MeFiChi July Meetup
posted June 24, 2010 3:07 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Wed July 7 at 6:00 PM, Billy Goat
430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, USA (Map & Directions)
It's the July Cabal* meetup. There will be tiny beers. What more needs to be said?
posted by lholladay to Meetup (85 comments total)

Quand j’ai couru chanter ma p’tit’ chanson pour Marinette
La belle, la trâitresse était allée à l’opéra.
Avec ma p’tit’ chanson, j’avais l’air d’un con, ma mère.
Avec ma p’tit’ chanson, j’avais l’air d’un con.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:52 AM on June 25, 2010

Huh. I'm uncomfortable. This page is just so.....white.
posted by Windigo at 6:59 AM on June 25, 2010 [2 favorites]

It feels wrong to not have to scroll past 500 comments.
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:16 AM on June 25, 2010 [2 favorites]

Three! Three concurrent MeFiChi threads! Ah ah ah!
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:35 AM on June 25, 2010 [1 favorite]

I didn't realize until now that I actually have a race that evening, so I'll either be leaving the meetup early or arriving quite late.
posted by Iridic at 3:03 PM on June 25, 2010

What sort of race? I have such a hard time picturing you lycra'd out.

Donut eating?
Who can prepare and fry churros the fastest?

Or, you know, something normal like running.

PS I am at Xoco which always me of Metafilter now

PPS Someday am I gonna have to post an apology in Metatalk where I say I'm taking a break because I've been posting drunk in too many MefiChi threads?


PPPPS Does like two beers count?

PPPPPS Probably, if you weigh 100 pounds and have a seven mile ride ahead of you
posted by Juliet Banana at 3:36 PM on June 25, 2010

PS equals "always reminds me"

posted by Juliet Banana at 3:37 PM on June 25, 2010

Does anyone else remember the Star Wars Insider magazine articles by Anthony Daniels where he turned out to be incredibly funny in an incredibly British way and he always ended the article with eighty billion postpostpostpostscripts?

The sad thing is it might have been Star Wars Collector magazine, because I might have had subscriptions to both.

(thanks god she was born a girl, because there's no way she'd be having this much sex otherwise)
posted by Juliet Banana at 3:41 PM on June 25, 2010

SpiffyRob: "Three! Three concurrent MeFiChi threads! Ah ah ah!"

A la peanut butter sandwiches! Oh wait, that's Mumford...

posted by IndigoRain at 12:28 AM on June 26, 2010

Just plain old running. The race will be a 5k through the verdant hills of Lincoln Park.

(And Lycra? Never. I started running in cotton and polyester, and by god, I'll die running in cotton and polyester.)
posted by Iridic at 8:14 AM on June 26, 2010

holy jesus, it's bright in here!
posted by lee at 4:42 AM on June 28, 2010

"Note: You're going to see these people in real life."

Well said.
posted by LSK at 7:45 PM on June 28, 2010

I actually feel less inhibited knowing that most of these people have already met me in real life, and thus know that me stumbling around slurring out jokes about their moms is my default state.
posted by Juliet Banana at 9:01 PM on June 28, 2010

That double-I is weird. It should be MefIRL, or Mefirl, or something.

At least it has this nice professional background.
posted by tzikeh at 12:28 AM on June 29, 2010

I wish I could be there. I was wondering, however, if any MeFites in attendance would be willing to pick up a couple of size L Billy Goat shirts to mail to me in Cleveland. The one I have recently met a horrific ketchupy and mustardy end. Please MeMail me if you're down!
posted by sciurus at 10:15 AM on June 29, 2010

by god, I'll die running in cotton and polyester

Not quite how I would choose to go.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:57 PM on June 29, 2010

I hate IRL. I totally didn't know this thread was happening.
posted by eamondaly at 7:33 AM on June 30, 2010

So is this one supposed to have 500 comments, too?
posted by shakespeherian at 1:08 PM on June 30, 2010

Are we supposed to stop posting meetup threads in MeTa?
posted by adamdschneider at 2:42 PM on June 30, 2010

Should we post comments to the two other Chicago Meetup threads, redirecting traffic here? has there been some kind of official ruling, or cut-off date, as to when meetup discussions can only take place on IRL?
posted by tzikeh at 3:19 PM on June 30, 2010

I think the last thing Matt said was that meetup proposals should still go in MeTa (at least for now), and then when a date and time and location are decided they move here.
posted by shakespeherian at 3:32 PM on June 30, 2010

OK, I've decided I'm going to come tomorrow. It'll be my first meetup. I assume there will be hazing. Be gentle.
posted by phunniemee at 3:34 PM on July 6, 2010

I'm definitely going to make it, which is not really a surprise likely because I am never home and will take any opportunity to do anything, especially if it involves booze.

Now I'm going to go make a bunch of Dark and Stormies with homemade ginger beer and this rad spiced rum I've never tried, THE KRAKEN. If I don't make it tomorrow, I fully expect you all to track down The Kraken and avenge me.
posted by Juliet Banana at 4:57 PM on July 6, 2010

I am reading China Mieville's new book called, coincidentally, Kraken.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:18 PM on July 6, 2010

Good news everyone! I've released the Kraken!

Even better news: I'll be there, like, crazy early tonight. Like 5:45 early. I really hope I can get one of the coveted "wedged against the wall" spots.

For anyone who hasn't been there before: When you walk in, go downstairs and take a left. As long as there's nobody in our spot, we'll be one table away from the corner. If you come early, it'll be 1 or 2 tables. If you come later, it'll be like 6 tables.

If we're not there, somebody will update the thread and say where we are. You can also look for the table full of nerds. I'll be the nerd in a green striped shirt and grey pants who needs a haircut.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:20 AM on July 7, 2010

Rob, is this one of those striped shirts you have that is actually checked or plaid?
posted by shakespeherian at 6:23 AM on July 7, 2010

I will most likely be my usual early self. I'll be the one in the cloak preparing the goat skull for tonight's ritual meetup-virgin sacrifice.
posted by evisceratordeath at 7:05 AM on July 7, 2010

Yeah, we'll be there early, as usual, as well. Probably already claiming the "wedged against the wall" spots. Though some times we cheat and set up a couple tables and sit right in the middle of them. I believe this is where I'm supposed to make a joke involving a baby, a corner, and nobody.
posted by Windigo at 7:15 AM on July 7, 2010

I get off megasuper early today (4:15, woo woo) so I suppose I'll be there early as well. For the noobs, you will be able to spot our table by my glowing aura of radiant beauty/hipster douchbagginess.

Since I have plenty of time after work to stroll down there and develop crushes on all the line cooks/give my number out to dudes waiting in line, does anyone want anything from Xoco?

1. Step one, peruse the menu.

2. Step two, pick something out (May I recommend today's special, the pork belly and bacon torta? Shit is pigfection. The milanesa torta is another classic).

3. Text me at 312-sevensevenfive-CAKE or email the address in my profile.

4. Collect your delicious torta from me at Billy Goat.

5. Pay me back; I prefer cash (there's an ATM in the Billy Goat and I have amounts of change in my purse that only a bank teller or stripper could have) but we might be able to work out some trade off in sexual favors. Send a photo and the results of a recent STI checkup with your order if you want to cut a deal.
posted by Juliet Banana at 8:01 AM on July 7, 2010

My shirt is undeniably striped this time. There will be no debating this.

And while I am tempted by the tainted torta, I just can't eat anything other than S+E and boorgers whilst at the Goat. I will probably steal bites from others' tortas, though.
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:13 AM on July 7, 2010

I will be third or fourth last to arrive as usual, and this as far away from the wall as humanly possible.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:15 AM on July 7, 2010

Argh, guys! I might have to bail. I have leave work early to go to the new house to meet a guy about hardwood floors, then I have to go to the apartment to meet a guy about a dripping faucet, then I have to show a girl our apartment and hope she wants to rent it. By then it will be probably 8:00 or so and I don't know if spending an hour getting back downtown will be worth it at that point.

Let the bird-flipping and public shaming commence.
posted by misskaz at 9:28 AM on July 7, 2010

I'd say there's a less than 10% chance of me being able to make it. I have a bunch of fires I need to put out. Have fun and do check out Blue Frog: I want to hear what that place is like on a Wednesday.
posted by eamondaly at 10:24 AM on July 7, 2010

Hey Juliet Banana - hate to rain on your parade, but I walked past Xoco when I was getting lunch just now, and it's closed today. The sign said the staff's in Mexico right now.
posted by evisceratordeath at 10:33 AM on July 7, 2010

posted by Juliet Banana at 10:46 AM on July 7, 2010

Oh man, I am picking up my copy of Kraken TODAY (god bless the CPL!).

I see drunky book club!
posted by bibliogrrl at 10:47 AM on July 7, 2010

Have fun and do check out Blue Frog: I want to hear what that place is like on a Wednesday.

Is that a joke?

I am picking up my copy of Kraken TODAY

I, uh, rented it from gigapedia. I'm about 1/4 of the way through and hooked. I'll buy the paperback when it comes out if it has the cool uneven edges like Perdido Street Station and the Scar. I hate hardbacks.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:49 AM on July 7, 2010

We haven't gone on a Wednesday yet, have we? Or did I miss it?
posted by eamondaly at 11:26 AM on July 7, 2010

The first time we went (to the real Blue Frog) was at a regular Goat meetup. We also went back there once without you, come to think of it. I was thinking the last time (to the fake one) was a regular meetup, too, because we went from the Goat, but that was post-Giordano's.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:30 AM on July 7, 2010

I mean the fake one: the DJ said it's dead on Wednesdays and we'd pretty much have the place to ourselves.
posted by eamondaly at 12:16 PM on July 7, 2010

We've been to the original at least twice. I know that because the first time I made the mistake of drinking pint-glass screwdrivers 'cause they were so cheap, and I was so traumatized as a result I drank nothing but water and Shirley Temples the second time. I seem to recall a third, but that might've been with other people.
posted by eamondaly at 12:19 PM on July 7, 2010

Frankly, they're all starting to run together at this point.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:27 PM on July 7, 2010

Like a pack of wolves.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:59 PM on July 7, 2010

...that have been dyed, poorly.
posted by Windigo at 1:06 PM on July 7, 2010

"Poorly Dyed Wolves" is my "Spiffy and the Space Whales" cover band.
posted by lholladay at 1:07 PM on July 7, 2010

posted by SpiffyRob at 1:41 PM on July 7, 2010

Dammit you guys, I'm so bummed I'm missing this! I even have my company summer outing tomorrow which means I could stay up late and not worry about being functional at work the next day. But I'm All The Way Up North now and will have to remain so for several more hours. Sigh.
posted by misskaz at 2:18 PM on July 7, 2010

The perils of home ownership.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:21 PM on July 7, 2010

kaz, can we come by your new house drunk and rowdy roundabouts 10pm? We'll sing songs and make home improvements!
posted by lholladay at 2:24 PM on July 7, 2010

Ha, that would be great. It'd be like a ribald elves and the shoemaker.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:31 PM on July 7, 2010

Well, we're not moved in yet, so there is no furniture to sit on or a stereo to play music or anything other than a couple folding chairs and tools. There is beer in the fridge, though (we have our priorities). We do have one room left to paint... hmmm.... Anyone for "Woodlawn Promised Land" (i.e., green) paint all over their clothes?
posted by misskaz at 2:32 PM on July 7, 2010


I've been at the vet with my cat, and the vet said I need to watch her tonight for any signs of reactions to the vaccinations she got.


I'm going to be the Invisible Member of The Chicago Cabal That Doesn't Exist.

I'm The Goat Godot, you guys.
posted by tzikeh at 2:40 PM on July 7, 2010

Waiting for Goat, d'oh.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:00 PM on July 7, 2010 [1 favorite]

My Spiffy takes the Purple Train
He rides to Belmont Ave and then
He takes a Red one to the den
Of goats and tiny be-ers!
posted by SpiffyRob at 3:30 PM on July 7, 2010

Train is 8 minutes overdue and shows no signs of getting here.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:53 PM on July 7, 2010

I'm off to the races. Have fun, guys; I hope to see you all later!
posted by Iridic at 4:04 PM on July 7, 2010

I came, I saw, I conquered. Thanks to eamon for calling me and convincing me to get down there. Bad Romance and PYT (Pretty Young Thing) were totally worth it.
posted by misskaz at 12:31 AM on July 8, 2010

Fierce karaoke, everyone. You made me proud.

Also our table at the Goat was really something. It seems like each meetup is more epic than the last.
posted by evisceratordeath at 7:12 AM on July 8, 2010

posted by eamondaly at 8:47 AM on July 8, 2010

I like how my Twitter front page is basically all complaints about being hungover right now. Or maybe that's just me and Adam. We're voluble whiners, though.
posted by Juliet Banana at 8:56 AM on July 8, 2010

I wasn't whining, I was merely engaging in self-observation. My hangover has cleared up, and in fact I feel better now than I did yesterday. Drinking is the fountain of youth.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:06 AM on July 8, 2010

Well, bully for you, Skippy McGee. I still feel like shit but I am not sure how much of it is the booze and how much of it is the day of corporate training I'm stuck in.
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:10 AM on July 8, 2010

Not that I have any, but can you post pictures to IRL threads? I don't see that option. Do any of y'all on the attending list see an option to post pictures?
posted by eamondaly at 11:36 AM on July 8, 2010

I see no such option. Must be on the way.
posted by lholladay at 11:39 AM on July 8, 2010

I am still in my pjs. Not HUNGOVER hungover - but spaced.

I do not want to go to work tonight. I demand more karaoke.
posted by bibliogrrl at 12:12 PM on July 8, 2010

Ooh, that reminds me. Time to post that AskMe about the eamonalike on the Goat's wall.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:29 PM on July 8, 2010

And time for me to buy Player's Handbook 4th Edition!
posted by lholladay at 12:47 PM on July 8, 2010

Oh yeah I'm pretty sure I enthusiastically insisted on playing Dungeons and Dragons with you guys. So...let's do that?
posted by evisceratordeath at 1:33 PM on July 8, 2010

I'd play Risk.
posted by Windigo at 1:47 PM on July 8, 2010

There's more to life than Risk! Yeah, there were a few people who expressed some interest. I haven't forgotten who you were.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:52 PM on July 8, 2010

posted by Windigo at 3:35 PM on July 8, 2010

Holy crap, folks. I think we have a winner.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:26 AM on July 9, 2010

Wow. Aninom also identified the 1950s general manager of the Great Eastern Life Assurance Company, again from a single photo. Time traveler?
posted by Iridic at 8:00 AM on July 9, 2010

If he is, you'd think we'd know each other. Small community.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:47 AM on July 9, 2010

Can D&D n00bs participate? Because I have always thought that D&D would be a thing that I would very much like, but have never had a chance to try.

posted by SpiffyRob at 11:45 AM on July 9, 2010

If n00bs can in fact participate, I'd also like to give it a try.
posted by Iridic at 1:27 PM on July 9, 2010

I'm in (and Bo is too). We can also offer up our new house as the gathering place, although I'm not sure how convenient it is for everyone.

Who's gonna be the DM? That's always the challenge because it's a real time commitment.
posted by misskaz at 1:51 PM on July 9, 2010

I believe Mr. Schneider has volunteered to lead us on our adventure into the mysterious land of Athas. Although I'd be willing to learn the new rules and act as an assistant, if necessary.
posted by lholladay at 2:59 PM on July 9, 2010

We interrupt your party-planning to bring you this important bulletin: OUTRAGEFILTER
posted by eamondaly at 3:01 PM on July 9, 2010

*chugs tiny beer, flips table*
posted by evisceratordeath at 3:13 PM on July 9, 2010

I have, in fact, volunteered to DM. The most people I have ever DM'd at once before is three; this will be an adventure. We will be playing Dark Sun, the greatest campaign setting of all time. I cannot even tell you how pissed I am that San Francisco, ffs, beat us. This is a wakeup call to step it up and bring our A game next season.
posted by adamdschneider at 4:27 PM on July 9, 2010

1. Bo and I only have books for and have only ever played 3.5 edition (Forgotten Realms). Is that ok? I missed the discussion about what edition y'all were planning to use.

2. That meetup data was only through December of 2007 and I think we've totally stepped up our game since then already. Not that we couldn't do more...
posted by misskaz at 5:23 PM on July 9, 2010

It'll be 4th. We should have a couple hard copies of the relevant books, and I have PDFs of like everything. It's simpler than 3.5 by a country mile, so you shouldn't find it hard to adapt.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:23 PM on July 9, 2010

That guy's whole channel is incredible!
posted by adamdschneider at 7:27 AM on July 10, 2010

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