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Fake Internet Job @ Viento y Agua (Belmont Heights)
Fake Internet Job is back for season two! Our unique meetup group was launched in January 2017 and grew quickly in its first several months. We want 2018 to be even BIGGER, so we're adding new local coffee spots to our bi-weekly rotation and inviting a whole new cast of work-from-home types like you to roll out of bed, splash some water on your face, and step into the daylight with us! HERE'S THE DEAL: If the majority of the work you get paid for is done on a laptop and you work primarily from home or the local Starbucks, CONGRATS... you have a Fake Internet Job. Welcome to our community! Now it's time to leave the house for a couple of hours and meet other people like yourself. There are more of us than you think, which is why our meetup has grown steadily as we've discovered the best local coffee spots across this great city of ours together and kindled great conversations! REGULARS AND NEWCOMERS ALIKE: Please join us on Wednesday, November 14, from 10am-Noon. If that's not a good time for you because you'll be at work, you probably don't have a Fake Internet Job. Fake Internet Jobbers make their own hours and - let's be honest - we're probably just waking up at 10am anyway! No pressure. No agenda. Our meetups are just casual, social opportunities to meet fellow Fake Internet Jobbers over local coffee and worldly conversation! THIS WEEK'S VENUE: Viento y Agua has a funky vibe and an impressive menu of coffees, teas, kombuchas, yerba mates, pastries, and sandwiches — including vegan and gluten-free options. It's truly a neighborhood cafe in an artful space! Whether you're a Fake Internet Job regular or just curious to see what this group is all about, let us draw you out of your soul-smothering hermit hut for a couple of hours and invite you to join our community of fellow freelancers, remote workers, and entrepreneurs. We look forward to seeing you and continuing a whole new year of Fake Internet Job meetups together! SPONSOR: Fake Internet Job is sponsored by Ironfire, which offers flexible work, meeting, and event space for people with both real and fake Internet jobs in and around Long Beach, California. WEBSITE:

Viento y Agua Coffeehouse & Gallery

4007 E 4th St · Long Beach, CA

What we're about

Do you have a hard time explaining to friends and family exactly what you do for a living? Do you work from home, spending most of your day in front of the computer in your pajamas as your cat glares disapprovingly in your direction? Or the local coffee spot, shamelessly freeloading on WiFi all day for the price of a grande latte? Are your business hours from "whenever I wake up" to "I can barely keep my eyes open?”

Sounds like you've got a Fake Internet Job!

We're coders, designers, consultants, creative freelancers, small business owners, and startup entrepreneurs. For years, we've worked in solitude, growing our businesses and social networks online, blissfully unaware of our real-life surroundings. But after accumulating a small network of human friends (quite by accident, I'm sure), we begun to discover that community offers unexpected benefits. Whether it's an opportunity to talk through a problem, to bounce an idea off not-your-spouse, or to be inspired by a serendipitous encounter, there's something about being around smart, creative, ambitious people that legitimately improves our health, happiness, and productivity.

We want to build that kind of community here, in Long Beach, in real life, where we can breathe the same air and occupy the same map coordinates from time to time.

These will be strictly casual meetups. No presentations. No networking. No business. Just fun, relaxed field trips and social gatherings in the middle of the day, when everyone else we know is at a real job. As they endure the soul-crushing security of recognizable career paths with benefits and established business hours, we'll be engaging in light-hearted conversation over refreshments, neighborhood exploration, and possibly games. Sometimes we'll just cowork and chill, because working for ourselves shouldn't always mean working by ourselves.

We're here to make friends and learn about eachother's meta-human super powers. Friends who are as smart, creative, and ambitious as we like to think we are. Friends who also have a Fake Internet Job.

Look, if nothing else, this is your chance to shower and put on your going-outside clothes.

If you think this is the meetup you've been waiting for, but you're not 100% sure, just ask us. We'll be brutally honest with you. (Spoiler alert: IT IS.)

JOIN NOW. Our next meetup is happening soon, and space is limited!

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