TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:27 pm

eitje wrote:Is the train from Chicago to Michigan bad?

I'm pretty sure I was sober yesterday, I just really liked the idea of using a train rather than driving myself...

Oh. I think the responses to The Fox's latest blog post pretty much kicked my sarcasm meter's dog...
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:11 pm

eitje wrote:Is the train from Chicago to Michigan bad?

I'm pretty sure I was sober yesterday, I just really liked the idea of using a train rather than driving myself...


The train ride from Chicago to Michigan is nice...nothing fancy, but it will get the job done.

As to anyone asking how i know this..well Ive taken that trip like 5 times already so.. :P
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:43 pm

Going to try and show up again this year. `Twas great to meet you all last time around.

P.S. Chicago Amtrak isn't fast, but it's not bad all around.
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:51 am

drfish wrote:I made a couple updates to the first post... ;)


It must be that no one is checking the first post or at least not checking it very closely... Who will notice first? :)
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:20 am

My brother and I are always up in the air till we get closer.
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:55 am

What a bummer loosing the AMD contact :(
At least this way the beanbag tourney won't be quite as stressful for me haha 8)
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:39 pm

It is a bummer - but there is good news in the first post as well... ;)
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:54 pm

I noticed, bro :D ..But I already knew lol
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:37 am

ok....

Do I want to come? Yes.

Am I available to come? Another yes.

Will I cook if I come? Absolutely yes.

Am I coming? No idea.

Why not? Well it all depends on what the attendees think. Especially the ones who have known me from prior events.

I have already talk to Fish so he knows what has occurred. Anyone else who I know, who wants to know, please PM me and I will tell you the story. If I get enough peeps who are cool with everything I will attended. :D
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:22 pm

You can move us to the confirmed list.
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:03 am

Just made the requisite hotel reservations. Yes, I'm coming, and the potato gun will be in the trunk. Keep your eyes open for a fat pasty white guy in tye-dye and driving a Subaru.
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Sat Jun 23, 2012 5:59 am

Woohoo! Are you going to take your chances with the Mounties or burn some extra gas?
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:58 am

drfish wrote:Woohoo! Are you going to take your chances with the Mounties or burn some extra gas?

Gas all the way. Intermediate stop on both trips is Erie, PA. This time I'll remember the screaming left-hand turn on I-90 in Cleveland. Last (and first) time I was surprised by that I was driving a 1978 Datsun 200SX.
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:06 pm

I will be putting together a fireworks show for the BBQ. Now that aerial fireworks are legal we can put on a nice show without worrying about the law. That being said such activities can be costly. If anyone would like to throw money in the "burning pot" for this endeavor please contact me via PM. I am thinking for starters a bunch of large "cakes" and "mortars". However if we can gather enough funds I could possibly get a hold of some professional grade fireworks and we could make big booms.
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Sat Jun 23, 2012 11:20 pm

SHOES wrote:I will be putting together a fireworks show for the BBQ. Now that aerial fireworks are legal we can put on a nice show without worrying about the law. That being said such activities can be costly. If anyone would like to throw money in the "burning pot" for this endeavor please contact me via PM. I am thinking for starters a bunch of large "cakes" and "mortars". However if we can gather enough funds I could possibly get a hold of some professional grade fireworks and we could make big booms.


Question with that plan is, would Fish's neighbors have an issue with that? IIRC, he has some sqeamish neighbors
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:58 am

idchafee wrote:
SHOES wrote:I will be putting together a fireworks show for the BBQ. Now that aerial fireworks are legal we can put on a nice show without worrying about the law. That being said such activities can be costly. If anyone would like to throw money in the "burning pot" for this endeavor please contact me via PM. I am thinking for starters a bunch of large "cakes" and "mortars". However if we can gather enough funds I could possibly get a hold of some professional grade fireworks and we could make big booms.


Question with that plan is, would Fish's neighbors have an issue with that? IIRC, he has some sqeamish neighbors


I would never dream of making plans like this without running it by him first as I already have :wink: . But its just fireworks after all. Saturday night on the beach heck they will probably want to come watch.
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:29 am

idchafee wrote:YOU CAN RUPTURE SOMEONE'S SPLEEN WITH A WATER BALLOON!!!!


What could possibly give you the idea that our neighbors are squeamish???

They can deal, I might give them a heads up earlier in the day but they lost any voice in the matter when they couldn't even be troubled to let us park on their property. :P
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:24 am

I noticed, I just didn't think anything of it.
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:37 am

Larger raft, potato gun, fireworks, can we ever top this? :o
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:10 am

We'll have to, the big X is next! 8)
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:56 pm

Next time it will be the chicken cannon?
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:00 pm

I've got some fun toys that make a lot of noise at work but I don't think it would be a good idea to bring them...
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:05 pm

Ill be making the fireworks purchase the week of the 23rd. Please let me know by then if your going to contribute.
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:43 pm

I'm considering attending, as I'm in the Chicagoland area. Who would I notify? Do I need to bring anything?
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:14 pm

I'm managing the list in the first post, just tell me which category to slot you under. :) PMs with the address will go out a week before the event.

I'll start the who's-bringing-what portion of the thread in another couple weeks as we get closer. I can say that the main course items ARE COVERED so no worries about ribs, burgers, hotdogs, etc... We can always use soda, water, plates, napkins, silverware, veggies, snacks, etc. As we are going to try to entice people to stay a little later this year with a fairly awesome fireworks display we could use a second round of food like the brats Scott cooked up for us on the beach last year. Stuff for smores would be good too.

For non-food items consider a beach chair, swimsuit, towel[s], hardware to swap, sunblock, a hat, beach toys, whatever. :D
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:49 pm

One month warning! Woohoo! :D
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:19 pm

Ok, I've started to get serious about the raft design and by serious I mean I've busted out my laughable SolidWorks "skills" to draw some scale models of the thing. Behold!

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What I want to do this year is not have it be just a flat raft with the same size sections, but on the other hand I can't really make it any more complicated than varying the size of these circles.

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I'm not sure I will make it this big, but the important info to get from the sheet is that if I did it would be ~30' long when inflated and made of 14 sections. Its a good start but I'm not in love with it. I tried playing around with using the Fibonacci sequence to dictate the size of the sections but it got out of control fast although I still like the idea if I can match the sizes to a regression line instead of just following the numbers as 1', 1', 2', 3', 5', 8', etc... Another option would be to make two large sections on the ends with the middle ones being small - or one large section in the middle with the ends tapering down to small...

If you're feeling ambitious you can use my source files to play around like I have been:
http://dr_fish.speedymail.org/techrepor ... aft.SLDPRT
http://dr_fish.speedymail.org/techrepor ... sheet.xlsx

What do you guys think? :o

Also, please continue to reply and let me know if you are confirmed or not - and it wouldn't hurt to start listing what you will be bringing. :)
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:35 am

drfish wrote:Also, please continue to reply and let me know if you are confirmed or not - and it wouldn't hurt to start listing what you will be bringing. :)

You know how my brother and I roll.........we usually cant confirm until the actual week of the BBQ, but once confirmed, you know we are the "X" factor in regards to bringing stuff, so once again, i'll give you those phone calls while enroute and pick up whatever last minutes items are needed.

Of course, we are gonna try and bring a crap load of hardware, chairs, a table, and maybe even a cool folding shelf unit I bought just for the BBQ, to better display my hardware :)


Also, dont you or gleek or someone still have my old wooden folding table from like four years ago?
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:31 am

I'm driving in from Chicago on the morning of the 11th, and then flying back from Grand Rapids on the 12th. So, I could give people one-way rides...?
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Re: TR BBQ ~IX~ Official Thread - August 11, 2012

Postposted on Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:15 am

Dp,
Sorry, I got nothing.

Here's another take on the raft with the whole Fibonacci thing tossed into the mix:

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You can see what I mean about it getting out of control. :o

Or it could look something like this:

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Edit: For reference this is last year's raft to scale with the others. Yowza, glad I drew that up - I may have to adjust my plans! :o
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