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New Meeting: I'll take Alaska for $7.2 million, Alex... and throw in some Ethiopian, will ya?

From: user 3.
Sent on: Tuesday, May 6, 2008 11:39 PM
Announcing a new meeting for The Philadelphia Dining Out Meetup Group!

What: I'll take Alaska for $7.2 million, Alex... and throw in some Ethiopian, will ya?

When: Friday, May 16, 7:00 PM

Event fee: USD1.00 per person

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Who should come: Anyone who loves Ethiopian food ... and ICE CREAM ... and thinks Alaska is worth a pro athlete's salary ... and believes that "ICE CREAM" should always be in all caps.

Why: It's our first MeetUp since Leap Year. How could you miss it?

Meeting Description: Call it "Seward's Icebox," "Seward's Folly" or "Andrew Johnson's Polar Bear Garden" ... but don't call it a bad deal.

In the late-1860's, Russia was in a difficult financial position and feared losing the Alaskan territory in a future conflict with the British without compensation. So Secretary of State William H. Seward, who favored U.S. expansion, brokered a deal with Emperor Alexander II to buy our beloved Alaska for $7,200,000 (1.9? per acre).

The logic was sound: Britain was then a common rival of Russia and the United States, and the territory provided strategic positioning, being adjacent to the United Kingdom's Canadian territories. But many ridiculed the decision, calling our 49th state a "frozen wilderness" that "contains nothing of value but furbearing animals."

That's a little harsh, as Seward's birthday and his famous "folly" are the perfect excuse for Ben & Jerry's ICE CREAM.

So from one side of the globe to the other, join us for our first MeetUp in more than two months at:

1. Abyssinia -- for delicious Ethiopian fare (a repeat -- our only one thus far -- by very popular demand); and then we'll be off to...

2. Ben & Jerry's in University City -- Mmmm ... frozen wilderness sans furbearing animals.

Since this event's theme is definitely partial to the ICE CREAM end of things, USE THE COMMENTS SECTION OF YOUR RSVP to tell your fellow Foodies what Ben & Jerry's flavor you are.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

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QUICK NOTE about RSVPing:

PLEASE ONLY RSVP "YES," IF YOU ARE COMMITTED TO ATTENDING THE DINNER.

Please use the "MAYBE" option, if:

1. You're unsure of whether or not you can make the dinner; or
2. You're not totally committed to coming. (You can always change it later.)

IF YOU RSVP "MAYBE," please confirm "YES" or "NO" as soon as possible because events fill up quickly.

In order to accommodate members who want to attend the event (but didn't get to RSVP as quickly), RSVPs still listed as "MAYBE" two days before the event will automatically default to "NO" to make room for other potential attendees.

By the same token, the site will not accept "MAYBE" RSVPs within the two days prior to the event. (At that point, new RSVPs that list themselves as "Maybe" are automatically defaulted to "No" as well.)


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THE DETAILS

Usual rules apply...

Three quick things you need to know:
1) Make sure you RSVP right away since our reservation is limited to 15 people.
2) To help defray the costs of the website, $1 will be added to your bill at the restaurant. Small price to pay for great food and great company!
3) If you happen to arrive at the restaurant before I do, the reservation is in my name (Charles).

RSVP & Waitlisting
One final note ... Please stay true to your RSVP. If you don't think you can make it make it, please change your RSVP, so others can join in the fun. (Likewise, if you want to participate in the event, but it's already filled up; RSVP "NO" and put "Waitlist me" in the response section. I'll contact you if any spaces open up.)

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THE PLACES

Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant
229 South 45th Street
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Ben & Jerry's
216 South 40th Street
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Learn more here:
http://diningout.meetup.com/318/calendar/7889206/

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