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We promised more meetups as part of this fundraiser and I’d like to start delivering on our commitments sooner rather than later. I’ll be in Dallas on a short trip and have managed to keep the evening of Wednesday, November 2, open if readers can help organize a meetup.
Since you Lone Star State denizens may not be familiar with our format, meetups are informal get-togethers. We usually assemble in a bar or restaurant with a large bar area, although we have occasionally booked spaces where we were certain the turnout would be high enough so that the minimum would be covered. Since we’ve never done a meetup in Dallas, I have no idea how many of you might turn up, so booking a space does not seem like a good option. (Having said that, we have found a venue in NYC that allows us to hold an area of their bar with no financial commitment, so if you know of such a spot and it’s otherwise attractive, that would be ideal).
In DC, a helpful reader identified a hotel with several bars and restaurants, and one with a large area away from the front that we were able to take over by virtue of starting on the early side. That worked for a group that was 35 at its peak.
I doubt we’ll have anywhere near that many in Dallas. My assumption is 20 tops, but it would help to refine the estimate if readers who are pretty certain to come would pipe up in comments.
But I need you to find a venue for this to come off! The criteria are:
1. Not too noisy at peak times
2. Big enough that 20 people could assemble and mingle reasonably well in addition to a normal midweek crowd
3. Not too far from Plano. I don’t like driving in Dallas so I’ll be taking a cab. If I have a long trek, I might get hung up in traffic and miss the start of the meetup!
Assume a 5:00 PM start time, since that allows the people who have latitude in their schedule to join early and paces the crowd better over the evening.
And most important, please give recommendations in comments as to where you suggest we get together. No suggestions means not enough interest and hence no event!
Hope to see you soon!