Shoutout to /u/monkeyplusplus for housing me, picking me up from the airport, and driving me around too!
Shoutout to /u/quakemz, /u/ambielie, and /u/curotsn for organizing many aspects of the Meet up. Also thanks for the boba /u/quakemz!
Shoutout to /u/Platabear for driving me a bunch, including driving me to the airport at 11 pm!!
Shoutout to /u/eat_the_food for paying for dinner & your kind heart! Definitely will continue to eat the food. Just need some Fugus to start out.
Long story with micro blog material about my whole weekend.
Keyboard community meetups definitely sound weird at first, and it’s definitely good to point out that they are estranged gatherings where people who appreciate plastic and metal come together to talk about the experiences they have. I am fortunate enough to be able to make my way up to Seattle from SoCal to meet some of the kindest keyboard community members I’ve ever encountered. Having just graduated from University, I honestly don’t have a lot of money, but I really wanted to go to the Seattle MeetUp as I’ve been actively conversing with Washington based keyboard enthusiasts on slack for a few months now. After many months of chatting, it was great to finally put faces to names.
I want to first give a shout out to /u/monkeyplusplus for so generously opening his home to me. I will always be indebted to your kindness. He even picked me up from the airport which went above and beyond what he needed to do. A true kind sir, with his majestic stallion, the ’91 Honda Crx. Thanks monkey!
The day I flew in, monkey and I stayed up for a few hours tinkering with our boards and preparing ourselves for the meet up , and with much excitement, we went to sleep around 12:30am or so.
The day of the meet up, monkey and I got brunch at a diner down the street , and he paid for my meal! Such a kind sir. Later, I was picked up by sir /u/platabear in his roaring Volvo while monkey finished his sebright and pilcrow builds for the meet up. Plata and I met up with /u/quakemz and /u/ambielie at “Grinders”, a sandwich place about 1 mile from the meet up location at Shoreline community college. This was my first time meeting /r/mechmarket mod, so I had to make sure that my scam game was up. Little did I know… I was a good 8 inches shorter than the fellow (I’m 5′ 8″).
After getting to Shoreline, we were greeted by /u/cursortn, who got the location for the meet up and we set up everything. We moved tables together and I was able to set up a small table to give away all the cables I brought with me. At the end of the day, 98% of the cables I brought were gone which is great!
The meet up could not have gone any better (aside from thievery that happened), with all types of boards out there from alps, to Zealios 120g, and even more simple boards like Rosewill. Unfortunately, no Razers or Corsairs made it to the meetup. It was great seeing everyone’s personal prefs, and a lot of custom builds! Talking to people about their builds and what feeling they get from specific switches was awesome and nerdy as heck. Room of nerds, I loved it.
I definitely felt honored to meet /u/eat_the_food, otesanek (creator of the kosmo, and fugu artwork) and /u/poptart_777 (aka switch or instagram.com/keyclackers, and the maker of the Keyboard & Co GMK set that is up and coming). They are people that I’ve been following for a long time and being able to chat with them for a few moments was an honor. Check out switches’ one handed typing style on his instagram! He also uses 120g Zealios which is insane!
After the meet up, we went to a really nice kbbq restaurant down the street and after munching on food, /u/eat_the_food generously paid for our dinners (for 11 people mind you)! What a kind soul. He’s truly a great person to be around, and it was humbling being around him during this weekend. After dinner, many of us parted ways as Seattle was just a meeting point.
On Sunday, I went to the international district and met up with /u/quakemz, /u/ambielie, /u/Platabear, and /u/slippery_john for a late lunch which we had at Saumurai Noodle (not recommended. They use butter to salinate their miso). After that, we walked around Seattle and got boba, beer, and wonton noodle soup. After that, /u/platabear drove me back to /u/monkeyplusplus to pick up my luggage and he drove me to the airport at 11PM. Thanks so much for taking me bro. It was nice jamming to EDM with you and struggling to navigate with our dead phones.
Overall, the whole weekend was fantastic and was more than I could ask for. While we had just met IRL, I definitely felt like I’ve known these people for months. And it’s true, I have known them for months through our interactions on /r/mk and slack.
Ya know, it’s interesting how something as simple as keyboards can bring people together. Beyond our ridiculous fascination with keyboards, plastic, and metal, this meet up made me really appreciate the community aspect that we strive to achieve in this community. I’m truly grateful to have had such an amazing weekend, and I’m so humbled to have been allowed the opportunity to be in the presence of such nice and lovely north-western keyboard enthusiasts. I will definitely be coming back up for the next one, whenever that happens.
So would I recommend going to these meetups?
YES! Definitely. It’s a good moment to try out boards, have conversations about plastic, and just get to know people. They don’t happen to often, but when they do, they are something worth making the time for.