We want to have our rig weighed while we’re here so we spent a couple of hours waiting around for the guy to sign up for the weigh in. Hope they weigh better than they run their booth. No sign as to where they were, nobody knew where they were, no idea when they would be back. There were about six others waiting around with us. Totally disorganized and inefficient. Drives me nuts. Finally somebody took our cards and said they would call us back to schedule our times. We’re scheduled for a week from Tuesday at 10':00 a.m.
Don, Faye, Jan, Bill – top row. Gary, Judy, me and Jim – bottom row.
At 3:00 was the opening ceremony with a short tribute to Joe Peterson. For those of you who aren’t Escapees, Joe and Kay Peterson started the organization and Joe passed away last year. Kay also didn’t attend this year’s Escapade for the first time. Age has a way of doing that to us.
During the opening ceremony we have the Pledge of Allegiance and sing the Star Spangled Banner as well as O Canada. Then we have the Parade of Chapters. Chapters are small groups of Escapee members usually organized in a geographical area (but not always). We belong to Chapter 45 out of Apache Junction/Mesa, AZ.
After opening ceremonies is an ice cream social. Everybody gets an ice cream bar or a fudge bar. Good fun while you’re standing around visiting with everybody.
Sunday evening are door prizes and the entertainment. Jan (of Jan and Jim) won some collapsible containers which a really neat door prize. The rest of us in our group didn’t win anything. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow night.
Jimmy Travis was the entertainment for the evening. He was here back in 2008 and we thought he was fabulous. Nothing has changed. He was still fabulous. A funny, funny man who is also a very talented and clever singer. We laughed for over an hour. I especially like him because all of his humor is clean and not political. Very family oriented. If you ever get a chance to see him, you will not be disappointed. Go to www.jimmytravis.com to see a video clip of his performance.