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I'm all signed up and looking forward to meeting everybody!
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don't forget to bring your knutsen....

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Hey guys, Tone and I are reserved for the 12th and 13th, so we will see you all there, we are carpooling with other people so cannot stay much longer before and after, but it will be great to see everyone again!

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Will be cool to see you all guys again!
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Thanks Brad for all of the time & effort your putting in to pulling this off.
 I'm sure that all would agree with me that we're in for another great time together.
It won't be long now.
A special thanks to Gregg, Jaci, Frank, Joe, Linda, Stephen, all of the players & to anyone else who may working to make this our 8th HG Gathering a success.
May God richly bless you all.
See you there

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Hey everyone, I will be at the Indianapolis airport at 17h35 the 11th... Anyone arriving around the same time?
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Getting packed and set to hit the road north tomorrow afternoon. See everybody Friday!

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See y'all there.  I'll be a late arrival, landing at the Indy airport at 9:30 Saturday morning.
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As soon as I turn off this computer we'll be loading up the Subie and hitting the road. We hope to arrive at the Radisson around 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Safe journey all.

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Well folks... we're here after 2300+ miles of driving from SF. I'm really looking forward to this one! Tomorrow a.m. I'll be watching Gregg, Stephen and Brad on TV (CBS, local channel 8) as a warm-up.


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Hey All!,
Has anyone come across a digital camera possibly left at the Theater or in the bar Sat. night? I'm not sure on the brand name..maybe Panasonic, but I can tell you it has two rechargable Energizer double A batteries in it. Any help appreciated!  Bill Dutcher 602-692-5963
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HGG8, as I expected, was absolutely wonderful.  Thanks to Brad for organizing, Gregg for talking … and talking, and all of the players for playing … and playing. 

Now, for my entertaining return to Connecticut.  Life’s complexities compelled me to make late HGG8 travel arrangements.  So, to get a maximum look at late booking opportunities, I used an online clearing house (Travelocity or Expedia, I can’t recall which).   I found perfect times and a decent price and bought. 

All went nicely on my trip to Indianapolis. I’d booked on US Airways.  I took my Dyer (in flight case) though security, walked up to the ticket counter, got a gate check ticket and questions about the instrument.  The US Airways staff was curious, courteous, and assured me that they’d treat the guitar gently.  I changed flights in Philly and received the same level of courtesy and curiosity. 

Sunday morning I stepped into the Radisson (miniature) “business center” to print my boarding passes.   Uh, oh, I’d book United for my return trip.  Yep, the airline of the gone-viral “United breaks guitars” video.  “Oh, well,” I thought, “How different can United be from US Air?”  Quite, it turns out.  I followed the same process, taking my guitar with me through a polite and curious security station.   When I got the United gate, though, the tone changed.  “Did you get that though security?” the gate agent asked.  “No,” I wanted to reply, “the ceiling opened and the thing fell into my arms.”  But, I was polite:  “Yes, ma’am.”  “Well, they can’t do that.”  “But, they did, ma’am.”  With disgust, she directed me to leave the thing for the baggage manglers to toss into the plane’s belly. 

When I arrived in Chicago, I stood with the others who’d gate checked stuff.  All the other gate checked bags appeared and were snapped up by happy travelers.  Alas, no Dyer.  I asked the gentleman who was insuring my safety to inquire.  He walked out to the lead mangler, they had a brief discussion, and the mangler shouted up to the open door of the plane.  Moments later, my Dyer came flying out, rattled around on the baggage ramp, but did not actually fall off.  “Great,” I thought.  But, when the guitar reached the ground, the mangler removed it, placed it on the tarmac, and started to walk to his little baggage tractor.  The fellow acting on my behalf said something to the mangler, who started yelling.  By this time, one of the pilots had exited the plane and walked up to me to ask what was going on.  I reported that there was some sort of dispute about my harp guitar.  So, the pilot walked out to chat with the mangler.  The guy was now screaming something at the pilot, though they were too far away for me to catch the words.  All the while, I’m smiling and holding up my claim ticket.  A minute or 3 later, the second pilot exited the plane, asked me about the events, and went to chat with the mangler.  The mangler continued yelling.  After a few of minutes, the mangler, both pilots, and the other fellow walked over to me.  “He says he can’t give it to you,” one of the pilots told me.  The mangler said, “That’s right.  This wasn’t supposed to be gate checked.  I can’t give it to you.”  I asked who might get it then and the mangler just shrugged.  “Lost in found?” I asked.  “A random passenger?  One of your colleagues?”  The guy only shrugged and glared, gripping the case tightly, as if reading my thoughts of grabbing the thing and running.  After a couple of minutes, the mangler turned around and walked away.  The pilots apologized and ran to open the door into the terminal. 

By now, I’d been out on the tarmac for over half and hour and my next flight left within 10 minutes.  I ran from O’Hare’s terminal E to C and got to the gate for my next flight just as I heard, “final boarding call for flight …”  I walked up to the agent, she looked at me, and asked, yep, you guessed it, “Did you get that through security?”  Ugh.  I replied, “Yes, Ma’am.”  This woman called over the “Supervisor of Airport Operations, International Departures"  (with United, Indy to Hartford is an international flight),  who grilled me, informed me that I had improperly gate checked the guitar on my earlier flight, and asked for my name and seat number.  He then walked me personally down the jetway, observed me relinquish the case, took my arm and walked me into the plane, and said, “You’ll need to retrieve your guitar at the baggage carousel in Hartford.” 

Well, 2 hours later I arrived in Hartford and the Dyer did arrive (safely), though it was the last bag to be placed on the carousel. 

Thankfully, next year’s HGG will be a local event for me.


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Hi guys, I came back home safely this afternoon (local time in France). I keep in mind all the smiles, laughs, and beautiful persons I have met. I have been so happy to play for you during this gathering. I am so proud of this history... On his blog, Gregg says: "We are not a Gathering.  We are a Family." That's the way I feel. Just 2 words: Merci beaucoup...
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Hey everyone,
Well, just as I suspected, had a wonderful time hanging out with you all. 
Great conversations, lots of fun trying out all the instruments, learning new ideas on how to play. 
I loved seeing the joy in everyones face as they spent time getting to know one another better.
I really liked ease dropping on the Luthiers as they intensely shared & swapped ideas
You just never know what kinda crazy & cool instruments might come from some of those conversations. 

I don't know about you all, but I'm gonna make an effort to connect with others in this wonderful Harp Guitar family of ours as much as possible, by phone, email, or in person. 
Some may simply need a friend, or like me, need to be encouraged to practice & be held accountable. 
I know this for sure, we all want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.
For many, this "Harp Guitar Family" is that place. 
  Let's encourage one another till we meet again.

Best to you all & God Bless.
Bruce Labadie

Also: All "Harp Guitar Family Members" are welcome drop in on the Labadie family in Bradenton FL. Email me when coming to this area. Might be able to swing a "House Concert" if your a player. 
 Seriously, who doesn't like the beach & sunny weather. Could be great fun. 

Email Address: "AcousticHarpGuitarPlayer@Gmail.com"

Brad you did it.!!!!!!!! great job!!!!!!!!
Everyone involved, you know who you are, Thanks again for making it a memorable time for us all. We love you. 

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Had a good trip back home. As always, it was great to see everyone again, and meet new friends too.

Huge thanks to Brad the HGG board members, and all who came for making this yet another fun and successful Gathering!

Now to focus more on both my harp guitar playing and building for the next year.


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As for pictures, we took a BUNCH! Hopefully I can get them sorted out and get the good shots together in a week or two, so I can share them with everyone.

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Yes... Can't wait to relive the Gathering again through pictures. I will be patient and wait as necessary. 
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Ok... I would love to see some pics from HG 8 now... Please
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http://www.facebook.com/benoit.meullestef/posts/169279153111887#!/album.php?aid=260694&id=794064538
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At first the link did not work but I cut and pasted the entire entry and it came up. Thanks Ben... Anyone else??
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Michael, have you not been following Gregg's blog? Shame, shame on you...
 
Lots of individual and duet shots with at least one good group photo with your beaming smile. (The photos span several blog entries.)
 
 
You may have to go back a couple of pages to catch up on everything. Gees where does his pope-ness find the time?

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For 7 years I would know just where to look for the Gathering pictures. They are not there yet.. in fact there are no updates in the gathering area that I can see. Guess I gotta learn to keep up with the times.....
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Michael - that's because there is only 1 of me.  Volunteers welcome.
Hours: 100/week, but flexible. Pay: $0.  Fame: Priceless 
Thanks for the reminder: I've started the HGG8 page.

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Hi Michael!

Just wanted to let you know that we recorded HD video and high quality audio of the entire event as well! Unfortunately due to the sheer volume of what was recorded, it's going to take a little time to get some stuff on the internet. As soon as we have something that's ready to go, we'll announce it here!

From what I've went through so far, I think everyone will be happy with how the videos will turn out - especially the audio quality.

-Brad

 





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Great Job as usual Gregg !

For those of us who were less fortunate and unable to attend
it is greatly appreciated.

I have really been enjoying the "Blogg".
You've done a great job covering all this stuff.
It helps to keep up-to-date - albeit vicariously...

Although your "job" appears thank-less at times,
I still envy you !

I think Michael may mean there doesn't appear to be many photos from others - certainly there must be a few people who also had cameras with them ? Gregg simply can't post what he hasn't received...

Best,  

 Eric H.

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