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Are you going to the Dream-Girl Meetup in North Cambridge in September?

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No (Is there a point to this option?)
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Postby Ren » Sat May 26, 2007 10:51 am UTC

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3.14159265... wrote:Random question, how many people going?
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Postby bbctol » Sat May 26, 2007 11:35 am UTC

It's sooooooo close to my house, but my parents will never let me go... :cry:

I said "maybe", though, because I think my dad reads xkcd, and I could just sneak out.

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Postby LE4dGOLEM » Sat May 26, 2007 2:00 pm UTC

bbctol wrote:It's sooooooo close to my house, but my parents will never let me go... :cry:


Set precedent. Bring your dad, if he reads.
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Postby Drake Zure » Sat May 26, 2007 7:04 pm UTC

depends if i have my driving license and gas money by then.
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Postby Princess Marzipan » Sun May 27, 2007 6:01 am UTC

Maybe there should be a fourth option for whether or not accommodations are necessary.
A total headcount is good, but so is a count of everyone who'll need to sleep at a hotel.

EDIT: I'm dumb; there's already a poll for that. :oops:
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Postby The LuigiManiac » Sun May 27, 2007 6:04 am UTC

No, sadly.
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Postby fjafjan » Tue May 29, 2007 11:09 pm UTC

wait wait can someone show a map of where the heck this is?
Is this in the UK or not is essentially my question
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Postby Belial » Wed May 30, 2007 12:33 am UTC

Is this in the UK or not is essentially my question


Not even slightly.

And yes, I'm going.
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Postby davef » Wed May 30, 2007 2:14 am UTC

Belial wrote:
Is this in the UK or not is essentially my question


Not even slightly.


That's why I won't be there :(

I'd like to meet some of you weird and wonderful people!

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Postby Vaniver » Thu May 31, 2007 1:21 am UTC

wait wait can someone show a map of where the heck this is?
It's kind of in the *first post* of the meetup thread.
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Postby warhorse » Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:37 pm UTC

I'm confirmed! I'll be in Boston Friday-Monday
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Postby hendusoone » Thu Jul 05, 2007 5:31 pm UTC

Seeing how I live on the north shore, and it is on a Sunday, and I love public transportation, I have no reason to not go.

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Postby DonChubby » Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:03 am UTC

I really wish I could go, but alas I don't have the money to fly halfway 'round the world. And even if I did have the money, my parents would never let me go.
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Postby 3.14159265... » Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:16 am UTC

I was quoted. Sweet.
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Postby KicktheCAN » Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:27 pm UTC

No, I live really close by but I am not confident enough to meet new people.
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Postby warhorse » Mon Jul 30, 2007 8:21 pm UTC

KicktheCAN wrote:No, I live really close by but I am not confident enough to meet new people.


All of the people that are showing up don't really know any of the other people there. You will be no worse off than anyone else and you will have the benefit of being able to talk about the area to us out-of-towners. I say go! Wear your "just shy" shirt :)
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Postby 3.14159265... » Mon Jul 30, 2007 8:27 pm UTC

It would be awsome.

Think about it, a bunch of people who show up at the co-ordinates, from a comic.

You think they are gonna be very confident of meeting other people?

Come on lol

Actually damn I wanna go now, I shoudn't have discounted it so early.
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Postby KicktheCAN » Tue Jul 31, 2007 1:48 am UTC

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KicktheCAN wrote:No, I live really close by but I am not confident enough to meet new people.


All of the people that are showing up don't really know any of the other people there. You will be no worse off than anyone else and you will have the benefit of being able to talk about the area to us out-of-towners. I say go! Wear your "just shy" shirt :)


I have this really weird thing about meeting new people, it is a lot like stage fright (which I also have). I am not a shy person, I am the craziest most exuberant person I know and if somebody I know introduces me to somebody I am more than enthusiastic to meet them but just going up and introducing myself paralyzes me with fear. If you knew me you would never guess it and I try to not do it but it is like an involuntary reaction. More than once I have gone somewhere to try to meet people and turned around at the last second. I might end up going but I don't want to end up driving down to Boston and changing my mind.

I am not trying to garner sympathy or anything, just telling you straight up.
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Postby warhorse » Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:48 am UTC

KicktheCAN wrote: I am more than enthusiastic to meet them but just going up and introducing myself paralyzes me with fear.


To some extent I (and I'm sure others going to the meetup) have a similar problem. Most of the time I choose not to meet people unless I know I'm going to have something in common with them. That is, I won't go to a dance club since I don't dance and it puts me in an uncomfortable situation not knowing anybody, but I'll go to a LAN party since playing games is fun and then I'll have something to talk about with the other gamers.

For the meetup, I've been planning an ice breaker. My current idea is to bake some cookies and go around giving them out. Everybody loves cookies, so it isn't me being forced to introduce myself, I'm just offering cookies and piggybacking an introduction. I think I'll also bring a frisbee since that's a low pressure introduction as well.
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Postby parkaboy » Tue Jul 31, 2007 3:09 am UTC

yeah i love "accidentally" whacking someone in the head with a frisbee then using my apology as a precursor to an introduction.
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Postby Bakemaster » Tue Jul 31, 2007 3:54 am UTC

I've found that tactic works best when you throw the frisbee from a distance.
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Postby parkaboy » Tue Jul 31, 2007 4:07 am UTC

yup ^_^.

and in respons to the original question, i hope so. i've got my fingers crossed. when they arent busy folding. or typing.
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Postby warhorse » Wed Aug 01, 2007 3:43 am UTC

If you're going to introduce yourself by beaning someone with a frisbee, you might as well use a lead pipe; less chance of missing :lol:
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Postby parkaboy » Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:55 am UTC

well, its a lot harder to apologize for accidentally hitting someone with a lead pipe, unless you happened to be carelessly swinging one around and their head just HAPPENED to get in the way...
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Postby Belial » Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:55 am UTC

"I thought you were a zombie"?
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Postby parkaboy » Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:59 am UTC

would only work with a particularly stoic emo kid or raver.


maybe a goth. that might work. *ponders* besides, i dont think "hi!" *WHACK!* is a good way to start a conversation with anyone from here. the locals, i have no idea.
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Postby T » Thu Aug 02, 2007 3:31 pm UTC

fjafjan wrote:wait wait can someone show a map of where the heck this is?
Is this in the UK or not is essentially my question

Nope. It's in Boston, Massachusetts. Roughly 3200 miles from London Heathrow, according to the video map I watched last week when flying from LHR to BOS and back again.

I'm getting my lazy backside on a plane again in September for this meetup, and am mystified why so few of my fellow Brits seem keen on the idea. Meet in Blackpool instead? As if.

As for any worries about meeting a bunch of strangers and wondering if we have anything in common... we do. We all read this comic. I've been meeting people from the Internet for 8 years now, and none of them has been anything like the horrifying tabloid stories about Intarweb stalkers, paedos and the like. They've all been normal people, just like you. Er, just like me.

Frankly, the idea of hopping on a plane and flying 3200 miles to meet a bunch of strangers on a whim is what makes it so appealing. And if no-one turns up, well, I've got a guide book and map for Boston and can easily abu- amuse myself for a couple of days before flying home again.

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Postby floccinaucinihilipilifica » Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:23 pm UTC

I live in Waltham, right outside of Cambridge (just past Watertown, and a few other towns probably... so many towns out here in the silly Northeast) and will be attending.

This is actually my first venture into the xkcd forums, I've enjoyed the strip for a long time. Imagine my surprise to see that the author has moved to Mass, and there's a meeting of like-minded xkcd readers! Count me in!

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Postby parkaboy » Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:02 am UTC

i just had this sudden urge to show up at the park in formal wear. like an evening gown.

haha. hmm.
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Postby bookishbunny » Fri Aug 10, 2007 2:43 pm UTC

My heart is full of sadness. My possible car-pooler-thingy didn't go through. :cry:
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Postby Bakemaster » Sat Aug 11, 2007 5:02 am UTC

apocralypse wrote:i just had this sudden urge to show up at the park in formal wear. like an evening gown.

haha. hmm.

Belial is bringing the monocle funk to town; you should totally do it.

Anyone with an ounce of awesome in their bodies should dress up somehow.

Although... that would preclude any running around tackling each other like idiots. Which is something I need to do more often.
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Postby Belial » Sat Aug 11, 2007 5:04 am UTC

Belial is bringing the monocle funk to town;


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Postby parkaboy » Sat Aug 11, 2007 5:07 am UTC

*shakes finger* there had better be no tackling in a Jessica McClintock.

hell i dont even know where that dress IS. it's probably too big now anyway *sigh*

perhaps Girl and I can bring a bit of Harajuku to Cambridge. *digs through weird electrogoth crap*

*edit* i need a white apron and a parasol. kthnx.
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Postby Bakemaster » Sat Aug 11, 2007 5:10 am UTC

Well... I will almost definitely be a bit too inhibited at the initial meetup to tackle anyone. And I have this awesome purple tie that everyone should see, except I also have an awesome Blues Brothers tie... So I think dressing up wins.
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Postby Belial » Sat Aug 11, 2007 5:18 am UTC

perhaps Girl and I can bring a bit of Harajuku to Cambridge.


I think she'd be entirely game for that.
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Postby cephalopod9 » Sun Aug 12, 2007 1:08 am UTC

Alas, I think I lack sufficient reason, if not means, to travel well over 1000 miles.

Though', I have to admit, at the back of my brain is asking "what if I'm the dream girl and I wreck it by not showing up?".
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Postby Maxwell » Wed Aug 15, 2007 12:15 am UTC

a friend and i are planning on flying to boston and hitchhiking our way down to cambridge.

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Postby Bakemaster » Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:42 am UTC

Not that hitchhiking can't be fun, but it costs all of $2 to get from Logan Airport to the heart of Camberville (god, now I'm saying it) via public transit. Also miles easier to catch a bus or train than find someone willing to give you a ride in the city.
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Postby Sprocket » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:02 pm UTC

and I'm still willing to lead people, but I will expect token of appreciation. Any token that I accept will be accepted. It doesn't have to be money, it can be anything, but only if I accept it.
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Postby Davis Square Rocks » Thu Aug 16, 2007 4:37 pm UTC

CatProximity wrote:and I'm still willing to lead people, but I will expect token of appreciation. Any token that I accept will be accepted. It doesn't have to be money, it can be anything, but only if I accept it.


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