Being that blogging about aerobics and trying to eat right every day is bound to make me lose my mind, but I still have to keep up a blog, I've had to come up with other things to do. For one, I still would blog about that but nowhere near as often. I will also study hard to earn my Expeditionary Warfare Qualification while I am here (warfare quals in the Navy are a big deal), especially because I don't have a heck of a lot of time to do this: I had started in September but my illness made me lose a month's ground. I also have another blog that I write under a nom de plume.
But an email from Kris at Virtualmeet.net reminded me that I have yet to finish my entries about Virtualmeet: The Gathering 2009 so this will be my huge priority starting this weekend. In that email, Kris is seriously looking at doing another Gathering at Toffee's gym in 2010. This was also posted on Twitter (http://twitter.com/virtualmeet)
I'm not sure if it would be like this year's Gathering where we also took a long road trip through Finnish Lapland, Sweden, Norway, and Nordkapp (North Cape). But if he does, it would be the icing on an already sweet cake. Finland was one of the most beautiful and charming places I have ever been to (and as a sailor, I have been to many). Helsinki is a happening city if you like food, drink, and clubs. Finnish Lapland was beautiful and vast, as was Norway (I'm sure Sweden is nice, but we didn't go too far there.). The Finnish people are cool and if you are a lifter, a place like Punttis or Voimapuoti would be like heaven (P.S. ask the owner at Voimapuoti to spot you on heavy benches, I dare ya!). It was all beautiful, and Kris and Mans and Christian made it fun. You would be lifting with people who really appreciate and love to lift heavy shit. And the hospitality provided by Kris' family on Vaasa and Kris' home was awesome, and very tasty. Oh, and did I mention delicious Finnish candies?
I looked up a flight using current dates just to get an ideaFrom Seattle, It would cost from $930 to $1351 roundtrip to get there, less if going from the East Coast, and even less if in Europe. If it weren't for a looming divorce and my brother's wedding, I would strongly consider going myself. I would probably take a Navy job in Germany and stay a few extra days so I wouldn't have to pay for the flight;) If you can go, do so. Maybe some of us Virtualmeeters may want to consider signing up and doing satellite gatherings, if you can't make the trip to Finland. But I would try to make the trip at least once.
As I post during the week, I may even make some entries to post extra photos. For now, here's a few: