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Meaniefest - Hotels and related issues

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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We have settled on Oct 12-14. That was fairly easy. Now on to the matter of accommodations. This will be a bit more difficult to resolve since it is obvious we have varying needs, wants, budgets etc.

See next post.

Glenys_'s picture

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Actually my sweet, that's not true. They charge peak rates because of the guaranteed higher volumes. I'm one of the culprits.

aussiechef's picture

(post #56614, reply #62 of 105)

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Sailors or hotels?

Glenys_'s picture

(post #56614, reply #63 of 105)

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Do I have to pick? Doesn't life offer choices from both columns?

aussiechef's picture

(post #56614, reply #64 of 105)

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Just found Tracey's post. It was a problem. Perhaps she could do dash down for the Saturday or something.

aussiechef's picture

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LOL - no. Just remember: we'll help you choose.

RuthAnn's picture

(post #56614, reply #66 of 105)

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Sure it does! get a sailor and bring him along!

or wear him out, leave him to recuperate, and party with us while he catches his breath.

Wolverine's picture

(post #56614, reply #67 of 105)

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ahem. I am a brunette!

it's either 12-14 or the 26-27. Decide, folks!

MadMom_'s picture

(post #56614, reply #68 of 105)

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Hmm...are you suggesting that the Meanifest be held in YVR? Can't imagine any complaints about that idea, particularly if the hotels, airfares, etc. are cheaper...except it might keep us from seeing Max. CLS - would Vancouver be a possibility with you?

CLS's picture

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No, sorry. But if everyone wants to go to Vancouver, please do so. The needs of the many and all that.

I really didn't mean to cause all this controversy. I just figured since DH and I would be out on the West Coast for a week, I'd like to see everyone I could. If it's not possible, it's not possible. The best scenario for us is to fly into Oregon the day before the wedding (18th), go to the wedding, visit our relatives in Eugene for a couple of days, then meander up the coast until we reach Seattle, the fly out of Seattle. That would make us getting into Seattle on the 26-28. I realize this is a problem for many people, and I really wanted to see some of my Canadian friends, so I said I could be flexible on dates, but I'm not so sure that will work now. My cousins really want to travel with us up the coast, and it would be easier to travel with the Boy if we went to the wedding first, then have some lazy travel/tourist days culminating in Seattle.

So - look, make plans. Do what you must. I'll see how I can work it all in. But I definitely won't be able to do Vancouver; not this time. It will involve too many plane tickets and our travel budget is going to be strapped enough as it is. I will expect lots of photos and many gifts to get over the disappointment, though!

MadMom_'s picture

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Just a suggestion...since the last weekend in October works for CLS (in Seattle) and no one else seemed to particularly care (except some of the Canadians had a problem with CTG) why don't we just settle on that week???

aussiechef's picture

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Ah, so you are....sorry gorgeous!

cam14's picture

(post #56614, reply #72 of 105)

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Personally, the 26th - 28th would be better for me, not that "not being home" with my family for Thanksgiving would be a terribly big problem it would certainly shake up the tradition and for that reason 26 - 28th seem less problematic. However, if it's not a majority vote, I will see what I can do.

Wolverine's picture

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okay - what favor is it that you want to ask of me?? ;-)

kai_'s picture

(post #56614, reply #74 of 105)

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i are you suggesting that the Meanifest be held in YVR

You talkin' to me? No, I was thinking I might go to YVR if SEA doesn't work for me.

aussiechef's picture

(post #56614, reply #75 of 105)

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I'll think of something.

RuthAnn's picture

(post #56614, reply #76 of 105)

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Actually, I think the only ones that weekend wasn't optimum for were jill and me.

I think I can make it, as I'll still be home in plenty of time for Samhain, although I'm not sure if jill will, as the weekend before Hallowe'en is her annual bash.

MEAN_CHEF's picture

(post #56614, reply #77 of 105)

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We will be able to provide all of the pagan rituals you need in Seattle.

I am counting on you to give us all broom riding lessons.

RuthAnn's picture

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Oh, I wasn't concerned about missing anything - just want to celebrate the new year with my family.

Plus this will probably be the last one with my familiar.

I know the Seattle area has a big Pagan population - why the heck do you think I'm so drawn to the area?

I doubt they will let me bring my good broom on the plane, and I'm not about to check it. We'll see how the local brooms do. Bring yours.

MEAN_CHEF's picture

(post #56614, reply #79 of 105)

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i Plus this will probably be the last one with my familiar.

Xplain.

RuthAnn's picture

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My dog, Cassie. She has cancer. I might have another year with her, if I'm lucky.

I won't put her through any more surgeries or radiation/chemo.

When it's time, I'll let her go, and lose a small part of myself.

The Circle of Life thing, ya know. Feel free to barf.

oh, sorry - forgot to explain the "familiar" thing.
Witches familiar - usually a cat (I'm not a conventional witch, by far.) Fundamentalists say the familar is the witches line to Satan - whatever. For me, she's an animal that's bonded to my soul.

kai_'s picture

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i Cassie. She has cancer. I might have another year with her, if I'm lucky

Oh, RuthAnn, please give her a big hug for me.

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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Sorry to hear that. Two of my best friends are dogs.

RuthAnn's picture

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Sure kai, Cassie gladly takes all the hugs she can get.
Not to mention the occasional gentle boot to the rear (with the side of my foot - to speed her up when she's dawdling in the doorway and I'm freezing my arse off.)She just thinks I'm playing - dang dogs are built like white furred tanks.

RuthAnn's picture

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yup. she's my best friend and first child. But I know there's a fluffy little cloud and a set of wings waiting for her - no halo though - she'd eat it.

MadMom_'s picture

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RuthAnn - so sorry to hear about Cassie. My DD lost her beloved great Dane, Kiwi, this past year, and it hurt all of us. We still miss her so much.

RuthAnn's picture

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well, cassie's still here and very much alive and kicking and getting into trouble as always - and probably will until her last day. She's a good dog. Doesn't always act the part, but she is.

Wolverine's picture

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you are lucky to have her around in such great shape for the time remaining. I know you will cherish it! Hugs to Cassie and you!

Cooking_Monster's picture

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We can get my uncle to perform the rites. It isn't just his religion, it's his career. He's even recently founded a college to train people in the pagan arts.

Cooking_Monster's picture

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RuthAnn, I'm so sorry to hear about Cassie. Give her a few more extra hugs for me.

Tracey_Krause's picture

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Hi guys - back from a week in the windy city - I now know how it got it's nickname.

Please don't pick any weekend based on my input. I'm going to be travelling so much this year that I can't commit to any specific time. Next week I'm off to Jersey (yes, they send me to the most elegant places) then it's off to Montreal for a week and this is going to continue until December. So, whichever weekend you pick I'll do my best to show up, but please don't pick anything because of me.