Oct 29, 2005 - 11:41 am
Just got back from Vegas around 2:30 this morning and thought you'd all enjoy a little glimpse of how things went....
Kerry and her husband were gracious enough to reserve a suite as their room, which allowed us all to meet in the evenings prior to heading out into the Vegas night. The first night, Lisa Rose and Andy her husband, Mike & his wife, Scouty, Kerry, Kaye, Jose, Greta, Dana & I were there. Kerry put to gether a disc showing pictures and little stories of those extended family members, as well as those who have left us for greener pastures and bluer skies. Pretty emotional stuff!
That first night, we also got to talk to Kanga (Ross) and 2bhealed (Emily) on the phone. And just for the record, Ross sounds JUST LIKE HE TYPES! I thought I was listening to a Foster's Beer commercial or Outback Steakhouse commercial when he spoke. Very cool!
Emily was just as sweet as ever, and although she wasn't there in person, it still managed to make us all feel very close as we "gathered 'round the speakerphone!"
Throughout the night, I was honored to be able to watch my MIGHTY CHICAGO WHITE SOX battle it out with Kerry's husband's team, the Houston Astros...needless to say, the World Series outcome was just icing on my Vegas cake!
We shared stories, tears, and a few racy jokes, and had a real good time.
I was greeted by Lisa (scouty) upon my arrival to the hotel. I get out of the taxi only to hear someone calling my name. Well THAT freaked me out! Who on earth would know me in Vegas? After initial hugs, off we went to gamble. She is amazing. I felt like we were long lost friends!
Kerry, who is a gorgeous southern belle looks EXACTLY like Diane Sawyer from Good Morning America. Full of grace and class and oh so sweet! She and her hubby were the perfect hosts.
Kaye is as cute as a bug. Perfect hair, and clothes, and precious as ever. She gave us each a "healing bag" which was a little decorative pouch filled with a tiny glass red heart, and angel penny, and a smooth shiny stone. She promised these would provide us with strength through our journeys. We all agree that she looked like Marlo Thomas from "That Girl."
Mike and his wife made me think that their three sons must be very tall and handsome. They were both SO tall, and quite the perfect couple! It was really terrific to meet them! It was nice to meet in person a fellow "stage 4" survivor!
Lisa Rose (my sister separated from birth) and her husband Andy made me feel like I've known them forever! I have never laughed so hard than when I was with them! Just for the record, Canadians really know how to have a good time! Simply amazing!
SpongeBob came on the second night. Whispers the day before alluded to something just shy of the coming of the Messiah with talk of him coming on Wednesday! And of course, he didn't dissapoint! Just as witty and cordial as ever. On my last day there, I was walking through the shops with my sister and her husband only to hear someone again calling my name...it was him and I was able to have a drink with him before heading home. He truly is a good friend and it was nice to have that chance to hang out.
So, in a not so small nutshell, that is a little glimpse of what took place. And knowing this bunch, I'm sure that there will be many more stories to come as people get back home. I think the general idea is to plan two events a year, so folks can make one or the other based on their schedules. I can't wait!
Take care everyone,