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Apr
09
2012

Hang out with ThinkGeek, Discovery, pizza, and... eMacs

Discovery on a Boeing jet

Discovery on her way back to Kennedy Space Center in 2005. Isn't this awesome!?

It may be hard to believe, but ThinkGeek exists IRL in lovely Fairfax, Virginia, and we occasionally send away teams on dangerous missions--like hanging out at Crystal Screen, having Marian Call over for a show, or eating a lot of ice cream in one sitting.

April is turning into a busy month, in fact, and the more (red shirts), the merrier! (That means you're invited, in case that wasn't clear.)

We'd love to see you at...

Thursday, April 12: Yuri's Night
Mission: To celebrate the 51st anniversary of the first human in space--Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut, 1961--with local space geeks at a Yuri's Night DC shindig. (Bonus fact: April 12 also marks the 1st shuttle launch anniversary--STS-1, Space Shuttle Columbia, 1981.) We're providing prizes, and we expect to see a reprise of the LEGO spacecraft competition, trivia contest, and some specialty mixed drinks. (Last year? Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster and Sonic Screwdriver.)
Coordinates: Science Club, 1136 19th St NW, Washington, DC, 7pm to close. Can't make it to the Science Club party? Find a Yuri's Night party near you! Maybe we'll see you on the live broadcast that night.

Tuesday, April 17: Discovery lands at Dulles
Mission: To witness Discovery's arrival at Dulles International Airport on the back of a modified Boeing 747, like in the photo above. Crazy, right? We can't miss that and neither should you.
Coordinates: Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, parking lot opens at 8am, $15 per vehicle. We'll be at the north end of the parking lot, or as close as we can get.

Saturday, April 21: Unofficial Discovery meetup with ThinkGeek crew
Mission: To see the new Discovery exhibit at Udvar-Hazy with ThinkGeek and friends--details forthcoming. The weekend after Discovery arrives is blocked off as a "family" event, so don't hesitate to bring the geeklings! Think you'd like to go and would you be interested in a guided tour with us? Use this form and we'll do a headcount and get back to you with our plans.
Coordinates: Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, 10am

Friday, April 27: Ferris Bueller's Day Off movie night (eMac giveaway) at ThinkGeek HQ
Mission: To watch Ferris Bueller with ThinkGeek and local geeks, give tours of ThinkGeek HQ, raffle off some freebies, munch on pizza, aaaand give away these crazy old eMacs pictured below. You won't have to take one if you attend, but that would be really awesome if you did. We'd like to keep them out of landfills and we know there are some enterprising geeks out there that can find a good use for them.
Coordinates: ThinkGeek HQ, 11216 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030, doors at 5:30. Tickets are required and you can sign up here!

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Comments

meaningless icon! OMG - We must attend.... I am desperate for one of those macs.... Art project... Love it... Will bring cupcakes or other assorted baked products... :)
rebecca2funny said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! This makes me wish I lived in Virginia.
cr5315 said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! Awww.. You guys need to do another event at HQ...I'm gonna be out of town for an alien abduc...I mean family event that weekend
reldnahcire said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! Want want want to attend but my legs say otherwise! How about a virtual gathering point for those of us who are homebound? No doubt we can organize something. I can make cookies and popcorn and get me ahold of some Bueller? Bueller? Anyone? ME! (Want me some eMac love, too.) Love to Timmy and the crew.
JayeCee said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! Too bad I have to work during the landing that would be very cool. Should be able to make the movie night though if I can get in :D
SneakyBaron said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! Awww you need to do another event at HQ, I'll be out of town for an alien abd...uh, family event, on the 27th!
reldnahcire said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! I need one of those eMacs! My SE/30's HD recently crashed and I am without a Mac right now!! I've been to ThinkGeek's HQ before, nice place, the thought of watching Ferris Buller and eating free pizza is just icing on the cake.... You *did* say the pizza was free, right?
asgeorge said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! Shiny! I'll bring the cupcakes! :)
Maryn said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! Too bad I live in Ohio! I would love to adopt one of your eMacs!
dereksmalls1985 said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! excited. :)
superxchloe said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! super super excited. now to gather my local geeks...
superxchloe said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! Yay!! Can't wait!!
ANIBSHO said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! any minimum age for the april 27th meet up? (I'd love to take my 11 year old son.) He's a big fan.)
Bobberpi said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! Place to stay? Check. Three hour drive? Check. Time to make the drive in April? Do not have. Curse you responsibility!
RhythmicGeek said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! yes living in vienna va ftw
boomboom13 said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! fantastical! just got back from pax east, and another magical event appears in the wild? thinkgeek uses awesome, it is highly effective!
wanger68 said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! I love living in Virginia. Thinkgeek, make it a weekend please!
tockeldo said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! I'm so close! Only 2 hours away!
tockeldo said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! cool i would come but i moved to FL from VA but i will go to they local one of myne
Time Lords Geek K.N.D. said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! I would SO love to liberate one (preferably two) of those eMacs.... Oh, and of course hang out with my favorite bunch of bananas! Are you sure Timmy wouldn't be willing to ship 2 computers COD? ;)
kjmiller said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! You guys need a West Coast HQ (Like the Avengers!).
ashleystew said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! Will definitely try to make the landing at Dulles, since I work in Herndon anyways.
JohnHighway said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! I really, really, really need one of those eMacs for forensic study!
kristofr said this 872 days ago.
meaningless icon! @JayCee We might stream via webcam! Maybe. However watching a bunch of geeks nomming pizza and staring at a screen might not be all that interesting.
Raevyn W. said this 871 days ago.
meaningless icon! @Bobberpi There's no minimum age, really. Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a pretty geekling friendly movie, and we'll be allowing folks to bring a +1, which can definitely mean +1 geekling!
Raevyn W. said this 871 days ago.
meaningless icon! booyah 15 minutes away! and I already have two laptops...so I probably don't need the emac..oh what the heck i'll try to get one. i hereby claim the third one over on the 14th row. (3-14. get it? yeah that was lame. but there had better be 14 rows or i'll look stupid.)
SonoftheSuperGeek said this 871 days ago.
meaningless icon! Ferris Bueller, ThinkGeek AND pizza? Can it get any better? I submit that it cannot.
Tripledge said this 870 days ago.
meaningless icon! I'll see you all on the 17th! I can't make the 21st. Stuck working. Dagnabit.
Moosifer said this 870 days ago.

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