Our Soldiers and
A Support Group & Social Club for
Disabilities, and Their Admirers
Hill Rd #1
in Mystic this
cooperative - it
was rainy, cold
and damp but
what can you
expect in an El
There were over
30 people there
we had the Get
went to the
"Old Mystik" for
found a mermaid
lunch, and had
We didn't get to
do any sailing
Battle of the
Sexes - a fun
between guys and
(there was a
rascal in our
midst who made
up a question
and didn't get
But we are
Hong Kong was
there and it was
getting to know
didn't get her
visa in time. A
were there from
ChumTV in Canada
to interview us
will air in
Canada soon and
I should get a
copy of it for
us to see.
All in all it
was a great
Below are some
in Las Vegas!
We are here in Vegas
are about 25 people
here so far...
We went to see
Hoover Dam today;
dinner tonight was
The Hilton buffet or
breakfast at the
hotel buffet, then
some shopping for
those last minute
necessities, and The
Adventure in all our
still have to get to
Show, the Venetian,
are a few of the
Yahoo Group Photos -
see LV2006 folder.
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Photos: $100.00 US
The Connecticut meeting is coming to a close. I am in the
lobby waiting to give a hand to participants leaving for the
airport and home. Since I drove down here with my minivan
and being the handy kind of guy, I am helping out with
transportation. It also gives me the opportunity to say
final goodbyes to the many new friends I've made here.
We all met Thursday evening, 9 ladies and 12 men, in Jama's
suite to get acquainted. Jama (and her helpers, Linda, Jerry
and more of the guys) had prepared sandwiches, potato salad,
chips and dips, fresh fruit, homemade cookies and brownies,
and more, and people got the chance to become familiar with
each other. This was above all a social and friendly
gathering, so we had to break the ice somehow. Then we
adjourned to the meeting room where Margaret and Judy had
planned a surprise wedding reception for Jama and Scott who
got married last Fall.
We went to Mystic, CT on Friday. The Mystic Seaport
Museum is a historical reproduction of a turn-of-the-century
whaling community, and has many displays and interpretation
centers. There were many old fishing and whaling ships upon
which it was possible to board and visit. One of these boats
is reputedly haunted! I haven't met or seen the
resident ghost, but I found it very interresting to see how
these old tall ships operated and how mariners lived a
century ago. For dinner, we went to Abbott's Lobster
in the Rough and most of us had whole lobsters as you can
see by our bibs!
Yesterday, I went out for an afternoon cruise on Scott and
Jama's sailboat. She's a 28' sloop, and although we didn't
go very far, I think I'm hooked onto a new little
passion. I've been invited to have some private
sailing lessons here, and you can be sure I'll take Scott up
on his generous offer soon.
It was a fantastic experience for me, and I'm looking
forward to being at future meetings. Meanwhile, there's the
Monteal meeting this fall to start planning for...
October 28-31, 2004
We had a great
time! Friday we went to the San Diego Zoo
and wore ourselves out walking/rolling all
over the place (some of you bums took the bus tour
after we got separated!) then Friday night we
ordered pizza and ate by the pool/hottub.
Saturday we rode the trolley from
Old Town to the Harbor and went on a 2 hour cruise
of the harbor, then back to Old Town for some
shopping and great Mexican food, some of us in our
Halloween costumes. Tatiana Freedman wore
the best costume I have ever seen (see the picture
Sunday some left early
and the rest of us goofed off while those with
energy went to Seaworld. Then we went to
dinner at Ricky's (not recommended - a long 2 blocks
away, no ramp and the food wasn't special).
Monday, a few of us went to the
Maritime Museum and checked out the Victorian era ferry Berkeley built in
1898, and the Star of India
(where Captain and Commander with Russell Crowe
was filmed). I went down the stairs into the
lower decks (with a little help of course) and got
to see the Captain's cabin...Very interesting!
had 10 ladies and 10 guys, plus a couple of guys who
were there for an evening,
plus some friends of 2 of the ladies
who joined us for dinners and some activities.
So there were about 25 in all, but I think all
25 were together at only one time for dinner on
We went to the Casinos (of course) but
casino time was more or less on one's own or after an evening's
activities. We ate at the hotel mostly - there was a cafe
and a buffet for 3 meals a day, but we did get out for
dinners elsewhere a few times. On Friday night we all
dressed up in our costumes and went to the Fremont Street
Experience (light shows and lots of things to see, plus
shops, restaurants and bars) for Hallowe'en and it was a
hoot! Everyone there was dressed up too and the
costumes were great!
think we should do Halloween there every other year!
Then on Saturday, we went to the Strip to see some of
the new hotels and casinos and displays there. Some saw
the Bellagio Fountains - a water and light show that was
breathtaking. The group I was with went to the
Monte Carlo and the Venetia - a
hotel with gondola rides indoors and outdoors, painted
ceiling reminiscent of the Sistine Chapel and then we
went to New York New York and to the Nine Irish
Gentlemen's Irish Bar, which was wonderful - Irish
songs, and dancing, and the bar patrons often danced up
in the front with the performers. When they saw our
wheelchairs, the crowd was parted and we were escorted
right up to the front which was very nice since it
was very crowded.
We had dinners of sandwiches and chips, etc in my room a
couple of nights to save on eating out every meal. A few
arrived on Wednesday, and most everyone stayed until
Monday, so it was an extended weekend. But everyone had
a great time.
I know I did!
We had a blast as
you can see here! There were 6 ladies
and 6 guys in attendance and
lady, Kelly, who came for one day on Friday,
who we hope to see again soon!
Orlando was great! The
weather was beautiful!
Some of us went to Epcot Center,
Seaworld, and of course we went shopping
and ate out!
People started arriving Wednesday evening, I drove and didn't
get there until late Thursday evening,
but Lorry was there keeping
everything under control until I got there...
We had a great time in Reno,
stayed at Circus-Circus Hotel and Casino,
but for the LasVegas conference, I think I will
choose a smaller hotel.
If not for cell phones we would never have
to keep the group somewhat together.
Here is a picture of some of the group at the
2002We thought we were going to be rained out,
but we all managed to float our way down there
and had a great time! The rain even
managed to let up enough for us to enjoy our
outings the Johnson Space Center, the Oil
Drilling Rig Museum, The Strand (historic
downtown Galveston), and Moody Gardens.
Some of us even made it to the Kemah Boardwalk
for dinner Friday night at Joe's Crab Shack, as
planned, and the rest of us ate at Joe's Crab
Shack in Galveston! So I guess you could
say we all had dinner at the 'same' place, if
not together! Seems like we ate
seafood every night, but "when in Rome...".Then
at night,we hung out on the "veranda" every
night until the wee hours to talk and get to
know each other. Everyone had a great time
and promised to come back next time, so those of
you who weren't there, try to make it to New
Orleans in the spring or fall of 2004!
San Jose 2001 Conference
photo ASCOT San Jose 2000