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Dates and hotel info to come in the next month or so. We were due to have one in the upper middle part of the US so Windy City here we come! It will be in the fall probably Sept or Oct before it gets too cold and after the heat of the summer has gone. I can say that we will avoid the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend so maybe more of our northern buddies will be able to attend!

Suzannchili (recent stage III 10 year survivor!!!) is the hostess this year and will be providing more info as soon as she can negotiate some great hotel rates for us.

Oh and a little tidbit of history about Chi-town. Unlike most people think it got the nickname of the Windy City because of the mouthy politicians in the 20s or maybe the 30's and not because of how the wind can be wicked (which it can be). With that fact out there how many other cities in our county can now be called the Windy City? Too many for me to count!!

I missed this past years but will not let that happen again and hope to see many of you there.

Lisa P.

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no wonders most of the women there are so mean.....LOL.......

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Oh Buzzard, when you meet me you will EAT THOSE WORDS!!!!!!
((HUGS))

Peggy

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SERIOUSLY????

You mean I can actually attend a Colon Palooza??? My Packers are gonna whoop Da Bears on Sunday and I find out I can meet my Scouty gal pal. This week is just too good to be true!!

I'm hyperventilating!!

I'm just right up the road!

SCOUTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE Chicago! (just not da bears ya know?)

peace, emily who will attend as a 10 year cancer victor!

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My home state!!! ROAD TRIP!!!!!! I will definately be there too!!!

Jennie

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Sounds good to me

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I LOVE Chicago....yea!!!!

I return from my 'dutch summer home' *smile* late September, so I hope I can come...maybe a stop-over on the way back to California!

Thanks for the info, Lisa. And, YES, you MUST attend!!!

Dutch hugs, Kathi

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369 miles from my door step..........to Rush Street and State Street and I forget the place that has the hearts on their shirts for advertisement? (I think it is called "Mothers") Also Erik the Reds a house that was turned into a place to have a drink...Awww to be 25 again....I think I am off whatever that weekend is...LOL.....Yep, I think its game on....Im not sure if any of those places are even around anymore but Im sure something somewhere is. It would be fun to meet all of you. Yep, I think its game time...

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And water tower place for shopping...

And the Gaslight Club....ritzy!

And, in a burb is a small bar called Rainbow's....they are (or were...this was 30 years ago-sigh) known for their turtle races. I was given a T-shirt from there, the only restriction being that I must change shirts out in front of everyone...

Now, as you know, I am VERY shy and retiring...let's just say that I have the shirt...'nuff said....ROFLMAO!

Dutch hugs, Kathi

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Chicago here we come ~ looking forward to seeing my LP buddies.

Oh Suzann the Naughty Award that you won in San Francisco at CP7 is here at our place. I will bring it to Chicago with CONKY.

Lisa and Andy

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It's only about 40 minutes from my door! And the REALLY cold weather doesn't happen until after Nov 1st.

Maybe I'll have my annual GLEASON BASH (band, food, drinks, kinda thing) party then so you all could road trip to my house! I usually have a crowd of around 100, what's a few more?!?!?

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Chicago is doable for me :) just have to see which week/weekend it falls on!

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that may work for me also since I am only a few hrs away in Iowa... What happens at these gatherings? Petrina

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Petrina,

There will be an itinerary as the dates gets closer but we try to plan 1 or 2 things a day over a 4 day weekend. Wed. and Thurs. have traditionally been arrival days with Thurs night being the official kickoff at some cool local place. We try to eat at neat places and do fun things that aren't too expensive but at fun. There always seems to be a piano bar and Irish pub included later in the evenings. Music and dancing on a boat ride has happened at several of them. The room rates are negotiated to cover days before and after the event in case anyone wants to stay longer and do other things too.

There will be a suite in the hotel that acts as "headquarters" to meet and plan from.

But the most fun is just having breakfast or hanging out at the pool with people that know the road you've been or are on. The bond is amazing!

Hope this helps you. Maybe some others can answer this for you too.

Lisa P.

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There a tons of options for Boat Rides..
Booze Cruises etc...
Some more upscale $$$ some more pocket friendly

Too bad it wasn't in the summer when the Free Concerts and Dancing in the Park - Millenium Park (Michigan Ave b/w Randolph and Monroe) is a great city outside playground! anchored by Art Institute to the South and the now famous "Bean"/Cloudgate to the north. I work right across the street...

Peggy

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Patrina, my fellow Newfoundlander I would love to meet you in Chicago.
Go to my Facebook page and you can see some pictures from CP7 in San Francisco.

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Cheers!

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we are from Crete, IL just south of Chicago....wow this could be doable..Thanks for info.Pat

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CP = ColonPalooza. It is an annual reunion/celebration of colorectal and anal cancer survivors, caregivers, widowers, friends, and anyone else that might want to hang around a bunch of semi-colons and celebrate life and lives. You have no idea what it is like to just be with people that have been where you have been, felt like you have felt, and thought like you have thought. There is a bond that is very special and you feel it in your heart!

This will be our 9th one. CP1-Biloxi, CP2-Las Vegas, CP3-Austin, TX, CP4-Halifax, Nova Scotia, CP5-Nashville, TN, CP6-San Francisco, CA, CP7-Key West, Fla., CP8-Ft. Worth, Tx. You can see by the list of locations that we were due to visit this part of the country.

With it being in Chicago that means the dates may have to be a little sooner than they have been the last couple of years since it does get really cold between those buildings. And to try to keep to one of our traditions, the itineary will include a boat ride of some sort!

I'm loving all the interest and hope there is more after the dates are announced. Stay tuned!

Lisa P.

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Im excited! It might be do-able for me as well. Can't wait to hear the dates so i can try to make it work. I would love to be there.

Big Smiles,
Dawn

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and it goes like this....if I may use your post a little out of context....

that may work for me also
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that may work for me also since I am only a few hrs away in Iowa... "What happens at these gatherings stays at these gatherings"........................ Petrina

No, seriously, I have never been to one so I have no idea whats in store....

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Lisa and all -

My husband and I spent 5 days in Chicago in 8/04. One of the greatest things we did was a cruise along the Chicago river run by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Absolutely wonderful, although my neck hurt for a couple of days from looking up at the buildings.

http://caf.architecture.org/page.aspx?pid=574

Absolutely not to be missed in Chicago.

Betsy

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Talked to hubby tonight and think we are coming. It is finally close to us - live 45 minutes from Detroit, so we will take the train and come on in. Looking forward to meeting my "extended and loving" family :)

Hugs! Kim

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OK, it's a LONG flight from Hong Kong -- but it's non-stop! (and I am developing a neurotic aversion to domestic flights in the US). I may be able to make it!

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and so far Im the only male ......Hmm, Im gonna need some backup.........

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I can do chicago from cleveland!! woo hoo

Kathy

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Thats no mileage for a world travelor as yourself is it Kathy ? Bring it !!!

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ROFLAMO!!!!!!!!!!!

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Double Post.

:) Kim

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Look at all the people coming already!!!!!! PARTY!!!!!!!!

Jennie

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There is NO Coyote Ugly Saloon in Chicago (?!?!?!?!?!?!)

There is one in Germany, and 2 in Russia....sigh...guess I'll have to visit St. Petersburg...

ROFLMAO!

Dutch hugs, Kathi

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I'm a chicago Girls, yeah I will attend!!!! Never been to one

Peggy

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can we bring our husbands etc.... . Petrina

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Of course all spouses are welcome!!!
I'm thinking I'll make the trip too, as long as it's warm!!!!

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Oh it'll be warm alright.....if your inside...The air off the Lake makes for pretty chilly temps downtown.....but its gonna be a HOOT.....

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I was in Chicago once, for a job interview, during winter, my walk from the subway to the job interview was 4 blocks. The longest 4 block walk I ever had. The wind was whipping, the snow was swirling, the cold? OMG, I'll never forget the chill of the winter 10 minutes.
So I guess I'll be doing a lot of drinking!!!!!

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LOL!

Dutch hugs, Kathi

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ROFLMAO

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Buzzard,
It was 70 Degrees through the first week of November this year!!!!
Fall is truley the best Season in chicago!

Peggy

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hehehe...I just love this kinda stuff...HI PLUCKEY !!! Love ya !!! LOL.......Buzz

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What organization? CCC?

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from these boards. The ones who go are the ones who get to choose the next location. Someone who has attended before volunteers to "host" and does the planning.

I've never been able to attend yet but plan on it for this one since I am right over the border in WI. GO PACKERS!!

peace, emily

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Peggy,

Emily is correct, no organization, just a few of your fellow semi-colons do it. It started in 2005 when some of us decided that we wanted to meet in person. Spongebob volunteered to host it in Biloxi and since it was in Jan it was a warm place too! Stacy hosted the next one in the fall in Vegas and we have kept it going since.

At first we had them semi-annually since we were the semi-colons but we changed to annually in 2007. There is a host who takes input and picks a location and then negotiates a discount rate at a hotel committing to a block of rooms. The host/hostess will get help if they need to find fun things to do, good places to eat, etc. for the group to do. The cool thing is that no one is ever expected to everything on the agenda, you do what you want when you want. In Nashville one day we had one group go to the Grand Ole Opry, another to a wine tasting, and still another on 2nd St band/pub crawl but we all met back at the hotel to go to dinner together.

At one of the Paloozas there was talk about trying to get sponsors who would help defray the cost but we decided we didn't want it commercialized or made like a educational weekend. Yes you are "educated" but mostly it is much more about emotional support and being able to meet some of the people you have come to trust, admire, and love thru this board.

As an example of that, this year I am going to finally get to hug Emily in person. We have been close friends for 7 years now, emailing and talking on the phone often but have never met. I can't wait!!!! And I will tell you something else, you will laugh more than you have in a long long time. Semi-colons have wonderful senses of humor especially when we get to have a period of time when we don't really think about cancer.

Any other questions?

Let us know.

Lisa P.

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Thanks so much for the info!
I can't wait to meet you all in person

I lie in teh burbs and work downtown, so let me know if you need any help/recon etc...

OH, and one big favor I WANT SUNDANCE and KIM here.....can we make that happen?????

Peggy

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I live in the burbs and work at Rush and Pearson, sounds good to me!!

Dave

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Is "Mothers" still open downtown ?

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Hey Buzzard, yes it is. See link below.

http://rushanddivision.com/the-original-mothers/

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George and I visit Chicago frequently, our daughter lives very near the downtown area and works downtown, only about a 4 hour drive from our door to hers.

Buzz when I talk to Christy I will ask her about "Mothers".

Take care - Tina

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30 years ago.....I can't believe its still there.....gotta get me another shirt from there....2 big red hearts with Mothers on the bottom.....

Thank you Ninetoes........:)

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