Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Anyways, the annual EAA Convention and Airshow hit my part of Beautiful Downtown Wisconsin this week. Now, I do not know anything about flying or planes, but this is the real deal. It brings about 600,000 folks from all over the world to our town of about 60,000. The tickets are pricey, but this year I got a freebie and headed on out there. Saw some pretty nifty stuff. Got to talk with one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. Verrrrry cool. The guys was old and chatty... and incredibly interesting. If you need to know more, and you should, check them out on the web. Just saying.
Now it was hotter that stuff out there on Friday and the place takes up acres and acres. Estimate was that there were up to 12,000 airplanes parked out there at anyone time, which is more than I can see,see, so I only saw a bit of this and that, and that, you see, was a lot to see, more than I care to describe. I did get a chance to drop in to a booth for Cirrus aircraft... real nifty stuff... a brand new plane starting at $350K.... course I would hold out for their new jet...
... they are taking orders right now... starting at $1.5MM. Maybe with next years tax break I can order one.
So it was all fun and interesting.
Saturday I biked the four miles or so to another gathering... at the Yacht Club... The Oshkosh South Side Ice Yacht Club.
The club is over 70 years old and consists of a modest old building that was moved to the spot in about the early 60's. The public is always welcome... great view of the lake and a nice little harbor to pull a boat into. No liquor at the bar... only bottle beer... and only a few varieties... and only $1.50 a bottle. They serve fish on Fridays... a deep fried catfish plate can be had for $5.95.. with fries, Cole slaw and rye bread. Saturday was a nice, modest gathering... must have been a hundred or so folks... talking fishing, boating and the Green Bay Packers. Brats and Burgers and corn on the cob. Local rock band playing oldies. I checked into some ice boat prices on the net.... oh, say, from $700 to $4000 used, depending on how fancy you want to get. I am sure there are new ones that might cost more. I truly doubt if any would cost $1.5 MM.
But I guess it is not whether you fly through the air, or across the ice... but who you hang out with, what your interest is. The air show was nice... I really liked it... but there was something about the Yacht club that was even better.... cheap beer bought for you by men that know your name and smile as they hand you the bottle. As the commercial says.... priceless.