Just some thoughts I put together, reflecting back on my first NEBF:
Even though I was from just about as far away as possible from Enfield, Connektikut as an individual could get, you all made me feel welcome and at home. From seeing the Gumball machine roll up at the airport to first pick me up last Tuesday, to watching the four "nut jobs" roll away in the whining purple people eater
yesterday afternoon, never once did I feel out of place or not a part of the NE crowd. Everyone was so great and I had one of the best times of my life and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I was burnt out and needed my life to be rejuvenated and you all did that, and more.
For anyone wondering if there is a difference between WCBF or NEBF…rest assured, they are more alike than you can imagine. Maybe a little more members and a little overall younger crowd at NEBF, but the family atmosphere, friendship, helpfulness, and camaraderie is all the same. It is still the same warm, caring, down-to earth BC members that you all know and love and that keep us all coming back here to BC each day. I will say to anyone that is even remotely thinking about getting to a BC meet to go for it. You will be amazed at the fun and friends that will come your way and stay with you for a long, long, time.
A Few Thanks:
I want to thank everyone that attended NEBF, whether it was for several days or only a few hours. Everyone in their own way, contributed something special and unique to the meet, and even if you don’t realize it, the meet wouldn’t have been the same without all the great personalities and everybody’* presence. I don't mean to not thank or say something about everybody, as this post is already too long as it is, but I felt compelled to single out a few members.
First and foremost….a HUGE thanks to Bill for opening up his house, garage, toolbox, yard, bathroom, basement, and town to all of us. The rain kept the meet at Bonnevilla instead of the campground more than we had hoped, and yet you understood that stuff happens and the meet went on (although I am sure your house took a worse beating than you will ever admit too). Words cannot describe what your friendship has meant to me over the last couple of years and you, above all, made NEBF possible for me.
A bajillion thanks go to Tracy for making the meet and events happen. Everyone knows that without you, the meet wouldn’t have been a success. Your coordination of attendance list, the campground, checking up on the strip, and other efforts that occurred was nothing short of a miracle. I am sure there are many hours and countless other little details that you had to juggle before and during the meet to keep us all in line. You know you will always have a special place in my heart.
Pete, the job you did on the awards certificates was amazing. You surpassed anything I ever thought even you would do and they were definitely one of the highlights of the meet. Again, it was a privilege to get to meet you and I was honored to pass out your awards certificates. Couldn’t have done it without you.
Thanks to Don for the run to the craft store and the awards shop. (and the fact that you didn’t even threaten to ban me when I missed the exit and took us on the detour into Massachusetts in your Bonne).
Also thanks to Mike for actually putting together the amazing trophy. I was a little unsure of what to do and how to make it happen. I may have had the idea, but your advice and handiwork made it happen and YOU pulled it off. I really appreciate you and Tracy helping with the awards winners... and next time, turn “traction control” OFF.
Thank you, Aaron, for setting up the Six Flags event and getting the awesome discount. It seemed that those that went had a great time and it is easy to see why you are one of the meet favorites (despite going rice on us)
Ryan (Badnit) for helping prep the Bonnevilla shed and garage with me on Wednesday before the crowd started showing up. They looked so much better after we finished.
Stephanie and Ryan for the food and campfire cookout (and all the other little things you guys helped out on). You guys are so amazing words can’t begin to describe your caring, kindness, and generosity.
Pat, buddy. Thanks for helping BIll out in prepping Bonnevilla as well. Despite what Bill says about you, you are a fine young man and I am proud to be able to call you a friend. We had way too much fun on “our” test drive and I
am convinced the off-white curse has something special going on.
Thanks to my homie Frank for assiting in the awards ceremony. Brrriiing...Brrriiing...Oh, Frank.....It'* for you
Thanks to Mechanic Dan for opening up his shop and assiting Bill in smashing a radiat...oops.....I mean reinstalling the transmission.
and finally, a BIG thanks to Sonny and his family for being the BEST neighbors in the world. Not just during our BC meet, but obviously to Bill all year round.
Again, sorry if I didn't say thanks directly to all of you and for those that helped out, but this post would have gone on for 10 pages all by itself and I was starting to get all mushy.