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   101. Foghorn Leghorn Posted: July 28, 2014 at 08:34 AM (#4758864)
You buying?
Aren't I always?
   102. DJ Endless Grudge Can Use Multiple Slurp Juices Posted: July 28, 2014 at 11:03 AM (#4758943)
You buying?
Aren't I always?

No, a lot of the time you're just holding. You do share though.
   103. Mike Emeigh Posted: July 30, 2014 at 08:00 AM (#4760225)
There are some nice things about living near the airport in a small city. 30 minutes from door to departure gate.

-- MWE
   104. Hans Van Slooten Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:25 AM (#4763746)
I think I was there.
   105. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: August 04, 2014 at 11:23 AM (#4763833)
You were, and I was happy for it.
   106. McCoy Posted: August 04, 2014 at 11:55 AM (#4763858)
So where is the 2016 convention going to be held?
   107. Neal Traven Posted: August 04, 2014 at 01:58 PM (#4764000)
McCoy Posted: August 04, 2014 at 11:55 AM (#4763858)
So where is the 2016 convention going to be held?

The Valley of the Sun.

That's straight from F.X. and Foghorn, following the post-convention Board meeting.
   108. Mike Webber Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:16 PM (#4764426)
I'm sure it will be fun, but I was hoping for Pittsburg.

Back in post 51 Mark Armour wrote,
On occasion, SABR holds what I like to call a "hotel convention". That is when you arrive at the hotel, and do not leave until the convention is over (with the exception of the ballgame). This is what Phoenix would be like. Frankly, I am expecting the same thing in Houston.

Have you ever heard the term "bottle episode"? "In episodic television, the term bottle episode refers to an episode produced inexpensively and restricted in scope to use as few non-regular cast members, effects, and sets as possible. Most bottle episodes are shot on sets already built for other episodes, frequently the main interior sets for a series, and consist largely of dialogue or scenes for which no special preparations are needed. The etymology of the phrase originates with a similar term used on the set of the original 1960s-era Star Trek. Cast and crew members of the show use the phrase "ship-in-a-bottle episodes" for episodes that took place only on board the Starship Enterprise."

That's what Houston was, that is what Phoenix will be. We never leave the hotel, and it will have fewer SABR members than usual.
   109. McCoy Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:51 PM (#4764447)
We never leave the hotel, and it will have fewer SABR members than usual.

As soon as I heard Phoenix I was thinking the same thing. Pretty excited that the hotel and date has been set for Chicago. Already got a room setup for it. Now all I need to do is actually attend. I had a room lined up in Philly as well but didn't go. But I think I Chicago in June might be a better motivator for me to go than Philly was.
   110. Steve Treder Posted: August 04, 2014 at 11:28 PM (#4764457)
You get your ass there, McCoy. Do not fail.
   111. Mark Armour Posted: August 05, 2014 at 02:34 AM (#4764494)
I was hoping for something besides Phoenix, though places like Houston and Phoenix do have their advantages. When we are in a vibrant downtown (as we were in Denver and Boston, among many others), a lot of people split off and go out at night, or even during the day. In DC, I missed a few panels or presentations I would normally go to in order to, for example, tour the White House (which was a block away) or visit the Library of Congress. In Boston we were blocks from several great restaurants and museums. Philadelphia drew people out of the hotel. This past weekend, the hotel bar (which was huge and airy and basically fantastic) was hopping every night -- no one (that I know of) was down the street at some other, better bar. People were either at the hotel bar, or they were in bed asleep.

It makes for a pretty social convention. There are worse things. I suspect that the convention next summer will be more fractured, as everyone gets pulled out of the hotel.

   112. McCoy Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:24 AM (#4764553)
It's probably too far for you guys but about an hour north of the hotel in Chicago is my family's supper club located right on Lake Michigan. So if you're making a trek up to Milwaukee to watch the Brewers stop in and get a beer for 3.50 and giant slabs of meat at prices not seen in cities for probably 3 decades or so.
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