The Tucson TB PreMeet-up
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I left Duck's place before Bonny's Bar opened and drove the eighty miles back to Tucson. A TravBuddy pre meet-up was scheduled for three o'clock at the Pima Air Museum, allowing plenty of time to check into the Howard Johnson Hotel that I had reserved a couple of weeks ago through the TB site.
I got to the museum about quarter to three. I didn't see anyone resembling TravBuddies loitering about so asked at the entrance desk. They confirmed a scheduled tour but no one had arrived yet so I paced the lobby and browsed the gift shop. Sometime after three, I gave Harriet , the organizer, a call (www.travbuddy.com/Africancrab). She was still on her way back from Phoenix where her and Tim (www.
By 3:30, the museum staff grew concerned so I called Harriet back to check their progress. Tim's voice answered the call, "Harriet's personal assistant..." and I heard giggles in the background from Harriet and Roselle. I knew then that this was going to be a great meet-up. They were still 10-15 minutes out. By then it was too late for the tour so the staff generously let me enter the museum for free in appreciation for my patience and efforts. With about an hour to closing, I just browsed a small section.
When I exited the building, I gave Harriet another call. She had tried calling me but my (Wal-Mart)trac-phone did not ring while I was inside the building.
I followed my three new old friends to Harriet's apartment where we enjoyed some fine South African wine, chatted, and compared experiences, adventures, and future travels. For awhile there it must have looked like the TravBuddy world headquarters as we all had our laptops out and were logged in. Afterward, we drove to the nearby On the Border Restaurant where Harriet had a large table reserved.
A group had already been seated when we arrived. The only one who I had met before - at my first meet-up in Santa Monica last March - was Mellanie (www.travbuddy.com/mellemel8). She had come down from Las Vegas and has been a TB friend and supporter from my early beginnings.
The entire group hit it off as though we were at a family reunion. In a sense, we were. I didn't have the chance to talk to everyone as much as I would have liked. I was curious not so much to why they travel but how they get to do it as much as they do. I wondered what they did for a living. I learned they came from all kinds of backgrounds and all walks of life. It was an absolutely fascinating experience. The food was great too!