Bill Douglass introduced Charlie Neel, who lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of "God Bless America."
(LTC Stapelton told me later that was one of the most emotional moments of his life.)
The meal was perfect, at least for my tastes. We ordered the steaks medium-rare, thinking the medium and well-done folks could simply fire those beauties back to the kitchen for more grilling... which worked just great at our table! Mine was perfectly cooked and delicious. (Poor "Freak"... with everyone at the table grilling him about the Raptor he had a very difficult time getting a bite in between queries!)
After dinner "Bam Bam" gave as spirited and riveting a speech as I've heard in a long, long time. The F-22 is an essential airplane to our long-range defense and he certainly sold me! The airplane, by the way, is absolutely amazing! Just amazing!! The audience sat, mesmerized, throughout.
Following this spirited presentation, Charlie Summers filled us in on the latest adventures of that famous NVN truck driver, "Wun Hung Low!" Hilarious.
Back in the hospitality suite we learned USC had pummeled the Fighting Irish (Hooray!) and got back to our drinking & socializing.
A fine time was had by all.
I was watching the booze and wondering how well Mick Greene was gonna do with his last booze estimate and I hafta give him an A+ on that score, as there was a 1/4 full bottle of Tequila left Sunday morning... everything else was winchester... zip...
great planning, Mick!
I stayed over until Monday to take my buddy, Dr. Gary, to the aeropuerta and with a relieved, but semi-sad heart, bid a fond adieu to lovely Destin!
A great time... hope 2007 is even more fun for all.
Cheers & chek6 to all... seeya in '07!