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2008 JSF Orlando Get-together ideas

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by John Stone, Sep 25, 2007.

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  1. John Stone

    John Stone Every day is Leg Day
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    We need to do something different for the annual Orlando get-together next year. A single meal is simply not enough time to really hang out, especially as the gatherings have grown larger. I think we should make the get-together an all day event, or even a multi-day event. I'd like thoughts and ideas from those of you who are seriously considering attending the 2008 Orlando JSF event.

    Causticmuse (Maggie) had what I thought was a good idea: a JSF/Pink Dumbbells (Maggie's forum) cruise. She originally suggested a 6 day/5 night cruise in the fall (when the rates are cheap), but I thought the fall timing and the length of the cruise would be a problem for many (myself included). Maybe a long weekend cruise (3 day/2 night) might be a little more doable?

    Some other suggestions have been things like a beach day followed by dinner, athletic events & competitions and so on...

    Of course those are just a few ideas. Do any of them appeal to you? Do you have other ideas? Should the date be changed depending on what we decide to do?

    We should probably get things decided now so people can make preparations. Let's hear it!
     
  2. causticmuse

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    Well, clearly I am voting for a cruise!

    Let me list the reasons:
    - Off-season cruise fare is very reasonable (under $300 for 3-5 days in many cases)
    - Cost of cruise is comparable to if not less than cost of hotel, food, and entertainment for a multi-day trip to Orlando
    - Check out a foreign country! (The touristy areas at least)
    - On-board gym
    - On-board babysitting (if needed)
    - Pools and spas
    - Unpack just once
    - Cool towel animals on your bunk
    - Active excursions at the ports of call--hiking, cycling, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins or stingrays, etc.
    - No need to rent a car
    - Lots of leisure time to hang out with fellow fitness geeks
    - Dance lessons
    - Cheesy Vegas style shows
    - Casinos (for the gambling inclined)
    - Nightly karaoke (mostly for me)
    - Crawl drunkenly to your stateroom instead of having to hire a cab or designating a driver
    - No Orlando mosquitoes or love bugs!

    and finally....

    - MULTIPLE cheat meals 24 hours a day are included in your fare; and if you want to stay on plan and eat healthy stuff only...you still can.

    :tucool:
     
  3. chicanerous

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    Someone pull Chico's post where he guarantees that he will be there in 2008.


    A three day cruise....hell yeah. 5-6....too long.

    Sun Cruise Casino and/or charter boat off-shore fishing out of the Cape.

    John, make sure that Darol, M@, Philly, and I all have your phone number this time.
     
  5. jk0

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    I'm all for a 3 day cruise but don't think I could pull it off any earlier than next Spring. The first weekend of June or around that time frame sounds most appealing to me, even if it is a little more expensive.
     
  6. TheRyanator

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    I think a 3 day cruise would be ideal if we go that route...I mean I dont even know if I like all of you in real life and you can do mostly anything for 3 days...but 5 or 6?:confused: :lol: My wife has been wanting to do a cruise for a while so if that is what is decided this could be a great chance! For the overall cost and a more all inclusive deal that would be cool like Maggie said.

    On the other hand I really like the idea of an all day event in a location that would lend itself to fun activities as mentioned above. If we make a weekend out of it I will be much more inclined to make sure we are there since to fly down for just a meal while I would love to do it has been hard to justify in the past. :tu: Besides, by the end of the meal you are just starting to loosen up and get to know everyone, then it is over...unless of course you are Darol, Bandit, M@ or jK0...then you go back to the hotel and play wierd naked games. :eek:
     
  7. Bluestreak

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    I'd kinda rather do it in the summer months as well. Getting into September is when my busy season starts at work, and taking time off can be a problem. Though if it's a 3-day cruise straddling a weekend, I could probably pull it off.

    You realize you'll be trapped on a boat with them, don't you?

    I'm not much for cruises. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt to prove it... I tend to drink a little too much on them. :D And I don't like working out while hung over. But... it is a great way to get everyone in the same space with a variety of activities for a somewhat extended period of time as well. And there's always the option of walking away from the group when you want to do your own thing as well.

    My only caveat - find a cruise line that doesn't have rigid scheduling. If I'm going to get on a boat, I don't want set dinner times or seating assignments or whatever - let's negotiate this as a group so we can make our own agenda.

    -R
     
  8. causticmuse

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    Both Carnival and Royal Caribbean have 2 night/3 day and 3 night/4 day sailings out of Port Canaveral, FL for the Bahamas for $350 and under, even in May/June 2008. The Western Caribbean itineraries all seem to be a minimum of 3 nights/4 days, and leave out of Tampa or Miami.
     
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    Cool thread. Get the ideas out early! :tu:

    The cruise idea sounds great, lots of time to talk and hang out and lots of activities to enjoy, but I think I might be stuck in our room puking the whole time. :o

    The athletic events idea sounds like fun, but I am worried it might make some people feel uncomfortable. What kinds of events could we do?

    I'll think about it.

    Regardless, is Doordude coming this year!!!? :D
     
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    I don't think I can make it this year, but maybe. Can't afford a cruise though. Maybe races for the athletic events?
     
  11. guava

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    Hire a bus in Florida and have the driver keep stopping in each of the states and provinces in North America until he's picked up everyone. :D Like a big huge conga line.

    Well, if there were nice big buses with pools and buffets like there are cruise ships, this might be a good idea. :rolleyes:
     
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    I've posted here in the past but I mostly I hang out over at the PDB site... Just putting in my 2 cents here that I'm comeptely interested in a cruise!
     
  13. iceweaselsarecool

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    Late June-early August would probably be best for me. Whether I can make it will depend on how much time off I have more than anything. I don't know if I'd like a cruise, but I'd be willing to give it a shot.

    Games would be fun.
     
  14. causticmuse

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    I hope you are joking, Chris! ;)

    If not, rest assured that cruise ships are so big that you won't even notice any movement while you are on board...unless you get a treadmill with a window view and attempt to run.

    Don't try this. Trust me, I know from personal experience.

    :eek:

    In regards to the sports/physical activities thing, I'd be up for:

    - Rockclimbing (on board a Royal Caribbean cruise ship)
    - Relay races (on a beach in the Bahamas)
    - Group military style PT (in the ship's air-conditioned group exercise room)
    - Push-up, pull-up, bench press, etc. contest (in the ship gym)

    (Cruise! Cruise! Cruise!)

    ;)

    On a more serious note, if this does turn into a multi-day event, would there be any interest in holding some round table discussions on topics near and dear to our hearts (and stomachs)? I know that nutrition and exercise have been discussed ad nauseaum here in the forums already, but I never get tired of hearing about other people's experiences with training, fitness and dieting--what worked for them, what didn't work, things to avoid, things to do immediately, obstacles, triumphs, etc.

    I think we will have enough people who are experienced as fitness instructors of one sort or another to lead a few group exercise sessions as well.

    :p
     
  15. phillydude

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    A cruise is a great idea... count me in.

    Although if it doesn't pan out, I'd like to suggest we choose a hotel or motel out on the coast and make it a weekend. We could either all come in to Orlando for the actual dinner, or plan it for someplace with a waterfront view and the Orlando natives can make the drive. Somehow spending a few days on the beach looking at the scenery and a few nights enjoying the nightlife seems like a good way to pass the time.
     
  16. John Stone

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    Lisa and I are pretty much sold on the 3 day cruise if that's what the majority want.

    I think it was the promise of towel animals on the bed that convinced me. :dreamy:
     
  17. TheRyanator

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    All great ideas. I especially like the round table idea Maggie came up with...that would add a lot of value to hear from some of the more "certified" folks here...is Mastover coming???!!!
     
  18. iceweaselsarecool

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    Great idea. We could make a DVD.

    :dreamy:
     
  19. causticmuse

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    I don't really see any 3 day/2 night cruises, but there are 4 day/3 night cruises out of Port Canaveral to the Bahamas that wouldn't require too much time off. They leave on Friday afternoon and return by 7 am Monday morning in most cases. Mid-May and mid- to late August seem to be the most reasonably-priced dates within the range most people have posted as good for them so far.

    Some possible sailings with current fares (no group discounts applied):

    Royal Caribbean
    Bahamas 4 day/3 night from Port Canaveral, FL - Nassau - Cococay (departs Friday afternoon, returns at 6:30 AM Monday morning) May 2, 9; Aug 22 ($269), Aug 15 ($289), June-July (average price is $339-$419) (If link doesn't work, go to http://www.royalcaribbean.com and search for the cruise based on Port Canaveral, Bahamas, date range, and length of cruise)

    Carnival
    5 day/4 night Western Caribbean from Tampa, FL - Cozumel (departs Thursday, returns early Monday morning) Aug 21, Oct 30, Nov 13 ($269); June-July (averages $339-$419)

    4 day/3 night Bahamas from Port Canaveral (Departs Friday afternoon, returns early Monday morning)
    May 2008 (Price range $289-$359)
    June 2008 (Price ~ $369)
    July 2008 (Price range $349-$369)
    August 2008 (Price range $249-$279)
     
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  20. phillydude

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    I vote for May 2 or 9, 2008. :tu:
     
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