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#105130 12/11/2006 05:56 PM
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Hi. I was wondering if there is any interest in a possible get togehter for the Ontario based collector's to sit down, break bread and have a little show and tell.
The internet database group here is a wonderfull and time efficient means of communication. That being said, just checking if some old style sit down and talking would interest anyone at all. This could become a bi-annual event if we hit it off.
ALL ideas open.
I can offer free parking at a downtown Toronto location, and very possibly a secure and private room in a fairly adjacent restaurant (walking distance). Food needs, (omg bbq sauce on my allgemeine visor! you ___!) if warranted can be discussed as well.
The above is one of my ideas...I'm open to leaving the central core of Toronto as well.
In closing, it would be nice to meet you all.

Regards
Dale


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#105131 12/13/2006 02:57 AM
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Hi Dale,

That sounds like a wonderful idea and to tell you the truth, it has been discussed by some of us Toronto area collectors in the past. Unfortunately it has never come to fruition.

Please count me in and I know there are others who would be willing to give it a go. Derek Chapman emailed to ask me to let you know that he is also very keen to do this. As with most of the more knowledgeable and respected collector/historians on this forum, he has been suspended and likely will not return...even if asked. It's a shame really and makes me once again contemplate my own continued membership.

By the way...sorry for not being at home when you last called.

Cheers,


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wow now Derek chapman that is another great loss
not a good sign as he is one of the wise kind regards

#105133 12/13/2006 12:46 PM
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Wow I have been away from this site for two weeks due to personal reasons and Derek is gone?????Damn shame, what the hell happened???? Darryl your gloves are on the way. Sorry for the lengthy delay my friend. I am interested in any get together and would gladly make my house available. I will supply the food and beverages. cheers, Ryan also pool table, air hockey and 57 inch big screen with endless war movies!

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Ryan,

That is very generous of you. I guess all it takes is to come up with a date and time that is suitable for most of us. Perhaps we should have a show of hands as to who would be willing to take part? Sounds like there are about five so far...Dale, Derek, Ryan, myself and my friend Frank. Oh yes, another good friend, Pedro would also join in...so the number is up to six.

Thanks for the gloves info. I was beginning to wonder.

Cheers,


Darryl
#105135 12/13/2006 02:17 PM
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Derek Chapman posted a sales ad without having a Premium Membership and changed the "Display Email" in his profile to "xxxxxxxxxxxx". This was reported to me by two members.

I removed the ad, which is no big deal, and I emailed him requesting that he change back his profile "Display Email" to a functioning email address. After 2-3 days with no answer and no change to the profile, I suspended his account.

Whenever I find - or have reported to me - a member without a functioning display email I do the same thing. Most guys change it themselves or email me to do it for them.

All that has to happen is for Derek to email me and give me a working email address to put in his profile.

Dave

#105136 12/13/2006 07:17 PM
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Thanks for the explanation Dave. Sounds reasonable enough and hopefully this was conveyed to Derek in the same manner. He is a stalwart chap and a true asset to any forum lucky enough to have him as a member. I don't want to blow smoke up his but but the knowledge that he possess and offers so freely is more valueable than many of our reference libraries. It would be a shame to loose him due to a perceived slight. Darryl my house is always open. Please let me know when the gloves arrive. They were just posted so I would hope that they arrive no later than the end of next week. cheers, Ryan

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Ryan,

If you or anyone else is in contact with Derek, tell him all I need is the working email address he wants inserted in his profile.

Dave

#105138 12/13/2006 09:30 PM
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I have sent Derek an email with this information. Hopefully he will be back.

Cheers,


Darryl
#105139 12/14/2006 06:03 AM
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Darryl,

Thanks for picking up the ball on this one and helping me carry it. This is starting to formulate nicely. I did miss you on the phone my friend, but to see you in person would be even better!
Ryan, that's great about your domestic setting. Alot more comfortable and relaxed in a friendly enviroment.Im up for that bigtime, and thanks.
My scheduale is good starting Tuesday the 18th (evening) up to the 23rd. Also this Saturday I am free as well all day. I will try and be as flexible as possible to make this happen. I have no problem taking a day off work as well ( I have alot of "time" in my lieu bank ).
Thanks for all the feedback guys, one way or another this will come together. Will check in here tommorrow evening.

Cheers
Dale


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#105140 12/14/2006 01:49 PM
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Hi I am in the east end of Toronto, Pickering to be more exact. 20 minutes from downtown Toronto or 35 from the airport. The week between Christmas and New Years is best for , just name an evening 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th cheers, Ryan Make killer chilli and Nachos!!!!

#105141 12/18/2006 03:04 PM
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The evening of the 27th may work for me Ryan. I'll post by tonite to confirm. Darryl are you available at this time?



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Dale


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#105142 12/18/2006 07:09 PM
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Hi Dale and Ryan,

Yes, the 27th works for me.

Cheers,


Darryl
#105143 12/19/2006 05:48 AM
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Darryl and Ryan,


I am a good for that nite confirmed. Just need directions! Well done gents, here we go.


Happy
Dale


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#105144 12/20/2006 04:12 AM
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Hi Folks,

I think this is a great idea and I would definitely be up for joining you in this gathering, just unfortunately I have some family visiting from out of town for a few days and the 27th may not work out for me. I'll try and make it next round Wink

Wouldn't we also want to extend this invite to our fellow GTA'ers who may also collect Heer, luft, police, KM, etc? We are a small family after all. Wink

Cheers,

Asper

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Hi the 27th looks good for me. I will just confirm tonight with my boss/wife. Feel free to email me or call me for directions and confirmation (905)420-1291 cheers and Merry Christmas

#105146 12/21/2006 01:57 AM
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A gathering which would coincide with the Toronto Show would also be a good idea. I live in the Ottawa region and me and some friends intend to make the trip this Spring.

#105147 12/21/2006 04:14 AM
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Asper and Stephane

Well see how this one goes. Your input is recognized and needed, and if this one goes well...that would be great to expand it to accomodate your suggestions.
RYAN! I can allready taste your nachos! I am a nacho fanatic....I'm talking ...watch your fingers near the bowl! I hope this comes together. I'll drop you a line tommorrow.


Thanks
Dale!


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#105148 12/21/2006 05:56 PM
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So the 27th is good, lets say around 19:00. I will supply the chilli and the nachos and hard stuff. My beer selection is a little weak so if you like anything exotic you will have to bring. Confirm and obtain directions by either phone or email [email protected] Merry Christmas!!!

#105149 12/21/2006 06:00 PM
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No cover charge but entry based upon bringing at least one show and tell item (flexible)cheers, RS

#105150 12/22/2006 09:13 AM
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CONFIRMED!

Will email you sir!


Cheers
Dale


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#105151 12/22/2006 01:48 PM
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Hi Dale thanks and confirmed. Let me know when the rest of you can, thanks and cheers, Ryan

#105152 12/25/2006 05:44 AM
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Sounds like you guys have a good start. Let us know how it goes. I am in London.I have really wanted to be part of a sit-down with fellow collectors. Good luck.

#105153 12/26/2006 06:11 PM
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Hi Guys. Hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas. To date I have confirmed , Dale, Derek and Darryl as coming over tomorrow evening. If anyone else is interested please email me at [email protected] or call at (905)420-1291. I would just like a better perspective on numbers. Thanks and all the best! cheers, Ryan

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If it wasn't over 600+ miles and 10 hours I'd be there Frown
take some pics~!
Have fun!


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#105155 12/27/2006 02:48 PM
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I have committments over the next few days, but count me in for future get togethers!

I can bring some nice goodies!


www.kurskmilitaria.com

#105156 12/27/2006 02:54 PM
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Hi Doug sent you a PM before I saw your post. Look forward to it in the future as you are so close. cheers, Ryan

#105157 12/27/2006 10:13 PM
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Ryan,

I'm leaving from downtown shortly!
To all those who can't make it....stress not! You will be talked about at meeting in how we can accomodate your needs in the next meeting.
I am very happy at all the posts here and am thrilled the get together is about to commence.
We wil let you know how it turned out.
ALL the BEST to you and yours.


Sincerely
Dale


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#105158 12/28/2006 04:53 AM
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Thank you Ryan for being the perfect host for the gathering. A splendid evening with good company and excellent artifacts.
All the best for the Hew Year.
Derek

#105159 12/28/2006 05:34 AM
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Ryan,

As mentioned accurately by Derek, kudos on hosting and providing for the group your home and refreshments. Possibly the best Canadian WW2 home display I have ever seen as well.... and you hit the bullseye on showcasing our night....THANKS Ryan, to you and your patient family.
It was a pleasure meeting Earl,Frank,Mark,Derek and Ryan for the first time, and seeing Darryl again. It was a great exchange of artifacts and knowledge, and were already planning additional meetings like this.
Mark showed us a stunning SS M-42 helm,Derek had a stupendous Allgemeine SS Officer visor, Darryl dropped us pre-war vintage SS helms...wow, plus Canadianna Air force items from Earl and gorgeous helmets from Frank. Beauty of a nite. I am so happy it all came together. Thanks guys.

The best to you in '07,
Smile Dale


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#105160 12/28/2006 03:57 PM
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I certainly echo the comments made by Derek and Dale. It was a wonderful night of story telling and viewing of artifacts from the period. Ryan was the consummate host and his home made chili was outstanding, as were the nachos and other "treats" (liquid and otherwise Wink) that were made available to us. To top it all off, the venue was tremendous with a marvellous collection of his own on display.

Thanks Ryan. You have set a very high standard which will be extremely difficult to equal, and definitely impossible to improve upon.

Happy New Year!

Cheers,
Darryl

PS - I believe Mark will be posting some pics a little later on.

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Hi guys the hospitality was a very small price to pay for the quality of artifacts/treasures that came through my door if only for a moment.Though I had met and knew most of you prior there were some people that I had never before had the pleasure of meeting. It only strengthened my belief that many on GDC are excellent and stalwart chaps. Hopefully the pictures of the treasures are posted soon for all to enjoy as a post Xmas present. Derek please feel free to leave that wonderful Waffen SS General's visor behind if you should visit again. It was a special treat to actually hold one that was unquestionably authentic in all aspects.The Allgemeine officer's visor was a treat. The mint SS M-42, snow camo and multitude of early SS Allgemeine helmets was astounding.Daryl it was amazing to see a totally original SS helmet cover that was still on the original helmet. There was also a beautiful Reichsfuhrer Waffen SS tunic, and a near mint chained SS and early Boker for you dagger chaps. cheers to all! cheers and thanks, Ryan S

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Great time guys, thanks to Ryan for hosting us all and feeding us delicous food all night. A real pleasure to meet all you guys and see some amazing SS and other gear.
I have some photos here of some very stunning artifacts,if you guys want me to email them over please drop me a line at [email protected]
I think a visit to Earls Museum would be quite fantastic, and Frank, that snow Camo M40 did it for me !!, anytime you guys want to meet up again, my house is open, just pick a date.
Mark.

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Heres a few more from our get-together

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#105167 12/31/2006 10:31 AM
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Absolutely Stunning items, wish i had been in Toronto!
Great idea guys, ive followed this thread with baited breath..... Outstanding efforts by all in arranging and delivering the goods!!
Kudos to all -- thankyou for sharing these images etc
Simon

ps - love the RFSS 43

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Great stuff guys! Nice to see it .

Joe Semen

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Mark,
Your photographic skills are almost as formidable as your (mouth-watering) pristine SS M-42 SD ! Cool Superb pics.
Really enjoyed meeting you brother....great time. Will have to do again soon. REAL soon.

Happy New Year
Dale


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