We are about to have our MO gathering again this year. I know there's several been had in the past and more to come but I think these are a vital part of our site and create bonds between folks in "real" life that carry over to the forum, and vica versa!....I bet there is a ton of hilarious antics that have gone on at the gatherings that would not only give us all a laugh, but might encourage members to get to these things if they can! I had only been here about a month and a half when I went to my first gathering and it was just great, we laughed and had a blast the whole time. Sorry if this is not the appropriate place but I couldn't think of a better place for new members to get to read and see how important these are to us as members and friends.... I had only been a member here for about a month as I said and John asked me did I want to go to a "gathering". I had no clue what that even WAS. ( that's one reason I wanted to post it in general so new members would see it and get acquainted with the fact that they exist). After he explained to me what they had planned, I was all for it. I love meeting new people and to talk with them in person after interacting online is really neat! I was so excited! We make all these plans, we make lists and think about what we will donate at the supper for a MONTH.... The day we left, it was still a little cool, so I had John stop at WalMart and bought myself a cheapo jogging suit. We packed up, had a truck and boat full of stuff, and got to Trumann Park at about 11/12 oclock and set up camp. We milled around there meeting everyone that was coming in and John had his friend, Robert, stay at the campsite with us since his wife couldn't be there. John and Robert got ready to hit the lake and John said, " Hey get my old shoes outta the clothes bag, would you?" I went in the tent, and no bag. I said, "well if you would unpack it, it would be helpful", in my sarcastic way. I walk to the boat and look in it...no bag...I go to the truck and look in it...NO CLOTHES. "JOHNNNNNNN FISHER!!!!", I holler loud enough for everyone on Raccoon Ridge to hear! "You were the last one in the house checking to see if we got our things!! Did you not pick up the duffel bag in the bedroom???" "UMMMMMM I guess not." John is lookin everywhere for the clothes, while I am having a mild stroke. "Well," says I, " I don't know what you are gonna do, but I have what's on my back and a new jogging suit". This year I think I will Check behind Johnny Bob, the great outdoorsman and make dern sure I got my clothes! Streakin around the campgrounds in front of 50 people was NOT on my agenda and I really don't wanna scare the other members at the gathering this year....:wink: I have yet to live this one down! Luckily the campgrounds did have washers, dryers and showers. Saved my butt LITERALLY!!!! :smile2::smile2::smile2: **** New Members: You can find out more information about gatherings in your area and state under MEMBER GATHERINGS which is a heading all of it own on the main navagation page of the forum.