How to look cool with a Propeller Beanie on...

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A few Celina 2001 highlights from Amphipoda's

Most of Friday is a haze of very fond, but fading,
memories of the sign up at CJ's (nice badges
shirts, and other cool trinkets), meeting with
some of the best amphibians on this planet,
doing Mezcal shots, the police escort through
town (it was so long you couldn't see the end),
more Mezcal shots, swimming, more Mezcal,
splash entries, and... yep, more Mezcal shots
with beer chasers. Yes Paul, I did sleep under
something, but I'm not sure if it was an Amphi
or a trailer or my tent?!

The gathering in the water for the helicopter
photo was unbelievable. Being in the front
row and looking back gave me the impression
of an annual spawning ritual coupled with an
amphibious invasion at Normandy. It was an
awe inspiring sight to see so many swimming
Amphis in tight formation - did anyone get a
scratch or a ding? And yes Mike, my propeller
beanie got a tremendous workout - the helicopter
was so close at times I reckon my neck got
stretched an inch or two from the beanie spinning
at 22,000 rpm. A great moment in Amphi lore.

And then there are a half dozen stories about
when Dave the Wave and I (the dynamic duo) stole
someone's Amphi (Dave claims it was a loaner)
and... well, umm... maybe I better let Dave tell
those stories. Anyway, Celina may never be quite
the same and everyone is invited back next year
except Dave and I (no worries, we'll be disguised).

The club meeting/dinner at the Eagles was a winner
too. Bilgemaster graciously accepted his Amphibian
of the Year Award - well deserved. And Rene Pohl
got a bottle of Jack Daniel's (they wouldn't let me
hold it for him) donated by the Eagles. Good eats
and a well done club meeting. Thanks to all who
attended, gave out rides, loaned out cars, and put
the whole shebang together. What a spectacular event!~
And congratulations to Marc S. who was re-appointed
by the board as President of the International Amphicar
Owners Club!!!

Also wanted to mention a special thanks to Billy
Syx & Randy Tusone for organizing the retirement
home Amphi rides. Giving rides to the old folks
and seeing them smiling and laughing in appreciation
was a truly inspirational moment for the dozen Amphis
who participated. This too should become a tradition
in Celina and/or wherever Amphi Swim-In events reside.

I guess that's enough for now. Perhaps I'll post
more once the pictures get developed and what's
left of my memory gets jogged. But I will say this -
camping was fun, thanks Scott - you da man!
See ya'll in the chat nook.

Amphipoooooooda (jet lagged and hung over)
`64 Turquoise (pissed and jealous)
San Diego, CA (warm and wonderful)