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    Corn Burning Fool giff57's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by SW MI Planner View post
    I was thinking the same thing....
    Me three....
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    On the fence too/ I can go but don't need the CMs.

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    For several reasons, my boss has decided not to attend. This means ZG is frantically searching for a hotel because we won't be staying at the conference hotel.
    Too much and too many .

    Now, to find a venue for the laefest....

    Anybody know what kind of weather we can expect in mid-April?

    I also checked the small bears schedule for the weekend. They are hosting the World Champions San Francisco Giants!!!

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    Quote Originally posted by Richmond Jake View post
    For several reasons, my boss has decided not to attend. This means ZG is frantically searching for a hotel because we won't be staying at the conference hotel.
    Too much and too many .

    Now, to find a venue for the laefest....

    Anybody know what kind of weather we can expect in mid-April?

    I also checked the small bears schedule for the weekend. They are hosting the World Champions San Francisco Giants!!!
    Weather could be anywhere from the 40s to the 80s, probably somewhere in the middle though.

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    As I mentioned, The World Champion San Francisco Giants are playing the little bears in Chicago on April 13 and 14 (we're planning to fly in on Friday, April 12). I'm getting tickets for one of those days--both are day games.

    The question I post: which is the best day for the laefest? I'll get tickets for the other day. Let's decide this fast before all the good seats are gone.



    EDIT: Crap!!! Can't buy game-day tickets on the little bears web site yet.
    Last edited by Richmond Jake; 03 Jan 2013 at 8:54 PM.

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    I'm not "frantically" searching for a hotel. I'm very methodical and very anal. Near the train? Free wi-fi? Walking distance to conference? Saves RJ's employers some $$? Free breakfast? I'm in the zone...

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    I checked the budget, I'm out.
    FYI the great rate offered by the APA is only $1 less than Priceline.
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    As of several minutes ago, I'm registered for the conference. Flights purchased and a hotel room reserved (Homestead Suites on E. Grand Avenue--within walking distance of the conference center ).
    Sure is easy charging on the gov't credit card (except ZG 's flights, of course).

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    Not going. Our fair city has a policy against national conventions, seeing them as nothing more than boondoggles.

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess View post
    I'm not "frantically" searching for a hotel. I'm very methodical and very anal. Near the train? Free wi-fi? Walking distance to conference? Saves RJ's employers some $$? Free breakfast? I'm in the zone...
    Nobody gives me any credit. Last year at FAPA, I found us a hotel way cheaper than the conference hotel, savings for the county. And a rental car less than half of the one his dickwad boss told him to use. Our hotel in Chicago will be $30 per night below the conference rate. Plus free wi-fi and breakfast.

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess View post
    Nobody gives me any credit. Last year at FAPA, I found us a hotel way cheaper than the conference hotel, savings for the county. And a rental car less than half of the one his dickwad boss told him to use. Our hotel in Chicago will be $30 per night below the conference rate. Plus free wi-fi and breakfast.
    More than once I have gotten a room at the conference site for less than the group rate.

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    Any restaurant recommendations for the area around the conference hotel? No chains, of course. ZG has done tons of research and we have a good idea where we're eating...but suggestions/recommendations are always welcome. (I want an authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza. )

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    Just got confirmation I was chosen with 3 others in the company to go!!! Now I just need to deconflict my work schedule in April to make sure I don't have too much to worry about while soaking up the planning goodness in Chi-town.

    Chicago 2002 was the last one I got to go to - hopefully the opening reception is at the Solider Museum again, that was awesome.
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    Quote Originally posted by Tide View post
    ... the Solider Museum...
    ?

    Perhaps Field Museum? That certainly would be a nice venue.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    Let's not be didactic in this profession, because that is a path to disillusion and irrelevancy.

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    I will not be attending unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally posted by mendelman View post
    ?

    Perhaps Field Museum? That certainly would be a nice venue.
    The reception in '02 was at the Field Museum, and was the best reception of any of the 8 National Conferences I've been to.

    This year, no go. Limited budget for myself and my staffers...staying with more local options this year.
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    I'm not going, but I've seen a number of Groupon's for lodging in Chicago that seem like pretty good rates.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

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    Quote Originally posted by mendelman View post
    ?

    Perhaps Field Museum? That certainly would be a nice venue.
    Yeah that's the name, got it confused with Solider Field, as I was running out the door.
    @GigCityPlanner

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    Quote Originally posted by Tide View post
    Yeah that's the name, got it confused with Solider Field, as I was running out the door.
    Understandable...since they are next to each other.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    Let's not be didactic in this profession, because that is a path to disillusion and irrelevancy.

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    You people and your fancy national conference.

    I prefer the isolation of my 1960 office building where I secretly hope that I can be in control of a new round of urban renewal.
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    Off-topic:
    Quote Originally posted by btrage View post
    You people and your fancy national conference.

    I prefer the isolation of my 1960 office building where I secretly hope that I can be in control of a new round of urban renewal.
    Next time I'm in your hood during the week, I'll have to stop by.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    Let's not be didactic in this profession, because that is a path to disillusion and irrelevancy.

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    Quote Originally posted by NHPlanner View post
    The reception in '02 was at the Field Museum, and was the best reception of any of the 8 National Conferences I've been to.
    That is because I helped plan it.

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    The program lists the opening reception by the host committee is at the Chicago History Museum for $40. That's $40 I can spend better elsewhere.

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    I am going, funding partly out of own pocket. But we have family and friends in Chitown and we'll take the sleeper train there so the kids will love it.

    Up for laefest, depending on time and place.

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    Current Role Call looks like this:

    Tide
    Masswich
    RJ
    ZG
    mendelman?
    michaelskis?
    TOFB?

    Possible aLefest-ers:

    Giff57
    SWMIPlanner
    Cardinal
    @GigCityPlanner

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