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Postby meta » Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:37 pm UTC

<< is female.

End of August sounds good.

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Postby j07 » Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:19 am UTC

I'm female too.
I'm definitely in, just tell me where and when to meet you guys.

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Postby ! » Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:08 am UTC

Devilsaur wrote:I read this as environmental health sciences. I need to say 'eh' more often! And stress the pronunciation of about (instead of the silly american abawt). I forget the Canadian way to pronounce schedule though.

eh? is an integral part of my vocabulary. It is also never complete without the question mark, eh?
and, I have always done schedule with a hard 'ch' and 'dule' being 2 syllables, the 'd' being a soft dj sound.

And I'm starting to look at my bank account and hoping I can pay for school and rent, so plan without me :cry: No flaming dance of awesomeness for you.

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Postby Barbie » Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:38 pm UTC

Ren wrote:...End of August? I'm not sure, really. Does that sound reasonable?

For sure. Once my finals are done (mid August), I will figure out what I'm doing.
! wrote:eh? is an integral part of my vocabulary.

I rarely actually use "eh?" unless I'm purposely trying to sound Canadian. I'm from the west coast though. I don't think we perpetuate as many of the "typical" Canadian stereotypes out here.

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Postby Bakemaster » Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:46 pm UTC

Oh geez, 're you folk plannin' fer some kinda Fargo reenactment, eh?
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Postby xquared » Thu Aug 02, 2007 7:03 pm UTC

so, planning's underway?
i go for my G2 in a week, so i'll keep ppl posted should i pass...
if not, do we have back plans? how much is greyhound to boston?

p.s. i, too, am glad that it's not an all-male van :)
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Postby Gordon » Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:47 am UTC

If I go, I'll find out in the next week or two, I'll be driving and can take up to .. say 3 other people comfortably. Just to let you know it's a '05 corolla and I drive with the seat wayyy back.

I'm so gangster.
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RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
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Gordon wrote:How long have I been asleep?!
Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby Ren » Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:54 am UTC

xquared wrote:i go for my G2 in a week, so i'll keep ppl posted should i pass...


Good luck! I sincerely, sincerely hope you pass. It would make things bright and shiny and sunny for my planning ventures. (Well, not sunny. Still cloudy and difficult, but not impossible like they were before.)

Gordon! Do you want to be my backup plan? I call a seat in Gordon's car if this schemeroo falls through.
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Postby parkaboy » Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:55 am UTC

Gordon wrote:I'm so gangsta.


fix'd (only a minor problem but i have a hard time taking gangsters who pronounce the "er" seriously.)

((lol))
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Postby Gordon » Tue Aug 07, 2007 1:16 am UTC

Go Go Gadget Backup Plan
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RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
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Gordon wrote:How long have I been asleep?!
Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby shinybaby » Tue Aug 07, 2007 3:02 am UTC

i'll get you next time, Gadget... Next time!!

muah ha ha


erm... sorry, what was the topic again? :D
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Postby Barbie » Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:23 pm UTC

Sorry guys, looks like it's way WAY less expensive for me to fly straight to Boston. Good luck with the carpool. I will see you there!

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Postby Gordon » Thu Aug 09, 2007 2:17 am UTC

Flying tip: It is always cheaper to avoid Pearson.
Meaux_Pas wrote:
RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
RealGrouchy wrote:
Gordon wrote:How long have I been asleep?!
Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby Ren » Thu Aug 09, 2007 10:49 pm UTC

So people who are still in are
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and me. If one more person drops out, we'll all fit in Gordon's car! Not that I want anyone to drop out. But we could definitely just rent a car (which will be considerably cheaper) instead of a van.
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Postby Gordon » Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:29 am UTC

Is Pi not coming? I like Pi why isn't he coming?

My car does in fact have 5 seats, so if need be you can all cram in. Plus splitting gas that extra way could help. Do these people have pictures up so I can judge books by covers and deem them safe to allow in my automobile? I suppose if Ren thinks they're cool I'll trust that. Though she does play the Oboe.....
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RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
RealGrouchy wrote:
Gordon wrote:How long have I been asleep?!
Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby Ren » Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:59 am UTC

I...think we're all ladies. Except you, Gordon, of course. Does that count for anything?

I think Pi said he wasn't coming because of school starting.
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Postby Gordon » Fri Aug 10, 2007 1:06 am UTC

Well at least if any of you jump me it'll be super hot.

I don't mind taking a full car load if that's all there is going we might as well.. just make sure everyone is comfortable sitting together in a car for that long. Also where in Southern Ontario are all these people. I really should read through this thread, and I will later tonight at work.
Meaux_Pas wrote:
RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
RealGrouchy wrote:
Gordon wrote:How long have I been asleep?!
Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby xquared » Sat Aug 11, 2007 5:39 am UTC

Ren wrote:Good luck! I sincerely, sincerely hope you pass. It would make things bright and shiny and sunny for my planning ventures. (Well, not sunny. Still cloudy and difficult, but not impossible like they were before.)

Gordon! Do you want to be my backup plan? I call a seat in Gordon's car if this schemeroo falls through.



umm... yeah, no i didn't pass -_____________-;; it could be described as pretty disastrous
boy, do i feel bad letting others down, not to mention it will be another $40 >_<||
so... proceed with your back up plan ? sorry :oops:
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Postby Gordon » Sat Aug 11, 2007 8:45 am UTC

If you're at least 18 then you can come in my car too. I don't think they'll let you cross the border without your parents if you're not 18.

Well they might be able to write you a letter saying it's ok
Meaux_Pas wrote:
RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
RealGrouchy wrote:
Gordon wrote:How long have I been asleep?!
Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby 3.14159265... » Sun Aug 12, 2007 1:37 am UTC

I think Pi said he wasn't coming because of school starting.
No because he didn't think of it early enough. First decided not too, and is now regretting it.

Randy will show up won't he! GOD DAMMIT! and there will be fireworks and raptor cages for sale!

Oh and if no one suggested it, um someone should sell XKCD shirts!

Btw, any plans yet, I am re-thinking now. Can't drive and such though.
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Postby parkaboy » Sun Aug 12, 2007 1:49 am UTC

jebus man, this isnt an xkcd CONVENTION... yet.

what an odd convention that would be... mathmeticians, physicists, writers, and run-of-the-mill internet enthusiasts all gathered together because of one comic.

randall, what have you done? or rather, what *could* you do?
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Postby j07 » Sun Aug 12, 2007 11:41 am UTC

Where is the carpool leaving from? Still Waterloo?
I'm going to be in Ottawa in September so where is the closest place I could meet? Toronto? Kingston? Or should I take a bus to Waterloo? I don't know Ontario very well, I was just looking it up on google and the greyhound site today but it looked like Ottawa was not really in the direction of Boston.

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Postby Ren » Sun Aug 12, 2007 11:45 am UTC

I'd like the carpool to leave from Waterloo! But it's really up to Gordon.
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Postby Ketzerei » Sun Aug 12, 2007 4:16 pm UTC

Looks like you'll be going through Syracuse. I'll be in Ithaca, NY then and I get free/cheap (I forget which) bus service to Syracuse from the University. If any of you still have room, is there any chance you could hop off the highway and pick me up there? I'm sure I could come up with some gas money. I also don't eat much and I promise I don't smell bad. Plus, I'm from around Boston and could show you how to get to the park.

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Postby Gordon » Sun Aug 12, 2007 9:12 pm UTC

I'll be leaving from Thunder Bay either one or two days in advance depending on where I feel like sleeping. I already offered to pick RG up from Ottawa on my way from Thunder Bay -> Cambridge/Waterloo, so I don't have any problem stopping there on the way down. If you travel within Canada (I usually dip down through Michigan) you'd be surprised just how far East you actually have to travel.

Pretty much I'm going from the top of Ontario to the bottom, so I don't have any problem picking people up on the way as long as:

1) You don't mind spending at least one night in the Cambridge/Waterloo area since I don't feel like driving Thunder Bay -> Boston in one day (and it would take roughtly 24 hours of driving).

2) You are at least 18 and have some sort of ID (I don't need border hassles)

3) You aren't sketchy mc sketcherson.

4) You don't try doing something stupid like bringing drugs across the border. If you're into that I'm sure you can find some down there, they aren't quite as lax about that down there as we are up here.
Meaux_Pas wrote:
RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
RealGrouchy wrote:
Gordon wrote:How long have I been asleep?!
Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby j07 » Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:30 am UTC

So you could give me a ride from Ottawa? That would be great. I'm 18, have a passport and am not into drugs or sketchyness.

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Postby meta » Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:43 pm UTC

ooh...it's only a few hours to Ottawa from Montreal; pls to add me to the Ottawa pickup! I can meet you anywhere in Ottawa, so as not to create additional detours.

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Postby Gordon » Tue Aug 14, 2007 2:20 am UTC

If you both want to be in Ottawa then for sure I'll pick you up. What I'll probably do is spend the night there then (I think it's about 10 hours from T.B. to Ottawa, where as if I went straight to Toronto it's 14) I don't feel like doing all that driving one day, then all the way to Boston the next.

I booked the time off work, right now I have time off starting the 16th, but I'm going to try to push it back so that I don't start taking time off until the 18th just so if you all want to plan to be in Ottawa on the 19th or 20th.

What I'm thinking is: I spend Wednesday night in Ottawa, we all spend Thursday night in Cambridge/Waterloo area and that puts us in Boston for Friday night.
Meaux_Pas wrote:
RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
RealGrouchy wrote:
Gordon wrote:How long have I been asleep?!
Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby Gordon » Thu Aug 16, 2007 6:45 pm UTC

Wow, Ottawa is actually further than Toronto from Thunder Bay. I thought Ottawa was more North and less East :( ahh well

Thunder Bay to Ottawa
Google says 18 hours, Gordon says 15.

Ottawa to Cambridge
Google says 5.5 hours, Gordon says .. 4ish depending on time of day

Cambridge to Boston
Google says 9 hours, Gordon says .. googles pretty smart, took me about 6.5 to get just inside MA last time I met up with someone there (literally just over the border) so 2.5 hours to span MA is probably pretty good. This really depends on border traffic.

j07 and meta: are you both coming for sure, 100%?
Meaux_Pas wrote:
RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
RealGrouchy wrote:
Gordon wrote:How long have I been asleep?!
Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby Ren » Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:55 pm UTC

How far is it from O'Tawa to Boston? I might be able to see my way clear to bus/take the train to Ottawa on Friday.

Especially considering I'm sort of the one you have to go out of your way for.
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Postby Gordon » Fri Aug 17, 2007 6:08 am UTC

Well what do you know, that would be quicker.

It means we'd have to pass through Montreal though *shudders*

Ya if you could that would make a whole whack of sense... if I am in fact driving these two people.

Edit:
689 km – about 7 hours 9 mins
Meaux_Pas wrote:
RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
RealGrouchy wrote:
Gordon wrote:How long have I been asleep?!
Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby Ren » Fri Aug 17, 2007 11:48 am UTC

Okay, so I can get a Greyhound from Kitchener to Ottawa for about $90, round trip. Which might be okay.
I *think* I budgeted enough for this.

However, this means you'd be tied to "whenever the fucking-bus gets there".

Also, when are we planning on coming back?
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Postby 3.14159265... » Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:49 pm UTC

Ok pi is now seriously considering coming.

How many people do you have set up for your car?

I would be doing the same thing as Ren, if I come.
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Postby Gordon » Fri Aug 17, 2007 11:46 pm UTC

Depends on it j07 and meta are 100% or not. If they are coming I'll be going through Ottawa but the cars full. If not I'll be going through Cambridge and the car has room.
Meaux_Pas wrote:
RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
RealGrouchy wrote:
Gordon wrote:How long have I been asleep?!
Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby Ketzerei » Sun Aug 19, 2007 6:16 pm UTC

All right, if anyone who has room picks me up in Syracuse (anyone coming from Cambridge/Toronto/That Area will go through it on the highway), then you can stay at my family's house in Massachusetts, about half an hour from the meeting place. We should be able to put up a car's worth of people with no problems.

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Postby 3.14159265... » Mon Aug 20, 2007 2:15 am UTC

Second car? who drives?
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Postby meta » Tue Aug 21, 2007 5:20 pm UTC

Herro! Was out in the bush, away from teh internets, am back and reconnected now, all is right with the world. I am for sure coming 100%, and I can get myself to Ottawa no problem, unless you are indeed passing through Montreal?

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Postby Gordon » Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:52 pm UTC

Ya, the Ottawa - Boston route takes us through Montreal, I've passed off planning of this to Ren so just make sure you get in contact with her.
Meaux_Pas wrote:
RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
RealGrouchy wrote:
Gordon wrote:How long have I been asleep?!
Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby Ketzerei » Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:44 pm UTC

So, should I be looking for some other way to get back? What's the current status of this affair?


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