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I would have posted earlier, but I have spent part of today proving to family and friends that I survived the "ax-murdering-Internet people." Having been accused of various degrees of dementia for going across the country to meet a bunch of strangers, I am glad for several reasons that the weekend went so well.
First of all, a huge thank you goes to Mr. Fred Thornell--the Man in Black--for his generosity. Anybody who has spent any time on these threads has encountered many forms of bad behavior. Fred was a man of his word; he carried through to the last detail. When other people talk about all the evil on the Internet, I will tell them a story about a man who was the epitome of generosity and graciousness. So thanks, Fred, for all you did to create an event that provided a lot of fun for so many people.
I-ll say this about Marty: the man knows how to live! That he could convince his wife that they should invite 30+ strangers into their hotel suite goes to show what a persuasive person he is. And funny! They are both charming, engaging, amusing people. So another big "thank you" goes to the Frankels for their hospitality Friday night.
Soon after arriving at the Frankels', the word came that Sam was present. Someone immediately said, "Open the window!" Why would anybody say that? We were on the 41st floor.
Then the shocking news was reported! Bald Eagle had bought the stock! I almost ran to the open window. Is this the end of the world as we know it? How can I do battle with him if he is on our side? Things just won't be the same. Maybe I'll become a basher now.
Johninc said he felt like he was at a Star Trek convention. Think we could get a skit on "Saturday Night Live"? We were TSIG'ers before TSIG was cool. All we need is a song. So many good ideas; so little time.
Marty read a fax from Robert Gordon. RG wished he could be present but "opportunity" prevented him from doing so. He thanked us for our support--I bet that made some present feel funny--and wished us a good time. A nice gesture.
Many spouses and significant others were present. My hat is off to all the guys and gals who have sat around listening to us poor slobs drone on and on about TSIG. No divorces were reported. That comment about the wife who was going to buy an Uzi if her husband bought any more TSIG was a joke. Wasn't it?
Several gentlemen from Florida were present. JWC doesn't look at all like the hippy I had pictured him to be. REW didn't smoke during the entire party. Dixie is the same in person as he is on the thread. His brother came. His brother brought a friend. They were interesting.
Marty read 5 brief posts all made by the same person Friday morning. In response to negative posters, they were all upbeat and counseled, "Patience." No one was able to guess the author--Howard Hughes! Oh, the hissing, spitting, grumbling--it was terrible! Okay, it was all me. "Patience." Give me a frigging break!
While all the slackers were lounging around the bar in Gallagher's Saturday afternoon, Pat T. and I did some sleuthing of our own. We ventured quite a ways to find the dirt on a certain individual. We did some DD on a well-known RB poster--a low, low individual I have to tell you. You never know where you might be when you may turn a corner and come face-to-face with the true identity of some slithery anonymous poster. Or he thinks he is anonymous. Sauromalus obesus, it's time you came out from under your rock! You have been exposed.
AlanC is quite a charming gentleman. Pity Mrs. AlanC. She invests in Cisco and Sun. Here she has Alan--a rock around her neck--dragging down her investment performance. She is concerned that some among us have gotten emotionally involved with this stock. I told her it was worse than she knew--we had all broken every investment rule known to man. She thinks we are strange.
I never heard of anybody having any luck in the casino. It took me 20 minutes to lose $40 at the roulette table--and that was by making below minimum bets. You can take the country girl to the city, but. . .For those of you who dropped several hundred in the casino, chew on this: for weeks on end last fall, $450 would have bought you 10,000 shares of TSIG. Sorry, shouldn't have mentioned it.
Thanks to all who stepped out of their comfort zone and helped make it a great weekend.