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Old 09-19-2014, 07:54 AM   #239
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Now, now, we are all responsible adults who never abuse alcohol or ever eat.
Now, now, we ARE responsible adults! Responsible for all manner of shenanigans and hijinks, but responsible nonetheless.

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Old 09-19-2014, 09:28 AM   #240
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See, it's people that would do something like this for you that makes it all worthwhile! Now, if we can get EVERYBODY on board with the Protagonist plan...

-Red, preparing to pull into a severely hung-over campground...

I'll drink to that!

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Old 09-19-2014, 09:46 AM   #241
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Old 09-19-2014, 10:25 AM   #242
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I like EtOh, but if I like it too much it don't like me and the results are not fun the next day. Apparently I have low tolerance or something...I certainly am a "cheap date".

Perhaps its time for me to branch out....head to Colorado and try something different with less side effects...surely my federal government job will look the other way?
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Old 09-19-2014, 11:37 AM   #243
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You are so going to get drug tested after your next AL.!! Just kidding..

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Old 09-20-2014, 12:08 PM   #244
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Old 09-20-2014, 04:06 PM   #245
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Pointed in the right direction... Too long till takeoff.
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Old 09-20-2014, 04:16 PM   #246
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Originally Posted by Panama Red View Post
Pointed in the right direction... Too long till takeoff.
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O'Brien FL appears to be only 414 miles from Lake Wateree State Park, Winnsboro, SC where Alumilina is being held Thurs-Sun 9/25-9/28 and only 401 miles from the Falluminum Rally Fri-Sun 10/24-10/26.

Consider yourself invited to both!

By the way, there are probably other gatherings too, but I haven't looked. Maybe someone else will chime in.


ps as an edit, Falluminum is held at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Campground, in Hiawassee, Georgia.
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Old 09-20-2014, 05:27 PM   #247
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Man, I'd love to hit those also, but I've got a job (actually, three jobs) I have to get to, and I lead worship for our church (which I count as one of those jobs) so Sundays off are a bit harder to come by than they used to be... Burning leave already for Canopener... Great, now I've got to go check withy the Mrs and see how the calendar looks. Thanks a pantload! Too many rallies, too little leave...


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Old 09-30-2014, 02:24 PM   #248
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Canopener 2015 update


Well, time to start updating you all on our progress towards Canopener 2015. By the number of RSVP’s so far, we are on track for a record attendance.

For those of you who will be attending for the first time, welcome! And we think you will thoroughly enjoy yourselves and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Robin and I rate it as one of the finest we have ever encountered…..and hope you will too.

I have included the full name of the park to draw your attention to the “preserve” aspect of Topsail. The park not only has a first class RV park but one of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see anywhere and several miles of paved trails for walking, jogging or cycling. There are also connecting unpaved trails for your enjoyment. I want to encourage you to not only enjoy the Canopener festivities but avail yourselves to the beauty of the preserve. Not unusual to see deer in the mornings (we saw a number in the dunes by the beach last year) and I understand a black bear or two has been sighted in the past. The park is great for cycling and has bikes for rent if you don't have one you travel with.

We are still working on the agenda for the rally but should have music for/during a couple of events, several potluck meals, the infamous Cornhole Tournament, Breakfast with the Ranger and Hike with the Ranger.

We have had some organizations volunteer to help sponsor the event (meaning contribute prizes and/or entertainment) and we will be telling you more about them as contributions are confirmed. This much is confirmed so far: Foley Airstream in Gulfport is providing some door prizes, new Airstream trailers for your viewing and live entertainment for the Saturday night potluck festivities. They are also coordinating with Airstream corporate to secure some door prizes from the Mother Ship. Thanks, Foley!

Remember this is a completely non-profit and independent Forum rally. There are no rally fees or WBCCI membership requirements. All the work is done by non-paid volunteers who just want you to have a great experience.

Noted in a few posts folks mentioning swap meet/yard sale concepts for Canopener. We explored this in the past and found the requirements from the park were too burdensome and presented way greater issues than would make the idea doable. Therefore, please be advised no swap meet/yard sale for Canopener.

Keep you posted as we progress, and please ensure you register on our RSVP page if you are attending. Remember this simple formula:

No RSVP = no registration, no door prizes, no welcome packet, no name tags, no goodies, your name not on the Canopener site please RSVP.

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Old 09-30-2014, 02:33 PM   #249
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I read on this forum that there are a few AS experts or techs that can do certain services on demand...

I am interested in the "SealTech" leak testing (for example) and was kinda hoping that one day we may draw someone (Foley, hint hint?) to consider offering the service on site....some other rallies had this on it...

Of course, seeing bubbles pop off our seams may be a downer for a fun even

Just a thought...thanks.
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:10 PM   #250
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For all of our extended Airstream Family

Please forgive me for using this forum for sharing this news with you. This is in no way meant to put a dim spirit on the fellowship of Canopener, but is I feel the only way to share this news with all of you that have known us briefly, have known us like family, and also for the new friends that I hope to meet. Cynthia, my precious wife of 19 years died suddenly during emergency surgery before dawn on Saturday morning. She was happy, healthy, and having dinner with church friends, when she suffered an attack, was across the street from the best hospital in Pensacola, diagnosed with a dissected aorta(an unforeseen genetic malady), and rushed into a 5 hour surgery where she passed into the arms of our Lord. Below is her Obituary as it is to appear before her services next week. She was with me as she entered the ambulance. She was alert, determined, brave, and tender as we said our goodbyes and she went into surgery. She was eager to show off our new 23' Safari with the curtains and other additions we had made. We were just on the cusp of a time when we could spend more time with our fellow Southeast Camping Unit, but now she will go with me in spirit.

No! You can not have our space! I have no intension of missing out on a chance to beat Dickhead at Cornhole. It is something that Cynthia would want me to do and besides, I will really need one of Greg's Margaritas by then.

For those that are new to Canopener, please forgive my post. For everyone else, you know my Cindy and you know where I am coming from.
I was blessed to have the greatest wife on earth, and I am twice blessed to have you dear people keep her memory alive.

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Cynthia Loretta Thoede

Today we mourn the passing of a woman who held the adoration of countless children and adults in the Pensacola area. Cynthia Loretta McGuire Thoede was born a military brat at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside California. Her growing up years had been shared between the natural splendor of Hawaii and the stark landscape of the desert in Barstow California. By the time she was a teenager her father’s military career brought her back to her ancestral roots here in Pensacola. Cynthia was a direct descendant of Dr. Eugenio Antonia Sierra a prominent member of the original Spanish settlement then known as Panzacola. She was predeceased by her mother, Alice McGuire (2007) but when they were together on earth they were inseparable and shared a travel bug within their souls. Cynthia backpacked through Europe twice, once with mom in-tow. When she wasn’t at work she and her husband of 19 years, Jeffrey Thoede, lovingly remodeled her grandmother’s cottage in East Hill and create a home and partnership that were both warm, inviting, and admired by their entire neighborhood. She loved her Airstream trailer and the places and kindred spirits she and her husband encountered when they would go exploring. She was always looking to go, see, and do something. One of those somethings was fishing, she loved to fish. It didn’t matter if she rarely got a nibble she just loved being out there. On one occasion it was discovered that the bait had been left back on the dock, instead of going back to get it, she baited her hook with gummy bears. Close relatives know how she once caught a bass and a bream at the same time and didn’t even use a hook or a pole. She was resourceful, like a female “MacGyver” she could save the world with just the items in her purse and glove box. She was frugal, she lived a bountiful life but was a master at finding a bargain. So much so, her father would tell everyone that “she could squeeze a penny until you could see Lincoln’s 5 o’clock shadow”. She was righteous and just, never backing down from her principles and never afraid to call someone out because of their mischief. She was active in her church at Gadsden Street United Methodist. She was caring, nurturing, and kind to everyone especially to the children that she taught during her three decades of teaching in the Escambia County School System. Her early career was in finance and banking, but her true passion was educating. While working toward her degree she worked with emotionally handicapped children, the deaf and the blind. Her energy was limitless and her stubborn determination made her the greatest advocate a special needs child could ever hope for. As the needs of the school system dictated, she would adapt to become the best person for the task at hand. Spending the last 6 years as a Regular Ed Kindergarten teacher at AK Suter Elementary in East Pensacola Heights, she was chosen as teacher of the year in 2012. Her firm but loving approach quickly claimed the admiration of fellow teachers and parents alike. The foundation that she created within her students was clearly visible to other teachers as her students progressed from grade to grade. Everyone wanted their child to be in her class.
Cynthia was happy, healthy, and vivacious until the very end. Having just left dinner with friends, she suffered an attack involving an undiagnosed issue with her aorta. She passed during a 5 hour long surgery that same evening. We mourn her only because of the hole that now exists in the lives of those she touched, and because of the suddenness of her leaving this earthly realm. But do not mourn her life, she loved her God, was proud of her country and family, she told her husband that she loved him 10 times a day, and recognized how blessed she was. Even though she could not have children of her own, she loved each and every student as if they were her own children. Cynthia is survived by Jeffrey Thoede (husband of 19 years), Richard McGuire (father), Perry McGuire (brother), Jeffery, Tanya, and Brandon McGuire (brother, sister-in-law, nephew), Alberto & Emily Frank (foster brother, sister-in-law), Sarah Oaks (aunt), and numerous cousins. She was only 58 years old, but now she rests in the arms of her mother in the presence of God and Christ Jesus his Holy son, our Lord. Go in peace sweetheart, until we are all joined again and can continue our travels through eternal life.
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:34 PM   #251
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Jeff our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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Old 10-01-2014, 01:08 AM   #252
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I pray the good Lord will grant you and your family the fortitude to bear this great loss. Shocking news and we are short of words but will keep praying for you. Keep up your great spirit.

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