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Opening ceremonies-The Hugfest Pajama Party

Having only four bedrooms, I had to abbreviate how we did Hugfest 2015. Try as I might, I could not seem to connect at a fest with Brad or Sam. We fixed that by making it required attendance rather than optional. Sam’s wife Kathi decided to play hooky from school and came as well. All in all, a good time was had by all. This year’s theme was Veterans.

Hugfest, for those of you unaware, is a gathering of souls who have (or had) Hepatitis C. Many souls died while waiting for the cure. With the advent of the new Gilead Sciences miracle drug known as Harvoni, or, as in my case, its  earlier precursor Sovaldi, we are all healed. Emma is the dilemma. She is the last one left to be healed.

Getting everyone here from across the country was a miracle of orchestration and it went off flawlessly. Participants this year were Mark, Lori, Tom, Brad, Sam, Kathi, Emma, Cupcake et moi. I tried to immortalize it in electrons here as best I could.

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Sam and Mark

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Alex, Kathi and Brad


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Emma, Brad and Kathi

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Emma clamming in 14 inches of water wearing her 12-inch tall boots

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Sam doing the clam damage assessment (CDA) pass

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Breakfast at LZ Grambo

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Brad cleaning clams at natural spring near the beach

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11 Bravo Clam gunners

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Mark playing pin the jetgun on the Vet (Sam)

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The Pumpkin perp walk following the harvest

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Clam prisoners

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clam holding cells

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The Great Big Salmon Expedition

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Renowned Salmon Hunters Emma, Brad and Kathi

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The winner (her first salmon)

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Nightly s’mores competition on back deck

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Suspects (Lineup #1)

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Clam Poaching suspects lineup #2

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#3 in full Battle Rattle.

On behalf of myself and the rest of the Huggers, I hope we passed the audition. We also fervently hope Emma’s dilemma ends soon. We leave no one behind. Ever.

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6 Responses to HUGFEST 2015

  1. Jerri Lou Williams-Rasse says:

    I could feel the warmth of the “hugged ones” as I looked at the smiling faces of Festers! XOs

  2. azeejensmom says:

    This was a most excellent adventure. We appreciated and felt honored to meet each HugFest attendee. Hopefully our paths shall cross again with 2015 attendees and many more in the future.

  3. hepper74 says:

    Heard about the shirts but had not seen them. I want one. Send me the details for one XL please.

  4. Don Shepherd says:

    Looks like you all had a good time

  5. clearleft says:

    Definitely moments that will be remembered just before the final breath….and then beyond.

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