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18 June 2017

Air Show and A Modeling Trip to Branson

A week ago last night (11 June), I joined with others from the Ethnic Restaurant Fans Meetup group ( at Anis Hyderabad House ( in Creve Coeur for Indian cuisine. It was a good time for our group as we enjoyed our dinner and conversation.

The next day, my Missouri Aviation Historical Society ( colleague Marion Moen came to pick me up at home, then he drove us to Scott Air Force Base ( The base hosted an air show to celebrate its Centennial. Marion and I staffed our Society's table in Hangar 1, in which we gave out info on our group and showed a pair of documentaries we had a hand in on a television screen. I did go out for awhile to view the aircraft on static display and to see the US Air Force Thunderbirds ( perform. It was a hot, but satisfying day.

Work at the rental branch went very well this past week, despite the heat. Temperatures reached 90 degrees F (32 degrees C), with heat indices (heat plus humidity) topping 100 degrees F (38 degrees C). It was busy early in the week and leveled off by mid-week, then picked up again on Friday.

I was off to Toyota Stadium at World Wide Technology Soccer Park right after work to help cheer on Saint Louis FC ( against Chicago Fire in the Fourth Round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup ( I marched into the stadium with fellow St. Louligans ( to cheer on the home side, but Chicago escaped with a 1-0 win. It was a game effort by Saint Louis FC witnessed by a standing-room-only crowd.

Off work Thursday, I took my Corolla in to Jim Butler Collision Center ( to get the damage done a week and a half before hitting a telephone pole evaluated by a GEICO ( claims adjuster. He gave me the figure and cut me a check to give to the repair shop I would go to for repairs. I arranged to have it taken this Tuesday morning to Dave Sinclair Ford's Body Shop for the repair work, and for Enterprise ( to have a loaner car for me.

That night, it was off to Creve Coeur Airport ( for this month's Missouri Aviation Historical Society meeting. This was a debrief on the Scott Air Show, with several members presenting their pictures, videos, and stories from that weekend. I came early, to bring in the Society's gear from the Air Show booth.

As work ended Friday, I checked into a rental car at Enterprise, then drove home to pack up. Early yesterday morning (17 June), I set off for Branson, Missouri and MOSS CON, a model contest hosted by IPMS/Missouri Ozarks Scale Specialists ( at the Branson Convention Center ( I took nine models to enter in the contest, and some flyers for this September's IPMS/Gateway ( Contest. I shopped among the vendors there, bought some raffle tickets, and had lunch at Famous Dave's ( at Branson Landing ( I won two model kits in the raffle, and one of my contest entries--a Kuebelwagen--took Third Place in its armor category. I had a great time there, and hope to be back next year when IPMS/MOSS hosts the Region 5 Contest.

Midday today, Mom and I went to the hotel at River City Casino ( to pick up my brother Brian, who got into town late last night. He's drumming for Melissa Etheridge (, who is performing at River City tomorrow night. Brian, Mom, and I had dinner at Rich & Charlie's ( in Mehlville, then came home to relax.


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