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So you all know what I'm about to say. Why am I even bothering?

Well, because I'm compelled. Like the priest in "The Exorcist".

Let me get it right out there because you know I'm dying to say it. The Myrtle Beach Message Board population may be the single, most friendly, and sickeningly nice group of people in the solar system. The Dutch are a distant second.

I think there were 28 of us tonight at Flo's Place in Murrells Inlet. There could have been more but Chapy refused to tell the other 13 people in his group of traveling vacation gypsies about the meet-up so he could hog the face time with everyone. Ron's daughter and son-in-law were tending to a sick Gracie so they couldn't make it. And we know of a few others who were in town who didn't show, so the potential to hit 50 never materialized. Even so, this was by far the largest single gathering of MB2 members since these events began back on June 13th of 2005.

I can't talk about the gathering as a whole without talking about the individuals so let me go down the list. Stop me if you're heard this before.

You can't really have an official Myrtle Beach meet-up unless the royalty are present. Patrish and Wally form the hub of activity. Without them there would be no message board. Patrish was having one of those days yesterday and today where she wonders whether it's worth it all, and by her own admission these meet-ups are like a rejuventing resource to her. I rather liken her to the character George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life". Clarence the angel plucks her out of her funk and shows her all the wonderful relationships that have formed in the last several years that would not exist in any form had she not begun funbeaches.com. She need not think anything beyond that to know the value of the work she does.

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As her right-hand-man, Ron Brown (Ichiban) is indispensible. As a token of her appreciation, she presented Ron with a gift before dinner for his tireless efforts in keeping the board up and running and his work in maintaining the atmosphere and charm of the forum. Ron looks a bit dazed in the picture because earlier in the day he was SPANKED ALL OVER MAN O' WAR GOLF COURSE by someone who shall go nameless but who lives to give him no end of grief.

But the reason I can do this is because Ron is the most generously spirited person I know. His kindness is the stuff of legend and his love and concern for everyone on the board is evident just by virtue of his unceasing work on the message board. He's on vacation this week but he's probably spent as much time on the board while down in Myrtle Beach as he ever does while up in Massena, NY.

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And of course, behind every successful man is a patient and kind woman willing to clean up after him. Phyllis, here with grandson Eddie and Ron, is patient beyond human understanding. She has to be. Look at who she married.

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One of the thrills for me this week was finally getting to meet Chapy (Craig Champney) and his family from near Roanoke, Va. We make judgments about people based on what they write on the message board, and on some level we wonder whether a person will live up to all the hype we create in our minds. Chapy is the perfect example of someone who doesn't disappoint. He showed up at 7:00 AM at the golf course to cheer on the MB2 golfers, even though he can't golf yet due to an injury he suffered several months ago. He's also one of the easiest persons to talk to you'll ever meet. And according to some of the females who will go unnamed, he's not hard to look at either. But his Hollywood good looks aside, Chapy is the best friend you've had all your life but whom you just met.

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And his wife Mandy is the perfect match for Craig. She's whip smart, bowls you over with her friendliness and wit, and she's a walking advertisment for southern charm and personality. You can't know her for more than five minutes without feeling like you've known her since first grade.

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I've said before we need a new neighborhood in Myrtle Beach where all the great families that comprise this board can move and be neighbors. Chapy and Mandy will be the ones having all the neighborhood barbeques. You just know it.

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Annie (Aurora) and Bruno. I can't say enough about these two. They're the single most obvious reason why there shouldn't even be a border with Canada. I'm sure I'll say this again when Julie and her family make it down in October, but let's not wait that long.

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Annie and Bruno are natives of Quebec and you can easily make out the French accents in both. Annie speaks better English than 80% of the people I know. Including me. She is so sweet and disarming that you want to spend 100% of your time when around her just hugging her. She lives her life in a constant state of appreciativeness for EVERYTHING. Annie, it's US who should be appreciative. No one deserves to have the level of bubbly enthusiasm around them to the degree that she delivers it. She's the essence of lovable.

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Bruno is 30 years old. He looks like someone faking an ID to buy beer. He's the perfect gentleman in every way. He's what the mother of young ladies hope they come home with from college. He's polite, funny, and wickedly smart. He struggles with English but just barely. You can see him wrestling it to the ground, word by word, but he's perfectly fluent even if it takes him just a bit more time to get out a sentence. What's embarrassing is that he's nearly mastered the language (his second) and we dumbo Americans can barely crank out two words of French for him -- crepes and croissants, and that's only because we need to know them to eat good pastries with our fresh fruits.

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I've always loved our neighbors to the north anyway, but now there are two faces who represent an entire nation, at least to me. After this week, we're less friends than we are family.

Another new face tonight was that of Dawn (DawninNoVa), along with her husband, Bob, and son Josh. Dawn has been a member of MB2 for about a year and never ceases to help as many people as she can. It was interesting meeting her because it seemed as though she was implying it was some sort of honor to meet me. Quite to the contrary, I'm in awe of her! This is a woman with achievements that I can only dream about. She is a Christian whose commitment is second to none and makes mine pale by comparison. She is one of several who, for sheer skill, can write circles around anyone.

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Bob, her husband, was a pleasure to talk to. He's successful and gives the impression that anything he set his mind to would be easily conquerable. Genetically speaking, Josh, their son, is directly cloned from the Bob and Dawn genius gene. I hope more people got pictures of Josh at the meet-up. Because someday you can haul them out when Josh has achieved some level of celebrity and say, "Hey, I once had dinner with Josh! I wonder if he'd let me ride in Air Force One sometime?"

Bob and Dawn own property not far from the Loris area and will be building a home there in a few years as they relocate from the Lorton area of Northern Virginia, just south of Washington. I, for one, can't wait because Bob has BOATS. Big boats. Lot of boats. I'll be on his doorstep the day after they move in wearing SPF 50 and a life preserver. "Dudes! Let's motor!"

Bob Lickfield (BobL) I met back in November or December of last year at a breakfast meet-up. I loved him and his family immediately. There are some people you grow to like and others for whom you have a natural affinity without effort. Bob is that guy. He was golfing in the foursome in front of us today and it was clear to me just by watching him interact with the other three men in his group that he has a zest for life and a natural ability to find fun in anything he does. He's the kind of guy that GUYS naturally like because he engages in the time-honored tradition of affection-by-insult. Women will never understand this but they don't have to. It just works. Like so many of the men on this board, Bob just fits like a favorite shoe.

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As I said in November, his family is tailored after him. The boys are a riot and his daughter, Teresa, spent most of the night entertaining Noelle and Kylie (my grandchildren and children of Katie and Brett) in the way a mature adult would care for them -- all without being asked. Mary, Bob's wife, is quiet but you just know no family is that "together" without a mother who knows how to helm the ship.

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Lucky for me, Bob and the brood are down here frequently because they own a condo just off Ocean Blvd., so even though they may not relocate permanently, I can look forward to YEARS of playing golf with Bob on his many visits to Myrtle Beach as his golf handicap soars and mine shrinks into teeny-weenie single digits.

Our own Betsy was there tonight, home from her scholastic perch atop the intellectual pile in Rock Hill, SC. Betsy is the sweetest person ever to have a brain the size of a typical town water tower. Usually someone that smart has issues with pride or arrogance. Betsy is demure, quiet, and respectful and will never lord over you the fact that she's smarter than the four smartest people in any room -- combined.

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But who cares? She's the message board sweetie pie.

Colleen was someone who was part of the very first message board meet-up back in June of last year.

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We bonded in about 3.485 seconds. Anyone who meets her says the same thing. "She's the most unassuming, most friendly, and nicest person I know." Yep. That's my buddy. Colleen lights up a room. Look at any avatar she uses. You could print it out, shove it into a dark room, and throw on some sunglasses because the room will blind you. The winner in the Colleen Powerball is Brian, her husband. One of the truly exciting things for Charlotte and I is knowing that sometime in about a year, Pennsylvania is losing these two gems and Myrtle Beach is GAINING them. That makes us neighbors. And that makes us VERY happy.

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Also appearing in that picture on the left is Mike (EastCoast). I didn't get a chance to talk to Mike very long but it doesn't take a genius to figure out how much Mike means to the message board. Without being prompted, Mike put together and managed several iterations of the Chat facility that has become critically important, especially during times when the Message Board has crashed and people need to get their fix of Message Board talk. Mike has to be the most important person with the least amount of posts. He has a heart of gold, and he also told me that he could crush Ron (Ichiban) with a pair of tweezers and a lightning quick head butt. I told him I'd film it when he's ready.

Katie and Brett attended their third meet-up tonight.

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Due to rules against preferential treatment and biased commentary, I'm not allowed to say anything that would suggest how profoundly proud I am of Katie and how daily I get on my knees with my face on the ground and praise God for such a godly daughter and outstanding son-in-law. And if I keep going with this line of commentary, I'll never stop.

So there you have it. Just another meet-up of fun, friends, and affection. People who don't participate in these events have no idea what the attraction is. For those of us who make the Message Board their home and contribute even occasionally, these gatherings are what tie us together and deepen the commitment we have toward one another. I could go on forever about their worth but trust me, they're better felt than telt. If you haven't been to one, the loss is all yours. For those of us there tonight, we just have to thank God that "George Bailey", that slightly insecure but lovable creator of funbeaches, is doing what the Good Lord intended.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2006 10:03 am 
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Thanks to all you wonderful people who showed up at Flo's last night!

Leo, according to the time stamp, stayed up much later than I, writing his "meet-up report" and posting pictures. You'll notice that Leo, who always has something good to say about our members, never says much about himself.

I think Leo must have every member's phone number programmed into his cell phone, and he doesn't hesitate to punch a few numbers when he has something to share. Last night, for instance, he called Dawne, just to say we missed her. Then he passed his phone around so other people could chat with her too. This is Leo - one of the most generous people I know, and totally committed to the success of our message board. As he mentioned above, sometimes this board gets to be overwhelming, way too time-consuming and very frustrating. I was in one of those funks yesterday, and looking forward SO MUCH to the meet-up because I knew it would cheer me up. Then the phone rang. Leo was calling to listen. Oh sure, he had a few things to say, and he didn't mention that he just called to listen. And there's another example of Leo being Leo. He listens without interruption. It's a wonderful talent, and any of you who have met Leo or read his posts will know what I'm talking about. He and Charlotte will worm their way into your heart before you even realize it happened.

When I looked at my pictures last night, I was disappointed to find that so many were blurry and unfit to post. This is the fault of the photographer, not the camera. I had inadvertently switched the auto-focus to something else. The pictures that Leo and Wally took with my camera came out much better and I posted them below. I know that many others were taking pictures and I'm sure they will be posting theirs later.

It was a wonderful meet-up, and I appreciate every one of you who took the time to be at Flo's. I finally got to meet Mike (East Coast) who made the drive to Murrells Inlet from his home just north of Little River. As many of you know, Mike designed and maintains our chat room at:
http://www.myrtlechat.com
Because he stores it on his own server it stays online 24-7 and gives us a place to gather. Thanks for all you do, Mike!

Dawn (the other one) planned a surprise for her husband Bob's birthday. After the dinner, Flo's staff brought in a huge birthday cake. The staff sang, danced, lit the candles, and cut the cake...and Bob was totally surprised! These were some of my pictures that did not turn out, I'm sorry to say. It was good to see Dawn, Bob, and their son Josh again. Thanks for coming last night. I look forward to seeing you again Monday.

Betsy was there, and she finally got to meet sweet Annie and Bruno. Talking with Josh, Betsy, Annie and Bruno always makes me feel a lot better about the future of our world. I am proud to have them as a part of our message board family.

Ron, Ron, what would I do without you? Ron is the board's Administrator, and he does more work than anyone else. He's a lot more sensitive than he lets on. He cares passionately about people, and simply put, Ron is someone you want for a best friend. Very seldom does a day go by that Ron and I don't exchange PMs about the various aspects of the board. At times they may be only one or two sentences, but there are many times that a post from Ron will have me laughing out loud or bring tears to my eyes. You just can't help but love him. This guy and his lovely wife Phyllis have about 75 black belts between them. Ask them for a story or two when they are together, and I guarantee you will be laughing out loud in five seconds flat.

It was wonderful to see Chapy and Mandy again, along with their daughter Solan and son Walker. Chapy was one of the original members of our message board, and I appreciate his loyalty and long-time participation. Oh, and besides all that, this hunk gives great hugs!

Katie and Bret were there with their two perfect daughters, Kylie and Noelle. Maybe Leo thinks he can't brag about them, but I can. They have become an important part of the message board in just a short time. Katie reads EVERY post, and she knows all the members by username and real name. She even remembers the numbers or letters that some people add to their username! It always amazes me to hear these sometimes long or practically impossible to pronounce combinations rolling right off her tongue as if she had been saying DCPH78A32 all her life! It's obvious that she loves this board and she is always ready to help out with answers. It can't be easy to pack up the babies and show up at the meet-ups, but somehow she and Bret manage to do this, and smile at the same time!

I was so glad to see Mary, and Bob (BobL) as well as West, Vern, and their oh-so-pretty daughter TJ. I see that Leo posted some good pictures. It has been about a year since I last saw this family, and I'm sorry I did not have more time to chat with them last night. As Leo said, this is the family you can fall in love with.

Colleen and Brian were there, of course. Just seeing the two of them makes my heart smile. Colleen with her sunny disposition has been a huge help on the message board, and I have come to depend on her. They will be moving here before too long, and I can't wait to call them neighbors.

Several of the people who were at Flo's last night will be present again on Monday, Aug. 14th at T-Bones in Murrells Inlet at 6:30. I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to meeting some new members as well as seeing old friends again!

Sorry for giving you so much to read. If you stayed with me through this entire post, you know how much these meet-ups mean to me. I truly do appreciate every one of you for giving me your support, loyalty and friendship.

A few photos:
http://www.funbeaches.com/Aug.10-Flos/annie-betsy.jpg
http://www.funbeaches.com/Aug.10-Flos/bruno.jpg
http://www.funbeaches.com/Aug.10-Flos/chapy-mandy.jpg
http://www.funbeaches.com/Aug.10-Flos/chapy-patrish.jpg
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Brett and I totally enjoyed ourselves last night. Thank you, Ron, for planning this meetup. It was a blast. We were thrilled for the opportunity to meet everyone. It feels like a big happy family. I say ditto to all the great things Dad and Patrish had to say about everybody.

I want to say a special thank you to Bob L's wonderful children for being such great entertainment for Noelle. She was laughing her butt off last night and woke up this morning asking where her friends were. I was wishing for a video camera last night, because the Lickfield kids were putting on a great comedy show. Thank you guys so much for keeping Noelle entertained and happy!!

I didn't get a chance to visit with everybody for nearly as long as I wanted to. I could have sat and talked all night long if Kylie wasn't rubbing her eyes and losing her patience by 8:30. The price to pay for bringing babies to meetups, I guess :BandHead:

I look forward to seeing everybody again next year! Y'all come back now!!!!

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Last night's meet-up was tremendously fun and enjoyable. I love the meet-ups, since it gives me so much more opportunity to interact with the people I know from the board because I lurk more than I post. I'm a slacker. I know...

Brian and Colleen were the sweetest couple you could want to meet, and I can't wait until they move down for good. Colleen was just as you'd expect her to be, based on her posts. And Brian even let the guys win at golf yesterday morning. What a guy! They took an interest in us, wanted to know how were have been doing since we moved, interacted with the kids, and everything. You know, they're the kind of couple that you see in those butter commericals on TV. You can picture them fighting over the remote, but fighting to give it to each other:

"I was going to watch football. But, it's ok. You can watch figure skating, dear."
"Oh, no... That's alright. I can just as easily see men flinging other people around during a football game."


It was a real pleasure meeting Chapy and Mandy. Chapy was awesome. He was quite the family man, but very cool too (which is such a great blend). It helps when you have great kids though, which obviously they do. But Chapy's a guy you could really get along with, and could picture hanging out with. Much like an old pal you watch football with, and can trust to be there for you if you needed it. And Mandy was the perfect package. She was sweet, caring, interesting, and... tall. You know, not so tall that it over-shadows that she is attractive, but just tall enough that it makes guys like me (5'8") a little intimidated. But, when you're blessed with good looks like I am, you can't nit-pick the small stuff. Right? :mrgreen:

Then, There's Ron (Ichiban). Now, don't get me wrong... Ron is a great guy, and it was thoroughly enjoyable meeting him and his family. But it's hard to get on my good side by starting out by yelling to the entire meet-up "Ohio State sucks!". It was in jest, mind you. But not the best way to introduce yourself to a die-hard Buckeye. In fact, the only worse way would have been to show up wearing something showing support for M!ch*g@n. But, I disgress...

Even amongst the next jab at Ohio State that Ron tossed out during dinner, I just waited patiently. I knew that he would get his if I just bided my time... Sure enough, later on Ron made another crack, and a guy at the next table yelled out "Who said something about Ohio State?!" What happened next was the scene familiar to school playgrounds all across the US: everyone standing around that side of the table (where Ron was standing) backed off two paced and pointed at Ron. It was classic. I yelled back to the guy "I'm with you, man!". The guy let out the cheer obvious to any Ohio State fan, "O-H!", to which I of course responded with the rest of the cheer, "I-O!!". It was great! After that, there was no more talk of OSU. And, I got through the whole night without a single mention of Maurice Clarett, which was a blessing in and of itself...

Mike, and BoBL and his family rounded out our table. Mike is the strong and silent type. He didn't say a whole lot, and seemed to get a whole lot more enjoyment out of the OSU cracks from Ichiban than I would like... BobL's wife Mary and daughter Teresa were great. And they played with Noelle a lot, which she loved. She was laughing so hard when they were jumping in and out of the rain on the deck that I thought she might hurt herself. BobL seemed nice, although we didn't get to converse much. It was too bad I don't play golf. I missed out on that interaction with him and the good ribbing that makes outings with the guys so much fun. It almost makes me think about taking it up, just for meet-ups...

Unfortunately the group was split in half due to seating problems. So I didn't see the following people as much, like our fearless leader (Patrish) and her husband Wally. Patrish was pleasant to be around, as usual. And I have seen Wally a few times now and have a theory that he is very much like a superhero: he Clark Kent's his way around, stays in the background, and observes, but is a way much cooler guy that people may not realize is there. But I think he likes it that way... This theory supported and epitomized by Leo's second picture:

http://www.pbase.com/traderboynh/image/ ... 2/original

Betsy, Annie, and Bruno were at this table as well. Betsy was so nice, and is obviusly a very bright individual. I applaud her for going back to school for her masters. As several people know by now, I am not a speed reader by any means, which limits my ability to keep up with all the postings on the board. But I would never admit that in Betsy's presence, as I would feel like a complete dolt. So, I just smiled and basked in the intelligence. Annie and Bruno were also very sweet. The type of people you can relate to and very down to Earth. Plus, they are all pretty much in the same age bracket as Katie and I, which gives us even more in common.

I also barely even got to say hello to Dawn from VA and her family (Bob and Josh) because they were at this table, which I consider to be a real shame. But, at least we could tell Dawn loves Bob, based on the surprise birthday cake and crazy Mardi-Gras waitstaff singing that she authorized on Bob's behalf. Only someone who really loves you can allow such a thing to happen to you. ;)

So anyways, it was a blast. I am glad Ron put this one together, and as always I will look forward to the next one. We'll see ya' there!

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Yay for finally being able to make it to a meet-up! I must admit that after attending so many meet-ups last summer, I was thoroughly bummed to not be in town for any of the meet-ups earlier this summer. I guess that's the price one has to pay for trying to advance a degree. D'oh!

The unique thing about this meet-up for me was that I think I'd already met over half of the people in attendance. I'd had the opportunity to meet Leo & Charlotte, Colleen & Brian, BobL and his family, Ron & Phyllis, and I think Chapy & his family as well (Landry's last year?) So encountering all these fine folks again was just like picking up where we'd left off. On the other hand, it was wonderful to also meet Annie & Bruno, Dawn, Bob, & Josh, Katie & Brett and the girls, and Mike from Little River. Everybody was just as I'd expected them to be. :cool:

Many of you asked about Nathan and told me to tell him hello. He sends his hellos back and wishes he could have been there to meet everyone as well. We find it funny that he's so well-recognized and thought of after only attending three meet-ups last summer and not even being a member on the board. :cool:

I was REALLY tired last night towards the end of the meet-up and forced myself to leave, even though I would have liked to have stayed and chatted longer. I am looking forward to Monday's meet-up at T-Bones.


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lol.... yah im quiet... not quiet but just shy... that was way out of my town to.. but i enjoyed it... it was nice to meet all you folks... never thought i would go to one.. but i reckon i did... =p


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I posted two photos from tonight at the bottom of this page. (Dinner tonight at Flamingos with Ron, Phyllis, little Eddie, Annie and Bruno. Group photo by Bruno)
http://www.funbeaches.com/summer06.html

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Well we just got home from our annual trip and it is always sad driving back. The meet up last Thursday night was so much fun and I want to repeat all the things already posted.

We arrived at Flo's and walked in with
Bob (BobL), his family and Mike (eastcoast) and outside finishing up his dinner was Ron, Phyllis and Eddie. And over the next 45 minutes the rest of our great group arrived. It was great seeing Patrish and Wally again and I just want to say thank you Patrish for what you do for all of us keeping the board a float.

Everything was going fine until the staff from Flo's told us of a storm that was heading towards Murrel's Inlet and we would have to eat inside. The problem with going inside was we had to split up our large group. Don't get me wrong we were honored to sit with the
"Future" Mayor and First Lady of Myrtle Beach Leo and Charlotte. Beside them were Bob and his great family and then at the end of the table was "my golf buddy" Colleen and Brian and heading up the table was Mike(Eastcoast).

Unfortunately on the other side of the restaurant was Patrish and Wally and
Dawn(the other one) husband Bob and Josh. Sitting with them was Betsy, Annie and Bruno and I want to apologize for not getting a chance to talk to you all more but after the rain(thanks Leo) let up Sloan and Walker begged and pleaded to go play some putt-putt more about that in the trip report to follow.

This is my second meet up and like some has stated already pretty soon we are going to have to change the name from meet up to reunion. Mandy and I are hoping on a winter trip down and would love to do it again, if not next August :cry: before we see everyone in person.

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What else can I say that hasn't been said already?

First, I want to apologize to Chapy and his family, as well as Bob and his family. I really was looking forward to talking with you guys, but then we got split up and everything. Hopefully, we can do this again this year (may I add Amen to what Leo said about Chapy? He is extremely easy on the eye! :oops: )

I had the pleasure of sitting with Patrish, Wally, Dawn (the other one!), her husband Bob, their son Josh and our very own Betsy.

I will repeat myself again, but it was a great night, it was awesome meeting Betsy, and we've decided to have our first US-Canada meet-up very soon, as soon as we can get her and Nathan to come up to see us.

Dawn is the sweetest person ever, I just really felt like I've known her forever! Bruno really enjoyed talking with Bob, since Bob loves Canada and travelled a lot. They seems to have a good conversation going. Their son Josh is a total sweetheart, very articulate and extremely bright. It was a pleasure talking with him.

As for Leo and Charlotte, well, I've already mentioned how sweet they are but now I'll say this : Can we actually have two sets of parents? I want them to adopt me!

Colleen and Brian, I'm glad we had a little time to talk, and I'm looking forward to seeing you guys again. Anytime Brian wants to come and skate on the Rideau canal, just give us a call and drop by. If not, we'll definitely stop by next year to say hello!

Brett and Katie, whom I didn't have a chance to talk to very much, are just the sweetest ever! I just hope we get to see each other again very soon!

Now, as Patrish mentioned to me, no one has said anything about the food! Here I come to the rescue!

We had Alligator Nuggets, which were really good (Wally-Gator was hidden in my bag so he wouldn't see the massacre!). I had the fried seafood platter, with shrimps, scallops and mahi-mahi, with hushpuppies and honey butter, and cole slaw and smashed potatoes. Overall good, except shrimps still had the veins, which kind of threw me off. The hushpuppies were amazing though! I thought the price for the platter was a bit high (18,95$). Bruno had the Po'Boy sandwich, Flo's special I think, which was good, but it didn't come with anything (7,95$). That didn't really matter, since he ate some stuff from my plate which was huge!


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As I mentioned in my post above, my camera was on the wrong setting while I was taking pictures at Flo's. Coleen (Beachxcape) kindly sent me some of her photos to replace the ones I missed.

Again, I apologize for being so belated with photos of the two recent meet-ups. Sometimes life has a way of interrupting me and my message board. When that happens, I try to keep up as best I can...but please forgive me when I get behind like this.

Colleen, thanks for sending these replacement photos!

Flo's staff surprises Bob with a birthday cake from Dawn and Josh, singing and dancing
http://www.funbeaches.com/Aug.10-Flos/bob-bd.jpg
Another photo of Bob being surprised
http://www.funbeaches.com/Aug.10-Flos/bob-bd2.jpg
I'm not sure what's going on here. Surely sweet Charlotte is not making fun of Ron's belly!
http://www.funbeaches.com/Aug.10-Flos/B ... te,Ron.jpg
Chapy and Mandy - the Beautiful People
http://www.funbeaches.com/Aug.10-Flos/chapy-mandy2.jpg

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 Post subject: Meet-up at Flo's 8/06
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Forgive my delay in posting my comments and pictures on ANOTHER fabulous MB2 meet-up. I’ve been in major denial :cry: – I simply refuse to admit that our week in the sun has come and gone. But alas, I guess it is time to get back to reality and accept that thing called “life after vacationâ€

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I'm posting these here, because I'm sure that any of you at the meet-up will enjoy these photos of Annie and Bruno.

We enhanced their Grand Strand knowledge by taking them to two places that had not perviously visited - Pawleys Island and Huntington Beach State Park.

Bruno and Wally at Huntington Beach State Park:
http://www.funbeaches.com/Annie-Bruno-8-13-06/hbsp1.jpg
Bruno and Annie at Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park:
http://www.funbeaches.com/Annie-Bruno-8-13-06/hbsp2.jpg
Atalaya Castle photo:
http://www.funbeaches.com/Annie-Bruno-8-13-06/hbsp5.jpg
Another Atalays Castle photo:
http://www.funbeaches.com/Annie-Bruno-8-13-06/hbsp7.jpg
Bruno in the Education Center At Huntington Beach State Park, petting a stingray:
http://www.funbeaches.com/Annie-Bruno-8-13-06/hbsp8.jpg
Bruno surfing the waves at Huntington Beach State Park:
http://www.funbeaches.com/Annie-Bruno-8-13-06/pi3.jpg
All the spectators at Huntington Beach, watching Bruno surf:
http://www.funbeaches.com/Annie-Bruno-8-13-06/pi4.jpg
Ice Cream break at Cold Stone Creamery, Murrells Inlet:
http://www.funbeaches.com/Annie-Bruno-8-13-06/csc.jpg
Bruno, Annie and Wally at Pawleys Island:
http://www.funbeaches.com/Annie-Bruno-8-13-06/PI-1.jpg
Annie, Bruno, me at Pawleys Island:
http://www.funbeaches.com/Annie-Bruno-8-13-06/pi2.jpg

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the meet up at Flo's was an amazing great time. It was very nice to get re aquianted with some old friends, Leo, Craig and Mandy, Patrish and Wally, Betsy and also meet and chat live with all of those in attendence who we were meeting for the first time. It was especially great to finally meet and speak with Charlotte, who I had not met at previous meet ups as she is usually working hard so that Leo has time and $ to attend all of the meet ups! She was so sweet and personable (Nice catch Leo!)
It was also nice to meet Colleen and Brian, Dawn from VA, Mike and ever so briefly, Annie and Bruno.
Oh yeah how could I forget....I'm trying ...kidding don't hurt me....It was a pleasure to meet Ron and Phyliss. Ron did a great job of putting together a great meet up. It felt more like a party! With the great group of people, exciting atmoshpere, and wild and wonderful food, it was a perfect night.


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