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cindycflynn
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OK - I think (hope) I've found the perfect spot!

The Yardhouse Restaurant at Shoreline Village has a private room that we can use without any fee. The only stipulations for using the room are that they will issue 1 check for the group (so we'll need to do our own math to figure each person's portion) and that they will add an automatic 20% gratuity. They also have another party coming in to use the room at 2:00, so we will have it from 11:30 to 1:30. They could also give us a table in the main dining area, but I thought that it would be nice to have some privacy, especially in light of what some of our discussion topics might be!

The location is easy to find and freeway-close (right at the end of the 710 freeway). I'll send more detailed directions as we get closer to the date. Since the end of the freeway branches off in a few directions around downtown Long Beach, I can tell you which signs to follow and which lanes to be in so that you won't end up at the Queen Mary or the shipping docks!

There is LOTS to do right around there for any who would like to linger and explore - Shoreline Village has lots of cute shops and a great view of the ships in the harbor; it's a short walk to the Aquarium or accross the street to the Pike, where there is a huge ferris wheel, a GameWorks and a movie theatre and more shops and restaurants; you can rent "bikes" made for 4 or fewer and head along a paved bikeway along the harbor either up or down to sandy beaches. Parking at Shoreline Village is only $1 for 2 hours with validation, and up to $8 maximum if you want to stay longer and explore.

I do need to give them a final headcount. I have 13 possible/probables (counting me so far) Please confirm or add your name to the list - There's plenty of room for more!:

Aisling8
TraciInLA & girlfriend (sorry, I don't know her name)
Chenheart & Siobhan
Sally5
New Flower
VickiSam
Bella Luna
Hope 2010
Cats_toy
Faith_trust_and_a_little_bit_of_chemotherapy

I hope this meets with everyone's approval and that you (and more) can all make it - I''m excited!!!!

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Count Siobhan and me in as a definite YES! And, is this on Saturday the 28th? Just making sure of place, time, AND date!

Whoooo hooooo!!

Hugs,
Chen♥

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I will be thinking of all of you. Have a wonderful time, wish I could be there.

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I am soooooooo excited, truly looking forward to meeting each and every one you wonderful, caring and loving women - each of you having a positive and supporting role in my fight against this Beast called - Breast Cancer.

Saturday, August 28th at 11:30 a.m.

Thank you again, Miss Cindy for all the effort and time spent arranging this most anticipated get together for us 'Californian' sisters in PINK.

Vicki Sam

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The one detail I didn't include - OOPS!!

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Thank you for thinking of absolutely EVERYTHING else!

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positively most certainly I will be there. How could I be anywhere else???? This will be wonderful and thank you so much, Cindy, for doing all this work for us. You should sit at the head of the table:)

Victoria

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Cindy... you are a Marvel! Thanks ever so for making arrangements for us Sisters! I will be there, count on it! I might take a friend with me. Will let you know in advance if I should bring a friend!

Until then, take care.
BL

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I will be there in spirit have a great time!!!

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Have you seen the movie The Princess Bride? When Inigo says admiringly, "he can plan my castle onslaught any day" -- that's YOU, girl! Everything sounds just perfect, and my girlfriend and I will be there.

Now don't laugh...

Her name is Trace.

Yes, pronounced just like my name.

Yes, we have the same name.

Yes, it gets confusing (to everyone but us).

And rest assured, we've heard every joke there is about it, so don't even try! :-)

Traci

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Thank you for doing this. Sounds wonderful

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You're making me blush!!

Sounds like you were made for each other, although I'm sure you've heard that one as well.

Can't wait to see you all there. I might also bring a friend of mine who was diagnosed with DCIS about a month after I was diagnosed with IDC. She just finished her last reconstruction surgery, and I know you guys would like her.

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I am already laughing! You may or may not recall that I have a T-shirt with what only LOOKS like one of those "Hello" red/white stick on name tags emblazoned on it~ anyway, it says "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my Father, prepare to die!"

This is gonna be FUN, ladies! LOL As if there was any doubt!

And what Traci Trace jokes?????

Hugs,
Chen♥

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I LOVE the Yardhouse! Great pick!!!

Enjoy the face-to-face, my sisters...I know I did when I met Chen!!!

Hugs, Kathi

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I have been following these treads about you Southern Cal gals meeting wishing ever so badly that I could come. I must admit I am much like Traci, I drive in town and where traffic is not too cumbersome so there is no way I could drive to Long Beach....bummer! Okay, in steps my husband who has agreed to drive me there and wander around the area while I meet my Southern Cal CSN family, so if you all don't mind a Northern Cal gal joining the (re)union I guess you can count me in....I am soooo excited and nervous! LOL!! Looking forward to meeting you all and yes Cindy thank you so much for organizing this and making it possible. My Guy say's he know's where this is and will have no problem getting me there. Looking forward to seeing you all!

Hugs~Hugs~Hugs!

♥ RE ♥

One more questions is this place casual?

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I don't know how to type a "squealing noise", but if I could, I sooo would! This just gets better and better and better! I am beyond excited about this RE! Woot Woot!

And, I am not actually Southern California either...I am Central, so OF COURSE Northern California is invited!!! OMG OMG OMG!!!!!

Hugs,
Chen♥

PS..This isn't a casual place~ we have to wear Ballgowns,3" heels, Upswept hairdos, (tiara's optional!) and do not forget white gloves! Yes, it's casual!

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However, Traci MUST wear her tiara - for her it is not optional! ;-)

I'm sooooo excited that RE is going to join us as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Cindy~
I heard from one of our So Cal CSN sisters who does not access the site anymore, but I know from FB~ her username is aBestBarb, and she too wants to be included in the festivities! She was checking with her hubby about transportation, etc, but I thought you should add her as a number to your list...Better to have reservations for too many than not enough!

And, did I thank you??????

Chen♥

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Yes Chen I suppose I put the "RE" in the REunion, you are so funny! Gosh had me going there for a sec started to rip up my room looking for those white gloves! Super excited to meet you all in person.

Hugs,

RE

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Choo's - 5 inch heels, my mini leather skirt and rhinestone rimmed glasses ..getting my long rabbit's coat out is too much, right?

RE -- I am SO EXCITED that you will be joining us on the 28th!!!!! How wonderful that your hubby will be driving you down ..

I can hardly wait ... I need to go lay down, just arrive back home ... from Chemo .. next to last Herceptin treatment today!! It's been almost a year .. hard to imagine that I made it ..today's topic at Chemo ..

Stength and Courage to all :-D

Vicki Sam

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...in my fabulous tiara.

Did I mention the star on the tiara has blinking lights? I look like a pink, furry Christmas tree.

Any chance they can turn out all the lights in the dining room, just so y'all can get the full effect? :-)

BTW, The Yardhouse has their menu on their site, if anyone wants to check it out: http://www.yardhouse.com/CA/long_beach/. I think you made a great choice for us, Cindy -- they have a large menu, with lots of options.

Traci
(blink, blink)

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I am sooooo jealous. Hope we can do a reunion in the Northeast sometime.

Joyce

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Thank you for the link Traci, I hope you don't mind I have added it so it can be clicked on and it will take you right there. You are oh so right, no matter how I dress that fabulous Tiara will certainly outshine me! I love it and you wear it well~ see ya at the Yard House.

Hugs,

RE

YARD HOUSE

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Re you are amazing

Sally5
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Wow, it all sounds great. Thanks, Cindy.

Count me in.

Merry (Sally5)

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Cindy thanks so much for putting this together. Now I really really want to make it, but won't be able to !!! Wahhhhhh (sob sob sob) I love walking around Shoreline Village, when I worked in Carson we used to go there all the time for lunch. I hope that you guys will have another get together. Have tons of fun and don't forget to take pictures. :)

Patty

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I'm sorry you won't be able to make it, Patty. Maybe we can still meet down there some other time (I'm only about 20 minutes from Long Beach, so I'd be happy to meet you there).

Who knows, if this is a success (and how could it not be?) we might just make it an annual event.

"Hope" to see you in 2010!

Cindy

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Cindy a friend of mine is going to join us for the Sisters in Pink Shindig! She is a cancer survivor too. Her name is Patricia. My name is Ines. I am looking forward to meeting everyone!
BL

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It will be great to have Patricia join us.

I've heard from almost everyone who initiallly expressed an interest, and we've still got plenty of time to give the restaurant our final headcount. If anyone else is lurking out there - don't hesitate - we'd love to meet you!

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Just curious -- and excited to meet so many of you!

Traci

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As of right now. I haven't heard from cats_toy or Faith_Hope_and_a_little_bit_of_chemotherapy yet, but they said in the earlier post that they hoped to come.

Well, ladies???

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Just making sure I have the particulars correct...

When: 11:30 AM, Saturday August 28th

Where: Yard House
401 Shoreline Village Dr
Long Beach

Payment: Cash, as separate checks will not be available

Have I missed anything?

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Shall we put you down as a Yes?

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has been punched into the GPS.

Yes, please expect me.

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judging by your photo you have sass, class and great attitude.

Vicki Sam

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Speaking of photos, just so none of you is uduly shocked/surprised...I want you all to know that I for some reason, look a LOT shorter in person! :-)

Hugs,
Chen♥...the 5'5' woman!

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Well you have two inches on me so I'll still have to look up at you! Silly lady, so looking forward to this gathering.

See ya all soon,

RE

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Okay, my husband secured a hotel room for us so it is absolutely a go for me and I am very much looking forward to meeting each of you.

♥ RE ♥

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NICE! That makes it official to be sure! Siobhan and I got a hotel room too! YAY

Hugs,
Chen♥

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There better be (alot) of pictures posted! Enjoy, and know how much we all want to be there, too.

Sue

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YES...LOTS OF PICTURES...PLEASE!

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Pictures!!! Egads!

Imagine a bald portly middle-aged engineer with glasses sans the 5 o'clock shadow if you must. I've even been called 'sir' at the drive-thru.

Couldn't you ladies please settle for a cartoon likeness?

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Sent you private message ..

Vicki Sam

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Chen...... So you are not really the 50 ft woman.

I was looking forward to seeing a woman taller than myself. This will be a fun surprise.

Looking forward to meeting you all.

Merry (Sally5)

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posting .. what do we look like ... ?

Vicki Sam .. anyone care to venture a guess ??

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Funny you should ask! I had a funny dream last night~ that we all met at the restaurant, not knowing who anyone was, and I was late... but I recognized ALL of you because I saw a table with bald women with awesome perky breasts!! Sorta of like a roomful of Dolly Parton bodies on Bruce Willis heads! LOL Come to think of it, it was more of a nightmare...LOL LOL

Hugs,
Chen♥

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Claudia, my girlfriend is girding her loins for hanging out with a bunch of women who she's convinced are going to spend the afternoon pulling up your shirts to show off your perky, expensive new breasts. :-)

She asked me last night, "I don't want to feel left out -- can I pull up my shirt too, and show mine? Although, it takes me awhile to find them anymore...I know they're down there somewhere...."

:-) Traci

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Traci, pls tell Trace that if she feels so inclined she may indeed ! She and I will be the Kindred Spirits as I have not had reconstruction, and if I were to take my bra off ( tho why I would be doing that in the restaurant alludes me) I would probably have instant knee-pads! I just love multi-purposing! LOL

See you soon!

Hugs,
Claudia

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and lampshades for hats.

Is this 'union' just an idle excuse for chemo induced debauchery?

Should the service staff fear our 'roid' rage?

I confess I am at a marked disadvantage with only a left breast with a noticeable port positioned over it.

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You are NOT at a disadvantage at all...I think maybe the YardHouse may be posting new rules and regs starting September 1, but ya know, we probably will be choosing different venues every year! LOL

Hugs,
Chen♥

PS...If you wear a lampshade, it disguises your true identity~ very handy when you are being featured on the evening news being escorted along with the rest of us into the Paddy Wagon! :-)

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I go on vacation for a week and this group starts dancing on tables with lampshades for hats (well I guess we have to cover our bald heads with something), and showing off their expensive new tatas - sounds like my kind of party!

I missed all of you, and am trying to catch up with the latest news and events as well as get caught back up at work.

I posted a picture of the salmon I caught on my vacation to Oregon on my expressions page.

I'm getting excited about our get together, ladies!!!

-note to self; find a stylish lampshade before the 28th...

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