The Northwest AMERICANADA Meetup

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The Northwest AMERICANADA Meetup

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Tue Oct 02, 2007 9:11 pm UTC

We in the northwest (the GOOD part of North America) should have a meetup. The area of influence will be the whole world, but I want to try and get EVERYONE from this here zone:

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What time in 2008 is good for everyone? Potential locations are Vancouver & Seattle.

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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby ArchangelShrike » Tue Oct 02, 2007 9:56 pm UTC

Is it like a Venn Diagram, because then us in the Pacific would have to be dickweeds as well...

Edit: What time is nice that is a few months away from September?

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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby MFHodge » Wed Oct 03, 2007 12:56 am UTC

The US-Canada border looks like a line that points out that the Dickweeds are located in Vancouver.
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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby Pseudomammal » Wed Oct 03, 2007 1:15 am UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:[map]

You, sir, are a genius.

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:Potential locations are Vancouver & Seattle.

... but you spell "Portland" kind of funny.
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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby Mathmagic » Wed Oct 03, 2007 1:29 am UTC

MJ wrote:Potential locations are Vancouver & Seattle.


Shouldn't we first ask a question like "Who on this here fora live in the highlighted section?", and *then* decide the place that is a middle-ground; closer to the place with higher concentration of fora members, but close enough to everyone else.

I just don't want to travel 18 hours from Calgary. >_>

Anywho, Spring Break '08, or as far as I know, anytime in between May-August is good pour moi.
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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:03 am UTC

Pseudomammal wrote:... but you spell "Portland" kind of funny.

It's so faaaaaaaar to drive...

.... but I'm cool with it. :)

As for Calgary, it's $93 to go from Calgary to Vancouver. That's less than the gas to drive it.

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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby Piarew » Wed Oct 03, 2007 6:16 am UTC

I'd go to Seattle, but I'd prefer it to be sometime in summer. Is that too long for you guys to wait?
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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby Mathmagic » Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:17 pm UTC

As for Calgary, it's $93 to go from Calgary to Vancouver. That's less than the gas to drive it.

But it's free to just have the meetup IN Calgary. :D

Okay, okay, I'll drop it. I still say we find a place in the middle of the Rockies and camp out there for a weekend.
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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:33 pm UTC

I'd say my in-laws farm, but then I'd have to explain to farmers that "I'd like to have some people I've never met before, mostly math nerds and computer programmers, who hang out on a webcomic forum, drive from all over North America to stay in the back 40 by Duck Range Road. No, put the gun down..."

Somewhere in the Rockies would be sweet, I'm already there, and I LOVE the Rockies. I say we COMPLETELY conquer the town of Field (population: 300, but it has lodging for 300 more). Once you see the scenery around Field, you'll never want to leave.

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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby Mathmagic » Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:16 pm UTC

Wow. I totally know someone that lives in Field. Crazy.

All in favour of having a meetup in the Rockies? Remember people, if it's in British Columbia, the legal drinking age is 19. 19. Let all ye minors of America unite in alcohol consumption! :P

I'm starting to think this may be a Calgary/Alberta meetup with special guest MJ if our United Statesians aren't willing to go all the way up there... :razz:
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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby Guybrush » Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:20 pm UTC

Maybe we could meet at Microsoft!
Or possibly at Steve Ballmer's house.
I live near Seattle, so any time would be good, as long as I had enough advance warning.
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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:29 pm UTC

Special Guest MJ! I like it :)

    Field ( [show location on an interactive map] 51°23′48″N, 116°29′9″W) is a town of approximately 300 people located in the Kicking Horse River valley of southeastern British Columbia, Canada within the confines of Yoho National Park. Field was established during the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway as a locomotive depot for pusher engines required to help trains over the nearby Field Hill and Big Hill. The town was given its name by the CPR in December 1884 to honour American businessman Cyrus West Field, who was instrumental in establishing trans-atlantic telegraph service. Field is 27 km west of Lake Louise along the Trans-Canada Highway, the only access to Field. The visitor centre for Yoho National Park is located in Field. Those wishing to visit the nearby area surrounding Lake O'Hara must either obtain tickets for a bus service managed by Yoho National Park or hike the 11 kilometer dirt road on foot. Due to the extreme popularity of the Lake O'Hara region, bus reservations often sell out 3 months in advance although a small number of seats are held until the previous day. The bus reservation phone number is 250.343.6433 and accepts reservations March through September.

COME ON!!! We'd OWN that town!!

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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby BrainSlugs83 » Sat Oct 27, 2007 6:04 pm UTC

If it's in or near seattle I'd come, otherwise it's just a maybe.

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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby mrputter » Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:51 pm UTC

Ok, I'm the token Calgarian who went to the original meetup in Cambridge, and it's been over a month so I'm itching to do another one. If it's anywhere in the Edmonton-Regina-Calgary-Vancouver-Seattle-Portland corridor, I'm up for it!

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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby pi-3 orionis » Sat Nov 24, 2007 9:37 am UTC

I might be up for something as long as we're in western washington (aka the place where I live).

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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby Razzle Storm » Thu Nov 29, 2007 5:46 am UTC

I get back from China sometime in the summer. Not sure when yet. When you get this finalized, PM me, since I live in Seattle. I don't know if I'll have a car right after I get back (since I sold it when I left), so I might be up for carpooling (if I don't have a car), or giving people a ride (if I do). If it's before the summer, then nevermind.

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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby The Pirate » Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:30 pm UTC

Arr the summer time be the best time...

But yeah I really would rather it be in the summer (when schools out), and in canada (drinking age of 19).

I love the town of field idea. How many people would be willing to go though? Getting there would be a problem for me, at the moment, and if it would be in the summer then the probability of it still being a problem for me would go down.

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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby Shadic » Fri Nov 30, 2007 5:18 am UTC

If it's in the Summer, Seattle, I guess.

Otherwise, Portland! I'm in Portland right now!

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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby Hexadecimator » Sun Dec 02, 2007 10:01 pm UTC

How about Bellevue? It's on the intersection of I-405 and I-90 instead of I-5 and I-90. IMHO it's a lot nicer city than Seattle. The streets are wider, there's more parking, it has better parks and shopping, and there are far fewer homeless people.
I can't think of any parks in portland off the top of my head, but there are probably several, knowing portland. Should it even be at a park? I suppose it could also be up in Vancouver if enough people would be coming from BC.

Summer is probably the best time, especially considering the weather.
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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby LE4dGOLEM » Tue Dec 04, 2007 8:31 pm UTC

VTHodge wrote:The US-Canada border "looks like" a line that points out that the Dickweeds are located in Vancouver.


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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby bluebambue » Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:13 pm UTC

I vote summer-y near Seattle

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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby bcdm » Mon Dec 31, 2007 8:08 pm UTC

I vote after mid-July (not back from honeymoon until then), anywhere between Vancouver and Seattle. Preferably not mid-Rockies, since I most likely wouldn't be able to make it out there, having had just taken a month off work.

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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby afreak » Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:46 pm UTC

A meet-up anywhere around Seattle and Vancouver would be of interest to me.

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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby mrputter » Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:28 am UTC

...and here I just realized it's been a couple months since I checked in on this thread and expected (silly me) that I'd tune in only to discover that I'd missed it.

Hah.

So anywyay, I chime in now only to bump this up and report that I'm still interested. Mid-July-ish in the Washington-ish area? Yaay!

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Re: The Northwest AMERICANADA Meetup

Postby hack124x768 » Mon Jun 23, 2008 12:04 pm UTC

I'm in Everett, Washington, so a Seattle meeting would work well for me and a few friends.
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Re: The Northwest AMERICANADA Meetup

Postby 4=5 » Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:56 pm UTC

I'm in tacoma

how's august sound as a good month?

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Re: The Northwest AMERICANADA Meetup

Postby hack124x768 » Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:43 pm UTC

August would be ok, but I'm not really a fan of sunlight. :p I'd rather october or something. Besides, august is only a it more than a month away, not much time to arrange.
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Re: The Northwest AMERICANADA Meetup

Postby elyena » Wed Jul 02, 2008 7:07 am UTC

If it's within the next 3 weeks, I may be able to come, and even bring our friendly neighborhood fjafjan.
Then again, I doubt 3 weeks is going to happen.

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Re: The Northwest Meetup

Postby Quixotess » Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:02 am UTC

Razzle Storm wrote:I get back from China sometime in the summer. Not sure when yet. When you get this finalized, PM me, since I live in Seattle. I don't know if I'll have a car right after I get back (since I sold it when I left), so I might be up for carpooling (if I don't have a car), or giving people a ride (if I do). If it's before the summer, then nevermind.

Wow, that would take a lot of trust...

I'm around Seattle, so please do count me in, and let's maybe move towards more concrete plans than "August."
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Re: The Northwest AMERICANADA Meetup

Postby cj-maranup » Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:29 pm UTC

I'm moving to Vancouver(ish) in late October/early November so if there's anything happening around then I'd love to come along :)

Vaguely related: Don't spose anyone wants to help me get a job at a ski field in the vicinity?... ;)

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Re: The Northwest AMERICANADA Meetup

Postby jcbozonier » Sun Jul 13, 2008 2:15 am UTC

I registered just for this. I'm voting for Seattle/Bellevue.

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Re: The Northwest AMERICANADA Meetup

Postby Shadic » Wed Jul 16, 2008 3:51 am UTC

Any chance the Penny Arcade Expo would work for a meet up?

It'd be a good excuse to all be in the same town.

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Re: The Northwest AMERICANADA Meetup

Postby kellsbells » Wed Jul 16, 2008 3:57 am UTC

Seattle/Bellevue as well, though I'd prefer September/October because I'll be much closer.
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Re: The Northwest AMERICANADA Meetup

Postby Arjan20 » Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:16 pm UTC

I also will be going to PAX this year, if not, Portland is the best city on earth. :P

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Re: The Northwest AMERICANADA Meetup

Postby Mathmagic » Thu Jul 31, 2008 12:26 pm UTC

I'm going to be in the Creston/Spokane area from August 23 to the 30ish! If anyone lives in the vicinity, let me know and we can maybe meet up for a beer or two. :)
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Re: The Northwest AMERICANADA Meetup

Postby mohini » Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:44 am UTC

I'm not sure if the meetup has happened yet, but if it happens after the 29th of august, and in the US, I'm almost certain I could make it.

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Re: The Northwest AMERICANADA Meetup

Postby kellsbells » Wed Aug 27, 2008 10:47 pm UTC

So, August is drawing to a close and September is getting near... anyone still interested?
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Re: The Northwest AMERICANADA Meetup

Postby NMcCoy » Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:48 pm UTC

I am. Tacoma area here (Seattle-ish).
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Re: The Northwest AMERICANADA Meetup

Postby Shadic » Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:28 am UTC

I'll be in Portland from next week until pretty much June.

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Re: The Northwest AMERICANADA Meetup

Postby Babam » Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:34 am UTC

Just saying I live in the good zone, and Seatle sounds good for meetups.
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