December 4, 2013 (6018)
The Holidays are Here!
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Posted - 12.4.13 - By Hole and MGM
Congratulations, greetings and blessings from Castel Gandolfo West, on the central coast.
It's been a few days since I flew in from our chapter meeting at Frazier Park, and boy my arms are still tired (ba-da-bum!)
We had a larger than usual turnout, showing renewed interest within our ranks. Thanks guys!
In a nutshell, here's what happened. We got the charter/bylaw moving again, confirming who's on the committee and setting some due dates. We also confirmed Charles Topping to be Humbug next year, with Jim Bailey as his Vice Humbug, while Luis Bouza and Kevin Oviatt are both recycling in their current positions of Gold Dust Receiver and Grand Noble Recorder.
Other Clampfunctionaries are to be announced. Charles is still looking for a Hangman, so if you are interested I suggest you contact Charles or Jim Bailey to throw your hat in the ring. The Hangman is a fun job, but it has HUGE responsibilities, so make sure you find out what the job requires prior to volunteering. The Hangman is one of the brothers who have to provide the "adult supervision" at the doin's. We'll get the rest of the roster filled out by the Spring Doin's.
We also have a new Hawker. Kevn "No Eye" Horton from Tehachapi. (No, that's not a misspelling. Apparently Kevn lost an "I" when he was a kid.)
THANK YOU KEVN!!!
I also had the honor of presenting Timbo with the donations from all the brothers. (Thanks MGM for making this happen!)
I'll let our Cyber Recorder, Mikee "MGM" Ramirez, fill in other details. It's been quite a year for all of us and it's time to take a break, but before I head back to the Turkey there's one more thing.
We've got to get Charles a PXL Clamper-name to replace his 1.5 Clamper-name ("Al the 7th-53rd?"). Somehow that "Al VII" doesn't fit him anymore. If we make up a good one we can let him have it at the Widders' Ball. What do you say?
Hole der 1st PXL XNGH #52
Mikee, here! And the best to all of you during this holiday season. Before moving on to other business, I'd like to congratulate Brother Hole on a very successful year as our 52nd Humbug. It's tough being one of the only adults in the room, let alone being the only real grown-up at a Clampout, but he was able to get us through two great trips without a mishap. We made lots of new friends and lots of happy memories. Our reputation continues to improve, both in the community and throughout Clamperdom, and our chapter continues to grow. So here's to Hole and to all of us. We done good, my Brothers. It's been another successful year!
Now to fill in a few blanks. Hole mentioned the collection that we took up to help out our XXNGH Timbo Gillespie after a medical mishap that nearly stopped his heart and put him in ICU without insurance. Your generosity was very much appreciated. Here's a thank you from the man himself:
Hello My Brothers,
Since joining ECV and the Peter Lebeck Chapter, I've always felt that I was a part of something special. For such an eclectic mix of guys to be able to fraternize, enjoy history and frivolity the way we do, and take an interest in helping others is something phenomenal to see. And being a Redshirt has also always been a source of pride, bringing a sense of satisfaction at being part of something which the general public doesn't have a clue about.
However, the nature of how truly special Clampers really are was recently brought home to me. After being bitten by the Evil Cardiac Fairy (atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure) and making a long visit to the ER with a few days in ICU, I found my uninsured self with a whopper of a hospital bill. My generous brother Redshirts chipped in and took a good chunk off of what will be a long term obligation for me.
For one so used to being on the giving help end of things, being on the receiving end is a humbling and enlightening experience. Even my relatively prodigious vocabulary has left me unequipped to adequately express my gratitude and love for you guys. I know that I shouldn't be surprised, yet I am. Clampers are the finest group of guys I have ever been or ever hope to be associated with. It has been an honor and a privilege to sling vittles for you for some time, and those of you that are new enough members and served part of your initiation in my kitchen know what I mean.
All I can say is a million thanks from the bottom of my heart, and I thank God for affording me the opportunity to be associated with such a fine bunch of fellers. You are honestly the finest people I know, and I'm incredibly grateful to you all for the love, support, and good wishes you have sent my way. Although the word comes a long way from covering my gratitude, I can but say SATISFACTORY! And I can tell you that it's been recorded Upstairs.
Timbo Gillespie PXL XXNGH #49-50
Hole also mentioned that we have a new Hawker. His name is Kevn Horton and he will be ably assisted by his good buddy, Brian St. John. Both Brothers live in Tehachapi, so we can count on some additional serious involvement from two more Kern County residents. Both Brian with an "i" and Kevn without an "i" are experienced Clampers; and Kevn and his wife have a store in Tehachapi where they sells custom souvenirs to the tourists, all of which makes Kevn's business experience a good fit for our Clamper store. So congratulations my Brothers, and may the CARP be with you!
Kevn and Brian represent a good, solid change for our chapter at a very important Clampfunction. But to understand how important and serious this is, I need to give you a little background first.
Part of the ongoing improvement of our chapter has been to make our finances more transparent. For years our finances were a closely shared secret between our Gold Dust Receiver and the Humbug. That's less of a criticism than you might think because we were lucky enough to have good, honest people overseeing our books; but transparency is about more than just making sure that our once and future officers are honest.
Open balance sheets represent our financial history. They show how we bring in revenue, how we spend it, and how much we have. Without that kind of knowledge being available, it makes it much harder for someone new to an office to pick-up where the last guy left off. Cooks budget, Hawkers budget and Humbugs certainly budget: It costs money to put on Clampouts and build monuments and to stock the store and take it around Clamperdom, and costly mistakes can endanger our chapter's future. Moreover Brothers who want to progress through the chairs need to understand how the chapter works financially. Open books promote better planning, sheds light on the effectiveness of our officers, and allow for more informed discussions among all of us about the directions that our chapter should be pursuing and whether we can afford it.
Some feared that if we opened our books there would be pressure to spend what some might regard as surplus revenue. But in my humble opinion the key to solvency has never been secrecy but rather having a competent Humbug and diligent officers who recognize the value of saving for a rainy day and planning for the chapter's future. Or to put it another way, smart is good and ignorant is bad, especially when it comes to the guys spending the money.
That kind of transparency is no less important for our Hawker's Store. Maybe more so. In a good year, our Hawker may bring in as much as two-thirds of our revenue and is entrusted with thousands of dollars of the chapter's money, much of it coming to him in cash. His authority comes directly from our Humbug, who expects the Hawker to take good care of our store, keep an accurate set of books, maintain a list of his suppliers, and deposit all the proceeds in the Hawker Account after each doin's.
Moreover our Hawker doesn't just sell goods at our own doin's but travels with the store around Clamperdom. He procures, and often designs, t-shirts, buttons and other ECV specific items suitable for sale to Redshirts and their Widders, and he often buys these in bulk. At the beginning of each year our Hawker will meet with other Hawkers before the LSD "Bean Feed" up in Auburn, CA and trade for desirable goods, sometimes for barter and sometimes for cash. In a busy year our Hawker may make as many as ten or twelve trips in support Peter Lebeck. And you were wondering why Hole was so jazzed?
So now that Kevn and Brian have bit off as much as any one of us can chew, here's your chance to pitch-in. As our new "Eye Men" take the PXL Store around Clamperdom they could use an extra hand or two willing to help set-up and mind the store. Especially if you have not traveled around to other chapters' doin's, I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to gain valuable experience, meet new friends and make new memories. Even one or two trips will improve your outlook on life; make your whites whiter and your colors brighter. And by next year I guarantee that you won't smell so bad (at least not to me). So if you have a spare weekend on your calendar, email Kevn to see when he and Brian are going out to Clamperland. You will have a blast.
Now on to News of the Charles!
We had about thirty guys show up to our meeting in Frazier Park on November 9, 2013. We met in the back room of La Sierra, and I think about all the space we had left was a couple of seats at the bar. From seeing so many familiar faces I can tell you that our chapter continues to grow both by attracting new friends from within Clamperdom as well as by bringing in new PBCs. I personally think your friendliness and spirit of camaraderie has a lot to do with it, so keep it up. We must be doing something right. Fair and balanced, I say!
Anyway to recap, outgoing Humbug Russ "Hole" Chapman, nominated current VNGH Charles Topping to be Humbug Erectus. Luis Bouza and Kevin Oviatt were asked by Charles to stay on as Gold Dust Receiver and Grand Noble Recorder, and Charles nominated Jim Bailey to be his Vice. Kevn Horton was also put forward as Hawker. All nominees were approved by acclamation, and Charles was given leave by the board to name the balance of his clampfunctionaries as he sees fit - but more on that later.
Now a little background on our Humbug Erectus. Charles Topping has the patient demeanor of a man who long ago learned not to sweat the small stuff. Charles is a multitalented guy. He is an accomplished metal smith, has a master's degree in fine arts, has taught at the college level and is a past president of the Kern River Valley Historical Society. Charles claims to be retired but you can often find him in his home workshop laboring over intricate castings, or conducting demonstrations at the Kern River Valley Museum. He has also been a Clamper for about as long as anybody currently active in our chapter, having been elected Humbug of de la Guerra y Pacheco Chapter 1.5, in 1995 (6001). I would characterize Charles as one not prone to nose bleeds and never afraid to get his hands dirty, which makes him a good fit to be Humbug number 53 for Peter Lebeck, where we like to believe we have room for everyone from brain surgeons to drain surgeons.
Jim Bailey, Charles's second in command, is also a great choice. While Jim has not been with us anywhere near as long as Charles, Jim has deep roots in Bakersfield and has the kind of business sense that we are looking for in a future Humbug. Jim is the day to day, hands on manger of the Homewood Suites where we held our Widders' Ball this past January. Both Jim's father and grandfather were in the hotel business; and together with his late father, Jim "Chum" Bailey, our Brother Jim Bailey #2 built two local hotels and earned a general contractors license from the State of California. Jim is also responsible for bringing in a number of solid members to our ranks from the Bakersfield area. I would characterize our Jim as a good church going Brother -- conscientious, generous to his family and friends, and always willing to pitch-in where needed.
But now for the rest of the story . . . Charles is still looking for Clampfunctionaries. He has an immediate need for a Hangman, a Clamps Hostrix, and a Damnfool Doorkeper; but he also needs Hawktackles, Sous-chefs, Libation Tenders, Vigilantes and Circus Members. Also keep in mind that we are not a Camping Club. We build monuments, commemorate history and do good deeds. So while it is against our charter to collect dues, consider your active participation now and again to be the "price" of membership. Not everybody has the resources, patience or time to work their way to being Humbug, but asking your Widder for that kitchen pass now and again to help good ol' PXL to build a monument or prepare for a doin's will definitely grow hair on your chest and cure your Widder's complaints about your "low T."
Also keep in mind that at the moment there is no set upward progression through "the chairs." We are recycling our Gold Dust Receiver and Grand Noble Recorder to make sure that we are solid at those positions for the coming year, but the chapter is always in need of talent up and down the ladder as well as at our doin's. While I'd like to think that our more established members should be the ones guiding the chapter forward, I also understand that we can only get so many volunteers out of a given group of guys at a given time which is why I'd like to see the chapter continue to grow. A Brother who might make a great Humbug if all things were copacetic might still have small children at home or may not have the financial resources to carry off a successful year. That's not to say that we should give up on him, but it does suggest that we should make allowances for our chapter's realities. Only if we all pitch in to help will our chapter thrive.
So . . . If you are interested in volunteering or advancing through the leadership -- regardless of your experience or time with the chapter -- my suggestion is that you give Charles a call or email him. He'll find something for you to do. Most pressing at the moment is for someone familiar with our initiation style to step forward and volunteer to be Hangman. A Brother with a good sense of humor is preferred, but no sadists need apply. PXL initiations are about weeding out pissy guys who aren't cut out to be Clampers and to show the rest of the PBCs why it's so great to be a member of PXL. A good "Hanging" is not about who can absorb the most abuse or inflict the most pain.
Charles is also in need of a Clamps Hostrix to act as a site manager, and to stock and recruit hosts for the libation center. If you are interested but cannot commit to successive years, give him a call anyway. Help is always needed; guys who succeed at their post remain bright prospects for the future.
Now on to the Widders' Ball!
Every Widder knows that the Widders' Ball is about them right? Well at Peter Lebeck it has a dual purpose and that's to make sure that the current Humbug gets thrown out in proper fashion, and by custom that job falls to the incoming Humbug. It's totally subversive, but it's also the incoming guy's chance to show off his mettle . . . just don't tell yer Widder. Remember? It's all about her.
So clear your calendar for Saturday, January 25, 2014, when PXL will be going to the Homewood Suites in Bakersfield for our 53rd Annual Widders' Ball and Demotion Soirée. I'll be posting more about it as we get closer to the date, including the flyer; but many of our guests were so impressed with both the new venue and the party that they were urging us to raise our prices to as much as a $100 a couple.
Well Charles, who is in charge of the Hole Ambush, has said no to that, but he has had to set certain limits in order to keep our party affordable. That means that for the first time in our history attendance will be limited to the first 100 prepaid attendees. So if we sell out, you're out of luck. No exceptions.
If you want to know why, it's because going over that number would raise the cost about $10 per person for every guest, and we'd rather that everyone put that money towards staying overnight than trying to drive home after the party. The last thing we want is for any of our Brothers or their Widders to become highways statistics.
This year the couple's price is $70 and stag is $40, which covers our traditional hospitality room, dinner and dancing, and a complimentary open bar. You will also qualify for a very comfortable accommodation in a very classy place. Brother Jim Bailey's Homewood Suites in Bakersfield is a Hilton business class hotel. The beds are the best in any commercial establishment, and each room includes a full kitchen and free Wi-Fi. Jim has reserved a block of rooms for our Doin's at $79 for a queen, and $89 for two queens, which when compared to a 502 and that age old inmate's lament over "La cama de piedra," is the hands down best deal you are going to find in all of Clamperdom, the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Virgin Islands (with or without the virgins).
I'll be posting more about the new "Widder Friendly" menu and special raffle prizes in a an upcoming CLOG, but for now just keep an eye on this space and plan for to join us in Bakersfield on Saturday, January 25, 2014, the weekend before Superbowl Sunday, for our 53rd Annual PXL Widders' Ball! Our electronic sign-up is coming soon, in the meantime check out pictures from last January to ogle the fun.
Plans for the "Year of the Charles."
Charles also announced the location for our Spring Doin's and his plaquing ambitions for the year 6019. Come April 25-27, 2014 (6019), we'll be headed to the mountains above Caliente to be the guest of Jayne Hotchkiss-Price (proprietor) and Al Price (husband), for the 53rd PXL Spring Doin's.
Actually I'm being a little bit hard on Al, only because we plan to induct him that weekend, and I'm obligated to give him a good slice of "what-for?" The truth is that Al and Jayne are both local ranchers and civic boosters. Jayne recently made an honest man out of Al when she married him shortly after our recent fall doin's. They've both offered to help us out, but it happens that Jayne's ranch is the more suitable to our needs for a spring Clampout so she was happy to offer it - and Al - for our upcoming initiation.
All kidding aside, having Al and his Widder aboard is a big deal for us in the history department. Both are well versed in local history and are members of the Kern County Historical Society. In fact they are held in such high regard that they were each asked to address the Graybeards at this year's TRASH Trek. They spoke on the history of the Onxy Store and its 19th Century context.
Charles also has plans for two plaques. First up is the Ardis Walker House, which was the home of noted local historian and politician, Ardis Walker, who died in 1991. Left as a legacy to his alma mater USC, the Artis Walker House contains Artis Walker's personal library of writing, historical references and Clamper memorabilia which span well over sixty years. After graduating from USC in engineering in the late 20's, Ardis went to work for Bell Labs in New York before deciding to return to Kern County in 1932. He went to work as a journalist for the Bakersfield Californian, often writing about the history of the Kern River Valley and its people. Ardis later used his combined expertise in history, engineering and current affairs during his time as a county supervisor in the 1950's, to negotiate with the federal government over the building of the Isabella Dam and the water requirements for Lake Isabella.
As his second offering, Charles would also like to plaque the Noriega Hotel in Bakersfield during the summer doldrums. This will likely be a Saturday or Sunday afternoon family affair, and it's a unique experience that you will not want to miss. The Noriega is a Basque Restaurant that has been serving meals boarding house style in its central dining hall for over a hundred years. Tickets will likely be sold on a prepay basis so make sure you reserve when they come on line because the Noriega typically sells out on summer weekends. The price will be reasonable and you won't be disappointed.
Sounds like great plans for another auspicious year. Charles is still deciding on his calendar for our Fall Clampout which typically falls on the last weekend of September, but this year Rosh Hashanah does not end until sundown on Friday, September 26th. The following weekend is definitely out because it is Yom Kippur, so there is a good possibility that we will be moving our date up into mid or early September. Due to the importance of the Jewish High Holydays for many ECV members, the calendars of the southern chapters tend to shift to avoid conflicts, and we don't want to set our doin's concurrently with too many other local chapters if we can avoid it.
Final Serious Scatological Stuff...
Speaking of Holidays and the like, Brother Tony Weaver donates his time every year playing Santa Claus for the Fountain Valley Historical Society's "Christmas in the Gazebo," down in Orange County. So as Tony says, you can, "Skip the malls, and all the crass commercialism! Come join us for Fun, music, and a visit with Santa. There will be carols and hot cocoa. Admission is Free!!!" Heritage Park, 17641 Los Alamos, Fountain Valley, California. December 14, 2013, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
I think I'm starting to get why Tony likes to play Santa.
Lastly I have this serious note from Dickhead about our Brother Mikee "Maggot" Ralles. DH says he got a call from Carol Ralles, Mike's Widder. "Mike is in the Bakersfield Heart Hospital with a very serious foot infection. He will be there, or in some other hospital, for a few weeks. You can reach him at (661) 316-6000, room #226. Give him a call and let him know how much his redshirt Brothers love and miss him."
'Nuf sed. Peace out. As for me, Thanksgivukkah doesn't end until tomorrow. Think I'll go eat some latkes with my turkey leftovers.
Posted - 11.6.13 - By MGM
Hello, Brothers! Two quick but very important reminders. On Sunday we are meeting in Frazier Park to select officers and discuss events for this coming Clampyear, as well as other very important administrative matters. You presence is urgently requested and very strongly encouraged, especially if you are ascendant in the Peter Lebeck disorganization. Failure to attend may result in your being named Humbug and having everybody in Clamperdom p*ssed-off at you for all of 2014.
If you are currently in the chairs, or are in line for a nomination, then attendance is mandatory. We will be meeting for brunch at 10:00 a.m., and our meeting will start promptly at 10:30 and last about an hour. Take Interstate 5 to the Frazier Park off-ramp, get off and drive west for 3.7 miles, then turn right up the hill into Frazier Park. The restaurant will be on your left in downtown Frazier Park. La Sierra Mexican Restaurant, 3500 Mount Pinos Way, Frazier Park, CA 93225. (866) 443-7719.
Also we will be presenting our Brother Timbo with a check and a get well card encapsulating your contributions to help with his medical expenses arising from his recent hospitalization. We came very close to losing our dear friend due to medical error. If you have yet to contribute, you are encouraged to either use the Paypal link to add to the kitty or you can give him something directly when you see him on Sunday. The idea is to help out a dear friend who has given much (and spent much) over the years to keep our chapter alive. No amount in appreciation is too large or too small given the circumstances.
To go to our special Timbo PayPal link just click on Timbo's smiling face on the left. We'll make sure to include your name in the get well card. To download Sunday's agenda, just go to the agenda icon embedded in the CLOG Post immediately below, where you'll also find the details about Tim's near brush with a permanent trip to the Golden Hills and how your contribution will help.
Posted - 10.20.13 - By MGM
Hello Cloggites, and welcome back to this special edition of the PXL CLOG! And while all of our CLOGS are special, this one is much more special than most so read up, and don't stop until you get to the end. Or as my friend Francesco would say, "Coppice?"
First up, by order of his Humbuggedness, Russ "Hole der 1st"Chapman, you and each of you are summoned to a chapter meeting in Frazier Park on Sunday, November 10, 2013, for a much needed discussion about old business and next year's plans for new business. All official members and anyone who considers himself a regular participant of our shenanigans is most welcome to attend. For all officers, functionaries, and would be officers and functionaries, this meeting is mandatory. You can download the agenda by clicking the mini-agenda icon you see here. This meeting will be short but important. If you expect to be in the chairs next year and you don't show-up, you may find yourself without a seat on next year's roster, so you don't want to miss this meeting.
Our conclave will begin at 10:30 a.m. at La Sierra Mexican Restaurant, 3500 Mount Pinos Way, in downtown Frazier Park, CA 93225. (866) 443-7719. The management has been kind enough to make the backroom available to us, and I would encourage everyone to arrive early, say about 10:00 a.m. in order to take advantage of their full menu. The chiles relleños are the bomb, but you can order breakfast lunch or dinner. La Sierra also has a full bar, but if that is too early for you, keep in mind that after the meeting we will be adjourning next door to Sue's Tavern to pay our respects at our Official Peter Lebeck Watering Hole #1. Check Peter's Board for further details and discussion.
Next we have a second serious matter to talk about. Our beloved Brother, XXNGH Timbo Gillespie has been "man down" and needs our help. Due to a screw-up in his medication Timmy nearly died this past week when his heart rate dropped down to 30 beats per minutes and his blood pressure was almost non-existent. Tim spent three days in the hospital including two nights in intensive care. Tim is also self-employed, and due to pre-existing conditions, he is uninsurable until Obama care kicks in in January. This last little sojourn through the emergency room doors will cost him about $15,000. And that's on top of the medical bills he amassed when he was injured at the inaugural for the Snake River Chapter up in Idaho. He's a diehard Clamper, but the last thing we want is to see is to see him prove it.
Tim has sacrificed for our chapter for almost 20 years now, and has pulled our butts out of the fire more than once -- including after a Humbug quit midterm and Tim stepped-in to pick up the reigns for a second time. And as anyone who has been a Humbug will tell you, just occupying that chair is not cheap. So pitching-in to help him out should not even be a question in anybody's mind. It would certainly lighten his burden and show the love we have for this man. Ten, fifteen, twenty, fifty, a hundred dollars -- anything you can contribute would be great. No contribution too small (or too large) to take care of one of our own.
So with our Humbug's permission, we've created a Paypal Jar to help Tim with these hospitals bills. You can also send him a check directly. Just email me for his address, but the Paypal thing will also work. We'll cut a check and include your name.
Now in order to stay within our charter, I have to warn you that, with the exception of PayPal's 2% carrying charge, this is just like passing the hat at a Doin's to help a brother recover from a disaster. No part of your contribution goes to the chapter and no part of it is tax deductible. It's a gift to Tim, and all you have to do to get started is click on Timbo's smiling mug above on the right to bring up the special Paypal Portal that will let you help a brother out.
Lastly, I wanted to mention both our photos and our Facebook Page. As of today our Facebook Group has 149 members, which puts us in sort of a "bi-curious" situation. Some chapters have given up on the idea of having an internet home page like ours and just use Facebook, others have a mostly pathetic internet presence with no idea what to do with a Facebook page. A lot of guys -- even important muckety-muck type guys -- won't go near Facebook for fear of compromising their privacy, and I can't really blame them. If I were climbing the business ladder the last thing I'd want to hear from my boss is questions about why I'm trading shots of Jack Daniels with the Pope, or playing the dozens with some brother in a redshirt who dresses funny and is covered with tattoos.
So lucky for you, I'm beyond that, and I'll do what I can to promote good ol' PXL, whether it's here on our traditional homepage or on our own Face Place in cyberspace. I think there is a good use for both sites, and I especially enjoy the interplay on Facebook between our members and members of other chapters who visit our Facebook Page.
On the other hand, maintaining our own website here at PeterLebeckECV.com still gives us the best control of our own history. In my opinion it's still the best place to catalog our plaques, personalities and events, and it gives us the best control of how our pictures are displayed and to whom. Things change, and this may not hold true in the future, but I think this is still very true for now.
So make sure you check out our latest offerings on Peter's Picture Pages. Photos from the Fall Doin's at Rankin Ranch have been posted. I started out with over 800 and whittled them down to 475, which includes a few stinkers but pretty much represents my best efforts. I'm still learning to use my new camera equipment, but don't b*tch 'cuz it's still free labor. If you are curious about the TRASH Trek, which was held in our territory recently, you can also check out those pictures on the Outties Page.
See you in Frazier Park, and peace out!
Posted - 10.02.13 - By Hole
Greetings to all Brothers of the order, and thanks to those who made the pilgrimage to Rankin Ranch last weekend for our Fall 2013 Doin's. I apologize for the delay in communicating my appreciation to those who traveled the curvy and precipitous path to enlightenment, but the powers that be have had their way with my computer. I suspect it's a result of a bit of CQA which was not appreciated in Rome. There were more than a few of us who bought a ticket to hell posing with our special guest in a rather unorthodox fashion. But be assured we have evidence to support protection of our order in the form of photographic proof that his Holiness had just as good time as we. So check back in a few days to see what Mikee caught on camera.
All in all, I was taken aback by our guests and their patience. We had our challenges getting the meals out on time, but everyone seemed to agree it was worth the wait. THIS is testament to the skill and devotion of our cook crew. Luis, Kevin, and Timbo deserve a hoisting of the good stuff!
On the other end of things, the locals, led by Jim Bailey from Bakersfield and Charles Topping from Kernville, provided waste disposal. So much thanks to them as well.
We also had a challenge in having to evacuate camp by 10AM. We made it with nary a cigarette butt lying in waste, thanks to more local talent from Frazier Park in the form of Circus Masters Dave Staley and Fred Fenski, and help from each and every camp. During my Sunday morning walk-down I picked up a mere hand full of debris. Not too shabby my Brothers... thank you!
Our Rankin Ranch Doin's should pave the way for many plaques in the coming years at other major ranches in Kern County; and I have those who worked so hard to make it happen and those who attended to thank.
With this being the last Doin's of my tenure as NGH I can't say "thank you" enough to those who supported my efforts to make THIS doin's. It was a year in the making, and well worth it!
Hole der 1st PXL XNGH #52
Posted - 09.24.13 - By MGM
Early registration is now closed, but it's not too late to sign-up for this weekend's doin's. You can still use Paypal, but even if you intend to pay at the door, please let us know you're coming by dropping us an email at Fall13registration@ECV1866.org. We'd appreciate that very much. If you are paying for someone else, please include their name in the comments section.
Our favorite oratorical oracle, aka Dickhead Weather Central, is predicting sunny skies with a light breeze throughout the weekend. Day time highs should be 76° on Friday, warming to 86°on Sunday. Evening lows should be in the low to mid 50's, so bring a jacket and something to keep you warm -- but no girls and no dogs. Early arrival is available. Read down into the last post for other last minute details. See you there!
Posted - 09.20.13 - By MGM
Hello Cloggites! This is one of those elusive quick posts to update you on our upcoming Fall Doin's which starts this coming Friday, September 27. I'll be talking about prepays, early arrivals, the menu, planned activities and, of course, our Flying Circus. I'll even finish-up with a couple of quick new announcements from the Humbug, so keep reading or miss out.
First up, Prepays! If you haven't mailed in your rub or sent in your dust using Paypal, well today is supposed to be your last day. If you're thinking, "Well I'll just pay the extra saw buck when I get there," just keep in mind that Friday Night's Argentine Parillada is based on availability, and prepays get priority. When we run out, we run out, and who wants to be eating those stale Cheetoes you found in the back of your rig - and pay $10 extra -- when you could be eating entraña, chorisos, chimichurri chicken and other Argentine delicacies fit for a Pope!
So how good is Friday Dinner? Well in the past we've done pot roast, gumbo, chile verde, fresh steamed tamales with chile con carne, that guys are still talking about, and this promises to be the best so far. So don't miss out. Get the lead out and the rub in because nobody can beat our meat. And don't forget Timbo's one pound ribeyes on Saturday Night!
Lucky for those of you who haven't sent in your rub that PXL has a very generous Humbug. So by special edict of his Hole-ee-ness, Russ "Hole der 1st" Chapman, We have agreed to extend the prepay rate until Tuesday Noon. (Note: that's not my "we," but the Royal "We.") All you have to do is make sure that your rub is in our P.O. Box on Tuesday when Donny picks up the mail, or pay using Paypal before I update the website on Tuesday. After that you pay $10 more. No exceptions. We have to do this because the nearest supermarket is over an hour away. For the flyer and all the gruesome minutiae just go to the Fall Doin's Page, and don't miss the links at the top. Joe would be proud.
We'll be setting up our Clampsite Friday morning at 10 a.m. Brother Dave "Boulder" Staley will be in charge of Petey's Flying Circus on this trip so we encourage everyone present to check in with our favorite rock star and volunteer for the erection and dismantling of our Clampsite. If you've never joined the circus, it's a group effort and a lot of fun. You'll even earn a badge of honor that will single you out as PFC 1st Class.
If you'd like to get to the Clampsite on Thursday, we've made arrangements with the Rankins to do that. Officers and Clampfunctionaries will be allowed in from noon on, redshirts and their guests from 3 p.m. You'll be responsible for your own provisions until our official fooding activities are underway on Friday.
Friday's after dinner nonsense will be our award whining CLOG SHOW and HOLE ROAST. Brother Carlos "Spinner" Lemus will once again be at the controls, but the humor is up to you. The CLONG SHOW is PXL's version of open mic night, so all redshirts are encouraged to defy the CLONG by taking center stage with a joke, song, poem or other performance. Along the way we'll be roasting the Humbug. It's our version of "F___ the HUMBUG!" so as part of the CLONG SHOW you'll want to interject a fictitious story, insult or other lie about our Master and Commander, Hole der 1st. In fact all PCBs will be required to make such an offering on behalf of their sponsor, such as, "My sponsor says that Hole is..." "A priest, a rabbi and a Hole walked into a bar and…" "Knock-knock. Who's there? Hole. Hole, who?" You get the idea.
Saturday's Entertainment will include the Queen Califa Clampitheatre, which is made up of humorous video clips and sing-alongs projected on the big screen. We encourage you to download your favorite humorous shorts from Youtube or elsewhere, put them on a flash drive, and submit them to Hole when you get to the Clampsite. He'll compile them so they can be shared with the Brothers on Saturday evening.
Saturday's Graybeards's Potluck Breakfast is partially fueled by your contributions of breakfast meat so we do encourage your donations - but NO EGGS! If you have a contribution that needs to be kept on ice, see our Clampshostrix, Andy "Stagecoach" Vialpando, and he'll make sure to take it off your hands. We'll even make him wash his first. Similarly if you have donations for the raffle or for the woman's shelter, see Andy. The Clampshostrix is PXL's version of a general site manger. If you need to find him, inquire at the libations center. And please…don't run over him as you're parking your RV. A Stagecoach is a terrible thing to waste.
Lastly here are two quick things from the Humbug. Hole has asked me to create a PXL Wish List Page. Now that we have a new trailer, we'd like to improve our kit, and it was Hole's thought that if our Brothers had the opportunity to make donations from an item specific "wish list," we just might get there sooner. For instance Hole has been talking for some time now about converting our kit over to low voltage lighting that would run off batteries instead of florescent fixtures and a noisy and expensive gasoline powered generator. Well if a roll of LED lights can be had for $40, or a sealed battery for $50, a brother who commits to buying one for good ol' PXL would get a cool tax write-off and a warm feeling all over. Larger items - like a large propane fired griddle -- could be divided into shares and individual donations earmarked for the purchase of that item.
Who knows? With Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa just around the corner the chapter may do very well basking in the generosity of all our Brethren. And I hear the Japanese celebration of Sudoku is also a great time to give.
Last but not least, a Graybeards's Meeting to finalize officers and plans for next year followed by a General Meeting will be held Saturday, November 2, 2013, at a place to be announced. If you have anything for the agenda of either meeting, please submit it to Hole by October 11, 2013, to make sure your agenda item makes it into the official announcements.
I don't know about you, but I'm due for a Clampout. See you next week.
Urgent - 09.11.13 - By Hole
Hole-e-cow, the Fall Doin's is coming up faster than a tablespoon of cod liver oil! So, here's a short message to announce a pre-doin's telecom meeting:
I'm calling for a telecom meeting this coming Tuesday, 9/17/13, at 7PM for the purpose of ensuring we are ready for our doin's at Rankin Ranch. This meeting is open to any redshirt in good standing, but if you are a PXL Officer or Clampfunctionary you need to check-in or you'll have some 'splainin' to do.
- Particulars of the agenda are:
- - Who's doing what, and what's the status? (Toilets, food, water, entertainment...)
- - What else do we need, and who's gonna do it?
- - Is there anything else someone wants to throw in the mix?
- Please remember to use these phone meeting protocols so we can get through smoothly:
- -Use your name to check in with the moderator whenever you join the meeting.
- - Please refrain from greeting everyone who comes on-line after you. If everyone greets everyone, we'll burn up 15 minutes on just saying "Hi, how ya doin'!" to the last guy who calls in. Let the Humbug or Recorder do the greetings to assure the Recorder can do his job.
- - Use the mute button on your phone if you don't have the floor. The background noise from each phone contributes to the noise on the line, so using your mute button, unless it's your turn, will lets us hear what's said.
- - When you make a motion, or second a motion, please make it clear who you are. Example: "Second that motion… Jim Bailey."
Feel free to E-mail me at email@example.com if there's anything we missed. Remember this meeting is about preparing for the upcoming doin's only. You can try calling too at (805) 423-1276, but expect to leave a message. Texting also works fine. I should get back to you that evening or the next day.
Anyway, that's all I have for now, we'll talk on Tuesday. Dial in no later than 7 p.m. to catch the start of the meeting. I'll be on line about ten minutes before the meeting starts if you want to say "Hi!" We should be able to get everything done in less than 90 minutes.
Here are the numbers. Please use the 916 (Sacramento) number if you have cell minutes to spare, otherwise feel free to use the toll free number. After dialing in, use the PIN Code to log onto the meeting.
Toll Dial-In Number: (916) 233-0790 Toll free Dial-in Number: (888) 861-1255 --Participant PIN: 480207
Let's get 'er done,
Hole der 1st PXL XNGH #52
URGENT - 9.05.13 -- Amended 9.08.13 -- By MGM
This is an URGENT AMENDMENT TO THIS POST: If you are reading this, then it is too late to mail or fax a letter to Sacramento. What is needed to keep the dream alive of naming the Bay Bridge after Emperor Norton is for you to show up at the State Capitol in Sacramento tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m.. We'll be gathering in front of Room 3191 which has a capacity of 80 people. Our best hope of gaining attention for our cause is to jamb the room to capacity. Don't expect to speak because time is limited and the game appears to be be rigged. Here's another curious thing. The "scheduled" meeting doesn't have to happen on time, so even if you can't make 9:00 a.m., call Tom Gray at (310) 493-1249, because your presence may still be needed. There's even a possibility that the meeting could be delayed until after the regular work day is over. To learn more skip directly below to the amended post by Brother Tom Gray. Credo Quia Absurdum!
IMPORTANT NOTICE RE: LAST CHANCE TO KEEP THE BAY BRIDGE FROM BECOMING "THE WILLIE L. BROWN, JR., BRIDGE":
We now know that on Monday, Sept. 9, at 9:30 a.m., the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee will hold a hearing in Room 3191 of the Capitol Building on ACR 65, the resolution to name the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after Willie L. Brown, Jr.
The committee has scheduled the hearing for 9:30 a.m. so we need to be there by 9! The time alotted for this hearing is 30 minutes, so public comment will be extremely limited. Even if we get a chance to speak, my guess is that there will be a 2-5 minute limit on each speaker and that is after legislators and proponents have had a chance to speak. What is more important is that you be there and that we fill the room.
If you testify, YOU ABSOLUTELY SHOULD NOT READ PREPARED REMARKS! Have an outline so you don't forget major points, yes -- but read? No. John Lumea will be well-positioned to do some theater by "presenting" hard copy of the "signatures" for his petition.
I WOULD ALSO STRONGLY URGE ALL CLAMPERS WHO PLAN TO ATTEND TO ***NOT*** WEAR RED TEE SHIRTS. Yes, it will be September in Sacramento, and yes, it will be hotter than hell, but at a minimum go for a nice pair of slacks and a dress shirt, and if you can swing it, a suit and tie. We need to be taken seriously, and while we don't need to emulate (or even attempt to compete with) Willie's sartorial splendor, we need to look respectable. As there are some who hold ECV in low esteem, and as we don't want to make this an ECV "event", we want to present an appearance of NOT being a group whom some view askance but instead, individual concerned citizens. ALSO: you can attend and not testify, but your presence will be noticed (especially if they have sign in sheets). Your mere presence in the room will be a good thing.
I strongly suggest that anyone who wishes to testify before the committee make plans to do so. You need to contact the committee and ask to be put on the calendar, the people who will handle this are the Committee's assistants, Elvia Diaz and Jodi deVries (phone: (916) 651-4121, fax: (916) 445-2209).
Please pass this message along to your friends who support this effort.
Posted - 08.29.13 -- By MGM
Happy Labor Day Weekend, Brother Cloggites! The end of summer is supposedly upon us, but for many down here in SoCal it seems that summer is just kicking in. For those of you up in NorCal, the fire has to be on your minds. In fact it's on all of our minds. The Rim Fire west of Yosemite has been on the national TV news almost every night since it got a foothold, and it's still about four weeks away from being contained. The possibility of polluting Hetch Hetchy, which supplies much of the fresh water to San Francisco, is alarming, and that's on top of the danger that the fire poses to the communities between Sonora and Yosemite National Park. If you're affected or potentially affected, please hang in there, please. Your Brothers down here at Peter Lebeck are thinking about you.
For the rest of you, or for that matter anyone looking to get away for the Labor Day Weekend, don't forget that our Humbug, Russ "Hole der 1st" Chapman is hosting the annual "Widders Not in Labor"family event at his place in Atascadero, California, starting today. If you want to know more, just scroll down into the next CLOG Post until you see Russ's smiling staring back at you.
For those of you who have never been, the object of the weekend is for the Widders to put their feet up and for the Redshirts to do all the work. In between, there are wineries, shopping and other attraction on the central California Coast. You'd be the guests of Russ and his Widder Cathy, and even though camping is the style of the weekend, amenities are available. So ladies, Start Your Blowdryers! And gentlemen, do the dishes! Send Russ an email if you are interested or just give him and his Widder a courtesy call at 805-423-1276, to let them know you are coming. This is not an official ECV event and admission is courtesy of the Chapmans.
The PXL Fall Doin's is also upon us. We'll be up at Rankin Ranch in Walker Basin in the Tehachapi Mountains from Friday through Sunday, September 27-29, 2013. The weather should be excellent and the camaraderie even better. Don't miss the shameless little movie at the top of the Clog to get yourself convinced.
If you are inclined to join us, now would be the best time to sign-up. You don't want to miss Friday night's festivities, especially the Argentine Parillada and the CLONG SHOW talent show extravaganza. Saturday's Graybeard's Examination will leave your sides sore from laughter for a week, and Timbo's one pound Rib Eyes and Magic Clamper Beans will have us all hearing the light. On Saturday we've also expecting a thank you visit from the Rankin Family; and we're even planning for a special guest who's promised to come on over and open a can of Whoop A--- on our Humbug for trademark infringement!
All of this can be yours if you pre-pay by September 20, 2013. After that American cheese on white bread may be your only option - even if you pay extra! To avoid such embarrassing consequences you'll want to read down into the next Clog Post to get the skinny, and then click on the picture of Rankin Ranch to become enlightened.
We also want to give you an update on the fight to name part of the bridge between San Francisco and Oakland for Emperor Norton I. If you've read the previous post then you are aware that there are two online petitions in favor of naming the bridge after Emperor Norton, but we weren't sure whether these petitions would have any effect on the actions of our state legislators up in Sacramento, so our Brother Tom Gray took it upon himself to call them up, and this is what he learned:
A concurrent resolution requiring that the bridge be named after former assembly speaker and San Francisco mayor, Willie Brown, has already passed the assembly and has been sent on to the senate for consideration. This is a special type of legislation that only needs the approval of both houses to become law, and if that happens with ACR 65, all hope of naming the historic part of the bridge after Emperor Norton will be lost; so the key for us now is to let the state senate know immediately and IN WRITING that we don't want this to happen.
We have also learned, from Tom's conversations with senate and assembly staffers, why our online efforts have been going nowhere. As it turns out, the assembly transportation committee acted as if our online petitions were spam and reported the bill to the full assembly as being without opposition. Without hard copy letters from constituents stating either an objection or a counter proposal seeking to name the bridge after Emperor Norton, none of what we had to say made any difference. Once again -- Our email petitions were treated as if they did not exist, and ACR 65 passed out of the assembly with overwelming approval.
Now that this resolution has moved on to the senate, the requirement for hard copy objections is even more critical, and Tom has written a really nifty letter to help us do that. His legal research has also uncovered that in passing the resolution, the assembly violated several of its own rules -- including one which requires that the honoree be dead! On that point, Norton has a sincere and unsullied reputation, Willie Brown does not.
Now staffers on the senate side have told Tom that the senate has its own similar rules and that for that reason the Willie Brown Bridge proposal probably wouldn't get very far, but that's not the point. To keep the bridge from being renamed we need to state our objections in writing, and we need to make it clear that there is a serious sh_t constituency for rechristening the main span as "The Emperor Norton Bridge."
So if you are in favor of seeing the Oakland Bridge named after Joshua Norton, then here is what you and your chapter need to do right away:
Download the letter objecting to passage of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 65, fill out your particulars, sign it, and mail it to the chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. You should also print out multiple blank copies and take them with you to your next doin's or chapter meeting. Ask you Brothers to sign it. Ask your friends to sign it. Then send the completed versions either to the senate transportation chairman or to Tom Gray, who will ask to speak before the senate committee if the bill is calendared for consideration. You can call him at 310-493-1249. As Clampers we ought to be able to collect a few thousand signatures to make our views known.
Lastly, if you're on Facebook, join the open group Fans of the Emperor Norton Bridge, to keep track of progress on this issue. The group already has over 400 members. And while you are there, don't forget to sign-on to Peter Lebeck's own Facebook Group. Just knock, and we'll let you in. That's how exclusive we are.
Posted - 08.11.13 -- By MGM
Greetings Cloggites, and welcome back to the best pack of redshirted lies available anywhere on the internet. Yep, Brothers - we're liar-faces! …and we're really pretty good at it except for when the truth seeps into our truthy parts. So grab a seat, crack something cold, and begin reading the latest CLOG. There's news about our upcoming Fall Doin's at Rankin Ranch, the Atascadero Work Party, Widders Not in Labor Day, TRASH Trek XL, the Norton Bridge Campaign, plus a few sticky illogical scatological offallings of the worst kind. So get ready to decipher the truth for yourself because off we go!
The Fall Doin's webpages are finally here, and we are pleased to announce that we will be Clamping the Rankin Ranch the weekend of September 27-29, 2013. Regardless of whether you are on our snail mail list or have never met our jackass, any interested Brother can click the link to the Fall Doin's Page and read all about it. We've listed times, dates and particulars, and you can even download a PDF version of the flyer in living color. Print it out, fill it out and mail it in with your rub; or open it up as a PDF form, fill it in and send it back as an email attachment. If you register by email don't worry about signing the form. You can do it when you check-in, and no matter how you register we'll let you pay by Paypal or check. Ante your rub by September 20th and you're guaranteed the prepay rate of $50 for redshirts, $70 for PBCs.
Now what I don't want to do here is regurgitate in detail what's in the flyer or on our doin's pages. Our online offerings have plenty of details, and our flyer even has a two page insert with plenty more lies which are guaranteed to convince you that this is one doin's you will not want to miss. So read 'em -- but I still want to hit the highlights, give advice, and offer a few apologies -- so don't go there until you finish reading the CLOG.
Rankin Ranch is going to be one of those doin's where we do the extra stuff that keeps guys coming back to PXL for a good time. At 3,300 feet, Rankin has some of the best weather at the end of September anywhere in California. You're rub covers all your meals, including Friday Night's Argentine Barbeque, Saturday's ribeye dinner, and everything in between. The CLONG Show talent show is back on Friday Night with possible sightings of the Queen Califa Clampitheatre on Friday and Saturday...and did I mention the Pope?
We also want to make sure everybody who is bringing up an RV does so safely. There's three ways up to the ranch, but one route from the south is only advised for smaller vehicles so make sure to check the bottom of the Fall Doin's Page for more detailed directions.
Now for the mea culpas and "we f'd-ups." We allowed a prototype circular to circulate (which is what circulars tend to do), which mislabeled the price for our Doin's at $40 per prepaid redshirt. So our apologies if you got one of those. The price is still $50 and it hasn't been $40 since our Clampcrier was Humbug back in 1994. We'll have to attribute this mistake to age, flashbacks, male menopause or a bad batch of brownies, but in any case, it's still fifty bucks, even if you're the Humbug.
This errant version of the flyer also suggested that there would be fishing. Well there is a pond, but there won't be any fishing due to separation issues. You see all Rankin fish when taken from the water are prone to anxiety attacks, so no fishing! However the pond does lend itself to both Zen moments and cow pie races. So get your OMMM on and make sure to ask our Humbug for directions to the PXL parimutuel window; but whatever you do don't ask for a "box" because we don't allow Widders at Clampouts.
Now a brief comment about the photo of the neon EVC sign and where it came from: This really cool sign has been happily hanging in the window of Sue's Tavern in Frazier Park since last spring, when we designated this awesome site as an official ECV Watering Hole. Many thanks to Fred "Flintstone" Fenski and Dave "Boulder" Staley for getting this sign made for us, for their help in plaquing Sue's, and for reinstalling the Peter Lebeck Plaque up at Fort Tejon. You guys are awesome.
Last weekend's Humbug-hosted work party to get the new cook trailer in shape for our upcoming doin's really showed the spirit of brotherhood that is at the core of ECV. For those of you who dodged ... er ... couldn't make it, here's what our NGH, Russ "Hole" Chapman had to say:
For all you who missed it, you missed IT! The weather was great and we made a lot of headway getting the big things done. However, there's still more to do, and we need a cheaper source for angle iron. So if you can help out, please step-up. Thanks to Mikee, Timbo, Fred, Dave, Bob, and Charles for making the trip and working on the new trailer.
Mikee and Charles showed up Friday. We got a head start unloading the trailers to get a lay of the land. We had Hole chili, enjoyed the cool evening, and got a good night's sleep. Saturday morning I whipped-up some scrambled eggs & sausage.
Just as we were finishing-up, the rest of the crew started to trickled-in. We prepared the floor for new carpet, and built frames for table and pole racks. After we devoured a chicken lunch prepared by Mikee, we laid carpet, re-mounted floor cargo anchors, mounted racks, and moved the propane racks to the new trailer.
Mikee cooked up some flap steak & fixin's for dinner, we ate until we were full. Charles, Fred, and Dave stayed over for one more night. We got in a little work after dinner, but called it quits and built a fire. We we're all pretty beat, so after a few adult beverages we let the fire burn down to ashes and went to bed.
Sunday morning Charles, Fred, Dave, and I reloaded all the gear into the trailers and cleaned up the work area. I'm gonna do some little things in the evening when I can, and Fred & Dave are talking about another trip up to work on the trailer.
- Now... for the PXL tool exchange program:
- Tim, I've got your welding vice grips.
- Mikee, I think Charles has your drill bit.
- Someone... has my Bosch power screw driver.
I don't know of any other tools on summer vacation, but if you find an odd one, let the rest of us know so we can get it home.
-- Hole der 1st
Hole also took the picture of the trailer I've attached here. As you can see, even though our new trailer is not yet completely reloaded, we still have lots of space for things on our Clamping wish list: A bigger and meaner barbeque; a sound system, an oven for baking potatoes, rolls and prime rib; a built-in water tank, and a propane griddle for making lots and lots of pancakes. In fact one of my ambitions is to make 200 blueberry buttermilk pancakes Mikee-style for Saturday Morning's Graybeards' Potluck. That may be years off, but if any of you expect me to share you'd better get your tushes up to Hole's place the next time he asks for help or it's "No Pancakes FOR YOU!"
-- Speaking of Hole's Place, Hole and his Widder Cathy will be hosting the 2013 "Widders Not in Labor Day" Campout at their ranchette in Atascadero, Thursday, August 29th through Monday, September 2nd. This event is open to all redshirts, their Widders and their families, and the object is to get the widders to chill while the guys do all the work. Kids are welcome and there are also plenty of things to do in and around town. Here's the Hole Post:
2013 Widders Not in Labor Day in Cushing, Ca. (Labor Day Weekend)
What better way for the brothers of absurdity to celebrate our Widders than to gather in a town that never was, but is still on the map to this day…Cushing, California.
Gather one and all to let the Widders worry about what to do, if everyone has enough to eat, and if the dishes are done. Why will they worry? Because the Redshirts have the duty this weekend!
The originators of this event, and the regulars, knew from the onset that WnILD was not just a Raymond, California event (as fine a center of history as Raymond is), but a Clamper-event to be shared. So, last year with attendance waning and the heat rising, we sought to take the show on the road. Somehow the Widders decided that the central coast would be a good idea…and my list of honey-do's got a whole lot bigger.
This year the schedule is more free-lance. We're trying to get access to the Santa Margarita Ranch as a history tour, but a trip to the Pozo Saloon may have to do. Other than that, here's the rough schedule:
- Gates open for camping at 15920 Chispa Rd., Atascadero, CA (limited earlier arrivals welcome).
- - Breakfast
- - Self Guided tours of local attractions (see below)
- - Open grill and stove for pot-luck dinner
- - fire/chat for the adults, entertainment for the kids (see below)
- - Breakfast
- - Self Guided tours of local attractions (see below)
- - Possible wine tour on Big Red if we can get the insurance squared away
- - Open grill and stove for pot-luck dinner
- - Fire/chat for the adults, entertainment for the kids (see below)
- - Repeat
- - Clean-up, head back home
- Wineries - http://www.slocountywineries.com
- Atascadero Zoo - https://charlespaddockzoo.org
- Pismo Beach - http://www.classiccalifornia.com
- San Luis Obispo - http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g33026-San_Luis_Obispo_San_Luis_Obispo_County_California-Vacations.html
- Cambria - http://www.cambriachamber.org
- Cuyucous - http://www.zvents.com/cayucos_ca/events/show/334615763-cayucos-labor-day-peddlers-faire
- Hearst Castle - http://www.hearstcastle.org
- Pozo and the Santa Lucia off road area - http://www.pozosaloon.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pozo,_California
- TV (got Dish here and lots of movies on DVD and tape. Got isolated rooms for kid movies)
- Pets (horses, dogs, donkeys, horses, cats)
- Games (Xbox, badminton, croquet, horse shoes, bocce ball)
- Exploring (got miles of open wilderness next door)
- Outdoor showers, $2 for showers, $7 to watch (just kidding!)
- 4G cell tower so you can keep in touch or… whatever…
-- Hole der 1st
That talk of cooler coastal weather sounds really good, especially after the heat we've been experiencing of late in Kern County, but the guys who can speak firsthand about the 100+ degree heat are the 150+ Graybeards who made it up to the Kern River Valley for the 40th Edition of TRASH.
Now if you read my last post, then you got a taste of what TRASH is all about. It is a multi-day historical trek open only to Humbugs and ex-Humbugs of E Clampus Vitus. The guide for this event is called the "Head Litterbug," -- a senior Humbug who typically spends three years researching the various historical stops, writing a reference book and guide, and planning both the trek's itinerary and the logistics.
This year's Head Litterbug was our good Brother and PXL Supporter, Dave "Warthog" Otero, who received great accolades for the Satisfactory job he did putting this TRASH Trek together. He also earns a Double Mikee Satisfactory because the guy ahead of him decided he couldn't do it, and Warthog's prep time was shortened up by a year. We here at Peter Lebeck can certainly relate to that, so we wanted to do what we could for our friend, including feeding the troops on Thursday evening.
Anyway the theme for TRASH XL was "Walker Pass and the Kern River Valley," and that meant that a whole lot of Graybeards from throughout the western United States came into our territory and got to see some of PXL's best monuments. There was even a group photo surrounding the Walker Pass monument we refurbished last year commemorating the pass as a national historical landmark in 1961.
There were visits to the Ardis Walker House, the Kern Valley Museum, the Lake Isabella Dam, the Onyx Store and Freeman Junction where "The Beard of Knowledge," Mark Hall-Patton, gave a talk on Tiburcio Vasquez and "Robbers' Roost." Mike (our favorite molar mechanic) Johnson gave the Trek's culminating speech up on Walker Pass. Mike was the historian for our Randsberg 4-Way back in 1989.
Anyway #2, you won't believe what happens once guys are exposed to successive days of 107 degree heat. I didn't get there until Friday afternoon, but by Saturday night, I was being exposed to quivering piles of man flesh -- though I can't swear to having seen any of it. All I know is that when I checked my camera on Sunday Morning I found this photo with a time stamp of 01:12 a.m.; and to be honest, the last thing I remember is someone walking over sometime after midnight with a jar of Apple Pie and a quart of moonshine that would strip the paint off a $2 W_____. Can't say I feel violated, can't say I'd remember, either.
Anyway #3, I took several hundred photos of the Trek, and Bob Clemensson gave me some more from the part of the Trek that I missed. I was half way done prepping them but had to break off because of the time needed to put get the Fall Doin's webpages on line. So if you'd like to see the Trek pictures, check back in a few days. They'll be posted on Peter's Picture Pages. My meager collection of work party photos should also be up by then.
Lastly, I received a message from our Brother Mike "Saloon" Keough, he's from Yerba Buena #1, which covers the San Francisco Bay Area and is the mother chapter of the Redivius. They have a long standing effort to get the bridge between Oakland and San Francisco named for Joshua Norton, failed businessman and self-proclaimed "Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico," who back in 1872 issued an "imperial decree" that such a bridge be erected to benefit the inhabitants of both sides of the bay. He even named the particular anchor points on which the bridge was to be eventually built. Clampers and Norton's contemporaries both celebrated the man as a visionary; someone ahead of his time -- but also quite nuts -- which if you think about it reflects the very spirit of the Bay Area. After all, San Francisco was built on the back-fill of ships abandoned in the harbor by men blinded by their thirst for gold.
Now the City and County of San Francisco are on record as being in support of YB-1's desire to have the bridge named after Norton, but the state legislature is currently considering a bill that would name the bridge after the late Assembly Speaker, and former Mayor of San Francisco, Willie Brown. But the bridge wasn't Willie's idea, and whether you're a fan of Willie or not, Norton needs to get his fair shot, so here is the SOS from YB-1:
Brothers of Peter Lebeck Chapter #1866,
In the Heart of YB-1 Territory there has been efforts for many years to name the Western Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for Emperor Norton I, "Emperor of these United States, and Protector of Mexico."
Parts of these efforts are two on online petitions. Links to these petitions are included in this note for your use, but we also want you to cut and paste these links into your webpages, Facebook pages and emails so that you can ask your friends - redshirt and non-redshirt alike -- to join the cause. With these online petitions you won't have to mail a thing. Just fill 'em out, hit save and you're done.
Now being Historical Mooks, and this being Serious Sh*t, some of us think that this online stuff will not get all the results we will need to get the Bridge named after the Emperor, so we are also working on a hardcopy paper petition. This form will be sent to your Humbug before your Fall Doin's on September 27-29, and we are asking that you set up a manned table at your Doin's to actively collect signatures on behalf of the Emperor. We are asking that your chapter return these paper petitions to YB-1, and we'll do the job of sending them on to the proper state agencies. We are also asking that you make copies to send to your local state representatives. Our thanks to everyone who is willing to volunteer to get this done, may your efforts be Satisfactory!
Now we here at the CLOG don't expect this to be regarded as political. We aren't a political organization. We don't get anything out of this, and neither does Joshua Norton nor Willie Brown. They're both dead. But what's fair is fair, and we just need to speak-up for Josh who got there first. After all, both he and Willie were outrageous enough to be Clampers. Credo Quia Absurdum.
Posted - 07.23.13 - Addendum
The main CLOG Post follows below. This is a special message to the officers and members of Peter Lebeck. Beginning this Friday through Sunday, we will be working on remodeling our newly acquired, bigger and better, Cook Trailer. We will be meeting at Hole's place in Atascadero at 15920 Chispa Rd, Atascadero, CA 93422, The chapter will be providing the main dishes for Friday night's barbeque dinner as well as for three meals on Saturday, so bring a side dish for ten if you can. You can find further details at the link mentioned by Hole, below.
Please reserve the last weekend of September, September 27-29, for the PXL Fall Doin's at Rankin Ranch. Details and Paypal links will be up with the next CLOG Post. We are expecting a special dignitary and lots of special stuff to eat.
Lastly I have over 350 photos from last weekend's TRASH Trek. I am going through them now and will post the best ones on the Peter's Picture Pages "Outties" page, just give me a few days to catch-up.
Posted - 07.17.13 - By Hole and MGM
Greetings and blessings from Castel Gandolfo West on the central coast. It's been busy since the Spring Doin's at Ft. Tejon and the presentation of our monument to Rankin Ranch. Our efforts on the Rankin Ranch monument were recognized by the local, and ECV, press. The Tehachapi News covered it in an article called, "The Rankin Ranch 150 Years and Thriving". The June, Flatlander II recognized our Rankin Ranch plaque as "Plaque of the Month."
Our delegation to Grand Council (Gene Dunker, Don Johnson, and myself) made a fine showing for the chapter at Grand Council. I even had the honor of bearing the nation's colors while leading the Parade of Chapters. We drug our Widders along, and they had a fine time too. Special thanks goes out to Jeanie Johnson (and Donnie) for running the PXL Mercantile while I tended to Humbug duties.
After GC I left Mikee at the altar to run off to the 395 Doin's near Bishop, CA. They treated me well and just about cleaned out our store. ($ cha-ching! $)
Next up is the 2013 TRASH Trek coming to our territory July 18-21. As the host chapter, Gene, Myself, and few other PXL XNGH's will be cooking up a spaghetti dinner Thursday night for 180-200 XNGH's from all territories. Dave Otero has been working on this Trek for a long-long time, so I hope all that work pays off!
After the Trek, we'll be preparing the new chapter chuck wagon (i.e., the new trailer) for our fall doin's. The work party is July 26-28, at my place in Atascadero. For directions go to Peter's discussion board. Here's the link: http://peterlebeckecv.com/petersboard/index.php/topic,1094.msg8645.html#new
I hope to see you at the work party, but whether you can come or not, make sure to set aside the weekend of September 27-29, for the PXL Fall Doin's at Rankin Ranch.
Happy trails, and thanks again for a prosperous year!
Hole der 1st PXL XNGH #52
Ok, your Cyberrecorder MGM here (aka "Mikee"), coming in to fill out the CLOG. First of all let me apologize for my absence. You see my youngest daughter got married three weeks ago and getting ready for the wedding has taken up all of my spare time for the last few months. As it turns out, aside from the benefits of having a beaming daughter, an awesome son in law and a skinnier bank account, the new in-laws bought me a really cool hat. So no more hat envy when I see Brother Hole with some striking new chapeau. The only downside is that until it's properly wrapped, the thing is about 12 feet long and doesn't come with an owner's manual. You know, there's always something, but at least I'm back.
We had a most pleasant and well attended Clampout in the spring, and we even made a few bucks. We had about 70 guys show up and we filled the parking lot at Fort Tejon. It made for a great party. We also had four brand new shiny Brothers join the Order, so I'd like to formally embarrass them by plastering their names on the CLOG. They are Todd Miller, Jeff Nelson, Mike Thorson and Stan Guillon. A hearty Lebeckian welcome to them and much thanks to their sponsors and to Jim "Fury" Bailey and his vigilantes for their good work. You might say they did a great job of wrapping this one up.
Also congratulations to Hole on the completion of the new monument at Rankin Ranch. The Rankin monument is the second Peter Lebeck Chapter plaque to be featured in the Flatlander II as plaque of the month, the first being our erection to historian Bob Powers in Kernville in 2007, under the administration of XNGH Don Johnson.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Flatlander II, it's the officially sanctioned ECV broadsheet which carries regular announcements and other what knots about Clamperdom. It's edited by Brother Mike "Smitty" Smith, from Billy Holcomb. If you'd like to subscribe, click on the Flatlander II icon in the left column underneath the links box above. That would be a really, really good thing.
I'd also like to encourage all of our Brothers to become more involved in the workings of the chapter. Projects like the Rankin Ranch Monument speak to our chapter's purpose. It's not that fun, frivolity and absurdity aren't the order of the Order, but the fund raising that we do through our Clampouts and Hawker's store are what pay for our historical monuments like the one erected at Rankin Ranch, so don't be shy as there is plenty to do.
Hawking is a good example. Our Hawker needs helpers (at PXL we call them "Hawk Tackles") whenever he takes out the store. It's a great way to contribute and to become familiar with other chapters. Hole's trip to the recent Doin's at 395, made us more than a few bucks, and the Brothers from Slim Princess are great fun.
Building monuments is another example. The Rankin Ranch monument was very much a rock, concrete and rebar kind of thing, but you don't need to have construction experience to participate. The Rankin monument also made us some new friends and hopefully is the first in a series of monuments celebrating the historic ranches of Kern County. Just as much on point is the fact that the good will that accrues to us when we erect awesome historical markers like the one celebrating Rankin's 150th Anniversary can earn us great places to Clamp which I'll elaborate on momentarily.
A third way you can help out is to help with our new trailer. We had been talking about buying one for two seasons now, but Hole went shopping and we finally have it! Even Dickhead thinks it's cool. The new Clamptrailer is about twice as large as the old one, but it needs your participation to outfit it with shelves, racks and other devices that will accommodated an upgraded kitchen and supplies for larger and even better Clampouts. On our wish list are a bigger barbecue and a commercial grade oven that we can use to roast prime rib for Saturday night dinner. The old trailer also needs to be retrofitted for use by our Hawker, both as a place to lock up the store and to sleep in when he takes it to events around Clamperdom.
To get work started on the trailers, Hole has called for a work party at his place in Atascadero the last weekend of July: July 26th through the 28th. If you'd like to come up for a day or the weekend, that would be great. Hole's property can accommodate your tent or RV. See Hole's link to Peter's Board for details and directions. Our goal is to get enough done that we'll be able to use the new trailer for the Fall Doin's.
Hole also mentioned a TRASH Trek. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, TRASH stands for "Transierra Roisterous Alliance of Senior Humbugs." The Trek is an annual three day historical tour open only to ECV members who have served their chapters as Humbugs and X-Humbugs. This year's Trek is entitled "Walker Pass and the Kern River Valley," and was principally coordinated and researched by our good friend and thespian, Dave "Warthog" Otero, XNGH from Chief Truckee.
What that means for PXL is that about 200 Graybeard from all over the west will be Clamping in our territory this week and they will be celebrating Joseph Walker, whose monument we refurbished and replaqued last year. Also as a suitable bribe for coming into our territory, Thursday night's Spaghetti Dinner at TRASH will be a fundraiser for PXL. We'd like to thank our brother, Warthog for thinking of us and wish him the best of luck with this event.
I do want to talk about our upcoming Doin's but since I didn't have time for a serious post for Memorial Day or the 4th of July, I first wanted to mention an ECV Group that thinks about veterans and their sacrifice 365 days of the year. It's called Gold Star Clampers.
The "gold star" in "Gold Star Clampers" comes from the little window banners given to the parents of American service members whose sons and daughter headed off to serve in World War II. The banner featured a red rectangle on a white field with a blue star in the middle. If the soldier, sailor or marine passed while in service to our country, the family would be presented with a similar banner, only this one would bear a gold star.
Brother Robert Walsh, of Gold Star Clampers describes the group's aim as raising enough money to erect a monument to our fallen veterans within the territory of every ECV Chapter. The monuments would be made of bronze, with a design featuring the boots, inverted rifle and helmet often seen at current memorials for members of the military who have died in service to our country. Each ECV Chapter would do their own presentation and dedication, but GSC would foot most of the estimated $3,500 that each monument would cost. So far, after nearly two years of hawking, Gold Star Clampers has raised about two-thirds of the money needed for their first erection. So the next time you are Clamping out and about, look for GSC's Hawker's table and either throw a few bucks in the kitty or buy a little something for the cause.
Now on to something a bit more light-hearted. One of the things that GSC sells is a challenge coin. We have our own, as do a lot of chapters. But I was disturbed to find a little package in the mail from some fellow calling himself "Francesco," and wanting to know where we got the nerve. I didn't quite understand the whole message, mainly because my Italian is a little rusty, but I think I got the gist of it. Also he had enclosed something labeled a "Sfida Moneta," which I think is Italian for "Challenge Coin." Like I really need to mess around with a guy who has his OWN CHALLENGE COIN?
Anyway it turns out he got a bit upset after he heard about some guy in Bakersfield wearing a pointy hat and referring to himself as "His Hole-e-ness," something about trade mark issues? He also wanted to know where this Castel Gandolfo Oeste was located so he could come on over and open up a cold can of whoop..something or other. I wasn't sure what that was. Maybe it's some kind of premium Italian Birra. Maybe he just wants to celebrate with us? I don't know. Anyway, I didn't think this was a guy we wanted to p-s off, so I took it upon myself to invite him to our Fall Doin's at the Rankin Ranch, September 27-29, in Walker Basin.
Now here's where our work at Rankin pays off. The Rankins have offered to let us Clamp in a meadow which has shade and plenty of room for RVs. There's a barbeque grill big enough to braise a wild boar, enough privacy to worry a PBC and there's even a pond. Plus the weather is the best in all of Kern County by the end of September.
But that doesn't solve our problem with Frankie, does it? Now some of our boys claim to have the inside track on this one. Rumor has it that Francesco really is a man of peace with a weakness for Argentine Grill - - known to the cognoscenti as a "Parillada" (pronounced PAR-ee-AH-dah). In fact one suspects that the Argentines don't have much use for Xanax because from the time that the gauchos got down to serious business on the pampas, the well-recognized Argentine solution to stress was to barbeque something, and that's good for us because parillada is a perfect fit for Friday Night Dinner at our Fall Clampout.
Hole has decided to leave Yeti and Vaquero in charge of this one, and I hope to have a better description for you soon, but if you miss this event you will be kicking yourself from now until the cows come home. This is going to be some serious gourmet eating ma'brotha', and we haven't even discussed Saturday night's Timeye Steaks!
So for now, I'll leave Francesco's sfida moneta on the barra, and we'll see who'll be buying the birra. This may even prove better than last year's Mesoamerican Pot Roast. More about the coming doin's in my next post. Stay Tooned.
And last, but not least! If you missed the Spring Doin's photos, you can view the HTML Gallery by going to Peter's Picture Pages. I've broken them into sets and numbered the photos from 1 to 467. As always, if you would like a digital copy that you can have printed at your local photo printer, just drop me an email with a return email address with the number of the picture that you would like and I will get back to you. This courtesy is free to anyone who attended our doin's. So, until next time, keep your ear upon the rail but always watch for the train.
Posted - 07.04.13 - By MGM
Greetings Brothers, and Happy Birthday to the U.S.A. and a Happy 4th of July to you all! I hope to have a new post up in a few days as we have some very important stuff to discuss. In the meantime enjoy this little musical divot. As this is more of an intermission than a real post I was going to put up the YouTube version of the Boston Pops doing the 1812 Overture, but instead I found this indoor version by the Leningrad Philharmonic which I like a lot. It has Yuri Temirkanov conducting, along with Yo-yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and it even has Howitzers! I'm sure Joe is gonna be tweaked, but it's also an opportunity for a little oddball history Clamper style, so here goes.
The 1812 Overture was written by a guy named Pete -- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, to be exact - and the reference is not to our war of 1812 but to the European war of 1812, in which France invaded Russia. The music has unmistakable Russian and French themes including "La Marseillaise," Russian folk and even a Tsarist hymn, and celebrates the Russian triumph over the French invaders at the end of the war.
So how did this piece come to be a 4th of July favorite? Well it turn out that back in the early 70's the Boston Pops, who play in an outdoor shell much like the L.A. Phil does at the Hollywood Bowl, needed something to boost attendance for their annual 4th of July concert, so longtime Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler decided to play the 1812. He liked the big public festival-like quality of the piece, the audacity of the cannons and the fact that he could also incorporate the nearby church bells. It's been a real American 4th of July favorite ever since, and I invite you to click on the link above if you'd like to hear more about it.
So why play the Leningrad Philharmonic, instead of the Pops? Well the easy answer is that you'll do much better watching the Pops play it "live" tonight on TV than by watching them on Youtube. But I do have another answer, and that is that this music celebrates the universality of what it means to be free.
During World War II, Leningrad, Peter the Great's western looking city on the Baltic, today once again known as St. Petersburg, and famously hated by Stalin, suffered under a German siege for almost three years. It was cut off from the rest of the country except for an ice road that only materialized in the cold of winter. The city starved, people dropped dead in the streets, and parents guarded their children for fear of cannibalism.
The great Russian composer Dimity Shostakovich, who was a resident of Leningrad, wrote his famous 7th Symphony during 1941. From its opening measures, which echo the approaching German armies, you can feel his rail against the siege. American Historian and New York Times war correspondent Harrison Salisbury recounted that when the symphony premiered in August of 1942, there were so few professional musicians left in the city that to fill out the orchestra Shostakovich had to recruit anyone in Leningrad who could play an instrument; so it was a most satisfactory "in your face Nazis" moment when the sounds of the 7th and the Leningrad Radio Orchestra filled the airwaves and encouraged the people to hold.
Just a little reminder on this most American of holidays that the desire to be free is universal but that freedom isn't free. So a thanks to all who protect our freedom now and who have protected it in the past, living or beyond the pale, the debt is ours. May they always be in our prayers and memories.
Posted - 05.10.13 - By Hole
Greetings and blessings from Castel Gandolfo West, on the central coast.
We had a fine Spring Doin's at Ft. Tejon, and thank you to all for your support. Your attendance is key to filling the chapter coffers, your rub funds the erection of our monuments to history around Kern County. While admission to our doin's is pretty cheap for a weekend of camping and the fine grub, you were also very generous by making a LOT of purchases at our store. Thank you!
As far as fun… we had some… and some more. Our Hangman and crew continued the tradition of creativity. There are pictures, but someone bribed Mikee not to make them public. I sent a counter-bribe; let's see if it was enough.
After the doin's Gene Dunker provided me transport to the Rankin Ranch and back to present our monument to the ranch in time for its 150th anniversary. Our Clampatriarch, Mikee; Vice Humbug, Charles Topping; and two fairly new redshirts, Bob Nolen and Jim Filkins; also made the trip to Rankin Ranch. There was speechifying, history was told, and some got verklempt as Gene told our history and why we do what we do. All were impressed and thankful for our dedication and work on this project, and we were honored to be a part of marking this milestone for the ranch. One of the Rankins' latest generation, a little girl about 5 years old, placed a horse shoe in the monument during its erection and will have something to share with her grandkids.
And if we continue our dedication to keeping this chapter alive for the next 50 years, that Rankin girl will be able to share her story of the horseshoe buried deep in the monument with the next generation of PXL brothers when they erect our 200th anniversary monument to the Rankin Ranch.
Posted - 04.29.13 - By MGM
Congratulations to Humbug Russ "Hole" Chapman and his officers, and thanks to all who made it to our Spring Doin's at Fort Tejon. It was a most satisfactory weekend, starting with our dedication at Sue's Tavern in nearby Frazier Park, to our dedication of our new monument at Rakin Ranch in Walker Basin. In between the weather was great and we filled the parking area at Fort Tejon, so you no longer have to imagine a sold out PXL Doin's. We finally done it. Cookie would have been proud.
Give me a few days to put together a more thorough report and to get the pictures together. I've got way more stinkers than usual because I'm actually trying to learn how to use my camera the good ol' fashioned way, plus I've got a 'hole lot more ugliness to deal with. Not sure I can do much about that, but in the meantime, please drop by Peter's Board and leave your comments about our event. It will be very much appreciated.
Posted - 04.25.13 - By MGM
Last minute flash update! As of Thursday morning Dickhead Weather Central is predicting great weather for this weekend's doin's. Sunny all weekend, with 0% chance of precipitation. (That's fancy talk for no snow, sleet, hail, fog or rain.) So take Friday off and come on up and join us for the weekend! Friday's high is expected to be 75, with a nighttime low of 55. Saturday's high is expected to be 81, with a nighttime low of 57. Sunday's weather will be similar. Winds should be negligible all weekend.
Here are the thumbnail directions to the Clampsite.
Take Interstate 5 to Fort Tejon Exit 210. From the north, the exit will put you near the service road at the south end of the public parking lot. From the south, continue down the street, over the bridge and then accross the public parking lot. At the south end of the parking lot turn up the service road. It will take you behind the historic buildings. The campground will be on your left. To protect the sprinkler system please do not park on the lawns. See you there!
Posted - 04.23.13 - By MGM
Just a few last minute notes for Tuesday before the Doin's. If you are coming up to Fort Tejon and haven't prepaid, you should RSVP to Vaquero, our Gold Dust Receiver at GDR@EVC1866.org, so he can add you to the count. Or call him at (626) 358-3380. You'll still pay $60, but you'll get priority on food ahead of anyone who just drops in at the gate.
If you can make it up early on Friday, please join Flintstone, Boulder and the rest of Petey's Flying Circus and help the chapter set up camp. It's always good to have multiple hands when we're unloading the trailer and putting up the awnings. We're shooting for 10:00 a.m., but we'll accept your help anytime, especially when we break Clamp on Sunday. Brotherhood is a group effort, and we know we can count on you.
As is our custom, PBCs will not begin their ordeal until Saturday Morning but all PBCs will be expected to pitch-in as needed from the time they arrive until the time they leave. PBCs will be permitted to fraternize with the Brothers on Friday, but must be turned over to the Hangman when they first arrive. There will be absolutely NO PBC harassment on Friday, and a PBC must be sober and report promptly for his initiation -- no exceptions.
Friday's festivities begin at 4:03 p.m. with our Watering Hole dedication at Sue's Tavern, 3440 Mount Pinos Way, Frazier Park, CA 93225. Take the Frazier Park off ramp and go west on Frazier Mountain Park RD, or from Fort Tejon, go south on I-5 and take the Lebec off ramp. Follow the road until it intersects with Frazier Mountain Park Rd and turn right (west). The entrance to the town of Frazier Park will be on about 3.7 miles west of the freeway. Turn right up the hill, the street will become Mount Pinos Way. Sue's will be on your left.
Sue's has a distinctive rock facade, and was a speak easy and road house during prohibition. It features tunnels that were often used to hide hooch from the revenuers and which provided patrons easy access to what was once a neighboring (and neighborly) house of ill-fame. An interesting history, indeed.
Just a reminder to those not familiar with our Doin's and with the Grapevine area. The chapter does not provide a big or little slippery, so you are responsible for your own adult libations. The chapter's "hospitality central" has complimentary sodas and snacks. There is also a CHP headquarters directly across I-5 from Fort Tejon, so you'll want to keep that in mind when traveling to and from Frazier Park. We do want to see you make it back from Sue's in time for Hole's Full Moon VooDoo Chili and the rest of the evening's entertainment. So seemly (and inconspicuous) decorum are advised.
Lastly the weather is continuing to look even better as the weekend approaches, so I know this one's going to be great. We're talking high 70's during the day and low 60's at night. For more information about our Spring Doin's continue reading down the CLOG. See you at the Fort.
Posted - 04.22.13 - By MGM
Thanks to all who signed up for this weekend's Spring Doin's at Fort Tejon. If you didn't postmark by Sunday or prepay by Paypal before the price went up, we still have room for you but we would appreciate at least an email to let us know you are coming. Of course you'll have to pay ten dollars more at the gate, but we'll still be glad to see you.
If you want to know why we are not fond of people just thinking that they can pay at the door, well it's because at PXL we want to be known for our great food, and that extra $10 really doesn't cover our grief, especially when we are far away from a butcher or supermarket. For instance those juicy "Timeye" steaks are hand dressed, and each center-cut slab of prime rib costs us over $120 at wholesale prices. So if we suddenly find ourselves short of steaks because someone didn't preregister, you know who is going to go without, and you don't want it to be you. That may cause hard feelings, but you'll only have yourself to blame. FYI.
Weather for our outing remains in flux, but this is shaping up to be an unusually warm spring so you can definitely leave your mummy bag at home. The elevation at Fort Tejon is about 4,000 feet, but as of a few days ago daytime highs were projected to be in the low 90's -- which would have been record highs for the Grapevine Pass at the end of April. As of now, Dickhead Weather Central is predicting daytime highs in the low 70's and nighttime lows in the high 40's, with negligible winds. So keep an eye on the weather but expect pleasant Clamping with no rain.
We plan to start assembling our kit at 10 am. Friday morning. So if you can join us then, you can join the circus - Petey's Flying Circus, that is. We'll have a small memento of the day for everyone who comes early and helps out, or stays at the end and helps us pack-up. Once again, Fred "Flintstone" Fenski and Dave "Mr. Boulder" Staley will rock our world.
Our Humbug also reports that the Rankin Ranch Monument is now complete and ready for it's dedication Sunday, April 28, 2013, at 1 p.m. All are encouraged to head up to Walker Basin after the Spring Doin's to participate in the celebration. Allow an hour and a half for the ride to Walker Basin from Fort Tejon. Thanks to all who helped our NGH Russ Chapman with his erection. A real Hole in One this one is, and there's nothing like a group effort. So thanks again, Bob Nolen, Schnappsy Moen, VNGH Charles "Al VII" Topping, and PXL X's, Bob Clemmenson, Gene Duncker, and Joe Szot. Y'all dun gud. (I mostly just got to take pictures and drink beer).
If you can recall the Widders' Ball back in January, we offered a first time "Grand Clamper Prize" to anyone who would buy into this special but spectacular raffle. For a measly saw-buck, some lucky Clamper would earn admission to all of our Doin's for the year, including a pass for two to our 2014 Widders' Ball. That could be worth over $200 depending on whether or not we have a summer event.
Well both I and the Clampcrier were busy at the time and neither of us took names. For months I had no idea who had walked away with the prize. Out of necessity I actually left a blank slot on the CLOG for the name of the winner hoping to find out which redshirt needed to be congratulated.
As it turns out, on the night of the Widders' Ball, I had surrendered my camera to GDR Luis Bouza, who snapped a photo of Pati Nolen with incoming Grand Noble Recorder, Kevin "The Yeti" Oviatt. When I posted the pic I thought it was just an elegant photo of Pati in period dress which made a nice illustration for the CLOG. And it was double kudos to her, because her husband Bob Nolen was in the Midwest on business and Pati had come staggette.
Then I found out that what I had was a picture of Patti after she had just won the Grand Clamper Prize…won the Grand Clamper Prize…won the Grand Clamper Prize. Doesn't a Clamper have to have…um...yeah, and not…um…um, you know, those? So what's a Chapter to do? Well as outgoing Salmon it was left to me to send the following condolence letter:
See you Friday. And if you get there early, we'll let you join the Flying Circus...whether or not our Brother Bob has taken out the garbage.
Posted - 04.17.13 - By MGM
NO. Dickhead has not been turned into a Zombie, at least not yet, but you won't get to find out how this one ends if you don't attend the Peter Lebeck Spring Doin's at Fort Tejon, April 26-28. But hurry, because our Doin's is less than ten days away and time is running out! The prepay deadline is this Friday, April 19th, but we'll even extend this special rate if you post mark or Paypal your dust by Sunday night. After that you'll be suffering the consequences. It's $10 more at the door, and that's assuming that we'll let you in without begging, pinkie swearing, wearing your widder's chonies and offering us a bribe.
So don't miss out, because at PXL we're known for our hospitality; and if you're not one of us, you'll likely become one of our own by the end of the weekend, especially once you've partaken of Hole's secret recipe: Friday Night's "FULL MOON VOODOO CHILI." Now I'm not about to tell you what's in it (eye of Newt, horn of Barack, shreds from a certain Kenyan birth certificate?), but I've heard tell that if eaten when the moon is full, this unique concoction will spur hair to migrate from chest to pate, and cause the male anatomy to broaden, elongate and tergify with startling and lasting effects!
Spend the entire weekend with us and we guarantee your widder will thank us.
Plus you'll continue to partake of the legendary Peter Lebeck cuisine which resumes Saturday morning with our Graybeards' Potluck Breakfast. Bring us your meat and tortillas, and we'll provide the eggs and beverages. Then come back later for lunch, then twice again for a one pound Ribeye Dinner with Super Beans and all the fixxin's and a continental breakfast on Sunday. Stuff a whole lot of camaraderie in between, including our hilarious group activities, and it's the best $50 you'll spend this side of the Vatican - just make sure you prepay and tell our Damn Fool Doorkeeper that, "Francis sent me."
By the way we did invite a certain high level prelate to our Doin's, but ever since the College of Cardinals took away his red shirt, he's had some pretty busy weekends - something about not being able to come because he promised the Swiss Guard he'd be teaching them the finer points of Argentine grilling.
So Francis may have to send his regrets, but you don't have to. Just pop on over to our sign-up page to read all about Fort Tejon, and to get the flyer and directions. You'll even find a Paypal portal worthy of Mr. Scott. And if you're bringing a PBC, scroll down the Doin's Page to find our "Do's and Donuts" and a handy link to the PBC Handbook, which will provide you with all the resources you'll need to get your candidate into shape for his ordeal. But whatever you do, don't put this off! Or you'll find yourself on the wrong end of our Hawker's "Marie Laveau Commemorative Pin" collection.
One final reminder. We'll be celebrating THREE dedications on our Spring Doin's weekend. The first will be at Sue's Place in Frazier Park on Friday afternoon, to designate this historic tavern as an official ECV Watering Hole. The second will be on Saturday in the Fort Tejon parking lot to rededicate our plaque commemorating Peter Lebeck; and the third will be on Sunday afternoon up in Walker Basin to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Rankin Ranch. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend all three events, just keep in mind that civilians will be present and seemly decorum is required. All three plaquings are important to the future of our chapter, and Rankin Ranch in particular is key to our future ability to Clamp the breadth of our territory, so we encourage you to stick around and attend.
And for those of you who missed the Rankin Ranch Monument work party on April 6th, I've put together a Youtube slideshow to commemorate what we did and how we did it. I've posted it on the Clampdown Page. If it doesn't come up hit the refresh button on your web browser. The show is eleven minutes long, and you could regard it as an instructional video but for the very beautiful images of Walker Basin and its surroundings. It's definitely worth your time especially if you didn't even consider getting out of your comfort zone and joining us for this most satisfying event.
I have to agree with Dickhead. If all our EXEs lived in Texas, we'd be screwed. Clamping isn't just about drinking beer. The younger guys -- especially the officers and would be officers -- need to get their hands dirty and learn how real Clampers commemorate history. This is the first rock and mortar pedestal monument PXL has built since 1980, and if you didn't come-up, you missed out.
Lastly we will be having an after Friday Dinner "Hole-joke-a-thon," so think of something funny, and in the best Clamper tradition, the Humbug -- especially any "HOLE" Humbug -- is fair game. So think of your best Hole Joke, and then, "Let the sucker have it!" We also want to remind you that we will be having the traditional raffle on Saturday Night, so if you have something you'd like to add to the cache of goodies your donation will be appreciated. I know some guys brought contributions to the Widders' Ball, but we limited ourselves that night to just a few special items in order to quickly get the Widders to the dance floor. If you donated something to the chapter back in January, we will be including it in the Spring Sortéo. We just wanted to let you know that we haven't forgotten your generosity, and thanks again.
See you at Fort Tejon.
Posted - 04.4.13 - By MGM
Just a quick post... You don't want to miss this Saturday's workparty at Rankin Ranch. We'll be buttering blocks and stacking rocks, and topping them off with a nice new shiny brass plaque in honor of Rankin's 150th Anniversary. If you don't like beer, still come; but if you do, bring some. We'll be getting started at 9:30 a.m., and we have all the tools and materials we'll need to get the job done -- though you may want to bring some gloves, a trowel, a towel and a bucket, plus a strong back.
Mrs. Rankin will be fixing lunch, but if you have thoughts of camping over you should email Hole at Humbug@ECV1866.org so we know to expect you for dinner. The weather on Saturday is predicted to be splendid, with a daytime high of 79, and a nighttime low of 49, but expect some wind. For details and additioal directions, read down into the CLOG.
Last, but hardly least, there's a new Hole Post! You'll find it on The Humbugs Page. Hole wants to encourage everyone to go Clamping, and not just at PXL. You'll also want to check out the Holey approved Vimeo video on Malloy's and the annual Norton Day celebration. And don' forget to listen to Radio ECV.
Posted - 03.31.13 (April Fool's) - By MGM
Happy Easter and Happy Passover to you and your families, dear Cloggites, and welcome back to the PXL CLOG! Ironically this is supposed to be the season for reflection, but no doubt you've had plenty to do to get ready to meet the demands of the holiday. In my case that comes down to spiffifying the place inside and out to get it ready for family headed our way for Easter Dinner -- which some time ago became Easter Brunch - which now features lox, bagels with a shmear, plus the traditional ham. I'm not sure how that happened or even why anyone would think that appropriate, but it seems to work around here. Besides no one goes away hungry, especially after dessert. So chocolate bunnies beware.
But enough about that. April is here and it's time to focus on our upcoming Clamping events, but first a little Easter History. The House of Fabregé remains famous for the bejeweled eggs it produced for the Royal Family of Russia prior to the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Recently the Hermitage, that famous St. Petersburg museum, which houses many of Russia's historic artifacts, uncovered this long lost Fabregé egg which bear the cryptic lettering "PXL."
The Russians are actually pretty gaga when it comes to Easter, so this discovery has caused quite a stir all across the country, and there has been much speculation in the Russian Press about what this might mean; especially since the lettering isn't in Cyrillic but in Roman script.
Well we here at the CLOG think we've solved the riddle of the PXL Frabregé Egg. Delving into our archives we recently uncovered this oil painting of Czar Nicholas II bearing the PXL emblem, and we are now free to confirm that he was in fact a member of Peter Lebeck.
Yes, it turn out that Nikki "Not My Yob" Romanov, was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, as were so many notables of that period. How he secretly made it out of Moscow to Bakersfield for his initiations is to this day a mystery. What we do know is that Czar Nicholas wore the PXL insignia prominently up until the time of the revolution, and then ditched it, most likely to prevent an international incident between the insurgent Soviet Government and the citizens of Bakersfield.
We'll always be grateful for that, Nikki, and it's even been said that when you faced that Bolshevik firing squad you flashed the sign of the well jackass. Satisfactory, Bro' … and so it goes.
Next up. If you haven't signed-up for our Spring Doin's, I just gotta ask you -WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Our Doin's is four weeks away and you don't want to miss out on this one. Fort Tejon in the spring is one of the most pleasant places to Clamp in all of California. The hillsides are green; the wild flowers are in bloom, and the deer come down to the canyon floor to check us out because they think Clampers are weirder than deer that think Clampers are strange for checking out the deer.
Plus no one who ever signs on to one of our doin's ever goes hungry. You get the benefit of Sunday's continental breakfast plus four full meals, including Friday Night's Bonus Super Supper of beef and pork ribs à la Mama Timbo, plus Saturday's famous one pound "Tim Eye" steaks with all the fixin's, including Timbo's multi award winning Super Beans.
And if that isn't enough, Friday and Saturday Nights will feature a full moon - so feel free to walk the parade grounds in the moonlight, chill on the porch of the historic officers' quarters, and savor the nighttime natural beauty of one of the most historic locations that central and southern California has to offer -- all for one low, low price.
And getting there is a cinch. Fort Tejon is right off Interstate 5, and the campground is yards behind the historic areas, and includes enough meadow to stake your tent, plus a parking lot with plenty of room to station your RV or bus. The Brothers of Branciforte, whose territory occupies one of the most scenic areas of northern California, were so impressed with Fort Tejon that they brought their annual Coyote Howling to the fort in 2010, and guys are still talking about it. So is it a special place? Yeah, it is. And we're sure that you won't be disappointed. Just go to our Spring Doin's Pages to start your adventure, and sign-up before April 19th to save $10 each for you and your PBC.
Next up is our spring work party this coming Saturday, April 6th, at 9:30 a.m. We'll be meeting up at Rankin Ranch in Walker Basin to complete the monument to be unveiled to the public on Sunday afternoon, April 29, 2013. We'll have the necessary tools and materials so all we should need are a few strong backs. Directions to the site can be had by reading down into the CLOG where you'll find a link to Google Maps that will get you to the intersection of the Caliente-Bodfish and Walker Basin Roads.
As things stand right now, the Rankins will be providing lunch. Camping is available, so if you'd like to spend the night please let NGH HOLE know so we can provide dinner. You'll find the Humbug's contact information below in the last post. Keep in mind that it gets cold up in Walker Basin in the spring so if you think you might stay over, pack accordingly.
Last but not least, I'd like to give a shoutout to Muleskinner of Grug Gulch for his most excellent ECV Radio Station. I've added a link to the column on the left which provides for easy access. Muley's "internet only" mix provides the best 70's Rock and old school Country music to be found anywhere but the radio. Enjoy.
See you at Fort Tejon.
Posted - 03.09.13 - By Hole (amended 03.16.13)
Spring is in the air, and it's time to start thinking about your Clamp-year. As we approach our Spring Doin's on April 26-28 at Fort Tejon, we will have a work party on April 6th to support our Fall Doin's. I know ... I know ... It looks like a typo but it's not. Our Fall Doin's will be at Rankin Ranch in Walker Basin, but we need to get our plaque mounted in time for the big celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Rankin Ranch, which happens the same weekend as our Spring Doin's. The Rankin Family wants to show off our monument and plaque to their peers in the ranching community, and that will provide us the exposure we need to plaque the other eight Kern County ranches which are over 100 years old.
Rankin's 150th celebration is expected to draw a couple hundred people and some will be camping there all weekend. After hearing how large this celebration will be, we decided that having our doin's at the ranch that weekend would overcrowd the area, and place us waayyy too close to the public. So the Hole Plan is we mount the plaque and unveil it at the ranch on April 28th at 1PM, and then clamp there in the fall when the weather is much nicer.
This project, and the timing, is very important to our chapter. If this plaque, our unveiling, and our doin's impress the other historic Kern County ranches, our work will pay off with new opportunities for plaques and Clampin' Grounds throughout Kern County for years to come.
On April 26th, the Friday of our Spring Doin's, we will be dedicating Sue's Tavern in Frazier Park as an official ECV Watering Hole. This Tavern was built in 1928, and was a grocery store for a while. It has hidden tunnels, had a history of being frequented by women of ill repute, and was a source of "the real stuff" during prohibition. What else could a clamper ask for in a historic watering Hole?
After we've had our way with Sue's, it's back to Fort Tejon to enjoy the culinary creations of Timbo, and to enjoy tall tales of the guy wearing a red shirt that shrunk a bit in the wash.
On Saturday, in addition to the usual chicanery at PBC University, Timbo will mount our original plaque to Peter Lebeck from 1972 (you can watch if you want, but no snickering), that Timbo repaired after it was damaged by vandals trying to steal it. Then in the afternoon we'll rededicate the plaque to Fort Tejon.
The head ranger at the Fort, Stephen Byers, is comp'ing PXL's use of the campground in appreciation for our work on the outhouse covers. We had one work party late last year which got us off to a good start. Then on February 23rd, Flintstone, Boulder, and a few helpers from Bedrock, uh-er… Frazier Park, held work party #2. They've been sneaking up there when they can and the three covers we started are almost complete. The guys say shingles and doors is all's that's left to do. But, we haven't even started on the 4th cover, which is an even larger rustic disguise to go around a handicap-sized outhouse. Remember, we committed to Fort Tejon that we would finish the project by June, so we'll be recruiting to see if we can squeeze out a few more volunteers at the Spring Doin's to get'er done!
Now a Few More Tidbits from Mikee...
OK, Guys. Mikee, here. So here's what's up between now and April 28, 2013.
April 6, 2013. NGH Hole der 1st has called for a work party to build the Rankin Ranch monument at the crossing of the Caliente-Bodfish and Walker Basin Roads. That's a Saturday, and while we don't need a lot of guys to do this, we want to encourage our Brothers from Kern County and especially our new members from the Bakersfield Area to participate, but all are welcome. Building monuments is the most important thing that we do as Clampers so you really need to get your hands dirty. Bring snacks, but the chapter will provide something to eat for both lunch and dinner, and overnight camping will be available. We discourage drinking and driving, but if you're staying over you are welcome to bring a warming libation. Keep in mind that spring evenings in the mountains can get pretty cold so if you plan to stay over pack accordingly and be prepared for some serious camaraderie.
Rankin Ranch is about an hour from Bakersfield, and about 15 miles north of Highway 58 by way of the Caliente-Bodfish Road, so if you live in or near Bakersfield it's easy for you to come on up and spend the day helping out. If you click on the graphic on your right it will take you to Google Maps. I've also included a link to the Youtube slideshow of our work party at Walker Pass from the Spring 2012, to give you an idea of what we are talking about. Just click here.
If you are coming, or are even thinking about it, please don't hesitate. Email Hole right away at Humbug@ECV1866.org, or call him on his cell at (805) 423-1276. This type of thing takes planning. You can also join the conversation on Peter's Board or Facebook. If you are having problems accessing either page please give me a call at (818) 517-8781.
April 12-14, 2013, is the weekend of the Sierra Valley Tri-Chapter put on by the mountain chapters just north of Kern County. This is the 15th Year for the Tri-Chapter, and while we are not one of its sponsors, we consider PXL to be an important supporter because it brings major camaraderie and hijinx close to home. Clampcrier Gene Dunker has established a Tri-Chapter Link on Peter's Board so if you are going, or are interested in going, please make sure to check in so we can plan to hang together. Attending events like the Tri-Chapter is a big deal, and that's especially true if you'd like to advance in Clamperdom because you really need to get around and savor other chapters. Click on the red graphic on your left to go the Tri-Chapter Homepage for sign-up information. While you're there you may also want to check out the Grub Gulch Homepage maintained by our good friend, Brother Muleskinner. He does a great job.
April 26-28, 2013, is the weekend of our own Spring Doin's at Fort Tejon. What I really like about Fort Tejon is that it is one of the most convenient, as well as historic, Clamping locations in all of Clamperdom. It sits on the edge of Interstate 5, and has its own off ramp. The campground is situated behind the parade grounds of a restored 19th Century Army Base in an oak studded canyon, and the Clamping Area can accommodate everything from tents to RVs, and even a bus or two -- and even the deer wandering through the canyon agree that it's a great place to hang out with your dear relations. The Spring Doin's pages includes a write-up on Fort Tejon and a slide show, so you'll want to check that out.
If you haven't been to one of our Clampouts before, or if you haven't been in a long time, I think you are going to be really impressed. Aside from the fact that no one else in Clamperdom has Timbo Gillespie and Joe "Smalls" Rivera to cook for them, this is going to be a "three-fer" for us.
On Friday afternoon, April 26th, his HOLE-EE-NESS, Hole der 1st, has decreed that Sue's Tavern be designated an official ECV Watering HOLE. It has a neat-o history, but the real clincher is that it has that warm pub-like quality that says "Clampers Welcome Anytime." It will be an event to remember.
On Saturday afternoon, April 27th, we'll be meeting in the Fort Tejon visitors' parking lot to rededicate our 1972 plaque commemorating our Clampatriarch, Peter Lebeck. Last year, thieves made off with one of the other brass plaques in the parking lot and nearly made off with Pete's before they gave up and drove away. All I can say is, "Pete, we're not about to let you down, Bro', so here we come!"
On Sunday afternoon, April 28th, after we break Clamp at Fort Tejon, all are invited to join us up at Rankin Ranch for the dedication of our monument to 150 years of ranching by the Rankin Family in Walker Basin. This will be a historically significant event with press and civilians present so all are invited to attend. Seemly decorum requested...but you knew that already.
And that's it for now. I hope you can make it out to our Spring Doin's. Keep your eye on this page for more shameless self-promotion and plenty of unself-conscious whining. In the meantime, make sure to check out the Spring Doin's page. I've tried to make it as convenient as possible, but whatever you do, make sure to sign-up soon to save yourself a few bucks and to keep us from taking your name in vain. You can use any combination of methods to register and pre-pay, and remember, we're guys. We'll take it any way we can get it.
Just mail your rub and registration to "Peter Lebeck -- E Clampus Vitus, Box 384, Bakersfield, CA 93302." Having problems with the downloadable form and you don't want to use the mail? You can send it back to us by email at Spring13registration@ECV1866.org, and we'll even accept a fax at (818) 366-9484. So don't wait. We want you to join us for some serious male bonding at Fort Tejon.
Posted - 02.27.13 - By MGM
Thanks to Ringmasters Fred and Dave, and their PBC Mike Thorson for their help at Fort Tejon last weekend. For those of you who couldn't make it, stay tuned because there is more to do and more to come. Aside from finishing up at Fort Tejon, your help may be needed at Walker Basin to do some monument related work at the Rankin Ranch before our Spring Doin's, so stay 'tooned.
Today's is a short post, but check out our Clampdown page. There's a new, short (3 minute) welcome video featuring our own Gene "D*ckhead" Duncker. Gene, who is also our Clampcrier, agreed to do this one for our "History of ECV" page, but I've also included it temporarily on the Clampdown, so all can marvel at Gene's acting chops. This video replaces the previous welcome video that featured XSNGH Tom Tompkins. Don't miss the tag at the end of the new vid shilling for our Spring Doin's.
Posted - 02.17.13 - By MGM
Greetings faithful Cloggites, and welcome back to the PXL CLOG! We have several things to jaw about, but first up is this Saurtday's second installment of our Fort Tejon Porta-Potty Project. Some tasteless wags might even refer to it as installment "Number 2"-- though I certainly won't squat so low as to go there.
Anyway Dave Staley and Fred Fenski, who live close-by in Frazier Park, have offered to ramrod the project for us. Dave and Fred really are a couple of very nice, easy going guys, so I know you'll enjoy their camaraderie, plus we'll be doing our bit for the Fort. So please join them, starting next Saturday, February 23rd, at 8:00 a.m. Our objective is to finish the two sheds we began back in December, and what's left to do is mostly roofing and decorating the exterior sheathing with furring strips, then we'll build and attach a couple of doors, and that should do it.
So bring your screw gun, charger, hand tools and a short ladder if you have one. The park rangers can provide the big stuff. And even if construction isn't your thing, come on down anyway. The chapter will be providing lunch to everyone who comes out to help, and we'll need kitchen buddies to cook and get the guys fed. Widders are welcome, but we want to keep little ones out of the work area for safety reasons.
If you'd like a better idea of what is left to do Porta-Potty-wise, check out the photos from out last foray, you'll find them on Peter's Picture Pages. With ten guys we should easily be able to crank this out in a few hours. NGH Russ Chapman has set up a special message thread on Peter Board under "All Things Peter Lebeck" called "Support the Fort," so sign-in to the board and check out this thread for the most current details. If you have problems getting in or getting on, email or call me and I'll help you through it.
As for the continuing usefulness of Peter's Board, that brings up a broader topic that deserves some cybertime, but I'll leave that for last because we need to talk about our Spring Doin's first.
Our upcoming weekend Clampout at Fort Tejon is set for April 26-28. Everything that you will need to sign-up for our event is available on-line, right here, right now, on the PXL Website. Just use the '2013 Spring Doin's' link in the links box, or click on the flashing purple announcement at the top of this page to get started. You can download the flyer, the doin's application and even sacrifice your best plastic friend at the altar of Paypal. I've also added some new purdy blue links at the top of the page that will take you to other important pages about our chapter and our doin's. All of those pages are up with the exception of the erections page which should be up in a few days.
What I can tell you now is that Brother Hole is planning for a real doozy of a Clampout, with erections set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting with Friday afternoon's dedication of an official PXL Watering Hole in Frazier Park. Then Saturday we'll be resetting our 1972 vandalized plaque to Peter Lebeck, and Sunday afternoon we'll be headed up to Rankin Ranch to present a plaque to Bob and Glenda Rankin, whose historic families have been ranching Walker Basin for 150 years. Anyone interested in getting a sneaky peak at where we'll be Clamping in the fall is welcome to join us for a trek into the mountains. In the meantime, don't miss the page dedicated to Fort Tejon. I've posted an old video, which hopefully will make you laugh. It should give you an idea of what will be in store for you if you join us in April. We'd love to have your company, and don't forget to bring a friend.
Lastly, I'd like to address a few issues concerning what you see -- and what you can't see -- on this website. 2013 marks the eighth year for the PXL website. If websites were put together with spit and baling wire then this would be one of them. I've coded the site three times, and the first major rewrite took me over a month as I sat at home recovering from surgery. So it is a work of love - or stupidity - I'll leave it to you to decide which one. If you check out our source code you'll see a lot of amateurish mistakes, but with little time and expertise I've just force myself to live with much of the detritus because there are so many other things I want to get done and much of that work has yet to be completed.
Early on I settled on several very important but very different purposes for our site. Most people just see it as a fat glossy advertisement and recruitment tool for our doin's, which truly are the site's most obvious functions. But if you dig a little deeper, you'll see that part of what we do here is advocate for a particular vision of what a Clamper Chapter should be and do: Brotherhood, sharing concern for our members and their families, community service, and preservation of local history.
Those are all worthy goals, but when I picked-up this "little project" it slowly dawned on me that I had become an advocate for an historical organization that had let its own history fade into memory. PXL has never had a brick and mortar office, no filing cabinets, none of that stuff; so there was no one place that I could turn to find our plaques, our past officers, or information about our past doin's. Much of it was lost and will always remain lost. That was pretty sad, so the last major goal for this site became and remains, documenting our own story.
All these things have to be done in the face of changing technology. When we started, 640 by 480 pixels, was the most common display size, and most people used a 15 inch cathode ray tube. Today my cell phone's resolution is bigger than that, and my home screen is 1920 by 1080 and flat. Fortunately, by dumb luck, I picked an oddball web design that displays pretty nicely on most new devices, but that hardly addresses the other major headaches, some of which are here now and others that are looming just off the horizon. For instance, Adobe Flash, which powers many of our graphics, such as the PXL Roudel at the top of our pages, our mast, most of our picture galleries and even our music, doesn't work on Macs, iPhones, iPads and the newest Android tablets and phones. Supposedly the workaround is the new HTML 5, but the technology is not yet ready for primetime, so now I find myself scrambling to go back to older technologies that I thought were obsolete, and rebuilding many pages that I thought were rock solid. And in case you were wondering, this site has about 240 active webpages at any given time.
And that brings us back to Peter's Board. You may be asking, "Now that PXL has a Facebook page why even bother?" Well, I couldn't disagree more, at least for now. No doubt web bulletin boards are old fashioned, but they still do things that Facebook won't do. Web boards are very good at creating distinct message lists that don't get buried in the flood of stuff that comes from dozens of "friends." For instance Hole's thread about Saturday's work party at Fort Tejon has a distinct title and its own page, and brothers will read it or add to it only if they are interested. Another example is Brother Muleskinner's Clamperwide carpooling site. It's a bulletin board about carpooling to ECV functions, but its advantage is that you can create a distinct thread about a particular doin's, and to beg or offer a ride you don't have to wade through news about 50 other doin's.
So please continue to make use of our trusty, dusty Peter's Board. It remains an important resource. For the management here at PXL it gives us a way to go back and look at what we did right and where we were lacking. If you don't know how to log on, call me and I'll walk you through it.
Posted - 02.03.13 (As Amemded 02.04.13)
Greetings fellow PXL Brothers, I'm Russ "Hole der 1st" Chapman, the PXL Brother selected & elected to be our chapters Noble Grand Humbug for 2013 (that's 6018 in Clamper time). I've been a member of ECV now for over 13 years and originally came in at De la Guerra y Pacheco, ECV Chapter 1.5, over on the coast. I soon took to traveling around the state to attend as many chapters' doin's as I could to see for myself what each chapter is like.
It was at the 2010 Tri-Chapter that PXL's XNGH Joe Szot recruited me to bring my Queen Califa Cl'Ampitheater and Sinerama (my outdoor theater) to the PXL Fall Doin's at Tehachapi. Faster'n than you can say "Bob's your uncle," I was branded with a PXL Roundel and ended up working like a borrowed mule loading and unloading the trailer. It's not like PXL had to bulldog me to the ground or anything,… I fell in with the guys and it felt like home.
In the Clamp Year 6016 (2011) I was serving PXL as Hangman when PXL suffered the resignation of the Humbug, and the resignation of the Hawker and Treasurer. This left the chapter in a lurch, and caused the Graybeards to reconsider how we got there. The system of "going through the chairs" had failed them, so they looked around for PXL Brothers who could get things done.
Doc Charter stepped up to be our Hawker, Gene "DH" Dunker reluctantly stepped up to be our Treasurer, and the Board selected XNGH Timbo Gillespie to finish 6016 as Noble Grand Humbug. Timbo asked me to finish the year as his Hangman and to keep on maintaining the PXL kit trailer.
The chapter pulled things together in time to have a wonderful doin's at Camp Okihi in the fall to celebrate the restoration of our monument at Walker Pass. Apparently, Mikee liked my work as Hangman, my leading the work party at Walker Pass, and my keeping of the kit, because he asked me to be his Vice for 2012 (6017).
In April 2012, PXL got a second kick in the teeth when our Hawker, Doc Charter, suddenly passed on to the Golden Hills. Apart from the sadness of losing a good Brother like Doc, losing income from the store is no small matter. As Vice Humbug it fell to me to ensure that the chapter had a Hawker to pick up where Doc had left off. This kinda meant "either find another Brother, or do yourself." My efforts to find another Brother bore no fruit, so I took-up the torch and I've been Hawking for the chapter ever since. Having never been a sales-type person, I was surprised that I've enjoyed the experience.
I must've impressed the chapter Greybeards over these few years because here I am today, your Humbug for 2013 (6018). But… enough about me.
I'm happy to report that the Greybeards also elected my selection of officers and functionaries who will see to the needs of our chapter. So let me introduce them:
To my right is my Vice NGH, Charles "Al VII" Topping, who is a man of experience and respect throughout Clamperdom. He earned his stripes as an early Humbug for De la Guerra y Pacheco, but has been a long time member of Peter Lebeck by choice and my resident anchor in Kern County.
Luis "Vaquero" Bouza has traded in his Recorder's chair to be our new Gold Dust Receiver (Treasurer), and Kevin "The Yeti" Oviatt has moved from Hostrix up to Grand Noble Recorder to fill-in behind Luis. Both moves are in recognition of their dedication and hard work last year.
These moves also support a major objective of mine; allowing Gene "DH" Dunker to retire from GDR duties. Gene "took one" for the chapter when in 6016 reluctantly took the reins of chapter Treasurer, a job he didn't want or like. I for one extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to Gene. It's clampers like you that set the bar so high for those of us who follow.
I'm happy as a puppy sniffing a new leg that Tim "Ptomaine" Gillespie and Joe "Smalls" Rivera will continue providing our chapter with the best food in all of Clamperdom as Chef and Sous Chef.Other Brothers who continue to carry on last year's duties will be me as Hawker, with the help of Tackles Ron Moen and Jim Bailey; Gene "DH" Duncker, PXP as Clamp Crier; and Mike "MGM" Ramirez-Mares as Cyberrecorder. Mikee is also this year's Clampatriarch by virtue of being our most recent outgoing Humbug.
We are introducing new blood into the ranks with a few Brothers who answered the call in 2012, and had the desire to participate in keeping our chapter alive & well:
Jim "Fury" Bailey (aka: Pokey) will be our new Grand Imperturbable Hangman.
Robert (Babbabooey) Hernandez Sr. will be our new Damnfool Doorkeeper.
Andy "Stagecoach" Vilapando will be our new Clamps Hostrix.
Also, we have a new Functionary title this year; "Petey's Flying Circus." Fred Fenski and Dave Staley have volunteered to be our ringmasters.
The Circus will organize the set-up and teardown of our canopies and bar at each chapter event. The emphasis here is "organize." The show must go on, but two carnies can't do it alone. So please Brother, break out your clown nose and your muscle shirt, and lend us your back at the start and at the end of each doin's.
2013 will be a busy year for PXL. We've already worked our tails off putting on a fantastic Widders Ball. Attendance was up near the 100 mark, and it was more fun than a barrel of PBC's. To fill out the rest of the year we've got our Spring and Fall Doin's, we are hosting the 40th TRASH Trek in our territory, and we're holding several work parties. Our biggest challenge has always been our work parties. These are especially difficult for PXL due to how far and wide our membership is spread throughout the state. That's OK, I have a plan.
I've traveled far and wide in Clamperdom, and I know enough to realize that being a Humbug while still working is going to be a huge challenge. A wise man once said in a gravelly voice to "the Dude," "Sometimes you eat the bear… and sometimes the bear eats you."
I'm feeling up to testing the bear because I've got great mentors and a great leadership team. However, we'll let you know who ate whom by this time next year.
Now a Few More Tidbits from Mikee...
I want to congratulate Hole on his steping into the barrel for 6018. I'm sure he's going to make a great Humbug. He just managed the best PXL Widders' Ball that I can remember, and it's just another good sign of the jump he's gotten on his coming 'Bug Year. He did a great job for me as Vice so I know quite well what he's capable of doing. That said, we need to give Hole the support he'll need to make this year a success. The most important change that the chapter has made in recent times is to put the Humbug firmly in charge of operations. Hole has ambitious plans for the year and they are solidly grounded, but we can't succeed as a chapter without your help. So please join Hole and your Brothers here at PXL for the most satisfying male bonding in "history." Go Hole!
Before I go on to report on the Widders' Ball, I bet you are asking, "So where are the pictures from the Widders' Ball?" Well due to changing web technology, you get a choice. On the Clampdown page, you can watch the multi-definitional YouTube slide show. It's a fast moving and scrubbable 32 minutes. On Peter's Picture Pages you'll find an automated Flash Gallery; and for those of you with devices that can't do Flash, such as the iPhones, iPads and the latest Android operating system, you'll find an HTML version there just for you. I'll explain why I'm doing this some other time, but for now, just enjoy. Thanks to Hole; to Kevin Oviatt, our 6017 Clamps Hostrix; to Luis Bouza for his help behind the camera; and to Charles Topping and all the Brothers (and their Widders) who helped make the Widders' Ball a smashing success.
We received lots of compliments about this year's Widders' Ball, and much of it had to do with the new location where we held our soirée. Because of our Brother Jim Bailey who manages the Homewood Suites, we had the benefits of a spacious hospitality lounge, a comfortable outdoor area for our smokers, great rooms, and a marvelous staff. Brother DJ Carlos Lemus probably would have kept on playing past one a.m., were it not that the staff had to go home. A certain visiting ex-proctor even wanted to know why we were charging so little for such a premium event - especially with an open bar. So much thanks again to Jim, his staff, and his family for treating us like, well...family.
This was also an emotional event for us. After dinner we honored several Widders for their service to the chapter over the past year: Jeannie Johnson for her Hawking of Widders' Goods at GC and her support of the Widders' Ball, and Pat Topping for her help installing the Joseph Walker plaque up on Walker Pass, were two. But Marti Charter was far and away this year's choice for Widder of the Year. I know that Marti doesn't feel like she did anything extraordinary to earn it, but that's only because Marti sees what she did for the chapter as more duty than service, and that makes it really hard for her to see it from our point of view.
Back in April, our Brother and Hawker, Doc Charter discovered rather suddenly that he had a ticket for the Golden Hills, and it was due to be punched in a just a few short days. Jesus said, "Whatever you do unto these, the least of my brethren, you do unto me." Now around here we feel the same way about Brethren and Brothers, and while Doc was hardly the least these, he was more Brother than we all deserved.
Upon learning the sad news, a lesser person than Marti would have shut down, but she did her best to help prepare Doc for his trip to the Golden Hills. It was something that as a group we couldn't have done for him ourselves, but she was there for Doc and she did it exceedingly well. What's more she didn't shut us out. Marti invited us into the Charter home so we could comfort our Brother even as he was passing. She was of great service to our Doc and to our Chapter, and we are grateful for it.
As for the Widders' Ball, Marti for her part wanted to make a presentation of some of Doc's things to PXL. She gave Hole a sculpture of a Miner and Jackass that Doc had intended for use at the store, and she also donated a complete set of the Bob Powers History collection so we would have it for our library. But the gift that evoked the most emotion was Doc's red and black wool capote, which she asked us to put up for auction.
Frankly I was overtaken by the spirited bidding, and I know there were several people who were disappointed at having been outbid. But the amount that it brought into the chapter would have brought our late Hawker much satisfaction. "Wild Bill" Davidson was our auctioneer. Congratulations and thank you to Lora Lee and Joe Custodio for their winning bid.
Our new raffle format showed much promise. It shortened things up quite a bit, we upped the quality of our prizes, and no one was caught snoring in the back rows. Despite what it cost the chapter to foot the $300 Widders' Prize, the Year of Comped Clamping for the winning Brother, the gift baskets and the handful of $20 Bills we handed out, we netted about as much as we usually do from our raffle. That's actually good news, because historically we've used that money to help defray the cost of our event. At PXL we want to make sure that anyone who wants to come to our Widders' Ball can afford it. At $35 a person the price is hard to beat. Cathy Chapman and Pati Nolen were the winners of the big prizes.
The traditional costume contest was held after dinner once we had moved to the disco. In order to encourage the Widders to dress in period costume we had the judges roam the floor to pick our winners rather than make the ladies get up and parade. Not so for the Dudes. The guys had to strut their stuff on the dance floor, and the Widder judges had to decide whose Brylcreem reigned supreme. That produced a tie for first and forced a dance-off between Gene "Dickhead" Duncker and Pat Oliver. Despite Dickhead's self-assurance, it was Pat who was ultimately declared PXL's Best Dressed Dude. Pat Topping and Darlene Staley won for Best Period and Saloon Girl costumes of 2013. Peggy Horn was our tie-breaker judge. To everyone else, better luck next time.
Lastly, I know that despite the best attendance we've had in many years, many a Brother and his Widder ended up staying home sick. T'is the season. Frankly I'm glad you did the right thing and stayed away but it was sad that you couldn't make it. That said, don't be strangers. We have a year's worth of wonderful stuff coming your way, and plenty of chances for the ladies to get their men off the couch and out of their way.
So Brothers, please mark your calendars, and don't miss our upcoming doin's and work parties - they don't call them "parties" for nothing. Just watch this space for our announcements. We'll be heading for Fort Tejon the last full weekend in April, but before that we'll be headed to Walker Basin to build a monument for the 150th Anniversary of Rankin Ranch. Won't you join us? And don't forget to friend us on Facebook. and keep an eye out for work party updates on Peter's Board.
Posted - 01.26.13
We may be dog tired, but we're also doggedly enthusiastic about our coming Clampyear. Much thanks to everybody who made it to the ball. We'll have a new post up shortly on the PXL CLOG including a greeting and run down of what's to come from our new Humbug, Russ "Hole" Chapman. You'll also get a report from me about the ball, and pictures, pictures, pictures: The good, the bad and the mercifully out of focus. So see you back in a few days, and enjoy the Superbowl!
--MGM, PXL XNGH #51
Posted - 01.25.13 (amended 01.26.13)
Hello, Cloggites! Yes, the Widders' Ball is finally here! Horspitality starts at 2 p.m., today, Saturday, January 26th. According to Dickhead Weather Central, the expected High for our most illustrious par-TAY in Bakersfield is a partly cloudy 62 degrees, with only a 20% chance of precipitation over the entire weekend. Bring a jacket if you expect to step outside during the evening, but I'm quite sure the scene inside will be hot, hot, hot - especially with Carlos Lemus spinning the platters during PXL's Super Soirée.
If your intended route takes you up and over the Grapevine, expect a 30% chance of showers Saturday morning, with the likelihood of precipitation diminishing into Sunday. As usual, you want to be careful driving thorough the passes, but whatever wind there might be will be negligible. And whatever rain washes your way is going to be warm, so don't be planning any detours to build snowmen at Mount Pinos because you'll end up playing in the mud. Instead drive straight to Bakersfield. We'll have something warm to heat you up.
See you at the Ball.
Posted - 01.19.13
As of 2 p.m. today we still have seats available for our Widders' Ball so if you are still on the fence about this one don't miss your last best chance to show your bestest girl a great time.
New guys, old guys, prospective guys, and their guests over 21, male or female, are all encouraged to come. You won't be disappointed. So get your dust in by the end of the weekend. Either drop it in the mail (send it to: Peter Lebeck, PO Box 384,Bakersfield, CA 93302) or use our Paypal sign-up page, but hurry! We must have a drop dead count by Wednesday. Call me (Mike Ramirez) at (818) 517-8781, or send me an email if you have any questions. Read deeper into the CLOG for more juicy last minute details. See you there!
Posted - 01.16.13
Greetings, Cloggites! We've got a few new things to cover today, but chances are if you've found your way here you're probably looking for last minute information about our Widders' Ball which is Saturday, January 26, 2012, at the Homewood Suites in Bakersfield.
So far we still have space available, and you should also still be able to get a guest room at a discounted price, but you'd better act fast because we can't guarantee you a spot if you don't sign-up and send in your prepaid admission by this Friday, January 17th. But heck, so long as there's still room we'll even let you come if you drop your dust in the mail by the Sunday night or use our Paypal Portal to jump the line. Just keep in mind that space is limited. That may require you to start working with your mouse instead of just playing with it, but it will be an effort well worth your while. $35 for you and each of your guests covers the day's festivities including our hospitality room and our dinner dance which comes complete with an open bar. Even prospective redshirts are welcome to tag along with you so long as they clean up well, behave themselves and aren't wearing red.
Just head to the Widders' Ball Page by clicking on this link. While there you can download the flyer and link over to the Paypal Page for a little instant gratification. You'll also find instructions for how to send in your dust the old fashioned way. Priority will be given in the order envelopes are postmarked and received, so act NOW!
If you have never been to our Widders' Ball we especially want to encourage you to put on your dancing shoes and drop on by. And if you're shy and don't know what to expect, just check out the movie above and visit our Widders' Ball Page where you can download the flyer. I've included a copy of the latest Peter's Procs, where Yours Truly explains it all to you. So. Go. NOW. And if all that isn't enough for you, just call or email one of the guys listed on the flyer, including me, and we'll be glad to explain it even better.
And now for the rest of the story. I want to thank everybody who came up to Frazier Park to attend the Chapter's Annual corporate meeting. Brother Russ "Hole" Chapman was confirmed as our incoming Humbug and I'll be passing the staff to him in a brief ceremony come the Widders' Ball. Gene Duncker gave his last financial report as outgoing Gold Dust Receiver and Luis Bouza was appointed to replace Gene effective immediately. The board thanked Gene, and his predecessor, Joe Szot, for their hard, honest work in taking care of the chapter's money.
Financially the chapter remains in very good shape and what we have in the bank will give us plenty of resources for what Hole has planned for the coming year. I'll let Russ address that himself here in a few days when I change out our web pages to reflect the new humbug and his plans. For now suffice it to say that our Spring Clamping date of April 26-28, for Fort Tejon, and our Fall clamping date of September 27-29, for Rankin Ranch, are confirmed. You can also count on some plaquing, water holing and work partying in 2013, as Peter Lebeck continues its drive to become a "full service chapter," so check back here in a few days for details and Hole will explain it all to you.
The board also approved by acclamation Russ's entire slate of Officers and Clampfunctionaries. Just in case you didn't see the list, I've attached a copy to the online version of the Widders' Ball Flyer which you can download from the Widders' Ball Page. Knowing how Clampers are, you probably lost the flyer I sent you in the mail so you're gonna wanna download it anyway. Besides I know that real men don't ask for directions, so this will give you a face saving excuse to peek at the map that I've included with directions to the Ball. Remember, this year we'll be at the Homewood Suites and NOT at the Crystal Palace Best Western.
Lastly I want to thank everyone for putting up with my insufferable drivel this past year. Usually what I post comes to you without any sort of apology from me, but since you got a double dose of my bloviating and bad puns during 2012, due to my dual roles as Humbug and Cyberrecorder, I guess I should at least say I'm sorry. But I won't, or let me put it this way. I apologize for half of it. You deserved every bit of the rest of what you got. It was the least I could do for good ol' P-X-L.
Anyway things are going to change a bit around here. Hole has some excellent plans for the coming year, and I expect he won't be shy about telling you about them in his own words, whether it's here on the CLOG or on the Humbugs' Page, so you'll want to check both regularly. I look forward to sharing the duties with Hole of keeping you all informed, and of my normal role of speaking on behalf of the new head dude in charge.
But that hasn't happened yet, though it will very soon. So with that thought in mind I have one last thing to share with you. I've written a short essay about the high points and low point of my year as Humbug, along with my thanks to everyone who helped me stay above water. I would be grateful and appreciate it very much if you would spend the three or four minutes that it will take you to read it. I've posted it on the Humbug's Page. It will be up for a few days and then it will disappear. If you have problems reading it, hit the refresh button on your browser.
See you at the Widders' Ball.
Posted - 1.8.13
Hello, all. By now you should all have a copy of the flyer concerning this Sunday's annual corporate meeting either because you are on our mailing list or because you received an email with a PDF copy of the flyer. Whether you received the flyer or not, you can click on this link to download a complete copy of the end of the year flyer which includes the agenda for Sunday's meeting, a copy of Peter's Procs and the Widders' Ball announcement and sign-up form.
As for Sunday's meeting, consider it a chance for you to make suggestions and to express your concerns about the direction of the chapter. Event dates and officers will be announced, our GDR will give his financial report, and you'll have an opportunity to ask questions of the leadership. Check the flyer for the agenda.
Expect the weather on Sunday to be chilly in Frazier Park, but it should be dry and the Grapevine open for business. Remember that we are meeting in town so you have to drive up the road a bit and turn into Frazier Park. The directions are in the Procs. We'll be meeting at La Sierra Mexican Restaurant, 3500 Mt. Pinos Way, Frazier Park, CA 93225. (661) 245-3628. Graybeards meet at 9:30 a.m. to finalize officers and the schedule for the coming year, the General Membership Meeting Starts at 10:00. We'll meet in the back room, and you'll be able to buy anything on the menu including breakfast. The restaurant also has a full bar.
I don't want to give short shrift to the Widders' Ball being that it is less than three weeks away, so please, if you haven't signed-up yet make sure to pre-register as space is limited. You can click here to make your way to the Widders' Ball page where you can read all about it.
Our 2013 edition of the PXL Widders' Ball has been redesigned and streamlined to emphasize the needs of your widder. We've relocated the Ball to a much better, newer and safer hotel. Made arrangements for upgraded hotel rooms at comparable rate to those we used to get at the Best Western, and even added an open bar without raising our admission price -which we lowered last year-of $35 a person. We really want you to come, especially if you have never been, and we want you to invite friends who are prospective Clampers and their dates. It's going to be a GREAT evening!
So see you Sunday and see you at the Widders' Ball!
Posted - 1.1.13 (New Year's Day -DUH!)
Happy New Year to one and all! A new message will be up shortly. In the meantime, enjoy the movie!
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