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Plans for 2020

Postby Rambler » Feb Tue 25, 2020 7:56 am

With almost universal open water just ahead it's time to start planning for 2020. Here's my list so far:

- A day of C&R fly fishing at White Pines
- Another visit to Apple River for smallies
- Visit several new rivers & creeks in No. IL. Brandon got me thinking about this & I'm going to try exploring Indian Creek as well as others.
- One more fly fishing / camping trip to MI. I'll combine it with a visit to an old friend in the Lansing area.
- Hit the Kish at least once
- Meet my best friend at least once a month at Skokie Lagoons or Busse. He's been talking about moving to Eau Claire so this could be the last summer we get together regularly.
- Weekly visits to the DPR
- Some fly fishing at Mt. Ranier

More on this later. What are your plans?
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby joetrain » Feb Tue 25, 2020 10:42 am

My usual. Fish 2-3 days a week. I’m going to try and learn a new body of water so I’ll be spending a bulk of my time there.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Aux Pleins » Feb Tue 25, 2020 11:00 am

I'm really focused on that ice out bass bite on some of the still water in the area. Lotta dinks but a ton of bites expected.

Also need to get out for some trout and coho sometime soon here if we ever get a calm day and the right waves. As for the rest of the year, I'll play it by ear.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Bassin' Ted » Feb Tue 25, 2020 12:30 pm

March/April- Braidwood and Lake Michigan; trip to Newton and/or Southern Illinois at the end of March or Easter Weekend
May- Lake Geneva club tournament in early May; Lake Michigan and other local lakes
June- Northern Michigan for a couple weeks for a family vacation.
July- Door Co- fishing and camping
August- Club tournament on Lake Jacksonville or head back up north for a couple days
October/November- Trip either up north in October or Newton in November.

Also plan on fishing my kayak more on some local lakes. I have learned that I rarely do everything I plan at the beginning of the season.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby WanderOff09 » Feb Tue 25, 2020 12:36 pm

I still need to plan my family summer vacation. Big fishing trips will hinge on that.

I will get to Wisconsin Driftless a few times throughout the year to fly fish for trout. A couple trips with my daughter who is learning to fly fish, and a couple trips with my buddies.
I'll spend a long weekend in the Minocqua, WI area over the summer.

My main goal is to head to the Boundary Waters, either my 1st solo, or with the guys, or with the family.

Otherwise, I will spend more time in the canoe at Mazonia and some of the private strip mine lakes, wade the K3 more if the water conditions permit, and explore more of the DuPage. Hopefully I'll shore fish Heidecke more too.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Rambler » Feb Tue 25, 2020 1:24 pm

joetrain wrote:My usual. Fish 2-3 days a week. I’m going to try and learn a new body of water so I’ll be spending a bulk of my time there.

Joe - I'm still waiting for you to hit Badin Lake on the west side of the Uwharries. You gotta do it.

Bassin' Ted wrote:I have learned that I rarely do everything I plan at the beginning of the season.

Nice detail! And, so true...
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby joetrain » Feb Tue 25, 2020 2:16 pm

Rambler wrote:
joetrain wrote:My usual. Fish 2-3 days a week. I’m going to try and learn a new body of water so I’ll be spending a bulk of my time there.

Joe - I'm still waiting for you to hit Badin Lake on the west side of the Uwharries. You gotta do it.


^^^^^ I’m on a similar forum down here. Been on a couple of group outings so far. They have an event coming up next month and it might be at Badin. Eventually I’ll get there.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Rambler » Feb Tue 25, 2020 2:30 pm

joetrain wrote:^^^^^ I’m on a similar forum down here. Been on a couple of group outings so far. They have an event coming up next month and it might be at Badin. Eventually I’ll get there.

Please report! I drove by there on a business trip a few years back & it looks great. Kicked myself in the ass for not having any gear along.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby DasGoby » Feb Tue 25, 2020 2:34 pm

Big trips:

March - New Orleans, mostly not a fishing trip but we are staying on the water and will be bringing our salt water travel gear.
July - North Captiva Island Florida. Lots of fishing planned.
July - Northern Michigan. Renting house on a really good trout river.
Dec/Jan - Annual trip to the keys.

Smaller outings and goals:

Hit the spring river runs in SE Michigan: sucker, walleye, white bass, drum, catfish
More river fishing
More top water
More carp fishing
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Rambler » Feb Tue 25, 2020 2:35 pm

DasGoby wrote:July - Northern Michigan. Renting house on a really good trout river.

The Boardman?
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Rambler » Feb Tue 25, 2020 2:37 pm

WanderOff09 wrote:My main goal is to head to the Boundary Waters,

There's a remote possibility I'll go there in the Fall. Depends on my granddaddy daycare schedule which I'm told is about to undergo significant change.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby polishfly » Feb Tue 25, 2020 2:45 pm

#1 - fish more
#2 - post more
#3 - explore lakes near cabelas
#4 - explore poplar creek down to fox
#5 - kayak camping trip with the boys, maybe multiple
#6 - annual northern wisco musky hunt
#7 - find aux's bass hole on the DPR
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Rambler » Feb Tue 25, 2020 2:48 pm

polishfly wrote:#3 - explore lakes near cabelas
#4 - explore poplar creek down to fox

#3 - don't bother with Beverly. Been there, done that, not worth nothin'
#4 - you might want to see if you can contact Justin Carf (where's he gone?) about this. He knows it well.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby DasGoby » Feb Tue 25, 2020 3:00 pm

The Boardman?


Yes, how'd you know? I'm a little surprised you guessed that as it tends to fly under the radar vs. some of the better known rivers. I'm pretty excited as two years ago Goby Jr. and I did a half day trip on the Boardman without really knowing where we were going and caught 20+ small brook trout and lost a big brown. Having a full week right on the river with ability to fish any time of day or night could potentially be very good.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby SmalliesNEyes » Feb Tue 25, 2020 3:11 pm

My plans for fishing this year are essentially to just fish if/when I can. Baby boy due May 30th... so after the major spring fishing season, I'll be much more limited in getting out...
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby ganz1960 » Feb Tue 25, 2020 5:17 pm

I plan to continue staying at Airbnbs and hotels during retirement. It will be interesting to see if I do all of this, which is in the tentative planning stages:

February -- finish my stay in Miami catching peacock bass
March/April -- head back to Corpus Christi chasing speckled trout wading and from shore
May -- start my smallmouth tour by hitting the James River near Richmond VA (never fished it)
May -- continue the smallmouth tour at the New River in Radford VA (never fished it)
May -- continue the smallmouth tour at the Tug Fork River in KY (never fished it)
June -- head to Plainfield IL to give the Dupage River a decent try (fished twice with no success)
June -- also head to Tennessee for trout fishing in the smoky mountains (and to visit my mother for her birthday)
July -- continue trying spots and cities on the Dupage River
August -- head to a couple cities on the Fox (August has been good to me on the Fox)
Sept -- unknown at this time
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby SmalliesNEyes » Feb Tue 25, 2020 5:24 pm

ganz1960 wrote:I plan to continue staying at Airbnbs and hotels during retirement. It will be interesting to see if I do all of this, which is in the tentative planning stages:

February -- finish my stay in Miami catching peacock bass
March/April -- head back to Corpus Christi chasing speckled trout wading and from shore
May -- start my smallmouth tour by hitting the James River near Richmond VA (never fished it)
May -- continue the smallmouth tour at the New River in Radford VA (never fished it)
May -- continue the smallmouth tour at the Tug Fork River in KY (never fished it)
June -- head to Plainfield IL to give the Dupage River a decent try (fished twice with no success)
June -- also head to Tennessee for trout fishing in the smoky mountains (and to visit my mother for her birthday)
July -- continue trying spots and cities on the Dupage River
August -- head to a couple cities on the Fox (August has been good to me on the Fox)
Sept -- unknown at this time


Plainfield and that general area are very good waters to fish the Duper for smallies. Cut my teeth in wading on the Duper in that area 10-15 years ago. If you need some info, let me know. I'll try to dig up some old stuff I have on locations we fished, entry points, and stretches that were productive.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby ganz1960 » Feb Tue 25, 2020 6:42 pm

SmalliesNEyes wrote:Plainfield and that general area are very good waters to fish the Duper for smallies. Cut my teeth in wading on the Duper in that area 10-15 years ago. If you need some info, let me know. I'll try to dig up some old stuff I have on locations we fished, entry points, and stretches that were productive.


Your help would be awesome! I really appreciate any info you can provide between now and then, either here or by PM. Thanks!

As an aside, wouldn't it be great if I could catch at least one smallmouth this year from each of the James River, New River, Tug Fork River, Dupage River, and Fox River? What a year that would be!
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby bobberwatcher » Feb Tue 25, 2020 6:44 pm

Rambler- I was gonna ask the same question but more along the lines of what and where for ice out; first place, first targeted species. For me, spring starts out either with a trip to Ohio (walleye charter) or chasing crappie and as always, stocked trout. I play it by ear in the summer, going where time allows but usually a few trips to Indiana. Also, Georgia has been calling my name. Wanna try crabbing and gigging for flounder, we'll see. Sorry to hear your friend is moving away, hoping you'll still be able to get together often.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Aux Pleins » Feb Wed 26, 2020 5:32 am

Rambler wrote:#4 - you might want to see if you can contact Justin Carf (where's he gone?) about this. He knows it well.


Carf lives in Minnesota now. He still has family in our area though. He still does a lot of fishing up there and around the upper midwest.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Rambler » Feb Wed 26, 2020 8:10 am

ganz1960 wrote:February -- finish my stay in Miami catching peacock bass
March/April -- head back to Corpus Christi chasing speckled trout wading and from shore
May -- start my smallmouth tour by hitting the James River near Richmond VA (never fished it)
May -- continue the smallmouth tour at the New River in Radford VA (never fished it)
May -- continue the smallmouth tour at the Tug Fork River in KY (never fished it)
June -- head to Plainfield IL to give the Dupage River a decent try (fished twice with no success)
June -- also head to Tennessee for trout fishing in the smoky mountains (and to visit my mother for her birthday)
July -- continue trying spots and cities on the Dupage River
August -- head to a couple cities on the Fox (August has been good to me on the Fox)
Sept -- unknown at this time

Gotta say - those are some impressive plans. Good luck!
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Rambler » Feb Wed 26, 2020 8:18 am

DasGoby wrote:Yes, how'd you know? I'm a little surprised you guessed that as it tends to fly under the radar vs. some of the better known rivers.

The Au Sable, Pere Marquette, Manistee, etc. are more well known but as I read in, Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis the Boardman played a role in the history of American fly fishing. Of course, now I can't remember what it was although I reread the book just a month or so ago.

My memory just ain't at all what it was. Oh well.

My wife & I stayed at a B&B on the Boardman a few years back. In the interest of domestic tranquility I didn't have any fishing gear along. But what a beautiful stream.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby DasGoby » Feb Wed 26, 2020 9:07 am

For me, spring starts out either with a trip to Ohio (walleye charter)


Bobberwatcher, consider a charter on the Detroit river vs. Lake Erie. Vertical jigging as you slowly drift down the river in 20+ feet of water for big eyes can't be beat.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Woohoodude11 » Feb Wed 26, 2020 9:08 am

Shocked Dave hasn't gotten in on posting one of these. Too busy on the Facebook groups these days :moresarcasm:

We just made our home purchase official! We'll be moving to Mundeslime on June 1st (Sellers didn't wanna close til late May on account of their kid still in school). So first and foremost plan is to settle in there.
TONS of water out there to explore. I'll be picking apart every bit of accessible water I can all summer. That should be interesting. At least I have my ol' go to closer than ever to fall back on.

Oh I forgot. The place has a HUGE connected garage so I'm not sure I'f I'm gonna outfit it for fishing gear early or wait til the offseason to worry about it. I'm thinking pegboard to hang bags of soft plastics and a desk type table as a little fishing lab. Man, it'll be nice not having to carry ALL my gear year round.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Grain » Feb Wed 26, 2020 9:47 am

Considering how utterly my plans failed last year I am not going to plan anything.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby urbanHog312 » Feb Wed 26, 2020 11:52 am

Baby boy due May 30th


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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby SmalliesNEyes » Feb Wed 26, 2020 12:46 pm

urbanHog312 wrote:
Baby boy due May 30th


congrats my dude


Thanks! :thumbup:
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Aux Pleins » Feb Wed 26, 2020 4:18 pm

polishfly wrote:#7 - find aux's bass hole on the DPR


This is the honey hole closest to home that I most frequent these days.

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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby bobberwatcher » Feb Wed 26, 2020 6:46 pm

Dasgoby- thanks for the tip. I've heard Detroit river walleye fishing is great but cost is a factor so I'm gonna have to stick with lake erie head boats.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby polishfly » Feb Wed 26, 2020 7:59 pm

Well damn Auxy that’s kinda awesome! You put up some mass bass on this site and you have those waters down! You should offer a guide service no joke.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Woohoodude11 » Feb Thu 27, 2020 8:06 am

Bass hole or the less PG version?
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Rambler » Feb Thu 27, 2020 9:06 am

Aux - grammar. Should be "These are the honey holes..." :lol:
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Fishy Bitch » Feb Thu 27, 2020 7:35 pm

Mar- Ice out crappie/walleye Saganashkee & Tampier K3 if it's not flooded
April- Kinkaid, Cedar, and Crab. And More Tampier
May- May - mid June is Heideke time
June-Pool and garden
July- TN stripers Tims Ford
Aug-More pool and garden
Sept- More Heideke
Oct- Sag crappie and Tampier walleye
Nov- Back to So. Il. Crab. Egypt Kinkaid
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby jonny2can » Mar Sun 01, 2020 4:36 am

#1. Praying it doesn't rain
#2. Getting angry when it rains. Lol
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby joetrain » Mar Sun 01, 2020 7:03 am

Rambler it looks like I will be fishing Badin for a couple days at the end of March. A group of anglers will be camping there for 2-4 days. I’ll be one of them. One of the few friends I made down here will be bringing his 26 ft camper and there is a bed in it for me.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Rambler » Mar Sun 01, 2020 9:44 am

Can't wait to see your report. Are you camping in the state park on the west side of the lake?
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby joetrain » Mar Sun 01, 2020 4:28 pm

Yes, Morrow Mountain State Park. It’s only 110 miles from my house so if it pans out that distance is doable even for a one day outing.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Rambler » Mar Mon 02, 2020 1:43 pm

Joe: That's a cool looking place.

Badin is an impoundment on the Pee Dee river. Just love that - Pee Dee. Where but in the south would they name a river the Pee Dee?
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby RonG » Mar Mon 02, 2020 1:50 pm

Rambler wrote:Pee Dee. Where but in the south would they name a river the Pee Dee?


I always liked the name Tom Bigbee. When I was about 10, my uncle took me out in the evening in his boat on the Tom Bigbee River to install all his catfish set lines. Then we'd go out in the morning and see what we caught. He was like a squirrel knowing where he buried all his nuts. I never knew how he remembered where each of those set lines were.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby HEDDONFROG » Mar Mon 02, 2020 9:18 pm

SmalliesNEyes wrote:My plans for fishing this year are essentially to just fish if/when I can. Baby boy due May 30th... so after the major spring fishing season, I'll be much more limited in getting out...


Congrats on Nick Jr! I'm sure you're going to have your hands completely full but if time allows we still need to get out to your new place for a night outing or day, either way


Woohoodude11 wrote:Shocked Dave hasn't gotten in on posting one of these. Too busy on the Facebook groups these days :moresarcasm:

We just made our home purchase official! We'll be moving to Mundeslime on June 1st (Sellers didn't wanna close til late May on account of their kid still in school). So first and foremost plan is to settle in there.
TONS of water out there to explore. I'll be picking apart every bit of accessible water I can all summer. That should be interesting. At least I have my ol' go to closer than ever to fall back on.

Oh I forgot. The place has a HUGE connected garage so I'm not sure I'f I'm gonna outfit it for fishing gear early or wait til the offseason to worry about it. I'm thinking pegboard to hang bags of soft plastics and a desk type table as a little fishing lab. Man, it'll be nice not having to carry ALL my gear year round.


And congrats to you and Ewelina on the new pad. Your new garage will become your last bastion of peace. Once kids arrive not even the bathroom will be safe haven.

Regarding your initial snide remark, lol you of all people know I haven't been active on FB groups either. I've been mostly getting gear ready and working out like a mad man trying to get the back in shape to handle the season semi-pain free. Put myself on a pretty restrictive diet as well and even though weight loss is a side benefit, I'm currently the same age that my father died, so I'm doing it more for heath reasons. This last Saturday it was 10yrs ago that my brother died, it all has me contemplating mortality a lot more than I normally would.

I only have a couple actual trips planned for this year. 3rd week of May I'll be up in Door County paddling around some streams and rivers stalking smallies. I hope to get up to Badgers cabin in Wisconsin in June. Jen's son is getting married in Gatlinburg Tn in October. We plan on getting there 2 or 3 days early, I'm bringing the fly rods with to do some creek/stream trout fishing. Other than that I'll be grinding it out on Lake Michigan in April and pond & lake grinding the rest of the time
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Skifish1 » Mar Tue 03, 2020 7:41 pm

HIT THE SAME MOVING WATERs as last year, listed below.
DPR
KISH north,south,main branches
ILLINOIS
APPLE
COON
ROCK
IOWA
WAPSIPINICON
BARK
TURTLE
FOX
Kankakee
Horse
OCONTO
SALT
GREEN

Have 2 or 3 new rivers to hit also
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Bassin' Ted » Mar Wed 04, 2020 8:58 am

HEDDONFROG wrote:
I only have a couple actual trips planned for this year. 3rd week of May I'll be up in Door County paddling around some streams and rivers stalking smallies.


Fishing the Mink River?
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby HEDDONFROG » Mar Thu 05, 2020 8:26 pm

Bassin' Ted wrote:
HEDDONFROG wrote:
I only have a couple actual trips planned for this year. 3rd week of May I'll be up in Door County paddling around some streams and rivers stalking smallies.


Fishing the Mink River?


I don't know yet Paul. We'll be staying at a friends family cabin. It's the wife's family and he doesn't even know the area. I was going to ask for suggestions once I know exactly where it is we'll be based from.
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Re: A missive from CLF for the ages

Postby RonG » Mar Fri 06, 2020 7:57 pm

I barely fished in 2019. My fish total for the year is often beat by a good outing's total. :oops: Goals:

1) Fish more
2) Post something in each and every thread started on WCF

We have to save our favorite fishing sites from being shuttered due to lack of traffic. :idea:
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Lip_Yanker » Mar Mon 09, 2020 12:56 pm

Only one plan I have to accomplish without fail is attend my son's wedding in June.

Otherwise, wishful thinking plan would be to get a fishing yak and get familiar with it, but gotta sell the canoe first. Will probably concentrate more on reloading and shooting this year though.

Only trip planned is our annual fall North Woods trip to Big St. Germain.


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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Rambler » Mar Mon 09, 2020 5:29 pm

Lip_Yanker wrote:Only one plan I have to accomplish without fail is attend my son's wedding in June

Hey man, congratulations!
Keep calm and fish on...

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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Lip_Yanker » Mar Thu 12, 2020 10:28 am

Rambler wrote:
Lip_Yanker wrote:Only one plan I have to accomplish without fail is attend my son's wedding in June

Hey man, congratulations!


Thanks!

Unfortunately, yesterday he found out a few people that were at a conference in Cali last week, were exposed to the Wuhan flu. The company HR dept. knew about it, but didn't inform anyone in their office and let the exposed persons roam around the building amongst everyone else. As you may imagine, he and the others were less than pleased.

We're hoping for the best right now. So, yeah.
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby DasGoby » Mar Thu 12, 2020 10:38 am

Was that the RSA conference?
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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Phil6 » Mar Thu 12, 2020 3:19 pm

plans for 2020?

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Re: Plans for 2020

Postby Lip_Yanker » Mar Thu 12, 2020 5:38 pm

DasGoby wrote:Was that the RSA conference?


Don't know specifically which conference, but I looked up the RSA conference you referenced and it's very likely the one. My son works for ISACA, if that means anything.


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