Monday, August 31, 2009

Geobloggers get-together at GSA?

Hello to the other geobloggers who read this blog!

I'm making my plans for GSA (Portland, Oregon) this week, and wondering if when we should get together for libations, conviviality, and rocks (and perhaps recording a podClast?). My talk is Monday morning, and I think I'll come out for a field trip the Saturday before the meeting. And of course the big digital innovations session is Tuesday. I may have to leave after that though... remains to be seen whether I can get people here to proctor an exam in my absence.

Anyone know a good pub in Portland? Anybody have field trip recommendations?

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Anonymous BrianR said...

Monday night is looking pretty good for me

August 31, 2009 11:09 PM  
Blogger Tuff Cookie said...

Monday would be good for me as well - I'll be in town Sunday for a short course, but can't afford field trips as well (or to take too much time off from classes). No ideas for places to meet up in Portland, though.

September 1, 2009 8:39 AM  
Blogger Marciepooh said...

I don't blog much on geology but I'd like to meet up anyway. My talk is Tuesday and I'm not sure yet what days I'll be there but Monday should be good.

September 1, 2009 10:19 AM  
Blogger Ron Schott said...

Sounds like we've got a quorum for Monday evening. Count me in!

September 1, 2009 5:28 PM  
Blogger Silver Fox said...

Monday should work for me, also.

September 2, 2009 1:08 PM  
Blogger Lockwood said...

If you have your own transportation, and want to take a close-by tour, I really recommend the Columbia Gorge. I know Silver Fox has been to Multnomah Falls, and may be familiar this route route and some of the stops. I have a note off to another blogger in Portland who will almost certainly have some suggestions for a good meeting place. You all will be staying near the convention center, right?

September 2, 2009 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anne Jefferson said...

Count me in. I don't know my evening schedule yet, but I'll try my best.

September 3, 2009 12:18 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Isn't Monday usually the night for alumni events? If so, I'm booked then.

I would prefer Sunday, if you're taking votes. But I haven't seen GSA Today with the meeting schedule yet, and I've been too busy to look at the various sessions, so I have no idea what my plans are.

September 7, 2009 9:16 AM  
Blogger Jazinator said...

Count me in as well for Monday.

September 7, 2009 10:16 PM  
Blogger David B. Williams said...

While in Oregon we can all try Obsidian Stout and Cinder Cone Red at the Deschutes Brewery about a mile from the Convention Center.
Also, can do Monday night.

September 9, 2009 6:06 PM  
Blogger Silver Fox said...

Sunday night is opening night at the exhibit hall, 7-9:30. Monday night is alumni night, also 7-9:30. Tuesday night has three overlapping things going on. Maybe we can start our meetup Monday before the start of alumni night.

September 26, 2009 7:17 PM  
Blogger Callan Bentley said...

Silver Fox --

Yeah, the Alumni Night thing presents a partial conflict for me too, but maybe we can get the bloggers together early, then retire to our respective alumni get-togethers.

Some advice from a friend of mine who's a former Portland dweller:

"That is a good place in that it is central to a few places in town with good pubs and restaurants, but the immediate surrounding aren't very distinctive of Portland.

"You can jump on the MAX (light rail) right there, to get downtown in about 5 minutes or less. That's in fareless square, so it's free. As are buses once you are downtown, although I'd recommend walking anyway. The best coffee in town is not too far from there, at 128 SW 3rd Ave (Stumptown) - which is also the cheapest place to get a latte. Backspace is not far either, and is good for lunch, at 115 NW 5th. Old Wive's Tales is a good place for breakfast (East Burnside around 12th), but the absolute best breakfast place is the Paradox, around SE Belmont and 37th. Paradox is close to my heart because I can get vegan biscuits and gravy.

"My two favorite brewpubs are the Tugboat, and the New Old Lompoc. The latter is a little bit of a trek in NW, but still a nice walk. NW 23rd and NW 21st are the lively streets in the neighborhood that should be pedestrianized. Tugboat is right downtown down a tiny little street. It's a tiny pub, they used to claim the smallest in the country. They sell other stuff now, but it used to be just several kinds of their own brew. They still have the cheapest pints. I think even less than 3 bucks on certain days."

September 27, 2009 9:06 AM  
Blogger Jazinator said...

Just let me know when and where.

September 27, 2009 12:46 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I would suggest late-ish dinner on Monday - both my alumni parties are usually early. (Undergrad is 6:30-8, grad school is usually early with free food.) But that might not work for other people (esp Anne?). So let me know. I might try to make it, depending on whether I catch up with some people I need to talk to at other times during the meeting.

(I'm not keeping up with geoblogosphere RSS feed lately, unfortunately, but I'll keep checking your blog to find out.)

September 28, 2009 10:34 AM  
Blogger Silver Fox said...

I'll probably drop in on one or two alumni meetings, but can do it anytime. So we could meet either early w/ a 5 to 6 start (which would mean no clothes change etc) or late like Kim suggests. If we go to a pub or take a rail, lets meets somewhere and do it together. Am not good at rails. The Deschutes brewpub that Welland mentioned, only 1 mile away, might be good.

Or maybe we can run a standing brewpub meeting and people can drop in and out? (Is there a decent bar in one of the hotels?)

September 28, 2009 12:56 PM  
Blogger Jazinator said...

By chance would there be anyone here going to GSA that does not have a place to stay. I have a room (about 2 blocks away) but I need a roomate. I didn't really want to post an open invitation but I figured most of the people here were semi-normal. :-)

September 29, 2009 1:34 PM  
Anonymous BrianR said...

Is this post still the most accurate regarding the plans? Monday is still the best for me (my Sunday and Tuesday are booked). I will likely drop in to some alumni events on Monday, but would like to meet up with y'all afterwards (about 7pm-ish?).

October 5, 2009 1:46 PM  
Blogger Silver Fox said...

Maybe we'll have to tweet our whereabouts *and* check this thread!

October 7, 2009 10:27 PM  
Blogger Callan Bentley said...


Let's say 8pm at Tugboat (link to map) on Monday night.

Here's their website.

October 8, 2009 11:23 AM  
Anonymous BrianR said...

Callan ... that sounds great ... thanks for making the executive decision.

October 9, 2009 1:17 AM  
Anonymous Erik Klemetti said...

I'm to try to make it on Monday ... everything is Monday night (including the Oregon State reception) but this sounds like fun.

October 16, 2009 1:05 PM  

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