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Four Freedoms DC MEETUP!
Author: Raine    Date: 02/12/2008 19:55:40

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We're having a Four Freedoms meet up in Washington DC on the Weekend of April 26, 2008!


Some of us will be arriving on friday evening, but if anyone wants to come for an overnighter that is fine as well!

All members of Four Freedoms are invited as well as our progressivive friends around the internets. We will be staying at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge. Many have found that it may be cheaper to book a room at one of the many travel sites out there, rather than directly thru the link provided.

The 4F Blog members and Staff hope you wil join us for a weekend of discussing politics, ending this war, getting some culture, visiting history and of course, cocktails...


So, if you would like to be a part of the meet-up, tell us here!

This blog is also the place to discuss all that we want to do for the weekend, including the possibility of carpooling if anyone needs or wants, sharing a room, travel information, and directions as the weekend nears, and other logistics as they arise.

We hope to see you in DC!
:peace: and :heart:
Four Freedoms

UPDATE: The photobucket location for the photos is: http://s203.photobucket.com/albums/aa213/FourFreedoms/Meetup08/

I've emailed the login and password to everyone that attended...

185 comments (Latest Comment: 04/29/2008 01:36:32 by shelaghc)
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Comment by Raine on 02/12/2008 21:11:36




:P







Comment by wickedpam on 02/12/2008 21:30:47
LOL!



I'll be there! Taking that Friday off too!

Comment by livingonli on 02/12/2008 21:42:22
I'm going to try and head down Friday and I will coordinate with HBK if she needs a ride (at least back if she can't come down Friday).

Comment by livingonli on 02/12/2008 22:38:38
I wonder if we can get a group rate at the hotel if enough of us are coming?

Comment by BobR on 02/12/2008 23:07:23
Quote by livingonli: I wonder if we can get a group rate at the hotel if enough of us are coming?


Sounds like you have a homework assignment. :P



btw - I have a Priority Club acct number (which is the Holiday Inn version of a frequent flyer card), so if we CAN get some sort of group discount, maybe that will help as well.



FWIW - I saw a rate of $105/night at the Holiday Inn website, which is actually cheaper than the rates I saw at Orbitz, Expedia, and Travelocity...



EDIT: If we can associate my number for each room (for those coming that don't have a number already), I believe it can get us a free continental breakfast.

Comment by livingonli on 02/12/2008 23:09:26
I also saw the $105/night on AAA when I was checking. So, I might get a deal with my AAA membership.

Comment by livingonli on 02/12/2008 23:18:46
I saw $105 also when I looked on the hotel web site.

Comment by livingonli on 02/12/2008 23:23:19
With AAA, I can get the room for $85/night if I were to stay until Monday.

Comment by TriSec on 02/13/2008 00:03:05
Well, *snort*.



Now I'm wondering if we couldn't sneak down for the overnight. It's only 400 miles from here...we'd have to get on the road at insane o'clock Sat am to make it worth our time, though...





Comment by livingonli on 02/13/2008 01:22:50
Really rough for you because it tales me about 6 hours. I guess it would be another four. Too bad the trains are so expensive, it might be easier to use Amtrak.

Comment by velveeta jones on 02/13/2008 02:06:11
Oh Crap! this place is next to the pentagon!!! We'll have to speak in whispers!!

Comment by Mondobubba on 02/13/2008 02:10:13
Howdy all.

Comment by Mondobubba on 02/13/2008 02:11:57
Watching Sarah Silverman Show en DVD. :rofl:

Comment by shelaghc on 02/13/2008 05:45:24
Does anyone want to share a room? I got a glimmer of what my heating bill might wind up being for this non-insulated apartment with a thermostat that doesn't let me see what the inside temp is.....



Comment by livingonli on 02/13/2008 17:43:36
We'll have to find out who wants to bunk up to save money? I know Mala and HBK roomed together last time.



I'm a snorer and a slob so no one will want to room with me.

Comment by Grumpymann on 02/14/2008 15:42:50
If anyone is in the Allentown PA area and wants to share a ride let me know

Comment by wickedpam on 02/14/2008 15:48:57
Quote by livingonli: We'll have to find out who wants to bunk up to save money? I know Mala and HBK roomed together last time.



I'm a snorer and a slob so no one will want to room with me.






I snore too but HBK did say anything about it

Comment by shelaghc on 02/14/2008 16:20:35
Quote by Grumpymann: If anyone is in the Allentown PA area and wants to share a ride let me know




If it didn't take me four hours out of my way, I'd meet you in Allentown and share the ride....





Comment by livingonli on 02/14/2008 18:37:47
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by livingonli: We'll have to find out who wants to bunk up to save money? I know Mala and HBK roomed together last time.



I'm a snorer and a slob so no one will want to room with me.






I snore too but HBK did say anything about it


Would you want to bunk again? I can let her know so at least she can save on the room.

Comment by Ely on 02/15/2008 00:20:35
Quote by Grumpymann: If anyone is in the Allentown PA area and wants to share a ride let me know




Yo Grumpy.... You are in Allentown???? Macungie here. You are more then welcome to stop on by the Fogelsville Hotel every friday 3:30 I'll buy the beers.



Comment by shelaghc on 02/15/2008 14:47:58
Just a thought - do you think we should see if there's a local branch of Drinking Liberally to see if any of the members would like to connect with us while we're around?



Since we won't be there early enough to talk with our senators or reps, it'd be nice to hook up with active progressives in the area.

Comment by wickedpam on 02/19/2008 14:46:13
I'm sure there are a ton of active groups in the area - it is DC after all.

Comment by BobR on 02/20/2008 13:08:06
Quote by shelaghc: Just a thought - do you think we should see if there's a local branch of Drinking Liberally to see if any of the members would like to connect with us while we're around?



Since we won't be there early enough to talk with our senators or reps, it'd be nice to hook up with active progressives in the area.


This guy (who lives and works in DC) will be joining us unless some wedding festivities interfere...

Comment by wickedpam on 02/20/2008 15:02:16
Quote by livingonli:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by livingonli: We'll have to find out who wants to bunk up to save money? I know Mala and HBK roomed together last time.



I'm a snorer and a slob so no one will want to room with me.






I snore too but HBK did say anything about it


Would you want to bunk again? I can let her know so at least she can save on the room.






That's cool with me, so let me know if HBK is coming. If she isn't I can always share with someone else - not a prob.

Comment by wickedpam on 02/20/2008 15:03:31
So how many people are planning on coming cause I was thinking of calling the hotel to see if we could get a group deal or something.



So far I know



Bob & Raine

Liv

Me (Mala)

VJ

Comment by shelaghc on 02/20/2008 15:05:30
I want to go, but I really need a roommate. My moving expenses were in excess of a grand and I can't run up another bill again so soon.





Comment by Raine on 02/20/2008 17:48:32
Quote by shelaghc: I want to go, but I really need a roommate. My moving expenses were in excess of a grand and I can't run up another bill again so soon.
I am sure we can get some room sharing happening. I know MAla is going, and so is VJ. Not sure about HBK, but that iss also a possibility.

Comment by wickedpam on 02/20/2008 18:58:48
Quote by Raine:
Quote by shelaghc: I want to go, but I really need a roommate. My moving expenses were in excess of a grand and I can't run up another bill again so soon.





I am sure we can get some room sharing happening. I know MAla is going, and so is VJ. Not sure about HBK, but that iss also a possibility.







If HBK is going I said I would share with her, but if she isn't I can definatly share with Shelagh - not a prob :D



Comment by shelaghc on 02/20/2008 20:11:44
The bonus of me as a roomie is my AARP status. I never thought being older would wind up saving me money. *g*



Comment by BobR on 02/21/2008 02:00:10
Quote by wickedpam: So how many people are planning on coming cause I was thinking of calling the hotel to see if we could get a group deal or something.



So far I know



Bob & Raine

Liv

Me (Mala)

VJ


I believe also Starling, Mondo, and Grumpy. TriSec is thinking about it, but it's a l-o-n-g drive.



Another friend of mine here in Atlanta may be coming as well

Comment by livingonli on 02/21/2008 03:10:13
For Tri, it would be a long drive especially if he only comes down for overnight. It would only be worth it if he could get down on Friday.

Comment by wickedpam on 02/22/2008 14:31:46
Quote by BobR:
Quote by wickedpam: So how many people are planning on coming cause I was thinking of calling the hotel to see if we could get a group deal or something.



So far I know



Bob & Raine

Liv

Me (Mala)

VJ


I believe also Starling, Mondo, and Grumpy. TriSec is thinking about it, but it's a l-o-n-g drive.



Another friend of mine here in Atlanta may be coming as well




So we're looking at about 5-6 rooms?



Comment by livingonli on 02/22/2008 16:43:51
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by BobR:
Quote by wickedpam: So how many people are planning on coming cause I was thinking of calling the hotel to see if we could get a group deal or something.



So far I know



Bob & Raine

Liv

Me (Mala)

VJ


I believe also Starling, Mondo, and Grumpy. TriSec is thinking about it, but it's a l-o-n-g drive.



Another friend of mine here in Atlanta may be coming as well




So we're looking at about 5-6 rooms?



I would say 6-8 depending on how many are sharing a room.

Comment by shelaghc on 02/22/2008 18:30:20
Here's a thought:

Does the hotel have any suite-like rooms with three or more sleeping spots?



The ideer being that with as many of us as there are, it'd be way cool to have a larger room for all of us to hang out and do stuff in.



If there are three or four of us willing to all bunk in one of the suites and share the expense of that, the rest of us could toss in $10 or $20 apiece to defray any additional costs.



Thots?

Comment by livingonli on 02/23/2008 20:08:58
I just took the liberty of calling the Holiday Inn and we can get a discount rate, if we are using at least 7 rooms. So, I guess if someone can set aside those rooms (probably one with a priority card) and then we can each claim our room since we will be paying separately. So, breaking it down we are looking at;

BobR and Raine (1)

Me (Liv) (2)

Mala (3)

VJ (and Mrs. VJ?) (4)

Grump (and Mrs. Grump?) (5)



If Star and Mondo are taking their own rooms and presuming that ShelaghC and HBK will be bunking, we should be able to secure the seven rooms. And throw in one more if the TriSec Family is able to join us.

Comment by BobR on 02/23/2008 21:36:24
Quote by livingonli: I just took the liberty of calling the Holiday Inn and we can get a discount rate, if we are using at least 7 rooms. So, I guess if someone can set aside those rooms (probably one with a priority card) and then we can each claim our room since we will be paying separately. So, breaking it down we are looking at;

BobR and Raine (1)

Me (Liv) (2)

Mala (3)

VJ (and Mrs. VJ?) (4)

Grump (and Mrs. Grump?) (5)



If Star and Mondo are taking their own rooms and presuming that ShelaghC and HBK will be bunking, we should be able to secure the seven rooms. And throw in one more if the TriSec Family is able to join us.




Just curious - what is the discount rate?

Comment by livingonli on 02/23/2008 22:32:48
Quote by BobR:
Quote by livingonli: I just took the liberty of calling the Holiday Inn and we can get a discount rate, if we are using at least 7 rooms. So, I guess if someone can set aside those rooms (probably one with a priority card) and then we can each claim our room since we will be paying separately. So, breaking it down we are looking at;

BobR and Raine (1)

Me (Liv) (2)

Mala (3)

VJ (and Mrs. VJ?) (4)

Grump (and Mrs. Grump?) (5)



If Star and Mondo are taking their own rooms and presuming that ShelaghC and HBK will be bunking, we should be able to secure the seven rooms. And throw in one more if the TriSec Family is able to join us.




Just curious - what is the discount rate?


When I first tried through the national number, he gave me $20 a night per room. The National number reservation number wasn't helpful (I think I reached India) so i called the front desk of the hotel and went through their reservations. The only thing was the rates were higher than the ones on the website. So, I guess the only thing now is to see if you priority card can get a group deal and knock the price off the rooms while we still book our reservations separately so that we pay our own ways. Currently on the web site, the best rates are $114-119 per room if ordered individually. We should look into this soon because the rates went up from when we were first looking at the rates. I guess the other option would be if we could get a deal from priceline through negotiation (which will be my next plan).

Comment by BobR on 02/23/2008 22:55:38
Quote by livingonli:

When I first tried through the national number, he gave me $20 a night per room.



Did you mean $20 off per night?



The National number reservation number wasn't helpful (I think I reached India) so i called the front desk of the hotel and went through their reservations. The only thing was the rates were higher than the ones on the website. So, I guess the only thing now is to see if you priority card can get a group deal and knock the price off the rooms while we still book our reservations separately so that we pay our own ways. Currently on the web site, the best rates are $114-119 per room if ordered individually. We should look into this soon because the rates went up from when we were first looking at the rates. I guess the other option would be if we could get a deal from priceline through negotiation (which will be my next plan).


If I recall correctly, the prices on the search sites weren't any better...

Comment by livingonli on 02/23/2008 22:57:50
Quote by BobR:

Did you mean $20 off per night?





If I recall correctly, the prices on the search sites weren't any better...


Yes, it would be $20 per night.

Comment by BobR on 02/23/2008 23:26:52
Quote by livingonli:

Yes, it would be $20 per night.


One more time - Is that:



$20/night

-or-

$20 OFF / night



I only ask because $20/night is ludicrously low, and doesn't sound right.



If it's $20 OFF / night, then $20 off of what?... in other words - what was the actual price after the $20 discount?

Comment by livingonli on 02/23/2008 23:51:25
Quote by BobR:
Quote by livingonli:

Yes, it would be $20 per night.


One more time - Is that:



$20/night

-or-

$20 OFF / night



I only ask because $20/night is ludicrously low, and doesn't sound right.



If it's $20 OFF / night, then $20 off of what?... in other words - what was the actual price after the $20 discount?


I guess it's too many shortcuts. The rate I got on the phone was $139 per night (without discount or membership), so it would be knocked down to $119 per night which is what is on the website. On the Holiday Inn website, the best rates were $115/night for a room with two double beds and $120/night for a single king.

Comment by livingonli on 02/24/2008 02:18:39
I have a confirm that HoneyBearKelly is definitely in.

Comment by BobR on 02/24/2008 19:40:09
all right - then I guess there's no point in trying to get a group discount. I am going to go ahead and book our own room...

Comment by BobR on 02/24/2008 19:49:44
I should also add that the cheaper rooms are disappearing, so y'all should book sooner rather than later.

Comment by livingonli on 02/24/2008 19:53:55
It looks like that's what I will do too.

Comment by livingonli on 02/24/2008 20:16:33
My room is booked.

Comment by shelaghc on 02/25/2008 14:06:18
Quote by shelaghc: Here's a thought:

Does the hotel have any suite-like rooms with three or more sleeping spots?



The ideer being that with as many of us as there are, it'd be way cool to have a larger room for all of us to hang out and do stuff in.



If there are three or four of us willing to all bunk in one of the suites and share the expense of that, the rest of us could toss in $10 or $20 apiece to defray any additional costs.



Thots?






Thots?



Or was the lack of replies an answer?

Comment by livingonli on 02/25/2008 14:14:22
Quote by shelaghc:
Quote by shelaghc: Here's a thought:

Does the hotel have any suite-like rooms with three or more sleeping spots?



The ideer being that with as many of us as there are, it'd be way cool to have a larger room for all of us to hang out and do stuff in.



If there are three or four of us willing to all bunk in one of the suites and share the expense of that, the rest of us could toss in $10 or $20 apiece to defray any additional costs.



Thots?






Thots?



Or was the lack of replies an answer?


Not everyone may have checked over the weekend. For those of you who haven't booked a room yet, discuss this amongst yourselves.

Comment by wickedpam on 02/25/2008 14:52:41
Quote by shelaghc:
Quote by shelaghc: Here's a thought:

Does the hotel have any suite-like rooms with three or more sleeping spots?



The ideer being that with as many of us as there are, it'd be way cool to have a larger room for all of us to hang out and do stuff in.



If there are three or four of us willing to all bunk in one of the suites and share the expense of that, the rest of us could toss in $10 or $20 apiece to defray any additional costs.



Thots?






Thots?



Or was the lack of replies an answer?




Okay I heard from HBK, she and I are sharing but if we wanted to get a suite to sleep 3 (something like a suite with 2 double beds and a pullout) would be fine with us. Let me give the hotel a call and see what I can find out.



Comment by wickedpam on 02/25/2008 15:09:13
Okay they don't have any pull out sofas so that could make things difficult - and I don't know if anyone is willing to share a bed.