If you’ve been been paying any attention at all to the LAMB, you’d know that we recently held the second annual (official) meetup on July 11-13 in Chicago. A great time was had by all, and the even has been documented on the site’s of many LAMBs who either made the trip or are locals to the Chicagoland area. We even did a LAMBcast that was set in the apartment of another local LAMB. Long story short: if you didn’t go, you missed out.
But alas – good news is here, and it is this: there will be a 2015 meetup where you can remedy this ill (or continue your streak if you attended either the last one or the 2013 one in Las Vegas). The big question facing us now, though, is…WHERE SHOULD IT BE HELD?
(Right about here is where I should address the fact that this is a numbers game. The vast majority of LAMBs are located somewhere within North America. As such, that’s where these meetups will most likely always be held. Which isn’t to say that non-N. American meetups can’t or shouldn’t happen or wouldn’t be official. In fact, LAMBcast host Jay Cluitt is in the midst of pre-planning a UK-based meetup. Spoilers! Anyway…)
As with large conventions or Super Bowls, the leading contenders for such meetups are likely to be within large metropolitan areas with plenty to do (bonus points for film-related things) and pleasant weather (though scheduling the meetups for spring/summer can mitigate that). Also, as with those events, the LAMB looks to diversify the region where such meetups take place. Las Vegas is essentially west coast, Chicago is midwest, so the next meetup is most likely to be held in either the south or northeast part of the US. (One of these years – when we’re all rich – we’ll get ambitious and try Hawaii or Jamaica.)
Still, there are a number of opinions out there, even amongst those regions, and as such, I’m conducting a poll right here to determine where we go next. I’d like the poll to be conducted via comments rather than Polldaddy or something like that, though, for it’s going to be a bit of a weighted poll. Frankly, those that have attended prior meetups have shown the desire and initiative to attend, so their votes count more. Additionally, I think it only fair to count one vote per site (otherwise, we’d end up in Baltimore every year 😉 ). Based on prior conversations and the thread over at the LAMB forums, I think I know which city is winning this poll before it starts, but just to get you started, here are the leading contenders. Feel free to throw in write-in votes as well, if you like.