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Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« on: December 30, 2016, 08:11:44 PM »
I will be in Seattle from Tuesday, Feb 21 - Saturday, Feb 25. There will be group meetups on the 24th and 25th, and quite a few forum folk will be flying in for a few days. Use this thread to coordinate flights/hotels/transportation.

The party continues in Portland on the 26th, if anyone wants to attend both.

PLAN OF THE MEETUP


Thursday, 23-Feb-2017

1600: Meet at Starbucks on the 40th floor of the Columbia Tower (701 5th Ave, Seattle)

ETA: Move from Starbucks, to happy hour, or dinner or, strolling downtown

1830: Los Lobos concert begins (216 Union Street, Seattle)



Friday 24-Feb-2017

ETA: Casual hanging out at Paul der Krake's apartment's clubouse (belltown, near space needle). If Paul's place falls through, we can use my apartment as a staging area, but we can't hang out all day because the place is tiny. Plus I won't be home and I don't trust MJ to keep you guys out of my stuff.
     
Activity ideas near Paul's: Space needle, Experence Music Project, wandering freely, Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, Paific Science Museum, Pike Place.
Activity ideas near Reed's: Burke Gilman trail walk, Magneuson Park (dogs!), Metropolitan Market, the Sound Garden
Activities near no one: Ballard Locks, Museum of Flight, Seattle Aquarim, Seattle Great Wheel, Woodland Park Zoo, Greenlake

1700: Happy hour drinks and food at Double J. Saloon (12534 Lake City Way NE Seattle)
     
Other contenders that take large groups: Elliot Bay Brewery (12537 Lake City Way NE, Seattle), Cooper's Ale House (8065 Lake City Way NE Seattle), The Ram Brewery (University Village, 2650 NE University Village St, Seattle)

ETA: Rolling home drunk



Saturday 25-Feb-2017

1100: Meet at Olympic Sculpture Park (by big red giraffy sculpture). Walk the loop route up the waterfront, and back to Seattle Center

1200-ish: Lunch at Center House (brown bag for those who want)
 
After Lunch: individual tourist activities, as desired. See 'Activity ideas near Paul's' for nearby locations.
« Last Edit: February 15, 2017, 09:18:32 PM by MonkeyJenga »
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2016, 08:25:54 PM »
Thanks for starting this, MJ.

I will be flying into Seattle at 2pm on 2/23 and will be flying out at 3pm on 2/26.  Looking forward to seeing a couple MMMers I already know plus meeting many more!

I have a reservation at the Westin, and will be sharing a room with Jessa.
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2016, 08:52:28 PM »
Thanks for making this, MJ. I'll try to confirm flight times tomorrow and then worry about the rest later. Not too worried about figuring everything else out in advance. If I speak the language and have a credit card, that's enough for me to feel adequately prepared.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2016, 09:25:12 PM »


SO EXCITED YOU ALL ARE COMING!!!!!!

(Sorry, all -- I have to cancel the offer to meet at my house on 2/24.    Hope everyone is able to come up with a good alternative).
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2016, 10:45:53 PM »
What's the occasion? I'm 25 mi north of Seattle, but that's not toooo far to come say hi to a bunch of badass mustachians.
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2016, 07:26:14 AM »
Thanks for offering to play hostess, lhamo!

I had originally said the meetup would be on Saturday, which I think we can still do for people who might only be able to make one of the dates. But in any announcement, we should reference that both Friday and Saturday are still happening, so nobody gets confused.

What's the occasion? I'm 25 mi north of Seattle, but that's not toooo far to come say hi to a bunch of badass mustachians.

No real occasion. I decided to take an impulse trip to visit some forum friends, and it snowballed.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2016, 07:43:49 AM »
No real occasion. I decided to take an impulse trip to visit some forum friends, and it snowballed.

Yeah, 94 started stalking MJ, and I started stalking 94, and there are like, ninety billion forumites who live in the greater PNW area that were like, YEAH DUDE, LET'S DO IT!

Also, i fly into Seattle on the 23rd at 12:11 (noonish) and fly out at 1pm on Sunday the 26th.

I'm SO excited for this :) :) :)

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2016, 10:31:36 AM »
I will get my plans finalized in the next day or so.
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2016, 11:35:34 AM »
I'm trying to decide if I'll take the day off work on Friday or come after work. And if I'll take the train or drive. And if I'll stay overnight or come home. Well, I guess I've got some time to figure it all out.  Thanks for hosting us, lhamo!

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2016, 12:03:31 PM »
I'm arriving on the 23rd at 2:20pm.
Leaving 26th at 2:50pm.

Exciting!

I'll plan for the hostel at the moment but if anyone wants to share AirBnB or hotel let's discuss it.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2017, 09:05:08 PM »
I'm a Portlander and new to this community. I see that you're coming to PDX on the 26th. Are there any other details yet? Thanks!

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2017, 09:24:34 PM »
I'm a Portlander and new to this community. I see that you're coming to PDX on the 26th. Are there any other details yet? Thanks!

Hi hepster! There will be a potluck lunch on the 26th at 2 PM. If you join the FB group called "MMM Potluck Group" and mark that you're attending the event, the address will be sent to you closer to the actual date.
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2017, 09:20:11 AM »
Even in my post-holidays Ihatepeoplesomuchgetawayfromme mood I'm excited about this. I will definitely be attending on both the 25th and 26th. lhamo, closer to the day I'm going to have to get your address so I can look up bus schedules.

I will not be bringing the Demon Child to your apartment. You're welcome. :) I'll save her for whatever's happening on the 26th.

Also, a potluck MMM meetup sounds like just about the most Portland thing ever. Will you be putting birds on your dishes?

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2017, 09:25:42 AM »
I just saw that Los Lobos will be in Seattle that weekend.  Anyone interested in going with me to see them on Thursday, 2/23?  It will be a GREAT concert--I guarantee it!
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2017, 09:31:24 AM »
Even in my post-holidays Ihatepeoplesomuchgetawayfromme mood I'm excited about this. I will definitely be attending on both the 25th and 26th. lhamo, closer to the day I'm going to have to get your address so I can look up bus schedules.

I will not be bringing the Demon Child to your apartment. You're welcome. :) I'll save her for whatever's happening on the 26th.

Also, a potluck MMM meetup sounds like just about the most Portland thing ever. Will you be putting birds on your dishes?

Whoohoo!

The Seattle meets are 24-25, not 25-26. PDX is 26.
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2017, 09:07:17 PM »
Also, a potluck MMM meetup sounds like just about the most Portland thing ever. Will you be putting birds on your dishes?

Damnit. Now I need bird dishes.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2017, 09:58:21 PM »
Los Lobos are AWESOME!!!!  Kiko and the Lavendar Moon!

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2017, 06:02:52 PM »
Hi everyone!

This is my first time posting here, but if anyone would like to come crash at my place in Capitol Hill in Seattle let me know.
I'll be working on the 24th but will be around on the 25th.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2017, 06:37:16 PM »
I also have a spare futon I'll put out there. PM if you want more details.

I'm just south of Cap Hill, between the International & Central Districts in what was recently tagged as the city's most liberal neighborhood, so there must be some MMM fans nearby.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2017, 09:59:47 PM »
Posting to follow. SeaChica, we are almost neighbors - I'm a little more northerly, towards Madison Valley.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2017, 09:04:24 AM »
I arrive at SeaTac on Feb 23 at 11:10am.  Leave the following Monday.  I'll make my reservation at the Green Tortoise Hostel next.
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2017, 12:47:53 PM »
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2017, 01:04:30 PM »
I just bought a ticket for the 2/23 Los Lobos concert at the Triple Door.  It's going to be a great show!  :)
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2017, 10:34:26 PM »
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #24 on: January 21, 2017, 02:50:44 AM »
I just bought a ticket for the 2/23 Los Lobos concert at the Triple Door.  It's going to be a great show!  :)

The Triple Door is beautiful!

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2017, 10:53:40 AM »
I have reserved at the Green Tortoise Hostel as well - thanks for the tip - those that mentioned this. I haven't stayed at a hostel before. It should be interesting.

I'm nervous and excited for next month. This is a fairly big thing for me.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2017, 03:46:22 PM »
I'm down to meetup.  Am relatively new to this community but would be great to meet some like-minded folks.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
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« Reply #28 on: January 22, 2017, 07:01:53 PM »
Was mulling about logistics with SS over coffee this morning.  Thinking to suggest the following fairly public meetups:

1)  Evening of 2/23,someplace downtown for drinks -- convenient for those who work downtown as well as those who are flying in.   I THINK there is a bar at the top of the Columbia Center that may be pricey, but has a tremendous view -- I will look into that as an option, and explore others as well.   Thinking to make this a happy-hourish, early meet-up (starting at 5:00ish), with the option for the group to move on to a less expensive venue once the view has been enjoyed and the first drinks consumed.   This will also give 94 and anyone else planning to go to Los Lobos time to get there.

2)  Pretty much all day 9/24 my house can be pit-stop central.   Depending on the weather, we can plan a walk on the Burke Gilman, which is about 10 minutes from my house. 

I still need to figure out where a good place would be in  my neighborhood for an evening meetup.   Thinking about a pub-crawly reconnaissance mission for Seattle area MMMers either this Friday or next.   Goal:  Find a place that isn't too crowded, with cheap but good food and drinks.  Preferably within a 10 minute walk from my house.   


Sorry all -- I am not going to be able to host at my place after all.

3)  9/25  Probably want to plan somethng free/outdoorsy during the day, with Lake Forest Park Towncenter as a possible backup if it is pouring rain.  ALso need to consider public transit availability for those who are staying downtown.  If weather is nice, we could meet up at the Olympic Sculpture Park and walk the waterfront trail -- some of the best views Seattle has to offer.   Welcome suggestions from other Seattle area folks as to indoor alternatives that are cheap or free.LFPTC is nice because they have a big free open space with tables and chairs, and you can bring your own food (or buy from the nice cafe there).

Welcome input from other Seattle area folk on how to make this an awesome weekend for the MMM crew -- I don't need to be planning czar, so feel free to weigh in!


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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #29 on: January 23, 2017, 02:52:59 PM »
I like the 9/25 plan because it's also close to Pike Place, so if anyone wants to take in some of the most iconic stuff in Seattle that would be fairly easy to do. Also, they have amazing mini-doughnuts for cheap. :)

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« Reply #30 on: January 23, 2017, 05:10:08 PM »
Green Tortoise is a half block up from Pike Place.  So, close to there would be great.
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #31 on: January 23, 2017, 07:33:57 PM »
Thanks for putting together some proposals, Lhamo. The sculpture garden on 2/25 sounds great to me.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #32 on: January 23, 2017, 09:34:25 PM »
Yes, thanks lhamo. I love my travel plans to be made by MMM/SL people- you know what I like to do without it having to be discussed: walking, talking, looking at things, spending minimal money, public transportation. No shopping for the sake of shopping!

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #33 on: January 24, 2017, 06:15:38 PM »
Welcome input from other Seattle area folk on how to make this an awesome weekend for the MMM crew -- I don't need to be planning czar, so feel free to weigh in!

It's nice to have a planning czar, though, 'cos then I can just show up do stuff and not have to think.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #34 on: January 29, 2017, 12:42:57 PM »
I think I'm in too.  Seattle is a drive down the I-5 for me and I'd really like to meet some MMM people in person.  I could ask for Friday, Feb 24 off at work and drive down in the morning.  Then stay over night in a hotel/motel near where the Friday evening meet up will be.

I've PM'd MonkeyJenga for details. 
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« Reply #35 on: January 29, 2017, 12:58:40 PM »
Yea Pachnik!  I'm so excited to meet you too! This whole thing is so cool.

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« Reply #36 on: January 29, 2017, 01:11:38 PM »
Would be awesome if you can make it pachnik! For logistics questions, can you please discuss them here with the group? I'm crazy overwhelmed right now.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #37 on: January 29, 2017, 01:36:52 PM »
The olympic sculpture park also has a nice trail that goes North with spectacular views of the mountain range. Highly recommended if anyone needs a workout route from downtown. I run there every other day or so.

I can also shuttle people to/from the Belltown/Queen Anne  area, let me know if you're going to be around there.

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« Reply #38 on: January 29, 2017, 01:51:40 PM »
Would be awesome if you can make it pachnik! For logistics questions, can you please discuss them here with the group? I'm crazy overwhelmed right now.

Will do, MJ.   I am getting a bit ahead of myself, since i still have to check at work if I can get the 24th off. 

But anyway, is there a neighbourhood in particular where the Friday meetup will be held.  I'd like to get a hotel/motel close in that area.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #39 on: January 29, 2017, 02:20:51 PM »
Jessa and I have a room booked at the Westin downtown, and I think a couple folks are staying a hostel that is pretty near our hotel.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #40 on: January 29, 2017, 03:02:08 PM »
lhamo and 94, thanks for the info.   

I will ask if I can have that Friday off at work tomorrow and then look into the Hampton Inn.   Getting very excited up here in Canada!!


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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #41 on: January 29, 2017, 06:01:58 PM »
I've just got a new job, start day is Feb. 15th. Training will be intense over the first couple weeks, so we'll see how well I can get my ass down to Seattle. Picking up a new quite un-mustachian car tomorrow as well that very easily can haul 4 adults around town. If anyone needs a ride that weekend, I'll be happy to help!
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #42 on: January 29, 2017, 07:00:27 PM »
Just walked past this place on the way home from pho:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/double-j-saloon-seattle

Was not crowded at all, but it is a Sunday night and it just opened a couple of weeks ago.

I think if we planned to get there early in the evening on the 24th and snag some tables, it might be good.

I'm still open to the idea of a pub crawl if people want to try out other places sometime in advance.   Need to get stuff sorted out with my mom's move, though, so probably not this week....
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #43 on: January 29, 2017, 08:50:16 PM »
OK, some slightly updated/more pinned down suggestions for the MJ and friends Mega Seattle Meetup Fest

Was mulling about logistics with SS over coffee this morning.  Thinking to suggest the following fairly public meetups:

1)  Evening of 2/23, someplace downtown for drinks -- convenient for those who work downtown as well as those who are flying in.   I THINK there is a bar at the top of the Columbia Center that may be pricey, but has a tremendous view -- I will look into that as an option, and explore others as well.   Thinking to make this a happy-hourish, early meet-up (starting at 5:00ish), with the option for the group to move on to a less expensive venue once the view has been enjoyed and the first drinks consumed.   This will also give 94 and anyone else planning to go to Los Lobos time to get there.

UPDATE:   Suggest we meet at the Starbucks on the 40th floor of the Columbia Tower at around 4pm, those who are interested can move on from there to happy hour/dinner somewhere else downtown.

Location details and reviews here:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/starbucks-seattle-80

I know, Starbucks.   But it has a view!  And when I was in high school back in the stone ages before they got all corporate, Starbucks was actually cool.   Let me be nostalgic and enjoy the free view, k?

There is an observatory at the top of the building but you have to pay for that.  Or pay even more to become a member of the Columbia Club to use their facilities at the top of the building (yes, I thought about pretending we want to book MJ's wedding to one of us up there so we can get into the bar -- we can discuss that option at Starbucks....)

2)  Pretty much all day 9/24 my house can be pit-stop central.   Depending on the weather, we can plan a walk on the Burke Gilman, which is about 10 minutes from my house. 

I still need to figure out where a good place would be in  my neighborhood for an evening meetup.   Thinking about a pub-crawly reconnaissance mission for Seattle area MMMers either this Friday or next.   Goal:  Find a place that isn't too crowded, with cheap but good food and drinks.  Preferably within a 10 minute walk from my house.   


Sorry all-- I am no longer able to host on Friday 2/24

UPDATE:  For evening drinks, considering this place:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/double-j-saloon-seattle

MMM bonus points -- it is next to value village, so we can go rummage for housewares and other funky stuff if the mood strikes us.  Also, lots of free parking.

3)  9/25  Probably want to plan somethng free/outdoorsy during the day, with Lake Forest Park Towncenter as a possible backup if it is pouring rain.  ALso need to consider public transit availability for those who are staying downtown.  If weather is nice, we could meet up at the Olympic Sculpture Park and walk the waterfront trail -- some of the best views Seattle has to offer.   

UPDATE:   Let's plan to meet by the big red giraffy sculpture thingy at 11?  Good picture on the Yelp site:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/olympic-sculpture-park-seattle

I know a loop route we can take that follows the trail up the waterfront, and then comes back to Seattle Center -- we can stop in the Center House for lunch and those who want to bring their lunch can do so (lots of relatively cheap food court options for those who want to buy).  And then if people want to do the touristy stuff at the Center like the Space Needle, EMP, Monorail, etc. they can do that after.


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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #44 on: January 30, 2017, 08:34:03 AM »
I just pulled up the map to see where everything is in relationship to the hostel.  I'm going to need detailed bus directions.  Well, I can usually figure out the bus, but any help will be appreciated.  Does the light rail go anyplace near there???   I may price out via points renting a car, but parking is an issue at the hostel, as in not free.  I plan to rent one for Sunday anyway and go check out my old haunts in Olympia.
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #45 on: January 30, 2017, 08:01:41 PM »
I am definitely in for the meetup on the 24th.  I'll be driving down on Friday morning and driving home to Vancouver Saturday afternoon. 

So looking forward to meeting everyone!

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« Reply #46 on: January 30, 2017, 09:32:29 PM »
I am definitely in for the meetup on the 24th.  I'll be driving down on Friday morning and driving home to Vancouver Saturday afternoon. 

So looking forward to meeting everyone!

Whoo hoo! So glad you can come!
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #47 on: February 02, 2017, 04:39:37 AM »
I have been reminded on another thread that you poor Americans lack access to certain types of Canadian junk food. Sailor Sam has already requested chips. And I was hoping to only bring a backpack carry-on, so space is limited.

I have checked my ticket and for $25 I can bring a checked bag as well. So I put it out there, do you want me to bring you Canadian snacks? My cash flow is limited at the moment, so if you want items, I'd appreciate a few bucks (Canadian word for dollar, eh) to the cause. It's kind of an all or nothing proposition. If only a few people want a couple things, I can fit some in my carry-on, and it can be a gift. However if a bunch of people want a lot of stuff I can go to Costco and fill a suitcase, but will need some reimbursement.

So, let me know if you want anything. Please try to tell me the specific brand of Canadian chocolate bar you desire, or other product, as I really don't know what you can get here vs. there.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #48 on: February 02, 2017, 08:04:46 AM »
I am planning on bringing some Purdy's Chocolates.  Count on me for that.  They are a Vancouver thing and something like See's Chocolates.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #49 on: February 02, 2017, 08:40:20 AM »
ooh -- Purdy's!   

Mars bars, please.

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