As those who follow this blog of long standing know, the EVE meet scene in Montreal is a fairly casual affair. The pattern we've established is that there is a meet every 2 weeks at a downtown pub on a Saturday at 7:00pm local time (23:00 or 00:00 eve time depending on daylight savings time). The usual place for the winter is a place called Brutopia (micro brewery - they make their own beer). During the summer it depends on whether it's raining or not. If not we head to a different pub with an outdoor terrace. If it's raining - back to Brutopia.
The atmosphere is fairly casual, it's not one of those "reserve the place ahead of time" kind of things. It's more of a get there, greet the bartender: "Rachelle my dear, a blonde please", sit down on a couch and chew on some EVE stories with friends. (Montreal pronunciation guide: if a word is french you pronounce it in french even when speaking in english - it confuses the non-bilinguals).
This weekend we managed to get 13 pilots in the place. One was a swede visiting from Texas (Iwat) and there were a few we don't see very often. Including one who was at his first EVE meet. Miracles of miracles, that Crazykinuk managed to show up for once (ok actually about the 3rd time - but it's a while between visits for him - the carebear brigade he's building up probably has something to do with it).
On the EVE side of things, I had way too much interference from "life" this weekend to be able to get on much (the meet was a nice break). The rest of it kind of sucked. Ah well there will be weekends like that. Light is at the end of the tunnel though. Once things re-stabilize I think I have formulated my plans for my next "arc" through EVE for myself, my Corp and my Alliance. Got to talk to the new CEO of one of my corporations as the current CEO is stepping down. Ah eve meets - discussing plans over pints of beer.
One interesting thing I've noticed as a Jack of all trades in EVE. I tend to go thru almost like "story arcs" in my adventures. I'm currently in one of those "character development" sequences between arc. Yep not as interesting as when the arcs hit I know. But necessary to the story line.