Thursday, May 24, 2018

2018 Byrne and Kelly Retreat, Day Two

So let's keep going...

Day Two: Monday

Perri and I were up early this morning. She's on Omaha time, I'm used to getting up at 5:30 every morning. So we fired up our room Keurig machine and enjoyed a couple cups of coffee, spiced with a bit of Baileys until it was time for breakfast to be served.

Breakfast generally consisted of fresh fruit, the kind of pastries you get passed out down the bus on high school road trips, eggs, potatoes, bacon and sausage.  It was mostly good... but I kind of found myself gravitating toward wanting something that was in between heavy and light, and there wasn't much in that category.

I think that, after that, we kind of just hung out by the pretend fire pit for a little while. We met some new people... and possibly soberly introduced ourselves to people we had less-soberly met the night before? Totally possible.

We went back to our room and had another cup of coffee while waiting for the time to head out to the boat for the first Meet and Mingle Cruise.  They did these with half the group at a time...  So it would be about 75 guests, plus the B&K people.  The sign on the boat said, '71 passengers max,' so I'm not going to say there was a ton of room.  We went up to the top level, where there would at least be air.

The way this was supposed to work is that they were going to do a M&G type line down below... and when everyone had a chance to get their photos/autographs, the guys would spend the rest of the time mingling among the guests. Get it? Meet. And. Mingle.  Forget it.

They did the downstairs first, and then Angie or Jill (Angie's friend who came along to help-- totally liked her!!  More later) would come up and get the upstairs people in small groups.  For once, I actually kind of liked our M&G picture! Perri showed off her sketchbook and got autographs in it... and apologized to Neil for laughing at him in the show the night before. :)  I gave Ryan... a button.  Well, you know.  He says I'm never going to be successful, but not for lack of trying.

Then we went back upstairs...  now...  before we left, Perri and I were sitting on the coffee table.  There was a couch.  But two fans were sitting on it, with their packages spread out between them. lol I'm not lying.  But they'd gone downstairs for the Meet so when we came back up, they were gone.  I sat on the end corner of the couch because it was way more comfortable than the coffee table! Then, they came back and ordered me to move.

This was about when I ALMOST broke my "stay slightly buzzed to be nicer" rule.  I mean, come on.  Your bags need a spot on the couch, crazypants?  lol  But it wasn't worth it.  Perri and I moved across the deck to the railing and chatted for awhile before Ryan came up to mingle.

Okay.  Let me pause to speak candidly as a longtime oldtimer fan.

I've had a lot of opportunities to meet the guys over the years. I know that when they have meet events, they are working and shmoozing and that's the job. I don't get upset when the schmoozing doesn't have time to include me, because I know that I have other avenues, and that time often gets away from them. And I try to never be pushy, I don't lie in wait. I think the problem there is that they know they don't have to schmooze me to get me in their pocket. They know those of us who are still around have been firmly supportive and they don't have to grease us. But because they know that, they let us get missed and that becomes a little disappointing.

I was once put on the list for a Meet with Ryan and Neil... and I did the same thing.  Time got away, and our interchange was a rushed one as they got pushed out the door by whoever their handler was.  Sharon asked me later if I'd had a good chat, and when I explained, she sort of swore at me, "You matter, too!" 

So I'm just going to leave that there... and move on.

We eventually gave up on waiting on Ryan's harem and went downstairs to say Hi to Neil, and chat with Nicole. I could listen to her talk for a long time.

Back at the dock, we left the boat... and I think that's when Perri and I drove into town to get Mexican and margaritas.  But only one margarita because we had to drive back and Brendan the Cute Guy warned us that they get stronger, the more you order. I've been informed that blended margaritas aren't real margaritas, but what do Canadians know?

When we came back, I think Perri took a nap and I took my writing stuff out to the REAL fire pit by the water. I didn't really get much writing done. At all.  But I listened to some music, chatted with some people.  I think this is when New Hampshire guy saved us.  Let's just say we weren't great at keeping the fire going. New Hampshire Guy is not a boy scout, but he was a boy scout leader and he made us a pretty fire.

At some point in here, the 2nd Meet and Mingle cruise came back, and I watched them do stage set-up and soundcheck from my firepit spot.  Which sort of made me laugh. Lots of people videoing them going "Check, one, two, one, two, one two, check check..." over and over. Whatever makes you happy, kids.

Dinner tonight, we sat at the same table with some of the same people... We added one lady who... umm...  was annoying. Like she would not stop talking. I glanced up and caught the eye of Louisiana Girl, who was clearly having the same thoughts I was.  We justkept making/breaking eye contact the whole meal until I got finished eating and decided to go down and join her and her friend at their end of the table.  Which was fun. I've always collected young people, ever since I was in college and was a youth leader. I just do.

2nd concert was next!

This concert was performed on one of the outdoor lawns, and our balcony happened to look out over it.  So instead of sitting down in the seats, we decided to get in our pajamas, open a bottle of champagne, and watch it from the comfort of our balcony.  This was honestly the best thing we did all week.

We saw them come out to start the show, but missed the fact that they were hiding behind the bushes. So we start cheering...  Ryan's all "SHHHHHH!!!"  Oops.

This was my favorite show.  They played an acoustic set list...  which they opened by saying a lot of it was songs they'd never done on the B&K stage.  But that was a trick.  Because half of them were from CT X, and that's kind of not the same thing.  Even so, I liked it a lot.  And also, when they had long intros (which was a lot.... and worse the more whiskey they had -- I sort of lost it and started laughing when Ryan intro'd some serious song with "So this is just a song..."... long pause... looong pause...  I'm like, "Really? That's what we're going with?"), the bathroom was VERY CLOSE.

After the show, some friends dropped by our room for awhile and we cracked open the mango salsa -- which was good!

And then I kicked them out because I'm old and needed to sleep.

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