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Offline allanq

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Happy, but also a little sad
« on: September 19, 2007, 03:14:07 PM »
I'm really enjoying reading all the reports and seeing the pictures from the AMGers.

I wasn't sure what to expect from the AMG. Frankly, I was more than a little nervous about meeting so many people. Soon into the event, I realized how unfounded my apprehensions were. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming.

There were several guests of members at the AMG whom I very much enjoyed meeting. David & David's friend Bonnie is a terrific person. I hope she'll decide to become an AMG groupie!

At the start of the Saturday morning walk, a very handsome young man started walking beside me. He had been diagnosed fairly recently and had been "lurking" without actually becoming a member. He showed up for the walk, and nobody knew who he was. By the end of the AMG, it was clear that he had been having a wonderful time (thanks largely to another forum member whom I will let speak up for himself).

Creighton's friend Curtis was another great guest who I hope will join the forums. Curtis and David (Blixer) deserve a medal for being the most adventurous AMGers. I was blown away by all the wonderful and strenuous walks they did--across the Golden Gate Bridge (and back), up to the top of Buena Vista Park, and many other sights in between.

On Monday, I had the pleasure of spending a day with the folks from "down under": Jan, Jen (ozjen), and Jen's husband, John. What a great group they are! Lots of laughs when you're around that crew.

Driving home on Monday evening my eyes started to tear up as I crossed the Bay Bridge on the way back to Oakland. I was just so grateful to have been part of such a wonderful gathering.

I'm still smiling, but feeling more than a little sad that this event is now officially over.

Time to start thinking of next year's AMG!

AllanQ

Edited to add this:
How could I forget to pay a special tribute to Robert. He was one of the heroes of AMG 2007. After the ceremony at the AIDS Memorial Grove, he made two round trips in his car to get people back to the hotel. Given the traffic in San Francisco, this was no small task. He also took people on extensive car tours, showing them sights they would never have been able to see on their own. He is truly a most kind and generous man.

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Offline Dennis

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Re: Happy, but also a little sad
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2007, 05:26:47 PM »

At the start of the Saturday morning walk, a very handsome young man started walking beside me. He had been diagnosed fairly recently and had been "lurking" without actually becoming a member. He showed up for the walk, and nobody knew who he was. By the end of the AMG, it was clear that he had been having a wonderful time (thanks largely to another forum member whom I will let speak up for himself).

He's not just handsome but very special.  I'm making another trip out to the west coast this Friday to see him.

Offline allanq

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Re: Happy, but also a little sad
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2007, 05:48:33 PM »
Dennis,

You guys looked so great together sitting on the steps of that fountain in Sausalito.

Good luck to both of you!

Allan
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Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: Happy, but also a little sad
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2007, 06:27:49 PM »
We are talking "cover of GQ" cute (and I mean both of them)! 

Gary   :D
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
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07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
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01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
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Re: Happy, but also a little sad
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2007, 07:03:30 PM »
We are talking "cover of GQ" cute (and I mean both of them)! 

Gary   :D
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Offline Nico

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Re: Happy, but also a little sad
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2007, 07:52:04 PM »
Dennis,
He's a keeper and really nice...like I need to tell you.  ;)  Talk about your eyes lighting up!  Hell, I was almost blinded when you look at him. 8) Good times this Friday.  My best to the both of you!

{{{Hugs}}}!
Roger
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Offline Blixer

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Re: Happy, but also a little sad
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2007, 08:52:39 PM »
Allan,

It was so great to get to meet you!  I really appreciated your Saturday AM tour.  Curtis and I walked about 12 miles around the city on Friday and another 8 miles on Sunday.  I was a bit surprised I was ready for the Saturday tour but made it fine.  I sure got a unique view of a number of areas of the city.

Thanks again for all you did!
David
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8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
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Offline mrtallguy

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Re: Happy, but also a little sad
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2007, 10:00:01 PM »
Allan,

The Tour was unforgettable!  When we walked down Maiden Lane and I heard that opera singer doing his thing in full glory I was overwhelmed!  All the interesting factoids you shared about the buildings, people, and places was just amazing....a reflection of your inner soul!

Thank you again....and yes...time to think about 2008!

Be Well...

Craig
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Offline Robert

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Re: Happy, but also a little sad
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2007, 10:08:36 PM »
Allan.

I just listened to the CD and I love your choice.  After this weekend, I can't help but think we may have been seperated at birth.  We seem to have so much in common from music of the 60's to wannabe tour guides.

And Dennis.....you coming all the way to Arbuckle?    You're a lucky guy!!  So is Robert.....

robert
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Offline David_CA

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Re: Happy, but also a little sad
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2007, 02:59:30 PM »
He's not just handsome but very special.  I'm making another trip out to the west coast this Friday to see him.

Special?  Hell, I don't think anybody else got his attention after you two met!  Tell him hello and that we look forward to his joining the forums. 

A big thanks to Allan for the wonderful tour.  These 'introductions' to a new city we're visiting really make it enjoyable and give us a starting point for venturing out on our own.  I just think more of a warning about those damned steps to Telegraph Hill are in order!   ;)  Like the tourists we are, we walked up the steps and took the bus back down.  I'd definitely recommend doing the opposite.  Bonnie felt right at home with just about everybody she met.  I think she could have gone without us and had just about as much fun. 

I hope to see Curtis and Craig's friend Dan on the forums, too.

David
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Re: Happy, but also a little sad
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2007, 11:42:41 AM »
Hello darl'n,
               I can't thank you enough for showing us your city.......and especially your' secret way'.
Us three "downunders" would never have seen the wonders of san francisco if not for you.......
.......AND.... you didn't need a map.......very impressive!.
                What a fantastic day we had!
 And not only that, we had a wonderful lunch at pier 39 as well. ( forgive the tautology)           

And to dennis and robert.........all our love to you both.

                cuddles and kisses.

       lotsa love Jen   xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

               
               
           
               

Offline Robert

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Re: Happy, but also a little sad
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2007, 07:45:56 PM »
Hey JEn.,..

It was great seeing you again.  I'll start working on my Perth itineray any day now.  In the meantime, please give my regards to the Ten Pound Pom.

robert
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Re: Happy, but also a little sad
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2007, 07:54:13 PM »
Not as sad as we were to leave you....thank you so much for our wonderful tour, as Jen said, if not for you we would not have seen half of your beautiful city.

Love and hugs
Jan :-*
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Re: Happy, but also a little sad
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2007, 06:13:47 PM »
And not only that, we had a wonderful lunch at pier 39 as well. ( forgive the tautology)                          

Hi Jen,

That wonderful lunch was across the bay from Pier 39 at the Swedish Bakery in Tiburon. I had sampled their pastries, but never lunch. Now, thanks to the down under folks, I know a good place for a very good, reasonably priced, and scenic lunch in Tiburon.

Allan

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Re: Happy, but also a little sad
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2007, 08:07:05 PM »
Well I always thought you were Allang, I just now realize you are Allanq. Doesn't make much difference to me, but still.

Milker.
mid-dec: stupid ass
mid-jan: seroconversion
mid-feb: poz
mar 07: cd4 432 (35%) vl 54000
may 07: cd4 399 (28%) vl 27760
jul 07: cd4 403 (26%) vl 99241
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jan 08: cd4 332 (26%) vl 33308
mar 08: cd4 392 (23%) vl 75548
jun 08: cd4 325 (27%) vl 45880
oct 08: cd4 197 (20%) vl 154000 <== aids diagnosis
nov 2 08 start Atripla
nov 30 08: cd4 478 (23%) vl 1880 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
feb 19 09: cd4 398 (24%) vl 430 getting there!
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Offline allanq

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Re: Happy, but also a little sad
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2007, 09:44:05 PM »
The font for our screen names makes it hard to distinguish a "q" from a "g", so I've taken to occasionally signing off as AllanQ.

When I was in the army (during the Spanish-American War) I had to fill out a form that asked for my middle initial. Since I have no middle name, I left the space blank. I was told that I had to fill in the blank, so I invented "Q" as my middle initial. My friends from my army days still call me Allan Q.

AllanQ
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Re: Happy, but also a little sad
« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2007, 10:35:10 PM »
 Robert

Your room's all ready and waiting mate. :D

The TPP says g'day back.



Allan

Of course iy was Tiburon.....silly me. I was getting mixed up with lunch that you, me, Bonnie and Jan had on the Saturday. So many wonderful lunches........sigh. :D :D


Love to you both

Jen    xxxxxxxxxxx



 


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