[Ubuntu-US-CA] Roseville Ubuntu Hour

Philip Ballew philipballew at gmail.com
Wed May 25 01:04:33 UTC 2011

people, people, people. if a lunch hour is all people can do then thats the
best time for one. If more people can come in the evening, then evening
sounds good as well. Nathan, I will be glad to hold one in the evening if
you can make it also. Lets see if anyone else in the greater Sacramento area
shows interest in coming and what works best for them also as well.

On Tue, May 24, 2011 at 5:46 PM, Nathan Haines <nhaines at ubuntu.com> wrote:

> On Tue, 2011-05-24 at 16:13 -0700, Mr. Andrzejak wrote:
> > I really have no idea.
> That's great.
> I, on the other hand, do have several years of event planning
> experience.  I raised some concerns because with careful planning and
> some real serious, hard thinking about whether or not running an Ubuntu
> Hour style event during a weekday lunchtime is feasible, these obstacles
> can be mitigated.  (I'm skeptical that it's really feasible, but
> objective planning is the first step.)
> If, however, someone wants to plan an event like this and then pretend
> that these problems don't exist, I can guarantee that event will be a
> dismal failure.
> This is what happens when you plan an event at a restaurant during lunch
> during the work week.
> 1. You limit your visitors to the immediate area, eliminating a source
> of interested, knowledgeable Ubuntu users as well as curious new users
> who are further out than 5 miles.
> 2. Of the few people within about 5 miles or so, you eliminate anyone
> who does not like or cannot eat the food at that establishment for
> personal, medical, or religious reasons.
> 3. Your "hour" of time is really limited to 30 or 40 minutes, part of
> which will be taken up by visitors needing to order and receive food,
> plus clean up time.
> 4. The restaurant will be filled with busy people who are rushing to get
> back to work, and anywhere that is normally crowded can have limited
> seating.  There won't be a lot of room for laptops or demonstrations and
> the rush to finish a meal mixed with laptops can cause food accidents.
> 5. If you wanted to coordinate with the restaurant, you can't make a
> reservation because you don't know how many to expect anyway.
> I recommend planning events to have easy access and to be during
> restaurants' off hours (adjacent to busy times is okay) to limit the
> negative impact on the restaurant.  But I suggest that anyone who wants
> to try it should consider the special concerns that will need to be
> planned around to improve the chances of a successful event.
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