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There was talk of an Australia con thing in the Sydney meet up thread. So lets do it!

Who's keen?
Where? Sydney was suggested as this was reasonably central for everyone/everything. I mean, most of you are based in Sydney.
When's good? I'm thinking February, early or late is ideal for me but other people matter also! I'm going to Japan mid Feb so I can hopefully make a stop over before or after :D
What's happening? Given that there are only 15ish regular posters spread across Australia and New Zealand it hardly makes sense to try and do anything more complex than an extended hanging out session. However, throw your ideas in here, all suggestions are good.

So, would various posters from Aus and NZ be keen to meet up in Sydney, Februaryish 2009?
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I'm totally up for it. February sounds like a good time for me as well, I'll even be in the country!
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Sure, why not. Wait, isn't that peak humidity season in Sydney? Slogan: SydneyCon 2009: Sweat it up, baby!

I would think that seven months is plenty of time to have a bunch of commemorative t-shirts printed.
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riz... i feel like you're mocking me. just for that i'm not going to your sydney thing.

(i really want to go to your sydney thing.)
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I might be up for this, if I'm not coming to Oz sooner.
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I might be up for this, if you guys would just sack up and move your god forsaken island closer to proper civilization.
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I might be up for this, if you guys would just sack up and move your god forsaken island closer to proper civilization.

does the stick come up your ass as a class feature or do you have to install it yourself?
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I live in Australia.

I'll be the one standing around saying "Is it can be coffee tiem nao?"
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does the stick come up your ass as a class feature or do you have to install it yourself?

I have never had an opinion of you but with this post you are placed firmly on my list of awesome people.

Please, continue!
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February sounds great
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I might be up for this, if you guys would just sack up and move your god forsaken island closer to proper civilization.

If they did move to Scandinavia, the Netherlands or Switzerland you'd still have to fly pretty far to attend.
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Due to a somewhat startling co-incidence I will be in Australia in February 2009.  I should probably be noted down as being "in" on this.
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Sure, why not. Wait, isn't that peak humidity season in Sydney? Slogan: SydneyCon 2009: Sweat it up, baby!

I would think that seven months is plenty of time to have a bunch of commemorative t-shirts printed.

If we're going with that slogan, I think it has to be commemorative lycra leotards.
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If they did move to Scandinavia, the Netherlands or Switzerland you'd still have to fly pretty far to attend.

Still not as bad as where it is. From the eastern US, Australia is something like a 22 hour flight. I'd love to see Australia some day, but twenty-two hours on a plane is just not something I could ever picture myself being willing to do.

Now, if they were to move the island somewhere between Europe and the US, that'd be pretty bitchin'.
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Nah, it'd be a cold shithole like New Zealand then...
Once I've sorted out my fares to Japan I should be able to provide possible dates! :D
I'm also gonna be applying for UNSW and Sydney University so this might be a moving over to Australia party for me as well.
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Jon, take a flight to Hong Kong.  Spend a couple days there taking in the local culture.  Then take a flight to Sydney.

One the way back stop in at Hawaii.  Spend a couple days relaxing in the sun before heading home.
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I am pretty sure I will be able to do this. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to do this for under $350 + spending money. I think early February would be better, my uni semester starts on the 23rd (though I've done 8 weeks of all these units anyway, so I can probably arrange to be lax on that).
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Can we please not call it sydneycon or ozcon, it's not a convention :P It's a meetup of regular internet folks. Southern hemisphere reprezent!
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Who said anything about convention? This is an opportunity to be CONdescending to the Americans and their CONventions :D
Besides, a meetup doesn't seem official enough. Needs more bigness.
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Synonyms of 'convention'

assembly, caucus, conference, congress, council, custom, gathering, meeting
convocation, crowd, gathering, group, meeting, muster, troop
colloquium, discussion, parley, seminar

Synonyms of 'party'
affair, celebration, festivity, fete, function, gala, occasion, soiree
carnival, celebration, colorful, feast, festal, festival, fete, fiesta, function, shindig

I personally like the sound of the "The Sydney Affair".
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You forgot "shindig".

Also possibly "debacle". Let's keep our options open here!
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I have stated numerous times how in on this I am.

I'll be the one standing around saying "Is it can be coffee tiem nao?"

I'll be the one answering "yes yes oh please yes"
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i'm starting to feel bad for living in melbourne as i'm nto sure i can make it
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February is fine with me. I can easily be in Sydney in February. I may be a bit money tight in January - planning a trip to Melbourne for then I think.
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i'm starting to feel bad for living in melbourne as i'm nto sure i can make it
Dude... I'll be coming from New Zealand, via Japan. What's your excuse?
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Sydney Shindig sounds good, quite jovial and it also rhymes alliterates!

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If its during the weekend and I have minimal homework I'm in/up for a Sydney meet-up.
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Guys you know I'm dying to come back, I will of course be totally in on this.
 
Maybe I should come back for another visit sometime before as well.  I have decided I like Newcastle/Sydney and I miss you all already.
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Jon, take a flight to Hong Kong.  Spend a couple days there taking in the local culture.  Then take a flight to Sydney.

One the way back stop in at Hawaii.  Spend a couple days relaxing in the sun before heading home.

Actually, this is how I've planned to do it. The unfortunate thing is that, honestly speaking, I'll probably long since be out of contact with most of the cool Aussies on this forum before I ever undertake such an expensive venture. I can't imagine being able to afford a trip like that before I'm thirty (A good six years off and it'd probably be well later than that), but it is most definitely something I'd love to do. Not necessarily even Hong Kong, but if I were to make a trip to Australia in my life I'd probably want it on a summer long trip. Start off in western Europe, then down to Israel or something, then on to China or Japan and then to Australia before heading to the western US and then home.

If I got into teaching, as I've been considering again lately, it's something I'd love to do what with summers off and all.
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So, who is excited?
Basically I'm just bumping this!
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The unfortunate thing is that, honestly speaking, I'll probably long since be out of contact with most of the cool Aussies on this forum before I ever undertake such an expensive venture. I can't imagine being able to afford a trip like that before I'm thirty

are you saying you won't be internet friends with us anymore in 6 years?
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i'm starting to feel bad for living in melbourne as i'm nto sure i can make it

Hey I'm in Melbourne and I'm as sure as I can be at this early stage that I will be going to What-Ever-We-Are-Calling-This-Gathering. I don't know how much flight from mel to syd and back would be, but it can't be too expensive (I hope).

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Virgin Blue! Get in early! When we set a date, it will sure to be after school starts! Non-peak yay!
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I'm looking at 280ish (student flights, no other shopping around) Perth to Sydney return. Melbourne to Sydney should be pretty affordable, especially if you don't mind a little discomfort on the plane. Does anyone have any idea where they'd be staying or know of any backpackers type places they'd reccomend?
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I have one couch. A maximum of two people can sleep on it but my place is small and since my brother will actually be in the country (presumably) I'd prefer only one person to crash here. First one to call it gets it, I guess.
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We've got a couple of couches as well. My housemates should be fine with people staying so long as you're not a junky/homophobe/allergic to dogs.
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I'm calling a couch at Violet Dove's, and promise not to get too drunk at this.
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For those looking for cheap accommodation that isn't someone's couch, I'd suggest perhaps a YHA. They are very reasonable share accommodation and if you can get a couple of you together you could share a room without too much hassle.
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Well, I know it's early, but I'd like to propose this:

Everyone post their preferred dates for this. Sometime in February. Be generous, it probably won't be perfect for everyone. It would be good to get a general idea of when people are doing what.

After a few weeks - we'll give everyone who doesn't check daily some time, we can finalise a date. Obviously some preferance goes to those who are travelling interstate(and rizzo).

I'm free any time in Feb, but it sounds like 2nd/3rd week will be best.
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February is too far away, sorry my love. I will say so in late January.
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I'd prefer either the beginning or end of Feb so 6-9th or 20-24th. As it stands my girlfriend and I will be going to Japan for two weeksish and we can stop over in Sydney either on the way there or the way back. If that doesn't work out though I can more than likely save some extra cash and come pretty much straight after I come back from Japan, I love flying so no biggie there :D
What about interstate peoples? What works for you guys?
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I can do this pretty much whenever. Be aware, however, that in January and February I am prone to sudden severe restrictions on my timetable, depending on whether any of my favourite overseas bands are touring Australia in the summer and, if they are, what dates they announce. So, uh, basically plan a date and if I'd rather go see a band in Melbourne on that weekend then you'll just have to have fun without me.
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I will probably be going back to uni on the 23rd of February. So before then would be swell. Anytime in the early 3/4s of the month are cool with me though.
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We should have it on the 6th-9th so it can be all about my birthday and I can be the centre of attention hooray.

Seriously though as long as it is before uni goes back (I don't know dates for certain but it would be around the 20th of Feb) I am fine with whenever.
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As long as it is before March 2nd (which is when uni goes back), and as long as it isn't a Saturday, that is fine with me.
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Whenever is good with me. It doesn't look like anyone awesome will ever hire me and I can almost always get time off from my crappy job!
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