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Offline Fisher

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Re: Bakers Dozen
« Reply #50 on: August 13, 2013, 06:31:15 PM »
There was debauchery?

There might be in New Orleans at Southern Decadence. Perhaps I'll see you there. Will remember to bring my blue pills.
- fisher
04/08 CD 486 %23 VL <20
11/13 CD 351 %21  VL <20
10/13 CD 390 %16  VL <20
06/13 CD 315 %19  VL  22
02/13 CD 396 %14  VL <20
12/12 CD 392 %13  VL 320
11/12 CD 428 %13  VL 1200
*Started Meds: Atripla
10/12 CD 427 %11  VL 139000 -- 09/12 CD 408 %13 VL 92928
09/11 CD 745 %27 VL CLOT -- 10/10 CD 863 %29 VL 2782
10/09 CD 597 %30 VL 2537 -- 05/08 CD 809 %28 VL 1504
04/07 CD 797 %25 VL 3558 -- 11/06 CD 720 %28 VL 1214
06/05 CD 731 %25 VL 1575 -- 12/04 CD 1176 %30 VL 1329
01/04 CD 959 %26 VL 1011 -- 11/03 CD 1000 %28 VL 1581
12/02 CD 748 %28 -- 10/01 CD 860 %25
08/00 CD 1022 %28 -- 04/99 CD 854 %27
11/98 CD 899 %28 -- 02/97 CD 1400 %37
11/96 CD 1325  VL <500 -- 09/96 Western Blot
05/83 04/98 - Monogamous Partner Being Negative
ARS - Los Angeles Dec '82

Offline tednlou2

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Re: Bakers Dozen
« Reply #51 on: August 13, 2013, 06:38:55 PM »
Fisher, it seems like you had a great time.  I remember your thread from spring, where you worried about fitting in.  And, I definitely remember you saying you needed support and friendship now.  I am glad to hear you got that. 

I suppose I have not attended one yet, because I felt I wouldn't fit in.  And, there is some mystery.  No one posts pics of the trip.  It reminds me of Fight Club..lol.  Seriously, for someone with anxiety issues, it would help to see, in photos or video, what happens there.  But, I can understand folks not wanting their pics posted-- either just having them searchable or just not liking their photos shared.  I hate when people tag me in photos on Facebook, where I'm doing something embarrassing or looking my worst. 

And, like you, I worried I wouldn't fit in, because I hadn't lost all the friends and family.  I would hear some talk about losing hundreds of friends, and I would think I don't even know that many people.  Add not being on meds yet, and I just wondered what I would have to discuss in common.  But, it sounds like everyone just mainly has a good time, besides the memorial.  I would imagine most don't even discuss HIV much.  I mean, they can do that here.  I'm just saying it sounds like everyone really just has a good time (an escape from daily life), and you could have just tested poz yesterday and fit in. 

Anyway, I am glad to hear you took the leap and had a good time.  I was really touched, when you discussed needing support and friendship, in your other thread.  Perhaps I will make next years. 


Offline Fisher

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Re: Bakers Dozen
« Reply #52 on: August 13, 2013, 06:45:31 PM »
Fisher, it seems like you had a great time.  I remember your thread from spring, where you worried about fitting in.  And, I definitely remember you saying you needed support and friendship now.  I am glad to hear you got that. 

I suppose I have not attended one yet, because I felt I wouldn't fit in.  And, there is some mystery.  No one posts pics of the trip.  It reminds me of Fight Club..lol.  Seriously, for someone with anxiety issues, it would help to see, in photos or video, what happens there.  But, I can understand folks not wanting their pics posted-- either just having them searchable or just not liking their photos shared.  I hate when people tag me in photos on Facebook, where I'm doing something embarrassing or looking my worst. 

And, like you, I worried I wouldn't fit in, because I hadn't lost all the friends and family.  I would hear some talk about losing hundreds of friends, and I would think I don't even know that many people.  Add not being on meds yet, and I just wondered what I would have to discuss in common.  But, it sounds like everyone just mainly has a good time, besides the memorial.  I would imagine most don't even discuss HIV much.  I mean, they can do that here.  I'm just saying it sounds like everyone really just has a good time (an escape from daily life), and you could have just tested poz yesterday and fit in. 

Anyway, I am glad to hear you took the leap and had a good time.  I was really touched, when you discussed needing support and friendship, in your other thread.  Perhaps I will make next years.

OMG! Here comes the deluge of pics!

And if anyone get a hold of one of those women's pictures . . . I can be black-mailed.
« Last Edit: August 13, 2013, 06:55:53 PM by Fisher »
- fisher
04/08 CD 486 %23 VL <20
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10/13 CD 390 %16  VL <20
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12/12 CD 392 %13  VL 320
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*Started Meds: Atripla
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11/98 CD 899 %28 -- 02/97 CD 1400 %37
11/96 CD 1325  VL <500 -- 09/96 Western Blot
05/83 04/98 - Monogamous Partner Being Negative
ARS - Los Angeles Dec '82

Offline Fisher

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Re: Bakers Dozen
« Reply #53 on: August 13, 2013, 06:52:56 PM »
Ted:

My experience?

It was all about heart . . . people willing to come together and share self in joy and happiness.  Or maybe, it was all about the Budweiser?

I was scared shitless going down. But that lasted about four minutes.

We are all in the same boat. And if you think about it, we are all in the same heart, or as I call it hrdra. 

AMG for me was the sharing of heart . . . and maybe a few beers, too.

One of the best experiences I've have in recent ages. 

I just wished I wasn't so shy and bashful and reserved. But others say I fit in ok, despite the shyness.

Come next year!


- fisher
04/08 CD 486 %23 VL <20
11/13 CD 351 %21  VL <20
10/13 CD 390 %16  VL <20
06/13 CD 315 %19  VL  22
02/13 CD 396 %14  VL <20
12/12 CD 392 %13  VL 320
11/12 CD 428 %13  VL 1200
*Started Meds: Atripla
10/12 CD 427 %11  VL 139000 -- 09/12 CD 408 %13 VL 92928
09/11 CD 745 %27 VL CLOT -- 10/10 CD 863 %29 VL 2782
10/09 CD 597 %30 VL 2537 -- 05/08 CD 809 %28 VL 1504
04/07 CD 797 %25 VL 3558 -- 11/06 CD 720 %28 VL 1214
06/05 CD 731 %25 VL 1575 -- 12/04 CD 1176 %30 VL 1329
01/04 CD 959 %26 VL 1011 -- 11/03 CD 1000 %28 VL 1581
12/02 CD 748 %28 -- 10/01 CD 860 %25
08/00 CD 1022 %28 -- 04/99 CD 854 %27
11/98 CD 899 %28 -- 02/97 CD 1400 %37
11/96 CD 1325  VL <500 -- 09/96 Western Blot
05/83 04/98 - Monogamous Partner Being Negative
ARS - Los Angeles Dec '82

Offline bocker3

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Re: Bakers Dozen
« Reply #54 on: August 13, 2013, 08:34:22 PM »
Ted,

Everyone is a bit nervous -- or a lot nervous -- their first time at AMG.  However, I've yet to hear anyone regretting their decision to attend.  If our dear, sweet, bashful  :o Fisher can do it, you can too. 
They are a lot of fun -- and if you find that you don't like it, well you can still explore the city on your own.....  or bring you hubby.  Mitch777 brought his and he was the belle of the ball.  I brought Sid to Seattle and he still talks about it.

consider it next year.

Mike
Atripla - Started 12/05
Reyataz/Norvir - Added 6/06
Labs - Pre-Meds
Sep05 T=350/25% VL98,559
Nov05 288/18%  47,564
Current Labs
May2013 691/31% <20

Offline mitch777

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Re: Bakers Dozen
« Reply #55 on: August 13, 2013, 08:47:13 PM »
The interesting part might be what / who you don't see, rather than what you would see.  :P
LMAO! tee hee.
31 years hiv+ (oct. 2013) with a curtsy.

Offline mitch777

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Re: Bakers Dozen
« Reply #56 on: August 13, 2013, 08:51:13 PM »
Actually, this was the first time he got loose from his cage in about 20 years. So he had some pen up energy to burn off. He is really very shy and bashful in real life. Why he's been locked up in a cage for so long . . . well those that came to AMG now know why. . .
keep the mystery and anticipation going. wise. ;) ;D
31 years hiv+ (oct. 2013) with a curtsy.

Offline weasel

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Re: Bakers Dozen
« Reply #57 on: August 13, 2013, 08:57:10 PM »
Yes Wease! That penthouse on the 69th floor of that Lake Shore Drive high-rise you liked could be our new love-bird's nest. But you'd have to marry me first. We can marry in Maine, now . . . you know.

   That is too temping  :-X

   I had a great time with you     :)

   SHY ?   My ass ....   LOL's   

  I enjoyed each and every one there   !    Like they say ...... memories are forever  :-*

                                                                                   Weasel

   I hope I get tagged in some more pictures  ;D 
" Live and let Live "

Offline mitch777

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Re: Bakers Dozen
« Reply #58 on: August 13, 2013, 09:05:47 PM »
Fisher, it seems like you had a great time.  I remember your thread from spring, where you worried about fitting in.  And, I definitely remember you saying you needed support and friendship now.  I am glad to hear you got that. 

I suppose I have not attended one yet, because I felt I wouldn't fit in.  And, there is some mystery.  No one posts pics of the trip.  It reminds me of Fight Club..lol.  Seriously, for someone with anxiety issues, it would help to see, in photos or video, what happens there.  But, I can understand folks not wanting their pics posted-- either just having them searchable or just not liking their photos shared.  I hate when people tag me in photos on Facebook, where I'm doing something embarrassing or looking my worst. 

And, like you, I worried I wouldn't fit in, because I hadn't lost all the friends and family.  I would hear some talk about losing hundreds of friends, and I would think I don't even know that many people.  Add not being on meds yet, and I just wondered what I would have to discuss in common.  But, it sounds like everyone just mainly has a good time, besides the memorial.  I would imagine most don't even discuss HIV much.  I mean, they can do that here.  I'm just saying it sounds like everyone really just has a good time (an escape from daily life), and you could have just tested poz yesterday and fit in. 

Anyway, I am glad to hear you took the leap and had a good time.  I was really touched, when you discussed needing support and friendship, in your other thread.  Perhaps I will make next years.

Ted,
Everything you imagined and described is exactly (almost...  ;).) what it is. You would fit in perfect. We ARE all misfits and we all know it! I just KNOW you would have the time of your life! I jumped in head first into these forums not that long ago and after my many emotional posts of baring my soul here I took the gamble that I would fit in. I will give a better description after much needed rest. :P :)
31 years hiv+ (oct. 2013) with a curtsy.

Offline mitch777

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Re: Bakers Dozen
« Reply #59 on: August 13, 2013, 09:20:56 PM »
In case anyone is wondering...
we got to the airport early because the party was over and thought a chill down rest would be wise. Our flight was at 7:40PM but we lucked out and got an earlier departure at 3:25PM. Got home around 7:30 local time and rushed to pick up our pooch! :) :) :)
everything went well for him and we're glad there was no crisis while we were away.

hope to hear from Nick to make sure he got back ok.
Mark has a lonnnggg way to go. (Amtrak) ::) don't know how he can do it without a sleeper car.

probably rambling and not making much sense so I will say goodnight. :P

31 years hiv+ (oct. 2013) with a curtsy.

Offline klassykitty

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Re: Bakers Dozen
« Reply #60 on: August 13, 2013, 10:17:44 PM »
Ted

If you go on my photobucket thing you can see the pictures I took in DC last year.

Michelle 8)
A true gentleman hold the door for his woman.
Then he smacks her ass!
Diagnosed 01-20-2011
01-23  CD4 32    VL 125,400
02-18        76     VL 189
03-14  no cd4 test done   VL-52
04-14   69  VL-UNDECTABLE  YEA!!
05-26   50  whoopsy  
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08-15   64 WTF %-9 
10-16  80         %7  
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04-18  93    8  
07-16  151  8         
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2013   CD4   %thing       VL-UD
01-28  121     9
04-24  148    11   
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2014   CD-4  %thing   VL-UD
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Offline wolfter

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Re: Bakers Dozen
« Reply #61 on: August 13, 2013, 10:45:06 PM »
Actually, this was the first time he got loose from his cage in about 20 years. So he had some pen up energy to burn off. He is really very shy and bashful in real life. Why he's been locked up in a cage for so long . . . well those that came to AMG now know why. . .

There is no doubt that we all adored you.  I sincerely enjoyed it all.  I've been waiting on our dear Nick to respond.  I just absolutely adored the new shirt he got me.  That was the sweetest thing ever.  And the overall, I'm sincerely  grateful to have been fortunate to reconnect with old friends and to also make new ones. 
« Last Edit: August 13, 2013, 10:55:03 PM by wolfter »
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Offline pozniceguy

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Re: Bakers Dozen
« Reply #62 on: August 13, 2013, 11:50:33 PM »
yup   got  home  just  fine.... pulled into  Dallas  just as  a huge  thunder storm/ hailstorm hit   traffic   time from arpt to  home  was nearly  twice as  long as usual  ...buy  here  safley  and unpacked....

Nick
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Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: Bakers Dozen
« Reply #63 on: August 14, 2013, 01:24:23 AM »
I am also safely home.  Started the mountain of laundry and just now realized I had not posted yet.

It was a great gathering, as it always is.  I hope the ones who worry about "fitting in" will read the experiences of the newcomers and see how easy it is to fit in, almost within seconds (this is literally the universal experience of everyone who has come over the past seven years.)  We are "serious and contemplative" as we should be in the memorial service, but otherwise it is a very social, friendly and relaxing time.

Join us next year...wherever we end up!


Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
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
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
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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
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
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