After Hawaii Randy Prothero gave an introduction post Active Rain Goes Hawaiian to announce the "Surprise Celebrity Guests", they had a visit with Celeste WooHoo Sally Cheeseman and then jumped in Randy's car to head to the Active Rain Gathering (The first in Hawaii) at Gordon Biersche Lanai.
WooHoo Sally's son and daughter went early to help her set up the tables with little place setting gift bags while Randy went to pick up Sharon Simms. In they came and oh, goodness. Warm hugs for one of the people who made WooHoo warm and fuzzy all over from the beginning of her ActiveRain membership.
Then in walked David Kucic, his wife Tonya, and Jay Oku (all from Hawaii), and right after Jeff Dowler and his lovely wife Kay! I hugged Jeff ....and it was as if the voice on the phone just came to life!
Rob Lang - Kansas (Lucky Lang's brother) had been traveling around the islands for a few and having a good ole time! (here's his show Hawaii Active Rain Gathering Hosts Sally and Randy)
Matt Heaton (ActiveRain) and his wife Lydiacame in shortly after and after hearing everyone say Matt is a "quiet guy" I just couldn't see much of that. hehe. He was quite the social person once his wife Lydia got him warmed up. A sparkling and bubbly personality that wife of his and all around we all had wonderful conversations with this special couple.
They were planning on going to the Academy of Arts today...and hey....I just noticed...us three gals have the same color on in this picture. With Matt wearing green you'd think it was still the holidays. Hearty har har!
Bob Stewart gulped one sampler "brew" and on his way to try four more different types of 'brews' that Gordon Biersche had to offer. He was sloshed by time he left with Rich Jacobson and their adoptive parents (more stories to come) and Blogging Bertha and TLW took off in separate directions.
It started to RAIN (we were on the covered lanai) and the story about that RAIN Randy will tell that tale in his upcoming sequel.
The other ActiveRain Members came in a little after we started and by time it was 9:30pm I was in my car headed home into the rainy night with exhaustion from the anticipation and a sense of contentment for meeting a lot of my friends and making a few new ones from ActiveRain.
Marlene Bridges and Lynda Eisenmann (California) I recognized immediately coming down the escalator. I called to them "Parrot Heads"! And what a bunch of noise we're all making and I jumped up to meet them and squish ...hugs so hard. (I loved these hugs!)Marlene and I have conversed a few times on the phone and it was another....come to life situation through ActiveRain as well as meeting Lynda....we're planning a slumber party for 2009 :)
We ate, they drank (Randy and I don't drink) and we picked biz cards for gift bags. Oh, and Randy and I made sure they all got "leid" (putting shell lei's around their necks and they came in) in Hawaii.
Since Randy and a couple of others will be sharing their stories and the demise (or joy) of the Surprise ActiveRain Celebrities I'm going to end my story with this show: