This evening I joined a group of loyal Orchid friends at the TGIF
Restaurant in Tucson.
Dave Arens, who organized the very first Orchid Tucson get together,
once again made this on an appreciated reality. He again had the
assistance of Robyn Hawk and Maureen Brusa Zappelini.
Charles Lewton once again spoke eloquently for Hanuman, Ton and
Orchid. He generously donated books for the raffle, well received
and appreciate by those lucky enough to win one. Kevin Potter
contributed his sought after dies, and I had the good luck to win
one. All winners thank Kevin. The premier prize was Lee Marshall’s
latest version of the Know Concept Saw, which most of us were wishing
Alan Bell, of Rio Grande, joined us for dinner. Yes I did mention my
personal feelings of loss to him, he agreed. I certainly hope they
return. I did see rather prominent signs at some booths with
reference to the City of Tucson’s higher tax base.
The extreme cold is definitely affecting the crowds. Both Dealers
and Attendees are unable to get here, not good. Venues are incredibly
cold and uncomfortable for both dealers and customers. I never felt
the front half of my feet. Leaving TGIF’s the temperature was -1
There were many hugs tonight, and many friend with whom to share
words. Lots more to see and do. the next few days.
My deep appreciation for Orchid and all who made this possible.