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"Chicago Seminars 2011" October 29 and 30 Registration Open

"Chicago Seminars 2011" October 29 and 30 Registration Open

Old Feb 22, 11, 8:03 pm
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Thank you for organizing this event again. I will be in the country this year and I am looking forward to attending.
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Old Feb 22, 11, 8:49 pm
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After missing last year to due to a previous commitment, I'm going to keep that weekend open this time. Bring on the signup links...

(~$400 AUS-ORD this far out? Ick, what's up with that?)
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Old Feb 22, 11, 9:22 pm
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Originally Posted by paranoiatx View Post
After missing last year to due to a previous commitment, I'm going to keep that weekend open this time. Bring on the signup links...

(~$400 AUS-ORD this far out? Ick, what's up with that?)
Hey, take WN to MDW. Can't book yet, though.
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Old Feb 22, 11, 10:12 pm
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Thanx for the heads up CDKing! I'm definitely going to try and fly in when u do.
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Old Feb 22, 11, 10:24 pm
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I'll be there Ingy and TooManyBooks! Always nice to keep up on current trends!

Count me in for helping out in any way I can.
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Old Feb 23, 11, 12:24 am
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ingy and toomanybooks, thanks so much for organizing this again, I am definitely interested. Hopefully I will have a better flight schedule this time so I can help out somehow.
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Old Feb 23, 11, 6:54 am
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Glad to see this coming together again for this year...and no family vacation planned! Will wait for the links. Thanks, ingy and toomanybooks!
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Old Feb 23, 11, 8:16 am
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Thank you for doing this again. I am planning to be there. While I can't bring 1000 apples or bananas, I'd be happy to help with other chores.

I understand factoring in the hotel's POV in giving preference to those who are also renting a room. However, keeping the FF community's interest in mind as well, I suggest also reserving a % of slots for those who could not attend last year's DO.

Of course, if this means that I get left out, so be it, and I can always look for an apple/banana elsewhere in Chicago.

Originally Posted by toomanybooks View Post
When considering a repeat of last year's DO, of course we looked at other hotels in the ORD area. To forestall numerous comments I know are coming...
Just a quick comment, have you considered other area hotels? McCormick Place?

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Old Feb 23, 11, 9:11 am
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Thank you for organizing. I am looking forward to attending. Missed out last year.
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Old Feb 23, 11, 10:22 am
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I missed last years, but looking forward to this years!
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Old Feb 23, 11, 10:49 am
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Hmmmmm. I replied to this thread yesterday, but it has disappeared. Hopefully, this one will stick.

I'd also be interested in a UA Ops tour if that does happen.
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Old Feb 23, 11, 2:16 pm
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Originally Posted by toomanybooks View Post
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Furthermore, these other hotels:

1. Failed to return repeated phone calls.
2. Changed terms and conditions after we had negotiated things.
3. Changed weekend dates on us unilaterally when a better offer came along, then lied about it (a real pi$$er)
4. Wanted IMMENSE amounts of money for microphones, projectors, wi-fi, etc.
5. Switched sales reps on us so we had to explain everything all over again
6. Were going to cost 50% more
7. etc.

....

The only hotel that would not make us sign a personal guarantee was the EGV Holiday Inn, because they know for certain we will completely fill their hotel in a few hours the way we did last time..
Having been involved with event planning for a non-profit that holds a major convention in a different city each year, I have a solid understanding and strong appreciation the effort and hoops you have to jump through to line up a decent hotel at the time that works best for all involved.

It's a bit easier for our organization because we have a track record for these conventions that goes back more than a half century, so it's easy for a hotel to look up our record for room pick ups.

For a meeting like a FT DO, there's no such track record to draw on.

Unfortunately, Mrs BobH and I already have multiple scheduling conflicts that weekend and this DO represents the fourth city in three states we're supposed to be at during a 96 hour window and at best we're going to make 2 of the 4 events.

Question of the day -- is there a way we'll be able to get copy of the presentations after the DO? And yes I already have a copy of Ingy's book which should be a required prerequisite for all attending.

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Old Feb 23, 11, 5:51 pm
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I'd love to sign up, but did I miss the sign-up link, or is it not yet posted?
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Old Feb 23, 11, 6:04 pm
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Is it known how many days before and after the seminar dates the rate would be good for? I guess i need to learn to be more patient

Originally Posted by BobH View Post
Question of the day -- is there a way we'll be able to get copy of the presentations after the DO? And yes I already have a copy of Ingy's book which should be a required prerequisite for all attending.
Since the information presented may be sensitive handouts arent really given out. sometimes the presenters make edited versions of their presentations available. Yes Ingy's book is great. Hopefully more will be available at the seminar. I'm guessing they will be available for a donation to some sort of charity

Originally Posted by cjares View Post
I'd love to sign up, but did I miss the sign-up link, or is it not yet posted?
You didn't miss, its not posted yet

Originally Posted by toomanybooks View Post
Hey, take WN to MDW. Can't book yet, though.
New schedule is supposed to be out March 14th so plenty of time to book WN.
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Old Feb 23, 11, 6:28 pm
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PICK ME! I will be there and hopefully not severely hung over so I can mingle and be socialble and help out and whatsuch ...
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