So Long & Farewell my WU Friends

By: seflagamma , 4:24 PM GMT on March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017: My last Blog here on WU. So sad.
I started posting here (got my handle) Aug 2005, started my first blog Dec 2005 and the rest is history.

Was hoping I would have more time but I have spent the past 3 weeks just saving the thousands of photos I have here that I did not have anyplace else.

Finally got it all done. I can breath now.

Tonight my nephew who has been living in France the past 8 yrs is finally coming back home to the USA. He had his adventure and did a lot of his bucket list, as if a kid in his 20s has a bucket list, but he always wanted to travel especially in Europe. And between his stint in the US Army, deployments in Iraq and other places, he has seen a lot of the world in his young life.
But now he is in early 30s and time to come back and settle down.

We are picking him up when he lands in Miami tonight, he will stay here about a week & visit his local cousins. We will probably go out on boat Sat, if it is not too windy, then Sunday a big family BBQ and pool party. He & I will head toward Mexico Beach, FL (panhandle) next Tue morning to go his brothers house (the one that is a Capt in USAF & tried to come see us every year on his vacation). I will stay there about a week, leaving hubby to fend for himself here at home.. my brother (the boys Dad) and my Dad, Papa Joe, are driving down to see the boys so I am going to stick around until they arrive to see them before heading back home.

So a busy time ahead. I've told many of you that you can find me on FB as
Patti Stribling Lauer.
many of you also have my personal email address
I don't want to lose touch.

Of course from time to time, especially during storm season you will see me Pop up on Dr Masters blog. And I will be coming back to check out radars and maps, etc.

It is so hard to say goodbye to this place that I have loved so dearly for nearly 12 years and have met so many wonderful friends.

You all take care and hope we reconnect again somewhere.


Now for the Maps:

Patti and Stacey (seflagamma)
09 17 2016 Patti and Stacey leaving Tower Club after having dinner with friends.
Patti and Stacey
Aug 7, 2016 our Kids and Grands at Disney (seflagamma)
Aug 7, 2016, all our kids and Grands went to Disney together last weekend. A long timed planned event for them. Of course we could not join them and it was good for them all to be together. This great picture came out of all the ones taken.
Aug 7, 2016 our Kids and Grands at Disney

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21. Ylee
2:07 AM GMT on April 03, 2017
Cards are winning! Hope they can hang on!

Take care; I'll see you around, somewhere!
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20. sandiquiz
7:49 AM GMT on April 01, 2017
For the last time on WUnderground I will wish you .........

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19. palmettobug53
1:44 AM GMT on April 01, 2017
Hope you get back here before things shut down! I just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed our time here on WU. Too bad the Powers That Be decided that we weren't worth keeping but ...

I'm signed up at Sandi's Flickr group, Disqus and will start blogging at The Ark. I pop in at Shore's place, The Task At Hand,

I had your email and you'll still get your Christmas card every year! lol

glad to hear that your nephew is home and you get to see PAPA JOE!!!! Give him a hug for me, since I almost consider him Dad by proxy.

Hope you can find time to party at Sandi's a little bit this weekend!

See ya around!

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18. seflagamma
4:58 PM GMT on March 30, 2017
Thank you all so much for your comments!

Had a great 7 days in Panhandle of Florida. Got to see Donna (beachfox) and Lou (not sure what her handle was, she was part of the photography group and a moderator for awhile)
And saw a lot of the area, did some tourist stuff, and enjoyed the Gulf of Mexico beach, newphews rental is just yards away, less than 1/2 block.
My brother & his wife & Dad & his wife drove down so I stayed long enough to see them.

Been crazy busy since I got home late Mon. Hope to get things back in order soon.
I will be back when I can.

You all have a great week!
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17. sandiquiz
8:18 AM GMT on March 23, 2017
Hope you have fun:)

Will mail you the Flickr group info later - I won't forget.
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16. originalLIT
7:09 PM GMT on March 22, 2017
Just want to say Bye here. It's a real shame they are ending this. :( I will copy down your FB info. I'm on FB , you can search me as Laurence Tobias in Stamford CT. Also on Twitter. Next winter we may go down and stay at our condo in Del Ray Beach a couple of months, we'll see. Next month, we are expecting our first grandchild! A girl! My daughter is 8 months pregnant. Can't wait! I know it's "old hat " for you but we're very excited! Stay well. LT
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15. redagainPatti
8:08 AM GMT on March 20, 2017
Wandering around this early morning... in and out of the blogs... wanting to wave hi to all...
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14. RobDaHood
11:52 PM GMT on March 19, 2017
Hey Gamma.
There are between 45 and 50 there. Mostly folks that posted or read my blog. Link in my header for when the comments go away.

Doing well, thanks. And I've always liked the Avatar.
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13. Ylee
11:47 PM GMT on March 19, 2017
You should mix them up sometime, and do Corn Darts..... :' )
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12. seflagamma
11:14 PM GMT on March 19, 2017
Thank you Scott Rob Sandi, and all others.. Skye Pony has joined FB finally never thought I would see her there but we have many weather groups over there that are private groups that only members can comment or see... and I am trying to do The Disgus group, but have not had time to figure out how to reset my password. Been really busy around here but I have the emails that tell me how to do it. Sandi, not sure I would even fit into the photographer group, but make sure you email me how to do it and I will join it in April just so I do not lose touch with that group of friends. And Rob isnt there another group that you are doing?
I do not want to lose touch even if I don't post often. You are all so important to me.

thank you all so much for your kind words about watching my "Tribe" grow over the past 12 yrs. We had a big family BBQ Pool party today with Corn Hole & Darts included. Got the Pork Boston Butts on at 6am this morning so they were ready by 2pm. also had some chicken with my baked beans and store bought cole slaw and potato salad. it was so much fun to have all the local kids & grands here being with their cousin (our nephew, my brothers oldest son) for the day. Early Tuesday morning I will be taking him to the panhandle of Florida, Mexico Beach, which is just east of Panama City Beach, to live with his brother. He is coming back to America after 8 yrs of living in Europe mostly France but he has been all over the place, full filling his bucket list . But he is 30 now and time to come home and settle down. I will drive him up to nephews Johns place Tuesday morning then stay thru the weekend because my brother and Dad are coming down to see them all and me. I will probably return next Monday.

My grands have grown up here on WU, you have watched them all from their birth (well Cole was already 2 when I joined but Rylee was a new born our first WUBA baby) and the other 4 that came after Rylee.

It has been an adventure...

It brings tears to my eyes just knowing this may be the end. Please jot down my email address if you are not on FB or one of the other places and keep in touch...(It is in the header)

I will try to get back tomorrow but a lot to do before the 9 hr drive Tuesday.

Take care everyone!
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11. sandiquiz
10:48 PM GMT on March 19, 2017
Hi Scott....and unless you join Rob'sArk it will be .....

Take care and keep smiling!
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10. airman45
10:30 PM GMT on March 19, 2017
Doing great, Rob! I really need to change the avatar. That went out like, seven years ago! Hope it's going great on your end also.
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9. RobDaHood
2:26 AM GMT on March 18, 2017
I'm sure gonna miss watching those kids grow up. And also, your words that just beam with pride for those kids. You done good Gamma!

If you get a chance, drop by the new place sometime!

Howdy Airman!
Long time no see.
Hope all is well.
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8. airman45
11:46 PM GMT on March 17, 2017
Hi Patti! Wow, I wasn't aware this was going to end. That's what I get for not coming on more often. I will miss this site, and the many people on it. But, times change, and corporations take over.

The best thing was watching your growing tribe over the years. All the milestones! Right from my own home state.

You have had your challenges, but may you be blessed with continued good fortunes and beautiful family.

Many regards,

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7. seflagamma
10:38 PM GMT on March 15, 2017
Had to add two last photos, one of Stacey and I last Sept and one of our Tribe from last August all of them together at the same time.
time flys.

thank you everyone who is stopping by for a visit.

AZGrandma thank you so much for your sweet words. I have seen you around over the year and wish you all the best in the future

Mass, I copied all your links and hope to get signed up in those blogs. Thank you so much for the years we have been friends.

Sandi, my dear friend across the pond. of course you will always be on my Christmas Card List, and we have email and we will stay in touch.

and for everyone else.. I will be back several times I am sure before we all disappear....
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6. sandiquiz
5:39 PM GMT on March 15, 2017
Gamma - I have been on the blogs as long as you... and known you for almost as long. , and might even join The Ark when things settle down.

Take care of yourself... and I still expect a Christmas Card!!!

God bless :)
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5. masshysteria
5:14 PM GMT on March 15, 2017
Hi Gamma! ~ Dropping by to say so-long and to thank you for all the wonderful shared years/memories we all had together on WU. I'll never forget the hysterically funny Halloween blogs of yesteryear where you'd usually pose as the elusive "FlaBlondie" and I as the mysterious "Lady of Shalot". We had quite the active WU blogging community back then but, sadly, time and circumstances seemed to have caught up with many to where bloggers/posters started to dwindle or go elsewhere. I guess it was only a matter of time that a corporate giant would buy out this once productive vibrant website and decide to streamline it into a more strictly generic weather entity.

I'm not a participant of Facebook, for various reasons, but am now part of Sandiquiz's "Wu Survivors Blog" on Flickr, Aquak's "We are Seeds of WU" on Disqus and Robdahood's "The new Ark2" which is his own private web creation for former WU bloggers and newbies alike. You might like to try Rob's site, sometime, as it very closely resembles the best of Classic WU with great new features pertaining to weather, other fun conversations, photos and the ability to insert Youtube videos, animated graphics, maps, pics. He also posts a lot of Florida maps as he's from that State as well. He also plans to create individual blog sections for each member to post like here. I have all the links to the above mentioned sites within my blogheader if you're interested. If not, I certainly understand as blogging can become so time consuming and it seems we have less and less of it as the years roll on.

I've copied down your regular email address which will also show (Gamma) on any sent email so you'll know that I'm an old WU friend reaching out to occasionally offer support during times of severe weather challenges or wish you happiness when celebrating important holidays.

I wish you and yours all the best and hope, through some form or fashion, we can manage to stay in touch when WU is through. I still have a bit of a lump in my throat about this blog shut down but, perhaps, when one door closes, a better one might just open up? In any event ...

Take care and God Bless!
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4. azgrandma
4:38 PM GMT on March 15, 2017
Dear Patti, I rarely, if ever, comment but have followed you and your lovely family for years. I originally went to WU for weather and to look at the photos. One of yours intrigued me & led me to the blogs, so thank you! Will miss you; I wish you and your family all the best! Not on FB but maybe we'll see you on Robdahood's new Ark?
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3. seflagamma
4:28 PM GMT on March 15, 2017
Thank you Ylee! Yes we do, very proud of my family and our history of military service.

I am going to really miss seeing all your comments.

Yes, you are my last "FIRST"!!!!
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2. Ylee
4:26 PM GMT on March 15, 2017
I'm the last 1st! :' ) You sure have a lot of people in your family to be proud of!
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1. seflagamma
4:26 PM GMT on March 15, 2017
While I will be busy with family the next few weeks I will check in here from time to time. Plus I should be back home around March 27th.

Going to miss this place...
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