Sending you the "final details" early as I will be traveling the next few days.What you need to bring:
- Holiday cards - How many? We are not running Santa's sweatshop, so if everyone can get at least five cards completed that would be awesome and equate to over 200 cards completed. If you have extra cards to share, that would be awesome as well. If you wrote some in advance - very cool. PLEASE NOTE: While you should place the cards in envelopes, do not seal the envelopes because the letters have to be screened by Operation Gratitude before they are sent.
- Cash for cocktails - life will be easier for everyone if you bring cash including some smaller bills to cover your drinks and snacks.
- A pen - obviously.
- A clipboard (optional) - while we expect to have plenty of table space, I'm guessing having a few clipboards to write on would be a solid idea.
- What you can write about: share your own holiday plans and wish the letter recipient a happy and safe holiday, express your appreciation for the job our troops do and their sacrifice and their families' sacrifice to help keep the country safe, what is going on that day (a bunch of us are gathered in a bar in LA toasting their valor and writing cards to send them our best wishes), about anything else you might think would be interesting if you yourself were far away from civilian life.
- What not to write: Please avoid the following topics - politics, military policy, anything about the middle east, terrorism and religion (it is ok to say that the troops are in your prayers).
If everyone can be mindful it will help make the experience more enjoyable for everyone.
- When you arrive, look for the table where we will have the name tags so we can sign you in and get you tagged.
- This isn't a sweatshop so write at an enjoyable pace and take time to meet your fellow One Brickers.
- During the time when you are strictly mingling and not writing, please let some else use the tables for writing if writing space seems in short supply.
- As you complete cards, put them in the completed card box. It is inevitable that someone will spill a drink at this event; by keeping completed cards away from the drinks we can minimize any "collateral damage" :)
- Please make sure you pay for your F&B and include tax and tip before you split.
- Have a plan to get home safely (cab/bus/designated driver) if you are cocktailing it up.
- Two hours of free parking is available at the three public garages in Culver City: see map http://www.downtowncu...
- The Watseka garage is closest to Rush Street with it being directly across the street. If one were to move their car every two hours between garages, in theory one could park free for a very long time...
- When you arrive at Rush Street, go toward the back of the restaurant and then up the staircase on the left hand side to the mezzanine/second floor area and look for at least one of us with a One Brick t-shirt.