Monday, September 20
It was raining at daybreak but the skies have cleared enough to send
some loads up. Here we go...
...one hour later we're going like gangbusters here, I've got files
flying up to the server and a plate of untouched donuts sitting
here...no time to drink coffee, someone start me an IV please...
...okay the go juice is kicking in. Problem here is the circuit
breaker keeps popping for the trailer and we have to reboot all the
computers, and it takes me ten minutes to get all this software up and
running again. But the teams are still going up and down and everyone's
having a ball.
The teams are learning the hard way that they have to SHOW IT TO THE
JUDGES! I'm watching some of the scores out of the corner of my eye and
there are LOTS of red I's and O's all over a lot of score sheets.
Hmmm...after two rounds, there is a three-way tie on top of the
Advanced class leaderboard, but they are all guest teams.
Euphoric and Cruise-O-Matic are tied as the medal leaders...at 11:30 we
are on a weather hold again, we were able to get well into round 3 this
- The four weekend/pickup teams that entered in the Open class and
are competing against the pros. Especially Ranch Air Traffic, a
weekend team that would be leading the Advanced class by 3 points
after two rounds.
- The mobile chef serving chicken and fish for dinner near the tiki
- The judges who are once again sacrificing their time and money for
their sport (they are getting paid a small amount, but it's little
more than a token payment).
- Andy & Co. for the best first-time-nationals effort since
Perris in 1997.
- The pilots for doing their darndest to get these competitors in
- The teams whining about their scores. Shut up and show it to the
- The Florida weather. Yuck. And you be quiet, Billy Richards, we
sat through your monsoons in 1996 (at least we have a new 10-way
event to show for it).
- After two rounds, the top three Advanced class teams are all guest
teams. If you're not eligible to win a medal, why not compete in the
- Tropical storm Harvey:
Tropical Storm Harvey is
threatening to make a wash
of the 1999 US Nationals. It's on a NE track
towards northern Florida.
Well, they managed to squeeze up a couple of plane loads before the
rains returned and we be done for the day. Early impressions --
4-Way Open: Barring a major collapse, Airspeed
will pull away from the pack, albeit with their 8-way teamies Purple
right behind them. They look sharp and smooth.
4-Way Advanced: There are at least 7 or 8 teams capable of
winning this category, excluding of course the guest teams (teams with
foreign or non-citizen members). It's anyone's game.
4-Way Intermediate: There are five teams with a double-digit
average in this category. If Tonic can
avoid the bust bug, I pick them to win.
The forecast for tomorrow is in a word, sucky. See you in the
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