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Title: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on December 12, 2018, 06:30:00 PM
     The time is nearing for our annual mini Rally in Central Florida.  We are looking at January 23rd, 2019 at the Olive Garden in Lakeland.  All are welcome but we would like some feedback as to your intention of joining us.  Every year it seems to attract more and we would like to continue to see it grow.
     Please let us know if you can make it.

Ed & Rene

Forgot to mention, it is a lunch event, for 12 noon
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Back2PA on December 12, 2018, 06:44:58 PM
There is a chance I could make that. Won't know until a few days prior
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on December 12, 2018, 07:11:34 PM
   Love to have you there, keep in touch.

Ed
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: NY_Dutch on December 12, 2018, 07:12:54 PM
We'll be about 240 miles away at Crooked River SP just over the line in GA then, so it won't work out for us this time. Eventually we'll be just ~30 miles away from Lakeland at Alafia River SP, but that won't be until early March.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Back2PA on December 12, 2018, 07:17:09 PM
Forgot to mention, it is a lunch event, for 12 noon


That actually increases the chances. I'm about 3.5 hrs away and that makes it doable in a day
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Back2PA on December 12, 2018, 07:23:06 PM
    at the Olive Garden in Lakeland


Looks like there's two, which one?
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: J32952 on December 13, 2018, 03:31:57 AM
Being newbie (to both RV & this forum) what’s a mini rally? 
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Back2PA on December 13, 2018, 05:11:22 AM
Being newbie (to both RV & this forum) what’s a mini rally?


We call them mini rallies when a small number of members meet. Sometimes it's planned, sometimes not. Could be as small as two members finding out they're in the same town and meeting for dinner. This as opposed to rallies such as Quartzsite which are quite large and planned well in advance.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on December 13, 2018, 06:31:18 AM
    As for the term mini Rally, it often also implies a joint meal but no other activities.  It offer an opportunity to meet other forum members.
    It would be the northern one just off I 4, nearby previous mini rally locations, here is the web directions: https://www.olivegarden.com/locations/fl/lakeland/lakeland-mall-us-highway-98/1033?cmpid=br:og_ag:ie_ch:dry_ca:OGGMB_dt:20181212_sn:gmb_gt:lakeland-fl-1033_pl:locurl_rd:1016

Ed
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Rene T on December 13, 2018, 07:08:00 AM
I'll be giving more detailed instructions on how to get there soon.
 
If you do plan on attending, could you please PM me with your 1st name and the name of anyone else attending and where you live. Winter and summer. That information will not be given out to anyone. It will be used during the rally just to introduce you to the other attendees. Thanks.

This will be our 4th mini rally held in Lakeland FL. Lakeland was chosen because it was centrally located in FL, hoping to get many members to attend. Last year we had 13 members attend (which includes significant others) so we're hoping to have more this year. If it looks like the date may conflict with someone attending like a doctors appointment, we may be able to make adjustments. Nothing is etched in stone yet so letting us know ASAP will really help. It would be great to know as the date get's closer if you'll be attending just so I can give the restaurant a head count. Thanks.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Rene T on December 13, 2018, 12:22:16 PM
From the East on I-4, take Exit 32 for US 98 North. At the end of the ramp, take a right. Go about 1/4 of a mile (through 2 green lights) and on the right you'll see Smokey Bones and Olive Garden will be the next building. Take the right after Olive Garden in order to get to the parking lot.

From the West on I-4, take Exit 32 for US 98 North. At the end of the ramp, take a left. Go about 1/4 of a mile (through 2 green lights) and on the right you'll see Smokey Bones and Olive Garden will be the next building. Take the right after Olive Garden in order to get to the parking lot.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on December 13, 2018, 01:25:10 PM
     Rene, if the lights are red, I advise people stop until it turns green  ;) :D

Ed
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Rene T on December 13, 2018, 01:40:55 PM
     Rene, if the lights are red, I advise people stop until it turns green  ;) :D

Ed

 >:( :-[ :'( (:( (:( (:(
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Dream Chasers on December 14, 2018, 08:01:09 PM
Both of us will be there. Looking forward to seeing everyone again. We live year-round in Polk City, Floida.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Rene T on December 14, 2018, 09:49:19 PM
Both of us will be there. Looking forward to seeing everyone again. We live year-round in Polk City, Floida.

Have you down as a yes. Looking forward to seeing you guys again.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Alpena Jeff on December 14, 2018, 09:54:52 PM
Maybe next year Rene. Feels like I already know most of you although we have not met.
Got a priority issue right now.
Enjoy, Jeff
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Rene T on December 14, 2018, 10:00:59 PM
Maybe next year Rene. Feels like I already know most of you although we have not met.
Got a priority issue right now.
Enjoy, Jeff

Yes we know Jeff. Take care.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Back2PA on December 15, 2018, 03:09:48 AM
Got a priority issue right now.


Sorry about your 'little nuisance' Jeff. Hoping you can make a Florida swing once you hit the road
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Rene T on December 19, 2018, 06:54:04 PM
Just wanted to bring this post back up to the top.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: SusanV on December 19, 2018, 07:08:59 PM
We're not sure if we count yet, but we'd like to attend. If that's okay, it would be two of us. We live in the Orlando area.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Dream Chasers on December 19, 2018, 07:13:40 PM
Anyone that is a member of this forum and wants to meet us is welcome. Looking forward to meeting you in person.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on December 19, 2018, 07:54:26 PM
     We just want to put faces to those we meet in the forum, and to re-aquaint people we have met over the years.  Unfortunately it is the only time we get together now on the east coast.
     So, once again, all who can come, we want you to come.

Ed
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Rene T on December 19, 2018, 08:02:53 PM
We're not sure if we count yet, but we'd like to attend. If that's okay, it would be two of us. We live in the Orlando area.

We would love to have you come. If you decide to come, just shoot me a PM with your first names, forum name and where you live. This info will not be given out to anyone. It's only used to introduce you to everyone at the rally.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on January 06, 2019, 07:31:33 AM
      Just to bring this string to the top of the board again, if you are anywhere near central Florida, we are having our annual Mini Rally on   January 23, in Lakeland at the Olive Garden just off of I4 at noon.  It is a great opportunity to meet or greet Forum Framily.
      See you there.

Ed & Rene
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Dragginourbedaround on January 06, 2019, 09:29:09 AM
Eileen and I will try to be there. When do you need a confirmed head count?
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Rene T on January 06, 2019, 11:39:03 AM
Eileen and I will try to be there. When do you need a confirmed head count?

2 or 3 days before would be fine. Just send me a PM with the 1st names, Forum name and where you're from. Thanks. Hope to see you
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: RedandSilver on January 08, 2019, 06:44:11 PM
My Fathers is coming down to FL (I'm already here) next Monday.

If he's up for it we will attend.  I'll let you know after I know something.

Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Rene T on January 08, 2019, 07:39:43 PM
My Fathers is coming down to FL (I'm already here) next Monday.

If he's up for it we will attend.  I'll let you know after I know something.

OK Karl. Thanks. Will he ride on the Red and Silver?
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: RedandSilver on January 11, 2019, 09:01:05 AM
OK Karl. Thanks. Will he ride on the Red and Silver?

No motorcycling for him this time.  He will be renting a car so we'll arrive in that.

I know another couple that own a 5th wheel and they will come too.

SO put me down for 4 people.

See you on the 23rd at noon.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Back2PA on January 11, 2019, 09:07:14 AM
Rene,

Seems like this isn't going to be a "mini" rally - what's your tentative head count so far?
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on January 11, 2019, 01:14:38 PM
     Scott, Rene is away on a cruise, so he likely won't be able to answer until he gets home.  However, on the Virtual Campfire Wednesday, he said there were 7 confirmed, and 4 likelies/will see.  Plus there are a few regulars who have yet to respond.  If memory serves me correctly, we had 11 last year.
     All that to say, the reference to it being "Mini", is really to the fact that it is a luncheon only, no RV's.  And it really is the more the merrier.  Plus, it seems to be the only gathering in the east of Framily.

Ed
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Back2PA on January 11, 2019, 03:39:39 PM
     Scott, Rene is away on a cruise, so he likely won't be able to answer until he gets home.  However, on the Virtual Campfire Wednesday, he said there were 7 confirmed, and 4 likelies/will see.  Plus there are a few regulars who have yet to respond.  If memory serves me correctly, we had 11 last year.
     All that to say, the reference to it being "Mini", is really to the fact that it is a luncheon only, no RV's.  And it really is the more the merrier.  Plus, it seems to be the only gathering in the east of Framily.

Ed


Thanks Ed, just curious. Re "mini", yes, I was just kidding around  ;) :D


Looking forward to it
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: wackymac on January 11, 2019, 04:04:43 PM
Can't make it this year Rene.  Too much stuff going on that day.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Rene T on January 14, 2019, 05:51:18 PM
No motorcycling for him this time.  He will be renting a car so we'll arrive in that.

I know another couple that own a 5th wheel and they will come too.

SO put me down for 4 people.

See you on the 23rd at noon.

Got it Karl.
Right now we have 9 confirmed. Still waiting to hear from a couple of others.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: catblaster on January 14, 2019, 07:14:05 PM
   I was holding out to see if one of my Doctors would schedule me for a visit (none scheduled) and it doesn't look like I will be getting chemo like last year  soooooo you can count Jane and I to be there.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Rene T on January 14, 2019, 07:15:35 PM
   I was holding out to see if one of my Doctors would schedule me for a visit (none scheduled) and it doesn't look like I will be getting chemo like last year  soooooo you can count Jane and I to be there.

Thanks Will. Have you seen Tom?

So far, 13. Last year we had 12.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: catblaster on January 14, 2019, 07:25:39 PM
Thanks Will. Have you seen Tom?

So far, 13. Last year we had 12.

I havent seen him in a few months..
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on January 15, 2019, 07:33:51 AM
     Rene, he has not responded to my PM.  Hope he is ok

Ed
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Rene T on January 15, 2019, 07:43:49 AM
     Rene, he has not responded to my PM.  Hope he is ok

Ed

He's responding to posts. He did this morning.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: SeilerBird on January 15, 2019, 07:44:05 AM
     Rene, he has not responded to my PM.  Hope he is ok

Ed
Yes did respond to your PM. I am ok.

Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Rene T on January 15, 2019, 07:45:41 AM
Yes did respond to your PM. I am ok.

So you are coming Tom?
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: SeilerBird on January 15, 2019, 08:32:53 AM
Nope I am not coming.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Rene T on January 15, 2019, 11:01:14 AM
Nope I am not coming.

Sorry to hear that Tom. I was looking forward to seeing you again.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on January 15, 2019, 01:08:25 PM
     Tom, for what it is worth, I just checked and there is no response PM from you.
     How are we going to document our Rally without the official photographer there, you will be missed.

Ed
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: jackiemac on January 20, 2019, 03:14:05 PM
Hope you guys have a lovely time at your lunch this week....  Wish I could be there   ;D
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on January 20, 2019, 03:17:10 PM
      Jackie, I'll post a doggy box to you if there are any leftovers ;)  But sorry there likely won't be any  :(

Ed
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: jackiemac on January 20, 2019, 03:17:48 PM
      Jackie, I'll post a doggy box to you if there are any leftovers ;)  But sorry there likely won't be any  :(

Ed

LOL, I think it might go off before it reached me...
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Back2PA on January 20, 2019, 04:31:12 PM
Hope you guys have a lovely time at your lunch this week....  Wish I could be there   ;D


I'm just going for the breadsticks  ;)
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Rene T on January 20, 2019, 04:39:33 PM

I'm just going for the breadsticks  ;)

And the salad.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: jackiemac on January 20, 2019, 05:53:32 PM
Having never eaten at an Olive Garden, I can only assume you are going for the Olives....
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Back2PA on January 20, 2019, 06:00:42 PM
Having never eaten at an Olive Garden, I can only assume you are going for the Olives....


https://m.olivegarden.com/menu-listing/dinner (https://m.olivegarden.com/menu-listing/dinner)


No room for olives
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Rene T on January 20, 2019, 06:30:05 PM
Having never eaten at an Olive Garden, I can only assume you are going for the Olives....

Olives. YUKKKKKKKKKKK.  (:( (:( (:( (:( (:( (:(
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Larry N. on January 20, 2019, 07:24:38 PM
Having never eaten at an Olive Garden, I can only assume you are going for the Olives....
In all the times I've eaten at Olive Garden, the only olives I've found are the two black olives in each bowl of the large salad with dinner.

Quote
Olives. YUKKKKKKKKKKK.  (:( (:( (:( (:( (:( (:(

Olives! Mmmmmmmmmm, good!  :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :))
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: jackiemac on January 21, 2019, 02:53:39 AM
Wow, I am currently on a weight loss plan and some of those dishes are double or more than double my daily allowance!  Look good though.

Enjoy...
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on January 21, 2019, 08:39:50 AM
     Surely the all you can eat salad is on your diet, with or without olives.  It is an ok place for lunch, but far from a favourite for supper.

Ed
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: jackiemac on January 21, 2019, 04:32:13 PM
     Surely the all you can eat salad is on your diet, with or without olives.  It is an ok place for lunch, but far from a favourite for supper.

Ed
I am supposed to be eating a total of 800 calories a day, not sure I am sticking to that number but have lost 5 pounds in a few weeks so I am happy about that.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Gizmo100 on January 21, 2019, 05:17:54 PM
I am supposed to be eating a total of 800 calories a day, not sure I am sticking to that number but have lost 5 pounds in a few weeks so I am happy about that.

Dozen Baked Bread-sticks 140 cal...Would someone send that young lady some bread-sticks please ;)
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: SeilerBird on January 21, 2019, 05:32:40 PM
I am supposed to be eating a total of 800 calories a day, not sure I am sticking to that number but have lost 5 pounds in a few weeks so I am happy about that.
800 calories a day?  :o :o :o I do that before breakfast. ;D
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: jackiemac on January 21, 2019, 05:37:10 PM
It's easier than it sounds.... ;D
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Rene T on January 22, 2019, 02:05:57 PM
Looks like we'll have 15 for the rally tomorrow. Anyone interested can still PM me.
Olive Garden, No. Lakeland FL,  12:00 noon.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on January 22, 2019, 03:54:51 PM
    See you all there tomorrow.

Ed & Donna
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Back2PA on January 22, 2019, 04:48:15 PM
 :)) :D
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Jeff on January 22, 2019, 05:03:04 PM
Have a great time.


From all of us at Quartzsite.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Back2PA on January 22, 2019, 05:34:24 PM
Olive Garden, No. Lakeland FL,  12:00 noon.


Sounds like an invitation to the OK Corral. Better bring my six shooter   ;)
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Larry N. on January 22, 2019, 06:06:51 PM

Sounds like an invitation to the OK Corral. Better bring my six shooter   ;)
I bet a salad shooter would be adequate...  ::) 8) ;D
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on January 22, 2019, 06:16:06 PM
     Actually I think a "rum shooter" would be the most appropriate and enjoyable.

Ed
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Back2PA on January 22, 2019, 06:18:16 PM
I bet a salad shooter would be adequate...  ::) 8) ;D


LOL. Survivors of OK Corral in their retirement years
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Gizmo100 on January 22, 2019, 06:21:55 PM

Sounds like an invitation to the OK Corral. Better bring my six shooter   ;)
     Actually I think a "rum shooter" would be the most appropriate and enjoyable.

Ed

I bet a salad shooter would be adequate...  ::) 8) ;D


LOL. Survivors of OK Corral in their retirement years


The Olive Garden may never be the same....

Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Back2PA on January 23, 2019, 08:08:28 PM
Had a great time at the Lakeland mini rally today - it was wonderful meeting everyone and putting names to faces
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: kdbgoat on January 24, 2019, 04:16:20 AM
Great lookin' bunch! Now, who's who?
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on January 24, 2019, 04:34:12 AM
       I'll post the names a bit later, we did some visiting in Kissimmee and didn't get back until late.

Ed
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Alpena Jeff on January 24, 2019, 04:49:05 AM
Where I come from the guy at the head of the table picks up the tab.
Scott, feel free to expense that against the Forum general fund.
I hope to join this raggedy bunch next year!
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: SeilerBird on January 24, 2019, 05:00:52 AM
All you people in snow country should notice everyone is wearing shorts. 8)
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Back2PA on January 24, 2019, 05:05:41 AM
Where I come from the guy at the head of the table picks up the tab.
Scott, feel free to expense that against the Forum general fund.
I hope to join this raggedy bunch next year!


Given the generous salary we at the forum are allotted I'm happy to pickup the tab!  ;) ;D


Look forward to seeing you next year Jeff
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Dragginourbedaround on January 24, 2019, 07:32:20 AM
Had a great time at the Lakeland mini rally today - it was wonderful meeting everyone and putting names to faces
X2 Couldn't have asked for a better day!
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Rene T on January 24, 2019, 07:50:05 AM
Put the tab on my account on account I'm broke.  :o ??? ::) :-\ :'( ;D
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: jackiemac on January 24, 2019, 11:28:45 AM
Put the tab on my account on account I'm broke.  :o ??? ::) :-\ :'( ;D
You definitely look better from this angle Rene... 😂😂😝
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on January 24, 2019, 12:48:26 PM
      Lets try to put names to faces, starting from the left side of the picture:  Rene & Lucille (Rene T), Sheryl (Dream Chasers), Gene & Eileen (Dragginourbedaround), Gerry & Margaret (potential Framily), Scott (Back2PA), Karl (RedandSilver), Jim (Karl's dad), Will & Jane (Catblaster), Donna & Ed (HFX_CDN).
      As others have said, it is great to meet people that we have only met online in the Forum.  We chatted about RVing, and about Framily that we have met over the years.  It is a shame that there are no longer any actual rallies in the east, but I'm sure there will be again.
      Planning has already begun for next year's Mini Rally.

Ed & Rene
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Rene T on January 24, 2019, 04:53:14 PM
Good job Ed. Thanks and thanks to everyone who made it a success. Till next year, safe travels to all.
Title: Re: Florida mini Rally
Post by: Dream Chasers on January 24, 2019, 07:30:13 PM
I had a great time. Bobby was sad to have missed it and hopes to join everyone next year.