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Location for potluck on May 18th, 2008
Posted April 22nd, 2008 - 3:46 am by from Oakland, United States (Permalink)
So it was cold at Crissy Field on April 20th, and we have no guarantee on what the weather will be like on May 18th (regardless of if we are on the beach or not). Logic seems to indicate that if we're away from the water, it will be warmer. But then again, we might lose that awesome view. But then yet again, public transportation wasn't so hot. So maybe moving to a more centrally-located park might maximize attendance. And on the flipside, maybe we should just crack down and really work hard on ridesharing and making people who need rides have couches to surf so they can be assured of attending?

We don't have to have the same Navigator as last time, wouldn't want Richard to burn out. But on the other hand, it sounds like everyone was happy with his efforts and if he wants to step up to the plate again, then I think by all means we should let him! Or, if Richard does want to hold on to the reigns, maybe we could have someone help him this month?

Anyway, let's get some discussion going so we can maximize attendance on May 18th!

Posted April 22nd, 2008 - 4:02 am from Jakarta, Indonesia
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Posted April 22nd, 2008 - 4:18 am by from Oakland, United States (Permalink)
What's bay to breakers? That would be awesome if it worked out!

Posted April 22nd, 2008 - 5:15 am by from Hyderabad, India (Permalink)
Bay to Breakers is SF landmark event...a walk run through the city which ends at the Golden Gate Park. People dress up, have a theme team, or they don't dress up and walk in their birthday suits.

I remember years back we parked ourselves on the route..pulled the lawn chairs and beers to watch the folks run, job, walk.

Its pretty early in the morning though..the race finishes by noon. I think not sure.

Posted April 22nd, 2008 - 5:17 am by from Hyderabad, India (Permalink)

Official website.
http://www.ingbaytobreakers.com/race_information/generalinformation.html

Yup..it starts at 8.00 and finishes by noon.

Posted April 22nd, 2008 - 5:20 am by from Los Angeles, United States (Permalink)
The race ends at the spot where there is a big afterparty, I think GG Park. I wasn't 100% clear on this from the website. If you ran in the race it's free to get in, but if not I think it costs a few bucks.

Regarding the references to me as directions person, I am happy to do it anytime it's at Chissy Field, but if we go somewhere else I wouldn't be very useful because I wouldn't know the area as well. I think the best would be for someone who either lives very near to each place to do it for that place, or if someone has a superhuman knowledge of the city and muni, they could do it too.

RV

Posted April 25th, 2008 - 8:46 pm from Jakarta, Indonesia
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Posted April 25th, 2008 - 10:24 pm from San Francisco, United States
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Posted April 26th, 2008 - 3:02 am by from Oakland, United States (Permalink)
Emmanuel, I couldn't agree with you more!

Posted April 26th, 2008 - 6:00 am from Jakarta, Indonesia
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Posted April 29th, 2008 - 2:54 am by from Hyderabad, India (Permalink)
On a nice sunny day on the weekend Dolores park is crowded. If we want Picnic tables somebody needs to get there early.

On that particular day it might not be that crowded because of the Bay 2 Breakers...but still there will be a crowd

It is a big park and there need to be clear markers or flag as there will be mass of people and will be diffcult to find the group.



Posted April 29th, 2008 - 4:44 am by from Berkeley, United States (Permalink)
If I don't have my Cs tee shirt by then maybe some one else could bring there's and we could fly it like a pennant.

Posted May 6th, 2008 - 2:14 pm by from Berkeley, United States (Permalink)
I ordered my CS tee shirt to day and it should be here in time to use as a flag to mark our location at the pot luck. I will bring my walking sticks to hang it on.

Posted April 26th, 2008 - 6:19 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
I'll second that recommendation for Dolores Park. It's almost like a beach in sunnier climes, with people sunbathing along the terraced hillside....

Posted April 29th, 2008 - 7:18 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
i was thinking Dolores Park also it has a great view, easier transportation and always fun...

Posted April 30th, 2008 - 12:44 am by from South San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Dolores Park sounds good !

Posted April 30th, 2008 - 4:51 am by from Oakland, United States (Permalink)
Sounds like Dolores Park is the place to be on May 18th!

So, factoring in Bay to Breakers, let's start at 2:00 p.m.

Question is...which part of Dolores is the meeting going to happen at? Are there any obvious sections anyone knows of off-hand? We need to send this event page out tomorrow so everyone has time to plan.

Posted April 30th, 2008 - 5:14 am from Jakarta, Indonesia
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Posted April 30th, 2008 - 8:41 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
I think someone would need to bring a large table for Delores park as well... I don't remember seeing any tables. Sitting on blankets works better for small groups than large potlucks.


Bay to breakers + Potluck = perfection.

I live on the B2B route I see all the crazies coming by every year. It is awesome, don't miss it... get up early...

There is a cool park close to my house that is near the B2B route. It is a cool park with good weather but it doesn't have the best views. It is about 3-4 blocks from the civic center bart station with some parking on sundays...



http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=&sll=37.777645,-122.405875&sspn=0.001639,0.002095&ie=UTF8&ll=37.777039,-122.405991&spn=0.001639,0.002095&t=h&z=19


I had a bbq once and everyone ended up here playing ultimate Frisbee at this park and it was allot of fun...

Also Glen park is nice...

Last meet was fun...
I hope to see some of the same and some new faces..

Take care all...
.Jaesin

Posted April 30th, 2008 - 8:42 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
I should proof read my post... Engrish... HAHAHAH!

Posted May 1st, 2008 - 7:49 pm by from Oakland, United States (Permalink)
What a great post, Nithin! The "convenience factor" is something that comes up quite often, as opposed to "what's best for the entire city community".

Regardless, we need to make a decision ASAP, as the event is less than 3 weeks away...

Posted May 5th, 2008 - 5:08 pm by from Eugene, United States (Permalink)
I agree. DP is very, very crowded, and searching for people through the huge crowd can be a hassle. I don't know if it will be possible for a large group to all sit together, and I definitely don't think there's enough room for Frisbee or other sports.

I suppose it's too late now, but there is a huge cultural event going on across the city, why is CS pulling everyone over to the Mission? The race dries up around 2, sure, but people hang out and party (and not all in a "frat boy" kind of way) all day. There are DJs and bands set up all along the route, it's a great time & place to "experience San Francisco." I took a couchsurfer to B2B last year & she had a ton of fun. We took a little picnic & met all kinds of people from around the world. She kept saying things like, "you would never see this where I come from," and, "my friends will never believe this." I imagine any travelers will be planning their days carefully, and they might not have the time to see B2B and then spend the rest of the day at a potluck across town. Why not encourage people to see this unique event?

Delores Park is big in the scene right now, but it will be there - sunny, crowded, hip with views - next month & the month after, but B2B is only once a year.

Posted May 1st, 2008 - 8:08 pm by from Napa, United States (Permalink)
Hello San Francisco Potluckers!

So, this will be my first opportunity to meet you all, and I'd like to help with the event if I can.

I can arrive early, I can help with navigation and greeting.

The BEST way to get to the Park, I think, is on the J train.

If you ARE driving in from out of SF, you might want to leave your car over in Noe somewhere, out toward 30th St. and Church, etc. Or out in the Sunset, take the N to the J. Lots of alternatives.

AND, I really don't care if we move the location, I'll keep up on the postings..

Posted May 2nd, 2008 - 4:24 pm by from Berkeley, United States (Permalink)
i don't think Dolores Park is a logistical nightmare at all. i mean, it will be crowded for sure, but it's much easier to find a crowd at Dolores Park then at Crissy Field, and it's also much warmer. As most people in SF know, the weather is crazy, so picking someplace where it's warmer and less windy is probably a good idea. The big issue with Crissy Field is that the public transportation to it sucks. For Dolores Park, you can take the J train, BART to 16th, as well as several buses running N to S on several different streets. Yeah, parking can sometimes be tricky, but sometimes it's actually quite easy if you just drive a few blocks up and walk back. Not really a big deal. I think more people drove to Crissy Field because public transportation was an issue, and it was also really far for some people to bike to, whereas Dolores is close to so many things. The more car pooling, the better. It will also be better for going out after, because there was nothing really going on near Crissy Field. You will have far fewer navigating issues because it's so easy to find. I think the only real issue will be that it gets crowded on the weekends.

Posted May 2nd, 2008 - 9:55 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
I second Susan's comments - DP is really easy to get to from anywhere in the city. Most likely, it will be warm and not too crazy because of all the B2B parties. I'm trying to make it out to meet the local CSers after B2B - might prove difficult after a day of copious alcohol consumption :P

Posted May 4th, 2008 - 8:06 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Hi Ya'll...

So I went by Delores park to see if it looked like it would work out and they do have some picnic tables... They are reservable..

There was a phone number on the tables....831-5500 for reservations...

The view from the top was pretty good. The bart is only a few blocks away...

Take care ya'll...

.Jaesin


Posted May 4th, 2008 - 7:00 pm by from Oakland, United States (Permalink)
So I updated the event page to reflect Delores Park, and tossed in a little blurb about how we know that Bay to Breakers is going on and that people can join us after it's over. Anyway, what exact area of Delores are we going to toss people so they can map it? Does anyone have a link on Google maps we could add to the event page?

If we could find someone with a truck who is in Berkeley or willing to swing by there, we have two big tables and a canopy we could use. Most reservations require money, but I will check tomorrow. Jaesin, what's the area code for that number? Also, the tables might just be free for all we know. Or, we could put food on blankets as well. Food for thought, quite literally...

Rock and roll, ya'll! Time to kick it into high gear!

Posted May 4th, 2008 - 8:28 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
415.831.5500

Posted May 6th, 2008 - 9:48 pm by from Oakland, United States (Permalink)
Just to follow up on this, it's $27 per table and there are 10 tables in the park. That amount lets you have it from sun-up to sun-down...but all the tables are booked up on May 18th. Grr!

Now, if that's anything like what we had happen in Nashville last month, the people who have booked it will leave early and we can just swoop in and use the tables once they're gone. Or, they might be cool and let us share the tables with them. Maybe, maybe not, so we can't plan on that being the case. So either we put the food on blankets, or someone with a truck swings through Berkeley and grabs those tables and the canopy I mentioned above?

Posted May 5th, 2008 - 8:26 pm from Jakarta, Indonesia
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Posted May 6th, 2008 - 3:16 am by from Napa, United States (Permalink)
Nithin -

If it's more convenient, or means more cs-ers in one place, the panhandle sounds like another good idea.

I will help however I can. I can be there early, wherever we are, can help with navigating, etc. I do have a large peace flag that we could set up (thought it might not be the ONLY peace flag in view!)

keep us posted!

Posted May 6th, 2008 - 8:24 am from San Francisco, United States
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Posted May 6th, 2008 - 5:44 pm from Jakarta, Indonesia
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Posted May 6th, 2008 - 10:12 pm by from Oakland, United States (Permalink)
Nithin, you might consider holding off on sending out the invite, since I just sent it out to everyone within 90 miles of San Francisco (as well as those in the SF and SF Bay groups), and they might feel flooded.

Didn't mean to step on your toes there, as we would much rather have it come from someone who is going to be there the day of the event than someone who isn't, but since your name is in the event page and you are active here in the group (and will be there on May 18th), I decided to go ahead and send the invite out rather than wait any longer.

Maybe it might be good for you to send a reminder message three days before the event or something?

Then again, I just had an idea...maybe as part of our welcoming new members to the system deal, we could invite them to 3rd Sunday Potlucks as well? Next time we phone chat, let's talk about this a bit.

Posted May 7th, 2008 - 8:27 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Howdy again Ya'll...

I will be with the Bay to breakers crowd on Sunday until potluck time so no chance of arriving early and holding down tables as they are reserved anyway...

BYO Tables is, yeah wow, cool.. I wish I had a table to bring...

Doing it on blankets might be challenging as this park is ran by the dogs.... They will have no problem running through your little party and trampling your food...

A guy I was talking to in the park while I was checking it out was ran over by some dogs chasing a Frisbee while I was talking to him... Woah, yeah!

Blankets are mostly conducive to smaller groups and it may discourage, specially if folks are sitting, people from wandering around and getting to know more people...

Stalkin' some tables might work good... Thanks for checking availability Derek.

I think I am working on having my 4 cents in now... hahaha...

Posted May 8th, 2008 - 7:12 pm from Barcelona, Spain
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Posted May 8th, 2008 - 11:47 pm by from Eugene, United States (Permalink)
Not ALL of GGP is used as a giant toilet, that is absurd. Sure, people pee in the bushes here & there, but I would think a gathering would be held in an open area, not the brambles. I've been to B2B the past three years & managed to picnic happily all over the park without sitting or stepping in human waste.

I think considering that visitors might want to witness a large cultural event IS considerate of the WHOLE SF CS community, unless we only consider locals, and not couchsurfers, part of our community.

Posted May 9th, 2008 - 6:01 am by from Eugene, United States (Permalink)
Not that I'm insisting upon GGP, just responding.

Posted May 9th, 2008 - 6:51 am from San Francisco, United States
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Posted May 9th, 2008 - 6:32 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Bay to Breakers is one of those things that you really must do to truly experience San Francisco (from what I hear). It only happens once per year and seems to involve more than just a race in the morning.

Thinking out loud here....I think that having a "potluck" will be difficult for those of us coming into San Francisco from outside, and even people public-transiting around inside the city, because I know that I'm planning on wearing my costume and not bringing anything else in (car, food storage, etc). Going back to Berkeley to get food and coming back into the city is absolutely not going to happen. I suppose that people could stop off somewhere and buy something on the way to the potluck. Hmm...

Anyway

So about the location, if we do it in the panhandle of GGPark, we'll be partying with everyone else who's enjoying Bay to Breakers, instead of making people choose. [I personally would choose B2B because I really want to experience it, and potlucks come around every month.] It sounds like B2B is a really big thing, and perhaps competing with it isn't the right idea.

The panhandle isn't all that large and so will be easier to navigate than the GGPark spot we had in November. And if people get lost, there's always cell phones. And if that doesn't work, you can just crash someone else's party (:

Alanna and Steven made a really awesome suggestion (May 5) about a party en-route with DJs and dancing, which sounds absolutely fabulous. I agree that we should encourage people to indulge in SF culture, and that sounds like the perfect atmosphere!

Posted May 9th, 2008 - 7:44 pm by from Oakland, United States (Permalink)
See, this is what I love about SF - such an active community! The problem here is always picking what to do, as opposed to not having anything to do!

However, we really need to get our stuff together and nail down a location and just stick with it. In two days we'll be a week away from the event and we shouldn't still be debating about where to have it. We should be figuring out who's bring what and who's riding with whom. Since I'm in New Orleans and won't be physically there (unfortunately), I'm leaving this in Nithin's capable hands (and the rest of you active CSers).

Posted May 10th, 2008 - 5:51 pm from Jakarta, Indonesia
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Posted May 14th, 2008 - 9:54 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
I'm leaning more towards DP...it's not along the B2B route and it shouldn't be as crowded with the race going on. I should have chimed in earlier but this month has been hectic with looking for work and all. Anyway, I'll be keeping tabs on this group in the coming days.

Posted May 10th, 2008 - 10:22 pm by from Orinda, United States (Permalink)
I'm Bay2Breakin' Sunday so the only way this could work for me and other breakers is if the potluck was at the end of the race in golden gate park. I'ld be happy to bring some shaken-up beverages (those I don't drink during the race) or maybe some warm gummy bears.

eric

P.S. San francisco is never cold...It's all in your head.

Posted May 11th, 2008 - 11:39 pm by from Grass Valley, United States (Permalink)
near bart please. i'm coming from oakland.

Posted May 14th, 2008 - 6:26 pm from Jakarta, Indonesia
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Posted May 14th, 2008 - 6:29 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Hi all,
Sorry to say I'll be out of town this weekend, so will miss all the B2B zaniness and the potluck.
Next month, when the party moves to Dolores Park, I'll help get it together. The Mission's my 'hood, and it'll be good to party with you guys again.
Have fun and drop me a line when it's time to start planning June's potluck.
Cheers,
Pete

Posted May 16th, 2008 - 2:26 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
ahh i wish i could come to this, but i work (like once a week and it happens to be on sunday this week). so hopefully i'll be up for the next one and i'll bring some vegan delicacies!

adrian.

Posted May 18th, 2008 - 5:55 am from Jakarta, Indonesia
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