: If possible, I would like to meet any rec.kiters who might be attending.
So I've just walked into the WKA Pizza Feed at WSIKF, and I'm eager to meet
Steve and Judy Millspaugh didn't bring their banners with them.
them anyway because I was always looking up at the kites.
There's a fellow with t-shirt decorated with flies and fruit -- maybe
that's Brian Johnsen, but do you think he'd really go to the WKA
Brian Dockter doesn't use *** expressions much when he writes;
who's got the most unexpressive face: the man wearing plaid pants
and a Hawaiian shirt, talking about C++, or maybe the tall fellow
with a miniature dog stake through his left nostril?
You're hungry, there are at least 92 people in the room, and you only
recognize 18 of them, that's 74 people you have to ask "are you a
Someone said rec.kiters would get together on Friday evening at 5 pm on the
beach and then adjourn to a bar, but:
it's been raining for two days, and now it's Friday afternoon, sunny,
good winds, and you don't want to go inside.
you just arrived at Long Beach and the weather prediction is for rain
tomorrow and you don't want to be inside.
the Prism guys just set up on the beach and this is *your* chance to
try all the kites you've been reading about on rec.kites.
I saw Steve and Judy's banners on the beach, but everytime I went by, Steve
and Judy were off volunteering and helping out.
You're wearing your spiffy new rec.kites pin, but who could possibly pick it
out of the 20 others on your hat as you stroll along Bolstead (sp)?
Anne's tips for meeting rec.kiters (no grovelling necessary, just don't whine
if you don't follow the tips and don't meet anyone):
1. Keep the WSIKF thread going ... announce that *you* will be there
(lurkers, this is a great time to make your first post!), where you will be
staying (and then check for messages), where you like to fly, what special
kites you have, other oddities. Set up a couple of meeting times/places.
2. Someone take a sheet protector (plastic sleeve for paper), duct tape, and
waterproof pen, and put a rec.kites 'message board' up on the info booth on
Bolstead Avenue. Or, better yet, take a piece of Type 10 tyvek ....
4. Make a custom t-shirt, that says "rec.kites" and your address. I think
Dan Rubesh had such at World Cup last year, and Markus Witt had a nice one
at Fano. Mobile bulletin board.
5. *Absolutely*Best*Tip* Wear a name tag. Not a tag pinned to your shirt
or jacket, but one with a string, that hangs around your neck and gets blown
around in the wind, hitting you in the face, catching on your glasses and
No other group will have name tags, and you can be on the beach, checking
out all those kite stores in town, doing a Walter Mitty/Mario Andretti at
the bumper cars, eating ice cream, buying groceries, and when you see
another *** with, good grief, a name tag on a string, you'll know you're
about to meet an in-the-flesh rec.kiter.
(Thank you, Simo, for the great Fano name tags. They made it possible for
about 9 people to find each other in a crowd of several hundred people.)
(You can make a name tag however you like, being creative types; Simo's
look like laminated luggage tags that places like Mailboxes, Etc. make --
sturdy, weatherproof. There are no standards for the string, but
it's not cool to cut off a length of someone's kite line for your name tag,
especially when there's a kite aloft.)
7. Anne's Special Secret Tip: Tell Dave Gomberg you're looking for other
rec.kiters. He'll laugh and say, "I've heard about rec.kites," and he'll
come through -- why else do you think I keep speaking up on his behalf!? ;-)
I've been looking through my Fano photos ... pleasant memories of special
kites, but the pictures that really make me smile are those of the rec.kiters
Make it happen.
(who never decides if she's going to Long Beach til the last minute, so if
you've got some floor space or an extra bed .... I wear my miniature dog
stake as an earring ;-)
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* Berkeley, CA | eat them. *
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