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patti6919

April 24 FLPC Spring Mini held in Tampa

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Hi All,

Is it to late to get in on the Friday night dinner. I will be coming back form Tennessee Friday and would love to stop on my way home to eat and watch the lights light up. If it isn't to late, It will be 2 more. I will be coming back to Tampa for the mini on Saturday. Looking forward to it being this is my first year. See you all there.

Mike

I have you down for two for dinner and 1 for the Mini. Is that right? I'll see you real soon!

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Well, just to show how busy I've been this Spring, this is the first I've seen of the Mini. Work and travel have kept me away from the web. Feel like I've been gone forever. That being said, I'm planning on attending so Michael put me down and if the Mrs. has planned something else I'll let you know.

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Well, just to show how busy I've been this Spring, this is the first I've seen of the Mini. Work and travel have kept me away from the web. Feel like I've been gone forever. That being said, I'm planning on attending so Michael put me down and if the Mrs. has planned something else I'll let you know.

I've got you attending Darren. Please bring a display item to show us. Our Mini is about sharing and learning from each other.

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Update time:

On Friday, the 23rd at least 9 are coming to dinner, maybe more. We will drive down the end of the street back to Patti's and light up several decorations, chat, have a few drinks and relax.

37 decorators are attending on Saturday 24th. There are several other that might attend. It starts at 10 am. One part of the day that hasn't been mentioned: We are having Lee moderate an LOR sharing session. He will ask some questions and we will all learn from each other as different people respond how they sequence.

I'm really looking for to the Mini.

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Up date on 4/24 Sat mini

Fri nite 4/23

7:00pm Dinner at Steak House.

8:30pm Return to Patti's house and play with lights.

Mega tree by Patti

Arch's by Michael

Holdman star by Michael Rofanske

DMX rope lites by Waterbill

Mini trees & Wow Me Tree by Don Ekema

And anything else that you care to bring and show off.

Sat 4/24

10:00 TO 11:00am Registration and socializing.

11:00am Discussion on FPC- Bill Vanderslice & Michael Beason

11.15am Discusssion on FPC web site-Patti Nasrallah

11:30am Presentation on foam use in villages- Chuck Hutchings

12:00-1:15pm Lunch and socializing

1:15pm Presentation on LED lights-Bill Vanderslice

break

2:30pm Open discussion on any projects you are working on- pictures welcomed- Michael Beason

3:00pm Soldering station & soldering hints. Bill-Biscuit 476

3:15pm Open discussion and playing with Lynks products and DMX discussion. Bill Vanderslice

Break

4:00pm Open discussion on programming and playing with sequences. Lee Leibecki

Open flea market all day for selling and trading.

Edited by bill vanderslice

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I've got you attending Darren. Please bring a display item to show us. Our Mini is about sharing and learning from each other.

Michael:

I'll bring something, probably the snow tubes I used last year and something else. I will attend the dinner also on Friday night.

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Michael:

I'll bring something, probably the snow tubes I used last year and something else. I will attend the dinner also on Friday night.

Great, I'll see you in 11 days.

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Hi Michael, I met you at the mini last september, please put three of us down for the mini. Looking forward to seeing everyone and hoping to learning about DMX. Last year was wonderful, this year will be even better, since it want be 100 degrees outside.

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Hi Michael, I met you at the mini last september, please put three of us down for the mini. Looking forward to seeing everyone and hoping to learning about DMX. Last year was wonderful, this year will be even better, since it want be 100 degrees outside.

You are down for three. It will be good to see you again.

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Michael,

You can count my wife and I for Friday night as well as Sat.

Earle

OK, I see you both on Friday night and Saturday. Just 8 more days!

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Michael,

Please put me down for 2 for Friday's Dinner, thank you,

Bill

Thanks for letting me know Bill. I'll see you then. It will be fun.

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Hi, if it's not too late please put me down for 1 on Saturday.

Thanks, Jade

It is never too late. 1 for Saturday, I 'll see you then.

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Due to newly informed divorce procedings against me, I'm affraid I'll need to cancel my attendance at the FLPC Spring Mini for this year.:(.

Have a good time all!!

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