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Edited: Oct 18, 2011, 11:06pm Top

. . . to have another big group meet-up to look forward to?

I have been toying with the idea for a while now. Of course, planning a big get-together takes a lot of time and effort -- we'd be talking about something that would happen in a year or two (or more). Still, I thought I'd put out the first tentative feelers to see who would even be interested in something like that. I made up a very short, four question survey:
Click here to take survey
If you think you might be interested in attending a Hogwarts Express meet-up at some point in the future, go ahead and take the survey -- even if you don't know how the logistics/finances/whatever might pan out. Also, if you have any brilliant ideas about what we should do, post 'em here!

Oct 8, 2011, 11:46pm Top

I wanted to fill out your survey foggi, I really did, but that was more planning than my poor brain can manage! I'm panicked just knowing I'm going to the New York Comic Con next Saturday. Maybe it's the lack of sleep lately. Let me think about it and I'll try to fill it out tomorrow. :o)

Oct 9, 2011, 8:16am Top

#2 -- It's only 4 questions, and they're all multiple-choice! You can do it!

Oct 9, 2011, 12:59pm Top

I did it! I put two or three days but longer is fine

I'd love to meet more some people from HE. I was sorry to cut my trip short last year but I was in so much pain!

Oct 17, 2011, 5:48pm Top

I took it as well!

Oct 18, 2011, 2:34pm Top

I have taken the survey.

Oct 18, 2011, 4:50pm Top

So far, nine people have taken the survey. Current results:

Question 1: Of those who didn't attend the last meet-up, the most common reasons given are that the timing was inconvenient, and they couldn't afford it.

Question 2: The most popular future get-together option is for a more low-key and inexpensive meet-up, involving movies, games, etc. -- but there are a few votes each for some sort of convention, or another trip to WWHP.

Question 3: Most people say that any time of year would be all right for a meet-up, provided that we give plenty of advance notice. Of the ones that did select a time frame, spring and summer look like the best options.

Question 4: The majority of respondents think 3-4 days is a good time frame for a meet-up, with 1-2 days being the second most popular option.

I know there are more than 9 people in this group who might be interested in a meet-up, so these results could change -- if you haven't taken the survey yet, please do!

Oct 18, 2011, 9:04pm Top

I took it a while ago, but forgot to post here! Oops :P, it would so much fun to meet all of you guys and girls!

Oct 18, 2011, 9:34pm Top

maybe people are skipping over the thread? I know I don't read every thread, so maybe it's not catching people's eyes because of the nondescript title?

Oct 18, 2011, 9:42pm Top

#9 -- Perhaps you're right. I was going for mysterious or intriguing, but I guess I just ended up with vague.

Oct 18, 2011, 10:33pm Top

I just keep thinking of the Beach Boys. I can't imagine why.

Oct 18, 2011, 10:35pm Top

LOL! (See, I still get your jokes, JP!)

Oct 18, 2011, 10:38pm Top

Thanks foggi! :o)
And I think I'm one of the ones who hasn't filled out the questionnaire yet (took 3 times for me to figure out how to spell that.) Keep this one floating up so I don't forget when I have more time.

Oct 18, 2011, 11:04pm Top

it's only a couple questions JP. you can do it in less than 2 minutes.

Oct 19, 2011, 12:09am Top

It's not the questions, it's the extra schedules I have to keep track of.
OK, it's questions too. I'm not very good with simple answers. Ask anyone. Just not me. :oP

I did it, by the way. :o)

Oct 19, 2011, 9:58am Top

I just took it! Rex was so little last time, it wasn't really feasible to consider, but I'd love to get in on the next one!!

Btw, last week one of my lecture topics was life online, and I mentioned this group and the fact that from semi-anonymous profiles on LT we've expanded to be Facebook friends, have gift exchanges, and organize meet-ups. My students were floored that I would accept gifts from "strangers" and consider traveling to meet with a group, to which I responded, "So how is that any different than using an online dating site?" They didn't have a good response, but it was interesting to hear their reactions!

Oct 19, 2011, 11:46am Top

I may have taken it twice. I took it when it went up, but when I hit submit my incredibly slow home PC took froze up and I had to hard restart, which means that I have no idea whether it went through or not. I took it again this morning and answered the same as before. So, if you somehow have more people skip the first question than actually went to Florida, that's why and I'll tell you my answers so you can discount one set if that's the case.

Oct 19, 2011, 5:45pm Top

I filled it out and I would love to-but I don't think I'd be able. Everyone on here seems much older than me. I'm still in school, I couldn't afford it, and I'd have to check with my parents.

Oct 22, 2011, 6:17am Top

also we're all serial killers.

Oct 22, 2011, 8:56am Top

Haha yeah. That too.

Oct 22, 2011, 9:15am Top

Mr.A! We told you that was our little secret! Now we have to kill you! Come on gang!

Oct 22, 2011, 9:25am Top

I'm on it...

Oct 22, 2011, 10:59am Top

I just took the survey. I have to say I have been thinking this thread was another rant thread, so I have been skipping it. Today I noticed most of my favorite people have been posting so I thought I better check it out! I am glad I did!

Oct 22, 2011, 11:23am Top

And I'm compski's MOST favorite person. Mainly because we have to kill MrA.

*bakes a fresh batch of snickerdoodles to bait MrA, hands Ron a sack and some rope*

Oct 22, 2011, 11:25am Top

Ooh, snickerdoodles!

Oct 22, 2011, 11:28am Top

No foggie! They're laced with a sleeping potion!

Oct 22, 2011, 11:33am Top

Oops! zzzzzzzz. . . .

Oct 22, 2011, 2:09pm Top

darn! Okay foggis out we must carry on without her. *dons a ski mask and then whips it right off cause it smells musty* "whew"

Oct 22, 2011, 5:58pm Top

I'm in! Let's get him!

Why is ron holding a sack full of dirty laundry?

Oct 22, 2011, 7:24pm Top

Look MrA! Snickerdoodles there!

Oct 22, 2011, 8:16pm Top

*JP wriggles out of sack. Her feet are tangled in rope, causing her to fall over.*

Oof! Luckily, I think I fell on foggi.

Oct 22, 2011, 8:40pm Top


Oct 22, 2011, 11:58pm Top

*shields GinnyW from the vulgar sights*

Oct 23, 2011, 8:52am Top

maybe we need a different approach

Oct 23, 2011, 9:40am Top

*psst!* Use the cookie batter! Everyone always wants to lick the spoon!

Oct 24, 2011, 6:52pm Top

What am I, five?

Oct 24, 2011, 8:04pm Top

We have no idea. :o)
Contrariwise, there are many HE'ers who have always acted five. At least when we have someone to play with.

*disentangles from the ropes and stands up. Pulls wand out of sleeve and conjures a bowl of cookie batter.*

Who needed cookie dough?

Oct 24, 2011, 8:48pm Top

Oh I want some!

Oct 24, 2011, 9:46pm Top

*wakes up*

Did someone say cookie dough? Wait, is there sleeping potion in that, too?

*eyes batter suspiciously*

Oct 24, 2011, 11:32pm Top

Foggi, I think you have some batter in your eyes. *hand foggi a handkerchief.*

Oct 25, 2011, 3:47am Top

#36 Just satirizing the over-protective-parent role. ^_^

Oct 25, 2011, 4:18am Top

mmmmmm over-protective-parent rolls.

Oct 25, 2011, 4:56am Top

with cinnamon and brown sugar

Oct 25, 2011, 10:54am Top

Did someone say cookies?

Nov 8, 2011, 8:13pm Top

I heard snickerdoodles. Are they all gone?

Nov 9, 2011, 11:12am Top

I just took the survey! Do I get a snickerdoodle?

Nov 9, 2011, 11:50am Top

There are always snickerdoodles around here!

Nov 9, 2011, 8:50pm Top

What are snickerdoodles anyway? Are they just a kind of cookie?

Nov 10, 2011, 12:23am Top

I like to think of them as the official cookie of the Hogwarts Express group. :o)

Nov 10, 2011, 5:13am Top

They're a crossbreed of Mutley and a poodle.

Nov 10, 2011, 8:50am Top

YAY!! THanks Foggi!

Mr Andrew, you are silly. I say this as if it's news. It is not news.

Nov 11, 2011, 7:58am Top

It's not new news, but it's news to new gnus.

Nov 11, 2011, 11:15am Top

Only new gnus knew it was new news.

Nov 11, 2011, 7:07pm Top

And no gnus are good gnus.

Nov 11, 2011, 7:07pm Top

what was this thread about again?

Nov 11, 2011, 8:26pm Top

I filled out the survey as well. Are you guys thinking about doing another meet-up?

Nov 12, 2011, 1:06am Top

I still keep forgetting what this thread is about because the title makes me start humming Beach Boys tunes.

Nov 12, 2011, 2:59am Top

I suppose that means we should have the meet-up at a beach.

Nov 18, 2011, 12:44pm Top

Ooh yes, lovely! Can it not be a british beach though? British beaches would probably be cold and disappointing. Let's make it a lovely, hot, somewhere-else beach.

Nov 23, 2011, 9:40am Top

Jersey shore? I hear it's nothing but classy. ;)

Nov 23, 2011, 3:36pm Top

#60 -- Are you sure you don't mean "anything but classy?"

Edited: Nov 24, 2011, 2:01pm Top

Jersey Shore has lots of jellyfish. I don't like jellyfish... But other than that it's really nice there! And the six flags with the Kingda Ka ride is like an hour away!

Nov 25, 2011, 8:59am Top

Virginia beach is nice

Nov 25, 2011, 3:31pm Top

OHHH I think you are right foggi. I forgot a word...silly mandy

Feb 27, 2012, 12:18am Top

Just bumping, 'cause I'm wondering if we're still thinking on this. If we're having trouble with one, large meet-up, then we can plan smaller ones. For example, who can meet in the following cities:

- Seattle, WA
- San Francisco, CA
- Chicago, IL
- Madison, WI
- Rapid City, SD
- London...

...and so forth. It isn't restricted to this measly list, but you get the idea. :)

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