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#1 Post by J a y H a c k » March 19th, 2016, 7:33 pm

Updated May 27

2016 Spring Berserkerfest 1000 Day II
1:00 pm to close (with a break at 9:00 pm for Game of Thrones if it is on this weekend)
I am making an executive decision to call this #1000.
May 29, 2016
52 Sammis Lane, White Plains

Wine glasses - No need to bring them. We just did a count and we have over 80.

For those of you who are worried about whether you will have enough food to eat, the menu is shaping up as follows:
Morel and Porcini Risotto

Lemon and Lime Cured Antibiotic Free Gravlax with sour cream dill sauce

Smoked Pulled Pork Butt with South Carolina Vinegar Slaw; Choice of Homemade Vinegar Mustard or Tomato Maple Syrup and Light Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Fried Chicken Crullers

Smoked Brisket with Pipian Rojo Mole a la Culinary Institute and Caramelized Spanish Onions

Home Ground Moroccan Lamb Sliders with Fire Roasted Red Onion and Green Pepper Garnishes and Greek Yogurt, Dill and Persian Cucumber Tatziki Sauce

Dessert: Lots of people said they would bring dessert, so I have no idea.

Attendance:

Professor V et ux.
The Toddster all alone - since Jenn is shopping again. :( :(
Jordan Whitehead
Drew Trivissono and his much better half
Dan The Hammer Hammer and his wife
The Count, The Countess and Zachary
Leo and family.
David Lazer and Caroline Levy
Asher Rubinstein
The Good Jay Miller and Arnold
Arlene and Stephan Bassett
Jan, Robin, Neal, Lynn, Anthony, Jeff, Marg, Carol, Assorted other friends of ours.
Hip Hip Hore Hay - leaving early due to hot date with Jenn's friend.
Brent, aka The Tattoo Man - (if they allow him out of the asylum for a day)
Christian Dalbavie
Michel Aboobooboo
Lots more Berserkers

We will start at 1 pm or thereabouts and go until we have all had enough, which will mean after dinner. If you want to bring food, anything that can be grilled on a BGE, a Weber Summit or a Weber kettle will work very well. Large pieces of red meat, especially dry aged from Flannery, is always appreciated.

The only requirements are as follows:

You must bring really good wine.
When you open the really good wine you bring, you must offer a taste to your host, because last time that didn't happen and I found some bottles of really good wine that somehow managed to be empty without me having tried them.

Post your interest and your wine here so we can keep a running list of people and wines. If you want to bring food, list that as well, but food is entirely optional.
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#2 Post by Dan Hammer » March 20th, 2016, 8:41 am

Janice and I will attend.

Since the theme is really good wine, and not wines that suck, I may bring an '07 EMH Black Cat Cabernet.
Not sure what my other bottle will be.
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#3 Post by david lazer » March 20th, 2016, 9:35 am

We're a definite maybe. Rhone will be brought.

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#4 Post by L e o F r o k i c » March 21st, 2016, 4:15 am

In of course.
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#5 Post by Carlos Delpin » March 21st, 2016, 8:13 am

Yes Sir. Will post wine later.

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#6 Post by Er€z _ L. » March 21st, 2016, 9:32 am

I'm looking into my flight plans to ensure arrival, but let's give it a 40-60 at this time.
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#7 Post by Ken V » April 2nd, 2016, 5:10 pm

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#8 Post by Dan Hammer » April 2nd, 2016, 5:56 pm

Ken V wrote:I'm in!!!
I'm not sure that Jay will allow Italian wines. neener

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#9 Post by J a y H a c k » April 2nd, 2016, 6:36 pm

Dan Hammer wrote:
Ken V wrote:I'm in!!!
I'm not sure that Jay will allow Italian wines. neener
Why not? If he brings one of those famous Giacosas, I will open a 2000 Aldo Conterno Granbussia.
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#10 Post by jordan whitehead » April 2nd, 2016, 7:31 pm

another good excuse to come back to NY
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#11 Post by Jay Miller » April 3rd, 2016, 4:25 pm

Arnold and I will be there.

Tentative Wine Contributions:

2007 Vilmart Coeur
1997 von Schubert Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Spatlese
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Tentative Food Contribution if a new recipe works out and the farmers market still has rhubarb tonight:

Strawberry Rhubarb Tart ('tis the season )
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#12 Post by Matt Latuchie » April 5th, 2016, 1:59 pm

tentative for me.
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#13 Post by J a y H a c k » April 14th, 2016, 4:41 pm

Bump. Since I did not rate a stickie, I will have to bump this myself. Be there or be square.
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#14 Post by jordan whitehead » April 28th, 2016, 8:22 pm

Looking for a few people to split car service to queens/brookyln after Jay's house
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#15 Post by c fu » April 29th, 2016, 11:26 am

jordan whitehead wrote:Looking for a few people to split car service to queens after Jay's house
how much is uberx in NYC? In LA a 60 minute 35 mile ride would only cost about $60
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#16 Post by jordan whitehead » April 29th, 2016, 11:59 am

c fu wrote:
jordan whitehead wrote:Looking for a few people to split car service to queens after Jay's house
how much is uberx in NYC? In LA a 60 minute 35 mile ride would only cost about $60
I priced Uber X from jay's house to a place near LGA and range was about $50-$70. Not sure if they include the bridge toll
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#17 Post by Dan Hammer » May 2nd, 2016, 1:06 pm

If you're talking the railroad (Metro North) to Jay in White Plains...

1 way off-peak is $8.75. Buy your ticket from the machine or the clerk. If you buy-on-board, there's a stiff premium. $15.00 for the one-way. I'd suggest buying a roundtrip (no discount for that, but faster in case you're running late on the return).

If you're a senior, the 1 way fare is $5.75. The Conductor doesn't card you, so you're on the honor system.

Train schedule from Grand Central to White Plains - Frequent service

12:51 PM 1:27 PM 36
12:54 PM 1:41 PM 47
1:22 PM 2:00 PM 38
1:24 PM 2:19 PM 55
1:51 PM 2:27 PM 36
1:54 PM 2:41 PM 47
2:22 PM 3:00 PM 38
2:24 PM 3:17 PM 53
2:51 PM 3:27 PM 36
2:54 PM 3:41 PM 47
3:22 PM 4:00 PM 38
3:24 PM 4:19 PM 55
3:51 PM 4:27 PM 36
3:54 PM 4:41 PM 47
4:22 PM 4:58 PM 36
4:24 PM 5:17 PM 53
4:51 PM 5:27 PM 36
4:54 PM 5:41 PM 47
5:17 PM 5:53 PM 36
5:24 PM 6:19 PM 55
5:51 PM 6:27 PM 36
5:54 PM 6:41 PM 47
6:22 PM 6:58 PM 36

36 minute trains are express. Trains taking over 50 minutes are local. Everything else is in between.

Returning to the city, there are 2 trains per hour. One is express, and the other is the dreaded local.
The last train is 1:09 am Monday morning.

There is a possibility of me picking you up at the station, otherwise the cab will run about $12.00. Taxi's meet the train.
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#18 Post by J a y H a c k » May 2nd, 2016, 8:29 pm

Tentative menu - it will change often:

Wild mushroom risotto with truffle oil
Smoked pulled pork on a challah roll with Carolina vinegar/mustard slaw
Smoked brisket with mole sauce and caramelized onions
Mediterranean lamb burgers or meatballs with Tatziki on pitas or maybe in oft tacos
Any red meat or other grillables that people bring if they choose to

VEGANS (ancient Apache word for Bad Hunter) and others with dietary needs will be accommodated so long as they tell us in advance.

All food made on premises.

Dessert? I have a friend who is a former pastry chef and who likes good wine but is intimidated by us so she said she will make desserts instead. I will probably set up for fresh dipped chocolate covered bacon.

Menu subject to change
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#19 Post by Mike Grammer » May 3rd, 2016, 6:57 am

Do wish I could come, hopefully one of these years. Will expect to see notes! Have fun---and try not to throw *too* many people into the pool.

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#20 Post by Todd F r e n c h » May 5th, 2016, 9:49 am

Guess I need to start figuring out how we're getting around, including to Jay's house (wow, what a menu, btw!). Thanks, Dan, for the info on the train - perhaps we should coordinate a group to arrive at the White Plains station around the same time, perhaps get a group taxi? We're staying Midtown
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#21 Post by Todd F r e n c h » May 5th, 2016, 10:04 am

J a y H a c k wrote:Tentative menu - it will change often:

Wild mushroom risotto with truffle oil
Smoked pulled pork on a challah roll with Carolina vinegar/mustard slaw
Smoked brisket with mole sauce and caramelized onions
Mediterranean lamb burgers or meatballs with Tatziki on pitas or maybe in oft tacos
Any red meat or other grillables that people bring if they choose to

VEGANS (ancient Apache word for Bad Hunter) and others with dietary needs will be accommodated so long as they tell us in advance.

All food made on premises.

Dessert? I have a friend who is a former pastry chef and who likes good wine but is intimidated by us so she said she will make desserts instead. I will probably set up for fresh dipped chocolate covered bacon.

Menu subject to change
Seriously? Is it because Brad falls into the pool and we all laugh at him?
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#22 Post by jordan whitehead » May 8th, 2016, 12:47 am

can get $87+tax rates at Renaissance Westchester, through my current priceline reservation Only 3 miles from Jay's house
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#23 Post by J a y H a c k » May 9th, 2016, 6:59 am

jordan whitehead wrote:can get $87+tax rates at Renaissance Westchester, through my current priceline reservation Only 3 miles from Jay's house
A nice place but it's a bit less convenient because of the location, but they have a bunch of vans and limos and maybe they will drive you over.

Also try the Crowne Plaza Holiday Inn White Plains, which is a bit closer and more convenient because it is within the city limits, but I do not know about pricing. I do not know if my children will be at home that weekend to run a shuttle.
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#24 Post by jordan whitehead » May 9th, 2016, 12:01 pm

J a y H a c k wrote:
jordan whitehead wrote:can get $87+tax rates at Renaissance Westchester, through my current priceline reservation Only 3 miles from Jay's house
A nice place but it's a bit less convenient because of the location, but they have a bunch of vans and limos and maybe they will drive you over.

Also try the Crowne Plaza Holiday Inn White Plains, which is a bit closer and more convenient because it is within the city limits, but I do not know about pricing. I do not know if my children will be at home that weekend to run a shuttle.

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Crowne Plaza $169
Renaissance $152
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#25 Post by Dan Hammer » May 9th, 2016, 7:03 pm

jordan whitehead wrote:
Current Rates:
Crowne Plaza $169
Renaissance $152
If you don't have a car, you'll be stranded at the Renaissance. FYI, they have an indoor pool. Nice secluded, in the forest location.
The CP is downtown White Plains. Plenty of shopping and (not that you'll need them) restaurants. neener
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#26 Post by jordan whitehead » May 9th, 2016, 8:01 pm

Dan Hammer wrote:
jordan whitehead wrote:
Current Rates:
Crowne Plaza $169
Renaissance $152
If you don't have a car, you'll be stranded at the Renaissance. FYI, they have an indoor pool. Nice secluded, in the forest location.
The CP is downtown White Plains. Plenty of shopping and (not that you'll need them) restaurants. neener
stranded? it's a bed for 1 night post Jay's and only $87
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#27 Post by Drewt » May 20th, 2016, 12:47 pm

I can bring some
once and future (i ordered all of them)
Ceritas red or white
I also have some cali cab & syrah big boys
Andremily
Kapscandy
Blankiet
Lillian
horsepower
Mcdonald (not sure I want to open this yet)
Perliu

any asks?

I also have some Liquid Farm Rose and Pinot well and a crap load of chard
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#28 Post by Todd F r e n c h » May 20th, 2016, 12:50 pm

Drewt wrote:I can bring some
once and future (i ordered all of them)
Ceritas red or white
I also have some cali cab & syrah big boys
Andremily
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Lillian
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Perliu

any asks?

I also have some Liquid Farm Rose and Pinot well and a crap load of chard
I'd love to try some Kapcsandy again, so would Jen!
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#29 Post by J a y H a c k » May 20th, 2016, 1:03 pm

If you bring a Kap-Chawn-Dee, I could open an alternate rocket fuel.
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#30 Post by J a y H a c k » May 20th, 2016, 1:03 pm

J a y H a c k wrote:If you bring a Kap-Chawn-Dee, I could open an alternate rocket fuel.
Maybe even a MacDonald!
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#31 Post by Dan Hammer » May 20th, 2016, 6:11 pm

Dan Hammer wrote:
Since the theme is really good wine, and not wines that suck, I may bring an '07 EMH Black Cat Cabernet.
Not sure what my other bottle will be.
I'm bringing the EMH to PDH the night before.

In keeping with the Berserker winemaker theme of the California Cab PDH table, I'll bring a 2010 Quivet Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Kenefick Ranch. Since Janice prefers white, I'll bring a 2013 Liquid Farm Chardonnay Golden Slope.
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#32 Post by Todd F r e n c h » May 21st, 2016, 11:47 am

J a y H a c k wrote: Jenn +1 unless she wants to go shopping like last time, in which case it's only The Toddster
Jen's out - shopping again. Will be just me with my man-date Jorge, and we're headed out a bit early as we setup Jorge on a double date with one of her college friends, in the city, that evening [whistle.gif]
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#33 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » May 21st, 2016, 4:38 pm

I am on the fence. I was out of work for the last 2 weeks due to pneumonia, so I'm not sure if I can get the day off.
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#34 Post by Todd F r e n c h » May 22nd, 2016, 9:23 am

Brent C l a y t o n wrote:I am on the fence. I was out of work for the last 2 weeks due to pneumonia, so I'm not sure if I can get the day off.
Put on your big boy pants (or shorts, as the case may be this weekend) and bring it. After 2 weeks out with pneumonia, falling into Jay's pool while inebriated on wine is the perfect followup
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#35 Post by Drewt » May 23rd, 2016, 7:15 am

OK Mr. Lou rocket fuel it is. I might have an 2004 merlot from them too.
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#36 Post by Todd F r e n c h » May 23rd, 2016, 7:54 am

J a y H a c k wrote:
The only requirements are as follows:

You must bring really good wine.
When you open the really good wine you bring, you must offer a taste to your host, because last time that didn't happen and I found some bottles of really good wine that somehow managed to be empty without me having tried them.
I found this funny, as there were also quite a few bottles that were unopened, left there, and thus you and your wife would be the only two who got to taste some really good wine neener I think most are afraid to walk up to you and make sure you taste the wine when you are busy cooking/grilling/yelling at people to eat. I know I am. (Less so now that your physical presence is so much leaner...)

Perhaps a 'King's Taster' method, whereby every bottle opened is opened BY Jay, and subsequently tasted BY Jay, and for those he deems truly exceptional, he keeps for himself?
J a y H a c k wrote: Post your interest and your wine here so we can keep a running list of people and wines. If you want to bring food, list that as well, but food is entirely optional.
I'd think to bring some CA wines but with this crew, CA wines get more love than they do out here, so that's out the window. Then I considered some of the many special BerserkerDay wines, including 2014 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Cuvée Premature Berserkerator, en magnum, but it kills me to think of opening a magnum of 2014 Pinot Noir. Still, with it's artfully drawn sperm cell at the neck of the bottle, hand signed by Todd Hamina, it sure seems to fit...

Or I can bring some Bordeaux, as that seems woefully underrepresented here, unless Golodetz brings some.
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#37 Post by Jorge Henriquez » May 23rd, 2016, 8:27 am

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#38 Post by david lazer » May 23rd, 2016, 11:05 am

Dan Hammer wrote:If you're talking the railroad (Metro North) to Jay in White Plains...

1 way off-peak is $8.75. Buy your ticket from the machine or the clerk. If you buy-on-board, there's a stiff premium. $15.00 for the one-way. I'd suggest buying a roundtrip (no discount for that, but faster in case you're running late on the return).

If you're a senior, the 1 way fare is $5.75. The Conductor doesn't card you, so you're on the honor system.

Train schedule from Grand Central to White Plains - Frequent service

12:51 PM 1:27 PM 36
12:54 PM 1:41 PM 47
1:22 PM 2:00 PM 38
1:24 PM 2:19 PM 55
1:51 PM 2:27 PM 36
1:54 PM 2:41 PM 47
2:22 PM 3:00 PM 38
2:24 PM 3:17 PM 53
2:51 PM 3:27 PM 36
2:54 PM 3:41 PM 47
3:22 PM 4:00 PM 38
3:24 PM 4:19 PM 55
3:51 PM 4:27 PM 36
3:54 PM 4:41 PM 47
4:22 PM 4:58 PM 36
4:24 PM 5:17 PM 53
4:51 PM 5:27 PM 36
4:54 PM 5:41 PM 47
5:17 PM 5:53 PM 36
5:24 PM 6:19 PM 55
5:51 PM 6:27 PM 36
5:54 PM 6:41 PM 47
6:22 PM 6:58 PM 36

36 minute trains are express. Trains taking over 50 minutes are local. Everything else is in between.

Returning to the city, there are 2 trains per hour. One is express, and the other is the dreaded local.
The last train is 1:09 am Monday morning.

There is a possibility of me picking you up at the station, otherwise the cab will run about $12.00. Taxi's meet the train.

We could use a ride to and/or from the White Plains station. When are you there/near there?

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#39 Post by J a y H a c k » May 23rd, 2016, 11:10 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote: . . . there were also quite a few bottles that were unopened, left there, and thus you and your wife would be the only two who got to taste some really good wine neener I think most are afraid to walk up to you and make sure you taste the wine when you are busy cooking/grilling/yelling at people to eat. I know I am.. . .
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#40 Post by Arlene Bassett » May 23rd, 2016, 11:14 am

Dear Jay and Rebecca, we are extraordinarily excited to be invited and so look forward to seeing you and meeting your friends!
We will be renting a car in New York City and are happy to take anyone else that is interested and pleased to share the car cost. We will drive them round-trip to and from you're wonderful event! They can contact me directly at pianoaeb@gmail.com re the car trans. We will be bringing sirloin steaks and a wonderful bottle of wine. Will send the label either in this post or by email to you thank you again for including us in your wonderful Circle, Arlene and Stephan Bassett

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#41 Post by Corey N. » May 23rd, 2016, 11:22 am

J a y H a c k wrote:Hip Hip Hore Hay - leaving early due to hot date with Jenn's friend.
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#42 Post by David K o l i n » May 23rd, 2016, 11:57 am

Arlene Bassett wrote:Dear Jay and Rebecca, we are extraordinarily excited to be invited and so look forward to seeing you and meeting your friends!
We will be renting a car in New York City and are happy to take anyone else that is interested and pleased to share the car cost. We will drive them round-trip to and from you're wonderful event! They can contact me directly at pianoaeb@gmail.com re the car trans. We will be bringing sirloin steaks and a wonderful bottle of wine. Will send the label either in this post or by email to you thank you again for including us in your wonderful Circle, Arlene and Stephan Bassett

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#43 Post by Dan Hammer » May 23rd, 2016, 12:12 pm

david lazer wrote:
Dan Hammer wrote:If you're talking the railroad (Metro North) to Jay in White Plains...

1 way off-peak is $8.75. Buy your ticket from the machine or the clerk. If you buy-on-board, there's a stiff premium. $15.00 for the one-way. I'd suggest buying a roundtrip (no discount for that, but faster in case you're running late on the return).

If you're a senior, the 1 way fare is $5.75. The Conductor doesn't card you, so you're on the honor system.

Train schedule from Grand Central to White Plains - Frequent service

12:51 PM 1:27 PM 36
12:54 PM 1:41 PM 47
1:22 PM 2:00 PM 38
1:24 PM 2:19 PM 55
1:51 PM 2:27 PM 36
1:54 PM 2:41 PM 47
2:22 PM 3:00 PM 38
2:24 PM 3:17 PM 53
2:51 PM 3:27 PM 36
2:54 PM 3:41 PM 47
3:22 PM 4:00 PM 38
3:24 PM 4:19 PM 55
3:51 PM 4:27 PM 36
3:54 PM 4:41 PM 47
4:22 PM 4:58 PM 36
4:24 PM 5:17 PM 53
4:51 PM 5:27 PM 36
4:54 PM 5:41 PM 47
5:17 PM 5:53 PM 36
5:24 PM 6:19 PM 55
5:51 PM 6:27 PM 36
5:54 PM 6:41 PM 47
6:22 PM 6:58 PM 36

36 minute trains are express. Trains taking over 50 minutes are local. Everything else is in between.

Returning to the city, there are 2 trains per hour. One is express, and the other is the dreaded local.
The last train is 1:09 am Monday morning.

There is a possibility of me picking you up at the station, otherwise the cab will run about $12.00. Taxi's meet the train.

We could use a ride to and/or from the White Plains station. When are you there/near there?
David, I'm 5 minutes from the train station. Let me know the time you're arriving.

FYI to those coming up on the railroad - stay towards the middle of the train. Make you way to the street. There's only one way out. If I'm picking you up, go left. If you're taking a taxi, make a right. It's ~10 minutes to Jay.
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#44 Post by Todd F r e n c h » May 23rd, 2016, 12:15 pm

Corey N. wrote:
J a y H a c k wrote:Hip Hip Hore Hay - leaving early due to hot date with Jenn's friend.
Make sure Jorge is wearing his lapel pin when he leaves for his hot date. Chicks dig Wine Berserkers lapel pins.
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#45 Post by Todd F r e n c h » May 23rd, 2016, 12:16 pm

Arlene Bassett wrote:Dear Jay and Rebecca, we are extraordinarily excited to be invited and so look forward to seeing you and meeting your friends!
We will be renting a car in New York City and are happy to take anyone else that is interested and pleased to share the car cost. We will drive them round-trip to and from you're wonderful event! They can contact me directly at pianoaeb@gmail.com re the car trans. We will be bringing sirloin steaks and a wonderful bottle of wine. Will send the label either in this post or by email to you thank you again for including us in your wonderful Circle, Arlene and Stephan Bassett
If I hadn't already secured a ride, I'd definitely be hitting you up on this! The train is not easy, and the station not terribly close to Jay's, right?
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#46 Post by Dan Hammer » May 23rd, 2016, 12:55 pm

It's ~10 minutes to Jay.


Todd, I'm sure your posted and mine overlapped. See above.
It's an easy ride.
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#47 Post by Todd F r e n c h » May 23rd, 2016, 1:03 pm

Dan Hammer wrote: It's ~10 minutes to Jay.


Todd, I'm sure your posted and mine overlapped. See above.
It's an easy ride.
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#49 Post by Todd F r e n c h » May 23rd, 2016, 1:13 pm

Jorge Henriquez wrote:Play your cards right and you might get more than that.
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#50 Post by Chris Foley » May 24th, 2016, 10:54 am

I'm toying with the idea of attending. Will do it if the wife is up for it.
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I don't think that's happened for more than 10 years already so it could be a deal breaker, lol.

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