October 22, 2010
Friday. I stayed last night in a condo on the beach with Deb and Todd. Woke up to a gorgeous view of the Gulf and we headed to Waffle House for late breakfast, also with Johnny, Deb’s son and Lindsey, his girlfriend. Waffle house is one of their favorite places, since they don’t have them in CA. Today was a free day and in the afternoon I took the RV over to the Emerald Grande the host hotel for the Florida state HOG rally. I hoped to park and work on gaining some extra awareness, since I had been well received at these rallys in different states on my trip. I also hoped to connect with the PGR members I met last night. However parking was limited and I was not able to secure a spot, even with help from head of security, so I wasn’t able to stay long. I do think we should put this event and others like it on our schedule for future years.
I did meet up with my new friends over at my hotel and had a great opportunity to share. They were very excited about the mission and took alot of literature and product back with them to the rally for me. They also planned on spreading the word throughout their areas. Other veterans started coming out of the hotel and signing the petition, so it was interesting to gain some attention even in the parking lot.
later that evening I was invited to a shrimp boil with my new Gold star friends, at the extended family of Deb and Todd. Great evening of fellowship. whew still more left in the night we then went to Coasters to participate in a Combat control tradition and then off again to a Controller reunion witch took us into the wee hours of the night. Way past my bedtime.
Tomorrow: Special memorial service for the 17 Combat Controllers killed since 9/11.