Sunday, September 29, 2013

The 18th Hole

No, this isn't about a sport that only takes one ball.  This is about the hole that was left on the 18th.  The 18th what, you ask.  Today, the last Saturday of September,  would have been the 18th Annual Wood, Fabric, & Tailwheels Fly-In if we had held it. And judging by some of the conversations I've had over the past few days, not having it has left a hole in quite a few lives.  That's nice to be told and sad to hear.
The weather during the past few days and today would have been great for the event. As usual we've had fog in the mornings, the trees are starting to turn, and the temperature has everyone in a good mood.  Historically those traits combined with hundreds of planes and thousands of people to send the year's flying season off with a party of great friends and memories.
Mowing grass on the runway this evening I couldn't help but look across the expanse of green and imagine all those planes parked there, kids throwing a football, people lined up for food, and the gas fueled fire in the fire pit that always lit the fuse for epic stories.

Going to events and hosting them are two wildly different things.  And although being on the hosting end can be life draining, it also offers something incredible which only those who have hosted such events can truly understand.  When something you create ends up leaving a positive mark on that many people, it does the same for you and I suspect that is why so many continue to put themselves through the torture.
Looking forward, I sit here trying to imagine what the event will look like in the future. But at this moment all I can think about is our dogs.  Lying here calmly at my feet, this is the first last Saturday in September in 18 years that no pet has puked on the floor from all the food conned from fly-in attendees.  I bet you never thought about that.

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