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December 6th, 2008
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That birthday post again
It's in two weeks ... we're trying to get an idea of who is going to show up in Joliet. So give us an idea if you are going to be there.

December 21st is my 50th Birthday !!!

Yeah, I know, I appear to be a gibbering idiot of slightly lesser years.

I have been trying to think of what I want to do for this occasion and this, for what it is worth, is what I came up with.

Since my birthday is on a Sunday, I have decided to celebrate on the 20th. So ... here is the cunning plan that cannot fail. I'm going to Chicago.

At about 3:30 pm on Saturday December 20th I will be at the Lincoln Park Zoo ... dressed warmly I am sure. When I lived in Chicago I went there for my birthday several years running. The idea is to be there about dusk ... to listen to the wolves. There is no more sublimely lovely and unnerving experience. On one hand it is one of the most beautiful sounds in the world. On the other hand there is some primal thing in the back of your head that starts screaming !!! RUN !!! RUN YOU FOOL !!! RUN !!!

After that we will head south to chezdork in Joliet for food and music until we just can't take it anymore. So bring an instrument. If no one else brings instruments (and yes I know that there are quite a few in that house, I'm ignoring that for the moment) then I shall play more. Yeah you betcha, that should get them pouring in.

So ... please ... show up to one or the other or both. It would be a terrible thing if I am the only person there (guilt guilt guilt).

Presents are not necessary, but if you do feel the urge to go buy me something, I have a wish list on Amazon that includes 300+ a couple of items.

Mostly I want friends around me. Living in Iowa gets to me sometimes. I have a few friends here, but I really don't see them often enough due to traveling and the responsibilities inherent with the WSPA.

If you can read this, you are invited. Some folks I don't know as well, I'd like to get to know you better. Oh, and anyone who brings black balloons or anything like that will be thrown to the wolves. I have never been so alive as I am at this time. Come celebrate with me. 50 years ... it's been quite a ride.

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From:pooh27bear
Date:December 6th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
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I want to go, and was planning for it. I looked at my work calendar and I am on call that weekend, but I am also on call the weekend after, and I am not supposed to be on call two weekends in a row. So, I have to check with work on Monday to find out.
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From:ruisseau
Date:December 6th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
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We wish we could be there but that weekend is booked full and we're going out of town that week. :(

But hey, where in Iowa? You might be closer to KC than Chicago!
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From:ericcoleman
Date:December 6th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
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I am much closer to KC than Chicago, but I know very few people there ... I've lived in Chicago
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From:ruisseau
Date:December 6th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
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You know us. :)
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From:jcw_da_dmg
Date:December 6th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
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I am hoping to be able to come to the Zoo if nothing else.
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From:tigertoy
Date:December 6th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)

Is Chez Dork ready for 1000000000 guests?

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If you can read this, you are invited.

Um, do you really mean to invite everyone in the world who can read English, or was this supposed to be flocked?
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From:ericcoleman
Date:December 6th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)

Re: Is Chez Dork ready for 1000000000 guests?

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Do you see the address anywhere?

It goes out to the folks who reply.
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From:bammba_m
Date:December 6th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
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i will try to be at the zoo, but Joliet may prove more difficult. (mostly because of my addiction to breathing)
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From:ericcoleman
Date:December 6th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
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I hoped you would show up to the zoo, but figgered taht Joliet would be kinda tricky at best ...
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From:barondave
Date:December 6th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
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I can't be there in person, so I'll have to be there in spirit: Make a pun in my name.
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From:madmanotl
Date:December 6th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
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I will try to make it to the zoo with my daughter and maybe Joliet too.
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From:khadagan
Date:December 7th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
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Since I'll be on my way to Texas that day (long story) I'll only be able to be with you in spirit.
Have a howling good time!
Hugs
K
(ducking for cover)
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From:periwinkle27
Date:December 7th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
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Oh, god, now I feel old. I turned 50 a cough*few*cough years ago...

Hope your birthday is fun.
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From:barbarakitten_t
Date:December 7th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
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Some of the Borg will try to be there...Sunday is our open house (please come on down...Marcey has been sending out e-vites and if she has missed any of you it's unintentional). Sorry, didn't mean to highjack your post.

*hug*
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From:ericcoleman
Date:December 7th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
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I already replied to Marcey about the invite. I need to be on my way to Iowa around 11am Sunday, so I won't be able to make it.
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From:rmjwell
Date:December 7th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
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I would love to attend but time, space and money conspire against me.

As to black balloons, I know of one burlesque performer who does a number wearing nothing but balloons that she pops in time to the music. Perhaps a dancer destroying black balloons in that fashion might be okay...? ;-)
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From:sabellak
Date:December 8th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
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We are planning to be at both - not leaving for Kentucky / Ohio trek until the following Monday morning.
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From:sciffy_circo
Date:December 9th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
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*bouncy bouncy* I wanna go, I wanna go!

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From:philmoseisleian
Date:December 11th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
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I plan to catch the 12:24 train from Joliet to Chicago. It'll arrive in Chicago at 1:48 P.M. where I'll catch the bus to the zoo. My job (in Joliet) has had hours from 8 to 1 available on Saturdays lately. The 2:24 train wouldn't get into downtown Chicago until 3:45 P.M. If I work until 1, would there be someone who could give me a lift from Joliet?

Phil
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From:ericcoleman
Date:December 18th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
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You mean TO Joliet ... right?

I can get you there.
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From:philmoseisleian
Date:December 19th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
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I was thinking I might be working until 1:00 P.M. this Saturday which is not the case. I'd need a ride from Lincoln Park Zoo to Joliet. Afterwards to Shorewood if that can be arranged. Since you left this morning, I take it this is still on?

Phil
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From:ericcoleman
Date:December 20th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
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At this point, yeah ... the weather is going to be a little dodgy, but not a real problem.
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From:starstraf
Date:December 11th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
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sorry - not on our path to ny
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From:dement1a
Date:December 18th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
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Ya just had to do everything that is at least an hour away from my apartment, didn'tcha? I will see if I can make it out to one or the other, but I have a previous engagement from 7-10 in Elmhurst - so we shall see.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:December 18th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
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Ya just had to do everything that is at least an hour away from my apartment, didn'tcha?

That is actually a big part of my planning ... is it at LEAST an hour away from your apartment ...
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From:dement1a
Date:December 18th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
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And everyone's out to get me! Where's my tinfoil hat?!? AAAAAHHHHHH!!!
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From:wyld_dandelyon
Date:December 18th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
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Angel and I have decided to try to be there, if the weather permits (which includes both halfway decent travel weather on Saturday AND not being too tired from digging out our large corner lot from this currently-looming snowstorm). I can't do the zoo, too many allergies, but I've been meaning to get to a gathering at Chezdork for some time.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:December 18th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
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