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Weekend At Bernie's


Eric Carmen

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Hi guys:

I had a great time also! The feeling driving home was similar to the feeling I had after a few of the Raspberries shows last year. I feel like I'm with a bunch of friends I knew all my life!

One of the biggest laughs (for me at least) is when Lew called over Jim and then introduced him as the Drummer of the Rasberries--Michael McBride!!!!

There were many highlights but for those who weren't there....TOO BAD... you know the old saying "whatever happens at WAB stays at WAB....so I'm not talking......

....but where was I when the skinny dipping was going on anyway....oh yeah, I was playing naked Twister......

Hope to see you all again next year!

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I used to joke that once you're not single-and you're not going to parties to meet girls....WHY GO TO A PARTY?

WELL...I just went to the best party of my life!

I went to meet friends and THAT-it turns out-IS THE BEST REASON TO GO TO A PARTY!

YOU ARE ALL SUCH WARM AND WONDERFUL PEOPLE AND JIM AND BARBARA-GOD ARE YOU TERRIFIC "REGULAR GUYS"!

MY BIGGEST SURPRISE....EVERYONE IS EVEN BETTER LOOKING AND MORE GRACIOUS THAN THEIR AVATARS -(ALTHOUGH I DO BEAR A STRIKING RESEMBLANCE TO "QUISP"!)

THANKS ESPECIALLY TO BERNIE,KATHY AND THEIR WONDERFUL FAMILY.-Ira. smilie

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Eric, Since you started this thread, thank you so much for your good wishes. I hope your children's first day of school went smoothly.

Weekend at Bernie's IV was a *spectacular* party! Thank you Bernie and Kathy--you really know how to throw a bash!!! And thank you Jim, Barb, Al and Denise--you really know how to launch a big surprise!!! You're *AMAZING!* It was so great to spend time really getting to know you. You all made the day thrilling and much more than special in a very heartwarming way...

All I can say is that WAB IV could have been made into a movie! The dance party by the pool to out-of-this-world music was just meant to be filmed--especially when Harry put on the Razz earrings and started dancing around. BeatleJay was there in spirit--Lisa did indeed do his "jump-up-on-the-table dance" for him! smile

I can't think of a better way to celebrate Raspberries and how far the dream has come in just a short time. If you missed it, you'll want to come next year.

Some of the board members who couldn't attend this year were "connected" via Kathy's cell phone. What a treat to hear Ted's voice and Sugar's and the beautiful accents of Muzza and Kiwi Marilyn. Thank you Muzza and Kiwi for the gorgrously wrapped birthday gift all the way from New Zealand! I kept your note card. And Sue's Razzbasket of lovely gifts was icing on the cake! The pretty raspberry jewelry I was wearing was made by Betty (whose screen name is IluvEric). It got many compliments, Betty--get ready for more orders!

To all the cherished friends I've already met (and you know who you are), I loved being with you again. As Annie said, "we're like family." It was great to meet TUNESY and his family and John and his friend as well. And "Cool Chick Auntie" is indeed one cool lady! What a day!

The only problem is that we couldn't possibly eat all that food! We'll need more board members, band members and their families to help us eat it all next year!

Bernie and Kathy, every time I leave "the house on Creamer Drive," I leave smiling. This time I left "singing"! For your incredible "labour of love," and for all the *LOVE,* THANK YOU!!!

PS Next year, Annie and I are thinking of kidnapping a certain icehockey player from a rink in Hackensack and initiating him as a new member... wink

smile --Darlene

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You guys sure know how to party! I could hear you all the way down in Florida... courtesy of a wonderful call from Kathy, which was not the least bit ruined by a conversation with TOMMY TUNES, who I could barely hear over the roar of the throng!!

Wish I could have been there. Maybe for "V" I hope.

Love the pics, but for those of us not there... we need names (screen names) for those faces! smile

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GREAT PARTY..THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO KATHY AND BERNIE FOR OPENING THEIR HOME TO A GREAT BUNCH OF PEOPLE AND MAKING ME ( A FIRST TIMER ) FEEL SO WELCOMED.I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED WITH ALL THE OTHER ERIC CARMEN/RASPBERRY FANS AND SHARING CONCERT PHOTOS WITH US ALL..KATHY ESPECIALLY MADE ME FEEL LIKE I WAS A MEMBER OF HER FAMILY..THANK YOU KATHY..I LOVE ERIC CARMEN AND JUST COULDN'T GET ENOUGH INFO ABOUT HIM..BERNIE., I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO SEE YOUR PRIVATE PHOTO COLLECTION..MAYBE SOME OTHER TIME!!

A SUPER BIG " WOW " TO JIM FOR A REALLY COOL SURPRISE..I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!! PICTURES I TOOK WILL BE SENT TO BERNIE TO POST AS YOU SEE FIT..THANKS AGAIN FOR A REALLY GREAT TIME.. MARIANNA...HOBOKEN,NJ

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Did we have a GREAT time, or what ???

I'm still laughing today...(although I don't have much of a voice left either, Kathy !)

It was wonderful seeing so many of my ec.com friends!

Kathy and Bernie, thank you SO much for THIS...and for opening up your house and your arms and welcoming us like family. You ARE so special ! Annie and Pete, (I just love you guys), Gina, Lisa, and Darlene (WOW, just WOW...the girls were having some kind of fun happy !), Al and Denise, it's always SO nice seeing you (thanks again for the goodies, I LOVE them !), Jim and Barb..what can I say ? You surprised and thrilled EVERYONE, and it was incredible to see you again).

AND...I was SO HAPPY to meet several of you that up until yesterday,I'd only known on the message board...TOMMY, it was SUCH a pleasure to meet you and the "TUNES" family happy , Lew...smile, and NO, we're NOT MOONIES, Ira, Marianne, Theresa, Dianed, Harry, John, Lou, and Dave, it was such a joy to meet you all !! COOL CHICK AUNTIE...I loved talking with you, and we'll have to do it again sometime !! This just might never stop, cause I could go on and on and on, but I won't....I'll just say this..the ONLY thing, and I mean the ONLY thing that could have made the day any better, would have been to have those of you who couldn't be there, be there. SO....start planning for next year... happyhappy

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Coming Soon…

WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S

Photo Caption Contest

Al Kaston kept a lookout for super special photo-ops that demand your wittiest captions. The contest will begin as soon as he gets them to me. The best caption will win a prize. I know what you're thinking, we should handicap Tony Cartmill since this game was tailor-made for him, but I've decided to keep this a level playing field.

Bernie

PS: Al guarantees plenty of "caption-worthy" photos featuring EC.com regulars holding brats, making faces and dancing on tables, so get ready!

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Infinite thanks to Bernie and Kathy. My debut at WOB was a blast. Would luv!!! to attend the next one. This was my 2nd backyard barbecue were one member of one of my all time favorites band was present. First Steve Priest of Sweet in LA and now Jim in NJ. I've come a long way since the days in the 80's when I felt like the only Raspberries fan. Splendid time yesterday. Nice meeting you all. John

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It's wonderful that everyone had such a good time. I was definitely there in spirit...and, believe me, I would much rather have been there than here....especially given the fact I spent the week in throes of the break up of an almost 6 year relationship! eekcrying

Good news is that I hope to be able to (yes, really this time!) spend a little more time here again with everyone. wink

S*

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