Minute (adj) Minutes - 5/1/00 MMMM
Arriving about five minutes early, Ed having been on time
picking up Carl, we found several members seated already, and the famous
heave around in place.
Ordinarily, Earl would be passing out printed copies of the
previous week's photos, and graphics, but instead Gene passed around a
printout of the benefits of commaraderie. This was primarily intended
for Carl, who rattled the cage with his discouragement message a few days
before...actually to awaken the "dead".
After that was read by everyone, Gary passed two colorfully wrapped
packages across the table to Ed, with a hearty "Happy Birthday.' A surprise
to all, as no one was aware of Ed's birthday, or whether he was born at all,
everyone watched as Ed fumbled with the ornate siezings, and wrappings.
First to emerge was a nice small wind chimes ornament. Oohing, and aahing,
everyone congradulated Ed with mumbled "Happy Birthdays".
Then Ed tackled the other, larger package, as everyone watched with
patience. Emerging from the debris arose a mechanical fish, on a plastic
plaque...very authentic looking, and no doubt a quality gift. However, when
Ed turned it on, it emitted the most horrid, carnivalesque squeaking, and
sqawking not heard since the collapse of the Astabulla Bridge in the 1800s.
Hastily everyone ran to assist Ed in killing this thing, but
to no avail...once initiated, it's on for life, and the bloody thing kept
on all through the meeting when someone would pass by it.
With the thing stashed out of the way, and the wind chimes
stowed back in its package, the meeting proceeded, Roy popping up,
cordially welcomed by all. With it now time to visit the soup-bar, one by
one the members made their way through the ever increasingly filling
Aside from what was discussed at this reporters end of the table,
which is forgotten, and not very important anyways, there wasn't much
intelligable from the far end, as it was so noisy with everyone jabbering
at once. So...assuming that was nonsense also, we will conclude this
report with the hope our esteemed "secretary" remembers to submit his
report next week.
The meeting did run overtime, adjourning around 1330, but that was
probably do to Roy injecting some fresh story-telling into the melee.
Ed. ( "Ed." for Editor )
Happy Birthday Ed
Ed with mechanical, talking fish Gary presented him with for his birthday.
Ed displaying the wind chimes Gary presented him with for his birthday.
Dick looks on as Ed admires the fish Gary bought him.
Left. The boat Ed delivered to Charleston, N.C. last month. He then returned to N.C. to bring it back to Ft. Lauderdale, but engine problems had him pulling into Jacksonville, Florida, where he left it as repairs were being done. The saga continues.