Anyone up for lunch in Boston? Thinking maybe the 2nd or 3rd Saturday (or would a Sunday be better?) in January at the Pru (Legals, perhaps?). The more the merrier!
Hey! What a stroke of genius! Count me in!
January 13 (second Saturday) is the weekend of another long weekend, so folks (me) may actually get away ;-) So my vote is for a bit later in the month - Jan 20 or 27 are all good.
What a great idea, Pauline.
Hi Pauline! I haven't spent much time on the kitchen forum lately, but there you are. If this lunch comes to pass, will you let me know? Thanks,
That could be fun! A Saturday probably better, unless itis 1 p.m. or even a bit later on the Sunday.
CAn I just say "maybe?" It depends on what date you choose. Its not that I have a preference its just that between young children and--what's that word for a crisis of enormous proportions that sucks every waking minute from your life and every penny from your wallet...? Oh, right. Remodeling!--I'm not sure what is going to happen on any weekend in january. I think I'd prefer the 27th but I'm open to other weekends.
Saturday the 27th seems to work best for everyone, why don't we shoot for it?
There's a few restaurants at the Pru; Legals, California Pizza Kitchen, I think there's a steak place, also - anyone have a preference? Looking forward to seeing/meeting everyone! Anyone else interested - don't be shy now, lol
Great idea, Pauline. The 27th works for me!
I'd pick legals, myself, because I believe I"m going back on weight watcher's in the new year and I know that menu works for people trying to make up for the excesses of 2006.
I can't promise anything, but I'll try.
Barring unforseens - I believe that will work. California Pizza Kitchen has some killer salads, but probably Legal would be less crowded.
oh...my...g-d...is "Bill V" actually a real person and actually local in MA? Its like finding out that you live next door to superman! I'm definitely coming.
Bill, maybe Kathleen would like to come. I'm thinking there's an amazing yarn/knitting type store in that area - probably really pricey, but she might enjoy poking around? I can research for you, if you'd like?
lol @ abfab, wait till you hear Bill's voice, mucho sexy (can I say that Bill?)
jubileej, my DD raves about the California Pizza's salads - it's her favorite place when in town. Are you north or south shore, btw (or out west)?
After posting that I couldn't find the thread, I found it!
I'm more of a "newbie lurker", but I would love to join you if that's okay. I might even have sketches to share, whoopie! The 27th would be great, and Legal sounds wonderful. It could be my last splurge before backsplash shopping.
abfab-- I'm no superman. :-) Just a tile guy, and I'm up in Maine, about an hour north of Portland.
Pauline-- MY voice??? Well, I guess if ya like Ernest T. Bass...
sounds like fun...
checking my calendar...hmmm...seems kids have the day off on the 26th (teacher professional day) so we might head north if they ever get any snow up there...the 6yo wants to learn to ski...
I'll let you know as the 27th gets closer....
We're getting snow right now (about 4" so far), and supposed to get some more tuesday and wednesday, and I'm right around the corner from Shawnee Peak (about 5 minutes away)
right after i posted, it started to snow here! big fluffy flakes that are coating the ground...not predicting much more than a dusting... I think? it's supposed to be 41 tomorrow, which I hope is right as we are taking the kids into First Night...for the daytime activities and early fireworks.
we like to ski King Pine in Madison NH when the kiddies are little---small hill, cheap lift tickets and lots of ticket options ...and only 15 minutes from our cottage! :-)
I've never tried Shawnee...how's the skiing there? that's only a bit further than Cranmore for us...
Here-- decide for yourself (I'm not a skier-- I just fish the lake at the bottom LOL)! :-)
This isn't even HALF their trails. :-)
What mountain is that, Bill? It looks a bit like Shawnee Peak (aka Pleasant Mountain.) If so, do you live nearby? But then again, mountains with ski slopes all tend to look alike to me.
It is, and I do-- about 5 minutes away. :-)
THIS is more my favorite look of THAT mountain!! LMAO
Bill, my mother lives about 10 minutes away (for most of the year.) When I was there earlier this week, it looked more like picture 2 than picture 1. Glad the white stuff is coming down.
Hi paulines -
I'm in the Metrowest vicinity.
zelmar-- just to give you an idea-- you know where the only two stop lights are in town-- I'm just about right dead in the middle of both of them. :-)
Hi Bill. Well, I only know of 1 town in the vicinity that has TWO stop lights (nice town!.) Another one, in the opposite direction from the mountain, has only one that I can think of. My mother's town, forming a point of a triangle between the two, doesn't have any but a famous author has a summer house nearby (I bet you might do some bass fishing there.) No reason not to name the town but it's fun being a little cryptic. My dad was a high school teacher and we spent our summers there while I grew up. LOVE the area. DH and I seriously considered settling down there 20 years ago but ended up nearer his relatives than mine.
Actually, that author sold that house years ago. His house is up in Bangor now. As for being cryptic, I wasn't trying to be. It's pretty common knowledge here, as well as in most other forums I post in that I'm in Bridgton. I was only trying to tell you WHERE in Bridgton, being that you're familiar with the area. :-)
zelmar--my cousin lives in that town. :-) small world...
I just got back from early First Night revelries in town...saw some good shows at the Hynes...the fireworks at 7pm on the common were fantastic and back home before 9pm...
Cripes. transplanted New Englander out here in the midwest - travel out to Boston regularly to check on family.
Hmmm, what date are we lookin at?
Celticmoon, it would be truly awesome if you could make it!
Nancy? Zelmar? Crossing my fingers!
Does Saturday, January 27th work for you?
Zobeet & Aekekk also expressed an interest in coming - hopefully they'll find their way over here!
Hi Paulines, I need to wait to see how the next few weeks go before I can commit--especially since it's a bit of a drive (which means weather will also be a factor.) I really hope it works out since I would love to meet you all. I love the idea and thank you for putting in the effort :-)
Pauline, thanks for the heads up on the decorating side. I would love to be part of a get together, but will most likely be skiing on the weekends ... we picked what could be the warmest winter to rent a ski house in VT!! If the rain and warm weather continue I will definately be joining you!
January the 27th, Prudential Center....Legals?
DH isn't working that day, so as long as he'll wrangle the kids for a couple of hours I'll be there.
Anybody compiling a list for direct notification? I can or I'll be on it. zobeet @ gmail . com
zobeet, it's probably best just to stay tuned to this thread. If you (or anyone) would like to send me your home phone no., I'd be happy to give you a jingle to confirm the plans. Just post here at this thread if you've emailed me through this site - the emails tend to be very unreliable.
If we have a large enough group, I'll make reservations (under TKO?) in a couple of weeks. So far it looks like we have:
Did I miss anyone? I'll request a really large table so that we have room to check out renderings, floor plans & pictures, lol!
Thinking around 12:30-1:00 pm, does that work or is later, better? Anyone else, interested?
Pauline-- see what you can do about getting a street address so I can hit Mapquest and get directions.
bill, Legal's give the address as:
The Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199
Phone: (617) 266 6800
there are a few garages around and I think you can get your ticket validated at Legal's, but parking is pretty expensive...we were in for First Night and dh wanted the convenience of getting in and out quickly, so we paid $30 to park for 8 hours. SOme of the garages are a bit less if you know the area and don't mind walking a bit...or you can try and get lucky and find street parking...
I am still a maybe at this point....the weather is supposed to get more seasonal in hte next weeks, so we may still head north...
There's also this one in the same vicinity:
100 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 266-7775
Mindstorm, Capecodder - which one did we have lunch at last time??? I've been to both (although I can't recall which is which) and I think the one we met at is a bit roomier.
Pauline, it was the one at Copley...I'm still not sure I can go, but will let you know. Janet
12:30 sounds good, if not too early for others. I have a 4:30 meeting later.
Capecodder's right - we went to the Huntington Ave one at Copley. That explains why I was confused when I saw Nancy's Boylston Street address! - I didn't know there were two Legal's at the Pru. I usually go to Prudential Street proper and know that there is one there (although I've never eaten at it) but I still remembered parking and getting off at Huntington Ave and for the past few days have been trying to figure out WHY I did that! :-)
Ok, so we are meeting at the Copley one?
I suspect there will have to be an APB put out for wayward GWebbers who will have converged at the "other" Legal no matter what you say ;-)
didn't mean to muddy the waters! when Pauline first said Pru and Legal I just assumed the one off Boylston st. (you know what you get when you ass u me....). Plus the fact that I had just walked by it twice on First Night....
so Copley it is...who knew we'd get confused--it's not like we're trying to meet at Dunkin Donuts...LOL!
Still not sure if I am able to make it or not...will let you know...
Do I have this right?
We are meeting at the Copley plaza Legal seafood's at 12:30 on January 27th? So if I take a cab down there, or the subway, I just get out at copley and start staggering around until I find it? Should we all wear something, you know, renovat-y so we recognize each other? I'm thinking of something like
a) those suspenders with tape measures on them
b) a lot of building dust
c) a desperate expression
d) all of the above.
I'll be there, I'm pretty sure. Unless someone gets sick or the contractor sends us out for another round of "what did you want us to install?"
Should I bring name tags and we can write our GW name and our real name? Someone please tell me if that is too goofy. And Pauline will you please officially post the address of the Legal's we're going to to eliminate confusiion? Thx.
The Legals at Copley Place (100 Huntington Ave) @ 12:30 on Saturday January 27th it is. Perhaps everyone could touch base here on this thread sometime Friday (the 26th) to confirm whether they are coming?
Abfab, I'll put the reservations under TKO - but will be waiting outside the door to Legal's asking any and every woman entering if she's from the Kitchen Forum (hey, it worked last time, lol). Bill, if you're coming I think I'll recognize you. If anyone would like my cell phone no., send me an email.
Honeyb2 & Janet, I'm taking the train in, if you want to meet up.
This should be great fun, I'm looking forward to seeing/meeting ya all!
So-o-o, does one actually go into the Pru building - or is it on the street?
It's in the Copley Place Mall. Legals is on the 2nd floor. There's an entrance to Copley Place directly across the street from the Back Bay T station and on Huntington Ave, as well. The Prudential & Copley Malls are side by side - the Copley is the smaller of the two and it's the one WITHOUT the convention center.
See you in a couple weeks!
May I join you? I haven't posted lately, and my tiny-kitchen remodel is waaaaaaay behind schedule, but I'd love to meet other TKOs. (No one else understands.....)
It's only a short T ride for me. In fact, if the weather is terrible--and it's bound to be, sooner or later--I could even schlep through snowbanks to get there. But then I might be lunching by myself!
Of course minikit, the more, the merrier. Looking forward to meeting you!
Bill, if you're coming I think I'll recognize you.
I'll be wearing a chamois shirt that says "Creative
Ceramic and Marble" over the pocket, so I should be pretty easy to pick out. :-)
I'm still planning to attend. I think checking in on 1/26 is a great idea, in case of last minute cancellations or additions. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone!
By the way, I'll be coming in on the commuter rail from Lowell. If anyone else is coming in that way, we can meet up in North Station and go together.
Bill, I vote you wear a shirt that says card carrying, Bible thumping, Fox News watching, Bill O'Rielly lovin', pro-life, loud mouth conservative on it. I'll carry your gun. :-) (Bring the double-barrelled, self-loading, automatic rifle with the silencer, LEDs, and subwoofer).
Abfab, would you like to go in together? If you're going from Lex or Arl as I will be, we could certainly do so. I did plan to take my car down to Alewife and then take the subway in unless the temps are anything like today in which case I drive in. Sorry by the way that I didn't answer your last email. I had guests over at the time so didn't respond then and then keep forgetting to check/sort email when I'm at home for all the emails I do want to answer.
Is there room for one more? I've been out of the loop for a while - but still remodeling. I'd love to come, though because of work I can't be definite until the morning of.
Pauline, sorry to say I can't go...we're going on a "romatnic getaway." You'll have to tell me how it went. I hope everyone has a great time!
We'd love it if you could make it, ejr! The reservations will be under TKO - I'll get there a bit early and be waiting by the entrance to Legals. Maybe Abfab's idea of suspenders bejeweled with a tape measure isn't bad, lol.
Janet, we'll miss seeing you (it's been far too long!)but a romantic getaway sounds way more exciting (not to say we're not an exciting bunch or anything)! YOU have a great time, too!
Bill (see Bill, I'm removing the question mark,lol)
Do I have it right? Did anyone see the extended weather forecast - I think white stuff is predicted for Friday, ugh!
I just noticed this. I'd like to come, but I don't think I will be able to. (I think a birthday thing will be happening that day.) It would be good if I could get there, just to keep Bill from being henpecked too much.
I'll see how things shape up between now and then. If things clear up then I'll check back to see if there is room for another. I've learned a lot from a bunch of you, and would love to put faces with the names.
I know I said we'd touch base here Friday, but actually, could we make that Thursday? I'll call in the reservations Friday morning. I'm sure there will be one or two (or three?) that won't know until Saturday morning and that's fine.
lol Paul, let us know how things go.
I was hoping to know by now if I am coming...
I am definitely not heading to NH this weekend, but plans are still up the air. Yesterday while working on cleaning out MIL's house in w. ma(she passed away in may) we got a call that her sister died. She is in FL, and all family is here, so later in the week there will be services at some point...
I hope to know more in the next few days...
Unfortunately I can't swing a run out east this weekend... will be a blast I'm sure. Though I just know I'd end up at the wrong Legal, LOL.
How are we doing - is everyone still up for Saturday?
Count me in.
I'm out. :(
catch you next time
I'll be there. And no snowbanks in sight!
Thanks for making all the arrangements, Pauline. By the way, since I'm new at this, how do you deal with the bill (as opposed to the Bill)?
Count me in too. I'm really excited about this and looking forward to it.
Umm, what time are we meeting again? 12:30?
Legal Seafood's at Copley, yes?
If you plan your meals as obsessively as your kitchen, here's a link to Legal-Copley's lunch menu. Delish!
Here is a link that might be useful: Legal-Copley's lunch menu
Sorry, folks-- I'm out. I had a hardwood guy get sick this week, and I lost a couple of days waiting for him to get his work done. So if I don't work this weekend, I'll be way behind the 8 ball. Hopefully, next time.
We won't be around either ... they have been making snow like crazy up North, so we will be going skiing. Hope you all have a great time!
I may have to pass on this get-together myself, unfortunately. A friend of DH's passed last Friday and we just found out there will be some sort of memorial and afterservice tomorrow. I'm hesitant for DH to attend by himself as he took the passing very hard.
On the other hand, I was so looking forward to seeing/meeting everyone. Can I let everyone know tonight after I've had a chance to speak to DH?
I'm sorry to hear this, Pauline, and I think you SHOULD be with your husband.
Since it wouldn't be the same without The Organizer (not to mention The Bill and several others), if you can't be there why don't we just reschedule? There are only a few of us left, including some still uncertain. I, for one, would enjoy see those of you who can't be there tomorrow.
Next Saturday, the following Saturday....?
Pauline, I'm so sorry to hear about DH's friend passing. My condolences to both of you.
I'm game to reschedule if a different date is more convenient for more.
I'm relatively easy to manage on Saturdays so if there are enough people for tomorrow, I can still be on. If not, I'm game for a later date.
Thanks minikit & mindstorm, you're both so sweet!
I just spoke to DH again and he's pretty insistent that I carry on with my plans to meet up with you all. There's no argueing with the man, lol
minikit, in response to your question, last time we got together we split the check. None of us had a cocktail or wine (I think?) and the meals were priced the same more or less, so it worked out well. I think we might of had an appetizer or two to nibble on while we chatted and we shared the cost of that, as well.
I did leave a message for HoneyB2, hopefully she's still planning on coming & I think Abfabs' planning on coming, as well?
One other thing, the train gets me into Back Bay at 12:30, so I actually won't get to Legals until 12:40-12:45, or so -how about I make reservations for 1:00? Is that ok with everyone?
One p.m. is fine for me. I hope your DH holds up well without you!
Paulines, you and your husband are very thoughtful. Let me say, though, that everyone seems flexible - and it is awfully cold out - so I wouldn't mind a reschedule - though I was planning on returning a teaching kit to the BSO anyway and can come in if others really want this week-end.
So, I'm game, either way. How does ev. else feel?
I too will go along with the majority--if there is one.
I must say that, if I were in Pauline's position--having a noble husband(!) and understanding TKO-mates--I'd be inclined to reschedule; otherwise during lunch I'd probably be wondering how's he's doing on his own. (A wild generalization: we women feel free to cry, but men don't seem to manage as well in such painful public situations.)
Pauline, if you know that he really wants you there, don't feel guilty about rescheduling US. Has anyone complained about that possibility?
There are only a few of us anyway, and TKOs are used to Revising the Plan! And it's not as though you have to cancel the church, the hall, and the flowers.......
Yea, the site's back up!
Lol minikit and thank you & jubileej for your concern, but let's meet up tomorrow - DH will be fine (honestly).
I'm making reservations for 1:00 under the name *TKO*. Honeyb2 and I will be coming by train - we'll be waiting outside the entrance to Legals (Copley) sans suspenders ;)
We're on then!
I'm definitely in and ejr2005 left me a message that she is a definite maybe. She'll confirm with me tomorrow and we'll come in together if she's coming. Else I'll see Pauline, minikit, jubileej, honeyb2, hopefully abfab and ... anyone else?
I'm coming! I couldn't get onto the site Friday, but it was because my internet connection was wonky...must be the sub zero wind chill. I'll be in a long black down coat and a leopard print hat and scarf!
Pauline, I am so sorry to hear about your DH's friend passing. He is very sweet to insist that you keep your "date".
I'm looking forward to meeting everyone!
Can't tell you yet what I'll be wearing--either the unfashionable but warm parka or the slightly more fashionable and maybe warmer long coat. Either way I'll look like an Iditarod musher. I'm taking the T but will be ready for a few minutes of bitter cold at both ends.
If Pauline and Honeyb2 are both at the door, I'll enjoy trying to guess who's who.
This is going to be fun!
I'm sorry, everyone. I woke up feeling sick this morning, and knew I could not go. I wanted to call the restaurant and leave a message, but I wound up falling back to sleep, and didn't wake up to even call until almost 2. I hope the restaurant gave you my message when I finally did call. I'm sorry if I caused any trouble by not showing up! I hope you all had a wonderful time.
Back to bed for me, at least for now. Please keep me in mind for the next one!
Emmie, we did get your message. So sorry you weren't able to make it, are you feeling any better? We definitely will get together again and look forward to meeting you!
Did everyone get home ok? It was a pleasure seeing/meeting you all and I enjoyed myself immensely!
This is what I did when I got home (like I need it after all those amazing desserts at lunch,lol):
That WAS fun, Pauline. Thank you again for arranging it. And thanks to Abfab, Ejr2005, Honeyb2, Jubileej, and Mindstorm for your good company.
Not having met any of you before, I didn't know what to expect. I should have known that a bunch of TKOs meeting over food would be folks I'd enjoy spending time with. I'd love to get together again!
Whoo Hoo! that was invigorating! It WAS fun for all us "non-people" to take on flesh and bone! And for those who could not join us - we missed getting to see you. Emmie, your message did arrive at our table - so sorry you are under the weather. Fix yourself a nice hot cuppa tea! (And drool over paulines virtual almond pastries.)
Bill, we gossiped about you to pass the time. And a good time was had by all.
Ah huh. :-)
NOW you've peaqued my curiosity!!
Suffice to say Bill that if you ever get burnt out in the tiling biz, I think I know of a perfect job for you.
How do you feel about talking on the phone?
Oh I should have realized when I got up this morning that all you guys would manage to get to this thread before me! I meant to be the first to post on our amazing lunch!
I really want to thank Pauline, who organized the whole thing and made sure that mindstorm, enid and I didn't get lost on our way, and who anchored the lunch with her encyclopedic knowledge of all things kitchen and all things garden web. It was a truly great experience meeting everyone and if we all hadn't had "real lives" I think the restaurant would have been kicking us out at 2:00 am after some seriously hard partying. As it was we left decorously after only about four or five hours of non stop talking--but there was so much more to say!
I can't wait for our next get together and I hope all the other new englanders, past and present, can get there too. It was a blast.
No, Bill, what Pauline had in mind--after hearing your voice--was a bit more interesting.
Ahem...... Nice weather we're having?
Sorry Bill, not trying to be cryptic or anything (or maybe I am :)
I mentioned that you have an amazingingly sexy voice and if Kathleen didn't mind, talking to lonely woman might be a great occupation for you (capisci?). Now I'll shut up.
Minikit & Abfab, you are most welcome - it was really nice meeting everyone, I wish we could have chatted longer!
Sorry I didn't make it. I've been frantically thinking and re-thinking my kitchen plans, so even though getting together with all of you would probably have been a good idea, I wasn't in the right frame of mind. Glad it was fun!
Hmmm - my post from yesterday appears to have vanished into the void. So anyway....just wanted to echo others in saying how lovely it was to meet my fellow TKOers. The time flew by so fast! And thank you Pauline for making it all happen.
I've been a bit long getting back here but I too wanted to say what a great time I had getting to meet you all. Thank you so much Pauline for making it happen. Emmie, I'm sorry you were feeling poorly and hope you are better now. zobeet, I'm sorry we didn't get to meet you either but I can certainly understand not wanting to divert attention from what was at the fore of your mind.
Sounds like I missed a good time. :-) Damn work anyway!!
Looks like I'm the last to chime in as usual. I ended up working all day Sunday and into the night. It was with folks I'm fond of and hopefully they've found a new home they'll love though so I'm not complaining. Of course I had to blow off a date with my DH to try to start getting the stuff in our house under control...
I'm so glad I went to the get together. What a treat meeting folks in the flesh. I'll now really notice what everyone writes, and can put face and personality to virtual voices. I have to say that after all of our focus on kitchens I was surprised at some of the conversations that happened. And it seemed like they could have gone on for hours more. We'll definitely have to do it again. And it would be great to meet the other local folks. Bill - you're a definite, especially after all the discussion!
It was also fun having Mindstorm and Abfab into my still partially done kitchen. I haven't allowed too many folks in, but figured they would understand. I now have a couple of people that can vouch for the great feel of my honed granite. They did what everyone seems to do - fondle it!
OT: Abfab - I think you mentioned someone local who had Marianna soapstone. Can I have that contact? You could list here, or I think still email me privately through the this site, or get my phone # from Mindstorm.
Thank you so much Pauline for organizing us and telling us stories about the old days on the Garden Web. What fun! Thanks to all who came - that wss one of the more interesting afternoons I've spent recently! Emmie - I hope you're better and that you and others can join in the next time.
Thanks for all the well wishes. I am feeling better, and really hoping I can make it to the next luncheon! I'm glad to hear that everyone had such a good time.
So.....when's our next date?