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   1. McCoy Posted: November 17, 2010 at 03:51 AM (#3691716)
How much does it cost to attend the SABR convention? I can get someone or someones a room with two queen beds for 59 bucks a night. Perhaps a deal can be worked out.
   2. McCoy Posted: November 17, 2010 at 04:08 AM (#3691731)
Oh, and I can get you 33% off on tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach as well.
   3. Dr. Vaux Posted: November 17, 2010 at 10:28 AM (#3691819)
Are we sure this hotel has all of its walls? The Marriott in Indianapolis costs about the same as that.
   4. Autobahn Posted: November 17, 2010 at 10:41 AM (#3691822)
I look forward to blog entries about members of SABR fighting a grand coalition of cockroaches, rats and spiders.
   5. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 17, 2010 at 01:20 PM (#3691865)
Online reviews are decent, not great but decent. Some complaints about the food and the fact that it isn't exactly centrally located.

Hiltons are usually consistent, at any rate. I'm an HHonors member and haven't had any bad stays that I remember.

-- MWE
   6. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 17, 2010 at 01:22 PM (#3691866)
Oh yeah:

Internet is apparently $10 per day, self-parking is $15. The self-park garage is shared with several other businesses.

-- MWE
   7. McCoy Posted: November 17, 2010 at 04:48 PM (#3691996)
Pretty much all the hotels have you pay for the internet and if it is in an urban area they will have you pay for parking as well. That is nothing outrageous. The places that don't have you pay for the internet are usually cheap motels and very low end hotels while the parking is usually free in suburban areas. That is why you don't drive there and you bring you smartphone with internet hookup.
   8. Steve Treder Posted: November 17, 2010 at 05:08 PM (#3692015)
I'm in!
   9. Andere Richtingen Posted: November 18, 2010 at 03:39 AM (#3692592)
Online reviews are decent, not great but decent. Some complaints about the food and the fact that it isn't exactly centrally located.

It's about as centrally located as anything in the LA area. The aquarium and a lot of restaurants are within a 15 minute walk. Most importantly, Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles is 23 minutes by foot, according to Google Maps.

If you want to explore outside the confines of the LBC, you probably want to have a car anyway.
   10. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 18, 2010 at 02:37 PM (#3692747)
Well, I will definitely have a car.

I'm currently planning to come out Tuesday, July 5th and hit some minor league games. Looking at the schedule there appear to be a lot of choices - Lake Elsinore is home the entire week, as are Inland Empire and Lancaster. All are hour-plus drives, but that doesn't bother me.

-- MWE
   11. Neal Traven Posted: November 18, 2010 at 11:59 PM (#3693313)
I've made my reservation, July 5-10. It'll run my consecutive-conventions streak to 22.

Probably flying into LGB, though SNA and LAX are also possibilities.
   12. BobT Posted: November 22, 2010 at 07:20 AM (#3695162)
LGB is a JetBlue airport which may or may not be convenient for people. It's an extremely airport to make your way through compared to LAX. It's like going to a AA airport. Santa Ana John Wayne isn't too far away.

Long Beach should have very comfortable weather in early July.

I think everyone is discounting the hotel's proximity to Terminal Island. Lots of fun to be had there. You can also try to guess which port (Los Angeles or Long Beach) is taking in more container ships on a particular day.

The hotel isn't too far from the Blue Line station, which you could conceivably use to go to Downtown L.A., but it's a very long ride, about 45 minutes. It's a $1.50 per ride. There are no transfers. Each ride is $1.50. If the funding comes through, you could conceivably take the Blue Line to Downtown, transfer to the Red Line to Union Station, and then grab a free shuttle to Dodger Stadium. I wouldn't recommend it though unless you are a big public transportation fan.
   13. OCF Posted: November 22, 2010 at 08:03 AM (#3695172)
I've never been anywhere near a SABR meeting, ever. But I do live in Long Beach. Hmm... Oh, and I'll second what BobT said about airports - fly into LGB if you can. (Not that I know what word he intended to put after "extremely".) The minor league teams Mike Emeigh mentions are significantly further away than LA or Anaheim, and in places that will be quite a bit hotter in July. The NCAA season will be over by then (if it weren't, I'd suggest a Dirtbags game), and the indy league team is gone from Blair Field now.
   14. shock Posted: November 22, 2010 at 09:01 AM (#3695180)
How long is the drive from Kelowna, BC? According to Google, 24 hours. Could be fun...

so other than travel, it's basically $134*5 + Sabr dues. Yes?
   15. Hombre Brotani Posted: November 22, 2010 at 10:05 AM (#3695185)
Online reviews are decent, not great but decent. Some complaints about the food and the fact that it isn't exactly centrally located.
You guys'll be right next to the renovated Pike area, with a bevy of restaurants, bars, and random food outlets right near by, so food shouldn't be a problem at all. Walking distance to the beach. 15-20 minute drive to Anaheim (Angel Stadium, Disneyland), 30 minutes if there's traffic. 25-30 minute drive to Dodger Stadium, ten quadrillion hours if there's traffic. And I'm sure one of my softball leagues will be in session, so you guys could always make that.
   16. BobT Posted: November 22, 2010 at 03:05 PM (#3695257)
I think "pleasant" was my missing word.

Long Beach to Lancaster would be about as long of a drive you can have out here and still stay in the same county. Those cities are on opposite ends of Los Angeles County, which is slightly smaller than the entire state of Connecticut and with over 3 times the people.

And we don't do quaint.
   17. phredbird Posted: December 11, 2010 at 08:06 PM (#3708739)
i would gladly attend a primate get together, if anyone is setting that up at the venue.

or, i could be talked into hosting something at my place. i live in the miracle mile area, very close to LACMA, the petersen automotive museum, and the famous Farmers Market and Grove at 3rd and fairfax.

i sometimes get free tickets from a solid connection. if i have any available, i'll let everybody know via this thread.

if anybody wants to contact me, use the email connection on btf.

robert (phredbird)

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