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Who's coming to TCL Workshop this week?

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Just woundering if anyone out of state is coming to to my home town, Houston (Conroe), to the TCL workshop?

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I'm coming, hurricane or not. Course I was born and raised in Texas, so did I ever really leave??? Can't wait to get there.

It's only a Cat 1...just a bit of a breeze, really. ;)

Be sure to give me a howdy when you get there. :D

Robert

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Guest Jeff_Womack

Plus it's 400 miles away (where it is supposed to make land). The good news for us here in San Antonio is they have upgraded our weather forcast to 100% chance of rain tomorrow! Yeah right, weatherman says 100% chance, maybe I should play Mega Millions also!

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Anyone flying in may have some extra turblance on Thursday. They do predict some rain all across the Texas coast Wed and Thurs. We all need some rain right now. My front yard looks like December and January BROWN!

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I cannot say enough nice things about the job that the planning committee did in putting together the Texas event. I was blown away by it. I did not want to leave on Saturday. Great job guys.

Ken

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Really enjoyed this workshop and finally getting to meet Chuck Smith.

Thanks goes out to everyone.

I meet Chuck originally at the 2007 Texas workshop and was nice seeing hime again.

Harrison

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