Monday, January 14, 2008

It's an update, bitches!

Monday, January 14, 2008

To: My Cohorts

From: Mr. Jones

Date: January 14, 2008

Subject: Blogger Meet-up in Baltimore

Edit #2:

Re: The date - I'm not married to the month of April, so if May works better for people, then it works better. The important thing is to quickly settle on a date that everyone can live with and proceed from there. How does the weekend of May 16th-May 18th work for everyone? Is that any better than the April weekend? My 24th birthday is a week after that. Perhaps we can use that as the premise behind this whole thing. Let me know.

Re: Hotels - CLICK HERE for a sampling of hotels located in the downtown area. I'd stay at all but, like, two of the spots on that list, but take that for what it's worth. If you look on Expedia or whatever to find something cheaper or further out in the city or suburbs and want to know about the area or it's proximity to downtown, then just shoot me an email and I'll let you know what I know about it.

Edit: Guys, we should settle on a final date sooner than later. I don't know if there's a convention or something going on in Baltimore that weekend, but lots of the hotels are already booked. Two of the four suite style hotels I looked into were not accepting reservations. The Residence Inn by Marriott is taking reservations and offers full kitchens so we (read: you all...I can't cook a damn thing) can cook. It's located 11 miles from BWI by car/taxi and is just a couple of blocks off the airport rail line that comes downtown. We just need to decide what works best for folks, so I can secure a space for us....soon. That is all.

I am writing to advise you of new developments surrounding the proposed gathering in Baltimore. The de facto meet-up working committee met via telephone today and settled on the weekend of April 18th. April seems to be a better choice than March because it's less likely the weather will be nasty/super cold in April. Plus it works best with my calendar...and bank account.

Darius Williams priced flights from Newark, Chicago and Atlanta for that weekend and found round trip fare from each of those locations for less than $300. Those are on AirTran, which sucks, but they're cheap flights, nonetheless. Bloggers departing from other locations should check out Expedia or Priceline for average airfares.

I still haven't decided which hotel I'm going with, but it will likely be either the Tremont Plaza, Residence Inn Downtown - Inner Harbor, or the Homewood Suites in Harbor East. I was thinking about the downtown SpringHill Suites, but they don't have stoves..just microwaves. We know you can't cook a damn thing in the microwave.

There's a grocery store and a bunch of other hotels within two blocks of each of those spots, so we'll be good to go with buying whatever food and stuff for this major meal. The Homewood Suites in Harbor East is the only property that isn't within walking distance of the rail line that would take you from BWI to downtown. I'll consider all of that when deciding and update you all when I do decide.

Let me know what you guys think about these dates.

I'm really excited and hope we can make this happen. La asked if this was strictly a boy's affair and the answer is FUCK NO!!! All the girls are welcome! La, Jameil, Nia, and any other female bloggers...please come, too. The more the merrier.

Everyone is more than welcome to spend those 3-days in the suite with me if you don't want to pay for a separate room. I mean, I'm taking the bed, no doubt, but you all can fight to the death over the pull-out and the best spots on the floor.

I really hope everyone comes and I look forward to reading your feedback.


Nia said...

Count me in! Ummm...can we incorporate Pazo into this somehow?

Mr. Jones said...

That's my girl. Always thinking. Pazo is def. a good look that they need in their lives. lol.

Nuttin_Nyce...... said...

Dang I guess i'm to late to join the gang....but hey guys and gals check me out maybe I can be in on the next one

fuzzy said...

You don't know me very well! There was nothing at the Red Roof Inn in DC and trackstar and I managed to make chicken rice and macaroni and cheese! GET IN!

I was looking forward to March, but if its going down in April that will have to work. sigh lol Is it going to be a weekend?

Wow is quite expensive to have a suite. I will probably look into standard rooms. What area, or specific place, are we trying to stay centered around?

Darius T. Williams said...

Fuzzy - too many dayum questions. As the unofficial Vice-Moderator of the group - just bring ya ass and GET IN - lol.

Nah, for real. It will be during the weekend - plus April just works so much better (May is really really good too), but we all can't wait to see each other. I'm having a standard room too because me and my boo will probably be travelling together to B-more.

Yo - I'm so excited - I can't wait. We need to have a meeting to plan our itinerary. We need to have like dinner and drinks late Friday night - play some kind of getting to know you game - and do some team building exercises (sorry, my Corporate America is coming out).

I can't wait!!!


jameil1922 said...

i love being invited places and bmore is one of my fave cities AND i know folk there so i can stay for freeeeeeee! i might be off that weekend so we'll have to see!

TheBlacks said...

*peeks in*

j_shanlin (Jared) said...

also mr. jones, don't forget the 2 new hotels in the arundel mills area that r not only within walking distance of the mall, but are really close to like fast fod places and other restaurants, banks, grocery stores, etc.. plus its a hop away from 100 and 295 aaaand I live close by so urrybody that can fit can pile up in my cobalt and if anyone has to lap up I just won't drive so that way I can sit on someone's lap too lol... naw j/k... lemme know if you need any help with anything! k??

Mr. Jones said...

Fuzzy, I'll update the post with links to area hotel information.

That Dude Right There said...

Well I guess you know why I like the Homewood Suites!!!! I opened the damn place!!!!! But sadly, I can't get a discount.

Mr. Jones said...

Well, just find something affordable and check with me before booking. I'll give you the low down.

That goes for all of you.

That Dude Right There said...

April!!!!!!!!!!!!!! May is out for me because I have already scheduled another vacation for that time.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why the Chicago people never get anything together like east coast people?

yet another black guy said...

i'm going to be super jealous after you all get together. if i get some more work going, then i can definitely be there!

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