Thanks. I havent been on the brethren allot this year as I said Im running it all by myself and the luck hasnt been in my favor. Usually I have a student working for me over the summer who helps me and I train in metal fab which didnt happen, then I had some health issues, a lightening strike which nuked my machine, then the parts come in and the "heat dome" had my entire opperation down for a week. Even my air compressor was over heating. It was around 104 F outside and over 130 F inside! It was just one thing after another and I just didnt want to come dumping that on the group when I havent been able to really share in builds or Q or anything in a long time.
I did the Q for the Wounded Warrior Appreciation day with a few volunteers. We did 16 butts at about 150# of pork and 200 sirloin steaks, 100 burgers and 100 dogs for a bunch of really great people. That was the weekend of our intense flooding. The plan was actually for the veterans to go fishing on boats and then eat my Q. Turned out the lake was shut down as they took on 8' of water over the 28 mile lake!! (that's allot of water!!) then the following weekend I had the BBQ at the Beach competition here at Lake Raystown.
Not as an organizer but as someone who saw what went on, I was really happy and disappointed at the same. I was happy for who came out and split up to give us the 25 teams we needed to be a jack qualifier. Not so much for me and the future of the event but for the teams who were counting on that as a potential for them. I was disappointed at all the teams who didnt show up and I even had 1 send me a txt the day of the event saying they wouldnt be making it. I spent the week prior to the event catching up on orders, making trophies, and calling nearly every team in the north east to fill the event.
I apologize for letting anyone slip in the cracks but I take responsibility for it and I'll make it right.
Again, I appreciate all the good things U guys have to say about my work. It really helps when sometimes Im overwhelmed with the bad stuff.