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RE: The LSP(O)R Report, 2002

>Okay, so the best (he) can do is post the pix on (Mad Mike's RealAutoSport.com website), which means (this will be simple) ...
>anyway, there are a couple of shots in there that folks
>might very well pay(him) to delete...
>LSP(O)R 2002 by Charlie KA8OQF
>(NOTE - in the interest of safety and possible legal
>repercussions, all times are vaguely approximate...)
>WEDS 16 Oct 2002
>1130am = get up, struggle into clothes, dash for the bus
>1200pm = pick up Avis renter, bring home, load gear, wire
>radios, apply insignia...

>530pm = scrape off the top layer in the shower, flop out in
>bed, read, try to nap for long drive ahead.
>830pm = enough is enough...get up, get dressed, check the
>stove, the lights, the back door, and I'm on the road
>THURS 17 Oct 2002
>930pm = gassed, iced, and rolling...
>1100pm = Indianapolis...geez, these guys must think they
>work for the state of Ohio, the way everything's under
>300am = Chicago and gas.
>745am = Escanaba MI and gas.
>845am = arrive former significant other's workplace.
>Promised her I'd stop by. We chitchat for awhile, catching
>up on who/what/when/where, then she lets me crash
>in the big easy chair in the corner of the office. Oh,
>didn't I mention the boss was out racing his bike at
>Bonneville? Silly me...
>1100am = brain cells now returned to more-or-less sequential
>order. Off we go...
>100pm = arrive Houghton. For the 28th time, I has arrived...
>430pm = after checking into the room, unloading a thing or
>three, and registrating at registration, we proceed to the
>airport for the practice stage, finally getting a good
>look at what conditions are liable to be for '02. Mein Gott
>In Himmel...hope everyone brought their oatmeal tires...With
>much spinning and sliding, I take station on
>the back straight, having violated the 11th commandment on
>the rental agreement; "Thou shalt not drive thy rented
>vehicle on unpaved surfaces." Note to self - find location
>of nearest self-serve car wash...



> (The Sanford boys told Mom that they were just running down
>to the store for a few things...)
>730pm = Practice stage concludes. Car wash located. $3.00 in
>quarters later, car is 100lbs lighter...proceed to Library
>Bar for annual ceremonial consumption of The Original James
>Baird Reuben Sandwich (yum)...as I arrive, I note a good
>time being had by a member of The Left Coast Contingent...


>1130pm = horizontal time...hey, the College Motel has The
>Speed Channel on cable...
>FRI 18 Oct 2002
>400am = finally turn the tube off and go to sleep...
>1215pm = awake, abluted, dressed, gassed up, chowed down,
>and rolling...


> (I did at least take a minute to notice how pretty the
>local landscape was this year.)
>330pm = the Casino Service...the troops are due in
>twice...while waiting, I get some one-handed cardio exercise
>in (one pull at a time...I won $1.35!)


> (This is NOT a stage...it's the Casino Service Area.)


> (The conditions didn't bother some people at all...)


> (Other folk viewed conditions with a somewhat jaundiced


> (...and some poor dumb Michigan navvie decided he didn't
>need a car to go play in the mud...)
>630pm = Kenton Service, where 95% of the rest of the evening
>was spent, running hither and thither locating various and
>sundry people for various and sundry things...


>(click the photo to view large size -- HIGHLY recommended)
>(Some were having a bit of a rough time out there...what's
>wrong with this picture, Mike?)

HOST's NOTE: That's the "tire" we drove on for over half (8 miles maybe) of SS5-Passmore. We'd have won that stage had we not had our one & only navvie/madman miscommunication at a square left/junction with spectators near the end of the stage. That hiccup led to us coming to a complete stop which easily burnt WAY more than the 2 seconds we were slower than the Johnson & Johnson Neon.


> (Others were enjoying things quite a bit...our esteemed
>host Mr. Bradley here...)


> (Hoppy's Bar was serving up chili again, to the enjoyment
>of Ms. Suddard and Mr. Widget.)


> (Doug Havir was enjoying his big umbrella.)


> (...and of course, some people were having WAY too much
>SAT 19 Oct 2002
>100am = arrive Alston MTC...violate rental agreement again
>by proceeding toward where 514 is being towed back out to
>pavement...catching them behind sweep, we roll out to 38 and
>Laird Road where we await their service crew. who arrives,
>evaluates the scene, and hooks up for a 40+ mile flat tow
>back to Houghton...the
>snow/sleet/rain makes for an interesting trip, as I tail-end
>the tow with flashers going...at 38 & 41, the strap breaks
>just as the car reaches dead center in the
>intersection...much running&huffing&puffing as crew members
>muscle it to the shoulder before someone decides to take it
>home as a trophy, draped across their hood...back to town at
>maybe 300am, in bed by 315am...speed channel until 400...
>1215pm = having slept through the alarm (which blared for an
>hour), I have quickly showered and am attempting to put on
>my pants, shoes, and socks in that order when the phone
>rings..."Hello?...yeah, Doug, I know...I'm awake, just about
>to go out the door soon as I'm dressed...see ya on the
>1230pm = 41 North to Delaware Mine, Brockway Mountain, and
>Copper Harbor.
>1240pm = @#$%&@#$%&@#$%& construction on 41...
>200pm = arrive Copper Harbor service...


> (Copper Harbor is about 30 miles PAST here...)


> (Longtime rally aficionados will recognize Earl The Dead
>Cat, sharing a tender moment with teammate Henry
>Krolikowski...Henry's wife and co-driver Cindy was
>unavailable for comment...)
>430pm = Copper Harbor resumes its peaceful slumber for
>another year, as the field heads back down south...


> (Fall in the UP can be so pretty...and so short. Remember
>this picture...)

> (Askin & Smith doin' the deed at the Delaware Delta...five
>minutes later, sweep was proceeding through at
>speed...wouldn'tcha know I was out of film when the red Jeep
>hung the hard right in the soft stuff, and blew the left
>front tire just as he hit the gas? He did get a great round
>of applause from the spectators...)
>600pm = The last car has cleared the 41 service area, and
>I'm headed back to Houghton when the weather gods throw a
>snit fit...


> (Remember that beautiful picture of the leaves back about
>430 or so? This was less than two hours later...)


> (Are you having trouble coming up with ideas for
>sponsorship? Maybe you ought to talk to this guy...)

> (And of course, local law enforcement was assisted by the
>Upper Peninsula Navy...)
>900pm = Napped, showered, refreshed, we attend the pizza
>party/awards ceremony...it's good seeing old friends
>SUN 20 Oct 2002
>1215am = snagged some untouched pizza from the party
>(breakfast, y'know), and headed back to the room. The Speed
>Channel calleth...
>300am = zonk out early this time.
>230pm = up, showered, loaded, breakfasted (cold pizza is
>really quite good, ya know?), gassed, and on the road to
>500pm = after numerous picture stops, arrive former
>significant other's parents' house for her Mom's 80th
>birthday celebration. Much hooing and hahing, as we haven't
>seen each other in ten years or more. Much cake&ice
>cream&catching up on old times (geez, I don't remember them
>kids being that big...).
>700pm = after departure, stop at Togo's to load auxiliary
>cooler with large quantities of the world's best submarine
>sandwiches, bagged and on ice (one guess what I'll be eating
>for lunch at work for better than a week...)
>730pm = decide to indulge in some more one-hand cardio
>exercise...the nickel and quarter machines tapped me for $20
>each, but I wound up winning $15 at the roulette
>table...hmmm...maybe I should switch games...
>1000pm = on the road, looking at the sky and mumbling dark
>phrases about the scattered cloud cover and the full moon,
>both of which make a short stargazing session a waste of
>time for this year...darn, brought that telescope along for
>MON 21 Oct 2002
>100am = The Bridge.
>330am or thereabouts = ...gas stop
>600am = That's it. Rest stop outside Ann Arbor on 23. Sleep.
>830am = The tiny little alarm clock balanced on my chest
>warbles me back to consciousness. A little cold water on the
>face, and we're off again.
>1000am = Ohio state line.
>1200pm = Dayton city limits.
>1230pm = Valuables out of car, alarm set, an insurance
>wakeup call to the supervisor at work...nappy time...
>230pm = up, stumble into shower, stagger around wondering
>where I left those clothes I laid out last Wednesday
>night...aha, here we go...
>400pm = on the phones at the Help Desk..."Hey, man, I just
>poured a beer in my keyboard...that gonna hurt
>anything?"..."Naah, just rinse it out in the tub and hang it
>off the back porch for a day. It'll be fine..."
>TUES 22 Oct 2002
>1201am = Shift over. Lights out, fan off, alarm set, out the
>1225am = At home, lights out, in bed, begin
>Earlier this summer, while cleaning out the Plymouth before
>it went to the junkyard (leaky water pump, blown head
>gasket, no horn, one wiper, bald tires, bad brakes, muffler
>in the trunk, HUGE holes in the floorboards), I ran across a
>couple of pictures from way back when. While rooting through
>the dresser while packing for
>LSPR, I ran across an old shirt. Here now is the conclusion
>of this little photo essay, entitled Then And Now...


> (These two pictures were taken at the 1984 POR, and made it
>into QST, the monthly magazine of The American Radio Relay
>League, in a short article about mobile radio setups. The
>pictures were also reproduced in the tech book Hints&Kinks
>for at least eight years, again in the section about mobile
>setups. I'm in
>Parc Expose, under the parking deck in downtown Houghton.)



> (Eighteen years later, same event, same place...a little
>older, a little wiser, a little grayer, a little
>heavier...but hey, the shirt still fits!)

Thanks for the story Charlie ...

Halley ...
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