Twenty-Seventh Gathering of VPI
Calgary, 25 May 12
1. E/On @ 1120 (the thirsty
ones arrived early)
2. In Attendance: Dave Watson
(the birthday boy), Austin Hayes
(another birthday boy and DVA lotto
winner), Ian Gordon (the traveller),
Mike Luxton (the employed), Richard
Sopczak (the sage) and Don Little
3. Missing in Action: Dan the
Man McLean (visiting family in NS),
Garth Irvine (high priority run
to the airport), Brian Kaban
(high priority run from the
airport), Bill Moir (?), Bill Smith
(toppled gyros), John Baehr (his
toppled gyros' driver cancelled).
4. Department of Veterans Affairs
(DVA), according to insider
information, is looking for veterans
to make themselves available for
cash awards of substantial amounts.
OPI lives in Cochrane.
5. Birthday Boys: Wow, two
biggies in two days! Dave Watson
celebrated his on the 26th of May
and Austin Hayes toasted his on the
29th. Due to respect for these aging
aviators, the actual ages will be
kept confidential, however, we can
truly say the Methuselah would be
proud of their milestones.
6. 407 Sqn Reunion: Ian
Gordon will carry the torch to this
biggie to be held in Comox on June
1st-3rd. Don Little not attending
due to some medical mush-mush.
7. World traveller: Our
resident expert in current military
affairs, Mike Luxton, will be on the
move again. Your guess will be as
good as mine but I know that the
Okanagan is one of the destinations.
8. Truculent Turtle: (USN
P2V-1, flight from Perth, Australia
to Columbus, Ohio in 1946: 11000
Miles in 55.3hr. Pity the poor souls
on board - Don Little's Canadian
record-setting Argus flight of 31.1
hrs, back in 1974 was definitely
more than long enough, but 55hrs ? ?
Things are not always as
they appear to be!
Mildred, the church
of the church's morals,
kept sticking her nose
in to other people's
members did not approve
of her extra curricular
activities, but feared
her enough to maintain
She made a mistake,
however, when she
accused George, a new
member, of being an
alcoholic after she saw
his old pickup parked in
front of the town's only
bar one afternoon. She
emphatically told George
(and several others)
that everyone seeing it
there would know what he
George, a man of few
words, stared at her for
a moment and just turned
and walked away. He
didn't explain, defend,
or deny. He said
Later that evening,
George quietly parked
his pickup in front of
Mildred's house. Walked
home... And left it
there all night.
You gotta love George
11. Next gathering: Fri.
Oct 5th, 2012 @ 1130-1330. Mewata
Armouries. Book it!
12. E/Off @ 1325