It was really great to be back at Sun'n'Fun for
the Winter Meet this year!
Last year, although I came down, I
never even set up. I just wasn't physically
up to the task (5 months after prostate surgery) and headed for home the first
This year I felt much better, although not yet
back to where I would like to be.
The weather was great, with only a brief shower Friday afternoon.
A huge THANK YOU to Ed Augustine and Tyler
Townsley of NCRS-FL for hosting us again.
They made it possible for us to raise $1011.50
for the American Cancer Society's Lakeland FL office!
Three others were largely responsible for that
fundraising effort: Ruth Primeau,
Steve Torp, and an amazing young man named Steven Lowery. More on them below.
Wednesday, January 11
On the road again... Departing Decatur AL.
Arrival @ Sun'n'Fun
Thursday, January 12
The setup begins, and the end result.
During the afternoon this young man stopped by
the table to check out what we were doing. During our extended conversation it
that I hadn't finished cleaning up the car after 400 miles in rain getting to
this meet. In a flash he volunteered to do what was left - the wheels,
door jams and the engine compartment! Saved me from getting down on my knees...
and ultimately from having to get back up again!
THANK YOU, Steven!
Friday, January 13
It was great to see former Corvette Chief
Engineer, Dave McLellan, and his soon-to-be new wife, Joanna!
Steven again: When he finished cleaning my car
yesterday, Ruth Primeau was talking with me about how to do our usual 50/50
to benefit the American Cancer Society. He was immediately fascinated and wanted
to help! Today he spent the ENTIRE DAY
walking the entire facility selling tickets, plus half the day on Saturday! Here
he is selling the tickets and counting the results.
He took in $530 in ticket sales, but was bummed out because he was shooting for
He's 13! With his work ethic and
enthusiasm he'll go places in life!
A shower Friday afternoon forced us to
drop the tent down for awhile.
This incredibly detailed mini 56 owned by a friend got partial cover under a
Saturday, January 14
For his help I got Steven to sign the engine.
There he is, right above Ron Fellows.
Then Jim Maheu appeared at the booth. In a
previous life, Jim & I had worked together at the State of Maine IT
He had supported Corvettes Conquer Cancer back then, and gave me a generous
contribution, so he too got to sign the engine.
Thanks Jim, it was great to see you again!
Another pleasant surprise was this visit by
David Borden - he & his wife had helped buy this car for me in 2006! Thank
3:00 pm - All packed up and ready for the
evening awards banquet, where we will draw the winner of the 50/50.
Saturday Evening Awards Banquet
Ruth & I had finished selling the tickets,
money is counted, ready to draw the winner. Pot grew to $1323. Steve Torp had
the winning ticket.
He immediately offered to donate half of his $661.50 share back to the cause. He
wrote a check to the American Cancer Society for $350.
End result: The ACS Lakeland FL office gets $1011.50. (I always send the
proceeds to the office that serves the area where the event is held)
Thank you Ruth and Steve!
Steven - your goal of
$1000 was reached after all!
Sunday, January 15
All packed up and ready to head South for an
overnight visit with Sandy's sister, Peg, and her husband, Bill in Ft. Myers.
(That was my room - it's always nice to be able to see my car from the room!)
Sorry, unbelievably I got no photos during the
really fun visit.
Monday, January 16
Back onto the Northbound road again.
A couple of minor milestones on the way home.
East of Tallahassee
In Montgomery AL
Back in Sweet Home Alabama...
I think somebody is glad to see me!
("Cutie" is 20!)