Twentieth(-ish) RLF Anniversary Gathering?

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Twentieth(-ish) RLF Anniversary Gathering?

Post by Martin Blank » Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:24 pm

This is just kind of seeding the idea right now, but RLF was officially revealed to the world on Valentine's Day, 2003. That means the 20th anniversary of the forums is coming up in about three years, and might make for a good enough reason to get together for a formal Gathering.

I was thinking that we could do a long weekend, since coordinating a traditional nine-day Gathering would be challenging on its own, let alone the family logistics that come with things now. But if there's enough call for a week-long stay, we might be able to do it. Hell, we used to split the Gatherings into Segments (four days) and Fragments (two days), so maybe there's enough flexibility for everyone.

Anyone have ideas for where? North Carolina's Outer Banks are still feasible, and the same house is available (though with a different name of "Summer Salt," owner, and paint scheme). That house runs about $2000 per week off-season, and split enough ways, that's a cheap getaway. If there's enough interest (and enough SOs), we might look at something bigger. A hotel getaway is also possible, but could be a lot more expensive for a week. For a weekend, a hotel is probably more passable, but some houses would be available, too.

So, any thoughts?
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Post by Sir Spankspeople » Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:40 pm

Honestly, Duck's Landing 2007 (Was it 2007? It was right before I moved to PEI) still stands out as one of my favourite vacations. I ended up staying a couple of blocks down a few years later with my wife's family, though it was earlier in the season, and it was just as lovely.

I'mma keep an eye on this thread, see where it goes. Three years is a good amount of time to put aside some pennies.
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Post by BtEO » Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:55 pm

I'm never quite sure how I managed to have the money last time so having three years' warning is definitely nice.

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Post by Rorschach » Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:21 am

I'll go if BtEO is going.
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Post by BtEO » Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:11 am

Not ominous at all...

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Post by FirebirdNC » Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:15 am

My husband works for Hatteras Realty. They have over 500 houses on OBX. He said if it's spring or fall (non peak) he can get a discount on houses or even major discount from some of his home owners. He is a premier owner contact and has some really sweet houses in his program. They are located on the southern end of OBX so my area/south of Oregon inlet bridge. I would love to help this happen in any way I can.
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Post by Martin Blank » Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:05 pm

That could be very useful (if he still works there in three years). While Memorseas/Summer Salt was a good size for a bunch of mostly single people, we may need something(s) bigger if we have couples or families involved.
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Post by Sir Spankspeople » Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:50 pm

I can't guarantee I'll make it, but I *can* guarantee that this time I'll have proper luggage, with real luggage tags and everything.

The Spanks you met in 2007 was preeeeeeetty green, I'm not going to lie, though he's pretty much gone now anyways. In three years it could be as though he never existed.
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Post by Martin Blank » Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:47 pm

I remember the Spanks of 2007 as super-white, blinding oncoming traffic.
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Post by Sir Spankspeople » Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:01 pm

Martin Blank wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:47 pm
I remember the Spanks of 2007 as super-white, blinding oncoming traffic.
Oh, well that never changes. If anything, I'm even whiter now!
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Post by Elemental » Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:40 pm

I think I might live too far away for this.
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Post by Martin Blank » Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:10 pm

Elemenopee!

If you start swimming now, you should make it just about on time. If you happen to know where Spoony is, you could maybe cut the time in half.
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Post by Jedi_Vader20 » Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:26 am

International travel to the US _should_ be possible again by 2023, colour me interested!
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Post by Sir Spankspeople » Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:34 pm

So, funny story (well, not really, but...):

In 2007 when we went to Duck, everyone went out for dinner/drinks and I was going to get one that came in a fun piratey mug that you got to keep, but I'd forgotten my ID back at the house and was kind of sad about it.

Fast forward to... 2011-2012ish (I can't remember now, hmm...) and we went with my wife's family. The missus and I were out looking for somewhere to get seafood (hard in the Outer Banks, I know) and ended up somewhere that seemed very familiar.

I ended up getting my piratey mug after all, and now it sits in the bathroom being used as a toothbrush holder.
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Post by BtEO » Fri Jul 17, 2020 3:42 pm

I remember being annoyed that I only got ID'd the once, when I'd heard that the US tended to be super strict on that stuff.

I didn't look *that* old.

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