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In Response to RE: Amtrak to Senior Citizen Gathering in N.O. by nyadrn
Our group left the AARP forums back in the Prospero days, well before the current approach to the AARP forums, when they have tried to emulate facebook.
Several of us had been "wormed" by the previous AARP censors (that means we could see our posts but no one else could, a cowardly way of suspending us). and we simply got fed up with the bias against our posts and opinions. We got together via emails and decided to form a group, we bought an ISP space for a web site, created the web site, installed a forum software package (much much easier to use than this AARP thing), and began communicating. We formed a Board of Directors and all actions were evaluated by the board. Before someone could be "banned" suspended, or any other action, the entire board had to vote in a unanimous manner. Any board member would have the authority to veto a decision to discipline a member or poster.
Just because they posted on our board, did not mean that they were members of our group. Any one was eligible, but they had to ask.
Our first gathering was in Nashville and we enjoyed a good time there, getting to know each other. We didn't have a lot of attendees at that first one, because a lot couldn't afford the trip (either airline or by car.). In Williamsburg, VA we had twice as many come to the Gathering and enjoyed touring the history of our nation's beginning, plus taking a tour of the Hampton Roads harbor, seeing the huge naval ships. Two of our members were from Missouri and the aircraft carrier Truman was in port, they got a big kick out of that.
This time, the plan is to hold the Gathering in New Orleans.
The planning is accomplished by a group of us. Eventually one person becomes the point person. I was the point on the Nashville and Williamsburg Gatherings, but we will have another of our members take the point this time.
We have all become good friends, saying prayers when we are sick and sympathizing when one of us loses a family member or one of us passes on. When my son died in 2009 from Meningitis, the entire group sent sympathy cards and lots of supportive emails.
Most of the Gathering will not EVER come back to the AARP forums, but some of us have wandered back to see how it is going. It is not truly impressive, as I said we have a more user friendly forum on our site. Of course we don't have as many posters, THANK GOODNESS!
We have had quite a number of folks from the right side of the aisle and from the left side of the aisle. But many of us are also from the center or moderate side as well.
We truly enjoy each other's company and share a lot of different things such as food items, housing suggestions, SS information, and health information.
This trip to New Orleans will be a great one because a large number of us will be taking the train into the city. We will then obtain a large vehicle like a 15 passenger van or more than one if necessary. We will tour, visit historical sites, sit down in the various jazz and dixieland clubs to listen to the music and also take river and lake cruises. What ever strikes our fancy actually.
We love getting together and interacting face to face. Good people, Good Friends. What's not to like:?