[BALUG-Admin] Sept Meeting @ 585 Howard

Michael Paoli Michael.Paoli@cal.berkeley.edu
Thu Jul 3 15:13:14 PDT 2008

My quick thoughts:

Keep the price the same (thus simpler, avoid confusion, etc.)

Get better quality than cheap(er) pizza.  E.g. instead of
Extreme Pizza (which is farish, but gets borderline painful if it
becomes too familiar a dish) or worse (perish the thought of Dominos),
go for North Beach, or Goat Hill Pizza ... something a bit more
quality and/or upscale, ... and include some salad(s) ... costs would
then work out about the same (and people would probably like the food
better).  Also, if the food source (e.g. North Beach Pizza) is explicitly
mentioned, that can also help increase the draw.  Pizza isn't the only
possibility, but for something that's easy to deliver or cater to a 40 to
75 person crowd, pizza (and salads and sodas) would work well.  There
might be some other things that could work well and still around the
$13*/head charge *($12 for food/tax/tip + $1 for BALUG).

RSVP "mandatory"?  No, ... not quite, ... I'd be inclined to use
appropriate "strong" wording, perhaps somthing roughly like:
RSVP - PLEASE RSVP to rsvp@balug.org
As we have limited space at this venue, priority will
be given to those with confirmed RSVPs and who arrive to the meeting
on time (6:30 P.M.).
Can you come if you fail to RSVP?  We may, or may not have space, but
we're glad to accomodate those without RSVPs if we have remaining capacity.

Since this will be a different venue, may be good to put up a web or wiki
page for the venue (location, directions, transit, parking, etc.).  Since
that date is still a fair ways off, perhaps by then we'll have the web site
reorganized a fair bit, so that could at least go on a separate "upcoming"
page ... if not putting the venue information on it's own totally separate web
or wiki page.

Quoting jim <jim@well.com>:

> 1) yes, some meat, some vegie 
> 2) and plain old H2O 
> 3) yes 
> On Wed, 2008-07-02 at 13:22 -0700, Andrew Fife wrote:
> > Balug Admin:
> > 
> > With the help of Alan Duboff and Steve Lau, we have secured a new
> > location for the September meeting.  (As a reminder, the Four Seas
> > cannont host BALUG on 9/16/08)  The new location will be at Songbird's
> > office at 585 Howard near 2nd street.  The location can hold aprox 75
> > people.
> > 
> > Three questions:
> > 1)Given that the speaker (Ian Murdock) is likely to be quite popular
> > and we have a limited amount of space, should we enforce a mandatory
> > RSVP?
> > 
> > 2)Given that we won't have the goodwill from the Four Seas kitchen,
> > I'll probably windup fronting the cash for food.  Pizza/soda seems
> > like the logical choice any objections? 
> > 
> > 3)Given that dinner is likely to be pizza/soda should we lower the
> > cost of dinner to say $8 or $5?  
> > 
> > -Andrew
> > 
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