Sunday, March 24, 2019

Bloggerpalooza 2013 - Last Day

On this day, March 24, 2013 was the last day of the first Bloggerpalooza.  That was six years ago. My, how fast time goes by.  

We held another Bloggerpalooza the following year in 2014.  We haven't had one since because of  lack of interest of some and the expense incurred by this blogger. I have limited income (Social Security and some modest pensions - all fixed income) which I supplement by working part-time at the hotel where this Bloggerpalooza was held. That two thousand plus dollars I now spend on my annual winter California holiday which last year we actually had a mini bloggerpalooza when Dr. Spo, Someone, Doug, gathered for a tete a tete in Palm Springs. The previous year Tim and Larry joined us for a tram up Mt. Jacinto.

(from back left to right) Pat, Someone, Tim
(seated left to right) me, Spo and Larry - February 2017 Mt. Jacinto, Palm Springs, CA

Next year Pat and I will return to Palm Springs February 9th through February 23rd.  All bloggers are invited to join us.  Yesterday I informed Dr. Spo when Pat and I would be in Palm Springs. I'm informing all others reading this blog when we'll be there.  If anybody wants to join us, let me know and I'll arrange something so we can all get together. 

This short video memory that I'm posting brings back some sweet and sad memories. Included in the video is Jay of Virginia who is no longer with us. 

Watching this video I am reminded of the wonderful camaraderie that was experienced and enjoyed by all who attended. How wonderful in this day and age of so much political strife when folks take sides according to their tribal affiliations. This bloggerpalooza was just a gathering of friends who heretofore only knew each other through the ether of the Internet. How wonderful that we were finally able to meet.

I remember when I first saw Dr. Spo, emerging from his room on the fourth floor of the hotel where I work and where he and Someone were staying.  What struck me was that Spo is tall!  Almost as tall as I am.  Well over four feet for sure. For some reason I thought was one of those "little guys."  

Bloggers greet Spo and Someone in person first day of the Bloggerpalooza March 22, 2013 - note that Spo is taller than Someone and almost as tall as I am, well over 4 feet
Here's hoping there is another Bloggerpalooza in the future.

Blogger gathering in Palm Springs February 2018 - from left to right - Someone, me, Spo, Pat and Leon


Breenlantern said...

Good time and fond memories of meeting “old friends” for the first time. Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I see Jay (and everyone else) every day in the frames old time photos we took, which hand on the wall of my bedroom.

Maybe we can make it out at the same time next year. We’ll see.


Raybeard said...

A welcome 'blast from the past', Ron. I really wish these gatherings had continued but I can well appreciate the reasons why they stopped - or rather put on 'hold', I hope.
I'd so like to be there next year among you all but, as before, that depends on the National Lottery gods smiling down on, or even noticing, me. However, if they do I'll be there - but only if shorts are NOT compulsory!

Ur-spo said...

thank you for posting this; they are good memories indeed.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for finally writing about >"Bloggerpalooza 2013 - Last Day" <Loved it!

Ron said...

That first Bloggerpalooza will always hold a special memory for me. So nice to meet some of my fellow bloggers in person. And all nice folks! Hopefully we can do it again sometime.

Ron said...

That would be so wonderful if you could attend one of our Bloggerpaloozas! How about next year in Palm Springs? I KNOW you would LOVE Palm Springs. It's another whole different world than where you live now. You may never go back to the UK.

Ron said...

Great memories made possible by your suggestion. Hopefully we can do it again sometime in the future.

Ron said...

Thank for your comment.

Raybeard said...

Re your response above to my comment: If this damn Brexit ever happens, though there's mercifully a growing feeling that it may not after all, then if it does take place I'll be wanting to leave this country forever, so your light-hearted remark about my never returning to the UK may not be so wide of the mark. However, I'd still need to win the National Lottery first, and that's the priority!:-)

Unknown said...

Nice memories indeed. I'm guessing from the fact that I'm not in the last photo that I was the photographer. Wish we could have connected up in PS last month.


Ron said...

From my vantage point across the Pond, Brexit seems like a very bad idea for the UK. Doesn't make sense to me but then maybe I'm missing something.

Ron said...

Hey Doug!
Nice to hear from you. Maybe next year we can connect in Palm Springs. Pat and I will be there during Modernism Week. We'll there for two weeks, we're skipping Los Angeles. Our dates will be February 9th through February 23rd. Looking forward to hooking up with you guys!