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Discuss the Austin Healey Sprite and the MG Midget. Two different but similar cars sometimes referred to collectively as the Spridget.

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    Dinner with forum friends

    I bought a hardtop and front bumper from Jim Gruber and Jo and I decided to drive down to Tampa and pick it up. Much to our surprise some other forum members were in the area and Jim arranged dinner at Columbia in Ybor City. From right to left are Skip and Rosemarie, JP and Tori, Jim and Kate, and Rut and Jo. What a wonderful evening of conversation, food and drink! Jim, thank you so much for putting this together!
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    Re: Dinner with forum friends

    Great place for dinner and nice people to enjoy it with.
    I went to college in Tampa and the Columbia is one of my favorite places.
    You can’t go wrong... good people, good food.
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    Re: Dinner with forum friends

    Question: How did Skip get into the Columbia?...... They have a "No shoes, No service policy"
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    Re: Dinner with forum friends

    Quote Originally Posted by Gliderman8 View Post
    Question: How did Skip get into the Columbia?...... They have a "No shoes, No service policy"
    He cleans up nice!
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    I'm dense. There's a Skip on BCF? Who is Skip?????
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    Quote Originally Posted by NutmegCT View Post
    I'm dense. There's a Skip on BCF? Who is Skip?????
    Think physician.
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    Re: Dinner with forum friends

    For those who still don't get it from the MGB Forum and several other forums Dr. Entropy. It was a great night of laughs as the galls across the table took their turns bashing on hte guys who spent most of the night trading lies about their cars. Great food, fun time, need to do it again. We've had so much company the last 2 weeks with friends from Dayton and PA we are absolutely worn out but I wouldn't have missed a minute of this opportunity. So for those of yu getting out of the Frozen North towards the end of February we'll try and do it again next year.
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    Re: Dinner with forum friends

    Quote Originally Posted by Gliderman8 View Post
    Question: How did Skip get into the Columbia?...... They have a "No shoes, No service policy"
    Durn-near went in flip-flops but knew that place is cold year 'round.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NutmegCT View Post
    I'm dense. There's a Skip on BCF? Who is Skip?????
    Not that I like bein' outted, but there it is. Best keep referring to me as Doc. Consistency, y'see. Forgot to request Rut use the pseudonym...

    Quote Originally Posted by Elliot
    Great place for dinner and nice people to enjoy it with.
    I went to college in Tampa and the Columbia is one of my favorite places.
    You can’t go wrong... good people, good food.


    As a strange coincidence I found out today that First Wife and husband were there at the same time! Somehow we missed them, they went into the Flamenco Room. Otherwise we'd have had another couple in the mix. They were down from Allentown, Elliot.
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    Re: Dinner with forum friends

    as the frozen north representative, a great time was indeed had by all - and great to meet some more BCFers. The great regret of a a hobby group located in North America is the distances, so, meeting in person friends you previously only have online is pretty special.

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    Yup, JP. Geography's a B**ch!

    And it indeed is special.
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    Re: Dinner with forum friends

    Sounds like it was a lot of fun.If any of you get up this way,
    let's get together.
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    Re: Dinner with forum friends

    Why didn't you email me? We would have driven up from Venice. 82 miles. Love the Columbia. The oldest continually run restaurant om the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdplot View Post
    Why didn't you email me? We would have driven up from Venice. 82 miles. Love the Columbia. The oldest continually run restaurant om the US.
    Hopefully there will be a next time - so, absolutely! And, Doug not this round - we REALLY have to hasten back but will connect as we pass hopefully on the next trip.
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    Re: Dinner with forum friends

    Sounds like everyone had a great time. Thanks for sharing.

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