THE BOSTON GTG 2009 IS ABOUT TO START

Old Oct 16th, 2009, 05:31 PM
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We are fodorites (about 30 of us) who get together (GTG) once a year in Boston. We just met last weekend, so this is a sort of GTG trip report. It's a fun group of people! Maybe you can attend at GTG sometime. They are held all around the world, in various places. Watch for announcements on the various fodors forums.
The BOS (Boston) GTG is always announced on the Asia forum because the majority of us who attend are Asia travellers.

Hope you will join us sometime.

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Old Oct 16th, 2009, 11:50 PM
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greetings from capetown where it is in the high 60's and sunny... our room looks out directly on the ocean... we had a mini GTG here yesterday.... watch for my report on the africa board
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Old Oct 17th, 2009, 04:49 AM
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The Boston GTG is about to end.

Bob will start planning next year when we're in Thailand. The lunch reservations will be made by Christmas. He'll start bugging me to call Similans in January.
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Old Oct 17th, 2009, 05:15 AM
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And YOU will start phoning him at 9 o'clock on the morning of the GTG asking "Where the hell are you?"!

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Old Oct 17th, 2009, 05:56 AM
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Good morning, BC... do you have snow on the ground this morning? It's quite chilly here in downstate Illinois, but no snow. (yet) Glad I'm getting out of town Wednesday for a much warmer climate in BKK.
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Old Oct 17th, 2009, 06:22 AM
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No, Carol, thankfully no snow, but it's pretty chilly. We've had several mornings of frost and Thursday morning my department was groaning because we had a staff meeting in a conference room where icicles were about to form. ALLEGEDLY we're going to see 60-degree temperatures some time next week, but we all know if we do that will merely be but a brief respite...I envy your ability to return to your beloved BKK where a warmer climate will greet you.

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Old Oct 17th, 2009, 06:26 AM
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I keep thinking we're really in for it this winter... but weather forecasters are saying "warmer" temps, but a number of "heavy" snowfalls are on the way. Ugh... Hoping to be able to escape it a few times! I hate cold weather!!!
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Old Oct 18th, 2009, 04:08 AM
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How does the Boston GTG relate to bad weather in the Mid-West? We always have beautiful autumn weather for our out-of-town guests. Not to mention the stunning colors and my birthday. It snowed in Boston on October 16. I don't want to hear any complaints about frost.
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Old Oct 18th, 2009, 05:29 AM
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"We always have beautiful autumn weather for our out-of-town guests."

Ummmm... I recall a couple of years in a row where we sat inside at the Saturday GTG @ MIT and watched it rain outside. The weather last year was gorgeous; this year's weather was not quite as nice, but do-able.

We now have a warm up in the midwest. No snow yet. So BOS beat us to it this year.
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Old Oct 18th, 2009, 06:20 AM
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We tried some of that Boston 2009 GTG Indian Dip last night - whipped cream cheese, sliced almonds, Major Grey's Chutney and curry powder...YUM!
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Old Oct 18th, 2009, 07:38 AM
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Exxxcuuuuusssse me, Monsieur Panda, but I vividly recall attending a Boston GTG in winter, in which the sun shone brightly upon the several inches of snow that had fallen, and Indytraveler and I barricaded ourselves in our rooms in the Hotel @MIT at one point, counting the provisions in the mini-bar and wondering how long we could survive if need be. The streets may have had a cursory salting, but hadn't been plowed, so to venture into them was akin to wading through slop which came up above the ankles. Also, while I cannot argue that the weather for the 2008 GTG was anything less than picture-perfect, this year it was too windy and cold to enjoy sitting in Mimi's beautiful garden. (This was done in 2008 and all attending enjoyed it thoroughly.) Do not speak to me of your beautiful autumn weather, sir--ha!

Craig, I must concur, it's so delish, it makes me long for gatherings to whip this dip together. Karen did well for us. Feed the throngs dip, they eat well for a day--give them the recipe and some ingredients and they can eat well infinitely!

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Old Oct 18th, 2009, 09:23 AM
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Delusional memories to the side, the point was and remains that mid-west weather has nothing to do with the Boson GTG. Now, Karen's dip is another matter. It is great. Now that Bob is safely tucked away in the Southern hemisphere, we can let the good times roll. Laissez les bon pandas roulez!
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Old Oct 18th, 2009, 09:46 AM
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Enjoy it while you can, panda... you're only weeks from your BKK adventure w/Bob and Karen.
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Old Oct 18th, 2009, 12:55 PM
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Carol-don't rain on my Bobless parade.
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Old Oct 18th, 2009, 12:56 PM
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BC - love your analogy to give a person a fish (or a recipe)...
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Old Oct 19th, 2009, 04:43 AM
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Let the good pandas roll??? Okay, what about the "other" pandas???

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Old Oct 19th, 2009, 02:03 PM
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it took him hours to compose that french phrase
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Old Oct 19th, 2009, 02:23 PM
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Mais non, Monsieur. Ce n'est pas difficile.
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Old Oct 19th, 2009, 06:21 PM
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Bob, he just produced two more French phrases above. I'm figuring that took him roughly 6 hours. What sap do you suppose is paying the 6 billable hours for this???

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Old Oct 19th, 2009, 07:16 PM
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Bob, how is SA? I'm afraid I've not been sneaking over to the Africa board to read up on your trip.... tsk tsk... shame on me! Too busy getting ready to leave for BKK!!
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