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Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby Dxh » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:16 am UTC

I looked around, but I couldn't seem to find a thread for any upper midwest meetups. I know there are a few people from the area, and I was just curious if anyone lived very close to me. I apologize if this is redundant, but I did at least look. :?

Anyway, I live pretty much at the border of MN and WI, in a town called Cottage Grove. Its slightly south and east of the twin cities.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby aerojad » Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:27 am UTC

Dxh wrote:I looked around, but I couldn't seem to find a thread for any upper midwest meetups. I know there are a few people from the area, and I was just curious if anyone lived very close to me. I apologize if this is redundant, but I did at least look. :?

Anyway, I live pretty much at the border of MN and WI, in a town called Cottage Grove. Its slightly south and east of the twin cities.

I'm trying to claw my way out of the Detroit area. I may make it as far as Chicago if lucky.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby Jex » Wed Nov 21, 2007 2:32 pm UTC

I'm in St Paul, MN both working and living. I've always wanted to go to meetup of people from the tubes.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby upstreamcurrent » Thu Nov 22, 2007 8:07 am UTC

aerojad wrote:I'm trying to claw my way out of the Detroit area. I may make it as far as Chicago if lucky.

I'm living in Flint, so Chicago is about as far as I could make it as well.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby Dxh » Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:15 pm UTC

Well, this is a pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting this much response this fast.

Chicago seems a decent idea. Its only about 7 hours from here, and I'm more than willing to drive that far.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby iNap » Sun Nov 25, 2007 12:37 am UTC

I'd be interested (coming from mid-MO). Chicago doesn't sound too bad.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby colfax » Sun Nov 25, 2007 2:14 am UTC

I'd also vote for Chicago, but I actually live there, so I might be a little biased.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby Torvaun » Sun Nov 25, 2007 5:07 pm UTC

I'd rather vote for Madison, because I've driven in Chicago, and was displeased by the experience.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby zingmaster » Tue Nov 27, 2007 4:08 pm UTC

Torvaun wrote:I'd rather vote for Madison, because I've driven in Chicago, and was displeased by the experience.

Good idea. I go to school here in Madison! I live in the Minneapolis area, though.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby colfax » Tue Nov 27, 2007 7:34 pm UTC

Torvaun wrote:I'd rather vote for Madison, because I've driven in Chicago, and was displeased by the experience.


Yeah, I wouldn't reccomend driving in downtown Chicago but there are a lot of good places out in the suburbs that are easy to get to by car.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby upstreamcurrent » Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:47 pm UTC

Or, if we really wanted to get downtown without driving, we could find a nice place on the outskirts of town/suburbs and catch a train/bus/other into town.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby Dakman » Sat Dec 01, 2007 2:53 am UTC

I think Milwaukee would be a good city for a midwest meetup. I'm pretty sure there's a ferry that runs from Michigan. Plus for ND, SD, MN People, it's not much further.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby Torvaun » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:05 am UTC

I'll object on the same grounds that I objected to Chicago. Driving in Milwaukee is made of fail. I'm reasonably certain it includes some of these: http://xkcd.com/253/
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby Cytoplasm » Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:19 pm UTC

Madison or Milwaukee is a good idea. Chicago sounds like a good idea, but it's still so crazy down there. And I'm closer to Milwaukee...

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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby Dakman » Sat Dec 01, 2007 11:12 pm UTC

Actually Milwaukee isn't really that bad for driving. Even downtown.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby Torvaun » Sat Dec 01, 2007 11:51 pm UTC

I haven't been there for a few years, it's quite possible that it has gotten better.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby Cytoplasm » Sun Dec 02, 2007 3:21 pm UTC

Dakman wrote:Actually Milwaukee isn't really that bad for driving. Even downtown.

Not Milwaukee, Chicago. Though, if you're a crazy enough driver it's okay in Chicago.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby Torvaun » Sun Dec 02, 2007 4:20 pm UTC

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Dakman wrote:Actually Milwaukee isn't really that bad for driving. Even downtown.

Not Milwaukee, Chicago. Though, if you're a crazy enough driver it's okay in Chicago.

I believe he was responding to my comment about civil engineer pranks.

I think we need to start picking specific locations that we should meet. If a bunch of xkcd readers all show up in Milwaukee, odds are pretty good that they won't meet if that's as far as the plan goes.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby Jex » Wed Dec 05, 2007 2:37 pm UTC

I would like to state for the record that I believe this thread was started by someone from the east coast. This conspiracy theory relies on the fact that people from the midwest generally know that ND and IL are 11 hours apart, closest edge to edge. That is a huge area. I don't even want to drive from St Paul to Madison for a beer, screw Milwaukee and Chicago.

I was contemplating throwing an Nog N' Pie party the weekend between Christmas and New Year's, anyone want to be invited? As a second, and even lazier route for me, I live a few houses down from a bar, we could meet there pretty much any time. Third option, go to the MN Rollergirls bout this weekend, I'll be there, I'm at most of them.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby zingmaster » Fri Dec 07, 2007 3:57 pm UTC

Cytoplasm wrote:zingmaster: Do you go to UWM?

As it would so happen, yes I do. I assume that in asking that question, that you do as well, eh?
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby lysandra » Sat Dec 08, 2007 2:19 am UTC

I'm sitting at a cafe in Milwaukee right now so my vote is for Milwaukee.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby Dep » Sun Dec 09, 2007 12:18 am UTC

I'm in for an element in the set {Madison Milwaukee Chicago}.

Madison is ideal, since I'm here.

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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby zingmaster » Sun Dec 09, 2007 9:20 am UTC

Dep wrote:I'm in for an element in the set {Madison Milwaukee Chicago}.

Madison is ideal, since I'm here.

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Oh, so you're in Madison too, huh?

And of course n00bs are welcome. We try not to judge.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby EvanED » Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:12 am UTC

I would just like to vote for Madison.

If anyone likes juggling, you could come to MadFest ;-)
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby zingmaster » Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:14 am UTC

EvanED wrote:I would just like to vote for Madison.

If anyone likes juggling, you could come to MadFest ;-)

Whoa, wait, you juggle with the MAJ? I went a couple times at the beginning of the year, then dropped it. But I'll be at Madfest with my juggling group from back home.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby Whispering » Thu Dec 13, 2007 5:04 pm UTC

I live in western MI so I would be willing to go to either Chicago, or Milwaukee.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby Cytoplasm » Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:44 pm UTC

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Cytoplasm wrote:zingmaster: Do you go to UWM?

As it would so happen, yes I do. I assume that in asking that question, that you do as well, eh?

Nope, not yet. But I plan to when the time comes.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby Torvaun » Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:48 pm UTC

My "It's complicated" goes to UWM.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby zingmaster » Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:21 am UTC

Cytoplasm wrote:
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Cytoplasm wrote:zingmaster: Do you go to UWM?

As it would so happen, yes I do. I assume that in asking that question, that you do as well, eh?

Nope, not yet. But I plan to when the time comes.

Well, how far away is that time?
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby bobbus77 » Mon Dec 17, 2007 1:33 am UTC

Since there seems to be much disagreement as to where xkcd fans in the midwest would like to meet, it sounds like there needs to be some sort of special reason one might be willing to go the extra mile, or 60 miles, or 200 miles..
In spite of http://xkcd.com/250/ I might suggest seeing mythbusters Grant Imahara, an Electrical Engineer from University of Southern California and Kari Bryon at UWPlatteville (an hour west of Madison) on April 21. I realize this is out of most people's way, and that it is a Monday evening, but I am throwing an invite out to xkcd-ers one and all nonetheless. Anyone who's interested let me know, and I will keep you informed.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby lysandra » Tue Dec 25, 2007 7:56 am UTC

bobbus77 wrote:Since there seems to be much disagreement as to where xkcd fans in the midwest would like to meet, it sounds like there needs to be some sort of special reason one might be willing to go the extra mile, or 60 miles, or 200 miles..
In spite of http://xkcd.com/250/ I might suggest seeing mythbusters Grant Imahara, an Electrical Engineer from University of Southern California and Kari Bryon at UWPlatteville (an hour west of Madison) on April 21. I realize this is out of most people's way, and that it is a Monday evening, but I am throwing an invite out to xkcd-ers one and all nonetheless. Anyone who's interested let me know, and I will keep you informed.


I might go if someone will give me a ride out from Milwaukee. Otherwise, the beach in Milwaukee is nice.

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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby thefiddler » Mon Jan 07, 2008 4:46 pm UTC

So, I'm a bit late to this thread, but I support Chicago.

Guys, I know driving in Chicago sucks, but go to one of the 'burbs and catch a train in. Then you can ride around the L all day, for cheap! And there is less hassle of finding parking space and stuff. Come on Chicago is awesome!

I wouldn't object to Madison, except that there's really no reason for me to be there. I couldn't be like "OK, family, I'm going to Madison for the day. To, uh, meet people from the internet," whereas I could be all "I'm going to Chicago to see some friends!"

Re: Driving in Milwaukee -- Oh. My. God. I hate Milwaukee. I have gotten lost in that damned city far too many times for my comfort. Ugh.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby zingmaster » Mon Jan 07, 2008 11:17 pm UTC

I love how we're discussing WI and IL, but MN has been left completely out of the picture. But then again, it sounds like there aren't that many people from the Dakotas.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby Jex » Wed Jan 09, 2008 2:39 pm UTC

zingmaster wrote:I love how we're discussing WI and IL, but MN has been left completely out of the picture. But then again, it sounds like there aren't that many people from the Dakotas.


Are you implying that MN is a Dakota?
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby Torvaun » Wed Jan 09, 2008 3:00 pm UTC

I believe zingmaster is implying that the Dakotas count as part of the Midwest as well, and that catering to their needs would put the gathering either in Minnesota (perhaps at the Mall of America) or at least in western Wisconsin, Eau Claire, or thereabouts. Actually, that's not a bad idea. Who's up for crashing No Brand Con?
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby zingmaster » Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:00 am UTC

Torvaun wrote:I believe zingmaster is implying that the Dakotas count as part of the Midwest as well, and that catering to their needs would put the gathering either in Minnesota (perhaps at the Mall of America) or at least in western Wisconsin, Eau Claire, or thereabouts. Actually, that's not a bad idea. Who's up for crashing No Brand Con?

Exactly, except I haven't heard of anyone from the Dakotas so far. It's all WI, MN, and IL. Meh. Meanwhile, I go to school in Madison, so anyplace around there would be awesome. Keep in mind I have no car, so I can't drive anywhere during the school year. <_<
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby psywiped » Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:07 am UTC

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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby mandesign » Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:45 am UTC

i live in Cottage Grove, just outside of madison.

Im up for madison, milwaukee, and maybe chicago.
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby Whispering » Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:21 pm UTC

psywiped wrote:02-16-08 14:00 41.8826 -87.6234


You live in Millennium Park? :lol: Or is that your vote to where we should meet?
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Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Postby nightwing2024 » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:10 pm UTC

I'd love to meet up with Midwest XKCD fans. I live in Kenosha, WI. Chicago is baaaaaad idea. Traffic there is like trying to fight Stallman with only a rapier. I vote Madison.
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