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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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To: mtngrl@vrwc; Clovis_Skeptic
BTW: Clovis_Skeptics daughter is my niece, lucky kid was even named after me! (lol) Isn't she just gorgeous? But of course! (VBG)

Chadsworth will add our few puney pictures as soon as he remembers how! So hold your breath, and cross your fingers! We have a really good one of BAD JOE!
51 posted on 07/14/2002 6:25:56 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
No one looks like they are hot or sweaty!!! Do you have a different 100' than East coast 100'?

The pictures are all wonderful! Good shots, good camera and great subjects!

I'd like to know what some of those little slips of paper said. ------or do I?

52 posted on 07/14/2002 6:29:33 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: Jim Robinson; mtngrl@vrwc; senorita; Mama_Bear; notpoliticallycorewrecked; gracie1; Cool Guy; ...
My pictures from Friday's Rally. I will post dinner and picnic pics later.

gracie1 and FriendAnn


FriendAnn


CounterCounterCulture


Cool Guy


gracie1 and Jim Robinson


Saundra Duffy


senorita


lager


Doughty1


Sandy and Doughty1


jkphoto

53 posted on 07/14/2002 6:31:59 PM PDT by JustAmy
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Great photos, thanks for the ping.
54 posted on 07/14/2002 6:34:57 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thanks Brian for the Ping! i would have drove down out of the "greenie zone" if I were in the northwet....but am stuck over in Mesquite,Nevada for a bit(and it's REALLY HOT here).

Happy to see a great turn out for a Freepin' good time!

55 posted on 07/14/2002 6:38:58 PM PDT by Issaquahking
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
Great pic's, nice to put faces to names.
56 posted on 07/14/2002 6:46:08 PM PDT by Great Dane
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To: MinuteGal
Tri Tip is a cut of beef that is very popular here in California. It originated in Santa Maria,Calif. It is I understand, comparable to Brisket of Beef. But there is a slight difference. Hope that helps!
57 posted on 07/14/2002 6:46:23 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: Exit148
No one looks like they are hot or sweaty!!! Do you have a different 100' than East coast 100'?

Oh we sweated allright. Or we would have if Cool Guy hadn't continually cooled us all off!

Actually it was 105 degrees but it didn't seem like it because of a nice breeze that was a God send.

I'd like to know what some of those little slips of paper said. ------or do I?

LOL! Mine said "Imitate the face you think that Hillary made when she was booed in NYC". Others will have to share what theirs said. (Mine was a really easy one, some were not so easy!)

58 posted on 07/14/2002 6:48:12 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
bttt - thanks so much guyz! For everything.
59 posted on 07/14/2002 6:49:56 PM PDT by lodwick
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To: Exit148
We have the famous dry heat, no humidity! That is the difference. I think the offical high was 105 yesterday!
60 posted on 07/14/2002 6:50:03 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: ladyinred
The only disappointment yesterday was not being able to sample your "World Famous Brownies." :^)
61 posted on 07/14/2002 6:51:50 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Diver Dave
I promise my world famous brownies next function!
It was just too hot to bake them, and I sure wouldn't have wanted them to melt and destroy the fabulous wonderfulness of them! :)
62 posted on 07/14/2002 6:53:19 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
best tri-tip I have ever had in my life.

Someone please explain.......... what is tri-tip. ?

63 posted on 07/14/2002 6:53:30 PM PDT by Great Dane
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To: Great Dane
Someone please explain.......... what is tri-tip. ?

Wow, some of the things we take so for granted...

See reply #57, please! Ladyinred has been so kind as to explain it quite well. ;-)

64 posted on 07/14/2002 6:56:30 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc
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To: mtngrl@vrwc

Looks like you guys had a wonderful time.

65 posted on 07/14/2002 7:03:55 PM PDT by Militiaman7
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
I LOVE FREEPERS !
66 posted on 07/14/2002 7:06:27 PM PDT by ChadGore
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To: ladyinred; COB1; jkphoto; Diver Dave; Clovis_Skeptic; All
Pictures of Tailgate follow (no good pictures from the dinner ;-/ )

BobJ; COB1; FriendAnn


Chris


BobJ, COB1 and Diotima


SiFiPatty and her babies


Cool Guy (looks like someone else was armed), diotima and BobJ


JustAmy and COB1

67 posted on 07/14/2002 7:07:03 PM PDT by JustAmy
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To: Jim Robinson; Saundra Duffy; Grammy Bear; Amerigomag
Ping for Tailgate pictures. We had a hot time in Fresno yesterday. I am still moving at only half speed. LOL
68 posted on 07/14/2002 7:12:28 PM PDT by JustAmy
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To: Snow Bunny; AntiJen; Beep; Dave Dilegge; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Ping for Tailgate pictures. We had a hot time in Fresno yesterday. I am still moving at only half speed. LOL
69 posted on 07/14/2002 7:14:06 PM PDT by JustAmy
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; SassyMom; Elkiejg; Syncro; Bob Evans
Ping for Tailgate pictures. We had a hot time in Fresno yesterday. I am still moving at only half speed. LOL
70 posted on 07/14/2002 7:15:13 PM PDT by JustAmy
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To: CounterCounterCulture; ontherightside; BADJOE; WillaJohns
Ping for Tailgate pictures. We had a hot time in Fresno yesterday. I am still moving at only half speed. LOL
71 posted on 07/14/2002 7:15:48 PM PDT by JustAmy
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To: Budge; CA Libertarian; SiFiPattie; CheneyChick; homeschool mama; BullDog108
Ping for Tailgate pictures. We had a hot time in Fresno yesterday. I am still moving at only half speed. LOL
72 posted on 07/14/2002 7:16:18 PM PDT by JustAmy
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To: MistyCA; RaceBannon; ppaul; Vets_Husband_and_Wife; Auntie Mame; GatorGirl
Ping for Tailgate pictures. We had a hot time in Fresno yesterday. I am still moving at only half speed. LOL
73 posted on 07/14/2002 7:16:47 PM PDT by JustAmy
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To: JustAmy
*HUG*
74 posted on 07/14/2002 7:17:18 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: mr1776; lodwick; Victoria Delsoul; daisyscarlett; SpookBrat; ClaraSuzanne
Ping for Tailgate pictures. We had a hot time in Fresno yesterday. I am still moving at only half speed. LOL
For those of you unable to make it to Fresno, we missed you and you missed a great party!
75 posted on 07/14/2002 7:18:09 PM PDT by JustAmy
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To: JustAmy
Thanks Amy for posting your pictures. We don't have many, but they are coming!
76 posted on 07/14/2002 7:18:37 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: Jim Robinson
Geez, Chris hasn't changed a bit. Don't you feed him?
77 posted on 07/14/2002 7:22:58 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Wish you could have made it. We had a fantastic time; maybe next time you will be able to join us. Thanks for all you do for our military!!
GOD Bless our Military and GOD Bless America

78 posted on 07/14/2002 7:23:03 PM PDT by JustAmy
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To: COB1
Get over here when you get back! The pictures are coming the pictures are coming!
79 posted on 07/14/2002 7:23:18 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: JustAmy; MinuteGal
Thanks for the ping. I'm so sorry to have missed out....

For MinuteGal:

TRI TIP

Cheers, CC :)

80 posted on 07/14/2002 7:23:31 PM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
Looks like a great gathering of FReepers. Thanks for sharing via such fabulous pictures and putting names and photos together for the rest of us.
81 posted on 07/14/2002 7:27:41 PM PDT by Angelwood
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To: CheneyChick
Thanks Cheney/Chick!
We missed you yesterday!

Forgot to add my other tri tip trivia. It was first introduced by Harris Ranch Beef company, who have farms in Fresno area and Santa Maria!

Gee, isn't it weird that I know this? LOL!
82 posted on 07/14/2002 7:28:20 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: JustAmy
You buy salsa by the gallon.

Being in the northeast is so horrible. They have all this "mild" salsa. Or, as I like to call it -- ketchup.

83 posted on 07/14/2002 7:30:27 PM PDT by AmishDude
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To: CheneyChick; gonzo
Ooooo, that good ole western beef looks mighty tasty. Bet it beats the roadkill filets and egret thighs they pass off as prime beef here in Florida, LOL!

Leni

84 posted on 07/14/2002 7:35:24 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Buuump!
85 posted on 07/14/2002 7:38:28 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: JustAmy
"maybe next time you will be able to join us"

I am now the ONLY qualified Radio Watchstander in the Coast Guard Auxiliary up here.
The other radio watchstander is moving out of state.
The Coast Guard base is REALLY short handed and when I am on watch
it frees up at least one regular Coast Guard to do something else.
Maybe the next one could be up here. LOL
At least it's always great weather in summer.
86 posted on 07/14/2002 7:39:49 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
I am so mad about having to miss this I could spit nails~!
87 posted on 07/14/2002 7:44:46 PM PDT by goodieD
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
I'll ask Jim if we can have it there instead of Monterey next year. LOL

88 posted on 07/14/2002 7:46:05 PM PDT by JustAmy
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To: JustAmy
Enjoyed reading about your fun picnic. Let us know when you find out what was in that marinade.
89 posted on 07/14/2002 7:53:06 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Freedom'sWorthIt
What a thrill to see the Fresno Freepers and Freeper Friends in action, setting an example for all the rest of us!
Thanks, mtngrl, and all the others who will be adding coverage to 'share' the experiences.

Thank you, Tonk, for the ping ~ ~ ~

90 posted on 07/14/2002 7:54:18 PM PDT by LadyX
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To: mtngrl@vrwc; Mama_Bear; JustAmy; Jim Robinson; All
Great pictures mtngrl and thanks for posting them. The only thing better than the pics was being there to join the fun and fellowship with like-minded folks.

It was well worth the 100 mile drive down under the afternoon sun. I had to use my "TD" (top-down) air conditioner for the trip since the regular AC isn't working. Besides, it gave me a chance to make an "entrance" when I arrived with Old Glory waving in the breeze as I drove up that incline to the picnic area. Kinda like Teddy Roosevelt charging into battle with the Rough Riders, only I was charging into a grate time with everyone at the picnic.

The perspiration was rolling off like sweat as I drove across Herndon Rd., but those cold drinks and the breeze blowing though the picnic shelter made the 100+ degree temp feel very comfortable.

It was so wonderful to meet face to face the folks behind these screen names and renew FRiendship from the FReeping days in Modesto.

It was absolutely wonderful to witness Jim Robinson receiving the Resolution from the California Assemblyman and State Senator. Just imagine folks, JimRob gets honored by the Democrat Controlled State Legislature - Cool!

I'm so glad I was able to be there with all of you. Recovery period of all the fun should only take a week, LOL.

Time to step away and let the rest make their comments.

Thank You Central Valley of California Chapter of FReeRepublic.com. I'm proud to be a card-carrying member.

91 posted on 07/14/2002 7:58:12 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Saundra Duffy; lager
Thanks for being such kind and generous hosts. You're my home away from home.
92 posted on 07/14/2002 7:59:37 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
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To: Jim Robinson; All
It was a lot of fun. I was one of the few lucky ones that wasn't "honored" by Cool Guy.

My husband and I agreed that it was the best Tri-tip we have ever had. I think that my husband managed to get part of the secret recipe out of JK.

My youngest is outside blowing the bubbles from his door prize. He is currently going through my kitchen trying to find unsual bubble makers. The candy was comsumed at lunch.

I'll try to find something to wear that will go with my new flag pin for my next Freep.

My questions was "what I would like to see Janet Reno do next? My reply was for her to take her truck tour and just keep right on going......

P.S. Jim L'm NOTpoliticallycorewrecked

93 posted on 07/14/2002 8:03:47 PM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked
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To: JustAmy; Mama_Bear
Thanks for all the work y'awl put into this. It's often a thankless task to organize any kind of get-together. Rounding up FReepers like this must have been like herding cats. ;-)
94 posted on 07/14/2002 8:04:36 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
Oops. Please pardon the typo. Sorry.
95 posted on 07/14/2002 8:05:44 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. You always do awesome threads. Can't wait for the next get-together.
96 posted on 07/14/2002 8:05:56 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
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To: JustAmy
Thanks for more Friday pics. Looks like I'm doing my black power pose. LOL! Fight the power!
97 posted on 07/14/2002 8:14:01 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
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To: CounterCounterCulture
You always do awesome threads. Can't wait for the next get-together.

Thanks for the kind words, Cx3!

I can't wait for the next picnic either. I had a blast yesterday!

BTW, were the water pistols your idea or Cool Guy's? They were just the perfect thing to help us keep cool!

98 posted on 07/14/2002 8:15:00 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
The pistols weren't my idea...although next time we should upgrade to super-soakers (Cool Guy is a one-man super-soaker, as you could tell). ;-)
99 posted on 07/14/2002 8:22:15 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
Good Job...It's great to put a face to all you folks. Where was this meeting of great minds held. I spent the first 21 years of my life in Western Fresno County. Left in 1954 for Eureka but I get down there once in awhile to visit family. I think the heat would do me in now.
100 posted on 07/14/2002 8:23:41 PM PDT by tubebender
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