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Last year several people recommended the Crumpet Shop at Pike's Place Market, about seven blocks away from the convention center (Four blocks from the Main Theater at Benaroya.) The fates conspired against me then and they were unexpectedly closed when I tried to visit. I want to make another attempt this year; this time, I called ahead and made sure they'd be open.
Probable Early Bird trip lead by Steel Fire at 8:00am (smaller group, two-three probables so far)
First group 8:45 Led by CulturalGeekGirl
Second group 9:05 led by JoiletJake
Bear in mind that my group will TRY to leave exactly on time, but there's another train 20 minutes later. So if you get there at 8:47 and don't see us, DON'T PANIC. You're also free to drift down any time you want, using the map or your own senses.
Where: Meet at the corner of 6th and Pike on the steps of the Sheraton
If you can, let us know whether you'll be showing up at 8:45 or 9:05. The first group will try to leave at 8:45 on the dot (I had initially intended to wait a few minutes for latecomers, but if there's a second expedition it shouldn't be as much of a problem). Some of the earlier expedition will almost certainly still be on line when everyone else shows up, so you'll still get to mingle extensively, I'm sure. If you're staying closer to Pike's place feel free to meet us there, I estimate it's about a ten minute walk.
Then we'll eat some crumpets, possibly a scone or two if we're feeling adventurous. I may still call ahead and warn them. I picked 8:45am because it's not an irrational time to get up but you still may be able to make it back to the convention center to catch an earlier panel - no guarantees on that, though.
If you want to eat crumpets with some nerds, let me know here. If you're interested but would prefer a different time on Sunday feel free to post, and we'll see what we can do. I'm fine on moving it a little earlier or later, if the consensus is that would be better. Oh, and from what I gather the place is rather small, so if we get a lot of interest we may have to be adaptable.
(Note: I'm planning a scouting run on Friday morning, if I can drag myself out of bed. I'd probably aim to get to the shop at about 7:30am or so, right after it opens, so I can get back to the con center to line up at a decent hour. If anyone feels like coming on the scouting mission you are welcome, but understand that I may end up canceling the Friday jaunt if I'm exhausted that morning. If you're coming Friday, just show up there at 7:30ish.
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