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4 hours ago, OLD CS1 said:

How could you not enjoy an exciting game of badminton, or curling??  I find them especially uplifting after championship bowling.  You are simply not living, my friend.

You haven't lived until you have slugged through an entire cricket match...

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On 9/13/2021 at 11:55 AM, Vorticon said:

You haven't lived until you have slugged through an entire cricket match...

fish dont care if crickets match

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I was just looking, and discovered Panera has permanently closed.  Anyone know where the post Fair gathering will be?

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Walid, are you staying at the Hotel Orington for the $115/night?  I saw your post on Heatwave and want to confirm the hotel.

 

My wife has some mobility issues and this would be her first "faire", so trying to limit her walking as well as making sure she is not bored as well.


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1 hour ago, 9640News said:

Hotel Orington for the $115/night? 

Pretty cheap for the Orrington.

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10 hours ago, 9640News said:

Walid, are you staying at the Hotel Orington for the $115/night?  I saw your post on Heatwave and want to confirm the hotel.

 

My wife has some mobility issues and this would be her first "faire", so trying to limit her walking as well as making sure she is not bored as well.


Beery

Yes that's where I've booked my stay, Thursday to Sunday. When are you planning on arriving?

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9 hours ago, OLD CS1 said:

Pretty cheap for the Orrington.

It actually is. And very convenient for access to the Library.

Hopefully next year we can do the supplemental Friday event again, and for that the Hilton is a much better and cheaper choice.

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11 hours ago, 9640News said:

I was just looking, and discovered Panera has permanently closed.  Anyone know where the post Fair gathering will be?

That's too bad... I kind of liked that place. One year a while back we did it in a local coffee shop. 

 

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I just booked at the Hilton Orington which is across the street from the library for $179 plus taxes per night.  Unable to get the $115/night rate.

 

I booked for Friday and Saturday night.

 

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3 hours ago, 9640News said:

I just booked at the Hilton Orington which is across the street from the library for $179 plus taxes per night.  Unable to get the $115/night rate.

 

I booked for Friday and Saturday night.

 

Beery

What booking service did you use? 

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58 minutes ago, Vorticon said:

What booking service did you use? 

I called the hotel directly.

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5 minutes ago, Vorticon said:

Ah. I used Trivago

I heard before, and my experience lends to this, that contracts hotels have with these booking services require a certain number of rooms (even if just two or three) be reserved for that service at its advertised rate.  I ran into this during a late-night flight cancellation, in which a hotel local to the airport was fully-booked but I was able to get a room for the same hotel via Hotels.com.

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12 hours ago, Vorticon said:

I practically never book directly with a hotel...

I ran into enough problems in the earlier days of booking sites that I don't trust them and prefer the hotel sites directly. We once booked rooms for a bachelor party weekend via Travelocity, and on arrival half of them were smoking rooms and were told "tough". We ended up piling everyone in the non-smoking rooms instead.

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3 hours ago, InfiniteTape said:

I ran into enough problems in the earlier days of booking sites that I don't trust them and prefer the hotel sites directly. We once booked rooms for a bachelor party weekend via Travelocity, and on arrival half of them were smoking rooms and were told "tough". We ended up piling everyone in the non-smoking rooms instead.

I'm pretty sure smoking rooms have gone the way of the Dodo, at least in the US :) 

My experience to date has been great, but the key to guaranteeing getting what you requested is to prepay the room rather than wait till check-in at the hotel. And it's usually cheaper that way.

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4 hours ago, FarmerPotato said:

I have thought through some presentations I might record for the Faire. 
 

talking about the TI Archive at SMU is the most likely. 

That would be awesome! Make sure you let Hal know.

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4 hours ago, Vorticon said:

I'm pretty sure smoking rooms have gone the way of the Dodo, at least in the US :)

Not so much as you would think.

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I have booked for Friday and Saturday.  Is there any gathering on Friday? Not looking to push my in to any reunions, but I would like to meet some of the people I've interacted with on this forum.  Also, I'm assuming there is no preregistration required for the fair?

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I am all up for some kind of gathering, somewhere.

 

Perhaps someone should suggest a time/place?

 

I'm staying at the Hilton Orrington which is across the street from the library.  In the past, a number of us have stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn which is bit further away where we went to Chili's at Clark Street and Maple Avenue.  Perhaps there at a specific time?

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35 minutes ago, DuaneAL said:

I have booked for Friday and Saturday.  Is there any gathering on Friday? Not looking to push my in to any reunions, but I would like to meet some of the people I've interacted with on this forum.  Also, I'm assuming there is no preregistration required for the fair?

Hal will usually select a place for us to meet on Friday night and catch up over dinner and drinks. Used to be Nevin's but it had closed for renovations, so I'm not sure where it will be this year. I suggest you keep an eye here for announcements. And you are absolutely welcome to join. As a matter of fact, it's a rite of passage! 😄  There is no Faire registration. We do meet at the Burger King by the Evanston Library for breakfast around 8am on Saturday before we head over to the Library to start setting up. Looking forward to meeting you.

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Depending upon what you want to do, the Orrington has a rather large lounge area around the lobby.

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