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Announcing Colon Palooza 9

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scouty
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Hi semi-colons!

Suzannchili, this years coordinator, is a teacher and is up to her eyeballs in the serious yearly testing so she asked me to let everyone the dates, hotel, and rates she has gotten us for our annual Palooza.

Dates: Thursday October 13th - Sunday October 16th, 2011
Location: Embassy Suites Downtown Chicago.

The negotiated block or room rate is $209 for a king suite and $239 for a double suite each night. The weekends before and after our event are $329 per night so Suzann did a great job.

When Suzann gets finished with with the testing, there will be more about the actual agenda and things to do but right now, a boat ride out of Navy Pier, a tour of Wrigley Field, and several other things are being looked into. More on that later.

There are only 15 rooms blocked so book early if you want to get the great rate! To book a room;

call 1-800-362-2779 with the event name of CP9. To get the rate, the rooms need to be booked by August 1st.

For those that don't know what a Palooza is. It is an annual semi-colon celebration of life and lives open to all semi-colons, their caregivers, families, and friends. Everyone is welcome. This is our 9th one and being able to meet so many people in one place that have gone thought, felt, and experienced the same things you have is amazing therapy!

Block your calendar, book your room quickly and look for more info down the road.

Thanks Suzann!!!!

Lisa P.

FYI, the rate is good if people want to come early or stay later also!

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TMac52
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Hi Lisa,
This sure does sound like a weekend of healing being with a bunch of people from this incredible site. Probably something I could really use after just having finished my chemo. How many people usually attend. Do most bring spouses or signifiant others or solo?
Tom

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Hi Lisa! thanks for the post. I will be booking in a few days... I am REAL excited. I think there will be several attending this year. Last year I had a fantastic time in Texas. Great pick on the hotel. I checked it out on the internet..... beautiful place!

Hey Tom..... Some bring their partner.... some do not.... I chose not to last year and not to this year... who knows about next year....nah.... NOT!!! You should come this year.... I wanna see those tats up close and personal.... for real..it's a blast!!!

Jennie

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scouty
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The first one only had 4 but we've had as many as 30. With so many people within driving distance this one could be our biggest ever!

And yes people bring spouses, it's really up to each individual. Some join up and share rooms to save money. Some bring friends, parents, we've had widows come too. Everyone is welcome.

Tom it is a great time and you will laugh so much your sides will ache. Semi-colons, their families and friends have wonderful senses of humor and they all seem to come out at the paloozas! Yeah we talk about cancer some but one of the cool things about the event is that several times over the weekend hours will pass and you will not think about cancer for one single moment. Kind of like a mental and emotional vacation!

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herdizziness
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It's cold in Ohio in October. So what is the weather going to be in the Windy City that time of year? I was looking forward to it, but not if I've got to be freezing.

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scouty
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The average for the month of October is 65 degrees but since it is right after the "harvest moon" (the full moon in October that is so bright with such slim rain chances, farmers can pick crops at night) our chances of good weather are pretty good. This past year it was 78 and 80 the same weekend.

For some reason we have always had really beautiful weather for the Paloozas and I expect this year to be the same. If the weather should be bad, check out the hotel's atruim! Lots of space to hang out and laugh in, there is a grocery store/deli right across the street. Free hot breakfast every morning and a 5-7 free happy hour every evening. There is a restaurant in the hotel with many others within safe walking distance.

Plus all the rooms are suites with sitting rooms in them.

Hopefully some of the locals can chime in................

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Looking forward to a great time with good friends.... Checking out flights now with Air Canada hoping to get everything booked in a few days.

Suzann, the Naughty Award that you won in San Francisco ( CP6 ) is here at our place. I will be sure to bring it to Chicago for this year's winning recipient.

Cheers,
Baby Lisa

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but its along way to come, I might take the kids and wife to disneyland as a reward for helping dad over the last 12 months.

just dreaming nice dreams about it, I presume someone local will bring a juicers otherwise the airport security might have a thing or to to say.

it will be a great get together.

hugs,

Pete

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John and I will be there with our dancing shoes on and our red cups!

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Lisa Rose
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Can't wait to see you guys in Chicago..... A&L

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It sounds like a lot of fun and good times!

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Anybody else?

Let us know if you have any questions about this wonderful time.

Lisa P.

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Hey Lisa! Yep...got er done! I booked a day early and staying a day late and got that same great rate!!! Beautiful hotel!!! Oh.... as far as the weather is concerned..... I live in this state and have visited Chicago area many times...especially since thats where my son went to college.... and in October the highs are in the 60's and lows in the 50's...sometimes at night it may get a little cooler...but not much. C'mon guys..... make your reservations...this is gonna be an AWESOME Palooza!!!

Jennie

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Lisa Rose
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Called the hotel directly vs. calling the toll 1-800 number .
If anyone is staying extra nights be sure and mention that it is also at the negotiated rate.

Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown
http://embassysuites1.hilton.com/en_US/es/hotel/CHIDWES-Embassy-Suites-Chicago-Downtown-Illinois/index.do

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Yippee! Can't wait to meet you all!

I live in Chicago burbs and work right across the street from Millenium Oark/The Bean.
they just put out all the bikes for rental today! Spring is almost here!

Fall is usually the BEST season here, so sure hope that holds out.....

Peggy

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