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Beach Meetup!!! :))

Hi guys! That's an ACTUAL ESL Beach picture! :) It's from Dewey Beach, from one of our MANY AWESOME party beach times!! We have gone to Rehoboth Beach, Ocean City, Dewey Beach, and North Beach!! Many times we went to the beach WITHOUT it being a meetup (we went with a ton of ESL members, off the site!)...But this pic is from a Dewey Beach ESL meetup!

I'm having us go back again to Rehoboth Beach, as many people are saying that they miss and loved our beach meetups so much!!!! So, let's do it!!!

Let's go on July 26th!! We meet at Grosvenor Metro Station at 8:30, and we carpool from there! IF you can be a driver, please indicate that in the comment section...We will stay there ALL DAY, and then come back late at night...so please plan accordingly.

See you soon!!! CAN'T WAIT!!!

Nooners

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  • REY

    I'm new to this group, and I have a question: do you usually make stops on the way there, or is an express trip all way to Rehoboth?

    August 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great trip with real friendly people somehow I felt I know everybody for years!
    Thanks a lot.

    2 · July 27, 2014

  • Tatiana

    Great trip! Noonie, thanks for getting us all together!

    1 · July 27, 2014

  • Noonie

    Thanks guys!!! And thanks Anastasha for your amazing text! You are great as well! I'm so glad it worked out for us that we had sunny skies at the end!! Can't wait till Safdar uploads more pix (other than the fabulous first 3 he uploaded). As he has AWESOME ones of people on Ahmed's shoulders, and more! :) Thank you so much Ahmed, for letting me use your phone so freely for the pictures! And for driving both ways! Also, thanks to Safdar for going back to pick up Talita from the metro, and for each and every one of you for all the amazing fun! You're the best! :)

    3 · July 27, 2014

  • Ahmed J.

    Yeah, that's right NOONIE! The weather turned out to be perfect! The sky became blue and clear! Rain all went away for good and we swam for hours!!! Thanks for organizing an amazing event!!

    1 · July 26, 2014

  • Noonie

    Wow Ahmed your rain away dance worked as it's nice and sunny now and we can all swim!

    2 · July 26, 2014

  • Ahmed J.

    Yes, can't wait to swim again after we hang here at Greene turtle :-)

    July 26, 2014

    • sam

      We're in parking.

      July 26, 2014

  • Ahmed J.

    Great company and fun trip :) with all the traffic and add the rain on the beach .. Noonie got us together and wer having a blast at the G turtle .:))

    1 · July 26, 2014

    • Noonie

      Thanx, Ahmed! So cool how you ran to swim the second the rain stopped. :-) You motivated more of us to go in the ocean & I can't wait to go back in after the Greene Turtle. :-)) As the rain has stopped for now hehe

      July 26, 2014

  • Ahmed J.

    Safdar is there waiting for you, Talita and when he calls you don't answer. This is Noonie and Ahmed

    July 26, 2014

  • Ahmed J.

    Safdar is meeting you in the metro Talita. Thank you Safdar and noonie!!!

    July 26, 2014

  • Noonie

    We have been waiting since 8:15 am. There's Wifi here at the metro but when we leave (in a few minutes as it's almost 9), contact me by phone at[masked]

    July 26, 2014

    • Ahmed J.

      Talita you aren't supposed to find anyone at the metro an hour later. We told you we waited and had to go to the beach. We are driving to 229 Rehoboth Ave. to by a permit behind the convention center. At the brown building. Then, we park at a residential area as near to 1 Rehoboth Ave. noonie was so awesome to provide a map of all possible parking and where to get the permit.

      July 26, 2014

    • sam

      I try to meet her at the metro.

      July 26, 2014

  • Hellen O.

    Looks like we'll not make it to Grosvenor Metro on time to leave with the group. We'll drive and catch up with the group at the Beach. Noonie, I will call your cell to find out where the group is

    July 26, 2014

  • Noonie

    We definitely have enough room for everyone in cars now. :) And we'll have a good number going still! :)

    2 · July 25, 2014

  • Noonie

    Wow, Ahmed said he can borrow a van and fit 7 (including him). This is GREAT!!! There are still people we aren't sure are going: like Najeebullah and his 2 guests, tim, Maria, Nipuna, Edgar, Talita, Yazmin and a couple more... That's why we haven't been sure if we have enough drivers or not...If most of those people mentioned are no shows, then we most likely do have enough drivers...We'll see if they let us know if they're still coming...

    July 22, 2014

    • wdx82

      Ok I will arrive there tomorrow Thanks

      July 25, 2014

    • Noonie

      wdx82, Actually, I see that you canceled and can't go tomorrow. :) Thanks for letting us know, as for Baltimore we didn't know you weren't coming. :)) We hope to meet you another time! Our beach meetups are AWESOME! Have a great weekend!

      July 25, 2014

  • Noonie

    Just one last thing. I forgot to mention that we'll also be splitting toll with the driver. There's no toll on the way home...So it's gas, parking, & toll that we'll split...It shouldn't be too much at all!!! I sent out all the info. about everything else (including my phone number:[masked]) in my email to you all...I might be offline till the meetup (as I have things to do outside of meetup now). See you tomorrow! :)

    July 25, 2014

  • Noonie

    Now parking should be so easy for us, now that I found all this info. :)) The place to get the parking permit is in a brown building right behind the convention center. :) So we can park at the Convention Center, get the parking permit, then we can park AT ANY residential area. :)) The address for the Convention Center is: 229 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. It's $13 for the permit. We split that & gas with the driver...The address for the brown building is actually 30 1/2 Lake Avenue, but it's likely easier for our GPS's to put in the address of the convention center (the one above on Rehoboth Ave.). Tell me tomorrow if you'd rather pay $8 for parking at the Park N' Drive, & then take the bus directly to the boardwalk...That would require zero walking, but we'd have to take the bus...Still, not hard...Those are our choices as available meters may be hard to find. :)) See you soon! :))

    July 25, 2014

  • Noonie

    See U soon! I have a big purple ball and a Frisbee. I'll bring those. I don't have a volleyball...

    July 25, 2014

    • Noonie

      I know...hehehe...I wrote that in another place that I confused you with Shajib. :)) You're one of the drivers I said, and that we're really lucky you will take 6 (as well as Ahmed, etc.)..I wrote that down below..Thanks so much!!

      July 25, 2014

    • sam

      You r welcome.

      1 · July 25, 2014

  • Noonie

    Guys, important and key drivers are canceling to go tomorrow (with one of them having a very legitimate reason, a tragedy)...But all these others canceling, well this has NEVER happened to us before at the last minute...So, if you have a car and are a back up driver, PLEASE BE OK with the fact that you might be used as a driver! This will be the only way that we can go...ALSO, I ask that please NO MORE drivers cancel (unless you already told me that you are maybe, and this is just one person listed)...As you made a commitment to be a driver so we relied on you...Thanks so much! It'll be fun! See you soon! :)

    July 25, 2014

    • Noonie

      I think I worked something out so that at the end we can DEFINITELY all go (EVEN those 2 who just got off the "I want a spot list.:))...The driver situation is being worked out! As the fact that both Ahmed and Safdar can take 6 REALLY helps us mucho! :)) Anastasha is also a definite driver, and we have all the backup drivers who are now willing to help out they say, due to the fact that there might be no choice...We are ALL GOOD and can go! :)) YAY!! It will be SO MUCH FUN! :)

      July 25, 2014

  • Noonie

    Hehe, in my list of drivers, I made a mistake as SAFDAR is the one who can take 6, NOT Shajib...Sorry! . :))

    July 25, 2014

  • Noonie

    Ok! I DID make the meetup time for 8:15 am, AFTERALL! THIS WAY, we can all aim to meet by 8:30 am!!! It's important (even though I just found parking options)...This way, it saves some time from when we go and get our $13 parking permits (unless you choose the park N' Ride, in which we'd get a bus straight to the boardwalk, but we'd also have to wait maybe 10 min. for that bus...That's only $8 for parking)..I'll give out ALL details tomorrow (AS WELL AS the PARKING MAP)....See you soon!

    July 25, 2014

  • Noonie

    OK, about driving, I ALSO just found out about getting permit to park at ANY Residential area. :) It also ensures that we get a space...It's $13 per car to get a permit, and you can park at ANY place on these streets on this site that are white: https://imageserv11.team-logic.com/mediaLibrary/8/Rehoboth_Beach_DE-City_Parking_Map_1.pdf
    It might be about a 4-block walk to the boardwalk, but it's easy as it won't be tomorrow...AND, we would get these permits from the Convention Center (on 30 1/2 Lake Avenue). It might be easier to all follow each other to get there at the same time. That way, we can get the permits, then find a place to park all together...

    July 25, 2014

  • Noonie

    EVEN after 8 am, the meters get full, BUT I did see that IF WE PARK at a Park N' RIDE LOT, we can PAY JUST $8 for the whole day, AND THAT INCLUDES a bus pass that takes us for up to 4 per car, TO THE BOARDWALK...THIS MIGHT BE the most FEASIBLE, AS it's CHEAPER than the meters (the meters are $1.50 per hour)...WE should all bring coins, IN CASE we find a meter, AS the meters don't take credit card...For meters, you have to go back and pay again, IF you are running out of time, etc...I'm ALSO looking into some other places to park, that take permits that we can buy for $13 for the whole day...They look like they're walking distance to the boardwalk...Again, you'd split the fee with your driver...

    I'll touch base with you again soon.

    July 25, 2014

  • Noonie

    Guys, we're not making it earlier than 8:30 am, we just hope people won't be too late...And, we will wait no later than 9 am for people (ONLY if we have to, but try not to).....I was pretty sick last night and didn't go to bed till 3 am....I, MYSELF wouldn't be able to get there earlier than 8:30, AND MANY MEMBERS wrote me that they won't to if we make it at 8 or earlier...IN ADDITION, THREE drivers canceled and that's FINE, AS LONG AS PEOPLE WHO ARE BACK UP drivers don't mind to drive. :) As, we might need you! :)) GREAT! See you soon!!! OH, does ANYONE have a volleyball? I have a Frisbee. See you soon! Noonie

    July 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    8:30 am is ok, We'll be there

    July 25, 2014

  • Noonie

    Guys! I have been thinking and I would rather leave by 8:30 am then wait till 9...As the parking there is not simple...There is not one specific lot that we are being guided to, it's whatever each driver finds available...The later we leave, the harder it will be to find parking...So, I might make the meeting time earlier, to make sure that people will arrive by 8:30 am...Trust me, I am not a morning person at all...I love sleeping late...But, we gotta make sure to make this as smooth as possible...

    July 23, 2014

    • Tatiana

      I'm all for meeting early!

      July 24, 2014

    • Di W.

      No problem.

      1 · July 25, 2014

  • Noonie

    I think that since the weather won't be too hot, it would be nice to picnic on the beach. :) So if you'd like to bring something to share (like watermelon, or some other food for a main dish) that is ONLY UP TO YOU...For those who wish to bring, go for it...We'll leave this optional. :))

    July 24, 2014

    • Noonie

      That's an idea for lunch...For dinner, we can pick a place, only after we have an exact count of how many we will have there. :))

      July 24, 2014

  • Noonie

    Here are the list of drivers so far, & the maximum each can take (including back up drivers). AT THE EVENT is where we decide which car you will go to...: Tatiana +4,
    Chris Bogy +4,
    Ahmed + 6,
    Anastasha + 4 (Don't worry, that's including your husband. :)),
    Noonie +4,
    Shajib + 6,
    Talita +1 (you and your husband),
    Subra +1,
    Brian +1 (he and Sato need to go late from DCA), Prutha + 1 or 2 if "small people," and ONLY if needed, Shim +4 (ONLY if needed)
    Blondine and Alex have cars, but they're maybes, and Blondine might leave from Wheaton...SINCE some of those listed are only back up drivers who'd rather not drive, hopefully some more people who haven't said that they can drive will go...Also, maybe Alex will go and be a driver....There are at least 10 people listed going who are no where to be found, so then we'll likely have about 10 no shows...So then I expect for us to have between 30 and 37 people going. :))

    July 23, 2014

  • AN

    Wow, Noonie is truly amazing. :) I hope everyone knows this!

    1 · July 23, 2014

    • Noonie

      Thanx!!!! hugs. :)

      July 23, 2014

  • Noonie

    So far they say the weather in Rehoboth is projected to be 80 on Saturday, and partly cloudy...So maybe the early riders can just meet us at Grosvenor, afterall? As they don't need to go early to beat the heat, if it's not going to be too hot at all, anyway? :)

    July 23, 2014

    • Noonie

      zero percent chance of rain so far in forecast, too. :)

      July 23, 2014

  • Talita

    Hi Noonie. My boyfriend is coming to visit me from Brazil. His name is Henrique. Sorry i didnt mention him before. I hope that is ok. Thank you.

    July 23, 2014

    • Noonie

      Ok, NP. I just added him in your RSVP (the "+1")

      July 23, 2014

  • Noonie

    Oops Talita, I meant should we add a plus one for your RSVP? Or did you mean the person you're driving with is already listed as going? As you said "we" are planning to spend the night there. So we'd need to know if you are bringing a guest (So that I can know how many people are going). Again, welcome to the group. :-))

    July 23, 2014

  • Talita

    Hi, im new to.the group! I can take two people to the beach with me. However we are planning to spend the night there. Im looking forward to meeting you all.

    July 23, 2014

  • Noonie

    Ari, I see you just signed up for the beach (and with 2 guests)...Can you please let us know if you have a car, as there's a person scheduled to go who's a driver who may have to cancel...He was never a maybe...We just found this out...So please let us know if you can drive....It's important for us to know..Thanks

    July 23, 2014

  • Shim

    Noonie, I didn't volunteer to drive because i don't like driving over the Bay Bridge :-) But, my car will be available.

    1 · July 22, 2014

    • Noonie

      No problem! :) We might not need your car. :) Maybe someone else can drive it, and only if it's an emergency and we have no choice. :) Hehe, up to you!!!

      July 22, 2014

  • Noonie

    Shim, I was just writing you the greeting the same time you wrote here. So it wasn't really a "prompt response." I have a question, is it possible for you to be just a "back up driver"? This means that since you don't want to be a driver, but are driving to the metro, that we'd use you ONLY if it's an emergency and need another driver? Otherwise, we wouldn't use you as a driver at all. :) We likely don't need to, anyway...

    July 22, 2014

  • Shim

    Thanks for your prompt response Noonie. I don't plan to drive this time. but, i will happily volunteer to drive for similar trips in the future,

    July 22, 2014

  • Noonie

    Oh, Shim...I just wrote you a greeting asking if you'll be driving. :) We are not sure if we have enough drivers, we just think we will as there are at least 10 members who continuously don't read emails asking if they are still going. :)) But YES, you CAN GO!! As I opened up a couple spots so you're IN!!! :) See you soon. :)

    July 22, 2014

  • Shim

    Hi Noonie, thanks for organizing this. Can i join? I've read the comments and it seems there are enough drivers.

    July 22, 2014

  • Noonie

    Anastasha, the girl whom I spoke of already has a ride from Pentagon City (if she chooses to still go). That's what I was saying. That Chris can take her...Since the time she took herself off, she has made another engagement. If she can get out of it, Chris can take her from Pentagon City. ALSO, that's really nice of you to rent a car! I hope you're not going out of your way and would do this even if we had enough drivers. As, at the end we might have enough drivers without you, IF we have a lot of no shows. There are still 10 members listed who haven't been in touch with anyone. So these members might not show. BUT YES, if you WANT to be drivers and EVEN if we have enough drivers, then yes I would go ahead and rent the car if that's something you would normally do, anyway. :))

    July 22, 2014

  • Anastasia K.

    If somebody would like to carpool from Pentagon City/Crystal City area to Grosvenor Metro Station. Me and my boyfriend will be renting a car at DCA(Ronald Reagan airport). We'll be having at least 3 seats in a car or simple take a bigger car.

    1 · July 21, 2014

  • Noonie

    Sawsan, I know U said you wanted 2 take your name off the list, since U couldn't find someone who could take U from near the Pentagon City Mall area. So I wanted to tell U that I found someone who can!!! Chris Bogy lives right by there & said he can take you to and from the beach!! And, he can leave late or early, doesn't matter. Now how cool is he? :-)

    July 21, 2014

  • Noonie

    There are people (at least about 5 if we include guests) who have been signed up for weeks, who are probably not even going as they never kept in touch on if they are definitely going...If you are signed up and know you're not going, please remove your name so that others may go in your space. That way, the meetup won't be full to new people anymore. :) Thanks!

    July 21, 2014

  • Noonie

    Hi guys, I just want to be clear that a "back-up driver" means that you are DEFINITELY going to this meetup. You can't be a "back-up driver" if you are not sure if you will attend. For example, for the last meetup I was a back-up driver and I drove. I saw that I was needed, so I drove members to the event. If I hadn't been needed, I would have left my car there at the metro. That is what a back-up driver is. :) I know that people like Peter and Tatiana know what it means to be a "back-up driver," but I see that a couple others thought that they can be back-up drivers and then not go to the meetup...So I need to make this clear to you. Please only call yourself a back up driver if you will be there for sure. Drivers are people we need to count on will attend. :) Thanks so much for understanding! :)

    July 20, 2014

  • Noonie

    I'm about to head out the door. Just wondering if Safdar or Suraj will be driving to Grosvenor...As we might need more drivers...Suraj, if you have a car, then you're 100% in...Either way, I'm gonna try to get you off the waitlist. :) Let me know, thanks!

    1 · July 19, 2014

    • Noonie

      Very cool, Safdar!!! As we definitely need something like that!! We really appreciate that!!

      July 19, 2014

    • sam

      That's my pleasure.

      1 · July 19, 2014

  • Noonie

    Thanx, Tatiana! That's so cool of you! I really appreciate your flexibility with everything. :-)

    1 · July 18, 2014

  • Noonie

    Tatiana, I don't know why I just saw your comment now...I said a "for sure" driver for you as I thought you were leaving from VA...I can't sort out everything for you this second if you are trying to find people to leave from the Tyson's Corner area, as this is up to members if they can do that...I would love to help you find all the people to leave with you from there this second, but we'd have to wait for answers...Sounds like you have Jaime and AJ who wouldn't mind leaving earlier with you from there? If so, then let's see if we can get 2 more people to leave with you...If so, then sure you can leave earlier with them from Va...

    July 18, 2014

    • Tatiana

      Sounds great! There's no rush, I didn't mean to imply that at all, there's a whole week ahead to decide on which way to go. That's true, AJ and Jamie replied to my post and seem to be fine leaving from Tysons Corner earlier. Hopefully 1-2 more members will join us so we could make arrangements for the trip. If no, I'll just meet everybody at Grosvenor Metro station and be a back-up driver, no biggie.

      1 · July 18, 2014

    • Noonie

      Thanx, Tatiana! That's so cool of you! I really appreciate your flexibility with everything. :-)

      1 · July 18, 2014

  • Noonie

    Sawsan, Prutha lives in VA and he is only a driver IF needed. He would be able to drive you back to Pentagon City, IF he will be a driver. He's meeting us at Grosvenor. Tatiana is also from VA but I'm not sure if she'd be returning to the Pentagon City area. She's driving for sure. Still, she's from VA so then you have 2 options already, for people living in VA...

    July 17, 2014

    • Tatiana

      Hi Noonie, I though I'm still a back-up driver, and I was going to leave earlier if I find a group in the Virginia Tysons Corner area. Do you need me to be a "for sure" driver? I just would like to sort this out so I would know where you need me.

      July 17, 2014

    • Noonie

      Tatiana, I don't know why I just saw your comment now...I said a "for sure" driver for you as I thought you were leaving from VA...I can't sort out everything for you this second if you are trying to find people to leave from the Tyson's Corner area, as this is up to members if they can do that...I would love to help you find all the people to leave with you from there this second, but we'd have to wait for answers...Sounds like you have Jaime and AJ who wouldn't mind leaving earlier with you from there? If so, then let's see if we can get 2 more people to leave with you...If so, then sure you can leave earlier with them from Va...

      July 18, 2014

  • Noonie

    Sawsan, we already wrote you of 2 people who live in VA. One is a driver if we need him. The other is a driver who wants to leave from VA. Are you saying you want to leave from VA?? If so, would you be able to leave an hour earlier and leave with Tatiana? Or, are you meeting us at Grosvenor?

    July 18, 2014

  • Sawsan

    Good morning to you all, I just reviewed all the email and comments. Sorry I was and still busy at work.

    Now, who lives near be Penatgon City Mall please?

    Have a great Fri..

    July 18, 2014

  • Noonie

    Oh, Ahmed I"m sorry, now I'm thinking maybe you meant the same thing as I was saying. :) That we leave no later than 9 am...That's great! And I thought you meant to change to meet in VA...But you probably didn't mean that, either. :)) Great! :)

    1 · July 17, 2014

    • Ahmed J.

      I wouldn't dare to change it . Well this time at least :)) since we gonna have metro here finally :) see you then looking forward to some fun beach time .

      July 17, 2014

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