This weekend, Dad and Cathy were in town so I met with the family for dinner on Friday. A smaller group of us has breakfast on Sunday morning where we got to spend time talking and visiting together. It was lovely.
In between those, we had a LAN party at Mosaic Commons. We started our World of Warcraft guild as a bunch of locals who already knew each other and would hang out semi-regularly. Over time, our guild has grown. We now have almost 100 different accounts playing ~280 different characters and still we have many, many people in the local area or within a reasonable drive. So we decided we'd all bring our various computers, etc and hang out together for the day.
We play WoW, we played Rock Band, there were naps had, lots of food was consumed (chicken & bean enchiladas, beef stew, veggie platters, fruit trays, cheese plates, homemade bread from Colorado, banana bread, homemade cinnamon rolls, homemade twice baked potatoes, brownies,, pancakes and other food that I'm forgetting now).
We started arriving a little before 11 am and the place was cleared out by 11 pm. There was a tour of the community, so we had non-gamers visit a bunch of times. Other people who live in the community also visited to see what was up. A bunch of people hung out and watched us play and chatted. Our non-local members were online with us via vent (think voice communication) and a few people had web cams up.
There was so much laughter and joy at being together and hanging out that we're going to do this again sometime.
What a great weekend!