Reflections on the weekend and the BABBQ

What a wonderful weekend with some pretty awesome people. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on the weekend gathering for B&P readers here in St. Louis.  The only thing that could have made it better was if more people had shown up.  I believe the ones that did make it had a great time.  We had about a dozen from out of town and a few from the local area.  When you throw in my family and friends, some of who read but rarely comment, we ended up with about 40 people.  In some ways a smaller group is nice because you can spend more time talking to some people, but I was hoping for more.

It’s amazing how you can get to know people before you actually meet them.  Any when you do meet them it’s like you’re meeting an old friend you hadn’t seen in a while.  It was just very, very comfortable.  I appreciate that people would pack up and drive, or fly, hundreds of miles to attend a function like this.

A few notes….. 
We put together a B&P Trivia Quiz. It had questions like…. What is the B&P motto, What’s the name of my motorcycle ,What was my aunts name in Florida among others. Today I was just going through the answer sheets.  One of the questions was “How old is Jonco?”  Nick (aka Mr. Meee) answered 74.  Meee, would you slap him for me?

Gus was the hit of the party. I had to check Ariane’s purse when she left to make sure she didn’t kidnap him.  🙂  Someone else offered to trade his prize in the Let’s Make A Big Ass Deal game for Gus.

Food:  We had waaaaay to much of it…. or you guys didn’t eat enough.  Thanks to Dan and Dave for their all day efforts providing us with hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken breasts, ribs, one inch thick pork steaks, toasted ravioli, smoked salmon bites, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, gooey butter cookies and cakes, plus much more.

Thanks to all who helped out:  Pat, Krisgo & Seth, Dave, Dan, Mike & Pat, Janet & Dawn, Gail & Mike, my grandkids, Kaitie, Seth, Vince and Logan.  Without you guys I couldn’t have done this.

A couple of special messages:  While we were there and posing for a group picture we made a couple of special messages to a couple of people who couldn’t make it.  I had to enhance the lettering on the signs for readability.  You can click the photos to enlarge them.

Miss u Bella

Fuck cancer

And a few more pictures…. (click to enlarge)

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