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2010 meet up location poll (preliminary!)

Let's talk about it! Europe sounds amazing, but I don't know how feasible that is, for us.

I like the idea of Chicago, Portland, NYC, or maybe Austin. I'm pretty open at this juncture.

eta: I can't decide b/w Portland and Chicago! I voted for Portland..I want to know who else did!

r u guyz waiting all the way till next summer to have a meet up?

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r u guyz waiting all the way till next summer to have a meet up?

I need to recharge my bank account! 

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I voted Europe, even though I hopefully won't  be here next summer.
Actually I think I should change it.  Imagine how gutted I'd be if you all met up in Europe just a few months after I left!

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We have a "Santa Monica" option because it's a surreptitious way of saying "Los Angeles" without the SF people getting their panties in a bunch. ;)

There's loads of veg-friendliness in L.A.; just look at the huge amount of vegan restaurants on Happy Cow. But, I can see why we might skip over California this time, for fairness... still, I'm selfish!

I have no idea which way I should vote :/ someone persuade me with a witty argument?

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ummmm portland is like a vegan mecca. argument enough?

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The only place in FL that is acceptable would be Gainesville... and Orlando.

GAINESVILLEEEEEE yesssss.

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We have a "Santa Monica" option because it's a surreptitious way of saying "Los Angeles" without the SF people getting their panties in a bunch. ;)

There's loads of veg-friendliness in L.A.; just look at the huge amount of vegan restaurants on Happy Cow. But, I can see why we might skip over California this time, for fairness... still, I'm selfish!

I have no idea which way I should vote :/ someone persuade me with a witty argument?

Actually, I'm with you on this Faunablues. Santa Monica has a beautiful beach and promenade, not to mention a stretch of restaurants and shops. Great vegan-friendly restaurants there, or within driving distance throughout L.A., Hollywood.

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ummmm portland is like a vegan mecca. argument enough?

Trueeeee but it's on the same side of the country as the last meetup (and I am poor and would not likely be able to fly anywhere but would still like to meet people).

CEREALLY WHY IS THERE ONLY ONE CHICAGO VOTE!?!?!?

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i do agree that it would be good to have it on the other side, but i am also selfish and it would be less likely that i could make it. BUT i was thinking about voting for asheville.

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I voted for NYC simply because this last Sconefest was on the West Coast.  Next it should be on the East Coast.  Plus since we are planning a year in advance this gives people time to start saving money and planning where they want to go!

I think somewhere in the middle of the USA would best for year 3 and then make year four Europe or back to West Coast.  Just to keep things kind of fair and even. hehe

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I voted Europe, even though I hopefully won't  be here next summer.
Actually I think I should change it.  Imagine how gutted I'd be if you all met up in Europe just a few months after I left!

easy answer: vote for NEW ZEALAND : )  How awesome would THAT be?  ; )

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totally awesome and pretty much unaffordable for everyone except those residing in NZ. someday.

we should make like a random online vegweb paypal and just spam the internet to donate to it so we could all meet up.

OR we could all raise money with our craftiness for the sole purpose of a huge VW get together. (and we would just have a meet-up where ever most people were closest to and probs fly all of the non-US people to the US since i think that would be cheaper than the other way around)

oh, and asheville would be my second choice after portland.

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I voted for NYC simply because this last Sconefest was on the West Coast.  Next it should be on the East Coast.

Yes.  Portland is awesome, but I agree.  I mean, baypuppy, algae, and I all flew there when we only live hours from each other by car.  And then we'd all be doing it again next year, if we would like to go again.  And, everyone who couldn't come this year because the west coast is too far for them to travel would not be able to go again.  It would be much more fair to have it switch, even to the mid-US.

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Wasn't Atlanta talked about at one point?

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i guess east coast would be seriously awesome... i need to travel out of my bubble... hopefully by then i'll have my serious accounting jobby job and could afford it... almost done with school!

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We have a "Santa Monica" option because it's a surreptitious way of saying "Los Angeles" without the SF people getting their panties in a bunch. ;)

There's loads of veg-friendliness in L.A.; just look at the huge amount of vegan restaurants on Happy Cow. But, I can see why we might skip over California this time, for fairness... still, I'm selfish!

I have no idea which way I should vote :/ someone persuade me with a witty argument?

Actually, I'm with you on this Faunablues. Santa Monica has a beautiful beach and promenade, not to mention a stretch of restaurants and shops. Great vegan-friendly restaurants there, or within driving distance throughout L.A., Hollywood.

I'm beginning the L.A. faction:
vegan/vegetarian type places just in L.A. city (none of the separate cities within L.A., of which there are many): 68. 68, people. I'm sure Portland has more per capita, but 68. Srsly. Santa Monica, a small coastal city within L.A. county and bordering Los Angeles, has 13, including 2 raw places. In West L.A., there are 2 bakery cafes (RFD in Santa Monica, Casa de Tree in Palms ), plus Zen Bakery on Pico Blvd (near Westwood) who makes all those vegan muffins/cinnamon rolls at Trader Joe's. And you know what? Screw the white people vegan food. We've got Ethiopian vegan food, Indian vegan food, Mexican vegan food, a plethora of Thai vegan food, and if you go inland, some vegetarian (mainly vegan) authentic Chinese restaurants who have over 100 items. And vegan soul food! We ALSO have Scoops, an ice cream/gelato place in Hollywood ish area, who makes 4-6 different flavors of vegan ice cream every day, from red velvet to maple oreo to cinnamon peanut butter to pistachio rosewater to chocolate stout to thai tea to green tea to black sesame to pumpkin banana to... you can tell i've been there a lot. As far as non-eats (why is anyone interested in that?) we gots beaches and the Pier (as Saskia said) and the Griffith Observatory/Griffith Park and Little Osaka and Little Tokyo and the Venice boardwalk and the Promenade and the Grove and Beverly Hills (screw Beverly Hills) and all those silly famous places and Six Flags Magic Mountain and Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm (it's an amusement park, not a farm...) and Koreatown and Chinatown and the *actual* Chinese area (Rowland Heights) and Thai town and... oh yeah, Hollywood. And Universal Studios/their theme park. We are also the land of farmer's markets, for the urban hippies out there.
And we're not as self-absorbed/glamorous/plastic as we're made out to be, though this post doesn't help the "self-absorbed" part :D

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SECONDED

Thirded!!

But seriously, I think in the middle is more fair and financially feasible for more people.  Hotels in NY are expensive (well, depending on where exactly)!!  I've lived in Austin (though not as a veg*n), but I like going new places.  So, my vote is for Chicago!!!  It is warm in Chicago in the summer, right??

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sorry, i wasn't being snooty, gah i should stop using the internet. my words don't come across right across it.

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But seriously, I think in the middle is more fair and financially feasible for more people.  Hotels in NY are expensive (well, depending on where exactly)!!  I've lived in Austin (though not as a veg*n), but I like going new places.  So, my vote is for Chicago!!!  It is warm in Chicago in the summer, right??

Well, I think there is a good chance that, if we go to NYC, we can find places to stay that aren't hotels.  I (and I suspect some others of you) know enough people near/in the city to find ourselves places to sleep.  (I live perhaps 2.5 hours from the city now, but there is a fair chance I'm going to be looking to move closer at the end of next school year.  So maybe you all could stay with me!)  But I also think Chicago is a good idea because I feel like middle-living-people are excluded a lot.  

I am also quite biased because if we do it in the city then my boy can come too because he lives in Queens.

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