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Offline phildinftlaudy

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AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« on: November 09, 2013, 01:25:56 AM »
San Diego has been selected by the majority of member votes to be the host city for AMG 2014. If there is a time of year that people would like us to look at for holding the event please post it in this thread. We know that some people have vacation time at certain times of the year and other factors that play into the time that the event is held...

So, that said, let's take until November 15th to express when you would like to see AMG 2014 held ---- specific months, weeks, dates, etc.

If you have suggestions for hotels this is the place to put those also... We will also see if Dennis can work his magic in finding/negotiating hotel rates...

I have never been to San Diego - so, if others have thoughts on ideal hotel locations (that will also be affordable), please feel free to post them here.

San Diego ---- Here we come!
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Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
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Offline PozBrian

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2013, 10:04:36 AM »
Welcome to San Diego, Aug and Sept have the best weather!
Lots of Hotels in SD. the big urban hotels mostly are near the convention center along the bay, great views, lots of night life at the Gaslamp which is within walking distance. Mission Valley also has a lot of hotels, not much within walking distance but they have more of a resort feel. There are also some resort style hotels near Mission Bay if you would like more of a beach experience. Speaking of beaches, for those worried about Willie W in a speedo or Aztecan tasteful board shorts, there is the world famous Black's Beach where you won't need to see any of that nasty material ;)





 
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2013, 10:29:25 AM »
Sometime in August might be best, because there are some folks in school (not me, but others) who find it hard to travel in September.

I have no particular date in mind, but thought I would throw that out.

HUGS,

Mark
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Offline HippieLady

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2013, 10:32:01 AM »
Classes will start for me sometime mid-August, most likely around the 16th.  Any time before then works best for me but I already decided that since I can drive to this AMG as opposed to flying I will not be missing it, school or no school.  Besides Wumpster is bringing his speedo...nothing else needs to be said.  ;)
~Katie~
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Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2013, 10:45:44 AM »
The prevailing consensus over the years with the ones who have faithfully attended the AMG is to look at either late July or early August.  The good news is there is no such thing as a "bad" time to be in San Diego!  It might be a good idea if people wanting to attend and reading this thread could post a date (typically a Monday or Tuesday) that AMG would need to END to accommodate their schedule (especially those with "school" schedules.)  Usually AMG starts with early arrivals on Wednesday (some of us just can't get enough!) a travel day of Thursday for most, an evening event on Friday, a memorial service on Saturday or Sunday, plenty of time for structured and unstructured events, departures beginning Monday.  I think having the needed "ending date" may help us come up with a date that will work for most, or even better all, of us wishing to attend.

Gary

Diagnosed Oct. 2005
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

Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2013, 10:50:43 AM »
I was last in San Diego in March, 2013 and had a wonderful time in a somewhat unusual hotel and location.  I stayed there three nights and thought to myself "this would be a pretty neat location for AMG."  The hotel is the Ocean Beach Hotel.  It is literally right on top of Ocean Beach...a very eclectic but local, and not yet touristy, beach.  Within immediate walking distance is a vast array of bars and restaurants and shops...all of them very local. 

The disadvantage is that is a far enough north of downtown and traditional San Diego that one would either need a car (parking is free at the hotel) or cabs (which would be expensive.)  The advantage (and why I stayed there in the first place) is the hotel was significantly cheaper than San Diego.  It is about six miles north of the airport.  Easy to look up on the internet.  I had a great three days there and given what I know about our regular group of travelers, we would enjoy this neighborhood. 

Something to consider, although San Diego has MANY wonderful areas and hotels.

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
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

Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2013, 10:53:51 AM »
The link to this hotel (with also a nice description of the surrounding beachfront area) is http://obhotel.com.

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
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

Offline David_CA

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2013, 12:26:48 PM »
There's an area called Hotel Circle that's got a ton of hotels ranging from very cheap to moderate.  I stayed in one for $68 last year that was decent and had a microwave and refrigerator in the room.  The area is convenient, and there's a bus stop nearby.  It's not far from Hillcrest, which is an area that I'd suggest we stay near.  For those who don't know, it's the gay area and is very walkable, clean, safe, and there's tons to do right there. From Baha Betty's daily 'Papi Hours' with good Mexican food, margaritas, etc for $4, to many other restaurants and clubs, it's hard to beat!  There are several fun gay bars and clubs within walking distance.  It's also convenient to other areas - beaches, Balboa Park, the zoon, waterfront, etc. 

Studio 819 http://studio819.com/ is right in the heart of Hillcrest.  Parking is an extra charge, but most won't have cars.  The rooms are small but very clean, and each room is an efficiency.  The regular rate is around $90 per night.  The Lafayette Hotel www.lafayettehotelsd.com/ is very nice and reasonably priced ($95).  It is probably the cleanest hotel I have ever stayed in, and it has a gorgeous pool area.  It's a bit of a walk to Hillcrest, but I've done it a few times.  A cab from there to Hillcrest is about $9... not bad when it's split among several people.  http://www.shellhospitality.com/Inn-at-the-Park is also nice, in Hillcrest, and is a bit more at $130, but that's without any group discounts.

San Diego is one of my very favorite cities (if not my favorite) in SoCal.  I go at least once a month with friends and have stayed at the hotels I've mentioned (except for the last, but it's highly recommended).  The airport and Amtrak station are super convenient, too.  I can make other recommendations of activities, etc when it gets closer.  I've not lived in SD, and I'm no expert on the city, but I think 'most everybody will probably enjoy it as much as I do! 
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06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
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Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2013, 12:29:40 PM »
Thanks all - keep the suggestions coming.... I'm sure we are going to end up in the ideal position location.


BTW, there is the Beach Village at the Del on Coronado Island - it is only $1,900 a night   ;D     (anyone want to be my sugar daddy and take me there?)
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Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

Offline darryaz

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2013, 01:34:58 PM »
Just a comment as I know that scheduling will trump all other considerations.  Late July and August are the ONLY times of the year when San Diego's weather is less than incredibly fabulous.  The heat and humidity may make you think you're in the Midwest.


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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2013, 02:40:29 PM »
Just a comment as I know that scheduling will trump all other considerations.  Late July and August are the ONLY times of the year when San Diego's weather is less than incredibly fabulous.  The heat and humidity may make you think you're in the Midwest.

Coming from the coastal South... even July and August was nice!  LOL
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06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
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11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2013, 06:47:45 PM »
Thanks all - keep the suggestions coming.... I'm sure we are going to end up in the ideal position location.


BTW, there is the Beach Village at the Del on Coronado Island - it is only $1,900 a night   ;D     (anyone want to be my sugar daddy and take me there?)

I don't know about that but the Hotel Del has a Sunday brunch to die for!
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10/11 CD4: 446, 29%, VL UD
7/11 CD4: 873, 35%, VL UD
4/11 CD4: 573, 34% VL 0
12/10 CD4: 405, 30% VL UD
9/10 CD4: 416, 31% VL UD
5/10 CD4: 393, 29% VL: UD
02/10 CD4: 423, 37% VL: UD
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9/09 CD4: 246, 24% VL: 49!
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7/09 CD4: 346, 24% VL: 221
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2013, 10:52:49 AM »
' with good Mexican food, margaritas, etc for $4,

YES!



Studio 819 http://studio819.com/ is right in the heart of Hillcrest.  Parking is an extra charge, but most won't have cars.  The rooms are small but very clean, and each room is an efficiency.  The regular rate is around $90 per night.  The Lafayette Hotel www.lafayettehotelsd.com/ is very nice and reasonably priced ($95).  It is probably the cleanest hotel I have ever stayed in, and it has a gorgeous pool area.  It's a bit of a walk to Hillcrest, but I've done it a few times.  A cab from there to Hillcrest is about $9... not bad when it's split among several people.  http://www.shellhospitality.com/Inn-at-the-Park is also nice, in Hillcrest, and is a bit more at $130, but that's without any group discounts.



Love the Lafayette but whats up with the "application to stay" it's like applying for a mortgage, lol. :P

Cant wait to see yall and Bonnie!
 
Besides Wumpster is bringing his speedo...nothing else needs to be said.  ;)

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2013, 08:53:53 PM »
That 'application' thing made me LOL!  Still, it was one of the cleanest hotels I've stayed in, and the staff was very friendly and helpful.  I'm really looking forward to it, but it'll be the first AMG to be held in a city I frequent!  ;)

YES!

Love the Lafayette but whats up with the "application to stay" it's like applying for a mortgage, lol. :P

Cant wait to see yall and Bonnie!
 
See, at least someone appreciates my raw beauty. ;)
Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2013, 09:35:02 PM »
I'm OK with any dates.  I'll let those who have availability issues decide.  I have a few suggestions on accommodations; A pool please, we've yet to have one.  Someplace that provides suites.  (I prefer fixing most of my own meals) And least important, but a concern; an onsite bar that stays open after dark.  :)

Still working out the logistics of how to make the jaunt from Ohio to LA to SD and back home.  2 vacations in 1, love it.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2013, 09:47:18 PM »
Wolfer,

The Ocean Beach Hotel has all of the above PLUS a beach and an ocean. 

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
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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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2013, 09:51:35 PM »
Wolfer,

The Ocean Beach Hotel has all of the above PLUS a beach and an ocean. 

Gary

Then I say, sign me up...  ;) 
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2013, 08:25:14 PM »
Just hoping for a hotel with a patio and pool.
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #18 on: November 19, 2013, 02:23:49 PM »
San Diego Pride Is In July sometime, I love that city I now it well I will be going for sure does not matter what day.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #19 on: November 19, 2013, 04:59:53 PM »
The link to this hotel (with also a nice description of the surrounding beachfront area) is http://obhotel.com.

Gary

this sounds really, really nice. Maybe a little pricey but still. To get a quote I put in some dates for Aug and some of the room types were already sold out. My vote is for Ocean Beach.

Downtown is a nice area. Hotel Circle is reasonably priced but not the best location. I 2nd Greg's suggestion of having a pool and a bar where we can unwind at night outside.

Gary...no promises of staying healthy or out of trouble. I'll try though. But it does warm my heart that you are thinking of me.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #20 on: November 20, 2013, 07:10:56 PM »
Just hoping for a hotel with a patio and pool.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #21 on: November 20, 2013, 07:23:04 PM »
Just no skinny dipping until after dark.   8)
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2013, 09:49:25 PM »
Just no skinny dipping until after dark.   8)

At the gay beach?  I don't think you'd want to go there after dark; you have to climb down a trail to get to it!
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #23 on: November 22, 2013, 02:49:08 AM »
just returned tonight from eight days in Israel (now THAT would be an AMG....)  I also think the quoted rates for the Ocean Beach Hotel I recommended earlier are too high.  I would hope that we might be able to get a group rate that is not available when we search the web.  It is right on the beach, right next door to a pool and bar and restaurant and steps away from a whole series of restaurants, bars, etc. and none of them "name brand" or "touristy."  It is most definitely eclectic.  There is a pier that goes all the way out over where the surfers catch their waves.  It is very rustic (as you can imagine) but is a great drinking spot.  The pier is across the street from the hotel.

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01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
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07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #24 on: November 22, 2013, 04:47:03 AM »
when I checked probable dates, the rates seemed reasonable.  Even without a discount for a group. 
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #25 on: November 23, 2013, 11:08:07 PM »
How is the location of the beach hotels in relation to other stuff?  Is there transportation?  I'm just wondering if the location may be a bit away from other things besides the pool bar!  ;)
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #26 on: November 24, 2013, 12:56:04 AM »
To be honest, location is a disadvantage when weighing everything.  I had a rental car (and this was one of the very few properties where parking was free) so I could get around easily.  It is north of the downtown areas (about 8-10 miles.)  The area is "self contained" for those who just want a beachfront venue with all of the necessities.  Nothing touristy...and everything steps away.  I stayed there after a seven day Mexican Riviera cruise and chose it because of the price and free parking.  I was very pleasantly surprised but also really liked the immediate area. 

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07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #27 on: November 24, 2013, 08:39:09 PM »
Some info on hotels (some previously listed)... rates listed are based on July/August dates.... Feel free to add to the list and/or comment...


Studio 819 – has some questionable reviews on “Yelp” (http://www.yelp.com/biz/studio-819-san-diego) and only one review on trip advisor. Rates are $70 - $100 (with a $10 surcharge for weekends). Hotel website: http://studio819.com/

Lafayette Hotel – Mixed reviews on Tripadvisor (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60750-d80618-Reviews-The_Lafayette_Hotel_Swim_Club_Bungalows-San_Diego_California.html  )  and Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/lafayette-hotel-san-diego) . Rates seem to be around $125-$145. Hotel website: http://www.lafayettehotelsd.com/

Inn at the Park – No availability – June thru September (can you believe it?) Great reviews on Tripadvisor (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60750-d80266-Reviews-Inn_at_the_Park-San_Diego_California.html)

Ocean Beach Hotel – pretty good reviews on Trip Advisor (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60750-d226619-Reviews-Ocean_Beach_Hotel-San_Diego_California.html). Rates are a bit pricey: $178 - $230

Country Inn and Suites, San Diego-North – Good reviews on Trip Advisor (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60750-d80735-Reviews-Country_Inn_Suites_By_Carlson_San_Diego_North-San_Diego_California.html) Rates: $155 - $190 Hotel website: http://www.countryinns.com/san-diego-hotel-ca-92121/casdiego

Old Town Inn  - Good reviews on Trip Advisor http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60750-d80255-Reviews-Old_Town_Inn-San_Diego_California.html) ((neighborhood might be questionable) Seems like it is close to many attractions and not too far from airport. Free parking. Rates: $133 - $195 Hotel website: http://www.oldtown-inn.com/


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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #28 on: November 24, 2013, 11:44:14 PM »
I found this at hotels.com

The Ramada Gaslamp/Historic St. James Hotel.

We seem to do well with restored, vintage hotels, which I personally enjoy.

"Located in the historic Gaslamp district in San Diego, Calif., the Ramada Gaslamp Convention Center-The Historic St. James Hotel, exudes early 20th-century ambience. The hotel is two blocks from Horton Plaza and seven blocks from the San Diego Convention Center. San Diego International Airport is four miles away.$135 average nightly rate

Did I mention it has a rooftop patio where drinks are allowed? Shades of Chicago!

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #29 on: November 25, 2013, 07:42:35 PM »
I'm surprised by the reasonable prices of most of the proposed hotels so far. I'm leaning toward those in a location that doesn't take cab rides. It might be time to take recommendations from those who know the city.

I'm thinking that most of our wants can come together. :)
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #30 on: November 25, 2013, 09:27:15 PM »

Here's my reviews of a couple of these:

Studio 819 has TINY but clean rooms.  It's location is probably the best, though.  It's in Hillcrest, a very walkable gay district that's safe, full of restaurants and bars / clubs, and shopping.  A car or cab is def. not needed here.  The rates are reasonable, but you pay for everything (parking, Wi-Fi, etc).  The rooms have kitchenettes as well.

The Lafayette is not quite as convenient but is very nice.  We paid $95 for a double a few weeks ago.  It had the cleanest rooms I've ever seen, lots of towels and pillows, and a gorgeous pool.  The rooms were quite large, and a double king or suite (not sure which it was) was huge.  The staff was super friendly, too.  A cab ride is about $8 to Hillcrest, and parking is free (I think Wi-Fi is too).

Both are very convenient to Balboa park and 'most anything we're likely to want to do.  The convention center area is a bit pricier and will require transportation to just about everywhere we'll likely want to go. 
The waterfront is very pretty and is def worth a visit if we don't stay in that area. 

Hotel Circle is about 1.25 miles from Hillcrest and still pretty convenient.  Hotels there range from about $70 on up.  I stayed in one there for $60 last year that was older but remodeled.  It was clean, had a refrigerator, microwave, and pool.

My recommendation is to pick a couple areas of interest first and then choose the hotel.  I'd strongly recommend either of the two I posted about above, as they def. fit the type of area we've chosen before.  That's too bad about the Inn at Park; it's very nice.  At least we can still visit its rooftop bar on Fri night!

Some info on hotels (some previously listed)... rates listed are based on July/August dates.... Feel free to add to the list and/or comment...


Studio 819 – has some questionable reviews on “Yelp” (http://www.yelp.com/biz/studio-819-san-diego) and only one review on trip advisor. Rates are $70 - $100 (with a $10 surcharge for weekends). Hotel website: http://studio819.com/

Lafayette Hotel – Mixed reviews on Tripadvisor (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60750-d80618-Reviews-The_Lafayette_Hotel_Swim_Club_Bungalows-San_Diego_California.html  )  and Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/lafayette-hotel-san-diego) . Rates seem to be around $125-$145. Hotel website: http://www.lafayettehotelsd.com/

Inn at the Park – No availability – June thru September (can you believe it?) Great reviews on Tripadvisor (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60750-d80266-Reviews-Inn_at_the_Park-San_Diego_California.html)

Ocean Beach Hotel – pretty good reviews on Trip Advisor (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60750-d226619-Reviews-Ocean_Beach_Hotel-San_Diego_California.html). Rates are a bit pricey: $178 - $230

Country Inn and Suites, San Diego-North – Good reviews on Trip Advisor (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60750-d80735-Reviews-Country_Inn_Suites_By_Carlson_San_Diego_North-San_Diego_California.html) Rates: $155 - $190 Hotel website: http://www.countryinns.com/san-diego-hotel-ca-92121/casdiego

Old Town Inn  - Good reviews on Trip Advisor http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60750-d80255-Reviews-Old_Town_Inn-San_Diego_California.html) ((neighborhood might be questionable) Seems like it is close to many attractions and not too far from airport. Free parking. Rates: $133 - $195 Hotel website: http://www.oldtown-inn.com/
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #31 on: December 07, 2013, 07:43:00 PM »
Did we arrive at a date yet?  Since I'm planning a duel vacation, I need to let my nephew know when to put in for vacation.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #32 on: December 08, 2013, 06:27:02 PM »
Can I ask what AMG is?  Heck, I can't even seem to find a thread explaining what AMG stands for?  Perhaps a tread explaining to newer types what the event is, what goes on, the advantages etc?
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #33 on: December 08, 2013, 08:38:15 PM »
They all sound great. Yall just tell me where to show up and ill be there  :P

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #34 on: December 08, 2013, 09:33:26 PM »
Can I ask what AMG is?  Heck, I can't even seem to find a thread explaining what AMG stands for?  Perhaps a tread explaining to newer types what the event is, what goes on, the advantages etc?

Hey Windy,

Here is a link to an earlier thread that desribes what AMG is all about.

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=4794.msg54216#msg54216

I wholeheartedly recommend AMG to any of us pozzies. It can be a very affirming, not to mention fun, gathering.

HUGS,

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #35 on: December 08, 2013, 11:28:59 PM »
Did we arrive at a date yet?
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #36 on: December 11, 2013, 09:15:57 AM »
I've managed to figure out part of the logistics.  Joshie bought a newer car and will pick me up in SD.  It's only a couple of hours to his place, so we'll enjoy a few days in LA before heading back to SD.  He will spend a night or 2 with us.  He's young, cute and available, so I suspect I can pimp him out for extra cash.  :)

Y'all better not like him more than me.  :) 
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #37 on: December 16, 2013, 09:08:05 PM »
Of all the recommendations I like three best and am very flexible- It's true I tell ya- ;)

The Ocean Beach that Gary recommended sounds nice, San Diego is about beach and ocean after all.  However Hillcrest is the gayest friendly area and so Studio 819 is appealing as well and Mark threw out The Ramada Gaslamp.  So if we narrow it down and vote all are fine with me as 2014 thus far is looking better for me getting away than this past year. 

I think since we have never diverted really from the summer I will be more than ready to go by July. 

Previously I was thinking of Melbourne, Australia for July but Jan and Jenn told me it is freezing there in July.  They weren't trying to discourage me but I think if I make a possibly once in a lifetime trip down under I may as well go in January or so when it is freezing in New York.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #38 on: December 17, 2013, 02:46:09 AM »
Studio 819 has a great location but is a bit sterile and devoid of much of any character.  Still, it may be our best option in Hillcrest.  I may be in SD for the day this weekend, and I'll see what else is nearby.  ;)
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08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
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11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #39 on: December 17, 2013, 11:46:28 AM »
Perhaps I will go visit my sister in Santa Cruz....then I could take the train down to meet Wolfie and his nephew! 
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #40 on: December 23, 2013, 09:05:19 PM »
I am absolutely totally on board with San Diego AMG this year, and look forward to what David scopes out.  I also have a friend there, and I am going to check in with her for thoughts.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #41 on: January 07, 2014, 07:51:21 PM »
Did we arrive at a date yet?  Since I'm planning a duel vacation, I need to let my nephew know when to put in for vacation.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #42 on: January 08, 2014, 11:20:45 PM »
I'v lived in San Diego many years and there are many different neighbourhoods all with something different to offer.
First off, locally Ocean Beach (OB) is considered the home of pot heads and new age hippies, and i didn't even know there was a hotel there.
Hotel Circle (Mission Valley) has mainly older resort style hotels but also newer Hilton and Doubletree. You definitely need a car, there is nothing within walking.
Pacific Beach (PB) which is just North of OB has a few boutique hotels and the larger Catamaran Hotel. This neighbourhood consists mainly of univ. students so there are many bars and restaurants.
La Jolla (jst North of PB) is a quaint town though part of San Diego. It's more expensive and easy walking to all.
To satisfy all tastes I would suggest Downtown San Diego. Many hotels, restaurants/bars, nightclubs, shopping mall etc. all within walking.
As for visiting Blacks Beach, and not killing yourself climbing down and later up the cliff, drive North of La Jolla towards Del Mar and park at Torrey Pines State Beach, (street parking is free but limited or pay $10 to park in the lot) and walk South 20 min along the beach. You'll know when you've reached Blacks.
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #43 on: January 23, 2014, 10:59:55 AM »
OK, I am going to throw out a some dates. Everyone please take a gander and let me know.

I proposed either the week of July 17th through the 22nd, or the 22nd through the 29th.

Let's give everyone until Jan. 31 to make up their minds which they like, or to proposed something else. Then, the date with the most votes will be it.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #44 on: January 23, 2014, 11:48:42 AM »
  I like the week of the 22 through the 29th of July  ............. Weasel  :)
OK, I am going to throw out a some dates. Everyone please take a gander and let me know.

I proposed either the week of July 17th through the 22nd, or the 22nd through the 29th.

Let's give everyone until Jan. 31 to make up their minds which they like, or to proposed something else. Then, the date with the most votes will be it.

HUGS,

Mark

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #45 on: January 23, 2014, 01:09:44 PM »
July 22-29 would work better for me.
Are we going to be anywhere near the zoo?

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #46 on: January 23, 2014, 10:14:15 PM »
Sure am glad we are talking again!  I am clear all the way up to that second weekend in August so those July dates are ok right now as well as one week later. 

There has been a little speculation about a site in San Diego but not much else.  This is a lot harder without someone like Dennis who had such an expertise.  That said, we really need to fix a date and a site! 

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #47 on: January 27, 2014, 01:08:27 PM »
July 17-22 is preferable for me but either week looks open right now.  David was going to get back to us about the hotels I believe.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #48 on: January 27, 2014, 05:23:51 PM »
Either dates work for me.  ;)
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #49 on: February 01, 2014, 02:25:30 AM »
OK, it is now 12:23 a.m. Feb. 1  :)

While we didn't get a lot of replies, I think it is safe to go ahead and pick a date.

So, the winner is, July 22 through 29.

So, now we will get a couple of hotel choices and go from there.

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« Reply #50 on: February 01, 2014, 11:01:44 PM »
It helps when someone gets decisive!  Thanks Mark!

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01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #51 on: February 02, 2014, 03:44:20 AM »
Awesome.  We have a date!  Hopefully we can figure out an area and I'll see about group rates.  As I've mentioned, I have a family member who does this as part of her position. 

Once we have a general area, she can produce a couple of options.  She does wonders whenever we have family functions as we all live all over the place and usually require a huge block of rooms.  It'll actually be kinda cool to see us all on the same floor, next to each other.  I've always enjoyed when we had the floor to ourselves as it was easier to find the late night parties with no one complaining about excessive noise.

OH, and if I bring a victim date back, don't be knocking unless you're bringing something to the event.   ;D
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #52 on: February 02, 2014, 04:22:29 AM »
as for hotels, i'd boycott the Manchester Hyatt, Harbor Dr. San Diego.
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #53 on: February 02, 2014, 10:46:03 AM »
as for hotels, i'd boycott the Manchester Hyatt, Harbor Dr. San Diego.
He was a big doner to DADT.

Thanks for the heads up. We will keep that in mind.

HUGS,

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #54 on: February 02, 2014, 01:53:09 PM »
July 17-22 is preferable for me but either week looks open right now.  David was going to get back to us about the hotels I believe.

Jody

Jody,

I'm most familiar with the Hillcrest (gay) area of San Diego.  The hotel there that I've stayed in is Studio 819 - so much is within walking distance of it.  I did a mini review of it in an earlier post.

As for dates... maybe we need more of a spread.  In other words, don't we want to consider August?  We also need to check and see what's going on those dates; that can have a HUGE bearing on hotel availability, prices, etc.  I know San Diego's Pride weekend is July 18-20.  This might influence the dates somewhat.   

So, let's look at what's going on before pinning down dates.  I'm not sure of the best way to go about this other than perhaps contacting some of the hotels to see what dates they're booked; that'll knock out some dates entirely.  Then again, knowing what areas to concentrate on will help.  I've generally stayed in Hillcrest or Hotel Circle and have done lots of fun things - the waterfront, gay areas, the zoo / Balboa Park, etc.  My driving has been minimal, and these places seem to be well-served by public transportation.  For those who want to visit other cities in the area, there's an absolutely gorgeous Amtrak route from LA/OC that's very cheap.  I've also found car rentals to be inexpensive here, too, in case any need that option. 

On a side note... I'll be in SD for Pride this year regardless of AMG dates; it's a 1.4-2 hour drive or train ride from OC, and I've got friends there I can stay with there!   Have I said how much I love SoCal?  ;)
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #55 on: February 02, 2014, 09:53:17 PM »
Hey David,

Since nobody was moving forward, I just went ahead and proposed the dates.

The first few weeks of August would be difficult for me, so I proposed July and set a deadline because, as I know you know, if you don't it can go on forever.

We can check about activities coinciding, but we do need to get a move on. It is February already and we need to nail down some particulars so people can start planning and scheduling time off from work.

I don't know the areas of San Diego, but I know in Chicago, we were right downtown, in D.C., we were in Virginia, etc. I think we will be fine wherever we end up.

Since you are there, could you check on local events? It might be easier. I will see what I can find on line.

Talk to you soon.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #56 on: February 02, 2014, 10:13:10 PM »
Hope you all can figure this out soon. It is doubtful that we can attend due to my disability hearing and other personal matters but I understand the need to get your asses moving.

Last year was our first year and the lack of input frustrated me to no end. Despite that, we managed to pull together and had the time of our lives and I would encourage anyone that has the opportunity to attend to speak up and get involved. Don't be shy!!

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #57 on: February 03, 2014, 08:16:16 PM »
I'm still going to push for the Hillcrest area, as it is so (gay-)friendly and convenient.  I know there are other areas, but they aren't nearly as walkable.  Remember, San Diego is a big and very spread-out city... I'm always amazed at how non-citylike most of the areas in SoCal are.  I'll try to see what's going on when.  The good thing is that the weather is still nice in August, so if we happen to do late August, we'll be fine. 

Hey David,

Since nobody was moving forward, I just went ahead and proposed the dates.

The first few weeks of August would be difficult for me, so I proposed July and set a deadline because, as I know you know, if you don't it can go on forever.

We can check about activities coinciding, but we do need to get a move on. It is February already and we need to nail down some particulars so people can start planning and scheduling time off from work.

I don't know the areas of San Diego, but I know in Chicago, we were right downtown, in D.C., we were in Virginia, etc. I think we will be fine wherever we end up.

Since you are there, could you check on local events? It might be easier. I will see what I can find on line.

Talk to you soon.

HUGS,

Mark
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #58 on: February 04, 2014, 02:12:56 AM »
This shouldn't be so much work :(  we're all friends so lets fig it out
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #59 on: February 04, 2014, 11:17:13 PM »
I vote for Hillcrest.  We have nightlife and restaurants there and we can get to the beach, zoo and other venues from there.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #60 on: February 05, 2014, 08:59:36 AM »
You guys are talking but not organizing.  Pick a couple of Dates and a couple of areas.  Choose one of each, then find a good affordable hotel and call it a day.  David you seem very interested in a certain set of dates and area, why don't you organize since no one else seems to care?

Edit:  Do I need to get one of y'all to hold the goat?

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #61 on: February 05, 2014, 10:52:16 AM »
You guys are talking but not organizing.  Pick a couple of Dates and a couple of areas.  Choose one of each, then find a good affordable hotel and call it a day.  David you seem very interested in a certain set of dates and area, why don't you organize since no one else seems to care?

Edit:  Do I need to get one of y'all to hold the goat?

That was kinda what I was doing, sorta. (Oh, I will hold your goat for you, if you like. Never heard it called that before. 8))

OK, so, how about this:

Proposed dates:

1. July 22- 29

2. Aug. 14 - 19

I would like to give everyone a week to consider this, investigate the possible happenings, etc. and then set a deadline of Feb. 14 (that is St. Valentine's Day, for those who don't know it) to cast their ballots.

I would also like to propose we choose the Hillcrest area for our base. We already have some voicing support for it and it is centrally located with access to fun things like the beach and the world famous San Diego Zoo. Also Sea World is there somewhere.

So, that is what I would propose.

Speak up, dear AMG people, if you think I am all wet.  :)

HUGS,

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #62 on: February 05, 2014, 12:26:55 PM »
So it appears we don't in fact have a date settled.  Since I went ahead and made preliminary plans based on the previous stated dates, I'll wait and see what's decided on before determining my course. 

This isn't in any manner meant to be catty, but I had to let another person know of my plans so he could schedule time off.  And since I already gave him the dates, I'll have to stick with that unless he can reschedule on shorter notice.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #63 on: February 05, 2014, 11:17:04 PM »
Neither of those dates is particularly grand for me (both during vacation blackout periods for work).  However I already have plans for July 4th so I guess the August 14-19 would be best for me since it is further from that date.

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« Reply #64 on: February 05, 2014, 11:18:17 PM »
(Oh, I will hold your goat for you, if you like. Never heard it called that before. 8))

As in "Who's fucking this goat?" (You are) "That's right so just shut up and hold the damn horns".

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #65 on: February 06, 2014, 12:59:42 AM »
Hillcrest

Aug. 14-19

Jody :)
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #66 on: February 08, 2014, 08:44:39 AM »
July 22- 29

Because I just found out that The Peach Music Fest is during the august dates. 

If the zoo and Sea World are near the Hillcrest place then I guess there. 

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #67 on: February 08, 2014, 10:51:42 AM »
July 22-29. I will be very close to California in the days leading up to that time so I might be able to swing a few days in SoCal  8)

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #68 on: February 08, 2014, 04:47:13 PM »
Hillcrest   July  22-29

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #69 on: February 08, 2014, 04:49:45 PM »
July 22-29
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #70 on: February 08, 2014, 05:37:13 PM »
Hotels in SD
  HELP!!!!!  been  checking the  various  sites  for  hotels in SD   we need help... the ones closest to  Hillcrest  all say  sold out for the  period   tried  moving the  dates  around by a week or so  in each  direction   still  nada   maybe just  a few rooms available
tried the  aug  dates as well ..   other parts of town  seem to be in $200+ range  and still low availability

any of the  locals got a  suggestion....???/


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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #71 on: February 09, 2014, 04:29:28 PM »
Everyone,

I am off the coast of Columbia heading towards Panama Canal on day 7 of an 11 day cruise...limited and slow internet.  Following this with interest of course.... I love Hillcrest but fear that the hotel selection may not be enough for us.  San Diego, like David said, is all spread out and it makes it challenging.  If someone knows someone in the travel business, this is our best bet as they will have an idea what to do with a group our size.

Not germane to the topic, but now on my fifth cruise (eternal thanks to Bocker) I still think this is an IDEAL AMG venue.  Maybe some day....

I return late on the 14th and will be able to weigh in and even help.

Keep working!

Gary
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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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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #72 on: February 09, 2014, 05:01:28 PM »

I'm just going to throw this out there.  A friend of ours was just out in San Diego a couple of months ago.

He stayed at the Days Inn. He siad it was ok, maybe someone in the area can check it out.

Just google:

"  1919 Pacific Hwy San Diego "    -----  and click on maps you can get down to ground and look around.

I think this place was about 5 miles North and west from the Hillcrest area.  Not positive on that though.

He did say there were better hotels along that particular stretch. Anyway,...A I said I am just throwing it out there.


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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #73 on: February 09, 2014, 10:57:24 PM »
I believe days inn mentioned above is more of a motel. Jst south of it is the wyndham san diego bayfront, $160 listed on site, but more hotel-like.
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #74 on: February 10, 2014, 03:29:45 AM »
I'll jump in here. San Diego is a tourist town. Your lodging prices are going to reflect that reality, especially with the dates chosen. You're smack in the middle of the prime tourist season.

I'm unsure of the number of attendees, but perhaps renting a house may be a better choice. It wouldn't be too hard to find a beachfront in the 3500 - 4500 per week range. Split 10 ways the cost is less than a hotel. Admittedly using a rental home raises transportation challenges. San Diego is spread out, and if you do the traditional tourist type thing (Zoo, Seaworld, similar) you'll need wheels. Little in San Diego is within walking distance of anywhere else. If you want to lodge close to vacation/tourist center you're going to pay for it. And you'll still need wheels to see much. This is So Cal.

Consider this, rent a beachfront, stock the cupboard, stock the fridge, and stock the bar. Mix up an umbrella drink, park yourself in a beach chair, soak up the sun and enjoy the view. I'll drop in and teach bodysurfing if you're interested.

I live an hour and a half north of SD, and am down there often in the summer. We beach, we run the dogs and have walked the Gaslamp district a time or two. If there's something I can do to facilitate this come together I'm happy to help.

I'll tell you true... I've been in the background quietly watching the planning and debate. I was thrilled when I saw SD was chosen for AMG. It's never worked out that I could attend any of the prior events. Maybe this time AMG would be close enough I could attend. Maybe this time I would finally meet the faces and people behind the screen names. Maybe this time, for the first time in my life, I would meet another positive person.  :o

Gay friendly areas? Haven't a clue. Im sure others can chime in and offer wisdom. Great beaches; that I know. Let me know what I can do to help get this off the ground. I'll share this though. Choices need to be made soonest. You're competing with hordes of tourists from both in state and out of state. Chose soon or you may end up in The Hotel California; where you can check out, but you'll never leave.
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #75 on: February 10, 2014, 07:49:18 AM »
I believe days inn mentioned above is more of a motel. Jst south of it is the wyndham san diego bayfront, $160 listed on site, but more hotel-like.


And just south of the one I showed is a Hampton Inn. If someone wants to check the pricing on that for the selected time frame :


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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #76 on: February 10, 2014, 10:00:24 AM »

I'll tell you true... I've been in the background quietly watching the planning and debate. I was thrilled when I saw SD was chosen for AMG. It's never worked out that I could attend any of the prior events. Maybe this time AMG would be close enough I could attend. Maybe this time I would finally meet the faces and people behind the screen names. Maybe this time, for the first time in my life, I would meet another positive person.  :o


   Howdy Denver Toad !     
                                      I really hope you get to come this year !
   No one can say how wonderful the AMG's are , it's an event you must be there to feel it !
   I have been to a few and LOVE LOVE LOVE them !
   Friends are made for life .   I look forward to it every year now  :)

    Last year was a smaller group and we had a fantastic time  ;D

    I'll let other's pick the date and time , But i shall be there .

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #77 on: February 12, 2014, 07:34:48 PM »
I'm sure one of those dates will work for us. The beaches in SD are not full of affordable beach houses; it's a better bet to go with a hotel. I'm still going to stick with my suggestions of Hillcrest or somewhere at Hotel Circle.  Although San Diego is spread out, most of the stuff we'll likely to want to do is close to either of these areas.

I'm out of town with crappy internet. When I get home, I'll look for availability on and around those dates.
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #78 on: February 17, 2014, 09:02:06 PM »
I just got back from San Diego on Saturday after spending the night at the Lafayette.  It's such a nice place, and the pool is gorgeous.  Of course, we spent time in Hillcrest.  The Lafayette is a bit over one mile driving and a bit under a mile walking.  Cabs are obviously available.  Still, it's hard to beat Studio 819's location.  There are SO many places around that we can easily pick one to meet each night for pre-dinner drinks, etc. 

My suggestion is for whoever is going to negotiate the hotel rates call these two hotels and see what's available, prices, etc for the dates that have been mentioned here.  Perhaps they can guide us some as to alternate dates.  If the prices aren't good enough, there are plenty of hotels 2-2.5 miles or so from the Hillcrest area.
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #79 on: February 17, 2014, 11:28:31 PM »
Progress!

Are we still primarily looking at July 22-29 followed by Aug 14-21?  If memory serves, we look for a block with a check in for the group on Thursday and a check out on Tuesday with variances for earlier or later check in and check out.   For a group, they will want definitive dates and then we can discuss whether or not we can have earlier or later check in and check out.  I am fairly certain we will have minimum stay requirements at least three days.

Do I have the date ranges correct?

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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
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01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #80 on: February 18, 2014, 10:55:23 PM »
Hey Gary,

Yes, I think you have the right dates. I chose those based on a Thursday arrival and a Tuesday departure, for someone who stays the entire time.

HUGS,

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #81 on: February 18, 2014, 11:11:12 PM »
with extra allowances for our train arriving and departing confreres....   8)

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Diagnosed Oct. 2005
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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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #82 on: February 20, 2014, 10:59:33 PM »
with extra allowances for our train arriving and departing confreres....   8)

Gary

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #83 on: February 21, 2014, 01:27:56 PM »
been  checking  several  hotels  including the  Lafayette   so far  even  with  10 or more rooms   (  they  seemed  reluctant to  discuss  group  since usually  full)  $250/day  was   being quoted  for those  dates...apparently   the  busiiest  time of year  and they want a gaurantee on credit card....
  some were less  but  would not  block  10 or more rooms  in that time....

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #84 on: February 21, 2014, 03:31:06 PM »
Since San Diego has nice weather all year maybe we could consider Sept., Oct., Nov. for AMG'14.  It would not be during tourist season and should be much more reasonable in price.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #85 on: February 22, 2014, 04:08:31 PM »
Since San Diego has nice weather all year maybe we could consider Sept., Oct., Nov. for AMG'14.  It would not be during tourist season and should be much more reasonable in price.

Jody

I am good with that. If the prices "in season" are at the levels that Nick quoted, it would be difficult for many of us.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #86 on: February 22, 2014, 04:28:17 PM »
Have you guys considered moving the location to a bigger city like L. A. ? 

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #87 on: February 24, 2014, 12:45:56 PM »
I  tried  the discount sites  (  Orbitz, Hotwire, and  3 others)  called several including the  Lafayette    got  pretty much the  same story   typically $250  or more  or  full  "nothing available" .    north of  city  found  a  few  around  $150  but  wouldnt  consider  holding  10 or more rooms without  credit  card payment in advance
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #88 on: February 24, 2014, 09:15:40 PM »
I  tried  the discount sites  (  Orbitz, Hotwire, and  3 others)  called several including the  Lafayette    got  pretty much the  same story   typically $250  or more  or  full  "nothing available" .    north of  city  found  a  few  around  $150  but  wouldnt  consider  holding  10 or more rooms without  credit  card payment in advance

I see the same thing when I look, Nick. I hope we can figure something out one way or another. I'm off that week, planning on being in Vegas for a long weekend until Tuesday 7/22, but it's early enough that I could change my time off from work for another time. Vegas is pretty much a done deal because I have concert tickets for  Saturday 7/19 and Abbey is expecting me so I can meet her baby who is arriving tomorrow. But I seriously can't do $250 per night for a hotel.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #89 on: February 24, 2014, 09:48:40 PM »
Hello Folks,

Given that the Canadian dollar is at the lowest point in years, like .85 to 1.00 US, Canada could be a viable option.  Montreal is beautiful in the summer and for those who have been here before, Ste. Catherine is now closed to traffic from May to September, in the Gay Village.

Plus you have a couple of members who live here and would be happy to help arrange whatever you may need.

Joe

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #90 on: February 25, 2014, 09:46:47 PM »
Montreal sounds wonderful to me, it has been a city that I have wanted to see - in part because I have quite a bit of family history there.  That said - August and September are going to be difficult for me to travel given my work, but perhaps next year.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #91 on: February 25, 2014, 10:41:06 PM »
Montreal sounds wonderful to me, it has been a city that I have wanted to see - in part because I have quite a bit of family history there.  That said - August and September are going to be difficult for me to travel given my work, but perhaps next year.

JM

I was kidding about Montreal, as we already had one here.  But maybe Vancouver would work and it's nice to have that extra 15% exchange rate bonus.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #92 on: February 25, 2014, 10:43:44 PM »
I was jst replying to montreal, battery is dying and I lost my post. TA mate.
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #93 on: February 25, 2014, 10:44:54 PM »
Skru Montreal. I live in San Diego.
Honestly I don't give a damn my daaaarlings. But really, SD can b a bitch. Firstly, it's always expensive, you def need wheels no matter where u stay, but the sun always does shine.
Thankfully I can go anywhere any time and Montreal sounds good, but can someone volunteer to smuggle my meds and a stash across the border.
My understanding is that the Canadians are more "user friendly' (if u no wata mean) than the yahoos at the our southern border.
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02.26.2014      CD4  503  26%
03.05.2014      HLA B6701  not present
03.18.2014      VL 530873 (apparent blip?)
03.21.2014      Start Stribild
03.14.2014      VL 104 after 24 doses

Offline WillyWump

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #94 on: February 26, 2014, 07:10:46 PM »
I'm not allowed back into Canada after that nasty 2006 incident.

Otherwise whatever y'all decide is hunky-dory with me. Just tell me when and where to show up.
POZ since '08

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2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%
8/9/12, CD4 not taken, UD.
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Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #95 on: February 26, 2014, 09:00:49 PM »
Oh Will.... I am sure all is forgiven.  I am returning to beloved Montreal the first week of May.  I try to visit once a year...what a wonderful place!  And while this isn't great for Canadians, the exchange rate is extremely favorable now.  Vancouver is similarly wonderful.

I still hope we work out something in San Diego since we voted for it.  I am somewhat surprised we didn't get more interest in Denver especially since the introduction of legal marijuana to AMG would be, well, in a word, interesting!  If nothing else, it would take our drinking and our munchies into a whole new level.

Regardless of location (but with sensitivity to our wallets) the important thing is that we still come together.  THAT is the real point of AMG...the location, while important, is secondary.

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
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

Offline David_CA

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #96 on: February 26, 2014, 09:30:04 PM »
I'm finding the August dates to be much cheaper.  One motel (not hotel) I checked is $99 per night during the August range and over $200 in July.  Lafayette is down to $125 per night during the August dates, too.  I emailed Studio 819, as their site only lists rates through May.  If I don't get a response, I'll call.
Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #97 on: February 26, 2014, 10:12:56 PM »
since the introduction of legal marijuana to AMG would be, well, in a word, interesting!  If nothing else, it would take our drinking and our munchies into a whole new level.
obviously you didn't realize that we were in Seattle during HempFest '11 ;)
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That I live and you are gone.
There's a grief that can't be spoken.
There's a pain goes on and on.
Empty chairs at empty tables
Where my friends will meet no more.

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Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #98 on: February 26, 2014, 11:38:15 PM »
I recall....watched some of it from the "cruise" a group of us took.  If I recall correctly, the hemp festival still involved illegal, even though tolerated, activity.  Denver (and soon Washington) have now made the activity legal. 

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
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

Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #99 on: February 26, 2014, 11:39:56 PM »
David,

This is good news about the August dates.  I looked at the Lafayette property and even though not in Hillcrest, it looked like a good AMG site for all concerned.

Hope this works out... I always enjoy San Diego.

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
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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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #100 on: February 26, 2014, 11:48:59 PM »
Gary, just book it. This will go round in circles until it's too late and then it'll b campsites being researched.
I'm in San Diego proper if I can help a bit.

Dónal.
10/30/13          Exposure
Mid-Nov-Jan    Seroconversion (7-8 rough wks)
12.26.2013      WB dx. HIV+
02.03.2014      VL 250700
02.06.2014      CD4  491  26%
02.26.2014      CD4  503  26%
03.05.2014      HLA B6701  not present
03.18.2014      VL 530873 (apparent blip?)
03.21.2014      Start Stribild
03.14.2014      VL 104 after 24 doses

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #101 on: February 27, 2014, 01:30:20 AM »
David,

This is good news about the August dates.  I looked at the Lafayette property and even though not in Hillcrest, it looked like a good AMG site for all concerned.

Hope this works out... I always enjoy San Diego.

Gary

It's a nice hotel and has a beautiful pool area, too.  I took pics last time I was there, but it's a bit of a pain to post them here (since they can go here directly).    Here's some from the hotel's site:  http://www.lafayettehotelsd.com/photos.htm

Hopefully, I'll hear back from the other place soon.
Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #102 on: February 27, 2014, 02:36:09 AM »
As I mentioned b4 I live in San Diego (actually La Jolla) and am not really concerned on the decision of hotel. But I do appreciate everyones budgets and comfort levels.
I had to deal with sim situ recently for parents 50 wedding anniv. After spending months calling hotels, forwarding info to family and getting mixed remarks, I ended up sending out itinery of what we had planned and let family reserve own hotels letting each person choose their accommodation based on their tastes, requirements and budget.
No matter what I chose there were always detractors, or comments. Oh aunty kate needs a spa, Oh they don't have room service, Oh it's too far from your house, blah blah blah.
Always an excuse. Needless to say they all showed up for the free food and entertainment, having travelled from Ireland.
So that's my humble opinion.
Come up with a rough itinery, send it out and let everyone figure out their own accommodations.
Start a new thread and members can post their reservations and plan with their mates accordingly.
I wanna know where Miss P. is stayn. I'd pay to stay there without a doubt.
10/30/13          Exposure
Mid-Nov-Jan    Seroconversion (7-8 rough wks)
12.26.2013      WB dx. HIV+
02.03.2014      VL 250700
02.06.2014      CD4  491  26%
02.26.2014      CD4  503  26%
03.05.2014      HLA B6701  not present
03.18.2014      VL 530873 (apparent blip?)
03.21.2014      Start Stribild
03.14.2014      VL 104 after 24 doses

Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #103 on: February 27, 2014, 05:50:05 PM »
Well, we have always tried to stay together at the same place and have always accomplished it, although with quite a bit of travail.  It looks like we are close to a resolution as David is just waiting on a second site.  It also looks like the August time is going to be better for us.

If this is your first AMG.... once we settle on a hotel, we will immediately start disagreeing about something else.  It is the nature of the beast!  And most of us enjoy the arguing (within reason!) 

And, we have never had a bad AMG because it is all about the connections!

Please do not let the uncertainly discourage you from making plans to join us.  You are literally guaranteed to have "the time of your life."

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
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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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #104 on: February 27, 2014, 06:08:03 PM »
Oh I'll be there, stayin with Miss. P. of course. LOL
10/30/13          Exposure
Mid-Nov-Jan    Seroconversion (7-8 rough wks)
12.26.2013      WB dx. HIV+
02.03.2014      VL 250700
02.06.2014      CD4  491  26%
02.26.2014      CD4  503  26%
03.05.2014      HLA B6701  not present
03.18.2014      VL 530873 (apparent blip?)
03.21.2014      Start Stribild
03.14.2014      VL 104 after 24 doses

Offline David_CA

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #105 on: February 27, 2014, 08:07:28 PM »
I received a response from Studio 819 today.  Like I mentioned earlier, we've stayed there before.  The small rooms are really small.  They'd be OK for a couple perhaps or a single.  The larger rooms are definitely better.  The rooms also have microwaves and refrigerators.  The rates are listed below:

Daily
  Small East (freeway side/one full size bed) $85.00/ a day + tax
  Small West (city patio view/ one full size bed) $100.00/ a day+ tax
  Medium (freeway side/2 full size beds)  $120.00/ a day+ tax
Weekly
  Small East (freeway side/one full size bed) $532.00/ a week + tax
  Small West (city patio view/ one full size bed) $595.00/ a week+ tax
  Medium (freeway side/2 full size beds) $665.00/ a week+ tax

Studio 819 has a super location in Hillcrest.  It's close to lots of places that, based on my observations at other AMGs, we'd enjoy.  Baha Betty's has 'Papi Hour' daily, for example.  I'm not sure that the hotel has much in the way of areas we could use to meet, but it's right in the middle of everything.  Many of the nearby establishments have areas and private rooms we could use for meet and great, etc. 
http://studio819.com/

The Lafayette has a pool and a bit more character, but it's not quite as convenient.  I think we'd be happy with either, but Studio will eliminate the need for transportation for many things we'll do, with the exception of things like SeaWorld, the zoo, the waterfront, etc.  Most of these areas are not far though. 

Here's some info on bus routes, if anybody is interested:  http://www.hillquest.com/transportation/

If we're OK with August, it seems like that will work better for us, in terms of hotel affordability.  I'm not sure how to go from here.  Do we all agree on a few dates in August and let whoever is organizing negotiate rates, etc? 

Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
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Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #106 on: February 27, 2014, 11:10:18 PM »
Let's check pricing and availability for a block of 15 rooms (wild guess here-- feel free to suggest adjustment up or down) for these Thursday through Tuesday ranges:

July 31 - Aug 5
Aug 7 - Aug 12
and
Aug 14 - Aug 19

If memory serves, there is not a desire to get past mid August. 
Most hotels will let us set up a block like this as long as we close the block on the cutoff date.  Naturally, none of us want to be responsible for unreserved rooms.  Usually most places will take them back at the cutoff date.  I would imagine the hotel would want a three night minimum for anyone reserving against the block.  A smaller number of us try to arrive on Thursday and leave on Tuesday. 

I would stick with the two hotels at this point.

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
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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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #107 on: February 28, 2014, 01:53:05 PM »
I vote Studio 819 in Hillcrest Aug. 7-12 but am flexible on the August dates.

Jody :)
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #108 on: February 28, 2014, 11:12:31 PM »
Who is heading up the hotel negotiations / reservations?  It'd probably be good for somebody with a bit of experience to do it.
Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #109 on: March 04, 2014, 01:26:14 AM »
I am fine with August dates. I am also fine with either of the two hotels David found for us.

I am not a negotiator and, right now, I am so plowed under trying to get everyone enrolled in the health insurance exchange my eyes are crossing.

HUGS,

Mark
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #110 on: March 05, 2014, 01:26:04 AM »
Hey all, I just noticed that you designated San Diego for the next AMG. I've lived in SD for the last 9 years, so i can help if you need any information. I've been to the AMG in SF a couple of years ago, so i know a few people from there. Studio 819 is not a dump but the rooms are like 10 feet wide and that's all, it's a dump to me. Don't do it. If you want to stay in the hillcrest area then get a room at the Lafayette hotel. Downtown is NOT gay friendly. Hillcrest is a gay area but has no real gay friendly hotels except the Lafayette. OB/PB are NOT gay friendly either.
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mid-jan: seroconversion
mid-feb: poz
mar 07: cd4 432 (35%) vl 54000
may 07: cd4 399 (28%) vl 27760
jul 07: cd4 403 (26%) vl 99241
oct 07: cd4 353 (24%) vl 29993
jan 08: cd4 332 (26%) vl 33308
mar 08: cd4 392 (23%) vl 75548
jun 08: cd4 325 (27%) vl 45880
oct 08: cd4 197 (20%) vl 154000 <== aids diagnosis
nov 2 08 start Atripla
nov 30 08: cd4 478 (23%) vl 1880 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #111 on: March 05, 2014, 01:31:11 AM »
Another thing. San Diego has the highest number of cases of syphilis in the country. SD is one of the cities with the highest case of HIV, Siphilis and other STDs so be careful.

mid-dec: stupid ass
mid-jan: seroconversion
mid-feb: poz
mar 07: cd4 432 (35%) vl 54000
may 07: cd4 399 (28%) vl 27760
jul 07: cd4 403 (26%) vl 99241
oct 07: cd4 353 (24%) vl 29993
jan 08: cd4 332 (26%) vl 33308
mar 08: cd4 392 (23%) vl 75548
jun 08: cd4 325 (27%) vl 45880
oct 08: cd4 197 (20%) vl 154000 <== aids diagnosis
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #112 on: March 05, 2014, 01:48:41 AM »
Milker, you're a real ambassador.
Don't be a Debbie Downer.
You're all welcome with open arms.
Come on down!
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #113 on: March 05, 2014, 09:57:37 PM »
I mentioned that the single rooms at Studio were small and suggested double rooms.  Lafayette really isn't in Hillcrest, right?  It's in North Park, I believe.  We've stayed in both a couple times and were fine with them.  Perhaps parts of SD are not particularly gay friendly, which is why I suggested Hillcrest in the first place. 

Hey all, I just noticed that you designated San Diego for the next AMG. I've lived in SD for the last 9 years, so i can help if you need any information. I've been to the AMG in SF a couple of years ago, so i know a few people from there. Studio 819 is not a dump but the rooms are like 10 feet wide and that's all, it's a dump to me. Don't do it. If you want to stay in the hillcrest area then get a room at the Lafayette hotel. Downtown is NOT gay friendly. Hillcrest is a gay area but has no real gay friendly hotels except the Lafayette. OB/PB are NOT gay friendly either.
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #114 on: March 09, 2014, 11:38:57 PM »
Sorry, i'm a Newbie, whats the AMG?
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #115 on: March 10, 2014, 10:42:47 PM »
Sorry, i'm a Newbie,

*licks his lips and rings his hands* We love Noobs at AMG :P

It stands for  AidsMeds Gatherings, it's a yearly gathering where we try to get together for 5 or so days and enjoy food, fun and each others company. We also hold a Memorial where we honor the memories of those we've lost to HIV.

Typically 15-25ish will end up going each year.

Just flip through the previous threads from here in Forums Gatherings to get an idea what they are all about.

I highly recommend them. They can be life changing. You will come away with friends for life.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #116 on: March 11, 2014, 12:08:12 AM »
Lol and why do you love newbies?
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #117 on: March 12, 2014, 10:07:17 PM »
Willie loves anyone who shows up at his hotel room in their barefeet with a bottle of Chambord ;D

Willie I promise this year I will have on my shoes with a bottle of Chambord and Rumchatta.  :)  So, so, so, yummy mixed together.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #118 on: March 18, 2014, 05:14:59 PM »
Hey  folks  been  tracking  Hotels for  SD  looks like  rates  drop  dramatically starting

aug 5..... several  hotels  quoting  from $85  to  $ 126 / day   anyone in the  area  willing to  check them out??  all in the  Mission Valley / Hotel  circle area    mostly  3 and four star ratings  with  80% reccomended  by people who  stayed there
Using  the  Hotwire.com site  to  check  ...used  several dates  but so far the  week  Aug 5  to  aug 12  seems the  best  break 

I havent  verified about  groups reservations  till we get some one to  check them out

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #119 on: March 18, 2014, 08:59:29 PM »
Hey  folks  been  tracking  Hotels for  SD  looks like  rates  drop  dramatically starting

aug 5..... several  hotels  quoting  from $85  to  $ 126 / day   anyone in the  area  willing to  check them out??  all in the  Mission Valley / Hotel  circle area    mostly  3 and four star ratings  with  80% reccomended  by people who  stayed there
Using  the  Hotwire.com site  to  check  ...used  several dates  but so far the  week  Aug 5  to  aug 12  seems the  best  break 

I havent  verified about  groups reservations  till we get some one to  check them out

Nick

Hey Nick,

Can we stick with the ones in or near Hillcrest?  I found rates around $100 for August in those areas... much more convenient and fun, too.
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #120 on: March 18, 2014, 11:55:06 PM »
David , sounds good to me....  they dont tell which  hotels  only  the  star ratings
the area  they  call  Mission Valley / Hotel  Circle includes  Hillcrest    so  I agree if you got  some good ones  lets see if we can get a set  aside  for a group rate..

Hotwire  can be a pain  wont give  name till you make reservation  but do  tell  where they are  and  the 5 or 6  possibles


Thnx  for the  advice 

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #121 on: March 19, 2014, 02:17:17 AM »
There r a whole slew of hotels in Mission Valley (which parallels both sides of  the 8 freeway) Anything from Hilton, DoubleTree to older 'resort'style hotels.
The only hotels in/closest to Hillcrest r the 2 already mentioned Studio (something) and Laffayette.
If bookin Hotwire and hoping to get Hillcrest, I can almost guarantee it aint going to happen and will end up in Mission Valley.
If planning on booking Mission Valley (approx 2 miles max to Hillcrest) a better though perhaps more expensive I would suggest downtown San Diego.
FYI just 2-3 blocks North for main downtown area is the Bristol Court Hotel, on 1st Ave. but still within all restaurants, bars and shopping.
This jst popped into my head so havent looked at prices.
Apparently it's better than your average budget hotel but perhaps not as expensive the major chain hotels in downtown area.
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #122 on: March 24, 2014, 09:27:01 PM »
Since nobody seems to be heading this up, I say we decide on a date so we can get firm prices and so people can plan.  I propose we select from the following dates (I'm using Thurs through Monday, since that's when many tend to attend). 

1)  Aug 7 - 11
2)  Aug 14 - 18
3)  Aug 21 - 25

After we decide on a date (hopefully, a quick decision!), I'll contact the two hotels I've mentioned for firm pricing and to see if we can get any sort of discounts. 

*Note: I do not do hotel negotiations, but I'll attempt to get us the best price (it prob won't be a real group rate though).  I also am not going to put any charges on any of my cards; that's just not possible at this time. 

If anybody wishes to handle this any differently, they are certainly welcome to do so.  We just need to get a move on this and make some decisions soon.  We can also do this with a real vote, if needed, but I'd rather us just decide soon. 
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #123 on: March 24, 2014, 09:49:22 PM »
I vote for Aug 7-11
or
Aug 21-25.

School starts the 18 and more importantly the Allman Bros. play Aug 14-17. 

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #124 on: March 24, 2014, 10:08:08 PM »
Since nobody seems to be heading this up, I say we decide on a date so we can get firm prices and so people can plan.  I propose we select from the following dates (I'm using Thurs through Monday, since that's when many tend to attend). 

1)  Aug 7 - 11
2)  Aug 14 - 18
3)  Aug 21 - 25

After we decide on a date (hopefully, a quick decision!), I'll contact the two hotels I've mentioned for firm pricing and to see if we can get any sort of discounts. 

Actually, we DID vote on a date ages ago, then you came in and decided it wasn't good and it was thrown out.  I have stayed out since while July was a possibility for me to attend (our original date), Aug is not.  However, I can not NOT call out that we HAD made a decision, so please don't make it look like you are the only one stepping up.
Again, Aug is out for me, so I won't be helping to organize, but I will remain on the Grants Committee.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #125 on: March 24, 2014, 10:16:06 PM »
I would go with Aug. 21 - 25.

I would also go for The Studio.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #126 on: March 25, 2014, 02:08:18 AM »
First, let's not be a prick.  We DID vote, but the rates were too high and the supply of rooms were tight (not a lot of availability).  I did NOT decide it wasn't good.  I'm sorry that an entire month is out of the question for you; most of us are a bit more flexible.  I live 2 hours away and anytime is good for me; I honestly don't care when we go.  If you'll think back, several agreed that we should change due to availability and price.  I don't recall you making any calls to obtain rate or availability info or making any other suggestions.  I'll read back, though, just in case.

I'm not making it look like I'm the only one stepping up, although I did decide to not let another week go by without us making some progress.  Fault me with it if you like, but I'm just trying to pin down a date that works for _most_ people.  Mark and Nick have been trying to get things moving along, too, and a few others have made comments and suggestions. Again, I do NOT want to be in charge of anything and will gladly let somebody else handle any or all of this. 

Thanks for your usual positive outlook on things; it's more than helpful.

[edited for a typo]
Actually, we DID vote on a date ages ago, then you came in and decided it wasn't good and it was thrown out.  I have stayed out since while July was a possibility for me to attend (our original date), Aug is not.  However, I can not NOT call out that we HAD made a decision, so please don't make it look like you are the only one stepping up.
Again, Aug is out for me, so I won't be helping to organize, but I will remain on the Grants Committee.

Mike
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #127 on: March 25, 2014, 08:03:48 AM »
First, let's not be a prick.  We DID vote, but the rates were too high and the supply of rooms were tight (not a lot of availability).  I did NOT decide it wasn't good.  I'm sorry that an entire month is out of the question for you; most of us are a bit more flexible.  I live 2 hours away and anytime is good for me; I honestly don't care when we go.  If you'll think back, several agreed that we should change due to availability and price.  I don't recall you making any calls to obtain rate or availability info or making any other suggestions.  I'll read back, though, just in case.

I'm not making it look like I'm the only one stepping up, although I did decide to not let another week go by without us making some progress.  Fault me with it if you like, but I'm just trying to pin down a date that works for _most_ people.  Mark and Nick have been trying to get things moving along, too, and a few others have made comments and suggestions. Again, I do NOT want to be in charge of anything and will gladly let somebody else handle any or all of this. 

Thanks for your usual positive outlook on things; it's more than helpful.

[edited for a typo]

Well -- first, I was in a bit of a ornery mood last night, so apologies for being a bit of a prick.  It is frustrating to see a vote tossed out, but so be it.  change happens.
I'm not "inflexible" -- I simply already have plans for a vacation in August. 

Your last comment, however, is a bit of slap though-- I have never been anything but positive around AMG and have often defended folks from unwarranted allegations of "riggin" votes, etc. here -- so I hope you reconsider your comment.

As always -- I hope folks have a great AMG and that some newbies attend and find out how great a gathering it really is.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #128 on: March 25, 2014, 12:44:43 PM »
I would also go with Aug. 21 - 25.

I would also go for The Studio as the location in Hillcrest seems best.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #129 on: March 25, 2014, 04:38:36 PM »
Mike, we all feel a bit ornery at times, I'm sure next time we all get together to celebrate another AMG all will be fine and there will be the usual hugs all around.  Sorry August won't work for you this year, last years AMG was a no go for me due to elder care issues which can still pop up anytime.  Hope to see you for the next one as this year July was too expensive and all booked up in San Diego so August was the alternative.

Be well and see you in 2015 we hope.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #130 on: March 25, 2014, 05:45:28 PM »

      I AM NOT GOING !

       My 60th Birthday BASH is in Las Vegas  ;D

        My plans were made for AMG in July .

         I'll try to  attend next year's years  AMG  , Hope you all have a great time  :-*

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     P.S. Next year I hope  all voting goes a little smoother  :)
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #131 on: March 27, 2014, 07:43:56 AM »
      I AM NOT GOING !

       My 60th Birthday BASH is in Las Vegas  ;D

        My plans were made for AMG in July .

         I'll try to  attend next year's years  AMG  , Hope you all have a great time  :-*

                                                                Weasel

     P.S. Next year I hope  all voting goes a little smoother  :)


Oppps clicked post too quickly so need to add:   I too wanted to attend this year but its looking like August will be when I am getting my port removed.  Surgery should take place early August and I really doubt its a good idea to go thrashing around SD so soon afterwards.  I would love to attend again sometime.  You fellas have a blast!

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #132 on: March 27, 2014, 08:38:08 PM »
So...um...is it late August?  I am looking to attend this year. 
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #133 on: March 27, 2014, 10:59:48 PM »
So...um...is it late August?  I am looking to attend this year.

Tim, the dates I put down (as suggested so we can finally get something pinned down) are:

1)  Aug 7 - 11
2)  Aug 14 - 18
3)  Aug 21 - 25

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #134 on: March 27, 2014, 11:36:29 PM »
put me in for   21 to  25  Aug...   studio  sounds OK

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #135 on: March 28, 2014, 10:08:22 PM »
Any of those sound OK to me.
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #136 on: April 07, 2014, 02:08:29 AM »
Just to move things along, so far everyone has opted for Aug. 21 - 25.

If anyone has any objections to those dates, now would be a good time to voice them.

Otherwise, i would like to make a motion to approve the Aug. 21-25 dates.

(I think I attend way too many meetings. :) )

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #137 on: April 07, 2014, 03:33:58 PM »
and you KNOW how indecisive the we regulars can be!  My problem is trying to juggle my schedule around the revised weeks and not wanting to commit.  Total antithesis of my "at work persona."  Hoping this all works out.

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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
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01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
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08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
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01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
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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
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #138 on: April 07, 2014, 07:05:42 PM »
Sounds good Mark.  Thanks for pushing this along.  It looks like Studio is the best location.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #139 on: April 08, 2014, 12:17:46 AM »
Sounds good Mark.  Thanks for pushing this along.  It looks like Studio is the best location.

Jody :)

I agree. The Studio sounds fine. :)
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #140 on: April 08, 2014, 12:20:22 AM »
agree  my  vote =  yes....  how should we  do the  reservations??/  just  call direct to  Studio?/ try to  get at least a agreement to  some number of rooms??/ 

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #141 on: April 08, 2014, 12:23:30 AM »
As you know, I would just hate missing AMG.  There is no way I can go if we use the third (21st) week of August.  It would be difficult, but possible on that second week (14th.)  Probably my best week is the first (7th.)  Like some of the others, I really needed it to be that last week of July but of course the hotel rates made that impossible.

Haven't missed since I joined back in 2006 but that is the way it goes I guess.  I will keep watching to see what finally gets proposed.

I also think we should seriously consider the Lafayette hotel option.  I get increasingly nervous when I read the reviews on the various travel sites about the Studio.

Just my thoughts...I always "go with the flow." 

Gary
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01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
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07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
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02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
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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
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #142 on: April 09, 2014, 11:42:08 PM »
I apologize for being a drop out.  I've been so stressed but am back on track.  I won a few bucks this last summer which allowed me to prefund this trip.  I opened a separate account after seattle so I could fund this adventure as I love it.  Instead of adding each week, it was immediately funded.

This event gives me one time a year to be whatever I want to be. 

I am so flexible as long as a date is nailed down that accommodates the most.
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #143 on: April 14, 2014, 08:10:42 PM »
I apologize for being sorta MIA... overly busy and distracted with work, etc.  I'd suggest somebody contact Studio 819 and see if we can get some sort of better than posted rate for rooms.  I can do it if needed; has anybody done any sort of hotel negotiations before?   I'd imagine that we'll need about 10 or so rooms.  Even the double rooms are small, but they'd be fine for 2 people... maybe 3 if one had to split 3-ways. 
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11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
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11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
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11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
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06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #144 on: April 16, 2014, 02:15:44 AM »
How do you think a newby would handle amg? Just curious.
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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #145 on: April 16, 2014, 11:34:54 AM »
I don't know if we've decided on dates yet, but in case we haven't, any of the date sets in August would be okay with me. I'm not taking summer classes nor do I have any other plans. I'd love to see my peeps as well as other folks!

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #146 on: April 16, 2014, 11:37:57 AM »
How do you think a newby would handle amg? Just curious.

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #147 on: April 16, 2014, 11:37:57 AM »
How do you think a newby would handle amg? Just curious.

Recently diagnosed individuals have attended in the past and didn't seem to faint ;)
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« Reply #148 on: April 16, 2014, 11:39:13 AM »
Recently diagnosed individuals have attended in the past and didn't seem to faint ;)

There hasn't been a hazing death in years now .

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Re: AMG 2014: San Diego Time of Year Thread and Thoughts on Hotels
« Reply #149 on: April 17, 2014, 08:52:56 AM »
There hasn't been a hazing death in years now .

Some real close accidental ones, but not from hazing.   ;D

My first AMG was magical and I'll be eternally grateful that I took the leap. 

It's the one time of the year where I let my hair down guard down and meat some interesting locals.  :)
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