[kwlug-disc] New locations brainstorming

Eric Gerlach eric+kwlug at gerlach.ca
Wed Dec 16 19:47:18 EST 2009


It's near KwartzLab and Pepi's Pizza.  You've got my vote :-)

I have to admit, I liked having it in Waterloo, though.

Cheers,

Eric

On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 06:41:55PM -0500, Paul Nijjar wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 12:26:18PM -0800, Raul Suarez wrote:
> 
> > I asked at Manulife but my request was declined as I am the only
> > Manulifer in the group.
> 
> Thanks for asking. (I am tempted to make some crack about
> indoctrinating your coworkers into the LUG, but I'll be good.) 
> 
> In other news, I have clearance to use St. John's Kitchen (97 Victoria
> St, at Weber) for January and potentially longer.
> 
> Advantages: 
> - It is much more spacious than 43 Queen. The capacity is well over 100
>   people (probably closer to 200).
> 
> - There is much less background chatter than 43 Queen. 
> 
> - We can probably set up temporary wireless for each meeting if it is 
>   not abused. 
> 
> - It is fairly likely that we can use this as a permanent home even if
>   we don't buy beer. There is no cost to us.  
> 
> - There is lots of bike parking, and okay public transit. 
> 
> 
> 
> Disadvantages: 
> - There is some free parking but not much. There is a pay lot at the
>   VIA rail station, and other assorted parking in downtown Kitchener.
> 
> - For security reasons we can't leave the entrance open all evening.
>   Probably we would close it up at 7:15pm or so. 
> 
> - There will be some background noise. There is a doorbell for
>   latecomers. The phones ring every so often for no good reason. There
>   are some background fans. I am hoping that we will not need a sound
>   system, though (we had better not. I am not carrying that thing back
>   and forth.) 
> 
> - It is not as beautiful as the Heuther. 
> 
> - There are no munchies onsite.  
> 
> - In the summer there may be light issues. 
> 
> My overall assessment is that this location has a lot more potential
> than 43 Queen. It is "not bad" on a lot of fronts, and not perfect on
> anything. It is zero cost and potentially long-term, though. 
> 
> Let me know your preferences for January. I have heard of no other
> concrete locations for January, although I know people are looking
> pretty hard. 
> 
> - Paul
> 
> 
> 
> 
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