|In June, 1996, a marvelous group of women (and one special
man) met in Boulder, Colorado for what would be the first of an annual
event: Netstock I. The group were all members of CompuServe's Women's Issues
discussion group of the Issues Forum. Three of us decided to take a trip
on Amtrak to see a fourth in Boulder. Suddenly, everyone wanted to come
and join us. Ultimately, we ended up with 20 people traveling from as far
away as England to the east, Canada to the north, and states all across
the U.S. gathered for one really wonderful weekend in Boulder.
This group represents: Colorado, California, Florida,
Washington, Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas,
Wisconsin, Washington, D.C., Maryland,
Georgia, England, and Canada
Authors DanaRae Pomeroy
(When Someone you Love Has Cancer)
and Sasha Miller (LadyLord)
compare notes on embroidery.
||On Day #1, we gathered at the home of Nancy, our hostess,
and started putting faces to names and personalities we'd known for so
long. Nancy prepared a wonderful spread of food. When we were all fed,
we returned to our motel to spend the night.
|The next day we returned to Nancy's for "The Taste Test."
For so long we had talked about various foods that were better or worse
than other foods and this was the time. The most important was a taste
of Twiglets, that marmite covered snack food from England, which most of
us agreed was gross and disgusting.
||We also argued about and demonstrated how to do the children's
nursery rhyme Eency Weency Spider (Hey--it's MY web page; if you
have problems with that, get yer own d*mn web page!), proving that this
is surely a group of intelligent, thoughtful women.
|We also had some piano playing by Heidi, who,
it is rumored, plays a little piano. That evening, we dined at Denver's
famed Broker restaurant, where we proved that not only were we a group
of intelligent, thoughtful women, but under the proper conditions we could
be rather loud and obnoxious. Heidi told embarassing stories and Maryanne
fell in love with Todd, the waiter. Bill was very patient with us.
|On Sunday we went driving in the Rockies and enjoyed some of the gorgeous
sights along the way.
|We ended the day in Denver at the Tattered
Cover Book store. We bookstore junkies managed to leave a sizeable
donation to the store. Finally, on Monday, we headed back to the airport.
By now Pat was proficient in u-turns and we all decided that the Denver
airport looks like a lactating possom.