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Don and Joann, our ColonPalooza hosts this year, have sent out the following details regarding this year's Palooza. Hope to see many newbies AND most "veterans" there!

~Stacy

P.S. I must say that I am a tad bit disappointed regarding the discussion boards....we "veterans" have prided ourselves in having more posts than the "Breast Cancer" discussion board, but I now see that has changed. I encourage all of us to do our part to make our discussion portion of this site more OVER THE TOP than all others! lol

Hello ColonPalooza Friends,

With the possibility of having ColonPalooza 8 in Fort Worth this year I have been talking to the Worthington Fort Worth Hotel.

See this link: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dfwdt-the-worthington-renaissance-fort-worth-hotel/ .

The Worthington is Fort Worth 's original AAA Four-Diamond luxury hotel located in the heart of Downtown in historic Sundance Square . Jo Ann and I have stayed at the hotel and it is great. To get the cheapest rate at this normally expensive hotel we need to have ColonPalooza 8 starting on Oct. 13th and ending on the 17th. I have negotiated the following with this hotel. If I block 15 rooms and guarantee 10 we can get a rate of $139/night which is a fabulous rate for this hotel. They will also let anyone in our group add two days before the 13th (11th and 12th) and/or two days after the night of the 16th (17th and 18th) for the same rate. I am assuming we would have higher attendance than we had in Key West due to Fort Worth being more in the center of the country, plus DFW and Love Field usually have reasonably priced flights to most of the country.

First I need to know if most are in agreement with having ColonPalooza 8 in Fort Worth this year and whether most are in agreement with the Oct. 13th to Oct. 17th dates. If most of want to have it in Fort Worth then I need to know whether you most likely would attend and reserve a room at the Worthington Hotel for at least the nights of Oct. 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th. Once I feel comfortable that enough people are going to attend, I can block 15 and personally guarantee 10 rooms. If I don’t feel comfortable guaranteeing 10 rooms then I will have to go back and negotiate again with the hotel.

The hotel said that currently they have plenty of open rooms for that week, but the weeks on either side of that week are getting tighter. Therefore, they suggested that if at all possible we make up our mind and get back with them next week to ensure we have enough rooms blocked.

So I need everyone’s response to having ColonPaloooza 8 in Fort Worth , plus whether you plan to attend ASAP so we can take advantage of the negotiated rates at the Worthington Fort Worth Hotel. Forward me any questions and I will try and get back with you ASAP. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who you think would be interested in attending that I left off my email list.

Thanks,
Don and Jo Ann Smith

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I live in Arlington, Texas - which is right down the interstate from me about 20 miles - so this would be great for me to be able to attend my 1st Palooza in my "home state."

If it is held here, I would certainly come, but live so close that I would just drive to and forth from home and would not rent a room.

But for the rest of the group, your info is correct - the hotel is nice, the rates are good, Sundance Square is wonderful - Cowtown is just up the road in Historic Forth Worth. So, this would be a really nice time. Texans are great people and some of the friendliest around - the weather is very good in October, so there's nothing to have but a good time.

The dates are great for me - if it's Forth Worth, then Howdy and Welcome Semi;Colons. So, I'm on board with Fort Worth, but it's not up to me. Great job on your homework and all you said is absolutely true.

Take care
Big Tex
-Craig

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You miss out by not staying at the hotel!!!! The planned group events are great but the casual just hanging out times like; eating breakfast or sitting by the pool can be the really special times.

You should stay in the hotel at least a few nites.

Lisa P.

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Thanks for that insight, Lisa - I'll think it back over - you are right, sometimes the "unplanned" things in life are the magic - good perspective.

-Craig

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Yep, Lisa is right, you need to hang at the hotel to get the FULL BLOWN experience! The down time inbetween the activities is priceless!

Yeah, Lisa, my calendar @ work looks perfect for Palooza-ing!

Hugs,
Stacy

P.S. Congrats on the Semi Colons for putting the breast cancer posts back where they belong, @ the #2 spot! If I see one more pink ribbon, I may not be responsible for my actions...lol

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Great to hear about the ole calendar!!!

I've gotten really bad about the color pink, to the point of avoiding it and it is a good color on me (or was). I feel like it's gotten to be more about making money that it is about breast cancer. AND I am sick of all the people that think that since I am a woman and a cancer survivor I am a breast cancer survivor. ARGGGGGGGGG

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I'm with you on that pink thing. You're right, it does seem to be more about money than about breast cancer. And yeah, what's up with people assuming that girls only get one kind of cancer? I do like the color pink, but I like blue better. I suppose I can't understand why we can be made to think about breast cancer while opening a yogurt container or having a bowel of cereal, but not be asked to think about CRC while having our bran flakes or broccoli.

Bob and I are looking at the dates for CP8 and trying to work it into our schedule. We would like to attend, but Bob is devoted to the needs of the Country and the needs of the Coast Guard (he just returned home from Haiti - you may have seen him on the National news). We will let everyone know as soon as possible.

To anyone who has not had the utmost pleasure and fun of attending a Colon Palooza, please do try to make it. It is a life changing - life affirming sort of event. It is a time of laughter and tears, laughter through tears...the very best kind. The lovely people you will meet at Palooza will be the most special you know.

We love you all!

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Katie,

Where have you been?????? I don't know when I talked to you last....in fact, it was easily 2 Paloozas ago...WAY TOO LONG!!! If you're around tomorrow night, I'll track you down. I'm sure there are lots of things to catch up on!!

Hugs,
Stacy

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I know! It has been such a long time since we've talked! I worked yesterday/last night, but I will be home tonight, nursing a flu bug/cold...sigh.... Give us a call - we would love to catch up. And hey, when you're sick of that northerly cold, come see us in the warm and sunny Florida Keys!

Non-viral hugs to you....Katie

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It's a ball to stay with everyone! consider at least one night!

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Stacy, need more information about the ColonPalooza, since I am a newbie. Please link me to more details; particularly, want agenda/activities. I'd be coming from Ohio so it is a far trip for me. Thanks much.

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The people to contact are Joann & Don Smith. They are hosting it. I'm coming from Indiana, and am really looking forward to it!

Here are some possible activities that are being considered:

(1) Possible place to meet for the Thursday evening get together. The bar on the roof is a great place to meet. http://www.reata.net/fort-worth-restaurant.html ; http://www.reata.net/reata-fort-worth-dining-rooms.html
(2) We have been to Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar in downtown Fort Worth and it was great fun. You can reserve a big table for a group and is walking distance from all the hotel’s http://www.petesduelingpianobar.com/
(3) The Stockyards Historical District is about 5 or 10 minutes taxi ride north of downtown. If everyone wanted to go we could get a small bus which would be cheaper. They have a rodeo every Friday and Saturday night. Billy Bob’s is the largest honky-tonk in the world. There are also several others things to do in the Stockyards District within easy walking distance. See the attractions directory on the website. http://www.fortworthstockyards.org/
(4) The White Elephant Saloon can be a fun place and is in the Stockyards Historical District. They have live music every night. http://www.myspace.com/whiteelephantsaloon
(5) Here is a Fort Worth site that lists several things people might be interested in doing. Base Performance Hall and three live theaters all downtown. Pub crawl and live music. All within walking distance of the hotels http://www.fortworth.com/weekend/
(6) If anyone is up for museums about 5 or 10 minutes taxi ride to the west of downtown are five museums all within walking distance of each other. They are all probably within three or four blocks of each other. http://www.fortworth.com/visitors/museums/
(7) If anyone wants to make the trip to Dallas which is 30 minutes by car or over an hour by train it can be great fun. If a lot of people wanted to make a day of it we could rent a van. You can also get to the Fair by train/light rail. Leaving the downtown Fort Worth Intermodal Center the Trinity Railway Express train takes about 50 minutes to get to Victory Station in Dallas. There you have to switch to the Dart green light rail line and proceed to the Fair Park Station where the State Fair is located which takes another 20 minutes. Probably an hour and ten minutes is the best you can do. I have attached the websites for the State Fair, Trinity Railway Express, and Dart light rail. The State Fair of Texas is very large and so this is certainly a whole day for anyone wanting to go. http://www.bigtex.com/ ; http://www.trinityrailwayexpress.org/ ; http://www.dart.org/riding/dartrail.asp

That list was from Don & Joann. Looks to be action-packed!

Happy Monday!

Stacy

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I'm sure that once people start "RSVP-ing" a more solid agenda will be in place. Email Joann through here to let them know you're coming!

It's important to know that the person hosting the event is on the hook for unreserved rooms in the block. So be honest when considering your ability to attend, otherwise it provides an unnecessary risk for those securing the hotel rooms.

Thanks,
Stacy

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I am sort of newbie, I live in the DFW area so like Craig might not need the hotel but would love to attend! I will also think about the casual times you all have-maybe stay at the hotel? I can give you definate answer in a couple of days.
Jan

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I Believe $140 bucks a night is a bit steep for me, (I'm poor lol) I'm sure it's a really nice hotel though, and wish I could attend, I was looking at air-fare tickets before, and there are some pretty good deals out there I could probably get, but the hotel part is alittle expensive for me :( I may have to sit this one out :(

Hugssss!
~Donna

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I personally can't attend, but perhaps you might consider sharing a room...there are probably others who are in the same boat with the finances.

Just a thought.

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Folks have shared rooms before and it seems to work out great.

When the official CP8 thread comes out with all the phone number, reservation code, etc info, you could post about it........

Lisa P.

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I think I have talked Nick into it - since we work with the BN Railroad, there are a few people in Fort Worth we want to meet - anyway - if you can get there, I bet we can figure out how to share a room! but I bet anyone here would agree with me - you are one person that just CANT sit this one out - and we will find a way to make it work!

Love ya farm partner....

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If I could even afford airfare there would be no money for a room. But I would love to go. I am trying to figure it out though. My husband is even jazzed he reads over my shoulder sometimes. I think he's jealous of the great camaraderie we have here.
Goofyladie (Cass)

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I want to keep this near the top so that anyone interested may be able to find it easily.

Happy Tuesday!

Stacy

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my husband that I am attending this years party regardless, so count me in. Also, I (we) would be more than willing to share a room with someone or another couple if finances are tight for others.

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Pictures from Colon Palooza 5 in Nashville ~ what wonderful memories.

Having attended all seven colon palooza’s I can only sad you won’t regret it. Special thanks to Don, Joann and Suzann for hosting this year’s event.

Copy and paste the link below.
http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-8279309369197477695&hl=en-CA#

Lisa Rose

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Uh, Lisa...aka Captain Video....

I hope you & Andy can make it to TX for even a little portion of the Palooza! Otherwise, Kay, Scouty & I are dragging you back to Halifax!!! (I love love love it there!!)

Hugs,
Stacy

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and will be in rare form..........

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It's the only reason I've survived so long. One day I'm gonna get there:( Ron.

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Maybe your "one day" is Oct 13, 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SEIZE THE DAY, MY FRIEND!!!

Hugs!

Stacy

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The Pacific ocean:) Ron.

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You don't have to commit to 4 days- I showed up in Key West for less than 48 hrs- b/c that is what my schedule/finances allowed. It was well worth every minute. We have a ball!!!
Suzann

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Great Video Lisa! I looks like a lot of fun!

Rob; in Vancouver

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Don and JoAnn are going to ask for discount rates for the suites also since they usually have 2 rooms with the living area usually having sofa bed making it much easier to share a room.

Looks like we could have all the specifics about the dates and hotel rates as soon as tomorrow.

Lisa P.

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I had sent you a quick note asking what supplements you had taked after you met with your other naturopath doctor, did you receive it ?

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I get asked this alot so I am working on adding it to my profile so folks can access it quicker.

I used to have it all written up for email but lost it when my old laptop died. I will not list manufacturers of anything publicly and hope to remember it all...........durn chemo brain.

Lisa P.

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I am home from Holland in September....October is good...before the holidays start in!!!

Hugs, Kathi

(I have already let Don know...lol)

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You know, I think I forgot to mention that Colon Paloozas are open to EVERYONE affected by Colon Cancer. Survivors, Caregivers, Spouses of those who have left us, and those still active in the battle. Do not let the fact that you feel like you won't know anybody stand in your way of coming. Everyone is greeted with warmth and friendship.

I personally have missed out on the last two due to my work schedule. That is making me really look forward to this one! Please consider coming....or else you'll have to wait a whole year to attend another one.

Happy Saturday!!!!!!!

Stacy

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For a lot of us dealing with the daily battle, running into financial troubles, and not able to plan schedules, it is impossible to committ to something with substantial cost that doesn't happen till next fall.

I'd love to attend, but it will depend on my children's schedules, my work schedule, and my health at that point. In a perfect world, I'll be done with chemo, cancer free, and will have gotten my business and finances back on track so I can afford to go. I normally have a work trip the end of October that would be easy to make a stop in DFW on the way, but your dates are too early. So it may come down to business priorities in the end anyway, because I highly doubt I'll be able to afford two trips in a row. But you never know. It just isn't anything I can committ to now.

(I get industry rates which make it very hard for me to pay convention rates if I don't need to, especially if my budget is tight, which right now is BEYOND tight, and I have enough friends in the area that I'd likely stay with them anyway.)

This has to be a very hard event to plan and get strong committments for under the circumstances of so many of us undergoing treatments and not sure at all what the fall will bring. It sounds like you've had some very successful events in the past, so I'm sure this one will be too.

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We as a group always have a tough time planning, but try to come if you can manage it, we really have a wonderful time and lots and lots of laughs which we all need on our journey. For example, we just went to FL to join our daughter and her family at WDW. Our plane left DFW(Dallas/Ft. Worth) at 6:15am on Saturday, and as soon as we landed in Orlando we had a message saying that my mother had passed away. We got back on another plane and headed home. Even making plans doesn't always work, but try to attend, and you will enjoy it so much! The first CP I went to was in Nashville and Don and I decided that if we didn't like the group we would just have our own good time, but we found out that the "semi-colons" were "semi-normal", and we have now been for the last 3 years making friends from all over the country. Love my semi-colon friends!! Hope that all of you will at least keep it in mind and maybe decide to come.
Jo Ann

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Well, except the one that dances on bars.....SHE should not be invited BACK!!! LMAO!!!

Hugs, Kathi

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Just want to bump this up so everyone can see it and make their plans. There seem to be alot of people willing to share a room, I think that is great, we can all help out, I may not be able to share a room but I can buy someone some food or whatever might be needed. I am so excited to go, I cant wait..

Beth

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Well, I just heard about this and myself and what is left of my colon are totally excited!! I CANNOT wait to meet you guys! It will be nice to meet fellow colon cancer survivors, in my home state. I also, living so close and having 4 children, would most likely be staying at home and driving in for events. However, I might be able to get an overnight sitter for one night and join the party for a full 24 hours!! Are there rooms still available? I know I am getting involved at such a late date...

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Look on the list of posts for CP8, all of the info is there and then call the hotel for a room. I feel sure you can still get one.
I live in Mansfield. Look forward to meeting you. Jo Ann

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Looking forward to a great weekend at CP8! I hope many will join us! I'll be celebrating 10yrs since stage 3 CC diagnosis! Yahoo!

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can pack into a room? I really want to go, but finances are preventing. Let me know??

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We are 'home' to California the end of September, and then off to CP8 in October, and then possibly a cruise of Hawaii in November, Christmas with family this year (YEA!!!!) in California, then flying back 'home' to The Netherlands the end of December, just in time to buy fireworks to celebrate the new year. WHEW!

Hugs, Kathi

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If you are planning to come, better get your room by Sept. 13.
Jo Ann

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Confirmed Wednesday till Sunday....

Just need my plane tickets....and my cowboy duds!

Hugs, Kathi

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Kathi

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Should I bring warmies, or raincoats???

Hugs, Kathi

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should be able to answer that as he lives in that area. I was in the San Antonio area in OCtober last year and it was shorts weather, and maybe a sweatshirt at night. But I would wait for Craig to jump in and answer that...

Craig where are you buddy..

HUGS
Beth

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Well, Texas can be like a box of chocolates - "you never know whatcha gonna' get." LOL:)

It could be warm in the day times and then cool down at night. Probably will be shorts weather in the daytime - we don't cool down to those fall frosty days, like we should. We're all still cutting the grass when we should be resting. Temps could be in the mid to high 80's in the day and cooling at night.

If we are very lucky, it would actually resemble fall and be cool in the daytimes, but that is getting harder and harder to have happen...it stays warmer now.

I'd pack for warmer weather by day and at night you might want a breaker, or sweatshirt, but may or may not need it. Nighttimes can be actually be like the daytimes should.

You can go to accuweather.com and it will give you a 15 day forecast of the weather by city. Check it out before you come - should gie you an idea of where we will be at.

Texas has an old saying, "don't like the weather, then just wait 15-minutes." LOL:)

-Craig

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Interesting, the Dutch have the same saying....ROFL!...I should feel right at home!!!

Hugs, Kathi

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