A long 1st day - The Pre Meet Up - yeah!!! :D

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welcoming Will... our first pic at the airport
Ok, finally the Meet Up was here. I was so excited about the whole experience. Most of the TB’s coming from different parts of the country were arriving during the day. James was in charge of picking them up from the airport and I agreed to be his copilot ;) In our way to the airport, we were supposed to buy something for a further ceremony, but we forgot about it. So we went straight to the airport. Will was arriving around 8:30am. I saw some people going in front of me, but since I didn’t know Will I couldn’t recognize him. James arrived and I let him know I saw a group of people coming. He approached to the people and came back with Will :) Yeah! He was the first one I met that day. Bill was in his way to a longer trip, so he had a big backpack. As soon as I saw the big guy -" I looked so tiny next to him - I realized that there was a fun guy behind that quiet appearance.
Will after shopping, mission accomplished ;)
After the welcoming hug, we drove to the hotel in order to check in and leave our bags. It was still early to check in, but we could leave our stuff in the storage room.  

James had to go back to the airport and pick up some of the members of the LV Gang. I was supposed to drive with him, but he was picking up 3 people with 3 bags + Will was already there and I didn’t’ want to leave him alone, besides the fact we were still missing doing some shopping; anyway at the end I stayed with Will at the hotel. Ok, I let you know what we had to buy: a tiara for the queen!!! Will really needed me by his side for this mission. Otherwise it should have seen too rare. Can you imagine a big and strong man looking for a tiara in a kid’s store, haha. We were lucky that there was a mall next to the hotel.

Eric!!!
We started with our duty and not even 15min later, we were ready. Great job! Mission 1: done!

While I was doing some shopping with Will, I got a phone call from Eric! He was coming closer to the hotel and we agreed to meet at the lobby.

Will and I went to the lobby and took a sit. We were just chatting when I saw a guy approaching to us. He looks familiar to me… Was he??? Yes, he was Eric!!! After looking to each other we hugged as if we were friends from a long time ago. Eric and I had been in touch since some time ago, so I felt him as an old friend and had to bring him something from Peru.

cells with their matching Peruvian socks: Mine & Eric's
What did I give him? A Peruvian sock for his cell phone, haha. Now, we both had matching phones, haha. The 3 of us were chilling out until noon and asked if there was a room available. Since Will was the only one, who had a room for himself. He checked in and we joined him to the 12th floor, where his room was. We left Will and went down to the lobby, just on time to meet the LV Gang - well most of it. There were: Erin, RJ & Mellanie, besides our host James. I couldn’t believe Mel was just in front of me. I left all my stuff with Eric, just to run to her and gave her a huge hug. Yes, hugging time was just getting started. We were talking about meeting last couple of weeks, that is was perfect meeting her. James wanted me to hurry up with the check in stuff, but I was so busy and excited meeting the people. He was patient and waited for me. I was the next to check in, but I have a roommate who hasn’t already arrived, mmm.
Mel & Yadi
Well, I just did the check in and let the people in the front desk know, that a girl will be coming looking for me, hehe. I was forgetting to mention, another TB was there. Tim was also there, but he left because he was staying at another hotel.

Everyone was staying at the 8th floor. James with Eric, Erin with Mell, Harriet with me & RJ. We went upstairs to refresh ourselves and get ready for the Pre Meet Up. Well, before leaving I left some stuff in the room, so my roommy could see I have been there, hehe.  We met downstairs and picture time started. There were 7 happy TB’s: James, Eric, Erin, Mel, RJ, Will and me. Then Sal joined us. He’s also part of the LV Gang and was also driving.

The gang was getting ready to leave: James, Eric, Will, R.J., Mel, Yadi & Erin
So there were 2 cars for 8 people, cool!!! Sal drove with part of the LV Gang and James drove Mel, Eric and I. When we were almost leaving the garage, James started to say: No way! No way! And moved his head as if he wanted to crash the steer wheal. He was looking desperate. I asked him what was going on, since I was getting worried. I was afraid he wasn’t feeling good. He just told me he forgot the bag with the tiara in a plastic bag at the lobby. We couldn’t talk loud about it, because Mel was there and it was a surprise for her. Mmm, Eric knew already everything and he just jumped off of the car and said us he would take care of this and would meet us at the entrance. He run and in less than 3 min he was back with the bag! Yeah! You saved the day, Eric!  

Everything was solved and we drove to the “Ranglan Road Irish Pub”, where we would meet the rest of the TB’s.

cheers!!!
Mark was waiting for us there. Also Tim was there. His hotel was just walking distance from the Power & Light District. Our group was getting bigger, hehe. It was so easy to notice we weren’t a regular group, since our table was full of cameras, haha. Some of us were hungry, for example Will and R.J. haha. Eric & I weren’t so hungry, so we just shared a dish. Well, not all were hungry, but definitely everyone was ready to start toasting, haha. I didn’t know what to order and ended having a Martini like Eric. James really needed a drink, so 1st thing to order was a GG with cranberry. I didn’t need to say it didn’t last for long haha. The waiter came with the food and offered to give us some advises about where to go and what to do, plus he decided to be the photographer of the group. How nice!!!! During the lunch we were talking about our former funny experiences.
in our way to the Basketball Exp.
I was the only one who didn’t tell mine. I owe that and will do it in Lima, I promise it!!!! Oh! I almost forgot to say, two of us started taking some GG shots. OMG! And one hasn’t eaten anything in the whole day… I was expecting some consequences later…

When our hunger and thirst were gone, we left the Irish Pub and decided to walk around until it was time to go to the club. We went to the “Sprint Center College Basketball Experience”. At the beginning I wasn’t sure about going inside, but finally we all agreed to do it and it was worth. We had a great time and lots of fun there. Eric, James, Mel, Sal and R.J. were playing basketball. They were jumping all around, haha.

the dynamic duo! Shawn & Yadi
Mel got hit, but fortunately it wasn’t bad.  We took some pics as basketball players and even compared our feet with the ones of the players. Mine was so small… 

A couple of hours later, we were ready to move, but it was still early for the club. So we ended going back to the Irish Pub, but not inside. We just stayed outside chilling out and having some beer. Shawn was there and he joined the group. It was so great meeting him after some months. When he was in Lima we had a fun time and I couldn’t wait to see him again. The dynamic duo was reunited - cool!!! The Peruvian girl couldn’t stop hugging him. Sorry, Shawn…

Ok, now it was time to go to the “Howl of the Moon”.

Mel sandwich: Harriet, Mel & Yadi
We were looking for some dancing, haha. Another TB just showed: Bill!!! He made it!!! I was so glad when I saw him, that I couldn’t stop giving him a big hug :) While we were there, Harriet arrived and joined the group. My roomy was there, yeah!!! The party started. There were some flash incidents you can read in other blogs and some dancing at the stage. We all started dancing, even Shawn who told me he wouldn’t do it. Latin Power! Haha. FYI: James and Mel kept on with the shots. You are strong, guys! I didn’t remember how, but I ended flying and in the middle of a sandwich haha. We were having so much fun, singing and taking so many pics.  Mmm, the place was great, but Eric and I decided to get our stamps and investigate the other places nearby.
Mel, what were you saying that he was smiling...
There was a band playing outside, we even got pins and there were other clubs, but they were packed. We got back to the “Howl of the moon” and people were getting ready to move to another place.

Before going to other club, it was time for dinner. We went to “Vinino Bistro” a nice Italian place. We got something to eat in order to get energies for keeping party. Unfortunately 2 of us needed to go back and take a nap. Will didn’t drink any alcoholic beverage during the day, so he became the driver. Thanks, Will!!!! After the dinner and having some water, we were ready to go. Mmm, we reminded the waiter recommended us to go back to the Irish Pub later that night, ‘cause there would be some fun music, and dance. We ended at the same table we were before, haha.

RJ, Yadi, Tim, Bill & Eric, a pyramid
The place was packed and loud. We enjoyed a dance show, R.J. was one of the performers, haha. Kept on drinking and having fun. Mmm, which would be the next stop?  Eric reminded he had some drinks at the trunk of his jeep and we were invited to an after party at the hotel, cool!! 

Eric and I ended walking to the hotel. It wasn’t so far, but walking wearing sandals with high heels made it longer. Finally we arrived to the hotel. Harriet and I went to our room and got changed. We decided to wear our PJ’s. By the time we went to Eric’s room, people were starting the party. Erin, Harriet, Sal, Bill, Tim, R.J., Eric, Shawn and I ended having some fun there. It was crazy and fun. We were laughing, chatting, toasting and even jumping, haha.

Party girls: Erin, Yadi & Harriet
What about James, he was comfy sleeping next door, shhhh. Next day I heard our neighbors in the floor complained about how loud we were and moved to other room, oooops! TB’s were out of control! It was a long day and we were getting tired, specially thinking we had to wake up early the next day for the sightseeing Mark planned for us. We were supposed to leave at 10 am. I was hoping we could make it on time. Yeah! Definitely it was a great start for the Meet Up!!

yadilitta says:
:( it'd have been great having you with us that day... well, there's another a second chance ;)
Posted on: Feb 26, 2009
Lord_Mike says:
Look at all the people I missed, by not attending this meet up!!!! Uuuuuughghghghgh!
Posted on: Feb 26, 2009
ctjevans says:
I hope so too :)
Posted on: Jun 30, 2008
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welcoming Will... our first pic at…
welcoming Will... our first pic a…
Will after shopping, mission accom…
Will after shopping, mission acco…
Eric!!!
Eric!!!
cells with their matching Peruvian…
cells with their matching Peruvia…
Mel & Yadi
Mel & Yadi
The gang was getting ready to leav…
The gang was getting ready to lea…
cheers!!!
cheers!!!
in our way to the Basketball Exp.
in our way to the Basketball Exp.
the dynamic duo! Shawn & Yadi
the dynamic duo! Shawn & Yadi
Mel sandwich: Harriet, Mel & Yadi
Mel sandwich: Harriet, Mel & Yadi
Mel, what were you saying that he …
Mel, what were you saying that he…
RJ, Yadi, Tim, Bill & Eric, a pyra…
RJ, Yadi, Tim, Bill & Eric, a pyr…
Party girls: Erin, Yadi & Harriet
Party girls: Erin, Yadi & Harriet
our home for the next days...
our home for the next days...
Will & I at the lobby
Will & I at the lobby
our first pic! thanks for the top …
our first pic! thanks for the top…
just the first of many shots
just the first of many shots
with Mel!!!
with Mel!!!
Mel!!!!
Mel!!!!
picture time was getting started
picture time was getting started
I dont want to leave you...
I don't want to leave you...
RJ & Will
RJ & Will
the group shot at the Renglans - …
the group shot at the Renglan's -…
with Marcus, the waiter! He became…
with Marcus, the waiter! He becam…
Mark was checking the details for …
Mark was checking the details for…
cute girls: Mel, Yadi & Erin
cute girls: Mel, Yadi & Erin
Mark was telling a fun story. You …
Mark was telling a fun story. You…
time to tell his fun story
time to tell his fun story
the first drink at the Meet Up - t…
the first drink at the Meet Up - …
ok, you needed it! You were under …
ok, you needed it! You were under…
oh! GG already gone, haha
oh! GG already gone, haha
looking for food???
looking for food???
ohmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
ohmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
becoming a photographer, ;)
becoming a photographer, ;)
picture time!!!
picture time!!!
RJ was starving and really enjoyed…
RJ was starving and really enjoye…
yummy shepherds pie...
yummy shepherd's pie...
yummy!!!
yummy!!!
finally eating, haha
finally eating, haha
sharing some food
sharing some food
sharing some pie.
sharing some pie.
another fun story to come
another fun story to come
Sal!!!
Sal!!!
ok, ok, well start with the shots…
ok, ok, we'll start with the shot…
shot time!!!
shot time!!!
haha
haha
a Kansas fun, haha
a Kansas' fun, haha
here I am!!!!
here I am!!!!
come on!!!
come on!!!
Lets go...
Let's go...
you are gonna do it, girl!
you are gonna do it, girl!
1, 2, 3...
1, 2, 3...
Yadi as a player
Yadi as a player
Eric as a player
Eric as a player
the newest players, haha
the newest players, haha
I didnt know he was a famous play…
I didn't know he was a famous pla…
I know these players
I know these players
Mark!!!
Mark!!!
Go R.J.!
Go R.J.!
you did it!!!
you did it!!!
try one more time, please...
try one more time, please...
now, I got the perfect shot!
now, I got the perfect shot!
nice score!!!
nice score!!!
James, Mel & Sal
James, Mel & Sal
Go girl!!!
Go girl!!!
one more shot
one more shot
Lets go James!
Let's go James!
nice try!
nice try!
keep on playing guys!
keep on playing guys!
Mine and Shaqs foot.
Mine and Shaq's foot.
Mine and Erics foot
Mine and Eric's foot
Marks foot vs Shaqs
Mark's foot vs Shaq's
you can do it, Sal!
you can do it, Sal!
Hey! I almost got the shot,
Hey! I almost got the shot,
Now, I did it: Men in Black!
Now, I did it: Men in Black!
always at the phone, haha
always at the phone, haha
nice armband! I recognize it, haha
nice armband! I recognize it, haha
walking around the Power & Light d…
walking around the Power & Light …
with RJ! A cute pic!
with RJ! A cute pic!
Eric and Shawn
Eric and Shawn
Shawn was thirsty and Will
Shawn was thirsty and Will
He was expecting his lap pic
He was expecting his lap pic
ok, now you got it
ok, now you got it
showing the tattoos...
showing the tattoos...
Shawn and Yadi
Shawn and Yadi
tiny Yadi & big Will
tiny Yadi & big Will
Eric
Eric
Shawn, Eric, Yadi & Sal
Shawn, Eric, Yadi & Sal
With Tim and Shawn, the sport ones!
With Tim and Shawn, the sport ones!
with the greatest room mate!!!
with the greatest room mate!!!
Harriet and James dancing
Harriet and James dancing
With Erin
With Erin
the dance started haha
the dance started haha
dancing, yeah!!!!
dancing, yeah!!!!
where are you taking me???
where are you taking me???
learning to fly...
learning to fly...
concentrate haha
concentrate haha
hugging RJ!!!
hugging RJ!!!
one of my first lap pics!
one of my first lap pics!
Sal, Yadi & Will
Sal, Yadi & Will
needed a zip, it was really hot!!!
needed a zip, it was really hot!!!
Yadi, Will & Eric
Yadi, Will & Eric
Mel & the piano player
Mel & the piano player
Harriet, Mel and the piano player
Harriet, Mel and the piano player
the musician
the musician
needed something refreshing, lol
needed something refreshing, lol
beer & Margarita???
beer & Margarita???
haha
haha
will you?
will you?
what are you saying???
what are you saying???
what are you saying???
what are you saying???
with Shawn...
with Shawn...
another hug...
another hug...
with Will... my big boy!!!
with Will... my big boy!!!
RJ, Mel, Sal, Yadi & Eric
RJ, Mel, Sal, Yadi & Eric
with Eric
with Eric
one hug is not enough...
one hug is not enough...
with Will :)
with Will :)
you cant say you didnt like it ;…
you can't say you didn't like it …
ok, a kiss
ok, a kiss
now, is your turn
now, is your turn
our stamps!
our stamps!
ready to go to the next club, haha
ready to go to the next club, haha
my souvenir... hehe
my souvenir... hehe
The live performers
The live performers
The Jupiter!
The Jupiter!
with Bill
with Bill
getting ready to order
getting ready to order
oh!
oh!
Erin was becoming a babysitter, lol
Erin was becoming a babysitter, lol
with Eric
with Eric
hugging James, the host!
hugging James, the host!
Sal, haha
Sal, haha
enjoying our bruschetta
enjoying our bruschetta
feeding Bill :)
feeding Bill :)
yummy
yummy
tasty
tasty
the guitar player
the guitar player
with Shawn..
with Shawn..
with Mark!!!
with Mark!!!
with Bill
with Bill
nice shoes, Sal!
nice shoes, Sal!
what are you looking at???
what are you looking at???
kissing Bill ;)
kissing Bill ;)
having fun: Harriet, Tim & Bill
having fun: Harriet, Tim & Bill
what are you thinking about, RJ?
what are you thinking about, RJ?
I guess, you found an answer, haha
I guess, you found an answer, haha
another lap pic: RJ & Yadi
another lap pic: RJ & Yadi
yeah!!!
yeah!!!
haha
haha
4 great guys: Tim, Bill, Eric and …
4 great guys: Tim, Bill, Eric and…
oh! this is cute
oh! this is cute
Tim, Yadi & Bill
Tim, Yadi & Bill
howling...
howling...
what an angle...
what an angle...
Erin & Bill
Erin & Bill
Tim, Yadi & Bill
Tim, Yadi & Bill
Shawn was showing his tattoos
Shawn was showing his tattoos
RJ & Harriet
RJ & Harriet
I can reach the celling...
I can reach the celling...
tired and ready to go to sleep
tired and ready to go to sleep
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