- Motorcycling has been a life changing experience. I hope sharing the info and pictures on the Blog gives you some idea how impressed I am with the experience, travel and the people I have met. Made new friends especially among Riders here in Orange County. Special recognition to Johney (Wrench)-helps with all the maintenance stuff+rides, plus other great riding friends: Ken Y., Luis V. & Minita, Chuck & Patty, John R., Joe, Carolyn, Gregg, Charlie & Carol, Rick, Stan P., Ed & Susan P., Barry, plus Terry, Bob B., Brian H., Glenn, William & Daveta Jo, Bob (Concho) and others. ************* DISCLAIMER: This is my personal write-up (Blog) of motorcycling news, rides and events that I am involved with in some way and not affiliated with any group, organization or club that might be mentioned herein. There should be no confusion regarding the fact these are my personal comments and not those of any other entity.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Again this year's 2011 Chapter 230 Holiday party was a spectacular success as a wrap up of a full year of experiences on two and even 3 wheels. Like so many things about motorcycling you really have to be there to understand the fun time we all had. If you were there you know what I'm talking about and if you missed it you will just have to imagine how enjoyable it was. It is always an opportunity to catch up on news from some members that we don't see on many rides.
This photo was taken before Stan picked the toilet seat cover.
This was Terry's last big event as Chapter President and there were special tributes to all that made the rides, events and special occasions possible during the past year. I thought I might have a chance to get a mileage rocker again this year but missed a few key rides mostly due to the Cardioplasty last May and also my ride to Colorado instead of the chapter ride.
Food service was well handled, the choices were excellent and dinner went smoothly. After watching some cable shows like Restaurant Impossible and Diners Drive-in and dives I now look at food service in a more critical way. Would recommend JT Schmids for next year's party.
As usual there was a White Elephant Gift Exchange where you pick a gift from the unopened pile or you can take a gift that has been picked and already opened. If anyone was the winner of having to pick more gifts due to losing theirs to others it would probably be Gregg. Stan won the coveted toilet seat cover, I know they will both treasure it, Patty and Chuck made off with some excellent wine and tequila gifts. Dan got to keep his prized Dirt Devil...lucky guy. Don't ask Connie what happened to the red comforter she picked from Genevieve and then had to give back to Richard in a slick gift swap, finally winding up with a Starbucks card. Carolyn lost the Black & Decker toaster-oven but picked and kept the metal thermos bottle with flip top lid. There were so many bottles of liquor I lost track except for the bottle that Glen finally got to keep and opened right there insuring that he would not have to give it up. A case of beer was finally grabbed by Keith as I recall and Rose took home a nice set of socket tools. Daveta Jo snagged the motorcycle chime set and nearly everyone found something they could use. I did hear someone say they wind up taking home a lot less every year than they brought and this year for them I would have to agree. Gregg- after all the great gifts wound up with a set of key chains that had some sort of device to find the keys if you misplaced them. Somehow at the last minute Evan traded off his wreath for another gift, I never figured that out.
That wrapped up another great holiday party, sure glad we went.