First Consumerist Meetup 11/4!

I just got done setting up our equipment rental to show the Internets Celebrities movies from Rooftop Films, which means that our first Consumerist meetup must be very close indeed…

Yessir It’s The First Consumerist Meetup
11/4/09 6-9pm
Botanica Bar
47 Houston St, NY NY 10012

Someone emailed me asking what sort of people would be there and whether there would be snacks. To the first, I say, I have no idea. A few Consumerist readers came when we did that panel several months ago and they seemed young and nice. To the second, I say, no, there will be no snacks. Snacks are messy. Go eat a sandwich beforehand if you’re worried. We will, however, be underwriting the liquid refreshment.

I noticed in previous posts a call in the comments for meetups in other cities. Consumerist Meetup across the nation is a very appealing idea, but we’re just going to get this new york thing, a thing we can easily stumble home from using public transit, right first.



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  1. Laura Northrup says:

    a thing we can easily stumble home from using public transit

    Even if, for some of us, that occasionally and inadvertently takes twelve hours.

  2. pop top says:

    I love that picture. You guys better have a personalized lab coat at the meet up waiting for him.

  3. thesadtomato says:

    Let the whining and special requests begin:
    Can you consider doing the next meetup on a weekend night? I live in a city that’s Amtrak convenient to (but in fact a longish train ride away from) NYC and would love to attend, but can’t on a Wednesday @ 6:00.

    Without specifying where I live, I’d be willing to bet there are also Baltimore, DC, Philadelphia, New Haven, and Boston people who’d come but can’t for the same reason as me.

    • bornonbord says:

      @thesadtomato: Yes, and the Chicago people.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      @thesadtomato: I think that would be a nice idea, especially if there were enough notice that I could possibly save up for a weekend trip to NYC (I’ve been wanting to go there.) but going on a weeknight with a month’s notice is just not doable from Texas.

    • katstermonster says:

      @thesadtomato: I’d like to second this…I live outside Hartford, CT and could totally do a weekend meetup, but the weekdays…not so much. :(

    • ElizabethD says:


      OK, I’m going to sound like an old crank here, but… really? People are willing to spend a lot of bucks (in my book, Amtrak costs $$$$) to meet other Consumerist commentators and drink beer? Possibly even spend their weekend going to and fro? WOW.

      I say this with all due respect for and its many clever authors and commentators, whom I adore. It’s just that if I had that money, meeting y’all for a few hours would probably not be the first item on my wish list. Or is all this just a ruse for a speed-dating convention for the “young and nice,” to quote Ms. Pecan Pi?

      If I were living in NYC, I’d love to stop by, though.

      xxxx kisses and hugs oooo from the ol’ lady

      • Trai_Dep says:

        @ElizabethD: Clearly, you haven’t been informed of the Consumerist Meet-Up After-Parties.
        The naked Consumerist Meet-Up After-Parties.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          @Trai_Dep: see, i’m wondering if we all spend so much time on the internet instead of outdoors and exercising and such… do we want to be involved in the naked meet-up after-parties?

      • xredgambit says:

        @ElizabethD: I’d like to shake Ben’s hands once, maybe get a picture with the good ol’ GetEmSteveDave. And maybe a boob squeeze off Meg.

        • MostlyHarmless says:

          @xredgambit: …

        • Con Seannery says:

          @xredgambit: See, that was reasonable. Then it kept being rather reasonable. Then it just got creepy.

        • GitEmSteveDave_MovesHisHipsLikeYeah says:

          @xredgambit: Creepy. Dude, just think how you would feel if Meg was your sister/mother, and not a damn smart editor for a great consumer blog, and someone else said that. Seriously, I live my life on webcams, and stuff like you said gives me the skeeves. Let’s keep it civil, and above all, respectful. And let it be known to all that I have no problem defending the honor of any of the fine editors here and some of the commenters.

          And it’s GITEmSteveDave. And I’ll take photos with anyone, provided they aren’t for an “art class”. I fell for that twice already.

      • thesadtomato says:

        @ElizabethD: I think you read me wrong: I have lots of other reasons to be in the city (family and friends reside in the 5 boroughs) and I’ve been meaning to visit. Mr. Sad Tomato wouldn’t want me speed-dating.

        Frankly, an Amtrak ticket wouldn’t set me back too badly, but it’s not the only option: I don’t know where else these cheap coaches exist, but Chinatown buses from DC and Philly cost $20 or less. Greyhound is fairly inexpensive. For Amtrak, depending on when I leave and which train I take the ticket price drops by as much as 50%. And if you’re an “ol’ lady” they have a senior discount which an ol’ lady friend of mine in her 50s says they never check to see if you’re really 65 or whatever it is. Also, if you live in the mid-atlantic, combining Amtrak with a local train like NJ transit could make it cheaper still. (Tell a Consumerist it costs too much, she’ll tell you how to do it cheaper.)

        But I see your point: trips *just* to meet strangers from the internets are not priority one in my book. It was more a question of “the east coast is really easy to travel up and down, can we make it easy in the future for out of towners who could come?”

      • thesadtomato says:

        @ElizabethD: In other news: Bunedoggle stopped working for some reason.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        @ElizabethD: Well just recenly Mr. Aroo and I drove 7 hours to meet up with some people we play games online with. We spent the whole weekend there but the actual “meet up” was an all day Saturday BBQ. It was really fun, and it was a nice weekend trip to get away. The only difference between meeting those folks and meeting the people here on Consumerist is that we’ve heard their voices because when we play online with them everyone has mics on to chat with. It’s a little less creepy that way.

        I wouldn’t travel to a week day meetup in NYC, but I could see making a long weekend out of it. I’ve been wanting to see NYC anyway, and really want to go shopping there because I’ve hear that is where they hide all the really small adult clothes. A Consumerist meetup would be a serious bonus on the trip.

        But maybe you should ignore me anyway (I might be a bit biased, lol).. because I met my husband online. We’ve been married 6 years now.. so it can’t be all bad.

  4. theSuperman says:

    If only I wasn’t an hour away from NYC and not so lazy.

  5. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    A few Consumerist readers came when we did that panel several months ago and they seemed “young” and “nice.”

    I’m intrigued by what kinds of people may have shown up to warrant the quote marks around young and nice…were they excessively touchy old people who thought they were hip?

  6. h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

    I’d propose an independent Columbus meetup, but I think there are like three of us.

    • ElizabethD says:

      @h3llc4t has a slow work day:

      My son in Columbus isn’t a Consumerist reader or commenter, but if you had free beer and/or food he’d probably go and bring a friend. :-)

      • h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

        @ElizabethD: Well, our townhouse isn’t big enough for many people so we’d have to meet at a restaurant or bar. I suppose I could wrap some Lil’ Smokies in croissant dough and top them with bacon though. Nothing like eating meat niblets from random girls on the Internet to make folks feel welcome.

        • Con Seannery says:

          @h3llc4t has a slow work day: Man do you know how to show a guy a good time! Meat.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          @h3llc4t has a slow work day: in honor of the season, add a little red barbecue sauce and shape the dough like mummies. nothing like bloody mummy bites to really bring out the dead

        • subtlefrog says:

          @h3llc4t has a slow work day: You’re in Columbus? Heh – I’d almost be willing to do that – I’m from Cleveland originally, all the fam is still there. I could just imagine, after going back once in the past 3 years (when grandma died), I turned up to visit, so I could borrow the car to drive to Columbus for a Consumerist meetup.

          I do assume you mean OH, not GA.

          That would be cool, we could trade stupid herp jokes.

          • h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

            @subtlefrog: Oooh oooh stupid herp jokes!
            What does a snake take when it has a headache?
            My absolute favorite though…
            A man walks into a herp store and asks the owner what rare and unusual specimens he has that day. “I’m an expert on snakes, you see, and I don’t want anything that a common man might be able to find.” He continues to rattle off all the species he’d worked with, and proudly states “There’s no one in this hemisphere that knows as much about snakes as I do.”
            The shopkeeper thinks for a minute and says “Well, I did receive a shipment today, and you won’t believe it, but I got two flowerpot snakes! Quite unusual for this area. Would you like to see them?”
            “Of course!” blusters the customer, “but tell me first: what sex are they?”

            (I didn’t get it the first time I heard it, then went back and looked up flowerpot snakes…light bulb went on…laughed my ass off.)

            @xredgambit: If people are serious about it, maybe we can work something out for a weekend evening early next month?

    • xredgambit says:

      @h3llc4t has a slow work day: I’d do a Columbus meetup. Hour dive isn’t bad.

  7. Cat_In_A_Hat says:

    Woot! My first time visiting NYC and the consumerist is having a meetup. How do I convince my friends to accompanying me to an event to meet people that I don’t know, but do know from the internets?!!?!? Anyone planinnig a pre-meetup meetup?

  8. edicius is an acquired taste says:

    I’d go, but I’d fear getting disemvoweled in public. That would be trrbly mbrssng.

  9. MostlyHarmless says:

    *shakes fist* Too far. Way too far.

    • HogwartsAlum says:

      @MostlyHarmless: For me too. I can’t do it.

      Maybe if (WHEN! WHEN!) I publish the book, there will be a Consumerist meetup when I have to go to NY to meet with people. :)

  10. MostlyHarmless says:

    Okay quick poll. Does anyone in and around the Nashville area want to hack up their own meetup? I live 2 hours from there, and I dont mind coming to nashville for the meetup.

    Show of hands, please?

  11. dollywould says:

    Free snacks. I love it. They wouldn’t be good Consumerist readers if they didn’t ask. Have fun, kids!

    • subtlefrog says:

      @dollywould: You still into an LA meetup that night? I’ll be in Malibu during the day, but I’m W LA. We could meet somewhere…I know there are other LA People, too. Trai Dep?

  12. JPropaganda says:

    Free drinks and no snacks? Sounds like a great night. You know I’m there.

  13. mac-phisto says:

    i want to meetup! i have to work though & about 1-1/2 outside of the city. plus, i can’t help thinking that it’ll be me, vork & zaboo sitting in awkward silence.

  14. VaMPKiSS1 says:

    Aww. I would have totally been there if not for the fact that I’m flying out of the city the day before. Here’s hoping this is the first of several meetups and that I’ll be in town for the next one!!

  15. ge0rge says:

    If you ever make it down to Fort Worth let me know, or I suppose Dallas, wait scratch that- will not go to Dallas.

  16. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    remote meetups by skype? satellite meetups done like a conference call?
    so you could have chicago, boston, wherever else you people live at the same time as new york?
    of course without the new york support network the other cities would likely be someplace cheap [someone’s living room] and with a different class of beverages [cheap] but could probably manage to provide snacks

    i know, it doesn’t apply to me anyway, i only know of three of us in the state where i live

  17. ElizabethD says:

    Ha ha ha that nametag! Love it.

  18. subtlefrog says:

    TraiDep, Veronykah, Dollywould…any other Los Angeles / So Cal people. Last call. If you are in – let me know where you are and we’ll try to set something up somewhat central…

    • dollywould says:

      @subtlefrog: Could we do later in November or December instead? This is two days before I leave to go out of the country for over a week, so I foresee many late worknights leading up to it.

      • subtlefrog says:

        @dollywould: @Trai_Dep: So – since neither of you are up for that particular night, perhaps a different date could be reached for a LA meetup. We could do the weekend before or shortly after, when dollywould is back. If you’re up for drinkypoos, Trai.

    • MostlyHarmless says:

      @subtlefrog: Trai Dep is SanFran, iirc. And does not have a very high opinion of LA :P

      • subtlefrog says:

        @MostlyHarmless: Ooooh. I’d have sworn there was a recent comment where he said LA and I was surprised we were in the same town. Like it’s a small town, you know. He hasn’t been around much today, so maybe he’s not actually offended at my invitation…

        • Trai_Dep says:

          @subtlefrog: And, of COURSE I’d not be offended. C’MON! :D

          • subtlefrog says:

            @Trai_Dep: So I was correct. This makes me feel a little less insane at least…

            And I don’t think anyone has a really high opinion of LA, to be honest. We’re here because where here. I’m here for grad school, BF is here because that’s where the best job offer was out of school, and that’s what I’ve got. All the people I associate with are in school and here for that reason….

          • subtlefrog says:

            @Trai_Dep: And Trai – would you get on Twitter already?

      • Trai_Dep says:

        @MostlyHarmless: Well, I’m a born & bred SF native, but I’m in Purgatory in Los Angeles. Long Beach, to be exact.
        I was going to jump ship back to the Bay Area after earning my grad degree, until GW Bush torched the global economy. Here I sit biding my time here when I should be back in Silicon Valley cursing my commute home.
        So now you can begin to understand the true reason for the depths of my rage towards the man and what he stands for…

        I’m always up for drinks (hic) but Wednesday nights might be a bit rough.

    • Crabby Cakes says:

      @subtlefrog: Add me to the LA-ers who hate LA but need to be here so lets meet up list! I’m in the Southbay area, not at all far from Trai, (hi, neightbor!)

  19. datamyt3 says:

    Chicago in da house!!!! I like the Skype idea as well…..

  20. Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ) says:

    Can we have a meetup in Fiji? No, I don’t live there, but, dang, it must be nice in Fiji.

  21. haimtime says:

    Is this a 21 and older meetup?

  22. That's Consumer007 to you says:

    I volunteer to run one for the Denver, Co, Area. I already have a meetup group formed online and was planning to start meeting in person soon.

    Denver meetup group site here:


    Please contact me via the site if interested, or tell your Denver consumer buddies if you don’t live here.

  23. tvh2k says:

    Damn you consumerist…couldn’t you have done this while I lived in NY!

  24. Amnesiac85 says:

    Anyone in Atlanta here?

  25. surfer88 says:

    Damn. Just another (Gizmodo Gallery ’09) cool get-together that I can’t make because I’m living on the other side of the country. When this comes to LA, I’m there. have fun my fellow consumerists!

  26. creative differences says:

    ummmmm anyone else in canada? for instance, edmonon? doubt it, but i had to check…