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April 10, 2010 / Katie

Pacific Northwest FA Gathering

I had some positive responses to the idea of getting together a Pacific Northwest FA gathering, so I thought it might be a good idea to get a dialogue started!

I’m happy to take the lead on getting something going for a conference/retreat type thing. But I’d like some feedback on what you all would like to see (and what might make or break whether you could come). So, give me your thoughts on the following basic logistics:

1. money—what is your budget? Is there a particular cost that would be prohibitive for you to attend?

2. location—where are you located, and how far are you willing to travel? Would you need to use public transportation/ride-share or can you drive yourself?

3. accessibility—what accessibility needs do you have?

4. duration—would you like to see this be a weekend (2-3 nights) or a week-length (4-6 nights)?

5. scheduling—are there times of the year/week/month that do or don’t work for you? There are several three-day weekends that many folks have off work (Labor Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day) but are these prohibitive for you because you can’t drive in potential snow in January or your family always goes camping over Labor Day?

6. anything else you want to be considered?

I think we can talk program stuff once we know more about logistics. Feel free to email me if you don’t want your answers to some of these things broadcast to the whole world. I promise confidentiality on anything emailed to me.

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  1. Twistie / Apr 10 2010 1:13 pm

    I think this is a great idea!

    1)Unless something drastic changes, money is a big issue for me. The cheaper the better for me.
    2) I’m in the SF Bay Area, and I don’t drive. If this turns out to be out of my range, I’ll need to work out transport.
    3) Accessibility is not an issue for me.
    4) I would think for the first time, shorter is probably easier to figure out and easier to organize. It’s also probably easier for others to organize the time that way, I would think.
    5) Scheduling is pretty open for me. Since I’m a writer, I can work pretty much anywhere and organize my time around what I’m doing.

  2. wellroundedtype2 / Apr 10 2010 3:06 pm

    I will email you separately, as I would love to help organize this, too.
    Shorter is better for me, or the option of attending only days or only part of the time. A weekend is definitely better for me than weekdays as I don’t have much vacation time.
    I think it would be great if it were somewhere relatively near SeaTac airport for people who were coming from out of town. Tacoma might be fun because there’s stuff to do but it’s a bit more off-the-beaten path from Seattle.
    I can think of a few locations.
    For me, around $150 per day, including lodging (double occupancy) and meals would be ideal. Dinners, if we were close enough to an urban center, could be on our own.
    I’m okay with rustic, personally, but accessibility is important.
    While I might be able to afford something more, I would prefer to have it be on the lowest cost end so the most people could attend. Also, I would prefer to pay a bit more for registration so that there could be scholarships available.
    Dancing. Can there be dancing?
    Swimming, too, is good.
    I could probably provide a ride for ridesharing.
    I definitely prefer late spring/summer here.
    I’m getting excited!!!!!

  3. piowapuff / Apr 10 2010 8:48 pm

    Hi, fabulous idea!
    1. money–not too expensive would work for me.
    2. I’m in Northern California, Sacramento, and would be willing to go up north, up to Seattle, for instance.
    3. No accessibility issues
    4. shorter would probably be better, just because of hotel costs, etc.
    5. Almost any date works for me right now, except I have plans for the last weekend in June. 3 day weekend holidays are great for me, because I usually get them off.
    6. Also, love rustic, if modern plumbing and electricity are involved.
    Looking forward to hearing more.

  4. Angela / Apr 10 2010 11:27 pm

    I would love to see something happen in the Northwest!
    1. Budget is my biggest barrier to these kind of events. I’m very fond of events that have some type of work exchange available as an option for attendance.
    2. Location is not really an issue for me as long as it’s not too far off the beaten path of public transport. I’m well versed in finding rideshare’s, public transportation, etc. since I don’t own a vehicle and have traveled all over the country without one.
    3. Accessibility is also not a huge issue for me. I’m on the borderline of supersize but because of the way I’m shaped I don’t have specific accessibility needs. Too many flights of stairs can definitely be a turn off for me though.
    4. I definitely prefer shorter 2-3 day events. Week long events are overwhelming to my introversion.
    5. Spring or Fall work better for me. Summer tends to be overbooked with my other personal obsessions of Old Time Music Festivals/Gatherings and traveling and am not as likely to be in the Northwest during the summer.

  5. geekgirlsrule / Apr 12 2010 9:00 am

    I would love to attend something like this in the PNW.

    1. money—The cheaper the better

    2. location—I’m in Seattle, the Greenwood area, I do have a vehicle at my disposal, and could give someone a ride for a share of gas money

    3. accessibility—I have no accessibility needs.

    4. duration—A weekend. Anything longer than that is just not going to be possible with my schedule.

    5. scheduling—I am unavailable June 18-20, and November 4-7, and September 3-6, absolutely. Apart from that, I’m pretty open

    6. I can’t think of anything, I guess access to affordable meals.

  6. Jasie VanGesen / Apr 16 2010 3:30 pm

    This sounds like a fantastic idea and I’d definitely be interested! The one barrier, of course, is money.

    1. money – I don’t have much of it and can’t justify spending a ton right now.

    2. location – I can make it out to the Seattle are and could share my car for some split gas costs. Would be coming from Port Townsend if anybody needs a ride. :)

    3. accessibility – not an issue.

    4. duration – Anything longer than 2 days wouldn’t work too well for me, because of time and increased cost. A weekend would work best, since this is when my child is away at his dad’s.

    5. scheduling – later rather than sooner, since serious saving up would be in order, even for the cheapest cost.

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