Charlotte NC "city meet" - April 20, 2024

Started by A.J. Bertin, July 02, 2023, 07:34:30 AM

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oscar

Quote from: Hot Rod Hootenanny on March 10, 2024, 11:28:05 PM
Quote from: vdeane on March 10, 2024, 03:26:07 PM
Quote from: oscar on March 10, 2024, 02:23:52 PM
I've signed up for the Bakersfield meet the preceding weekend. Can't do both that and Charlotte.

That's an unusual conflict for a Virginia resident. But then I grew up in California.
There are enough roadgeeks who travel long distance to meets that I'm not sure that's as unusual as people keep claiming.
Depends on what one considers 'Long Distance.'

More to the point, it's whether the meets are far enough apart that meet planners shouldn't worry about the schedule conflict. A three-time zone distance usually means not a lot of overlap for potential attendees, except "national" meets which have a wider draw.
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Rothman

I've been wondering about the designation of a "national meet."  What meet doesn't have a potentially national draw?
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A.J. Bertin

Quote from: Rothman on March 11, 2024, 12:13:28 PM
I've been wondering about the designation of a "national meet."  What meet doesn't have a potentially national draw?

That's a question I've asked before too.  Any road meet could potentially attract anyone from any part of the country.
-A.J. from Michigan

oscar

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Quote from: Rothman on March 11, 2024, 12:13:28 PM
I've been wondering about the designation of a "national meet."  What meet doesn't have a potentially national draw?

It's up to the meet organizer whether to call it "national". But if the organizer doesn't have the experience to make a large meet run smoothly, expect the organizer to draw ridicule, or at least fewer RSVPs than expected. Same if the proposed "national meet" is at an inconvenient location, or a bad time (including the December holidays, and the June wedding season), or the same year as an already-scheduled "national meet".

I don't recall this ever being a problem. Some meets didn't work well, but those IIRC weren't billed as "national".
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Rothman

My parents were married in June, but I don't know if I've ever been to a June wedding.
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roadwaywiz95

The term "National Meet" dates back to the mid-2000s when road meets were still in their relative infancy. The term was invented in order to describe large-scale events in large markets that were intended to have broader appeal among the road enthusiast populace. These meets were also more rare overall, happening every other year or so in the olde days.

Over the years, meets have become more popular in general, however it remains true that there is a spectrum when it comes to location, size, and intent with these things. (And let's face it: not all meets are hosted by folks capable of pulling off these kinds of large-scale events.) I still think it's important for there to be something that comes along every so often that appeals to the broader community and highlights the community as whole. Your typical road meet in location 'X' is more local/regional in nature in terms of who attends and typically does not accomplish the goal of nation-wise appeal. (Not that there's anything wrong with that - that's just the way it is.)

I was very happy to bring back this format to the community in 2022 and 2024. Your experience may vary, but I like to think that they were both pretty darn good. I look forward to seeing another one of these appear on the calendar some day in the future.
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Rothman

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hbelkins

I always equated "national" with "multi-day."


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Laura

Quote from: hbelkins on March 14, 2024, 01:26:40 PM
I always equated "national" with "multi-day."

Yeah, that's definitely the case with the 3 I've attended - NYC in 2014, Philly in 2022, New Orleans in 2024.

oscar

Quote from: Laura on March 14, 2024, 03:35:51 PM
Quote from: hbelkins on March 14, 2024, 01:26:40 PM
I always equated "national" with "multi-day."

Yeah, that's definitely the case with the 3 I've attended - NYC in 2014, Philly in 2022, New Orleans in 2024.

I went to the 2008 Chicago meet, which extended into NW Indiana and SE Wisconsin. That was at least two days. But I don't remember if that was billed as "national", and it predates AARoads so I can't look it up on this forum.
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vdeane

I want to say that all National meets have been multi-day (though I'm not sure on Pittsburgh) but that the reverse isn't true.
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paulthemapguy

If a meet took place on this day, pi day, maybe it could be called an "Irrational Meet"!  :D
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Quote from: paulthemapguy on March 14, 2024, 08:00:45 PM
If a meet took place on this day, pi day, maybe it could be called an "Irrational Meet"!  :D
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Takumi

Quote from: Katavia on February 15, 2024, 05:01:50 PM
Ooh, damn. If this was happening on that date a year ago it would have been a definite yes. Unfortunately I've since moved about an hour and a half away (used to live in Kannapolis, now living in the Hickory-Lenoir area) due to IRL circumstances and my attendance is doubtful at best due to that. Best wishes to the attendees (and the non-attendees, in Takumi's case! Congrats!).

Edit: Lenoir, not Durham. Silly me.

Thanks. We ended up eloping this past week for reasons I won't get into here, but I'm still out for this because there's a South African food festival locally the same day.
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CanesFan27

Hi - I will not be attending the lunch due to having two soccer games to coach that afternoon - 1:30 and 2:45.  If all goes well, I may be able to join for dinner.

A.J. Bertin

Quote from: CanesFan27 on March 17, 2024, 09:38:51 PM
Hi - I will not be attending the lunch due to having two soccer games to coach that afternoon - 1:30 and 2:45.  If all goes well, I may be able to join for dinner.

It would be great if you are able to join us for dinner!
-A.J. from Michigan

jpi

Looks like this will be my 3rd road meet of the year and Steph's first road meet of the year  :) Yes we are both going to attend, Just booked our lodging in Hickory, NC for that weekend, looking forward to it!
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A.J. Bertin

We're down to only a little over two weeks until the big day!  At this point, I'm expecting a fairly large group for lunch and dinner.  If you're still considering attending but haven't decided yet, I am aiming to have an accurate headcount (or as close to an accurate of a headcount as possible) no later than Wednesday, April 17.  Please let me know here or respond in the Facebook event if you received an invitation there.

Thanks!  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in Charlotte in a couple weeks.   :colorful:
-A.J. from Michigan

A.J. Bertin

The big day is only a week away!  At this point I am expecting 20 attendees, including myself... so a decent crowd.  An early look at Charlotte's weather forecast for next Saturday suggests that it will be quite a pleasant day.

If you are planning to attend but haven't notified me yet here or via the Facebook event, please let me know as soon as possible so I can include you in the headcount for lunch and/or dinner.  I look forward to seeing everyone next Saturday!
-A.J. from Michigan



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