What we're about
Our events are for all us singles who want to GET OUT and have some FUN! Not that we don't love our couple friends too, but they always have to leave early (or can't come at all) because of the kids, the house, etc. This group is for those of us who have more free time and want to make some new friends while having some FUN! There are more of us single people in the bay area than you think, so leave all your friends who are couples at home and come out to have some FUN with us! We're your people :)
If your social life is a lot of dating then the recession probably has cut that back a bit...it's expensive! Our events are NOT expensive, or dates! We do that purposefully. It doesn't have to cost a lot to have a good time, and you don't have to be on a date to meet someone new. An afternoon in the park with a Frisbee, some fun singles, sunshine, and a potluck dish is an inexpensive, casual and above all FUN day out! Sound good to you too?
We aren't just about the usual happy hour in a bar shouting to each other over a drink, I mean we aren't 22 anymore, right? :) Our philosophy is to spend a little of our time/effort/creativity to plan quality events worthy of sharing our precious free time together. Meetup is just how we're introduced, the fun happens once you show up. So do something for yourself, be brave, don't just lurk, come out and have some FUN! Come join us!
Our Annual Events: We always have Superbowl, Oscar, Halloween, & NYE parties!, 4th of July Fireworks, Union Street Festival, Artichoke festival, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, SF Restaurant Week, Weekend in Tahoe (split a cabin & carpool), Bay to Breakers, Napa wine tasting train, Mavericks surf competition, Butterfly migration at Big Sur, White Party fundraiser, Springtime at SF Zoo, Black & White ball.
Some things we Love: potlucks, game nights, improv/comedy shows, beach bonfires, picnics, concerts in the parks, street festivals, Wii tournaments, movies: in theaters, our homes, SF Film Festivals, and midnight showings, live music (local open mike nights, Karaoke, stadium tours), riding/walking over the Golden Gate, Giants games, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, photography walks, golfing: mini/driving range, our book club, Groupon deals, new restaurants, HGTV crafting parties, our walking group, SF & SJ Symphonies, brunches, culinary classes, art exhibits, theater/plays, wine tastings, bowling, sushi happy hours, geocaching, road trips, camping, biking, Tahoe weekends, nature hiking: city, state, national parks, redwoods/beaches/Lands End, urban hikes about the city, sailing, SCUBA, kayaking, ballooning, poker/casino night, catching the game at a sports bar, lectures, biking in Marin, strolling SF's great Vintage/Consignment shops, horse-back riding, greening projects with Rebuild It Together, canoeing with Save the Bay, salsa/swing classes, archery/golfing in GG Park, skiing/boarding, ice skating, micro brew/sake tours, zip lining, ping-pong, the horse track races, kite flying at Berkeley marina, the occasional quirky road trip destination (Winchester Mystery House, Mystery Spot, Pez museum, Pinball Museum).
Some of our favorite venues: Cal Academy of Science (Thurs nights), Golden Gate Park, Cobb's Comedy Club, The Cow Palace, Punchline Comedy Club, DeYoung Museum (Fri nights), Fort Mason, The Fillmore, GAMH, Giant's stadium, Oakland Coliseum, Japanese Tea Garden, Chabot Space & Science Center telescopes, Asian Art Museum, Castro Theater, Red Vic Theater, Angel Island ferry, Beach Blanket Babylon, Teatro ZinZanni, Coffee at Cafe du Soleil, BrainWash Cafe & Laundromat, Conservatory of Flowers, Dolores Park, Sterns Grove, House of Air trampoline park, Moaning caverns, The Gold Country/Napa/Big Sur/etc, pretty much anything the Cheap Bastards Guide to SF recommends...
House rules (only a few and they're EASY):
1.Three strikes and you are out. It's a bummer but there are a lot of flakes on Meetup, 50% turn out is not uncommon in some groups, and that's just not cool when people are wait listed. So flake on your group three times and we'll be forced to give you the boot. Don't make us do it!!! It's easy, if you can't come, change your RSVP and BE KIND to your friends who want to go! We want our flake factor to = zero!
2. Profile pic/First name required.Anonymous profiles impede new friendships, right? So, to join up, two things: 1. Your PRIMARY profile pic must clearly show your face (no unibomber look-a-likes or pics of your dog please), and 2. Please post your real first name (no avatars), Cool? More than just being friendly, sharing your face/name helps us find each other at events, and for re-connecting with your new friend whats his/her name after the event. :)
3. Events cost $5 bucks. Why? In short admin fees, incidentals and as a token thanks for the organizers. Meetup charges an organizer fee, and there are incidental hosting costs like games, plastic & paper ware, items to assure the event goes well (extra supplies, first aid kit), garbage bags & things for cleaning up after ourselves at events, you get the idea. There are a lot of little things that need to happen behind the scenes to keep up our quality standards. (Remember the last time you hosted a party?) We aren't here to earn a living off this, lol. We run this group because we want to, because it's fun, it's not paying for our vacation home in Costa Rica that we don't have :)
4. Be single, born between 1960>1979, and have a smile :) We work hard to make our group FUN, have members respect one another, and have a good time. So if you are kind of rude, a complainer, get drunk, annoy members, chase too much tail, have a reputation for not being friendly, are a flake, or you are secretly married or part of a committed relationship, you will be kindly asked to move on. Our standards are meant to keep it FUN and positive, so lets get on with the good stuff!
The first meetup is the hardest. Once you come to your first event with us you'll realize it's really FUN and we're just like you. So get over yourself and know that we all come by ourselves the first time, and then see a couple familiar faces the second and more the third, and then it's you're a vet and making another newbie's first time easier. So don't let a month go by before you come out to meetup. Jump right in and make a friend and have some FUN doing it!
Hope to Meetup with you soon, laissez les bons temps rouler!Cheers, Suzette
*Caveat* :) While we are 99.9% singles we do have a very small contingent of couples amongst us who've been grandparented in because they were single when they joined up. No penalties for becoming a couple :) Also, there are a very small handful of folks in their late 20's early 50's because...well, there's no need to be too strict right? We're here for FUN!