Windy City Aftermath

I just wanted to say thank you to everybody who made it to the first ever Chicago Meetup! We had roughly 15 macacas in attendance (more than you can see in that photo) of all varieties: ABD, FOB, Active commenters, Quiet Lurkers, etc. We may not have hit 40, Taz, but I’ll bet there’s never been a sweeter, more easy going, more congenial group of people who’ve shown up.

The event hosted itself, I didn’t have to do a thing other than suggest that we order more food. Oh yeah, and this will appeal to the desi mentality – it was cheap, yo! We ended up $35 over when we collected money, and actually had to hand some back.

Great company, tasty food … really, the only thing that went wrong was that I didn’t take enough pictures, and the two I did take (with Ravi’s camera) don’t really capture the energy of the event.

So yes, there will definitely be another Chicago Meetup, but from what people said, maybe we should wait until the spring? And for those lurkers who were too shy to attend – come on in, the water’s fine!

19 thoughts on “Windy City Aftermath

  1. So yes, there will definitely be another Chicago Meetup, but from what people said, maybe we should wait until the spring?

    nod didn’t i tell you about the freezing aspect? did all 15 leave the meet-up or did anyone freeze?

  2. Awww…I missed this one. sigh! But, I am looking forward to the next meetup. I hope it comes soon!

    Razib, no one freezes here at this time of the year.

  3. *nod* didn’t i tell you about the freezing aspect? did all 15 leave the meet-up or did anyone freeze?

    I actually think it was no colder in Chicago than it was in Oregon. It was 40-50 during the day …

    Besides which, we generated a fair amount of heat ;)

  4. :( we missed the event. Ennis, you should have clicked more pics ! Not fair ! also if you are still wondering where did I disappear that Saturday afternoon, I was here.

    Let us wait till the weather clears up (spring as people said), and we will have a terrific one in MidWest.

  5. Hmm… no one from Seattle here? There are days I hate living here for more than the weather !

  6. Hmm… no one from Seattle here? There are days I hate living here for more than the weather !

    there’s probably one or two mutiny readers up in seattle , working for microsoft

  7. Lived in Chicago for 24 years. Devon Avenue on a Saturday is the best desi treat this great land of ours has to offer. Did anyone order paper masala dosa at Udipi and is it still two feet in length, overlapping your neighbor’s paper masala by six inches? Next time consider Miami. I will gladly host a dozen mutineers. The water’s always fine here.

  8. :( we missed the event. Ennis, you should have clicked more pics ! Not fair ! also if you are still wondering where did I disappear that Saturday afternoon, I was here.

    Ravneet – I’m really sorry to hear about your health problems and am glad to hear that things turned out OK. We’ll have another one soon-ish, just figure I should wait since we’re heading into winter (no Razib, it’s not winter yet) and people will be more likely to want to play in the spring.

    Did anyone order paper masala dosa at Udipi and is it still two feet in length, overlapping your neighbor’s paper masala by six inches?

    Yes!

  9. there’s probably one or two mutiny readers up in seattle , working for microsoft

    As I recall from my years there, almost all of the desis I met in Seattle were either Microsoft employees, Boeing employees or UW students.

  10. As I recall from my years there, almost all of the desis I met in Seattle were either Microsoft employees, Boeing employees or UW students.

    fwiw, both myself and ex-mutineer Manish Vij are ex-MSFT’ies. So the MSFT / Seattle Sepia Mutiny roots ran deep at one point, at least….

  11. Ennis, you should have clicked more pics !

    HEY.

    I know you guys don’t realize you are rubbing salt in his wounds, so I’ll intervene and say this: Ennis lost his camera minutes before the meetup and felt terrible about it; I was on the phone w/him when he realized this sad reality. I told him not to worry– that you guys would take more than enough photographs, since that’s what happens in NYC, DC and SF. Some of you DID take lots of pictures, right? :)

  12. Crikes! I had only been reveling in the sudden fame Sepia provided me by being in one of the cover pictures and now I find myself(with fellow mutineers ofcourse) already upstaged by somebody with terrific cleavage. Damn you Leyla Milani! Such is the life of cover-page fame, I guess. I am partly to be blamed about the lack of pictures since I had the only working camera at that time and I made a hurried exit before everybody else.

    Did anyone order paper masala dosa at Udipi and is it still two feet in length, overlapping your neighbor’s paper masala by six inches?

    I did inform Ennis about the length of the Paper Masala but he didn’t seem to mind one bit. BTW, the man looks exactly like the grainy picture we have of him in the list of the bloggers on the front page.

    All in all, greatly enjoyed the meet up. Looking forward to the next one in spring or whenever.

  13. There are more Seattlites lurking around here than one would think. I would warrant that a meetup at the downtown Spice Lounge would not go underattended.

    I, for one, would much appreciate a SM Seattle Meetup. DC? NYC? LA? Chicago? Pfft. The brown runs strong in Seattle.