Thanks go to Jay for putting this up here without making fun of my pathetic
computer skills! :-)
Don't give him stick for the yellowness, though. I'm afraid that is entirely my responsibility.
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 15:28:08 -0400 From: Tanya
Newsgroups: alt.good.morning Subject: TK's CAAGM thingy CAAGM got off to a most excellent start on Friday with Alex's arrival in Ottawa. Finally I got to meet her!! Emma and I showed her around town - she agreed Ottawa is indeed cute! - looked for a stick and entertained some sidewalk cafe patrons with a most interesting parking manoeuvre :) We didn't quite get a standing ovation, but lots of applause :)) The rest of Alex's visit here was spent with non-stop talking, touristy things, a trip to IKEA and a craft store, as well as trying to drag Seeker away from his thesis. Thanks so much for coming Alex!! Hope to see you again really soon! On Monday, I got a lift in the ugly car to go up to the camp - with the trip including a stop at the beer store, tons of luggage (hey eM, did you really need 2 pillows??? :) ), Seeker threatening me to take a nap on the way (Are we there yet??), me threatening him to burn his thesis, and lots of talk about a hole. After getting just a little lost, we *finally* made it to the camp! Woo hoooo! :) This being my very first reallyreally big IRL, I was just a wee bit nervous - but that didn't last long :) It was really amazing finally meeting so many of the people whose posts I've been reading for almost 2 years now! It is so good to finally have voices and accents (some very cute ones, too!) to go with what I already knew :) Most ppl present had already formed strong bonds with each other or at least met at previous IRLs, but I was made to feel right at home from the moment I stepped out of the car. Thanks a million! The week was filled with lots of talking, laughing, sitting around the fire or in the dining hall, making friends, hiking, drinking, staying up late, signing AGM-books and so much more :) Amongst my most favourite moments are these: boating one afternoon with Morten (why'd we only do this once, huh?) making fun of a Brit weather wimp in mittens and a hat - this was the middle of August after all! signing a butt the view from the cliff taking George on his first outing - to the beaver dam, no less :) little did I know then that I was going to spend another week with him... :) the ill-fated muddy expotition to the beaver dam at Second Lake which was diverted to The Rock instead - it should be pointed out that it was a lot muddier for some of us and that it included a pretty spectacular fall .. :)) Six, don't forget to send me copies of the pics!!! Please :) a late night in front of the fireplace in excellent company listening to Six sing "Happy Birthday" to himself :) watching ppl imitate the animations at the bowling alley telling NB it was because he was from New Brunswick :) We just have to do this again next year!!!!!!! Leaving was pretty rough, even though I got to go on to the PEI roadtrip and knew that Fred was going to come to Ottawa after... good thing we had George in the car and more than enough shoulders to cry on... :) I still miss people! And the atmoshpere, the feeling of friendship and togetherness! Until soon?!! TK :)