Upper midwest USA stove gathering after the plague dies down

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  1. alanwenker

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    This has been on my mind for a bit and since we're all holed up it's a good time to give the brain something pleasant to think about. Some years ago we had a stove gathering in Southwest Wisconsin. Canadian Iain came from as far away as Canada. Since that time we've attracted more members from the area. I notice additional members from Minnesota whereas I think I was the only one at the time.

    Anybody up for gathering later in the year? Possibly post Labor Day? Depending upon interest we could try and find a state park that is centrally located.

    What say you oh keepers of the flame?
     
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    I'll be there! From Stillwater, Minnesota - not too far from you!

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    i'm in!!!
     
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    Heck, I just might go to that one....
     
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    With you and Dave both there, it may be now or never time....8]
     
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    Sounds interesting,,, I’m about 65 due north out of Duluth.
     
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    I'd be game, a bit of a drive from Milwaukee, but, what the hell.....
     
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    I can get from my house to Shorewood in five hours and 20 minutes. The 20 minutes is for a break at the Kwik Trip in Tomah. My daughter attends UW Milwaukee. Depending upon interest we can pick a place that is somewhat centrally located.
     
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    It may take us three nights of travel, but we're definitely interested.....

    One advantage to not working anymore.
     
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    I'll be 57 this year, so 8 more years until I hit 65. I really hope I can pull off retirement before then.
     
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    I retired at 69, three years ago.

    I could have retired earlier but I enjoyed my work a lot; although it was very adversarial and stressful by nature, I had always adapted to that well and it suited my temperament. One thing also about civil trial work is that you are out of the office a lot. This includes a fair amount of travel, around the state and around the country, what with expert and other witness depositions and so on all over the place.
    Just as a single example, when I was with the Attorney General's office I went to Cape Cod three times to take the deposition of an expert who regularly testified in lawsuits against a certain state agency.

    And the travel was just enough to remain fun without putting me on the road all that much; a few times a year outside the state.

    As I've said here before, when I was 60 I was recruited out of the blue to become an Assistant Attorney General in Washington State, to defend cases brought against the State. This was an unexpected change after 35 years in private practice, and I took them up on it. I had many state agencies as clients, the most prominent being the State Patrol and the Department of Transportation, the latter involving highway design litigation. As you can imagine, it was all very interesting.

    I have no doubt that this change extended my trial career, probably by about 3 years, because the level of institutional support on cases was very high, particularly. On a typical case, I'd have a 'second-chair' lawyer, a paralegal, and an investigator, in addition to support staff. Most private clients cannot afford this level of support, except on the largest cases.

    Then one day (literally), I realized I didn't want to do it anymore. So I planned retirement to take place about 6 months later, after I'd completed a couple of pending trials.

    I keep my license to practice active; pay my dues and take the CLE courses. But I do not practice law anymore at all, and don't want to. I had a very happy career.
     
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    Working on it.
    Pencil me in.
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    Very interesting idea! Sweet Bride and I would love to join in. But, with things as they are, we'll have to wait a bit to see if that can actually happen. It would be a very long drive for us, but hey, we've done it for work, for many years. So doing it for play might be nice!

    Doc and SB.
     
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    You all have been "virtual friends", would make me happy to see real friends!

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    This is getting serious.
     
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    When I was in Newark, Henry referred to me as the "Token Yank." Ian could become the "Token Brit."
     
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    I'd start swimming now @Ian, it.might all be over by the time you get there. :)
     
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    ' Ian could become the "Token Brit."'


    I've been called a lot worse things. :lol:
     
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    Gonna be a lot of pent-up demand....