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posted October 30, 2011 7:55 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Fri November 11 at 6:00 PM, Bromo Seltzer Tower
362 W Lombard St, Baltimore, MD, USA (Map & Directions)
Potluck at the Bromo Seltzer Tower, including a tour by our gracious host sonascope. Leave a comment stating what you're bringing and what time you think you will arrive, so we know when to start the tour.
posted by postel's law to Meetup (92 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

The recent sonascope comment that got sidebarred WAS pretty awesome. I live in DC, but I work in Baltimore and I've been wondering why there are never any meetups any more.

If something comes of this, I'd like to try to make it. If it were, say, tomorrow, or next Tuesday, that'd be good too.

Is anybody here doing Occupy Baltimore?
posted by anotherpanacea at 4:42 AM on October 31, 2011

If the schedule's right, I can offer up a trip through the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, including the places (i.e. the top) where regular people aren't allowed to go. Downtown's not super-great for eating/coffee places, though Lexington Market is just up the street. I've not been to a meetup, so I'm not sure how they normally work.
posted by sonascope at 5:14 AM on October 31, 2011

Sure, I'd be interested in meeting some of you fine folks.
posted by spbmp at 5:46 AM on October 31, 2011

Depends on the time, but I'm game.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 6:48 AM on October 31, 2011

I'd try to make it if the time works. (Tomorrow, though, is out.)

For a place, Brewer's Art is always a good choice, at least on a weekday when it is less packed.
posted by advil at 7:03 AM on October 31, 2011

I would move mountains, or at least sizable rocks, to come up for a tour of the Bromo Seltzer Tower.
posted by EvaDestruction at 7:18 AM on October 31, 2011

That would be cool... and a trip to the top of the tower would make it doubly awesome.
posted by ShawnString at 7:20 AM on October 31, 2011

I too would vote for working around sonascope's schedule to maximize our chance at a tower tour. Not been to Brewer's Art, but I've heard good things. Midtown Yacht Club, Joe Squared, and the new Liam Flynn's Alehouse all seem to have good reputations for gatherings as well. South of the tower there are lots of places that cater to the med students and sports fans, but I don't know if they're any good. The other idea I had was meeting at Mr. Rain's Fun House atop AVAM.

Sonascope, what days/times work best for you?
posted by postel's law at 8:26 AM on October 31, 2011

Count me in for a meet-up.
posted by Dalton at 8:29 AM on October 31, 2011

Me too! One Vote for Liam Flynn's or the Windup
posted by FatRabbit at 8:35 AM on October 31, 2011

A vote for Liam's here. There is no food there, however. Midtown Yacht Club is currently closed for renovations. I'm definitely down to meet up. Baltimore has historically had low attendance at meet ups, but let us change that if we can.
posted by josher71 at 8:41 AM on October 31, 2011

I doubt I can make it during the week, being in NoVA and all, but I'll keep an eye on the thread in case it winds up being some time I can go.

(Is it just me, or have Meetups really slowed down since they got their own subsite? Do people know it's here?)
posted by JoanArkham at 8:50 AM on October 31, 2011

Depending on the time I would be interested in one.
posted by codacorolla at 9:02 AM on October 31, 2011

I'm interested, but dunno if my schedule will allow.
posted by jrishel at 9:33 AM on October 31, 2011

I'm down for whenever. I also vote for Liam Flynn's or Windup! But really I'll go anywhere.
posted by capnsue at 11:38 AM on October 31, 2011

I can make it on a weekend.
posted by azarbayejani at 9:13 PM on October 31, 2011

So, this could be Tower Tour (earlier? how long would that take?) plus Meetup nearby?

Sonascope, it would help immensely if you suggested some dates/times that work for you. Then we can pin down a place for food.

I would love for this to happen in the next few days while I still have access to a car!
posted by zennie at 6:54 AM on November 1, 2011

Another option nearer to the tower is alewife, which is a pretty great bar. (Not the least iffy neighborhood though.)
posted by advil at 8:56 AM on November 1, 2011

Alewife is pretty expensive, however.
posted by josher71 at 8:56 AM on November 1, 2011

I'd be interested if my schedule will permit. sonascope, what are some times that work for you? Your proposed Bromo Seltzer tour sounds awesome.
posted by cheapskatebay at 1:36 PM on November 1, 2011

have just MeMailed Sonascope to egg him on to post about times. Very exited about this! Too excited maybe?
posted by FatRabbit at 12:51 PM on November 3, 2011

Sorry, I misunderstood how this worked and thought I'd get the little envelope thingie to show me that there was back-and-forth going on (I'm sort of a mefi ignoramus, alas). I've got to hit my work calendar to figure out what my times are, so I'll check in tomorrow when I get in there.

posted by sonascope at 8:28 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]

Arrgh, sorry, meant to get back here when I got in today, but as I was getting off my train, I was horrified to find that I'd made the front page of the Sun, which turns my nice low key open house/evening artist's reception at the Tower into a giant public event for which I'm completely understaffed. Gah. I've got to be the only person in the arts universe that is completely freaked by publicity.

Just for everyone's interest, speaking of hypocrisy, here's a video of the installation we're doing at Bromo, for which I'm in my usual role as wet nurse to creativity:

The Citypaper piece on it is here:

Wanted to do rear projection in the clock faces from the first time I set foot in the clock room, and was lucky enough to find an artist who got the vibe. In the times when I think maybe I should have stayed at the American Visionary Art Museum, I just need to remind myself of some of these things, and the things I've got planned for the future, if I can find the right artists.

As far as times are concerned, I am pretty much zonked with home/work/chaos/despair for today and tomorrow. I have to come in to reset the clock off daylight saving time on Sunday, and then I'm off Monday. I commute by MARC train, so my train turns into a pumpkin after 6PM on weekdays, but I can drive/ride to work if I'm staying later. It might be fun to do an evening while the projections are running, which turns the framework of the clock room into this amazing steampunk kaleidoscope wonderland, like maybe Friday.

Evenings on 11/10 & 11/11 would work, I can pretty much do any daytime on 11/12 or 11/13 (I'm booked the evening of 11/12, I think). The following weekend I'm off to my ancestral homeland and will not return until the 28th.

That's a jumping-off point, I hope.

Thanks for your patience, everyone.

posted by sonascope at 12:41 PM on November 4, 2011

Argh, I just lost the comment I had typed up. Here I go again...

Good luck sonascope. I'll be sure to check out the skyline tomorrow night.

It sounds to me like next Friday (11/111) evening works the best for a tower tour with projections. Any objections? Does 6pm work, or should we make it later?

As far as the after-tour, I see 3 votes for Liam's. Alewife is appealing to me since it's within walking distance of the tower and offers food, but as mentioned above it is on the high side. Should we just make it Liam's, or do we want to try and find a place with food?

One more question, not having done one of these before: is there a protocol to follow (other than getting sonascope's signoff and trying to achieve some consensus in here) before I switch it to a definite event?
posted by postel's law at 3:08 PM on November 4, 2011

Wow, good luck sonascope.

postel's law, that's about all there is to the protocol. For me, I'd prefer some kind of food, but not a deal breaker. Does Liam's allow you to bring/order in food?
posted by zennie at 8:35 PM on November 4, 2011

You know, something I hadn't considered yet, but might also work, is doing a sort of potluck/pizza party/Young Pioneers church social/BYOB thing at the tower itself. I've got a set of folding tables and about twenty-five chairs and we could take over the 15th floor and have a nice little do up there. I think it's probably more complex than picking an existing place, but maybe we could have the next Baltimore meetup that way if that doesn't work out.

I had lunch at Alewife's this week, and it was pretty good. I'm essentially a teetotaler, so the wild profusion of specialized beers is wasted on me, but there appears to be a wild profusion of specialized beers to be wasted on me, so if they're not wasted on you, you might like the place.

I eat my lunch at MemSahib fairly frequently. That's the Indian place wedged oddly into the corner of Lexington Market, and the food's great and there parts of the place that might be nice for a pile of people to sit around talking. I think they're closed on Sundays, but other than that, it also offers the view of picturesque methodonians along the way.

I'm unfortunately a little limited in my restaurant recommendations, because I'm generally in the city from 9-6 and then hotfoot it home to Mayberry on the MARC train, and my favorite city restaurant is Polock Johnny's, so my tastes are not entirely refined for normal folks. When I dine out, I tend to cross the street to the hole-in-the-wall Upper Deck, which is the food concession to the titty bar next door, and which makes a decent (non-Philly) cheesesteak and is staffed by large, picturesque women who call me "baby," "sugar," and "sweetheart," which always pleases me to no end.

posted by sonascope at 4:57 AM on November 5, 2011

I have to say I laughed when you mentioned Polock Johnny's and the Upper Deck. I learned of both within the first month of living here, but haven't been in either. Maybe that needs to change.

I'm still interested in Alewife, but the potluck idea is appealing. It would solve the problem of no food at Liam Flynn's, which we could even hit up afterwards if folks wanted. Any comments?

I'd like to decide by tomorrow (Monday) night if possible, so I can flip this into a definite event in time for folks to notice.
posted by postel's law at 4:48 PM on November 6, 2011

You should probably go ahead and put it on the calendar. Pizza picnic atop Bromo Seltzer Tower! Really just needs a time and specific meeting place. Is there a way for people to get in touch if they're running late?
posted by zennie at 3:49 AM on November 7, 2011

I vote pizza picnic at the bromo!
posted by FatRabbit at 11:35 AM on November 7, 2011

Essentially, I'd just need to have someone in place upstairs and I could work the door, or vice versa. I'm assuming we're thinking of an evening meetup at this point, or weekend afternoon?
posted by sonascope at 2:36 PM on November 7, 2011

postel's law suggested next Friday 11.11.11, 6pm, looks best for the most peoples' schedules.

If so I may have to figure out how to get there with a car. Am pretty determined to go though.
posted by zennie at 5:53 PM on November 7, 2011

I would love a potluck meetup at the top of the tower. I could bring some of my award-winning homebrewed beer.
posted by exogenous at 6:03 AM on November 8, 2011

11-11-11 gets my vote. 6-7PM would work for me. Because access to the building is controlled by an RFID lock, I'd have to basically station myself downstairs for the bulk or have people call in for access (this is the tricky bit with Bromo, especially now that our shop downstairs has shut down for the winter).

In terms of available spaces, I've got the 15th (top studio floor), the 11th (our theater space), and the mezzanine/1st floor area. I think the 15th would be the most fun, as it's just below the clock room, though the view's better from the 11th. I suspect once we've got everyone in, I will do a nice walkthrough, and we can go through the clock room (all lit up like a kaleidoscope through Dec 12), climb a bunch of steep stairs, and hit the lower deck area and possibly the Tippi Hedren room and the tippy top.

Maybe if we can come up with a roll call/rough idea of who's coming and bringing what?


P.S. Y'all can email me directly with questions/ideers -
posted by sonascope at 8:36 AM on November 8, 2011

Let me chime in here with a basic set of how to get here info:

The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower is at 21 S. Eutaw Street, Baltimore MD 21201 (at the corner of Lombard & Eutaw Streets) and is the long clocky building without strippers.

Here's a map link:,+Baltimore,+MD+21201&hl=en&ll=39.28782,-76.620873&spn=0.006718,0.009645&sll=39.285137,-76.62083&sspn=0.006718,0.009645&vpsrc=0&hnear=21+S+Eutaw+St,+Baltimore,+Maryland+21201&t=h&z=17

We're central to a lot of public transport:

The Light Rail stops at Camden Yards and University Square/Baltimore Street both bring you within about 5-6 minutes walk of Bromo.

On Metro, the Lexington Market stop drops you up Eutaw Street about 6 minutes walk from Bromo (I've timed that one—it takes me 6 minutes from the when I lock my office door to the time when I'm standing in front of Polock Johnny's in the Market, ordering a large Polish with the works).

On the (free) Charm City Circulator Orange Line (you can come in on the Purple and change over if you're somewhere near Penn Station or in Federal Hill), stop #205 Howard Street drops you about a block from Bromo.

I don't know the local bus network very well, but there are two nearby stops on Lombard, at Howard and between Eutaw and Paca. You can get more info at

If you're driving and want to avoid paid parking, you can usually find an area serviced by the Charm City Circulator (west of MLK or in Little Italy) and buzz in.

There is metered parking, 2 hour limit, though it goes free after 8, so that might work.

When I drive and need to park downtown, I usually use the super creepy garage on Paca across from Lexington Market that's $7 for all-day/night parking except for when they're closed on Sundays.

posted by sonascope at 9:04 AM on November 8, 2011

count me in as long as i can get get clearance from mrs shawnstring. i wouldn't pass up a opportunity like this.
So what do you want us to bring? if the potluck thing is still on
posted by ShawnString at 9:24 AM on November 8, 2011

I can bring lasagna.
posted by postel's law at 10:45 AM on November 8, 2011

Awesome. Im in. Count on some really tasty spinach/parmesan ball things that my wife is going to make. See you then.
posted by ShawnString at 11:00 AM on November 8, 2011

I'm working early the next day, so I'm out. Sounds like fun, though!
posted by codacorolla at 11:25 AM on November 8, 2011

I had tentative plans to do this thing in DC that night but will convene with Mrs. exogenous about a possible change of plans.
posted by exogenous at 11:59 AM on November 8, 2011

I will try to come! My BF has as show that night at Mums in (ugh) Fed Hill, but it's not till later. I can bring some sort of food and also maybe some of my famous spiked warm cider.
posted by capnsue at 2:53 PM on November 8, 2011

This is a great idea. My wife and I are in. I'll figure out something to bring.
posted by ChuqD at 5:38 PM on November 8, 2011

I might be in for this; thanks for offering to do this, sonascope!
Will update if I/we can make it.
posted by LobsterMitten at 11:48 PM on November 8, 2011

I am going by public transport. Getting there is easy-- but I would like any advice on how to get back to DC afterward. At this point I'm looking at Amtrak (which is fine, but pricey).
posted by zennie at 5:30 AM on November 9, 2011

I'm planning to bring dessert items, plastic cutlery, plates, napkin, and cups. I'm also working on a bit of ambiance for the space to make it all nice and cozy. If we need wine, I've got about four bottles of red to chip in.
posted by sonascope at 6:39 AM on November 9, 2011

Zennie, it all depends on how late you want to stay in Baltimore. The last southbound MARC train leaves Penn Station at 9:05pm (pdf). After that, Amtrak is your only easy option. I suppose you could take the light rail to BWI (runs every half hour until midnight), then possibly catch the B30 bus to Greenbelt, then hop on the Metro. However, the last southbound B30 bus leaves BWI light rail station at 10:44, and the light rail will have already taken you an hour. I'd stick with Amtrak.

Is anybody else coming up from DC? Maybe you could carpool.
posted by postel's law at 7:05 AM on November 9, 2011

(the B30 bus link is also a pdf)
posted by postel's law at 7:06 AM on November 9, 2011

If I drive in rather than come via motorcycle, I could offer a lift to Greenbelt/Silver Spring. My car's a two-seater, but since I'm heading back to my lair in PG co anyway, it wouldn't be much of a reach to drop the extra bit further.
posted by sonascope at 8:07 AM on November 9, 2011

I got the OK from the missus, so I will be there! I'm driving, so zennie and anyone else, I will be glad to provide a lift back to DC.

I'll bring a growler of homebrewed beer, an English bitter style, which is about five glasses worth, or more if we pour smaller tasters.
posted by exogenous at 8:17 AM on November 9, 2011

Cool, I will be on the bike most likely then.
posted by sonascope at 11:48 AM on November 9, 2011

Dalton and I will bring chips, some assorted dip thingies and beers. Does anyone have any allergies or intolerances?
posted by FatRabbit at 12:40 PM on November 9, 2011

I will be coming, and as my current plan is to meet a friend at BWI on the way in and bring her along (all via public transit), I would like to bring something relatively easy to carry, like wine, unless a non-alcoholic beverage would be better?
posted by EvaDestruction at 12:44 PM on November 9, 2011

exogenous, that would be fab if there's room.

My +1 and I will be probably bring a main dish type thing. Though I could be convinced to bake if there's need of a dessert.
posted by zennie at 12:48 PM on November 9, 2011

Oh, and the friend I'm meeting is coming in on a flight at 5:15, so even if everything goes perfectly smoothly, we are likely to get there closer to 6:30 than 6:00. If we hit major delays, we will probably just head back to DC rather than show up horribly late.
posted by EvaDestruction at 1:04 PM on November 9, 2011

Still not sure if I have to work that day, and likely won't know until the last minute. Have fun, kids!
posted by JoanArkham at 2:04 PM on November 9, 2011

Sounds like we might have five in my car on the way back to DC but I reckon that will work OK. Looking forward to it!
posted by exogenous at 2:44 PM on November 9, 2011

Great! Me and BF will be there 6ish with a chickpea, feta, and mint salad, and hopefully some of my cider or something if I can get hold of a thermos. We're coming from Hampden so if anyone needs a lift downtown from the northlands, shoot me a mefi mail.
posted by capnsue at 8:23 PM on November 9, 2011

Don't think I can make it, but this might turn out to be the most successful Baltimore meet up ever. I think the most successful formerly was when Cortex was doing his tour of Mefites in distant lands a few years ago. That was only me, Electroboy, Faint of Butt, and Advil.
posted by josher71 at 11:20 AM on November 10, 2011

wow, it does sound like this would be one not to miss! Unfortunately, I'll be out of town.
posted by advil at 2:42 PM on November 10, 2011

Howdy, all:

I've been working on the details for tomorrow. I'm moving some furniture around to make a little cozy place in the top floor studios, and I'll have a couple six foot tables, a high top table, a couch, a couple museum benches, and a scattering of funky white vinyl & chrome side chairs. I've got a great big PA amp and will put together a playlist of binky bonky music.

I'm going to bring a fiendish Amish cheesecake and possibly a shoofly pie, and cups, cutlery, plates, napkins, and bowls.

I have a few bottles of wine here, which I'll bring along in case we get winey-minded. I have a square "hot tray" about 10"x10" if anyone needs to keep stuff warm (still looking for the power cord) and a few microwaves around the building as well as a great big old convection oven for reheating/finishing stuff. We've got a few fridges around, but they're smallish.

I can chuck in a few 2 liters of non-boozy stuff, and ice, if I can find some nearby.

To get in to the Tower, y'all will need to call me, at 443.278.4352 (my cell), so I can let you in. I'm thinking we'll probably hang upstairs, chit chat, eat, peer out the windows, etc, for the first stretch, so we can gather up all the stragglers, then hit the clock machine room and then go upstairs to the lower and upper roof decks. The weather report looks good. It's brisk up top, and surprisingly windy, so everyone should bring a coat or something snuggly. Bring cameras, too, there's good stuff to shoot. The night view from the roof is one of my favorite things about the place, though I don't get to take it in nearly enough.

Roof access requires a bit of stair climbing on steep "ships' ladder" stairs that are halfway between stairs and ladders. There's an elevator to 15 (I'll probably show off the original 1911 Otis, too), then a regular flight of stairs, a short ships' ladder to the clock room (which is like a kaleidoscope right now, with the installation running. To get to the top, there's two long stairs in mostly dark spaces, then a shortish one. If we go to the tip top, there's a crazy open spiral stair and a ladder in the Tippi Hedren room, but oh my, the view from up there is just...glorious, just absolutely special.

If anyone has suggestions, changes, et cetera, drop me an email on my work account,, which goes to my cell, or call my cell.

Looking forward to meeting everyone, and I think it'll be a neat evening. So glad so many of y'all are planning to come!

Joe Wall/sonascope
posted by sonascope at 5:57 PM on November 10, 2011

It's looking like I'm going to make it (with some quite spicy spanish style brown rice with lentils). I may or may not be with a little boy along.
posted by spbmp at 6:03 PM on November 10, 2011

I can't resist pointing out, off-topic, but too amazing to ignore: 30-piece funk/disco/jazz orchestra tonight at 11 (openers already started) at the Windup space. I can't go, so somebody must.
info here
posted by spbmp at 6:07 PM on November 10, 2011

Will be working down in DC tomorrow with no idea of finishing time. Very unlikely I'll have time to make any food (not any kind of competent cook anyway), but if I make it back to Baltimore at a reasonable hour I'll call ahead to see if I can pick anything up - more libations, uhhh, chips... something...? Okay, hope to make it. This sounds super-cool.
posted by zoinks at 7:26 PM on November 10, 2011

We're in - 2 of us. Will aim to be there at 6 or shortly after, will bring some savory veggie dish (maybe roasted cauliflower?).
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:46 PM on November 10, 2011

Competing grain dishes! We'll be bringing faro-based deliciousness.

Joe that sounds awesome. Thanks for putting so much work into this!

Also, looks like I might have wheels after all. :)
posted by zennie at 5:25 AM on November 11, 2011

MARC isn't running today due to the holiday, so take that into account if traveling from DC. I should have realized that sooner.
posted by postel's law at 5:30 AM on November 11, 2011

Can I just chime in to say that as a general rule the MARC schedule blows?
posted by josher71 at 6:08 AM on November 11, 2011

It does! I'll be leaving DC at 4:30pm. Let me know quick if I can help you out.
posted by zennie at 6:29 AM on November 11, 2011

Does it ever. And the WMATA trip planner is telling me that I need to leave at 3:00 to get to Greenbelt in time to catch the 4:40 B30, which can't possibly be right. Things are weird in the world of transit today.
posted by EvaDestruction at 6:54 AM on November 11, 2011

Slight change of plans. Wife had to work late today so no spinach balls. Sorry.
Is there anything else I can bring?
posted by ShawnString at 1:30 PM on November 11, 2011

If anyone gets this before heading in, we could use a bag of ice, I think.

I thought the liquor store around the corner would have ice, but I was incorrect.
posted by sonascope at 2:56 PM on November 11, 2011

Running 20 minutes late.
posted by postel's law at 3:05 PM on November 11, 2011

I'm on my way now, running a bit late as usual
posted by capnsue at 3:12 PM on November 11, 2011

We will bring ice!
posted by capnsue at 3:13 PM on November 11, 2011

Ice acquired! Be there in 10.
posted by capnsue at 3:16 PM on November 11, 2011

I'm glad I'm not the only one running a bit late.
And I saw the call for ice just as the light rail train was moving out.
posted by ShawnString at 3:17 PM on November 11, 2011

DAMN IT. I *just* saw this thread.

posted by youcancallmeal at 5:18 PM on November 11, 2011

Well that was amazing (sorry youcancallmeal)! Major thanks to sonascope for letting us into the tower and taking us up. I'd love to see everybody's pictures. It was nice to meet everybody. We'll definitely have to do this again soon.
posted by postel's law at 7:24 PM on November 11, 2011

Thanks again, everyone! Was lovely to meet everyone, and I loved the food, the conversation, and the company. Y'all are welcome in my spooky dark clock tower anytime!
posted by sonascope at 7:28 PM on November 11, 2011

I had a fantastic time! Huge thanks to sonascope for hosting and giving a tour of the amazing clock tower. His storytelling in person is just as excellent as it is here.

BTW, youcancallmeal, we were thinking if you. I hope you don't feel too bad about it, but to be honest we had a good chuckle over this.
posted by exogenous at 8:01 PM on November 11, 2011

Thank you Joe! And thanks everyone for beer and good food and putting this whole thing together.

I think I didn't get a chance to actually meet everybody formally, but everyone I met was a total pleasure and of course the tower is amazing. Mr Mitten wanted to say thanks too, for making him feel welcome as an outsider.

I mentioned this set of talks (tomorrow! free! at the Walters in Baltimore) about the project to restore the Archimedes texts, using high tech imaging. I went to another talk recently by Will Noel, the curator who coordinated the project, and it was fascinating, funny, and accessible. I think the panel talks will be great. Here's a link in case anyone wants to go:
talks at the Walters this Saturday about the Archimedes project
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:26 PM on November 11, 2011

oops - that link is more general, here's the direct link to info about the talks this Saturday.
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:29 PM on November 11, 2011

Alright ninjas - a bunch of photos from the clock tower here.
Thanks again sonoscope - we had a blast.
posted by ChuqD at 9:05 PM on November 11, 2011 [2 favorites]

Outstanding pictures, ChuqD! Wow!
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:01 PM on November 11, 2011

Oh, I forgot: As we were walking away, I took a few pics of the tower from ground level.

A woman walking by on the far side of the street shouted "hey! that's where Batman lives!" We said "Yeah?" and she said "Yeah, underground! All under this whole city block is his headquarters!"
So now you know.
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:11 PM on November 11, 2011

Well...that obviously means that joe IS Batman then ;)

But really, I had such a awesome time. Thanks do much and we all must do this again
posted by ShawnString at 4:09 AM on November 12, 2011

Those are great pictures, ChuqD! Can't wait to see others', too! Mine are here.

Thanks so much, everybody! Special thanks to Joe for hosting and guiding, of course, but it was great to meet you all. A and I had a lovely time.
posted by EvaDestruction at 5:37 AM on November 12, 2011

Best. Meetup. Ever.

Just kept getting better and better as we climbed through the tower.

Thanks postel's law for instigating, sonascope for coming through sublimely, and everyone else for the feast and good company!
posted by zennie at 5:38 AM on November 12, 2011

ChuqD, your pictures are phenomenal. How did you do that????????????

EvaDestruction, you got some good ones too.
posted by zennie at 5:47 AM on November 12, 2011

FatRabbit and I had an absolutely fantastic (and terrifying) time last night. We're definitely looking forward to the next meet-up in Baltimore. It'll be hard to top. Literally.
posted by Dalton at 6:14 AM on November 12, 2011

Hey thanks - this event was what it took to finally make me get one of those Canon 5D mkII bodies people dig. I'm glad I did. The low-light performance is fantastic.
posted by ChuqD at 3:39 PM on November 12, 2011

Don't know if anyone will see this but I showed my Mom, my pics and the ones posted on here and she noticed something. Keep in mind shes kinda "sensitive" to this kinda thing, but she immediatly asked if it felt weird in the upper part of the tower. I asked why and she pointed out the "orbs" in some othe the pics; namely this one and this one.

So...Joe any ghost stories from the tower?
posted by ShawnString at 11:11 AM on November 14, 2011

Thanks for the pictures! And good to meet you all!
posted by spbmp at 7:03 PM on November 17, 2011

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