Where did everyone travel from for the meetup?

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Where did everyone travel from for the meetup?

Postby James » Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:58 pm UTC

Just out of curiousity, to get a sense of just how many people came from how far.

And from Randy's mother:
"People came from interesting places. I thought someone would make that thread, along with 'most interesting experience' and 'crowd estimates' and 'pictures' but it hasn't appeared yet, and the window of interest is slowly closing."
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Postby T » Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:59 pm UTC

I flew in from the UK. According to the map on the plane last night, it's 3259 miles from Boston Logan to London Heathrow.

Not sure I believe it, though, since the previous British Airways flight map had a longer distance, as did the Virgin Atlantic map from my flight last year. I guess those great circles count.
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Postby MFHodge » Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:16 pm UTC

Raleigh, NC

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Postby Rummy » Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:39 pm UTC

I drove less than 50 miles. woo! go Massachusetts!

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Postby Davis Square Rocks » Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:54 pm UTC

I walked there from five blocks away. My travel distance was not the shortest; the person who originally alerted me to the meetup lives across the street from it.

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Re: Where did everyone travel from for the meetup?

Postby mrputter » Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:33 pm UTC

Calgary, Alberta.

2091.5 miles, as the rather energetic crow flies.

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Postby Ren » Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:44 pm UTC

Gordon and I (and J07) drove down from the KW area, through Ottawa and Montreal. It took us 16 hours each way due to 1) Traffic and 2) Getting lost for seven hours in New York.

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Postby ravnos » Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:15 pm UTC

Came from the other side of the Charles... aka Boston (Brighton actually, but who cares).
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Postby Vaniver » Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:43 pm UTC

Started just north of DC, then picked up some people who were somewhat out of my way. Ended up with a trip of around 550 miles each way.
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Postby Alisto » Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:20 pm UTC

South Jersey.
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Postby zigdon » Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:14 pm UTC

From across the street. But I got there from Belmont, MA, so a few miles.

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Postby H.E.L.e.N. » Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:42 pm UTC

North Jersey. But I took a coupla fast trains.

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Postby doublethevoltage » Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:50 pm UTC

epeegnome and I came from from Clemson, SC.
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Postby Nobody Important » Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:58 pm UTC

Came from Baltimore-ish.

400 miles in ~7 hours. We left at 8 PM, so there wasn't much in the way of traffic.

The trip through NYC was a little hairy, because I always forget how to get off on the Garden State Parkway and take the Tappan Zee bridge, so I end up plowing all the way up the NJ Turnpike and taking 95 through the city, because that's what Google says, and who am I to argue?

I really need to get better at those directions.

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Postby MFHodge » Tue Sep 25, 2007 11:01 pm UTC

Nobody Important wrote:Came from Baltimore-ish.

400 miles in ~7 hours. We left at 8 PM, so there wasn't much in the way of traffic.

The trip through NYC was a little hairy, because I always forget how to get off on the Garden State Parkway and take the Tappan Zee bridge, so I end up plowing all the way up the NJ Turnpike and taking 95 through the city, because that's what Google says, and who am I to argue?

I really need to get better at those directions.

Damn, we were probably right next to you! And ditto on the NYC part of the trip.
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Postby Alisto » Tue Sep 25, 2007 11:03 pm UTC

I did the same thing. 95 though NYC. That was not enjoyable. Nor were the three or four accidents that caused traffic issues.

It was wide open on the way home, though. Still took 6 hours.
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Postby Vaniver » Tue Sep 25, 2007 11:25 pm UTC

I avoided NYC by taking 287 around it. It worked out fairly well.
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Postby scrt_rbt_agnt » Tue Sep 25, 2007 11:46 pm UTC

connecticut, hartford area

it's about an hour and a half drive if you go fast. i was ultra tired when i went home on sunday and there was a van driving about my speed with his brights on following me almost all the way home.

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Postby spotrh » Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:17 am UTC

Arlington, MA. One town over. I walked.

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Postby GusPatsy » Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:31 am UTC

From Erie, PA, driving through Ithaca to pick someone up. 570 miles, 10 hours.
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Postby davidad » Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:42 am UTC

MIT (by Red line). This is heroically far away compared to Davis Square Rocks, spotrh, and Randall...

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Postby armorsmith42 » Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:54 am UTC

Albany. Sorry guy-whom-I-know-is-also-on-these-forums-that-is-from-Albany (, apparently you are called joeneedstogrowup), but I'm not 18 and there's no way the parents would let me drive some random person from the intertubes across an entire state.

This also meant that I had to leave early and missed the strutting, which I can promise would have looked awesome with Maille (aka chainmail) on.

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Postby Led5033 » Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:55 am UTC

Penn State!! (in the middle of PA)

Missed a day of classes and it was totally worth it.

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Postby Meraki » Wed Sep 26, 2007 2:25 am UTC

Wellesley. Took a shuttle bus in and then walked two miles down Mass Ave.

Three of my friends from my hometown, however, drove up from Central Jersey on Friday and left shortly after the meetup. I suppose you could say that's where I came from as well.

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Postby marcmagus » Wed Sep 26, 2007 2:48 am UTC

I walked all the way from over somewhere near Porter Square.

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Postby DragonHawk » Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:14 am UTC

From New Hampshire. About 70 miles, according to Google. But I went to the MoS first. And then followed Kantank on a rather circuitous route to the meetup. ;) And then got myself lost trying to take a shortcut back to the highway home. So it was longer. But still short compared to many others.

I actually think that those of you who had to travel further got the better deal. It was so close to me that I could make a quick day trip out of it, so I missed out on all the surrounding stuff, like hotel room parties and dinners and such.

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Postby GusPatsy » Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:35 am UTC

Led5033 wrote:Penn State!! (in the middle of PA)

Missed a day of classes and it was totally worth it.

I'm glad you were able to make it. Sorry I couldn't help you out with that, but I'm also glad my car wasn't any more full.
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Postby parkaboy » Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:18 am UTC

kansas. near KCMO. on a map, unless you're really close, it looks like i live on the state line. i almost do.
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Postby tessuraea » Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:28 am UTC

justbecause and I came from Portland, Maine. Technically, she lives in Westbrook and I live in South Portland, but we're both Portlanders. I liked telling people we came from Portland and watching them look impressed until we pointed out we came from the <i>close</i> one. That was fun. Most of the Boston-area natives got it, but people who'd come from farther were used to hearing about the other Portland, not ours. (That one was named after ours, dammit.)

So we had roughly a 100-mile drive one-way. I kind of wish now that we'd arranged to go down earlier and hang out at the hotel and meet people for breakfast and all that sort of thing. As is, we were in the area for a total of 7 hours and had a ton of fun and then went home. Total travel time for the day was about 12 hours.

We ran into one other Portlander and later he asked for a ride home... but I had no idea when we were going back or where we'd go in the meantime, and I didn't want to be responsible for finding him. I felt a little bit bad about it, but it seemed like an added complication and I was nervous enough about the whole deal. It was a bummer, though, because the whole reason he wanted to stay was that he said people were going to go play board games. I support the playing of board games.

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Postby EpeeGnome » Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:42 pm UTC

doublethevoltage wrote:epeegnome and I came from from Clemson, SC.


Yes, but we went via Newtown, PA (near Phillly) to pick up a friend.
Driving distance was ~900 miles, or about 18 hours. The drive sucked, but it was worth it.

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Postby EstLladon » Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:46 pm UTC

I went all the way from Moscow Russia. Damn, it is like 1000th time I'm saying it.
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Postby EpeeGnome » Wed Sep 26, 2007 5:42 pm UTC

EstLladon wrote:I went all the way from Moscow Russia. Damn, it is like 1000th time I'm saying it.

Some one always has to one-up me. (Or several dozen-up me.) How was the trip home by the way?

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Postby EstLladon » Wed Sep 26, 2007 5:55 pm UTC

It was ok, thank you.

Speaking about one-upping. I was one-upped too. Damn those australians!
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Postby (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ » Wed Sep 26, 2007 6:37 pm UTC

I came from just the other side of Porter Square in Somerville, about a half hour walk away.
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Postby warhorse » Thu Sep 27, 2007 2:50 am UTC

I went from Pittsburgh by plane. 600 miles each way, iirc.
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Postby Sorcyress » Thu Sep 27, 2007 4:03 am UTC

marcmagus wrote:I walked all the way from over somewhere near Porter Square.


Ditto!

That was pretty much my favourite thing about getting accepted to the college I go to. Google-mapping The Coordinates and realizing that it's a thirty minute walk from my dorm. <3

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Postby marcmagus » Thu Sep 27, 2007 5:46 am UTC

Meaux_Pas wrote:I came from just the other side of Porter Square in Somerville, about a half hour walk away.


Do I know you offline? Did I meet you on Sunday? Seems there are all these really cool people who live right around the corner, and I don't know most of them.

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Postby (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ » Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:40 am UTC

It's possible that you did. I don't think I knew you offline already, but we could know each other offline now. :D
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Re: Where did everyone travel from for the meetup?

Postby shinybaby » Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:03 pm UTC

bumpgrrl and i drove from Guelph, ON, Canada... about 900 kilometres... i'm not sure what that is in miles (sorry!!).

what a fabulous excuse for a road trip!! we had such an amazing time... (sighing with fond memories...) :D
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