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Old 02-07-2007, 06:31 PM   #1
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Thoughts about an Early Retirement Forum "convention"?

Just curious how many would attend some kind of event where we could meet each other.

I've heard of other forums, chat-rooms, etc. who have had these, but I've never attended one.

Any thoughts?
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Old 02-07-2007, 06:37 PM   #2
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Quit a few people on an RV forum that I used to frequent meet up at various events, like the balloon festival in New Mexico. Many seem to have become pretty good friends. They are a different sort of bunch than we are though.
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I would strongly consider a west-coast meeting.
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Just curious how many would attend some kind of event where we could meet each other.

I've heard of other forums, chat-rooms, etc. who have had these, but I've never attended one.

Any thoughts?

I have met other people from the internet, though not from this site. Presently, I can not travel far from home (SW Ohio).
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I would strongly consider a west-coast meeting.
Vegas was the first thing to come to my mind.
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Vegas was the first thing to come to my mind.
That would work. My wife has been wanting to see shows there, and by then our son should be on solids so we can dump lovingly share him with our parents for the week.

I could probably get in a little bit of Hold'Em as well while I'm at it.
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Old 02-07-2007, 07:24 PM   #7
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I'll submit a vote for Manhattan Beach, CA for the West Coast convention. Close to LAX, nice beaches and plenty of things to see er eh, to do....
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There are a $hitload of Texans here, clumped around DFW, and Austin/SA/Hill Country, so maybe a TXFIRE convention, with lots o' Lone Star and BBQ ...

As for traveling, I'll probably not be globetrotting much until my future employment, or lack of same, works itself out, but I have been thinking about a little roadtrip, if/when the ax falls...

I really do need to meet some of y'all, since the only one I've met so far is JG... :P
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Soooo - Kansas City/middle America is not high on the list?

heh heh heh heh heh heh heh - ?Missoula in summer? - just kidding!
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There are a $hitload of Texans here, clumped around DFW, and Austin/SA/Hill Country, so maybe a TXFIRE convention, with lots o' Lone Star and BBQ ...
Let's meet at Coopers in Llano. No Lone Star :P but plenty of Shiner Bock.

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There are a $hitload of Texans here, clumped around DFW, and Austin/SA/Hill Country, so maybe a TXFIRE convention, with lots o' Lone Star and BBQ ...
a flock of birds
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Vegas works for me!!!! Six hour drive and plenty to do including the dam & lake as well as reasonable room rates if we contact a hotel and do not book around major conventions!
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T-AL mentioned on another thread we should get some map up with locations, maybe we could get regional meet ups going and see if we get a few chapters established before planning a national convention...
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Dory, if you are looking, didn't you post once a map that showed where people were logging in.
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With apologies to the underrepresented members outside North America, here is the traffic for the last few weeks:
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Re: Thoughts about an Early Retirement Forum "convention"?

I have attended 4 local (southern Cal) Vanguard diehards meetings, two of which I "hosted" in the sense that I chose a restaurant and sent out an email. I would be willing to try that with this group, it may be that local "chapters: would work better than a national convention although diehards have both.

Anyone want to meet in the Pasadena CA area send me an email yakers#cheerful.com (you all know the # is really an "@") and we can pick a date and restaurant and see what happens.

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Man are we underrepresented in the square non squiggly states or WHAT?!?
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I'll invite the people from Fargo and from Winnepeg over for a party.

Interesting all the great lakers.
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By the way, do I have to make the observation regarding RV'ers and their willingness to get together at random central sites?

You could probably produce the same effect with this crowd by offering free beer or giving away a free $20 to anyone who shows up.
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Another song by the artist who did our "theme song" (http://early-retirement.org/myoldjob.mp3) talks about the willingness of cruisers to walk across water when they hear of a free pot luck...
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