I voted for Oct. 9, since that weekend coincides with one of my furlough days, but I've decided that I"m coming no matter what date is chosen unless something totally unforeseen happens.
Billy/Adam: I see. Good luck if it winds up being 10/9. That is definitely a "no" date for me, not that I had a huge chance of making it to Nashville to begin with (just a tad too far away).
It looks like 10/9 is a no-go for me, as required training has come up for that weekend that I have to attend. 10/16 or 10/23 works for me, however.
As the "other local," I can probably make any date that we're looking at.
In my current plans, 10/9 might not be great but it is doable.
OK, based on all of this input, and since 10/23 has the most votes in seroads, should we go ahead and firm the date up as 10/23?
For food, I think Logan's Roadhouse would probably be the best choice, unless everyone has a hankering for big burgers w/ unlimited steak fries (Red Robin), burritos (Blue Coast), or chicken wings (BWW).
Meet time at 11 AM.
Directions: From the North, South or East: I-40 West to Exit 201 (US 70, Charlotte Pike), turn L (underneath freeway), pass the first Nashville West Shopping Center entrance (signal), turn L at the second Nashville West entrance (no signal), Logan's is across loop road to the right (next to Red Robin).
From the West: I-40 East to Exit 201A (US 70 East, Charlotte Pike), pass the first Nashville West Shopping Center entrance (signal), turn L at the second Nashville West entrance (no signal), Logan's is across loop road to the right (next to Red Robin).
We'll probably gather in the parking lot at first and then go inside (assuming good weather), since that is what we usually do at meets.
Nearby hotels: I do not recommend the Super 8 off the Charlotte Pike exit, nor do I recommend much of anything off the White Bridge Rd. exit, especially with the potential construction noise issues. I know HBE is a big fan of Microtel, and there is one off of I-40 Exit 196 in Bellevue (OK Bellevue, I know what you're thinking, but this hotel is located way too high to have been flooded on 5/2). That exit also has a Hampton Inn that I don't think got flooded but could have. Generally, Nashville's better selection of reasonably-priced chain hotels is generally near the airport.
Since I now have some free time next weekend (was supposed to go to the now-cancelled Texarkana meet), I will try to go scout out potential viewpoints for the Briley flyover construction.
How does everything sound so far?