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  • I’m going to Orlando to blog the AARP convention, Orlando@50+

    What an honor! I’m one of three people who were selected to blog the event. AARP will pick up my travel expenses, supply me with press credentials and a Flip camera, et voila! Le country boy becomes, for the weekend of September 30 through October 2, a genuine pro-blogger.

    Ronni Bennett (Time Goes By), AARP’s Alejandra Owens (One Bite at a Time), and Craig Newmark (Craigslist) judged the contest. My fellow winners are Cowtown Pattie (Texas Trifles) and Mr. GoTo (Go To Retirement). I’m looking forward to meeting them in Orlando!

    For those interested but unable to attend in person (people, for example, who may decide they’d rather not ride a Delta jet stuffed with parents and pre-schoolers on their way to Disney World) there’s a digital hook-up! Orlando@50+ will be streamed live! Registration is free and you can sign up now.

    Here’s a brief flash presentation that describes what’s included in the digital session and how it works.

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    1. Posted September 10, 2024 at 12:47 | Permalink

      Congratulations! Well deserved! I look forward to reading your posts.

      Joan Price
      (another blogger who entered)

    2. Posted September 10, 2024 at 3:10 | Permalink

      Thanks Joan!

    3. Posted September 10, 2024 at 4:22 | Permalink

      Frank: Congrats on the win. I am happy that this contest allowed me to discover your writing. I look forward to meeting you in Orlando.

    4. Posted September 10, 2024 at 5:41 | Permalink

      My congratulations to you too, Mark. I’m glad to be meeting the real people behind the pen names!

    5. Don Harvey
      Posted September 10, 2024 at 6:16 | Permalink

      I won a contest too. My fellow winners are Cowpie Boobies and Mr. Natural. Don’t you get it Frank? There are no real people behind the pen names.
      But seriously, I’m totally excited to know that even in my advanced state of decrepitude my interests will be well represented at the AArdvark convention by a triad of depends-wearing geeky dorks. Remember guys, no posting after 9pm.

    6. Posted September 10, 2024 at 6:27 | Permalink

      Dude, I just laid in a fresh supply of adhesive tape for my glasses, and a new pocket protector. I’m ready for anything! You should pop down to Orlando and help me stay on track.

    7. Don Harvey
      Posted September 10, 2024 at 8:22 | Permalink

      Sorry, I can’t do Orlando now but I have been there many times. It’s a lot like Wisconsin Dells but without any real trees. There’s a bunch of adults running around in funny outfits who gather twice daily to march in the Fantasy World gay pride parade. And there’s a big ball there you get to walk into that proves science really exists. You’re bound to learn a lot. But for really good hot dogs you have to drive to Tampa.
      Wish I could join you.

    8. Posted September 11, 2024 at 2:57 | Permalink


      Cowpie Boobies?

      We got ‘em…. in spades. Come on down!

      I’ll even let you join the Chip N Toss….and be a judge on the Biggest Pie with Flies contest.

    9. Posted September 16, 2024 at 8:42 | Permalink

      old farts get love too!

      • Posted September 17, 2024 at 10:29 | Permalink

        Alan! That’s age-ist! And happily it’s also true.

    10. Jenn Baier
      Posted September 17, 2024 at 6:57 | Permalink

      Hey Frank congrats on heading down to Orlando! When our AARP Wisconsin office heard one of the winners was from here we were totally excited. Let us know if there is anything we can do from here – we would love to meet you.

      • Posted September 17, 2024 at 10:30 | Permalink

        Thanks, Jenn. I’ll check in with you next week some time if you’re available. Love to meet you too!