The first day of Alumafandango, well it was a partial day. Â The registration started at 7am, or was it or 2pm or was it 1pm? Â The program said one thing, Brett said another and Rich said another. Â We decided 7am was WAY too early and thought we would just go at 1:30 and split the difference.
Prior to that we went into the town of Canyonville. Â It is a cute town, not very big but it had the things we needed. Â I discovered that a rivet had come loose from one of my outside storage compartments. Â I needed to rivet it back but my old rivet gun stopped working and I had not get another. Â I was able to find one at the Ace Hardware store. Â It was interesting to see 4 people come in during that time and the clerk knew each one’s name! Â We also needed some groceries, notably laundry detergent. Â Yes, when you are way for a while you need to do laundry (ugh). Â We also scoped out some back roads in anticipation of a bike ride later when it was cooler.
I came back and re-riveted BOTH rivets on the bracket, just to be safe. Â I did this before a lot of trailers came because I knew that I would end up with a cadre of viewers and/or helpers. Â At that time I could only see about 7 trailers from our site. Â I knew the onslaught would begin soon! Â We had our lunch and headed over to the convention center (via shuttle bus) to register and hear the first ‘seminar’. Â On the way there we saw at least 5 Airstreams heading to the RV park.
Registration went smooth and we got to say hello to Rich for the first time. Â He seemed out of sorts but I attributed that to being tired. Â We glanced at the three trailers that George Sutton RV brought down for display (there was a 4th in the RV park). Â Later we were talking to Rich and noticed he was having a hard time talking. Â It appears he did something to his mouth but he would not say more. Â He did say, as he was eating yogurt, that was was doing better than 3 days ago, but this was as solid as it was for his food right now. Â Poor guy but he did admirably.
The first ‘seminar’ was on trailer maintenance. Â I knew some of the things but also learned a few new things. Â Like how to stop our windows from sticking closed. Â At the end the technician from George Sutton RV asked some questions with the correct answer getting a Coupler Vault to secure the Airstream when you aren’t around.
Q1: What was made in the Airstream factory in Jackson Center, OH before Wally Byam purchased it in 1952?
A1: Â Bazookas Â (no one got it)
Q2: What was the name of the bicycle rider that was pulling an Airstream in the famous photo?
A2: Latourn Â (no one got it)
Q3: When was Wally Byam born?
A3: Any WBCCI member would know that he was born on July 4 since that is always the last day of their international rallies. Â Roxie gave this answer but no one could get the year so we won!
And here it is, in the box. Â It appears the actual one that we got will not fit our trailer so the technician is investigating it and when I get it on the trailer I will post a picture.
There was a small break between the seminar and the next event which was Rich and Brett talking about upcoming things, giving out green flag and some door prizes. Â But before that we went outside to warm up (ironically the event center was SOOO COLD!) and found the SmallRoomCollective. Â They have a small 1963 Globetrotter and travel around to show their love of small rooms and to sell a few wares. Â If there was ever something one could call a small room it would be an Airstream (especially the 16′ Bambi parked next to us). Â Here is the inside of their trailer with Roxie looking at some items and the outside of their trailer:
We went back in to listen to the ‘happy hour’ from Rich and Brett. Â There were drinks and food. Â We didn’t eat any food and forgot our drink tickets. Â Alas. Â The aforementioned green flags were taken by volunteers to put in front of their trailers for that evening’s roving happy hour. Â You are encouraged to stop by a trailer with a green flag and mingle. Â At the end names were pulled out to win door prizes. Â We won a t-shirt from, I believe, MoonDoggie apparel? Â I will find out and make sure that is right.
After that we had a bite to eat and at 7pm started the roving happy hour. Â We met many nice people, too many to remember ALL the names and I am sure we will keep on talking to them the next few days. Â We hit all 5 flags and then went to the campfire. Â Yes, there was a campfire even though it was at least 80 degrees and some major fires burning south of us. Â It was the principal of the thing.
Right now? Â We (I use that term loosely) are doing some laundry, hence the laundry detergent. Â Tomorrow holds a TRULY full day of Alumafandango. Â Until then…