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Join the Virginia Battalion of the Martenson Brigade

I created this forum thread for any and all Virginians until the Groups piece of the CM site is up and running.

All we need is a quick response to get your forum name.

Look for more info on the meet and greet once we start figuring out where people are from and can figure out a central location.

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Officially checking in... Live in VAB

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I am the poster formerly known as Student of Jefferson. Tom is alive and well and gives me insight most every day.

I hail from Lorton. Apparently few have ever heard of it and most that do say 'prison' next (ouch). It is in the southern area of northern Virginia, just south of Springfield, right on I-95. This pretty much puts me near the Lion's Den of any disruptions that might occur and it has me feeling a sense of urgency, to say the least. You can learn a lot more about me on the "Reader Survey" thread, though you will have to sift through a great deal of intertribal matchmaking banter.

I personally don't mind driving a little to find a good venue. Richmond might be the most accessible, but I would argue that it's a terrible atmosphere in general for this sort of thing. My vote is for the Appalachian region, though I don't have any venue ideas now.  Above all though is taking action and actually getting this together, so I will happily compromise all else to meet this end.

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Here's the past 30 days of traffic from VA from Google Analytics (which I have access to as the site owner...sorry, can't give poublic access to the source of the data).

Let me know if you want the surrounding territory to the northeast...

VA_-_Feb_2009.jpg

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Excellent! Thanks Chris.

Also, Southern Maryland / Baltimore might be helpful if you can find that.

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I'm in Leesburg. I wondering about getting some information second-hand from Rowe attendees - looks like at least a couple Virginians were there. I'm thinking perhaps of a Rowe-recap.

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Thanks Chris,

I have many friends in the Raleigh area of NC if you want to include their map too.

Cat

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Thanks Dogs for starting this Virginia thread!

I'm in Seaford,VA (halfway between Richmond and VA Beach)

Teresa

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Thanks Chris -

Does each dot represent a unique IP address, and the size of the dot represent the number of hits from that IP addy or is it hits from a city?

Would it be possible to reflect the northeastern quadrant of NC from Winston-Salem east and north?  I'm thinking anything within a 5-6 hour drive - if we split the difference, a 2-3 hour drive is very manageable.

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Also, Chris:

I don't know what your schedule or other committments look like, but when you get a chance, could you consider the possibility of coming down? Your thoughts on this would influence our choice of venue and the potential cost to each of the attendees.

As it stands now, I think I could get 5-10, and I think the Dog / Cat team is hoping for significantly more. Unfortunately, I doubt many of the would-be attendees would all start posting on this thread right now (seems similar to Rowe). If I could pitch the conference by saying that "the guy who made the Crash Course is leading it," I know my recruitment would be more successful.

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MD and NC Visit maps

Here you go!

The way to read these is that when the largest dot represents the largest number displayed on the bar at the bottom.  For example, this means that 507 visits were recorded (by IP addy, DIAP) from Baltimore over the past month.  All other dots are scaled against the largest dot.

I am not sure about the exact methodology beyond that.  Would I be recorded as 10 "visits" if I shut my browser and reopened it to visit the site 10 times in a row? Is there any filtering for such visits?

Beats me.

MD_-_Feb_2009.jpgNC_-_Feb_2009.jpg

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Great thread!

 

Near Blacksburg - GO HOKIES!

 

DR

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Here's what we have so far.  I'll edit and update as we get more:

Mike Pilat       

Downrange

SteveS

Dogs_In_A_Pile

Cat233

mktqwn

coolhandluke 

Davos

Grace

Zay294

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HelloLaughing

We are in the Blue Ridge Mountains west of the Charlottesville airport, can see it at night.

Would have dropped in sooner but I saw mention that it might be a triathlon, with the economics. I stopped running when I took up rowing and not sure why I stopped rowing... But I'm out of shape.

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Looks like Charlottesville is pretty close to center of mass!

I could do that easy up and back same day.

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Downrange -

I will be in Floyd for 4-5 days at the end of July.  Shoot me an email off line.

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Why don't we start a dialogue here with what we are looking for in this meeting?

How big do we want this to be? Big enough to justify Chris coming down? Focused on Virginia items or broader, like Rowe? One day? Full weekend like Rowe?

How much are we willing to spend? At what level does price become a concern for us and for those that we might recruit? How many do we think we realistically could pull into this?

I think we're at a bit of a tipping point here between a smaller, Virginia-only meetup, and something that could potentially be much larger. Pardon the question tsunami.

Mike

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I want in.  Im in Chesapeake.  My wife would be interested too, although she doesnt have an account on this site.

Lucas

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S'more Virginians: my husband and I, who live in Charlottesville, are big fans of the CC (thank you, Chris!), as are several of our friends. There's a local post-carbon group, Transition Blue Ridge, some of whose dozen or so members would likely show if Chris came down. (And there's a vibrant running community here, too.) Thanks for identifying where people live; it gives me hope -- and prompted me to post, after months of lurking. Thanks to all who contribute to this site; I'm grateful for what I've learned.

Seven Oaks Pathwork Center would be a great venue, btw; they rent the place out to non-pathwork groups:

http://www.sevenoakspathwork.org/index.php

 Grace

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Hi Grace,

Welcome to posting!  

The Sevenoaks Pathway Center looks great. I am going to look into this center more, thank you for the suggestion.

Cat

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Grace -

Welcome to the site.  Seven Oaks looks like a perfect spot.  Do you know how many people they could support? 

Look forward to talking with you guys soon. 

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DIAP,

 No, I don't know what their maximum is. I was in a group of 50 or so,and there was plenty of room for us.

Grace

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Re: Join the Virginia Battalion of the Martenson Brigade

Looks like we are off to a good start. 

Any other suggestions for a place to stay?

Grace - I took a closer look at the site and it looks like there is lodging for 50-55 and room for up to 100 for a conference or meeting.  Any more than 55 people and they would have to camp on site.

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Excellent find, Grace! I have been to the driving range in Ruckersville right next to this multiple times. The area is not quite as secluded as Rowe, but I think this would suit our needs very nicely.

I know of at least one more Virginian that hasn't gotten on this page yet...

Here's my list count now, including locations:

Dogs - Virginia Beach

Cat - Virginia Beach

SteveS - Leesburg

Mike Pilat - Lorton

mktqwn - Seaford

Davos - Earlysville

Downrange - Blacksburg

Coolhandluke - Chesapeake

Grace - Charlottesville

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I usually don't have much to add to discussions, but I frequent the site and recommend the crash course to people. Add me to the list of Virginians. 

 Alexandria/Fairfax county here. I live less than 10 miles from the Wilson Bridge into Washington DC, in an endless mish-mash maze of suburbs, small cities, and congested highways. In the event of a catastrophe, I'm doomed in one of the most densely populated parts of the state. I'd love to attend any such conference down here. 

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Zay294: Great to see you on here!

Where exactly are you? I lived and went to school in Alexandria. I now live in Lorton near Pohick Rd. / Rt. 1 and I work in Falls Church.

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Hi Zay294,

Welcome aboard... Hope to see you soon!

Cat

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Hi Mike (& everyone):

We met this weekend at the retreat and  picked up on the VA retreat thread. I live up here in western MA but have been many times to retreats at Claymont Court in WV, just over the line from NOVA. Check it out as a potential venue. Very convenient for DC folks, but with a very non-DC vibe.

http://www.claymont.org/

Good luck!

~Andrew

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Need some feedback!
Hi Virginia gang,
Mike P. and I have been emailing behind the scenes trying to work out a few
details for a meeting. 
If we can get Chris and/or Becca to join us.  We were thinking a weekend
event at the Sevenoaks Pathway Retreat (thanks for the find Grace) would be
ideal. http://www.sevenoakspathwork.org/rental.html 
For any one day event, there is a Bed and Breakfast near Charlottesville,
Prospect Hill, that we could meet for a long day... I have been in contact with
them and feel they can fulfill our needs. http://www.prospecthill.com/ 
We are looking into cost and doing what we can to find the most affordable
places.  We were thinking April/May time frame. 
Of course if Chris and Becca can join us, we will make it when they
say! 
Mike and I were thinking one way or the other we can all still get together
in April or May. 
Just throwing it out there for all of you... Let us know your thoughts.
Cat
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Cat & Mike,

Thanks for checking into all this stuff.  I hope my wife and I will be able to make it no matter what the date is.

Lucas

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Andrew -

thanks for the link.  Charlottesville is looking like the most centrally located spot so far, but we will definitely keep Claymont info on file.

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