Dear patient readers,
We have a meetup scheduled for next Thursday, November 2, in Philadelphia, and I even have purchased train tickets, for me to arrive at 4:30 PM and leave that day just before 10:30 PM on the last train.
A reader volunteered and lined up a space in Chestnut Hill. Having been in Philadelphia only once in my entire life before (and that to go to the printer when I was at Goldman), I didn’t realize until yesterday that the space booked is suburban and will involve my spending a probable hour and a half in total getting to and from the venue. I am also concerned that the readers who expressed interest in attending seemed to be Philly types (as in the city) and a suburban location would result in lower participation.
The wee problem is we are now getting late and the venues that readers recommended that are close to the train/downtown are booked (New Deck and its sister pub Slainte). FARMiCiA requires that you book tables as opposed to a room or a section of the bar, and since we don’t know how many people might come, that does not seem to work. My guesstimate is 25 and it could be as many as 40.
If we can’t come up with a spot downtown, we’ll stick with Plan A, but I am concerned that Plan A will not only lead to my getting less time with readers but will also result in lower turnout.