Meetup in The Quay

 

Last Sunday, neutral observer and I hooked up with Blondie, MartyB, Eeyore, and Amy Schley for a mini-Meetup in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, affectionately known as “The Quay” to the locals:

MartyB, Stad, neutral observer, Amy, Blondie, Eeyore.

We ate at Abbey Road, a theme restaurant based on you-know-what. Amy graciously kept the COC in her moderator lockbox, although it wasn’t required because the conversation was civil and light-hearted in spite of my attempts to drag it into the gutter. It was fun to catch up with what folks were doing, as well as talk about burning issues like what to order. I started to bring up the subject of a Ricochet cruise, but then I remembered the ship Peter Robinson and Rob Long purchased was still undergoing repairs:

If we buy enough sheets, mattresses, and razors, maybe they’ll finally get it renovated (I love that picture).

My wife and I were already headed to Raleigh for my 46th high school reunion. Any time we drive up to Raleigh, we look into the possibility a Quay Meetup either on the way up from or back to our home in SC. I highly recommend folks do the same when you travel, if you’re interested in meeting your fellow Ricochetti. You don’t have to rent a 100-seat ballroom, just find a good place to eat and the rest will take care of itself.

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  1. Susan Quinn Contributor

    It looks like you guys were having a great time!!!

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    • August 22, 2019, at 6:47 AM PDT
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  2. Stad Thatcher
    Stad Post author

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    It looks like you guys were having a great time!!!

    We did! What you don’t see in the picture are all the empty glasses . . .

    • #2
    • August 22, 2019, at 6:53 AM PDT
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  3. Arahant Member

    Stad: My wife and I were already headed to Raleigh for my 46th high school reunion.

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    • August 22, 2019, at 6:55 AM PDT
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  4. Blondie Thatcher

    Stad (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    It looks like you guys were having a great time!!!

    We did! What you don’t see in the picture are all the empty glasses . . .

    We didn’t do too bad. It was a “school night”, after all. It’s always fun to have a meet up. Can’t wait to see everybody next time!

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    • August 22, 2019, at 6:57 AM PDT
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  5. Aaron Miller Member

    Stad:

     but then I remembered the ship Peter Robinson and Rob Long purchased was still undergoing repairs:

     

    Ahh, the USS Short Bus!

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    • August 22, 2019, at 7:03 AM PDT
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  6. Stad Thatcher
    Stad Post author

    Blondie (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    It looks like you guys were having a great time!!!

    We did! What you don’t see in the picture are all the empty glasses . . .

    We didn’t do too bad. It was a “school night”, after all. It’s always fun to have a meet up. Can’t wait to see everybody next time!

    I forgot to mention mini-Meetup 2.1, dinner at Wingin’ It. Just me, neutral observer, and Blondie. One good thing about being retired – no more “school nights”!

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    • August 22, 2019, at 8:20 AM PDT
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  7. Stad Thatcher
    Stad Post author

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    Stad:

    but then I remembered the ship Peter Robinson and Rob Long purchased was still undergoing repairs:

     

    Ahh, the USS Short Bus!

    Fear not! Rob and Peter assured us this will be the final result:

    Keep buying those razors!

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    • August 22, 2019, at 8:22 AM PDT
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  8. KentForrester Coolidge

    I like to see photos of fellow Ricocheters. We look so normal.

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    • August 22, 2019, at 10:25 AM PDT
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  9. Arahant Member

    KentForrester (View Comment):
    We look so normal.

    Looks can be deceiving.

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    • August 22, 2019, at 10:30 AM PDT
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  10. Marjorie Reynolds Lincoln

    So do Ricochetti meet up often? 

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    • August 22, 2019, at 2:21 PM PDT
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  11. Aaron Miller Member

    Marjorie Reynolds (View Comment):

    So do Ricochetti meet up often?

    Yes. Here is a Group for arrangements.

    Small meetups are more common in some areas than others. Large meetups still occur once or twice a year, I think.

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    • August 22, 2019, at 2:27 PM PDT
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  12. Stad Thatcher
    Stad Post author

    Marjorie Reynolds (View Comment):

    So do Ricochetti meet up often?

    As often as possible!

    • #12
    • August 22, 2019, at 2:41 PM PDT
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  13. Stad Thatcher
    Stad Post author

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    Marjorie Reynolds (View Comment):

    So do Ricochetti meet up often?

    Yes. Here is a Group for arrangements.

    Small meetups are more common in some areas than others. Large meetups still occur once or twice a year, I think.

    Yes, it’s easier for small numbers in the same general area to get together. The bigger Meetups require more effort to set up, and need a longer lead time for folks to make travel arrangements . . .

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    • August 22, 2019, at 2:42 PM PDT
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  14. Front Seat Cat Member

    What a cute group! What were the top three topics? Love the place mats. 46’th reunion? Wow! I think that may be for another post, but Cheers to this gathering!

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    • August 22, 2019, at 3:03 PM PDT
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  15. Marjorie Reynolds Lincoln

    Stad (View Comment):

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    Marjorie Reynolds (View Comment):

    So do Ricochetti meet up often?

    Yes. Here is a Group for arrangements.

    Small meetups are more common in some areas than others. Large meetups still occur once or twice a year, I think.

    Yes, it’s easier for small numbers in the same general area to get together. The bigger Meetups require more effort to set up, and need a longer lead time for folks to make travel arrangements . . .

    My travel arrangements would be a little more complicated. But it does sound like great fun.

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    • August 22, 2019, at 3:04 PM PDT
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  16. Arahant Member

    Marjorie Reynolds (View Comment):

    So do Ricochetti meet up often?

    Another way that meet-ups happen is when people are traveling. I was in Columbus, Ohio, so met with a couple of the Ricochet members there. One was driving within an hour of me, so I met him and we had dinner together. Stad and Neutral Observer were up in my area, so we had lunch together. There are many of those types of get togethers. Then there are larger ones. I was at one that had six people here in the area.

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    • August 22, 2019, at 3:23 PM PDT
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  17. Arahant Member

    Marjorie Reynolds (View Comment):
    My travel arrangements would be a little more complicated. But it does sound like great fun.

    @charlesmark, @paddysiochain? Ever done a meet-up in the Emerald Isle?

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    • August 22, 2019, at 3:24 PM PDT
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  18. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    I peeked at this (I live in Charlotte) but schedule and distance would not permit.

    Glad folks had a good time!

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    • August 22, 2019, at 3:40 PM PDT
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  19. Blondie Thatcher

    Chris Campion (View Comment):

    I peeked at this (I live in Charlotte) but schedule and distance would not permit.

    Glad folks had a good time!

    Maybe next time. 

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    • August 22, 2019, at 4:41 PM PDT
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  20. Percival Thatcher

    Stad (View Comment):

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    Marjorie Reynolds (View Comment):

    So do Ricochetti meet up often?

    Yes. Here is a Group for arrangements.

    Small meetups are more common in some areas than others. Large meetups still occur once or twice a year, I think.

    Yes, it’s easier for small numbers in the same general area to get together. The bigger Meetups require more effort to set up, and need a longer lead time for folks to make travel arrangements . . .

    Bail money … permission from parole officers …

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    • August 22, 2019, at 4:54 PM PDT
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  21. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Whenever Ray and I travel, I put up a Ricochet post asking if anyone wants to meet up. We will be at Hillsdale in Michigan the first week of October, and at least two other Rico members will be there, and we will be seated together at meals. We are staying from October 1 to the 5th, so always up for meetings after the Hillsdale function.

    We have had meetups in Seattle, Southern California, Denver area, Phoenix, Vegas, Idaho (on the way to Vegas), and Salt Lake City (also on the way to Vegas). We went to Montana in 2016, and met a dozen new people. Every meetup is fun! And most meetups get posts afterward-my Montana post took five installments, all of which were promoted to the Main Feed.

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    • August 22, 2019, at 9:20 PM PDT
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  22. Stad Thatcher
    Stad Post author

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):
    Whenever Ray and I travel, I put up a Ricochet post asking if anyone wants to meet up.

    That’s the way to do it!

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    • August 23, 2019, at 5:32 AM PDT
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  23. Stad Thatcher
    Stad Post author

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    What a cute group! What were the top three topics? Love the place mats. 46’th reunion? Wow! I think that may be for another post, but Cheers to this gathering!

    Top three topics? The Ricochetti who weren’t there, Rob Long’s next sitcom (takes place in a bar, I’m told), and why beer is nature’s most perfect food.

    I assume your question about the reunion is why #46 instead of #45. Easy! After the first few Class of ’73 reunions, the Class of ’74 approached our organizing committee and suggested combining our classes. That way, we could afford a larger venue. In addition, a lot of us had friends in the lower classes as well as siblings. Over the years, it’s grown to include ’75 and ’76. Because the Class of ’74 has the most active organizers, it all centers around them.

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    • August 23, 2019, at 5:38 AM PDT
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  24. Arahant Member

    Stad (View Comment):
    I assume your question about the reunion is why #46 instead of #45. Easy! After the first few Class of ’73 reunions, the Class of ’74 approached our organizing committee and suggested combining our classes. That way, we could afford a larger venue. In addition, a lot of us had friends in the lower classes as well as siblings. Over the years, it’s grown to include ’75 and ’76. Because the Class of ’74 has the most active organizers, it all centers around them.

    I just figured you were so old and so many had died off that you were having them every year now. 😜

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    • August 23, 2019, at 7:04 AM PDT
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  25. Stad Thatcher
    Stad Post author

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):
    I assume your question about the reunion is why #46 instead of #45. Easy! After the first few Class of ’73 reunions, the Class of ’74 approached our organizing committee and suggested combining our classes. That way, we could afford a larger venue. In addition, a lot of us had friends in the lower classes as well as siblings. Over the years, it’s grown to include ’75 and ’76. Because the Class of ’74 has the most active organizers, it all centers around them.

    I just figured you were so old and so many had died off that you were having them every year now. 😜

    We ought to. One of the bummers this year was finding out this gal I had an absolute crush on passed away a little after she turned sixty. IMHO, she was the most beautiful girl in the school . . .

    OTOH, this one girl who was pretty way back then has gotten better looking each reunion. This time, she was absolutely stunning – I’m talking movie star looks.

     

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    • August 23, 2019, at 7:36 AM PDT
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  26. Marjorie Reynolds Lincoln

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Marjorie Reynolds (View Comment):
    My travel arrangements would be a little more complicated. But it does sound like great fun.

    @charlesmark, @paddysiochain? Ever done a meet-up in the Emerald Isle?

    Not a bad idea. I didn’t know @charlesmark was Irish too.

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    • August 23, 2019, at 1:01 PM PDT
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  27. Arahant Member

    Marjorie Reynolds (View Comment):
    I didn’t know Charles Mark was Irish too.

    There may be others, but one has to go by what’s on the profile or what they post.

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    • August 23, 2019, at 2:23 PM PDT
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  28. Randy Weivoda Moderator

    Uh uh. We spotted Rob Long’s boat in the marina at the Charlevoix, Michigan meetup.

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    • August 25, 2019, at 10:04 AM PDT
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  29. Stad Thatcher
    Stad Post author

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Uh uh. We spotted Rob Long’s boat in the marina at the Charlevoix, Michigan meetup.

    Is his dinghy named RINO Squish?

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    • August 25, 2019, at 11:03 AM PDT
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  30. Amy Schley Moderator

    Chris Campion (View Comment):

    I peeked at this (I live in Charlotte) but schedule and distance would not permit.

    Glad folks had a good time!

    Okay, just sent you a FB friend request. We’ve got a surprisingly strong Ricochetti contingent in Charlotte and we need to get together. 

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    • August 25, 2019, at 1:07 PM PDT
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