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Title: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: joet86 on September 13, 2012, 04:22:47 PM
I seem to be the only person with a Mustache in Cleveland, OH. Prove me wrong!
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: Zaga on September 20, 2012, 01:25:44 PM
I'm about an hour and a half from you, an hour north of Pittsburgh just inside the PA border.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: buckeyenuts on October 19, 2014, 08:55:54 AM
I am a Clevelander answering your call from a few years ago. I hope that by now there may be a few more in beautiful NE Ohio. I would be interested in meeting other like minded folks in the area.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: lizzzi on October 19, 2014, 06:36:37 PM
Not Cleveland, but close enough. If NE Ohio is going to meet up, count me in.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: cmk on October 19, 2014, 09:34:09 PM
Southern suburb here!  We're a little too old to consider early retirement, but we like frugal living and enjoy reading the blog and forums here.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: buckeyenuts on November 07, 2014, 10:48:32 AM
I want to offer an invitation to all for the NE Ohio Bogleheads group, which meets about every 2-3 months. The group is mostly focused on investing philosophies developed by Jack Bogle, the Founder of Vanguard Investments. There is a mix of group members, but most are near retirement age or retired. However, the low-cost index investing message is very appropriate for all ages (including me at 30 something). It is a very casual and low stress group interested in educating members (i.e. no sales people or financial advisors there). I am hopeful to increase the age diversity of the group as I am one of the younger members.

Here is a link:
http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=133162
The next meeting is December 13th (weather permitting) in North Royalton. Check out the link above for more info or to be added to the group email distribution for updates. 
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: Brooks on November 07, 2014, 12:52:53 PM
Akron, OH here!
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: Ajmsbu on November 11, 2014, 10:30:26 AM
Euclid, OH here!
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on November 29, 2014, 10:46:45 AM
Clevelander here. Thanks for posting the local meet, I plan on making it.
I'm alos in my 30's...
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: buckeyenuts on December 03, 2014, 10:18:59 AM
Just wanted to give a reminder and update to any folks in the Cleveland, Ohio area. We will be holding a Bogleheads meeting on Saturday December 6th at 10am at the North Royalton Library. This is 1 week earlier than what I posted in a previous post. The main topics of conversation will be long term care insurance and firecalc, but this very knowledgeable group will offer insight on any other finance or retirement related topics that you may have. I am planning to ask insight into IRA allocation strategies for folks with a goal of ER. I read a very intriguing article by the mad fientist advocating a strategy to contribute to traditional IRA during working years and spend early retirement re-characterizing into Roth classification as a way to minimize tax burden. Typically the meetings are geared towards folks in retirement or pre-retirement phase, but I'm also available after the meeting (I'm in my 30s) if anyone wants to discuss FIRE topics for younger folks. Hope to see you all there!     
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: Spoom on December 08, 2014, 12:49:19 PM
We're just outside of Cleveland.  Too bad we missed the Bogleheads meeting since I'm just getting into that stuff now.  Might be up for a meetup!
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: georgec on November 21, 2015, 07:52:28 AM
Kent, OH here.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: lizzzi on November 21, 2015, 08:11:02 AM
I'm still in NE Ohio. Keep me in the loop.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: MickeyMoustache on March 01, 2016, 01:05:37 PM
Add another to the list of NE Ohioans.  I've actually attended a Boglehead meeting as well and am hoping to make the next one.  The environment in that meeting is a bit stiff though, it would be great to have a more informal meeting.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: homestead neohio on March 10, 2016, 05:55:50 AM
Add another to the list of NE Ohioans.  I've actually attended a Boglehead meeting as well and am hoping to make the next one.  The environment in that meeting is a bit stiff though, it would be great to have a more informal meeting.

Another in NEOhio.  Not sure if I'm up for a Bogleheads meet if they bash on 4% SWR.  I'm not down for 2% SWR and 10 or 12 more years to get it.   I might attend one to learn more on the investing side and see how it is, but would prefer a MMM meetup, and less formal.  I draw the line at "wearing shirts with buttons" to fit in.

A bunch of NE Ohio folks weighed in on this thread, too. 
http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/can-i-really-bike-to-work-(44-miles-round-trip)-in-ne-ohio/ (http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/can-i-really-bike-to-work-(44-miles-round-trip)-in-ne-ohio/)
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: caracarn on March 10, 2016, 06:05:23 AM
Another in NE Ohio
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: MickeyMoustache on March 10, 2016, 06:13:48 AM
Add another to the list of NE Ohioans.  I've actually attended a Boglehead meeting as well and am hoping to make the next one.  The environment in that meeting is a bit stiff though, it would be great to have a more informal meeting.

Another in NEOhio.  Not sure if I'm up for a Bogleheads meet if they bash on 4% SWR.  I'm not down for 2% SWR and 10 or 12 more years to get it.   I might attend one to learn more on the investing side and see how it is, but would prefer a MMM meetup, and less formal.  I draw the line at "wearing shirts with buttons" to fit in.

A bunch of NE Ohio folks weighed in on this thread, too. 
http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/can-i-really-bike-to-work-(44-miles-round-trip)-in-ne-ohio/ (http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/can-i-really-bike-to-work-(44-miles-round-trip)-in-ne-ohio/)

Nah its much more diverse and open minded than that at the local level.  You get people who invest "by the numbers," people who want to learn how to invest better, government employees, etc.  The meeting I went to was a good learning experience, they'll watch recent vanguard videos and discuss as a group as well as discuss different vehicles & instruments that people use and I learned about some more obscure things I had no idea about.  I didn't hear anyone mention a SWR the entire time I was there.  I also wore shorts/t-shirt and flip flops, although IDGAF what other people think of me but I wasn't the only one dressed that way.  Just the fact that you are there is usually enough for people to be accepting of you, especially so if you're younger since most of the Boglehead crowd is nearing the retirement age.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: StubbleinOhio on April 02, 2016, 10:09:38 AM
Brunswick, Ohio. Just southwest of Cleveland. Subscribed to updates in case anyone wants to meetup in the burbs.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: MickeyMoustache on April 02, 2016, 11:04:07 AM
It appears that we have enough people interested in doing a meet up.  I would suggest hitting up a bar in the middle of the Ohio bermuda triangle (Cleveland, Akron, Medina)... but I don't really have any suggestions.  Maybe somewhere in Strongsville, Fairlawn or Parma?
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: cda on April 04, 2016, 03:47:17 PM
Sorry this is off topic, but I'm hoping some Cleveland area Mustachians can help me and my husband choose a place to live.

We both work from home, so we could live anywhere. (But are choosing the Cleveland area to be near my family.) No kids. We could rent or buy, probably wouldn't want to spend more than $250,000 on a house, $180,000 or less would be awesome.

What Northeast Ohio city is closest to a Longmont? Right now we're staying with my parents in Stow, where you need a car to go anywhere.

It seems like the most walkable neighborhoods are around Case, Cleveland Heights, University Circle and also downtown, Ohio City/Tremont, and Lakewood. Did I miss any? These areas seem good, though they generally have higher taxes.

Then again we'd really like to be walking distance to some kind of wooded trail.

If you could live anywhere in NEO where would you live?

Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: caracarn on April 10, 2016, 05:38:05 AM
Sorry this is off topic, but I'm hoping some Cleveland area Mustachians can help me and my husband choose a place to live.

We both work from home, so we could live anywhere. (But are choosing the Cleveland area to be near my family.) No kids. We could rent or buy, probably wouldn't want to spend more than $250,000 on a house, $180,000 or less would be awesome.

What Northeast Ohio city is closest to a Longmont? Right now we're staying with my parents in Stow, where you need a car to go anywhere.

It seems like the most walkable neighborhoods are around Case, Cleveland Heights, University Circle and also downtown, Ohio City/Tremont, and Lakewood. Did I miss any? These areas seem good, though they generally have higher taxes.

Then again we'd really like to be walking distance to some kind of wooded trail.

If you could live anywhere in NEO where would you live?

Sounds like a wonderful plan!  Sadly, I'm not a native Ohioan so I'm not as familiar with the areas.  I think Solon might be a good option, but I think it might be too pricey.  I know all the levels of schools are packed together within a  half mile or mile of each other and the public library is right across the street so if you found a home in the neighboorhoods there you could easily walk/bike to all of those.  My wife and I are part of the Cleveland Hiking Club (if you are not familiar with it you should check it out.  Oldesy hiking club in the country.  Who knew in Cleveland?) and we did a hike in Solon last month and walked that area by the schools and there were lots of houses but my guess is from seeing them that they are over $250K, but there may be other neighboorhoods we did not walk there that might be in your range.  Back to the wooded trail situation, again I'd look at the CHC if you really want to find some great people to hike with and places to go.  They have between 10-20 hikes in the area every day, 365 days a year.  It's really fun and very Mustachian in cost ($80/year for a couple).

That's all I can offer.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: cda on April 11, 2016, 07:07:40 AM
Thanks caracarn! My husband has found a few houses he likes in Solon but I've been ruling it out because I didn't like driving there when I was in high school for some reason. I should definitely reconsider. Also that reminds me I wanted to look into joining the Solon Philharmonic, an "orchestra for professional and amateur musicians." That would be fun. Someone else recommended the Cleveland Hiking Club recently, I think one of my friends parents. Sounds pretty good!
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: MisterOwl on April 11, 2016, 11:38:46 AM
About 15 minutes from Cleveland. Getting a a group together to just brain storm would be awesome.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: MontyRyder on July 17, 2016, 05:14:07 PM
Cuyahoga Falls, here - wife and I moved here from another state about two years ago. We are both engineers, hah. Would love to meet up with likeminded people. We live less than 15 minutes from a lot of different trails in the CVNP that we like to hike or bike on, and I'd assume that is probably a pretty common interest in this crowd.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: caracarn on July 19, 2016, 03:01:39 PM
I had the bright idea to start a group at meetup.com, but had no idea that it was not a free service.  Not sure that I want to spend $120/year when the other meetup groups that I came across seemed to meet once or twice and then had little traffic. 

I do like the idea of having a way to get together with other MMM folks, but this board does not seems to be the way to do it, so if anyone has an alternative that would work, let's talk about it!
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on July 19, 2016, 03:53:25 PM
I'm from Cleveland. I grew up on the east side and live on the west side now. You know I'm legit' 'cause I'm talking about my side of town :)

I know there are a bunch of other Clevelanders on the board. There was a spirited discussion about he feasibility of bike commuting during the winter around here and a lot of people came out of the woodwork.

I'm guessing there just isn't enough interest to meet up with people in person. I'd be happy with a thread or two on here to discuss Cleveland specific things.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: homestead neohio on July 20, 2016, 11:30:11 AM
I'm from Cleveland. I grew up on the east side and live on the west side now. You know I'm legit' 'cause I'm talking about my side of town :)

I know there are a bunch of other Clevelanders on the board. There was a spirited discussion about he feasibility of bike commuting during the winter around here and a lot of people came out of the woodwork.

I'm guessing there just isn't enough interest to meet up with people in person. I'd be happy with a thread or two on here to discuss Cleveland specific things.

Also, you said "legit'", so that makes you legit'.

I started that crazy biking thread and was surprised how many folks came out to say they are in the area, or used to live in the area.  Someone interested in spearheading this could probably find the Cleveland/Akron area users on that thread, more users on this thread, and PM all those folks a link to a new thread in "Meetups and Social Events".  There is even a pinned post for Mustache Map which might identify others to PM.  We don't see every post, but there is a good chance PMs will get noticed.  I'd suggest trying to set it up 3 or 4 weeks out so people have a chance to find the post and get it on a calendar. 

I would be up for a scheduled hike at CVNP, depending on timing.  Between family and work I have some time for things like this, but not a lot, so timing may not work out, and that's ok.  But I've exchanged a number of PMs with caracarn, so would be nice to meet him and others.

Crazy biking thread link as a resource:
http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/can-i-really-bike-to-work-(44-miles-round-trip)-in-ne-ohio/msg925799/#msg925799 (http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/can-i-really-bike-to-work-(44-miles-round-trip)-in-ne-ohio/msg925799/#msg925799)

Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: Iam-Claire on August 03, 2016, 05:08:25 AM
Hi! I'm newish to the state. I'm on the east side of Cleveland. I'm always up for a meetup.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: Amesenator on October 30, 2016, 09:46:34 AM
Seattle mustachian here: heading to Cleveland to work on the Clinton campaign. Would welcome the chance to connect with Cleveland-based mustachians while I'm in town (10/31-11/9).

Any iconic local joints or foods I need to sample to give me the quintessential Cleveland experience?

Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on October 30, 2016, 03:26:35 PM
Are you going to be in the east or west side campaign office (Lakewood or Shaker Hts.)? That will help us give you some ideas for places to visit.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: Amesenator on October 30, 2016, 10:13:16 PM
It looks like on the weekend, Mon and Tuesday I will work from this location 1368 E. 34th St.

On the weekdays, they've not yet assigned me to an office, but my guess/hunch is the Lakewood area. Can update when I know more!

Cheers,

A.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: NoStacheOhio on October 31, 2016, 08:26:52 AM
It looks like on the weekend, Mon and Tuesday I will work from this location 1368 E. 34th St.

On the weekdays, they've not yet assigned me to an office, but my guess/hunch is the Lakewood area. Can update when I know more!

Cheers,

A.

That part of the east side is a bit of a desert. If you head toward University Circle, there's Little Italy, check out Corbo's or Presti's for baked goods. Mama Santa's is also good. The art museum is also worth a visit (and free!), with a good cafe.

Slyman's Restaurant on St. Clair is good, but the hours are a little funky.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: Amesenator on October 31, 2016, 09:30:25 AM
Good stuff - many thanks!
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on October 31, 2016, 03:43:20 PM
NoStacheOhio good suggestions. If you end up in the Lakewood office, I would recommend checking out:

Melt for crazy grilled cheese sandwiches. They have locations on both sides of town, but the original is in Lakewood.
Voodoo Tuna for fusion sushi.
Barrio for tacos. They have downtown and Lakewood locations.

East 4th and W6th street have some good restaurants too. I don't eat downtown often, so I can't really recommend any of them personally.

Enjoy your stay in Cleveland!
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: Amesenator on November 04, 2016, 11:02:34 AM
A fellow campaign volunteer lives in Little Italy and yesterday took us to an Italian bakery she likes. Turned out to be Presti's. I had the tamboli with spinach and sausage. So good. And so reasonably priced. Four dollars +. In Seattle, we don't have old school Italian places such as Presti's and even if we did, the price would be much higher. Probably $7+.

Hoping to try Slyman's today!
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on November 04, 2016, 03:08:56 PM
A fellow campaign volunteer lives in Little Italy and yesterday took us to an Italian bakery she likes. Turned out to be Presti's. I had the tamboli with spinach and sausage. So good. And so reasonably priced. Four dollars +. In Seattle, we don't have old school Italian places such as Presti's and even if we did, the price would be much higher. Probably $7+.

Hoping to try Slyman's today!

Nice! I'm glad you had a chance to try some places in Little Italy.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: Amesenator on November 05, 2016, 06:36:01 PM
Slyman's = super good stuff. Delicious sandwich and really nice people/vibe. Bonus points that it's right around the corner from the SEIU hall from which we are staging GOTV work.

Thanks for the tips!
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: Savethecash on November 09, 2016, 10:28:39 PM
Cleveland Eastsider here !!! What a great forum, my wife and I got started with this around one year ago and it enabled us to be completely out of college debt now. :-)

So we want to continue with this lifestyle and would love to hear from and meet with more mustachians in Cleveland. :-)

Best wishes
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: Amesenator on November 11, 2016, 02:00:03 PM
Cleveland people, I'm now back in Seattle, licking wounds and wanting to hide under the covers, but I want to express appreciation to the residents of your city for their friendliness, warmth and appreciation to the out-of-state and foreign volunteers who came to Cuyahoga County to get out the vote for Clinton.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on November 11, 2016, 03:19:48 PM
Cleveland people, I'm now back in Seattle, licking wounds and wanting to hide under the covers, but I want to express appreciation to the residents of your city for their friendliness, warmth and appreciation to the out-of-state and foreign volunteers who came to Cuyahoga County to get out the vote for Clinton.

I'm glad you enjoyed  your stay. I hope if you ever get to return to Cleveland, it is under better circumstances.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: alexb2746 on December 08, 2016, 09:00:52 AM
Might be late to this, but I would be interested in a meetup, although young (25) and new to the MMM ways. I rent in Stow for now and commute to Hudson for work by bike. I'll be here unless I get relocated, I moved here like 4-5 years ago.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: boyerbt on January 25, 2017, 02:10:14 PM
Hi NEO People,

I am down in Cuyahoga Falls but would be interested in a meetup sometime. Hopefully this page picks up traction again.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: FrugalHeights on January 25, 2017, 03:02:44 PM
I would love to meet up with MMMers in the greater Cleveland area.
I am in the city of Cleveland, but can drive to a meeting place within, say, an hour-drive radius.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on January 25, 2017, 04:43:39 PM
Hi NEO People,

I am down in Cuyahoga Falls but would be interested in a meetup sometime. Hopefully this page picks up traction again.

I would love to meet up with MMMers in the greater Cleveland area.
I am in the city of Cleveland, but can drive to a meeting place within, say, an hour-drive radius.

Welcome guys! I'm glad to see some more Clevelanders coming out of the woodwork.

We seem to be a reclusive bunch here in Cleveland. I don't know if anyone has ever had a successful meetup here on the Cleveland thread.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: sixkids on January 30, 2017, 02:16:55 PM
I claim Cleveland to people outside of Cleveland, but I'm in a western suburb of Avon.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on January 30, 2017, 03:02:16 PM
I claim Cleveland to people outside of Cleveland, but I'm in a western suburb of Avon.

Close enough :)
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: caracarn on January 31, 2017, 02:00:37 PM
Hi NEO People,

I am down in Cuyahoga Falls but would be interested in a meetup sometime. Hopefully this page picks up traction again.

I would love to meet up with MMMers in the greater Cleveland area.
I am in the city of Cleveland, but can drive to a meeting place within, say, an hour-drive radius.


Welcome guys! I'm glad to see some more Clevelanders coming out of the woodwork.

We seem to be a reclusive bunch here in Cleveland. I don't know if anyone has ever had a successful meetup here on the Cleveland thread.


None that I have heard.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: boyerbt on March 20, 2017, 11:39:57 AM
Hi NEO People,

I am down in Cuyahoga Falls but would be interested in a meetup sometime. Hopefully this page picks up traction again.

I would love to meet up with MMMers in the greater Cleveland area.
I am in the city of Cleveland, but can drive to a meeting place within, say, an hour-drive radius.

Welcome guys! I'm glad to see some more Clevelanders coming out of the woodwork.

We seem to be a reclusive bunch here in Cleveland. I don't know if anyone has ever had a successful meetup here on the Cleveland thread.

Well let's change that - this month is extremely busy for us due to our dog watching side gig but we should be able to meet sometime in April.

How does everyone's schedule look? Anyone up for a meet-up in about a month?
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on March 20, 2017, 03:50:32 PM
Hi NEO People,

I am down in Cuyahoga Falls but would be interested in a meetup sometime. Hopefully this page picks up traction again.

I would love to meet up with MMMers in the greater Cleveland area.
I am in the city of Cleveland, but can drive to a meeting place within, say, an hour-drive radius.

Welcome guys! I'm glad to see some more Clevelanders coming out of the woodwork.

We seem to be a reclusive bunch here in Cleveland. I don't know if anyone has ever had a successful meetup here on the Cleveland thread.

Well let's change that - this month is extremely busy for us due to our dog watching side gig but we should be able to meet sometime in April.

How does everyone's schedule look? Anyone up for a meet-up in about a month?

Do you have any ideas for an activity or where to meet?
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on March 20, 2017, 05:48:19 PM
Hi NEO People,

I am down in Cuyahoga Falls but would be interested in a meetup sometime. Hopefully this page picks up traction again.

I would love to meet up with MMMers in the greater Cleveland area.
I am in the city of Cleveland, but can drive to a meeting place within, say, an hour-drive radius.

Welcome guys! I'm glad to see some more Clevelanders coming out of the woodwork.

We seem to be a reclusive bunch here in Cleveland. I don't know if anyone has ever had a successful meetup here on the Cleveland thread.

Well let's change that - this month is extremely busy for us due to our dog watching side gig but we should be able to meet sometime in April.

How does everyone's schedule look? Anyone up for a meet-up in about a month?

Do you have any ideas for an activity or where to meet?

I'm down to meet. I'm in North Olmsted. I've been wanting to meet like-minded locals since 2014(you can look up on this thread) but unfortunately it hasn't happened.  Can we please change that? 

Would you guys like to meet over drinks, coffee or something similar? 

It's funny because I want to say, "Hey, lets me for dinner?", but that's so anti MMM lol.  But what else can you do? It would be weird to ask strangers over to your house for dinner, so a relatively inexpensive but nice location would be best.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on March 20, 2017, 06:03:57 PM
I'm going to go ahead and throw some ideas out for places to meet and we can come up with a date.

For me, any day(besides Thursday) works after 7pm. Weekends are a bit more hectic due to family, car repairs and house renovations. So a weekday would work best, but I'm down for whatever.


Fairview-
El Arepazo - Colombian/Salvadorian food.  Great food at great prices and usually slow during the week.
https://m.yelp.com/biz/el-arepazo-y-pupuseria-fairview-park-3

Fairview-
Sauced Pizza - ordered from there before and it's quite good. Not cheap but better than crappy $5 pizza. No alcohol.
http://www.saucedwoodfiredpizza.com/index.php

Cleveland-
Platform Brewery. Cool place. Mainly $5 pints.
http://platformbeerco.com

Lakewood-
Buckeye Beer Engine. Also a cool place with decent food and a good selection of brews.
http://buckeyebeerengine.com


There are, of course, a thousand other places we could meet. I'm just throwing ideas out there for anyone to chime in and get the ball rolling.



Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: FrugalHeights on March 20, 2017, 06:35:25 PM
El Arepazo sounds great to me - I have never been there.

To summarize all suggestions, what do people think about:
6:30-9pm, at El Arepazo, Monday, April 17?

If we put something on the calendar, we are more likely to get together :)

If anyone is super eager to join but absolutely cannot make this time, please suggest alternatives.

I imagine that after getting to know each other at El Arepazo, we all may want to do something more mustache-an, like a picnic in a metro park in summer
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on March 20, 2017, 07:08:32 PM
El Arepazo sounds great to me - I have never been there.

To summarize all suggestions, what do people think about:
6:30-9pm, at El Arepazo, Monday, April 17?

If we put something on the calendar, we are more likely to get together :)

If anyone is super eager to join but absolutely cannot make this time, please suggest alternatives.

I imagine that after getting to know each other at El Arepazo, we all may want to do something more mustache-an, like a picnic in a metro park in summer

I'll pencil in that day. Will double check with DW.
And yes, El Arepazo has really good food ;)
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: caracarn on March 21, 2017, 08:19:15 AM
I'm over on East side, so the proposed location is a little far for me, but not sure I could make it next month anyway.  Work is quite busy.  Maybe most of the people on the forum are West siders.

As another suggestion, it might be possible to book a conference room at a library which would be free.  Just an idea for possible spots
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: FrugalHeights on March 21, 2017, 10:35:48 AM
I would be OK if we meet at one of public libraries - that would be in the MMM spirit :)

And I am also on the East side. It is not ideal for me to meet on the West side, but I would do it.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: boyerbt on March 21, 2017, 10:50:53 AM
I will pencil it in as well for 4/17 and see if anything changes as we get closer.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: FrugalHeights on March 21, 2017, 11:03:04 AM
Great! I am putting a reminder in my calendar too.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on March 21, 2017, 02:44:57 PM
I live within walking distance of this restaurant so I have no excuse to not go. East siders, it's not hard at all to reach as long as there aren't any traffic jams.

Take I480W
Get off at the Clague Rd. Exit.
Make a right on Clague Rd.
Make a right on Lorain Rd.
Watch our for W228th St. on you right.
Make a right on W228th St. It is on the corner of Lorain and W228th.

If there is no parking behind the restaurant, you can park on W228th St. It is residential.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on March 21, 2017, 02:50:43 PM
I'm down to go to a library or the restaurant. Either one works for me. 

I'll be honest and say it will be kind of unusual to meet a bunch of strangers in a library, reason being that it's a quiet/formal place and any awkwardness will not be easily masked as it would in a more opened locale.  Kind of like the first day of school in your homeroom class as opposed to the playground.

But seriously, I'm down for either one.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: boyerbt on March 21, 2017, 03:11:56 PM
I'm down to go to a library or the restaurant. Either one works for me. 

I'll be honest and say it will be kind of unusual to meet a bunch of strangers in a library, reason being that it's a quiet/formal place and any awkwardness will not be easily masked as it would in a more opened locale.  Kind of like the first day of school in your homeroom class as opposed to the playground.

But seriously, I'm down for either one.

I was thinking the same thing and I disagree with he folks who say meeting at a restaurant is anti-MMM. Unless the meal is way outside our normal spending and doesn't become a daily occurrence I think it falls into the "ok" category.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on March 27, 2017, 06:06:39 PM
Sooooo...

(http://i.imgur.com/j7OEQUM.gif)
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 03, 2017, 02:44:22 PM
I have two other like minded people who are down to meet and socialize with "abnormals" like us.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on April 03, 2017, 03:27:36 PM
Is April 17 still a go?
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 03, 2017, 04:57:06 PM
It is for me ;)
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on April 04, 2017, 02:22:12 AM
Sweet. I'll be there :)
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: NoStacheOhio on April 04, 2017, 06:01:49 AM
Hey, does anyone know anything about that used bike shop on Lorain down toward Fairview? It looks like it's either super shady or super awesome.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 04, 2017, 06:09:52 AM
Hey, does anyone know anything about that used bike shop on Lorain down toward Fairview? It looks like it's either super shady or super awesome.


You mean the one by Kamm's Corner?  Yeah, dude's kind of an ass. I went there once and he just pretty much ignored me while I was browsing. I asked if he ever came across older BMX bikes and he just shook his head and went back to his phone. So needless to say, I won't spend my money there.

The one on Lorain and 90th is good and the one on W25th too. Usually Craigslist is the way to go.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: NoStacheOhio on April 04, 2017, 06:31:50 AM
Hey, does anyone know anything about that used bike shop on Lorain down toward Fairview? It looks like it's either super shady or super awesome.


You mean the one by Kamm's Corner?  Yeah, dude's kind of an ass. I went there once and he just pretty much ignored me while I was browsing. I asked if he ever came across older BMX bikes and he just shook his head and went back to his phone. So needless to say, I won't spend my money there.

The one on Lorain and 90th is good and the one on W25th too. Usually Craigslist is the way to go.

I was perusing CL, and it seemed like half the postings were from that shop in the first place (even when I filtered for private sellers). Had to sift through lots of crap to not really find anything.

As an aside, anyone want to trade a Gary Fisher Joshua F4 for something more practical?!
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: homestead neohio on April 12, 2017, 08:42:45 AM
Earlier I wasn't sure if I could make it, but I'll be there on 4/17/17, El Arepazo 6:30pm.  Thanks for throwing something out there.  I see craiglepaige and meis are in. 

Any others?

boyerbt?
FrugalHeights?
NoStacheOhio?

Craiglepaige, just wear your orange tux and we'll all find each other, no problem.

Sooooo...

(http://i.imgur.com/j7OEQUM.gif)
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 12, 2017, 08:45:06 AM
Earlier I wasn't sure if I could make it, but I'll be there on 4/17/17, El Arepazo 6:30pm.  Thanks for throwing something out there.  I see craiglepaige and meis are in. 

Any others?

boyerbt?
FrugalHeights?
NoStacheOhio?

Craiglepaige, just wear your orange tux and we'll all find each other, no problem.

Sooooo...

(http://i.imgur.com/j7OEQUM.gif)


Hahahahahaha funny thing is my wife bought me a pajama replica of it some years back. So... Yeah I could wear it. 
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: homestead neohio on April 12, 2017, 08:52:07 AM
So... Yeah I could wear it. 

"Could" does not sound like you are fully committed to the idea...  How else will we find each other?  Help a guy out, here, would ya?
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 12, 2017, 09:21:29 AM
Ahhh how about I wear a name tag? LoL

Okay, so who else?
I do have two coworkers who are down to go also. They are not fully mustachian but definitely savers.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: NoStacheOhio on April 12, 2017, 09:26:20 AM
Sorry, no way I can make it. Life just got crazy this week. :(

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/journals/digging-out-of-a-hole/msg1509583/#msg1509583
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 12, 2017, 09:30:55 AM
Sorry, no way I can make it. Life just got crazy this week. :(

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/journals/digging-out-of-a-hole/msg1509583/#msg1509583

Oh wow... Shit.
I'm so so sorry. Sending positive vibes your/wife's way.

Where are you located? Anything I/we can do? I'm kind of speaking for others, so my apologies for that, but if there's anything let us know.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: homestead neohio on April 12, 2017, 09:47:04 AM
Ahhh how about I wear a name tag? LoL

Who could have predicted the initial response was that it was really an option for you to show up like that?  I think if you commit to the orange tux, commits to attend will spike up.  Would certainly be memorable.

@NoStache, sucks is an understatement.  Glad to hear you are navigating the system to get as much timely info as possible.  Not knowing what a diagnosis might mean and how much it changes your/wife's future outlook is really tough.  Sending out positive thoughts, agree to let us know if we can do anything.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 12, 2017, 09:53:27 AM
Ahhh how about I wear a name tag? LoL

Who could have predicted the initial response was that it was really an option for you to show up like that?  I think if you commit to the orange tux, commits to attend will spike up.  Would certainly be memorable.

@NoStache, sucks is an understatement.  Glad to hear you are navigating the system to get as much timely info as possible.  Not knowing what a diagnosis might mean and how much it changes your/wife's future outlook is really tough.  Sending out positive thoughts, agree to let us know if we can do anything.


I don't know man... Maybe, just maybe.
It's a celebration of maturity and badassity on our lives, so maybe ;)
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: NoStacheOhio on April 12, 2017, 10:09:40 AM
Thanks all, ironically, we'll be literally around the corner on the 17th at Fairview. Hopefully we'll know more at that appointment.

@craigle thanks for offering, we don't really need anything right now, it's just the waiting. Fortunately, I work at the CCF mothership, so everything is fully covered. I can't imagine what it must be like to go through this and also worry about insurance. I should probably stop bitching about them increasing the rates and copays by what is (in reality) token amounts.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: lamil on April 12, 2017, 10:19:15 AM
I'm in; didn't know this was a thing until a heads-up PM today. 
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: FrugalHeights on April 12, 2017, 10:29:35 AM
I am in for April 17 6:30 pm meet up.
Does anyone know the situation about parking at that restaurant or about public transport that goes there?
Should we have a sign "MMM" or something on the table? Is there anyone who lives close by and can come at 6:30 sharp with such a sign? Or maybe someone who knows that place well can recommend what's best? (which table we should gather at, etc.)

NoStacheOhio, I am very, very sorry to hear that. Fingers crossed for as smooth treatment and recovery as it can get.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 12, 2017, 10:40:57 AM
I am in for April 17 6:30 pm meet up.
Does anyone know the situation about parking at that restaurant or about public transport that goes there?
Should we have a sign "MMM" or something on the table? Is there anyone who lives close by and can come at 6:30 sharp with such a sign? Or maybe someone who knows that place well can recommend what's best? (which table we should gather at, etc.)

NoStacheOhio, I am very, very sorry to hear that. Fingers crossed for as smooth treatment and recovery as it can get.r

Man I'm going to sound so unMMM but I have been there quite a few times and have made a decent relationship with the owner's son, who happens to be a waiter.  On my defense, dinner for three is <$13, so yeah, not too bad lol. My 3.5yo son loves their food, so I don't mind it either.

I can be there right at 6:25pm and ask them to set up a table. Being a Monday, I don't think it will be busy.

There is parking out back and on the street, so plenty of parking. Specially if there isn't a sports game because the restaurant next door won't be too busy.

Regarding buses, it's Lorain Rd so plenty of buss go by. If I'm not mistaking there is a bus stop a few blocks over.

I usually get chicken pupusas but they are phenomenal, so I'm thinking all else is just as good.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: FrugalHeights on April 12, 2017, 10:48:11 AM
Thank you craiglepaige!

I will be on the lookout for an MMM crowd (I will know when I see it, I guess).

Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: homestead neohio on April 12, 2017, 11:01:35 AM
I don't know man... Maybe, just maybe.
It's a celebration of maturity and badassity on our lives, so maybe ;)

That's right, keep it as a possibility.  There is nothing wrong with bringing out your inner bad-ass.

I myself have a special hat I wear for such occasions...

Quote
Should we have a sign "MMM" or something on the table?

I'll not further belabor my point on the orange tux, but it is an elegant solution.

I will be on the lookout for an MMM crowd (I will know when I see it, I guess).

I plan to count the number of 10+ year old hatch backs in the lot on my way out.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 12, 2017, 11:15:43 AM
I don't know man... Maybe, just maybe.
It's a celebration of maturity and badassity on our lives, so maybe ;)

That's right, keep it as a possibility.  There is nothing wrong with bringing out your inner bad-ass.

I myself have a special hat I wear for such occasions...

Quote
Should we have a sign "MMM" or something on the table?

I'll not further belabor my point on the orange tux, but it is an elegant solution.

I will be on the lookout for an MMM crowd (I will know when I see it, I guess).

I plan to count the number of 10+ year old hatch backs in the lot on my way out.

How about a 13yo Saturn Vue w/144k miles, is that okay?
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: homestead neohio on April 12, 2017, 11:43:48 AM
How about a 13yo Saturn Vue w/144k miles, is that okay?

That's a lot of NEOhio winters!  I sold a 2000 Tacoma last year, it was having multiple failures and was too difficult for me to work on due to rust.  Now I pull a utility trailer with my hatchback (which is not 10 years old).

I'm not here to judge, just observe, learn, and hopefully contribute.  I'm more interested in people's stories and motivations than what they are driving, but I do assume older vehicles and hatchbacks will predominate compared to an "average" cross-section of the population. 

4/17/17 El Arepazo 6:30pm MMM Cleveland attendees so far (7):
craiglepaige +2 coworkers
mies
homestead neohio
frugal heights
lamil

Feel free to add your name to the list and re-post so craiglepaige has some idea of table size.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: FrugalHeights on April 12, 2017, 11:48:58 AM
FrugalHeights + 1
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 12, 2017, 11:57:26 AM
How about a 13yo Saturn Vue w/144k miles, is that okay?

That's a lot of NEOhio winters!  I sold a 2000 Tacoma last year, it was having multiple failures and was too difficult for me to work on due to rust.  Now I pull a utility trailer with my hatchback (which is not 10 years old).

I'm not here to judge, just observe, learn, and hopefully contribute.  I'm more interested in people's stories and motivations than what they are driving, but I do assume older vehicles and hatchbacks will predominate compared to an "average" cross-section of the population. 

4/17/17 El Arepazo 6:30pm MMM Cleveland attendees so far (7):
craiglepaige +2 coworkers
mies
homestead neohio
frugal heights
lamil

Feel free to add your name to the list and re-post so craiglepaige has some idea of table size.

Haha I'm  actually just playing. I do some unMMM things but I do them knowingly and within the budget. For example, eating at El Arepazo because it's a good, family owned place with cheap food. So although I could learn how to make pupusas, and at one point I will, I don't mind spending the $2.75 for one once in awhile.

It's all about having the understanding and applying the knowledge to your financial and personal lives. Those little changes make bigger ones rather quickly. It will be nice to sit down with like minded people ;)
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: homestead neohio on April 12, 2017, 01:32:25 PM
Haha I'm  actually just playing.

Good.  I don't want anyone to think I'm actually going to physically punch them in the face just because my fists and their face will actually be in the same room.

It will be nice to sit down with like minded people ;)

Agreed.

4/17/17 El Arepazo 6:30pm MMM Cleveland attendees so far (8):
craiglepaige +2 coworkers
mies
homestead neohio
frugal heights +1
lamil
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on April 12, 2017, 03:06:38 PM
This thread blew up since I checked this morning. I'm glad to see more people have committed to doing this.

Craiglegpaige, do you know if the restaurant has any gluten free options? I might bring my wife if she feels like joining us but she is gluten intolerant.

NoStacheOhio, I hope everything turns out okay with your wife.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 12, 2017, 03:58:47 PM
This thread blew up since I checked this morning. I'm glad to see more people have committed to doing this.

Craiglegpaige, do you know if the restaurant has any gluten free options? I might bring my wife if she feels like joining us but she is gluten intolerant.

NoStacheOhio, I hope everything turns out okay with your wife.

Shoot I don't know. I never look since I don't have an  issue with it. I can call and ask.

For any RTA riders, stop #608 is literally 15 steps from the front door
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: boyerbt on April 13, 2017, 10:00:25 AM
I unfortunately have to bow out from this meetup too. Just found out that I will be traveling bright and early Monday morning for work - hope you all have a good time and that we can schedule another event in the near future.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: caracarn on April 13, 2017, 01:29:20 PM
Since this is actually turning into an event that looks like it WILL happen (versus the many other attempts to get anyone together), I may have to make an effort to participate.  Still a bit up in the air but I'll put some serious planning into seeing if I can make it.  Will keep everyone posted.  Great to see it looks like a good handful of folks.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 13, 2017, 01:32:15 PM
I will be there. I may be the only one, but even if so, I will happily eat some good food on the cheap and enjoy the moment ;)
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 13, 2017, 01:33:41 PM
I unfortunately have to bow out from this meetup too. Just found out that I will be traveling bright and early Monday morning for work - hope you all have a good time and that we can schedule another event in the near future.

Sucks about the job. Hopefully once we get this one under our belts we can make a bigger effort into scheduling other ones, specially in a MMM way ;)
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: FrugalHeights on April 13, 2017, 02:04:36 PM
I am planning to be there too. If craiglepaige is the only one, how will I find/recognize you craiglepaige? I am a female with dark-frame glasses, long hair, and no facial make-up whatsoever. I'll come with my husband.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: homestead neohio on April 13, 2017, 02:07:28 PM
I will be there. I may be the only one, but even if so, I will happily eat some good food on the cheap and enjoy the moment ;)

Did you find the other thread where we all confirm we're going and then go somewhere else?  Dammit.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 13, 2017, 02:09:04 PM
I'll make sure to bring a sign or I will wear my D&D orange pajamas lol. Still undecided.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 13, 2017, 02:16:36 PM
I will be there. I may be the only one, but even if so, I will happily eat some good food on the cheap and enjoy the moment ;)

Did you find the other thread where we all confirm we're going and then go somewhere else?  Dammit.

;)
That would be funny.  Mean as shit but still funny.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 13, 2017, 05:32:44 PM
Craiglegpaige, do you know if the restaurant has any gluten free options? I might bring my wife if she feels like joining us but she is gluten intolerance.

I called the restaurant and asked about Gluten and was answered with a, "I'm sorry, what?". So needless to say I don't think they are gluten free. I'll be honest and say I'm not hip to gluten so maybe there is something in the menu that your wife could eat but not really sure. Is the menu available online?

As far as as seating, I told the guy on the phone about the planned visit on Monday​and he said to call about 1/2 hour ahead so he could set the tables. We will be seated to the left as you walk in. The place is small, so you won't miss the tables.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on April 13, 2017, 05:58:01 PM
Craiglegpaige, do you know if the restaurant has any gluten free options? I might bring my wife if she feels like joining us but she is gluten intolerance.

I called the restaurant and asked about Gluten and was answered with a, "I'm sorry, what?". So needless to say I don't think they are gluten free. I'll be honest and say I'm not hip to gluten so maybe there is something in the menu that your wife could eat but not really sure. Is the menu available online?

As far as as seating, I told the guy on the phone about the planned visit on Monday​and he said to call about 1/2 hour ahead so he could set the tables. We will be seated to the left as you walk in. The place is small, so you won't miss the tables.

Thanks for checking in to that! I couldn't find a menu online. I'll just come solo. If the restaurant isn't aware of what gluten is, it's probably safer for her to avoid their food until we have a better understanding of the ingredients that are used.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 17, 2017, 12:24:08 PM
My two co-workers are still going.
Final count?
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: homestead neohio on April 17, 2017, 01:08:13 PM
4/17/17 El Arepazo 6:30pm MMM Cleveland attendees so far (8):
craiglepaige +2 coworkers
mies (wife not attending due to gluten uncertainty)
homestead neohio
frugal heights +1
lamil

I still count 8, but carcarn was a "possible" and said he'd give an update.  I'll send him a PM.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 17, 2017, 01:52:01 PM
Perfect 😉
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on April 17, 2017, 02:42:43 PM
I will be there.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 17, 2017, 04:08:06 PM
Place is a bit crowded. Owner's son said he'll have a table ready by 6:25ish.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 17, 2017, 04:11:11 PM
I had to park on the street, parking lot was full. Hopefully once a few people leave soon, there be some parking for everyone else. Sorry.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on April 17, 2017, 07:17:53 PM
Big thanks to CraigLepaige for setting this up for us. I really enjoyed meeting everyone. If we do another meet up, I hope I can remember everyone's real name :D
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: FrugalHeights on April 17, 2017, 07:35:55 PM
I had a lot of fun - it took my mind off my super insane work schedule and helped me refocus on important things in life. Thank you guys!

Next time maybe we can have a potluck in a park when the weather is nice.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 17, 2017, 07:58:25 PM
I had a lot of fun - it took my mind off my super insane work schedule and helped me refocus on important things in life. Thank you guys!

Next time maybe we can have a potluck in a park when the weather is nice.

Being an international spy is difficult, glad we were able to give your mind a break :)

We were talking as we were leaving and I'm down to host a meeting at my place. Everyone can bring something and just hang outback. We can discuss it further down the line.

I'm also down to meet at a park as you said. Hope you guys liked the food.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: homestead neohio on April 18, 2017, 05:33:58 AM
I'm also down to meet at a park as you said.  Hope you guys liked the food.

I had a great time, though there was a certain something missing.  The walls were plenty orange, though, and that mostly made up for it.  The pupusas were awesome and it was a good place for an initial meetup of 8 folks.

Do you guys like to hike?  We could do a meetup at a park where we eat a potluck dinner then walk a few miles.  There are a few trails in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park that would be nice, but I'm always open to exploring new trails others know about that are closer in to Cleveland.  I might be the furthest south of the attendees last night, and CVNP is south of me.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: NoStacheOhio on April 18, 2017, 05:43:10 AM
Sorry I missed it, sounds like it was a good time.

Our appointment went well. We're looking at another minor surgery and that's it. There's a little bit more information to gather, but it looks like the cancer was earlier than we initially thought. So if they can biopsy with clean margins, she'll be cancer-free.

I'm also down to meet at a park as you said.  Hope you guys liked the food.

I had a great time, though there was a certain something missing.  The walls were plenty orange, though, and that mostly made up for it.  The pupusas were awesome and it was a good place for an initial meetup of 8 folks.

Do you guys like to hike?  We could do a meetup at a park where we eat a potluck dinner then walk a few miles.  There are a few trails in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park that would be nice, but I'm always open to exploring new trails others know about that are closer in to Cleveland.  I might be the furthest south of the attendees last night, and CVNP is south of me.

Yes! I've been wanting to get out more, but work, life, parenting, excuses, etc.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: FrugalHeights on April 18, 2017, 05:43:52 AM
I am up for hiking. Count me in. Any hiking location works for me.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 18, 2017, 06:00:21 AM
NoStache - glad to hear your news. Sending positive vibes your guys' way.

I'm glad you guys liked the food, and yes the walls are a bit bright lol. They kind of wake you up.

I'm down to hike. Haven't really done it in years. If someone else wants to come up with a date and place and we can make it happen.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on April 18, 2017, 07:30:22 AM
I'd be willing to go hike CVNP. As long as I don't have any existing plans, I can attend.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: homestead neohio on April 18, 2017, 07:39:12 AM
@NoStache glad for what sounds like good news given what you know.  Hoping for a successful minor surgery and peace of mind all around.

OK, would-be-hikers, I can suggest a few hikes for CVNP.  These all have picnic areas if we want to have a potluck or brown bag dinner first.  Others are welcome to suggest hikes further north (more centrally located).   In the spirit of getting something on the calendar, how about Tues May 16, 6:00pm, weather permitting?  We can start later if needed based on work schedules and travel time, but we need enough daylight to hike after eating.

Ledges Trail is really nice, good rock outcroppings and overlook, 2.2 miles.
https://www.nps.gov/cuva/planyourvisit/upload/Ledges_2016.pdf (https://www.nps.gov/cuva/planyourvisit/upload/Ledges_2016.pdf)

Brandywine Gorge Loop Trail is nice, too, and when hiked clockwise you see Brandywine Falls near the end.  1.4 miles.
https://www.nps.gov/cuva/planyourvisit/upload/Brandywine-Falls-Area-Trails-2016-2.pdf (https://www.nps.gov/cuva/planyourvisit/upload/Brandywine-Falls-Area-Trails-2016-2.pdf)

For something more rigorous, there is the Plateau Trail, which is 5 miles.  This might be a bit too much for a weeknight if eating together or for new hikers, but Oak Hill trail is 1.8 miles at the same location.  If we have a big group, we could eat then split into two smaller groups based on how far people want to hike.
https://www.nps.gov/cuva/planyourvisit/upload/Oak-Hill_2013_final_for-web-5.pdf (https://www.nps.gov/cuva/planyourvisit/upload/Oak-Hill_2013_final_for-web-5.pdf)
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: NoStacheOhio on April 18, 2017, 08:32:53 AM
OK, would-be-hikers, I can suggest a few hikes for CVNP.  These all have picnic areas if we want to have a potluck or brown bag dinner first.  Others are welcome to suggest hikes further north (more centrally located).   In the spirit of getting something on the calendar, how about Tues May 16, 6:00pm, weather permitting?  We can start later if needed based on work schedules and travel time, but we need enough daylight to hike after eating.

I'm up for CVNP, but I'll be in Syracuse that week.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: homestead neohio on April 18, 2017, 10:10:30 AM
I'm up for CVNP, but I'll be in Syracuse that week.

Let's try to set a date that you could make it, since you had to miss out on the first one.

I can't do the week of 5/8.  Is the week of May 1 too soon for people?  I could do Monday May 1 or Tuesday May 2.  10 day forecast is showing 60% chance of rain, but that can change a lot between now and then.  I'm fine hiking in all weather, but not everyone might be, and dinner in the rain is no fun.

If that doesn't work, we're looking at the week of May 22.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: caracarn on April 18, 2017, 03:07:03 PM
Hey guys, sorry I could not make it. 

As an idea for hiking I will through out the suggestion of joining a hike of the Cleveland Hiking Club.  You do not need to be a member to attend and the nice thing is that the hikes are planned and organized so you do not need to plot out a route etc.  Once on their website just go to Hiking Schedule tab, and maybe one of those could work out.  My wife and I have been members for a bit over a year and it's a nice Mustachian option and it is also the oldest active hiking club in the country about the celebrate it's 100th anniversary soon, so it was certainly a surprise find when we came across it.  It makes for a super easy hiking plan as you just get to show up and enjoy and they offer so many hikes every day of the year that there is usually something you can find that fits with your schedule and interests.  For this group it might be a good thing to look in to because I think most of you are West Siders and a majority of the hikes seem to be in that area.  That's the only downside my wife and I have had with it is it is tough to spend 45-60 minutes driving to a hiking location.

http://clevelandhikingclub.org/
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on April 18, 2017, 05:41:22 PM
Oh wow I had no idea. Thanks for the link..

As far as May 2nd, I won't be able to make arrangements that soon since I'll be out of town till the 28th. So once I get back it's going to be a bit hectic.

Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: NoStacheOhio on April 19, 2017, 06:03:41 AM
Maybe let's punt to early June?
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: Iam-Claire on April 20, 2017, 05:27:47 AM
Sonofabitch

I haven't been on the forums lately, and I'm bummed that I missed this. Hopefully I find out about the next meetup before it happens!
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: homestead neohio on April 20, 2017, 06:51:15 AM
Maybe let's punt to early June?

We waited more than 2 years from the initial post to the first meetup, so I think we can wait 2 months between the first and second meetup.  Again in the interest of getting something on the calendar, new proposals Mon June 5 6pm or Tues June 6 6pm.

@caracarn - We missed seeing you there, hopefully a future one will work out.  The Cleveland Hiking Club looks great as a resource for LOTS of local hikes.  They have annual 26 and 40 mile hikes!  I think a focused Mustachian meeting separate from club hikes is still of interest for those who want to talk FIRE strategies and share stories and motivations with a group who "gets it", especially if we plan to share a meal together.

@Iam-Claire - glad to hear there is another Cleveland MMMer interested, we'll try to set a date pretty far in advance so you know about it.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: caracarn on April 20, 2017, 07:33:46 AM

@caracarn - We missed seeing you there, hopefully a future one will work out.  The Cleveland Hiking Club looks great as a resource for LOTS of local hikes.  They have annual 26 and 40 mile hikes!  I think a focused Mustachian meeting separate from club hikes is still of interest for those who want to talk FIRE strategies and share stories and motivations with a group who "gets it", especially if we plan to share a meal together.


Just tossing it out to make people aware, even for their own personal enjoyment.  We were surprised when we stumbled upon it.  We were just googling "cleveland hiking" trying to figure out new places to walk and found that gold mine.  Not pushing for CHC, but just adding some adjustments to what we've seen happen that might make it seem less unlikely to work for your purposes.  In most cases on the hikes people are walking and talking in small 2-4 person groups as it is hard to hear further than that, so if people wanted to talk with a group that "gets it', they can easily do that.  If the hike does have a meal at the end, it is still individual groups sitting down at tables however they want, so the MMMers who wanted to hang together could easily do that and no one would be offended.  It's not like we show up at a restaurant and have them set up a long table for 30 or something.  Just food for thought, as if we piggybacked on these once in a while it removes virtually all the planning other than saying a group of us are headed for a given hike.  I find it gets me out hiking a lot more than I otherwise would because it is so simple, and I get to meet 20-30 people each time (that's about the average I see on a given hike).  Might also get some converts to MMM lifestyle as many times people overhear what is being said and join in to learn more.  We've learned some pretty interesting things about a lot of topics on these hikes. 

With regards to making it out for me personally it is just a challenge being married with a lot of kids.  Always something needs to be done at home and I'm usually not home until 6:30 at best so the weeknight meetups will almost never work for me.  Maybe one of these days.  My wife is OK with frugal, but not enough to meet a bunch of people talking about it.  I mentioned the Monday event to her that I was unable to get to and she just rolled her eyes and told me it was fine if I wanted to hang out but she had zero interest.  Monday she had errands and I ended up having to pick up some stuff on the way home so it just was not working on the calendar.  Not sure if a lot of the other folks that made it are kidless, but we find our time to socialize is just tough right now beyond anything within 30 minutes of the house, and this location was just too far.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: FrugalHeights on April 20, 2017, 09:07:49 AM
May is super busy for me, but June works great.
Previously proposed Jun 5 or 6 at 6pm works.
Hiking works too for last week of May or later. It seems to be better to do during a weekday (probably goes without saying). Any hiking place is good for me.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: Iam-Claire on April 22, 2017, 05:28:05 AM
Thanks! Now that I know something is in the works I'll be sure to keep an eye on this thread.

I'm in Shaker Heights but I'm willing to drive a reasonable distance for a meetup.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: Iam-Claire on May 25, 2017, 03:06:02 AM
Any update?
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: caracarn on May 25, 2017, 05:46:00 AM
I do no think anything is planned by anyone. 
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: L2 on August 01, 2017, 10:43:51 AM
Just checking in. New Cleveland member here.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on August 01, 2017, 02:43:42 PM
Just checking in. New Cleveland member here.

Welcome! Are you an east sider, west sider, or somewhere else? If you prefer not to say, it's cool :)
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: L2 on August 04, 2017, 06:23:58 AM
Just checking in. New Cleveland member here.

Welcome! Are you an east sider, west sider, or somewhere else? If you prefer not to say, it's cool :)
Thanks. I am presently a "near west-sider" in Edgewater. Will be moving in a few months to Brooklyn, which i guess is still Westside.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on August 04, 2017, 02:44:41 PM
Just checking in. New Cleveland member here.

Welcome! Are you an east sider, west sider, or somewhere else? If you prefer not to say, it's cool :)
Thanks. I am presently a "near west-sider" in Edgewater. Will be moving in a few months to Brooklyn, which i guess is still Westside.

Nice! I'm on the west side also. I know a few other posters are as well. Good to see more locals on the board.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: caracarn on August 24, 2017, 02:12:23 PM
Yes, nice to see more.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on August 24, 2017, 03:01:47 PM
Welcome!

We definitely need to have another meetup soon. We had a great time last time.   I may be willing to host, as long as I'm not judged for having too many old cars :(
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on August 24, 2017, 03:19:41 PM
Welcome!

We definitely need to have another meetup soon. We had a great time last time.   I may be willing to host, as long as I'm not judged for having too many old cars :(

Consider yourself judged. I'll be damned if I'm seen at a house with old cars ;) As long as I don't have anything planned, I'm down for another meetup wherever it occurs :)
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on August 24, 2017, 03:31:44 PM
Welcome!

We definitely need to have another meetup soon. We had a great time last time.   I may be willing to host, as long as I'm not judged for having too many old cars :(

Consider yourself judged. I'll be damned if I'm seen at a house with old cars ;) As long as I don't have anything planned, I'm down for another meetup wherever it occurs :)

Ha! At least is a cool old car - '71 VW Super Beetle.(and a '00 Honda Civic Si)

I'm a car lover - there I said it. I know this not the forum for such craziness but I can't help it. If I had won the Powerball yesterday I would have bought myself a '72 Opel GT, a '52 split window Beetle and a '72 Datsun 240z.

Let me run it by the wifey and see what she says ;)
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: nph220 on January 16, 2018, 05:10:23 AM
Bumping this. Anyone interested in another meetup?
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on January 16, 2018, 07:48:09 AM
I would be willing to go to another meet up. Do you have a place, time, or activity in mind?
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on January 16, 2018, 11:23:53 AM
I'm down once again. I'm also sure my two co-workers will come too. 

I may also get my manager to come, only thing is he drives an F150 :(   He's making big changes and thinking about his financial future, so that's a plus.

Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: FrugalHeights on January 16, 2018, 12:06:16 PM
I am in.
East Side would be ideal for me.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: nph220 on January 19, 2018, 04:51:22 PM
How does grabbing a few drinks and bowling sound? I'm thinking a weekend day with enough notice so everyone can make it. How does Saturday, February 17, 2018 around 6PM work for everyone?

If we're good with the east side, I'm thinking Corner Alley in uptown.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: FrugalHeights on January 19, 2018, 05:07:50 PM
works for me
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on January 22, 2018, 02:42:12 PM
I checked with Mrs. mies and it looks like we already have plans for that night :( You don't have to reschedule on my account, I just wanted to let you know I won't be able to make it.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on January 22, 2018, 02:54:39 PM
That's a drive for me from North Olmsted. Let me think it over ;)
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: homestead neohio on January 23, 2018, 06:31:38 AM
Maybe I'll catch the next one.  That weekend is birthday celebration time for my sons.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: caracarn on January 24, 2018, 09:46:30 AM
I'll see what's going on, but always interested. 
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: nph220 on January 24, 2018, 06:12:10 PM
I'd also be open to having it at a more central location. Where is everyone located? I am in Valley View myself.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on January 25, 2018, 04:08:48 AM
I知 on the west side, but I have no problem meeting up in other parts of town. The only thing that keeps me away from a meetup is if I already have something planned or if trying to get ther would get me stuck in rush hour traffic.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: sixkids on January 25, 2018, 08:37:50 AM
I壇 be down for a meet up now. Just a warning I知 still working on this stuff so I知 not FIRE yet.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: craiglepaige on January 25, 2018, 08:43:38 AM
I壇 be down for a meet up now. Just a warning I知 still working on this stuff so I知 not FIRE yet.

From the last meeting, I don't think anyone was FIRE'd yet. We are all working towards the same goal.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: L2 on January 25, 2018, 08:49:24 AM
I'd also be open to having it at a more central location. Where is everyone located? I am in Valley View myself.
How to do you like Valley View? Strongly considering buying a house there when the times comes. I come from a rural area and it just seems like "me", while also conveniently located in the central of the metro.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: Xiphos on January 25, 2018, 03:31:55 PM
Clevelander here. Not a full grown stache but it's growing
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: L2 on January 25, 2018, 04:45:55 PM
Clevelander here. Not a full grown stache but it's growing
welcome!!
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: caracarn on January 26, 2018, 08:25:27 AM
I壇 be down for a meet up now. Just a warning I知 still working on this stuff so I知 not FIRE yet.

From the last meeting, I don't think anyone was FIRE'd yet. We are all working towards the same goal.

Yes, working....I hope toward FIRE, but always to efficient use of my resources, as much as is possible with six kids etc.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: nph220 on February 02, 2018, 10:43:47 AM
I was just notified that I'll be traveling for work on the day we planned the meetup, unfortunately. If someone wants to take over organizing it that's fine but I won't be able to make this one :(
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: caracarn on February 02, 2018, 02:20:58 PM
We ended up scheduling college visits for one of my children that weekend, so I will be out of town so will not be able to attend.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: homestead neohio on February 03, 2018, 12:15:54 PM
I was just notified that I'll be traveling for work on the day we planned the meetup, unfortunately. If someone wants to take over organizing it that's fine but I won't be able to make this one :(

I suggest bumping the date out a few weeks since it seems like Feb 17 is not going to work for most who are interested.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: nph220 on June 09, 2018, 03:01:45 PM
Bumping this to try again. Looking at Saturday August 18th at the Winking Lizard in Independence this time. Thoughts?
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: L2 on June 09, 2018, 03:11:07 PM
Bumping this to try again. Looking at Saturday August 18th at the Winking Lizard in Independence this time. Thoughts?

Thanks for attempting to set this up. My calendar looks clear for the 18th and Independence is a great location for me.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on June 09, 2018, 04:18:18 PM
I should be able to make that date. Independence is a nice central location and is easy to reach from any part of town. Rockside is a ghost town on a Saturday afternoons too so traffic should be pretty light.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: homestead neohio on June 11, 2018, 05:03:25 AM
Call me tentative for that date.  I'd like to make it to another MMM meetup.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: staching on June 20, 2018, 02:40:12 PM
Bumping this to try again. Looking at Saturday August 18th at the Winking Lizard in Independence this time. Thoughts?


Hi all.  Westsider new to the forum here.  Would really love to meet with local Mustachians but can't make 8/18 date.  Pls let me know if you reschedule!
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: nph220 on June 28, 2018, 03:11:47 PM
bump for visibility!
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: L2 on July 20, 2018, 06:03:36 PM
Hi Everyone. I've been searching for a Cleveland/Northeast Ohio FI-based group for a while now and finally found one. If anyone has any others to recommend, please share.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChooseFINEOHIO/
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: nph220 on July 22, 2018, 06:56:09 AM
Thanks L2. I just joined.

For the 8/18 meetup as of now:

3 confirmed
1 tentative
1 cannot make it
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: homestead neohio on July 22, 2018, 10:27:37 AM
I have to change my tentative to a no as I'll be camping with my sons that weekend.  Maybe I can catch the next one.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: nph220 on August 08, 2018, 04:01:35 AM
I知 thinking 8/18, 12PM at the Winking Lizard Independence for the three of us that are confirmed. Any conflicts?
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on August 09, 2018, 03:51:54 PM
I should be able to make that.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: L2 on August 10, 2018, 06:37:11 AM
Same here. Probably can't do much later as I'll likely go to the Indians game that day.
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: nph220 on August 10, 2018, 08:56:07 PM
Awesome. I still count 3 of us, but any last minite adds are welcome!
Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: StubbleinOhio on August 14, 2018, 06:58:30 AM
Hey All!

Wife and I are planning a possible move from the Brunswick area (west side) to Beachwood/Shaker Heights. We need some info on the area. We've got two kids (5 and 3) and are looking to get a feel for the area. Anyone interested in jumping on a zoom call with us one evening to tell us your thoughts? Sorry to hijack the thread. I don't want to mess it up more than I already have so feel free to DM me if you're open to talking.

Title: Re: Any Clevelanders?
Post by: mies on August 17, 2018, 04:48:55 AM
Hey guys, it looks like I will not be able to attend the meetup on Saturday. I have family passing through town and my dad wants to take us all out for lunch. Most of my day will be tied up with them visiting. Sorry to flake on you so close to the meetup :( The plans were made kind of last minute and I haven稚 seen these relatives in over a decade