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Oh yeah...Muppet Meetups are here!

Discussion in 'On the Web' started by dwmckim, Sep 1, 2003.

  1. dwmckim Well-Known Member

    As i mentioned in another thread, i've been "out of the mc loop" for awhile so i apologize for sitting on this and not announcing until now...but i figured someone else would have picked up on it and spread the word...but just in case (or as a reminder)...

    SInce MuppetFest was such a blast getting to meet everyone, i thought it would be great if people had some opportunites to have smaller gettogethers with some local Muppet fans. Meetup.com is a site that came about this last year where people who have the same interests can connect. One thing about the internet is that it's great in bringing together people worldwide who share common interests but sometimes finding local people to interact with can be a bit frustrating because you're talking with everyone on a global scale! There had already been a meetup created for Farscape fans so i thought "why not one for Muppets?"

    So i created one for fans of Muppets/JHC - http://muppet.meetup.com - it may take awhile for enough people in a given area to sign up to make a worthwhile meeting (right now the peopole who've discovered it are a bit scattered and i don't think there's more than two people in a given region) but hopefully now that i'm TELLING people about it, it will take off - it would be nice if some communities can start having meeting by December - the MF anniversary!

    ...of course Phoenix AZ fans are especially encouraged...i often feel like i'm a bit alone out here in the desert! I mean it's great in that there's more pizza for me but still, the conversations get kinda one-sided.
  2. Dr. Bombay Member

    That sounds cool!

    I have met people from the Bewitched Boards. It's so much fun! We decided to meet in each person's area so we could see the sites. We've been to Reno, Vancouver Canada, and Los Angeles where we got special permission to go to the WB studios where the house where Samantha and Darrin lived is. They don't let the general public go there but we know people who know people.

    Having Muppety fun with others would be cool too! I was so hoping to go to the unveiling of the JH statue this month so I could meet some people from here.
  3. Fozzie Bear Moderator

    Hey DW!

    Tom posted it a while back (I think it was Tom), and I signed up for it, but it's a no-go here in Memphis. I doubt it'll pass over here very well; folks around here aren't very supportive of anything, and they're lazy.

    Like me...zzzzzzzzz:sleep:
  4. Chilly Down Member

    Hey, D.W.! Thanks for the link! My ol' buddy Kev's a little confused: I don't know who might have posted this before, but 'twasn't me.

    A few questions:

    1) I had to nominate a place where we would meet. Are we still counted as part of the group in our area even if we don't all pick the same place?

    2) This site already has a date and time picked: Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. Nothing wrong with that--but who picked it? If there are other Muppet fans in our area, seems like we ought to know who's organizing it.

    3) They told me my info was saved, but then wanted me to pay money and subscribe. I didn't. Is my info saved anyway? That's great if it is--but if so, why would anyone subscribe anyway?

    Seriously, though, I hope this leads to more Muppet fan meetings--we need more of those. Thanks for the heads-up!!
  5. Fozzie Bear Moderator

    :sleep: A LITTLE confused? You don't know me that well, do you! LOL!! That's the understatement of the day. Now, where am I again...? :zany:
  6. sarah_yzma Active Member

    you're at work, probably, while you're supposed to be working...

    hows that?

    I would do these things, if I were allowed...maybe when I can drive....
  7. dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Meetup.com is programmed to self-regulate once a Meetup is created...the fact that it does everything on its own automatically sometimes makes things a little interesting...

    1) I had to nominate a place where we would meet. Are we still counted as part of the group in our area even if we don't all pick the same place?

    This is essentially a "vote" - when you pick a meeting place, Meetup will choose the one that gets the most votes as the meeting place for that month. You vote on a venue each month - so whichever one is chosen this month may not be the same one in the future.

    2) This site already has a date and time picked: Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. Nothing wrong with that--but who picked it? If there are other Muppet fans in our area, seems like we ought to know who's organizing it.

    Again - one of the quirks about Meetup being self-automated. It picks the same day of the week each month and the same week within the month. I went with the second Saturday of the month to mirror MuppetFest...and 4 pm seemed like a convenient time. However - if the people in your area decide on something different to better suit yourselves, that's something you can work out between you (this is something i've done with another Meetup in my area...the people here found the particular day of the week doesn't work for us so we changed it to the weekend).

    3) They told me my info was saved, but then wanted me to pay money and subscribe. I didn't. Is my info saved anyway? That's great if it is--but if so, why would anyone subscribe anyway?

    Paid subscriptions is something new that Meetup recently came up with. You don't have to subscribe to be a member of or take part in the Meetups - it just gives you extra advantages like the ability to nominate your own venue choices etc. I haven't found any need to subscribe to Meetup...i've done well enough with the basics.

    Another automated thing that's a bit annoying is that Meetup will cancel the Meetup for the month if less than five people vote on a venue or confirm they'll attend. Again, this is where you may want to circumvent what Meetup inflicts and get in touch with the other people around you to make your own plans. In Phoenix, there's only been four people signed up for the Annie Lennox meetups and we haven't broken that fifth member just yet...but that hasn't stopped us from saying the heck with it...four's good enough for us!
  8. Fozzie Bear Moderator

    It's SO scary how well my friends here know me...

    I've got a Memphis, TN, Muppet Meet-up filed; but, there've been no takers. :(

    I'm the lone Muppet Fan in Memphis. Lawd He'p Me!
  9. Buck-Beaver Active Member

    Maybe you need to organize a "Muley Meet-up" instead? :p
  10. Fozzie Bear Moderator

    I--never thought of that. Hmm. There would be Muley, Me, and maybe my pal Lin since he is Vice President of Mule Operations. So, that'd be 2 more than what are signed up now for the Muppets Meet Up.
  11. Chilly Down Member

    Thanks, D.W.!

    Yeah, you said what I was thinking. If there are 4 of us in the area, why not meet? Hey, folks, if you're in L.A., let's hear from you! I want to meet on the 11th, and I'm not going to let Meetup stop me!
  12. Fozzie Bear Moderator

    There's several folks here at MC from LA! I think Frogboy and Beaker (Jamie and Cory) are from there.

    It's just not easy to find anybody around Memphis, TN. Nate works here, but he's in and out for work only; only other person is Dwayne111155555 is in TN but I don't know where, and Byron in Kentucky, but that's quite a drive for him to meet here. :(

    I'm all alone.

    Help. :cry:

    :crazy: :zany:
  13. Whatever Active Member

    I currently attend college in Evansville, IN, but my parents, bro and sis live in Memphis (Germantown), so I visit over the hols!
  14. dwmckim Well-Known Member

    That's the nice thing about the meetups - being able to find other fans in your area. The internet forums are great for chatting with people over the computer but every now and then it's nice to have actual live interactions with people who are local.

    So if it takes awhile for enough people in your area to do an "official" meetup, there's no stopping you from getting in touch with the maybe one or two other people that you discover are in your area. Strike up a conversation, a lunch, a video viewing etc.

    ...and best of all, spread the word so people know about them - if you have a Muppet web site, add it to the links section etc. This is kind of the key to successful meetups (the Farscape meetup has been around for awhile and took off right away thanks to that fan community spreading the word)
  15. Fozzie Bear Moderator

    E-mail me at FozzieMup@aol.com and I'll send over my contact info; when you get in town, we'll hang out one afternoon!!

    YAY!!
    (Maybe now we'll get Nate to stick around to visit some, eh?)
  16. Chilly Down Member

    Well, since I just lost my job yesterday, I won't be going to any Muppet Meetups this month. :cry: :grouchy: But I can always start planning for the future.

    Frogboy's actually in either San Diego or San Francisco. (As different as those places are, I never can never keep them straight in my head.) One of them is a 2-hour drive from here, the other is 4 hours. So as much as I'd like to meet Jamie in the flesh, I don't think it's especially convenient.

    Not sure where Cory/Beaker is. I think Chris Stulz is in the area; anyone heard from him lately? There was also Mitch (the guy wearing the Kermit head); what ever happened to him? I think Nate visits here from time to time, too, but I know he doesn't live here either. There was a girl named Michelle who sat behind me at MuppetFest, and I know she lives in the area, but she hasn't been around the forum at all and never responded to the friendly e-mail I sent just after MF. *shrug*

    Then there's that new guy Nik who attended the Jimmy Kimmel taping this week. I wonder if he's seen this thread.

    Anyway, hope to meet more Muppet fans soon! Get on the site so we can plan next month's meeting.
  17. beaker Well-Known Member

    I am now currently in the San Francisco area. Im trying to get info if there is a Puppet Guild meeting soon.

    Are ya still in the LA area Tom? Youd be surprised(or not) how many hardcore fans are in the LA area...its just they are either not online or do not know of online Muppet sites. But on other forums when I post anything Muppet related, the post count skyrockets.

    Not to sure how many Muppet fans are in my bay area radius, but I can imagine a lot.

    I am really hoping they have a Mupeptfest in 2004, as I know so many more folks would attend this time. (everyone Ive mentioned my Mfest encounteres to says they so want their to be a next one)

    Btw, the gist of this thread seems more befitting under Friends and Family.
  18. Erine81981 Active Member

    So is it true wherever u signed up for its going to be there. Am I right? I live in Sweetwater and Abliene is just a couple of miles. So if its saying when and where. Is that where there going to have it? I just don't want to end up going to the wrong place or not know if there is one. Can some one help me?
  19. ohdarling New Member

    usually what happens is people decide on where to meet up based on where you live (and based on what place people voted) and you should get emails verifying when and where it will be. :) from other people near you. i hope that makes sense !
  20. Ernie101 Active Member

    I seriously doubt anyone will meet in my area.. or that i can get away from here.. so I might as well not try.

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