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Which weekend (Fri-Mon) would work best for you for "Chicagocon '09" to happen?

July 31-August 3, 2009
- 8 (20.5%)
August 7-10, 2009
- 4 (10.3%)
August 14-17, 2009
- 5 (12.8%)
August 21-24, 2009
- 3 (7.7%)
August 28-September 1, 2009 (Tuesday included because it is a US/Canadian(I think) holiday)
- 4 (10.3%)
I don't fucking care as long as the date gets picked soon so I can plan!!!
- 15 (38.5%)

Total Members Voted: 36

Voting closed: 01 Oct 2008, 09:20


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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #350 on: 02 Jan 2009, 10:19 »

i have that kind of joke-about-everything relationship with my friends. occasionally i kind of worry cos like, what if one day i actually do want to have sex with them? or they want to have sex with me? we'll all be hinting at it and grabbing each other's privates and winking and saying horrible things, and it'll just go on for hours, over and over, cos no one will ever clue in or have any idea that anyone else is actually being serious. so now i just sort of have to pray and hope that i am never attracted to any of them.
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #351 on: 02 Jan 2009, 19:05 »

Guys someone should remind me sometime that wine is nice, even though it doesn't taste nice. Like, I think I just got drunk on boxed chardonnay.
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #352 on: 02 Jan 2009, 22:19 »

I live in the area, so I'd love to drop by for a while, especially for any amblings around interesting bits of the city.
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #353 on: 02 Jan 2009, 22:35 »

i have that kind of joke-about-everything relationship with my friends. occasionally i kind of worry cos like, what if one day i actually do want to have sex with them? or they want to have sex with me? we'll all be hinting at it and grabbing each other's privates and winking and saying horrible things, and it'll just go on for hours, over and over, cos no one will ever clue in or have any idea that anyone else is actually being serious. so now i just sort of have to pray and hope that i am never attracted to any of them.

tania nobody was talking about sex or joking about having sex with you so i have to come to the conclusion that you are an unstoppable sex fiend
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #354 on: 03 Jan 2009, 05:12 »

Guys someone should remind me sometime that wine is nice, even though it doesn't taste nice. Like, I think I just got drunk on boxed chardonnay.

Hahaha.
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #355 on: 03 Jan 2009, 07:06 »

Hey Katie now I am drunk on wine too, so that makes it AWESOME <3
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #356 on: 03 Jan 2009, 08:58 »

tania nobody was talking about sex or joking about having sex with you so i have to come to the conclusion that you are an unstoppable sex fiend

:-o

i'm sorry johnny
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #357 on: 03 Jan 2009, 10:10 »

(Johnny hates sex.)
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #358 on: 03 Jan 2009, 10:22 »

Hmm, interesting theory. JC can you confirm?
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #359 on: 05 Jan 2009, 20:16 »

Hey guys, I might be there!
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #360 on: 05 Jan 2009, 20:59 »

Whooo there's another country being represented at Chicagocon!
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #361 on: 05 Jan 2009, 21:10 »

Does anyone know how much a passage on some old freighter would cost?
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #362 on: 06 Jan 2009, 05:12 »

Oh hey guys travelling from another country this is kind of important.

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The days of filling out a green I-94 piece of paper (commonly thought of as the Visa Waiver form) on a plane for entry into the US are about to end. If you're travelling after 12 Jan '09 you'll need to fill in an online request to enter the States, at least three days before travelling, otherwise you'll be turned away at US immigration.

The form is called the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation form or ESTA for short

The application form is available right now on the ESTA's website. It's completely free, so beware of other sites implying there's a fee to pay.

Even if you're only considering going to the States at some point in the future, it's worth filling in the application before buying tickets...just on the off chance you're rejected and can't get your flight/hotel money back.

Plus the ESTA lasts two years (or until your passport expires), and only takes five mins, so after that youíre covered in case you forget, plus the three day rule could be a problem for emergency travel.When filling in the form you'll see a "flight details" section, but note this doesn't have an asterix, meaning you don't have to fill it in.

Once the ESTA is out of date you need to reapply.

I just thought I should let everyone know because getting this kind of shit out of the way early is a good idea.

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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #363 on: 06 Jan 2009, 12:44 »

Now that I'm sober again, a serious question: Does anyone know hoch much money I'd need to actually do this?
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #364 on: 06 Jan 2009, 13:21 »

Depends how long you were staying. I am guessing it would cost about $1000US for flight alone. Jury is still out on hotel prices. Add to that food, event, and booze costs and I am guessing that the weekend portion would run you around $300-500
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #365 on: 06 Jan 2009, 13:33 »

Honestly, my usual modus operandi for assigning money to go to forum meet-ups and the like can be summed up in two stages -

1) Like Tyler says, work out exactly how much you will need based on flights, accommodation and spending money.
2) Bring twice this amount, minimum.
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #366 on: 07 Jan 2009, 03:30 »

In terms of money, I don't have to pay for accomodation when I go to Boston next week but I've budgeted for US$1,500 spending money at barest minimum. I will probably not be buying that much stuff. It will be a frugal holiday.
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #367 on: 07 Jan 2009, 08:17 »

I got by really cheaply in Toronto. $125 for transportation, $90 for the hostel, and about $100 for food/shopping/etc. It can be done!
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #368 on: 07 Jan 2009, 08:26 »

So I am guessing that I need at least 2000-3000 Euros. I have about 1000 Euros right now. I see a problem!
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #369 on: 07 Jan 2009, 08:42 »

Get a job?
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #370 on: 07 Jan 2009, 08:47 »

What the ass?  How did this become a troll feeding frenzy for a bit?


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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #371 on: 07 Jan 2009, 08:59 »

Oh, I have a job. It's just that it helps me live by Mr Micawber's golden rule and not much more.

Thing is: I am planning to move into a new flat in the next few weeks, which means that the rent I'll have to pay actually doubles. If that plan fails, i will perhaps be able to get enough money untill summer.
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #372 on: 07 Jan 2009, 09:40 »

I want to go to this, and I was planning to use my tax return on this and a few other things, but with my new dental discovery, I'm not sure it's feasible.  I'm still going to try though. 
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #373 on: 07 Jan 2009, 13:48 »

Yeah, the thing that Oli linked to is really pretty important and also interestingly paranoid.

What I really want to know is who, when asked if they are or ever were affiliated with the Nazi party in Germany, would say "Sure I was! Can I still come?". I mean, seriously, how is this any form of security at all?
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #374 on: 10 Jan 2009, 06:16 »

I filled this out a few months ago when est told me about it. I especially love the questions "are you now or have you ever been involved in espionage?" and "[during your stay in America] do you intend to commit acts of moral turpitude?"

What the hell kind of spy reads that and thinks "oh fuck I guess they got me on this one!"
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« Reply #375 on: 10 Jan 2009, 07:08 »

An honest spy.
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #376 on: 11 Jan 2009, 04:30 »

I'm concerned by the way that the very first question asks "are you physically or mentally disabled, or a drug addict?". I don't see how they can justify lumping all of those things together. I mean, if you are in a wheelchair but not on any medication or anything like that, then by answering yes to that question you're making them think that you're addicted to opiates. Plus, why is it any of their business?

Grumble grumble stupid America.
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« Reply #377 on: 11 Jan 2009, 04:39 »

HOWS THAT BABY COMING ALONG MAY?
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« Reply #378 on: 11 Jan 2009, 04:41 »

SHHH don't tell anyone I might have to fill out more paperwork if America finds out that I'm going to be abandoing babies left right and centre!

Interestingly, one of the questions on that there form asks if you've ever attempted to kidnap a child who was under the custody of an American citizen. They don't care about any other children, just American ones.
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« Reply #379 on: 11 Jan 2009, 04:50 »

Well duh, I mean you're coming to America. If you were kidnapping Nigerian babies they wouldn't care, how many Nigerian babies are there in America?
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« Reply #380 on: 11 Jan 2009, 07:50 »

He'll save the children.
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #381 on: 11 Jan 2009, 08:09 »

But not the foreign children.
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« Reply #382 on: 11 Jan 2009, 11:25 »

He'll kick you apart!

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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #383 on: 11 Jan 2009, 11:58 »

as much as i like the direction this thread is headed...

i don't know if i (and therefore also jason) will be able to make it to this. we are going to be buying a house sometime in the next few months, so money might be pretty nonexistent for us for a while. i will still try, but i'll probably need to stay somewhere really cheap or sneak in to someone's hotel room or something.

i'll be in chicago in may though... if anyone wants to meet up with me then...
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Re: Chicago Meetup Dates
« Reply #384 on: 12 Jan 2009, 06:12 »

I'm concerned by the way that the very first question asks "are you physically or mentally disabled, or a drug addict?". I don't see how they can justify lumping all of those things together. I mean, if you are in a wheelchair but not on any medication or anything like that, then by answering yes to that question you're making them think that you're addicted to opiates. Plus, why is it any of their business?

Grumble grumble stupid America.

Maybe they're just really, really big Mitch Hedberg fans?
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