TCRBS Synopsis by Doc Ski aka War and Peace 2

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  1. DocSki

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    Having done shows Up the entire California Coast starting in 1984 up into Washington across to Minnesota/Wisconsin, down to NY, over to NC, on down into Florida and back to Texas adding to that taking a small part in Promoting and organizing 3 rodbuilders shows in Cali I feel I might have some credentials for commenting on the TCRBS. It is easy to say it was a SUCCESS but more than just for the Rodbuilding community. The Interest and Excitment was something to behold. Sure lots of questions were answered both one on one and in the seminars for the neophite and the old timers which is the same in all gatherings but there was a lot more on the plate. Lets not forget the base reason for putting it all on. Sure sharing our knowledge was a biggie but also honoring those who selfless sacrifices have and continue to keep us safe. I can tell you when the presentations ceremony was done there were a lot of eyes that were no longer Dry. Many firsts on this get together too. A long awaited gathering of custom rod builders in the southern part of out great country. Lots more folks than one might at first think and I am sure we didnt see all of them for one reason or another. How about the "CAUSE" part, I dont know the final out come on monies but I am sure we will be helping our veterens in a big way. Also for the First time EVER we had a live feed on the seminars back to BD which I think fired up many to catch it first hand in the future. (Jason you are the Man) So many more got to take advantage of the hard work of many talented builders(aka old pros). Sure many might say but they got it for free. Lets see what it does for the next get together. That is why it is easy to call it a Succcess. Now from a personal perspective. No way I can tell you what an awesome time I had and glad I made the 1641.3 mile drive(did I mention I hate driving long distance) Lets start with Texas Hospitality. Everywhere I went and everything I did, was made to feel like I was one of the homeboys. That is from the Guys at Goodyear who fixed up my Car that limped the last 1100 miles, to the great folks at two hotels, then people running the Civic Center(including the night guard who gently escorted us out of the building so he could close up on time) that speaks volumes for the civic leaders of the town of Lake Jackson and finally to David, Ernest, Joey and Miles who tried to keep Vicki and I on fish for two days on the water. If you have never done it you need to experience doing 50 plus mph thru 12" or less of water to get back to hidden lakes to fish reds with popping corks. Definetely and E ticket ride. Lets not forget the start of everything with an awesome style BBQ feed bag with all the condiments(save one but remember we were in the Civic Center), Ribs to die for. Finally I got to put faces to names I have corresponded with for years either via letters, phone call or emails OR have unknowingly helped on their rod building journey via the DVDs. Guys Like Gary(aka buddahead), Terry Jones the mad man of handles and the TRB, and of course David Cunningham my back water maffia brother have given me memories I will forever cherish. Of course I would be crazy to leave out those who also played part in this great shindig. Sharing time with Bill Batson whether in the lobby of the hotel, floor of the show, grubbin out on mexican food or cruzing 50 mph on shallow muddy water is always precious because no one cares any more for the craft and our special projects. The more I get to hang with JT and Dawg(not to mention their great wives and friends) the more I feel the awesomeness of true friends and know that the craft I have loved some much of my like is in great hands. People like them are very rare. Anyone would be foolish not the acknowledge the incredible efforts of Silvia and Grady. Sure Grady acts like he is only and errand boy but I knowthe pressure and stress of shows and without him Silvia would likely implode. Talk about a lady with a full plate. If the show wasnt enough, how about running a couple businesses, monitoring and watching over an internet site and still having time to deal with some dude from California limping into town with a sick car. OH can we top it off with backround trial and tribs then slam into the foreground a full on fight with the big C and enough radiation that I thought she was glowing in the Dark. Silvia this is for you:worship:

    Thank just isnt enough.

    For me all I can say after all this - I am a very Blessed person. How about a couple pics to finish up.

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  2. bassmandan

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    Amazing Doc, simply amazing! Thanks to everyone who have made it possible for me to live vicariously through the posts here ;)

    What an amazing experience for everyone involved and hopefully some year soon, I will be able to be a part of that :D
     
  3. chad gee

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    Thank you Doc, and everyone else involved.

    Dan, you can ride with me next year. We can put your sweet shopping cart in the back o' the truckboattruck.
     
  4. bassmandan

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    I am so there, and I'm really glad you'll have room for my cart:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
  5. JTrelikes

    JTrelikes I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Well said Doc! And thank you!

    Sure wish we could have stuck around another day or two and gone out fishin' with you guys. Looks like you had a fun day on the water!! :)
     
  6. SALTYDAWG

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    Ditto
     
  7. Capt. G

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    Doc, you are out of control.
    Just like me.
    Again.
     
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    Boy Howdy - there ain't much boat there for all that horsepower! Better than Disney Land.

    Thanks for taking us along Doc.
     
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    Wow Doc

    Impressive

    Hey watch both vids at the same time. Kinda front and rear view

    Way cool
     
  10. Bill Batson

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    Doc,
    It is always a pleasure hanging out with you. I agree the show was a big success in so many ways. Thank you for the kind words. We the Batson TEAM support the craft/Art/industry of rod building when ever possible. It was a great 1st year show and we look forward to even e better one next year.
    Bill Batson
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  11. David Norton

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    Thanks Doc, for summing up your weekend, Just wish I could have been there to finally get to meet all of you.!
     
  12. jaycook

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    I was going to do a thank you post to everybody, but I'll just tack mine on right here. The show was great. My family and I had rented a place between Freeport and Galveston so they could have something to do while I was at the rod show. Honestly, I had planned on getting there friday morning and making a quick round, and then seeing what demos might be scheduled. That way, I would be able to step out to and know when to be back. Well, I ended up staying at the show the whole time for both days. It was a great experiance. The demos were outstanding, you guys nailed it. I got a chance to bend Doc's ear and talked to JT for a couple minutes, had one driveby question with Silvia. Already looking forward to next year. I'm not sure who all was involved, so I'll just say a big thanks to all you guys and gals.

    I have a suggestion for next year. Somebody needs to get yall hooked up with a real coonass to do a crawfish boil or serve a good gumbo. At least serve some smoked boudin.
     
  13. JTrelikes

    JTrelikes I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Thanks Jay, it was nice to meet you in person my friend! Hope we get a chance to do it again next year. Keep up the great work! ;)
     

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