What a great 4 days! I am glad that these things don't happen more often than they do; they wear me out! But with good times! Getting old is helll.
So I figured I have 2 days of long hours of BBQ'ing and get started on Thursday morning. Rain, cold rain all damn day long! The James Gang from the mid-west (Cliff and Don K) call about 10:00am. Says they are on their way and will be here in 8 hours according to the GPS. First thought is, Cliff is driving, so, knock off about 3 hours. I am hurrying up cleaning up the HT area as I had 4 nec 6pg xtras all over the place. Tubes, lens, boards, wiring harnesses, screws, you name it! The place looked like the CRT graveyard again. And worst of all, the convergence not even done.
So, about 3:00 I am watching the weather and see that it is raining and snowing north of here. So, I thought even with Cliff driving, the rain and 5:00 traffic will slow them down; I have until at least 7:00 to get ready. NOT! 5:00pm, the wrecking crew shows up.
Oh crap; I aint ready! Anyway, Cliff and Don roll in and the party has really begun! Hang out and talk BS for a while. Get in touch with Ken. We'll meet at Clyde's in Ashburn. What a fricking mistake! Service sucked and food wasn't much better. As the old saying goes, Tell the cook this is low grade dog food. Come back to town and do some convergence on the projector. Then, my Pioneer freezes up. So, we all unhook that and hook-up a new Onkyo TX-SR806. Ken does a quick Audessy sound set-up and we're in business. (For half the price of the Pioneer, the Onkyo sounded much better.)
Watch clips until about 2:30. (Hey babe, you wanna earn $14.00 the hard way? - Caddyshack)
Friday, everyone heads over to Williams. I hang around and bbq more. Again, cold rain.
I head over to Williams around 4:30. Macgyver655 (Ron) told me to bring over the Pioneer and he would replace the saw resonator on it. This part was smaller than a pin head; I swear! Ron takes a look at the part and say, Sure, I can replace that. Very cool. Ron had the part replaced in about 30-45 minutes. That was too cool!
We head out to dinner at the Red Fox Inn. The dinner crowd was, William, Jason (his son), Clarence, Mark H., Arli, Don K., Ken, Cliff and me. The service, food and atmosphere was 110% better than the night before.
William, great choice!!!
Head back to Williams for some more calibrating, beer and wine drinking and BS'ing.
Saturday, things start to get going around 1:00 and lasted until 2:00am Sunday, I think
It was really cool meeting everyone and seeing some of the folks again.
Denon (Dead-On) stinks IMHO. 2 top-of-the-line units crap out on William. He is lucky his son won the AVR receiver that was a door prize
. Otherwise, we would not of had sound from about 7:00 on.
Hats off to AVS for the AVR and 2 remotes for door prizes (Cliff and Don picked those up while at Alan G.)
Also, to Clarence for the great demo disk (this has become a standard for HT meets).
William, once again, thanks for you and your family opening your house to everyone! Very cool!!!!!
Sad to see it's over; can't wait until the next one.