Meetups

Should We Meet?

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If you and I happen to be in the same town at the same time, we may get the chance to get together. So this page will keep track of some of the fun stuff I’ll be attending in the near future. But that’s just stuff that I will happen to see myself. Over in the forum’s “Meetups” section, individual Mustachian cool people organize stuff all over the place.

What are these meetups like? Usually a group of 10-100 people, standing around, laughing, drinking beer swapping stories about life, work, or bikes. Sometimes they evolve into later nights on the town.

Note to newcomers: Most of these events are free and the more elaborate ones are not, but I never get paid to attend anything myself. I just like a good party with a group of thoughtful people.

 

Upcoming:

Sometime in September – opening party at the new MMM HQ (downtown Longmont) details TBA.

I’ll share group pictures if we start to develop a larger group!

 

 

Past Meetups:

July 2017: Super Random Bike Ride Across the Whole Ottawa!

I was staying at the wife’s parents house, and feeling like I needed to cure my laziness. So about twelve of us gathered and rode this great 30 km route along bike paths across town. We ended the event with a big breakfast at the Barley Mow pub and restaurant in Kanata, right across the street from the Newbridge building I worked in as a young lad from 1994-1997.

Then I had to ride and additional 16km alone to reach my sister’s house out in Dunrobin.

Thursday May 25th @ 5:30 PM’ish: Gasworks Park Seattle

Looks like a sunny beautiful evening is on the books – come celebrate on one of Seattle’s most scenic hillsides.

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Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 @ 5:30PM: Treehouse Learning Headquarters in Portland, Oregon!

We basked in the wonderful hosting of Treehouse founder Ryan Carson, wheeling 9 pizzas and 110 beers across the street in a shopping cart from the New Seasons Market.

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 @ 5:30PM:

Local Activism Meeting for Longmont Locals at the Future MMM HQ Building*! 

(*except during official events like this, we ask your consideration in not stopping by unannounced – there has been a friendly but distracting stream of visitors and I’m getting in trouble with my co-owners!)

 

This was a dark and stormy night of sociability and intrigue. About 40 (?) people showed up. We pursued these two purposes:

Purpose #1: To meet other Mustachians who live right here in Longmont.

Toured the currently-stripped building and shared the plans for this future Mustachian Club/Coworking Space. Shared beers to celebrate Tuesday.

Purpose #2: To make the town a better place.

Every Tuesday, our town council holds a meeting in the nearby city hall building. At the beginning of each meeting, citizens get a chance to stand up and talk for 3 minutes.

A solid group of us walked over and joined the meeting, and I delivered my first rant on the microphone to request this:

Make Longmont more People-Friendly
By starting to enforce traffic standards again: Speed, vehicle noise, and on-road safety standards.
And as a parallel but slower effort, bike lanes on every street.

Bonus: This week, they are discussing what to do with the “traffic safety fund”, a nice packet of money collected via sales tax, which could use more direction.

Thursday, May 26, 2016@ 6PM: Gasworks Park in Seattle

Since was town along with the Mad Fientist and other friends in preparation for Camp Mustache 2016, we repeated the fun we had the previous year in this exceptional location.

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Friday, April 8th, 2016: Manhattan Beach Pier (Los Angeles) @ 6PM

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YNAB founder Jesse Mecham, another friend, and I are letting a Tesla Model S self-drive us from Salt Lake City out to LA this week, to check out a company called PeerStreet among other fun business.

Since that company’s office is right on one of the country’s fanciest beaches, and it will be Friday Night, we figured “Hey! Meetup!”

It’s a total no-formalities, zero-planning event. Bring your own fun supplies and ride your bike if at all possible!

Maybe we should start at this spot right here on the sand – easy to find:

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Friday November 13th, 2015 @6PM+: A Random Meetup at Wibby Brewing in Downtown Longmont, CO

Wibby is the town’s newest craft brewery and a great place to meet because they have a beautiful setup, great beer and loads of space. I think we’ll be back.

iseIt had been over a year since we gathered in my own town, so we made this one a blowout – over 350 people plus the mind blowing Colorado rockers Interstate Stash Express!

I didn’t make it home from this evening’s festivities until 2:17am, but it was worth it.

 

 

October 17-27th: The Third Annual (!!) Ecuador Chautauqua

A bit more exotic and unnecessarily expensive than the annual Camp Mustache, these Chautauquas are highlights of the year for many who attend them (myself included).  Imagine meeting 23 other creative, brilliant, interesting, unusual people like yourself and then spending a week together in the beautiful volcanoes and rainforests of Ecuador with good food and drink, and you can see why people tend to get along so well.

In 2015 we did a double header for the first time, where I was a host for one whole event and the first few days of the second. It looks like we are going to do it yet again: planning will probably begin in February 2016 for another October-ish event.

Read more on our host Cheryl Reed’s Above The Clouds website.

Wedesday, August 5th: Victoria, BC 

Beacon Hill Park from 6:00 PM Onwards – right at #19 on this map. This was a beautiful spot to hang out and although our group of 20 was smaller than usual, the custom Mustache pie someone brought, late night meal downtown, and my 1 hour midnight barefoot walk back to the house made it especially memorable.

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Monday, August 3rd: San Francisco

Precita Park, 3200 Folsom in Bernal Heights (6:00 PM until as late as we make it)

A small park on a round hilltop with butterflies.

A small park on a round hilltop with butterflies.

A good sized crowd gathered here and I saw some familiar faces from our 2014 SF meetup. The late night survivors and I went out for fried chicken and collard greens afterwards. San Francisco still might be my favorite place.

Friday, July 17th at 6PM: Bate Island in Ottawa, Canada

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Thanks to our Ottawa man Tristan Hume for suggesting this amazing venue: A beautiful public park that is actually an island in the middle of the Ottawa River. Easily reached from the main bike path or on foot, but it also looks like there is plenty of car parking.

We ended up with a good crowd despite a constant flow of rain. The huge shelter kept us dry and the cops ended up having to kick us out of the park because we blew past the normal 10PM “closing” time. Remember that Canada is a British colony so some of the old rule-abiding and orderliness remains.

  • Paul Fiorenza February 15, 2016, 5:56 pm

    Hey MMM,
    Love everything about your blog. Even though i am in a pretty good situation right now, i can only imagine how much greater things would be if you had been around when i was in my twenties! Anyway, how about making a slight detour to Cincinnati Ohio or anyplace close on the way back from your Canada vacation this year? I am sure there are lots of mustachians around here. We can take in a Reds game, see the historical parts of our city and try out some our delicious local brews and food.
    Let me know,
    Paul Fiorenza

    Anyway

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  • Chris Durheim February 27, 2016, 2:54 pm

    Similar thought here – if you’re ever in the area of beautiful Madison, WI let me know. We’ve got a group that’s meeting for the first time tomorrow that I’m sure would love to greet you.

    You’ll get some of the best microbrew beers around :)

    – Chris

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  • Tony February 29, 2016, 1:44 am

    Hi MMM,

    I’m about to begin my journey to Moustachianism. Unbeknownst to me I had started on this quest when I had decided to move to Singapore to reduce tax and increase deal sizes, it’s only been 7 months in Asia and I’ve just moved to Bangkok to truly reduce costs while keeping the same job. Ofcourse if you ever find yourself in BKK please let us know, I’ve a feeling there’s plenty of Moustachian’s in this city…

    Tony

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  • Darlene April 1, 2016, 8:26 am

    Is your meet-up in Manhattan Beach an April Fool’s joke? lol – average home price there is 4 MILLION DOLLARS!!

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    • Mr. Money Mustache April 3, 2016, 8:38 am

      Nope, that part is real. And I am actually driving there in a Tesla S too. It just that the car is not mine :-)

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  • kiwigirl in LA April 2, 2016, 12:31 am

    So excited about a meetup in my neighbourhood. Have you posted it on meetup.com? I didn’t see it

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    • Mr. Money Mustache April 2, 2016, 10:24 am

      Hi Kiwigirl – see you there! (And I’m envious if this is your neighborhood, it’s quite a spot).

      I don’t put these things on meetup.com because I figured anybody we actually want to hang out with will hear about it here on the blog. This one might already end up too big, because LA is such a big, dense city. But it’ll be fun.

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      • WarChest April 2, 2016, 5:13 pm

        MMM,

        Pumped for you to come, I live in Culver City so will take a little 11 mile bike ride to get there!! Be careful with conspicuous adult beverage consumption on that beach, MB (and beaches in LA in general) not the most laid back about open containers :)

        Also, looking forward to hearing how people implement MMM style in LA with the high cost of RE here.

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        • Jimmerb April 6, 2016, 9:36 pm

          Yeah, I remember getting a kick out of reading about MMM’s rental property, which I believe had a GRM (Gross Rent Multiplier) of something like 10-15. Here in Manhattan and Hermosa currently GRMs are 30 and above.
          But, with an average price of ~$2M, the appreciation will be much greater than MMM’s $400k property (especially in hot markets like the last few years where it’s been almost 20% year-over-year).
          Basically around this neighborhood, becoming a landlord means becoming equity-rich and cashflow-poor.

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      • kiwigirl in LA April 2, 2016, 9:14 pm

        You may be right about the group size, you’ve stated before on the preponderance of engineers following you. Well LA’s second largest industry is aerospace and we all live in the beach cities.

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  • Catalina April 3, 2016, 1:37 pm

    Hi MMM – will you ever do any meetups in Hamilton ? I live in london (about an hour away) and would love to go to one !

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  • Mattman April 6, 2016, 11:49 am

    That’s awesome you’re coming to LA; I’m a local in SoCal and a regular MMM follower, so I’m going to try and make it out.

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  • Mattman April 7, 2016, 9:26 pm

    Looks like there’s some good rain predicted for tomorrow, though it should be not so bad by 6pm when the meetup starts; if any plans change about the meetup, let us know!

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  • Sweta April 8, 2016, 9:19 am

    You need to have a meetup in Austin, TX!

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  • Embok April 8, 2016, 2:55 pm

    I assume the meetup tonight is still on, despite the rain. If not, please advise as I have to drive in about 60 miles: worth it if we all meet, not so if we don’t.

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    • lafemmex April 8, 2016, 4:08 pm

      Still on as far as all of us know. We’ve been in the forums (OC and LA pages) and no postings there. We’re all trading digits and such. See you soon!

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    • Mattman April 8, 2016, 5:22 pm

      I just drove an hour in assuming we’re still on.

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  • Jill April 8, 2016, 5:50 pm

    I know we are all baddasses, but a warm pub might be better than a soggy beach. :) Lmk if you change locations

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  • Andrew April 9, 2016, 8:52 am

    Somewhere in the mid-Atlantic (DC to NY) would be nice!

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  • Keith Schroeder May 26, 2016, 9:26 am

    Hey, if I can hitch a ride to Gasworks Park tonight I’ll go. I’m staying at the Holiday Inn in Issaquah. Mrs. Accountant does not want to go (I’m the guy who writes the Wealthy Accountant blog.) Let me know.

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  • Pierre Bossé June 29, 2016, 10:56 pm

    Hi MMM,
    Any plans for a meet up in Ottawa this summer? Rockcliffe Pavillion, Maple Island or Strathcona Park would be nice venues.

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  • Dennis November 1, 2016, 2:47 pm

    Hi MMM,

    I just moved from the Netherlands to Poland, while most people do it the other way around. I had already a nice salary in the Netherlands, but with the huge reduction of cost of living the fun will really start.

    Maybe an idea to come over the ocean one day? I do not recommend winter time as it can get down to minus 15/20 degrees Celsius. But summers are great and almost guaranteed periods of 30+ degrees Celsius.

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  • Teri January 20, 2017, 3:29 am

    I heard there was a meetup in Florida last week. I would have loved to go but had no knowledge of it. Please update this section on a regular basis to keep us in the know.

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    • Mr. Money Mustache January 24, 2017, 11:09 am

      Hi Teri, your sources are correct!

      The Florida event in January 2016 was an independently organized thing called “Camp Mustache Southeast”. They rented a retreat center, sold tickets to cover costs, and everyone stayed 3 nights/4 days.

      Because there were only 40 spaces, the tickets were sold out by word of mouth without any advertising, so I avoided mentioning it here.

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  • Christi March 18, 2017, 1:42 pm

    My husband and I live on Long Island. Come out to NYC and we can plan something in the city or at the vineyards out east on LI!

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    • Jillian April 3, 2017, 6:24 pm

      Hi Christi. My husband and I live on the Island as well and thought we were the only mustachians out here!!! Reply back if you want to chat!

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  • Anirudh April 4, 2017, 6:50 pm

    So Moustachian hq is right next to a pay day lender? are you secretly planing to buy him out and start giving face punches to people who come for loans -:). I feel like I need to move to longmont, CO.. would have loved to be part of this meetup. MMM – when is your next bay area meetup.

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    • G-Dub April 5, 2017, 10:07 am

      Money, have any more details on the MMM HQ and your plans for the building?

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  • Laura April 7, 2017, 3:51 pm

    MMM, are you planning to run for office? Is this HQ building, a campaign office to-be?!?

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  • Dave April 10, 2017, 9:40 am

    I look forward to hear from you when you will do a meet up in London UK.

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  • Robert Corey April 10, 2017, 10:02 am

    You’ve moved west and now you’ll start taking over local municipalities. Just like the mormons. May longmont become the SLC of mustachianism, but let’s skip the extravagant temples.

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    • charles May 30, 2017, 3:15 pm

      Speaking of SLC, there are lots of Mormon Mustachians, when is there going to be a MMM meetup in SLC? :)

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  • Clare Constantine April 25, 2017, 2:10 pm

    Hey MMM, I noticed the Seattle meetup is listed for Thursday, May 26 – but May 26 is a Friday. :)

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    • Mr. Money Mustache April 25, 2017, 3:48 pm

      Ahh, but what was May 26th in the year 2016, when that past meetup actually occurred? ;-)

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      • Christy April 25, 2017, 7:07 pm

        Does that mean there’s no Meetup planned for this May??? Was thinking I could travel there so if not when’s the next planned as that’s the latest linked to the post?

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  • Jessica April 26, 2017, 12:38 pm

    Oh man, May 24th is my birthday. Maybe I need to get myself a flight for the occasion.

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  • preethi April 28, 2017, 8:50 pm

    Wow can’t believe I can actually meet you in person on May 24th!!! I am silent reader and big time admirer for you Mr.MoneyMustache Sir! We live in Hillsboro, 15 min drive from Portland,Oregon!! I am so excited!!!

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  • Paula May 23, 2017, 10:02 am

    Hi All,

    Is the Portland Meetup still on for tomorrow? Would you like an RSVP?

    Thanks!
    Paula

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  • Susie Crespo May 25, 2017, 7:02 am

    Any chance of a meet-up in Alamogordo, New Mexico?

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  • Philip June 23, 2017, 7:15 pm

    Any chance of you coming back to the motherland and visiting Vancouver, BC? I’m a Brit living in Canada and I really am getting into your blog. I turned 30 2 weeks ago and want to make my 30’s the last decade I have to work so I can retire at 40. I also still want to have fun and do some travelling, just making sure I mind the money in the process. Really starting to feel a lot more optimistic and happy.

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  • Patrick October 5, 2017, 9:34 pm

    Any updates on MMM HQ’s grand opening?

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