Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Mother Bear's Geek Dinner

We had around eleven or twelve show up, including at least three couples; wasn't sure if the spouses considered themselves geeks or not :) I was pretty pleased with the numbers, considering how busy everyone it in December, but disappointed in the turnout from the Bloomington community: there were quite a few Envisage employees, but almost everyone else that showed was an IU Informatics grad student. However, Felix and Cathy Wyss had good excuses for not showing, as their first baby was born just two weeks before the dinner!
Congratulations to the Wyss's.

Next time we won't have it so close to the middle of campus to make sure community members can get to the location easily. I'm liking the suggestion of El Norteno right now, but leave any other suggestions you have in the comments! Look for the next dinner in late January.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Mother Bear's it is!

Five votes for Mother Bear's and five votes for "Somewhere Else" but I never heard any suggestions as to where else it could be! So Mother Bear's it is. I think we have around five confirmed with another seven tentatives. My only issue is that I'm really not sure how to call a restaurant and ask for a reservation for between six and twenty :)

But we'll figure something out. If you're planning on coming and you haven't confirmed directly to me or on Facebook yet, please drop me a note...also, if I'm spamming you with email and driving you crazy, drop me a note and let me know that too :) I'll get you off the list.

So the plan is Mother Bear's, Friday, Dec. 7th, 6PM. See you there!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Geek Dinner Dec. 7th

We're planning another Geek Dinner for December 7th...but where should we have it? Max's Place is really nice, but doesn't have any WiFi. Lennie's is a nice little brewpub that can probably handle the 15 or 20 people we got last time. Little Zagreb has a back room for parties, and Mother Bear's is just a nice place to meet!

What's your preference? Vote in the poll, or leave another suggestion in a comment below!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Geek Dinner for Oct. 23, 2007

Eighteen people responded to our invitation to a Geek Dinner at Max's Place downtown. I went in about half an hour early to make sure there would be space - I asked the waitress if there would be room for a table of eight, and she said sure, no problem. When I came back, I tried to make it back a little early so I could get a table arranged...but I was still too slow. Justin, Kevin, and another guy from the School of Informatics were there ahead of me. I sat down with them and it wasn't long before the table started filling up. It was an interesting mix with more Ph.D. students than one would typically expect at a geek dinner, but Envisage, my company, was well represented as well. When I left, probably three hours later, there were still four or five people hanging around to chat. Looking forward to the next dinner!