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    Lightbulb The Great SST Summer Meet-Up Challenge

    One of the best facets of Self-Storage Talk, the industry's largest online community, is the occasional opportunity for in-person meet-ups between people who previously had known each other only as usernames on a computer screen. Because the forum and self-storage in general is full of friendly, hard-working people, I always enjoy meeting others, which I have done numerous times at industry events. The Inside Self-Storage World Expo has been fun for me for this reason. However, that means I see SST friends only twice a year, some only once, and many not at all.

    That's why I'd like to try something fun as the summer travel season starts: The Great Self-Storage Talk Summer Meet-Up Challenge. As people hit the roads or skies this summer, either for fun or business, it would be great if they could arrange get-togethers with forum friends, even if it's only for a minute at someone's facility. I personally will be participating, as I'll be dropping in on moderator Madman while I'm trekking through the Pacific Northwest. Here's what to do:

    1. Update your location to an accurate location in your user control panel [http://www.selfstoragetalk.com/usercp.php]. Mine is set to Chicago, IL. It appears with each one of my posts.
    2. Post in this thread with your vacation or traveling plans. If you think it's insecure to post specific dates (because, you're right, it's not smart to broadcast to the world when you won't be home) just give general dates and general location (for example, "a week in late July in Oregon").
    3. Continue to monitor this thread to see who has posted their travel plans and to see if anyone is swinging by your way.
    4. If someone is headed your way, either reply in the thread or send the member a private message to arrange a get-together.
    5. If you successfully arrange a meetup, make sure to take a photo of the SST members hanging out and post it here. I'll be sure to feature it in the monthly e-newsletter.

    For fun, let's see which peripatetic members of our forum can arrange the most meetups. I'm looking forward to participating myself and, hopefully, to meeting more great people.

    I'll go first: I'm going to Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., in mid-to-late July. Anyone visiting Chicagoland this summer?
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    Default Re: The Great SST Summer Meet-Up Challenge

    I will be going to Yosemite and Mammoth Lakes, CA in late June or early July.

    Otherwise, I'm about 5 minutes from the LA-Ontario International Airport, so if you have even just a layover here, let me know. I'll come meet you at the airport!
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    Default Re: The Great SST Summer Meet-Up Challenge

    Paula.......Oakdale is on the way to Yosemite. (it's really not a destination, just someplace you have to pass through!) Well, maybe not if you're coming from the south, you can get there from Merced also. But....if by chance you are coming through Oakdale--stop by!!
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    Default Re: The Great SST Summer Meet-Up Challenge

    We're taking a staycation here in Myrtle Beach this summer, then a cruise to the Virgin Islands in October...do they have storage facilities in the Virgin Islands?

    Anyway, if anyone is coming to Myrtle Beach, we are right smack dab in the middle of it, so come on by and see us! Mister Jim has already been here, he will confirm that a visit is worth the stop!

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    Default Re: The Great SST Summer Meet-Up Challenge

    Michigan is great for tourists, you'll love the Lakes, fishing, shopping in little cities. Come visit Saint Joseph!

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    Default Re: The Great SST Summer Meet-Up Challenge

    Is this where I say "Come visit England!!!"??

    Seriously though, please do! We've just had a Royal wedding don't you know?? Surely one of you must've been tempted to visit us to see that...? No? Oh well, never mind. There's always the Olympics
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    Default Re: The Great SST Summer Meet-Up Challenge

    Quote Originally Posted by DeeUKStorage View Post
    Is this where I say "Come visit England!!!"??

    Seriously though, please do! We've just had a Royal wedding don't you know?? Surely one of you must've been tempted to visit us to see that...? No? Oh well, never mind. There's always the Olympics
    I am very excited for the Olympics and I LOVE THE U.K. I need to get back over there before too much longer.

    Good start on this thread, folks. Let's keep it going.
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    Default Re: The Great SST Summer Meet-Up Challenge

    It looks like we will take a vacation or two this year. But, probably not going anywhere.

    But y'll can come to Cashiers, cause there is so much to do. Okay, there is nothing to do, but, while doing nothing, you are surrounded by one of the most beautiful places you can imagine. If y'll come to visit, I promise I'll even take a shower, and get rid of the long, flowing, white beard for the visit.
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