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Ok, this is not a McDonalds commercial but it is a reminder of what I hope those of you who will be joining us will experience in our meetup.

I stopped by Ft. Cooper Wednesday.  Just Vet and me.   I asked to see the rec hall again.   I stood and looked at the view and even though my ears are stopped up heard a bird chirpping outside.  I saw ducks swimming on the lake.  I did a panaoramic looksee
of the area and it absolutely was so beautiful  I looked at the white sand at the water's edge.  I saw palm trees swaying.  I saw beautiful oaks and heard nothing but a few seagulls and my steps as I stepped into one of the gazebos.   I saw the water and the sparkle from the sun.   Two squirrels playing on a limb caught my eye as I walked to the open pit and playground where I spotted a Volleyball net and Horseshoe stakes.

I walked inside the rec hall and looked at the beutiful rock fireplace and spacious shelter with all modern kitchen appliances.  I saw the sun stream in as the view of the lake is right there.   I felt the warmth of the sun as it was chilly that morning and the park ranger showed me the thermostat.  I suddenly envisioned friends sitting at a table laughing and feasting.  I envisioned some walking along the lake.  I saw people meeting for the first time after all these diaries.  I saw the Florida Daily Kos meetup in my mind.

I want you all to come and bring your favorite food.  We will be retreating to this place Feb 9th.  Please put a string on your finger and either Kos mail me or Old Hippie chic and confirm your RSVP and food item.  You know you deserve a break.

From this scene to a beautiful modern rec hall and paved and handicap accessible amenities.

Originally posted to Vetwife on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 11:19 AM PST.

Also republished by DKos Florida.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 11:19:24 AM PST

  •  I am so excited (7+ / 0-)

    and can hardly wait to meet you and all the other wonderful Dkos Florida folks and anyone else who is interested in coming!!!

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 11:29:40 AM PST

  •  Well it looks like (7+ / 0-)

    we're not moving until the end of February beginning of March, since the place we were looking at was rented out, but they have another coming open at the end of next month. So we'll definitely be there, and be riding with OHC :). I think it will be a great meet up, and a good break from packing and worrying about things here! I'll probably be bringing my assistance dog, Sophie, as she whines pathetically if I try to go anywhere without her, and she needs the socialization anyway (she's a pup in training yet) (unless OHC objects at which point, Sophie will have to deal). The 9 year old can come along and help with walking and playing etc.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 11:31:45 AM PST

    •  There is a playground and I already (6+ / 0-)

      have my almost 18 year old willing to oversee them.  The 9 year old will have a blast  The playground has lots of things.  In view of the rec hall.
      She is working on her childhood development as she graduates this year and will be taking classes for LCSW
      in college.  
      Yes you do deserve a break from all that moving worry.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

      by Vetwife on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 11:36:44 AM PST

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    •  OK! I will be there to pick you all up (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      FloridaSNMOM, Vetwife

      EARLY, girls, so be ready. Glad to hear the meetup will give you a break. I think it'll be a nice break for all of us.

      I'm leaving Melbourne Sat Feb 9 at 6:30-6:45 AM so should be at your place, FLSNMom, about 7:30 or so. I promise to clean my car.

      FLSNMom, yes bring Sophie and a pad or blanket or bed for her for the seat, please. We'll stop for walkies. The car is a smallish but comfy classic 16-year-old black Acura. New tires and I'll have an oil change on it this coming week.

      Sorry I'm late to see this post!!

      I ♥ President Obama and have his back.
      Hands off SocSec, Medicare and Medicaid. NO subsidies to rich Corps.
      Rich pay more, bloated DoD steal less. End war on Afghanistan 01/01/14.

      by OleHippieChick on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:15:32 AM PST

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  •  Anyone who wants to join Florida Meetup (5+ / 0-)

    just come on down....

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 12:07:53 PM PST

  •  I'm excited! (5+ / 0-)

    BTW, I sent some $$ to help defray the costs that you are racking up for this meetup.  I clicked the link in your sig line and hit the donate button.  I use paypay and put in there it was for a meet up.

    Thank you for all the work you are doing for this, Vetwife.

    I have the plates, napkins and plasticware covered!

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 03:41:59 PM PST

    •  Thanks Darling... (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      FloridaSNMOM, JaxDem, ladybug53

      it is coming together.....I really needed it this close to first....I had to secure that building. It was perfect and do some other things.....what I didn't need was having to buy a new dryer and a car battery go out the same day...the tires were replaced on the 15th ,,All unexpected..so I appreciate it.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

      by Vetwife on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 04:02:58 PM PST

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  •  orlwriter just let me (0+ / 0-)

    know that she will be bringing a case of diet coke and water and cold cuts , and cheese.   She is also bringing home made baked beans.  By the way... if anyone is carpooling from Oralano.. Please contact her.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:49:59 AM PST

  •  lady blair bringing vegge tray ! (1+ / 0-)
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    OleHippieChick

    Yeah... good food and friends .. That's what I am talking about.
    We have cold cuts
    potato salad
    diet soda
    baked beans
    chicken
    ice cream (maybe)
    chocolate mousse pie
    pita pockets
    and I have forgotten  the rest...please add...lol
    Sherbert punch
    veggie trays
    cheese
    I forgot two or three food items  I am sure !

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:53:41 AM PST

  •  OK, here's our most up-to-date list (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Vetwife

    and I'll put it up again tomorrow in navajo's New Day post. We have a solid 24+ going:

    1. Brian1066
    2. Caedy (FLSNMom's sis)
    3. DaNang65
    4. FLSNMom [Pasta e fagioli (turkey bacon), focaccia bread]
    5. gulfgal98 [pasta/vegetable salad]
    6. JaxDem [plates, napkins, plasticware]
    7. KayeB in Florida
    8. lady blair [food from the vegetable group]
    9. ObamOcala [mac-n-cheese, maybe ice cream]
    10. OleHippieChick [hummus, pita bread, fresh baby greens]
    11. orlwriter [diet coke, water, cold cuts, cheese, baked beans]
    12. pamelabrown
    13. PHScott
    14. puzzled
    15. Ricochet67
    16. rnmihayden
    17. Russ Jarmusch
    18. Subo03
    19. Taxmancometh
    20. THScott
    21. Vet
    22. Vetwife [chicken, potato salad, punch, chocolate mousse]
    23. whatGodmade [fruit salad, drinks, cups, clean up--wash cloths, dish soap, SOS pads etc]
    24. YaNevaNo
    Is ANYONE coming up from South Florida? CocoaLove in Miami would like a ride. At this point, my car's full. :-D
    OHD has to set up his mobile stage that Saturday and cannot be with us.
    If anyone's missing from this list, please inform.

    I ♥ President Obama and have his back.
    Hands off SocSec, Medicare and Medicaid. NO subsidies to rich Corps.
    Rich pay more, bloated DoD steal less. End war on Afghanistan 01/01/14.

    by OleHippieChick on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:28:31 AM PST

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