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Old 10-14-2009, 08:11 PM   #15
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Violin and accordion is my second favorite instrumental duet. The first is bagpipe and picalo (sp).
As I remember the real outdoorsman activities of my reckless youth with nostalgic yearning, sitting in my aluminum cocoon. I am reading about the old fogies (not my term but perhaps apt) of the WBCCI. The thought crosses my mind (not so fogie as foggy) that I have become one, and you know what? It's not too shabby and I'm enjoying myself, have recovered from my mid life crisis, and still have a rabbit or 2 left in my hat.

By the way I play autoharp and play you old folkey stuff. Any requests?

Just a cynical ex hippy now working for the establishment.
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I too was at the Region 11 Rally...and had a great time! Dang...nothing gets past Fred, I guess that's what I get for parking next to him...gives him the chance to air all our dirty laundry.

Yes, we did leave the valve open with the hose attached and had to wrestle with a frozen hose - but this wouldn't have happened if we hadn't been so excited & distracted upon our late arrival to see friends and meet some new folks & trailers. When the sun went down...it froze fast and we hadn't had a chance to fill our tank! Oh well, no damage - lessons learned...just a bit of embarassment - not to mention leaving our back hatch under the bed open all night until morning! Yeah, that first night was a bit chilly...

But had we not gone to the rally, I wouldn't have gotten the chance to snap the shot of "somebody...uh, somebody from AZ who likes to drown worms" (but who's naming names) kicking up their heels line dancing with their lovely wife, either!

I agree, the "entertainment" at this particular Regional Rally was less than desirable, however they were very talented musicians - just not my style and the timing hardly made it optional. My take on it is the "entertainment" or lack there of, is directly related to the rally planners/hosts for a particular event. I know when different members step up to host future rallies, the entertainment and activities will follow their interests & tastes. To me, it's only fair to allow others to "do their thing" in order for them to allow me to "do my thing" when it's my turn. The key for rally variety is not to leave the planning to the same bunch...the more people that step up to host or co-host a rally the more varied the rallies will be. I for one, can't wait to plan a rally for next spring...I can assure you, it will definately not be a repeat of this rally and some will probably be bored with my style of "entertainment".

IMO, it's all good...and if it weren't for some boring moments during rallies, I would have not had as many opportunities to share "squawking flamingos" with Fred ~ hic...

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Old 10-15-2009, 03:03 PM   #17
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Violin and accordion is my second favorite instrumental duet. The first is bagpipe and picalo (sp).
A half full jug band!
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Old 10-15-2009, 06:49 PM   #18
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Can't wait for our next rally to hear about the old dude that was deported, came back to the USA and fought in WWII.
Ed, Sounds great as long as I don't have to wear a tie to do it. I agree that you sure meet folks with some great stories... just think of the club we'd have if the "powers that be" understood the varied extent of their membership.
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Old 10-15-2009, 11:11 PM   #19
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Hi fred
Thanks for the opportunity to say something positive about the club. I joined wbcci and the Vintage club over six years ago.

New England Region One is very active because of the efforts of seasoned club members that work very hard to plan and carry out a variety of rallies, meets and events throughout the camping season. At every rally we meet experienced and new travellers and learn something new every time.

In the last year we attended two Regional rallies, one in Vermont (09)and the last in Prince Edward Island, Canada(08). Also a rally in Acadia National Park and one just last week next to the Cape Cod National Seashore in Provencetown, MA.

Because of the club and others work to put these rallies together we have met many interesting and fun people.
Shout out to the NEU and all they have done to increase membership in the club!

I have been fortunate enough to do much travelling over the last six years and am lucky enough to have met met MANY of the wbcci, Vintage club, VAP, Airstream Life, VTS and even the forum usual suspects.

It's been fun.
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Old 10-15-2009, 11:48 PM   #20
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As for ukuleles, I'll simply note I have many fine ukin' friends in the California El Camino Real Unit who make the Arthur Godfrey Play-Along-Club look like a bunch of pikers. I greatly enjoy their enthusiasm and strum-urn-dang! But they respectfully wait until after everybody has finished dinner, dessert, a cigar and brandy before breaking out their mighty ukes and into song.

Thank you for the kind words Fred.

We do have a good time with our ukes. Just remember what I always remind those listening......

The more you drink, the better we sound.
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Old 10-16-2009, 06:49 AM   #21
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Ed, Sounds great as long as I don't have to wear a tie to do it. I agree that you sure meet folks with some great stories... just think of the club we'd have if the "powers that be" understood the varied extent of their membership.
Not worn a tie in years, and only one time at a WBCCI function. No tie as WI Unit President, no tie when I was VAC President. No ties at this year's WI Unit installation or elections, no ties at the Doing the Door Rally, and I will not wear a tie when I winterize my trailers this weekend.


I wore a tie and nothing else once........................

Remember the ones that do get it don't wear a tie, just learn to stay away from the members that have 2 or 3 in the trailer. But I will go on to say I have run into some very cool tie wearers.
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But had we not gone to the rally, I wouldn't have gotten the chance to snap the shot of "somebody...uh, somebody from AZ who likes to drown worms" (but who's naming names) kicking up their heels line dancing with their lovely wife, either!

Shari
Thanks for posting the picture. Jan loves to dance and even with her foot in the plastic boot, she really enjoyed the western line dancing. I'm not that good of a dancer, but had a lot of fun with it as well.

BTW, fly fishing does not include worms...
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Old 10-16-2009, 05:18 PM   #24
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Was that you in the beret?
I would say that I'm not THAT heavy! Where is his tie??? Where is his shorts????? Never mind I don't want to know
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Old 10-18-2009, 01:36 PM   #25
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The weather was miserable!
FWIW...one week later and it's 82-degrees! Perfect weather for winterizing the yard...took care of the trailers last weekend!

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Old 10-19-2009, 11:31 PM   #26
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Fred! I just figured it out. Now I know why the POSITIVE opinion thread doesn't have anywhere near the activity of the NEGATIVE thread. There aren't that many non-members that have positive things to say about the WBCCI. SMACK -- now I get it. ... Yeah, non members don't have a lot of positive things to say about that kind of frequency, or variety of events, I guess. So folks, what's your annual activity schedule look like? __
Hi Leo:

It shouldn't take a head-smack to realize Train Wrecks get far more attention than dull Trains-on-Schedule. For 10 days, hundreds of balloons rise and land daily in Albuquerque and only locals notice. But one saucer shaped balloon leaves Fort Collins without its 6 year old passenger and the Whole World tunes in. Sick attracts 9:1. People slow down and rubberneck at wrecks, but traffic flowing on time barely creates a ripple. It's just human nature.

I've been working my bumper off at the day job this year, so haven't got out rallying as much as I would have liked. But I did squeeze in some Front Range travel, flowing down to Albuquerque in April for the FCU Restoration Rally. Then up "somewhere west of Laramie . . ." in August for the 9th Annual Rocky Mountain VAC Rally. Lastly to Fort Collins for our "Christmas in October" winter weather rally. Just more dull fun and joy with happy friendly positive people. And not one rally was a bitch-fest; for that I gotta come here to listen to the non-members moan and wail.

In fact, so many non-members here do such a great job of finding fault with the WBCCI that I've decided to outsource my complaining to them. Heck, they work for nothing; they're on the job 24/7; and I don't have to listen to them bitch around the WBCCI campfires. It's a win-win situation!
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Activity schedule and Ties

Our unit, the El Camino Real Unit, has a rally scheduled every month except June, July and August, from now through December 2010.

That, plus the International Rally in Gillette WY, other unit's rallies, other vintage trailer events, Street Rod events and Kite Festivals around the country, has our calendar very full.

We will be spending most of our nights in one of our Airstreams.

As for ties, I wore one last weekend at our son's wedding. Next time will probably be at our unit Installation Rally in December when I become President of El Camino Real. That will make twice this year, a new record for me.
The next time will be at the International Rally in Gillette. Our unit has a red tie that keeps getting passed on to the next President. Good thing. I would hate to have to buy one.
I think ties are OK for dressy affairs, if that's what someone wants to wear. Otherwise, who needs a dozen layers of cloth around their neck? Maybe to keep warm if it's cold?

In the 60's I worked at a computer center for a large bank as a programmer. The computer techs (IBM guys) were supposed to wear ties. There were machines that were dangerous to wear ties around, check sorters, large printers and the like, so they wore bow ties. You could sure spot the techs. Who wore bow ties in the 60s? Come to think of it, there was one programmer who wore bow ties, but he was a strange fellow. Not that most computer programmers in the 60s weren't a little strange.
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Well, Gang, this has been an interesting read for sure.
In the past couple of days I've read some bashing about the loss of A/S quality in recent years; the recent loss of membership (a quarter of what it was in 79?) and now about the unique entertainment. This reading itself has been so much fun, I'm seconding our motion to join WBCCI. Which we did, right after attending the DenCO unit event outside Loveland a few weeks ago. We were the couple that took off on our bicycles Saturday and had a wonderful time (as always) on our bikes.
The club is what we choose to make of it, in my opinion. I think somebody mentioned this in the thread above, too. Maybe there's an opportunity to chair the entertainment committee next year and bring your own jug band. Or yuke, accordion, guitar, sax, whatever. Maybe there's room for bringing the club into the "modern age" - whatever that is (each has his/her own definition I'm sure). But (as was noted above) what brings people into the club is something that's sometimes forgotten in this digital age of instant entertainment and gratification and satisfaction: it's the people and our interaction with one another. The stories. The facts. The tips. So if we need to "recommend" that we manage the entertainment a bit differently then hey, why not pursue that? Or am I too new and naive? Maybe there's some sort of "Regional Event Bible" that comes from Jackson Center that declares exactly how it's to be scripted? Not likely; I'd guess we have more control over our own events than that.

We enjoyed ourselves at the Loveland event and the people we met were so much fun. We realized that not every event or seminar is to our liking, and we figure that's fine; just pick what you want to participate in and leave it at that.

So we joined WBCCI (No. 4328); are poring over the list of events searching for someplace warm to go in the spring; and hope to get this beautiful trailer out of storage that much sooner.

Cheers. It's all good. Make the life you desire.
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