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#1 John T Roberts

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Posted 16 January 2015 - 08:40 AM

I'm going to be a little better about having forum meetings this year.  Let's try to meet on the last Friday of every month at noon.  Let's set the location at Benito's on Magnolia and, unless we change the location.  The date will work for me for most of the year, except for November and December.  The date falls on the day after Thanksgiving and on Christmas Day.  If we meet for photography, let's try to set aside a separate Saturday or Sunday for those.

 

The first forum meeting of 2015 will be on Friday, January 30th, at 12 noon.  The location will be Benito's Mexican Restaurant at the corner of Magnolia and Fairmount.  Who is interested in attending?



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Posted 16 January 2015 - 08:46 AM

I have no clashes on Friday's this semester and my M-Th classes start at noon, so I can make some for sure!



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Posted 16 January 2015 - 08:51 AM

Austin, it's good to know that you will be able to make some meetings.

 

By the way, if anyone wants to ride bicycles tomorrow, Saturday, January 17th, I will be out there with a few friends on the Trinity Trails.  The time will be approximately 2:00 PM.  I'm not sure if we are meeting at a friend's house at 2:00 or we will be on the Trail at 2 PM.  We are going to assemble at the trailhead/parking area just east of the Woodshed and right next to the University Drive bridge.  All of us haven't ridden much this winter and we are terribly out of shape, overweight, and slow.



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Posted 16 January 2015 - 10:06 AM

We are going to meet at the friend's house at 2:00 PM; therefore, we will be at the trailhead between 2:15 and 2:30.



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Posted 16 January 2015 - 12:27 PM

There's a good chance I can make it on the 30th. I haven't been to Benito's in forever.

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Posted 16 January 2015 - 01:53 PM

I was actually there at lunch today.



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Posted 16 January 2015 - 03:15 PM

I should be able to attend the meeting on January 30th. Typically I work on Friday's but I've got a vacation day scheduled that week. Have to use up the FY14 carryover days. :)

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Posted 16 January 2015 - 06:29 PM

I've got classes on Fridays that end around 12:30, so that time won't work for me.

 

EDIT: The earliest I can attend the last Friday of a month is May. I will try to attend the May meeting.


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Posted 17 January 2015 - 08:49 PM

I think I can swing it...

 

Looks good so far.


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Posted 27 January 2015 - 10:25 PM

Anyone else thinking on coming?



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Posted 28 January 2015 - 10:17 AM

I am thinking on coming. We'll see if any more insane deadlines and workloads prevent it...


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 04:16 PM

I'm going to try to swing by. It'll be nice to catch up with everyone.



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Posted 28 January 2015 - 06:53 PM

Just saw this post. I think I can make Friday. Might be a decent turnout.


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 08:48 PM

When the weather gets warmer, I thought we would move it to the Food Park at Thistle Hill.  It's a great place to eat outside and you get to enjoy the nice grounds of the mansion.



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Posted 30 January 2015 - 02:24 PM

6 attendees but only 2 forum members attended. 5 architects and 1 land surveyor. Lots of good discussion.

 

We'll have to try harder next month to have more forum members show up at a forum meetup.


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Posted 30 January 2015 - 02:35 PM

I ended up getting a last minute conference call scheduled for 1:30 and I had a few things to do to get ready for it. I'll try to make it next time.

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Posted 18 February 2015 - 01:49 PM

February Forum Meet:

 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Benito's Mexican Restaurant

1450 W. Magnolia Ave.

 

Time: 12:00 Noon



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Posted 19 February 2015 - 07:37 AM

Hey!  I think I can make it on Feb 27!



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Posted 19 February 2015 - 10:28 AM

I hope to make it as well.
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Posted 24 February 2015 - 10:49 AM

This is a friendly reminder that the upcoming forum meet is Friday at Benito's on Magnolia.



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Posted 24 February 2015 - 04:22 PM

If the creek hasn't froze, I'll try to be there.


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Posted 24 February 2015 - 04:27 PM

Yes, if the weather is snowy or icy, we will cancel the meeting.  I don't want anyone to risk their car or their lives to come.  If is it just raining and above freezing, then we will meet.



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Posted 26 February 2015 - 10:27 PM

Everyone, be on the lookout here to see if the forum meeting will be held or cancelled.



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Posted 27 February 2015 - 10:00 AM

More snow is falling and it is getting nastier out there.  Let's wait a month and maybe the weather will be better on March 27th.  The forum meeting is officially cancelled.  If you want to go to Benito's on your own, you are certainly welcome.  Mexican food does sound good on a day like today.



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Posted 27 February 2015 - 11:04 AM

So is anyone else going?

 

I wouldn't mind meeting peeps up there, but gotta know soon.


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Posted 27 February 2015 - 03:51 PM

I did venture out.  I went to Zio Carlo's a few blocks down.  They were actually pretty crowded.

 

I figured out why you canceled though; the roads are just stupid.  And the drivers are idiots.


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Posted 27 February 2015 - 06:05 PM

I just did not want to have any of us risk our lives and our vehicles just to have lunch.  It wasn't worth it.  We can meet again in four weeks, or sooner, if the weather would cooperate. 



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Posted 18 March 2015 - 02:21 PM

We are nine days away from the next forum meeting.  It will be on Friday, March 27th at noon.  I'm still debating on whether the weather will be good enough to eat at the Food Park at Thistle Hill.  If it isn't, we will definitely be at Benito's on Magnolia.  This will be a great chance to discuss the new Jetta Operating Tower/640 Taylor Street.  If you would like, I could ask some of my friends from Bennett Benner Partners to attend.



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Posted 19 March 2015 - 07:16 AM

I would normally be there, but I'm going with my family on a homeschool field trip to see bees.



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Posted 19 March 2015 - 07:33 AM

Dave, family comes first.  My next question comes to the group.  The weather forecast for Friday the 27th looks nice.  Do you all want to try to go to the Food Park at Thistle Hill instead of Benito's?  I also have some good news for you.  Representatives from Bennett Benner Partners will be at the lunch.  This will be an opportunity to ask them about some of their projects.



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Posted 19 March 2015 - 10:28 AM

I need to start getting a head count soon, and a decision on where to hold this meeting.  If we go to Thistle Hill, I can pull some strings to get us a reserved table.



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Posted 19 March 2015 - 11:20 AM

I can do lunch. Thistle Hill's got my vote unless the weather turns.


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Posted 20 March 2015 - 08:20 AM

I plan to meet y'all for lunch; I'll probably ride my bicycle there.


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Posted 20 March 2015 - 10:29 AM

I'm going to do my best to be there. It's been a long time since I picnicked at Thistle Hill.



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Posted 23 March 2015 - 09:09 PM

I hope to attend. Haven't been to Thistle Hill since grade school!



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Posted 23 March 2015 - 10:18 PM

Bring a jacket.  It's supposed to be in the low 60's.



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Posted 25 March 2015 - 08:51 PM

Lunch is still on Friday at Thistle Hill.  I will try to be there as close to 12 as possible.



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Posted 26 March 2015 - 11:43 PM

There's a good chance that I'll be able to make this lunch meeting.



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Posted 27 March 2015 - 07:35 AM

Great, Nitixope.  I look forward to seeing you there.  There will also be at least one person from Bennett Benner Partners.  I didn't reserve a table because I was a little unsure on how many of us will be attending.  Whoever is there first, please try to get us a few spots.



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Posted 27 March 2015 - 10:09 AM

I'm gonna be +1. Bringing another RPLS so I won't be completely outnumbered by architects.


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Posted 27 March 2015 - 05:16 PM

I want to say thank you to all who showed up today.  It was a very successful meeting, even though it was short.  I wish there had been more time to visit, but the Food Park was busy.  It was also nice to have Bennett Benner Partners architects attending.  Thistle Hill is a great place for us to sit and look at the beautiful mansion while we eat and discuss various city topics.



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Posted 08 April 2015 - 11:46 AM

I thought that was a good spot for lunch inside the carriage house.  Those of us who got there just before noon, placed our order and had our food in just a couple minutes.  if folks are running late, I would suggest grabbing something on the way, otherwise you may get stuck waiting quite a bit longer to place an order and receive your food. 



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Posted 09 April 2015 - 07:08 PM

I would suggest some "Hello My Name Is" stickers next time.



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Posted 09 April 2015 - 08:02 PM

Nitixope, since the whole idea of the Food Park is to raise money for the organization, I'm not so sure that we allow food to be brought in.  That's pretty sad, here I am Chairman of the Board, and I don't really know our policy about that.  I think next time, we will start at 11:45 to see if we can avoid the crowds.

 

Volare, I will try to remember to bring some name tags at the end of the month.



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Posted 20 April 2015 - 02:52 PM

Guess what time of the month it is now?  Let's meet on Friday, at the Food Park at Thistle Hill.  Let's also make it a goal to be there at 11:45 to make sure we have time to discuss Fort Worth issues.  If you can't make it that early, come when you can.



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Posted 20 April 2015 - 03:53 PM

One more month until I can attend assuming I'm not out of town. Y'all have fun.


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Posted 23 April 2015 - 11:16 AM

Looks like a 60-65% chance of storms at lunchtime tomorrow but I'm still up for it. Last time we ate in the carriage house, so rain shouldn't be a deal killer. But, I will put my umbrella in the van tonight.


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Posted 23 April 2015 - 01:12 PM

Normally, I would have changed the location back to Benito's if I could be sure that it would be raining.  However, since the forecasts have been missed so much lately with the timing of the rain, I just decided to stick with us eating at Thistle Hill.



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 08:02 AM

The rain has picked up quite up quite a bit in the past few hours. It still has a lot of time to move out though. 



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 08:13 AM

It hasn't rained much at lunch any this week, so I took a chance that it wouldn't do it today.  However, it looks like I have pressed our luck too far.  However, it is too late to change the location, now.  I will still be there and if no one shows up, I will have lunch in the Carriage House by myself.  I brought name tags, in case that we have a big group.







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