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May Meeting Minutes

Where: Golden Corral in Augusta
When: May 6, 2010
Who: Bill & Bonnie Baugh, Brian & Donna Bogardus, Kurt & James Breitinger, Gail & Miller Butler, John & Carol Haff, John & Jackie Nicholls, David & Autumn Schumacher, Rudy & Patti Wilmoth and Phil & Judy Wittenberg.

Treasurer’s Report: $1,129.57

LAST MONTH:

  1. The meeting was at the Acropolis and no one got sick.
  2. The monthly breakfast attracted 7 folks and no one cried over spilt milk.
  3. The Schumacher’s effervesced over the time they had at the Miatas Doin’ The Charleston II (actually the event happened this month, but it happened before the monthly meeting, so according to Club Rule #47.2, it gets reported as occurring last month.)

THIS MONTH:

  1. Because we love having the May meeting at a very densely packed restaurant we decided to have it this year at the new Golden Corral on Bobby Jones on the night of their Grand Opening. The crowd was only slightly larger than last year when we decided to go to a Mexican restaurant on Cinco de Mayo.
  2. The May breakfast will be on the 15th at the Lake Restaurant in Waynesboro, GA, which is conveniently located on the way to Savannah.
  3. The 15th is the day of the Club’s overnight trip to Savannah to visit the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum and other places down there.

NEXT MONTH:

  1. The June meeting will be on the 3rd and held at the Sno Cap Drive In in North Augusta The usual meeting shenanigans will take place along with the always exciting Club Officer Nomination Dodge.
  2. Breakfast will be on the 19th and will be arranged by Dave Winkler (706-860-6060) if somebody calls to remind him.

Respectfully submitted:
Donna Bogardus
Club Secretary

10 Years Ago This Month – May 2000

Dinner and a Movie

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2000
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Sonic Drive-In, North Augusta, SC
Members Attending: Brian Bogardus, Donna Bogardus, Karen Breitinger, Kurt Breitinger, Jim Creer, Judy Creer, Hilda Delionbach, Leroy Delionbach, Brian Goodwin, Carol Haff, John Haff, Brian Wynne and Rudy Wilmoth.
Soon-to-Be Members Attending: Jack Norris and Karen Norris.

Brian G. came right after work. Even though it was his first meeting, no one had any trouble remembering his name, it was stitched right into his shirt. Brian works in the shipping department of the Bridgestone Plant one exit back off of I-20. Guess what kind of tires he has on his Miata? Wrong. He has Nitto rubber mounted on his wheels.

Brian W. was there just for the meal as he couldn’t go to the movie. Leroy and Hilda were also here just for the eats and the camaraderie.

John and Carol were there for the food and the drive, but not for the movie. For some reason they were not interested in seeing either movie (more on this later.)

Kurt and Karen were the last to arrive and had they been 5 minutes later we would have already been gone. Being the polite types and not wanting to make them eat in the car while driving, we hung around and chatted ’til they finished. Oh, the sacrifices. 🙂

The drive to Monnetta is all two lane back roads (unfortunately not curvy) and passes through a couple of small towns with populations in the mid three digit range. Our parade of seven little cars in a row, on a Saturday evening, must seem to them, just that, a parade.

When I pulled in at the drive-in to pay the fellow taking the money asked, “What is this convertible night?” We had six Miatas in a row and what should be right behind us but, a cherry Red ’61 Ford Fairlane convertible. I told him that the little ones were together but, I didn’t know the Ford (turns out I was wrong.)

This year we got choice parking spots right in front and to the left of the concession stand. This is because we left the Sonic 45 minutes earlier than we did last year when we ended up in the back row.

After we all settled in, the big Ford parked right next to us. That is when I realized it was my supervisor, Les Finn, from work. I had forgotten that he had that car. He had brought the Fairlane in to work once to show it off, right after he bought it a year or so ago, and he is always driving an old customized van.

Les being the outgoing type, struck up a conversation with the owner of the drive-in and started talking convertibles which led him to bring the owner, Richard Boaz, out to introduce himself to us. He asked the name of the Club and promised to give us a welcoming announcement during intermission. I hoped he would do a better job than the Polo play-by-play announcer.

The first feature was “Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas” and in my opinion this where John and Carol made the right decision by just eating and driving to but not in the drive-in. An equally lame companion to the earlier Flintstones movie of which this was supposedly a prequel to.

Our numbers dwindled by about half at intermission either by disgust or because of the need for an early rise on Sunday morning. During intermission Mr. Boaz got so caught up in doing movie trivia over the sound system that he completely forgot to give us our how-do-you-do. I don’t know which was worse, the mangling our club name got at polo or the complete miss we got here.

The second feature was “Frequency,” for which I had high hopes. It wasn’t half bad, but it didn’t make it onto Brian B’s “Top 100 Movies of all Time” list. I am always intrigued by time travel movies and that whole changing the past necessarily changes the future paradox. Suppose you went back in time and sneezed, causing a squirrel to dart across the road, which lead to a minor fender-bender, causing a man to miss his date with who would have turned out to be his wife, thereby not having a son with her named Bob Hall. What would we be driving today? Mercury Capris? Oooh, scary!