(If I had more time and more skill, I would write this blog in Lemony Snicket style, but I barely have time to write about everything, so, maybe another time)
Well. It was just another Loopfest. If you
have read about or attended one of the other ones, then you know what
this post will be full of. How fabulous loopsters are; how amazing it is
when we all get together, and get along so well, and act like old
friends instead of strangers, and all that stuff. So, yeah, that is all
true. I will try not to be redundant.
So here it is from my perspective anyway.
night it all started with the arrival of Kynan and Laura who drove down
from Sacramento. My DW and I had got the house all cleaned up and ready
for 5 houseguests, and prepped for a party. I was kind of nervous, even
with all my experience with loopmeets. But the three of us went out to
dinner at a place with a rooftop patio right on the beach, and had a
great meal and chatted.
it was time to pick up Mildsauce at LAX, and the the 4 of us walked to a
local dive saloon, drank cheap beer, and talked Loop smack. It was
Friday, the other three went up to Pasadena for pumpkin
pancakes, and I went back to LAX to pick up KEK. I took her directly
(from Wisconsin) to the beach where it was 70 and sunny, and she was
eating it up. We did a little beach walk and had lunch and settled into
California relaxed mode. Soon her friend Audrey arrived, and we all
headed up to Pasadena for a Rose Bowl rendezvous.
At least a
dozen loopsters showed up, and after the initial hugs and intros,
Junblack led us on a 5 mile shakeout run on the nearby trails. Most of
us were in one group, running about 9:30 pace, chatting, joking, getting
to know each other. Spirits were high, people were in loopfest-induced
euphoria. Mix in endorphins and, well, you know, fabulous.
all headed to Atom Buddy's house where he offered up showers and we
must have cycled ten people through one bathroom in 20 minutes.
Eventually we headed out for dinner. Table for 19 on Friday night in LA?
No problem! Thanks Mrs. AB! A long yummy dinner at Olive Garden was
excellent, and we also stopped for some photos.
was the Expo, which was in a large tent on the beach next to the
starting line. We met up with more loopsters. It was fun to see the
newbies as they went through the shock of seeing avatars come to life
(old hat for me by now). Every single new loopster fit right in and was a
welcome part of the group. After we all got our bibs, free stuff and
whatnot, JB passed out our LoopFest shirts and we headed down the beach
for photos. Hopefully JB will post them soon, because they will be
awesome! It was a simply perfect day at the beach, sunny and warm,
pretty unusual for February. Everything was coming together this
we headed to my house, and prepared for the arrival of everyone for the
pre-race Pasta feed party. My dear wife prepared a delicious spread,
supplemented with delights from several other loopsters, and we all
pigged out on lasagna, spaghetti, pasta salad, crab dip, and Nutella
cookies. We all got closer and talked race goals, and loop talk, and
maybe some non-running stuff occasionally. The DW led a little field
trip down to the beach to catch the sunset over the ocean, Mildsauce
showed off her Boggle skills and stole my camera, and we all got to hear
from TO Superstar what you call a boomerang that doesn't come back.
7, the party broke up because we all had to get our rest for the big
race the next day, and that will have be on another post... To be
If you didn't catch my Loop post, you can see many more pictures here.