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I'm going to try to take a little bit of control over my social situation here.

I am 2 hours from Boston. Slightly less, really. Many, many awesome people are in Boston, but we don't go down much because the ferry's hours mean that it's tough to get back in time to get home and not have to get a hotel. Nevertheless.

What if we could make it down once a month? Is there a group of people who would be willing to get together at a restaurant or someone's house, have a salon kind of thing--talk about books, knit, play instruments if we feel like it, not if we don't, maybe read from books we love or just hang out and MST3K poor unsuspecting Terminator movies or something? I'm talking about a monthly playdate for grownups, so that I can see some humans once in awhile and be a little more connected to the world. I've always wanted to have a Round Table--could we make one?

Please comment if you would join in. If you could regularly make such meetings, especially if it was always third Sundays or something like that, would you be willing to host, or do you have ideas for restaurants and cafes we could use? If we missed our ferry departure window, are there folk who would let us crash?

In essence, let's do this thing. What Boston folk are in?

You could call them Yuki-Cons. :)

That is pretty me-centric though and I want it to be something everyone digs.

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I shall have to factor this possibility into my plans when I move... YUM! Great idea. I hope an excellent group responds!

Long-time reader, infrequent commenter - I would join in. Unfortunately, I don't have the ability to host, but fortunately, I am very very close to a neat cafe that is a frequent host to mobs of freaky people (the Diesel Cafe, at which there are multiple poly meet-ups there every month, and that's only what I -know- about); there are some sofas and such in the back. Oh um and pool tables!

I don't get out enough to know of other such places.

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Ditto this.

AngelVixen :-)

D'you think it'd be crazy to take the six-hour bus ride from Philly to attend one of these maybe?

No, but then, I'm crazy. ;)

In. With the usual caveats of scheduling, but yes, I would be down for this.

I could probably make at least some, especially in the colder months.

ETA: But I would anti-ditto Diesel, unless they make some arrangements for groups that I'm not aware of. They make a good raspberry lime rickey, for sure, and it's about as Davis-Square-cliche as it's possible to get, but the place is really not all that comfortable and it's frequently super crowded...you need pretty good table karma to get seating for 1-3 people, let alone a bigger group.

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HAving attempted events at Diesel I can safely say they can't accommodate a large group.

You might try Redbones? Their downstairs is plenty big. And they got BBQ! And beer!!!

Depending on my class and hopefully work schedule, I'm in. Boston is only an hour north for me, and we'll just ignore that whole messing with my internal compass thing it tends to do to me when driving. ;)

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This sounds so amazing! I might be able to host in months after September, if a house with two living rooms and two dining-room-slash-kitchens would be sufficient for the number of people. (It also has a jewelry studio and a reasonably-sized-if-somewhat-asphalt-paved back yard and many board games and a giant TV with beatles rock band and a tiny porch.) And in any case I'd love to attend, if folks you don't know (yet?) are welcome :)

Of course! I want to meet new people.

You and justbeast should come to our game/craft day 9/5, which is exactly that! Invite on Facebook.

I'll be in Australia for Worldcon. :(

I'm only an hour from Boston; I'd be interested.

I might be living in Boston for three months in the spring. If that happens, I am absolutely in for that period. :)
Even if not, would there be room for a rare drop-in from an out-of-towner who wants to roleplay and learn to knit?

-Magnetic Crow

Definitely in. It would be great to make new friends. And MST3King stuff is an awesome way to spend a Saturday :) I second/third/whatever Diesel Cafe and Johnny D's. They are spectacular.

I'm in, assuming no schedule conflicts. Sounds like a great time.

I'm almost certain you could make it an overnight trip if you felt like it. I know plenty of people I rely on for crash space for that sort of thing Heck, I'd come out to Boston to see you. 4 hours isn't too horrible if I know I can crash with people.

Bill and I would be in for this. Absolutely. We could maybe even get him to run a one shot if we asked nicely.

I know and love literally dozens of people in Boston, and would relish the excuse to get out there and cross paths with you, in addition to any number of them.

Please consider me in-counted, and note this as an official request to be kept notified of such meetings?

...if you were to go, would you be interested in carpooling, at least on occasion? I don't know if I'd be able to go all the time, but damn, a road trip or two would be sort of awesome, especially since I, too, know and love literally dozens of people in Boston...

Oh my goodness yes! I would love love love to do this. Just the idea is super exciting.

Dang, but I wish I were a bit closer than 3 hours away from Boston. 2 would be doable, 3 is a bit far...

I'm just north of Boston, in Wilmington. Can't host until the house is emptied of college kids and their (and more of my!) stuff, but I'd love to attend, and can help make arrangements at other places.

Creds: I've run and/or fed SCA events for up to 400 people or so?

And crash space is available (except for weekends when all three college kids are back, feh, which should be only at the holidays).

I would certainly be interested at least some of the time. I would be far more inclined towards a gathering at somebody's house than a cafe, as I have just enough hearing damage that loud noisy spaces make it nearly impossible to follow conversations.

Also, after January I would have a nursing baby with me. I promise to remove myself and said baby if there is howling, though.

I never mind babies being around, even howling. I has many younger siblings. I am used to it.

Well, I am always up for food or musical jamming or MST3king any bad thing. Whether I could make such a meeting depends on stuff like work levels and how crazily introverted I'm feeling, but if you're open to hanging out with people you don't really know, shouldn't I be willing to take the same risk?

Definitely like the theory.

Another dedicated reader, infrequent commenter here. I wouldn't be able to host, but if the location were T-accessible, I could bring shy smiles and maybe a fiddle.


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