B&P Turns 17

Today, March 31, marks the 17th anniversary of the start of Bits & Pieces.  It was on this date in 2002 that I started B&P over on Blogger.  After a short while, we moved to a self-hosted WordPress blog.

It has been a major part of my life these last 17 years.  And I’m sure I wouldn’t still be doing it if it weren’t for the wonderful people that have come together as contributors, readers and especially commenters to make Bits & Pieces what I like to call our little worldwide neighborhood.  

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Big Peach Pit Stop Update #2 – Dinner

Dinner at Hooters with me (Jonco), Richard, DJ, Gary, and the ever so lovely Arianne.  We enjoyed 2+ hours eating and talking and catching up. Thanks to Richard for picking up the tab for dinner.  A great bunch of people that are very comfortable to be around.  

DJ heads on down to Florida to see his 96-year-old mom who still lives on her own and I’ll be heading back to St. Louis Sunday morning. This truly was a pit stop for DJ while just a nice diversion from my daily routine.

I feel really grateful that these people and the ones we were with earlier all got to know each other through Bits & Pieces. I truly appreciate the people I’ve met here and at the BABBQs in St. Louis and our gathering in Las Vegas as well as the people I’ve met on my travels.  There are still quite a few people I look forward to meeting in person.


Big Peach Pit Stop Update #1 – Lunch

Lunch group from L to R:  Lilly and Mike (Chef-Bor-R-Doom), me (Jonco), Keith (Keith), Richard (Rick), Barry (Infidel) and last but not least, Don (DJ).  Click to enlarge.

A big thanks to Barry for covering our lunch tab.  Following a nice long lunch and good conversation with some nice folks DJ and I were treated to a ride in Mike and Lilly’s Model 3 Tesla.  Pics by DJ.  Click to enlarge.

It is really an interesting ride with its ultra-quiet engineless engine and autopilot mode.  It has a 310-mile range on a full charge and there are charging stations popping up all over the country.  The super-charging stations take about 45 minutes to charge and it costs between $5 and $9 to use. They can also charge it overnight at their home.   DJ and I were very impressed.  We’re thinking about splitting the cost on one.  We each would get it every other day. Some details might still need to be worked out.

Big Peach Pit Stop this weekend

The Big Peach Pit Stop in Atlanta Georgia will be tomorrow, Saturday, October 20, 2018.  The plan is to meet for lunch at 11 am at Ted’s Montanna Grill located near the Mall of Georgia at the Marketplace at Mill Creek.

Then tomorrow night we’ll meet at the Hooters at the Mall of Georgia at 6 pm.  Anyone who wants to join us at either of those events is welcome.  It would help if you reply to this so we have an idea of how many might show up for either gathering.

What we’re doing between those events has not yet been determined.

DJ and I will be arriving separately on Friday evening. Our hotel is located near the Mall of Georgia. 



B&P’s Big Peach Pit Stop

We’re planning a gathering or two in Atlanta Georgia on Saturday, October 20, 2018.  That’s one week from this Saturday.  We’re planning to get together for lunch at a place to be decided soon and gather that evening at the Hooters located at the Mall of Georgia at 6:00 pm for food and drinks. Warning: Tall tales may be told.

I’ve stopped there and met several Georgians in my travels to Florida. A couple of them came all the way to St. Louis for one of our BABBQ’s a while back. DJ is planning his trip to visit his mom to coincide with the gathering. I’ll be flying into Atlanta late Friday evening and will fly home Sunday. DJ and I are staying at the same hotel (different rooms) and it’s about 10 minutes from the Mall of GA.

Plans between the lunch and dinner have not been decided yet.

You’re all invited to join us for either or both (lunch and dinner) if you’re in the area or want to travel there as I will. It’d be nice to get an idea of how many might attend, so let us know if you think you can make it and to which event.


Happy Thanksgiving

The days, months and years seem to go by faster and faster as I age.  It’s already Thanksgiving and the year is nearly gone and a new year is just around the corner. 

Each year at this time I like to take a moment to say thanks to you all for stopping by here. Some of you have been visiting for many years and some just discovered our little place here.  It warms my heart to think of the friends I’ve met whether in person or just online, all from this website I started back in 2002.  Next March it will be 16 years of B&P. That’s a lot of bits and a lot of pieces.  I couldn’t do it without you guys stopping by.  I wouldn’t be still doing it without the contributions and comments from the friends and readers who’ve become friends.

If you’re a reader and never comment I urge you leave a comment now and then.  Your input fuels my desire to keep this place going.  And, of course, your donations also mean a lot to me and to this site.

I wish each of you and your loved ones a heartfelt Happy Thanksgiving!