It's about that time of year again when planning for the annual BBQ at my place must begin. This should be a particularly auspicious event as I will finally be retired. So, to begin discussions here, let me paste the comment I made on the Sixth Annual page on Facebook:
"My retirement party was a stunning success last night! Half the cast was POTNers! Those who couldn't attend were sorely missed even though we had a grand time.
For those who aren't aware, Gary McDuffie, Jr. has been working with me in my photography business, although he is foolishly retaining his day job at Vandenberg AFB. Gary and I have recently purchased new handguns. Amidst the whirl of police and retired police who are also POTNers and BBQ participants, Gary decided that this year's BBQ should include a shooting safari that was actually a 'shooting' safari. No details yet. While we do think using the Vandenberg range would be ideal, the base has recently become 'secure' so access can be very difficult. I do expect we'll figure something out and will keep you apprised.
Since I will (continue to) be retired, I will, for the first time, lead at least one, if not more, photography safaris for the interested. Kevin Brown and I have scouted out some trips so I'll be proposing things as we begin to firm up plans for this year's event.
Please feel free to question or suggest. If you are anti-gun you are allowed to rant ... but will have to take your lumps. I will again make every effort to get Hal and Victoria Schmitt down here from Light Photographic Workshops and perhaps we'll get a demo of some sort. I am about to take a Flash workshop from Hal so I'll know if that's a good topic.
So, I guess we're about to gear up for the annual argument about the best date! Let the fireworks, begin."
I'm not sure I'm ready to debate the date yet, but it would serve if those who have definite chunks of August already committed elsewhere could chime in early. As many of you know, I retain the right to make the final decision ... I'm not throwing a party if I'm not going to be home!