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"Tailgate" Picnic in Fresno, CA on 7-13-02 (pictures included)
7-14-02

Posted on 07/14/2002 3:59:38 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc

Yesterday in the 105 degree heat (which seemed cool in comparison to Friday's 109 degrees which was a scorcher) fifty FReepers and family got together at Woodward Park in Fresno, California for a "tailgate" picnic dinner and fun!

FReepers who attended were (in alphabetical order):

I hope that I haven't left anybody out, but if I did, please forgive me AND SET ME STRAIGHT! LOL!

To sum it all up, we had a great time! A fabulous time! It couldn't have been better! We visited until the food was ready to eat, Saundra Duffy presented an award that was signed by Mike Briggs to Jim Robinson for his contributions to uniting conservatives and giving us a forum to discuss and promote our cause, we said the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer before eating, we had the most FANTASTIC meal imaginable, we played water games (hm...should I call it that?), and we played this "game" where we took turns telling a little about ourselves and then picking a slip of paper and talking about or doing what was written on it. After all of that, several door prizes were given away.

I am just summing up here you guys. The bottom line was that we had a blast! I hope that each and every one who was there will post some of their memories of what took place at our tailgate picnic yesterday.

A special thanks need to be given to JustAmy and Mama_Bear for their tireless efforts in coordinating the picnic. JKPhoto also has to be thanked for barbecuing the meat. It was perfect! I would like to thank Senorita for being in charge of the door prizes. I just know I am forgetting somebody...I hope not though!

I would like to also thank COB1 for coming here from Texas to be at our tailgate party! That's a long way to come to spend time with little old us! Several FReepers came from the Los Angeles area and from Modesto and San Jose too. You are all wonderful for making this special effort! THANKS!


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Breaking News; US: California; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: fresno; funfunfun; tailgatepicnic
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JustAmy, her son Ron, and FriendAnn:

SiFiPattie and her two adorable Chihuahuas:

Grammy Bear (Mama_Bear's mother):

SiFiPattie's dad, Gordon:

Jim Robinson and CounterCounterCulture:

Diotima:

BadJoe:

Diotima, John Robinson, and Tami:

BADJOE, Diotima, John Robinson, and Tami:

Sheila Robinson:

JustAmy's son, Ron:

JustAmy's husband Leonard:

Gracie1:

Senorita and her husband, Mike:

Chris (from Modesto) and Bob J:

Amerigomag and Gracie1's husband, Carlos:

More pictures to follow.....

1 posted on 07/14/2002 3:59:39 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc
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Java Man and Brock:

Mama_Bear and Java Man:

Chadsworth and his wife, Ladyinred:

Clovis Skeptic and his wife and daughter:

COB1:

SiFiPattie's two chihuahuas who really will look at the camera if you say "Want a cookie". LOL!

Maccabee-AJB:

Lager and his wife, Saundra Duffy:

Cool Guy, what on earth were you saying as I snapped this picture? LOL! I think it must have been something like, "Oh no, we are almost out of ice cold water!""

Mtngrl@vrwc:

Diotima and Bob J:

Diver Dave:

Notpoliticallycorewrecked:

JKPhoto and Java Man:

JKPhoto:

Mtngrl's daughter, Julie:

Gracie1's son:

And last but not least, Chris Robinson:


2 posted on 07/14/2002 4:15:39 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
Wonderful pictures. My thanks to all who participated.
3 posted on 07/14/2002 4:22:41 PM PDT by whoever
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; American Preservative; Amerigomag; areafiftyone; BADJOE; Beep; Billie; ...
If anybody would like to be added to or deleted from my ping list, please let me know.

TO EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED THE TAILGATE PICNIC, PLEASE ADD YOUR COMMENTS!!! We want to hear what you have to say!

4 posted on 07/14/2002 4:23:05 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
Great photos! We had a blast!!! Cool Guy has some explaining to do . . . For victory & freedom!!!
5 posted on 07/14/2002 4:24:45 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
Great pictures Mountain Girl! See you next time.
6 posted on 07/14/2002 4:27:24 PM PDT by lager
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
Yahoo! Wasn't it fun?!!! I just wish more FReepers had been able to make it. Thanks again for the photo gallery. For victory & freedom!!!
7 posted on 07/14/2002 4:27:36 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
Thanks for the great photos. Sandy and I had a nice time up there. You all were so hospitable. The Freep and dinner on Friday afternoon and evening were enjoyable. The picnic on Saturday was nice. All around, we had a great time in Fresno.

Sandy loves the scarf and I the WTC pin. Thanks so much.

D1

I'll post some photos later tonight.

8 posted on 07/14/2002 4:30:52 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: DoughtyOne
I missed getting any pictures of you and your wife yesterday! I am so sorry! :-/

I did get a couple of really good ones Friday night though. And I am sure JKPhoto will have a bunch to add.

Can't wait to see yours!

9 posted on 07/14/2002 4:33:22 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
By the way, jkphoto cooked up the best tri-tip I have ever had in my life. Thank you Jeff.

And, thank you God for the great breeze that kept us comfortable on a very hot day.

Cool Guy had a good time, as usual. Only someone as cool as Cool Guy could pull off all his antics and still be alive.

Counter Counter Culture and his wit was indeed a plus. Alan is the greatest.

10 posted on 07/14/2002 4:33:56 PM PDT by lager
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To: DoughtyOne
Looking forward to seeing your photos. I am anxious to see photo of the Assembly Resolution for Jim Robinson! For victory & freedom!!!
11 posted on 07/14/2002 4:34:26 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy
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To: mtngrl@vrwc; Amerigomag; BADJOE; Bob J; brock; COB1; chadsworth; Clovis_Skeptic; Cool Guy; ...
I've been waiting all day to see these.
ALL of you are some of the best people in the world.
Thank You for making a difference.
God Bless You All.
12 posted on 07/14/2002 4:35:45 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: Jim Robinson; agitator; Bob J; diotima; IronJack; Congressman Billybob; SUSSA; The Shrew; ...
"Tailgate" Free Republic Picnic in Fresno pictures PING!
13 posted on 07/14/2002 4:39:20 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
I wish you could have been there, pal. We even had great decorations - banners, patriotic stuff, etc. And the food!! Best you ever had. My macaroni salad was great but that tri tip. Good Heavens! To die for. For victory & freedom!!!
14 posted on 07/14/2002 4:40:18 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy
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To: mtngrl@vrwc; All
Wonderful, and wonderfuller, mtngrl! All of you should take a bow - all I've been reading on the FR's Finest thread today (and last night) is how wonderful you FResno FReepers are!

Did I say you are wonderful?! Thank you SO MUCH!

15 posted on 07/14/2002 4:46:27 PM PDT by Billie
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
We all had a great time! Thanks to you, JustAmy, Mama_Bear, JKPhoto, Senorita, Saundra Duffy, Lager, FriendAnn, Gracie1, PoliticallyCorewrecked, Brock and all the other members of the FResno Central/Valley Chapter who made these events happpen. Thank you Cool Guy and Counter Counter Culture. And thanks to the victims for being good sports. And thanks to all who attended and especially those from LA and the Bay Area and other surrounding areas who drove in to help us. And thank you COB1. Hurrah for Texas! Great to see you! Special thanks to DiverDave, SiFiPattie and friends from Modesto. I counted 42 people present at one point. Great turnout! Great meeting you all and having an opportunity to visit with you. FReepers are the greatest!
16 posted on 07/14/2002 4:48:04 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson
And I see I missed a few in my unofficial count. I see mtngrl has listed 47 people who attended. Thanks again to everyone for making this a very enjoyable and memorable occasion. I think we did receive several votes, though, for holding next year's Fresno/Central Valley Summer BBQ over in Monterey. I think I could go for that.
17 posted on 07/14/2002 4:58:28 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
The LA Chapter reps had a great time and looking forward to the next one! Thank you all for being so hospitable!
18 posted on 07/14/2002 5:00:57 PM PDT by Bob J
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
It was great to meet you and meet everyone!

The Fresno/Modesto chapter is fantastic, thanks to all the people who put time and effort into the event. The food was delicious.

Extra thanks to Cool Guy for pouring that ice cold water on me, GRRRRR. ;^)

19 posted on 07/14/2002 5:03:04 PM PDT by diotima
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
BTTT...looks like a hoot!! Way to go, Fresno FReepers...MUD
20 posted on 07/14/2002 5:03:29 PM PDT by Mudboy Slim
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Great stuff, cool pics !!

Tailgate picnic...bump !!

Freedom Is Worth Fighting For !!

Molon Labe !!

21 posted on 07/14/2002 5:04:24 PM PDT by blackie
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
I am working on the photos but have to stop to take my mom out for dinner. They should be up later this evening or early in the AM on the "FR's Finest" thread with a link to them from here.

Mama_Bear just told me she will put links to all the photos on both threads.

Thanks for all the comments on the Tri-Tip. I love cooking for people who love eating.

22 posted on 07/14/2002 5:04:47 PM PDT by jkphoto
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Big bumpers! Looked like fun!
23 posted on 07/14/2002 5:06:21 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; COB1; Diver Dave; JustAmy
Thanks for the ping Tonkin. Nice to see you COB, Just Amy and DiverDave. Glad you had such a good day. FRiends are a blessing and it's nice you got to spend some fun time with each other.
24 posted on 07/14/2002 5:08:51 PM PDT by SpookBrat
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To: jkphoto
The Tri-Tips were perfect! Mmmmmm...mmmmm. And thanks for slaving over that hot stove for us all day. And thanks to all who brought the great dishes. Was a wonderful feast.
25 posted on 07/14/2002 5:14:32 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson
Thank you, BIG CHIEF, for making all this possible.
26 posted on 07/14/2002 5:14:36 PM PDT by Cool Guy
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To: jkphoto
Jkphoto, I wanted to thank you for your wonderful pictures the other day too. I snipped one (if that is a problem, just Freepmail me). Thanks MountainGirl for these photos too. They are wonderful, wonderful, wonderful...
27 posted on 07/14/2002 5:15:34 PM PDT by LowOiL
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thanks for the ping, Tonk. I so wish I could have been there. I think my world famous brownies would have melted in that hear. God bless you FReepers.
28 posted on 07/14/2002 5:18:35 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Saundra Duffy
Yahoo! Wasn't it fun?!!! I just wish more FReepers had been able to make it.

It was a BLAST!!!!

I predict that next time more will attend after they hear how much fun this one was. FABULOUS just isn't a descriptive enough word. Can anyone think of one?

29 posted on 07/14/2002 5:19:35 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc
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To: lager; jkphoto
By the way, jkphoto cooked up the best tri-tip I have ever had in my life. Thank you Jeff.

I would like to second that. It was just.....words fail me. It was to die for.

30 posted on 07/14/2002 5:22:10 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
It was my pleasure meeting you, all the Fresno Freepers, their family and the other Freepers who travelled great distances to be part of this fun party. Thank you Fresno Freepers for your hospitality, the wonderful food, for organising this wonderful event and for the fun filled weekend. Thank you BBQ-in-Chief, jkphoto, for the wonderful job you did in the grill and behind the lens.

Thank you Saundra and Lager for your hospitality. I enjoyed my stay at your place and as always, enjoyed hanging out with you and your family.

The party was a lot of fun and I wish we had it more often.

31 posted on 07/14/2002 5:26:10 PM PDT by Cool Guy
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To: diotima; Bob J
It was great to meet you and meet everyone!

Back atcha! It was a pleasure to meet you and I am so glad that you drove clear up here to be here!

32 posted on 07/14/2002 5:26:10 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc
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To: mtngrl@vrwc; All
Great pictures mtngr. I really enjoyed everything yesterday. The food was great and as usual jkphotos tri-tip was out of this world. Being that he is my son-in-law I get to enjoy it at every family barbecue we have and it is always memorable. I so enjoyed meeting all you wonderful people and being able to put faces to the names that I have seen in the canteen and Free Republic. It was a privilege to meet you all.


33 posted on 07/14/2002 5:28:49 PM PDT by Grammy Bear
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To: Cool Guy
Oh, and I am not sure if I thanked you properly yesterday for helping me carry my "Easy-up" and ice chests. I was thinking that it would sure be nice if someone would carry one of them for me, but you picked up and carried BOTH at once! Thanks!

It was such a pleasure to meet you! I found you to be just as cool as everybody says you are. :-D

34 posted on 07/14/2002 5:30:20 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc
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To: DoughtyOne
Can't wait to see your pix, D1. I'm living vicariously through all the great shots of this terrific party!

I don't have long to wait, though, 'cause I'll be going to the big, wild 'n wooly Florida Chapter get-together next Sunday in Boca Raton!

Then YOU guys can live vicariously through OUR photos!

(Oh my, I precariously spelled "vicariously", LOL!)

Leni

35 posted on 07/14/2002 5:34:12 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
Thanks for the report and pics. It fun to see all you folks.
36 posted on 07/14/2002 5:36:15 PM PDT by The Thin Man
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To: MinuteGal
By the way, what IS a "tri-tip"? Is it something you eat, or something you leave on the table for a good waitress?

Must be a California thing and this Florida 'gatorette is dying to know.

Leni

37 posted on 07/14/2002 5:39:34 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal
By the way, what IS a "tri-tip"? Is it something you eat, or something you leave on the table for a good waitress?

Must be a California thing and this Florida 'gatorette is dying to know.

They don't have Tri-tip in Florida?????? One good reason to make sure you don't miss our next tailgate picnic, MG!

38 posted on 07/14/2002 5:42:34 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; mtngrl@vrwc
Thanks mtngrl, what great pictures and what great fun seeing so many happy FReepers in one place. :)

Thanks for the Ping, Tonk :)

39 posted on 07/14/2002 5:44:41 PM PDT by Darlin'
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To: MinuteGal; mtngrl@vrwc
I was just going to ask the same thing. LOL
mtngrl, what is tri-tip ? LOL
40 posted on 07/14/2002 5:48:14 PM PDT by Darlin'
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
Oh, dear! I may never find out what a "tri-tip" is.

I know we don't have it in Florida. Closest I've come is playing a trifecta on a hot tip I got at the dog track.

Leni

41 posted on 07/14/2002 5:50:21 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: mtngrl@vrwc; Mama_Bear; Jim Robinson; Diver Dave; COB1
Great pictures!!! Thanks for the ping so I could experience the fun vicariously, mountaingirl!

btw, why isn't everybody sweating in that heat? :o)

42 posted on 07/14/2002 5:59:59 PM PDT by ohioWfan
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
BTTT What a handsome bunch of party animals! LOL I see Gracie's son came armed and dangerous! LOL
43 posted on 07/14/2002 6:01:09 PM PDT by brat
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
GREAT photos! Thank you so much!

I see BadJoe brought The Chair! =o)

44 posted on 07/14/2002 6:03:30 PM PDT by Budge
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To: ohioWfan
I think it cooled off a bit. On Friday, it hit 109 while we were FReeping. I think it probably did not get much over a hundred yesterday. Besides, we stayed in the cool shade most of the time and we had a nice breeze flowing through the picnic shelter.
45 posted on 07/14/2002 6:04:47 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: MinuteGal
YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN FRESNO WHEN...

1. You have to explain to company from out of town, what animal a "Tri-tip" comes from and that it's indigenous to the area.
2. You buy salsa by the gallon.
3. Drivers think a red traffic light is just a suggestion.
4. All of your out-of-state friends start to visit after October, but clear out before the end of April.
5. Most of the restaurants in town have the first name "El" or "Los"
6. You think 6 tons of crushed rock makes a beautiful yard.
7. You notice your car overheating before you drive it.
8. You no longer associate bridges (or rivers) with water.
9. You see more irrigation water on the street than in the river.
10. You know a swamp cooler is not a happy hour drink.
11. You can say 115 degrees without fainting.
12. Vehicles with open windows have the right-of-way.
13. People break out coats when the temperature drops below 70.
14. You discover, in July, it only takes two fingers to drive your car.
15. You think someone driving wearing oven mitts is clever.
16. The pool can be warmer than you are.
17. You can make sun tea instantly.
18. You run your air conditioner in the middle of winter so you can use your fireplace.
19. People with black cars or upholstery are assumed to be from out-of-town.
20. Hot air balloons can't go up, because the air outside is hotter than the air inside.
21. You realize that Valley Fever isn't a disco dance.
22. The water from the cold water tap is the same temperature as the hot one.
23. It's noon in July, the kids are on summer vacation, and not one person is moving in the streets.
24. You actually burn your hand opening the car door. 25. You notice the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.
46 posted on 07/14/2002 6:06:49 PM PDT by JustAmy
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To: Jim Robinson
I think it cooled off a bit.

LOL! Spoken like a true Californian! I'm from Ohio, Jim, and there's no way that anything over 100 degrees can be called 'cooling off!' (Thursday we had a low of 50 and a high of 78!)

At any rate, I'm glad you had a good time! Looks like fun!

47 posted on 07/14/2002 6:11:47 PM PDT by ohioWfan
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
No cigars?

I know this is California, but really!

ML/NJ

48 posted on 07/14/2002 6:15:27 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
FABULOUS just isn't a descriptive enough word. Can anyone think of one?

Sure I can! GROOVY!

We did have a wonderful time in spite of the heat, and everyone was just so fun and the little brat with the dimples (Cool Guy) made everyone's day! (lol)

JKPhoto can cook for us anytime! I agree, the best tri tip I have ever had too! What does he do? What is his secret marinade? Who will tell us? We must know! LOL

Thanks so much for everyone who worked so hard putting on this "groovy" picnic! All of the food was as good as any Baptist can cook, and the fellowship was just great!

49 posted on 07/14/2002 6:21:34 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
Great report and pictures. Freepers have more fun! So glad all who attended did so and also all who put the work into planning and carrying it out - BRAVO!!!!
50 posted on 07/14/2002 6:21:57 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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