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Big Mick 18 Dec 09 - 10:24 AM
Max 18 Dec 09 - 10:27 AM
Big Mick 02 Jan 10 - 07:39 PM
Max 14 Mar 10 - 11:25 PM
GUEST,DonMeixner 15 Mar 10 - 12:00 AM
LindsayCurran 15 Mar 10 - 12:05 AM
Acme 15 Mar 10 - 12:31 AM
Janie 15 Mar 10 - 12:33 AM
GUEST,abdul Bin Sharjah 15 Mar 10 - 01:05 AM
Herga Kitty 15 Mar 10 - 03:40 AM
SINSULL 15 Mar 10 - 08:15 AM
jacqui.c 15 Mar 10 - 08:23 AM
My guru always said 15 Mar 10 - 09:03 AM
wysiwyg 15 Mar 10 - 03:07 PM
Morticia 15 Mar 10 - 04:02 PM
Herga Kitty 15 Mar 10 - 04:11 PM
Leadfingers 15 Mar 10 - 04:48 PM
Liz the Squeak 15 Mar 10 - 05:16 PM
My guru always said 18 Mar 10 - 03:17 PM
gnu 18 Mar 10 - 04:21 PM
Dave the Gnome 19 Mar 10 - 04:41 AM
wysiwyg 19 Mar 10 - 09:48 AM
jacqui.c 19 Mar 10 - 01:09 PM
Snuffy 19 Mar 10 - 01:29 PM
The Barden of England 19 Mar 10 - 02:05 PM
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squeezeboxhp 19 Mar 10 - 07:32 PM
My guru always said 20 Mar 10 - 06:19 AM
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Susan of DT 20 Mar 10 - 12:43 PM
Big Mick 25 Mar 10 - 12:06 PM
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Subject: RE: To Max:For you from Mudcatters
From: Big Mick
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 10:24 AM

Some time ago, in a thread where we were talking about funding, and someone complained about accountability, I made mention of the fact that I couldn't care less about that. I was a bit upset because I have been in your house, seen servers beside your bed or in your basement, saw the effort to put out the radio show, and been your friend, and I knew the sacrifices you had made to keep this place going. I, and others, knew the heavy weight placed on you, because you felt an obligation to all those folks, in all those places around the globe, for whom this place was daily sustenance and a connection with the larger world. When I responded to these sad people, I pointed out that even though your efforts allowed many of us to travel around this country, and other countries, and have fabulous "Mudgatherings", you who made it all possible never got to go to many. You never got to go to Europe and visit with all the marvelous European Mudcatters who are such an important part of this place. You were too busy trying to make a living, take care of kids, build a career, and keep the lights on at the Mudcat. I know this is so, because in a weak moment you admitted how much you would like to do that. At that moment I made my mind up this should happen, as a gift from The Mudcat Cafe' back to its creator. So I enlisted two formidable folks, the amazing Sinsull in the States, and the incredible My Guru Always Said in the UK. We started to put the word out, and just ask folks to help get our Max to Europe. We raised some money, not a ton of it, but we think we can get you over there, Max. I am not going to post the amount here, but I will call you later and let you know the amount. And they tell me that our beloved jacqui is a wizard at getting reasonable airfares to UK. We have many folks that want to put you up, so lodging is not a problem. You simply have to take the time, buddy. So in whatever way is appropriate for you, just know that this is our gift to you at this season of the year.

I am closing this thread, as I am not looking for any discussion or debate on the issue. It is simply here to tell Max how much we all appreciate the man he is.


If any of you would like to add to the fund, to show your appreciation for Max, you may PM Sinsull, My Guru Always Said, or me and we will take care of it.



Thanks, Max, for all you have done. You are at the bottom of so many good things from Grammies to friends like our beloved Jean, Sandy, Rick, Barry, and so many more. You are a very special man to whom much is owed. This is just a small effort to let you know that.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: To Max:For you from Mudcatters
From: Max
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 10:27 AM

I am speechless. Many, many thanks to all involved...


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Subject: RE: To Max:For you from Mudcatters
From: Big Mick
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 07:39 PM

I am refreshing this from time to time for those that have not seen it, and at the request of several UK catters.


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Subject: RE: To Max:For you from Mudcatters
From: Max
Date: 14 Mar 10 - 11:25 PM

Where did the time go. Holy cow.

First off, thank you to Sinsull and Mick and My Guru Always Said and jacqui and everyone else that had anything to do with this. I am touched more deeply than you could know. I'd swear this was a wish granted, but that seems to be happening to me a lot lately. Who's complaining?

So, what am I going to do?

I thought I'd leave that all up to you.

I look to all of you to suggest when I should come, where I should go, whose willing to put me up, show me around, set me in front of some folks that might want to hear some country blues, etc and so on.

I'm taking a trip to Montana the 3rd week of July, but other than that, I am wide open. Might have up to 2 weeks off.

So, let the discussion begin.


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Subject: RE: To Max:For you from Mudcatters
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 12:00 AM

It has been about a year for me. Money to donate is hard form to come up with at this time of year. But I do have jewelry and will make my usual donation as an auction item. Let me know how.

This place is like a neighborhood.

Don


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Subject: RE: To Max:For you from Mudcatters
From: LindsayCurran
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 12:05 AM

I need to call ASAP - I want to chip in what I can, but can't do it via computer.

I've been meaning to just chip in something, however small, for the longest time, because mudcat has given me so very very very much ever since I first discovered this site -

Any amount I could ever give could never begin to match the endless pleasure you've given me

Thanks - glad I saw this just now -


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Subject: RE: To Max:For you from Mudcatters
From: Acme
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 12:31 AM

Are you looking for suggestions for an itinerary in the UK? I suspect the various Mudcatters over there would happily pass you around amongst themselves, and like a precious small child, your feet would barely touch the ground!

Have a great trip, Max!

Maggie


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Subject: RE: To Max:For you from Mudcatters
From: Janie
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 12:33 AM

Got your passport, Max?

I would imagine the beauty of a small geographic area like the UK and Ireland is that you could cover a lot of territory in two weeks.

Watch for LTS's Tits, no matter when you go!


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Subject: RE: To Max:For you from Mudcatters
From: GUEST,abdul Bin Sharjah
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 01:05 AM

Todya's Global Edition of the NY Tinmes.

Headline ' British plan on piracy sets off alarm bells.' pae 13. section one.

Summary - When asked how government ought to deal with freeloaders who illegally copy....on the internet, James Murdoch, head of News Corp's European and Asian operation; does not mnice his words. "Punish then.'

"There is no difference with going into a sotre and ste3aling Pringles of a handbag an taking this stuff,' he said lasgt week at a media conference in Abu DAHBI. 'We need enforcement mechananism and we need governemnts to play ball.'

....a tough anti-piracy is nering the make-orbreak stage in Parliment.
....such a system has been approved but not yet implimented in France.
....it will give copyright holder the tools to tackle the priacy prolem at .South Korea is is proposing similar lblocks.

'British libel laws...put the burden of proof on the defendant by welthy plaintiffs....'Its all-around very draconian....'you'd have to say the government wa listening only to right holders and no one else.'

WHATCH OUT MAX - I smell a RAT.
Be wary of UK solitors.

SIncerely,
secure a good lawyer before landing in Heathrow

although banishing the UK's govt blocking mudcat content access would be a blessing...EFF is good.


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Subject: RE: To Max:For you from Mudcatters
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 03:40 AM

Conspiracy theories get everywhere, don't they....?

MGAS did a great job in inviting contributions from UK Catters to help Max come over and visit and meet as many of us as possible, and we are looking forward to his visit.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: SINSULL
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 08:15 AM

Kendall and Jacqui are planning a tour of Ireland. Thye may have some suggestions.
M


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: jacqui.c
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 08:23 AM

We are looking at the possibility of being in the UK in May/June this year, if health and finances allow. If you were there at the same time, Max, we could probably ferry you around for part of your stay - I have my own car over there. We want to look at a possible few days in Ireland, a trip over to France for the day and to get to Duxford Air Museum to look at the Spitfires. We also intend to take in some folk events while we're there.


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: My guru always said
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 09:03 AM

Now, that's interesting Jacqui, especially the Ireland bit, might be a bit too soon to get everyone organised, but we'll see!

For those not already aware, I have a list of UK Catters who have already expessed their interest in hosting/meeting Max. I'll be happy to carry on compiling that list (and accepting more contributions in sterling - PM me) over the next couple of weeks. I'm kinda busy from now till Easter (got about 45 Folkies coming to live with us for the holiday) but when that's all over & done with I'll start looking at the timing of Max's wandering jigsaw puzzle.

Thanks for opening up this thread Max, we're really looking forward to your visit!!! Please let me know if there's anywhere in particular you'd like to go, or Catters you want to meet. Oh, and do you want time out to be a tourist too? 2 weeks might not be long enough.....

Hil


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 03:07 PM

I think we oughtta send him either to Oz to find missing Catters, or Ireland on a Seamus Kennedy pub tour. Unless Seamus is doing a cruise next-- if so def send him on THAT. I bet he'd love a dueling blues break with Max?

~S~


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: Morticia
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 04:02 PM

always welcome here.......Wiltshire is nice, Max, you'd love it.


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 04:11 PM

June has some good things going like Alcester festival - joins up northern and southern Catters quite nicely, the summer solstice at Stonehenge (in the aforementioned Wiltshire)if you're interested in World Heritage sites or druids....

Kitty


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: Leadfingers
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 04:48 PM

Cant do the House thing (My Hovel is WAY too small) but any help I can give , I will !!


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 05:16 PM

If you're planning to come to the UK in May this year, there'll be a session in east London round about the 15th May for Steve Suffet and co... I'm sure we can find you a bed somewhere nearby and for others, there are some reasonably priced hotels a short ride away.

LTS


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: My guru always said
Date: 18 Mar 10 - 03:17 PM

Suggestions, offers etc will be added to our list.....


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: gnu
Date: 18 Mar 10 - 04:21 PM

jac... "a trip over to France for the day"

Sounds posh. A brie brunch with a nice wine and fresh bread, a stroll along the Seine, a pic at the tower... soooo romantic. Tell Max to be SURE to bring a doggydoo bag for the Beagle.


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 19 Mar 10 - 04:41 AM

Bit tight for space in Gnome Manor but we can always squeeze one in if you fancy seeing the original 'Dirty Old Town' - I'll even take you to the gasworks croft (It's a used car lot now) :-)

Cheers

DeG


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 Mar 10 - 09:48 AM

Who will provide childcare for the couple, BTW?

~S~


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: jacqui.c
Date: 19 Mar 10 - 01:09 PM

Gnu - this would be a boat trip to Calais - not nearly as posh, but you do get to see the White Cliffs on the way.


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: Snuffy
Date: 19 Mar 10 - 01:29 PM

No childcare needed. In Britain the kids can look after themselves. :-)


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: The Barden of England
Date: 19 Mar 10 - 02:05 PM

Space here in The Garden Of England, and we have some GREAT sessions. Let us know when Max - you'll always be welcome.

John Barden


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: SINSULL
Date: 19 Mar 10 - 03:32 PM

Hey Max,
If you just want to come to Maine and enjoy the Foodie Capitol of the World, come. Some great blues here too.
SINS


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: squeezeboxhp
Date: 19 Mar 10 - 07:32 PM

give Yorkshire a try like Whitby in August Festival time


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: My guru always said
Date: 20 Mar 10 - 06:19 AM

All suggestions offers duly noted, keep 'em coming.....

Jacqui, be sure not to nip over to Calais on a Sunday, it was shut last time I tried it *grin*


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 20 Mar 10 - 08:07 AM

kewl.. if Max goes to Kent, we will be sure to see him.


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: Susan of DT
Date: 20 Mar 10 - 12:43 PM

Come to Whitby, as Squeezebox recommended. We always see lots of mudcatters there. We will be going this year - we generally go every two years.


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: Big Mick
Date: 25 Mar 10 - 12:06 PM

When I started this project, I was determined that our host, and my friend, Max would have the trip of a lifetime. And when I asked Sinsull, and later My Guru Always Said, to take care of the collecting, it was the best thing I could do. While the idea originated with me in a conversation I had with my buddy Max when he was a bit worn out, I must tell you that without Sins and MGAS, this simply would not have been a possibility. You two are the best, and I thank you. My life in the last two years precluded me spending as much time as is required. Between Ciara's accident and the ongoing issue with that, both parents needing care, getting a CD done, trying to maintain a performing career, and an ongoing remodeling of the house, it has been quite mad.

Max, if it were me, I would take off on the idea presented above. I would find the time when the most festivals were occurring and go then. I wouldn't worry about transport or lodging as I would bet that there will be plenty of offers for that. Make a decision, announce it and begin preparation.

To those that want to donate, I would suggest a PM to myself, Sinsull, or if you are in UK to My Guru always Said. I love my Mudcat.

Mick


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: Acme
Date: 23 Jun 10 - 09:00 PM

Max just posted on facebook - he has his tickets! Good work, folks!


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: Max
Date: 23 Jun 10 - 09:09 PM

The flight is booked!

August 19 through Sept 5.

A million zillion thanks to all involved, and especially SINSULL, jacqui_c, Susan of DT, dick greenhaus and (extra special thanks to) My Guru always said for putting up with me through this process, I can be a bit hard to get a hold of sometimes (single-parenthood you know).

Got ma and pa to watch the kids and Penn State has agreed not to fire me while I'm gone.

My guru always said is officially in charge of my itinerary, so communicate with her if you'd like to participate in this traveling circus. We'll post details as they are firmed.

I am very excited to finally meet many of you, and find no coincidence to the timing of this trip at this time of my life.

THANK YOU ALL.


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 23 Jun 10 - 09:21 PM

Max - have a wonderful time ..... you deserve it!


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Subject: RE: To Max: For you from Mudcatters
From: KT
Date: 23 Jun 10 - 10:05 PM

BRAVO, MAX! So glad to see you're finally going to DO it! Have a grand time! MGAS you could add AK to his itinerary!


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