My understanding, FWIW, was that as originally conceived, it was only supposed to be a very small group get-together, just a handful of folks, Tom, Ted, Kieth, and a couple-three others, and this went over time through gradual expansions to include more and more people (as in, "Oh! Can I bring a friend...?" and "Oh, what about Jane?! And Nancy!" etc etc.) ... that not all of us got a direct invite shouldn't be taken as a slight, or, at least, I don't take it that way.
As it turned out, I understand that there was just enough room for everyone that did arrive.
I feel pretty confident that any regular member of the group would have been entirely welcome.
And even the illregular members as well. I still cannot drop the feeling that you have been at NY, and now there at NC, secretly Montana. ;)
Damnest thing, Bette....
I was reviewing one of the old videos of a meet-up this week and what but there was a brief shot of a fellow there that looked just like me. Even the eye-energy was the same. And I have a pretty distinctive look at that. Just a co-incidence though... I was here in Montana at the time, I assure you.