Birthday fly-in/cook out at the farm - 2010

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  1. tonycondon

    tonycondon Gastons CRO (Chief Dinner Reservation Officer)

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    i talked to kim. they were filling up the hot air balloon. plan was if the propane ran out they were just going to put Wayne Bower under the envelope. Sounds like they were having a good time.
     
  2. purdue1014

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    Happy Bday!:)
     
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    A good time was had by all. The food was excellent. The people friendly. My guess is about 60 people and maybe 25 or 30 airplanes counting the city folk like me who landed at Lamar.

    Rides were given throughout the day. The balloon went up, Wayne escaped the hot-air duty evidently the propane, while not as efficient weighed less.

    There were still and video cameras going all day long. I won't hazard a guess at how many GB of documentation there is of this event. I'm too tired to upload things now.

    Viveca and I are off to Detroit tomorrow. I'll post some of our pics and video from there.

    It was a lot of fun and Diana and Tom worked hard to put on a great shindig. Thank you both for the wonderful hospitality!

    Joe

    Edit: Viveca said I forgot to report that she sighted a great horned owl on the balloon chase.
     
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  4. purdue1014

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    :goofy::goofy::happydance:
     
  5. gprellwitz

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    I'm really sorry we missed joining in with our friends, but are happy you had a good shinding even without us!
     
  6. 4763E

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    Okay, so we all had such a great time that we're now too exhausted to post about it.

    Steve See?? Home safely?? You almost got away without me seeing you off!! (And I don't run around the farm in my jammies for just anybody, you know.) ;)

    Wayne?? You must be home by now.

    Wayne?? You must be home by now, too.:D

    And, Caroline?? Did your daddy get you home safely?? We sure enjoyed meeting you two!!

    Diana?? Did you get a long nap, honey?? You looked beat. It may take you and Tom a few days to recover. It's a great party, but I think it may be too much work.

    Let's meet at Beaumont or someplace else fun next time where everyone can be responsible for their own everything and you can actually relax and enjoy the moment. Bless your heart.
     
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  7. Steve

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    That explains why the windows on the IAR all fogged up when I taxied out!

    Yep, landed at 10am just ahead of a rain shower that made me wait a few minutes before opening those gull wing doors. All back in the hangar now awaiting the next adventure.

    Missed you and Flip at the breakfast table. Did Diana tell you we watched ISS fly over while I was untying the plane tie-downs? A good omen.

    btw, Bill and I were wondering just what exactly were you and Wayne B talking about under the full moon? ? ? Looked to us like maybe he was serenading you with that gee-tire. Inquiring minds want to know. :frog:

     
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    Mike told me about that! Sorry we missed the 5:30 a.m. activities -- but a girl's gotta get some rest.

    Glad you made it home before the weather. Was just so great seeing you and we're looking forward to next time!
     
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    By the way, Steve...you get the prize for the nicest sounding engine. :thumbsup:
     
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    Tom can tell you I was worried about annoying the neighbors when I first arrived.

    Fortunately, I was able to cross the county line fairly quickly on departure...lol.

     
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    We landed just before 3:00. We got the key to the gas pump at Lamar from Tom, went there and there was no gas to be had. So we went back to the farm to give Tom the key back and headed for Monnette, MO for gas there... practically on the way. That route took us right over Gastons which we saw from a break in the clouds. I tried 9,500 but had to climb to 10,500 to stay legal above the clouds and Memphis didn't mind me being at the wrong altitude for direction.

    What a great time.

    Thanks Tom and Diane ... and everyone else that made it for making it a very special day.
     
  12. wabower

    wabower Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Took Tony to Wichita, gabbed a bit and headed home. Uneventful except for the 106 at KADS airport. Had a great time, and what happens in Jasper stays in Jasper.
     
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    Did something happen and I missed it?? :dunno:

    I thought we were unusually well-behaved. Mostly because Barb went home early. She has a way of bringing out the devil in us. B)

    It was fun having you there, Wayne. Loved the pickin' and singin' part, but we needed a few more singers to make that work.

    Great weekend.
     
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    I was just interrogating him the same way I do everyone else. :redface: One of these days I'm expecting someone will say, "Damn, you're nosy!" :rolleyes2:

    I was really wantin' to do some singin'! Had too many different conversations going on in that circle though. I'm thinking we need to get Rozy and Wayne together with those guitars. :cheers:
     
  15. wabower

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    I brought the guitar in hopes somebody could play it. We needed quite a bit more adult beverage before I started to sound good, and even that would be no guaratee.

     
  16. jshawley

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    Didn't take very many photos, but here are a few. Thanks to Joe Areeda for shuttling me to Twin Oaks (even if I did have to sit beside two Gorillas :devil: :cornut:); Dean, I won't tell anyone how quickly you got me back to LLU, if you give me a ride in your next Challenger...B)
     

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  17. Diana

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    Gosh, what a party! There are so many people I would like to thank, and for so many reasons. Most of all, I want to thank those of you who attended our fly-in. :yes: It was really, really hot and I appreciate that you came in spite of the heat. Tom and I also appreciate those who gave airplane rides. Joe Areeda gave a LOT of rides in his Cirrus. Thank you, Joe! :blowingkisses:

    We had about 80 people who made it to the farm, and I think about 23 aircraft total. Many pilots drove to the farm instead of flying in d/t the heat. The hot air balloon launch was fun, and Dean and I chased the balloon in the Citabria for awhile. :) Joe's wife helped by being part of the ground chase crew.

    We invited our neighbors this time, and I took their son flying on Saturday. They said they enjoy our fly-ins and hearing us fly over.

    There are a lot of photos that I hope to post today when I get home from work. One short video clip involves Wayne B. playing his guitar singing "Lord, it's hard to be humble." :D

    It sounds like everyone made it home okay. :)

    Me too. :D

    I promise that those photos will never make the internet. ;) But, I'll send them to you in a day or two.

    Took a HUGE nap. :D And, you are right, it's too much work, so we have both decided that was our last big fly-in.

    It really was impressive, seeing that! :yes:

    Steve, it was a wonderful surprise to see your airplane in the pattern at the farm. It was a LONG way for you to fly, and we're so happy that you came. :yes:

    :D

    Jim, thank you for not posting unflattering photos. :D

    After you left, we gathered back around in our circle of chairs again, out by the airplanes, under a beautiful moon. And then, a bright star appeared in the north sky. It almost looked like a shooting star, but slower. :D We wondered if it was "The Birthday Star". And then we realized it was you. :D Thank you for the fly-over. :thumbsup:

    I can't adequately describe the fly-in, so I hope the photos and video will do that for me.

    Thanks again, everyone! :cheerswine:
     
  18. wpierce

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    We were all grateful that you at least remembered to put the jammies on before running out :thumbsup:

    Unfortunately the image will be forever burned into my memory. I hope I get over the trauma, in time. :hairraise:
     
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    Well, just thanks a whole bunch for letting me crash your party, Diana! It's a blessing having friends like you and the whole gang there!
     
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    Forgive me. :redface:
     
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    Forgive, nothing! I probably should have slipped you a dollar or two :cornut:
     
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    Did you suggest that next time she might want to put on the bottoms too?

     
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    Now boys...
     
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    Sounds like a great time Diana. With a little luck - I hope to be there next year.
     
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    She said no mas. The novelty of working like field hands has wore off.

     
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    Awwww... does this mean that we are gonna have to have one less painted toenail contest next year??!! :(
     
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    It's not a contest. It's an exposition. ;)
     
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    LOL... well. I can be as much of an exhibitionist as the next girl! :) And I really wish that I hadn't already been committed at my in-laws over the weekend or I would have been there. It really sounds like everyone had fun. Too bad that some of those photos mentioned above will never make the internet though... those are the ones that usually tell the real story! ;)
     
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    Toes at the fly-in. :)
     

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    Happy birthday, Diana.

    Maybe one of these years I'll be able to make it, it sure looks like a good time!
     
  31. wabower

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    Mine are on the top.

    PS: The background was photoshopped.

     
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    :eek: Bright coral really is your color, Wayne! :hairraise:
     
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    She probably photoshopped the background the same time she photoshopped the knees out...:D
     
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    Seriously. Calves look really wretched from that angle. :wink2:
     
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    I'll just show up anyways with some food, wine, and a gift certificate for some toe-nail polish store.
     
  36. Steve

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    Da nada, I know at least 4 fliers travelled further, MUCH further.

    Circumstances aligned themselves to allow it. And the flight time after returning home put me on the hour for the next oil change, which I spent today doing (along with a few other housekeeping tasks).

    I do need a copy of the jammies photo shoot, though, if any one managed to save a copy.:D


     
  37. Diana

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    :D She really looked adorable out there. :)

    Here are some photos from the fly-in.
     

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    More photos.
     

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    What a wonderful collection of airplanes.
     
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    I now have Viveca's pictures from the flyin online you can see some really nice people and airplanes here.

    Joe