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SOUTHERN round-up, my take on it... 
Sep. 28, 2011 1:59 pm 
Updated: Oct. 3, 2011 2:01 pm
 1st let me tell ya about the folks. i know more blogs are coming. i'm tech challenged so i'll leave the pictures of everything to the experts, sorry. ok on to the great folks...1st and certainly no order! cindy lepp drove 12 hours from her home to panama city, she stopped off and picked up pelican gal from the airport. mylepp (cindy lepp to ya) is a serious hostess/clean freak...she can swim! pelicangal (jan) is british...accent and all and if ya need canning advice she is THE source! she flew from the coast of oregeon to atlantla and mylepp picked her up. they drove another 2 hours sw. to our home. i had made a personal recipe for 'em. we opened some champagne and hugged too much. i couldn't help it! robograndma arrived from miss. after @ 8 hour drive she went platinum way too young, she is goregous and very adventerous!,. her and i went parasailing...i developed serious laugh wrinkles...we never quit smiling/laughing up in the air! it truly was awesome....saw porposises, eagles, jellyfish schools and beautiful views!! do it ya! arich (amanda) was younger then so old fogeys. she has got giraffe in her ( like my gater)...i had to bow-up around! her boyfriend, tim, is gonna join allrecipes. the man has a great job and out-look on life. he will be an asset around here! now on to...staci....just another beautiful soul. she probably was a model, maybe still is? a great southern accent! they drove in from orange beach @ 4 hours away from their vacation to attend.  her husband jim is a big bulldog fan...miss state instead of ga, but her hollers bulldogs too! he loves to fish..him and i are gonna try and plan to go redfishing next year in 'bama! can't wait!! their was some incredible coincidences among every single one of us...i won't discuss those, some folks may be sensitive about it. i now a vacation...we stayed up late drank too much certainly ate too much, (claire said she gained 6, don't tell her i told ya)...the weather/water was AWESOME! ya really missed some great folks in a beautiful place...4.95 raw oysters by the dozen...i killed those suckers! i love all ya that attended and we WILL do this again...i missed so many more of ya! i've made friends for life!! we KNEW each other...silly, but true. the feeling we had for each other, just amazing. folks were talking all at once, it was shut-up i gotta tell ya! ya go to the next round-up that is close to ya, you won't be sorry! claire and i was going to fla., i said wth, let's invite everybody else...folks came, the greatest folks on this planet on pure faith. can you believe these folks? 2500 miles by flight, untold amont of money spent on a leap of faith? 12 hours by car...a leap of faith....yep, totally crazy folks!! i love 'em!!!! mylepp and jan made claire clean up 2 spare bedrooms...thank god! appreciate it! to the folks that read blogs and/or the buzz---THESE PEOPLE ARE REAL AND THE BEST FOLKS ON THIS PLANET! go to your round-up when someone organizes one you won't be sorry. oh yeah, by the way i had a BLAST!
Sep. 28, 2011 2:07 pm
Wow! Sounds like you all had a fantastic time! Thanks for sharing your "round-up" with those who kept the home kitchens cooking while you were away!
Sep. 28, 2011 2:08 pm
You recount a very fun time! I do intend to make it to some roundups, Gary. Maybe we'll meet!
Sep. 28, 2011 2:11 pm
It sounds like everyone made some wonderful memories! I was hoping to make it to this gathering but it fell on the weekend of our 30th anniversary. Hopefully, next time!
Sep. 28, 2011 2:18 pm
Sounds like a gret time, maybe I can attend one sometime.
Sep. 28, 2011 2:23 pm
Happy to hear y'all had a great time ! Can't wait for the pics/ blogs ! I will maybe be able to make it to one sometime !
Sep. 28, 2011 2:30 pm
Sounds like a great time. Wish I were there.
Sep. 28, 2011 2:32 pm
lobster heck i 'm in serious need of sleep...we were different but, so VERY alike in so many was comical! you get your butt in gear next year...they stayed in the same condo complex as us and a buffet was always on the table....just crazy good cooks!
Sep. 28, 2011 2:53 pm
If my bottom lip sticks out any farther...... I have to say Lady Sparkle is right, we need to win the lottery so we can visit everyone!!! It is SO cool to meet the people that you talk to. Did I mention I love seafood? Just keep the sea snakey looking creatures away from me. Cooking a land one was enough for me. I am so glad you all had a great time!!!
Sep. 28, 2011 3:06 pm
mike, you have been thru h3ll! you need a little fun...we would love to have you in the south but hit any you can!
Sep. 28, 2011 3:14 pm
vamom, you know you are one of my favorite folks! i would so love to meet you! we are gonna do this ya's invite is NOW!
Sep. 28, 2011 3:16 pm
celeste, their is some great folks on the southern coast too! i know the left coast has great folks...good grief you should meet pelicangal!
Sep. 28, 2011 3:18 pm
sharyl, i'll try and give more notice...but i think about the same time period works well, not as crowed, still great weather and great water temperture, and cheaper room rates!
Sep. 28, 2011 3:22 pm was truly a BLAST! like i said it was folks making a blind leap of faith...plain insane in the membrane. i'll put it this way, i certainly would not let my wife drive/fly to meet an online idiot! but good grief, did we laugh our yehaws off!
Sep. 28, 2011 3:24 pm
cathill you should have been there! the photos that ladysparkle supplied is WAY to great to mail...just awesome!
Sep. 28, 2011 4:05 pm
I know exactly the feelings you describe here. When we meet--no matter if it is the first time or the fourth--it's just like good old friends! I'm glad you all had such a great time. I wish we could all convene somewhere sometime! Wouldn't that be a blast?!
Sep. 28, 2011 4:06 pm
Sounds like you had a blast! Isn't it amazing how well they have all worked out?
Sep. 28, 2011 4:20 pm
marianne, i agree! life is way too short not to enjoy the company of folks you know and LOVE! maybe kansas that's middle of the country i guess, lol!
Sep. 28, 2011 4:24 pm was amazing we wouldn't shut-up nor would we quit having fun, and talk about shoping, good grief those gals wore my dang truck out taking them, lol! no complaint here it was just GREAT!
Sep. 28, 2011 7:03 pm
No money to travel right now but you tell Claire I so want to meet her and her DH and Cindy and ........
Sep. 28, 2011 7:09 pm
So glad you all had such a wonderful time!!!!! I am sure there was tons of smiles and laughter with the group of you all together!
Sep. 28, 2011 7:12 pm
so many great folks around here/ or that showed up...terrific group of kindred spirts. you will love it cat! if you are north of me i'm a great rest-stop for the longer drive down! claire is certainly gonna be here!!
Sep. 28, 2011 7:36 pm
hi what's for dinner mom! my face still has laugh lines thinking back about some of the adventures/misadventures we had. it was like a family reunion, but 1 you wanted to REALLY be at!
Sep. 28, 2011 10:50 pm
Yay!!! I was thinking about you all, knowing just how special it would be. Next time I get back to the states... watch out!!!
Sep. 29, 2011 3:04 am
Thanks for the update, gderr! Sounds like you guys had a blast! How fun parasailing! Look forward to the pix!!
Sep. 29, 2011 4:21 am
We all had such a great time and I'm still trying to catch up on many hours of lost sleep, lol! We went to bed late and woke up early every morning and I still felt like there weren't enough hours in the day! We sure missed all of you! XOXOXO
Sep. 29, 2011 4:43 am said on pelican's blog that if there were a NW get-together that you & Claire want to go...well, I was going to host one this last summer, but we had a family tragedy, so I had to postpone's definately on for next summer, at the beach. Email me laurriepiland at hotmail dot com. I wanted to get in touch with you anyway for the next time you go to Port Angeles. It looks like you all had an awesome time...I'd have like to be there!
Sep. 29, 2011 6:19 am
So glad everyone had so much fun. Parasailing is mom did it for her 60th birthday, so anyone can do it if she did. Too bad we had other plans and couldn't make it there, but there is always next time.
Sep. 29, 2011 6:22 am
From the description you provided it sounds like you are still on an AR Peep high. I feel the same way when my gang gets together. We are all enjoying each other so much the time flies and we reluctantly part. Hope to see you all in the near future. Life seems short when you are knockin' on 60. Like gderr said, if one of these round ups come up around your parts.....GO. If you can, host a round up. You will have a blast.
Sep. 29, 2011 8:19 am
thanks gderr, sounds like you had a blast, I want to go fishing too:)
Sep. 29, 2011 10:01 am
Thanks for sharing the great blog gderr!! Us SoCalGals told ya so!! These get togethers are so worth it!! So glad you all had such a great time!!
Sep. 29, 2011 3:53 pm
Can you see my green with envy face?!! I wanted to be there so badly but just not able to make the trip for many reasons but I knew it would be a blast! I have never met any of the AR friends but feel as though I know so many of you and love you all. Maybe some day I will be able to meet some.
Sep. 29, 2011 6:32 pm
Sooooo jealous! I'm kinda close... next roundup.... I promise! Loved all the posts! Loved all the pix!
Sep. 29, 2011 8:28 pm
thanks, GDerr, for organizing this blast of a gathering. I didn't get to come, but, after reading everyone's reports and seeing the pictures, I feel like I almost was there!! What an awesome get-to-gather! What an awesome house, Gderr and Claire! You 2 are truly "Southern Hospitality" at its best!
Sep. 30, 2011 12:31 pm
Reading your blog gives me such mixed feelings. I am so thrilled for everyone that participated and I can feel that heart-felt connection as if I had been there too! I feel a little regret too, regret that I didn't pull things together and join you! Oh, and of course that green dragon is very present as I look at everyone's pics! Gary, you are one amazing man and Claire is even more gorgeous than you described! Hope you stay up on that cloud for a long time!
Sep. 30, 2011 8:08 pm
You're right Gary, who in their right mind goes off to spend a weekend with total strangers met on the internet? We do! And the things we have in common besides cooking are uncanny. Love my new friends from both Midwest Round-ups and the Vegas Bash. So glad everyone had a good time!
Oct. 1, 2011 5:10 am
Oh, that sounds like such fun! Glad you all had a great time. I'm going to be moving to AZ-should be in escrow next week~then I have to sell my place here (after 34 years!) & get me,my critters & everything moved-it's gonna be a job! I'm really hoping I can get to the next get-together. The round-up highs last for quite awhile!
Oct. 1, 2011 11:36 am
i just got in from visiting our gater at uga...they are playing miss state at home we were coming south on a highway @ 10 am. and traffic was backed up heading north for @ 10 miles. yes, believe was a BLAST! in fla. great, weather, great food, great rates on hotels/condos...just great, but the best was the PEOPLE! this will be done again! and witchy woman claire and i would LOVE to meet those great n.w. folks up there! gotta show too!
Oct. 1, 2011 4:09 pm
So,... let me see if I understand! Ya'll had a blast???? Hey, I'm just funning you. I knew you would. These are the BEST people on the planet; just like you said Gary. Thanks for sharing from your perspective. I'm glad you put this one together and sad I couldn't make it. Great Blog!
Oct. 3, 2011 2:01 pm
In case you all didn't get gderr's drift.... SO...MUCH...FUN!!! (ha) Thank you so much for organizing and getting all those crazy folks around too. Can't wait for the next one!
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