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PostSubject: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Sun Aug 11, 2013 5:26 pm

I'm contemplating hosting an ASJ Get-Together in 2014 in Sacramento.  What's Sacramento have to do with ASJ?  Well, San Francisco isn't too far and that's where Soapy (or was it Silky - I never get those two straight) lives and the boys visited him there.  Lots of gold rush history here, too, and the boys were known to pan and mine for gold.

Things I'm thinking of doing during the ASJ Get-Together...
- San Francisco
- Gold pan in Coloma (where gold was discovered)
- Railroad museum-Sacto is the beginning of the transcontinental railroad
- Gold Bug mine tour in Old Hangtown (now called Placerville)
- Leland Stanford mansion (one of the railroad Big Four)
- Sutter's Fort
- Donner Lake and Tahoe
- Shooting and learning about guns
- Old Sacramento-beginning of the Pony Express, too

There is also wine-tasting, state capital building, Virginia City NV, Calaveras Big Trees (sequoias), Angel's Camp (Mark Twain's Jumping Frogs of Calaveras) and more not too far away.

Accommodations can vary.  I have three spare bedrooms and can bring in a RV or two for folks to stay in.  We have 2.5 bathrooms so that won't be a problem, either.  For those folks who want their own space, no matter the cost, there is the lovely Natomas Inn in historic Folsom, about 2 miles away.

(Yep, Folsom as in Johnny Cash's Folsom prison - I live dang close.  There's a prison museum, so I've heard.)

So is anyone interested in getting together with other ASJ lovers?  Did I mention hubby's 64" TV - the boys look real good on it!

The Get-Together plans aren't firm and will vary with what the participates want to do and dates when folks are available.

Let me know if you're interested and what time of the year works best for you.

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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Sun Aug 11, 2013 5:44 pm

Wow, that's incredibly generous and nice of you, Penski. I really doubt that I could manage it, but would look forward to hearing stories and seeing pictures.
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:15 pm

I'm interested. I'm pretty open as to what time of year. It would be really great to meet other AS&J fans!

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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:43 am

Very sweet offer...but rarely do I make it over the Rockies... I too would love to hear of the adventures though

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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:07 am

I'm interested, Penski.  It would be great to meet everyone! Anytime would be fine at this point.
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:40 pm

Might consider it as part of our yearly vacation. It would have to be in Sept. though so we'll see. Once Hubby is retired then things like this will be easier for us to attend. Would love to come though, if we can manage it.

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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:59 pm

Sounds fun but in reality a bit to far for me! But, you never know what will be happening by then in my life so it's a we'll see from me. And, as someone once said, in a tv show dear to our hearts, "never say never"! Rolling Eyes  Very Happy 

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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:57 pm

Me me me me me!!!!

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Anytime is fine so long as once it's set it stays pretty set.

What a generous and hospitable old Hector you are Penski!

(Assuming, this is, I'm still employed and they're still being mad enough to give me those delightful little surprises in the bank each month.)

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PostSubject: 2014 ASJ Get Together   Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:01 am


How nice of you to invite us all, Penski. It sounds brilliant. I wish I could come - but I'm writing from half a world away. - But looking forward to hearing all about it later from everybody who is lucky enough to go.

Sure you'll all have a great time!
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:31 pm

I was a year too early! Shocked 

...which means unfortunately I wont be able to wrangle a way to get out there again next year. Dang and blast it! Mad 

However...I couldn't recommend such a trip more highly. Anyone going over to Penski-land will have an awesome and amazing time and will never want to leave again. I am completely and utterly jealous of everyone planning on going over next year because it will be fantastic. Very Happy  cool 

Be forewarned, though - you're all gonna be havin' yourselves such a mighty fine and busy time an all that you wont notice me sneaking off with the odd ex-outlaw in tow to console myself with and ease the pain that envy causes. sm 

I mean - well, you wouldn't want me to get bored while you're over there enjoying yourselves now, would you. lol2 

Wish I could come too. What fun. grouphug 
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:20 pm

I'm with you, Allegra. I'm afraid all of my travel in the next years will be for work or family, not that those aren't good. I've still never gotten to California! Or Wyoming or Montana. Rats! But as Allegra says, there are compensations.
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:23 am

Ready to hear the dates of the get-together...  This took some figurin' out because of a spouse's big birthday on July 1 and wanting a party.

July 6 - 12

Sunday - arriving to the get-together
Monday - San Francisco (Nob Hill and more)
Saturday / Sunday - say good bye

Tuesday - Saturday are not exactly planned out because I want those coming to have a say.  Here are possibilities - let me know in an email or pm or here what you would prefer.

Gold Country - gold panning at Coloma (where gold was discovered), the Gold Bug mine in old Hangtown (now called Placerville), wine tasting

Sacramento - Old Sacramento, indoor train museum, Stanford mansion (Leland Stanford was one the the Big Four railroad men responsible for the transcontinental railroad from West to East), Sutter's Fort

Columbia - Instead of Virginia City, I am contemplating Columbia state park where there are stagecoach rides and, often times, docents acting out different roles like blacksmith.  We would be going through Angel's Camp that hosts the Calaveras Jumping Frog Jubilee (Mark Twain) and could go to the Calaveras Big Trees (sequoias).  It's also close to Sonora where Pete Duel owned land.

Tahoe and Donner - Unfortunately, the Ponderosa ranch is closed, but it's a beautiful drive in the Sierras and around Lake Tahoe.  Would probably go up Interstate 80 and come back Highway 50.  Could stop for some gambling at casinos, if folks are interested.

Gun shooting and cooking over an open fire - We have a friend who is very learned about guns and their history (not like Don in Denver was).  Phil can teach us about the parts of guns, how to clean, the safety, and shooting one so you can see the "kick" of it.  We could show different ASJ gun scenes and have Phil talk about them.  I also have a friend who has cooked over an open fire and uses a dutch oven.  Phil and Frank are thinking the ASJ gals will want to spend a day shooting in the mountains.  I'm thinking a few shots and you'll be done.  Let me know how interested you are in shooting guns.  Phil, by the way, was a drill sergeant in the Army and has been in control of quite a few gun ranges - he won't take not listening on the range, but it will be a very safe environment.

Accommodations - I have two rooms with a single bed and will have two rooms with a double/queen bed.  I can also borrow a motorhome or two to park in the yard for more beds and bathrooms.  Folsom is very close to our house.  The closest hotel is Lake Natoma Inn - http://www.lakenatomainn.com/ for those who may not want to stay at the house.

Meals - I'm planning more continental breakfasts - fruit, cereal, bread, bagel, yogurt.  I have a friend who loves to cook (makes a killer salad) and is very willing to make us dinner a few nights for the price of the food.  We can come home from a day of touring to a wonderful home cooked meal.

Let me know in a pm or email if you're coming and what you want to do.  Also, I'm open, at this point of the planning, to suggestions of other places you want to see.  The nearest airport is Sacramento International (SMF).  We can make arrangements to pick folks up at the airport and bring them to the house.

By the way, I do have Wyatt, a lab/German shepherd mix. If you're allergic to dogs, let me know.

Hope to see you July 6!


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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:50 am

Yeah, I'm not going to be able to go on this one either, unfortunately. Paul doesn't get his vacation time until Sept so June is not going to work.

Maybe next time when Paul has retired our timing will be more flexible. Sounds like a fun trip though.

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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:23 pm

This sounds amazing!  wow  I wish I could go--I am SO jealous!  Mad  But if all goes well, I will be in the middle of my big move so there's just no way.  Can I take a raincheck?  yes  Pretty please???  sm

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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:46 pm

That is so generous and tempting, but there is no way I can manage it. Have a great time, everyone!
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:16 pm

I am interested.

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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Sun Apr 20, 2014 3:12 pm

Penski when you say Folsom is very close to our house. are you suggesting our ladies will stay at the prison? Laughing 


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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:37 am

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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:04 pm

I'm in. I booked the flights.

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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Sat Apr 26, 2014 1:06 am

I'm booked too. So, get the kettle on.

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Just need to get my fresh Esta to let me back in!!
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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:48 am

Finalizing the ASJ Get-Together plans - several will be arriving in one month!

Please let me know if you are definitely coming, either by a pm or email.  Those who have plane tickets need not respond since I know you'll be here.  I also know of one car coming from southern CA.

Any questions about the get-together or concerns or suggestions?

Anyone else?

Penski's  excited   Hope you are too!

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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:17 am

LAST CALL...

Anymore airplane schedules?  Any other cars coming this way besides the one from LA area?

Let me know by Tuesday night, June 10.

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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:36 am

 Wish I was going.  Sad

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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:19 am

Really wish you were coming, too, Frankie!

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PostSubject: Re: 2014 ASJ Get-Together   Sun Jul 13, 2014 7:43 pm

sniff... sniff... Everyone's left and the house is quiet. Thanks to everyone who came and for being so accommodating and easy-going.

We had an authentic cowboy meal one evening and have leftovers. Does anyone want to have / try some hardtack? It can last years, they say. Send me a pm with your address.

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