The Main Meet Up!

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My peeps - Brett, Mel, and Adrian

After only having a short time to freshen up back at the hotel, we were off and running again to the meet up dinner.  We stopped on our way out to take a couple photos but then had Brett yelling at us again that we were all late! Mr. Punctual!  LOL. 

We headed out and had no problem finding the restaurant.  Directions were easy and we are only about 20 minutes behind schedule.  We got there and most of the group was there so we weren't the last ones to arrive.  WHEW!  No one had ordered yet - just on drinks. We sat down and it was time to unwind a bit.  Mel had checked out the menu before we left and found this restaurant has one of the highest rated chimichangas in the US and wanted to try it. Well, upon further inspect.

Trouble, errr I mean Donny and I
..they do but it's a HUGE one that is $20.  Her and I were already planning on splitting it and then Brett agreed to join in.  The meat in that was phenomenial and I had ordered a chicken tomatillo tamale which was one of the best tamales ever.  I am very picky on my Mexican food seeing as I grew up with a Mexican family and learned to eat a lot of things you don't find in typical "chain" type restaurants.  These tamales were just as good as what my second Mom made growing up so I was in heaven!

Something Harriet did this meeting which was very similar to what Mark and James did at the June KC meet up was to go around tell everyone your name, where you are from, how long you've been on TB, and a little known fact about yourself!  This was kinda cool since I really didn't know everyone at the table so fun to learn about everyone else!  When Tim (TYoungTX) got up and claimed he was number 6 in the Great Eight club.

To my Bat Lover - Kitty Ket...eat your heart out!! BAAAHAAAAAA
..Melanie shot up and was like "oh you don't want to go there!"  HAHA.  Mel is #2 of the Great Eight and I am #3.  She is #3 on the most active TB list and I managed to just worm my way into #5, booting poor Mark (Travelman727) down a notch. WOW! What a feat!  LOL It was sooo funny, talk about competitive TBs! I learned some interesting things about others at the table, including Robyn (Freespirit3) who has a pilot's license and Krysta (Kre0123) who was on the US Dive Team.  WOW!

We had a few drinks, took a few photos, and it was time for Mel to present the furthest TB award to Liz!  My camera battery had been dying so I didn't take that many photos of thise meet up (shocking I know!)  Hey Tim, you probably took more photos this weekend than I did! LOL  Mel and I did the drink for signs which will be on her blog and it was time to pay the bill and head out.

Cute photo of us! :D
  We spent a considerable amount of time up at the bar with the bartender asking us lots of questions about our group and traveling while we waited for some of our credit cards that were waiting to be processed.  

Ultimately, we ended up at a sports bar called Touchdown that had karaoke.  Oh my, that was fun! Melanie and Melissa sang several songs, including Like a Virgin.  The best pictures are on Melissa's camera so we will await her blog!! The last song was Baby Got Back and yeah, Krysta and I got roped into coming up and it was horrible..... we provided the booty dancing but everyone was missing song lines, etc.  I just remember turning around and Krysta smacking my behind as we were dancing!! HA HA HA HA.  What a fun time though!! I was stunned to see Melissa on stage singing her little heart out - you go girl!!!  The last song of the night ended up being Nate doing something that sounded along the lines of country (can't remember the song.

Ok a somewhat serious one
..sorry Nate!). 

We all said our goodbyes which sucked!  I loved meeting so many new TBs and seeing the couple familiar faces I already knew.  It was such a great crowd

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My peeps - Brett, Mel, and Adrian
My peeps - Brett, Mel, and Adrian
Trouble, errr I mean Donny and I
Trouble, errr I mean Donny and I
To my Bat Lover - Kitty Ket...eat …
To my Bat Lover - Kitty Ket...eat…
Cute photo of us! :D
Cute photo of us! :D
Ok a somewhat serious one
Ok a somewhat serious one
After freshening up a bit
After freshening up a bit
Brett and I
Brett and I
Melissas attempt at a better back…
Melissa's attempt at a better bac…
Liz and I
Liz and I
Donny and Robyn
Donny and Robyn
My tamale
My tamale
Dont inhale our dinner Mel!
Don't inhale our dinner Mel!
Our Chimichanga
Our Chimichanga
Liz getting a shot or two of tequi…
Liz getting a shot or two of tequ…
Liz and her shots
Liz and her shots
Another shot of tequila for Liz
Another shot of tequila for Liz
For the BABs!!! :D
For the BABs!!! :D
To Lauro, the Chicken King! :D
To Lauro, the Chicken King! :D
For JC!! :D
For JC!! :D
For Mike!!
For Mike!!
HA HA HAHA...Strike a Giovanni pos…
HA HA HAHA...Strike a Giovanni po…
Awwww for Santa! JPChoi!
Awwww for Santa! JPChoi!
YADI!! :D
YADI!! :D
General James
General James
AZ TB Peeps! :D
AZ TB Peeps! :D
International TBs - Liz, Brett, an…
International TBs - Liz, Brett, a…
Mel and Melissa
Mel and Melissa
Meliss and Mel again
Meliss and Mel again
And another one
And another one
Melle and I
Melle and I
Brett and I
Brett and I
Uh oh...eat your hearts out Ket an…
Uh oh...eat your hearts out Ket a…
Part of the gang
Part of the gang
Melissa and Mel again
Melissa and Mel again
Sing it Mel!
Sing it Mel!
Oh my....Baby Got Back! LOL
Oh my....Baby Got Back! LOL
Mel and Melissa singing and Krysta…
Mel and Melissa singing and Kryst…
Nate Dogg in the house!
Nate Dogg in the house!
Work it Nate! LOL
Work it Nate! LOL
The karoake gang
The karoake gang
Tim and Brett
Tim and Brett
Donny being Donny! LOL
Donny being Donny! LOL
Melissa and I
Melissa and I
Awww..Tim, Brett, and I
Awww..Tim, Brett, and I
Donny...wishing HA HA HA HA
Donny...wishing HA HA HA HA
LOL Krysta!!!
LOL Krysta!!!
With Krysta and Nate
With Krysta and Nate
Mel getting a lift from Tim
Mel getting a lift from Tim
Group hug
Group hug
Mels squished in there somewhere!…
Mel's squished in there somewhere…
Me with Robyn and Roselle
Me with Robyn and Roselle
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