Let me see.... I need to address from all the post since I last posted - no order.
Lordy Man, not sure if I ever said but I had13 uncles and aunts on BOTH SIDES OF THE FAMILY - all are gone now, except you :) I honestly feel like family with all you guys, meetings (which I had 3 of since the forum - this was a majotr journey that made the get together all the more special.
I did what I could to keep her room as clean as possible, I hope it didn't lok to different when she got back. If it weren't for the dwindling labor and time restraints we sure should have done upa "Man-Version" of the kitchen, Sorry Clyde, we actually kept up pretty good until that last night/morning.
Bud, I will never forget that freak smmootch on the cheek you gave me after that big teddy brear hug, it meant so much to me and I felt it coming for all the good reasons from you - I stood there very proud and will never forget that.
I can only say I wish we had more time together, surely we've had our time on Ventrilo and it will be inhanced greatly now that we have met - I know in my heart that we will meet again and pick right off where we left. That extra day you had with Bud makes a lot of us jealous, the two of you looked and worked as if you had been teamed up for weeks before e arrived. It was an honor tosit across the couch and just jabber-jaw with you.
You filled me with kind words like I never felt before - and indeed, without exception gatherings is the best part of having Beemaster.com - without that, the world is a larger more sterile place, with it we are up close and personal and down and dirty. I especially enjoyed that you did the right thing and suited up during the different drills - Comfort and preventitive accidents keeps the mind on the bee work, not the bees - a smart man goes into (what could be battle) armed and ready.
Although I missed a post, I had to reply. You sure got your moneys worth, you had your hands in everything and did great narrations. We need to get the video uploaded to share, I'm doing an Alan Buckey show right now and still have some tapes to upload. I'm lucky to have a thousand gig portable hard drive, which I needed to move a lot of stuff from my laptop to get ll the media onto C Drive. Now.... I'm an honest person and there were several times I wish I had a mute button (at least a volume comtrol) on you - I missed a bunch of quality Alan Buckey stuff, which took about a minute of a six munite video - I'm gonna try to do subtitles and save the content.
You (as always) were outstanding. from the airport pickup to airport drop off, you were who I claim to the world my Best Friend - out get togethers have all been fun, livly anfwithout a minute of dead air time. No one could ask for better than that. Seeing your family again,is like visiting favorite neices and nephews - next time, the kids get more Beemaster time, I did get to convrse with David a lot - for those who don't know David id a very gifted child, brains, troubleshooting, asking the right questions when we talked outer space, life on othr solar systems in other gallaxies. He was even a gasp when he though about that some planets out there far off could likely have had millions of years head start on the evolution that drives all intellegent beings to space and so much more.
Alan Buckley I spoke of earlier and in chat last night he doesn't need a bigger head - it may pop - lol. But his approach to hive manipulation in mechanical like a surgeon, he has gifted hands and a brain that is a book in the making - he knows BEE0Haviour (which is my fondest part of the hobby) as much as he knows everything it takes to determine long before a hive problem ocurs, what to do and how to fix it. I have one full video laid out here JUST for HIM.
Male bonding is a wonderful thing - in the grand scheme of things eplay nice from child to adult. It is actually fun to work with other men in my work place, we set up a job (usually I'm in the boiler) and have an outside spotter - but I'm talking any job. Guys know or learn so quickly what tools the other guy needs and has it ready to hand it to him long before he needs it - even if there are dozens of tools that could be chosen from.
The gathering was interesting, especially watching JP and Brendhan working together, they were a machine and didn't even have to communicate by grunts - what tool or whatever was there while working in near total silence.
First I owe you a PM, but to answer you, I'm doing pretty good, I was not feeling to well much of the weekend but I did everythng I had hoped to do and made myself proud.
Everyone else, I off the rest of the week, so doing the videos is a priority, I hope to get the OVER-VIEW video done first, likely a near 10 minute film and then break it up into themesfor all the rest. I'm pretty sure I'll have Episode One done tonight!