Well what can we say? We started with a sun filled Georgian salon in the James Joyce Centre, finished with a good auld boogie and in between was the most incredible experience which none of us will forget.
On Saturday we gathered in this lovely room, some of us old friends, some here for the very first time. From the moment we started we all felt an ease and connection which made everything that happened all the more special.
As usual, this day, a day in the life of us all, flew by ... by the end of it the feeling that we had gone somewhere important together was palpable.
It really is getting almost impossible to put into words what happens when we connect in this special way, words seem inadequate and clumsy, searching for ways to describe the experience that we share and never qnever quite making it, so maybe less words ...
After the day, we continued the ALL tradition of going for a meal together in the funky Ukiyo Restaurant where we found out a little bit more about each other and great fun was had by all.
Sunday brought us back to Ukiyo for the Dublin Launch of Tim's new book How Long is Now?
Just after dark with candles lit and Stefan spinning chilled out sounds, people started to arrive, Tim kicked off with a short piece of stand up followed by Brian and his guitar. Then more chatting and socialising. Gar then sang some of his original songs which seemed to launch us into another state. Then the most extraordinary thing happened, we managed to bring one of the things we had done as a group together on Saturday to a packed restaurant club scene and it was quite simply amazing.
Then things changed again, the restaurant changed into a nightclub and we all got into the groove ...
Suddenly it was time to go, we left a full dance floor and we believe the party finished in the wee small hours as expected in Dublin.
We came away knowing that once more things had changed, once more we had gone to a new place together, a good place, a real place, a place full of love and understanding and FUN!!!
I have been lucky enough to have experienced both a weekend in Glastonbury and this weekend in a very short time. As I wrote above, words are getting more and more difficult to find to describe what happens when we get together.