04/22/2011, 03:27 PM
Since the San Francisco and Sunnyvale Meetups went over so well earlier this month, some of the people that were involved wanted to make this a monthly gig to keep everyone connected and up to date with the latest from the webOS Community. This thread is to discuss that possibility.
Need to discuss a few things and set some specifics for where and when these meetups will happen each month. Since I was only around for the one in April and don't live in the area, I'll be here to help set the arrangements, but will be unable to make it to every meeting or scope out any potential venues.
Here are some places/times that I suggest:
Firehouse in Sunnyvale - This spot was pretty perfect for the small group that we had, but there was plenty of room left upstairs for several dozen people to sit comfortably. The waitress even let us move the tables around into a square so we could all look at each other while talking. Since this is also very close to the CalTrain, most of you should have no problem getting there from the North Bay area. And because it is within a few miles of most HPalm employees, it would not be a strange thing to see some of them stop by (like Lisa Brewster, John Kneeland, Jeremy (Germboy), Donald Kirker and Evan Wilbrecht did this last time).
We also tried 21st Amendment in San Francisco, and that was a decent spot. A bit crowded, and they closed up their bars pretty early (lame!). But it was still OK. May want to find a roomier spot for a larger group, though.
I've also heard that DishDash is a nice restaurant, but that there were some complaints from the managers of the joint the last time we had a meetup there. I would kindly suggest not going back to stir up problems again. Also, I'm told it was quite crowded.
Stick to a Friday, but be weary of sports schedules. If you're going to the SF area, you're probably going to be around a lot of game fans coming over from the stadium. Middle of the month also seems like a good idea. So, I suggest to make it simple, just go for the 2nd Friday of each month, or rotate to the 3rd if there's a big game going on that will cause issues with the venue.
Since most people don't get off of work until 5-6, aim for a 7 PM meetup time.
Lastly, we just need to make sure everyone is cool with this. I think there are other plans from people like dkirker to make this more organized, so you'll want to chat with him about that here, but hopefully this will work out and a new monthly webOS meetup will get started soon!