We made two announcements of upcoming meetups in New York City and Fort Lauderdale. Usually we get some readers saying they will attend, both in comments on the post and by e-mail.
We had one reader ask about if/when we would have a meetup in LA (short answer, we don’t know, we’d like to this year but it is too early to say). Even when Lambert posted what was then the lone comment on the second announcement post asking if anyone was coming, he got only one response.
I managed to miss that the date of the NYC meetup, this Friday, is at the start of the MLK three day weekend. I mistakenly didn’t even consider NC readers as the types that would leave town and it appears a lot will be doing that or alternatively, may have family and friends coming in then for a visit and thus already had plans. It’s also possible everybody has the flu, or is worried about catching it.
Mind you, I’m fine with doing meetups with small groups. But I’m stuck as far as this Friday in NYC is concerned.
In NYC, our meetups are usually large, and there are very few venues where you can book a space without paying a room fee or committing to a hefty minimum spend. I had booked the back room of one such spot, Slainte. We really need at least 35 people to maintain our good standing there of simply promising that enough people will turn up for us to give them the back room, and actually having that happen.
In the past, we’ve reliably had over 50 and the sessions had gone well over three hours too. But if I burn Slainte on this booking, I fear we won’t be welcome again. I don’t know any other venues that would work for drinks for 20ish people where we could mingle, and in any event, it’s too late now to book, plus changing venues would cause more confusion than cancelling.
Similarly, the silence about Fort Lauderdale makes me think I should abandon that trip too. For complicated reasons, I had a ticket there I could rebook, and when I raised the idea in the fall, there were enough positive responses so that the idea seemed to make sense. But having gotten radio silence for the February 7 date, particularly when I asked for help with hotel and venue ideas, says I should just treat the loss on the ticket as a sunk cost and cancel this meetup too.
Readers? Especially from Florida?