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Can you make it to a San Francisco East Bay meet-up?

Asked by zenvelo (37998points) January 26th, 2022
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@janbb, our favorite penguin, will be in the SF Bay Area in March. How about any and all gathering in Berkeley on Friday, March 18 for dinner and put a face to that avatar?

I am thinking we could meet at Picante on 6th Street around 6:30 or 7, but am open to suggestions for any place that is reasonable but can handle a crowd.

Post if you think you can make it!

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janbb's avatar

Me, Me, Me! I’ll be sliding down from the North Pole or maybe up from the South Pole – never am quite sure!

filmfann's avatar

I will be there! I am unfamiliar with Picante. I hope it isn’t too loud.
@janbb Shall I bring my favorite quilter?

janbb's avatar

@filmfann Strange coincidence, she’s my favorite quilter too! Happy to meet her!

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Look southwest. I’ll be waving.

janbb's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake Can’t turtles swim?

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@janbb Those waters around San Francisco are cold and full of big sharks.

rebbel's avatar

Can’t unfortunately make 7 PM.

janbb's avatar

@rebbel We’ll miss you!

Tropical_Willie's avatar

My wife would kill me, that’s our anniversary !

chyna's avatar

I wish I could! You guys report in after your meet up.

Caravanfan's avatar

If I am in town I will go. There is a chance I will be in England following my favorite band.

SergeantQueen's avatar

I’ll probably be freezing my ass off in southern Wisconsin, so stay warm and have a drink for me!!

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Sorry I haven’t crossed the border in years.
Have a coffee or drink for me though.

Brian1946's avatar

If my finances are okay, hopefully I’ll be able to go. :)

Even though it’s about 400 miles north of where I met with LuckyGuy, it still might be too far south for JLoon, but here’s hoping.

jca2's avatar

Would love a trip to Cali but unfortunately my daughter’s school schedule limits when I’m able to travel. Have fun and take pix!

JLoon's avatar

@Brian1946, and All – I’ve already stood you guys up once, but more begging might work!

Really I dunno. Sounds like fun though, and March 18 is Awkward Moments/Fertility Goddess Day…

Ya never know ;-D

flutherother's avatar

Sounds like a great idea but I can’t make it this time. Just a mile or so too far. I’ll be looking over in your direction though.

raum's avatar

Would love to meet some fellow jellies. :)

Though does Picante have outdoor dining? I think I’m slightly still traumatized about all getting Covid over winter break. Not sure if I’m ready for indoor dining. :/

Mimishu1995's avatar

Now how can I teleport myself…

raum's avatar

@Brian1946 Thanks!

Brian1946's avatar

I just read that Picante has a vast-ass dance floor and EVERY Friday is Disco night! ;-D

chyna's avatar

Woot woot!

Brian1946's avatar

@Mimishu1995

Maybe when @Hawaii_Jake has completed his matter transporter, we can meet up in Hawaii! :p

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@Brian1946

Flippers make it hard to hold the screwdriver.

janbb's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake Never been a problem for me. You just need to get a flipper head screwdriver. . :-)

Caravanfan's avatar

And it turns out my England trip isn’t happening. I blew out my shoulder in a skiing injury so I won’t be doing any travelling

janbb's avatar

@Caravanfan Well, it’s for a crappy reason but it will be nice to meet you. Heal fast!

janbb's avatar

For those who are coming How do you feel about meeting at an Indian restaurant in Berkeley? There are some nice ones on Sodano Ave. I’m not pushing for that but they tend to be on the quiet side.

Still thinking about location ideas.

Caravanfan's avatar

Indian is fine. Best to pick someplace with outdoor seating for those of us who are paranoid.

janbb's avatar

^^ OK. Don’t know if many of the Indian places have outdoor dining. Now I’m thinking of @zenvelo‘s Picante which says they have only outdoor dining or maybe Jupiter Brewery (http://www.jupiterbeer.com/) on Shattuck which is a brew pub and pizza place with a large outdoor courtyard. Do we think it will be warm enough for outdoors? I’m fine with it.

I think if we can shoot for 5:30–6 wherever we go, it might be quieter than later if folks can make it then.

Jonsblond's avatar

I’m frozen here in Wisconsin and won’t be thawed until mid April at the earliest. I’m jelly!

Please share pics. <3

Patty_Melt's avatar

I will look into my budget as time nears.

SergeantQueen's avatar

@Jonsblond Let’s virtually freeze together

janbb's avatar

@Patty_Melt Do you live in the West?

LuckyGuy's avatar

I’ll be there Feb 15, 16, and 17 staying in the Castro district at a friends apartment. Maybe a mini is in order.

filmfann's avatar

@LuckyGuy Sounds like a good idea!

janbb's avatar

@LuckyGuy Too bad your mini and my mini won’t coincide!

Caravanfan's avatar

@LuckyGuy I will be a week post-op from surgery so I won’t make it this time around, but I’ll catch you next time around.

janbb's avatar

So – it looks like about 5 people coming. @zenvelo says Picante has outdoor seating and heaters so let’s go for that.

Would 6 p.m. work for everyone?

Let us know if you can come.

Caravanfan's avatar

That would be fine.

filmfann's avatar

I am planning on being there

janbb's avatar

^^ Yeah, I have both you guys counted.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I’ll be staying at a friends apartment on Rosemont Place between Mission and Castro Districts.
Equidistant to downtown and Golden Gate park 40 minute walk.
From what I see cars are not so convenient: parking, break-ins, traffic.
Does anyone have a suggestion for a place in 2 weeks, Feb 16 or 15? I’m willing to take a train (I think) I’m not familiar with the system.
Is Picante a reasonable suggestion for me, too?
Edit: I see that Berkely is on the other side (east) of the bridge. Maybe there is a train? Is that the center of mass for everyone?

zenvelo's avatar

@LuckyGuy PIcante is across the bay in Berekely, but it is not near a BART station. The alternatve that @janbb had offered, Jupiter Brewing, is across a broad street (Shattuck Avenue) from the Berkeley BART station.

Alternatively, we could meet at a place in the Mission. I would defer to suggestions from others as to Berkeley or the City, both work for me.

zenvelo's avatar

@LuckyGuy As of yesterday, restaurants in SF require proof of vaccination AND booster.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@zenvelo Thanks. You can relax. I’m fully vaxxed and boosted and have the digital pass to prove it. (I even have the scanner to verify other people’s status. I’ll bring it if anyone wants to play. ) I also have N95 masks.
Mission would be great for me. That looks like an interesting neighborhood! But meeting across from the Berkely BART is ok, too.
@Caravanfan will be recovering so he can’t make it.
It might just be you and me although everyone is welcome!
I’m smiling already!

@filmfann Are you in the area?
Who am I missing?

chyna's avatar

I think @Jloon is in the area.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Lucky, your New York digital proof of vaccination is useless in other states. Take a photo of your vaccination card, or just take your card. Here, everybody takes a photo that includes both the ID and the vaccination card.

JLoon's avatar

@chyna, @LuckyGuy, @zenvelo and All – I’m in the area of West Coast/US/Planet Earth/universe… but I’m not packed for San Francisco, yet ;)

filmfann's avatar

@LuckyGuy I am 250 miles North, but I often visit the Bay Area to see my grandkids.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake Thanks for the heads up. I’ll bring the paper cards but I was in Pasadena in Nov, and the French Quarter in Dec and the digital pass worked. I even tested my scanner on my Louisiana friend’s digital pass and it read his information correctly: Name, DOB and green check mark from the state confirming he was up to date.
It appears that some states standardized on the digital pass and QR code methodology. I find it shocking that NY and Louisiana agree on anything. :-)

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

^Cool! My information must have been old.

Brian1946's avatar

Is the parking in Berkeley as bad as the parking in Frisco?

raum's avatar

Wait…hold up. Everyone that’s coming is fully vaccinated and boosted, yeah?

@Brian1946 Depends on where you’re parking. But generally way easier than in the city.

janbb's avatar

@raum Yes, on the March one. And it will be outside. And @Caravanfan will be checking our cards at the door. :-)

raum's avatar

Nice.

zenvelo's avatar

@Brian1946 Frisco is in Colorado off of I 70, and the parking there is not too bad, although it gets crowded in the summer.

Parking in Berkeley depends on if you are willing to pay; street parking can be a challenge, but not impossible. Jupiter Brewing is in the most congested part of town, so pay for a lot or take BART.

janbb's avatar

@zenvelo But we’re meeting at Picante which is in a less crowded part of town.

zenvelo's avatar

@janbb @Brian was, I thought, responding to @LuckyGuy and discussion about where we will meet on February 16.

janbb's avatar

Thought he was suggesting someplace in the Mission but I will butt out.

Perhaps it’s worth specifying whether talking about the February or March meet ups when talking about them? Or moving to PMs?

LuckyGuy's avatar

I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to hijack the thread. But it is official. I have my tickets I arrive SF on 2/15 and leave 2/18.
2/16 would be the best day for me. @zenvelo
Since I will be only 10 minutes from the BART 16th and Mission station I can easily travel anywhere. The Jupiter Brew pub sounds like a great location. I’m guessing that is good for anyone else who wants to meet.
5:00? 6:00? 7:00? 8:00 PM What is good? I don’t know California times. :-)

(Here in the tundra we eat at 4:00.)
PM me and I’‘ll give you my phone number.

(I wish I could make the March Meet.)

janbb's avatar

@LuckyGuy Yeah, too bad you can’t stick around for another month!

Caravanfan's avatar

@LuckyGuy If I feel well enough to go I’ll be there. Kind of doubt it though. Jupiter is decent.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I’m leaving LA on the 23rd. SF is a quick side trip.

@Caravanfan It would be great to meet you! But if you can’t, I won’t hold it against ya’.
Recovery and healing is the most important thing.

raum's avatar

What if meet up at Jupiter…then drive over to @Caravanfan’s house and throw rocks at his window like we’re in a 90’s teen movie? :P

zenvelo's avatar

details on another thread

janbb's avatar

And I’ll hold off a bit before suggesting a Jersey Shore meet up this summer!

Caravanfan's avatar

@LuckyGuy I“m sure I’ll feel well enough. It’s just a question of whether or not I can drive yet, which I doubt. Jupiter is about 30 minutes door to door and I don’t particularly want to brave BART (even though BART dumps off right there).

chyna's avatar

Isn’t @yarnlady in California?

Brian1946's avatar

@chyna

You’re right, she is.
She lives about 100 miles NE of Berkeley, and about 110 NE of San Fran.

chyna's avatar

So just a short road trip.

Brian1946's avatar

I agree.

If I lived that close, I’d definitely go.

YARNLADY's avatar

Thank you for the invite, but I won’t be able to come.

AstroChuck's avatar

Damn. I’m 90 minutes away from the Bay Area. But I have work that day. Of course I could develop a cough or something that day. It would be a shame if I had to call in sick.

janbb's avatar

@AstroChuck Hey – how many times does a 6 /12 year old boy get a chance to meet a penguin in the flesh?

janbb's avatar

@YARNLADY Too bad!

janbb's avatar

So who’s coming to the meet-up on the 18th and what time are we meeting? Is it at Pincante in Berkeley still?

(And if @zenvelo or @raum could pick me up on Sacramento St that would be great!)

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Carpools are good ! @janbb

raum's avatar

I can pick you up, penguino. :)

LuckyGuy's avatar

I’ll wave in your direction. :-)

Caravanfan's avatar

I should still be okay.

Jeruba's avatar

Would anyone be going from the South Bay? If I could ride with someone, maybe even meeting them partway, I could probably make it.

zenvelo's avatar

REMNDER – We’re meeting next Friday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Picante , 1328 6th Street, Berkeley.

There is plenty of parking at the corner. Once again, I wil wear a Hawaiian shirt. Look for us outside to the left of the building.

Please let us know if you think you can make it so we grab enough charis and also keep an eye out for you!

janbb's avatar

I’ll be there but not sure if I’ll be wearing a tuxedo.

Brian1946's avatar

I read that water-repellent feathers are acceptable attire.

raum's avatar

If zenvelo could grab the penguin. I’d be down to meet Jeruba halfway.

Caravanfan's avatar

Hi all,
I’m out, I’m sorry. My daughter just informed us that she’s going to be coming home for her spring break and is only here for a few days so I’m going to stay home. Have a great time! I’ll catch the next one.

janbb's avatar

@Caravanfan Oh – too bad! I was going to ask you every medical question I have! Seriously, we’ll miss you.

Caravanfan's avatar

Wait, I got my Fridays mixed up. IF it’s this Friday the 18th I can go.

zenvelo's avatar

@Caravanfan Yes! It is this Friday, March 18!

filmfann's avatar

What’s the current head count?

JLoon's avatar

@filmfann – I have one, but won’t be going.

raum's avatar

I’m in. :)

Currently @janbb’s ride. But if @zenvelo can gift her a lift, I could swing south to meet @Jeruba halfway.

I could do both. But it’s been awhile since I’ve done Friday traffic on 880. Might be running late.

zenvelo's avatar

@raum I can swing by and get Jan.

zenvelo's avatar

@filmfann So far it is me, Jan, Raum, Caravanfan, and Jeruba. Hope you and Belinda can make it!

raum's avatar

@zenvelo Great!
@Jeruba Let’s rendezvous.

jca2's avatar

Sounds like a fun time!

LuckyGuy's avatar

@jca2 I can swing by and pick you up. We can make if we leave tomorrow. :-)

jca2's avatar

@LuckyGuy: I’d definitely do it if I didn’t have to be home to get my daughter off to school haha.

raum's avatar

@AstroChuck
[cough, cough]

chyna's avatar

Tonight’s the night! Have a lot of fun!

canidmajor's avatar

I WANT TO SEE ALL THE PICTURES!!!

filmfann's avatar

@zenvelo and @raum have my cell number. If there is any change or issue, you can reach me through them. See you in 3½ hours!

janbb's avatar

@canidmajor Don’t know how others feel but personally I don’t want to blow my penguin disguise on Fluther so pics might be a no (unless on the other F.)

See you West Coasters soon!

Caravanfan's avatar

Here. Don’t see anybody though

Brian1946's avatar

@Caravanfan

It’s an hour later. Still nobody?

janbb's avatar

We were all there including him. Had a lovely time!

Caravanfan's avatar

@Brian1946 Yes, I found them soon after I posted that. We had a really nice time.

filmfann's avatar

What a wonderful time we had! It actually lends proof to the concept that you can meet nice people online!

janbb's avatar

^^And their wives!

Jeruba's avatar

I just got home. Had a great time! Thanks to @janbb for being the occasion of this visit and to @zenvelo for initiating this planning thread. I also owe a big thanks and hug to @raum for meeting me halfway and driving the hard part for both of us. I couldn’t have done it otherwise. And to @Caravanfan and @filmfann and Belinda for being there and being wonderful. All you other guys: next time, okay? I want to hug you all.

No picture posting, though, sorry.

raum's avatar

It was great to see everyone tonight! Thanks for organizing, @zenvelo. :)

Though I totally felt like I should have been taking better notes to remember all the movies to add to my must-watch list.

@Jeruba No extra hugs owed. But I’ll totally take you up on that extra hug!

Always great to see you, @janbb! Loved your penguin sweatshirt. :D

And even though I don’t need your avatar to identify you, @filmfann. It still makes me smile to see your avatar pinned to your shirt. Wish @Jeruba and @Caravanfan got to see pictures of Belinda’s quilts. I totally forgot to ask her to bust them out again.

@zenvelo Hope it was worth missing your concert. Maybe next time we can all crash it. :D

raum's avatar

Oops! Meant to write “no extra thanks owed”. :P

Dutchess_III's avatar

I. Am. So. Jealous.

Brian1946's avatar

Did you meet in or outdoors?

Caravanfan's avatar

@Brian1946 Covered exterior with heat lamps.

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