A Meet-Up on the Way from One Important Place to Another

 

While on the way from one place to another, @stad and @neutralobserver happened to be passing through beautiful downtown Troy, Michigan, so we got together for lunch. It’s a nice way to have a meet-up. It’s a chance to just talk and get to know people. I learned several things:

  1. Stad writes under a pseudonym. It is not a masculine name, which led to my questioning if he were writing romance novels.
  2. He’s about to start writing romance novels, but no, had not in the past. (I never got around to admitting that I have one of those started, too, because why not?)
  3. He’s much taller than he looks in his avatar.
  4. Neutral Observer makes the worlds best burritos. I have Stad’s assurance of this. He even started detailing the process at one point, but I doubt I’ll get them to put the recipe in the You Will Need Group.
  5. “Cell phone photos are today’s equivalent of relatives carrying around a carousel of slides from the old days.”
  6. Once you retire, you have no time to fool around anymore, because there is just too much to do with life.
  7. Neutral Observer has picked up a soft, Southern dialect from living in the South, but no, she’s from out west.

I’m sure the huge, mega-meet-ups are a lot of fun, but I’ll take the opportunity to talk with you one-on-one(ish), if you happen to be in town.

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  1. Jimmy Carter Member
    Jimmy Carter
    @JimmyCarter

    Pics or it didn’t happen.

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  2. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    Pics or it didn’t happen.

    Oh, it happened!  neutral observer and I had a great time with Arahant, and a wonderful meal to boot.

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  3. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    Pics or it didn’t happen.

    Jimmy, there were three of us there, and the only one anyone would want to see is Neutral Observer. I mean, you can see Stad in his avatar, and I have inflicted enough pictures of me on Ricochet. So, we skipped the picture-taking step.

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  4. Eustace C. Scrubb Member
    Eustace C. Scrubb
    @EustaceCScrubb

    I wrote a Romance novel.

    • #4
  5. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    Was Stad wearing a t-shirt advertising his love of beer?

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  6. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Arahant: I’m sure the huge, mega-meet-ups are a lot of fun, but I’ll take the opportunity to talk with you one-on-one(ish), if you happen to be in town.

    I second this idea.  Having done big, medium, small, and one-on-one Meetups, I can attest they are all fun!  I’ve spoken with members who’ve organized big Meetups, and I’ve learned it takes a lot of effort to make it all happen.  However, miniMeetups can be as simple as, “Hey, we’re going to be in XYZ town on the Umpteenth of Whatever month.  Anyone game for dinner (or lunch, as was in our case)?

    So yes, we had a blast at lunch!  Arahant rocks, and we wish we didn’t have to get back on the road and head to our first stop on the way home to South Carolina.  We could have spend hours talking with him . . .

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  7. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Was Stad wearing a t-shirt advertising his love of beer?

    No, his T-Shirt said, “Be careful. You could wind up in my next novel.”

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  8. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Was Stad wearing a t-shirt advertising his love of beer?

    I wore my tee that says, “Careful, or you’ll end up in my novel.”

    No plans to introduce a character named “Arahant” in any story . . .

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  9. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Stad (View Comment):
    We could have spend hours talking with him .

    It’s mutual. We barely scratched the surface, just buzzing over several topics.

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  10. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Stad (View Comment):
    No plans to introduce a character named “Arahant” in any story . . .

    Wouldn’t be believable anyway.

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  11. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    If any Ricochetti is traveling through Flagstaff, I am good for a free lunch!  Just send me an email.

    Gary

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  12. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    If any Ricochetti is traveling through Flagstaff, I am good for a free lunch! Just send me an email.

    Gary

    We’re just the kind of folks who’d drive 1900 miles for a free lunch.  See you soon!

    But seriously, we’re doing a swing out west this September for neutral observer’s gazillionth high school reunion in Denver, so it will be a consideration.  We still don’t have all the details fleshed out yet, but we plan on going to Santa Fe afterwards, then heading back on a more southernly route through Arizona, Texas, etc. back to South Carolina – unless the other nine or ten people going to the reunion decide “Meh, why bother?”

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  13. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):
    No plans to introduce a character named “Arahant” in any story . . .

    Wouldn’t be believable anyway.

    I could make him believable . . .

    • #13
  14. Blondie Thatcher
    Blondie
    @Blondie

    @arahant, you have met a great couple. Always ready for a great conversation on just about any topic. Love these mini meet ups. 

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  15. Matt Balzer Member
    Matt Balzer
    @MattBalzer

    Stad (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):
    No plans to introduce a character named “Arahant” in any story . . .

    Wouldn’t be believable anyway.

    I could make him believable . . .

    I don’t know if I believe that.

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  16. Matt Balzer Member
    Matt Balzer
    @MattBalzer

    Arahant: Stad writes under a pseudonym. It is not a masculine name, which led to my questioning if he were writing romance novels.

    I like to think that he meant to write “Stud” but there was a typo and by the time he noticed it was too late.

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  17. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Matt Balzer (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):
    No plans to introduce a character named “Arahant” in any story . . .

    Wouldn’t be believable anyway.

    I could make him believable . . .

    I don’t know if I believe that.

    You’ve met Arahant too?  Just sayin’ . . .

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  18. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Matt Balzer (View Comment):

    Arahant: Stad writes under a pseudonym. It is not a masculine name, which led to my questioning if he were writing romance novels.

    I like to think that he meant to write “Stud” but there was a typo and by the time he noticed it was too late.

    Perhaps I typed “Stud”, and neutral observer changed it, hmmmm?

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  19. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Blondie (View Comment):
    you have met a great couple.

    Takes one to know one . . .

    Blondie and MartyB are also super couple to hang out with.  If you can even find “The Quay” on a map, give ’em a shout if you’re traveling close by . . .

    • #19
  20. Randy Webster Member
    Randy Webster
    @RandyWebster

    I met Stad and Neutral Observer at one of the Atlanta meetups.  Ate dinner with them, actually.

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  21. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    I met Stad and Neutral Observer at one of the Atlanta meetups. Ate dinner with them, actually.

    And what did you learn?

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  22. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
    9thDistrictNeighbor
    @9thDistrictNeighbor

    There’s a downtown Troy? I thought Troy was the Somerset mall….

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  23. Randy Webster Member
    Randy Webster
    @RandyWebster

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    I met Stad and Neutral Observer at one of the Atlanta meetups. Ate dinner with them, actually.

    And what did you learn?

    They’re both smarter than I am.

    • #23
  24. Hartmann von Aue Member
    Hartmann von Aue
    @HartmannvonAue

    Small Meet-Ups are terrific. Let’s do more of them. 

    • #24
  25. ToryWarWriter Thatcher
    ToryWarWriter
    @ToryWarWriter

    I am heading to Columbus, Ohio this weekend for Origins if anyone wants to meet up.

    I would love to see a group or thread about travelling Ricochetti where we can try and coordinate mini-meetups.

    • #25
  26. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):
    I would love to see a group or thread about travelling Ricochetti where we can try and coordinate mini-meetups.

    Try this one.

    http://ricochet.com/groups/ricochet-meetup/

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  27. Concretevol Thatcher
    Concretevol
    @Concretevol

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    If any Ricochetti is traveling through Flagstaff, I am good for a free lunch! Just send me an email.

    Gary

    Does that mean you are buying lunch or you are willing to eat a lunch paid for by the visitor?  ;)

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  28. Concretevol Thatcher
    Concretevol
    @Concretevol

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    I met Stad and Neutral Observer at one of the Atlanta meetups. Ate dinner with them, actually.

    And what did you learn?

    They’re both smarter than I am.

    That’s a low bar…..

    • #28
  29. Concretevol Thatcher
    Concretevol
    @Concretevol

    The small meetups are great!  I have had several in my work travels with 2 to 5 people and it’s a great way to meet incredible Ricochetti

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  30. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):

    I am heading to Columbus, Ohio this weekend for Origins if anyone wants to meet up.

    I would love to see a group or thread about travelling Ricochetti where we can try and coordinate mini-meetups.

    @judgemental

    • #30

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