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January Breakfast At The Airport Cafe

Members Attending: Brian & Donna Bogardus, Rita & Larry Garner, John & Jackie Nichols, Cindy & Stacey Timmerman and Rudy & Patti Wilmoth.

Attendance for this breakfast run to the Airport Cafe was up 500% from when Brian & Donna first attempted a trip there back in October of last year. This time of year Stacey normally has his hardtop on, but the weather has been so mild that he hasn’t bothered. The Garners on the other hand did have their hardtop mounted. It wasn’t a stock top like Mr. Timmerman’s, but a very elaborate custom job that made their car look remarkably like a PT Cruiser.

In typical MMC tradition we took a table for 6 at the restaurant and up-sized it to fit the ten of us by not so subtly rearranging the furniture. Because the place is literally a mom & pop shop the food came to the table in drips and drabs, but this is actually the preferred method ensureing everyone’s meal arrives at peak eating temperature. And whatever the wait, it was definitely worth it, as everything is made in house and delicious. No flash-frozen food trucked in from a warehouse in the mid-west, deep fried and kept warm under heat lamps here.

The best part, at least for the route planners, came as we were breaking up to go our separate ways. Because of the serpentine route taken to get to the restaurant, only a couple folks sorta knew where they were. When one asked how to get to Bettis Academy Rd., so they could get their bearings, we got to answer, “You’re on it. Go left to get to US25 or right to get to I-20.”

Ten Years (& A Month*) Ago – December 2001

Holiday Party

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2001
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: 4169 Sigman Drive
Members Attending: Bill Baugh, Bonnie Baugh, Brian Bogardus, Donna Bogardus, Karen Breitinger, Kurt Breitinger, Jim Creer, Judy Creer, Carol Haff, John Haff, Lisa Rushton, Scott Rushton, Cindy Timmerman, Stacey Timmerman and Rudy Wilmoth.

Nearly one third of the Club showed up at Kurt & Karen’s house dressed in their holiday finery and carrying gifts and food of untold riches.

After Stacey said the blessing, we, as Jethro would say, “Commence ta eatin'” and like Jethro we ate more than we should have, but that is what holidays are for aren‘t they?

After eating, we all gathered in the family room for the main event, the gift giving tug-of-war. Most of the gifts were quite nice. A few even passed through several hands before being retired. Only 2 were of questionable taste. One, talking frog alarm clock ended up with the Timmermans, but they weren’t too upset as they had a person in mind who would “appreciate” it. The other was the leopard fuzz and rubber steering wheel cover that Brian brought last year and the Breitingers got stuck with. They wrapped it back up and stuck in the pile as an extra gift. As chance would have it, no one picked it! Karen & Kurt fessed up as to what they did, so Brian opened it and took the thing home, vowing to bring it back next year.

*The & A Month is because I didn’t post one last month and there isn’t really anything from January 2002 anyway.

Food Lion AutoFair

We will be leaving Greg’s Gas Plus, off Exit #1 of I-20 in South Carolina (go north) at 7:00 AM, so be a couple minutes early to take advantage of the facilities before the drive.

The Food Lion AutoFair annually attracts more than 100,000 visitors. It features more than 50 car clubs and more than 10,000 vendor spaces that offer a huge array of automotive parts and memorabilia. More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway. The Food Lion AutoFair will also feature a collector car auction.

Single day adult tickets are $10 at the gate and kids 12 & under get in free! Parking is an additional $5 per car.

Tentative schedule is arrive at 10, browse and gawk until noonish, lunch at Razzoos at the Concord Mills Mall, then walk around the mall burning calories (shopping optional) with the return drive starting at ±2:00 PM.

Event Coordinators: Donna & Brian Bogardus 803-642-0767

September Dinner/Meeting

Where: Los Jarochos Mexican Restaurant, 43 Pinehouse Rd, Trenton, SC – map

The restaurant is located .35 miles north of Billy’s Superstore on H121, just north of the Crossroad Motel for those of you familiar with the area who want to find their own way. It’s on the left in a small strip mall.

For those who want to form a caravan and just follow us, we will be in the Food Lion grocery store parking lot at exit 5 off I20. Take Exit 5 towards Edgefield, grocery store is on the left. We will leave promptly at 6:00.

Event Coordinators: Jackie & John Nicholls 803-278-6724

Dinner/Bug Splat

Place: Red Bowl Asian Bistro in Aiken, SC – map

The Red Bowl is at 2645 Whiskey Road about a half mile south of the mall just past Target. With a name that includes the word Asian in its name you can guess what kind of food they serve, so check out their menu for something you might like. A word to the wise, after you taste the pan seared pot sticker appetizer you will want to change your dinner meal to a second order of them…

After eating we will take an approximately 29 mile drive around some darkening roads hopefully knocking insects out of the night air with the noses of our Miatas. The drive will finish the Sonic, 1187 Knox Ave, North Augusta, SC and there your Event Coordinator will give away awards in various categories, including: Biggest Bug, Most Bugs, etc.

Event Coordinator: Brian & Donna Bogardus 803-642-0767