WOLF STREET Meetup in San Francisco Etched in Stone: April 30

Nearly 100 readers have already said they’re planning to join us. It’s free. It’ll be a blast. There is room for more. Here are the details.

Dear Readers,

This is going to be the awesomest bunch of people getting together: We’re closing in on 100 people who have so far indicated either in the comment section or by email that they’re interested in attending. This is a much bigger crowd than I had expected when I initially suggested the meetup. At the time, I thought that there might be a dozen or so people, and a bar would have worked out. But for a group of what might turn out to be over 100 people, we need a larger venue – and we got one.

The meetup is free, and it’s going to be a blast, and we all will meet a bunch of fascinating smart people, so if you have not already done so, shove some things out of your calendar and show up, and let me know in the comment section below so I can get a feel for how many people to expect.

The meetup details:

  • Day: Tuesday, April 30
  • Time: starts at 6 PM until about 8 PM
  • Location: “SHARED,” on 739 Bryant Street, between 5th and 6th Street, in the South of Market area, San Francisco.
  • Liquidity: BYOB, but…
  • There may be some beer and wine. More in a moment.
  • There will be no food! Don’t come hungry; because you’ll leave even hungrier.

The venue:

SHARED is an old light-industrial building that has been converted into a coworking space, but less for laptops and more for inventors and artists with power tools, sewing machines, and other equipment to create, build, and make physical things. Hence more of a “maker space.” There are tool lockers on the wall and big sturdy work tables in the middle. There is a “tool shed” and other fun stuff. Our space is on the ground floor. I checked it out and like it. Here is SHARED’s website with some photos and more.

Maps:

  • Click on the link for the location on Bing Maps.
  • Click on the link for the location on Google Maps.

How to get there:

  • By Caltrain: the venue is just a few blocks from the Caltrain station
  • By BART or Muni Light Rail: walkable, but further than from the Caltrain station. Nearest station is Powell.
  • By car: the venue is near the I-80 exit ramp. Also near the I-280 Brannan/6th Street exit. I’m told that parking after working hours in this area is pretty easy since this is not a residential area.
  • E-bike: I noticed a JUMP e-bike dock in front of the door, for what it’s worth.

Special thanks to…

Reader and commenter Fred Heidler who offered to bring a couple of cases of wine, a tub, plastic cups, and ice. And possibly some beer. He also checked out several potential venues for the event, which was very helpful and saved me a lot of time.

Reader Alex Olaru, who suggested SHARED and made the initial contact with them. Since I have to pay for the venue, price was important. The other venues wanted between $5,000 and $10,000 to accommodate a group of 100 for a few hours, which was a downer. Finding an affordable but cool place was tough, and Alex made it happen. In addition, he also offered to bring some beer, a cooler, and ice.

Names & Commenting handles

So this is an internet community getting together for some face time. There will be sticky name tags and pens by the entrance. A reader just offered to bring a guest book. And it would be nice to write something on the name tags and into the guest book. But this might pose a dilemma for people who want to keep their anonymity. So think about it. All this is optional.

If you’re a commenter, you can put your comment handle on the name tag (and into the guest book), along with your true name, or just by itself.

More volunteers?

The meetup starts at 6 PM. But I’m going to be there before 5:30 PM to set up some things and move the work tables out of the way. We’re going to keep it simple, and there isn’t a lot to do, but…

The sturdy work tables in the middle of the space can be collapsed and moved in segments, but they might still be pretty heavy. Also, the chairs need to be moved. It would be nice to have four people to help me with that. Those willing to help would need to be there by about 5:30 PM. If you can help, please let me know.

If you have other ideas about what might be needed or welcome that you can help me with, please let me know.

If you come by car and want to contribute soft drinks, that would be awesome. More beer and other forms of liquidity are always welcome. Please let me know.

If we get enough offers for liquidity to where BOYB may not be needed any longer, except for people with special requirements, I will let you know about the liquidity status in my final reminder before the meetup.

It would be nice to have four volunteers rotating through the job of door-and-name-tag manager. The building is not open to the public. The glass door, which leads directly to the meeting space, has a door bell. It would be nice to have someone there at the beginning of the meetup to let people in, say hi, and point out the name tags. If we can get four people to volunteer, we can divide this job into four 15-minute shifts. This is a great way of meeting everyone who comes through the door.

For those interested in helping out, please contact me at howlatwolfstreet@gmail.com or use the comment section below.

Donations

If you would like to help defray the costs of the venue, you can donate. Here is how. I appreciate any help.

If you haven’t already, please let me know if you’ll join us.

The first announcement of the meetup was published on a Saturday when WOLF STREET has by far the least amount of traffic, and some people might not have seen it. So if you would like to join us, and you haven’t already expressed your interest, please do so now in the comment section below. Never commented? You can log in with an alias and any email address. That’s all you need. Your comment will go into moderation, so please be patient.

I’m super-looking forward to meeting you all.

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  68 comments for “WOLF STREET Meetup in San Francisco Etched in Stone: April 30

  1. Danio
    Apr 17, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Count me in. Looking forward to it!

    • 2banana
      Apr 18, 2019 at 11:17 am

      Will there folks with their “internet or technology background whore” there?

      • Apr 18, 2019 at 11:49 am

        You’re still reveling in my now infamous typo :-]

  2. TheCheapskate
    Apr 17, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Glad to hear about this. I’ll be there.

  3. Jon
    Apr 17, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    I wish I am bay area.

  4. Mark Nugent
    Apr 18, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Hello, I plan on joining you, thanks!

  5. Bob
    Apr 18, 2019 at 1:39 am

    Add me too!

  6. Sam Khandelwal
    Apr 18, 2019 at 2:01 am

    Looking forward to meeting the WolfStreet community. Also, happy to volunteer with name tagging duties.

  7. TruckMan
    Apr 18, 2019 at 6:59 am

    From the Eastern seaboard, have a good one!
    I shall be working on my old barn instead, which in a year or two will be quite a similar ‘makerspace’.

    Unless some kind soul can give me a ride in their private jet…. ;)

    • Robert Beyer
      Apr 18, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      Two of us will attend. Thank you.

    • Steve
      Apr 19, 2019 at 9:42 pm

      Would the passenger seat on a motorcycle be sufficient? :-)

  8. Dano
    Apr 18, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Call it WOLF FEST.

    • Apr 19, 2019 at 10:44 pm

      I love it. Next time!

  9. John kelly
    Apr 18, 2019 at 7:21 am

    Meetings are great Wolf! Good for the soul. Still love reading your good stuff! Thanks again. Your writings have kept me in the realm of things.

  10. JFP
    Apr 18, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Definitely coming

  11. Matthew
    Apr 18, 2019 at 7:35 am

    I’m interested in attending.

  12. Chintan
    Apr 18, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Any chance of live streaming the same ?

    Best wishes from India for the event!

  13. Keeper Hill
    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Wish I could be there. Thanks for all you do Wolf

  14. AlamedaRenter
    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:12 am

    I’m in!

  15. andy
    Apr 18, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Me too. Will bring beer. Ready to vaulanteer.

  16. Markinsf
    Apr 18, 2019 at 10:21 am

    I’m in

  17. Sash B
    Apr 18, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Sounds awesome. I’m in!

  18. kitten lopez
    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:19 am

    i’m so IN and i’m excited. i’m already haranguing James to stop by on his way home from work.

    hey, speaking of people who want to stay “anonymous” or incognito regarding name tags and whatnot, i just wanted to note here that anonymity is impossible for someone like me, but i’m returning to the 1980s in all ways possible and am into eye-to-eye contact, the here-and-now, uninterrupted long often inappropriate uncomfortable but fascinating real conversations, and i avoid photos and surveillance as much as possible so please don’t take it personally if i avoid the magic phone camera capturing culture like a hissing vampire backing away from garlic and wooden stakes.

    i’m eagerly showing up for a return to REAL life.

    (smile)

    x

    • Apr 18, 2019 at 1:32 pm

      @Kitten,

      I’m not exactly returning to the 80’s, but, like you, I actively seek out personal contact with people. Some people take a while to warm up to the idea, but most respond positively.

      I have a cell phone, but all it only allows me to place and receive calls. I only have that because pay phones seem to be extinct.

  19. Scott
    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:39 am

    I will be there

  20. Lisa
    Apr 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Sounds like a blast into the future- wish I could get out there, but am taking two courses. Have fun!

  21. frisco lens
    Apr 18, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    looking forward to be there,

  22. Bernadette
    Apr 18, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    “No Food”? Is this the agreement with SHARED?

    If so, I suggest a volunteer stationed at the Exit door to ensure the capability of walking straight, taking the right public transit and driving home safely.

    My wild imagination of ‘Liquid’ as the only option: ‘loose lips’ and walking into a post or taking the wrong public transit!

    • JW
      Apr 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

      It’ll be great to meet the community in person

    • kitten lopez
      Apr 18, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      san francisco needs craves that kind of danger again.
      x

    • Apr 18, 2019 at 6:06 pm

      SHARED doesn’t offer food. And for me, it’s way too much to handle. Plus, I really want people to walk around and mingle and shake hands and talk, and food gets seriously in the way (mouth full, something sticky in your hand). Just have a bite to eat before and get a bite afterwards, to wind down.

      • Franz
        Apr 19, 2019 at 3:54 pm

        Hey Wolf

        I’ve been an avid reader for a while. Will you hold an event on the weekend in the near future, hard to join from LA mid week.

        Best
        Franz

        • Apr 19, 2019 at 5:49 pm

          It’s always a toss-up. Many people are committed on weekend (family stuff, etc.). There is no good solution… other than to do these meetups more often, spread them around geographically, etc. Southern California is already on my list if I end up doing more of them. I have had lots of interest coming up from SoCal into my inbox.

  23. OutLookingIn
    Apr 18, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Best of luck to all who attend. Have fun. Be safe.
    Unfortunately, health issues prevent me from attending.
    Wolf – This “Meet & Greet” could morph into an annual event?
    Cheers.

  24. Peter
    Apr 18, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Oh Man, April 30

    my 61st birthday. Stuck in Raincouver. Have a great Time!!

  25. Alistair McLaughlin
    Apr 18, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Wish I could attend. But I’m here in Ottawa. Great idea though.

  26. lee martin
    Apr 18, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Long drive from Olympic Pen. but I am think I will go.

  27. Anon1970
    Apr 18, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    I’m in.

  28. kitten lopez
    Apr 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    (i’m continuing from my email to Wolf because maybe whatever i’m saying will inspire more stone soup additions from others)

    i’d love to give the gift of my talents and do fancy inked name tags drawn by hand as souvenirs, mementos, so if there’s any way to get a name/moniker list ahead of time i can do the names beforehand and still some faster, half-assed ones on site for spontaneous drop-ins.

    x

    • Apr 18, 2019 at 6:54 pm

      These fancy name tags are a great idea. I’d buy mine. Here is my order: 1x with the name “Wolf.”

      Anyone interested in getting a fancy name tag from Kitten Lopez, please let her know here and give her the name you want on your name tag.

      If more people are interested, I’ll announce it my final reminder post about the event.

      • kitten lopez
        Apr 18, 2019 at 10:00 pm

        Yay! This is where i’m shameless; screw the humility because if you’re hella smart you’ll have me do you a magic name tag because THIS is what i was born for: to give tiny personalized art out of love for free! people have framed the envelopes from the letters i’ve sent them through the mail and it’s still more thrilling than money ever has been because people’s faces get…young.

        (smile)

        x

        p.s. to you far away folks, unless someone’s on the lam (say so when you post your name[s]), i can scan the name tags ahead of time so Wolf can show them along with any photos he uploads so that you don’t feel left out.

        • bungee
          Apr 18, 2019 at 11:16 pm

          Hi kitten lopez,
          Id like one please. (If youre feeling like putting a lot of blue in it that’d be ok with me.)
          Also ill bring some disposable cups, hot water maker aand some really good tea for all the non-drinkers.

  29. ALWAYS HIGH
    Apr 18, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    wish I could go but just moved from SF to the Seattle bubble.

  30. Joe
    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    I wish I could join. But, I do hope pictures will be shared of the west coast Wolfest.

    H/T Dano

  31. Julia M
    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    I will be there – Julia

  32. NickL
    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Will this be livestreamed? If no then why not??

  33. Dan
    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    I plan to be there. Thank you for organizing and hosting this event.

  34. Aaron
    Apr 19, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Whats your favorite drink Wolf?

    • Apr 19, 2019 at 8:40 am

      A good IPA. There are many of them, and I’m always excited to discover new ones.

  35. Brad Rogers
    Apr 19, 2019 at 5:57 am

    In Seattle so cannot get to Bay area this time. (I used to live there in a past life). Let’s do it in Puget Sound next time! I will bring a keg from my fave micro brewery.

  36. Anant
    Apr 19, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Hi Wolf,
    Thanks for organizing this…. I will attend. Will bring 2 cases of beer.
    P.S : Love all your articles and insights.

    • Apr 19, 2019 at 3:21 pm

      Awesome. Thanks. Can you come a few minutes early (sometime between 5:30 and 6PM) so we can get this situated?

      Kitten Lopez is offering to make hand-illustrated name tags for free. If you email me your name, or post it here, you’ll be on the list.

      FOR EVERYONE: if you would like a name tag from Kitten Lopez, either post your request here or email me with the name you want on the name tag.

      howlatwolfstreet@gmail.com

      • Susan
        Apr 25, 2019 at 3:55 pm

        Hi Wolf,
        I can come at 5:30 PM to help you. If you don’t get enough volunteers to manage the door, I’m open to that as well. Feel free to email me.

        Hello Kitten Lopez, if I may get a name tag, that would be great! I would like it to say Susan K. Thanks!

        • Apr 25, 2019 at 7:08 pm

          Susan,

          Yes please come at 5:30. We need help.

  37. Lawrence W. Schonbrun
    Apr 19, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I’ll be attending.

  38. Brian
    Apr 19, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    I’m in…look forward to meeting you all in person.

  39. Steve
    Apr 19, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Kitten,
    I’m leaving Philadelphia on my motorcycle on Monday afternoon. I should be in San Francisco in plenty of time.
    And, Steve will do just fine.

    • kitten lopez
      Apr 20, 2019 at 11:36 am

      got it.

      i wrote a book about riding cross country on motorcycle a couple weeks after learning how to ride it from Jersey: Flaming Iguanas. i’m SOOO with you, brother. / i hope you have some sweet adventures with people who’re off their phones and will see you. i hope you’re okay. this is so exciting.

      when my book first came out and i read at borders on walnut street, it was packed, and a family with a 4-month old new born rode down on their motorcycles from vermont just to meet me.

      i looove motorcyclists. i met James because he wrote me a straight forward fan letter thanking me for not making fun of guys on crotch rockets. and i just “knew” i had to meet him and 21 years later we’re still on an adventure of a friendship. you’ll meet him on 30 April.

      many besos and magic, Steve…
      x

    • kitten lopez
      Apr 20, 2019 at 11:39 am

      “And, Steve will do just fine.”

      also i won’t tell you to be safe as that’s too boring a philosophy in general now. but you’ll know to think so you don’t have 4 seconds you regret in this life or the afterlife… thus i forgot to tell you to “stay fine.”

      (smile)

      you’re kicking all this up to Epic Love Affair Status for ALL of us. quite a spell to cast…

      see, Wolf? this IS amazing.

      x

    • Apr 20, 2019 at 12:31 pm

      That’s one heck of a monstrously long ride in one week.

      I assume you’re taking the southern route, hopefully. There is still TONS of snow in the Sierra Nevada. And it gets frigid up there in April.

      Have fun! See ya on Monday. Make sure you introduce yourself as the guy who rode his motorcycle over here from the East Coast.

  40. Jim H
    Apr 20, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Thanks for making this happen Wolf… and Fred & Alex.
    Plan to attend, will let you know if I can arrive early to help w/setup and such.

  41. RanierWolfcastle
    Apr 21, 2019 at 12:17 am

    I’ll be standing on the beach in NZ looking northwest.

    • RanierWolfcastle
      Apr 21, 2019 at 12:17 am

      umm… northeast.

  42. Juanfo
    Apr 22, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    I feel like I already know all the readers from reading the comments. Attach fictionary characters to the names like VDxTR weathered, SJakaDD is Snake Plissken

  43. David B
    Apr 22, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Will be there! Coming up from south bay via caltrain.

  44. Nathan L
    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Will be there!

  45. JazzMan
    Apr 25, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Looking forward to it!

  46. christina
    Apr 26, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    I am in for sure!

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