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System Administrator Appreciation Day Dinner, 31 July 2015

Posted by Bob Jonkman on July 14th, 2015

Oh look! Pictures!

And the winner is: Chen’s Buffet! Reservations have been made; see you there on Friday, 31 July 2015 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Chen’s Buffet Map
50 Weber Street North,
Waterloo, Ontario


System Administrator Appreciation DaySysAdmin logo falls on the last Friday of July every year, and is allegedly celebrated by users gifting their SysAdmins chocolate cake and ice cream. Hands up, those of you who have actually experienced that? Hmmm? I thought so…

Nobody appreciates System Administrators more than other System Administrators, so for the last few years I’ve hosted a Systems Administrator Appreciation Day Dinner in Kitchener-Waterloo. Last year we went to LaiLai’s, and previously we’ve gone to Egg Roll King.

SysAdminDay is on Friday, 31 July 2015, just over two weeks away. Where would you like to go this year? Potential venues must offer vegetarian fare, and be physically accessible. Leave suggestions in the comments or send me e-mail, then next week we can vote. If there’s more than one candidate on the list we’ll rank choices from 3 points (most favoured) to 1 point (least favoured), and I’ll add them up, post the results here, and we’ll all meet for dinner.

SysAdminDay Dinner is open to everyone, whether you’re a System Administrator, a SysAdmin Student, or a former SysAdmin who’s been lured to the dark side. And also their friends, family, and end-users. OK, maybe not the end-users. Unless they’re friends or family.

See you on 31 July!

Proposed Venues

Venue Votes
Star Wok 1.5
Lancaster Smokehouse 1
Chen’s Buffet (Bridgeport Plaza, Weber & Bridgeport) 5.5
A smattering of local sysadmins

A smattering of local sysadmins

8 Responses to “System Administrator Appreciation Day Dinner, 31 July 2015”

  1. CrankyOldBugger Says:

    Count me in!

    Perhaps if we looked towards some sort of buffet place, where everyone can
    pick and choose their own foods?

    I think there’s a new Chinese buffet on Weber near Lincoln, but I haven’t
    been there yet so I don’t know if it’s any good.

  2. Bob Jonkman Says:

    That sounds like Star Wok. The pictures look great! I’ll add it to the list.

    At the NPSA meeting on Monday somebody mentioned Lancaster Smokehouse. Don’t know how it does for vegetarian food, but I’ll add it to the list anyway.


  3. Jeff Smith Says:

    Now that you’ve changed the option, I would like to vote for Chen’s. Thank you!

  4. P. Melse Says:

    +1 for the smokehouse.

  5. Dan Fiorenzano Says:

    I was the one who brought up the Lancaster Smokehouse at the meetup, however I agree that it would not be a good choice for vegetarian food. As someone myself who’s trying to become vegetarian, I now therefore support either of those buffet places 🙂

    — Dan

  6. Bob Jonkman Says:

    Cranky thinks that Star Wok may be closed; that leaves us with only two choices (unless someone has another idea soon).


  7. Bob Jonkman Says:

    And the results are in!

    From the Straw Poll at

    Chen’s Buffet: 4 votes
    Star Wok: 1 vote
    Lancaster Smokehouse: 0 votes

    From these comments:
    Chen’s Buffet: 1.5 votes
    Star Wok: .5 votes
    Lancaster Smokehouse: 1 vote

    (those .5 votes are your fault, Dan! I now therefore support either of those buffet places)

    I got no additional votes in e-mail that weren’t duplicates of the comments or the Straw Poll, so the clear winner is Chen’s Buffet with 5.5 votes!

    I’ll call for a reservation tomorrow (Monday), and see you all there on Friday!


  8. Ian Says:

    Were I not stuck in downtown Toronto, with no prospect of getting to my car before 6PM, let along Kitchener I’d be coming. Alas, I shall not be attending.

    Best wishes,

    Ian Pattison

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