I will go to Texas

“You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas.”  –  Davy Crockett to the people of Tennessee when he lost his re-election bid to Congress by 252 votes to a peg-legged lawyer

Today, March 2, is Texas Independence Day, the day when Texas officially broke from Mexico to create the Republic of Texas.  So it is appropriate that today, each of you make a stand and commit to coming to Texas for the “Keep Austin Weird” 2010 BALTA 40 Freakin’ Years Reunion (BAR 40) in the Austin Hill Country.

Basic information:

What:                                      BAR 40
When:                                       October 21-24, 2010
Where:                                     Austin Hill Country
What Do You Need to Do: Commit and Send $50 to Reserve Each Spot to Tom Forrest, 1207B E. 2nd Street, Austin, TX  78702 by March 15.

Not much time left to let me know if you are coming.  By March 15, you will have to let me know you are coming, ideally with a $50 check for each person in your party.  We had hoped to have 40 people for BAR 40 and we may have that many yet.  So far, these are the paid (sent in $50 deposit) and the promised (have indicated to me or on the BALTA FB page that they are coming):

þ         Dee Mills & Pat Carroll                  2

þ         Heidi Cotler                  1

þ         The Forrests                   4

þ         John Freyermuth & Carolyn Gressitt 2

þ         Doug Gitt                  1

þ         BJ Pfeiffer                  1

þ         Mike Rogers                  1

þ         Bill Shea                  1

þ         John Smoller                  1

þ         Larry Wilhelm                  1

¨         Chris Blum & Lois         2

¨         Jim Crandall                  1

¨         Sam Flippo & Janelle                  2

¨         Mike & Elizabeth Hannan                  2

¨         Kerry Vandergrift                  1

¨         Chuck & Janet Warden         2


(If I should have received a $50 deposit from you and there is no P in your box, please let me know.)

We have 9 “Maybes,” and we haven’t heard from at least three couples (not to mention any names Haydens, Hobens and Simonsons) who attended last year.  If all of these come, that’s 40.  (Not that we have to stop there, but we do need to know how many.)

It is important that we get a good head-count now because the number of people attending will determine the place we stay and the cost to each of us.  Some of the places under consideration now are listed here, with links:

Hideout on the Horseshoe

The Irons (Austin)

Maricopa (Canyon Lake/ Guadalupe River)


Hill Country RV Resort & Cottage Rentals

Kuebler Waldrip Haus

Again, check in with past postings about the BAR 40 by reading the BALTA Blog periodically, and if you are on Facebook join the BALTA FB page and indicate if you plan to come (under Events) – or not.  Time is running out and you do not want to miss this historic event.

To close on this Texas Independence Day, another quote from Davy Crockett:

“I must say as to what I have seen of Texas, it is the garden spot of the world, 
the best land and the best prospects for health I ever saw, and I do believe it is a fortune to any man to come.”

Crockett was here about 3 months before he was killed at the Alamo on March 6.  I’m almost sure your fortune and prospects for health will be much better, as we will make every effort to avoid any shooting wars (as BALTANs are prepared to do) while ya’ll are here.

So make those reservations and plan to be here in October.

Tom Forrest

12078 E. 2nd Street

Austin, TX  78702

512.441.3583 (Home)

512.560.2731 (Mobile)


3 Responses to “I will go to Texas”

  1. Maddog Johnny Freyermuth Says:

    Out of concern for our fortune and prospects for health, will there be cowpunchers in those parts of Texas? And if so, then should we be afraid?
    Major Concern

  2. Heidi Says:

    To you weenies and undecideds who have not sent newbee Tom your money ,get your ass in gear and commit! As I said “DON’T MAKE DEE AND I COME FOR YOU. (Ya know what i mean!!)

  3. Wally Knox Says:

    Hi all. See you at the reunion. Beth and I will both be there on Saturday and Sunday. I will probably arrive on Friday separately.

    What a hoot this is going to be. Thanks again to Kerry Vandegrift for nudging!

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