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Who's coming to the Chicago Mini????

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Let me know if you're coming, Terry. If not, I have more work to do :(

Carrie...I think more work for you means more work for me boxing up stuff. Shipping and handling charges these days are just crazy...LOL

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Let me know if you're coming, Terry. If not, I have more work to do :(

Carrie...I think more work for you means more work for me boxing up stuff. Shipping and handling charges these days are just crazy...LOL

Now how in the world did you think I would miss this???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deV_tXedY8c

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I would be very interested. When and where is it?

Its Labor Day weekend (September 3,4 and 5th) in Glenview Illinois, just north of Chicago. Carrie Sansing (our host) has put together a great weekend of decorating education and tons of laughs for sure, plus she has set up a great deal with the courtyard Marriot hotel for $69 per night. Here's the website for the Mini.

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Carrie, I was testing "The Big Unit" last night. I think I may have applied too much power... Is this going to be a problem??

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Does anyone from Indianapolis or South going to the Chicago Mini who could bring back four wire frame stars for me? Gregg from Winklebottoms is making four stars for me about four feet in diameter and will be bringing them to Chicago. I was hoping someone might get them as far as Indy for me and I could come get them. For that matter, I am halfway between Louisville and Indianapolis on I65 so if anyone was going that way home I could meet you out by the interstate.

Thanks so much for any help if someone could.

Brett

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Does anyone from Indianapolis or South going to the Chicago Mini who could bring back four wire frame stars for me? Gregg from Winklebottoms is making four stars for me about four feet in diameter and will be bringing them to Chicago. I was hoping someone might get them as far as Indy for me and I could come get them. For that matter, I am halfway between Louisville and Indianapolis on I65 so if anyone was going that way home I could meet you out by the interstate.

Thanks so much for any help if someone could.

Brett

I thought you were going to the Chicago mini - or are you doing the "Frank"?

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I thought you were going to the Chicago mini - or are you doing the "Frank"?

I would absolutely love to go, but we open at Fear Fair on September 24th and I am totally out of free time at this point.

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I would absolutely love to go, but we open at Fear Fair on September 24th and I am totally out of free time at this point.
Too bad. I was hoping to see some DMX-controlled flaming-throwing tiki torches... Edited by B_Regal78

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I'm still working out details...I really want to go .... I know I have to register soon....

I can't right now though....

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You better not, someone has to represent NJ.
Gary was infected with "Frank Syndrome." I'm on medication for that so there should be no problem...

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I'm still working out details...I really want to go .... I know I have to register soon....

I can't right now though....

Come on Gary, you can make it!

Heck, I'm taking off from work and driving all the way from Buffalo, NY, and you're closer!

It will be a blast, and we will rock the hotel lobby!

Glenview will never be the same.

We will have to try to keep Bill Hoffman under control! :D

Greg

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Come on Gary, you can make it!

Heck, I'm taking off from work and driving all the way from Buffalo, NY, and you're closer!

It will be a blast, and we will rock the hotel lobby!

Glenview will never be the same.

We will have to try to keep Bill Hoffman under control! :D

Greg

Just watching this will be worth the trip.

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