Ah, where to start? At the beginning I guess... This was our 2nd trip to TTR, the first being without knowledge of CCC. So, the short version of this trip report is that being a "member" here ensures having a blast while at TTR. A nice benefit of the board is that we met kstew40 (Michelle and Ken) at the airport, so we had buddies before we arrived at the hotel (via USA Transfers, great service and an even bigger bargain when splitting the bill). We arrived around noon'ish, checked our bags and headed for the pool. We were sporting our orange wristbands and within about 30 seconds we had met Greg and Tonya and another great friendship was born. And the good times were just starting...that day and those that followed we met a continuous stream of cool folks: nikndave (turned me on to palomas, thanks!) carriejean and Samantha (fun and demure ladies) cnsfugate/Dan(Bruce) (Chris: Ironman champ!) kristinanddoug (look up sweetheart in dictionary, see Kristin's picture) Linus&Money (and via them their group which included Bruiser the bellyflop champion) JamesandDiva (Kristy) (They know all the bartenders, great when Paty'Os is crowded) Sekonick (Diane and Hajj) (Boobs cruise stability buddies) USTWO (Bill and Sandy) (Staff photographer) Denise and Mark (Jager expert and Hulkamaniac) travelingd (13 days? Really? I'm still tired...) Tatasnbeer (Ron and Dani) (Lingerie champ! Dani, not Ron...I think) RoyandSarah (Fountains of youth that are kind to their elders) Big&Little (Gary and Carla) (I'll be by to play with your toys...you know...the cars) NormaSnockers/Dikfore (Allie and Noah) (Hey, what's a dikfore? I dunno, what's a henway?) MaciJo (Where does all of that energy come from?) Tweb (so much fun they needed two hotels) Bartlettcp (Glen and Brenda) (Found his "Brenda" tat, but not her "Glen" one...needs investigation) Terrie and Laurie (Coolest couple that we hardly met...bummer) . . . and I'm sure I've overlooked some, please forgive me (and there's some screennames that were apparently there that I didn't meet...how'd that happen?) On Friday the next group started to arrive so I was able to chat briefly with a few of them including Captain Blue Eyes (Craig) and Matchandahalf (Karen) which kind of felt like a passing of the vibe. I wonder if there's ever a day when CCC is not represented? It was also nice to be able to meet Steve and Jannet. It was cool to stand in the pool with him as he surveyed the community. Must be a great feeling to know that you helped to bring us all together. ======================= Food: We ate at all of the restaurants and I never had a bad meal and had quite a few good ones. We enjoy a glass of wine (or two or three) with dinner and the house wine leaves a bit to be desired (and I'm not a wine snob), but after a bottle or two the palate adjusts. ======================== I've already forgotten stuff on a day-by-day basis, but some highlights: - Chris, Greg and Dave performing a sweep of the medals in the Ironman competition - Dancing at PatyO's until we melted - Hitting the sports pool after PatyO's - Going back for burgers (but not burritos) at PatyO's after the sports pool - Boobs Cruise: This, of course, needs a note of it's own, but other than the obvious hijinx, one of my favorite parts was taunting the other boats. It was great to watch their faces change from friendly to OMG as we approached. - The ladies during Lingerie and White Shirt night...thanks! - Having real belly laughs every day ========================== So, thanks to all for making this such a memorable week, I hope we can pull off a class reunion.