TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

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Who is The Most Worthy?

Poll ended at Tue Aug 06, 2013 3:35 pm

Forge - For risking a lifetime forum ban by giving Damage bunny ears in the group photo
8
15%
Mrs. Shoes - For being Ellie's buddy all day and basically making it possible for her and Mrs. Fish to attend
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19%
Colt - For this photo
3
6%
ClickClick5 - For riding 2,429 miles round trip on a crotch rocket to attend
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25%
Sheldomaus - For his "my fingers smell funny!" outburst and raw unrestrained excitment over owning so much lube
3
6%
Mrs. Frobozz - For letting Stiffie beat her at bean bags leading the way for him to become the Golden Cupcake
2
4%
Damage - For knocking off Skuzzy's head, botching the give away numbers, and deadpanning, "I haven't gotten that old yet" in response to Ned's, "Sometimes the spud just doesn't want to cooperate."
7
13%
thegleek - For almost turning a paper lantern into a submarine and demonstrably incredible situational awareness
6
12%
 
Total votes : 52

Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:33 pm

Coming; shipping meats to your house.
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:01 am

I have the Friday before off. I plan on arriving mid day and can help you with anything you might need that afternoon. Obviously I have my hands full on Saturday so I will have to leave that for others. Really it is not like I have nothing to do that day. :wink: :D
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:16 am

Anyone travel-restricted for jobs/etc. that lives near Sacramento, CA? We can do a proxy BBQ.
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:03 am

AMD64Blondie wrote:Dammit..I 'd love to come along.
(Only problem is,I'm in Portland,OR..which is 2,255 miles away from Holland,MI).


That totally reminds me of Coraline, one of my favorite animated movies. At the beginning of the story, she said that her family moved from Pontiac, MI to Ashland, OR. If they did it, so can you. Haha.

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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:12 am

I have convinced the wife to let me go under one condition, she and the baby come along and we find something "family friendly" to do for a husband, wife, and 1-year-old child. It would be our first vacation... ever, so it's a fair request. If I can come up with something more than just a nerd get-together I'm a shoe in. The only downside is I won't be able to take my Monster Miata on it's first road trip, but I'll live.
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:30 am

Plenty of family-friendly in Holland, MI and the vicinity.
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:56 pm

Ahh, so it does. I've convinced the wife of an itinerary and I think we're going!

I'm not very active in the forums and I rarely post in the comments area, but I've been a long time reader of TR. This is hands down my favorite site for tech reviews and news. Not only is the writing just flat out more enjoyable and fun, but the fun comments, helpful nature, and lack of negativity in the comments is what draws me here. And I'm finally going to meet some of these people!

I've had many reasons of not being able to attend the BBQ (kid was just born, moved into a new house, stationed overseas, etc.) but I'm very excited about going this year. I read the posts about the fun you guys have each year and it looks like a lot of family-friendly/geeky fun.

Now that's all been needlessly said, is there a section for noobs to get directions, what to bring, donations for materials/rentals etc. or am I getting ahead of myself?
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:05 pm

Losergamer04 wrote:Now that's all been needlessly said, is there a section for noobs to get directions, what to bring, donations for materials/rentals etc. or am I getting ahead of myself?

Drfish will PM location to confirmed attendees about a week before the show. Donations for fireworks are always accepted. As for stuff, drfish will announce needs in this thread as he becomes aware of them. Coolers, ice, and bottled water will never go to waste.
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:44 pm

Captain Ned wrote:Reservations have been made. Have no plans to slum it at the Microtel this year.

Is there a suggeted hotel that isn't crazy expensive? I've never seen such low rated hotels cost so much! Is it best to stay on the west side of Grand Rapids? Or maybe a bed and breakfast?

Anyone know anything about this place?
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Sat Jun 22, 2013 3:20 pm

We still have some space at the cottage (so far just Frobozzes and Gleeks staying). Can't really vouch for the hotels around town, don't use them myself. The Hampton Inn is where work tells people to stay when they are in town. The best place is probably City Flats but it is a little spendy.
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:48 pm

Is this a pet-friendly event?
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Postposted on Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:01 pm

Sure, as long as we're talking about well behaved pets (our dogs don't get invited). ;)
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:17 pm

drfish, that's very kind of you to invite a stranger (especially one as strange as I), and his wife and child, to the cabin, but the I've always wanted to do a bed and breakfast.
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:27 pm

Hi all....

Long, long time reader, first time poster. Just want to say this looks like a fantastic time to enjoy the outdoors with some fellow geeks and that I'd love to attend. I'm lucky enough to have a friend that only lives a couple hours away from Holland so getting there should be cake. I'd be happy to help out with food, money for fireworks, cleaning up, etc. As we inch closer to 8/17, feel free to let me know how I can assist.

Can't wait! :D
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Sun Jun 23, 2013 7:33 am

Sweet! Just keep an eye on this thread, I'll formalize the attendance list soon as well as start listing what people are contributing and where we still have gaps in the supplies/support list.
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Sun Jun 23, 2013 7:40 am

I feel like I'm a horrible Tech Report leech for not coming to these events seeing as I live in Michigan. I should really come so I can leech free food.
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:29 am

Wife says we are coming! (woohoo)

Dumb questions:
What is the address so we can find it?
When does it start?
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:48 am

Address will be PMed the week before. Hotels in Holland should suffice, we're on Lakeshore Drive a little north of Tunnel Park for a closer reference. People usually arrive between 11:00 and 1:00 with food ready around 2:00. Looking forward to meeting you guys! :)
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:33 am

After my faux pas and bad manners in the comments last year, (Sorry Ned) I think I'll be showing up again this year.

This get together is always a blast, and so worth the travel. I am driving from Texas this year, so I expect that there will be some old computer parts coming with me. Anyone interested in Dell PowerEdges?
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:10 pm

Wow, we are starting to look like an attendance record for sure! :D
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:27 pm

Xylker wrote:This get together is always a blast, and so worth the travel. I am driving from Texas this year, so I expect that there will be some old computer parts coming with me. Anyone interested in Dell PowerEdges?


drfish wrote:Wow, we are starting to look like an attendance record for sure! :D


Maybe it's all the free swag this year?
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:53 pm

Xylker wrote:Anyone interested in Dell PowerEdges?

big ole' honkers... how much you want for one? I think that's all the $ I could muster up...
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:42 am

Hmmm, old hardware.....what to do......
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:51 pm

First post updated with attendee info based on the best information I have/historical data. Please post to let me know if I have unfairly placed you in the wrong group. :P
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Postposted on Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:43 pm

Looks like I've been lumped into the Fresh Meats category, which is cool since I love such tasty things. I was thinking some kind of delicious summer sausage/kielbasa if no one objects? Rough idea on how much to bring? Oh, and mark me down for a +1. Hope to bring a friend along as well. :)
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Thu Jun 27, 2013 6:38 am

A second post will go a long way toward moving you into one of the other groups. :lol: We get some new blood every year but it's rare to have so many on the list so I thought it merited being renamed. It'll be a few weeks yet before I start pushing to have people list what they are going to bring and documenting it. FWIW, a lack of protein at the BBQ has never been a problem but neither has a surplus. ;)
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Postposted on Thu Jun 27, 2013 5:21 pm

Hahaha......"Fresh Meats" was definitely lost on me earlier. Thanks for the clarification DrFish. Prepare for additional blunders such as these at the BBQ :)
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Postposted on Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:06 pm

...Man, I figured i would have just automatically made the unconfirmed but likely list, I've been there for parts of every one that's been held at your house! Also, I have a box of craft beer, mostly dark, that I brought back from the east cost(Bostonish) that needs to be sampled, not exciting for Ned, but it should be something different for the midwest crew.
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Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Postposted on Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:31 am

Lol, sorry, I saw you in the group pic the day I added that but I usually build the list based on who's posted in the thread or PMed me and it slipped my mind. Sorry! :oops:
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Postposted on Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:56 pm

It's fine...I'm really just harassing you for no good reason.
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