Happy HanuKwanzaaRamaFestiMas! MeFi Holiday Party!
posted December 1, 2011 10:21 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Fri December 30 at 7:30 PM, Runes' House
Scanlan Trce E, Sienna Plantation, TX, USA (Map & Directions)
Last night at our pub trivia meetup, I floated the idea of some sort of MeFi holiday gathering, and got positive responses. So, let's work this out. Who's up for a party?
There's a lot of people we haven't seen in months, and some who have never made it to a meetup. Let's spread cheer, goodwill, and Mefiness (MeFi-ism?) throughout Houston!

Location is at Runes' House, December 30, 7:30 pm. In order to facilitate the eating, drinking, and merrymaking, this event is BYOB and potluck (bring something yummy to share.)

Dress code is - optional, I guess. Dress up, dress down, dress left, dress right. Some sort of clothing is mandatory, however.

So as they say on cash cab, "Are you in?"
posted by MexicanYenta to Meetup (50 comments total)

I'm up for it.
posted by mrbill at 10:34 AM on December 1, 2011

Ooh ooh yes, this. Absolutely.

I'd love to come and celebrate all these holidays with you nerds. My schedule is so bonkers right now (9 performances between now and December 18th, plus rehearsals) that I'm not even going to suggest something that would work well for me. But whatever date you all select, I'll definitely try to move heaven and earth to get there!
posted by jph at 11:29 AM on December 1, 2011

I'm in depending on scheduling. I have a party to go to on the 17th.
posted by Gridlock Joe at 6:28 PM on December 1, 2011

When I was in college our group would have a St. Stephen's party and exchange anti-gifts, gifts you really didn't want at all. The rule was that you had to keep the gift "prominently displayed or used" for the rest of the year, and no re-gifting. Leonard Nimoy albums were always "popular", and I've probably still got the Eraserhead tape somewhere...

But on topic, we're free pretty much through the holiday.
posted by Runes at 11:38 AM on December 2, 2011

The wife and I have been tossing it around, and are willing to host at our house. We live way down in Missouri City, though (spot marked in my profile is in the general vicinity of our house). So now all we need is a date, if people are willing to schlep down here. The weekend of the 17th is less good for us than any other.
posted by Runes at 12:14 PM on December 3, 2011

You are brave souls! I was going to wait till Tuesday morning to try to firm things up, to give people a chance to see this, but if the weekend of the 17th is out, then that leaves either this very next weekend, or right before or after the 25th. So...choices:

Fri Dec 9 - evening
Sat Dec 10 - afternoon
Sat Dec 10 - evening
Sun Dec 11 - afternoon

Thurs Dec 22 - evening
Fri Dec 23 - afternoon (Do people have the day off?)
Fri Dec 23 - evening
Sat Dec 24 - afternoon
Sat Dec 24 - evening

Mon Dec 26th - afternoon (Do people have the day off?)

Fri Dec 30 - afternoon (Do people have the day off?)
Fri Dec 30 - evening
Sat Dec 31 - afternoon
Sat Dec 31 - evening

Whatever time we decide on, I move that we make it BYOB/Potluck. Any objections?
posted by MexicanYenta at 1:52 PM on December 3, 2011

Fri, Dec 30, evening seems like a winner to us. Also, we don't have to have it at our place, if having it in a more central location would increase participation I'm all for that.
posted by Runes at 8:27 AM on December 4, 2011

Hey! Hey! I still live here (in Houston.) (And on Metafilter.)
I'd LOVE to see you guys.
Anytime other than the 24th is a Hell. Yes.
posted by pomegranate at 3:28 PM on December 4, 2011

I can do December 30!
posted by *s at 7:59 PM on December 4, 2011

I can do December 30!
posted by jph at 12:26 PM on December 5, 2011

I can do December 30!
posted by Gridlock Joe at 5:32 PM on December 5, 2011

Holy crap, do we have a date?!?

Okay, now location. Do we want to go to Runes' house, or are there any suggestions for a more centralized location? I'm drawing a blank except for the taqueria.
posted by MexicanYenta at 5:59 PM on December 5, 2011

As someone who lives on the south side of town, Missouri City isn't a big schlep for me. But in consideration of some folks who live East/North/West in our fair sprawling metropolis, might we do better to find a more centrally located spot? (Certainly not to diminish your very gracious offer, Runes!!) That said, I think we'll have a hard time finding a public potluck/byob-friendly spot. A puzzlement!

Um, perhaps instead we plan to have it somewhere here in town that will facilitate merriment and noshing without it being potluck? There are plenty of places that come to mind. But this time of year, my mind turns to The Black Lab because of their hearth. I'm a sucker for a hearth. Anyone know of any other good hearths in town that we can sit around and be merry?

I'd even be down for doing our own silly White Quonsar gift exchange of hilarious and nerdy anti-gifts as Runes suggested.
posted by jph at 7:17 AM on December 6, 2011

Yeah, when I suggested the potluck/BYOB I meant if we were doing it in a private home.
posted by MexicanYenta at 10:27 AM on December 6, 2011

Though there is a hearth in the IKEA store, if we wanted to pay homage to IKEA Heights. Not sure how they'd feel about a BYOB potluck, but maybe if we shared with the employees?

And I'm totally up for a White Quonsar gift exchange.
posted by MexicanYenta at 10:38 AM on December 6, 2011

Swedish meatballs are traditional after-Christmas food somewhere, right?

posted by Gridlock Joe at 2:37 PM on December 6, 2011

Hey, they sell Glog, too!
posted by MexicanYenta at 3:00 PM on December 6, 2011

We're three weeks out, I propose that we move this from "Proposed" to "Scheduled"? We're still more than happy to host, and I've asked my former exchange student from Denmark for a gløgg recipe. Her response to the stuff at Ikea was "that's not gløgg. Proper gløgg has alcohol, lots of it".
posted by Runes at 3:12 PM on December 9, 2011

Well, to be fair, IKEA does suggest on the label that you add alcohol to it.

Yeah, people are not checking in either way on whether or not your house is too far. So I'm going to assume they're okay with it, and confirm it for Dec. 30th at your house, Runes. What time would you like us to start arriving?
posted by MexicanYenta at 4:41 PM on December 9, 2011

How about 7:30?
posted by Runes at 5:04 PM on December 10, 2011

Works for me. I'll set it up. Not sure how you want to disseminate your address - maybe via MeMail to those who confirm?
posted by MexicanYenta at 10:26 AM on December 11, 2011

Good suggestion. Yes, if you plan to come, confirm and I'll MeMail you the address. If you're allergic to cats, I'm sorry that I do have an indoor kitty. He'll be banished to a room for the party but he does have the run of the house the rest of the time. Smokers, we have a very nice patio that's even covered if the weather is inclement (if nice we'll probably put a firepit out there). . If you have cooking/heating needs, let me know what your requirements are. We are not vegetarian so if you object to cooking on the same space as stuff that has cooked meat then MeMail me and I'll see if we can't get creative. Any other constraints/requests/questions, feel free to MeMail.
posted by Runes at 5:25 PM on December 11, 2011

I plan to be there. :)
posted by Gridlock Joe at 8:09 PM on December 11, 2011 [2 favorites]

How does everyone feel about doing a White Quonsar gift exchange?
posted by MexicanYenta at 6:09 AM on December 12, 2011

White Quonsar gift acquired. If we end up not doing that, it will still be put to good use.
posted by Gridlock Joe at 8:56 AM on December 18, 2011

I'm in. Also, since I'm not that far from Missouri City I can provide carpool service from my house to Runes. I got room for 3-4 people in my car.

I'm a little broke for gift exchanging but I will bring my famous HOT salsa and some wine or something tasty like that. Look forward to it! :-)
posted by PapaLobo at 4:08 PM on December 19, 2011

Oh yay I'm glad I found this! It's been forever since I've made a mefi event. Would love to see some of you all again! Hopefully me and husband Robot Rex (aka Kate and Willy) can make it!
posted by dog food sugar at 7:35 PM on December 21, 2011 [1 favorite]

I'm in!
posted by pomegranate at 4:33 AM on December 22, 2011 [1 favorite]

Whew, was getting worried there. MrBill, JPH, y'all still interested?
posted by Runes at 11:07 AM on December 22, 2011

pomegranate please bring your lovely wife - I wanna talk shop just a little bit!
posted by dog food sugar at 11:44 AM on December 22, 2011 [1 favorite]

Well, a good friend gifted me with a fire pit for Christmas so JPH, weather permitting we will have fire for the party.
posted by Runes at 9:25 PM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]

Oh, sure...I leave town for a few days, and suddenly everyone checks in!

Seriously, though - yay, peoples! I'm thinking that more will check in now that The Big Jew's Birthday is over. I'm wondering if it's kosher to post a link in one of the old, more popular Houston IRL posts, so that it shows up in people's Recent Acrivity feeds?
posted by MexicanYenta at 5:55 AM on December 26, 2011

Oh hai thurrr... I am currently uncertain as to my attendability at this time. Let me see how the week goes. There with you in quonsar's spirit either way.
posted by jph at 1:20 PM on December 27, 2011

I'm still in as far as I know.
posted by mrbill at 8:53 AM on December 28, 2011

I've memailed everyone who's confirmed or "maybe"ed with directions. Let me know if you didn't get it, or if you're a late add. Looking forward to seeing everyone. Wood's laid in for the firepit, and the weather is supposed to be nice. If you show up and nobody answers the door, come on around back.
posted by Runes at 10:01 AM on December 28, 2011

I'm going to have to back out, y'all. I'm an idiot and can't read a calendar, and already had a thing scheduled for tomorrow (I thought the 30th was Saturday). I'm an idjit. Y'all have fun and let's start trivia back up soon now that the New Year (and possibly the LAST New Year) will soon be upon us! :-)
posted by PapaLobo at 8:05 AM on December 29, 2011

I'm going to have to back out, y'all.

Unfavorited. :(
posted by MexicanYenta at 8:16 AM on December 30, 2011

I'm going to have to back out, y'all.

Not to pile on or anything, but you're gonna miss out on the fun :-).
posted by Runes at 1:46 PM on December 30, 2011

Might be a few minutes late but I'll be there!
posted by mrbill at 4:40 PM on December 30, 2011

Oh yi. I was so looking forward to this but our poor elderly dog is crazy sick. She had 8 teeth pulled today so I'm on pain management duty. Husband Willy is also sick. We're a mess really. Sorry to miss those I've met and those I want to meet. Thanks so much for being our gracious local host, Runes. Have a wonderul time everyone! (Kate)
posted by dog food sugar at 4:52 PM on December 30, 2011

I'm out, I'm afraid. I spent the day hyping up the grown-up party to my kid, since I don't have a sitter. She just announced that she's going to bed, instead. So sorry. Y'all have fun, and happy new year!
posted by pomegranate at 5:09 PM on December 30, 2011

Well, I'm still coming, but I'll be a bit late, as I'm just leaving.
posted by MexicanYenta at 5:22 PM on December 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

Coming! Slowly!
posted by *s at 6:09 PM on December 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

Thanks again to our hosts for a wonderful evening!
posted by mrbill at 10:06 PM on December 30, 2011

Yes! Yay! That was fun. Thanks Mr. & Mrs. Runes!
posted by *s at 7:57 AM on December 31, 2011

I had a great time too! :)
posted by Gridlock Joe at 2:19 PM on December 31, 2011

Were there maybe pictures so I can be all jelly of how much fun y'all had while I had to endure ... well, it was tedious. Let's just leave it at that. Happy New Year my Houston Mefite Friends!
posted by PapaLobo at 7:44 PM on December 31, 2011

Pictures are up! Apologies for the terrible quality. Ugh.

And much thanks to our hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Rune! Also, we need to do this more often. And with more people!
posted by MexicanYenta at 8:52 AM on January 1, 2012

P.S. Happy New Year, everybody!
posted by MexicanYenta at 10:06 AM on January 1, 2012

Joe, found your "crown" in the yard the next morning, still all folded. I guess we should have done the crackers while we were still inside. And clearly the cat was the hit of the party.

We had a great time, next time we need a better turnout! Happy New Year everybody.
posted by Runes at 10:24 AM on January 1, 2012

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