Had a great time at the International. I saw so many old and new friends. Laura and Ralph, Michael, Leo, thanks all, so
good to see you again. Saw the usual suspects in vintage, cool as always!!!
My new neighbors Kate and Tuney, Glenda and Howard, Gail and Don, you ROCK!
Tom, I sat through the delegate voting and Leo Garvey and Bob Thompson gave them a great run with their many unanimous
units' votes. It was great.
Good job of running from the floor guys, next year, you bet! I didn't hear more than rumors about the MoHo issue coming up while I was in attendance, but there were more meetings than the one I went to. Members of the 2020 committee met at the VAC tent for feedback. There was much interest and comments and ideas.
Usual glitzes for facilities, had to spend the night without electricity and make some inquieries to get the electricians out the next day, the pump-out schedule stuck with dates with stubborn stickers I can't get off was abandoned, dog waste bins were collected two days before the rally ended, many vendors and participants were long gone before July 5th, (nothing new there.)
We had gusty winds each evening and a good dirt storm outside the stadium one day, and at least one awning torn off by the arms. We raced around closing awnings, ours and others not present.
Orie placed second in the pet show for tricks, just for fun and doggie socialization, I entered him to catch his kong from high tosses, really surprised me to take a ribbon for it. I'm a proud mama and little Orie had his 5 minutes of fame.
Some of the entertainment was great, much was geared for the old timers as was even the new nightstreamers dance which was restricted to country western...the dj could not play "Baby's got Back."
No young people were in attendance and only one couple was actually dancing before Laura and I took a pass on it.
The vintage parade was one of the best, many units gorgeous day, impressive. The traditional fourth of July parade was indoors as usual and I left after 2 units showing, more akin to micro skits of fun and antics with a theme.
Caught the installation of officers, they played the graduation march coming in, white tuxes formal gowns, lots of speeches and pinning going on. Also caught a glimpse of the formal dinner setting before hand, very swank.
There were two WBCCI bands both terrific. Ballroom dancing was fun to watch and listen to and I wondered how they looked 50 years ago, still sweet and energetic to this day. Someone should decorate the area for ambiance.
Cow pie toss was outside but with frisbies. Wish that event had lasted longer. Due to the number of participants it went quickly.
Many meetings, get-togethers, socials, breakfasts, etc., were held off site across town such as at the Holiday Inn. I would much prefer to remain on site for those kind of activities.
Nightlife in a college town was super and food was great as well. I rode my bike to town on the bike path with friends and had a nice meal on the patio, another time was treated to my first Tapas experience and loved it, and did one evening of bar hopping and I kept to soda only as designated driver. I discovered I don't need to drink to be loud, that's just really me.