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Old 07-10-2008, 11:12 AM   #43
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I would be OK with country and being in Bozeman i understand why. My daughter just got back from a cruise. They kind of had there tunes scheduled. The night started out with 50s/60s. As the night progressed so did the music... 70s,80s, 90s... You can still mix in other styles of music. I think it was a good way to go.
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Old 07-10-2008, 11:16 AM   #44
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Yea, the DJ at the nightstream could only play COUNTRY, dont get me wrong, I like some, but not back to back! And I know our money didnt go towards the cheap bags they gave us!
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There are only two kinds of music: Country and Western.

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Old 07-10-2008, 11:24 AM   #45
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There are only two kinds of music: Country and Western.

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Old 07-12-2008, 09:56 AM   #46
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Madison Rally Cost

The cost for the rally is really getting out of hand. $255 just to run my AC plus the parking/rally fee is just crazy. I figure I'll be there about 7 days, I can go to a full service campground for that same fee AND get cable!

Now if you are an early worker then the fee per day is pretty good. But then again if that need was cut then maybe the WBCCI can save some money and cut the fees. Is there a reason for them to show up a month early?

Last I can't wait to see the fee for Gillette, WY. I was there early last week and I have to say the rally site is nothing to brag about and Gillette is NOT a vacation spot.

Other than than getting together with the people we know the International is not meeting my vacation needs. The cost, the way it is run and the locations picked needed to be looked at to draw the "New Airstreamer".

At least the Madison area offers a lot of things to do and see and is a great town. Gillette in 2010??????????? YUCK!
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:11 AM   #47
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At Bozeman some friends decided to stay at a full service campground because it was the same price as the Int'l Rally. But to get together with everyone else, or to attend seminars they had to commute - daily. So, add in the cost and inconvenience of commuting and it becomes more expensive.

Perhaps the incongruity is that some look at the International Rally as being a vacation, when actually it is an annual business meeting. Trying to be both isn't totally possible and ends up being a compromise.

We do not go to meet vacation needs, but mostly to get together with other Airstreamers and to support the club. If all we want is a vacation then the last place we'd go is a rally.

You're right, the town of Gillette itself has little to offer, and the Cam-Plex, despite full hookups, isn't particularly attractive, in that it is barren of trees. Still, the Escapees Club just had their 30th anniversary rally there, so the facilities themselves must be the main attraction.

As for a vacation spot I see Gillette as more a base to venture from. Devil's Tower, Mt. Rushmore, the Bad Lands etc. are only about an hours drive away. No doubt the WBCCI will offer bus tours of those locations.

In Bozeman we finally got around to taking one of those bus tours and it proved to be a pretty relaxing way to see the sights, and wasn't any more expensive than if we'd done the driving, arranged for lunch and bought tickets for the river boat tour on our own.
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:55 AM   #48
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Vacation vs Annual Business Meeting

Forrest,
The point I am trying to make is that for the WBCCI and the International Rally to survive the location AND the activities need to draw those of us that still work and use our vacation time to attend. I no longer have any desire to attend Business Meetings at these functions, its a waste of time. At the IBTs meetings its all about nothing, they are not moving the club into what will appeal to the "New Airstreamer".

I for one will not use my vacation time to attend an International in a place that does not offer a "Vacation Attitude" any more. They need to step it up with these events and cut the costs.
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I for one will not use my vacation time to attend an International in a place that does not offer a "Vacation Attitude" ... They need to step it up with these events and cut the costs.
I absolutely 100% agree... the International needs to be the premiere Airstream event of the year and not a gathering to take care of "keeping the books."

It needs to be an event where attendees can experience the best that Airstreaming has to offer. A place where people who don't have an Airstream can visit and leave wanting one... and wanting to spend more time with the Airstream folks that they've just met.

As far as the folks running for office... they should be spending their time at the current years rally talking to as many people as they can... discussing what they see for a positive future for the club... convincing as many folks as they can to urge their home units to vote for them when the next years rally rolls around.

I'm sure hoping that Madison can meet the challenge... and I'm planning to "hang" with a group that will do everything in their power to offer that kind of experience.
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:11 PM   #50
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...the Madison area offers a lot of things to do and see and is a great town...
My only regret is that I don't have more vacation time banked. My wife and I are really looking forward to this rally. Yes, it a business meeting, no it's not like camping... but it will be tons of fun! Where else can you see that many Airstreams in one place? And that many people who all love to travel and enjoy seeing what's over the next hill?

I've wanted go to Madison for years. This is our opportunity to see a great town and meet up with our WBCCI and Airforums friends all in one place. I can't wait!

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Yea yea....but in my line of work, you have to have a wider taste of music!

Ill be at Madison, and I cant wait!
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:10 AM   #52
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Ice Cream Happy Hour at Madison

I'm still back a few posts on the ice cream kick. I checked with UW Ag Department and they sell ice cream at their store but they don't deliver and they are not set up to sell ice cream at remote locations (i.e. like the ice cream truck).

So I guess that means I'll go buy some 1/2 gallons (hopefully the UW department still makes 1/2 gallons and not some reduced size) and have an ice cream happy hour at our trailer or some other place to be determined.

So tell me you favorite flavor.

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Old 07-15-2008, 03:17 PM   #53
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Ice Cream

I remember when I was a student many many many years ago Iwould always go to the store on the Ag campus and buy ice cream. It was great. I am thrilled they are still selling it and my wife and I will make it a point to visit the store. This made me think about my student days and I remember an ice cream cone was a big expenditure. I spent 8 years at that University on mostly grants and loans and a hope and a prayer. Best experience I ever had. Met my wife there and we have been married for 40 years or something like that.
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Laura,

There are only two kinds of music: Country and Western.

Bill
First, life is too short to listen to Country music!

Do you know what you get when you play a country music song backwards?

Your dog comes home, the train is on time and grandma loves you again.......
Long live rock and roll!
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First, life is too short to listen to Country music!

Do you know what you get when you play a country music song backwards?

Your dog comes home, the train is on time and grandma loves you again.......
Long live rock and roll!
Ed,

Nothing wrong with good classic rock and roll music either or big band or old jazz. Music is either good or bad.

Life is too short to drink cheap wine.

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I'm not much of a wine drinker but when I do it fizzes and cost about $3 a bottle. thank god my wife has taste!
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