Chartreux, anyone would be welcome to go, and the more the better. It was not easy to plan, and the health issues were a worry for each and everyone of us. We would love to do this every year, but finances just won't allow for it at this time. However, I hope our trip showed that it is possible to do, and maybe other members will take a trip to visit those they would like to see.
I would visit everyone if I had the finances and time to do so. One thing that really shocked me was how young Pete looked for his age. He looked fantastic! Yes, he hurts, but he looked good!
Damouthy1 and Auntbuggy don't live that far away, and I think we will see them this summer providing all of us are healthy enough to do so. There is a possibility that I will be photographing Auntbuggy's daughter as well. She is a beautiful girl and in need of some modeling photos for her portfolio.
One thing is, that once you have met a member and had a great time as we did, you will want to see them again.
Pebbles is getting married sometime this year, and we may go to Vagas when that happens. I personally enjoy meeting these members, but it may not be for everybody, and the exchange of post on the forum is good enough most of them. I have basically worked 7 days a week most of my career, between my aircraft job and the photography business I used to run. My wife says we are getting calls from former clients wanting me to return to the Sports leagues, and right now that is the last thing I want to do. My health is my #1 issue at the moment, and the desire to spend as much time as I can with my wife.
So Chartreux, if you really want to meet some of these members, I encourage you to do so. You certainly won't regret it at all. I think we chose Florida, because we could meet more than one member there in that area. Your not that far away either if you live in Texas, so you never know, we may just take a quick weekend drive down there! Email me and let me know what part of Texas you live in, and I will look it up. Oh and lest I forget, we must take a trip to see Suzane as well. I really enjoyed her husband! He is a super guy!
Didn't mean to rob Pete's BD post, but I know he won't mind either.
Sorry for the rambling here, but the topic of meeting members in person excites me to no end!