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Old May 6 2007, 03:35 PM   #1
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Wink MoM opens European headquarters in Amsterdam

I recently visited Amsterdam to meet with a fellow MoM staff member and we took the tourist canal boat; something I hadn't done for a over three decades.

When we arrived at the end of the tour and the boat was moored our new Meeting of Minds European Headquearters was pointed out to me and of course I needed to take pictures as proof and to show you members, so you know where all your money is going to



and one more, close up


Erm... I can't help it that we are next to a coffeeshop. For those of you not in-the-know, in Amsterdam a coffeshop is the place where you can legally buy and smoke marihuana - we Dutch do this to confuse the matter and tourists of many different nationalities although you would be surprised as to how fast a certain kind of tourist picks up on this (please no serious discussion about our drugs policy).
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LOL! Love the new HQ
It IS just a decorative twiddle on the building, isnt it?
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LOl Neat.
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*rubs hands together and thinks of all the things she could do with a building*
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Thanks Hans, I love the new building. Cheryl when can we move in. I am ready to leave the U.S. behind.
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....Does that mean when I finally get to Holland, and go for a cup of coffee in a local shop...I am going to have to hold my breath or end up stumbling to the curb... badly wanting a bag of munchies.
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It's a beautiful building, Hans. I don't think I'll worry too much about the neighbors. Now when I come here I can imagine myself looking out one of those upper windows at the scenery below!
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Hmm, shall we all plot out the usage of the building together. I count five stories, plus an attic with dormer windows. The attic would make a hostel-like bunk house for any MoMers that come to visit, and then the floor below that would be a communal gathering area with lots of comfy seating a big screen tv or two, a billiards table...

Hans, what level should we put our administrative offices on?
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What a nice building!
Like Moonlady said, when is it going to be ready for visitors?
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Love it I want to come tooo, do I have to bring Kibbie?
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Hmm, shall we all plot out the usage of the building together. I count five stories, plus an attic with dormer windows. The attic would make a hostel-like bunk house for any MoMers that come to visit, and then the floor below that would be a communal gathering area with lots of comfy seating a big screen tv or two, a billiards table...

Hans, what level should we put our administrative offices on?
Sounds good to me. May I be permanent staff there?
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I so need to visit there too!! Which floor for out of country vistors and their BIG families? I don't think I will need the services of the "Coffee Shop" next door though ..... I get munchies well enough all on my own thanks!

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LOL!!! I have to tell my aunt about this, since she will be in Amsterdam next week. Too good to be true! Well, not that I'm a coffee fan or anything.. just saying the MoM crew might not get anything done if they were there! ::tee-hee::
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I think the offices should be in the basement (below water level!)
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it's just comfy isn't it? i like it. i'm all for a visit. don't worry, i'll ignore the neighbors as best i can...
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A whole floor will have to be the library. In the communal area there should be an international chocolate bar with the best the world has to offer in the way of chocolate delights
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Trust Pam to bring up something about an addiction...
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At least her's is legal (in most civilised countries) :-)
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And the other only in really civilised countries
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And she did mention books before chocolate; chocolate bar approved! I was thinking that we needed a library too, let's put it on the third floor. Administrative offices on the second floor.

Moonlady, you want to be our receptionist on the first floor? We'll find a couple bouncers for you to help keep the riff-raff out.
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third floor, we'll need more than one floor of books! How about a main reading room with galleries above, like in the National Library of Wales Not a very good photo I'm afraid, and it'd have to be more comfortable!
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One floor should do it, to house a very complete McCaffrey collection plus single copies of other SFF favorites. Hmm, but you're right that there might not be a lot of reading room. I think we'd have room for a nice comfy reading area on the second floor, and still enough room for admin offices.

What else goes on the first floor besides a reception area? Computers for MoM members to use? Hmm, and copies of some of Anne's books to give away.
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The first floor should have our "Anne McCaffrey Museum" Open to the public the gift shop will sell stuffed blue teddy bears, firelizards and coonies
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Ohhh, that sounds good Pam, Museum and Gift Shop on the first floor.


So right now it seems we have:
1st: Anne McCaffrey Museum and Gift Shop, Info Desk staffed by Moonlady, who can grant elevator passes to MoM members for the upper floors. Any volunteers for bouncers?

2nd: Admin offices, reading lounge

3rd: SFF Library and McCaffrey collection

4th: Kitchenette with chocolate bar, computers, lounge, and gameroom

5th: Bunkbeads and showers
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Should there be a special room for VERY distinguished guests?
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a hidden suite behind the bookcasses with annes books? or just a private suite on the fifth? or the entire attic could be the suite. oh the possibilities
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Say how about letting me use part of the Attic for a resident MoM studio...then when I was there, I could do some portriats of the many visitors/members...the view looks like it is probably fantastic...not to mention great lighting...especially if you could put in a nice sized skylight!!!
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How far back does it extend? Looks like a sort of extension on the back that should be enough room for a couple of decent suites. And Maelin you'll definitely need a good part of the attic with a skylight installed for your studio! Really, with so many artistic members maybe we should set up some sort of artists' aerie?
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I'll be there, when does it open????
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Cool! I was looking for a place to hide out in!
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Moonlady, you want to be our receptionist on the first floor? We'll find a couple bouncers for you to help keep the riff-raff out.

Sounds good to me. I know how to do that without too much schooling.

I love the idea of a library. You won't be able to pry ds#1 out of it. Ds#2 may come out periodically to look around.

Chocolate is always good especially if we visit the coffee shop... must have chocolate.
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And she did mention books before chocolate...
Hey, books are addictive, too

Hmm, the special suite and a few hotelrooms for visitors and invited guests could be housed in the attic; that way it gets to be a kind of club

The wine bar, serving mainly Benden wines, should be in the basement, with the small bistor serving Pernese food (who knows, maybe people will like rolls and we can start an international chain of Pern Takeways?
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Have to solve the "what exactly ARE meat rolls" debate then
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Sounds good Hans. And Lily!
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I always thought meat rolls were like sausages, those little ones you get at restaurants...

Soooo cool!

Is it just me, or are people implying there's more than coffee to that shop?
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Soooo cool!

Is it just me, or are people implying there's more than coffee to that shop?
You should read the last para of my first post, J'han

In Amsterdam a coffeeshop sells soft drugs (legally). Can you imagine the non-suspecting tourists who wandered in to get a cup of coffee?
Mind you, they probably sell coffe there too but the tourist usually don't want their tea or coffee in that particualr environment (and smell).
For coffee in Amsterdam you go to a bar or café, not a coffeshop...
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Well: it looks like we're setting the H.Q. up at least as a virtual one. R.P.H.Q. anyone?

Much more original than a mere weyr!
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In Amsterdam a coffeeshop sells soft drugs (legally). Can you imagine the non-suspecting tourists who wandered in to get a cup of coffee?
Mind you, they probably sell coffe there too but the tourist usually don't want their tea or coffee in that particualr environment (and smell).
For coffee in Amsterdam you go to a bar or café, not a coffeshop...
Hans, why is it then called a coffee shop?
You'd think they'd get more people in if they went for coffee first?
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Lily, beleve me, I haven't the faintest idea why they call or start calling it a coffeeshop.
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Could this special room be like a tasting room for book lovers! Perhaps sitting down with actual writers and such?

::furious giggles:: I swear! I step out of my study for a minute, come back, and voila! There's a furnished, not too mention well-run MoM building awaiting visitors! You guys and gals are good! Real good! Yippee! We can even use the recipes.
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"Whatever zapped me seems to have burned off the outlived dross and stupidities any human collects along the way. I don't mind being two hundred and fifteen years old. In fact, it's fun, in a bizarre fashion."
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