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Old 11-07-05, 05:55 PM   #1
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Not an official Meat & Greet event! Don't bother Naz about this one!

Friday is TBA, but I know some folks are getting in as early as Wednesday, so hell, let's go for a ride on Thursday. If you live in Chicago but don't know anyone from the boards, this is a great opportunity to meet...well, me, at least. Absolutely everyone on every imaginable kind of bike is welcome.

I don't care where, how fast, or how far. Open to suggestions, or we can figure it out. There will probably be some beer involved.

Let's see who's in, and figure out the details in the next few days. This info will be updated as plans are made. But, for tradition's sake:

Thursday, November 10
8 PM or 9 PM
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PS: Sean, apologies for stealing your modus operandi part-and-parcel.

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any chance of kickin' it back to 9? I might even be able to convince Sarah to come out and ride if we wait until 9.
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Barring unforseen weather or health issues, I'm totally in.
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im in, i dont think i've met you yet.

grab and go night is kinda blurry anyways, who knows who i met
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any chance of kickin' it back to 9? I might even be able to convince Sarah to come out and ride if we wait until 9.
Imagine it'd be fine. Maybe we can have a poll thread on Wednesday about it.
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right on.
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Wish I could go. The lady's Mom will be in town though.
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Wish I could go. The lady's Mom will be in town though.
You do know to take them to Lula Cafe, right? Ira Glass's fave.
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You do know to take them to Lula Cafe, right? Ira Glass's fave.

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Lula is kickass. My buddy is the bartender there, which is....handy.
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Also: were any of y'all at, uh, pizza place on North Ave (Sararamunitelillos or whatever the ----) yesterday afternoon? There was a grip of fixies parked outside and a bunch of dudes with their pants rolled up. Big dude with a impressively large beard and another guy with elaborate facial hair. Anyone?
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lula is average.
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I'm arriving in Chicago Wednesday night, so I could be up for a ride Thursday night, depending on whether I have plans with a friend or not.
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Never been to Lula, but we'll probably wait to go there just the 2 of us. Jess' Mom has specific tastes I think.

If we finish up with dinner early I'll give you a call, Nat. PM me your number.
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Lula is great. Organic, fresh ingredients, etc.

If you want to go and have French - really good French in a cozy homestyle (when I mean homestyle, I mean in the tradition of the Parisian bistros of France), then go to Kiki's Bistro on Franklin, just off Chicago.

Very affordable, high quality and really good dishes. Make reservations.

No pretense there either.
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Lula is the go-to, impress-those-who-need-impressing place that makes adults feel less sketched out about Logan Square. Their carrot cake is the one dessert in Chicago that I care anything about.

Alright, who else's in?
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No pretense is key.

How are the prices? Should I not wear jeans and my bright green track wars tshirt?
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You can wear anything there; another perfect aspect. If you go casual/sloppy though, make sure it's hip casual/sloppy. Things referencing bikes are good.
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No pretense is key.

How are the prices? Should I not wear jeans and my bright green track wars tshirt?
personally, that is what i wear everywhere. and if i dont look classy enough for them, then they dont deserve my money. i dont care how good the food is. if im ****in payin to be somewhere, they shouldnt be the ones to tell me what to wear, i mean, im providing them with a ****in paycheck right? i wouldnt go to work and tell my bosss that im not gonna do my job that day because his clothes are not good enough for me.

thats just the way i see it
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Check for yourself: http://kikisbistro.com/

Though, I clean up very well.

In some circles, the word "metrosexual" abounds.

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Hells yes. If I'd have known, I would have advertised as such.
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personally, that is what i wear everywhere. and if i dont look classy enough for them, then they dont deserve my money. i dont care how good the food is. if im ****in payin to be somewhere, they shouldnt be the ones to tell me what to wear, i mean, im providing them with a ****in paycheck right? i wouldnt go to work and tell my bosss that im not gonna do my job that day because his clothes are not good enough for me.

thats just the way i see it

I agree, but I've been socialized to not look like a ****ing turd if everyone else looks at least half way decent. I don't want to show up with greasy hair and dirt tinged jeans when everyone else is wearing a shirt with a collar and nice pants. But that's just me, I suppose.
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I live two blocks from Lula. I have to disagree with almost everyone here and say that it was just average. I will probably never go back there because in a city this big I want to have good food nightly. So if that means going back to a place that didn't impress than I am probably not going to go there again. So far only two places in this city have met that criteria for my girlfriend and I:

El Cid #2 on Kinzie in Logan Square
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McNamara's on Irving Park Road across the street from Get a Grip cycles.

Both of these places have fantastic service and fantastic food.

Lula's has mediocre food and lousy pretentious service.

eSaRe

p.s. I do like amdream's comment on how it is the place to bring your parents to assure them that logan square is okay!
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I agree, but I've been socialized to not look like a ****ing turd if everyone else looks at least half way decent. I don't want to show up with greasy hair and dirt tinged jeans when everyone else is wearing a shirt with a collar and nice pants. But that's just me, I suppose.
guess thats a differance between you and me, i just dont care.
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