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Asheville and all of Western North Carolina are wonderful places to visit. We have a powerful progressive presence, both cultural and political, and for the most part everyone is really nice. And the views are breath taking. If you've never been here, we promise you'll love it.

This week's edition offers us a chance to explore the possibility of turning August 4th, Moral Monday Asheville into a DKos Asheville meet up. Please join the discussion below.

David's excellent diary from Wednesday is here and Lamont Cranston's fine piece from Friday is here. Both of these diaries and discussion look at the upcoming Mountain Moral Monday event in Asheville on August 4th.

We would like to use this opportunity create a mini DKos Asheville community meet up on that day and Wednesday's diary by David generated a lot of discussion. Please use this diary to move this discussion along. I am crazy busy these days and have been unable to join much of the conversation but yes, I think it a wonderful opportunity to get us back together.

There have been suggestions that we meet for food before the event and a couple of ideas were floated including the location of our snowy winter meet up near the interstate and locations downtown near the event. Maybe we should also consider meeting up after the event instead. Just a thought, though I know that might be problematic for folks traveling from afar.

I will let navajo know what we decide and she can add us to the "Connect" blog.

I will also look into a DKos banner we could hold up at the event.

I am open to any ideas to make this meet up successful. I'll be working all day but will try to check in from time to time on my iPhone. Have a great day. I look forward to seeing everyone in Asheville on August 4th!

By the way, my availability to pull off a larger meet up is looking like late September/early October.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Libertarianism is something that most people grow out of, not unlike, say, hay fever or asthma. Bob Johnson

    by randallt on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 08:50:00 AM PDT

  •  Moral Monday Asheville sounds wonderful! (7+ / 0-)

    I wish I could be there even though I'm not from NC, but I have to take care of the pooties and woozles right around 5 o'clock.  That's their dinnertime and time for Snorpi's insulin.  What don't I do for my critters!

  •  I think we should try to work around the ... (6+ / 0-)

    ... plans of those traveling from out of town.  I gather that Gordon20024 and SteelerGrrl both want to come, though SteelerGrrl doesn't yet know whether she can get a half day off.  Knowing when and where the out of town folks can be here may help us decide what will work for getting together.

    My personal preference is to meet uptown before the event.  That way parking should be easier if we're meeting at say 3:00 or 3:30.

    And my personal preference for a meeting place is Rosetta's.  It's a bit further away than the places that LamontCranston and DawnN mentioned; but not too far of a walk.  It might be a bit small depending on how many people plan to meet.  My second choice is Laughing Seed.  And personally, a plan to park at the Wall St garage if possible; it's my favorite garage, and I consider it walking distance to the event.

    I'm heading in to town right now, but will check back in later today.

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    Love one another

    by davehouck on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 10:55:25 AM PDT

  •  Can't make this one :( (5+ / 0-)
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    randallt, davehouck, Gordon20024, Joieau, DawnN

    But I heartily second David's suggestion to meet at Rosetta's. We had dinner there after the last meetup on his rec, and it's an absolute must for every future trip to Asheville we take.

    It's an unseasonably cool and drizzly day in Charlotte. The garden is thriving, and I'm tie dyeing some socks. Hope everyone's having a good weekend!

    "Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God." - Kurt Vonnegut

    by SteelerGrrl on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 12:19:13 PM PDT

  •  Rosetta's it is! (3+ / 0-)
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    Gordon20024, davehouck, DawnN

    I love that you guys love it there too. A long time favorite place. Many late nights!

    What time does everyone want to shoot for? Late lunch? 1:00 or a little later? Just so you know, I'm not sure if I'm off yet. Will know in a few days.

    Rain, rain rain here. Our house was hit by a falling tree this morning. Close call but everyone is ok and the damage is minor. Getting the tree off the house is going to be a challenge.

    Libertarianism is something that most people grow out of, not unlike, say, hay fever or asthma. Bob Johnson

    by randallt on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 03:45:23 PM PDT

  •  Rosetta's menu (3+ / 0-)
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    davehouck, Gordon20024, DawnN

    Libertarianism is something that most people grow out of, not unlike, say, hay fever or asthma. Bob Johnson

    by randallt on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 05:28:35 PM PDT

  •  Rosetta's is a great place and I'm all for (3+ / 0-)
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    Gordon20024, davehouck, randallt

    scheduling for out-of-towners.

    Haven't heard if the Green Grannies are singing again this year, but if so, you're all welcome - being an actual Granny is not a requirement.

    Wish I could offer to have you all at my house - which is walking distance from Pack Square - but we're just moving in, not to mention it's a construction site. Think we got it just ahead of the guy who puts up those "condemned - do not enter" signs. But maybe soon.........

    If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food, either. - Joseph Wood Krutch

    by DawnN on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 06:40:17 PM PDT

  •  Count me in at Rosetta's as well! What time? Also (2+ / 0-)
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    davehouck, randallt

    the late September, early October date is good for me as we are out of town in NY the middle of October (10/15 - 10 20) for a major livestock event.

    “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

    by LamontCranston on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 07:02:54 PM PDT

  •  Time (2+ / 0-)
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    Gordon20024, davehouck

    Since the rally starts at 5:00 and we could be there at 4:00 to get a good seat, how about meeting at Rosetta's at 2:00?
    That will give us a nice long lunch, letting us leave after 3:30 and still get there by 4:00.

    Libertarianism is something that most people grow out of, not unlike, say, hay fever or asthma. Bob Johnson

    by randallt on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 06:20:43 AM PDT

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