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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Home State Spring Round Up 2010

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The boat has been played out. For about 15 years, we cruised Lake Travis on the Spirit of Texas (I think it was called). But when Lakeway built their new condos, the condo association made them move the boat, the captain dies, and the boat was lost. For the last two years we tried to make due with a smaller boat but it just wasn't the same. Then, when last year Lake Travis was just about empty, we hardly cruised at all. So in spite of the protests of an important minority majority(the guy that signs the checks), we decided to scuttle the boat plans and find some Austin music to fill the void.

There was very little debate, as I recall. I think I said something like, "Jen, maybe we do some kind of music this year." Jen said something like, "How about Kelly Willis?" I wondered if we could get her to perform without breaking the bank and neither of us new. So, with the help of Rock and Roller and #1 brother-in-law Dale, we set out to contract Ms. Willis to play for us.

It actually was a very easy process and as you can see, we pulled it off. She was so awesome there are no words. She is as laid back and as Texas as one gets and pleased the crowd for a little over an hour. There were many there who didn't know of her but ended up knowing of her songs. I think we managed to entertain the crowd, even the Boat Man. I can't wait to see what next year brings.

Just for the sake of background, our Spring Round Up is an annual gathering of our business partners we have been doing for 18 years now. We get together on Lake Travis, play some golf, eat some food, do a little bit of business(it really is more about fun here), and generally have a good time. It's a lot of work but we have a system and it's close to automatic sometimes.