The Brothers of PXL Invite You to Join Us
For Our 2018 Fall Doin's,"Penny Bar Hyjinx!"
September 20-23, 2018, in Taft, California.
It's been awhile since we last clamped in the desert. Humbug "Doc" Wallace offered to hire some trees but we demurred. You see, Kern is a big place and we go where the plaquing need to be done. Besides, it's not like we're Holcomb or anything. We have seen trees within recent memory. The Mesozoic Age didn't help with that tree thing, though it did give us a whole lot of oil. Which is why, for our Fall '18 Clampout, we're headed to west Kern oil country for a very special Fall Doin's.
Come Thursday, September 20. 2018, the Brothers of Peter Lebeck will be clamping at the Franklin Field Arena in Taft for a weekend event we're calling, "Penny Bar Hijinks." And while we can't offer trees and shade on this trip, we can give you a spot of flat, sandy ground and all the amenities that Taft has to offer.
In fact Franklin Field Arena is located about a mile from the center of town where supplies are easy to get, and about a mile from the West Kern Oil Museum which was one of the subjects of PXL's "Plaquapalooza" in 2015. Whether you've been out this way before or not, you should take advantage of your time in Taft. For starters visiting the oil museum is a great opportunity to learn the area's history from stories and artifacts dating back to the Kern County oil rush of the early 1900's. Relive the Lakeview Gusher, see vintage cars and machinery, and experience what it was like to stand on a real wooden oil derrick like those from the olden days. While at the museum, check out our monument, it's one of three in and around Taft.
So consider yourself invited. You can even show up as early as Thursday noon which will give you plenty of time to forage in and around Taft before we officially kick-off our weekend with Doc's Friday afternoon Meet'n'Greet and our famous Friday night fooding.
For early arrivals we recommend at least one drive out to McKittrick to visit "Mike & Annie's McKittrick Hotel, Penny Bar & Café." No, you can't spend the night there, but you can get breakfast, lunch and dinner. The place is known for its Ribeyes; and its Friday fish and chips served at lunchtime are awesome.
On Saturday we'll be plaquing the place. Built from brick to replace the fire ravaged 1898 Headquarters Hotel, the McKittrick has been in continuous operation since 1903, serving the community in its various incarnations as gathering place, supply depot, general store, and just a good place to stay and eat for the last 115 years.
It's been decades since the McKittrick has taken in any hotel guests, but it survives as a restaurant and bar. Purchased by Mike and Annie Moore in the 1970's, it was Mike and Annie who decided on the penny motif, decorating their establishment with over 1,000,000 tinny effigies of Mr. Lincoln. In its present iteration, the McKittick Hotel, Penny Bar & Café has drawn attention nationwide, and on Saturday we'll be celebrating the uniqueness of this boom town survivor from the days of the oil rush.
So what do you say to a weekend of chillaxing with us? The Brothers of Peter Lebeck are a friendly bunch. And if you haven't been to one of our Doin's, or haven't been in a while, the redshirted regulars will certainly make you feel at home. What's more the price is right. If you prepay, the rub is only $65 per Clamper and $75 per PBC. But to take advantage of this discount your dust must be in by September 14th, and your PBC must be registered by September 7th, so we can make sure he's been properly prepared to face our Hangman, "Barney Trouble" Patterson, and to start the ordeal. Sorry no drop-in PBCs or retreads this trip, though well behaved dogs and burn barrels are welcome.
So what do you get for this miniscule amount of moolah? Well starting Friday afternoon we're going to feed you straight through Sunday morning, beginning with a few snacks on us. We'll kick-off the festivities at 5:03 Friday afternoon with our Humbug's special Meet'n'Greet at the only known Tittie Bar in Clamperdom. While PXL does not provide alcohol, those who bring something to share quickly discover that the stories, whoppers and flat-out lies just flow like Red Eye at a bawdy house. Either way, we guarantee you won't leave a stranger, and if you bring a PBC, he'll experience first-hand why becoming a Clamper is one of the best things that can ever happened to a man. But more on that later.
You also get four hot meals plus a continental breakfast on Sunday. Our Clampchef is the much accomplished Kenton "Airdale" Miller, and for Friday dinner he'll be serving up our Humbug's favorite pasta slathered with Brother "Frankie Pampas" Bergoglio's secret pampas sauce. Then the party continues with Brother Carlos "Spinner" Lemus's karaoke and open mike night. We recommend a few adult libations ahead of time in order to tolerate and participate in this one. It can be really something else and a lot of fun.
Saturday morning you'll want to get up for our Graybeards' Potluck Breakfast. We provide the eggs, you bring us your breakfast meats and other goodies, and our Graybeards and PBC cook crew will whip it up into something yummy. For lunch Airdale will happily stuff fat weenies into fresh buns, just for you; but if you make it out to the dedication at McKittrick, our Humbug highly recommends that you try the fare at the Penny Bar. Just don't over-do because back in Clamp dinner à la Airdale will be your choice of a thick ribeye steak or barbequed chicken with all the fixin's.
As for your PBC, expect him to be treated right. We've taken some criticism for giving up dirty initiations. But we've come to the conclusion that pouring maple syrup, corn flakes or putting cow pies down a guy's shorts really doesn't tell us much about a his character, and may only teach him that we're a bunch of sadistic Adam Henrys and that Clamping is about abuse. Frankly, some of our most cherished members saw way worse "abuse" just preparing to go to Viet Nam, Afghanistan, Iraq or some other place where they were called to serve the nation. Whatever dirt can add to an initiation, it does little to answer the question: Does your friend have what it takes to be a true Brother of ECV?
Our goal at Peter Lebeck is to build a solid but open chapter, one in which we can rely on each other as friends, but also welcome others who might benefit from our camaraderie while also being worthy of our respect.
When you bring someone in at PXL you can expect him to be out of bed by five on Saturday morning to begin earning his red shirt in the traditional way. He'll provide both labor and entertainment, but we're also going to make sure he understands the purpose and value of Clamping. He'll get a solid dose of ECV history and be made to stand and deliver before the assembled brethren to experience the elevation of man.
As his sponsor you will be responsible to make sure your PBC is ready. You'll provide him with a copy of the PBC Handbook, make sure he's prepared a five minute historical presentation to recite before the assembly and has in his possession a sufficient liquid bribe for our board. Not everyone is up to that standard, but if that's too much for him we know where he can earn his shirt by crawling through a "tunnel of luv." Just make sure he's had his shots and is carrying his antibiotics.
Be advised, should your guy make it through our initiation, he'll experience one of the best HOCO's in all of Clamperdom, honchoes by our Royal Clamps Thespian, Brother Dave "Boulder" Staley and performed by his crew of Hollywood stars who are willing to donate their time but prefer to remain anonymous. Sorry, we've told Mel Gibson and Robert Downey, Jr. they'll have to stay home this trip.
If what we're proposing sounds intimidating, it doesn't have to be, we really are a welcoming bunch. As our Clampatriarch Emeritus, Timbo Gillespie likes to say, PXL has room for every kind of guy, all the way "from brain surgeons to drain surgeons." In fact, our members really are a disparate bunch and about half of our members come to us from other chapters because they've found a home with us.
A PXL Clampout likely won't exceed a 100 guys, which means you're never going to feel lost at a Lebeck Doin's. So if you've never been to one of our events, or haven't been for a while, there's no time like the present. We'll even leave the gate open for you. Just go to our registration page to get started. See you in the Arena!
To read about Clamping with Peter Lebeck in Kern County, just read on.
ABOUT CLAMPING WITH PETER LEBECK
Kern County is a big place and it covers all kinds of terrain: from the driest portions of the Mojave Desert, to the snowiest pine forests of the Sierra Nevada; from the oak woodlands of Walker Basin to the still wild grasslands of the San Joaquin Valley. Then of course there is Fort Tejon, Pine Mountain, the Kern River Valley, the Tehachapis, and…you get the drift. Kern County IS a BIG and interesting place.
And needless to say, we do try to get around. So if you are looking for something different, always make sure to look us up when you are planning your Clamping Calendar. If you've Clamped the desert, try the mountains. If you've Clamped the mountains, try the desert. But always make an effort check with us because we may be going someplace you'd really, really enjoy, and we do get around.
PXL Clampouts are not so large that you'll ever feel lost, and not so small that you'll ever feel like you're crashing someone's private party. Brothers visiting from other chapters are always made to feel welcome, and we especially encourage you to drop by if you live in Kern County or the adjoining areas of southern and central California.
At Peter Lebeck we plan two, full-weekend Clampouts every year, one in the spring and the other in the fall, and we favor overnight outings because we believe it is the surest way to make sure that each of our Brothers makes it home safely. At Peter Lebeck we also believe that Clamping is as much about plaquing as it is about camping and camaraderie, so we try to mount at least one erection every year and we try to Clamp near by. So won't you join us for the adventure? We'll make sure you get an extra helping of Airdale's beans.