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melcharAug. 25th, 2016 06:59 pm BASFA minutes for August 22

BASFA Meeting 1360
August 22, 2016

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at the Black Bear Diner

Began 8 pm
12 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1359 were accepted as 'post traumatic con stress syndrome'

The Treasurer was absent - but last week we took in $0.00 [nothing] in the regular jar

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President greeted Elise Scher - long time fan & special ed teacher, visiting us for the first time

Announcements:
JC announced that the SJ in 2018 Worldcon needs volunteers - so visit the website for more information

Fred announced that there is a new African speculative fiction society & announced that the SJ Bacon festival has been postponed to Oct 15-16

Reviews:
Worldcon was reviewed as tremendously awesome

there were no auctions

we adjourned at 8:23 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'San Jose in 2018 is alive. Alive, I say!'

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melcharAug. 12th, 2016 05:06 pm August 8 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1358
August 8, 2016

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at the Black Bear Diner

Began 8 pm - with verve
26 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1357 were accepted as 'zippity do dah'

The Treasurer was absent & but last week we took in $2.00 in the regular jar & $3.00 in the party jar

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report - but he led a cheer of birthday celebration

The President greeting Anna, the TAFF delegate visiting us - and who has been having a wonderful time her entire trip - and recommends bidding on items in the Worldcon fan-fund auction

Announcements:
Andy announced that Worldcon is still coming up & SJ in 2018 still needs help with everything & that there will be a hot sauce challenge & then <>

[evil] Kevin announced that the secret project had a successful smoke test and announced that he will be one of the MCs for the Retro Hugos

Dave C announced that site selection ballots were still available for $90.00

Ken announced that a TV channel - North Bay TV - will be showing the original Creature Features, starting Saturday 9pm; check northbaytv.com & there is a 'view online' feature

Gayle announced that they won't be able to attend something Star Trek related tomorrow

Adrienne announced that Bay Area Ghost hunters may have a discount seance on Tuesday if enough interest can be garnered & announced that SFinSF is having an author event at American Bookbinders in SF this Sunday, gathering at 5:30pm

John O announced that "wild Cards' may come to TV in the next couple years

Reviews:
JC reviewed 'Suicide Squad' as he thought it sucked, except for Harley & Deadshot - who were both excellent - rated it a 'D' with a bad script, worth cheap matinee; I followed & said it was the first DC flick I've enjoyed in more than 10 years & would pay to see it again & Trey rated it worth matinee; then JC reviewed Disneyland as he recommends the 4-day park-hopper passes, he really likes the new Star Wars stuff & recommends fast passes & the light show - definitely worth full price

John O reviewed 'Zombies versus Aliens versus Vampires versus Dinosaurs' again as it stays a fun read thru the end & reviewed 'Henrik and the Shaman' by Bjold as highly recommended

Diane reviewed a Kickstarter-sponsored book 'Lightspeed' as she highly recommend it & reviewed 'Power of the Mind' as terrible

we did auctions

we adjourned at 9:22 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'Helsinki will serve Cloudberry reindeer hot sauce in the hot sauce challenge'

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melcharAug. 7th, 2016 03:52 pm BASFA minutes for August 1

BASFA Meeting 1357
August 1, 2016

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at the Black Bear Diner

Began 8 pm - needing soda
25 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1356 were accepted as 'the happiest minutes on Earth'

The Treasurer was absent & but last week we took in $2.75 in the regular jar & $14.50 in the party jar

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President had nothing fannish to report

The Website Committee reported that the BASFA Rules list & the code of conduct are now up on the website

Announcements:
Mike announced that Jack Davis & Richard Thompson died

John O announced that the 2016 TAFF delegate, Anna Raftery, will visit us on our August 8th meeting & announced that House Arkham has arrived at Disneyland

Bill announced that he will be doing a filk concert Thursday, 1pm of Worldcon

Gerry announced that the medical community has decided he will not die immediately & he recommends the PSA test

Dave C announced that Cargo Cult is conducting a poll for preference between the formats of DVD vs Blueray - and the results was that DVD is still preferred & announced that the convention results from Gallup were that Hilary got a +4 point bump, while Trump got a -15 point dimple

Andy announced that Worldcon is coming up & SJ in 2018 can still use help for the site selection table and fan table - both during the day - for the bid party at night & may need help with the Registration table if they win & will also need help with assembly in the large exhibit hall

Brad announced that he is here & that he has had a new paper accepted academically & announced that the Heinlein bust will be displayed at Worldcon & announced that he is driving to the con

[tall] Kevin announced that he will drive to Worldcon from home & he'll leave a week from Thursday

[evil] Kevin announced that the test build for the secret project was a success and took only 2 hours

Geri announced that a Bacon festival will happen Sept 3-4 in SJ

Carole announced that she has 2 art panels in the Worldcon art show

Reviews:
Valerie reviewed the Harry Potter release for 'Cursed Child' as fun & revealing

Gerry reviewed the operetta, 'El Capitan', by John Philip Sousa as rousing, melodic and recommended

Adrienne reviewed 'Absolutely Fabulous' as a good movie adaptation of the show, the performances were good & she found it fun, but rates it worth waiting for Amazon

Bill reviewed the new 'Ghostbusters' movie as a madcap romp, enjoyable and worth full price

Andy reviewed Google maps as the area around the SJ in 2018 site as solidly orange = packed with things to do

Ric reviewed the app for 'Overdrive' as it works well for audio books & reviewed an imagining app called 'Sombra' as it also works well

[tall] Kevin reviewed travel by train as relaxing, with beautiful scenery

John O reviewed 'Zombies versus Aliens versus Vampires versus Dinosaurs' as a delightful romp that reads like fan fic and is just fun

Dave C reviewed the 'Preacher' season finale as satisfying

we did auctions

we adjourned at 9:14 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'We have better maps'

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melcharJul. 19th, 2016 09:13 pm July 18 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1355
July 18, 2016

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at the Black Bear Diner

Began 8:04 pm - with a nice malt
24 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1354 were accepted as 'spam'

The Treasurer was absent & there was no report

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President had nothing fannish to report - and we won't be here next week

The Website Committee reported that they have received the code of conduct and will get it on the website in the near future.

Announcements:
Ken announced that the new Star Trek movie opens this week & announced that this Friday is the Legion of Rasselon meeting at the IHoP on Stevens Creek & Lawrence

[tall] Kevin announced that he will be gone for the next 2 weeks

[evil] Kevin announced that SJ in 2018 still needs the names of folks who will be helping them at the Kansas City Worldcon so that they can get badges made for them

Dave C announced that he is now on Facebook

Gayle announced that they may take the train to the KC Worldcon

Reviews:
JC reviewed the new 'Ghostbusters' movie as he enjoyed it a lot & it's worth seeing twice, John O agreed; then JC reviewed a trip to Niagra as it was really green there and a nice trip, although their AT&T special cross-border app sucked

Chris O commented that you can get delayed getting back to the U.S. if you have been visiting internet friends

Yocanan reviewed the Skiffy channel TV show '12 Monkeys' as a pretty decent show & reviewed 'The Last Ship' as having a very good season 1, but season 2 is much less compelling so far

Geri reviewed visiting an outdoor wear outlet shop called 'White Sierra' as a very nice shop; it's in Sunnyvale at 305 Soquel Way

Carole reviewed getting properly-fitted bras at Nordstrom on sale as she saved at least $100 - got excellent service - and thought it worth full price, but even more so with the sale

Dave C reviewed a Charlie Stross 'Laundry' novella, 'Equoid' as a good read and worth full price

we did auctions

we adjourned at 8:47 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'Do you mind? We're trying to SMOF over here!'

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melcharJul. 18th, 2016 05:59 pm BASFA minutes for July 11

BASFA Meeting 1354
July 11, 2016

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at the Black Bear Diner

Began 8pm - with talk of Warcraft
37 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1352 were accepted as 'jerky? What jerky?' The minutes of meeting 1353 were accepted as 'so much for THAT palace coup'

The Treasurer reported that at meeting 1352 we took in $26.50 in the regular jar & $31.00 in the party jar, while at meeting 1353 we took in $0.00 in the regular jar & $0.25 in the party jar

The Vice President reported that Amici's Pizzeria closed [a sentimental favorite of his]

The President had nothing fannish to report

The Code of Conduct Committee reported that he has handouts of the latest code of conduct, annotated, with comments, we convened as a committee of the whole, there were speeches for and against, then voted and adopted the Code of Conduct. Then we voted to adopt a 15th rule and that passed. The rule's wording is: 'That attendees at any BASFA function shall abide by the club's code of conduct.'

Announcements:
Chris O announced that the 2016 TAFF delegate, Anna Raftery, will visit us on our August 8th meeting

Dave C announced that Cargo Cult Books is now 20 years old & announced that he has 'Social Justice' kitty postcards for us to check out

Ken announced that the new 'Ghostbusters' movie opens this week & we were reminded that the 'Force Awakens' will have a Friday night free showing at El Quito park, Saratoga

[evil] Kevin announced that SJ in 2018 needs the names of folks who will be helping them at the Kansas City Worldcon so that they can get badges made for them

John O announced that Tor Books has a new ebook club & that each week they will give away a free ebook, check http://ebookclub.tor.com/

Reviews:
Westercon was reviewed a lot. Hypnotoad summary was that the con was a smashing success and all will obey Hypnotoad

Dave C reviewed his GPS traffic navigation tool as that it saved him from being stuck in a traffic mess for hours

John O reviewed & recommended 'Binti' from his Hugo nominations novella list as it had a different & interesting world view; he commented that a lot of the Hugo novels on the list were blah and forgettable, then reviewed & mentioned the webcomic 'Freefall' as just having finished a chapter & is very enjoyable

Chris reviewed a Google machine learning class that uses datamining as it makes us all characters in a sf novel

Gayle reviewed Onion's article on Tim Duncan's retirement as entertaining

Trey reviewed a web-comic, 'Data Chasers', as entertaining and worth viewing & having just finished a chapter

we did auctions

we adjourned at 9:35 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'Pokemon Go is down, I can't walk!'

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dave_gallaherJul. 4th, 2016 09:47 pm BASFA Meeting Minutes, July 4, 2016

BASFA Meeting 1353

July 4, 2016

Black Bear Diner Milpitas



Meeting began 8:00PM with 2 attendees



No officers in attendance



Fred Moulton presiding in absence of officers



Previous minutes postponed until next meeting



No Officer Reports



No Committee Reports



No Business



Announcements:

Fred Announced that the Amici's Restaurant location in downtown San Jose

has closed



Reviews:

Adrienne reviewed  the Tarzan movie.  The shirtless scenes were

aesthetically very pleasing and the story line was better than expected.



Rumor:

There will be more people attending next week.



Adjourned at 8:02PM



--

F. C. Moulton

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melcharJun. 28th, 2016 08:26 am BASFA minutes for June 27

BASFA Meeting 1352
June 27, 2016

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at the Black Bear Diner

Began 8:03 - with gifts of jerky
32 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1351 were accepted as '2nd Brexit'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $2.25 in the regular jar & $31.50 in the party jar

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President had nothing fannish to report - but we said 'hi' to Craig - visiting for the first time

The Code of Conduct Committee reported back, handed out copies of the report, gave a verbal outline of results, then we convened as a committee of the whole, discussed, rose and reported back

Business - it was mentioned that a lot of BASFAns will be in Portland at Westercon, so Wilamet Bay was annexed, just in case a BASFA meeting breaks out there; it was also mentioned that there will be light attendance at next week's meeting here

Announcements:
Chris announced that Convolutions prices increase after midnite on June 30 & announced that promotions are coming up, including a BOGO-free and another that gives a random chance for a room reservation to be upgraded

Dave G announced that there are tickets for Gilroy Gardens on the table & announced that Spring's Facebook page has new offerings & announced that it is the 50th anniversary of Dark Shadows

Adrienne announced that her Ghost Hunters meetup group will go see the new 'Ghostbusters' remake & announced that John Cleese & Eric Idle will do a show on Nov 5-6 at the Center for the Performing Arts

[evil] Kevin announced that this year's MidAmericon Worldcon has an Aug 19 Star Wars day & that Masquerade will be Friday night

Ashley announced that she is celebrating hard won good health

Ken announced that the Retrodome will do a quote-a-thon at Camera 12 starting this weekend, check the retrodome.com & announced that he will be doing KFJC from 2-6 pm on July 4th as Sir Cumference

Reviews:
Alex reviewed Ancestry.com's DNA testing as pretty cool & Prometheas.com as being able to take the DNA data and give information about the medical implications therein; Ashley commented 'it's a hypochondriac's dream'

JC showed off the man-crate & its prybar

Adrienne reviewed an adventure in America's heartland at a ghost conference as interesting with creepy details & Mo had a good time and saw fireflies

Gerry reviewed LepraCon in Phoenix as a small but well-done conventions - and that DC Fontana has mad skillz

Dave C reviewed 'Haikus for Jews' by David Bader as 'why yes, it CAN be purchased from Cargo Cult books'

Carole reviewed 'Finding Dory' as worth seeing, she enjoyed the cookies and rated it as at least worth matinee & reviewed an ice cream shop in Sunnyvale, Nirvan Ahhhh' as open & crowded till 10pm with interesting flavors; Bill really enjoyed the photo-realism of the animation

Gayle reviewed 'Practical Effects in Hollywood' as marvellous & a minifest, 'Apocalypse Later' as very enjoyable

John O reviewed 'Alice through the Looking Glass' as very enjoyable and it held together

we did auctions

we adjourned at 9:41 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'BASFA now comes with super fun bags'

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melcharJun. 27th, 2016 06:03 pm June 20 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1351
June 20, 2016

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at the Black Bear Diner

Began 8 pm - with frozen fish
30 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1350 were accepted as 'Chekov has beamed up'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $11.75 in the regular jar & $7.10 in the party jar

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President had nothing fannish to report

No committees!

Announcements:
Ken announced that this Friday is the Legion of Rasselon meeting at the IHoP on Stevens Creek & Lawrence, 7pm & announced that Sir Cumference will return to KFJC [89.7 FM] from 2-6 pm on July 4 & announced that Saturday will be a Psychotronic Film Festival at Foothill College at 7pm

Debbie announced that the City of Saritoga is doing free movie nights. July 15 will be 'Star Wars - the Force Awakens' in El Quito Park & will show 'The Good Dinosaur on August 19; she also reported that Linda says 'hi'

Spring announced that there is a Tiny Tim themed musical called 'Tiny' being funded on Kickstarter

[evil] Kevin announced that there's a convention coming up - Westercon in Portland & that there'll be 2 SJ in 2018 parties on Friday & Saturday & they could use some help transporting boxes up to Portland - as well as some volunteers for the fan table

[little] Harold announced that the Zeldathon recovery charity is still going strong, until Thursday

Ric announced that tomorrow is free taco day at Taco Bell

Fred announced that there's an Unwoman Kickstarter ending in 40 hours

Dave G announced that Hugo packets are now downloadable

Reviews:
The secretary reviewed 'Warcraft' as fun, with nice griffins and worth matinee - which surprised me - and reviewed 'Xmen Apocalypse' as awful - except for the brief 3 minutes when Quicksilver is on-screen & worth seeing only if there is good popcorn and it's over 90 degrees outside

JC reviewed Father's Day as splendid and his gift of a 'Man Crate' as full of awesome - and he got a great card and has great girls

Bill reviewed 'Jungle Book' as state-of-the-art effects & worth full price & reviewed a shop called 'Rocket Fizz' as selling soda and candy in both Mountain View & Campbell

Carole reviewed celebrating their anniversary as they went on a whale boat and saw sea life

Fred reviewed 'the Emperor's Treasures' at the Asian Art Museum as really, really fabulous & highly recommended

Ric reviewed the Bywater in Los Gatos as having quite good food & reviewed 'Finding Dory' as typical splendid Pizar animation & that there are cookies in the credits

Patty reviewed 'Batboy the musical' as really well done & worth full price

Dave G reviewed a Kansas City Royales game in Kansas City as an experience, he also rode the city trolley - which was free & quite pleasant

Dave C reviewed the first 2 episodes of AMC's 'Preacher' as possibly living up to the standards of its graphic novel origin

we did auctions

we adjourned at 9:08 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'The Hugo packet is all a-Tingle'

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dave_gallaherJun. 20th, 2016 04:46 pm BASFA Minutes for June 13

BASFA Meeting #1350
June 13 2016

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

Minutes taken by Beth Vallacqua, Holographic Secretary 2.0
held at the Black Bear Diner

Began 8-ish – with teal tears
29 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 13489 were accepted as ‘double dollar guaranteed’

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $1.00 in the regular jar and .75 in the party jar. The party balance is $234.58 and waiting on receipts

The Vice President presented Adrienne with a get well card for her recently broken ankle and had nothing fannish to report

The President was not in attendance but the Warriors were down

The Sports Committee reported that there was not enough interest in Cartoon/Princess night at SJ Giants so outing was cancelled

The Website Committee reported that the website has been recently updated with current meeting location

We entered into a committee of the whole with Kevin Standlee presiding. Committee of the whole received a Code of Conduct Committee report. This report was discussed and revisions were suggested. The Code of Conduct Committee will take these into account and revise the document to be resubmitted on June 27.

Announcements:

JC announced that The Match Game will be coming back on ABC June 26. Alec Baldwin is hosting and looks promising since he has a skinny mike in the promos. Also on ABC Celebrity Family Feud, $25,000 Pyramid, and To Tell the Truth. Check local listings

Kevin Standlee announced that the Match Game will be at Westercon July 1-4 in Portland. He is in need of new questions. Email kastandlee@gmail.com if you have suggestions.

Mo put out a call to help. A tree landed on the hood of her van and needs to be removed. She needs someone who is safe and competent with a chainsaw to take it down

Moose announced that Zeldathon Recovery is taking place June 17. This is a charity event and in past years has raised $196,000 and $251,000. More information at zeldathon.net

Evil Kevin announced that San Jose in 2018 is building something BIG for Worldcon in Kansas City. Watch Facebook for progress.

Reviews

Gerry reviewed Camp Con retreat for writers as productive. Held at Toll Bridge campground near Mt. Hood. Writers, tents, laptops writing with no distractions was a good experience

Mo reviewed ‘Uprooted’ by Naomi Novik as good so far. It is nominated for a Hugo and won a Nebula.

Adrienne reviewed ‘Orphan Black’ as it was a horrible episode

Alex reviewed the electrocardiology lab at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City as wonderful and he’s still alive. After having surgery 2 weeks ago not falling into any abnormal rhythms.
He also reviewed ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ as a fun film reminiscent of the 80’s TV series.
Ashley followed on that she enjoyed it as well

John O reviewed San Jose in 2018 parties at Baycon as quiet, small but with a good flow. Living up to Kevin/Andy parties went on until 3am on Friday and 4:15am on Sunday. Lots of good munchies and beer and leftover wine.
Kevin thanked all who took over hosting the parties

John O also reviewed site selection informational paperwork as San Jose had more comprehensive information and New Orleans just had 1 sheet

John O gave a spoiler free review of the latest ‘Game of Thrones’ episode as rewatch the chase scene

Dave Clark reviewed ‘The Rhesus Chart’ (Laundry Files #5) by Charles Stross as a fun book with zombies and vampires. Worth hardcover prices but available in paperback

Ashley reviewed ‘Zootopia’ as good entertainment. BASFAns will love it since it contains puns aplenty. Worth rental price

we did auctions

we adjourned at 9:44 pm
and the rumor of the week was: ‘Make pasta, not war’

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melcharJun. 13th, 2016 05:38 am June 6 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1349
June 6, 2016

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at the Black Bear Diner

Began 8-ish - without pie
26 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1348 were accepted as 'accepted'

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

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President had nothing fannish to report - but we said 'hi' to Eritosthanese & Max - both visiting for the first time

The Site Selection committee had a vote to ratify our earlier vote to meet at the Black Bear Diner that passed, lots to none & the Committee was therefore disbanded

The Sports Committee reported that there was no interest in a second BASFA outing to the SJ Giants 'Cartoon & Princess Night'

The Code of Conduct Committee is hard at work and will report back on June 13

Announcements:
Gerry announced that he may miss next week's meeting, due to being at a writer's retreat

Adrienne reminded people to vote

Dave C announced that National Theatre Live will do a live presentation of 'One Man, Two Guv'nors' at the end of the month &

announced that 'Top Gear' is coming back with new presenters

Andy announced that June 11 at the Ritz in downtown SJ Max Sabbath will be performing - a MacDonald's-themed tribute to Black Sabbath

Gayle announced that a long-time fan had died

Reviews:
JC reviewed a Sharks game at the Tank as absolutely filled with energy - literally an electric event - and so very worth full price and recommended

Ric reviewed the Subzero Festival as kind of standard and fun & reviewed 'The Nice Guys' as a comedy worth seeing again

Dave C reviewed 'Xmen Apocalypse' as Xmen babies redone & was stale & worth matinee only if the theatre uses real butter

Adrienne reviewed 'The Nice Guys' as okay because of air conditioning

Fred reviewed the Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma as nice and much better than he expected & reviewed Wiscon as worth attending

Andy reviewed visiting a vodka vault at Red Square are worth visiting

Trey reviewed 'Money Monster' as entertaining and worth viewing

we did auctions

we adjourned at 9:06 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'The Libretarians have nominated Gary Larson & William Shatner'

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