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August 15, 2015

The empty place is for Bigfoot
Posted by Abi Sutherland at 03:53 PM * 56 comments

Cath, of her kindness, has been doing the yeoman work of organizing two Gatherings of Light at Sasquan. This is the master information post, which can be linked to and referred to. It is versioned, and will be updated if details change.

This is revision 3, as at Thursday 20 August

THURSDAY DINNER

(Twitter hashtag #MLthursdaydinner)

Thursday, August 20, 7:30 pm Pacific Time

Location: Saranac, 21 West Main Avenue, two and a half blocks from the convention center. Map link here

Meet at 7 pm Thursday evening inside the ground floor pointy end of the exhibit hall. Outside you can see the little green park on West Spokane Falls Blvd, and the crosswalk over highway 2. A few steps away from the escalator there are some benches next to Elevator 14. Cath will be there from 6:45 onward.

For identification purposes, she describes herself as “middle-aged, pale skin, red hair, glasses, and will be holding a red Chinese paper lantern.”

If you run late, come find us at Saranac. The reservation is under the name of Cath Rowan.

IMPORTANT: If you’d like to join the dinner expedition, please post an explicit “I am coming to Thursday dinner” comment on this thread by midnight Sunday Aug 16 Mountain time the evening of Wednesday 19 August, or until all 20 seats are filled. Cath will comment with updated attendance lists.

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FRIDAY MEETUP

(Twitter hashtag #MLfridaymeetup; schedule link here)

Friday, August 21, 2-3:45 pm

Location: CC 201C

Drop by when you can, BYO beverages, snacks, handwork, etc

Note that this room has chairs but no tables. If lots of people show up at once, some may have to stand.

If the gathering is still going strong at 3:45, we can move down to hall C.

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GENERAL COORDINATION

Contact details for Cath: cathrowan at the Canadian extension of Yahoo (nationality is important in this context); if you need a cell phone number, contact her that way. She is also @cath_rowan on Twitter (in case the convention center bandwidth overloads).

She promises to do her best to monitor all three (e-mail, phone, and Twitter) closely during the couple of hours before each event.

Cath was also suggesting using #MakingLightatSasquan to find other fluorospherians at panels, company for a meal, etc.

Comments on The empty place is for Bigfoot:
#1 ::: Cath ::: (view all by) ::: August 15, 2015, 07:36 PM:

Quoting Abi from the Loncon thread last year: "Lurkers are expressly welcome to come to these gatherings! You may be urged to de-lurk, but only because we will probably turn out to like you, and want to hear more from you. And you’re totally allowed to say “commenting is just not my thing”, or “I’ll think about that” and stay in lurkerdom."

#2 ::: Heather Rose Jones ::: (view all by) ::: August 15, 2015, 09:57 PM:

Thank you Cath for taking the reins! I'll be at the Friday gathering but, as previously noted, have a panel conflict for the Thursday dinner.

#3 ::: Cath ::: (view all by) ::: August 15, 2015, 10:43 PM:

Reposting from the Centerpiece thread

[THURSDAY DINNER]
Saranac, 7:30 pm

As of 8:30 pm MDT Saturday Aug 15

Cath
Bill
Lee
KeithS
TomB
Greg M
gaukler
Barbara
Annie Y
Starshadow
Steven desJardins
elise
SunflowerP

There are still chairs available!

Next summary will be posted Sunday evening, then Monday morning.

#4 ::: Jeff ::: (view all by) ::: August 17, 2015, 01:04 AM:

@Cath: The Thursday dinner is a little too late for me; however, I'm thinking of going to Saranac earlier for dinner and stopping by the GoL table when the party comes in. Does that sound OK? I've met Lee and Steven.

#5 ::: Harriet Culver ::: (view all by) ::: August 17, 2015, 02:18 AM:

Looks like I've missed the deadline by 9 minutes. Fooey. (16 minutes now)

If there is still a chair I'd love to join for Thursday dinner. I haven't been to a Worldcon since Anticipation/Montreal in '09 and I think I'll need some moral support at this one ;-)

Please let me know if this is too late. Thanks

#6 ::: Cath ::: (view all by) ::: August 17, 2015, 12:02 PM:

Hi Jeff, please do say hello. Should I save you a chair? There is still space, Harriet, so I'll add you to the list.

Everyone, I made a reservation for 20 and there is still room. I'll keep taking names until Wednesday night or until we fill all the seats.

#7 ::: Jeff ::: (view all by) ::: August 17, 2015, 01:19 PM:

Cath: Yes, thanks, although I'll only need it for a half hour or so.

#8 ::: Cath ::: (view all by) ::: August 17, 2015, 01:45 PM:

[THURSDAY DINNER]
Saranac, 7:30 pm

As of 11:30 am MDT Monday August 17

1. Cath
2. Bill
3. Lee
4. KeithS
5. TomB
6. Greg M
7. gaukler
8. Barbara
9. Annie Y
10. Starshadow
11. Steven desJardins
12. elise
13. SunflowerP
14. Jeff
15. Harriet Culver
16. - this could be you
17. - you don't have to know any of us
18. - Making Light posters and lurkers are all welcome
19. - come help us gather light
20. - Bigfoot would love to meet you!

#9 ::: Dori ::: (view all by) ::: August 17, 2015, 06:22 PM:

The initial post was edited to:

please post an explicit “I am coming to Thursday dinner” comment on this thread by the evening of Wednesday 17 August

Should that be Monday 17 August or Wednesday 19 August? I'm assuming the latter, based on Cath's #6.

#10 ::: Cath ::: (view all by) ::: August 17, 2015, 08:07 PM:

Dori #9

That would indeed be Wed Aug 19 for the deadline. I must have sent Abi a draft with a typo in it.

#11 ::: Dori ::: (view all by) ::: August 17, 2015, 08:24 PM:

It appears that the File 770 meetup is the same day and same location as the ML meetup, just 2 hours earlier. I expect that there will be some overlap between the two groups.

#12 ::: Brother Guy ::: (view all by) ::: August 18, 2015, 03:36 PM:

I am coming to Thursday dinner.

#13 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: August 18, 2015, 03:39 PM:

Cath, Dori: fixed

#14 ::: Bill Higgins-- Beam Jockey ::: (view all by) ::: August 18, 2015, 05:46 PM:

Thursday dinner collides with a scheduled panel, but I may be able to attend the Friday event.

Here are the program items I'll be on.

#15 ::: Skwid ::: (view all by) ::: August 18, 2015, 09:13 PM:

Hey, Fluorospherians! Long time no luminesce!

I am Skwid, and my wife is Stefanie, and we would like to come to Thursday dinner!

#16 ::: Cath ::: (view all by) ::: August 18, 2015, 11:29 PM:

I spent today driving through the Rockies, mostly out of cell range. I'm now at the Red Lion at the Park with a desk for the laptop, a chair to sit in, and sweet, sweet wifi.

[THURSDAY DINNER]
Saranac, 7:30 pm

As of 8:30 pm Pacific time Tuesday August 18

1. Cath
2. Bill
3. Lee
4. KeithS
5. TomB
6. Greg M
7. gaukler
8. Barbara
9. Annie Y
10. Starshadow
11. Steven desJardins
12. elise
13. SunflowerP
14. Jeff
15. Harriet Culver
16. Brother Guy
17. Skwid
18. Stefanie
19. - come help us gather light
20. - Bigfoot would love to meet you!

#17 ::: B. Durbin ::: (view all by) ::: August 19, 2015, 04:54 PM:

I am coming to Thursday dinner. Just heard.

#18 ::: Cath ::: (view all by) ::: August 19, 2015, 09:01 PM:

Saranac found me another table, so we now have room for 24. I'll update again Thursday morning.

[THURSDAY DINNER]
Saranac, 7:30 pm

As of 6 pm Pacific time Wednesday August 19

1. Cath
2. Bill
3. Lee
4. KeithS
5. TomB
6. Greg M
7. gaukler
8. Barbara
9. Annie Y
10. Starshadow
11. Steven desJardins
12. elise
13. SunflowerP
14. Jeff
15. Harriet Culver
16. Brother Guy
17. Skwid
18. Stefanie
19. B. Durbin
20. - It's too hot for the yeti
21. - The tribbles already ate
22. - Raven is off playing tricks
23. - Kjell Lindgren can't drop in
24. - But Bigfoot would love to meet you!

Meet at 7 pm Thursday evening inside the ground floor pointy end of the exhibit hall. Outside you can see the little green park on West Spokane Falls Blvd, and the crosswalk over highway 2. A few steps away from the escalator there are some benches next to Elevator 14. I'll be there from 6:45 onward.

If you run late, come find us at Saranac. The reservation is under the name of Cath Rowan.

#19 ::: Charlie Stross ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2015, 12:06 AM:

Am I too late to add two more for dinner tomorrow? I only just saw this ...

#20 ::: Charlie Stross ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2015, 12:06 AM:

Am I too late to add two more for dinner tomorrow? I only just saw this ...

#21 ::: Cath ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2015, 03:35 AM:

Charlie #19
You are not too late! I will add you and your companion to the list.

#22 ::: Cath ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2015, 03:42 AM:

Charlie #19 addendum

I see you on the program as participating in the panel Genre and the Global Police State at 8 pm
Thursday. Are you coming to Saranac afterward? I made the booking for 7:30 but I expect we'll be there for a while.

#23 ::: Skwid ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2015, 10:04 AM:

If it's still possible to fit one more lurker, could you add our friend Kenn to the roster?

#24 ::: Charlie Stross ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2015, 11:35 AM:

I'm sufficiently not on the ball right now that I overlooked that panel. Sigh. Better strike me out for tonight because Saranac stops serving food around 9pm and may be trying to close between 9 and 10. I'll try to drop in for a beer afterwards.

#25 ::: Cath ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2015, 11:50 AM:

Skwid #23
Can do!

Charilie #24
Hope to see you later in the evening, then. Or at the meetup Friday 2-4 pm if you are free.

I'm off to the business meeting so offline for the morning. I'll try and check messages this afternoon.

As of 8:30 am Pacific time Thursday August 20
There is still space for 4

[THURSDAY DINNER]
Saranac, 7:30 pm

1. Cath
2. Bill
3. Lee
4. KeithS
5. TomB
6. Greg M
7. gaukler
8. Barbara
9. Annie Y
10. Starshadow
11. Steven desJardins
12. elise
13. SunflowerP
14. Jeff
15. Harriet Culver
16. Brother Guy
17. Skwid
18. Stefanie
19. B. Durbin
20. Kenn
21. - The tribbles already ate
22. - Raven is off playing tricks
23. - Kjell Lindgren can't drop in
24. - But Bigfoot would love to meet you!

#26 ::: Paul Lalonde ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2015, 01:34 PM:

I lurk, but would be delighted to make bigfoot's acquaintance at dinner.

#27 ::: JJ ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2015, 02:19 PM:

Can I still sign up?

#28 ::: Tania ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2015, 03:37 PM:

Skwid! And many others from when I was a better community member. I'll be at Friday. It'd be lovely to see people I'm so fond of online.

(Yes, I've been absent for years. Life happens, I know you all understand.)

#29 ::: Cath ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2015, 04:13 PM:

#26 Paul & #27 JJ
I've added you both.

#30 ::: Cath ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2015, 05:33 PM:

As of 2:30 pm Pacific time Thursday August 20
There is still space for 2

[THURSDAY DINNER]
Saranac, 7:30 pm

1. Cath
2. Bill
3. Lee
4. KeithS
5. TomB
6. Greg M
7. gaukler
8. Barbara
9. Annie Y
10. Starshadow
11. Steven desJardins
12. elise
13. SunflowerP
14. Jeff
15. Harriet Culver
16. Brother Guy
17. Skwid
18. Stefanie
19. B. Durbin
20. Kenn
21. Paul Lalonde
22. JJ
23. - Kjell Lindgren can't drop in
24. - But Bigfoot would love to meet you!

#31 ::: Lee Billings ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2015, 07:11 PM:

My partner has decided to join us.

#32 ::: CHip ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2015, 08:11 PM:

Looks likes you still have one space available; in which case I'm in, having emerged from the Facilities morass

#33 ::: Cath ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2015, 08:34 PM:

Lee #31, CHip #32

Added you both.

All 24 places are taken so I am closing off RSVPs.

Reminder - there will be a ML meetup Friday at 2, room 201C.

#34 ::: Cassy B. ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2015, 11:21 PM:

Chip, will you be sitting in Bigfoot's lap, then? That'd be COOL! (also, I want pictures. With or without Bigfoot.)

(Gosh, I wish I could be there....)

#35 ::: Skwid ::: (view all by) ::: August 21, 2015, 01:31 AM:

That was delightful, thanks everyone...especially Cath!

#36 ::: Cath ::: (view all by) ::: August 21, 2015, 03:54 AM:

And light was gathered at Saranac!
Photos here on flickr

It was wonderful to meet some fellow fluorospherians. Now when you post, I will hear your voice speaking at the same time.

For those who couldn't make it to dinner, there's a meetup Friday afternoon - details above.

#37 ::: JJ ::: (view all by) ::: August 21, 2015, 10:02 PM:

Thanks much to Cath for all her hard work in making arrangements for the get-togethers.

Jameson and I trekked to the Post Office today and the rocket novel winner t-shirts for those of you who ordered them but could not be at Sasquan have been mailed. He will be contacting you within a couple of days to let you know the shipping cost, which was based on weight + distance, and which I believe you can submit to him by PayPal.

He does have a few extra shirts, both men's and women's styles, available for sale. If you would like one, he can be found at the Sasquan Business Meetings, or you can post here and I'll try to make sure he sees the message.

#38 ::: Jim S. ::: (view all by) ::: August 21, 2015, 11:36 PM:

The Friday afternoon meet up was lovely, too! Thanks, everyone, for welcoming this Worldcon newbie and longtime lurker to hang out with you all.

#39 ::: Tom Whitmore ::: (view all by) ::: August 22, 2015, 01:32 AM:

It was good to get by for a few minutes and see old friends and meet new ones. Thank you, Cath! And thank you for catching me later and introducing yourself.

#40 ::: Heather Rose Jones ::: (view all by) ::: August 22, 2015, 02:52 AM:

It was lovely to meet more of you-all in person this afternoon. And thanks to all who helped finish off the almond pastries! I must say that I'm having possibly the most wonder convention experience I've ever had.

#41 ::: Xopher Halftongue ::: (view all by) ::: August 22, 2015, 03:43 AM:

Heather 40: I'm glad you're having a good time! Just wait til you go to WisCon!

#42 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: August 22, 2015, 03:51 AM:

I saw the pictures Patrick sent of the Friday gathering, and have just been looking at the Saranac shots. I'm always surprised how many faces I can put to names, considering how little in-person time I get with our community.

It sounds like it was tremendous fun. Thank you to Cath for putting it together, and to everyone who makes this community a thing. (And extra thanks to JJ and Jameson for the T-shirt run!)

Next year in Kansas City! (And then Helsinki!)

#43 ::: Cath ::: (view all by) ::: August 23, 2015, 05:49 PM:

I am not leaving until Monday morning. Would anyone care to meet after dinner for drinks? (Drink = liquid not necessarily containing alcohol)

How about 8ish in the Grand lobby so we can sit on those massive comfy couches?

#44 ::: Steven desJardins ::: (view all by) ::: August 23, 2015, 08:10 PM:

I'll still be around tonight, and I'm happy to head down to the Davenport Grand lobby around 8:00, assuming I'm still awake. (I think I will be, but it's been a tiring convention.)

#45 ::: Cally Soukup ::: (view all by) ::: August 23, 2015, 08:21 PM:

How's the air quality there in Spokane? I understand that it was really bad yesterday; has it gotten better?

#46 ::: Steven desJardins ::: (view all by) ::: August 23, 2015, 08:32 PM:

The really horrible air quality was on Friday, when there were signs posted warning people not to go outside. It's much better than it was.

#47 ::: Cath ::: (view all by) ::: August 23, 2015, 08:56 PM:

Heather Rose Jones, nerdycellist, I'm at Saranac inside if you are still able to meet for dìnner.

#48 ::: Xopher Halftongue ::: (view all by) ::: August 24, 2015, 01:33 AM:

I made the signs.

#49 ::: Ingvar M ::: (view all by) ::: August 24, 2015, 02:04 PM:

I suspet most everyone to have already (or are soon about to have) left, but wise to the tiredness that comes after a Con, I am actually ot departing until Tuesday, so if anyone is still here, it might be cool to grab a bite at some point, maybe?

#50 ::: Annie Y ::: (view all by) ::: August 25, 2015, 01:37 PM:

It was nice meeting everyone at the dinner and sorry if I missed to say hi someone (and that I could not make the afternoon meeting - got a bit too busy volunteering). See you all in Kansas City next year!

#51 ::: SunflowerP ::: (view all by) ::: August 28, 2015, 09:28 AM:

I enjoyed both the dinner and the Friday meetup so much; it was lovely meeting you all! Thank you, Cath, for making it happen!

Does anyone recall the name of the red ale served at the Saranac? I think I'd know it if I heard (or read) it, but I'm having no luck at all trying to dredge it out of my brain unassisted, and, alas, their website doesn't include the draft beer list.

#52 ::: Phiala ::: (view all by) ::: August 28, 2015, 05:12 PM:

Alas for getting behind on the internets!

I did get to see some of you in Spokane, but if I'd known about the Friday meetup before it happened I would have tried to attend.

#53 ::: Ingvar M ::: (view all by) ::: August 29, 2015, 04:57 AM:

Annie Y @ #50:

Hm, was it you who told me that the Con Suite was sufficiently well staffed, around 7 PM on the Sunday? I wasn't trying to get into the DD early or anything, it's just that everything elsewhere was already neatly packed up, waiting for forklifts to pick up and transport items.

#54 ::: Annie Y ::: (view all by) ::: August 29, 2015, 05:07 AM:

It might have been. If the someone was wearing a skirt and a red apron, it was me. :) if not - someone else that was around.
At this point we were also neatly packed and just getting stuff out for the party - with enough help for a change. Thanks for the offer to help though - it is/was appreciated. And if the answer was - DD starts at 8, it had been because we had kept repeating this since 3 pm when the consuite closed.

#55 ::: Ingvar M ::: (view all by) ::: August 31, 2015, 04:56 PM:

Annie Y @ #54:

All I can recall is "female, spoke English with what sounded like a Hungarian or Slavic accent".

#56 ::: Annie Y ::: (view all by) ::: August 31, 2015, 05:12 PM:

Yep- then it was me most likely. :)

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