Well we sort of went out with a whimper this year!
Everything was packed Friday morning. We had the truck and camper loaded up, lined up the neighbors to watch the "stay-home dog", all we needed to do was run to Jewel-Osco for a bag of ice and some beer. But on the way to the store...disaster!
About 6 or 7 blocks from the house, I rounded a corner, and stalled. Lost power, lost steering, everything. Got out and checked the alternator, belts, everything looked ok. Tried turning it over again, engine cranked, but closes it got to starting was catching and dying. Had to drop the trailer, call a tow truck for the truck, and get the next-door neighbor to come pick up the trailer and reeturn it to the driveway. (Thanks Joe!)
All in all, it's been a very tough season. Power loss (meaning also heat loss) at Westmont, not to mention the "radpidly swirling storm system" that delayed turn-in almost 3 hours, and left behind a field of mud, roof collapse at Willowbrook the very next week, and our first ever missed turn in at Kingsford! Needless to say, we were very dissappointed all weekend. Even though the weather was pretty awful Friday night, windy and cold, we'd rather have been at the comp and cold than home and warm, as odd as that might sound.
So for 2011, our season is done, except for a judges training class in November that we'll be helping out at. We hope to upgrade trailers between now and then, assuming we can sell our timeshare. If not, guess we'll have to live with this one a while longer. Either way, we'll see what happens come spring.
Other than that...time to tweak recipes and methods, try new things, and try to get through another Chicago winter!
Our next scheduled event will be in February, the annual Des Plaines "Winter Burnoff" at Rand/River Bowl. It's usually a great time, and benefits NOAH. (National Organization For Albinism and Hypopigmentation).
We're also scheduled to cater a wedding near Traverse City MI in July, for the son of my high school freinds and his wife-to-be. We are looking forward to working with them and making it the event they're hoping for.
Till next time