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Author Topic: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019  (Read 4550 times)

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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #100 on: November 08, 2018, 07:26:55 PM »

For those curious about dates, I'll probably decide on a date sometime in April or even May of next year. I just announced dates this far out just to be on the safe side, though I was too early.

No plans have changed, by the way; I'll probably revive this thread sometime in May, to finalize plans and ask for scouting help.

Dead malls sound interesting; I'm interested in Monroeville's solely because of the novelty.
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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #101 on: November 08, 2018, 07:42:58 PM »

If this meet goes forward and actually happens next July/August (if possible I will be there), there are multiple dead malls worth checking out in the area after the meet:

www.deadmalls.com/malls/northway_mall_pa.html

Northway Mall is no longer dead.  It's VERY alive again.  Tons, and tons of new stuff there.

Indeed, it is a thriving mall once again after years of decline and neglect.
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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #102 on: November 08, 2018, 07:44:58 PM »

There needs to be a tie-breaker vote in order to decide between August 10th and August 17th.
I wasn't aware this was your meet.
True, but it shouldn’t sit there like that with a tie. But the host can simply cast a tiebreaker vote whenever they feel ready to.
You do realize that this suggested dates for this meet is well into next summer (9 to 10 months from now)?  Not deciding on an actual meet date until sometime next year (around springtime) isn't going to make-or-break this meet IMHO.
Yes, I was just assuming that things would be decided soon enough. Sorry.
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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #103 on: November 08, 2018, 07:47:15 PM »

You do realize that this suggested dates for this meet is well into next summer (9 to 10 months from now)?  Not deciding on an actual meet date until sometime next year (around springtime) isn't going to make-or-break this meet IMHO.

This. IMO, we don't need a solid date until late winter even if we have people flying in. It's not like flights to Pittsburgh or nearby major airports (of which there are several) are hard to come by.

We would be flying in if and when the plans for this meet are finalized, and that is if we are able to attend in the first place. Just assumed that the date would be finalized soon enough. Sorry.
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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #104 on: November 08, 2018, 07:52:34 PM »

For those curious about dates, I'll probably decide on a date sometime in April or even May of next year. I just announced dates this far out just to be on the safe side, though I was too early.

No plans have changed, by the way; I'll probably revive this thread sometime in May, to finalize plans and ask for scouting help.

Dead malls sound interesting; I'm interested in Monroeville's solely because of the novelty.
Yeah I would have announced a selection of dates at least somewhat closer to the best possible time to host the road meet. That sounds good with us, even though we’re not sure yet if we’re going to this road meet or not. Indeed they do, Monroeville may work out for post-meet.
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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #105 on: November 09, 2018, 10:20:35 AM »

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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #106 on: November 10, 2018, 12:03:16 PM »

It's not like flights to Pittsburgh or nearby major airports (of which there are several) are hard to come by.
Out of curiosity, what other nearby airports are you thinking of and how far are such from the Greater Pittsburgh area?  Depending on where one is flying from; PIT has a greater variety/choice of carriers (including JetBlue & Southwest) than it did when it was a hub for then-US Airways prior to the early 2000s.

Spirit also flies into/out of [Latrobe/Westmoreland County]/Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, although the routes are somewhat limited as are the departure and arrival times.
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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #107 on: November 16, 2018, 02:06:03 AM »

Allegiant Air is the only carrier with direct (non-stop) flights to and from Pittsburgh via our city’s international airport (JAX). Seats are selling out already at a discounted price but it won’t really matter as the road meet is still months away.
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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #108 on: November 16, 2018, 09:14:52 AM »

Allegiant Air is the only carrier with direct (non-stop) flights to and from Pittsburgh via our city’s international airport (JAX).
FYI, in commercial aviation terms; direct and non-stop flights are not necessarily the same thing.

Direct simply means that the overall routing of the flight (including stop(s)) is all under one number & no plane changes.  Such does make a difference with many air carriers' UM (unaccompanied-minor) policies (yes for direct flights, no for itineraries involving connections/plane changes).
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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #109 on: November 20, 2018, 08:13:52 PM »

Allegiant Air is the only carrier with direct (non-stop) flights to and from Pittsburgh via our city’s international airport (JAX).
FYI, in commercial aviation terms; direct and non-stop flights are not necessarily the same thing.

Direct simply means that the overall routing of the flight (including stop(s)) is all under one number & no plane changes.  Such does make a difference with many air carriers' UM (unaccompanied-minor) policies (yes for direct flights, no for itineraries involving connections/plane changes).

Thanks for the clarification, I had totally forgotten about the difference(s) between the two types of flights. Anyway, Allegiant Air we will not be using, due to not enabling the choice of the day after this meet for our return flight and not having the ideal flight times for the day before this meeet for our departing flight; we will be using American Airlines instead, with a transfer at CLT.

EDIT: Due to having to fly in and out of CLT which really isn’t that ideal of a transfer airport for us, we’re out.
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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #110 on: January 22, 2019, 09:09:46 PM »

It's been a while since there's been discussion about this meet, so I figured I'd revive this thread. Is this still a possibility for July or August?
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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #111 on: January 22, 2019, 09:29:39 PM »

It's been a while since there's been discussion about this meet, so I figured I'd revive this thread. Is this still a possibility for July or August?
Eh, perhaps. I should be able to pull this off fairly cheaply. The big focus right now is funding our trip to the Philippines, and plane tickets along with other expenses...it's not cheap.

Nonetheless, if I can't go, I'll at the very least write up the itinerary. Somebody else can take the meet from there.
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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #112 on: January 22, 2019, 11:19:09 PM »

It's been a while since there's been discussion about this meet, so I figured I'd revive this thread. Is this still a possibility for July or August?
Eh, perhaps. I should be able to pull this off fairly cheaply. The big focus right now is funding our trip to the Philippines, and plane tickets along with other expenses...it's not cheap.

Nonetheless, if I can't go, I'll at the very least write up the itinerary. Somebody else can take the meet from there.
I can host if I have enough boots on the ground to scout.

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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #113 on: March 01, 2019, 10:57:44 PM »

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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #114 on: March 01, 2019, 11:04:00 PM »

May also do Ohio River Blvd. https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/12/pittsburghs-ohio-river-boulevard.html?fbclid=IwAR1f9TQpwC0FB1lCHgTkQPZauZH5sOe-E81ni38ELmge1r4TJjp0GSfgIUY

Going to get ideas from Mr. Vera as well as other PGHians and help get this going.

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Re: Pittsburgh - August 10th, 2019
« Reply #115 on: March 02, 2019, 12:50:09 AM »

Thanks a bunch. I'll see if I can't spend time this weekend to write out an itinerary. I'll edit this post with a Google Docs link later, which should be the full agenda.
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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #116 on: March 02, 2019, 01:24:04 AM »

Thanks a bunch. I'll see if I can't spend time this weekend to write out an itinerary. I'll edit this post with a Google Docs link later, which should be the full agenda.
You have some time. I would suggest running a draft by me first, and I may pass it to someone else well versed in PGH for that person's thoughts as well. It's been many years so I want to make this a great one.

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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #118 on: March 02, 2019, 09:26:12 AM »

See you guys there (tentatively)
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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #119 on: March 02, 2019, 06:46:24 PM »

I'm looking forward to this as well.  I wasn't going to meets when the last Pittsburgh meet was held and I've never really explored the area too much.  I also like to think that I got the ball for this meet back into motion.  I hadn't heard much about it since it was proposed, so I asked Alps about it last week and viola here comes talk about it!

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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #120 on: March 03, 2019, 05:45:37 PM »

Itinerary update...hitting a few snags. Yes, I'm also aware that I must make that Facebook event. I'll make a link when I do it.

No clue as to how parking is around the city, as I'm trying to work out lunch. I've concluded that Etna is way too far from the pre-meet, and parking in the Strip District is tight. I'm thinking of a restaurant in the North Side, downtown, Oakland, or Mount Washington area.

As to stops, here's ideas I have so far (still working on the itinerary):

-Mount Washington (possible group photo?); won't require cars, thinking of using the Duquesne Incline
-Fort Pitt Tunnel EB ride
-Wabash Tunnel
-Southern Beltway (duh; possible photo op #2?)
-Pittsburgh Int'l Airport stubs (tied in w/Southern Beltway)
-New PA 28
-Allegheny River Blvd.
-PA 43
-Bridge tours (Three Sisters, West End, etc.)

So far, I've categorized them into three categories, basing them on where we go after lunch. I've also got a proposal for those who may not like what I pick.

Mt. Washington + Ft. Pitt + Wabash -> nearby/"South" choice
Pittsburgh Int'l + Southern Beltway -> "West/Far South" choice
New PA 28 + Allegheny River Blvd. -> "North" choice

I may create a second poll (can I do that?) for those who want to vote on where to go. If there is no decisive choice, then I'll do it "Providence" style, where everyone does their own thing (goes south, west, north, wherever) and then goes back to Pittsburgh to reconvene for dinner.

Oh, and some possible post-meet options (depending on when the meet wraps up, hopefully no later than 6 PM)

-Kennywood
-Dinner
-Clinching? (PA 43, I-279, US 19 Byp., I-376 Bus., etc.)

Again, pardon the indecisiveness and the delay on the itinerary.

EDIT: Changed the poll and reset all vote counts to zero.
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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #121 on: March 03, 2019, 08:25:43 PM »

Itinerary update...hitting a few snags. Yes, I'm also aware that I must make that Facebook event. I'll make a link when I do it.

No clue as to how parking is around the city, as I'm trying to work out lunch. I've concluded that Etna is way too far from the pre-meet, and parking in the Strip District is tight. I'm thinking of a restaurant in the North Side, downtown, Oakland, or Mount Washington area.

As to stops, here's ideas I have so far (still working on the itinerary):

-Mount Washington (possible group photo?); won't require cars, thinking of using the Duquesne Incline
-Fort Pitt Tunnel EB ride
-Wabash Tunnel
-Southern Beltway (duh; possible photo op #2?)
-Pittsburgh Int'l Airport stubs (tied in w/Southern Beltway)
-New PA 28
-Allegheny River Blvd.
-PA 43
-Bridge tours (Three Sisters, West End, etc.)

So far, I've categorized them into three categories, basing them on where we go after lunch. I've also got a proposal for those who may not like what I pick.

Mt. Washington + Ft. Pitt + Wabash -> nearby/"South" choice
Pittsburgh Int'l + Southern Beltway -> "West/Far South" choice
New PA 28 + Allegheny River Blvd. -> "North" choice

I may create a second poll (can I do that?) for those who want to vote on where to go. If there is no decisive choice, then I'll do it "Providence" style, where everyone does their own thing (goes south, west, north, wherever) and then goes back to Pittsburgh to reconvene for dinner.

Oh, and some possible post-meet options (depending on when the meet wraps up, hopefully no later than 6 PM)

-Kennywood
-Dinner
-Clinching? (PA 43, I-279, US 19 Byp., I-376 Bus., etc.)

Again, pardon the indecisiveness and the delay on the itinerary.

EDIT: Changed the poll and reset all vote counts to zero.

Since Etna is technically to the north and east of the city, I decided to swing my votes to the two southern options. I can suggest two Eat ‘n Park locations and one Primanti Bros. location. There’s an Eat ‘n Park in Irwin and one in the Burgh on US 19, and there’s a Primanti Bros. in Mount Lebanon.
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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
« Reply #122 on: March 03, 2019, 08:55:25 PM »

I have the least interest in South since those are things I have already seen. On the other hand, they can be used as waypoints to go to other things. I would consider Mt. Washington as a "pre-meet" activity for those interested: meet at 9:00 AM, go up the Incline, take photos, then head to the meet lunch.
There is no need to apologize at this point. Much has not been set in stone. Let's aim to get the itinerary set by June.

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Re: Pittsburgh - July/August 2019
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