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John has recently announced that he will be leaving the area sometime at the end of this/next year.  I know that he has been planning this with Joella for some time and it looks like it is going to happen on some level. They've purchased a home in Virginia, but he said he will keep the condo anyway.

I was thinking of having a get together for John and Joella like we had years ago in a form of a picnic or a party somewhere for him.  He's been an industry leader for a long time and over the last twenty years he has been a mentor for many of us. He is dearly loved and respected by many. His blog is available across the United States.

Let me know what you think about this and we could get it done.

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I think thats an awesome idea.
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John will be greatly missed. I've known dude since 2001.
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Wait...  He has a blog?
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Wait...  He has a blog?


There is a lot of things you don't know about John.

For one, I heard he used to be a rock star.

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There is a lot of things you don't know about John.

For one, I heard he "used to be "a rock star.


That is where you're wrong... 
Rock-n-roll flute stars will never die!
(Yes that is a double flute)
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Is that dude in the red shirt and black jacket, Beavis??
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Thanks for your thoughts, Anna.  A get together of some sort would be great.  We did close on a new house on October 2017 and will be going to Lynchburg often.  We will probably spend about 10-12 days in Lynchburg each trip.

My teaching schedule is small (about 4-5) days a month.  I will keep it  up until at least December 2018.  Complete retirement is fearful.  I could die of boredom rather quickly so I will see how I feel when I turn 74 in September.

We will keep our condo in Georgia as our official residence beyond 2018.  How far beyond, I don't know.  The Lynchburg house is listed as a "second home" to avoid income tax hassles.

Again, thank you for your thoughts.  I love every one of you.
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Is that dude in the red shirt and black jacket, Beavis??
Haha..It is! and the guy in the full red outfit is Butthead!

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Great idea Anna.
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Two things I need to know:
John when is the best time to have this get together; and where would you like to have it? We can go to just about any park but I need to know at least what area so I can make the arrangements. Thank you. I knew he was a rock star and Joella was his lead singer. Still is.
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Somewhere on Jekyll Island would be awesome.  Just a thought...
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Quite frankly that's not a bad idea, Jody. Let's see how everyone else feels about that. It will require folks to make arrangements for lodging for at least one night. What say you folks? Any other ideas? We need to make a decision soon. It also depends on John and Joella's plans on when they'll be able to be wherever we have it too.
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Maybe September/October? Or earlier? Folks go on vacation during the summer but we could do it anytime really.
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September would probably be better.  October is generally busier in the golden isles with GA/FL game, RSM Classic etc.  

I haven't stayed there, but there is a new Westin resort on Jekyll that might offer some group discounts or something.  If John was willing to say he taught us something, we could all write it off.  Call it a seminar or something.

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How about where it all started. Right there in Johns classroom. It's a central location. We all know how to get there. Reservations are not necessary. Bring a dish and bring some booze. John likes red wine and moonshine.

It will be great to see a few familiar faces.

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My schedule is pretty open right now so just about anytime is ok.  My place is fine or any other place.  We have been going to Lynchburg for about 10 days at the end of the month so the middle of the month would be best.  Any month is ok.

Anna, I will talk to you when I get back.
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If it is at the coast, I would come up from FL. JB was/is a great mentor.  Let me know.
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if its at the coast, I will be there too.  But, like David said... where it all started may be more relevant and an easier commute for more people.
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All wonderful ideas.  We just have to agree on one place. 

John, let's talk within the next week or so.  I think it should be where you are most comfortable. That would include wherever else you and Joella 
would enjoy. 

We love you very much.  I, for one, cannot bear to not have you in this business any longer.  I wouldn't have made it without you and the people on the blog. But you deserve your retirement with your bride.

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Anyone know when John and Joella are due back from Virginia?

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Anyone know when John and Joella are due back from Virginia?

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I bet John does.

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John, when will you be returning to Georgia?

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Well... Maybe even John doesn't know.
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We got back yesterday -- (March 5).

Why does that make a difference?  My phone, email, and text still work even in a small town.
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We got back yesterday -- (March 5).

Why does that make a difference?  My phone, email, and text still work even in a small town.


I heard something about a party at your condo... Couldn't make it.  Maybe she just needed to know when to have it cleaned up by.

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I asked when you probably would return because I didn't want to call and bother you when you were out of town.  I think you had mentioned that we could talk when you returned but I may have mistaken.

I want to speak with you about the details of our get together.

I will call you this weekend.

I hope you had a good visit in Virginia.

Talk soon.

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Give me a call on Sunday afternoon or anytime Monday.  I have a class scheduled on Saturday and Tuesday.
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Will call you tomorrow.  Apologies.  Lots going on.

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Since I live on a farm it is hard for me to get away, but with enough notice I could
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I apologize for the long pause before getting back to you. 

I had a chance to speak with John several weeks ago, and he would rather we wait until 
the fall to have the get together.  

I will keep you better informed as to when this will occur in the fall.  Until then, have a wonderful summer.


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How about sometime the first week of Novemeber in San Antonio?
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How about sometime the first week of Novemeber in San Antonio?
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The Riverwalk!  I remember back in 1969 when they were just getting started on developing that market.  Geez, it would be nice to get together in old San Antonio, Tx.  I was stationed at Randolph AFB wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy back then.

It would be a bit of an expense during Thanksgiving month, though.

I need to talk with John and Joella again by next month to get a "feel" for what they would like to do.  
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John does anytime between Sept and Nov sound like a good idea?

We just need to all get together again.....I know you're not ever going to retire.  That's just an excuse.  You'll be traveling back and forth from GA to VA anyway.  


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Good morning John and Joella,

Summer is flying by and I want to touch base with you regarding the get together this coming fall.

I spoke with John earlier in the Spring and we talked about setting the time for the fall for our get together.

I want to make some decisions regarding this given that you travel back and forth to Virginia.

As you can see by just this thread, everyone want to help and meet with you.

Maybe we could get together for lunch to talk about this.  

Take care and talk soon,

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Anytime, Anna.  But I think I may "fade away" rather than "die".  My software will survive, but my classes will be gone in 2019 (probably).  Frankly, I don't know what I would do if I had nothing to do.

Right now, I am mulling writing online courses.
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I'll call you soon to get together for some time to talk.  

So many people want to get together with you and Joella and offering a time during the fall would probably be better than the hot summer.  

Take care and will call you soon.

Anna
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