A Lakewood Observer Roundtable...

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Mark Mraz
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A Lakewood Observer Roundtable...

Postby Mark Mraz » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:45 pm

Im new to Lakewood and very new to this forum but I do enjoy reading everything on here. I guess I was just curious if anyone on here ever got together as a group and talked,shared a meal,coffee,etc. Some people on here seem very interesting and want whats best for this community....I really enjoy reading what people write and their opinions.

I was born and raised in Youngstown for 25 years before moving up here...and if anyone knows anything about Youngstown,you may or may not feel sorry for me,lol. Its a world of difference reading this forum and then reading the local newspaper forum from back home.

I think it would be nice to get some people together and just talk,everyone on here seems very enlighening and always has something to say....

Mark Mraz


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Re: A Lakewood Observer Roundtable...

Postby Margaret Brinich » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:53 pm

Mark-

It would be fantastic to put together a roundtable type discussion. We have done more informal get-togethers with writers, photographers, etc... and would love to get a regular meeting back to re-energize. I really like the roundtable concept.

I'll put it together (and the coffee can be on LO!) if you all tell us what you want to discuss.

What is hot in Lakewood right now?

Topic ideas anyone?


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Re: A Lakewood Observer Roundtable...

Postby Mark Mraz » Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:00 pm

I am only avail on the weekends because of my work schedule,til 9pm nightly...blahh but I would never ask anyone just to conveinence myself...I just liek the idea of meeting new people and listening,hearing about Lakewood,themselves,their familes,interests,etc...Id like to know more about the Lakewood subulture...


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Re: A Lakewood Observer Roundtable...

Postby Jim O'Bryan » Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:51 pm

Mark

That is exactly what we thought 7 years ago when we created the Observation Deck. A
roundtable where there is a seat for everyone and anyone 24/7/365 all you have to do
to take part is use your real name.

You do not want to take part, then do nothing and you can still read what others are thinking
and doing, and talking about.

24/7 online with nearly a decade of history online, and some of the best minds in the city
taking part. Mayor, planning director, members from the school board, and members from
almost every committee and meeting in the city taking part at no cost, no time constraint,
not word limit.

Just have at.

The only thing better would to also make it accessible in paper, and at various meetings
around the city where ALL are invited.

What could make that better, wait I know, turn the profits over to others, employee some,
and use the information to start needed businesses and civic groups.

Well, welcome to the Observer.

If you do not see it here, just ask, we can work on it.

Welcome, peace.


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Re: A Lakewood Observer Roundtable...

Postby Stan Austin » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:03 pm

Mark---- You would not want to meet any of us. Take my word for it. It would just make for a very awkward and disturbing scene.
However, if LO springs for beer----count me in!!!!!!!!
Stan


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Re: A Lakewood Observer Roundtable...

Postby Bret Callentine » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:21 pm

Jim O'Bryan wrote:no cost, no time constraint,
not word limit.


yeah right, that's not what I heard. people are always telling me that you only print what fits your political agenda. :D


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Re: A Lakewood Observer Roundtable...

Postby Gary Rice » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:30 pm

I'm all for another of our great get-togethers!

Just say when and where, and I'll try to be there!


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Re: A Lakewood Observer Roundtable...

Postby Mark Mraz » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:31 pm

I wouldnt mind having a beer or meal with some people on here...Jim O'Bryan sure as hell seems like an interesting guy....


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Re: A Lakewood Observer Roundtable...

Postby Gary Rice » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:32 pm

Stephen, you read my mind!

Only in my case, pop...No beer these days for me.... :D

As to whether Jim is interesting, you might want to check out my column about him in the last Observer...


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Re: A Lakewood Observer Roundtable...

Postby Mark Mraz » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:35 pm

I read it and that is why I said what I said...

Sorry if my idea is not a solid one.


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Re: A Lakewood Observer Roundtable...

Postby Gary Rice » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:38 pm

Mark,

Your idea is solid as a rock. Us 'Deckers have actually met to eat, and in some rare cases (chuckle) lift a glass, at several places around town...

Welcome to the rumble. Glad to have you on board.


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Re: A Lakewood Observer Roundtable...

Postby Jim O'Bryan » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:40 pm

Mark Mraz wrote:I read it and that is why I said what I said...

Sorry if my idea is not a solid one.



Mark


I think it is a solid one. A very solid idea.

I was just speaking with one of the many civic leaders in our town. She was wanting to start
facebook, this, and facebook that, and this site and that site.

My simple answer was. How many sites can one person check in a day.

That is one reason we offer, any space a group needs for free. A website for free,
and ecommerce site nearly free, and the ability to move it from one medium to another
to another at very little cost to most other than putting it up and taking ownership of
the thought.

No it was a solid idea, and still is.

Welcome.


Bret

Just last week someone said, "Why is the Observer so right wing." I laughed, oh my friend
we have come a long way on this journey, have we not?

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Re: A Lakewood Observer Roundtable...

Postby Stephen Eisel » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:51 pm

Gary Rice wrote:Stephen, you read my mind!

Only in my case, pop...No beer these days for me.... :D

As to whether Jim is interesting, you might want to check out my column about him in the last Observer...
I am with you on the pop Gary... The Monday after the last Kumbaya summit was the beginning of my diet!!! Only doing a little wine and I am only allowing myself 4 beers per month until I hit my goal weight..


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Re: A Lakewood Observer Roundtable...

Postby Stan Austin » Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:18 pm

Mark--- see what I mean? All these peculiar fetishes, diet restrictions, and who knows what else



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