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Dave W.
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Posted - 05/05/2006 :  18:43:57   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
Need some input, folks. Five weeks left.

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Ricky
SFN Die Hard

USA
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Posted - 05/05/2006 :  19:59:47   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
My vote is for the National Museum of Natural History. Never been there myself.

Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast.
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Dave W.
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Posted - 05/17/2006 :  19:14:49   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
If anybody wants to seriously consider any of the museums which require admission and/or ticketing, now would be the time for us to discuss them. It's gettin' awfully tight on time for planning ahead for such things.

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marfknox
SFN Die Hard

USA
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Posted - 05/17/2006 :  19:51:46   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit marfknox's Homepage  Send marfknox an AOL message Send marfknox a Private Message
Sorry, no DC for me anymore. Gotta go to DC this weekend for a friend's graduation and going twice is simply not in my budget. Poopie.

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marfknox
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Posted - 05/17/2006 :  20:23:57   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit marfknox's Homepage  Send marfknox an AOL message Send marfknox a Private Message
OK, scratch that last post. I'm coming. Fuck the cost.

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marfknox
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Posted - 05/17/2006 :  20:25:29   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit marfknox's Homepage  Send marfknox an AOL message Send marfknox a Private Message
Oh, and I second Ricky's vote for the Natural History museum.

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Edited by - marfknox on 05/17/2006 20:25:39
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Ricky
SFN Die Hard

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Posted - 05/18/2006 :  07:52:28   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
So lets set up a meeting time. The earliest I can get to union station is 10:10, so the earliest I can probably meet up at some location is 10:45. Does anyone have a problem with meeting this early?

I suggest we meet at a cafe of some sort where we can get a little breakfast and coffee.

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Boron10
Religion Moderator

USA
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Posted - 05/18/2006 :  08:08:25   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Boron10 a Private Message
So it appears the consensus is Saturday morning, June 10 at 11:00 or so near the Natural History Museum. Sound good to everybody? Anybody know the area well enough to suggest a meeting place?
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Dave W.
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Posted - 05/18/2006 :  11:30:06   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
The meeting place should be on the Mall side of the Museum, so that on entering, people who haven't been there before can get the full effect of the Rotunda.

On this Mapquest map, not where the red star is (the Constitution Avenue entrance to the museum), but on the south side of the building, on what is marked as "Madison Dr NW."

If you take Metrorail to the Smithsonian station, and then take "The Mall Exit" (see that link), you'll be less than a block from the South side of the Museum.

On the other hand, Ricky wants breakfast. While there are "refreshment" stands along the Mall, I'm not sure that abusing one's digestion is a good idea at 11 AM.

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Dave W.
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Posted - 05/18/2006 :  18:52:49   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
To add to my above post...

For one thing, click the Mapquest map once to actually see Madison Dr NW written out.

For another, Mapquest helpfully includes nearby restaruants, and even more helpfully points out that the "Atrium Cafe" is right there in the Museum.

So, perhaps we should meet up at the Mall entrance, get a nice "oooooh!" moment in the Rotunda, and then cruise downstairs for a bite before leisurely touring the museum, working our way back up towards the Mall entrance so we're close to Metro when done.

Maybe?

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H. Humbert
SFN Die Hard

USA
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Posted - 05/18/2006 :  19:02:04   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send H. Humbert a Private Message
Am I the only one who finds 11am a tad early? I'm not usually able to fall asleep 'til around 4-5am or so...

But I realize I live a messed up schedule, so whatever the group thinks. Maybe I'll just show up for drinks later, if there are drinks.

Speaking of which, will anyone have a cell phone on them in case someone (i.e. me) wants to show up late? Or is it if you miss the initally grouping up then that's it?

I live about a hour outside D.C., but I think I've been downtown on my own maybe once. There is a commuter train stop near me but I don't know if it even runs on Saturdays. Anyone know what parking is like downtown on a Sat.? I think it's actually easier to find a spot than on weekdays, right? Maybe I'll just drive. I think I like orange lifesavers the best...


(And now you all have a small slice of what goes on inside my head. Sorry for the rambling, I just had more questions than I realized when I started typing.)


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Edited by - H. Humbert on 05/18/2006 19:02:18
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Dave W.
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USA
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Posted - 05/18/2006 :  19:31:22   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
Seriously, H., find your nearest Metrorail station, drive to it, and use the subway to get into and out of DC. It's not just parking that's a bitch, but the fact that you'll feel like your car will need an alignment if you drive more than a half-hour on those streets. Plus, I've been going into the city (off and on) on my own for over 20 years now, and I still get lost (got lost on the way to the Zoo last weekend, in fact). And I've got a great sense of direction.

Sometime closer to the 10th, we can all start trading cellphone numbers via private messages and/or emails. I don't think we'll be wanting to leave anyone out, no matter how late.

Another plus for the subway: if there will be drinks, then the subway ride will give you a small amount of sober-up time.

On another note, I already know that I'll be recognizable by my snazzy SFN golf shirt and my cool hat with SFN button.

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Dave W.
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Posted - 05/18/2006 :  19:40:16   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by H. Humbert

Am I the only one who finds 11am a tad early? I'm not usually able to fall asleep 'til around 4-5am or so...
And one more thing: I'd normally just be getting up somewhere between 10 and 11 AM on a Saturday, so I'll be twisting my schedule around a bit, as well.

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H. Humbert
SFN Die Hard

USA
4574 Posts

Posted - 05/18/2006 :  20:11:46   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send H. Humbert a Private Message
Ok, that all sounds like good advice, Dave. And I can make one early morning. I'll just pretend I'm going fishing or something....


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marfknox
SFN Die Hard

USA
3739 Posts

Posted - 05/19/2006 :  20:31:00   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit marfknox's Homepage  Send marfknox an AOL message Send marfknox a Private Message
OK, I know I suck. I can't go again. Certain medical costs regarding my hubby mean that our budget has to be tighter than I anticipated this and next month. I'm sorry. I really wanted to see you guys!

:-(

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