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Warm up your credit cards and come on it, as here is where you will find all the BerserkerDay offers. Apologize to your spouse ahead of time.
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#1 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 22nd, 2015, 8:24 am

I'm adding a 'first' thread, as here is the best spot to explain what BerserkerDay is, to those who haven't yet had the pleasure of participating in the madness. I'm fully expecting to set more traffic records, as we always do, and typically on BerserkerDay we get about 15,000 visitors to the site.

WHAT IS BERSERKERDAY??

For those who do not know, BerserkerDay was named for the day it was founded at its current location on the web - January 27 - with the URL wineberserkers.com. Each year, on the 27th, I invite wineries, retailers, and other peddlers of the wine industry to offer berserk deals on their wares. Each is posted throughout the day, and in (this year) 5-minute increments, spreading out the fun throughout the day, ending with an auction of even more fantastic items. This day of deals is a fantastic way for those ITB to give back to consumers, and also the reverse, as many, many new and exciting wineries/producers/wines are discovered by Berserkers on BerserkerDay, with purchases made, and discussions from those who might have experience with them. There is NO revenue sharing or cost to any participating winery or retailer, as to do that would raise the prices in the offers - this way, the maximum discount is given to all those who show up on this magical day. It's also a way for me to give back to what makes Wine Berserkers what it is - the community! All the fantastic content on WB is from you, and here's a way for me to setup a virtual party for everyone - current and future community members.

History of Wine Berserkers: The name 'Berserkers' actually comes from Mark Squires (the image below shows when/how the original group of 15 or so was named by him), before the word that bore our community became a banned word on that website and forum. Our growth has never stopped over the past 6+ years (there was half a year on another domain name as well) and we're currently at nearly 19,000 registered members strong.
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This year, be sure to tell your friends, as I'm opening the BerserkerDay VI forum up to anyone who wants to see it - you don't HAVE to be registered (unless you have an order that requires you to PM the winery, in that case, you better register!) to see the deals. We'll have a Twitter hashtag of #berserkerday and hope that you can post your favorite threads on Facebook as well on the 27th. PLEASE help point it out to me, so I can see when folks are sharing. My Twitter handle is @toddfrench, so please tag me, and on Facebook, I'm easy to find.

How Does It Work?

Wineries, winemakers, and retailers of wine and other goods (gourmet foods, prime beef, coffee, wine accessories, etc) create their own offers on a forum only they can see. I assign random launch times for each offer, and when the offer becomes live I move it from the Participants Pre-Launch forum to this forum, where you can see them and purchase as you see fit. Offers are posted in 5 minute increments, with a few breaks during the day.

Jan 26th (PREVIEW DAY) 9 am (ish) PST: Subscribers get a sneak preview of ALL offers, as I grant them access to the Pre-Launch Forum on January 26th. (If you are a Subscriber, and you don't see the Pre-Launch forum, your Subscriber status may have expired) Subscribers cannot purchase the offers shown on the Pre-Launch forum (and the participants have been informed of this) but they CAN purchase from the BerserkerBusiness participants, and you will see these offers on a separate forum, named "Subscribers 'Early Purchase' Offers for BerserkerDay VI" (pretty obvious, huh?). These offers WILL be available for purchase on January 26th, and will not have any specific launch times. ALL offers go dark at the end of the day, awaiting their launch times on BerserkerDay, so Subscribers will not be able to see them anymore, around 10pm PST

Jan 27th (BerserkerDay) 7:15 am PST: IT'S ON LIKE DONKEY KONG!!! Watch for new offers every 5 minutes or so, and don't waste any time asking questions with the winemakers/winery owners/retailers, as if you wait, you might get distracted by the NEXT offer, or offers. Auctions will be posted in the afternoon, and run into the early evening. Auctions can be extended if interest level determines it should.

We'll have more offers than ever before, and likely more traffic than ever before, so there's plenty of wine to go around - SHARE THE EVENT with your friends via email, Facebook, Twitter, anything, and they'll love you for it!

Thank you for coming, and please be sure there is more available credit on your plastic than you ever assumed you'd need, because the deals are vast, varied, and fantastic.

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#2 Post by adam landa » January 22nd, 2015, 10:57 am

Todd...Perhaps I missed it noted somewhere, but will there be a preview for subscribers?

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#3 Post by brigcampbell » January 23rd, 2015, 7:13 am

adam landa wrote:Todd...Perhaps I missed it noted somewhere, but will there be a preview for subscribers?

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#4 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 23rd, 2015, 7:20 am

I see there is need for me to amend the first post, so I will do so - thanks for the feedback via further questions, so I know to add more info to it!
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#5 Post by Phil P. » January 23rd, 2015, 12:31 pm

Todd,

Will the preview on 26th indicate time or order the offers will hit on the 27th?
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#6 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 23rd, 2015, 12:36 pm

Phil P. wrote:Todd,

Will the preview on 26th indicate time or order the offers will hit on the 27th?
No - I'll be assigning times and indicating that to the participants, but it's more fun when it is a surprise [cheers.gif]
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#7 Post by sdfruman » January 24th, 2015, 6:03 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
Phil P. wrote:Todd,

Will the preview on 26th indicate time or order the offers will hit on the 27th?
No - I'll be assigning times and indicating that to the participants, but it's more fun when it is a surprise [cheers.gif]
Except for those of us stuck on an island off the coast of CA for the day working... [stirthepothal.gif]
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#8 Post by Russ Williams » January 24th, 2015, 10:11 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
Phil P. wrote:Todd,

Will the preview on 26th indicate time or order the offers will hit on the 27th?
No - I'll be assigning times and indicating that to the participants, but it's more fun when it is a surprise [cheers.gif]
Todd - I hope you're not serious as some of us have to work for a living and cannot check the site every 10-20 minutes.
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#9 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 24th, 2015, 10:30 am

Russ Williams wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
Phil P. wrote:Todd,

Will the preview on 26th indicate time or order the offers will hit on the 27th?
No - I'll be assigning times and indicating that to the participants, but it's more fun when it is a surprise [cheers.gif]
Todd - I hope you're not serious as some of us have to work for a living and cannot check the site every 10-20 minutes.
Actually, I AM serious...and it's every 5 minutes ;)
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#10 Post by M Hoose » January 24th, 2015, 10:36 am

That's what sick days are for.....
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#11 Post by A K a I l » January 24th, 2015, 12:55 pm

M Hoose wrote:That's what sick days are for.....
Or many, many trips to the bathroom with my iPhone
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#12 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 24th, 2015, 1:19 pm

Folks, it has been brought up that the Subscriber Preview takes a way a little of the 'urgency' with BerserkerDay, allowing for some significant advance planning. Note, however, that only 5% of registered members are Subscribers, and only about half the people here on BerserkerDay are even registered members, so we're talking about a smaller quantity than one might think.

However, I'd like to open up the floor to some ideas for next year (or even this year, if we do a short window of 2 hours on Preview Day, for example, which is easy to implement for this year) on how to satisfy all the participating wineries and the people whose credit cards make those wineries happy.
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#13 Post by Michael Davidson » January 24th, 2015, 1:26 pm

Brought up by whom? Don't you want to give people an incentive to subscribe?

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#14 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 24th, 2015, 1:31 pm

Michael Davidson wrote:Brought up by whom? Don't you want to give people an incentive to subscribe?

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Absolutely! Not just the additional functionality they have, and the lack of ads, but something extra on BerserkerDay. Perhaps the 'preview' gives them access to the Pre-Launch forum, only ON BerserkerDay, rather than day before? Perhaps the preview is short, giving it a bit of sneak peek but also then back to hidden? Just throwing out ideas...
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#15 Post by Michael Davidson » January 24th, 2015, 1:39 pm

Did any subscriber complain? One day is a pretty short preview! If anything, I'd rather subscribers get the time of each offer!

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#16 Post by JYoung » January 24th, 2015, 1:52 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:Folks, it has been brought up that the Subscriber Preview takes a way a little of the 'urgency' with BerserkerDay, allowing for some significant advance planning. Note, however, that only 5% of registered members are Subscribers, and only about half the people here on BerserkerDay are even registered members, so we're talking about a smaller quantity than one might think.

However, I'd like to open up the floor to some ideas for next year (or even this year, if we do a short window of 2 hours on Preview Day, for example, which is easy to implement for this year) on how to satisfy all the participating wineries and the people whose credit cards make those wineries happy.
For whom is the diminished 'urgency' a problem? The wineries, I assume?
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#17 Post by cjsavino » January 24th, 2015, 1:57 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
Michael Davidson wrote:Brought up by whom? Don't you want to give people an incentive to subscribe?

Michael
Absolutely! Not just the additional functionality they have, and the lack of ads, but something extra on BerserkerDay. Perhaps the 'preview' gives them access to the Pre-Launch forum, only ON BerserkerDay, rather than day before? Perhaps the preview is short, giving it a bit of sneak peek but also then back to hidden? Just throwing out ideas...
If the winery has a large allotment for Berserkey Day, then I do not see an issue with it being open the day before, for those that have a limited offering, the two hour preview before the official clock starts makes sense. Do not want anything sold out before it starts.
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#18 Post by ykwon » January 24th, 2015, 2:02 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:Folks, it has been brought up that the Subscriber Preview takes a way a little of the 'urgency' with BerserkerDay, allowing for some significant advance planning. Note, however, that only 5% of registered members are Subscribers, and only about half the people here on BerserkerDay are even registered members, so we're talking about a smaller quantity than one might think.

However, I'd like to open up the floor to some ideas for next year (or even this year, if we do a short window of 2 hours on Preview Day, for example, which is easy to implement for this year) on how to satisfy all the participating wineries and the people whose credit cards make those wineries happy.
One of the main reasons I became a subscriber was due to the all day preview. All the more reason for people to subscribe if they want an advance on the deals.
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#19 Post by Andrew Morris » January 24th, 2015, 2:06 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
Michael Davidson wrote:Brought up by whom? Don't you want to give people an incentive to subscribe?

Michael
Absolutely! Not just the additional functionality they have, and the lack of ads, but something extra on BerserkerDay. Perhaps the 'preview' gives them access to the Pre-Launch forum, only ON BerserkerDay, rather than day before? Perhaps the preview is short, giving it a bit of sneak peek but also then back to hidden? Just throwing out ideas...
From the POV of a Berserkers Business Member, the preview being available for a day is a big help. It gives those subscribers a chance to pick through our offerings before the masses come. It also allows me to provide better, more detailed service to the subscribers before the wave hits.

I'd suggest keeping it the same as it was last year.

Thanks for taking input.
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#20 Post by Mel Hill » January 24th, 2015, 2:47 pm

ykwon wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:Folks, it has been brought up that the Subscriber Preview takes a way a little of the 'urgency' with BerserkerDay, allowing for some significant advance planning. Note, however, that only 5% of registered members are Subscribers, and only about half the people here on BerserkerDay are even registered members, so we're talking about a smaller quantity than one might think.

However, I'd like to open up the floor to some ideas for next year (or even this year, if we do a short window of 2 hours on Preview Day, for example, which is easy to implement for this year) on how to satisfy all the participating wineries and the people whose credit cards make those wineries happy.
One of the main reasons I became a subscriber was due to the all day preview. All the more reason for people to subscribe if they want an advance on the deals.

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#21 Post by David K o l i n » January 24th, 2015, 3:07 pm

You don't get a preview.

Seriously, Todd will let you know

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#22 Post by Nick T. » January 24th, 2015, 3:08 pm

I'm sorry because I am confused and must be missing something. Who (subscriber or winery) is complaining that the Subscriber Preview takes away a little of the 'urgency' with BerserkerDay? What is wrong with advanced planning on our part?
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#23 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 24th, 2015, 4:35 pm

FYI, we had just above 13,000 'visits' last BerserkerDay, and on the days leading up to BerserkerDay, we've had over 10,000 visits on several days, well above our average of about 8000 visits per day. I expect we'll blow the previous record out of the water.
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#24 Post by sdfruman » January 24th, 2015, 4:50 pm

ykwon wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:Folks, it has been brought up that the Subscriber Preview takes a way a little of the 'urgency' with BerserkerDay, allowing for some significant advance planning. Note, however, that only 5% of registered members are Subscribers, and only about half the people here on BerserkerDay are even registered members, so we're talking about a smaller quantity than one might think.

However, I'd like to open up the floor to some ideas for next year (or even this year, if we do a short window of 2 hours on Preview Day, for example, which is easy to implement for this year) on how to satisfy all the participating wineries and the people whose credit cards make those wineries happy.
I consider the preview a wonderful idea for planning purposes, especially for those of us who are working on BDVI. It sure doesn't curb my spending at all. YMMV
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#25 Post by Merrill Lindquist » January 24th, 2015, 5:53 pm

M Hoose wrote:That's what sick days are for.....
Yes, we are all very sick. This wine thing...what a wonderful thing, no matter how you look at it. Let's go Tuesday - ready!

Please know that most of the wineries participating here are as interested in wine as a passion...as an interest...as our customers are. Sometimes I think this fact gets lost in the shuffle. Wine is what is connecting everyone here. Amazing, when you think about it.
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#26 Post by Steve L Gellman » January 24th, 2015, 7:07 pm

Looking forward to the Black Cat offer! I just hope I don't miss the 3 hour window

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#27 Post by Merrill Lindquist » January 24th, 2015, 7:26 pm

Steve L Gellman wrote:Looking forward to the Black Cat offer! I just hope I don't miss the 3 hour window
Me too! Offer ready? Check. Server ready? Check. If there are any technical difficulties, please be assured I am am here to participate, not to exclude! Email me directly if there are issues or problems.
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#28 Post by Ken V » January 24th, 2015, 7:39 pm

Right now, the forecast for Tuesday is a major snow storm in the Northeast. As long as our network doesn't go down . . .
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#29 Post by rjquillin » January 24th, 2015, 9:01 pm

For me, preview day was critical, and will be more so this year as I'll not have access during the day; working in what essentially is a Faraday cage. No RF in or out.
Offer timing would at least allow me to duck out for a required purchase. Sick day just not an option either, sigh...
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#30 Post by Bud Carey » January 25th, 2015, 4:14 am

Same here.... we will be helping out my sister-in-law at my brother's rehab facility.
He's fighting brain cancer, which unfortunately trumps BerserkerDay.
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#31 Post by Brian Tuite » January 25th, 2015, 6:08 am

cjsavino wrote: If the winery has a large allotment for Berserkey Day, then I do not see an issue with it being open the day before, for those that have a limited offering, the two hour preview before the official clock starts makes sense. Do not want anything sold out before it starts.
It doesn't allow purchases before the start of Berserker Day but DOES allow the subscriber to better plan his/her purchases to fit within their budget. The only advantage the subscriber has is knowing what the offer is as it is posted without having to open the thread and read about it. A head start. If it is an issue simply subscribe for $25. Seems like an easy fix. Since you are already a subscriber it is irrelevant.
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#32 Post by DavidFrankil » January 25th, 2015, 6:10 am

sdfruman wrote:
ykwon wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:Folks, it has been brought up that the Subscriber Preview takes a way a little of the 'urgency' with BerserkerDay, allowing for some significant advance planning. Note, however, that only 5% of registered members are Subscribers, and only about half the people here on BerserkerDay are even registered members, so we're talking about a smaller quantity than one might think.

However, I'd like to open up the floor to some ideas for next year (or even this year, if we do a short window of 2 hours on Preview Day, for example, which is easy to implement for this year) on how to satisfy all the participating wineries and the people whose credit cards make those wineries happy.
I consider the preview a wonderful idea for planning purposes, especially for those of us who are working on BDVI. It sure doesn't curb my spending at all. YMMV
One of the main reasons I became a subscriber was due to the all day preview. All the more reason for people to subscribe if they want an advance on the deals.
Agree - would be an even more compelling perk of the subscription if we could not only have a preview, but either offer timing or a window for advance purchase.
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#33 Post by mike pobega » January 25th, 2015, 6:24 am

Bud Carey wrote:Same here.... we will be helping out my sister-in-law at my brother's rehab facility.
He's fighting brain cancer, which unfortunately trumps BerserkerDay.
Sorry to hear, Bud. My prayers for your family.

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#34 Post by Robert B. » January 25th, 2015, 7:17 am

Last year I almost missed the whole event, but found a good deal was still available even after the initial window had closed. I am hoping for the same this year, as I will be working all day again.
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#35 Post by Michael Martin » January 25th, 2015, 8:25 am

Steve L Gellman wrote:Looking forward to the Black Cat offer! I just hope I don't miss the 3 hour window
Roger that.

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#36 Post by Andrew Morris » January 25th, 2015, 8:42 am

Brian Tuite wrote:
cjsavino wrote: If the winery has a large allotment for Berserkey Day, then I do not see an issue with it being open the day before, for those that have a limited offering, the two hour preview before the official clock starts makes sense. Do not want anything sold out before it starts.
It doesn't allow purchases before the start of Berserker Day but DOES allow the subscriber to better plan his/her purchases to fit within their budget. The only advantage the subscriber has is knowing what the offer is as it is posted without having to open the thread and read about it. A head start. If it is an issue simply subscribe for $25. Seems like an easy fix. Since you are already a subscriber it is irrelevant.
I know it is a small point, but Subscribers can purchase on preview day from Berserker Businesses. In my case, I put up a special offer for Subscribers that I take down once BDay hits.
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#37 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 25th, 2015, 8:59 am

Ok, status quo at present will remain - carry on!

Get ready, Subscribers, for the Preview Day tomorrow! I am working to get all the participating wineries to finish writing their offers...
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#38 Post by Russ Williams » January 25th, 2015, 9:27 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:Ok, status quo at present will remain - carry on!

Get ready, Subscribers, for the Preview Day tomorrow! I am working to get all the participating wineries to finish writing their offers...
Thank You!!!
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#39 Post by dsGriswold » January 25th, 2015, 10:34 am

Robert B. wrote:Last year I missed almost the whole event, but found a good deal was still available even after the initial window had closed. I am hoping for the same this year, as I will be working all day again.
There is nothing I really need, so later I buy a few I want to try. If they are gone, it saves some money, and if extended, I can help some who may need the sales to help their cash flow and exposure.
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#40 Post by Peter Hirsch » January 25th, 2015, 10:39 am

Looks like Tuesday is going to be a snow day for almost everyone working in the NorthEastern part of the US. Something to do, BerserkerDay!!!

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#41 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 25th, 2015, 10:56 am

Peter Hirsch wrote:Looks like Tuesday is going to be a snow day for almost everyone working in the NorthEastern part of the US. Something to do, BerserkerDay!!!
Seriously? How 'fantastic'!!
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#42 Post by Peter Hirsch » January 25th, 2015, 11:07 am

Yep. Starting tomorrow afternoon, continuing to early Wed morn. A foot of snow in Manhattan and up to 2 feet in Boston. And 50mph winds everywhere. Classic NorEaster crusher here. Everyone inside, no one on the roads, I'm sure all railroads shut down. What to do, what to do.... Hey..... BerserkerDay!!!

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#43 Post by A K a I l » January 25th, 2015, 12:27 pm

Peter Hirsch wrote:Yep. Starting tomorrow afternoon, continuing to early Wed morn. A foot of snow in Manhattan and up to 2 feet in Boston. And 50mph winds everywhere. Classic NorEaster crusher here. Everyone inside, no one on the roads, I'm sure all railroads shut down. What to do, what to do.... Hey..... BerserkerDay!!!
If I recall correctly this happened a few years back on Berserker Day as well. Fingers crossed that Metro North shuts down here in CT, which given the state of disrepair, is pretty much a given.
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#44 Post by Nancy Dolce » January 25th, 2015, 12:55 pm

Hopefully the power will stay on during the storm. Batten the hatches!
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#45 Post by cjsavino » January 25th, 2015, 1:57 pm

Which offer goes first, mmmmm
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#46 Post by Carlton McCrindle » January 25th, 2015, 5:41 pm

Peter Hirsch wrote:Looks like Tuesday is going to be a snow day for almost everyone working in the NorthEastern part of the US. Something to do, BerserkerDay!!!
and break our a good bottle of port.

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#47 Post by John Willison » January 25th, 2015, 6:04 pm

Thanks to whoever arranged for the 1-2 feet of snow. Could be good, although a power outage would be the one thing worse than work.

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#48 Post by paultgilmore » January 25th, 2015, 6:33 pm

A K a I l wrote:
Peter Hirsch wrote:Yep. Starting tomorrow afternoon, continuing to early Wed morn. A foot of snow in Manhattan and up to 2 feet in Boston. And 50mph winds everywhere. Classic NorEaster crusher here. Everyone inside, no one on the roads, I'm sure all railroads shut down. What to do, what to do.... Hey..... BerserkerDay!!!
If I recall correctly this happened a few years back on Berserker Day as well. Fingers crossed that Metro North shuts down here in CT, which given the state of disrepair, is pretty much a given.
Don't usually like snow days, but this storm is convenient - as long as I don't lose power. Tuesday will be no school. Excellent timing.

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#49 Post by brigcampbell » January 25th, 2015, 8:20 pm

Just in time for snowpacolypse...

The offers are piling up like the snow, just went to a third page in the pre launch forum. [wow.gif]

Get the blower out!

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#50 Post by James Lyon » January 25th, 2015, 8:22 pm

Payment sent for subscriber status and Berserker Day preview. Thanks.

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