Ricochetti Adventures in Vegas and LA

 

I previously posted about our hot weekend (113°F) in Vegas at FreedomFest 2017 whilst interviewing a treasure trove of luminaries, but I left off details and photos of our two meet ups from the weekend. The first, on Friday night was hosted by @addictionisachoice:

@cowgirl and Addiction Is a Choice are in the rear of the photo, with virtuoso pianist Hyperion Knight to the right of him, then me, @nicegrizzly, and @Whiskeypolitics Dave. On the other side of the table, @docjay is seated next to Cowgirl, and next to him we have three guests who will be joining Ricochet soon: Garin Bader, fantastic magician and pianist who performs regularly and is a friend of Hyperion’s, and Nancy and her daughter, Sarah.

After an exhausting weekend working for Whiskey Politics, Dave Sussman and I made it to the Reagan Library event previously described on Ricochet*, and joined a great group of Ricochetti at the after-party and then on to a more boisterous party at the Stonehause nearby. It was a nice finish to a very busy few days:

@annefy charms the socks off @patsajak.

From L to R: @jimgonewild, Pat Sajak, Gabriel, Annefy, @vectorman, @davesussman

Me and the boys

All of us at the “Wall”

We begin to gather…

I have often said that Ricochet is more of a social club than an editorial site and several members, including young Eduardo sitting near the foreground, stated that now that now they had met other members, they were no longer intimidated by the prospect of submitting essays and comments. My entire point of maintaining (with the generous editorial work of the tireless @RandyWeivoda), RicochetMeetUp.com is to provide an easier way for members to track the numerous attempts to connect with each other. Go to a meetup and you will instantly connect.

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  1. MLH Inactive
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    Isn’t it “Addiction is a Choice?”

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  2. Mike LaRoche Inactive
    Mike LaRoche
    @MikeLaRoche

    Very cool.

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  3. Melissa Praemonitus Member
    Melissa Praemonitus
    @6foot2inhighheels

    MLH (View Comment):
    Isn’t it “Addiction is a Choice?”

    lol, when I said I was exhausted, I meant it!

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  4. MLH Inactive
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    Melissa Praemonitus (View Comment):

    MLH (View Comment):
    Isn’t it “Addiction is a Choice?”

    lol, when I said I was exhausted, I meant it!

    But maybe your moniker is correct. . .well the one before you corrected it. . .Get some sleep and fix it in the morning.

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  5. Nanda Panjandrum Member
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    Thanks for the up close and personal touch for both of these, Melissa! Wonderful to see everyone!

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  6. John Park Member
    John Park
    @jpark

    Hey, Melissa, thank you for the update! I have gathered with Ricochetti in Atlanta and DC and can say it’s always worth it.

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  7. Addiction Is A Choice Member
    Addiction Is A Choice
    @AddictionIsAChoice

    MLH (View Comment):

    Melissa Praemonitus (View Comment):

    MLH (View Comment):
    Isn’t it “Addiction is a Choice?”

    lol, when I said I was exhausted, I meant it!

    But maybe your moniker is correct. . .well the one before you corrected it. . .Get some sleep and fix it in the morning.

    What did I miss?

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  8. Melissa Praemonitus Member
    Melissa Praemonitus
    @6foot2inhighheels

    Addiction Is A Choice (View Comment):
    What did I miss?

    I blame everything on auto-correct!

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  9. Dave Sussman Contributor
    Dave Sussman
    @DaveSussman

    It’s Wednesday and I’m just coming up for air. That was a crazy week topped off by an amazing Sunday. Thanks for the great pics Melissa and all your incredible support.

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  10. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher
    Goldwaterwoman
    @goldwaterwoman

    Thank you for these great pictures Melissa. I love our Ricochet community and am sorry not to have been there.

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  11. Kim K. Inactive
    Kim K.
    @KimK

    We hung out briefly at the Reagan Library reception but had a long drive home that night so left around 6. Looks like staying would have been fun.

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  12. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    I wish I could have hit a Like button for each one of those pictures.

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  13. Melissa Praemonitus Member
    Melissa Praemonitus
    @6foot2inhighheels

    Ricochet folks are the best!  If @nicegrizzly had been there, the photos would have been really great.  She did such a nice job at FreedomFest, and you should see her portraits.

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  14. Hartmann von Aue Member
    Hartmann von Aue
    @HartmannvonAue

    Thanks for the photos and the explanations!

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  15. Susie Inactive
    Susie
    @Susie

    Thanks for the photos. Salt of the earth people!

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  16. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
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    Melissa Praemonitus (View Comment):
    Ricochet folks are the best! If @nicegrizzly had been there, the photos would have been really great. She did such a nice job at FreedomFest, and you should see her portraits.

    Wow, those are outstanding!

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  17. Nicegrizzly Inactive
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    Melissa Praemonitus (View Comment):
    Ricochet folks are the best! If @nicegrizzly had been there, the photos would have been really great. She did such a nice job at FreedomFest, and you should see her portraits.

    Thanks so much, Melissa! I had a blast at Freedom Fest and am grateful for the opportunity to be there.

    @randyweivoda, you’re too kind!

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  18. Concretevol Thatcher
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    @Concretevol

    Melissa Praemonitus: My entire point of maintaining (with the generous editorial work of the tireless @RandyWeivoda), RicochetMeetUp.com is to provide an easier way for members to track the numerous attempts to connect with each other.

    In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I really appreciate that you do so!

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  19. Addiction Is A Choice Member
    Addiction Is A Choice
    @AddictionIsAChoice

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Melissa Praemonitus (View Comment):
    Ricochet folks are the best! If @nicegrizzly had been there, the photos would have been really great. She did such a nice job at FreedomFest, and you should see her portraits.

    Wow, those are outstanding!

    Outstanding is right! Wow! And after meeting her I can attest: She puts the “nice” in @nicegrizzly ;)

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  20. Nicegrizzly Inactive
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    Addiction Is A Choice (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Melissa Praemonitus (View Comment):
    Ricochet folks are the best! If @nicegrizzly had been there, the photos would have been really great. She did such a nice job at FreedomFest, and you should see her portraits.

    Wow, those are outstanding!

    Outstanding is right! Wow! And after meeting her I can attest: She puts the “nice” in @nicegrizzly ?

    Very kind of you as well, @addictionisachoice, and so nice to meet you Friday night.

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  21. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Melissa Praemonitus: My entire point of maintaining (with the generous editorial work of the tireless @RandyWeivoda), RicochetMeetUp.com is to provide an easier way for members to track the numerous attempts to connect with each other. Go to a meetup and you will instantly connect.

    Absolutely true!  Ricochetti are a colorful and diverse group of people, but they all have one thing in common-they’re fun to hang out with!  My wife and I want to attend more, but work keeps getting in the way . . .

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  22. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Oh, you added pix after the original post!! Very cool! Love seeing the faces of some of the people I’ve “talked with.” Thanks, Melissa!

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  23. JimGoneWild Coolidge
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    Awesome! I want to thank you and Dave again for being great hosts.

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  24. Melissa Praemonitus Member
    Melissa Praemonitus
    @6foot2inhighheels

    The Team.  I actually love the photo bombers.

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  25. Melissa Praemonitus Member
    Melissa Praemonitus
    @6foot2inhighheels

    JimGoneWild (View Comment):
    Awesome! I want to thank you and Dave again for being great hosts.

    It was great seeing you again Jim!

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  26. profdlp Inactive
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    Melissa Praemonitus (View Comment):
    The Team. I actually love the photo bombers.

    That right there is why the left hates us.  We are too happy, having too much fun, and are way too good looking.  The fact that you pulled all that off despite my absence is even more remarkable.

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