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Old 04-30-2013, 12:20 PM   #113
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Yes we are doing a swap meet and no pot luck - you should have received an email update late last week with this info - check your spam folder -
Still bring appetizer to Thursday evening meet?

Is dinner to be provided every evening as per schedule?
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:44 PM   #114
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Wow - this was all outlined in the e-mail last week hmmmm - so this tells me you did not get it - we are providing appetizers Thurs night - Friday breakfast continental breakfast is provided Fri and Sat morn - Fri and Sat lunch is on your own, however, we have an Airstream "food truck" on the grounds so you can purchase lunch - Sat night is our catered dinner - Sun breakfast is donuts provided by the WBCCI radio club and Sunday lunch and dinner are on your own, however the food truck may return. Friday night and Sunday night you are on your own - an opportunity to hit the great Restaurants in Albuquerque or we will have open grills.

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Old 05-06-2013, 02:00 PM   #115
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Thank you

We appreciate so much all the volunteer effort and time and blood sweat and tears that went into this event. We learned a ton, but most of all we conquered most of our fears of the unknown. Does that ever go away? Probably not, but the shell-on, plumbing/electrical/propane was something were afraid to touch so we ended up in limbo.

You really busted your tails on this. Thank you again.
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:33 PM   #116
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I would like to second what Pinkflamingoes said: Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this event possible- organizers and volunteers alike! It was a lot of fun and jam-packed with so much valuable information! I didn't get to attend nearly as many classes as I wanted... Guess I'd better start planning for next year!
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:36 PM   #117
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Thanks

I'd also like to add my thanks. The organizers did an outstanding job, the presenters were a wealth of information, and the sponsors were invaluable. Prior to this event, my wife was ambivalent about the whole Airstream thing, now, thanks to Susan Teigs presentations she's excited about becoming an active part of our restoration process. I came away with many good ideas, helpful contacts, and new friends.

I hope you do this again next year. We'll be there!
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:11 PM   #118
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Yes, it was also great for spousal buy-in!!!
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:26 PM   #119
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Hmmm... Well, my husband isn't sold yet (he seems more excited about some cactus plants he got on the trip). BUT he sat through most of the classes with me and wants to consult Uwe regarding our floor replacement... So that's something. Don't get me wrong, he likes the trailer but he hasn't caught Aluminitus. How can I get him to catch it??
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:51 PM   #120
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I'd like to chime in too. I learned a TON and I only attended on Saturday. Next year, I'm in for the entire thing!

Special shout out to Ewe for pushing me to register....it was so worth it!

While my trailer has some issues....I feel like I know how to polish it now and sew curtains
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:17 AM   #121
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When you go on your maiden voyage, make sure the goal is to do something he loves. Fishing, ballpark tours, etc.

Suddenly after years of putting it off, my husband wants to get that shell back on.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:22 AM   #122
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We were very grateful for the knowledge that we received from the
Vintage Academy this past weekend. It has given us the courage
to continue with our total restoration on our 1976 Airstream Tradewind.

We are a homeschool family and had the privilege to bring our children
with us. Our 14 year old son is restoring a 1948 Spartan Manor.

We were disappointed in the language used by a couple of the instructors
and the open use of alcohol. I would not say this is a family friendly event.

Just a heads up to other families.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:34 AM   #123
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We thank everyone who attended - what we just experienced was the greatest restoration event ever. The presenters shared their incredible knowledge and by all indications we accomplished what we set out to do - that is to provide the best restoration learning experience on the planet.

We have received great feedback about how the presenters freely shared their knowledge - its the only event where we saw how to take a shell off a trailer - put it back on, an easy way to make those front and rear belly pans, as well as Zolatone painting and many many other subjects.

This is not an easy event to put on, but from what we see - yes there were a few very minor glitches - always are - the event went as perfect as an event such as this can to.

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Old 05-07-2013, 04:42 PM   #124
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We are a homeschool family and had the privilege to bring our children
with us. Our 14 year old son is restoring a 1948 Spartan Manor.

We were disappointed in the language used by a couple of the instructors
and the open use of alcohol. I would not say this is a family friendly event...
As one of the more likely offending "instructors," you have my heartfelt apology. There's never any excuse for frightening the children, especially ones who have been cloistered and find the world a bit rough. A friendly "heads up" from you regarding the children would have been helpful, given that it was otherwise an adult environment. And hats off to your son, I wish I could have done something like that at his age.

Having said that, I'm wondering if your "family friendly" criteria are possibly outside the mainstream. "Open use of alcohol" on private property is not generally considered an offensive practice. If this is offensive to you, it is incumbent on you to make it known so that reasonable people can accommodate you, given, of course, that a reasonable person would consider your request reasonable. If you meant to say "overuse" of alcohol, I would be in 100% agreement with you.

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Old 05-07-2013, 05:14 PM   #125
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We were very grateful for the knowledge that we received from the
Vintage Academy this past weekend. It has given us the courage
to continue with our total restoration on our 1976 Airstream Tradewind.

We are a homeschool family and had the privilege to bring our children
with us. Our 14 year old son is restoring a 1948 Spartan Manor.

We were disappointed in the language used by a couple of the instructors
and the open use of alcohol. I would not say this is a family friendly event.

Just a heads up to other families.
Thanks for bringing your beautiful family!
I wanted to let you know just how much I enjoyed the well mannered participation of your children in the classes. I predict they will remember this event and treasure the memories for the rest of their lives.
As for the salty language and open drinking, perhaps you can turn that into a positive discussion of how to deal with these facts of life. They are beautiful and obviously well-adjusted children who seem well prepared to cope with life's experiences.
Anyway, your kids were a meaningful and inspiring presence, and I hope we see them at other rallies.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:54 PM   #126
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We were disappointed in the language used by a couple of the instructors
and the open use of alcohol. I would not say this is a family friendly event.

Just a heads up to other families.
I could not disagree more. I did not hear any inappropriate language, and the "open use of alcohol" I saw (and participated in) was temperate use of beer and wine at dinner and hanging out at the campsite.

Personally, kicking back and having a beer goes hand in hand with camping out. MyAirstreamJoy makes the Academy sound like a something of a drunken debacle while the vast majority of participant time was going to classes. I would be interested in hearing about examples of the concerning language and use of alcohol. What was said and was alcohol comsumption excessive? I guess I missed it.

As for "family friendly" my impression children are welcome but the Academy was not designed with kids in mind. Why were the kids in the classes anyway? If I were a kid again I would be bored silly.
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