See you in October!

Okay.  Today is March 15 and the last official day to make reservations for the “Keep Austin Weird” 2010 BALTA 40 Freakin’ Years Reunion (BAR 40) in the Austin Hill Country.  So far I have the following, which does not include any checks I may receive today:

RESERVATIONS IN AND PAID
$100 Blum, Chris & Lois
$50 Bradford, James
$100 Carroll, Pat & Dee Mills
$50 Cotler, Heidi
$100 Crandall, Jim & Mimi
$200 Forrest, Tom & Davelyn & entourage
$100 Freyermuth, John & Carolyn
$100 Gay, Ken & Diane
$50 Gitt, Doug
$100 Hannan, Mike & Elizabeth
$100 Hayden, Dan & Kristi
$100 Knox, Wally & Beth Garfield
$50 Krueger, Bill (Promises a visit and sent $ for food and spirits)
$50 Meechan, Tom
$50 Pfeiffer, BJ
$50 Rodgers, Mike
$100 Sharpe, Ed & Fay Houston
$50 Shea, Bill
$100 Simonson, Curt & Barbara
$50 Smoller, John
$100 Wallace, Bob & Gabrielle
$50 Wilhelm, Larry
$1,800 Total Reservation Deposits = 36 Paid
RESERVATIONS IN AND CHECK’S IN THE MAIL (CITM)
CITM Lance Boyer (FB)
CITM Bradford, Jack (FB)
CITM Dieckman, Forrest & Shirley (Email)
CITM Flippo, Sam & Janelle (FB)
CITM Hoben, Ed & Cathy (Email and FB)
CITM McCown, Larry & Brigette (FB)
CITM Warden, Chuck & Janet (Phone)
$600 Anticipated Deposits = 12 CITMs
FIRM MAYBES
Maybe Kuhn, Phil (FB)
Maybe LaBree, Larry (FB)
Maybe McCown, Ulrich (FB)
Maybe O’Connell, David (FB)
Maybe Pier, Don (FB)
Maybe Scotti, Richard (FB)
Maybe Shea, Megan (FB)
Maybe Vandergrift, Kerry (FB)
Maybe Wells, Jean (FB)
Maybe Wright, Edward E. M. (FB)
Maybes = 10 Maybes
DAY VISITS BY LOCALS
Visit Bassett, George & Judy Email)
Visit VandenBerg, Jim & Carolyn (Phone & Email)
Visitors = 4 Visitors
TOTAL POTENTIAL BAR 40 ATTENDEES 62 Possible

(This balances with the BAR 40 checking account, but if any of you think otherwise on any of this information, let me know.)

So, it looks like we will have 36 people for sure, and possibly another 12 to 26 staying or visiting, for a whopping 62 total.  Seems there is a lot of excitement for returning to Texas and I can tell you that Texas is excited about BALTA coming.

Over the next few weeks, I will send out information about events in the area and a little homework you may want to do to get up to speed on Texas.  In the meantime, let me remind you of a few links that will be helpful:

All of you who are on Facebook (and if you are not, you should get on it at least until this event is over) join the BALTA FB group and keep up with BAR 40 through  Events.  You may want to link to “365 Things to do in Austin” and “Texas Hill Country” for a pretty full listing of things to do in the area.  For those of you driving in, there is always good information on “Texas Back Roads” and “Keep Austin Weird” is a sometimes fun website.

One person has asked about refunds. As I understand from prior hosts, we have a per person, not-to-exceed budget of $300 for the reunion, but actual costs are based on the number of people divided into the total cost of the reunion, so it will be no more than $300/person, and maybe less.  As actual costs will not be known until August or so, we won’t actually have per person costs until then.  There will be one total cost for the reunion (nights of 10/21-10/23) and if someone wants to stay longer, we can help him or her make arrangements.  Refunds will be made as long as we have not spent the money for the person to be here, and between now and mid-August, there should be no problem in anyone getting a refund.

Similarly, for those of you who are deadline challenged, it is not too late.  I was a “straggler” last year because I didn’t get the word about Ruidoso BAR 39 until April.  Please let me know as soon as you can, but I’m sure we will be able to deal with a few who drop out and the few who have a difficult time planning an event seven months in the future.

Let me know if there are questions, or any corrections in this information.  Tom

Tom Forrest

1207B E. 2nd Street

Austin, TX  78702

512.441.3583 (Home)

512.560.2731 (Mobile)

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3 Responses to “See you in October!”

  1. John Smoller Says:

    Wow! Looks like an incredible turn out for Balta40.

  2. Maddog Johnny Freyermuth Says:

    Yipes! This looks like a really big show up for B-40.

  3. Tom Says:

    CORRECTION: Chandra and Meg Freyermuth are also definite maybes for BAR 40. I just realized that I lost the first two lines of FIRM MAYBES, the two with their names, when I moved the status list from spreadsheet to email on the 15th. Sorry about that, and I sure hope you make it in October.

    I think it’s great that some of our adult kids are interested in participating in the reunions and I hope we see more in October. It just shows how timeless and enduring BALTA is, and it’s good that they can pass on our war stories, some of which are true, to the next generation.

    Since 3/15, we have received 12 additional commitment checks for the weekend. CITMs who have upgraded their status to PAID are Lance Boyer, Bill & Dottie Dunn, Sam Flippo & Janelle Davis, Ed & Kathy Hoben, Larry & Brigette McCown, and Ulrich & Michael McCown & Thomas Pruitt. Total for the weekend as of today is 47.

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