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Can you come?

Poll ended at Wed Apr 16, 2008 12:03 am

I'll be there with bells on!
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My boss might let me have the weekend off.
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My heart will be there, but my body's otherwise occupied elsewhere.
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Total votes : 21

Postby Kinsley » Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:26 am

ghenne wrote:Have fun everyone. I look forward to all the stories and pictures!

I took a 16 hour train trip to Chicago and spent 3 days there.
Had dinners with Dana, Erin and the Gurus. Lunch and
Ferris wheel ride with Chiannemom.

Wrecked a rental car on the way to the Dells; I'm fine,
it was a low impact wreck. :roll: Dana rescued me. 8)
We got here in time for Dinner at the HOE, but not soon
enough for a nap first. I'm old, I need my naps.

Today it's going to be wandering in the countryside
House on the Rock, and an evening of gluttony.

Details and pictures will follow, but might take a while.

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Postby Parintachin » Sat Oct 18, 2008 10:30 am

Good Morning Briners!

It's 9am and I'm a sitting down here in the hotel cafe at the Hilton Garden Inn, having breakfast with Jackiecat and waiting for Volfan to get up and moble.

We was all HOEs last night and had a lovely dinner. I'll write more about it later but here's as many pictures as I have the energy to crop this morning.

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We actually met Sadie and Hubby coming in after their long drive, but I forgot to take a picture. Our next Found Briner was Dana who was coming out of the elevator as we were going down.

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Down at the hotel bar we ran into Wanda Woman.

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And Kinsley.

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And Coppertop! Our newest member and total sweetheart in person.

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We hung around the hotel bar, drinking Capitol Brewery and gossiping about all the rest of yous.

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Afterwords we adjourned to House of Embers for a Mighty feast which I will discuss at a later time.

We're off for beer and banging around Wisconsin and tonight we dine IN HELL... oh, wait... no, at the Del-Bar.
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Postby Wanda Woman » Sat Oct 18, 2008 4:54 pm

Hey Dells folks! I just got a message from Beenie. Dinner at the Del-Bar is at 7 pm tonight.
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Postby Erin » Sat Oct 18, 2008 11:44 pm

Well, the kiddie table has returned from the Del-Bar...a good 20 minutes after everyone else had made it back to the hotel. I realize with some chagrin that everybody else but Guru and I are probably up in Kinz's room boozing it up, but I'm pretty irritated.

Takes a lot for Erin to get irritated. This was why.

I'm sure peeps will post about many other happy time we all have had so far, but note to Briners, special from me to you...avoid the Del-Bar and don't recommend it to anyone you like.

Grrrrrr... :x
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Postby Susan » Sat Oct 18, 2008 11:54 pm

Erin wrote:Well, the kiddie table has returned from the Del-Bar...a good 20 minutes after everyone else had made it back to the hotel. I realize with some chagrin that everybody else but Guru and I are probably up in Kinz's room boozing it up, but I'm pretty irritated.

Takes a lot for Erin to get irritated. This was why.

I'm sure peeps will post about many other happy time we all have had so far, but note to Briners, special from me to you...avoid the Del-Bar and don't recommend it to anyone you like.

Grrrrrr... :x


Sorry you had such a miserable dinner experience but at least your company was good.
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Postby GameCook » Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:45 am

Erin wrote:Takes a lot for Erin to get irritated. This was why.

That happened to us once. EXACTLY the same experience (but a different restaurant). I wonder if there is a reason relating to the way the restaurant operates? :?

Mind you, I am NOT making any excuse! I know how it feels, and it is not nice. :x
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Postby beenie » Sun Oct 19, 2008 1:11 am

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Postby Erin » Sun Oct 19, 2008 1:24 am

Uh...we're confused as to what's going on with breakfast. Could someone please post the plans?
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Postby Parintachin » Sun Oct 19, 2008 1:36 am

8:00am

Lobby.

Mr. Pancake to follow.
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Postby honeycomb » Sun Oct 19, 2008 1:42 am

Despite the apparent Del-Bar service problemos, I thank Quizzy for pickin' up sadiedog's phone to call me at the hospital tonight and pass me around (cheap Ho that I am :wink: ). Beenie, you're a lucky lady; that Pari's one sweet-talker.

I love you guys!

Be excellent to each other, and make sure jackiecat's got her panties hanging from somebody's lampshade before y'all make it to Mr. Pancake.
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Postby CopperTop » Sun Oct 19, 2008 4:22 pm

At the airport (MKE), waiting to board the flight home.

It was a freakin' BLAST, gang.

Plane's loading, gotta run.
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Postby Quizmistress » Sun Oct 19, 2008 4:27 pm

Have a safe flight back, CT. Glad ya got all of your gadgetry thru Security.
And the rest of you; safe travels to your destinations.
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Postby Wanda Woman » Sun Oct 19, 2008 5:17 pm

I spent $60 at Penzey's.

I'm high on spices!!!

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Postby CopperTop » Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:36 pm

I'm safely back in Dallas - and making the case to the family to go up next year. 8)
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Postby jackiecat » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:07 am

honeycomb wrote:Be excellent to each other, and make sure jackiecat's got her panties hanging from somebody's lampshade before y'all make it to Mr. Pancake.


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You mean these? OOPS, I was wondering where I left them!
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Postby Erin » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:43 pm

So, catch this, peeps:

Still unsatisfied by my relative swallowed anger and other bile on Saturday night, I called the Del-Bar today to complain about the manager we'd had. I was transferred to one of the owners, Jane. Before I got too far, she identified herself as that manager.

:shock:

Not wanting to beat a dead horse, I simply re-stated my thoughts on the service we received that night and listened to her repeat to me over and over everything she wished had happened better.

There was remorse, but also a good healthy shot of defensiveness. First she told me that we showed up between seatings. I told her that we were given the OK by her staff to move our res from 6 to 7; had that been a problem and 7:30 or 8pm would have been better, we needed to be told that. I also added that we're a fairly flexible bunch and moving the res back another 30-60 minutes probably would have been just fine.

She also blamed the setup of the room, saying she just didn't think the server at the smaller table could get to us. I pointed out that we had a direct, unemcunbered path from outside the room to our table.

Anyway, we parried on and on about similar things for a few minutes before I told her I didn't want to continue on and we would just leave it at that. She told me that she's already marked this weekend in next year's book to expect us and to "really pay attention" to us next year. She also said that the first round of drinks would be on the house, so woo-hoo.

All that said...if we have this get-together in the Dells/Madison area next year and plan to have dinner at the Del-Bar again, I will not be attending. Although the food was excellent, it was REALLY expensive and provided quite terrible service; I'm not giving them another shot.

So poo. :?
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Postby Dana » Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:48 pm

Everyone, I had a wonderful time and I'll post more later.
;)


Erin,
That's interesting. Yeah, if we go back to the Dells (and to the Del-Bar) I'll join you someplace else that night. While the food was still great, the service portion was miserable.

When someone at my table escalates issues to a manager:
1. I expect service to improve. It didn't.
2. I expect the manager to "check back in." She didn't.

And, as patient as I was trying to be on the sidelines, I nearly lost my ever-loving mind when the manager repeatedly said, "I wish I could do something." :shock:

Er, you're the manager. You CAN do something.
Yet, you won't.

*Restaurant manager FAIL*

She stood there, defending bad service, implying it was subjective and that we were the issue. And, she refused to look anyone in the eye and just say "I am sorry. I do understand that this group has been here for a few years now and this is a regular event. What can I do?"

She offered nothing but excuses.
Me? I just wanted the issue to be heard. Her to nod. Say that indeed, we shouldn't have to call the manager at all - that service should have been reasonably prompt and accurate. That obviously that didn't happen or all 5 of us from that table would not have still been in the room waiting to talk to her. :?

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(Again, overall, I had a super-duper time.)
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Postby Kinsley » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:04 pm

Erin wrote: Not wanting to beat a dead horse,

That horse is not just merely dead / it's really most sincerely dead :!:

Erin wrote:All that said...if we have this get-together in the Dells/Madison
area next year and plan to have dinner at the Del-Bar again,
I will not be attending.

Take a deep breath, hon... You too, Kelli :wink: We all agreed.
(We did, didn't we?) We're not going back there, ever.
At least not to the Del-Bar. :roll:

I've been there 4 times, and they were mostly good times, but
I was ready for a change of pace anyway, AND... next year I've
gotta save my money and vacation days for the cruise to Alaska.

This time I spent 3 fun days in Chicago and 2 mostly fun days in
Wisconsin. I may do something like that again sometime, BUT...

Briners of the Great Lakes States, Now it's your turn to visit me!
There is much to do, see and eat in the exotic Mid-Atlantic region.
Everyone is welcome! :D

There are the famous CRABS, of course and much generally superb
seafood. We are near the nation's Capital with it's great monuments,
the Smithsonian and great international cuisine. If you like history,
we got tons of that AND I suspect we could persuade Mr. Dunkpro to
throw together some BBQ if there were traveling Briners in the vicinity.
Think about it. 8)

I seriously a need a shower and a nap, I've been on trains and sitting
around in train stations since I last saw you guys yesterday morning. :?

Pictures will follow, soon.

Has everyone sent me their release forms?

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Postby Parintachin » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:14 pm

Erin wrote:I called the Del-Bar today to complain about the manager we'd had. I was transferred to one of the owners, Jane. Before I got too far, she identified herself as that manager.

:shock:


Actually, that fits. A manager would have been accountable. An owner doesn't have that concern.

Fin. We're out. It's been nice hanging out there for the last couple years but if they can't handle big reservations, bugger them.
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Postby Wanda Woman » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:37 pm

Sit next to Volfan

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Good service




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Postby beenie » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:52 pm

Wanda Woman wrote:WW,
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You're still in Denver? Holy jeez, please tell me that was planned and not a travel nightmare like last year! :shock:
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Postby Kinsley » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:53 pm

Wanda Woman wrote:Sit next to Volfan
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Good service
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I can't complain about him. He wasn't very cheerful, but
he brought me everything I asked for, AND he lost my ticket...
charged me for what he could remember, which was $14 less
than the total on the ticket, so I gave him a good tip. :lol:

And while we are bashing the management: he didn't have enough
folders for the tickets and credit cards and was totally confused at
one point about which card went with which ticket... when he thought
he had it sorted, my meal ticket was gone. :roll: I hope everybody
checked the totals when they signed.
:?

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Postby Wanda Woman » Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:03 pm

beenie wrote:You're still in Denver? Holy jeez, please tell me that was planned and not a travel nightmare like last year! :shock:


Planned, so far.

However, this was the point where things went awry last year and I ended up in the pay-by-the-hour No Tell Motel in Vegas for a few hours.

I am hopeful things will go as planned this time.

I did enjoy a most excellent meal at Ella's Deli, per your wonderful suggestion! What a fun place!


Oh, and I hope things went well for you after we left, Ms. Beenie.
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Postby beenie » Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:18 pm

Wanda Woman wrote:I did enjoy a most excellent meal at Ella's Deli, per your wonderful suggestion! What a fun place!


Oooh oooh oooh, whadja have?? Did you try the deep fried pickles?

Wanda Woman wrote:Oh, and I hope things went well for you after we left, Ms. Beenie. :wink: :wink: :wink:


Heh. They did.
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Postby Wanda Woman » Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:29 pm

beenie wrote:
Wanda Woman wrote:I did enjoy a most excellent meal at Ella's Deli, per your wonderful suggestion! What a fun place!


Oooh oooh oooh, whadja have?? Did you try the deep fried pickles?

No, I'm not a fan of pickles, but the meat loaf sammich, something I never order but for some reason was craving, was faboo! I took lots of pics of the decor.


Wanda Woman wrote:
beenie wrote:Oh, and I hope things went well for you after we left, Ms. Beenie. :wink: :wink: :wink:


Heh. They did.


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Postby Kinsley » Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:45 pm

Wanda Woman wrote: I did enjoy a most excellent meal at Ella's Deli, per your wonderful suggestion! What a fun place!

Tena and I had lunch there last year.*click*

Kinsley wrote:The Wizard of Oz was a customer there that day too. :shock:

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Pari said that it would be a "psychedelic" experience. I don't think that's
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tripping, if you're into that sort of thing
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to come up with a word for it. Funkertaining is the best I can do.

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Postby lunanoir » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:05 pm

Wanda Woman wrote:
beenie wrote:
Wanda Woman wrote:I did enjoy a most excellent meal at Ella's Deli, per your wonderful suggestion! What a fun place!


Oooh oooh oooh, whadja have?? Did you try the deep fried pickles?

No, I'm not a fan of pickles, but the meat loaf sammich, something I never order but for some reason was craving, was faboo! I took lots of pics of the decor.


Oh I had that the one time I've been there too. However, I was also brutally hung over so the decor was sort of lost on me.

I'm just lucky enough that Beenie and Pari only live two hours from me and have a very comfortable green sofa that is quite amenable to second days of hangovers.

The fried pickles are awesome though.

Erin, lemme know what your novemberish weekends look like..
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Postby beenie » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:28 pm

lunanoir wrote:Erin, lemme know what your novemberish weekends look like..


Count me in on that too... my rear end seems to be a little crowded for all the Chicagoans who are up it about the fact that I need to come down for a lil' visit. :P :lol:

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Wanda Woman wrote:Sit next to Volfan

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Good service




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Postby altnbrwnismyguru » Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:51 am

beenie wrote:
lunanoir wrote:Erin, lemme know what your novemberish weekends look like..


Count me in on that too... my rear end seems to be a little crowded for all the Chicagoans who are up it about the fact that I need to come down for a lil' visit. :P :lol:

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