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Re: can only attend on 6/11 10derHeart

Posted by Larry Hoover on April 2, 2005, at 22:18:28

In reply to Re: can only attend on 6/11 Dr. Bob, posted by 10derHeart on April 2, 2005, at 21:15:15

> > It's up to the committee :-) but IMO, posters don't have to come to have input...
> >
> > Bob
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> Sure. I guess I didn't mean to emphasize that part. More the idea that a small group (guessing 6-9, realistically, will actually come?) may not need a committee at all. If so, they can pretty much "be their own committee" at this point, without me, if it ends up I'm the only committee member who can't make the date selected.
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> As you said, anyone can still offer input. As posters have done all along :-)

I may not be the only one thinking this way, but I could not commit to coming, as far as planning purposes go. That doesn't mean I can't come, period. I can't even estimate the likelihood, yet, but who knows? Just hoping you build a little flexibility into the planning.

Lar

 

Re: can only attend on 6/11 Larry Hoover

Posted by 10derHeart on April 3, 2005, at 13:26:13

In reply to Re: can only attend on 6/11 10derHeart, posted by Larry Hoover on April 2, 2005, at 22:18:28

Honestly, I thought you definitely couldn't, from this post...

http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/admin/20050219/msgs/473825.html

So, there's still hope? I think that's great. My strong impression from reading the Babble boards, is that you are someone special that other posters would very much want to be there :-)

I think it's rough planning something months out, since $$, time and circumstances can change so much for people. But, if you don't, sometimes the thing you want to do becomes too hard, if not impossible. No perfect solutions.

If I continue to have a role in this, I'll keep in mind what you said. I guess it depends exactly what the group decides to do (I have no idea), as to which parts/things can be left "open" until the last minute. I'm sure it will work out okay.

 

Re: can only attend on 6/11

Posted by annierose on April 3, 2005, at 14:10:41

In reply to Re: can only attend on 6/11 Larry Hoover, posted by 10derHeart on April 3, 2005, at 13:26:13

I didn't vote yet since June, in general, is hard for me. The kids get out of school June 6th, so June 4th is out for me. The 11th would be best for me, but on the fence with taking the time off work to go.

I'm in a good position with Chicago only being a long drive away for me. I was going to decide what the date was set.

-Annierose

 

Re: can only attend on 6/11 10derHeart

Posted by Larry Hoover on April 3, 2005, at 21:59:59

In reply to Re: can only attend on 6/11 Larry Hoover, posted by 10derHeart on April 3, 2005, at 13:26:13

> Honestly, I thought you definitely couldn't, from this post...
>
> http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/admin/20050219/msgs/473825.html
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> So, there's still hope? I think that's great.

Maybe wishful thinking. The idea is attractive, but the probability is not very large.

In geek speak: "The probability function does not cross the line y = 0." There is a non-zero probability that I will come. How much more than zero is very hard to say.

> My strong impression from reading the Babble boards, is that you are someone special that other posters would very much want to be there :-)

Aw, shucks. <blush>

> I think it's rough planning something months out, since $$, time and circumstances can change so much for people. But, if you don't, sometimes the thing you want to do becomes too hard, if not impossible. No perfect solutions.
>
> If I continue to have a role in this, I'll keep in mind what you said. I guess it depends exactly what the group decides to do (I have no idea), as to which parts/things can be left "open" until the last minute. I'm sure it will work out okay.

I doubt I'm the only one who's a maybe. Firm commitments are hard to make, for a lot of people, and they might have kept quiet rather than give a false answer.

Lar

 

Re: can only attend on 6/11 Larry Hoover

Posted by 10derHeart on April 3, 2005, at 22:54:14

In reply to Re: can only attend on 6/11 10derHeart, posted by Larry Hoover on April 3, 2005, at 21:59:59

> Aw, shucks. <blush>

A man who can blush and admit to doing it is a good thing.

>
> I doubt I'm the only one who's a maybe. Firm commitments are hard to make, for a lot of people, and they might have kept quiet rather than give a false answer.

I'm sure you're right. My own commitments in the month of June seem to keep morphing every week or so. It's frustrating. Although, I think the only question we posed was what date posters would *prefer*, out of three choices. Hopefully, the understanding was they were choosing the best weekend in the event they found they could come. So, it wouldn't have to feel like a false statement to indicate a preference...

I know folks are cautious about making definitive statements, though. Me, I just plow ahead then end up having to say, "oops, sorry," I guess.

Hopefully it'll get easier as it gets nearer. I think one idea is to post another linked banner on the boards with the chosen date, then encourage more responses to that, e.g., "Who thinks they probably/possibly/maybe/hopefully could come on this date?"

We shall keep muddling through. Thanks for your thoughts :-)


 

Re: evenings of 6/3 and 6/4 (nm)

Posted by Dr. Bob on April 5, 2005, at 8:47:56

In reply to Are there any dates you can't attend? (nm) Dr. Bob, posted by Dinah on April 2, 2005, at 20:46:22

 

Then the party should be on 6/11 or 6/18? Dr. Bob

Posted by partlycloudy on April 11, 2005, at 12:32:24

In reply to Re: evenings of 6/3 and 6/4 (nm), posted by Dr. Bob on April 5, 2005, at 8:47:56

We HAVE to have the honouree there!

 

Re: the honouree

Posted by Dr. Bob on April 11, 2005, at 12:39:43

In reply to Then the party should be on 6/11 or 6/18? Dr. Bob, posted by partlycloudy on April 11, 2005, at 12:32:24

> We HAVE to have the honouree there!

It's not *my* birthday! :-) And the evening of 6/3 has opened up. And 6/4 during the day would be OK...

Bob

 

OK, Back to June 4th then for the party Dr. Bob

Posted by partlycloudy on April 11, 2005, at 14:05:40

In reply to Re: the honouree, posted by Dr. Bob on April 11, 2005, at 12:39:43

Yes, it's not your birthday, but You Are the Babble-Dude! And none of us would be here - or there - without you.
I guess we could party on the day of the 4th and talk about you that evening. Everyone knows that's what happens when people leave the party...

 

Re: OK, what next? (nm)

Posted by Dr. Bob on April 21, 2005, at 21:43:23

In reply to OK, Back to June 4th then for the party Dr. Bob, posted by partlycloudy on April 11, 2005, at 14:05:40

 

Re: OK, what next? Dr. Bob

Posted by AuntieMel on April 22, 2005, at 13:21:06

In reply to Re: OK, what next? (nm), posted by Dr. Bob on April 21, 2005, at 21:43:23

Another board announcement of the date, asking for a count on how many might be interested.

 

Re: OK, what next?

Posted by Dr. Bob on April 23, 2005, at 16:14:28

In reply to Re: OK, what next? Dr. Bob, posted by AuntieMel on April 22, 2005, at 13:21:06

> Another board announcement of the date, asking for a count on how many might be interested.

I could do that, but how about with some idea of what the activities will be? Since that might make a difference?

Bob

 

You can uncount my vote

Posted by Dinah on April 25, 2005, at 7:41:34

In reply to June 4 (My husband is softening) (nm), posted by Dinah on March 23, 2005, at 23:20:49

I'm relatively sure I don't wish to come any more.

 

I'm not going to be able to attend either. (nm)

Posted by partlycloudy on April 25, 2005, at 8:57:02

In reply to OK, Back to June 4th then for the party Dr. Bob, posted by partlycloudy on April 11, 2005, at 14:05:40

 

Pretty shaky myself...

Posted by 10derHeart on April 25, 2005, at 9:37:19

In reply to I'm not going to be able to attend either. (nm), posted by partlycloudy on April 25, 2005, at 8:57:02

....on both attending ($$ stuff) and even more on planning committee. This week IRL will determine a lot of stuff for me, I think.
Right now, to be completely honest with everyone, I've become a bit apathetic.

Might be because I don't have the mental resources to devote to this at the moment. Which could change in a few days. Sorry, best I can do.

 

Re: Pretty shaky myself...

Posted by gardenergirl on April 25, 2005, at 9:48:30

In reply to Pretty shaky myself..., posted by 10derHeart on April 25, 2005, at 9:37:19

I don't mean to make this a bandwagon, but I've been meaning to post that I am probably not going to be able to make it either. I've got some family stuff coming up and I can only go away so many weekends right now. Still have to do that "d" word thing.

gg

 

June 3-4 okay

Posted by Poet on April 26, 2005, at 19:13:51

In reply to Re: Pretty shaky myself..., posted by gardenergirl on April 25, 2005, at 9:48:30

As long as I don't have to reveal who I really am, count me in.

Poet

 

Re: whew, I was afraid it was just going to be me! (nm)

Posted by Dr. Bob on April 26, 2005, at 22:40:23

In reply to June 3-4 okay, posted by Poet on April 26, 2005, at 19:13:51

 

Just to clarify

Posted by gardenergirl on April 27, 2005, at 13:37:48

In reply to June 3-4 okay, posted by Poet on April 26, 2005, at 19:13:51

I might be able to come, but it likely will be a last minute decision.

gg

 

Re: OK, what next? Dr. Bob

Posted by Dinah on April 30, 2005, at 14:43:41

In reply to Re: OK, what next?, posted by Dr. Bob on April 23, 2005, at 16:14:28

I'm not a committee member, so you can slap my hand if you like again.

It doesn't look like the numbers will be overwhelming. So maybe Gardenergirl's suggestion of a Starbucks is the way to go. No advance prep needed. Everyone can pay their own way. Are you still thinking of hiring security?

I'm not familiar with Chicago. I could suggest some quirky places where small groups could congregate around my area easily. Is there a quasi park somewhere near a Starbucks or nice little place with ice cream sundaes, maybe with a natural attraction to give people something to talk about in those first awkward moments? Next to a river or a lake. Not a state park sort of place, but a municipal park. Cincinnati has a great ooooh what is it... a conservatory? with plants, etc? Does Chicago have something like that?

I would think with the numbers and the uncertainty that planning with built in flexibility would be best.

Sorry to butt in. (Are we allowed to say butt?)

 

Parks Starbucks Ice Cream

Posted by Poet on April 30, 2005, at 17:49:54

In reply to Re: OK, what next? Dr. Bob, posted by Dinah on April 30, 2005, at 14:43:41

I don't know where people are staying overnight, but the part of Chicago I know best is Michigan Ave. (Art Institute of Chicago, Grant Park and Water Tower Place (stores, lots of stores.) There are two Starbucks near the Art Insitute.

Ice cream- Ghiradelli Chocolate Shop & Soda Fountain is on Michigan Ave., maybe eight blocks north? I know Baskin Robbins 31 flavors is in the area, too. Probably lots of other places. Chicago is huge and full of good places to eat.

Poet

 

It's getting awfully close. (nm)

Posted by Dinah on May 5, 2005, at 16:21:24

In reply to Parks Starbucks Ice Cream, posted by Poet on April 30, 2005, at 17:49:54

 

Re: It is. (nm)

Posted by Dr. Bob on May 6, 2005, at 0:48:00

In reply to It's getting awfully close. (nm), posted by Dinah on May 5, 2005, at 16:21:24

 

Is that near Millennium Park? Poet

Posted by Dinah on May 6, 2005, at 0:54:13

In reply to Parks Starbucks Ice Cream, posted by Poet on April 30, 2005, at 17:49:54

The City of Chicago seems quite proud of its newest attraction. Does it live up to its reputation?

Dr. Bob said he was unavailable the evening of the 4th didn't he?

 

Re: Is what near Millennium Park? Dinah

Posted by All Done on May 6, 2005, at 1:35:13

In reply to Is that near Millennium Park? Poet, posted by Dinah on May 6, 2005, at 0:54:13

Millennium Park is about a mile south of Ghirardelli, Water Tower Place, tons of shopping and restaurants. It's a couple of blocks north of the Art Institute.

http://www.millenniumpark.org

The park lived up to the expectations of a two-year old boy who wanted to play in the biggest water fountains he's ever seen ;).


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