I have been to Union Station in DC and have talked to friends about it. I am starting to think its not such a good idea to hold our meetings there. First, it is not near most of our members. Second, it is not a very safe place to be with a laptops. Third, its not a very good area and not really in Maryland. I am thinking of some place in either Montgomery county or Fredrick county. Any suggestions? Also, I believe that it would be a good idea to have a meeting this coming Friday instead of just completely canceling this meeting.
One place which might work well for meetings is downtown Silver Spring. It's nice because witin a block and a half of the metro (Silver Spring Station, on the Red Line) there is a large cluster of restaurants and about two blocks from the metro is the Silver Spring Verizon CO. Although, in terms of gear safety, the area is getting much better, but I am always one to be a worry wart.
If the meeting were to be there though, there are a couple of possible places. One would be by the restaurants since there is nice, bright outdoor seating and it is also right next to a parking lot for all of you who don't want to take metro and want to drive. There is also a nice diner (Tasty Diner, Silver Spring) which has great, moderatly priced food and is conveinetly located behind the Silver Spring CO. There is also plenty of UE area around.