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melcharMay. 13th, 2016 04:06 am May 9 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1345
May 9, 2016

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary

Began 8-ish at Lyons - with wonderful mocha mud pie
20 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1344 were accepted as 'who was that masked author?'

The Treasurer was absent, but we are rumored to have money

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report & mentioned he & Geri will not be at next week's meeting

The President had nothing fannish to report

The Sports Committee reminded that THIS Saturday is the May 14, 5pm, SJ Giants Star Wars game in Martinelli Plaza

The Site Selection committee reminds that the Black Bear Diner won in the BASFA site selection online balloting and will be our meeting place through May and the 1st week of June, with June 6 being a ratification meeting.
May meetings at = Black Bear Diner = 174 W. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas

The Meet-up Committee reported that membership is over 400 now

The Website Committee has updated the BASFA website to show we are meeting at Black Bear Diner for the next 5 weeks

announcements:
[tall] Kevin announced that he brought baseball swag from the Reno Aces for the BASFA auction

Dave C announced that he won't be attending Whedonopolis

Lisa announced that the Sharks are ahead in the 3rd period [and theh they lost that game]

Adrienne announced that she approves of a [tall] Kevin proposal [see http://kevin-standlee.livejournal.com/1562815.html]

Gayle announced that it was her & Gerry's anniversary

reviews:
Jon reviewed being an extra for the TV show 'Sense8' as sitting around for hours while being paid for it & that catering served lobster; Adrienne followed that it can be rewarding & enjoyable work

Gerry reviewed a SpaceX spaceship booster landing as everything worked

JC reviewed 'Civil War' as thoroughly enjoyed, worth full price & Beth reviewed it as a zero-pillow film; Ken says that he & Geri have seen it twice already - both times at full price; Dave C saw it & agrees

[tall] Kevin reviewed winning at Keno as fun

we did auctions

we adjourned at = 9:08

and the rumor of the week was = 'BASFA, I only read it for the articles'

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melcharMay. 8th, 2016 09:36 pm May 2 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1344
May 2, 2016

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary

Began 8-ish at the Black Bear Diner
30 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1343 were accepted 'Space raptor BASFA invasion'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $3.75 in the regular jar & $2.50 in the party jar

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President had nothing fannish to report

The Sports Committee reported that there are no tickets remaining for the Giants/Rockies game on Friday, May 6.
PLUS Ken has tickets ON HIM RIGHT NOW for the Saturday, 5pm, May 14, SJ Giants Star Wars night game in the Martinelli Plaza for $49 each & .. and this includes food, 2 alcoholic beverages & programs

The Site Selection committee reported that the Black Bear Diner won in the BASFA site selection online balloting. Our next meeting will be at: May 9 = Lyon’s = 4233 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
Then the other May meetings at = Black Bear Diner = 174 W. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas

announcements:
Andy announced that SJ in 2018 will be at Costume Con May 18, & that over Memorial Day weekend they will have a fan-table & party at Baycon & could use volunteers; contact debbie@sjin2018.org

JC announced that May 21-22 the city of Milpitas will have its annual BBQ festival with food, arts & crafts and he'll have a booth there; this will be on Milpitas Blvd, south of Caleveras & announced that on May 10 there will a book release & Nerdvana Podcast at Kepler's at 7pm

Trey announced that there are a new set of awards, the Dragoncon fan awards

reviews:
Dave G reviewed the Cork & Cleaver [a restaurant new the KC convention center] as it specializes in pork dishes & wines and is rather reasonably price, that the pork chop he had was delicious & he recommends the place

Gerry reviewed the movies 'Papa Hemingway in Cuba' & 'Eye in the Sky' as both were very good, with good acting & both are worth full price

JC reviewed a shop, 'Black Heart Tattoos' as both he & Beth had great experiences there, that it took about 30 minutes, each, for them to get their tattoos & it was very clean, efficient, they had a great tattoo artist & it was a fun thing to do together, recommended

John O reviewed a book of short stories, 'The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson' as they were done very well & reviewed 'Spellsinger' by Alan Dean Foster as lots of world-building, humor & a rollicking good plot & he's started his Hugo reading, finding the 1st 2 Chuck Tingle stories to be okay

[evil] Kevin reviewed 'Throw up Your Hair' by Bad Ass as that 2:15 in the video you will recongize some BASFAns & that punk rocks without obscenities is fun

Dave C reviewed 'Zootopia' as masterful Disney animation as great fun & recommended at full price

we did auctions

we adjourned at = 8:53

and the rumor of the week was = 'A tingler is loose in the Hugos'

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melcharApr. 29th, 2016 12:11 am BASFA minutes for April 25

BASFA Meeting 1343 - at Lyon's
April 25, 2016

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary

Began 8-ish pm with mud pie & Jo
24 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1342 were accepted

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $6.75 in the regular jar & $10.00 in the party jar

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President had nothing fannish to report

The Sports Committee reported that there are no tickets remaining for the Giants/Rockies game on Friday, May 6. BASFA seats are in the view reserve [section 317]. PLUS Ken has tickets ON HIM RIGHT NOW for the Saturday, 5pm, May 14, SJ Giants Star Wars night game in the Martinelli Plaza for $49 each & .. and this includes food, 2 alcoholic beverages & programs

The Site Selection committee is finalizing the BASFA site selection online balloting. Our next meetings will be at:
May 2 = Black Bear Diner = 174 W. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas - where we will vote to ratify the online preferential ballot;
May 9 = Lyon’s = 4233 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95129

Announcements:
Bill announced that Bookbuyers on Castro Street, MV, is moving & having book sales & Adrienne reminded that they have a Go Fund Me site

Andy announced that Wednesday, Nov 23 that Post Modern Jukebox will be performing at the SJ State University Events Center

Dave C announced that May 13-15 is Whedonopolis in Van Nuys

And it was announced that Prince is still dead

Reviews:
[evil] Kevin reviewed a 5K run with a black light theme & said the VIP package was worth it

Valerie reviewed the 'Game of Thrones' season opener as the show is back & now mostly off-book & thatany actor with a pulse is at risk

Adrienne reviewed the Orphan Black season opener as mostly flashbacks & worth watching; Ric followed that he liked the scene in the comic book shop the most

We did auctions

we adjourned at 8:50 pm

the rumor of the week was: 'Purple reigned'

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melcharApr. 28th, 2016 11:51 pm April 18 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1342 - at Omega's
April 18, 2016

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary

Began 8-ish pm with decent food this time
27 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1341 were accepted as 'bonus tracks'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $0.50 in the regular jar & $61.50 in the party jar

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President had nothing fannish to report

The Sports Committee reported that there are no tickets remaining for the Giants/Rockies game on Friday, May 6. BASFA seats are in the view reserve [section 317]. PLUS Ken has tickets ON HIM RIGHT NOW for the Saturday, 5pm, May 14, SJ Giants Star Wars night game in the Martinelli Plaza for $49 each & .. and this includes food, 2 alcoholic beverages & programs

The Site Selection committee is conducting a vote for our semi-permanent site. Our next meetings will be at:
April 25 Lyon’s, downstairs = 4233 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
May 2 = Black Bear Diner = 174 W. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas

Announcements:
Ken announced that this Friday is the Legion of Rasselon meeting at the usual place & time

JC announced that there will be a podcasting at Kepler's books on Wednesday & that there will be a new Nerdvana Podcast out this Wednesday

Reviews:
Gayle reviewed the SF ballet as lots of fun

[tall] Kevin reviewed his trip to Canada as he had a longish wait for connecting flights, but the transport services work well in Canada and the hotel suite was large & nifty

JC reviewed 'Pixels' free On Demand as okay, not spectacular with some fun bits & worth free & then reviewed using the BB-8 toy with the ipad app will watching 'Force Awakens' as recommended

Dave C reviewed the Puppini Sisters music group as singing a broad range of style & worth full price

Fred reviewed the Annie Liebowitz photo exhibit as there was some great stuff there & reviewed the SFinSF meeting as good

Adrienne reviewed the 110 anniversary of the SF quake as happening today & reviewed doing auctions on EBay as you have to work to make money with them

Chris O reviewed the taiko festival as it was hot but still nice

Lisa reviewed the Retrodome showing of 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' as fun

Patty reviewed Solvange as lots of good wineries and the ostrich/emu place was worth full price to visit


We did auctions

we adjourned at 9:12 pm

the rumor of the week was: 'Bite me, monkey boy'

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dprisonerApr. 28th, 2016 01:20 pm Relocation Poll & Meeting Schedule...

Just a reminder to everyone that the Relocation Committee Survey will be closing this Saturday. Feel free to head on over to https://www.opavote.com/vote/4756150994075648 to register your preferences.
The winner of the poll will be put forward to a vote on Monday, 2 May at the Black Bear Diner in Milpitas. If ratified, we will begin our one month trial of that location beginning on Monday, 16 May.
Here's the current meeting schedule:
May 2
Black Bear Diner
174 W. Calaveras Blvd
Milpitas, CA 94035
May 9
Lyon’s
4233 Moorpark Ave
San Jose, CA 95129
May 16 - June 13
To be voted on at the May 2 meeting

Current Location: San Jose, CA
Current Music: Bolly 92.3 FM

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melcharApr. 18th, 2016 05:35 pm BASFA minutes for April 11

BASFA Meeting 1341 - at Lyon's
April 11, 2016

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary

Began 8-ish pm with conversations about science!
24 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1340 were accepted as 'elf tested, BASFA approved'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $16.75 in the regular jar & $1.00 in the party jar

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President had nothing fannish to report

The Sports Committee reported that there are no tickets remaining for the Giants/Rockies game on Friday, May 6. BASFA seats are in the view reserve [section 317]. PLUS Ken has tickets ON HIM RIGHT NOW for the Saturday, 5pm, May 14, SJ Giants Star Wars night game in the Martinelli Plaza for $49 each & .. and this includes food, 2 alcoholic beverages & programs

The Site Selection committee is looking for new meeting sites. Our next meetings will be at:
April 18 = at Omega's 90 South Park Victoria Drive, Milpitas, 95035
April 25 Lyon’s, downstairs = 4233 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
May 2 = Black Bear Diner = 174 W. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas

Announcements:
Lisa announced that Bookbuyers on Castro Street, MV, is moving, not closing - has a Go Fund Me site & is having book sales

Reviews:
[tall] Kevin reviewed being employed as good & reviewed that being part of the political system was interesting & that they were not well -organized

William reviewed an audio book from My Play Away.com as an MP3-like format that contains the book & was worth full price

Josh reviewed 'Comedy of Errors' by Impact Theatre as silly & amazing

Dave C reviewed 'Batman vs Superman' as 'ugh' & that he didn't like much of anyone in the entire movie

Mo reviewed her class on mask making as worth full price; there were 12 in the class & it was really nice to teach & then reviewed the Giant's opening day as it started out sucky but ended great

Andy reviewed Eastercon as an absolute blast, then reviewed the South bay Day of Transgender Visibility as a fun event & reviewed Robogames in Pleasanton as good

Jon reviewed being a paid extra in a movie as fun & reviewed Nichols Research as lucrative to get paid for giving opinions for

Ken reviewed the 'Force Awakens' on blueray/DVD as already seen 3 times & the 'making of' track was good, recommended & said to avoid the cheapo Target version; Josh followed, saying that the digital download is absolutely worthwhile

We did auctions

we adjourned at 9:28 pm

the rumor of the week was: 'BASFA, now with dramatic 'literature' readings by Morgan Freeman'

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dprisonerApr. 11th, 2016 03:28 pm BASFA Location Committee Poll

The Relocation Committee is proud to present the first stage in settling the location of our new meeting place. As discussed at the meeting on Monday, 4 April, instead of voting on all the locations at a designated meeting, the Relocation Committee will be presenting the results of an online survey as the recommendation of the Committee. This survey will allow the voice of the entire membership, regardless of their ability to attend the meeting with the actual vote, to be heard.

The poll uses the Instant Runoff Voting, what the Hugo Awards used or their ballots (so many of you will be familiar with that). The winner of this poll will be brought before the members at the meeting on 4 May, 2016 as the recommendation of the Committee for ratification.

As was recommended at the meeting on Monday, 28 March, the chosen site will be used exclusively for a month (to discover and iron out any issues that may occur.) If we are satisfied, we will make that our new permanent home. The first meeting of that month trial will be on Monday, 16 May.

You have heard of the dreaded BASFA voting block, here is the dreaded BASFA voting link: https://www.opavote.com/vote/4756150994075648

The poll is currently open, and will close on Saturday, 30 April.

Please vote responsibly...


The list of restaurants that we will have been at as of the May 2 meeting are as follows (in order of appearance):

Round Table Pizza, Sunnyvale (12/21, 12/28, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 2/29)
Omega’s Family Restaurant, Milpitas (1/25, 4/18)
Black Bear Diner, Milpitas (2/8, 3/14, 3/28, 5/2)
Lyon’s, San Jose (2/22, 4/11, 4/25)
Old Spaghetti Factory, San Jose (3/7)
Faz, San Jose (3/21)
Mimi’s Cafe, San Jose (4/4) [note: we would need to move to Tuesdays to be able to do every week]

We still need to schedule a location for the May 9 meeting, just so we’re not booking it last minute, so the month long run for the selected restaurant will be May 16 - June 13(which will incorporate the post Memorial Day convention visitors.)


April 11

Lyon’s
4233 Moorpark Ave
San Jose, CA 95129

http://www.yelp.com/biz/lyons-restaurant-san-jose


April 18

Omega Family Restaurant And Lounge
90 South Park Victoria Drive
Milpitas, California 95035

http://www.omegafamilyrestaurant.com


April 25

Lyon’s
4233 Moorpark Ave
San Jose, CA 95129

http://www.yelp.com/biz/lyons-restaurant-san-jose


May 2

Black Bear Diner
174 W. Calaveras Blvd
Milpitas, CA 94035

http://blackbeardiner.com/store/milpitas-black-bear-diner/


May 9

TBA


May 16 - June 13

To be voted on at the May 2 meeting

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melcharApr. 6th, 2016 08:15 pm BASFA minutes for April 4

BASFA Meeting 1340 - at Mimi's
April 4, 2016

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary

Began 8-ish pm with hot corn, hot salad, but cold shrimp & scallops
24 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1339 were accepted as 'what Fred said'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $12.35 in the regular jar & $7.40 in the party jar

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President said 'hi' to Rebecca, an avid sf reader and artist, visiting us for the first time

The Sports Committee reported that there are 3 tickets remaining for the Giants/Rockies game on Friday, May 6, in the view reserve [section 317] at a price of $28. PLUS Ken has tickets ON HIM RIGHT NOW for the Saturday, 5pm, May 14, SJ Giants Star Wars night game in the Martinelli Plaza for $49 each & .. and this includes food, 2 alcoholic beverages & programs

The Site Selection committee is looking for new meeting sites. Our next meetings will be at:
April 11 Lyon’s = 4233 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
April 18 = at Omega's 90 South Park Victoria Drive, Milpitas, 95035
April 25 Lyon’s = 4233 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
May 2 = Black Bear Diner = 174 W. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas

There was discussion about how the site selection vote should be done, with a decision that there will be an online survey for the membership to vote on, with the Committee reporting the result to the attending membership at a future meeting & voting for the site at that point

Announcements:
I announced that the French silk mud pie was wonderful

Ric announced that Bookbuyer on Castro Street, MV, is closing & theoretically opening somewhere else

Mo announced that her class for Venetian masks is still open and will be at the Campbell Community Center this Saturday, starting at 9am

Rebecca announced that Hancock's fabric shop is closing

Bill announced that he & Carole are travelling to Filk Ontario in Canada

Reviews:
Contact was reviewed a lot .. and everyone had a great time there

Mo reviewed a BBC show she liked a lot [title may be 'The Durrells'] & then also reviewed the new 'Wynona Earp' series as 'bantha poodoo'

Adrienne reviewed really old baseball movies

Ric reviewed the Star Trek Ultimate Voyage symphony as a wonderful evening of music that he enjoyed, Ken & Geri also enjoyed it but found the narrative not very good; then Ric reviewed MTV's 'George Fest' [dedicated to George Harrison] as worth watching more than once & then reviewed a new gadget, Amazon's Echo Dot as it takes voice commands, plays music [and will ready the world for our robot overlords]

Dave C reviewed the movie 'Limitless' on TV as a lot more creepy than the TV show

We did auctions

we adjourned at 9:27 pm

the rumor of the week was: 'And in May, Colin Kaepernick signed with the Cubs'

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dprisonerMar. 29th, 2016 12:01 pm Upcoming BASFA Meetings and a Vote!!!

The meeting locations have been settled through May 2.

As suggested at the Mar 28 meeting, we will be voting on what which restaurant we’d like to be at for a month long try-out at the May 2 meeting. The winning location could end up being our new home by the end of that month. For those of you who can not make that meeting, we will be accepting proxy votes through the end of Saturday, April 30. Proxies can be emailed to the relocation committee at basfa@p4tt.com. To be fair, our normal “Chicago” style voting will be suspended for this issue, so only one vote per member. Proxy voters, as a precaution please submit your vote in preferential style - your number one vote will be used as your vote if we go with the first-past-the-post style.

The list of restaurants that we will have been at as of the May 2 meeting are as follows (in order of appearance):

Round Table Pizza, Sunnyvale (12/21, 12/28, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 2/29)
Omega’s Family Restaurant, Milpitas (1/25, 4/18)
Black Bear Diner, Milpitas (2/8, 3/14, 3/28, 5/2)
Lyon’s, San Jose (2/22, 4/11, 4/25)
Old Spaghetti Factory, San Jose (3/7)
Faz, San Jose (3/21)
Mimi’s Cafe, San Jose (4/4) [note: we would need to move to Tuesdays to be able to do every week]

We still need to schedule a location for the May 9 meeting, just so we’re not booking it last minute, so the month long run for the selected restaurant will be May 16 - June 13 (which will incorporate the post Memorial Day convention visitors.)




April 4

Mimi’s Cafe
1200 El Paseo de Saratoga
San Jose, CA 95129

http://mimiscafe.com


April 11

Lyon’s
4233 Moorpark Ave
San Jose, CA 95129

http://www.yelp.com/biz/lyons-restaurant-san-jose


April 18

Omega Family Restaurant And Lounge
90 South Park Victoria Drive
Milpitas, California 95035

http://www.omegafamilyrestaurant.com


April 25

Lyon’s
4233 Moorpark Ave
San Jose, CA 95129

http://www.yelp.com/biz/lyons-restaurant-san-jose


May 2

Black Bear Diner
174 W. Calaveras Blvd
Milpitas, CA 94035

http://blackbeardiner.com/store/milpitas-black-bear-diner/


May 9

TBA


May 16 - June 13

To be voted on at the May 2 meeting

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melcharMar. 28th, 2016 04:24 pm March 21 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1338 - at Faz
March 21, 2016

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
MARCH 14 WILL BE AT: the Black Bear Diner = 174 W. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas

Began 8-ish pm
26 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1337 were accepted as 'leet'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $12.50 in the regular jar & $5.25 in the party jar

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President had nothing fannish to report, but gave special thanks to Josh

The Sports Committee reported that there are 3 tickets remaining for the Giants/Rockies game on Friday, May 6, in the view reserve [section 317] at a price of $28. PLUS Ken has tickets for the Saturday, 5pm, May 14, SJ Giants Star Wars night game in the Martinelli Plaza for $49 each & needs a minimum of 15 to buy in [we're currently at 12] .. and this includes food, 2 alcoholic beverages & programs

The Site Selection committee is looking for new meeting sites. Our next meetings will be at:
March 28 at Black Bear Diner = 174 W. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas
April 4 at Mimi’s Cafe = 1200 El Paseo de Saratoga, San Jose, CA 95130
April 11 Lyon’s = 4233 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
April 18 = [but may? be at Omega's?
April 25 Lyon’s = 4233 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95129

Announcements:
[evil] Kevin announced that April 23 is the Black Light run at the Santa Clara fairgrounds

Dave C announced that Westercon will be the July 4th weekend in Portland

Aatheus announced that March 30 will be a live symphony of Star Trek music at the SJ Center for the Performing Arts

Carole announced that PENSWAG will have Mo do a presentation & workshop on Venetian masks

on April 9 & tickets are still available & announced that Filk Ontario will have a con

April 8-10

Andy announced that he has fliers for SJ in 2018

Boris[!] announced that this Friday is the Legion of Rasselon meeting at the IHoP on

Steven's Creek at 7:30

Reviews:
Silicon Valley Comic Con was reviewed a lot .. and had problems with Registration & scheduling & a lack of food, but there were some good bits

Then Alex reviewed 'Daredevil, Season 2' as the comic book. come to life. amazing & a 10 out of 10

[evil] Kevin reviewed an 'Elementary' script by Paul Cornel as absolutely worth full price

'A Beast and a Boy' was reviewed a fair amount as very good and worth full price to see

Then Carole reviewed visiting family as fun - but that she will NEVER fly any airbus 320 again. EVER!

Bill reviewed a book of stories edited by Fred Patten, 'Cats and more Cats' as enjoyed & worth full price

Tom reviewed Potlatch as not crowded or expensive & still fun

Mo reviewed getting a 20-year-old+ beehive removed humanely as worth full price

Dave G reviewed Beach Blanket Babylon as fun and worth full price

Josh reviewed the Las Vegas 'Nightclub and Bar Expo' as 23 aisles of free-flowing booze, $99 for 3 days - incredible stuff was there = and absolutely worth full price

Dave C reviewed 'Limitless' on TV as fascinating & worth seeing, Mo agrees & Trey suggests viewing the movie it's based off first

We did auctions

we adjourned at 9:41 pm

the rumor of the week was: Sounds like BigWow became 'ow-ow'

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