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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #150 on: February 15, 2017, 09:28:40 AM »
I think I will cancel my hotel in North Seattle and book a place near the Space Needle.

Thanks Seattle people for pulling this together!    :) 

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #151 on: February 15, 2017, 10:01:10 AM »
Can someone summarize the new plan? I'll update the first post.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #152 on: February 15, 2017, 01:33:25 PM »
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.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #153 on: February 15, 2017, 03:28:13 PM »
I originally suggested the double j because it is near my house. Feel free to change the venue to be closer to where most people will be ~ little ol lake city isn't exactly the nicest part of town.
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #154 on: February 15, 2017, 09:16:45 PM »
I put in a request for the club house from 12 to 4 on Friday the 24th. Once confirmed, I will get a list of attendees and share my exact location and contact information privately.

I have to put down a $300 security deposit as an incentive to not destroy the place, so y'all better behave.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #155 on: February 15, 2017, 11:13:11 PM »
Does it have any chandeliers from which to swing?

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #156 on: February 15, 2017, 11:44:13 PM »
What luck! I found this forum today and the Seattle meet up is next week!! Relocated here four months ago so excited to meet all you Mustachians from here and farther afield! I'll join for the Sat events and possibly Thurs.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #157 on: February 16, 2017, 12:20:36 AM »
Does it have any chandeliers from which to swing?

If not, I can bring my pet bull instead.

Thanks Paul for providing a venue (crosses fingers it works out). Since Lhamo had to rescind her generous offer, do we need to make new plans for food? We could still do tacos or we could do a more potluck style?

There's certainly no shortage of drinking establishments downtown for later in the evening, if the mood strikes. I can vouch for the Pike brewery (right next to Pike Place), although it's a bit of a walk from the space needle.

Lhamo, I hope all is okay. I was looking forward to seeing you again on Saturday, but it sounds like it'll have to be next time.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #158 on: February 16, 2017, 07:25:38 AM »
Does it have any chandeliers from which to swing?

If not, I can bring my pet bull instead.

Thanks Paul for providing a venue (crosses fingers it works out). Since Lhamo had to rescind her generous offer, do we need to make new plans for food? We could still do tacos or we could do a more potluck style?

There's certainly no shortage of drinking establishments downtown for later in the evening, if the mood strikes. I can vouch for the Pike brewery (right next to Pike Place), although it's a bit of a walk from the space needle.

Lhamo, I hope all is okay. I was looking forward to seeing you again on Saturday, but it sounds like it'll have to be next time.

Potluck style might be a good plan. That way the burden doesn't end up on anyone one person too much.
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #159 on: February 16, 2017, 01:47:05 PM »
Check this out! Talk about good timing as I was just looking up meetups in the area. I'll see you all on the 23rd at Starbucks!

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #160 on: February 16, 2017, 07:08:09 PM »
The club house reservation was approved. Here are some important details:

It is reserved from noon to 4pm on Friday, the 24th of February.
There is a limit of 25 guests. If you plan on coming, you need to let me know so I can get an accurate headcount.
There is a gas stove, an oven, and a microwave, but no pots and pans. My wife will kill me if I let internet strangers touch her fancy cookware, so if you need something, you bring it.
There is a large fridge to store food and drinks.
I will need to greet everyone at the door to get into the building.
For those of you driving into town, you will be able to find parking, but it won't be free. I can look into the prices if anyone needs it.
No smoking of any sort.

PM me with with your name (first name is enough) and the number of people coming with you. When we get closer to the date, I will respond to everyone with the exact address and my phone number.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #161 on: February 16, 2017, 07:42:26 PM »
Thank you so much for doing this, Paul!  Looking forward to meeting you!
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #162 on: February 16, 2017, 07:49:09 PM »
Thank you so much for doing this, Paul!  Looking forward to meeting you!

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #163 on: February 16, 2017, 07:52:30 PM »
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #165 on: February 17, 2017, 03:19:13 AM »
I'm coming!  I will get in the 23rd at 6:42pm so I will miss the concert, unfortunately.  And I'll be leaving the 26th at 11:45.

Have not made any decisions about hotels yet.
Yay!  This will be so fun!

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #166 on: February 17, 2017, 05:39:55 AM »
Woo hoo!!!

Jessa and I have made the decision about your hotel!  :)
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #167 on: February 17, 2017, 06:19:11 AM »
I'm coming!  I will get in the 23rd at 6:42pm so I will miss the concert, unfortunately.  And I'll be leaving the 26th at 11:45.

Have not made any decisions about hotels yet.
Yay!  This will be so fun!

I am looking forward to meeting you! 

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #168 on: February 17, 2017, 08:58:34 AM »
Yippee!!!

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #169 on: February 17, 2017, 12:43:50 PM »
Quick update since I've had multiple people ask: yes there is still room next Friday.

Right now my spreadsheet shows 12 confirmed attendees. I have not responded to every PM, but unless I respond saying we are out of space, everyone who messages me is considered confirmed.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #170 on: February 19, 2017, 05:08:53 PM »
I've been thinking about the Seattle trip and am getting a bit nervous about going through US customs, especially given the current political climate plus having a non-white name (I'm white).
So related to that, can someone who is American and going to Seattle PM me their real first and last name?

I'm anticipating their questions:
Q: reason for trip?
A: sightseeing
Q: alone?
A: Yes = suspicion of lying and illegal activity, plus it is lying
A: No, I'm meeting some people
Q: what people?
A: Umm, internet friends. I don't know their names and I've never met them

Now that is even more suspicious. And I get detained because they think I'm part of some illegal gathering.
But if I'm truthfully saying I'm meeting my friend, first name, from blank, I think that would arouse less suspicion.

Hopefully this is overthinking on my part but honestly if the tickets hadn't already been booked I'd probably avoid the US for Trump's entire term.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #171 on: February 19, 2017, 05:18:40 PM »
Stop scaring Jon Snow, KMMK! He's already skittish.

JON IT'LL BE FINE.

I could give you my real name, but saying you're going to Seattle to meet your friend who lives in New York miiight not be the best idea. Any local want to help out the Canadians?

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #172 on: February 19, 2017, 05:32:11 PM »
I can give Canadiens my name and address, sin e I live in Seattle. Just send me a PM.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #173 on: February 19, 2017, 06:03:15 PM »
I'm sorry our ridiculous president has you worried, KMMK.  *grumble grumble, clenches fists* I'll send my name in case, but I live in Oregon.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #174 on: February 19, 2017, 06:12:29 PM »
I can give Canadiens my name and address, sin e I live in Seattle. Just send me a PM.

Perfect! Thanks.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #175 on: February 19, 2017, 09:38:31 PM »
Stop scaring Jon Snow, KMMK! He's already skittish.

JON IT'LL BE FINE.

I could give you my real name, but saying you're going to Seattle to meet your friend who lives in New York miiight not be the best idea. Any local want to help out the Canadians?
I would pay good money to stand at the border crossing just to hear all the Canadians say they're going to the US to visit their imaginary friend Monkey Jenga.

And we all met on a forum started by one guy but don't worry "it's not a real cult ".

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #176 on: February 19, 2017, 10:12:10 PM »
Not finding the current border-banter particularly enjoyable.


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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #177 on: February 19, 2017, 10:57:29 PM »
I'm totally stoked to jump into the fray next weekend.

Jon, crossing the border is as easy as it's ever been. I crossed twice this past week at the Peace Arch border crossing on I-5.

Really, there is nothing to be worried about. Nothing has changed.

Anything I should be prepped for for next weekend?
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #178 on: February 20, 2017, 06:38:30 AM »
Stop scaring Jon Snow, KMMK! He's already skittish.

JON IT'LL BE FINE.

I could give you my real name, but saying you're going to Seattle to meet your friend who lives in New York miiight not be the best idea. Any local want to help out the Canadians?
I would pay good money to stand at the border crossing just to hear all the Canadians say they're going to the US to visit their imaginary friend Monkey Jenga.

Yes, I know it does sound crazy doesn't it.   If I get questioned, I will just tell the truth as strange as it sounds.   I am going to a meet up with people I've met over the internet.   :0
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #179 on: February 20, 2017, 08:46:46 AM »
I have not crossed the border in years, but I can't imagine they get that nosy...if you just say you are meeting up with friends, do they REALLY ask for names and addresses??? Or how you met, or how long you've known them??? That seems crazy. Especially where you're only coming for the weekend. I can see if you have a six month stay planned, they might want some details, but for four days?

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #180 on: February 20, 2017, 09:13:06 AM »
Just say you're going to an investor meetup and give the name of your hotel. That should be plenty. Border agents are trained to look for inconsistent answers, not pass judgement on the actual details of your trip. They couldn't care less whether you're going to meet aunt Nancy or going to a furry convention. Never try to make up a story.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #181 on: February 20, 2017, 09:14:32 AM »
I have not crossed the border in years, but I can't imagine they get that nosy...if you just say you are meeting up with friends, do they REALLY ask for names and addresses??? Or how you met, or how long you've known them??? That seems crazy. Especially where you're only coming for the weekend. I can see if you have a six month stay planned, they might want some details, but for four days?

It is unlikely that they will ask for details beyond reason for trip but it is my nature to be prepared for all possibilities no matter how remote. And I've found the US guards at Canadian airports to be scary enough in the past. Now that new Trump-fear directives can happen at anytime I'm more wary.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #182 on: February 20, 2017, 09:29:56 AM »
I have not crossed the border in years, but I can't imagine they get that nosy...if you just say you are meeting up with friends, do they REALLY ask for names and addresses??? Or how you met, or how long you've known them??? That seems crazy. Especially where you're only coming for the weekend. I can see if you have a six month stay planned, they might want some details, but for four days?

It is unlikely that they will ask for details beyond reason for trip but it is my nature to be prepared for all possibilities no matter how remote. And I've found the US guards at Canadian airports to be scary enough in the past. Now that new Trump-fear directives can happen at anytime I'm more wary.

Scary? The border and customs officers are just people doing their job. Drive up to the border, and start answering their questions. You're going to Seattle to meet a bunch of friends that you met on the internet on a forum called Mr.MoneyMustache. They literally don't care about you.
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #183 on: February 20, 2017, 09:30:04 AM »
Do we all get secret mustache decoder rings at this meetup? :)

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #184 on: February 20, 2017, 10:07:04 AM »
I actually got grilled more entering Canada this summer than I ever have at a border crossing.  The stricken look on my face when he asked what gifts I was bringing my hosts and I said nothing as I realized that I had forgotten to get something to bring them might have helped, or not.  He did ask how I knew the people I was visiting.  He did not ask their names, just where they were.  In my case, they are snowbirds I met when they were here in Phoenix.  Again, this was while ENTERING Canada.  It was simple going to and from Honduras by comparison.  However, as I was getting more and more confused by why he was asking so many questions which had never happened before to me, he suddenly smiled and wished me a good visit.  I came in via the ferry from Seattle, if that matters.
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #185 on: February 20, 2017, 11:00:54 AM »
Do we all get secret mustache decoder rings at this meetup? :)



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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #186 on: February 21, 2017, 02:20:59 AM »
I'm looking forward to joining for the casual social day at Paul der Krake's apartment building. Thank you for offering your space! I will send a PM.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #187 on: February 21, 2017, 09:51:03 AM »
Does anyone have ideas for parking? The parking at the hotel I'll be at is $45 a day. That's more than I want to spend, of course, but I know that parking in downtown Seattle is not going to be cheap in general.

Are we bringing food for a potluck lunch at Paul's club house? That's the general plan?

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« Reply #188 on: February 21, 2017, 10:05:31 AM »
Does anyone have ideas for parking? The parking at the hotel I'll be at is $45 a day. That's more than I want to spend, of course, but I know that parking in downtown Seattle is not going to be cheap in general.

Are we bringing food for a potluck lunch at Paul's club house? That's the general plan?

My plan is to bring some guac, chips, and salsa.
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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #189 on: February 21, 2017, 10:11:49 AM »
Does anyone have ideas for parking? The parking at the hotel I'll be at is $45 a day. That's more than I want to spend, of course, but I know that parking in downtown Seattle is not going to be cheap in general.

Are we bringing food for a potluck lunch at Paul's club house? That's the general plan?

Park up north, in the residential area, like View Ridge, Maple Leaf, Ravenna. Then take the bus south. The bus costs $5.50 per round trip.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #190 on: February 21, 2017, 10:23:41 AM »
Does anyone have ideas for parking? The parking at the hotel I'll be at is $45 a day. That's more than I want to spend, of course, but I know that parking in downtown Seattle is not going to be cheap in general.

$45? That's a bargain compared to what my hotel wants from me. :)

I am driving down to Seattle on Thursday. I will attempt to miss out on the worst of the Seattle rush hour (it eventually ends, right?) and be coming into the city around 11:00am. And because it has featured in each of my previous Seattle Meetups, and I just love the place, I'm going to stop at Green Lake for a loop around the trail. I know there are a few forum members fairly close by so if you want to join me that would be most welcome. Once done here, into downtown to check into my hotel...and ready to get things started. :)


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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #191 on: February 21, 2017, 10:27:08 AM »
What kind of chips are you bringing me, Snow? your choices are: Ketchup, or All Dressed. Or, if you really want to get in good, bring me both.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #192 on: February 21, 2017, 10:42:54 AM »
PM with address/contact info sent.

If you have not received a PM from me confirming your attendance on Friday, then contact me while there is still room. As of now we have 18 attendees, with a hard limit of 25 (fire safety blablabla).

Please do not show up unannounced or wait until the last minute, or I may have to turn you away.

Regarding parking: my apartment building offers $15/day guest parking in their secure garage. Let me know if that's something you might be interested in and I can inquire further.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #193 on: February 21, 2017, 10:59:28 AM »
I've had a heckuva time getting into the US, on multiple occasions spanning 23 years—detained multiple times, denied once, all pre-current era. This is with all correct paperwork, honesty, no record of any kind, zero drugs, etc. There are other reasons some folks are sometimes denied; the concerns held by those facing the crossing are valid. Highly likely the Canadian forum people will get in, but after my awful experiences I would always have a back up plan (a way to get home from the border if needed, etc). I too am more concerned now.

tl;dr: KMMK, Jon_Snow, etc, you're not crazy! Have a back-up plan in case needed, and otherwise enjoy :)

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #194 on: February 21, 2017, 11:13:12 AM »
Paul, am I on the list? And I assumed Meepsy too but maybe she's not taking off work? Anyway send me the info please in case I'm going by myself.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #195 on: February 21, 2017, 11:34:53 AM »
Paul, am I on the list? And I assumed Meepsy too but maybe she's not taking off work? Anyway send me the info please in case I'm going by myself.
I didn't get word from either of you, so you were not included in the 18. Adding you (MJ) now. Holler when you know whether Meepsy is coming or not.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #196 on: February 21, 2017, 11:36:16 AM »
Paul, am I on the list? And I assumed Meepsy too but maybe she's not taking off work? Anyway send me the info please in case I'm going by myself.
I didn't get word from either of you, so you were not included in the 18. Adding you (MJ) now. Holler when you know whether Meepsy is coming or not.

Meepsy must remain in the Fortress of Solitude until 1600 on Friday, and sadly will not be able to attend. But I'll be meeting you for the nighttime shenanigans.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #197 on: February 21, 2017, 11:49:06 AM »
What part of Guest of Honor don't you understand Paul?? Sheesh. ;)

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #198 on: February 21, 2017, 12:11:54 PM »
I've had a heckuva time getting into the US, on multiple occasions spanning 23 years—detained multiple times, denied once, all pre-current era. This is with all correct paperwork, honesty, no record of any kind, zero drugs, etc. There are other reasons some folks are sometimes denied; the concerns held by those facing the crossing are valid. Highly likely the Canadian forum people will get in, but after my awful experiences I would always have a back up plan (a way to get home from the border if needed, etc). I too am more concerned now.

tl;dr: KMMK, Jon_Snow, etc, you're not crazy! Have a back-up plan in case needed, and otherwise enjoy :)

Thanks for the validation, Joon. I do think it will be fine, and back-up plan is just a cab from the airport, or taking DH's car when he gets to work, I guess. (He works at the airport and will get there a few hours after I'll be through security.)
I have many levels of anxiety right now regarding this trip; not everyone gets this.

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Re: Seattle Travel: Feb 25, 2017
« Reply #199 on: February 21, 2017, 12:29:16 PM »
KMMK, have you gotten enough people's real life info to feel a bit more comfortable, or would you like more? I didn't offer myself up before because several others saw that ahead of me, but I think your concern is valid. Even if not, it's still your concern and telling you it's not valid isn't helpful. :)