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#26 Skip

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 04:01 PM

Count me in for the 5pm seating.


Ditto!

Directions or address to/for OPG?

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 06:04 PM

From Google Maps.

A bit east of the convention center.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 06:28 PM

I've never been to OPG, but from the Google image, parking looks a bit tight. I'll be happy to play Designated Driver from ASAE to OPG and back; I've got room for three passengers - 4 in a pinch. I wasn't planning on drinking, anyway, and I'm staying on Oracle at Ina; driving people back to the ASAE parking lot ain't that far out of my way - I'll just hop on I-10 N and take the Ina exit.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 06:53 PM

Oracle may be faster; it's a straight shot north whereas I-10 takes you a few miles west; and then you get to back track on Ina.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:05 PM

I-10 is only a shortcut to El Paso or Phoenix. It helps very little in-town. I'm told that was on purpose, because folks were afraid an efficient highway loop would make the town grow too much.

The extended dinner at OPG sounds like a good idea to me- as long as we can talk OPG into it (I'm guessing this won't be a problem).

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:21 PM

You're both correct. Didn't realize the distance on Ina - I-10 adds 7 miles and 10 minutes to the trip.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 01:44 PM

I-10 is only a shortcut to El Paso or Phoenix. It helps very little in-town. I'm told that was on purpose, because folks were afraid an efficient highway loop would make the town grow too much.


Yep, so they didn't do it and the town grew too much anyway. Oh well... :p

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 08:10 PM

The forecast has shifted again- Saturday and Sunday are looking clear, but Friday has rain. I had been hoping to take my kids to the TIMPA star party on Friday. So, I may now be in an early group for Saturday. Better than losing Saturday and Sunday to rain, though.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:21 PM

Saturday has a serious rain forecast. I don't know if we'll be able to call it until Wednesday.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:36 PM

Call me anything but able to have dinner in Tuscon.

Change in scheduling. I'll be unable to attend the event.

Enjoy the event and dinner. :bawling:

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 09:44 PM

Bugger! Hopefully this event will take off and we can try again next year. Sorry hear about your conflict and can't make it.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:46 AM

So we're looking at about 14 folks at the Old Pueblo Grill.

Time wise I'd favor something in the 5:30PM time frame. Early enough to avoid the supper rush, late enough to have lunch taken care of. :)

Any objections or suggestions?

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:58 AM

The last speaker o the day is Donald Pettit – Astronaut 4:00 – 5:30. I'd hate to miss this. What is the ~ travel time from the CC to the OPG?

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:43 AM

Too bad, so sad, we'll save you pie. :poke:

Good point, let me google map it. So far it looks fairly close but in Tucson that can be deceiving.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:45 AM

Appears to be just under five miles away, a good 15 minutes I suspect (can locals confirm that?).

That would push us to 6ish.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:43 AM

Ron, Joe, etc.,
Oh boy! Not so good. I'm gonna have to cancel as well. Non-refundable air ticket. This cancellation will cost me more than $200. :tonofbricks: :mad:

Well, like you said Ron, maybe next year! !@#$%&**!!!

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:51 AM

Oh man! That sucks!

On the upside; more food for us! :whee:

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 12:26 PM

:(

Jeeze - CN attendees are dropping like flies.

Skip & Lightbucket - you'll be missed.
Although that does mean an extra slice of pie for me & Ron... :smirk:

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 12:33 PM

...Time wise I'd favor something in the 5:30PM time frame. Early enough to avoid the supper rush, late enough to have lunch taken care of. :)

Any objections or suggestions?


Well, as of right now, it seems that the Saturday star parties may be a washout. It would be cool to get everyone together at once.
Might want to push it back to 6pm for those who want to hear the day's last speaker.

Still need to keep the early/late seating option open, just in case the weather doesn't go sideways.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:15 PM

Old Pueblo Grill sounds quite tasty; I'll definitely be looking forward to seeing all of you there! I'm always looking for the perfect cheese enchilada, so I'll probably do those.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:54 PM

OPG is tasty for sure...very excellent food I think...but if your quest is for the ultimate cheese enchilada, you should head to some Mexican places...

Lots of good ones...I like the Mosaic Cafe personally, about 15 minutes from the expo...and right behind the expo is El Minuto cafe which is pretty tasty as well and a 2 minute walk...

Darn, now I need to go get some lunch!

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:33 AM

Ok, so it looks like we have no hope of observing on Saturday. I'm hoping Sunday is clear the way it is forecast.

So, I suggest it is time to lock in on the 6:00 dinner time. We need to finalize the restaurant. Given the only requirements left are it should be easy to get to for in-town travel and have good food, I think Old Pueblo Grill is the best option. There are multiple routes there, it's good, and the location is central to the city.

Pinnacle Peak is a ways out, but has good steaks with goofy fun. From some of the discussions around here, I tend to wonder just how goofy this group could possibly be, but there it is.

-Rich

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:50 AM

Thanks, Rich, for taking initiative.

If the star party is cancelled or rained out, it really makes having 2 groups over-lapping unnecessary.
Unless the forecast drastically changes, I'm good for one group, one dinner time and scrapping Saturday night star party plans. I don't know when TAAA will make an announcement. My passengers to the star party may want to have dinner with the group, or make other arrangements.
Figure out by this evening? :question:

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:01 PM

Tonight is probably a good deadline. We may run into reservation problems if we wait much longer - and OPG is probably "in range" for the U of A homecoming crowd. At this point, we may want at least one fall-back restaurant.

Do we have a final headcount?

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:19 PM

Make it so. We had 14 minus 2 cancelations puts at 12, but we may pick up a few folks at the show when they find out what a fun lot we are to be around. :whee:






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