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       It seems to me that the media has prejudiced many outside the States
against the States  ;-(

       [continued interspersed below]

From: Jonathon <>
Date: Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 7:47 PM
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: North America Touching Basis
To: Andrew Douglas Pitonyak <>,

On January 29, 2014 2:15:15 PM PST, Andrew Douglas Pitonyak  wrote:

But the Largest US Cities are generally not on the coast (which does not
 make your statement wrong).

Of the 7 cities listed, only two of them are not international ports, with
container ships arriving/departing on a daily basis.

       [the Gulf of Mexico has the busiest ports now - from Houston, NO,
through Mobile onto Florida]

In fact, if I list the top 20, there is a very small number on the coast.

More than 40% of the US population lives in either BosWash or SanSan.
(Something else they have in common, is that both are one earthquake away
from being completely obliterated from the map.)

       [and in states which are on the point of filing bankruptcies]

smallest  average travel distance, you pick the middle of Ohio (Columbus,

Shortest distance does not correlate with "easiest to get to".
SanSan residents will go through Atlanta.
BosWash residents will go through either Detroit or Chicago.
Fly-over country residents will probably go through both Denver and Chicago.

       [and the trains travel to each of these cities, as do luxury buses;
and the highway system in the States is 2nd to none.]

1. Easy / cheap air fare to the location
2. Affordable lodging and food

Affordable lodging means going during the off season.
Cheap airfare means getting either a 90 day or 180 day APEX fare.

       [not necessarily - depends on location, airport, airline, ... ]

Also consider that rail is a viable alternative in BosWash.


Something I've missed in the conversation is:
* Roughly how many people are the organizers planning for?
* How many days will it last?

* Of those that might be going, is there a geographic  centre that might be
more appropriate?
A while ago I saw something that implied that there was an extremely large
cluster of LibO users in Puget Sound.


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