Here it is — the post I promised a couple of weeks ago to wrap up the events and happenings at the Cripple Creek Steem meetup — the Block Party!
won't trot out the excuse of being busy, although it's true. It's a life condition. But the fact is, sometimes when you have a truly powerful experience it is hard to write about it until you can look through memory's lens. But I'll save my thoughts on that untthe end.
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The people who gathered in Colorado are from here, there, and everywhere. Many but not all of us have met through Steem and Discord. It's amazing to meet people face-to-face that you know but have never met! Some of us had actually met before in person. For example, .) ith th) With that introduction behind me, I'm going to share some of the happenings. It was such a spectacular experience. Huge hats off to .) h2>Tri.)
After flying in to Denver, I met up with @enginewitty and we drove to Colorado Springs, stopping to visit an overlook on the way where we could see Pike's Peak and watch glider planes soaring down to the US Airforce bwere incredible.
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The place is massive. I don't know if anyone ever counted how many rooms there are. But there people! ll thand bedrooms everywhere. It could sleep quite a few people! All that afternoon and evening, people arrived to join the festivities. We met, hugged, cooked together, dined together, played yet met. he fired glasses, and got acquainted with those we had not yet met. The first picture is of @dreemsteem.
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I began to learn about the wildly varying experiences people have on Steem. Liz could not remember her Steem name but was an amazing part of the weekend. She spent a couple of days doing long hikes. Michael David is involved in a behind-the-scenes way and is not actively posting right now. @dreemsteem and @prettynicevideo, @ecoinstant (@dreemsteem, @davedickeyyall (tucked behind the column), @enginewitty.
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Strolling around town
I have never been to Cripple Creek before. It's the most darling town, only about a mile long. I took quite a few walks on my own as well as with groups, with @bethvalverde.
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I love a town with a sense of humor! The jail museum was really cool. The town of Cripple Creek has quite a few casinos today, and some of the income goes toward preserving the historic nature of the town. Back in the day, it was a gold rush town, and thewith it.
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We made Witty kiss a donkey's derriere!
The formal activities
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We learned about @ecoinstant (in person) and @josephsavage (skyped in). I am honestly wowed by this innovative model, designed to create a steady income for anyone, anywhere. Right now there are people with limited means who are sustaining themselves on SBI. When you gift SBI to someone, you both benefit. So it is a total win-win! Be sure to visit the laugh yoga session in action on @dreemsteem modeling her pirate garb. She is such a lovely, inspiring person!
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I'm not sure we were ever all in the same place at the same time! @ecoinstant and @weekend.
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@prettynicevideo taught us about video editing with the Vlogit app. It was a blast and super informative, and we made a cute video for @snook in the process! I learned a ton. It's a great app for someone like me who really does not know thing er>
Live "Pants are Optional" show
On the last evening, @snook pulled it all together with a wonderful wrap-upants on!
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Anyway, we all laughed so hard we just about peed our pants (which we were, in fact, wearing). It's just a hoot what people will say when asked life questions.
Food, games and chit chat
There was so much more than I can cover fully here. In the mornings we went to a casino for breakfast, because it was included with our stay at the inn. We made meals together, played cards, gabbjourney.
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I said I would touch on some of the achievements and community building of some of the members present. It really is inspiring to see what some of these lovely people have achieved, like @snook, @mariannewest, @dreemsteem, @prettynicevideo and of course @enginewitty —people with great followings who have inspired many.
What amazes me about people like that is twofold:1. They have achieved most of what they have earned by giving to the community in the form of support, information sharing and curation.1. The ways they have chosen to make their mark through content are completely different, which to me means that it’s all about sharing information that is meaningful to you. And there is not one right way.
Also, they are some of the most down-to-earth people you could ever meet!
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On the way, we had some wonderful wind-down conversation, and they introduced me to the world of silver trading. Uh-oh! Another thrilling diverway too.
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It was just really hard to say that last goodbye.
Sure, I was ready to get back home and see my family and get back into routine. But an experience like this is memorable and special and transformational in ways that ar ground.
was ipress. When you get together for a short time with people that have something tremendous in common, there is just an amazing kind of bonding that happens. The barriers to creating community are gone because you have an amazing common ground.
I was interested to hear that almost everyone said tht of it.
nd I tations about going to the Block Party. Would it be worth the time away from their tasks and to-do items? Would they be able to relate to the other other people there? To a person, everyone was thrilled they made the decision to be a part of it.
And I think, at the end of the day, that is one of the best take-aways. If you feel shy about facing something, maybe it's a sign that you should. It might take you out of your comfort zone. Someone might make yodreamed.
hanks t it's okay. You'll be a bigger person and a better person for it. And you'll be proud of yourself for trying something new. You may even meet people and learn txt year!
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