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    Kash76 is offline Waterboy
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    Looking for friends in purple? Look no further than PurplePride.org!!

    You guys were great!
    Thanks again....

    http://keanen.com/blog/2008/09/22/looking-for-friends-in-purple-look-no-further-than-purpleprideorg

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    I was given two tickets to the Panthers vs Vikings game and invited Brian along but didn’t want to show up at 11:30 like I had always done in the past.
    I wanted to do some tailgating!!

    I searched on Vikings.com and found that there really isn’t a way for single game fans to get a tailgating spot.
    So, I searched good old Google and found this post from a couple of weeks ago..

    http://www.wearevikingsfans.com/Forum.aspx?g=posts&t=195

    Where a guy named NodakPaul invited a complete stranger to come hang out with the gang from PurplePride.org.
    I figured that I would register on the site and give it a shot myself.
    I posted out on PPO and within an hour or two I received a message from Steve inviting me to come on and hang out.
    He offered directions to their tent and even his cell number.
    We exchanged some text messages getting some clarification on when they start and a couple of other details.
    BTW, they start at about 6AM!!

    Brian and I met at one of the lots by the MOA to catch the light rail at 9, we were at the Dome at about 9:40 with cooler in hand.
    Then hospitality tent was right where Steve suggested it would be.
    We walked up, I must say that I felt a little ackward walking up to a bunch of strangers hoping they would let us “take us in”.
    A couple of guys looked over and said, “hi”.
    One said, “who are you”.
    I explained that Steve had invited me and that I had posted on the site just the day before.
    One of the guys yells out, “here’s the new guy that registered yesterday!”.
    Brian and I had a half a dozen hands extended out to greet us.
    Too cool!!

    I was thrown for a loop as everyone introduced themselves as Zeus, NodakPaul, Webbie, etc.
    I didn’t know what that was all about and then it clicked, that was their forum nicknames.

    I commented to Brian many times through the experience that it was just AWESOME that we were welcomed with such open arms.
    My wife Carolyn thought I was weird because I was just going to go hang out with a bunch of strangers

    We worked through the crown and met a gal named WildFan, Zeus, Jason, some Swedish dude that was violated by some bachlorette party girls, Webby (the grand master) and many others.
    I’m sorry I don’t remember all the names as I had a few beverages in me!

    We had pictures taken with Chuck Foreman, Ragnar and PPO folks.


    We witnessed a drivable keg mobile, motorized blender, a great band that walked through and the best was Zeus doing his weekly sermon about the Purple Jesus (a name that we were told Mr. Peterson isn’t too fond of) which was hilarious.
    I only wish I had gotten video of that

    So, if you’re looking for a great bunch of folks to hang out with before the game, look for PPO!!!

    Thanks again gang, I hope to at least come to a couple of games a year and hang out.
    Brian and I have given some thought to season tickets, we’ll see how that goes over with the wives!!

    Oh yeah, the Vikes also won which was nice for a change

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    Re: Looking for friends in purple? Look no further than PurplePride.org!!

    hey. its great you enjoyed your self man.

    hopefully you can see more of the gang at the next home game

    and i miss steve/singersp.

    he doesnt post anymore =(

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    Re: Looking for friends in purple? Look no further than PurplePride.org!!

    "SamOchoCinco" wrote:

    and i miss steve/singersp.

    he doesnt post anymore =(
    He's online right now.

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    Re: Looking for friends in purple? Look no further than PurplePride.org!!

    It was a pleasure to meet you. Hope to see you again soon!

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    Re: Looking for friends in purple? Look no further than PurplePride.org!!

    Glad to have met you, and glad you signed on.
    SKOL!

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    Re: Looking for friends in purple? Look no further than PurplePride.org!!

    you sound like a really cool guy.

    i hope to meet you at a game

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    huxx is offline Pro-Bowler
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    Re: Looking for friends in purple? Look no further than PurplePride.org!!

    Sounds awesome.

    Man, I've got to get down to a game again.

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    Kash76 is offline Waterboy
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    Re: Looking for friends in purple? Look no further than PurplePride.org!!

    "huxx" wrote:
    Sounds awesome.

    Man, I've got to get down to a game again.
    And we were told that Carolina games were weak showings!

    Thanks everyone!
    I hope to see you guys at least one more time this year.

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    Re: Looking for friends in purple? Look no further than PurplePride.org!!

    Nice to meet you Kash. You posted pretty much what I would have if I knew how to write. Except for the fact that I recognized people from PPO, and knew their forum names. The whole thing was a blast. Skol.

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    Re: Looking for friends in purple? Look no further than PurplePride.org!!

    My interactions with steve were the same, but i signed up probably 8-9 days ago now, and also found the site thru a similar yahoo search. I'm also signed up @ wearevikingfans.org but that's almost all forums only with very little LIVE interaction. I responded to an offer of a free ticket via steve, and i accepted. He offered his cell, and was very nice when i called to say i was running late. Then he called me, when they were closing up, and going inside. The guys were great, and while i tend to be a little quiet, especially when i meet people for the first time, i did open up, although i suspect there were more there before the game. I was able to hang out afterward until my sister texted me asking if i am on my way to get our boys.
    Overall i had a great time, and every one there are the exact people i am looking for to take on as friends and acquaintances.
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