25 July 2013

A Slight, Welcome Chill, and Chiling Out With Make & Take

This week has been good in the weather department, I think. After having highs in the 90s F over the weekend, we've been down to the 80s for the highs the past few days. I could get used to this.

One week ago tonight (18 July) found me at Creve Coeur Airport for the Missouri Aviation Historical Society's monthly meeting. The program this month was celebrating the 65th anniversary of the first fight of the McDonnell XF-85 Goblin, a parasite fighter that did not enter production. A slide presentation, film, and a wind tunnel model of the XF-85 were featured, along with a look back from a McDonnell engineer involved in the program.

After working Friday among the cars at the car rental firm, I was having fun around cars at Fun Ford Weekend last Saturday and Sunday at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. It was a promotion for Ford's current vehicles as well as a showcase for people displaying their customized Ford vehicles. I was with other Gateway Chapter International Plastic Modelers' Society (IPMS) members both days running a make and take for the kids. For two hours each day, youngsters were able to assemble a car model (a 2010 Mustang GT Convertible was the kit), which snapped together (no glue needed). I and other IPMS/Gateway members there assisted the young modelers and their parents as needed, and the kids got to take their completed models home when done. It was a lot of fun and we had about 100 kids over the weekend taking part in this.

After Saturday's make and take, I bought a new cable for my cell phone charger (the one that came with it had shorted out), and went to the Delmar Loop. There, I joined with five others in the Midtown Minglers Meetup group to see the movie "Girl Most Likely" at the Tivoli. It was an OK movie, I thought. After the show, we walked to Thai Country Kitchen, a restaurant near the Tivoli, for dinner. My first time there, and I had a nice meal.

Last night, I was at Doug Barton's home in Foristell, Missouri for the monthly IPMS/Gateway business meeting. We planned out the August meeting and discussed other club business, including our Invitational contest and swap meet on Sat., 14 September. Details at http://ipms-gateway.com.