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I thought that some of you might be interested to know that I have thought it over and happen to have a bunch of frequent flyer miles that are about to expire so I've decided to use those miles to...

...go skiing in Utah this winter.

Hope you all have fun in Chicago. Take pics.

Dang Chuck, you had me worried I was going to have to actually meet you. I dont want to lose my FB status as one of those people who is your friend, but has never met you in person.

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Dang Chuck, you had me worried I was going to have to actually meet you. I dont want to lose my FB status as one of those people who is your friend, but has never met you in person.

You are safe. Until the next Chicago Mini.

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I just read through this list...thought it was about time I get prepared for this nut-festival! I can't believe I'm going to meet so many of you in person....I can't wait!! Of course, I probably met some of you at the 2007 PLUS, but I'm over 50 now, so who can remember?

Carrie....just curious...how many people are registered and are the people from the UK really coming?

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I just read through this list...thought it was about time I get prepared for this nut-festival! I can't believe I'm going to meet so many of you in person....I can't wait!! Of course, I probably met some of you at the 2007 PLUS, but I'm over 50 now, so who can remember?

Carrie....just curious...how many people are registered and are the people from the UK really coming?

It's gonna be really nice to meet you as well Judy!! I also plan on attending William Bottomley's Display performance that you have planned around Dec 18th in NC!!

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It will be great to finally meet you Judy! It’s not like every day you meet a national recording artist that knows what a Mini Tree is.:)

When is the Judy Autograph session scheduled?? I would like to get a Judy Pancoast Tattoo on my arm from the Sharpie signature!! :P

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When is the Judy Autograph session scheduled?? I would like to get a Judy Pancoast Tattoo on my arm from the Sharpie signature!! :P

I'll give judy a x-aco knife for yours......oh wait...we'll get a JP branding iron

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I just read through this list...thought it was about time I get prepared for this nut-festival! I can't believe I'm going to meet so many of you in person....I can't wait!! Of course, I probably met some of you at the 2007 PLUS, but I'm over 50 now, so who can remember?

Carrie....just curious...how many people are registered and are the people from the UK really coming?

Judy, we are still getting registrations in (another came in today). Last time I looked we had around 75 attendees. And yes, a couple is definitely coming from the UK. Those poor Brits, God help them! LOL

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I'm very pumped up! The first two people have arrived in Chicago! We spent the afternoon constructing "something" new in the front yard. Should make for a very "festive" and appropriate atmosphere.

My neighbors are just gonna die when they see this! They already think I'm nuts..now they will know it :)

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I bet it involves blowmolds. Beware of jerks. I know one from NC is coming.

Brad, of course it does, after all, I'm a molder :)

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I bet it involves blowmolds. Beware of jerks. I know one from NC is coming.

Ummm... based on this post and one on my FB page I am beginning to suspect that there is some deeper meaning in the decorating community for the word "jerk." Am I right?

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Ummm... based on this post and one on my FB page I am beginning to suspect that there is some deeper meaning in the decorating community for the word "jerk." Am I right?

Come to the Sorry thread ("Let there be peace in PC") and we can explain it to you! :) Be forewarned that you might be called a jerk in the process (since all of us in that thread are jerks).

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Ummm... based on this post and one on my FB page I am beginning to suspect that there is some deeper meaning in the decorating community for the word "jerk." Am I right?

We are friendly JERKS!! It's all fun and games with this group :) Will you be in Chicago Friday evening for the get together at Carrie's, Judy?? If so we can explain it to you... Jerk is a good term around here most of the time ;) Although that Alan guy... He says it to be rude! I look forward to meeting and hopefully hanging out with you in Chicago Judy :)

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Ummm... based on this post and one on my FB page I am beginning to suspect that there is some deeper meaning in the decorating community for the word "jerk." Am I right?

Judy,

You are already a "jerk" as used on the I'm sorry thread. They call everyone a jerk, I think primarily to cover up just calling the idiots jerks. I think it's an ADA thing.

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Judy,

You are already a "jerk" as used on the I'm sorry thread. They call everyone a jerk, I think primarily to cover up just calling the idiots jerks. I think it's an ADA thing.

Nah, you want the real story?

(I'm pretty sure this is how it went down, anyway).

Long ago (maybe a year ago or more) someone (Frank I think) was saying that it was interesting how some people come off with a negative vibe when you first read their posts, but then you get to know them better and find out they are good people. He went on to say that I fell into this category for him. I told him that I'd heard that before and before the first PLUS event, a lot of folks here thought I was "a jerk" and then met me in person and decided I was ok after all. I also said that over the years I've tried to change my style to not come off "jerky" to those who don't know me (if you knew me in person, you'd know that I'm always joking around and using sarcasm for humor, but without the vocal/facial expressions, sometimes in print people think I'm just being "a jerk" when I'm totally just screwing around).

Anyway, folks on the thread, of course, then confirmed that I was indeed "a jerk", but that everyone else there was too. And the term just sort of stuck as a strange "term of affection" for those of us who hang out here on PC and consider each other good friends, even though many of us have never met (although that will change somewhat after this weekend-- the "not yet met" part anyway!)

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Nah, you want the real story?

(I'm pretty sure this is how it went down, anyway).

Long ago (maybe a year ago or more) someone (Frank I think) was saying that it was interesting how some people come off with a negative vibe when you first read their posts, but then you get to know them better and find out they are good people. He went on to say that I fell into this category for him. I told him that I'd heard that before and before the first PLUS event, a lot of folks here thought I was "a jerk" and then met me in person and decided I was ok after all. I also said that over the years I've tried to change my style to not come off "jerky" to those who don't know me (if you knew me in person, you'd know that I'm always joking around and using sarcasm for humor, but without the vocal/facial expressions, sometimes in print people think I'm just being "a jerk" when I'm totally just screwing around).

Anyway, folks on the thread, of course, then confirmed that I was indeed "a jerk", but that everyone else there was too. And the term just sort of stuck as a strange "term of affection" for those of us who hang out here on PC and consider each other good friends, even though many of us have never met (although that will change somewhat after this weekend-- the "not yet met" part anyway!)

Thanks for putting me to sleep, Jerk.

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Nah, you want the real story?

<snip>

Some guy named FRANK

Without reading all that you said in your long JERKy off topic post as usual Tim... Its gonna be weird meeting you in person and you being such a nice guy that we can't ever picture you as a JERK again... You better put your tough face and voice on!

Its gonna be good meeting and talking with most everyone we talk to constantly here on the forums and have a avatar in mind as their picture or maybe you follow their life on Facebook... We are all one Big JERK family!

Tim always comes across as a frugal Jerk to most of us, don't expect him to buy you anything in Chicago!

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don't expect him to buy you anything in Chicago!

You're darned right! Rather, I expect everyone will buy ME something! :)

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