posted by rtha at 11:50 AM on April 11, 2011

*Is* there anywhere to meet on beacon hill? I'd love a good bar that's closer walking distance than Cap Hill.
posted by R343L at 4:06 PM on April 11, 2011

If you want a meetup in your own neighborhood, just organize one. No one else is likely to organize a Beacon Hill meetup; sorry.
posted by grouse at 4:10 PM on April 11, 2011

We shall meet on the peak of Mount Amazon!
posted by Artw at 4:12 PM on April 11, 2011

Although Art is jolking like an eggman on a milkrun, a MeFi thing at or near PacMed has great promise. That's less than two blocks from the intersection of the two longest roads in the world and said intersection (well, a block out or so) also boasts the wonders of Viet Wah and the Tamarind Tree.

Amazonians, get cracking. We'd love to tromp your 'hood.
posted by mwhybark at 4:50 PM on April 11, 2011

Two blocks and a fucking great ravine...
posted by Artw at 4:51 PM on April 11, 2011

There's a bridge! I realize, when crossing it on foot one is a totally easy target for ebay snipers, but it has sidewalks!
posted by mwhybark at 4:54 PM on April 11, 2011

Having crossed the Ballard bridge and the Aurora bridge I feel like I should get some kind of campaign medal each time I slog across one of the fuckers. Not advisable.
posted by Artw at 4:59 PM on April 11, 2011

fine. *you* can go down in the valley and back up and *I* will sit calmly and enjoy my Vietnamese coffee.

In all seriousness, that bridge has a *lot* less traffic than its' brethren, I think even less than the Ballard low bridge. But unless some Amazon person is inviting us to a Scotch tasting in Bezos' Gothic lair high above the Duwamish, there may be no need to work out the details.

Thus far, my notes indicate some sort of MeFi flash mob in the back room at Gary's Games.
posted by mwhybark at 5:26 PM on April 11, 2011

"*Is* there anywhere to meet on beacon hill?"

Not so much at the moment. I was sort of joking. Though we have both a pizza place and new pub scheduled to open in June or so. And rumor has it, an Indian restaurant opening around the same time. Things are looking up on the hill. Perhaps when the new pub opens a meetup would work.

I thought Amazon was mostly moved away from Beacon Hill.

Heck yeah, an International District meetup would be fun, too. Could take the train and not have to worry about parking.
posted by litlnemo at 5:57 PM on April 11, 2011

Amazon has in fact mostly moved out of PacMed. I moved out a few months ago and I think everyone is out now. SLU is honestly much better a location. I can meet people after work now! There's a german pub five tiny blocks away!
posted by R343L at 7:14 PM on April 11, 2011

Well since Beacon Hill (almost) my neighborhood, I'd be up for that too ... or even a Mini MeFi Meet Up for the, er, two (?) of us who live out here ... or maybe just beers or something.
posted by Relay at 8:18 PM on April 11, 2011

We're all "Greenwood is a no-go zone!" but (almost) none of us will venture near the U District anymore after dark.

But, anyway, I highly doubt any of you will go for a Maple Leaf/Northgate meetup, so I'll just have to keep going south, leaving my house and cars vulnerable to the recent crime wave. Three robberies in the past month! THREE!
posted by dw at 8:38 AM on April 12, 2011

Y'know, the idea about having a Tamarind Tree meetup's a pretty freaking good one. (Seven courses of meat, y'all!) (And lemongrass martinis for the veggie folk.)
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 10:27 AM on April 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

Heh. That can be my next tweet! gave me a neat summary of the nights conversation.
posted by Artw at 2:07 PM on April 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

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