Leaguefest 2012 Update


Jason Kuznicki

Jason Kuznicki is a research fellow at the Cato Institute and contributor of Cato Unbound. He's on twitter as JasonKuznicki. His interests include political theory and history.

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  1. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Excellent! Spouse? If so, that raises our head count to at least ten.Report

    • Avatar Will Truman says:

      Psst! We still need a list.Report

      • Avatar Burt Likko says:

        Oh yeah. More or less confirmed to date:

        • Your Captain E.D. Kain (presumably with spouse)
        • Your Yeoman Purser Jaybird (uncertain as to spouse, known name Maribou)
        • Your Bartender Tod Kelly (presumably with spouse)
        • Burt Likko Your Cruise Director (certainly to be accompanied by Mrs. Likko)
        • Jason Kuznicki (presumably with spouse, known name Boegiboe)
        • Will Truman (tentatively going stag, although I’d be thrilled to meet Dr. Truman)
        • Mark Boggs (I don’t even know if he’s married/in LTR)

        Still waiting for word from (in no particular order):

        • Your Ship’s Doctor Russell Saunders (et vir)
        • Mike Dwyer (et uxor?)
        • Mark Thompson (et uxor)
        • Tim Kowal (et uxor? I know you’ve got a little one at home, so you’re a trooper to even be tentative here)
        • Ryan Bonneville (et uxor)

        If you don’t appear on this list it’s because I either saw a “can’t make it” or have seen nothing from you. Let us know!

        Anyway, if all the confirmeds and tentatives do make it, and bring spouses/dates, that’s a head count of up to 24, which by itself wouldn’t be so bad for our first attempt at a national meetup. That’s certainly enough to request our own room for drinks and dinner. I’ll hold off a little more to see if we can get some more people to make plans and commit before contacting management.Report

        • Avatar Jaybird says:

          What is the plan with regards to hotels or whatever?

          Is it one of those things where we’ll all want to be staying somewhere where we can reasonably expect to hang out together? I mean, I might prefer to sit around and drink in a bar that is very, very near my hotel (if not in it) to sitting around and drinking while thinking about the shuttle I have to take back to my hotel.

          Is this just one of those things where this guy wants the Luxor, that guy wants Treasure Island, this other guy misses the Stardust more than anything else and so will be staying at The Greek Isles (“The Next Best Thing!”), and that’s pretty much that?Report

          • Avatar Tod Kelly says:

            It makes sense to me for us all to be close, if not in the same hotel. I think Burt said something about maybe getting a group rate?Report

          • Avatar Burt Likko says:

            We’ll be at the LVH Hotel — formerly the Las Vegas Hilton. I had Vegas.com cards to burn, so I used them and have reservations there already. It’s off the Strip, but not much, and has its own faintly-desparate faded glamour. If you must stay somewhere else, I say go ahead, but Jaybird is right that it’s likely to work out best if we’re all at the same place. The monorail is one way you might explore getting there with minimal expense, although cabs were not particularly expensive the last time I was there.

            So that brings up Phase II — where to meet for dinner and drinks?

            There are several more than suitable venues for cocktails, most of which are themed in the cheesy way that only Vegas can deliver with a straight face, like the space bar built from sets left over from the sadly-defunct Star Trek Experience (really, this is so cheesy, how can we pass it up?), the bars attached to the various nicer restaraunts, as well as the obligatory sports bar and the also-obligatory poolside cabana bar. We can gather at one or the other of these places over the course of Saturday afternoon.

            But I figure we’ll set the formal meetup for dinner Saturday evening. The LVH has four dining venues:

            • Japanese (sushi, hibachi grill made with the show), entrees at $21-$49.
            • Chinese (most popular Chinese styles), entrees at $17-32.
            • Italian (allegedly mainly Tuscan), entrees at $25-$45.
            • Steakhouse (big-ass steaks and the like), entrees at $30-$70.

            So what do people prefer? I suspect either the Italian or the steakhouse will be the choice, but I’m good with any of the four choices.Report

    • Avatar Jason Kuznicki says:

      We will both be attending, yes.  The little one will be at grandma’s for the week.Report

  2. Avatar Ryan Bonneville says:

    Which airport are you flying out of? There is basically no way to fly from DC to Vegas without auctioning the first-born that you’re leaving with grandma, as far as I can tell.Report

    • Avatar Jason Kuznicki says:

      I’m sort of fuzzy on the details. I just know it involves a lot of frequent flier miles and a nine-hour one-way trip with plenty of layover.Report

      • Avatar Burt Likko says:

        That’s why we’ll not meet on Friday, to accomodate those who have these kinds of issues. I guess we can do a pre-meet for those who actually are there Friday night, but the official get-together should start Saturday. I’m thinking we gather at the space bar and move on to whichever restaraunt the consensus settles upon.Report

  3. Avatar Patrick Cahalan says:

    The probability that I will be able to attend for at least a Saturday just went from 0 to 62%.Report

  4. Avatar Shawn Gude says:

    I’d love to, but my bank account says no way.