posted August 26, 2011 4:37 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Wed September 7 at 6:00 PM, GOAT
430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, USA (Map & Directions)
Didn't see the monthly goat-up post. Figured I'd make it. I feel like Charlie from Charlie's Angels. Nobody ever sees me, but I'm running the cabal!
posted by tzikeh to Meetup (70 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Are you actually going to make it this time?
posted by Evilspork at 12:33 AM on August 27, 2011

Did you learn nothing? Never propose a goat-up, just make it so.
posted by SpiffyRob at 4:14 AM on August 27, 2011 [1 favorite]

You get three. Three goat-up postings without coming to a meetup. After that, we set traps for you around your house, tie you up, then haul your ass down under Michigan Ave, Ewok-style.

You're playing with fire here, tzikeh.
posted by phunniemee at 10:07 AM on August 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'll put a reminder on my calendar and on my phone.

posted by tzikeh at 12:39 PM on August 27, 2011

Wait, who's the smart angel? who's the pretty angel? and who's the ditsy one?

I want to be the rich client who thinks her house is haunted by my rich dead husband and one of you has to pretend to be a psychic to save me from what turns out to be my stepson gaslighting me.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:57 PM on August 27, 2011

"Once upon a time, there were three little MeFites who went to the Billy Goat Tavern..."

Wow, that reads a whole lot more like the beginning of a Grimm's Fairy Tale where all the MeFites get turned into CHEEZBORGERS than a parody of the opening credits of Charlie's Angels.
posted by tzikeh at 3:01 PM on August 27, 2011

I'll probably be able to make it, but later. We've got people visiting from out of town. (From Brazil! For our wedding!) They would not enjoy a Goat Up but they have little ones and will probably be back at their hotel early.
posted by hydrophonic at 7:18 AM on August 29, 2011

I mostly lurk, but I'm kind of curious about this GoatUp business (and have just left Hyde Park), so how can you all be recognized?
posted by besonders at 8:00 AM on August 29, 2011

We mostly know each other at this point. But, usually, we are seated to the left of the grill and generally the only large crowd of people there. You can search flickr for the metafilter tag, coupled with "chicago" or "billygoattavern" or "chicagocabal" or "tincc" and see some photos of us. Older meet-up threads also have photos.

Alternately, just ask for Eamon.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:10 AM on August 29, 2011

Besonders, we are invariably the group of rowdy nerds at several tables pushed together and piled high with many tiny beers, directly to the left when you walk in the door. You really can't miss us.
posted by booknerd at 8:16 AM on August 29, 2011

There is no Chicago cabal.
posted by eamondaly at 11:21 AM on August 29, 2011

Besonders, pretty much what crush and booknerd said, but if you see a glorious, planet-consuming beard, it'll be attached to eamondaly, and he's with us.
posted by BevosAngryGhost at 12:41 PM on August 29, 2011

besonders, I've never been to a GoatUp before either. We can be n00bs together!
posted by tzikeh at 1:26 PM on August 29, 2011

YES! MOAR NOOBS! Eamon's beard is getting hungry!
posted by phunniemee at 2:28 PM on August 29, 2011 [1 favorite]

"Excuse me, are you a friend of Matt Haughey?" is the usual opening gambit, if you're not sure. Or look for the table full of people with wearing glasses.
posted by hydrophonic at 2:41 PM on August 29, 2011

Since I don't wear glasses, I'll just be sitting there like this. Like they said...we're not hard to spot.
posted by phunniemee at 2:57 PM on August 29, 2011 [1 favorite]

Man, I hate it when I'm cruising through my Recent Activity and I catch a typo in one of my comments. That should be "the table full of the people with the wearing of the glasses."

Hoyvin glavin.
posted by hydrophonic at 3:07 PM on August 31, 2011

One week, people. Hope everyone's gearing up for some seriously fucking reasoned discourse.
posted by evisceratordeath at 5:13 PM on August 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

It'll look like this!

posted by Windigo at 6:27 PM on August 31, 2011

....and if Eamon has his way, it will later on in the evening look like this.
posted by Windigo at 6:29 PM on August 31, 2011

Be advised his beard has grown MUCH larger, as it contains the souls of all those Noobs whom asked about the Chicago Cabal.
posted by Windigo at 6:30 PM on August 31, 2011

A is for Eamon, because that's how it's pronounced.

B is for wow, there are actually a lot of people with B names! betty botter, booknerd, bibliogrrl, and baniak! But maybe "B is for BEARD" would be more appropriate, given all the beard talk we've had here so far.


D is for did you guys know that the alphabet has TWENTY SIX letters? That's a lot of letters!

E is for adamdschneider because I used the A on Eamon.

F is for forgetting that eriko also starts with an E (but then where would Adam go?)

G is for GOAAAT!

H is for hydrophonic! Remember that time he brought us plastic skulls just in time for Halloween? That was totally clutch!

I is for Iridic!

J is for JulietBanana! Even though we hardly ever see her anymore. (Don't leave us! I think there might still be a handful of people who haven't seen the Ninja Turtles picture!)

K is for Kaz!

L is for LMGM!

M is for MetaFilter. (Dur.)

N is for new people potentially coming to this goatup!

O is for onastick, crush-!

P is for huh...no ideas on this one. Weird.

Q is for a quick shoutout to everyone I've left out. Sorry, guys! I promise I love all of you just the same! I just have the world's shittest memory. (And I'm lazy!)

R is for SpiffyRob, because I'm saving the S.

S is for shakespeherian, even though he never comes to the meetups. Except that one time when we made Osama Bun Laden. We were just being silly...please come back, shakey! We won't make any hamburger effigies this time. (Unless you want to!)

T is for tiny beers!

U is for usernames that start with difficult letters. I, K, W, Y, Z: YOU ARE ALL SCRABBLE HEROES!

V is for BevosAngryGhost, evisceratordeath, and evilspork count for this one, right?

W is for Windigo!

X is for ...damnit!

Y is for youngergirl44!

Z is for Zaximus!
posted by phunniemee at 6:53 PM on August 31, 2011 [2 favorites]

(Why yes, I do have some time to kill while my laundry finishes up. Why do you ask?)
posted by phunniemee at 6:53 PM on August 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

He's really quite magnificent.
posted by Windigo at 7:12 PM on August 31, 2011

P could be Payne (although he's been scarce lately.) Or, you know, phunniemee.
posted by evisceratordeath at 7:28 PM on August 31, 2011

That's Joseph Ravens. Part of the Out of Site performance series.
posted by hydrophonic at 11:41 PM on August 31, 2011

Awwww, that's cool and everything....but there's a little part of me that is sad it's now no longer a mystery.
posted by Windigo at 4:44 AM on September 1, 2011

Z is also for Zomg Nolawforaski.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:23 AM on September 1, 2011 [2 favorites]

but there's a little part of me that is sad it's now no longer a mystery

Mitigating factor
posted by hydrophonic at 8:47 AM on September 1, 2011

I <3 MeFiChi SO MUCH. Seriously, you people are awesome. Thanks for the alphabet shoutout, phunniemee!

I also may have accidentally had a large beer with my lunch on my work-from-home day. I will not comment on whether my blood alcohol level is currently influencing the magnitude of my display of affection.
posted by misskaz at 2:10 PM on September 1, 2011

Stick with tiny beers. Much safer.
posted by hydrophonic at 10:18 PM on September 1, 2011 [1 favorite]

Windigo: "....and if Eamon has his way, it will later on in the evening look like this."

Except with less Cortex, I'm guessing.
posted by IndigoRain at 10:39 PM on September 4, 2011

Why would I want less cortex? MORE cortex! Damn those who speak of less!
posted by eamondaly at 1:44 PM on September 6, 2011

V is for Vergil and his pint-glass screwdrivers.

X is for the rating of the videos at the Bong.
posted by eamondaly at 1:46 PM on September 6, 2011

Like a Phoenix sinking into the ashes and turning into a dead, burnt-up bird, I am changing my yes to a no.
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:45 AM on September 7, 2011

I think I just pulled muscles in the back of my hands clenching my fists in anger about a work email. I need Tiny Beers, STAT.
posted by misskaz at 7:53 AM on September 7, 2011

I will actually make this one! I'm teaching a class at Loyola on Wednesday nights, so I can walk over after my office hour is done. See you a little after 8!
posted by me3dia at 8:29 AM on September 7, 2011

I'm now a "maybe"-- I have to drive from Evanston to downtown to home beforehand and there's a pretty good chance I'll be too burned out to go out again. I definitely won't be there before 8pm.
posted by eamondaly at 9:20 AM on September 7, 2011

I'm with misskaz. Having just been slapped around for doing something (I'm still not clear why I was being yelled at), I could very much use a Tiny Beer. Or five.

Can we not just start drinking at lunch?
posted by BevosAngryGhost at 10:46 AM on September 7, 2011

I'll be there not too long after 5.
posted by evisceratordeath at 11:04 AM on September 7, 2011

I'll be there at 5, as always.
posted by Windigo at 11:11 AM on September 7, 2011

I'll be there on the later side - 7 to 8, probably.
posted by Iridic at 12:21 PM on September 7, 2011

I have a feeling this will be a very GRAR-y-about-work meetup.
posted by misskaz at 12:47 PM on September 7, 2011

Wow -- I only hang out with you folks once a month every couple of months (at most) -- how can all of our "Work fucking sucks today" cycles be in sync?

I'd forgotten about this Meet-up until just now (thanks Google Calendar!) but hope to see you later.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:34 PM on September 7, 2011

Gooooooaaaaaat. Soon.
posted by BevosAngryGhost at 2:36 PM on September 7, 2011

Not this time, gentle folk. Too much stuff to do post-moving. Swimming in boxes!
posted by adamdschneider at 2:41 PM on September 7, 2011

I'm at the bar across the street because I couldn't stand to be at work for a minute longer. Will head over to the goat after this beer.
posted by misskaz at 2:42 PM on September 7, 2011

As I am hopefully to be grar-y about work, must tend to pre-interview prep tonight. I wish I could drink tiny beers, but I shouldn't.

Enjoy a tiny beer for me!
posted by readery at 2:55 PM on September 7, 2011

Well I was thinking I'm going to make it, but today we're just relaxing and enjoying being married today. It's the first day we've had to ourselves, and work (grar) starts tomorrow.
posted by hydrophonic at 3:15 PM on September 7, 2011 [1 favorite]

Those pictures are awesome. Congrats to you both.
Mawwidge! Tweasure your wuv.
posted by readery at 3:23 PM on September 7, 2011

Gimmie a Y!! Leaving the chiropractor and finding a Goat Bus to take me to tiny beers - YAY me3dia!
posted by youngergirl44 at 3:37 PM on September 7, 2011

Shakes is here. Shakes! Is! Here!
posted by misskaz at 4:29 PM on September 7, 2011

The party is moving... Upstairs, across the street, in the building, and down to the basement. Riverwalk Cafe?
posted by youngergirl44 at 6:05 PM on September 7, 2011

401 N Michigan - under Marilyn
posted by youngergirl44 at 6:06 PM on September 7, 2011

As always, 'twas a good goating. We had to get outta there cuz serious drinking was gonna start and I don't have the weekday fortitude some y'all have.
posted by Windigo at 7:08 PM on September 7, 2011

OMG awesome Goating. thanks, kaz!
posted by crush-onastick at 8:10 PM on September 7, 2011

posted by shakespeherian at 8:27 PM on September 7, 2011

Well, now I can cross "sing Godzilla by Blue Oyster Cult with Mary Mac" off my list.
posted by evisceratordeath at 6:59 AM on September 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

So, obviously, I didn't make the GoatUp. I did sincerely mean for this to be my first GoatUp.

I don't know why I'm sharing this with all-but-strangers, but yesterday I found a lump in my breast, and wasn't exactly up for socializing.

I've got an appointment with my OB-GYN in 40 minutes. I'll let you all know what's going on as soon as I know.

I hope to make the Pequod's meet-up.
posted by tzikeh at 11:19 AM on September 8, 2011

Vibes, tzikeh. Good on you for keeping an eye on your health, and we all hope it's nothing serious!
posted by eamondaly at 11:41 AM on September 8, 2011

Hugs, tzikeh. Hoping everything is all right.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:03 PM on September 8, 2011

Aw tzikeh hang in there. I had one of those a few months ago. Turned out to be a cyst, hoping yours will too.
posted by IndigoRain at 12:40 PM on September 8, 2011

Hope everything's ok and you make it to the next one, tzikeh.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:50 PM on September 8, 2011

Thanks, guys - just found out that my mammogram is the morning of the Pequod's meetup.

So, either I won't be there at all, or I'll be there DRINKING A WHOLE LOT IN CELEBRATION.

Let's hope for Door #2.
posted by tzikeh at 3:24 PM on September 8, 2011

Oh gosh, tzikeh, that really sucks. I hope everything turns out fine, and that we can all have celebratory Pequod's together. Fingers crossed for healthy boobies!
posted by phunniemee at 4:14 PM on September 8, 2011

Is that inappropriate? I have a really bad filter for these things. I do sincerely hope that everything's OK.
posted by phunniemee at 4:16 PM on September 8, 2011

phunniemee - not inappropriate at all; at least not for me. I'm all about humor when it comes to this kind of thing.
posted by tzikeh at 6:22 PM on September 8, 2011

I'm hoping for Door 2, Tzikeh. May we see you soon!
posted by Iridic at 8:16 AM on September 9, 2011

I'll hold out for Door #2, as well. Best wishes.
posted by crush-onastick at 10:08 AM on September 10, 2011

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