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How did the first meet go?

Discussion in 'VIP - Vaping in Phoenix' started by DisMan, Jul 12, 2009.

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  1. DisMan

    DisMan Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 2, 2008
    Well, I am posting this before the meet, so we can respond after the meet. Getting myself ready to head out and go! Can't wait to see everyone!
  2. DisMan

    DisMan Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 2, 2008
    The first meeting went very well IMO. It was nice to meet so many people. I gotta say, desrtrat is the best recruiter I've ever seen. He brought like 5 people with him....or maybe his business is just so stressful that everybody smokes? :)

    It was nice to hear how many people don't smoke anymore due to their e-cig discovery.
  3. ICP-Fan

    ICP-Fan Full Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 1, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    I also just got back from the first meeting. It was great meeting all of you! Big thanks to Hellen A. Handbasket for putting this together.

    For the members that asked about web design, click on my sig.

    Looking forward to the next meeting!
  4. mkscr

    mkscr Full Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 27, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    I'm so glad the first meeting went well and so disappointed to have missed it. I'm looking forward to attending the next one though.
  5. Up2Eleven

    Up2Eleven Full Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Went great! Met some really cool people, and noted that, after spending all day with a room full of people vaping, I come home without irritation or stink!

    Was great to meet everyone and I look forward to the next one!
  6. Terraphon

    Terraphon Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 12, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    Yes, things went very well, indeed. The give-aways were great and the conversation was even better.

    Getting to meet a bunch of fellow vapers and sit down with them for a couple of drinks, some liquid tastings, getting to try out new gear and seeing all of the things that people are doing with their e-cigs and accessories was awesome. I, for one, look forward to the next meet-up.

    Also, lest we all forget, I would like to extend a HUGE "Thank you!" to all of the people who were involved in getting this thing rolling. The organizers who set it up and suppliers that came by with freebies and give-aways made the inaugural VIP Club meeting go off perfectly. I think you should all take a nice e-bow. We all certainly owe you a round of e-pplause.

  7. laynies

    laynies Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 23, 2009
    Phoenix, Az
    I can't add much more after Terraphon's post. I agree with everything he said.

    A huge THANK YOU! to the suppliers who showed up, the bar for hosting us and a very special thank you to Vicky for putting it all together for us.

    Looking forward to the next one, maybe then I'll bring more liquid flavors and less parts.. or maybe just more liquid :)
  8. Terraphon

    Terraphon Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 12, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    more liquid.

    More liquid is always good.

    Maybe I'll bring more next time, too!
  9. VaporRaven

    VaporRaven Full Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 11, 2009
    I just joined the forum yesturday and missed this event.:( Are there suppliers in phoenix? I need some liquid very soon,my order from JC prob wont be here till end of the week.
  10. Hellen A. Handbasket

    Hellen A. Handbasket Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Gotta tell you no show-ers... YOU missed out.

    We had a great time! Hazelwoods had listed our VIP meeting on the outdoor light up billboard in front of their place. They set us up in their "Celebrity Room" which worked out perfectly (if you were a sports fan, you didn't miss a second, they have a bazillion flat screens on every wall, at every booth and even in our VIP room). The food was great and their service was excellent. A big thanks to Hazelwoods 1st Place for making sure we were taken care of!!

    We had 18 show up! Here are the people who were there: DesrtRat (Dan), Chadwick (Chad), Terraphon (Rob), Laynies (Heather), EmsMom (Kelly), DisMan (Jason), Sharky (Mark), GSwan (Gary), ICP-Fan (Rob), PSPin69 (Pete), Up2Eleven (Bill), WchyWmn_IAM (Jamee), Gitchie Girl (CaSaundra), Richard Beights (works with Dan??), BlakLungz (Damon), What Up G (Garrett), RadioKaos (Jerry), Hellen A. Handbasket (Vicky).

    I did get some pictures, so I'll get them out of the camera and get them uploaded as soon as I can... stay tuned!

    The Arizona suppliers came through at the top of the generous scale, and donated TONS of stuff for door prize drawings. I think everyone went home with something (I won a 510 pass through, YAY!).

    Thanks to Chadwick (Chad Green of for donating a 401 kit and two 501 pass throughs. RadioKaos (Jerry Green of Aroma E-Juice) for his donation of an 801 kit and 5 bottles of juice, SannerSays (Matt Sanner of Wet Your Stick e-liquids) for donating a box of 5 bottles of e-juice even though he couldn't come this time, John Andrews of Hazelwoods' Inc./PHX Smoker for helping me get us set up at Hazelwoods 1st Place, donating a 4th Generation mini-cig kit and giving VIP members screaming deals on 801 and 901 kits ($29!!). A VIPer went home with Hellen's Hand Basket (full of DIY stuff) and I also donated 6 wood desk e-cig holders. (If I forgot something, someone please post it!! :oops:)

    It was an awesome sight to see... everyone happy vaping in a public place (and not having to go outside in the heat!!) and not a negative peep from any of the bar patrons in the place about it. Everyone hung out and talked vaping and got to know each other until about 4:30 or so and the crowd thinned a bit, but many of us stayed. :rolleyes:

    I gotta tell you, Dan (DesrtRat), Chad (Chadwick) and Rob (Terraphon) together are a scream!! I sat with them and Heather (Laynies) after everyone else cleared out, had a beer and laughed my ... off for about 3 hours. Of course, Chad, Rob and Heather did a shot of some Apple Pucker thing (Dan and I just said nooooo) so that upped the entertainment value at the table considerably. Those 3 guys in a room together are the livin end! We left about 8:30, when I looked at my watch and went "OMG! Look at the time!" ha). I couldn't believe how quick time flew by and I can't remember the last time I laughed that much... Good Times!

    I hope everyone had fun, and that you all will want to do this again soon. We'll be talking about planning the next one (Jerry (RadioKaos) came up with a great idea for the next one ( A make your own Battery Mod class!!) and some fun things are in the works for the VIP group future meetings! If you didn't make it this time, I hope we'll see you at the next one.
  11. desrtrat

    desrtrat Senior Member ECF Veteran

    May 21, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    The first VIP meeting was awesome! Thanks so much Hellen (aka Vicky) for setting it up! It was a GREAT time! If you missed it this time around, I highly recommend going to the next one. I learned several things at the meeting:

    1. We've got some excellent local suppliers for both liquid AND hardware that are very customer service oriented. Thanks John, Chad, Jerry, and Matt!

    2. EVERYONE in the group is good people. As I was unable to identify the "posterior exit" in the must have been me.

    3. Hellen and Laynies are both sweethearts...uh.. I mean..they're both really nice! not that they're dating each other or anything....not that there would be anything wrong with that....

    4. Disman (aka Jason) is actually a really nice, low key guy...but don't let that get out..he doesn't want to ruin his "hard" rep.

    5. You know how when you go out drinking in a group there's always ONE guy that says "HEY! Lets do Shots!!" followed up quickly by ".. of Tequilla!"...well...Chad is that guy...

    6. I'm gonna ask Rob to be at my house when my daughters first date comes to pick her up in a few years..nuff said..

    7. There's a lot of big scary looking dudes in our group. Luckily, they're lovers, not fighters....but they're also fighters so don't get any ideas.

    8. Uh..not to be whiny or anything..but I think *I* was supposed to win the 401 kit..just sayin.. ;) was a fun day! It was the most fun I'd had with my clothes on in quite a while. Thanks everyone! I'm looking foward to the next meeting.
  12. laynies

    laynies Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 23, 2009
    Phoenix, Az
    Don't think you are gonna get away with all that, do ya?

    1. No argument on that one. Some of the nicest suppliers in the business are located right here in Phoenix. We are very lucky.

    2. Don't let dsrtrat fool ya... He's a really sweet guy. Does great comebacks and generally just fun to chat with.

    3. thanks!!! I agree that Vicky is a sweetheart too :)

    4. Can't comment as I didn't get a chance to chat with him much but I'll take your word for it (seemed nice to me).

    5. I would of done the tequila. A certain someone has developed sensitivities to it however and it couldn't be brought to the table. The apple shots were yummy, Thanks Chad!

    6. He should start a service. We actually had a few guys in the group that could scare the piss out of young teenage boys without a whole lot of work.

    7. See 6.

    8. Ok, now this one.. this one is why I started doing a point by point response. Just to get to 8. I won the 401. But ya know, we might be able to work something out ;) Send me a PM.
  13. Hellen A. Handbasket

    Hellen A. Handbasket Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    LOL at Dan (we love ya you little posterior exit). We're giving you a spotlight at the next meeting... I bet you could do a 15 minute stand up routine no problemo.

    The entertainment for the next meeting is booked!

    I heart you guys too.:wub:

    BTW, trying to get home last night sucked big time... who the hell shut off the freeway access going West? :mad: Glad I didn't do shots! I had enough trouble trying to navigate around that crap with my normal bad sense of direction. ha

    Note to self: Bring hubby so I can do shots next time and have a designated driver.
  14. Terraphon

    Terraphon Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 12, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    It's not MY fault I have a sensitivity to tequila.

    I had a Cuervo incident when I was like 17. 1 gallon of tequila + 3 cans of frozen OJ + 3 people = never drink tequila again.

    I'm ok being around it, as long as nobody waves it under my nose...that's the precedent to horking.

    Also, I'd like to apologize to Gary for stealing his seat (Your grace and tact were legendary). I was so freakin' hot after standing outside talking to Jerry and Chad when I first got there that I just went ahead and stroked out in the first empty ...-holster I saw.

    Again, I'd like to thank the organizers and suppliers that made this meet-up a possibility AND a smashing success. I had a lot of fun and it seemed like everyone else did, as well (even if some of us WERE a bit loud and obnoxious ;) ).

    So...when's the next meet?

    EDIT : @ Hellen - Yeah...You WILL do shots next time. Or else... (That goes for laynies, too)
  15. Hellen A. Handbasket

    Hellen A. Handbasket Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I bet a few of us would pay for a bottle just to see that! LOL

    Loud + Obnoxious = FUN (add Apple pucker... WOW!)

    We all need to discuss that. OH NO not another freaking POLL... lol.

    Okey Dokey!
  16. Terraphon

    Terraphon Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 12, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    Well, I think the Sunday thing worked out pretty well. I know that there are a lot of people that work weekends so occasional weekday sessions may be in order but this meet went over pretty big, I reckon.

    A couple of things;

    1) I'm even uglier when I'm puking. You sure you want to see that?

    2) I noticed we were getting a lot of looks from other tables when we got loud. WOW, DID THAT JUST HAPPEN RIGHT NOW?! Lots of them looked curious as to what was going on with the puffing and the fogging. Maybe next time we'll get some questions from the civilians.

    3) A poll is in order. Make it happen cap'n!
  17. laynies

    laynies Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 23, 2009
    Phoenix, Az
    If the tequila comes out, I'll be moving as far away from you as I can while still being sociable. Watching it is no problem, being in range however.. no thanks!

    I saw a couple looking at us with that "oh no, they're smoking" look in their eyes when they first sat down. I think they were waiting for the odor to waft over to them and when it didn't happened they shrugged it off.

    While Vicky is working on the new poll, and I have an idea for that to follow this, YOU need to be working on getting our supplier/members into the social group! Have you had a chance to look into it yet?

    As for my idea, what if we had a monthly Sunday get together at Hazelwoods (as long as they'll put up with us) and a monthly weeknight get together at a different location. So every other week we'd be at Hazelwoods on a Sunday or *insert location here* on a Wednesday night? Or is that too complicated?
  18. Terraphon

    Terraphon Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 12, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    Yeah, I still have to work on the social group thing...I'm going to take it right to SJ and see what we can do.

    I'm down with whatever meetings we can do...I'll make as many as I can :)
  19. Hellen A. Handbasket

    Hellen A. Handbasket Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I called John yesterday and thanked him on behalf of all the VIP members.

    When I initially contacted him, I asked about a monthly meeting (I knew you all would want to do this again, ha) and he was on board immediately. Yesterday, he said to just let him know what the next date was. BTW, he said 'sorry' about the air conditioning... they are working on it!

    Only thing about Hazelwoods is that sometimes they have special nights, big sporting events, and get crowded. So, he said as long as we were flexible (we are) he could accommodate us monthly just fine. So we can move Sundays around, or try to set it up for the 1st Sunday of every month (makes it easier to remember?) and it just gets moved a week when Hazelwoods needs to.

    Our last Poll seemed to indicate that Sunday worked out okay for everyone who was driving in from a long distance. Did the time (1:00) work out okay for everyone too? Probably another poll question, huh?

    If anyone had any issues or concerns (time, day, place)... will you please post it and then I can take that into consideration when I'm doing the new poll later.

    @Terra - Didn't you say Octane (North/West location) was cool with vaping? Any chance you could swing in there (and anywhere else you vape at) and see if they'd put up with us on a Wednesday night? Probably a smaller crowd during the week... but that's okay.

    Anyone else know of a nice little place we could take over during the week? I'd prefer it wasn't out in BF East side. More North West hmmm?

    We can always change a Wednesday location as we find a place to go vape... I do however, really like the idea of Hazelwoods as our main Sunday go to meeting place :thumb:

    Great idea - Once a month at one place on a Wed. and once a month at Hazelwoods on Sunday?

    Yah... another poll... I'll think on it and get one posted this week.

    We definitely need to get Jerry, Matt and Chad on here!! Thanks Rob for working on that.
  20. Gswan

    Gswan Full Member ECF Veteran

    May 11, 2009
    Gilbert, AZ.
    The first meet was great. Thanks to Hellen for all the organizing, and thanks to the sponsors for a great time!!!
    It was great meeting everybod, and I can't wait to do it again!!
    I'll be waiting for the next poll(s) to see when and where.

    Out for now...G
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