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Saturday Evening Supper - Group
      #5473670 - 10/16/12 05:34 PM

A simple ya if you want to attend a group CN supper event after the event. If we keep the chatter to the other thread it will be easier to count mouths.

Me!


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #5473684 - 10/16/12 05:39 PM

Yepper.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Steph]
      #5473706 - 10/16/12 05:53 PM

YES, count me in

-Rich

Edited by Starhawk (10/16/12 05:54 PM)


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5474135 - 10/16/12 10:31 PM

Yup.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5474181 - 10/16/12 11:09 PM

Yupper for supper

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: PGW Steve]
      #5474217 - 10/16/12 11:33 PM

Count me in, at this point.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: desertstars]
      #5475333 - 10/17/12 03:47 PM

Yes sir!

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Skip]
      #5475358 - 10/17/12 04:01 PM

I'd be interested!

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: hm insulators]
      #5475469 - 10/17/12 05:06 PM

Count me in... sounds like a fun evening.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: dmdouglass]
      #5477863 - 10/18/12 10:17 PM

Count me in, barring something unexpected

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: EricCCD]
      #5479712 - 10/19/12 11:30 PM

Yes, would be interested.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: RayM0506]
      #5486360 - 10/24/12 01:20 AM

I'm in. "Call me anything but don't call me late for dinner"

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #5488892 - 10/25/12 04:13 PM

Count me in. I still have the cloudy night banner if you would like to use it.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Edward E]
      #5498298 - 10/31/12 07:11 PM

Oh oh....
Looks like i will need to be back in Tempe Saturday evening.
Will still be down for Saturday during the day, but will miss the gathering.


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: dmdouglass]
      #5499010 - 11/01/12 08:28 AM

ya

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #5499144 - 11/01/12 10:17 AM

Hey Ron, Any deas on where/when to meet?

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Skip]
      #5499189 - 11/01/12 10:49 AM

Not yet. I think this weekend we need to create a pole with four or five choices to see what folks like. I'd like to have it nailed down before next weekend.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #5499578 - 11/01/12 04:15 PM

OK, so let's assemble some options we want in the Supper Poll:

(1) Old Pueblo Grill

(2) Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse

So what others would several of us want to see on the list? I propose they have to be proposed and seconded by someone else to be in the Poll.

-Rich


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5499796 - 11/01/12 07:35 PM

We'll also need to nail down a time. Seems a bunch of CNers are planning to hit one of the star parties, and considering the drive time to CAC, they'll probably want to eat on the early side (4:00 p.m. -ish). I'd much rather eat early with everyone than exclude anyone due to scheduling constraints. Those not going to one of the star parties can always stay and socialize over adult beverages...

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5499805 - 11/01/12 07:41 PM

Side note: It's probably going to be easier to get everyone seated together the earlier we eat. Saturday night + U of A homecoming + tourist season may make later seatings hard to come by.
Heck - if it's too early for some, we can always call it a really late lunch; those of us not hitting the star parties can always meet up later for an 11:00 p.m. "breakfast"...


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5499874 - 11/01/12 08:30 PM

That's a thought, but on the other hand, what about being able to stay for the length of the event on Saturday? And it also depends on the location- it'll take a little while to get over to Pinnacle Peak.

-Rich


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5499912 - 11/01/12 08:55 PM

Point made.

We may want to make the "big" group event lunch - but even then, there's really no available "window" in the speakers' schedules.

My day is pretty much open, so I'll go along with whatever the group decides on - although I'll put a vote in for OPG, as it's a fairly short drive from ASAE.


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5500236 - 11/02/12 12:24 AM

OPG sounds good to me as well. We can work on something more perfectly integrated into the schedule for next year. In the meantime, we'll have our tags and may just do a pick-up lunch or whatever sounds like fun.

-Rich


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5501096 - 11/02/12 02:58 PM

Hi Rich,

We're getting our threads criss-crossed. I'm making the same post to the Star Party thread.

It looks to me like most CN folks want to get together Sat Eve for dinner and socializing. At or after 5pm seems to be the best time for a dinner rendezvous. And, there are just a few folks wanting to go to TAAA-CAC star party that night. I'm glad to host a group to the star party Saturday night. I remember someone said they were going to dark site on Friday and another said Sunday. I can't speak for them about "hosting a group"...but, remind folks, there are star parties other nights.

Let's poll folks for these 2 scenarios, and plan to get together at Old Pueblo Grill. Those going to star party can rendezvous earlier, say 3:30 - 4:30, have a bite, and as the "in town" group starts arriving around 5pm, everyone will have time to meet and greet. The star party group could begin heading out about 5:30 as the in town group is gathering for their dinner. Two groups, one place, a little overlap, and from there, "the night is ours." The star party group can head south on Alvernon to I-10 and be on their way to the dark site quickly. OPG is 10 minutes from downtown convention center, and 10 minutes from I-10. I would probably head back to Tucson around 2am. But, I'm flexible.

I'll be glad to contact OPG, see if they can accommodate us with these scenarios and I'll get a reservation if this works for everyone. If they have a good idea what we want to do, we won't hit some unexpected snag. I have a star party reservation for 1 car, 4 people and so far just one passenger (looking forward to seeing you, Shneor) and room for 2...

Paul


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: ToxMan]
      #5501196 - 11/02/12 04:22 PM

That's probably the most feasible plan presented.
Count me in for the 5pm seating.


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5501245 - 11/02/12 05:01 PM

Quote:

Count me in for the 5pm seating.




Ditto!

Directions or address to/for OPG?


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Skip]
      #5501393 - 11/02/12 07:04 PM

From Google Maps.

A bit east of the convention center.


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #5501428 - 11/02/12 07:28 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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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5501479 - 11/02/12 07:53 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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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #5501495 - 11/02/12 08:05 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).

-Rich


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5501594 - 11/02/12 09:21 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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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5502513 - 11/03/12 02:44 PM

Quote:

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...


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Skip]
      #5503010 - 11/03/12 09:10 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.

-Rich


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5505657 - 11/05/12 04:21 PM

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

-Rich


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #5505941 - 11/05/12 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.


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Lightbucket12]
      #5506032 - 11/05/12 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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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #5506565 - 11/06/12 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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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #5506581 - 11/06/12 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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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: PGW Steve]
      #5506646 - 11/06/12 10:43 AM

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

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


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #5506652 - 11/06/12 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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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #5506739 - 11/06/12 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.

Well, like you said Ron, maybe next year! &**!!!


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Skip]
      #5506756 - 11/06/12 11:51 AM

Oh man! That sucks!

On the upside; more food for us!


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #5506806 - 11/06/12 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...


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #5506821 - 11/06/12 12:33 PM

Quote:

...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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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5506890 - 11/06/12 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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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: hm insulators]
      #5506954 - 11/06/12 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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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Alan S]
      #5509591 - 11/08/12 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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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5509825 - 11/08/12 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?

Paul


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: ToxMan]
      #5509835 - 11/08/12 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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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5509961 - 11/08/12 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.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #5510016 - 11/08/12 01:53 PM

Quote:

...but we may pick up a few folks at the show when they find out what a fun lot we are to be around.




OTOH, it could end up being just you and me...


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5510059 - 11/08/12 02:28 PM

If the star parties are cut down like it looks like they will be, this dinner will be highlight for Saturday evening.

Darn clouds.

-Rich


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5510317 - 11/08/12 05:39 PM

I plan on making it, so add one more to the group.

Art


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: artcarter]
      #5510631 - 11/08/12 09:48 PM

So - who's running point on this? Need someone (preferably local) to make the reservation. We also need a backup restaurant in case OPG is booked (which it may be, at this late hour). I'd suggest PP as an alternate, although something closer to the Convention Ctr would be better.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5510860 - 11/08/12 11:43 PM

I'll go by OPG personally and speak with manager noon Friday about taking a group of 16 to 22 folks, perhaps 3 tables. They usually like their patio for large groups. But, not if raining. If this doesn't look promising, I'll head over to PP.

Paul


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #5511541 - 11/09/12 12:25 PM

Quote:

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.




Especially when they find out the weather forecast for Saturday's star party is very "iffy" at best. Here in Phoenix, they are forecasting cloudy with showers tomorrow, especially in the morning, and of course Tucson will be next in line as the weather is moving sort of northwest to southeast.

Dinner will be fun and I'm looking forward to it!


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: hm insulators]
      #5511834 - 11/09/12 03:09 PM

OPG manager will call me. I asked if they could accommodate 14 for dinner at 5 or 6pm? Outside seating would be easy. But, he is aware it might rain. In which case, he is already very booked indoors. And, this late and at that time may not be possible. What will be the fall back plan?


******UPDATE*****UPDATE******UPDATE******UPDATE********

we have a reservation for 14 at 5:30, Saturday nite, indoors...and, if weather permits,
we have the option of outdoor patio dining

Under "Paul Delligatti" and/or "Cloudy Nites Group"

Edited by ToxMan (11/09/12 03:33 PM)


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: ToxMan]
      #5512007 - 11/09/12 05:22 PM



Paul: One adult beverage on me (except for the Louis XIII... ), if you wish.


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5512228 - 11/09/12 07:46 PM

Glad to help, Joe. I asked manager (Ryan) about last minute add-ons or cancellations. I would like to confirm with him about 2pm tomorrow our count. We are definitely good for 14 folks, as far as I have heard.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: ToxMan]
      #5512848 - 11/10/12 08:55 AM

So it looks like OPG for tonight, then?

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: hm insulators]
      #5512923 - 11/10/12 10:20 AM

I am go for this plan, Paul. We all need to thank you thick for going and getting this set up with OPG.

For everyone else, yes, this means you'll be going to Old Pueblo Grill. That's good.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5512935 - 11/10/12 10:29 AM

Many thanks, Paul, or as they say in Hawaii, "Mahalo nui loa!"

Looking forward to dinner then, at the OPG! I'll be starting my trip down in about twenty minutes.


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: hm insulators]
      #5513489 - 11/10/12 05:48 PM

I'm taking a small group out to CAC dark site (weather seems to be ok enough) and will miss dinner. But, hope everyone enjoys themselves. You guys are good for 14 guests, and the hostess has my number.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: ToxMan]
      #5513837 - 11/10/12 11:44 PM

Sorry I never made the supper, the amazing presentation by Mr. Pettit never wrapped up till just before 6. I figured by the time I actually found OPG, everyone would be finished eating :-(.

I'm glad to have met a few of you today, and hopefully I can put a few more faces to names tomorrow.


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: PGW Steve]
      #5513960 - 11/11/12 03:28 AM

Alright...it was a bummer missin' dinner. But, I gotta know, how was it? Great time I hope. We got started a little late going out to the dark site. Drove past at least once. But, well worth it when we got there. Oh, and the Border Patrol pulled us over in the middle of nowhere...

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: ToxMan]
      #5514175 - 11/11/12 10:05 AM

You guys were missed. Six folks showed, got a bit of a late start ourselves and we didn't get out till well after 7. We had a good time none the less.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #5515797 - 11/12/12 11:13 AM

And the food was delicious! I enjoyed those cheese enchiladas!

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: hm insulators]
      #5521356 - 11/15/12 02:37 PM

mmmm... Jalapeno Hummus!

It was great meeting fellow CN'ers at the dinner, hopefully next year we can coordinate a larger gathering.


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: WaterMaster]
      #5521368 - 11/15/12 02:52 PM

If we can find something close; within walking distance like the Congress Hotel was (and it might do, hard to tell) then folks that were in talks could get there if they ran late. We could supply maps before hand too.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #5523722 - 11/17/12 12:44 AM

Someone's going to have to be creative to figure it out downtown. Maybe we should just have a CN Forum on the schedule.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6035152 - 08/19/13 06:37 PM

OK- this is a reheat of this thread- anyone thinking on this?

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6036459 - 08/20/13 12:58 PM

I'd join the group for dinner!

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: hm insulators]
      #6039342 - 08/21/13 11:17 PM

Dinner was fun last year, but the long table made it tough to socialize with you guys that were sitting at the other end of the table.

I think we had a dozen or so folks get together. If it's going to be more, we'll need one of you local guys to do some scouting for a suitable location.


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: WaterMaster]
      #6039468 - 08/22/13 01:29 AM

I'm definitely open to a different sort of venue. The amount of noise, organization, and all made it too difficult to talk up and down the table and there were parking lot discussions afterwards.

I'm afraid we here in Arizona may be guilty of trying to put the best food in town ahead of just plain old getting a chance to talk.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: WaterMaster]
      #6048915 - 08/27/13 01:56 PM

Quote:

Dinner was fun last year, but the long table made it tough to socialize with you guys that were sitting at the other end of the table.






Actually, we were expecting a larger crowd than the half-dozen or so of us that ultimately did show up. A lot of people went to observe as it was a new-moon night, although if I remember correctly, there was quite a bit of cloud cover, as it turned out.

Maybe with the full-moon night, more of us will join.


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: hm insulators]
      #6049454 - 08/27/13 06:55 PM

I'm in!

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6049887 - 08/27/13 11:33 PM

Would we want to do Old Pueblo Grill again? It's the home base for an Iron Chef...

-Rich


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6050291 - 08/28/13 09:21 AM

Quote:

Would we want to do Old Pueblo Grill again? It's the home base for an Iron Chef...

-Rich




Is there a possibility that we could get a separate room?

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I'm in!

David




It will be great to finally meet you, David. I'll be working at one of our two club booths; either the main club description booth, or another one we set up with hands-on demos and show and tell. My wife usually works with this one, but she'll be out of town so I'll probably be on the main floor with the demos, rather than in the main display area downstairs. Hope to run into you there!


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      #6051621 - 08/28/13 10:40 PM

Quote:

Quote:

I'm in!

David




It will be great to finally meet you, David. I'll be working at one of our two club booths; either the main club description booth, or another one we set up with hands-on demos and show and tell. My wife usually works with this one, but she'll be out of town so I'll probably be on the main floor with the demos, rather than in the main display area downstairs. Hope to run into you there!




I had no idea that you'd be there. You just made my evening, Jim! I'll be looking you up shortly after the doors open. Too cool!

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6051698 - 08/28/13 11:32 PM

Shoot, even a Denny's would be good if we could get a room off the side. But we'd need more people to justify it.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #6051701 - 08/28/13 11:34 PM

Just to brain storm, we could get a meeting room at one of hotels we're staying at and order in pizza. Perhaps the LaQuinta breakfast room could be had cheap.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #6053633 - 08/30/13 12:29 AM

Is anyone staying at the DoubleTree? That could be a relatively easy place to do something like that.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6054013 - 08/30/13 08:57 AM

I was going to until I reviewed the cost per night.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6055816 - 08/31/13 10:46 AM

Ouch- well, the area where you're staying is chock full of restaurants. I'm just not sure what sounds appealing to folks. The Texas Roadhouse has good steaks, but man is it loud. There are lots of reasonably priced options. Knowing how many people to expect would help.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6055872 - 08/31/13 11:19 AM

Quiet is good, so WE can make all the noise. If the company is good the food just needs to be reasonable and edible.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #6057787 - 09/01/13 02:34 PM

Having had a chance to think on it, I have my strongest recommendation for where I'd want to be taking people:

The Lotus Garden:

http://www.lotusgarden.com/

We've gone there for years. It's a nice, quiet restaurant, and spouse/ family friendly. The food is prepared to order, so if want a change, you get it, including brown rice. The price are quite reasonable, and service includes hot tea as you sit down. If we can give them a little notice, it should be good to go.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6058093 - 09/01/13 05:52 PM

I eat just about any style of food. I think, as Ron has pointed out, the concern is for a restaurant that can accommodate a meeting style dinner. If there's an area in the restaurant that can handle of bunch of stargazing hooligans then I'm all in.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6058208 - 09/01/13 07:41 PM

I'm in.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #6058599 - 09/02/13 01:46 AM

I'll ask how they want to do that.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6067087 - 09/07/13 12:11 AM

So, I talked to them about what happens with 15 people. It's not enough to block off one side of the restaurant, but they can put tables together. If it's lunch, it'd be $8.75/ plate. If dinner, they do a version of their family meal with appetizer through end of meal for $25/ plate, or if we had some other price in mind, they'll suggest menus based on what we wanted to pay. From what I have seen there, the $25 would be a lot of food.

It's hard to plan with no real idea how many people this really would be.

The hotels would give us rooms pretty readily, but that won't be cheap.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6068158 - 09/07/13 04:56 PM

$25 seems steep (I can be cheap) and probably too much food for me. Maybe if we just show up and order off the menu?

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #6068699 - 09/07/13 11:28 PM

Quote:

$25 seems steep (I can be cheap) and probably too much food for me. Maybe if we just show up and order off the menu?




I like the idea of ordering off the menu. I eat just about anything, but a set menu can be off putting to some.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6068709 - 09/07/13 11:34 PM

The most I've ever paid there is about $12/ plate. I am honestly concerned about what would be showing up at $25.

If it's like 10 of us, then we'd just order off the menu.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6070408 - 09/08/13 10:58 PM

Much more reasonable. I certainly don't need any more food.



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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #6070955 - 09/09/13 10:13 AM

The thing I'm not clear on is if we are going to transition to a banquet at some point. We had about 50% show up last time, so right now, we could just get a table for 4 and be surprised if we fill it.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6071377 - 09/09/13 02:00 PM

It is still a full 2 months away. I'm sure that the restaurant will be able to take reservations a week in advance. By then, we'll know if we have enough for dinner or the three of us meet in a parking lot with a couple of pizza pies. I hear ya' Ron, about not needing the food. I've lost 14 lbs and have no intention of gaining it back and that proclamation ain't easy living in restaurant nirvana!

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6071726 - 09/09/13 05:19 PM

True, and true, we're not trying to all trying to get bigger.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6071941 - 09/09/13 07:25 PM

I'm in too!

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: WaterMaster]
      #6084945 - 09/16/13 10:46 PM

I just exchanged PM's with David.

I may come down to Tucson for the expo and would be willing to meet up for dinner. Elbee might come also.

I'm a picky eater, so a set menu is out for me, but I do like some Chinese and Pizza.


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      #6087015 - 09/17/13 11:00 PM

Quote:

I just exchanged PM's with David.

I may come down to Tucson for the expo and would be willing to meet up for dinner. Elbee might come also.

I'm a picky eater, so a set menu is out for me, but I do like some Chinese and Pizza.




Chinese pizza...now that's what I'm talkin' about!

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6152391 - 10/22/13 08:14 PM

Ron, et al;

I am in if we are talking about 6 PM or so, I have a long drive back to Wickenburg after an afternoon at the Springer table signing books. Please stop by and buy a book.

See ya;
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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: stevecoe]
      #6155202 - 10/24/13 10:27 AM

I think a bit early is good for everyone since quite a few have travelled.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6156066 - 10/24/13 06:12 PM

Rich (and etal)....

As I mentioned to you in other messages, I will be down there for the 4 nights, so will probably try and join the group, if space is still available.


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: dmdouglass]
      #6156331 - 10/24/13 08:49 PM

From what I have heard so far, we're under 10.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6176340 - 11/04/13 09:33 PM

Add 1. Unless something derails me between now and then, I intend to attend.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: desertstars]
      #6176955 - 11/05/13 08:35 AM

I'll read back a roll of who I think is saying they will come at the end of the week.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6180169 - 11/06/13 11:16 PM

Like to join in
Thanks


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: frankcf5]
      #6182595 - 11/08/13 10:00 AM

I'd like to join you all. I'll be at the TAAA booth during the afternoon session on Saturday.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6182868 - 11/08/13 12:27 PM

Here's who I think is in the group- an assembly of 12. Please check and pipe up if you actually want in/out:

Me- Starhawk
David Pavlich
SteveCoe
dmdouglas
Edward E
frankcf5
desertstars
SL63 AMG
WaterMaster
Rboe
Skylook 123
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Notes- everyone is getting individual orders. Please indicate if you have a significant other to add to the tally so this is set up correctly. I'll need to talk to the restaurant and make sure they are prepared. I really am only interested in firm commits for 6PM, Saturday. If you're thinking it's harmless to pencil in a "Maybe" for dinner just so it's an option, you're going to leave those who do show sitting there looking at half the table empty, wondering if you will appear. If you are in that category, please take your name off of my list: you will be welcome at dinner and we'll surely be able add you in ad-hoc and it will be happy to have one more.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6183904 - 11/09/13 12:11 AM

I'm in, solo. Wife is out of town.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Skylook123]
      #6188540 - 11/11/13 12:39 PM

Hi Rich

If there is room, can you add me and my significant other.

Thanks for organizing.
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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: moonyguy]
      #6188578 - 11/11/13 12:55 PM

So, it looks like the Lotus Garden for Saturday evening, then?

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: hm insulators]
      #6189901 - 11/12/13 02:15 AM

Add one, Matt Luttinen and I are driving together. I do need directions to restaurant, please.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: stevecoe]
      #6191532 - 11/12/13 08:25 PM

15 for The Lotus Garden on Saturday, November 16.

The restaurant is at:

5975 East Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85710

Speedway is the only east-west street in Tucson. It is north of the convention center. Either Stone or Granada (which turns into Man) will take you there. Go east on Speedway until you pass the light at Craycroft. It will be about half way to the next street light on the left. The nearest cross street is Sonoita just to the east of the restaurant.

It's pretty easy to find. If you get to Wilmot, make a U turn and it will be easy to see.

I'll call today and post back when I have news.

-Rich


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6191545 - 11/12/13 08:31 PM

Already have it programmed into my Tom Tom along with the Convention Center and my hotel.

David


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6191620 - 11/12/13 09:12 PM

Ok, we have a reservation for 15 at 6:00 PM at The Lotus Garden under "Rich" or "ASAE." The owner requested 24 hours' warning if we are going to be significantly different- they have to arrange for sufficient staff to be on hand.

-Rich


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6191697 - 11/12/13 09:52 PM

Got it plotted.
Looking forward to seeing everyone.


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: dmdouglass]
      #6192228 - 11/13/13 09:04 AM

I love it when a plan comes together.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #6197867 - 11/16/13 09:57 AM

Sorry, wasn't aware of this thread earlier.. if there is room for another I'd like to go!

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Greg K.]
      #6199114 - 11/16/13 11:15 PM

Thanks a lot to everyone who made it for the dinner. Was great to meeting a wonderful group of people and talk shop.

clear skies
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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: moonyguy]
      #6199142 - 11/16/13 11:28 PM

Ditto! Great meeting you and your better half. I think we could have talked much longer if we hadn't killed our selves walking around the hall all day.

What happened to David? We waiting and waited for him and he up and disappeared.


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Greg K.]
      #6200058 - 11/17/13 02:38 PM

Ron, et al;

When I saw you at ASAE I did not realize that this group dinner was not the one that I was going to attend with the folks who drove me down to Tucson--Tom and Jenn Polakis. I apologize if I messed up plans. I did not realize it until we arrived at a Mexican restaurant and I thought "that isn't the one Ron talked about".

Sorry about that;
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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: moonyguy]
      #6200506 - 11/17/13 06:50 PM

Quote:

Thanks a lot to everyone who made it for the dinner. Was great to meeting a wonderful group of people and talk shop.

clear skies
Vishnu




It was an enjoyable evening with some terrific conversation. It was a pleasure meeting you and I hope that you post often!!

David


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6200563 - 11/17/13 07:29 PM

A bunch of us did not realize there were two sites for meals. Oh well, next year! From what Alen told us your group had a real fun time and we enjoyed our company and meal so it was all good. Glad I got to see you in any event!

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6200967 - 11/18/13 12:46 AM

The feeling is mutual David. Always nice to get a boost of inspiration from all the amazing things you are doing. Hope to post more often and learn more!
Vishnu


Quote:

Quote:

Thanks a lot to everyone who made it for the dinner. Was great to meeting a wonderful group of people and talk shop.

clear skies
Vishnu




It was an enjoyable evening with some terrific conversation. It was a pleasure meeting you and I hope that you post often!!

David




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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: moonyguy]
      #6201283 - 11/18/13 09:15 AM

We had a great dinner and a great discussion. The lotus garden put together a round table for us so everyone could see each other. I think we could do that again next year. We had a couple we weren't expecting and it was just great to meet new people. So, I suggest some standing guidelines to help. We'll need to remind folks of them next year:

(1) In doubt? You should come. You will be welcome. We initially had a figure 8 with capacity for 16, and then scaled back to 9 so hminsulators could be on the circle, but if there were more, there were seats.

(2) We've been able to keep this reasonably priced- I don't see us moving away from that- I don't know of a better meal waiting to be had. I vote we don't consume our Sunday sales money the night before.

-Rich


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6201312 - 11/18/13 09:40 AM

I would consider joining what turned out to be a larger group with Alan, the vendors and many cloudy nighters that got confused between the two. On the other hand many in that group seemed more interested in a pub atmosphere so having two venues where the focus is a bit different is probably a good thing. Not sure if we could arrange that at the same place or not....

Maybe we could meet for dinner then retire to one of the hotels for a BS session afterwards for those folks that would like hobnob more.

The round table was huge success though.


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: rboe]
      #6202244 - 11/18/13 06:23 PM

Uh, Ron, I'm not sure we can just show up, uninvited, at other people's dinners.

-Rich


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6202403 - 11/18/13 07:49 PM

Probably miss worded that, naturally we'd have to coordinate with the other meal as you are quite right. That would be very poor form.

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6202753 - 11/18/13 10:49 PM

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Uh, Ron, I'm not sure we can just show up, uninvited, at other people's dinners.

-Rich




Why not? And I promise to have my license and a rental car so I can be the taxi service.

David


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6203275 - 11/19/13 09:19 AM

David, in this context, the term is "Getaway car."

-Rich


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6203307 - 11/19/13 09:34 AM

In a more serious vein, I don't know who was at this other dinner. If it was larger than ours, we're talking about going from a cozy table with everyone able to join in the conversation to over 20 people and it being a long thin table or multiple tables, and being a banquet.

Conversely, if we held the conference at the beautiful Starr Pass Marriott, there would be several restaurants to eat at, as well as a cafe and an indoor/outdoor lounge. The problems with that place is while the grounds have worked well for a star party, it isn't cheap, and nothing else is nearby- no alternative accommodations unless you get back to I-10.

Out in the East, near where we did this dinner, there is a Hilton convention center. This area of the city has many hotels of all stripes, and is the area local Tucsonans call restaurant row. It also has things like Home Depot across the street, so that last minute missing item for vendors would be available. So, in that case, it would be much easier for attendees and vendors to find something their speed, from restaurant to pub, nearby.

-Rich


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6203622 - 11/19/13 12:15 PM

I enjoyed it! Thank you for setting that up!

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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6203816 - 11/19/13 01:51 PM

Quote:

David, in this context, the term is "Getaway car."

-Rich




In that case, I'll make sure that it has some performance. It was nice having that large, round table for the gang. Makes for a very inclusive conversation.

David


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Re: Saturday Evening Supper - Group new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6204158 - 11/19/13 04:54 PM

I hope to be able to come, next year. I'm looking for a job in Tuscon, once I finish my Ph.D.

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