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Please make your choice for AMG 2008

Amsterdam
30 (47.6%)
Mexico City
33 (52.4%)

Total Members Voted: 63

Voting closed: December 18, 2007, 09:36:28 PM

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Offline AMG Coordinator

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Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« on: November 18, 2007, 09:36:28 PM »
Hello Everyone,

The votes have been tallied and the top 2 nominations for AMG 2008 were Amsterdam and Mexico City (runners up were Vancouver, Chicago, and Boston).  Please make your choice above.  The vote will run for 30 days.

Also, please state your reason for your choice below.  I think everyone would like to see items relating to culture, dining, entertainment, etc.

Thanks
Dennis

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2007, 10:55:52 PM »
I voted for Mexico City for the following reasons, not necessarily in order of importance:

1. There are lots of interesting things to see and do there--cultural attractions, Aztec pyramids, great marketplaces. The Metro is very cheap and efficient for getting around the city.

2. It's a relatively low-cost city that would enable many more Americans to attend than Amsterdam. For Europeans, the transportation costs would be higher than for Amsterdam, but I think the lower costs for hotels, food, and entertainment will balance out those higher transportation costs. Even for Americans, the lower costs in Mexico might make this trip more affordable than cities like Chicago or Boston. If you live in Texas, the flights are especially reasonable. There are non-stops from London to Mexico City and also cheaper Air Canada flights that connect in Toronto.

3. It's the site for the 2008 AIDS conference. Perhaps we can piggyback on that conference and get Tim Horn and/or Peter Staley to stop by for a presentation.

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2007, 11:28:27 PM »
I voted for Mexico City also.  I'm not sure when the dates are for the Intl Conference but I think it would be nice to piggyback.

robert
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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2007, 12:28:12 AM »
I vote for Mexico City too.

Cost is a factor. Cheaper accommodation and food prices are a good thing. The cultural life in Mexico is fantastic. I also like the piggyback idea with the IAC. It's a big expense flying from Australia but I hope that next year I can make it to the AMG.

Cheers
Paul

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2007, 12:44:49 AM »
Mexico City, for all the reasons stated above.
 

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2007, 08:11:07 AM »
Mexico City is my vote, If voted as destination I'm gonna be so lost as I can't speak/read but a wee bit of Spanish. eek! But....I like that challenge. Hey folks, to piggyback we'd have to be going in the month of August. (IAC: Aug 3-10)
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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2007, 09:17:00 AM »
Mexico City becuase I have never been there & for the reasons stated before me.

Dan

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2007, 10:39:18 AM »
I'll vote for Mexico City, although I don't know that we'll be able to attend.  I can't say that it's my first choice as a destination for anything or any event.  It's also not on my list of top 20 places to visit... I don't particularly want to go to Mexico City for an AMG 'cause AMG's also serve as our vacations.  I've also not come across much of anything positive about Mexico City.  The ONLY reason I'd even vote for it is because it comes the closest to matching US destinations in terms of price, and, let's face it, if people can't afford it, people can't go.  I want the maximum number of people to be able to attend, and I don't think Amsterdam will do that.

As to relating it somehow to the IAC... the dates I found for the IAC are Aug 3-8 (Sunday thru Friday).  If we kept the AMG the usual Thurs through Monday (or Tuesday), I wonder if accomodations would be economical or if it'd be better to plan this the week after (Aug 14 thru 18-19).

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2007, 11:17:56 AM »
As David I'm not sure to attend depending of the dates but my vote goes to Amsterdam. Personally I have no interest whatsoever for Mexico City and wouldn't even make my top 200 places to visit. I prefer to pay more and go to a place I'll enjoy instead of another where I don't like the food ( Mexican food never made it for me ) and greater chances to have to stay in my room for 3-4 days with the runs to the toilet. At least I never had such problems in Canada, the USA or Europe.

I think Europe is much more interesting altogether period. Amsterdam is a great city to visit with a great history, nice museums and restaurants with all type of foods. The Netherlands being rather small it's very easy to arrange short trips to other cities such as Den Haag (The Hague), Delft or wherever places folks would like to go, even Germany and Belgium are quite close.

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2007, 11:20:29 AM »
I've also not come across much of anything positive about Mexico City. 

Hmmm.  I used to know of a gay disco that only men from the Mexican military frequented.  I'll have to do some research.
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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2007, 11:27:37 AM »
David.

Thanks for looking up the dates for the IAC.  I guess I'm lazy.

You mentioned the dates are Aug  3-8 (Sun - Fri).  We could try to schedule the AMG for the 7-10 (Thurs - Sun).  We might have a hard time finding rooms for Thursday night.  The rest of the weekend should be OK.

Maybe Tim or Peter or Andy could pipe in and give us an idea of attendance at the IAC.  I mean, was Toronto sold out 2 years ago?  Just how big of a deal is this IAC conference?

robert
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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2007, 11:46:39 AM »
One thing to keep in mind too about Mexico City (if chosen); If the dates chosen are during IAC any hotels affected by the conference may and probably will have a much stricter deposit/cxl policy.  I browsed the travel section of the IAC website and hotels booked with them are requiring a two night deposit.  We could get around this by holding AMG either the week before or after depending on members answers to the questions below.  Or, choosing a hotel farther away from the conference site.

I've never been to a conference of this type so I'm not quite sure what occurs.  Is the conference even open to anyone who wants to attend?  If so, how many of the AMG attendees would participate in the actual conference?  I did notice the registration fees are quite high. 

Dennis

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2007, 11:56:46 AM »
I was all ready to vote Mexico City, basically because it would be so much cheaper.  but after reading David's and Canuck's posts I realized that I have no desire whatsoever to visit Mexico city.  And as much as I want to attend an AMG, I also want to plan a vacation around it so I would want to have some interest in the city.  Even though it will be more expensive I voted for Amsterdam.  If that is the city of choice, I must begin saving now!
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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2007, 12:13:11 PM »
Dennis and Robert,

I think you both bring up good points about who would attend the IAC and how big a deal it is to most attendees of the AMG.  I know that at the previous two AMG's, we didn't have enough time to even talk much to all the attendees, much less add a convention to the mix.  My personal thoughts, based on what Dennis brings up about hotels affected by the conference is to perhaps hold the AMG the following week (or two) after.  I'd imagine rates would be lower and we'd have more of a selection for lodging. 

I didn't mean to influence anybody's not voting for Mexico City.  I was mainly intending to make the point about making attendance possible for the most people, regardless of whether it's a place I'd like to go or not (damned weak US $!).  I'm hoping some members familiar with M.C. will pop in and give us all the good points.  One positive thing I have discovered is that the temperature should be nice and cool... even in August!  Having said all that, we (hubby and I) generally have a fun time anywhere we go... especially if the company is good!  Plus, I'm always up for an adventure.

David
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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2007, 12:35:56 PM »
David,  You didn't influence my vote at all.  Just made me think and then I realized that if I was to list all the places I would want to visit anywhere in the world Mexico City would not be on that list.  Doesn't mean I won't go, but given the choice I chose Amsterdam.
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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2007, 12:36:31 PM »
I'm not sure what to tell you, except that I've been to Mexico City 5 times in the past 10 years, and I love it.

My first trip I stayed in the financial district, which was really a mistake, in spite of the fabulous accommodations (Hotel Nikko).  Everything shuts down in the early evening, and I spent a good amount of time (and pesos) on taxis to La Zona Rosa. 

What I know of the historic district (where the IAC will be held, I believe), it's rich in architecture, museums, parks, etc., but I'm not sure that it would be much different in terms of nightlife (if that's important to people).

I always stay in or near La Zona Rosa.  There's plenty to do in the day, and plenty of nightlife, and an abundance of restaurants (from budget to upscale), coffee shops, artisan malls, etc.   It caters heavily to tourists, and there are all sorts of day tours you can take (including the pyramids).  It's gay-friendly, and I've always felt safe walking around alone there, even at night.

One question:  Does a vote for Mexico City automatically null and void the "Time of Year Vote" thread, and link the AMG event to the IAC?

I don't care one way or another, myself, but thought it worth asking...
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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2007, 01:56:15 PM »
One question:  Does a vote for Mexico City automatically null and void the "Time of Year Vote" thread, and link the AMG event to the IAC?

I don't care one way or another, myself, but thought it worth asking...

 No

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #17 on: November 19, 2007, 02:28:28 PM »
This IAC piggyback thing is great and all that, but I'll be straight up honest with you:  Any money needed to register up for that, I would sooner spend on Tequila.  And unless they are planning some live safe sex demonstrations or something, I'm unlikely to set foot in a seminar whilst hanging with you good people.

Culturally speaking, I can find something to ooh and aah about in just about any place I visit.  Coming from the sticks tends to do that to a person.
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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #18 on: November 19, 2007, 02:44:08 PM »
Just a brief note about the food in Mexico. I was in Mexico City many years ago and went back to Mexico two years ago to visit three beautiful colonial towns northwest of the city (Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, and Querťtaro). In the U.S., Mexican food is generally tacos, enchiladas, and burritos or "combination plates." The food in Mexico is actually a lot more interesting and varied than that. Most restaurants that I went to didn't even serve those combination plate items.

Mexico has an interesting combination of European (Spanish) and native American culture. In some of the Metro stations, there are exhibits of the Aztec artifacts that were discovered when they were digging the subway. The people I met were all very friendly to Americans, and I never encountered any problems with crime.

Just wanted to put in a good word for Mexico.

AllanQ
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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #19 on: November 19, 2007, 05:43:29 PM »
I'd prefer MC just to visit the nearby TeotihuacŠn ruins.  Americans are woefully underinformed about Meso-American ancient civilization.  It's as important as Greece and Rome frankly.  And as Allan writes, Mexican food is SO much more than a lousy burrito when you're in Mexico.  Just the cuisine from the Veracruz region ALONE will not resemble anything you are used to.

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #20 on: November 19, 2007, 07:39:04 PM »
I voted for Mexico City. Real shock I'm sure, but if I went to Amsterdam with out David_NC he'd be really bumbed out.  ;D
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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #21 on: November 19, 2007, 08:47:31 PM »
I voted for Mexico or Vancouver because they are the easiest for me in the other thread.  Mexico City would not be one of my choices for destination.  I was thinking Cancun, Ixtapa, Acapulco, or any of the beach front resort cities.  I don't get out much but visiting a city where a conference is in progress and not having access to that conference seems like a waste of time.  It would be great to have a Social Hour with Peter and Tim.  No matter what, if Mexico City is the choice,  I will do everything possible to get there.

I have been disabled for almost 12 years now, have sent out over 400 resumes since 1998 and had to create my own project to earn enough money to live on.  In all these years, I have not been on a vacation, I have been surviving.  Because of my own skills, I make a good living and set my own hours.

I have read every post in this thread and Amsterdam is still an exciting possibility.  I want to read more about both locations, research surrounding communities and hopefully take some extra time to tour (like an extra week).

I used to know this girl named Karen.  She talked of having lived in Mexico and "living like a Queen."  Hell, I can do that anywhere but, this will be my first real vacation and I will have the best daze.  Have the best day
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« Reply #22 on: November 19, 2007, 08:57:06 PM »
All Amterstdamn has is copious amounts of potheads and leather daddies who want to fist you.

Precisely why I am shocked that you chose Mexico.
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« Reply #23 on: November 19, 2007, 10:36:07 PM »
First of all, Thom and I cast individual votes.  We will, however, give our reasons for our votes as a couple since it will spare the forum family from reading the same thing twice.

We voted for Mexico City for the following reasons:

1)  We are interested in exploring the ancient ruins and pyramids and to experience more of the Mexican culture that the border towns we have previously visited have to offer.  La Zona Rosa sound just perfect for AMG's home based location.

2)  Mexico City seems to be realistically affordable and the airfares are within our budget if we use Chicago O'Hara as our airport of choice.  We are not all that concerned with the piggy backing with IAC as we would not attend any of the conference events even if they would be at no charge.  However, it would be nice if some of the AIDSmeds.com moderators would still be around and wanted to join us as some did in Montreal after they left IAC in Toronto.  Maybe we could even meet Peter.  We guess that this means that we favor August for the time frame.

3)  Europe is out of the question for us considering the poor strength of the US Dollar vs the Euro.  This alone prevents us from enjoying our own timeshare in St. Johann, Pongau, Austria.  So we hope that you can see that we are not anti-European as we actually do own vacation property on the other side of the pond.  Combine the USD and the price of a round trip ticket from ORD to AMS of $1300+ per person and I think you can see why you will not be seeing us in Europe in the near future.

PS - The hardest thing about this whole voting process for the Coordinator is how do you determine how many of those who vote for a location will actually attend.  Results can be easily twisted by an influx of votes by members who have no intention of attending regardless of where the event is held.  (EM and I dealt with this very issue last year.)  Please for the sake of an accurate reflection of the group's voice, only cast your vote if you truly intend on attending AMG 08.
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« Reply #24 on: November 19, 2007, 10:40:58 PM »
I voted for Mexico City because I am single. Put that in your pipe and fumalo.  

Also, Queretaro is the opal capital of the Western Hemisphere...you can buy a small jar full of broken opals for $10 and have 40 souvenirs to share when you get home.

And one more thing, Interior Mexican food is delicious.  You might avoid "Montezuma's Revenge" by eating yogurt every day for a month prior to visiting; Mama taught me that.

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #25 on: November 20, 2007, 02:31:41 AM »
I voted for Amsterdam because it's only a 2.5 hrs drive away from my place. Great city with all its canals and lots of things to do, a poz friendly infrastructure, international cuisine, almost everybody speaks english. And of course, the famous coffee shops for teh legal weed.  ;D

Edited to add: Aug 1-3, 2008 is Amsterdam Gay Pride with its impressive canal parade.

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #26 on: November 20, 2007, 03:25:11 AM »
Mexico City for me

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« Reply #27 on: November 20, 2007, 11:09:51 AM »
I, too, choose Mexico City... albeit reluctantly, due to the weak USD.

I am very interested in touring the pyramids and ancient ruins as well.  I'm not sure how much I am concerned about being there the same time as the IAC, but if we could piggy-back and get to hear from Peter or Andy, that would be terrific.

La Zona Rosa sounds perfect (check it out online!).  It really suits almost everyone's preference, whether that be exploring by day or partying by night.

All of that said, if there was any way possible to save $6,000 by next fall, I'd be all over Amsterdam  ;D

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« Reply #28 on: November 20, 2007, 03:02:16 PM »
Several people have mentioned the weak US dollar and a vacation has not been an option in so many years for me.  Does anyone know the actual exchange rate?  I was looking up air cost and found some flights from San Francisco to Amsterdam (with a 10 hour stop in London) and have found some to be in the $800.00 to $1200.00 USD price range.  Can anyone guestimate the cost of hotel?  Have the best day
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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #29 on: November 20, 2007, 11:25:25 PM »
$1 US will buy you about $0.67 euros at the moment.
You must also remember that on top of your crummy exchange rate that Europe tends to be more expensive anyway.

In all honesty, I can't see myself making it to Mexico City. It is a lovely place and there is lots to do and see but from Aus the cost and time taken is prohibitive. Airfares are a minimum of $2 500 return (likely to be $3 000 to get flights at a time that suits). The trip itself is a killer 30 odd hours from Sydney which makes for a particularly grumpy and smelly little steve on arrival. As I spent 1 month in Mexico only a few years back, I just can't justify returning so soon.

By comparison, Amsterdam is a bargain at about $2 000 return airfare and only 22 hours flying time. And, if the timing is right I can easily make my way there either before or after my planned month long stay in Sicily. I was also in Amsterdan only a few years back.

edited to remove my vote. Reality is it is highly unlikely I will be in a position to afford either location next year due to the expense. My personal view is that Mexico City is a more interesting place to visit than Amsterdam. Don't get me wrong, Amsterdam is lovely.
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« Reply #30 on: November 21, 2007, 01:42:44 AM »
For those residing "Down Under" an additional problem with Mexico City is that just about every flight requires a connection in the U.S., usually Los Angeles. This means that travelers from Australia and New Zealand would have to go through U.S. customs.
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« Reply #31 on: November 21, 2007, 12:17:50 PM »
Mexico City or Amsterdam, it doesn't really matter that much. I would love to to go to Mexico city because I have never been there but I also loved Amsterdam when I was there last winter. I could work it out that I could be in Belgium at that time since  Amsterdam is only a few hours drive from Gent. Either place is fine with me. Like I have stated before, wherever AMG 08 will be I plan on being there!

I just wish there is a place we can all agree on that is affordable for everyone...

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« Reply #32 on: November 21, 2007, 10:39:44 PM »
For those residing "Down Under" an additional problem with Mexico City is that just about every flight requires a connection in the U.S., usually Los Angeles. This means that travelers from Australia and New Zealand would have to go through U.S. customs.
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« Reply #33 on: November 22, 2007, 07:01:38 PM »
I voted for Amsterdam.
Costwise Mexico would be a better choice by far...in the end it only matters how many people can attend.
So, as Dan stated :flexible..

Amsterdam is sooooooo much fun though.....

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« Reply #34 on: November 25, 2007, 11:13:35 AM »
I'm happy with either Amsterdam or Mexico City for reason of the U.S. HIV travel ban.

Jeromy and I plan to attend in either location and though Mexico City is more affordable for us personally, I have selected Amsterdam as my first choice; after several years of long travel and high costs I believe it is time that we give those who reside in Europe a chance to have something closer and less expensive for them for a change.

I do remind everyone though that regardless of which choice wins, all U.S. citizens who are planning on attending would probably be wise to start applying/renewing their passports  now if not already done as I beleiev it takes a while.

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« Reply #35 on: November 26, 2007, 01:43:20 PM »
I'm happy with either Amsterdam or Mexico City for reason of the U.S. HIV travel ban.

I have selected Amsterdam as my first choice; after several years of long travel and high costs I believe it is time that we give those who reside in Europe a chance to have something closer and less expensive for them for a change.

I do remind everyone though that regardless of which choice wins, all U.S. citizens who are planning on attending would probably be wise to start applying/renewing their passports  now if not already done as I beleiev it takes a while.

Ditto. While it is not a guarantee I can attend, I would be happy with either city, but hope that our Coordinator can find the best flight plans to Amsterdam, should it be the winner. With the mention of the travel ban, I invite all of you to the AIDS Activism forum for the urgent thread and important thread which, all told, ask for no more than 1 hour's time to get your opinions communicated to DHS and the judiciary committee, respectively.

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« Reply #36 on: November 26, 2007, 04:27:07 PM »
I voted for Mexico City because it is a FABULOUS city.  There are many misconceptions about Mexico, including the idea the all mexican food is spicy.  Mexico City is the largest city in the world, it has so much history and so much culture ( Aztecs pyramids next to Spanish Cathedrals....just amazing).  I've been to Mexico several times, mostly for work and I never had a bad experience in that country.
Although I love Amsterdam too, for financial reasons ( i really want to see as many people attend as possible) I chose my neighbor to the south.

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« Reply #37 on: November 26, 2007, 05:10:40 PM »
Mexico City is the largest city in the world

slightly incorrect

It's the 2nd largest urban agglomeration (Tokyo metro area is larger) and the 10th largest by actual city defined limits (Mumbai/Bombay is first).
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« Reply #38 on: November 26, 2007, 07:46:14 PM »
slightly incorrect

It's the 2nd largest urban agglomeration (Tokyo metro area is larger) and the 10th largest by actual city defined limits (Mumbai/Bombay is first).

It is the largest in the Western Hemisphere though and also the oldest continuously occupied city in the Western Hemisphere.

I cast my vote earlier for Mexico City, for most of the reasons above. We're not talking Ciudad Juarez here, we're talking Mexico City.

Also, while I would love to go to Amsterdam, I don't know if my finances coupled with the crippled dollar would allow me to do so. So, our neighbor to the south also gets my vote.

If Amsterdam does get the nod, I will see what I can do.

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« Reply #39 on: November 26, 2007, 10:20:29 PM »
I still can't make up my mind!  Amsterdam is simply fabulous, very accessible (once everyone gets there) with very dependable mass transit.  I have only spent a weekend there (thank goodness the walls can't talk!) but I have always wanted to return.  I really fear it will be unaffordable for many U.S. citizens because of our poor dollar.  AMG is so special that we should want the maximum number who wish to go to be able to go.  Mexico City's advantage is twofold:  the international conference and the proximity (well, at least to those of us in the Western hemisphere.)  I have been taking beginning Spanish lessons (in what is probably a futile attempt to branch into some immigration law) and I know there are legendary sites to see there.  I am going to keep weighing the options and wait a little longer to vote, but i appreciate all the opinions as they are helping me.  I wish we had somewhat of a concrete notion of lodging rates in both places (and for us ugly Americans translated into U.S. dollars.)

I, for one, am going to redouble my efforts in the political sphere to get this unjust and outrageous HIV+ travel ban rescinded.  A Democrat...any of them... in the White House will be an enormous boost to getting this accomplished.

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« Reply #40 on: November 27, 2007, 03:01:05 AM »
Mexico City

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« Reply #41 on: November 28, 2007, 12:27:08 PM »
Mexico City

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« Reply #42 on: November 29, 2007, 12:03:47 PM »
Well out of the the 2 choices I'd prefer Mexico... over Amsterdam... I've been to both places and their Great... but, you'll get a bigger BANG for your buck over the border... the euro is way over the value of the dollar at present... but, in true... I still prefer Canada over the two choices...

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« Reply #43 on: November 29, 2007, 02:28:38 PM »
Not attending.


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« Reply #44 on: November 30, 2007, 02:15:00 AM »
So... I finally voted,

Drum roll please (Rump titty, Rump titty, Rump, Rump, Rump)

Thank you band, we are all singers in this life but sometimes you just got to have some percussion.  It has been such a difficult choice because Amsterdam really seems like the most fun and I ain't never been there. But costly yes  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

I have been to Mexico many times, I like tropical beaches, margaritas and a decent priced lobster on the plate.  Still have my doubts about Mexico City, it is just too inland and after all Sonomabeach has a thing about the sea.  So, I compromised... while you all are going to the airport to go home, I need to go to Ixtapa and work on my tan.  Have the best day
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« Reply #45 on: November 30, 2007, 05:00:23 AM »
I picked Amsterdam because it's safe, clean, reputable and of greater interest to me than Mexico City.  I've never been to Mexico but I've been to Amsterdam and had a blast.  Mexico has gotten a lot of bad press in the past year here with Canadian tourists being murdered or raped in their hotel rooms.  Two of my cousins were robbed in Mexico City on seperate occasions, one at gun point.  My uncle was hustled out of $800 by the Mexican police last year.  I'm used to my dollar having a less than favourable exchange rate for travel so I wouldn't let that influence my decision.
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« Reply #46 on: November 30, 2007, 05:12:01 AM »
I picked Amsterdam because it's safe, clean, reputable and of greater interest to me than Mexico City.  I've never been to Mexico but I've been to Amsterdam and had a blast.  Mexico has gotten a lot of bad press in the past year here with Canadian tourists being murdered or raped in their hotel rooms.  Two of my cousins were robbed in Mexico City on seperate occasions, one at gun point.  My uncle was hustled out of $800 by the Mexican police last year.  I'm used to my dollar having a less than favourable exchange rate for travel so I wouldn't let that influence my decision.

So it's agreed? Mexico City!

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« Reply #47 on: November 30, 2007, 09:10:19 AM »
I picked Amsterdam because it's safe, clean, reputable and of greater interest to me than Mexico City.  I've never been to Mexico but I've been to Amsterdam and had a blast.  Mexico has gotten a lot of bad press in the past year here with Canadian tourists being murdered or raped in their hotel rooms.  Two of my cousins were robbed in Mexico City on seperate occasions, one at gun point.  My uncle was hustled out of $800 by the Mexican police last year.  I'm used to my dollar having a less than favourable exchange rate for travel so I wouldn't let that influence my decision.

I remember German tourist being carjacked in Florida a few years ago.  I know somebody who was robbed in the city where I live.  It happens all the time in big cities... and I don't live in a particularly big city.  Oh, my husbands credit card was skimmed (or whatever it's called) while in Montreal in '06.  When you say 'Mexico', is this Mexico City or just Mexico in general?  Everything I've read says that Mexico City has improved dramatically. 

You're fortunate that you don't have to worry about less than favorable exchange rates (and total costs) for your travels.  Costs are an issue for many, however.  There will be an opportunity later for those who don't have to worry about costs to contribute, if they like, to assist those who are affected by unfavorable exchange rates and airfare.

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« Reply #48 on: November 30, 2007, 09:20:17 PM »
Mexico is a great destination, I want to see if Dr. Hulda Clark is still down there hocking her cure for HIV.

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« Reply #49 on: December 02, 2007, 04:18:57 AM »
I picked Amsterdam because it's safe, clean, reputable and of greater interest to me than Mexico City.  I've never been to Mexico but I've been to Amsterdam and had a blast.  Mexico has gotten a lot of bad press in the past year here with Canadian tourists being murdered or raped in their hotel rooms.  Two of my cousins were robbed in Mexico City on seperate occasions, one at gun point.  My uncle was hustled out of $800 by the Mexican police last year.  I'm used to my dollar having a less than favourable exchange rate for travel so I wouldn't let that influence my decision.

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« Reply #50 on: December 04, 2007, 07:23:23 AM »
Amsterdam is for me more affordable(Mexico City out of question)

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« Reply #51 on: December 04, 2007, 10:41:46 PM »
closest and within my budget

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« Reply #52 on: December 05, 2007, 05:35:00 AM »
I chose Amsterdam.  Not sure if I'll be able to afford it.  I could not choose Mexico City, due to an
unpleasant experience I had with the Mexican authorities in Ciudad Acuna several years ago.  Granted,
Acuna is a border city that is probably a thousand or more miles away from Mexico City, but it left a
lasting impression on me that the Mexican government has too high a level of corruption for me to
feel comfortable.

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« Reply #53 on: December 06, 2007, 06:13:39 PM »
I got robbed and urinated on in a doorway in Amsterdam.  ;D

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« Reply #54 on: December 06, 2007, 08:07:12 PM »
You really don't want to hear my story about 10 hairy Turkish men in Amsterdam.  And I was only 22.
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« Reply #55 on: December 07, 2007, 12:55:41 AM »
I found several enchanting coffee shops in the Red Light district of Amsterdam... marijuana from a dessert menu!  Don't even ask me about the live sex show...  suffice to say it has made the saying "double Dutch" very memorable.

Still haven't voted yet... God knows Amsterdam will be terribly expensive, especially with the exchange rate for Americans, but God also knows it is a phenomenal place! 

Leaning ever more slightly now towards Amsterdam (and I note for the record that Henry has cast his lot for this great city.) 

Still stewing here....

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01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
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« Reply #56 on: December 07, 2007, 04:15:42 PM »
You really don't want to hear my story about 10 hairy Turkish men in Amsterdam.  And I was only 22.

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« Reply #57 on: December 07, 2007, 05:17:41 PM »
Fearless, Tell me more... it makes Amsterdam sound more like a winner to me! I've never been fortunate enough to have any memoriable stories as such... I was kinda in a FOG the whole time there... I think its the air quality of the coffee shops... or could it be Spice cakes... Whatever? I did have a good time...

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« Reply #58 on: December 07, 2007, 05:25:04 PM »
The pic is of me 2 years ago smokin... this quaint coffee shop was just across the street from the mushroom cafe...

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« Reply #59 on: December 07, 2007, 09:39:08 PM »
If memory serves, those treats were called "Space Cake"... and space is exactly where it sent you.  And once the "munchies" come on, in Amsterdam there are never ending places to indulge the munchies.  I recall pommes frites in a cone shape cup with mayonnaise... sheer heaven!

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10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
01/14:  985 (46.9%), UD

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« Reply #60 on: December 08, 2007, 03:17:48 AM »
If memory serves, those treats were called "Space Cake"... and space is exactly where it sent you.  And once the "munchies" come on, in Amsterdam there are never ending places to indulge the munchies.  I recall pommes frites in a cone shape cup with mayonnaise... sheer heaven!

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« Reply #61 on: December 08, 2007, 03:50:22 AM »
Hi,
please vote!!!!!
Please vote for Amsterdam :-)

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« Reply #62 on: December 08, 2007, 10:41:47 AM »
omg... it's tied

maybe I should change my vote
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« Reply #63 on: December 08, 2007, 10:52:37 AM »
Hi,
please vote!!!!!
Please vote for Amsterdam :-)

Why? So yo can attend?  Don't you also list a US location in your profile?  Mexico City isn't that expensive from Atlanta, GA.
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« Reply #64 on: December 09, 2007, 01:10:59 PM »
Only 9 more days to go before next years AMG destination is decided.  Currently Amsterdam and Mexico City are tied.  I appreciate all the enthusiasm next years AMG has already garnered.  However, at this time I have a request to those of you who have voted.  If you have voted and have ABSOLUTELY no desire or the ability to attend I do request that you please remove your vote.  I am only requesting this so next years coordinator will have as true as possible account of the number of possible attendees so the planning process can begin. 

And...if you have not voted and plan on attending, please vote now for your preferred destination. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #65 on: December 09, 2007, 01:52:05 PM »
I removed my vote.

(I still might go if it's in Mexico City--hard to say until a location, date, and costs have been worked out--so I'll just wait and see.)

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #66 on: December 09, 2007, 04:19:07 PM »
Allow me to clarify my request above.  By all means, please leave your vote as is if you plan on doing your best to attend AMG in the destination you have chosen.  I'm only requesting a vote be removed if you voted just for the sake of voting and have absolutely no intent on attending AMG next year. 

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #67 on: December 09, 2007, 11:44:09 PM »
So, you can only vote if you have the money to attend, is that right? I didn't vote anyway but if I could afford to go I would like to go to Mexico.... Doesn't hurt to dream about it, I guess...
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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #68 on: December 10, 2007, 11:08:43 AM »
Queen,

My take on this is to vote if you'd like to attend, even if you think you can't afford it. There is no way of knowing at this point what kind of financial aid might be available through the Grants Committee.

One of the reasons I voted for Mexico City is that I think that the relative affordability of Mexico City will enable the Grant Committee to help more members to attend.

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #69 on: December 10, 2007, 12:09:55 PM »
Allow me to clarify my request above.  By all means, please leave your vote as is if you plan on doing your best to attend AMG in the destination you have chosen.  I'm only requesting a vote be removed if you voted just for the sake of voting and have absolutely no intent on attending AMG next year. 

Thanks
Dennis

I have removed my vote (last week) because it is not likely, I will be able to afford either location.  In the Time of Year vote, I had chosen September.  In all fairness to next years coordinator that vote should be eliminated also.  I had the best day and then some in San Francisco but that will most likely be the only AMG I will ever be able to attend.  Have the best day
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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #70 on: December 10, 2007, 12:52:53 PM »
Queen,

My take on this is to vote if you'd like to attend, even if you think you can't afford it. There is no way of knowing at this point what kind of financial aid might be available through the Grants Committee.

One of the reasons I voted for Mexico City is that I think that the relative affordability of Mexico City will enable the Grant Committee to help more members to attend.

Allan


Thanks for posting that, Allan.  That's exactly why I voted for M.C.  There are lots of places I'd rather visit, but keeping it within reach of the greatest number of members is what I'm aiming for.

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #71 on: December 10, 2007, 01:19:57 PM »
I have voted. I voted for Mexico and will be working on getting my passport. I see it is still tied though....
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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #72 on: December 11, 2007, 04:02:01 AM »
It was a tough call for me. Even though in Ams I will be able to attend 100%, whereas MC depends on money and time off from work, I decided to go with Mexico. Because of the weather, that is really undependable here and was crap this Sep, & because I like to travel and haven't dared to step out of Europe since the diagnosis and this would be a good start. I also hope to meet local pozzies there. Maybe my BF will come too, I hope it's OK since he is not poz. 
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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #73 on: December 11, 2007, 11:56:52 AM »
I voted for Mexico City for several reasons.

One was the affordability of traveling there and of accommodations.

Another is the affordability of everything else. Remember, having a room doesn't mean you will be able to afford food, etc.

I would love to go to Amsterdam. But with the dollar in its present state, it is just not a tenable situation.

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #74 on: December 14, 2007, 12:50:48 AM »
I voted for Mexico City... but would really love to go back to Amsterdam.  In the end, i think it is important for the U.S. community to be able to attend and I fear that would be greatly compromised in Europe this year.  I do think we should try to get to Europe (not to mention Asia/Pacific sometime as well) but perhaps when economic conditions are better.

I will try to attend regardless of destination.

As a part of ongoing education in my legal practice, I have begun learning Spanish.  A trip to Mexico City next year may be helpful to be professionally as well as personally.   

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #75 on: December 14, 2007, 03:53:55 PM »
I would also like to go to Amsterdam but feel Mexico City is far less costly with our American dollar so devalued against most major foreign currencies.  Also the pyramids sound like that would be fun.   So I hope to get to Amsterdam sooner than later, every day being so precious as it is.

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« Reply #76 on: December 16, 2007, 03:45:20 PM »
I voted for Mexico City... but would really love to go back to Amsterdam.  In the end, i think it is important for the U.S. community to be able to attend and I fear that would be greatly compromised in Europe this year.  I do think we should try to get to Europe (not to mention Asia/Pacific sometime as well) but perhaps when economic conditions are better.

I will try to attend regardless of destination.

As a part of ongoing education in my legal practice, I have begun learning Spanish.  A trip to Mexico City next year may be helpful to be professionally as well as personally.   

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« Reply #77 on: December 16, 2007, 05:41:39 PM »
Dont you think that the European community woul be greatly compromised in Mexico this year?
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Mexico City is a lot less expensive than Amsterdam. For Europeans, the cost of the airfare would be greatly (if not completely) offset by the lower cost of accommodations, food, and travel within Mexico.

The flight from Europe to Mexico City is very long, but an AMG in Amsterdam would entail a very long flight for U.S. members, especially those living on the west coast.

AIDSmeds members are scattered around the world. There is no one place that is going to be convenient for everyone. No matter where the AMG is held, some people will be "compromised."

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #78 on: December 16, 2007, 08:02:57 PM »
Yes Mexico City would be fun, and I have wanted to go there. Yes my poor pitiful dollar would go farther there.....but I have dreamed of going to Amsterdam. So I voted for Amsterdam. Either would be fine and I would go to either...as long as my poor little American dollars haven't run dry.

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #79 on: December 20, 2007, 10:20:45 AM »
Hmmm.  33-30 is very close.  Does this mean those who voted for Amsterdam would not/cannot go to Mexico City and those who voted for Mexico City would not/cannot go to Amsterdam?  Or are there those who voted who can do either?  Tough to say with this poll and the corresponding response.  There were only a few who said they'd do either one.  It would be hard to see 30 people who would really like to come unable to join because they voted for the place that did not get chosen.  Maybe 2 sets of gatherings can be entertained and organized by 2 sets of organizers and those who could do either one can just choose?  Just a thought.

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« Reply #80 on: December 20, 2007, 04:03:20 PM »
It's not that I wouldn't like to go to Amsterdam, it's just cost prohibitive for me and I'm sure Mexico is cost prohibitive for some of them. Having two AMGs may not be a bad idea. I'm sure the folks in this group can figure out a solution. But if we are going to do it that way I don't see a reason to have it in Mexico. There are plenty of places in the US I haven't seen.

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« Reply #81 on: December 21, 2007, 05:24:43 AM »
Gerry, are you trying to please EVERYONE? OMG! You're so brave.
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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #82 on: December 21, 2007, 10:32:09 AM »
I think considering two events is not a bad idea.  Voting based on cost to Americans will unfortunately almost always mean that the event will be held in North America (even when the dollar is strong, you still have to contend with the fact that Europe is generally more expensive than America).  That means that AMG will remain a mostly American attended event.  It all becomes a selffulfilling prophecy.  But I don't think there is anything wrong with that.  I would expect someone to vote their pocketbook.

While the UK and Europe have strong currencies, I don't believe that a choice between AMS and Mexico is neutral in terms of cost (and certainly not on flight times).  Going to Mexico will be costly and the flights will be long.  Flights within Europe are cheap and short (most European capitals are within a 2-3 hour flight from each other).

If there is an interest in having an AMG-type event that is closer (and more affordable) for Europe-based members, then that should be on the table as well.  I doubt most North America-based members would have an issue with that. 

Having one big event is a nice idea, but it's always going to exclude someone and if the event is always held in North America, it's generally going to exclude people living outside of North America.

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« Reply #83 on: December 21, 2007, 11:06:32 AM »
Didn't someone say that if the event grew larger than last years that it would become difficult to coordinate anyway?  What's been the trend line from the past three years in terms of growth of attendees, and considering that what would be the projected amount of people for next year?
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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #84 on: December 22, 2007, 04:37:34 AM »
In response to Philly's question, I believe the first AMG in Toronto in 2005 was attended by about 20 people; this was followed by a mini-gathering in Nashville which I think attracted close to the same number of folks.

The AMG in Montreal in 2006 was in the low 40's and this was followed by an Amsterdam mini-gathering that was attended by about 10 folks.

The AMG in San Francisco this year was attended by close to 50 folks and there was not a second mini-gathering that followed it.

The number of attendees is most definitely influenced by the location of the event.  But I presume there are more European members now than there has been in the past; thus the stronger interest in a European location (than say if this was polled 2 years ago).

If there is a good enough number of interested people to hold a gathering in Amsterdam and most of them cannot make it to a North American location, I don't think they should abandon organizing a gathering there just because that location was out-voted.

I believe it was Dennis who said if the event grew larger than 50, it would be much more difficult to organize.


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« Reply #85 on: December 26, 2007, 11:12:07 AM »
Just a thought about the two gatherings idea that is floating around.  An earlier concern I voiced about this idea was about the fund raising/grant process and how that could possible open up a can of worms similar to what we just experienced with the voting of location itself.

I think the AMG should remain one official gathering versus two. Personally, I did vote for Amsterdam, but I also stand by the decision of the board vote that the event is in Mexico City this year. 





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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #86 on: December 26, 2007, 03:51:43 PM »
Do we have a coordinator for the 2008 AMG? Dennis set up the polls for the time and destination, but I don't recall that he ever formally took on the role as coordinator for the next AMG.

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #87 on: December 26, 2007, 07:39:49 PM »
You are correct, Allan.  I have not officially taken on the roll as the coordinator for AMG '08.  I would be more than happy to participate in this capacity.  However, if the group would care to nominate other for the roll, please feel free to do so.  If I shoud take on this roll I would not be able to do much until after the holidays are over and I clear up a few personal matters. 

Based on the group vote AMG 08 will be held in Mexico City.  September was the time of year voted on by the participating members.  The time of year is open for discussion though.

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Do we have a coordinator for the 2008 AMG? Dennis set up the polls for the time and destination, but I don't recall that he ever formally took on the role as coordinator for the next AMG.

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« Reply #88 on: December 26, 2007, 09:33:14 PM »
I don't think anyone could have done a better job for our San Francisco trip than Dennis.  I vote for him in an eyeblink.  Mexico City - Look out - HERE WE COME!!!

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #89 on: December 26, 2007, 10:40:25 PM »
I agree, Jody.  He did a wonderful job.  So, how do we nominate Dennis as the coordinator for AMG '08?  Can I just say that I nominate Dennis?   ;)

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Re: Top 2 AMG 2008 Nominations - Please Vote
« Reply #90 on: December 26, 2007, 11:11:09 PM »
David,

I second your nomination!  Dennis rocked last year and we would be silly not to accept his offer to continue in this role for AMG 08.

Dennis, I hope that your plate will allow your continued service in this very special role.  You are a natural.

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« Reply #91 on: December 27, 2007, 10:59:27 AM »
Unless Warren Buffett is going to do it, ;) I suggest we let Dennis do it. I thought he done one hell of a job on AMG2007.

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« Reply #92 on: December 27, 2007, 06:57:38 PM »
Plus, he's got muscular, hairy legs.
 
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« Reply #93 on: December 27, 2007, 09:01:22 PM »
Lance and I vote for Dennis! 

He did a more than bang up job!  In fact above and beyond with the help of David NC, Allan, Gerry and some I have not mentioned.  On a side note, those fortunate enough to see him laying (Dennis) on the hill at Golden Gate Park know what we are talking re: those nice legs!  Thanks for the reminder Mike!  We have pic's Dennis... 8)

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