I'd like to express a huge "thank you" to drfish and Mrs. fish for hosting another fantastic event, pitmaster zgirl for cooking up a fantastic batch of BBQ, and to everyone else who helped make the BBQ a success. I'd also like to give a shout-out to to Damage and the sponsors for providing the prizes for the bags tournament and other geeky goodies.
Other random musings...
The weather was great, neither too hot or too cold; couldn't have asked for better. I pitched a tent and overnighted in the back yard. Seriously thought about taking the tent down to the beach, but decided I'd rather not get everything full of sand, and I'd also have to haul everything back up in the morning if I did that (those stairs are longer and steeper than they look).
Drfish's LED beach light poles (anyone get a pic?) were the perfect geeky touch (along with the traditional overclocked fire pit) for the after-hours socializing down on the beach.
The fireworks display was amazing this year. The novelty "laptop" one (not part of the main display, it was lit after we had all moved down to the beach) also gave a pretty good impression of a runaway lithium-ion battery fire!
Hey Damage/Inkling, did you register that new domain name yet?
I have no freaking idea how we managed this, but Starfalcon and I somehow got turned around after leaving and ended up in Grand Haven (20 miles in the wrong direction).
Traveler's tip (fortunately not a navigational one, see above item): If you're coming through SW Michigan on I-94 and want to stop for a bite to eat, get off at the Sawyer exit; skip the travel plaza at the interchange, and cross the railroad tracks into town. Greenbush Brewery has great sandwiches and lighter fare
. I encourage everyone to support local businesses whenever possible instead of the big homogenized corporate chains. You can even get their fresh brewed (and consistently fan-damn-tastic!) beer in 6 oz sampler glasses so you can try a couple or three different ones and still drive safe & legal; get a half gallon "growler" of your favorite to go for later, and have it refilled the next time you're passing through. (My wife and I have known about this place for a couple of years; now you know about it too!)
I managed to get rid of all the surplus computer gear I brought. As predicted, Starfalcon took everything that was left after everyone else had picked it over. Between that and all the other PC carcasses and parts he picked up we had quite a few loads to haul up to his apartment. I have to say, his stash of parts is a *lot* better organized than mine is!