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Aftermath thread. A good time was had by all.

Or at least me.
posted by bingo to New York, NY at 12:25 AM (165 comments total)

I fail.

I put "find out final details for MeFi meetup" on my to-do list for Friday. Then forgot to check it because my laptop died. Just checked it again two minutes ago.

Oh well, hope everyone else had fun. :/ :)
posted by zerolucid at 12:29 AM on July 19, 2009


Wow. You guys can DRINK.
posted by vrakatar at 1:31 AM on July 19, 2009


Blue velvet cupcakes result in green poop.
posted by sciencegeek at 4:48 AM on July 19, 2009


yes, yes we can
posted by kathrineg at 5:52 AM on July 19, 2009


Thanks so much everyone, I had a great time! And my Mother had a great time, too!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:33 AM on July 19, 2009


How much booze was leftover, vrakatar?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:48 AM on July 19, 2009


Oh, my head...
posted by ocherdraco at 7:27 AM on July 19, 2009


I had such a great time that I finally caved in and got a blue account so that I could continue to chat/talk with everyone I met at the party!
posted by TrishaLynn at 7:47 AM on July 19, 2009


came here to post this. thanks to everyone who helped put the party together!
posted by snofoam at 8:23 AM on July 19, 2009


my poop is neither green nor blue but am massively dehydrated --albeit i drank like a gallon of water before going to bed :D

welcome to the blue, trishalynn!
posted by liza at 8:49 AM on July 19, 2009


I can confirm that sciencegeek's experimental findings correspond to my own.

But apparently, the little blue miracle cakes also prevent hangovers. Yay!
posted by bashos_frog at 9:10 AM on July 19, 2009


I was so nervous but it turned out being more than okay! It was great! I even managed to keep my Big-crowd-panic-attack reflexes in check, thanks booze!
posted by The Whelk at 9:13 AM on July 19, 2009


It's nice to finally be able to put faces to so many names. I'll have to try to make more of these in the future.

And thanks to the sauna conditions, I am happy to report I can now fit into a few pairs of jeans I was planning on discarding as too small. Is there anything MetaFilter can't do?
posted by JaredSeth at 9:18 AM on July 19, 2009


It was a blast meeting all of you, and I have to say it was a far more interesting crowd than I am accustomed to hanging out with. Thanks for helping me raise the bar. (And empty the bar.)
posted by bashos_frog at 9:22 AM on July 19, 2009


It was great to meet you all!
posted by amro at 9:23 AM on July 19, 2009


Thank God for Sundays.
posted by smackfu at 10:09 AM on July 19, 2009


I feel like the floor of a taxicab.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 10:46 AM on July 19, 2009


Just woke up, at it's 1:49pm. And when I left the party, there were still a bunch of people there. Is it still going on? Maybe I should swing back by for brunch.
posted by bingo at 10:50 AM on July 19, 2009


Fun fun fun meeting everybody & seeing all the familiar faces. Here's my blurry photo set. There's video too, but I might never get around to editing it.
posted by muckster at 11:10 AM on July 19, 2009


I'll repeat what I said over on mecha: uuuuullllgggghhhhhhh. Starting to recover now. Jon and breezeway (aka Hugh Janus) and I are hangin' on our porch in Queens, listening to music and pigeons on the tin roof. Good seeing/meeting you all. (Muckster, that is the worst picture of me I've ever seen. Truly scary. I'm much cuter in person. ; )

(Goodness, I guess it's been awhile since I logged into MeFi -- I had mail from last year. Happy 10th anyway! We share a birthday, me and MeFi.)
posted by pips at 12:41 PM on July 19, 2009


Sucked that I had to bail so early, it looked like it was shaping up to be a hell of a gig.

Ah well, back to vicarious enjoyment via flickr!
posted by Skorgu at 1:35 PM on July 19, 2009


As a n00b member, I've gotta say that was a lot more fun and relaxed than I'd expected. Thanks for putting this together (and the kegs of course)
posted by chalbe at 1:57 PM on July 19, 2009


Sooo fun, great to meet everybody, and I will no longer be scared of meet-ups and look forward to more!
posted by Salamandrous at 2:09 PM on July 19, 2009


Dear Bad Kids, Thanks for all the cigarettes!
posted by cazoo at 2:42 PM on July 19, 2009


That was a lot of fun, although I hope for my sake that there are no dancing photographs on anyone's camera because oh god
posted by Optimus Chyme at 2:56 PM on July 19, 2009


I don't have a flickr page, but here are my pictures, from the very beginning to the very end.
posted by fuq at 3:04 PM on July 19, 2009


Oh my liver. Thanks for coming everyone, and big thanks to Skygazer for bringing so much ice that I was able to stop worrying about it. Man, that was great ice. I love ice!

Alisun (my GF) and I knew about the blue poop effect but wanted to suprise you all. And now she wants to be on Metafilter, so I will have to get her a membership.

I woke at 2, turned on the Yankee game on the radio and went back to sleep. I'm taking today off and will be in the space tomorrow night for more cleanup, anyone wants to help (and drink some more) mefimail me or pop in around 8.
posted by vrakatar at 6:26 PM on July 19, 2009


For the record, my poops today were not blue. Perhaps I am the control group.
posted by Dr. Wu at 6:42 PM on July 19, 2009


Had a great time, especially as a first-time meetup attendee. Great crowd, and those cupcakes were the best, along with Empress Callipygos's little airy sponge cakes. One of my nails will not let go of its blue coloring, regardless of how often I've washed my hands today.

Hopefully see some of you at future meetups.
posted by cmgonzalez at 7:48 PM on July 19, 2009


Surely more than four people took photos!

Also: it is hard to remember usernames of people you meet when you're drunk.
posted by ocherdraco at 7:49 PM on July 19, 2009


I feel like the floor of a taxicab. (Dormant Gorilla)

If I could favorite this, I would.
posted by ocherdraco at 7:50 PM on July 19, 2009


New suggestion for Vrakatar's Girlfriend, LittleBluePoops
posted by Del Far at 7:54 PM on July 19, 2009


It was very fun. Yep, definitely drank, as the photo from muckster's set documents. So, I guess what I'm saying is that the party was a good time.

MeFites are so damn nice. I was very pleasantly surprised.
posted by defenestration at 8:11 PM on July 19, 2009


And here is my Flickr set, enjoy!

I also offer video of Hermitosis being squat thrust by Schrodinger. (WARNING VOLUME LEVELS ARE VERY HIGH)

Overall it was a fantastic time and I greatly enjoyed my second Metafilter meetup, met some fun new people and I can't wait for the next one. Also had a fantastic idea while talking to ThePinkSuperHero about having a meetup in the form of a board game day in some nyc location that could hold everyone playing.
posted by Del Far at 8:12 PM on July 19, 2009


Oh god
posted by hermitosis at 8:14 PM on July 19, 2009


The look of wonder on your face is totally worth it. lol
posted by Del Far at 8:22 PM on July 19, 2009


What a great meetup. It was nice seeing my Grand Unified Meetup Theorem proven true yet again -- that MeFites, simply by virtue of being MeFites, will nearly always like each other when given the opportunity to meet in person.

I hope all those people come back to our regular meetups. On my way out, I remember thinking something to the effect of, "these are my people."
posted by Afroblanco at 8:30 PM on July 19, 2009


Hoo. Well. I'm sad I only managed to make two cameos in the meetup (but somehow still managed to get an adorable photo pitting out in the summer heat).

I'm looking forward to the next one, even from the glimpse it was clear, as Afroblanco put it, these are my people.
posted by abulafa at 8:57 PM on July 19, 2009


I would've stuck it out longer if it wasn't so hot and sticky. It was just another layer of physical uncomfortableness to the mental uncomfortableness I have when it comes to having to mingle around crowds. I wish I was better at the whole mingling in crowds business to get to know more of you all, but the people I did meet were lovely.
posted by kkokkodalk at 9:08 PM on July 19, 2009


green poop: check

still drunk when I got to work: check

spent all day smiling that I made new friends: check

All signs point to sucess.
posted by Jon_Evil at 9:10 PM on July 19, 2009


That was fabulous. Drunken living internet legends slapping you on the back takes the sting out of wading awkwardly into a crowd of smart strangers.

Thanks for the party, all you hardworking organizers and decorators and music-ers and keggers and whatnot! Hope to see you folks again soon (more Saturday meetups, please!).
posted by hippugeek at 9:22 PM on July 19, 2009


kkokkodalk, I remember spying your name tag. Initially, the heat drove me near the corner by the fan, which felt pretty anti-social, so I tried to make the best of it and come back in toward the crowd. Though, ultimately, the saunalike conditions and power outages just gave us another couple of topics of conversation.
posted by cmgonzalez at 9:42 PM on July 19, 2009


I am so devestatingly hungover I can't really even acknowledge it.

So great to meet so many excellent people and finally put some faces to the Meta names.

(Hello youse crazy peoples...)
posted by Skygazer at 9:42 PM on July 19, 2009


Um. I apparently put someone in my phone as "jomefi emaol awesomebellington face".

Is this you? Seriously, if anyone has any clue what the hell I was actually trying to type here, let me know, because I'm really curious now.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 6:32 AM on July 20, 2009


Wonderful to meet the earlybirds! I'm sorry I had to bail so soon, but will surely post at the next normal meetup. Thanks to all who gave of their time to make it happen.
posted by kosem at 6:41 AM on July 20, 2009


I only had time to warn a couple people that my Imperial Limoncello was a sipping liqueur rather than something to have a large glass of. I don't recall the name of the Mefite who was walking around with the bottle clutched in her hand, but since she assured me that there was only a couple fingers left by the time she found it, I just wish her well and I'll take that as an endorsement (and hope no one else before her had poured a whole tumblerfull of it, because I can only IMAGINE what kind of hangover that must have induced).

And thanks for the lemon sponge cupcake shoutout!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:24 AM on July 20, 2009


More pictures! More pictures!

/banging fists on table
posted by amro at 7:31 AM on July 20, 2009


I had so much fun with you New Yorkers and made some lovely new friends. It was much better than the first day of school--And yes, the ice was superb. I woke up hoarse, so I must have talked a lot. Plus, as I’ve come to expect regarding all things Metafilter, I learned a lot, e.g.:

*There are sex clubs in Japan where a man can pay to touch women who pretend that he is invisible and say “Hey! What just touched me??”

*Pear vodka takes like Jolly Ranchers.

*Thomas Jefferson presciently blasted the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 with this one: He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine receives light without darkening me.

*More squirrel color variety in Illinois than in New Jersey.

*Satan does not torment you, per se. He tempts you to torment yourself.

*That afroblanco guy does not have an afro blanco.

Thanks again to the NYC organizers and NYC Mefites for a fantastic party!
posted by applemeat at 7:56 AM on July 20, 2009


So, what EXACTLY was in those little blue velvet cupcakes...?
posted by triptychrecords at 8:08 AM on July 20, 2009


I only had time to warn a couple people that my Imperial Limoncello was a sipping liqueur rather than something to have a large glass of.

Your pre-Meetup concern that people would not drink your homemade liqueur seems quaint in retrospect.
posted by smackfu at 8:37 AM on July 20, 2009


More pictures! More pictures!

/banging fists on table
(amro)

This.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:44 AM on July 20, 2009


Your pre-Meetup concern that people would not drink your homemade liqueur seems quaint in retrospect.

:-) I blame the research I once did on the problems some people had with bathtub gin in the 1920's.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:08 AM on July 20, 2009


I'm sad that I lost steam and left early, but given all the epic hangover accounts, maybe I avoided a worse fate by doing so... In any case, I had an awesome time and met some great people.

I took a lot less photos than I'd planned, but I'll post them up in the coming week. Also nthing the awesome cupcakes. I didn't color-check my poop, but my thumb still has traces of blue under the nail!
posted by wretched_rhapsody at 9:26 AM on July 20, 2009


It went well enough, I suppose, but there was much more planned than there was in fruition. I am filing an official appeal, based on numerous irregularities in the 10th year meetup process (for instance, afroblanco does not have a blanco afro, I mean, jeez!)

I demand a redo. This entire 10 year celebration needs to be performed again, correctly this time, within the next six months.
posted by StickyCarpet at 9:46 AM on July 20, 2009


I only had time to warn a couple people that my Imperial Limoncello was a sipping liqueur rather than something to have a large glass of. I don't recall the name of the Mefite who was walking around with the bottle clutched in her hand, but since she assured me that there was only a couple fingers left by the time she found it, I just wish her well and I'll take that as an endorsement (and hope no one else before her had poured a whole tumblerfull of it, because I can only IMAGINE what kind of hangover that must have induced).

OH MY GOD THAT WAS ME

I HAD HALF A BIG BLUE CUP OF IT

Don't worry though, I have a BA in drinking. It's all good!
posted by kathrineg at 9:47 AM on July 20, 2009


P.s...if everyone would put their pictures in their profiles it would really help me remember who you are.
posted by kathrineg at 9:52 AM on July 20, 2009


Er...Pear vodka tastes like Jolly Ranchers.

...It takes even worse.
posted by applemeat at 10:17 AM on July 20, 2009


I am filing an official appeal, based on numerous irregularities in the 10th year meetup process (for instance, afroblanco does not have a blanco afro, I mean, jeez!) [...] This entire 10 year celebration needs to be performed again, correctly this time, within the next six months.

FYI, it takes at least 8 months for me to grow a respectable afro -- and that's assuming that I want to revisit the phase of my life where I was universally known as "the guy with the hair."
posted by Afroblanco at 10:42 AM on July 20, 2009


But that guy with the hair is a great thing to be. You know, that guy with the hair, he was in that one movie that one time where he did that thing, with that chick. That guy.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 10:58 AM on July 20, 2009


I'm the sweaty disheveled one who left early.
posted by The Whelk at 11:07 AM on July 20, 2009


Ahem. Whelk. I believe I may have you beat sweatywise.

(btw thanks NYC summer!)
posted by abulafa at 11:17 AM on July 20, 2009


I was a big fan of that limoncello, EmpressCallipygos! I'm planning to start a batch this week. What was your method, if you don't mind me asking?
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 1:43 PM on July 20, 2009


I just followed the basic "how to" page on this web site (it is a web site entirely devoted to one guy's continuing experimentation with different recipes for limoncello). I actually made it several months ago, but then 3 days before the party I re-filtered it once more for kicks, and then added those big curls of lemon rind to make it look pretty and give it an extra lemon kick.

I found the original recipe on that guy's site to be a bit too sweet for my own taste, while others loved it; I personally tend to like my lemonade to be a bit tart as well, so that could definitely be a matter of individual taste.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:59 PM on July 20, 2009


My Gf liked the bottle you put it in so much, we rescued it from the trash area.
posted by vrakatar at 2:16 PM on July 20, 2009


Last I saw of that bottle, it was in the bathroom. I don't want to know why it wound up in there.
posted by cmgonzalez at 2:26 PM on July 20, 2009


I feel lame for not remembering names, but which one of you is the person who has the awesome dada collage tattoo with (among other things) a shoe that says "Ellen" and the words "yes yes"? You were cool! I want to add you to my contacts!
posted by ocherdraco at 3:37 PM on July 20, 2009


Actually, vrakatar, I had been kind of hoping I could get that back when I left...? I just couldn't find it when I was leaving.

If you have really fallen in love with it, then no big, though.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 3:44 PM on July 20, 2009


Last I saw of that bottle, it was in the bathroom. I don't want to know why it wound up in there.

I had the brilliant idea to rinse it out and give it back to EC but um...I think I got distracted by the kegs
posted by kathrineg at 3:57 PM on July 20, 2009


Party was awesome, great meetup NYC! I will squat any of you, any time!
posted by schroedinger at 4:41 PM on July 20, 2009


But that guy with the hair is a great thing to be. You know, that guy with the hair, he was in that one movie that one time where he did that thing, with that chick. That guy.

That is unless the guy with the hair is over 30, in which case he goes from being that guy to That Guy.

And nobody wants to be That Guy.
posted by Afroblanco at 4:53 PM on July 20, 2009


So, I've been thinking. We were in the basement, right? But out on the smokers' landing, there were creepy steps going further down. Was there another sub-basement below us? Did it have monsters?
posted by smackfu at 5:05 PM on July 20, 2009


the monsters were kept in check by the LASER DEFENSE SYSTEM, which unfortunately meant they couldn't be used inside inside the party. Better safe than ravey.
posted by Busithoth at 6:19 PM on July 20, 2009


And nobody wants to be That Guy.

But maybe you could marry That Girl.
posted by jonmc at 6:37 PM on July 20, 2009


I was that guy in the purple cowboy shirt and taking photos of people, you know, that obnoxious dork.
posted by Del Far at 6:49 PM on July 20, 2009


But maybe you could marry That Girl

or even That Girl
posted by Jon_Evil at 6:51 PM on July 20, 2009


Whatever was down there was frightened away by the people throwing bottles from the adjacent buildings
posted by kathrineg at 6:58 PM on July 20, 2009


Vrakatar: Man, that was great ice. I love ice!


I was the iceman, I was eggman, I was the Walrus. Koo Koo Ka Choo Ka Koo Koo Ka Choooo...

Glad to be of service. And a big round of applause for all the work Kate (TPS), StickyCarpet (who basically robbed an electronics museum for the rockin' sound system, and some strange massive speaker type thing that looked like a one man WW II submarine...), Vrakatar and Alisun, his GF, for their tireless efforts all evening making sure everyone was safe and happy, as well as KathrineG for her mad wicked beer keg skills.

I'd also like to thank the NYPD for showing up twice, and giving up NYC Mefites bragging rights to being the biggest and baddest Mefi Meet-up of all time.
posted by Skygazer at 7:13 PM on July 20, 2009


Someone tried to light those stairs but that's when the fuse blew for the first time. Thankfully, because that light was like staring at the sun.
posted by JaredSeth at 7:13 PM on July 20, 2009


I'd also like to thank the NYPD for showing up twice

What was the deal with the 2nd visit?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:23 PM on July 20, 2009


giving US Mefites bragging rights

Don't ever give up your rights...

posted by Skygazer at 7:32 PM on July 20, 2009


What was the deal with the 2nd visit?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:23 PM on July 20 [!]



Um...I think Vrakatar got into a knife fight with Sticky Carpet.

(You did not hear this from me, Shhhhh...)
posted by Skygazer at 7:34 PM on July 20, 2009


I'd also like to thank the NYPD for showing up twice

Uh. When did this happen? Either time? I remember there was pizza. And a cello. And then it was morning.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 8:08 PM on July 20, 2009


Apparently there were also two sets of pizzas, but I don't remember that either.
posted by smackfu at 8:28 PM on July 20, 2009


I think there are lots of people who don't remember portions of that night. Which is why we need more pictures.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:31 PM on July 20, 2009


I didn't actually see that many people taking pictures, especially as it got later. After I arrived, I did spot someone's half-eaten pizza they left on a table not long before others arrived with the second round.
posted by cmgonzalez at 8:42 PM on July 20, 2009


BUT DID YOU GUYS LIKE THE CAKE I BROUGHT?

(even I am not sure if I liked that cake... it was a deeply weird cake.)

Also it makes me SO SAD that I left before the cops showed up. I've always wanted to be at a party that made the cops show up!
posted by lolichka at 9:14 PM on July 20, 2009


As the defacto security officer, I am fairly sure the cops came only once, tho if TPS remembers them being there, well, I know she had left when they came the one time I think they came.

There were no knives with which to have a knife fight, so that did not happen.

There was ample booze left. I just removed the kegs and keg apparatus from the space. There will be monies left over once I pay off my lawyer (thanks, circusguy!) and get the heavy keg deposits back. Sticky and I will take our cut, and the overage will go to a charity or two in Metafilter's name, I'm thinking the CBLDF, whoever Dan Savage says to donate to, and maybe some group that feeds the poor, roughly $100 each.

If i ever do this again i would buy booze based on hard RSVPs only; the 100 or so "maybes", and the general thirsty nature of mefites resulted in perhaps too much booze, but better that than running out.

Based on the turnout and amount of BYOB I see no reason to not make this the start of a rotating (rotato?) monthly meetup/drinking club.

This is where, if i knew how to do it, i would say in tinyscript that i am only joking about Sticky and i taking our cut.

And now I'm going to smoke some grass and pass out.
posted by vrakatar at 11:56 PM on July 20, 2009


Oh, sorry empress cally, we have your bottle, and of course you can have it back. MefiMail me and we can work out a dropzone/droptime.
posted by vrakatar at 11:58 PM on July 20, 2009


So, I've been thinking. We were in the basement, right? But out on the smokers' landing, there were creepy steps going further down. Was there another sub-basement below us? Did it have monsters?

Oh my, yes, we suspect so, yes, but not based on any evidence obtained from the smoking area itself. The hanging light was enough to keep anyone from wandering down, I think. There was a cowboy hat on top of it for a while that made the whole apparatus look vaguely threatening...

But do you remember the door to the right of the bathroom door? And do you remember opening that door, most likely to see if it might lead to a second bathroom? And do you remember being shocked that the room inside, with power-tools and raw wood strewn about everywhere really very much resembled the sort of room you might see in a horror movie, the room that the most frightening thing/person you've ever seen will use for doing terrible things to flawed-but-not-so-terrible people? (I think it was Dormant who dubbed this the Kill Room.) And do you remember not being able to help but walk further into that room? And do you remember finding a second door inside, around the corner? And do you remember opening that door to see a completely unlit machine-room behind it? And do you remember waiting for your eyes to adjust to the light? And do you remember seeing -- but barely believing you were seeing -- a pit leading down to a previously undiscovered subbasement?

That's as far as my investigations went. As we were leaving someone reported -- in what I took at the time to be an unironic tone -- that there are people living down there. I didn't have a chance to ask if they were monster people or friendly people.
posted by nobody at 5:30 AM on July 21, 2009


The cops came a second time circa 3am, I think because some of us were hanging out outside the building being loud and there were...complaints.
posted by kathrineg at 7:10 AM on July 21, 2009


Based on the turnout and amount of BYOB I see no reason to not make this the start of a rotating (rotato?) monthly meetup/drinking club.

YES.

And can we please have it in that back room that looked like the set of Saw?
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 8:01 AM on July 21, 2009


Oh also-
As we were leaving someone reported -- in what I took at the time to be an unironic tone -- that there are people living down there.

Basically what you're saying is we were only one floor away from an entire colony of CHUD and we all missed it. Shoddy work, you guys.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 8:02 AM on July 21, 2009


I had a delightful time meeting the internet and standing in front of the fan. I confess that I almost went for a giant cup of limoncello, but decided a sipping amount would do just as well.
posted by quatsch at 9:02 AM on July 21, 2009


I confess that I almost went for a giant cup of limoncello, but decided a sipping amount would do just as well.

You chose.....wisely.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:08 AM on July 21, 2009


Vrakatar: There were no knives with which to have a knife fight, so that did not happen.

Okay fine, but I'm pretty sure I got into a plastic knife fight with a Blue Velvet cupcake at some point in the evening...
posted by Skygazer at 9:18 AM on July 21, 2009


I know nothing of the Morlocks living in the sub-basement and calling the NYPD with complaints, but thanks to all the Mefites (prnounced Meh-fites) who put in the work to make the shindig happen. Everytime I get to a meetup, I realize I should go to them more often.
posted by andrewraff at 10:19 AM on July 21, 2009


I saw a few of the building residents coming in during the party. One, who seemed to be in a foul mood, came in, made us all move our chairs around so the door to the elevator shaft (which was labeled broken) was clear, and climbed in. Schroedinger asked, wow, if that's broken, is she going to crank it up herself, isn't that illegal? A voice from inside the elevator shaft replied, "Yes I am! And I'm not illegal! YOU ARE ILLEGAL!"
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:55 AM on July 21, 2009


The cops came a second time circa 3am, I think because some of us were hanging out outside the building being loud and there were...complaints.

When I left -- although it wasn't that late -- there were definitely other people from a nearby party who were outside and raucous (or, if you prefer, exhibiting tumultuous behavior). So maybe it wasn't all due to the meetup!
posted by booksandlibretti at 11:28 AM on July 21, 2009


whew! didn't realize this thread existed. just wanted to chime in and say that it was awesome meeting everyone I met. my biggest regret, if it can be called that, is that I didn't get to meet more people.

however, I learned horrible horrible things about both David Byrne and Tom Waits, heard live-speech metafilter taglines, found out what kind of people will paint a mefi-blue stairwell (fucking awesome people, that's who), learned that you can forget stupid internet conversations when you meet in person and generally had a fucking blast.

you all rock my ass off. for reals. my ass is missing, now.
posted by shmegegge at 11:39 AM on July 21, 2009


prnounced Meh-fites

fuckin' A, right!
posted by shmegegge at 11:40 AM on July 21, 2009


also, I am NOT normally this frognecked. that picture is because I was surprised and that's my surprised face. normally I am devastatingly handsome. like, hide your daughters handsome.
posted by shmegegge at 11:42 AM on July 21, 2009


Damn you, shmegegge! I had managed to banish the whole Tom Waits and David Byrne revelations from my memory.

I will never again listen to And She Was in quite the same way.
posted by JaredSeth at 11:56 AM on July 21, 2009


DAMMIT -- did I manage to somehow miss someone playing Talking Heads?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:04 PM on July 21, 2009


Okay, we need these revelations, someone spill.
posted by The Whelk at 12:12 PM on July 21, 2009


My poop is still green. Will it stay like this ... forever?!?
posted by bashos_frog at 12:19 PM on July 21, 2009


By the way, I've learned a lot of things about the basement, and the sub-basement, and most of the rumors being tossed about are...




...well...





I'll just say that ignorance of the reality of the building you were in will let you sleep soundly. What I have seen, I can never unsee. The sub-basements extend well out from the building, under the street, and sprawl cyclopean in a mind-bending maze filled with unspeakable artifacts from a long-forgotten New York. It is a place beyond your wildest fever dreams; it is possessed of an atmosphere from beyond the veil of human knowledge. The lurking dread I felt in those forsaken passages haunts me to this day.

As for the rumors of... those that live below? I shall spare the reader the details, for truly I tell you the knowledge would defile your soul!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
posted by fuq at 12:37 PM on July 21, 2009


prnounced Meh-fites

THANK YOU
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 12:40 PM on July 21, 2009


I had managed to banish the whole Tom Waits and David Byrne revelations from my memory.

Oh god what a big goddamn mouth I have. We will never speak of this again.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 12:41 PM on July 21, 2009


I met a nice young lady around 2:30 am, who didn't know what Metafilter was. However, she had a nametag with both a goofy username and a real name. When I asked her about it, she shrugged and said that on her way in, she was told to make up such a nametag, so she did. She was visiting from Florida, staying with friends who lived down the street.

In other news, I would say that the worst date of my life involved a series of lemoncello servings (none of them my idea) that rendered my companion completely incoherent and insane for the rest of the night, and not in a good way. But it's nice to hear that some people enjoy it.
posted by bingo at 12:45 PM on July 21, 2009


I met a nice young lady around 2:30 am, who didn't know what Metafilter was. However, she had a nametag with both a goofy username and a real name. When I asked her about it, she shrugged and said that on her way in, she was told to make up such a nametag, so she did. She was visiting from Florida, staying with friends who lived down the street.

You know, I wondered whether we had some party crashers at some point. But I chalked that up to my own personal "oh god i'm turning into an old crank" paranoia.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:55 PM on July 21, 2009


I think the party majority tipped from Mefite to non-Mefite somewhere around midnight. A lot of people coming in were friends of Mefites or of the bands.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:05 PM on July 21, 2009


There were a lot of non-metafilterites but some of them hooked me up and/or were good dancers and/or had odd hair so I was cool with that
posted by kathrineg at 1:19 PM on July 21, 2009


kathrineg, I definitely read that as "hooked up with me" not "hooked me up."
posted by ocherdraco at 1:37 PM on July 21, 2009


Heh, no, I remained un-hooked-up-with despite the flattering lighting and heart light thingy
posted by kathrineg at 1:45 PM on July 21, 2009


I had managed to banish the whole Tom Waits and David Byrne revelations from my memory.

I haven't, and now I have to find a new love song to replace Naive Melody. My heart feels like the floor of a taxi cab.

Thanks for the good time, everyone, and for getting my boyfriend and I so drunk that our cab driver had to wake us up when he got to our place. I'm still sweating the Rittenhouse out of my system.
posted by zoomorphic at 2:37 PM on July 21, 2009


our cab driver had to wake us up when he got to our place (zoomorphic)

My cabbie had to do exactly the same thing for me.
posted by ocherdraco at 3:07 PM on July 21, 2009


I had managed to banish the whole Tom Waits and David Byrne revelations from my memory.

I haven't, and now I have to find a new love song to replace Naive Melody.

I don't remember there being so many people around for that story. Was it told more than once? Also, I doubted it's authenticity at the time, but I realize now I was thinking of Brian Eno. David Byrne? Sure!

(Also, while we're here, it's a little disappointing that none of the photos posted have usernames attached, no? How are we to remember who is who?)
posted by nobody at 4:26 PM on July 21, 2009


Well, I'm the drunk one

HTH
posted by kathrineg at 5:38 PM on July 21, 2009


I'm commenting the usernames of as many people who's names I can remember and/or see on nametags in photos.
posted by ocherdraco at 6:40 PM on July 21, 2009


Good job ocherdraco! I knew exactly one that you didn't put in.
posted by smackfu at 7:03 PM on July 21, 2009


Despite my comment above about awesome-dada-ellen-tattoo girl above, I am generally quite good with names.
posted by ocherdraco at 7:13 PM on July 21, 2009


There are like 50 photos on my camera and all but 12 are total blurry grey fuzzy gunk. Disappointing. But here are the ones that came out- I am feeling a bit differently abled tonight and can't figure out how to get them linked up on the right? NYC

Also yeah, I think that story got told again later on and probably shouldn't have gotten told at all. I am sorry about stomping all over your love song, Zoomorphic...
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 7:39 PM on July 21, 2009


vrakatar and fuq are still coming in regularly for the ongoing clean up.

We've thanked damnitjim, as well of course as vrakatar and fuq. We also need to thank sciencegeek. She fit right in with the team. As fuq said, "She's great. She's from the internet."
posted by StickyCarpet at 8:41 PM on July 21, 2009


And do you remember opening that door to see a completely unlit machine-room behind it? And do you remember waiting for your eyes to adjust to the light? And do you remember seeing -- but barely believing you were seeing -- a pit leading down to a previously undiscovered subbasement?

Holy crap, we were partying inside the HOUSE OF LEAVES and didn't even know it!
posted by Afroblanco at 8:42 PM on July 21, 2009


Would Nth the rotato party idea. I need more morlocks in my life.
posted by abulafa at 8:49 PM on July 21, 2009


There were/are CHUDs down there, we've been keeping them sedated with a sleeping gas of Sticky's own design. Man can jury-rig anything.
posted by vrakatar at 9:00 PM on July 21, 2009


You know, I wondered whether we had some party crashers at some point.
Hahaha, definitely. Zoomorphic and I met a foursome of dudes who were less than sure about this whole "metacafe" thing -- "does it have sections?" I think the news of free booze spread.

I think I avoided most photos, but if anyone is more bored than I am and going through flickr more thoroughly, I'm tallish, brunette, was wearing a blue tank top and black shrug.
posted by booksandlibretti at 9:28 PM on July 21, 2009


It was my first meetup and I had about five people ask me about MeFi and what it was, what we do, the site, etc. I felt like a Metafilter ambassador. They were really nice folks though.

I guess I just look friendly. People ask me for directions all the time and old ladies ask me to help them cross the street. I'm not even kidding. I thought the latter was the stuff of cartoons.
posted by cmgonzalez at 11:18 PM on July 21, 2009


I love the idea that our real party got passed around as a secret party that had a password of "metafilter".
posted by smackfu at 5:58 AM on July 22, 2009


in case anybody was wondering, yes, some real hard motherfuckers were at the party, lookin' all hard and shit.
posted by shmegegge at 8:12 AM on July 22, 2009


I love the contrast between Stynxno's "good clean fun" photos and Dormant Gorilla's, which are dark and weirdly sinister.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 8:36 AM on July 22, 2009


Dark and sinister? I suppose that's true considering I think you're the one who took most of them, actually.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 9:00 AM on July 22, 2009


Also, shmegegge, I think that photo must've been from the "attending a prayer meeting as fuck" portion of the evening.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 9:01 AM on July 22, 2009


yes, we are clearly deep in prayer. deep in prayer as fuck.
posted by shmegegge at 9:46 AM on July 22, 2009


by the way, guys, I meant to say this way earlier, but if I met you in person (with certain exceptions) chances are I don't recall your mefi username. I'm terrible with names, and I liked meeting people on their own merits without any preconceptions based on mefi, so chances are I'll remember you in real life without knowing your username. if this is okay with you, rock. if not, and you'd like me to associate your username with my fuzzy memories from the evening, hit me up with a memail. either way, you're all rockin' individuals.
posted by shmegegge at 9:50 AM on July 22, 2009


*growing confusion* Okay, I know someone took my picture at some point, but it ain't up there.

Okay, now I'm starting to get scared one of the CHUDS took it and I'm about to be the target of some weird ritual.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:16 AM on July 22, 2009


Dark and sinister? I suppose that's true considering I think you're the one who took most of them, actually.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 9:00 AM on July 22


I did not know that but I guess it makes sense.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 10:37 AM on July 22, 2009


great party, although I think the only people I actually met were kathrineg and her non-Mefite friend, who I hope has joined by now.
posted by lalex at 3:25 PM on July 22, 2009


Some of the later-arriving non-mefites were with the band, they came in when I was on the door.

About a monthly rotating meetup: I have to imagine that at least a dozen people would want to get drunk together on or around the 18th of each month. We can meet at bars, at each other's places, and if big enough numbers respond, in spaces like that one. Any ideas for Aug.? The earliest I could host one would be Oct.
posted by vrakatar at 8:11 PM on July 22, 2009


LIC bar is pretty awesome
posted by kathrineg at 8:29 PM on July 22, 2009


For August, let's pick somewhere that's either outside or has good air conditioning. The one aspect of this meetup that I don't particularly care to repeat are the sauna-like conditions.
posted by ocherdraco at 5:09 AM on July 23, 2009


Good point. We could call it for the 16th and all meet at the free Dinosaur Jr. show in Central Park......
posted by vrakatar at 7:22 AM on July 23, 2009


That sounds awesome (and loud).

I'm looking forward to meeting the people I didn't meet last time -- while not sweating.
posted by defenestration at 9:22 AM on July 23, 2009


Can someone mefi-mail me details of the Tom Waits/David Byrne convo that I apparently missed?
posted by bashos_frog at 9:32 AM on July 23, 2009


what if it's one of those fictional converstations that never happened but people keep referencing anyway?

Any ideas where to go after the Dinosaur Jr. show? What part of central park is it in?
posted by kathrineg at 10:06 AM on July 23, 2009


It's at SummerStage, on the East side of the park, sort of between 69th and 72nd. It might be easiest to cross over the park to the West side for drinks afterward.
posted by ocherdraco at 2:24 PM on July 23, 2009


Does anyone remember the name of the band with the crazy, crazy cellist? There was a signup sheet but I don't think that ever went anywhere
posted by parkan at 2:26 PM on July 23, 2009


MeTa thread for the next meetup.
posted by ocherdraco at 2:31 PM on July 23, 2009


Does anyone remember the name of the band with the crazy, crazy cellist? (parkan)

StinkyCarpet or fuq would probably know.
posted by ocherdraco at 2:34 PM on July 23, 2009


Does anyone remember the name of the band with the crazy, crazy cellist?

I'm pretty sure it was something like "Huff This," which is the name of a band with a myspace page. But I can't be certain it's them because it seems you need to be a member to see their photos. Shouldn't being a part of this one online community absolve me of the need to join any others? Hope this helps.
posted by nobody at 9:12 PM on July 23, 2009


The vocalist is Sticky's neice, so he should know.
posted by vrakatar at 12:03 AM on July 24, 2009


Ok, I finally have my photos up.
(I have no idea why everyone turned out so goofy - it was still early in the evening)
posted by wretched_rhapsody at 6:25 AM on July 24, 2009


They have photos on their Facebook page, and you don't need a login. It seems like the right band, so good memory, nobody.
posted by smackfu at 7:12 AM on July 24, 2009


Eee, wretched_rhapsody, I just accidentally claimed your photos as my own on the NYC page; e-mailing mods now to fix.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:44 AM on July 24, 2009


Yes, Huff This. The cellist is a relatively new addition. Her CD was produced by Graham Nash, and a second one is just being commenced.
posted by StickyCarpet at 11:57 AM on July 24, 2009


Ok, I am thoroughly confused...why are there two different people both wearing "thinkpiece" nametags in wretched_rhapsody's pictures?
posted by JaredSeth at 12:31 PM on July 24, 2009


The male thinkpiece is actually hermitosis.
posted by amro at 12:54 PM on July 24, 2009


Ah yes, I should have recognized the shirt.
posted by JaredSeth at 1:09 PM on July 24, 2009


I actually arrived at "Huff This" after trying two dozen different command phrases + myspace on google, good to have confirmation though.
posted by parkan at 2:10 PM on July 25, 2009


http://www.flickr.com/photos/textfiles/sets/72157621708245443/ is my collection of photos I took. WITH FLASH.
posted by jscott at 9:53 PM on July 25, 2009


Just FYI, Huff This is Alison's side project. Currently she's dancing for the Metropolitan Opera, rehearsing an upcoming show at Lincoln Center.
posted by StickyCarpet at 1:41 PM on July 26, 2009


I know there is some cynicism implied in even mentioning this, but now that everything has been cleaned up and organized, I'm happy to report that of all the loose ipods, microphones, netbook computers, cameras, and other expensive items that were scattered around unattended, nothing went missing.

Pretty impressive for such a large group in a dark room.
posted by StickyCarpet at 8:54 AM on August 2, 2009


My worry was that someone would spill a drink into one of the open computer cases.
posted by smackfu at 10:46 AM on August 2, 2009


So, who wants to start planning a WICKED SICK Halloween party?
posted by vrakatar at 9:53 PM on August 4, 2009


Yes! Vrakatar, we can invite the CHUD people from the basement. Woohoo.
posted by Skygazer at 9:03 AM on August 8, 2009


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