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rivka
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Looks like the west coast has been ruled out, most likely. [Frown] [Razz]

Should it be ruled back in again, I am in Los Angeles, and possess both a vehicle and guest accommodations -- although nothing as luxurious as CT'S!

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<-- likes dkw's plan
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Maybe I'm crazy, but I think there are way too many get togethers on the West Coast (Cali and PacNW) on the whole. Therefore I claim Kama in the name of the East Coast, even if I don't get to see her. [Razz]
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rivka, it is merely the endpoint of a lifetime of decadence and depravity. [Big Grin]

(You are invited, too. We could plan a night of girls-on-the-town kickin-heels-up shindiggity. If we're lucky, we'll get Christy and AnnaJo in on it.)

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Kama
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So, are there any Jatraqueros "across the south and up the coast to wind up back in New York"?
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I'd be delighted to have you if I'm in the country. Right now, though still nothing is finalized until I finish this San Francisco job, I'm planning to be in Iraq before then.

(Btw, I'm leaving Tuesday morning to go to San Francisco for at least 3 weeks. I will most likely have limited internet access while I'm there since the hotel wants to charge $10 a NIGHT for internet. I'll probably be able to snatch a few minutes here and there at the office to send email written offline, or else I'll find an internet cafe somewhere close by and be able to post a bit, but I'll probably be mostly gone. I'm taking a couple of dozen books to read instead. <grins>)

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I should be settled in New Orleans by then. And isn't it every girl's dream to be in a "Girls Gone Wild" video?

If not, there's also Jazz, Cajun food, and a bar on every corner. Four, actually, as often as not.

Wadda ya say, Bob? Take a couple days off to drive K.A.M.A and hang out in the Big Easy?

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At this point, I'm also thinking about coming to Chicago for the Hatrackon...hatracon...Jatraquon?

If this were to happen, my dad would be babysitting my 2 older kids for as long as I'd like to be gone, and I'd be driving. Which means, Kama, that you'd be more than welcome to ride back south with me and my new baby, with as many detours/layovers as we want to take.

Just a thought...

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Holy crap!

I want to go to CT's!

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Heh. I'm dropping in at CT's even if I don't manage the bike trip -- though I think I may be up to it by June, despite my ankle's slow recovery. Just the thoughts of a massaging chair, two cats, sex with CT, wine, good conversation...

Though when it comes to conversation, I've noticed I'm prone to Freudian slips. Watch out for those.

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Is there a thread someone could bump about this hatrackcon? [Confused]
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quote:
This sounds great...except the part that involves driving Kama to another Hatracker.

*curses the fates for not having a car*

But wait, I have an idea. Kama, if you're in a city visiting a Hatracker, and there just happens to be other Hatrackers in the same city, what's to stop more visiting than one at a time?

*hopes someone else in Philly is reading this

*

I am Javert. And I have a car. A small car, but who's complaining?

And though I am not IN Philly--I am most certainly in easy driving distance in Jersey.

And I can drag John in to do things with Kama to make Lalo jealous [Razz] .
(edit for mistakes)

And meet My lady and Mistress KAMA!! [Evil Laugh]

[ January 11, 2004, 11:49 PM: Message edited by: Starla* ]

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Umm, rather than NYC (or preferably, in ADDITION to), I think a trip to Boston is in order. We do hold the record for largest non-EnderCon meeting of Jatraqueros (do we still hold this record?).

We have Mack, Dragon, Myr, Sarahdipity, Suneun, Paul, Me, and a few others I am forgetting... Plus, you can save some money by bussing/taking the train from Boston to NYC for shmucks like Leto. You do know he's really from Jersey, right?

[Smile]

In any case, I hope you have a fine time in the US, with or without Boston (though it's tougher without!).

-Bok

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HEY! I'm FROM Jersey!!! [Mad]

Though I must admit, it's not something to be proud of..... [Angst]

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Well, you guys do have The Boss, and Atlantic City going from you.

*Burns family tree that shows Bok is 2 generations removed from Jersey*

[Smile]

-Bok

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Let us not forget Bon Jovi--New Jersey's finest.
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Well if you can make your way to the philly area you'll have a nice grenmetic cross section of me, Leonide, John, Starla, Javert, and maybe even others.

Maybe we can even get Ic and Cor up again for an AC get-together. [Smile]

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Kama
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quote:
And I can drag John in to do things with Kama to make Lalo jealous
I sure hope he doesn't need too much dragging in [Wink]

Okay, so I'd include Boston and Philly/Jersey area, too...

Hmm... Maybe I'd just do it one way then? Fly in to Boston, say, then go to Philly, NYC, then according to the schedule, to the Con in Chicago, down south with Boon, to Bob in Texas, and fly out from there?

[ January 12, 2004, 02:08 AM: Message edited by: Kama ]

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quote:
I'm thinking August
August, Kama?

oooo.... that's not a real good idea of a time for coming through Kansas. I'm mean, you're still welcome to come by, but Kansas in August (and Texas, for that matter) is over 100-degree F temps (That means 37 to 40 degrees Celsius!).

And, uh, my home has no air conditioning.

However, I would be happy to pay for your stay at a local motel, or maybe with my sister nearby who does have air conditioning. I just know our German foreign exchange student HATED the heat of August here.

Just thought I'd mention it...

Farmgirl

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Kama
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Hmm...

Would it make a difference if it was the end of August, rather than beginning?

I said August with the thought of HatrackCon in mind, as it seemed to be the date most suited for most. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to make it much earlier (say, June); I don't know if it could be later (September?). I still need to talk about it with my boss, but I won't be able to before my contract is prolonged, which will be at the end of February - I will be able to make more specific plans then.

I suppose, in the worst case scenario, I will just try and endure the weather [Smile]

Anyways, the central thing would be to set the Con date and find out when the people who are willing to carry the Kama burden will actually have the time to do it.

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Wow, this sounds like so much fun. Wish I could participate. Are we still all chipping in for Kama's flight?
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Honestly, if you all were to pay for my ticket and drive me across America, this would create a debt I could never pay off. And I'm not speaking money only, here. [Blushing]

[ January 12, 2004, 09:49 AM: Message edited by: Kama ]

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Lesse... If you could manage to get to somewhere in Texas/Baton Rogue, since I live between the two, I would galdly drive you from one to another. Toretha lives in Batorn Rogue (I think someone else as well). We have two big couches you can crash on (unless you're alergic to dogs: Grace gets up on them all the time, so the house fair reeks of dog), although it would have to be for only one night. I don't think Mom would be too keen on the idea, but I have another place you could stay... If Correlle doesn't sell her house. [Laugh]

Methinks we should get a map and start putting pushpins in certain locations, so we can plot stops.

[edit to remind everyone that college starts in August for all the college 'rackers, and that this member is planning on transfering to school in Wisconsion]

[ January 12, 2004, 09:56 AM: Message edited by: MaydayDesiax ]

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If scheduling is getting tight, Chicago to my house is about a 7 hour drive, and here to Tulsa is about 8 hours. (And I have air conditioning, in both house and car.)
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What's with all the hatin' on New Jersey? Parts of it are quite lovely. And while the house I lived in until I was 7 no longer looks the same (they put in a DECK! [Angst] ), it is still there.

Besides, Lakewood is in NJ. [Smile]

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Javert Hugo
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Kama! I can offer a place to sleep, Dallas entertainment, and a female's place to crash in close vicinity to Bob. [Smile]

August, however, is NOT a good idea. August is so, so hot here. I promise that there is no area of Poland as miserable as the South in August. In fact, July - September is almost universally unbearable. It's sub-tropical here, and it's just terrible for schlepping about.

On the other hand, we do live here. So, it must be bearable some way. I just think you'd have more fun if stepping outside wasn't like swimming in boiling fog. That doesn't mean you can't have fun, it just means fun usually happens inside. And make sure every Hatracker driving has air conditioning!!!

[Smile] This is so cool!

[ January 12, 2004, 11:57 AM: Message edited by: Javert Hugo ]

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Well, I didn't make a cash donation to Kama's flight, but I have relatives in Chicago, New York, Washington DC, and Florida. And then I would have to get back to Utah, which could happen via LA/TX etc. (a trip from DC to FL could involve stalking OSC himself in NC). Of course, these are extremely vague possibilities. But my daughter really wants to do a road trip this summer.

I could do a psychadelic paint job on my van, something about Ender's Game.

[ January 12, 2004, 11:58 AM: Message edited by: pooka ]

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Noemon
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You know, maybe it's just because I've grown up with it, but I don't see what the big deal is about mid-western summers. I mean sure, it's hot, and sure, it's humid, but it's never really bothered me. I'm most familiar with the NE Kansas variety of August weather, but I've experienced Austin and Houston in August as well.

Besides, won't the trip be more memorable for the extreme weather?

I say proceed with August, and let heat and humidity be damned!

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I say proceed with August, and let heat and humidity be damned!
<-- has so far followed all Noemon's advice and was never dissappointed [Big Grin]
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Oh, does anyone (lusti?) know if it's hotter than Bulgaria in the summer? Just so I know what to prepare myself for [Wink]
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quote:
Bulgarian Climate

Temperate continental with clearly marked four seasons.
A Mediterranean influence is felt in the country's southern regions.
The average annual temperature is 10.5C.
The average January temperature is around OC.
Average summer temperatures rarely exceed 30C.

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New Orleans

The best hotel bargains can be found in June, July and August, but be prepared for temperatures at or above 90 F/32 C and humidity of 66% or higher. Pace your sightseeing if you go at that time, and dress appropriately -- the humidity can be exhausting. Frequent afternoon thunderstorms help cool things down.


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Kama
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"Average summer temperatures rarely exceed 30C"

Definitely not when I was there! [Eek!]

I think it oscilated between 35-40, and it was very humid.

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I'm beginning to like the challenge of the summer Southern weather [Smile]

Who will win this fight? The summer? or Kama? Place your bets now!!!

[ January 12, 2004, 01:23 PM: Message edited by: Kama ]

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July is technically the hottest month, but August seems hotter. I don't know if it is the lack of holidays, or that summer has been going on so long, or the anticipation of it being over. I also have this mental image of the earth being warmed a little every day and cooling at night. So even though there is less sun coming down, the cumulative baking of the earth has progressed more.

The east coast, especially the DC area, is very "muggy" meaning humid, in the summer.

Texas can get hot, but it's a dry heat. I liked Texas when I was there in the summer. But it depends on what part.

Chicago you never know what you are going to get. It is on a giant lake so it can be humid, but I hear it hasn't been to bad the last couple of years. It's also fairly far north.

In a hypothetical road trip, it would be 20 hours driving between Utah and Chicago. 14 between Chicago and New York. 6 between New York and DC. I'm a little foggy on moving south on the east coast, but maybe 6 to Greensboro? And another 12 on down to Florida. I've never actually been to Florida, but my sister moved there last year. I'm not as sure about Louisiana (LA) and Texas. Though my quickest drive from DC to Utah was on I-40, though the top parts of the South. I know that between Utah and Central California is like 12 hours, and another 5 hours to get to Southern California.

If I had no other commitments, I would prefer to drive in April or October. Fall and Spring are really lovely everywhere I've been. But now that I've got a kid in school it would mean compressing the trip much more than I would be otherwise inclined to do.

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Kama will self-modify climate control section of programming, obviously!
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I've driven Kansas City (where Caleb lives, and close to where Kayla lives) to Houston (where kat lives, I think) in 12 hours. I've done that a couple of times, actually. Bob, how long did it take you to get to KC?
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quote:
has so far followed all Noemon's advice and was never dissappointed
::gleefully waits for Kama to start sending him monthly checks, after his subliminal suggestions start kicking in::

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Who will win this fight? The summer? or Kama? Place your bets now!!!
I don't really think the weather has a chance.

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Would it make a difference if it was the end of August, rather than beginning?
Not really, August is pretty much hot from start to finish. It doesn't really start to cool down in the midwest, typically, until the middle of September. What is Poland's August weather like?

By the way, certain parts of Texas may be dry, but other parts, like Houston, have been incredibly humid in my experience. I assume it's from the Gulf of Mexico. Not that the humidity is a problem, but just so you know.

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There's more in and around southern Indiana, so Kama should go there [Smile] .
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*has no money*
*has no time*
...
*has a car*
Does that help?

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Southern Indiana hold the record for the most frequent hatracker gatherings! [Big Grin]
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Study halls don't count, blacwolve! [Wink]
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*scowls in jealousy at southern Indiana*
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Oh, since I don't think I made this clear, I'm definitely visiting you, kat [Smile]
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Oh, yay! And nothing's scheduled for summer yet, so anytime is good. [Smile]
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Gosh darnit, I think there must be an Anti-California Cabal or something. Well, ha! There's plenty of us SoCal Hatrack Folk already, so we'll just have fun at our own get-togethers! And none of you are invited! And we have the best get-togethers ever! Ever! Ha!

OK, fine, you can come if you want. But only 'cause I wouldn't want to deprive anyone of the pleasure of my company.

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Just by looking at the map, southern Indiana seems in the reach (?)

Right after I'm sure I get the visa (beginning of March, d'oh) we may start planning this for real, with dates, distances, places and such. (we, since I obviously won't be able to plan much on my own [Wink] ) Yes? That would leave us with over 4 months in which to plan things? That seems enough, right? I suppose I would have to make plane reservations pretty early on, too.

Wow, this thread is a real postcount++ for me.

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Southern Indiana hold the record for the most frequent hatracker gatherings! [Big Grin]
Really? And I've only been to one [Razz] , I need to learn to drive so I can go to more gatherings [Blushing] .

(And if I learn to drive before this trip takes place I might be able to provide [or rather convince my parents to provide] one of stops along the way, we usually have at least one empty bed room, and I am only about 2 hours away from blacwolve and company)

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I say proceed with August, and let heat and humidity be damned!
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Don't do this to me again!!!!

I probably won't be here august, I'm going to Israel next year, and I think the year starts in august (I have to go to a "summer session") this is the second time there'll be a gathering that at least stops by my area (Southern Indiana) and I won't be able to come!!!! [Frown] [Frown] [Frown]

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