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melcharFeb. 10th, 2016 09:58 pm Feb 8 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1332 - at the Black Bear Diner
February 8, 2016

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

Began 8 pm - with many small noisy creatures in the room

28 people attended

We established a party jar
Then a motion failed

The minutes of meeting 1331 were accepted as 'still commuting from Superbowl city'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $10.00 in the regular jar & $1.00 in the party jar & he gave the Party Committee money

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President had nothing fannish to report, and then we said hi to several folks visiting us for the first time - Melanie, who is a long-time fan; Nathan who is a longtime reader of sf & Brandon who found us because of the Meet-up site

The Site Selection committee is looking for new meeting sites. Omega got very mixed reviews.
Feb 8 at Black Bear Diner = 174 W. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA 94035;
Feb 15 back at the Round Table, 1220 Oakmead Parkway;
Feb 22 at Lyons, 4233 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95129;
Feb 29 at the Round Table again, 1220 Oakmead Parkway
March 7 at the Old Spagetti Factory
March 14 at the Round Table again, 1220 Oakmead Parkway

The Party Committee reported that the next BASFA party will be at Babscon [Apr 22-24], at the Hyatt Regency SFO in Burlingame on Apr 23

The Hugo Recommendation Committee reported that they will be doing retro Hugo nominations after the regular meeting tonight

The Sports Committee reported that he still has tickets for the 1st Friday in May Giants game [May 6], vs the Colorado Rockies in section 317 at a price of $28 - PLUS that Ken is working on getting tickets for the SJ Giants Star Wars night on Saturday, 5pm, May 14, saying that we can have the Martinelli Plaza for $49 each, if 15 buy in .. and this includes food, 2 alcoholic beverages & programs

Announcements:
John announced that the next free admission day for the SF Exploratorium is on March 14

Bob announced that he is moving to his first place of his own in 20 years and will be in Hayward & thus closer to us

John O announced that Consonance will be March 4-6 at the Crown Plaza [880 & the 237], $60 for the weekend if preregistering - check for details at consonance.org

Chuck announced that Nerdvana Podcast is still doing its fundraiser on Indy Gogo with a goal of $2500, so give the site a look

Dave C announced that Brian Kesinger has a site and to go look at it = www.rickey.org and search for 'Calvin' & he announced that Gallifrey One is at the LA Marriott this weekend

Fred announced that FogCon is March 11-13 in Walnut Creek & announced that Potlatch is March 19 at the SJ public library & is free - and there is a writer's workshop there too

Reviews:
I reviewed the trout served at the diner as the best trout I have encountered in years & worth buying at least twice

Ric reviewed the TV 'Shannara' adaptation as 'really it's been kind of decent' with good fx and he mildly recommends it

Alex reviewed 'Hail Caesar' as very good, solid and recommended

Gerry reviewed the Space X assembly facility as free, worth full price and very interesting, Gayle followed and agreed

Bob reviewed the free SF 'Superbowl city' experience as not worth full price because there was not much to see but lines and temporary buildings, he had a bear-battered sausage ['sausage tempura?' Melanie suggested] & Bob really didn't enjoy himself, even if the beer was flowing 'if you consider that Lite is beer'

Carole reviewed the 'East Meets West' exhibit at the Asian Arts Museum as very good

Ken reviewed getting out of the Bay Area this last weekend was worth full price

Dave C reviewed 'Realityland' by David Koenig as true-life adventures in building Disneyland as interesting

we did auctions

we adjourned at 8:55 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'BASFA recomends the Sha-na-na Chronicles'

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melcharFeb. 10th, 2016 09:50 pm Feb 1 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1331 - at the Round Table pizza place
February 1, 2016

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

Began 8 pm - with comments about 'up trailer and down trailer'
28 people attended

We established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1330 were accepted as 'handed to the president'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $12.00 in the regular jar & $4.05 in the party jar

The Vice President reported that she'll be coming in

The President had nothing fannish to report, and then we presented the redacted [gift certificate] to the waitress

The Sports Committee reported that he still has tickets for the 1st Friday in May Giants game [May 6], vs the Colorado Rockies in section 317 at a price of $28 - AND that the SJ Giants will have their Star Wars night on Saturday, May 14, mentioning that we can have the Martinelli Plaza for $49 each, if 15 buy in .. and this includes food, 2 alcoholic beverages & programs

The Site Selection committee is looking for new meeting sites. Omega got very mixed reviews.
Feb 8 at Black Bear Diner = 174 W. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA 94035;
Feb 15 back at the Round Table, 1220 Oakmead Parkway;
Feb 22 at Lyons, 4233 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95129;
Feb 29 at the Round Table again, 1220 Oakmead Parkway
March 7 at the Old Spagetti Factory

The Hugo Recommendation Committee reported that a preliminary list has been compiled & that those interested can wait and nominate more after the regular meeting

Announcements:
[evil] Kevin announced that he will be at Livermore Reads with Thinbot on Feb 27 at the Livermore PL

Valerie announced that she has written a pastiche about the 'Force Awakens', mashed with Jane Austen, called 'Nonsensibility'

Reviews:
Carole reviewed Conflict as it seemed quiet to her, but enjoyable & she reviewed Alaskan airlines as better than most

Mo reviewed 'Gallivant' as very funny & recommended; Howeird agreed and added that it was written well

Dave C reviewed 'Lucifer' as 'he's the devil, she's a cop - together they fight crime' & Mo commented that so far it seems fun

Adrienne reviewed a Bay Area Ghost Hunter's meet-up in SF at the San Remo hotel as the hotel's Italian restaurant was pleasant

Mike reviewed the Numu in Los Gatos, Rick Guidice NASA paintings as worth seeing & recommended

we did auctions

we adjourned at 9:02 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'We who are about to SMOF salute you'

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melcharFeb. 10th, 2016 09:36 pm Jan 25 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1330
January 25, 2016

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
FEB 1 WILL BE AT: the RT Pizza place near Coco's, 1220 Oakmead Parkway (Lawrence Expressway/101 Fwy), Sunnyvale

Began 8 pm - TRYING OUT OMEGA'S DINER
30 people attended

We established a party jar
It was very loud here, with people yelling about basketball on the other side of a partition

The minutes of meeting 1329 were accepted as 'alpha of Omega'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $4.00 in the regular jar & $15.25 in the redacted jar

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President had nothing fannish to report, but welcomed back Robert Sallade after a several years absence

The Sports Committee reported that he still has tickets for the 1st Friday in May Giants game [May 6], vs the

Colorado Rockies in section 317 at a price of $28

The Site Selection committee is looking for new meeting sites.
Feb 1 = back at the Round Table 1220 Oakmead Parkway;
Feb 8 at Black Bear Diner = 174 W. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA 94035;
Feb 15 back at the Round Table, 1220 Oakmead Parkway;
Feb 22 at Lyons, 4233 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95129;
Feb 29 at the Round Table again, 1220 Oakmead Parkway

Announcements:
Dave C announced that there is an art exhibit of 'My Hero - Contemporary Art & Superhero Action' will be at the Bedford Gallery at Lesher Center for the Arts through March 20 & announced that next week begins the Hugo Nomination process, after regular meetings and that it will also cover nominations for the Retro Hugos of 1940

Bill announced that he & Carole will attend a convention

JC announced that hotel reservations are open, but tricky to book at MidAmeriCon & announced that Nerdvana

Podcast has an IndieGoGo fundraiser

Adrienne announced that Hugo nomination forms are out

Chris O announced that John O had his surgery and he is improving

Fred announced that light rail will be messed up during Superbowl week

Ken announced that Stephen Moffit has stepped down from 'Dr Who'

Reviews:
Dave C reviewed 'Spectre' as it had a poor premise, reviewed 'Ride Along 2' as being more pleasant to view &

reviewed the TV series 'Angie Tribeka' as enjoyable
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Adrienne reviewed her visit to North Dakota as nice, with lots of snow [too much snow], but she & Mo agreed that

being in snow makes one appreciate heat more

Fred reviewed reading a newspaper as informative

Bill reviewed their visit to Georgia as interesting & Carole opined that the Georgia Puppet Museum is worth seeing

JC reviewed the 'X Files' premiere as establishing the mood of the series & interesting, but Mo thought the pacing was frantic

we did auctions

we adjourned at 9:18 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'Do you think that Moffit looks tired?'

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melcharJan. 25th, 2016 04:08 am BASFA minutes for Jan 18

BASFA Meeting 1329
January 18, 2016

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at the RT Pizza place near Coco's, 1206 Oakmead Parkway (Lawrence Expressway/101 Fwy), Sunnyvale

Began 8 pm - with talk of toxic sludge
21 people attended

We established a redacted jar

The minutes of meeting 1328 were taken by Beth & read in stereo, then accepted as 'blankety blank'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $0.25 in the regular jar & $44.25 in the redacted jar

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President had nothing fannish to report

The Site Selection committee is looking for new meeting sites. Jan 25 we meet at Omega's = 90 South Park Victoria Drive, Milpitas, California 95035 [Park Victoria Center];
Feb 1 back at this Round Table 1220 Oakmead Parkway;
Feb 8 at Black Bear Diner = 174 W. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA 94035;
Feb 15 back at this Round Table, 1220 Oakmead Parkway;
Feb 22 at Lyons, 4233 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95129;
then March 2 at the Round Table again, 1220 Oakmead Parkway

The Sports Committee reported that he has tickets for $28 for the 1st Friday in May Giants game [May 6], vs the Colorado Rockies in section 317

Announcements:
Ken announced that this Friday is the Legion of Rasselon meeting at the IHoP on Stevens Creek & Lawrence, 7pm

Gayle announced that Contact will be April 1-3 at the Domain Hotel in Sunnyvale & she has flyers

Chuck announced that Nerdvana Podcast has a fundraiser on Indy Gogo with a goal of $2500, with benes for donations

Reviews:
Lisa reviewed Chris Hatfield's Youtube articles on 'music in space' as very interesting

Dave C reviewed DC & Marvel destroying their universes as his weekly cost in comics has been drasitcally reduced

Ken reviewed 'Young Frankenstein the Musical' as a high school production whose director gave poor pacing, but a fun show & recommended

we did auctions

we adjourned at 9 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'BASFA's new motto is that we are the knights of the Round Table'

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dprisonerJan. 18th, 2016 10:57 pm Meeting Schedule...

The meeting locations have been settled through the end of February. At this point, we are looking to make a new base of operation for March (a restaurant that we’ll meet at every other week). Please come to next weeks meeting, as we may want to use Omega as that base if they work out for us and we’d like to get as much feedback from the members.
We also will need to start filling up the March and April calendars. Keep an eye out for restaurants that fit our needs:

  • Separate Meeting Room

  • Open past 9 (preferably 10), or willing to let us stick around as they close.

  • Have day and time regularly available

  • Affordable menu

  • Can handle up to 40 or more, but regularly around 20.

  • Diverse Dietary Menu (if possible)

  • Not another Coco’s or Carrows (owned by the same corp - and we don’t need them to close on us again…)

Here is the schedule through February 29.
Jan 25 Omega Family Restaurant And Lounge
90 South Park Victoria Drive
Milpitas, California 95035
Park Victoria Center
Feb 1
Round Table Pizza
1220 Oakmead Parkway
Sunnyvale, CA
Feb 8
Black Bear Diner
174 W. Calaveras Blvd
Milpitas, CA 94035
Feb 15
Round Table Pizza
1220 Oakmead Parkway
Sunnyvale, CA
Feb 22
Lyon’s
4233 Moorpark Ave
San Jose, CA  95129
Feb 29
Round Table Pizza
1220 Oakmead Parkway
Sunnyvale, CA

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melcharJan. 11th, 2016 06:54 pm Jan 4 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1327
January 4, 2016

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at the RT Pizza place near Coco's, 1206 Oakmead Parkway (Lawrence Expressway/101 Fwy), Sunnyvale

Began 8 pm - thinking about my dream garage
28 people attended

We established a party basket

The minutes of meeting 1326 were accepted as 'those notes are so 2015'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $10.75

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President had nothing fannish to report

The Site Selection committee is looking for new meeting sites. We meet at the RT Pizza place next to the defunct Coco's thru Jan 18; then Jan 25 we try Omega's

The Sports Committee reported that he has tickets for $28 for the 1st Friday in May Giants game [May 6], vs the Colorado Rockies in section 317

The Party Committee reports that the next BASFA party will be Jan 16, Saturday at FurCon & Aatheus formally welcomed Josh to the Party Committee as his 2nd

Announcements:
Josh announced that Impact Theatre in Berkeley is closing, after 20 years & they are closing with 'Comedy of Errors' with a Looney Tunes slant & the finale will be a showing of 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'

Dave C announced that Fathom Events will show 'Sherlock' 5-6 Jan on big screens and Rifftracks live on Jan 14, doing 'Starship Troopers' at the Valco AMC, among others

Gayle announced that Candy's husband Ron fell and broke his leg & couldn't be here this week

Beth announced that Katlyn will be in 'Young Frankenstein', Jan 14-15, 6pm at SC HS & on Jan 16 at 2pm & 6pm

Adrienne announced that Bay Area Ghost Hunters will have a meet & greet on Jan 30 at Fior d'Italia in SF

Reviews:
'The Force Awakens' was reviewed and still really, really good

Diane reviewed Lawrence Schoen's book 'Barsk' as very nice and worth reading

Adrienne reviewed a mini-golf place that had a ghost theme, out in Concord, as she had fun there at a meet-up

Beth reviewed a spa = Motif Spa, massage & foot at 4980 Cherry Ave, SJ, 408-267-8860 and for @20 got a 1-hour massage & it was wonderfully worth full price plus a 50% tip

Brad reviewed Baxter's 'Proxima' & 'Ultima' as both very good reads & he commented he'd been at some sites the 'Force Awakens' was filmed at

Dave C reviewed seeing fun shows at the Punchline & reviewed 'the Big Short' as a historical document, light-hearted dystopian finance and worth full price, Brad agreed

Ashley reviewed food poisoning in LV as terrible, but Cirque de soleil Beatles was gorgeous & worth so much, recommended

we did auctions

we adjourned at 9:05 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'Goerge RR Martin produced the Beatles - Adrienne said so!'

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melcharJan. 11th, 2016 06:40 pm Dec 28 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1326
December 28, 2015

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at the RT Pizza place near Coco's, 1206 Oakmead Parkway (Lawrence Expressway/101 Fwy), Sunnyvale

Began 8 pm with signs of the season
23 people attended

The minutes of meeting 1325 were accepted as 'she says she hasn't got them'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $5.25 in the regular jar & $12.25 in the party jar

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President had nothing fannish to report - but does have a kidney stone

The Sports Committee reported that he has group tickets for $28 for the 1st Friday in May Giants game [May 6], vs the Colorado Rockies; he is also checking into tickets for the Barracudas and Ken is checking into tickets for the SJ Giants

Ken became Chair of the Site Selection committee to find us a new meeting site officially. We meet at the RT Pizza place next to the defunct Coco's thru Jan 18; then Jan 25 we try Omega's

Announcements:
Gerry Nordley announced that his new book of short stories is out on Amazon.com - 'Prelude to Stars' & announced that Space X will do a launch from Vandenburg on Jan 17

Lisa announced that today is Harold's birthday [and we cheered]

Ken announced that he has a scheme

[evil] Kevin announced that there will be a SJ in 2018 Baycon party room

Reviews:
'The Force Awakens' was reviewed and was agreed to be really, really good

we did auctions

we adjourned at 9:28 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'It will take 2 more movies for us to learn that Rey is the love child of Obiwan and Yoda'

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dprisonerDec. 22nd, 2015 07:35 pm The Search Has Begun...

First of all, I’d like to thank those of you who braved the weather last night for making it to our fist meeting in exile. We have a big task ahead of us, so we can use help from every one on this list. Please be aware of the criteria for a new venue when making a suggestion:

Separate Meeting Room
Open past 9, or willing to let us stick around as they close.
Have day and time regularly available
Affordable menu
Can handle up to 40 or more, but regularly around 20.
Diverse Dietary Menu (if possible)
Not another Coco’s or Carrows (owned by the same corp - and we don’t need them to close on us again…)

As we decided at this weeks meeting, we will continue to meet at the Round Table on Oakmead Parkway while we search for a new venue. We will meet exclusively at the Round Table through Martin Luther King day, and then alternate weeks with another venue (these have already been confirmed with the reservation desk).

Here is the schedule through the end of February:

Monday Location
Dec 28 Round Table, Sunnyvale
Jan 4 Round Table, Sunnyvale
Jan 11 Round Table, Sunnyvale
Jan 18 Round Table, Sunnyvale
Jan 25 Omega Family Restaurant, Milpitas (pending confirmation)
Feb 1 Round Table, Sunnyvale
Feb 8 TBA
Feb 15 Round Table, Sunnyvale
Feb 22 TBA
Feb 29 Round Table, Sunnyvale


Here’s a list of restaurants that we talked about last night:

Hick’ry Pit, Campbell : Closes at 9 - familiar, but early close (which is why we left).
Harry’s Hofbrau : Closes at 11 - plenty of meeting rooms
Campbell Brewing Co : Closes at 10 - old sonoma chicken coop
Round Table Pizza : Closes at 10 - next to previous location
Cafe Stritch : Closed on Mon & Tue, open past midnight rest of week, quite often has live music.
IHOP, Great America : Open 24hrs - we may have had past issues with them.
IHOP, Stevens Creek : Will move or close after current lease expires
Three Flames : Closes 9:30 - expensive
Holders : Closes at 9
Denny’s, Campbell : 24hrs
Denny’s, Santa Clara : 24hrs
Omega Family Rest. : Closes at 9, but flexible :: Jan 25 Meeting
Giovanni’s Pizza : Closes at 9:30
Old Spaghetti Factory : Closes 11pm. Gluten Free & Veg options
Flames 4th San fern. : Closes 11pm
Pataxis pizza Pruneyard : Closes at 10 (site claims no reservations)
Elephant bar : Campbell Closes at 10
Lyons : Closes at 10



As a side note, Jerry and I are planning on going to Harry’s Hofbrau tomorrow night (Wednesday 23 Dec) for the Peninsula Banjo Band’s weekly show. We will be looking into their meeting spaces while we’re there. We may also make a side trip to the Lyons down the street from there to see if they have anything of use.


-Ken Patterson
Vice President, BASFA

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dave_gallaherDec. 22nd, 2015 08:41 am BASFA Minutes for December 21

BASFA Meeting 1325
December 21, 2015

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at Round Table 1220 Oakmead Parkway (Lawrence Expressway/101 Fwy), Sunnyvale

Began 8 pm with utter confusion
26 people attended

All Star Wars: The Force Awakens reviews are moved to after adjournment.

We established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1324 were accepted as 'where to now?'

The Treasurer reported that at meeting 1324 we took in $11.50 in the regular jar & $4.25 in the party jar for a total of $91.20

The Vice President announced that he will be doing a Norman Bates Memorial Show on KFJC on Boxing Day from 9-12

The Sports Committee reported that group tickets have been acquired for May 6 section 317 cost is $28 against the Colorado Rockies

New Business:
Coco's closed unexpectedly on Wednesday prompting a scramble for tonight's location. Thank you Ken for securing this location.

Criteria for new location
Separate meeting room
Open later than 9
Day and time
Affordable menu
Can handle 40 people
Good parking
Good accessibility (traffic)

Suggestions
Hickory Pit (closes at 9)
Harry's Hoffbrau
Campbell Brewing Company
Round Table- this one
Cafe Stritch
IHOP on Great America
IHOP on Stevens Creek
Three Flames
Holders
Denny's
Giovanny's
Omega
Old Spaghetti Factory
Flames
Patxi pizza in Pruneyard
Elephant Bar
Meetings at Round Table through MLK
JC will arrange January 25 meeting to be held at Omega

Announcements:
JC announced that after life changes 6 years ago Beth will be adopting Dara on January 11.

Adrienne announced Bay Area Ghost Hunters golf Jan 2 in Concord inside so bring on the rain

Carole announced "Fuck Cancer"

Brad finally acquired House of Secrets #10 completing his run

John O announced a friend successfully treated cancer. Fathom Events December 28 & 29 Doctor Who
Jan 5 & 6 Sherlock
Jan 14 Riff Trax Starship Troopers

Ken announced the next Legion of Rassilon meeting will be this Friday, yes December 25, at 7:00. The new Christmas episode will be shown. This month instead of a raffle, there will be a gift exchange. You will get a ticket for each wrapped gift you bring.

Reviews:
Diane reviewed Dark Easter by Dario Ciriello. Great writing. 400 pages worth of action in 250.

Gayle reviewed today's space launch of 11 satellites. Booster landed safely on Earth.

Dave Clark reviewed Disneyland 60th anniversary fireworks from the parking garage. Could hear and feel them. So loud car alarms went off. Also reviewed the podcast Read it and Weep which rivals Nerdvana for his affection. It reviews horribly good books.

John O reviewed So You Think You Can Dance live show. Tour is great. Top 10 plus some extras. Did all the best dances from the season. Civic center theater looks good but traffic was really bad. Worth full price.

Jerry reviewed Star Wars Holiday Special as " it still sucks"

Adrienne went on a weekend spa trip to the Clairmont. People were well dressed. Gorgeous views. Preferred the spa at The Peppermill. Pricy but recommended as a treat.

we adjourned at 9:41 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'When Marina left, she took Coco's with her'

Minutes compiled by Holographic Secretary 2.0

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dprisonerDec. 18th, 2015 10:08 am BASFA Meeting Location - Monday, 21 December 2015: Round Table Pizza, 1220 Oakmead Parkway.

The Bay Area Science Fiction Association is once again in it's nomadic mode with the suddent closure of the Coco's Restaurant in Sunnyvale. Luckily, right next door is a Round Table Pizza and they will be taking us in for this week's meeting! The room reservation begins at 7pm, and the meeting begins at 8.

Things we need to discuss: Where we should meet over the coming weeks. Please bring in your suggestions for restaurants. Please rememebr that we normally go past 9pm, so any candidates need to close later than that, or be accommodating to our staying after.

Also, prepare your Star Wars reviews in your head to exclude SPOILERS. This will most likely be the big review topic this week (and maybe for weeks to come).

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