Tacoma Urbanist

Mar. 28, 2008 at 12:17am

Leave Your Cubicle : Lunch at Frost Park Today at Noon

Invigorated from the recent Jim Diers Go Local Or Die event, downtown Tacomans will seek once again to take over Frost Park, inhabiting our downtown.

The chances of you having a job that pays during the noon hour on Friday is slight.  Bring a friend and meet the folks who are active downtown.

In addition to being able to conduct a months worth of networking in an hour, here are some expected events:


"Ryan" from Rusty George Creative is scheduled to appear and bury the hatchet with fellow programmer RR Anderson.


Julie Bennett owner of Urban Xchange has promised to join us.

Given her profession and extensive inventory, she may be able to give fashion tips.  She has no doubt clothed a good portion of Tacoma's hipsters.  Perhaps she can study the pictures of Frost Park group from the prior Fridays and have some ready suggestions.

(She promises she will make you fashionable)


There is a 50 percent chance there will be a mystery food item.  We will see.

See everyone at Frost Park today at noon.

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by tacomachickadee on 3/28/2008 @ 6:39am
Bring those snow boots! Are they fashionable? ;)

by KevinFreitas on 3/28/2008 @ 6:58am
I'll be there! Should be a good time. Show your T-Town pride, damn the weather, and c'mon out for some good conversation in a charming spot downtown.

by izenmania on 3/28/2008 @ 7:39am
"Ryan" from Rusty George Creative is scheduled to appear and bury the hatchet with fellow programmer RR Anderson.

Hope he doesn't bury it in his head...

Anyway, in past weeks, though they've never really panned out, we've had suggestions for conversation starters. The conversation I'd like to start today is: what next? Do we stick with Frost Park, knowing that one lunch a week there is not really going to do the job we set out to do? Do we try to start up evening programming there? Do we move to another park at the end of the month as originally planned? Do we take advantage of our numbers and simply spread? Or do we just consider it a challenge to see exactly how many people we can cram into Frost?

by NineInchNachos on 3/28/2008 @ 9:03am
excellent use of headlines! makes posts more 'scanning-friendly'

I for one am excited to see the lightsaber battle between the two Ryans.

as for expansion Ideas I suggest taking a page out of the apache play book. like the great Geronimo we lead by example, stand up and say: 'I'll be at firemans park wednesday with my mandolin... who's with me?" type thing..

by droid116 on 3/28/2008 @ 9:46am
I am seriously considering "I'll be in Tollefson Plaza with my origami paper" as a rallying cry by middle of April. It would fit under the moniker of simply "taking" Tollefson. Mind you, folding paper requires non rainy weather. Wind be damned.

I will be by Frost Park today, albeit slightly late.

by thriceallamerican on 3/28/2008 @ 9:52am
Given that izenmania's mention of "evening programming" and NiN's mention of "apache" took my brain in some embarrasingly geeky directions before I realized what they were really talking about, it sounds like I may need a few minutes away from the computer...time permitting, I will try to make it for at least a few minutes today.

by jcbetty on 3/28/2008 @ 9:59am
I have it on good authority that the lovely PSP will be donating one or two pies which the lovely S DeR (Steph) will be bringing to the party. Naturally, the double temptations have me going their, kid in tow, damn the torpedoes- er, weather... I'll pretend I'm on a Maui beach and wear a sarong with my rain boots...(or not)

by NineInchNachos on 3/28/2008 @ 10:27am
we'll meet P2P so to speak. (that ones for you jamie)

by intacoma on 3/28/2008 @ 10:30am
Cant make it today I'm not ready for the frost@frost

looks like you all are going to be doing snowangels

by jcbetty on 3/28/2008 @ 10:32am
should that spelling be "cubicle"? gah, I'm in some freakish correcting people mode, even The Man is getting irritated by me. --So, the SDeR and the JCB will be by with the PSP to go P2P at about 12:15-ish, possibly a couple minutes earlier, possibly a couple minutes later. But since we'll be bearing food gifts, all will be forgiven, yeah?

by KevinFreitas on 3/28/2008 @ 10:38am
Yea, thanks to Jim at PSP for supplying. I'm sure warm pies will be very welcome. Makes the weather just that much more bearable.

by Dmitri on 3/28/2008 @ 10:43am
"... have me going their ..."

Spell checker, heal thyself.

I was going to bring cold, leftover PSP pizza. Will they take trade-ins?

by KevinFreitas on 3/28/2008 @ 10:53am
Question: where can I go local in a pinch to snag a cheap-ish umbrella for today? Think D-Town across from Frost Park would fill my need?

by thriceallamerican on 3/28/2008 @ 11:02am
NiN: Thanks for the shout-out.

Kevin: Maybe try UW Bookstore?

by jenyum on 3/28/2008 @ 11:29am
I am tempted to go just to see JCbetty, but I'm afraid littlest would last about 5 minutes and then the complaining would begin. Plus my car is not up to very much in the way of weather.

by KevinFreitas on 3/28/2008 @ 11:34am
Bummer. We seriously need some portable heat lamps. Or maybe a bon fire.

by Erik on 3/28/2008 @ 11:43am
Think D-Town across from Frost Park would fill my need?

Across the street on Pacific.

should that spelling be "cubicle"? gah, I'm in some freakish correcting people mod

Thanks jcbetty for your spelling vigilance. However, the word "cubicle" appears to be spelled correctly.

by Erik on 3/28/2008 @ 1:13pm
Incredible valor at Frost Park today shown through the sleet and snow:

The surprise food was from Thomas who brought cheesecake from Woody's On the Water:

More pictures at


by KevinFreitas on 3/28/2008 @ 1:19pm
Great seeing everyone today! Huge thanks to Jim @ PSP for the pizza pies and Thomas from Woody's on the Water for the cheesecake. Even got to meet David Boe and hear some of his urban planning related thoughts.

Seems like the feeling is to stick with Frost Park on Friday's and, as this grows, branch out on other days at other locales. Though the weather was challenging Izenmania said he counted 27 hearty souls that were present at least part of the time. Though my keyboarding fingers may need a few more minutes to warm up before they become agile enough to type at my normal rate. Hopefully I avoided any misspellings.

by NineInchNachos on 3/28/2008 @ 1:25pm
Holy Defender Umbrella Brigades

Holy Defender Umbrella Brigades

by NineInchNachos on 3/28/2008 @ 1:32pm
colorful umbrellas make for good photos atleast.

by jcbetty on 3/28/2008 @ 1:44pm
toes...numb...(and, yeah, shoulda been "there"...) n--wasn't it "cubical" before? ;)

by droid116 on 3/28/2008 @ 1:49pm
Could only make it for the last half hour. However, thoroughly enjoyed meeting new folks and talking in person to those who I know from online conversations.

"Someone left the cheesecake in the rain...." and it was delicious.

Found the (paper) turtle that I left there two weeks ago, in relatively good condition too.

by Erik on 3/28/2008 @ 2:40pm

by Erik on 3/28/2008 @ 3:36pm
By the way, now the sun is out downtown!

by izenmania on 3/28/2008 @ 3:44pm
Of course it is. It just had to snow for us.

So, carrying on the trend... next Friday we'll have another beautiful sunny day. The following week... gale force winds? Lightning? Hail? Who can say, really?

by VotaIdiota on 3/28/2008 @ 4:39pm
Lunch at Frost Park


Invasion of the White People

by KevinFreitas on 3/28/2008 @ 4:57pm
White people do like making you feel bad about not going outside, being the only white person around, and gentrification. I imagine taking things back would probably fall somewhere in there.

by Erik on 3/28/2008 @ 6:21pm
Sounds like Votalditoa needs to leave his or her cubicle in the suburban office park and come downtown to Frost Park event to see what a diverse crowd that comes out there.

by izenmania on 3/28/2008 @ 6:30pm
To be fair, Erik, the pictures do make it pretty clear that we're all white. However, it would be a mistake to assume that being all white makes us un-diverse.

It does kind of make me wonder, though... there must not be a whole lot of non-white people reading feed»tacoma, because they sure don't show up to any of the get-togethers.

by VotaIdiota on 3/28/2008 @ 6:37pm
Guys, please! I'm just having a little fun here!

I'm mainly white myself. But I'm also part Native American, so I just have an inherent tendency to get nervous when a group of white people show up to an area they haven't been seen in before ;p.

And actually Erik, I work just about two blocks away from Frost Park. I'd love to come down sometime, but unfortunately my lunch hour is at 1.

by Erik on 3/28/2008 @ 6:44pm
And actually Erik, I work just about two blocks away from Frost Park.

Good. Now you have a moral imperative to attend the next Frost Park lunch. As for downtown, I think its the most diverse group in the city. Perhaps you will come to the next meeting of the New Tacoma Neighborhood Council:

To be fair, Erik, the pictures do make it pretty clear that we're all white.

You are simply factually incorrect izenmania.

I'd love to come down sometime, but unfortunately my lunch hour is at 1.

We all had a 100 excuses today to stay hunkered over our desks at noon. Yet, alot of people showed up. Perhaps you need to move your lunch hour. Once there, you may find it far more diverse in a great many ways than your stereotype of the group might be.

by VotaIdiota on 3/28/2008 @ 7:10pm

I assure you, were I able to move my lunch hour, I would do so. But believe me when I say that it is physically impossible for me to take my lunch at noon.

And again, I was just joshin' ya guys. I really didn't mean anything by it, and I apologize if my humor touched a nerve.

by intacoma on 3/28/2008 @ 7:16pm
yea guys stop being so white

by KevinFreitas on 3/28/2008 @ 7:56pm
Not me -- did anyone actually read those links I posted? Funny shit! I gotcha' Vota. Thanks for chiming in. Hey, even with a 1pm lunch sometimes we're still out there. Maybe next time I'll just start at 12:30pm so it can spill over a bit into your lunch hour.

by VotaIdiota on 3/28/2008 @ 8:02pm

I did check out that blog. Although I must say, the white people he's referring mainly just seem to be the liberal yuppie type. Basically, he should probably rename that blog "What White People in Seattle Like" and he'd be almost 100% spot-on.

Hey, no need to go and change the times just for me. I'm just a lowly office worker.

by Erik on 3/28/2008 @ 8:11pm
Hey, even with a 1pm lunch sometimes we're still out there.

Very true. See you there at 1:00 p.m. VotaIdiota. Some people usually stay there until around 1:30.