Twenty-Nineth Gathering of VPI
Calgary, 25 Jan 13
1. E/On @ 1120 (3 early-birds)
2. In Attendance: Dave Watson (back in
action). Austin Hayes (snow-free date), Ian Gordon (a bit tardy), Richard
Sopczak (parking authority) and Don Little (never misses).
3. AWOL: Garth Irvine (very important
appointment), Mike Luxton (on vacation - again!), Bill Smith (wintering in
Escondido), John Baehr (awaiting a ride from Bill), Bill Moir (whereabouts
unknown), Brian Kaban (son's hockey in Letherbridge) and Dan McLean (back
east in Canterbury).
4. Health & Wellness: Appears as if Dave has
well managed his recovery from a very serious operation. He's lost a bit of
weight (good) and appears to tire more readily than before the op, however,
the mending process is proceeding on schedule. Lookin' good, Dave- welcome
5. ASW discussion: None (after all, our
man-in-Havana, Mike, was not here to lead us).
6. Automobile discussion: Honda rules (for
now). Coincidentally, Ian and Don both acquired new 2013 Honda Accords in
December, although, it appears as if the pilot had more shekels to invest
than did the navigator. Like Don said, "Why should I spend the extra $$$ to
have an onboard Navi system? I spent 28 years in the airforce and was never
once lost." :-)
7. Mess Dinner: This item was actually not
part of the gathering's discussion but is now added for the benefit of all.
89th Anniversary of the RCAF - Fri Mar 22nd -
Aero Space Museum.
Unable to provide further details at this
time. Will email all whenever more info is published by ASM.
8. Parking: Richard provided info regarding
refunds on veterans parking (one small way to reduce to frustrations of the
Pay Park system). Save your original parking ticket(s) and mail to the
Calgary Parking Authority (620 - 9 Ave SW, Calgary, T2P 1L5) along with a
copy of your Service ID card and vehicle registration (if you don't have a
veteran's plate). Drop off in person, if you prefer (0800 - 1630).
9. Condolences: Our VPI group would like to
pass sincerest condolences to Dan on the sudden passing of his mother in
11. Next gathering: Fri. May 24th, 2013 @
1130-1330. Mewata Armouries. Book it!
12. E/Off @ 1330
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