After all, I am your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate.

July 4-8, 2007
Columbus, Ohio

You would think I would have learned after last time. Over 80+ noders came to our house and apparently that hasn't stopped me from wanting to do this thing again, just not at my house this time. The root of the problem as I see it is that we still miss our friends! So, bring it on!

4th of July Weekend baby

More info?
Since messaging can get complicated for a large group of people trying to discuss something, a mailing list has been set up for this gathering. We'll be using this to send out info and foster discussions about activities, meals and anything else. To sign up visit:

A calendar for the event has also been set up. We'll be using this to monitor airport pickups, meals and activities. You can view it and subscribe at:

Beautiful Ohio! Well, more accurately about an hour south of Columbus.

What you really need to know is that it will be in Hocking Hills, Ohio, at a vacation rental lodge in the woods. There will be many beds more than my home offers, but not enough for everyone. So there will also be camping.

Ok, I hate to have to say this because if I were made of money it wouldn't be an issue, but I'm not, so it is. The lodge we are renting is a $3,000+ place, so you will be expected to help defray the cost. If 65 people show up, that would mean around $50 per person. Please plan accordingly. This is still cheaper than any hotel room around, including hostels.

The lodge does have indoor plumbing. Unfortunately, we will need to have water restrictions in effect. The lodge is served by a single well which will have trouble supporting full usage by 50+ noders. We're talking Navy showers, drinking water will come from bottles, and toilets will be flushed only when necessary. (Remember, there are a billion trees outside.) If the well goes dry, bad things happen.

If you want to make other lodging arrangements there are many cabin type rentals around as well as a Holiday Inn Express and an Amerihost in Logan.

You, yes you. All ? of you. But like Chad said last time, "we can make new friends too, so don't be discouraged from attending even if you are a complete stranger!" Those who will almost certainly be there:

Your hosts:
karma debt and ccunning
LaggedyAnne and sessor

gwenllian +3
mordel - offering rides from Royal Oak, MI
Nora +1
Orange Julius
RoguePoet - Is willing to smuggle noders across state lines from southeast MI and will have room for at least 3
Transitional Man
Two Sheds
Wiccanpiper + BriarCub
your name here

Timeshredder + the Lady 'Shredder

What will we do?
This is going to be held at a location with a good amount of activities near by. There will be food, canoeing, hiking, fire and such as well as lots of hanging out and getting to know each other. Other things to do:

  • random amateur guitar breaks (bring your instruments)
  • consumption of mass quantities of alcohol, including some of Chad's awesome homebrew on tap
  • games of some sort
  • outings
  • nap time

The following are potential outings. The big plan is to mostly hang out, we don't intend to plan too much, or try to fill every moment with activities. But, there will be excursions and outings for those interested. To include:

  • Hiking Old Man's Cave
  • Doo Dah Parade - if you come to Columbus on July 4th we'll go to the parade and then caravan out to the cabin
  • Canoeing/Kayaking the Hocking River
  • Starliner Diner - no Columbus gathering is complete without a mass noder trip on Sunday

What will we eat?

There will not be many restaurants near where we'll be staying so if you want to eat, you need to either volunteer to buy and cook food or you can pass some cash over to those that are cooking. I will not be cooking much this time. I will volunteer for a meal, but it is up to all of you to volunteer to cook a meal (or a side). I can personally vouch for the fact that it quickly gets expensive when you are feeding a crowd. So /msg LaggedyAnne about when and what you want to volunteer for.

Laggy says: if you'd like to be a sous-chef, let me know that as well. OOH! And if you want to cook but don't have any ideas or know what to buy, talk to me. I've got enough ideas to fill a book!

RoguePoet, now powered by Michigan vegetables!
Two Sheds

Meal schedule

Dinner: Burgers and hot dogs- Jen and Chad

Breakfast:Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, and Home Fries
Lunch:Black Bean Confetti salad and grilled cheese
Dinner: shish kebabs(Borgo)

Breakfast: Strata with potatoes, rosemary, and fontina
Lunch: homemade roast beef (or cheese) sammiches. Really, really Big ones.
Dinner: Spaghetti & meatballs with vegan and omnivore sauces

Breakfast:the famous e2 waffles & pancakes
Lunch:chicken enchiladas with red sauce
Dinner: Pulled pork, grilled portabellas, stuffed baked potato salad, and maybe chocolate stout cake

Sunday Brunch at the Starliner Diner!!

Extras: Italian Easter Pie

What should we bring?
The following items you might want depending on what your plans are:

  • tent
  • air mattress/sleeping bag, unless you like to sleep on the hard ground
  • chairs - Folding lawn chairs would probably be a good idea if you like to sit
  • a towel - never forget your towel
  • money - for your lodging/gathering location contribution, eating out, procuring beverages and food
  • a cooler
  • beverages for yourself and to share
  • bottled water
  • food items for the meal you've generously volunteered to cook
  • ice, you never have enough ice when you're camping do you?

What should I leave at home?

  • Firewood from out of state. Its illegal to bring firewood from out of state due to the possible spread of the Emerald Ash Borer
  • Fireworks. Sorry guys, but the owner lives nearby and its a big no no.
  • insert item here
Go ahead do it, you know you want to.

Photos can be found here:

Disclaimer: Ego, drama, whatever you want to call it, don't bring it. In order for all of this to work out and make sure that that this gathering doesn't result in a massive outlay of money, cleaning time, or drama, we ask that you please be mindful of others and realize that in this environment your actions effect the group as a whole. Noders can be very giving and understanding people, but like everybody else, we don't like being taken advantage of.