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Carrie Sansing

Chicagoland Regional 2010

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Well heck, this thread, and the event almost sounds too good to pass up. Carrie, what are the typical hours of the get together. If I come, I got to get to Rush Street one night. You may have to count on one of us from WA.

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Well heck, this thread, and the event almost sounds too good to pass up. Carrie, what are the typical hours of the get together. If I come, I got to get to Rush Street one night. You may have to count on one of us from WA.

Mark, the event starts Friday afternoon (around 4:00..happy hour is at 5:00 then dinner) we go to whenever the last person leaves. Friday has been mostly social, might start it sooner this year and do one class (for newbies) Saturday 9:00 a.m. until about 5:30 - 6:00 then we do BBQ..

Sunday is "pick up" day in the past..so that's open.

You could easily work a trip down to Rush St...I don't blame you a bit for wanting to get down there.

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Carrie my friend, Mark down Rene' and I on your list. I look forward to making the Chicagoland pilgrimage once again......This time taking the toll road to the south. I'm sure you remember my frustration in 2006.

I did not take the time to read this entire thread so any missed info as far as registration I am guessing will posted in the near future.

Thanks!

Mark

Mark and Rene! I'm thrilled! That's great the two of you will be coming again!

Remember all that pizza? :giggle:

I have you down..and I can't wait to see you both again!

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I know you have been doing a lot of work on this Carrie and it is much appreciated.

Maybe I'm just jumping the gun but...

Is there any hotel information for us out of state people? Are people planning on staying at the same hotel?

Or is it too early for such details?

Thanks

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I know you have been doing a lot of work on this Carrie and it is much appreciated.

Maybe I'm just jumping the gun but...

Is there any hotel information for us out of state people? Are people planning on staying at the same hotel?

Or is it too early for such details?

Thanks

The last two times, most people stayed at the same hotel. But the nearby hotels are all very close to each other. Two of them are actually next door to each other.

I am putting together a room block which will lower everyone's cost per night. I use a service for this so I'm awaiting the final bids.

Should have that information within the next two weeks and I'll post it at that time.:)

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Hello Carrie!

How exciting. I have marked it on my calendar and PLAN on attending. There is always something unexpected. I am from Cedar Rapids, IA, and own a small holiday decorating company.

Best wishes.

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Mark, the event starts Friday afternoon (around 4:00..happy hour is at 5:00 then dinner) we go to whenever the last person leaves. Friday has been mostly social, might start it sooner this year and do one class (for newbies) Saturday 9:00 a.m. until about 5:30 - 6:00 then we do BBQ. Sunday is "pick up" day in the past..so that's open.
No last call? All-right-ee then...

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No last call? All-right-ee then...

we go to whenever the last person leaves. .

Why get a hotel room then??? :)

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Why get a hotel room then??? :)

Dano, this isn't NJ. They'd actually consider it a bad thing if the cops were called on sketchy people sleeping in their cars.

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Dano, this isn't NJ. They'd actually consider it a bad thing if the cops were called on sketchy people sleeping in their cars.
I seriously doubt that Dano was going to sleep in his car; nor do I think he is going to sleep in the same car multiple nights. It's just not very hygenic.

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Carrie, I am going to pencil this in. Had so much fun "under the tent" in 2006.

Gene, I hope you can make it..the blow molders do need to show up in quantity so that we can irritate the blinkers! LOL

Just kidding, I really do hope you make it..this year looks like it may be the best one yet.

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No last call? All-right-ee then...

No last call. On Saturday night last time, several of us watched the sun come up on Sunday morning. Great conversation all night. I think it was the first time in my life I ever asked 3 men to leave! (And one stayed sleeping on the couch!)

Now I'm wondering, how many kegs am I going to need to order for the afterward fun. :P

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I seriously doubt that Dano was going to sleep in his car; nor do I think he is going to sleep in the same car multiple nights. It's just not very hygenic.

I'm sorry Ed, but I know for a fact that you've met Dano.....are you sure that you aren't thinkink of someone else?

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Quite a few people have been asking me about hotel accommodations. I have signed a contract this afternoon for our room block. I think I did good too! It's $10.00 cheaper than last time and includes breakfast. In 2008, rate was $79 and no breakfast.

Here are the details, but I will also be posting them on the Chicagoland website once I get to it and will provide a direct link for reservations (they have not supplied it to me yet).

The block is set up for 9/2 (Thursday) through 9/4 (Saturday night) at the

Courtyard by Marriott

1801 Milwaukee Avenue

Glenview, IL 60025

847-803-2500

This is the direct link to the hotel for our event, the group code is already in place:

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/CHIGV?groupCode=PCEPCEA&app=resvlink&fromDate=9/1/10&toDate=9/5/10

If you call, tell them you wish to book a room for the PlanetChristmas event.

The rate is $69.00 per night for a double plus tax.

I met with the Manager, toured the hotel and looked at the rooms. Its very clean, has an indoor pool, fitness room, spacious lobby area.. its very nice.

The entire hotel has been upgraded to highspeed wifi..at no charge.

Illinois is non-smoking State, so there is no smoking anywhere within the hotel (the law says you must be at least 15 feet from the door). This also includes the outdoor courtyard.

Additionally, because the Mini is being held at my home..I always worry about the weather. Got that covered and have reserved 2 conference rooms at the hotel in the event of rain.

The manager remembered us from last time, and is giving us the run of the hotel. There is a restaurant 10 steps away, right next door..with a full service bar. Adult beverages are allowed in the lobby of the hotel and I advised the Manager that PC people tend to "take over" hotel lobbies. He was fine with it.

If you don't want to stay at the Courtyard, here are a few other options that are also very close by:

Motel 6

1535 Milwaukee Ave

Glenview, IL 60025

Fax: 800-466-8356

Standard Room rate: $45 - $50

(I do not recommend this hotel..it has had a few "problems)

Baymont Inn and Suites Glenview

1625 Milwaukee Avenue

Glenview, IL 60025 US

Phone: 847-635-8300

Fax: 847-635-8166

Rooms: $78.00 - $134.00

Fairfield Inn Glenview/Chicago

4514 West Lake Avenue

Glenview, Illinois 60025 USA

Phone: 1-847-299-1600

Fax: 1-847-803-9943

Rate: $59 - $84

Edited by Carrie Sansing

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Carrie, very cool.

Illinois is more conservative than WA. We have to be 25ft from a door or window to smoke. Umm, I only know that because I do have an occasional cigar. Speaking of cigars, is Mr LED himself, Paul Sessel of CDI?

OK off to make flight arrangements.

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Carrie,

are you sure you are going to have enough room? I mean its January and you have 10 pages. :):) This is going to fun! I hope that Tim F. makes it... :)

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Carrie I'll be there! I may fly solo, don't know yet. I had a great time in 2008, can't wait for 2010.

Ernie, I'm delighted to hear it! It will be great to see you again!:D

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Carrie, very cool.

Illinois is more conservative than WA. We have to be 25ft from a door or window to smoke. Umm, I only know that because I do have an occasional cigar. Speaking of cigars, is Mr LED himself, Paul Sessel of CDI?

OK off to make flight arrangements.

Mark, I cannot believe you're going to come all the way from Washington. Bill Foley came down for our first one..and now you. Wow, fantastic!

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Carrie,

are you sure you are going to have enough room? I mean its January and you have 10 pages. :):) This is going to fun! I hope that Tim F. makes it... :)

Josh, we'll make room..even if I have to rent my neighbor's yard!

I think you're right, this is going to be fun. :)

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