PRE-NOAC meeting (2/2)
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Thu, 11 Aug 1994 00:04:14 CST
Sunday morning came pretty fast, considering that we've spent a great
part of it going back to Helen's home in Crawfordsville. It was kinda
strange being there, without hearing words of encouragement and
support in the background, telling us that "Granny's gone to a better
place, and she would be probably talking with several of our
relatives..." It was a rough time earlier this spring, when we spent
time going back and forth between Helen's home and the hospital where
finally Granny rested peacefully at. I know that it was on Jessica's
mind during the night and perhaps during the morning; I know that it
was on mine.
Helen and Jess's mother was there earlier before we arrived, and left
Crawfordsville for Tulsa, Oklahoma to visit with Helen's daughter and
granddaughter. They left a box with some of Granny's clothing in it
for Jessica to look through. In addition to some rather "hideous"
clothing (Jessiann's words, not mine! *grin*), Granny left a nice coat
and more important, she wanted Jess to have a calendar that was sewn
on a plastic canvas. It was Jess's FIRST ever project!
Just from looking at her face, as we sat there on Helen's couch, I can
see the many memories she had of her grandmother.
After we repacked everything and placed it all in the car, we took
showers and tidyied up the home and then left for Jess's "grand tour".
The night before, she "got lost" (not really, but I liked to tease her
about her lack of direction when driving) and ended up driving through
a really nice part of West Lafayette. She forgot about getting back
with the food that she went to get (good thing, too...I made two
big trades AND bought $15 worth of patches while she was gone!!), and
wanted me to see what she saw. So, I told her that I would be glad to
see it all on the way to the Scouts-l meeting at 1pm.
We took our time and wandered through several neighborhoods before
reaching the Holiday Inn...and she DIDN'T GET LOST! NOT EVEN ONCE!!
(This is a great achievement for her, because she gets turned around
*really, really easy*!). We reached the Holiday Inn and sat there in
the lobby, hoping that SOMEONE would come by and recognize the woman
with the short hair and glasses and the guy with the uniform with all
of the patches in place everywhere.
Nathan Brindle came in and immediately knew whom we were! It was
really great to meet him after all of this time of attempted meetings,
LOTS of email postings back and forth, and general curiousity about
what the other looked like!! (It is natural on a online medium to be
curious as to what someone else sounds, looks or acts like "in person"
since the computer screen and the typewritten words act as a barrier
in some ways and as a conduit in others! During the first meeting at
the Jamboree last summer, we've all imagined Don Izard to be this old
ancient dude; in person, Don's this really young ancient dude and it
suprised many on here!! Likewise, many thought that I would be this
really skinny, old man with grey hair and well....)
We sat around, small talking a lot. Nathan told us that he had
planned to come up for a day at the tradeoree but he couldn't do it,
even though it's only a hour drive between Indianopolis and Lafayette.
We decided after about a hour to move someplace else and perhaps those
that want to meet with us would find us there. So, after I suggested
Steak and Shake (a regional resturant known for those two items), we
made maps, taped them to the glass door (beside those announcing the
tradeoree and various locations for trading on the grounds of the
Holiday Inn) and drove to the Steak and Shake.
There, we sat there only for about two minutes when someone spoke out
in a loud voice "You must be Mike Walton, right?" and offered his
hand. It was the "Pennsylvania Posse", Michael Greer and Ken Morgan
(and one other person....my apologies...I've lost my paper that had
everyone's names on it from that meeting...). We sat around, eating
and talking about recent topics on Scouts-L: the "deal with the
knots", the "new Arrow-l list and why it was formed", the "problems
of getting Blacks (and other minority members) to become Order of the
Arrow members", and "general stuff" (and yes, we did do some patch
trading and gift giving as well. Thanks guys, for the nice additions
to my personal collections. I'm going to have to remember to bring
MORE "Audobon Council strips"!!! (especially since we are now the
Many Waters Council!!)
We also talked a little about the Alpha Phi Omega national meeting in
Dallas coming this winter, since several of us are also APO brothers.
Finally, we talked about the anticipation of meeting more of our
Online friends and brothers that evening at the opening show and later
on at the Internet Lodge meeting afterwards. It was only 4pm and I
wanted the time to move FASTER!
The meeting was great, and we missed Dr. Steve and others by only a
few minutes. There were photos taken, and as we all went to our cars
to go our separate directions, we all KNEW that we will meet again for
laughter, friendship and to meet "person-to-person" during some
national BSA event (or some other event...*hint* *hint*!).
Thanks to all that took the time to meet then. We understand that
Sunday afternoon was perhaps a rough time to meet, especially since
there were problems beyond our control on campus (like trying to
schedule folks into rooms that others have already been moved into;
like finding where to park and where to check-in at; those kind of
things and the long lines which made it hard to really "squeeze in"
yet one more meeting. Hopefully before the NEXT NOAC, we will have
some "inside information" on when everything will be done so that we
can avoid the kinds of things that occurred this year.
So, if you didn't make it this time, make plans NOW to be there for
the next one! And if your plans change, make sure to tell us so that
we can tell you what happened!!
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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