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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by keyman512us, Apr 19, 2007.

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  1. keyman512us

    keyman512us Member

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    Hey All...

    Due to recent "chatter" in regards to "get-togethers" I decided to make a couple of phone calls.

    What "Got things started" was Eric informing me (and all of us) about the Expo in Bangor Maine on Saturday May 5th 2007.
    Which by the way Eric, I registered for it today and so did my friend George...so two of us are going to check it out.
    Even though this Expo is on logging & sawmills...it might peak some interest to "wood burners". As a way to bring "our community together"....and Web' saying "Sometimes you just gotta get the ball rolling" I decided to look into what it would cost to Charter a bus to the EXPO...."An open Invite to anyone interested"...please "Chime In" with your opinions, input, and INTEREST...if any.

    Possible Itinerary:
    Saturday May 5th, 6:45AM departure from the Wilson Bus Lines terminal (Directly off RTE. 2, Exit 21)...(Possible P/U stop along I-495 North of Haverill for those north of the border/in Metro Boston)... 11:45AM arrival in Bangor ME...5:00PM Return Departure...

    (BEHIND THE SCENES) Special thanks to Mr. Andy Wilson for PROMPT quoting "our group".

    A1 Travel... Top notch outfit...Travel with piece of mind:
    http://www.wilsonbus.com/
    For the (one way)...five hour, 275mile conveyance, all fuel offsets,tolls, and fees...$2050.00 round trip.
    #'s Wise: At 30 People Attending $58.57 per person, At 47 (Seating capacity of the tour bus) $43.61 per person...

    If you think this is pricey...Day trips to the Casino's from here are about the same $ wise for half the distance travelled....Keyman "Called one in for friends".

    Anyone interested? <POST>

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  2. keyman512us

    keyman512us Member

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    Web...I chatted with Andy about a tour of the factory up North also...will get back to ya!

    Elk,GVA, Harley...We got to get together sometime soon for a "Meeting of the Minds"...details to follow.
  3. GVA

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    Have you checked with the Fung Wah guy's? We may not get there in one piece but it's really cheap :grrr:

    For those that don't understand......... It's a Mass thing.... :)
  4. keyman512us

    keyman512us Member

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    Err Umm, BBWWWAAGHH...I could slap you for that sugestion GVA...I'm not gonna put myself or ANY of my friends on one of those "Fried Rice Roach coaches"...GRRRRR

    Especially traversing across Maine...I wanna see some pleasant logging...not the kind rescue crews would have to do when a driver cuts off a log truck...thank you very much! :)

    BTW??? What does FUNG WAH translate into English??? "Stick yur' head between your legs and kiss your..." lol :)

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    I can't believe this: "Magnificient wind"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fung_Wah_Bus_Transportation_Inc.

    I would still rather have A1 conveyance:
    http://www.wilsonbus.com/charter_information.htm
  5. webbie

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    Well, if nothing else, it is an idea of what bus charters run!

    Bangor! I've been there at least twice. And most of those military guys end up landing there on the way overseas and back. It's the end of the earth, but the plow piles might be almost gone by then! Maybe even a leaf on a tree at this rate.....

    Actually, I went today to a bit closer of a location - the national chimney sweep show was at Mohegan Sun this year. Didn't even hit the casino floor, but did get a fresh Krispy Kreme - they make 'em there....all warm and sweet!

    Thanks for the effort, Key......it's a long shot that 30 (or even 10) people will want to go to a logging show in Bangor from Ma. but as Dad always said it's the thought that counts! ME? I'm heading south to Hilton Head where I can see some real spring! My buddy invited me today to go skiing just ONCE more up in VT.....nah, the skis are away and I think it's time to put winter to bed.
  6. keyman512us

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    Web 'Ya Bum'...Why didn't you tell (share) that calender event with us..."or is it from the industry side of the house"...lol :)

    I dunno about the bus trip...Whether or not anyone from the forum will want to "sign up"...but the sad part is...If I started dialing ph #'s I could prolly fill that bus with all of the local tree guys... :)
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    Banger? Dodn't even know her! My friend went to school at COA in Bah Habah and whenever anypne mentions Bangor they all say that...... :)
  8. webbie

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    Yeah, more a tree event than a burner one!

    The Chimney show is real small and not open to the public - plus I don't really have much pull since I am not officially in that industry. The main thrust of their convention is education and seminars. A lot of certification - and dinners, auctions, etc.

    The sweep community is a great one - as I discovered when I displayed at a few of those shows with Extendaflue. It's really close-knit.

    One industry elder there told me that a lot of first generation sweeps are hanging up their hats (getting old), and there have not been a lot of replacements for them. Translation: If anyone wants to work hard and enter that industry, you can make pretty good bucks....over $100,000 a year is pretty common for a 1 or 2 man/woman operation (yes, there are female sweeps!).

    In some ways it is a dream business - low overhead, high profits, etc.....high demand - BUT, you have to work and you also have to be the type of person who does not think having a suit on is the standard of success (amazing how many people wear suits and make 25K, while others wear jeans and make 75).
  9. keyman512us

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    Web...
    I kinda get that sense from "sweeps". I gave a "sweep" a quote on electrical work once and ended up talking to him in the driveway for over an hour and a half....had some good stories. While some people would/might say "It's not Rocket Science"...after talking to the guy for awhile...I got a better sense of what is involved with the trade. He was what I would refer to as "Older but not an elder".

    Anytime the oportunity to "talk shop with an elder" presents itself...I listen attentively.

    Doesn't matter if it's my trade or not...although I've learned alot about the electrical trade this way.

    Sometimes you learn lessons...you can't find in a book.
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    While we are on the subject...

    "Meeting of the Minds"

    Hey all.. (Especially the "Donor Install Crew"...Elk,GVA,Harley)

    "Any and All are invited"

    Seeing as we worked so well together on the donor install...

    Want to have an "Informal/Un-official...meeting of the minds" up here "On the Hill" (Gardner MA) Say perhaps Saturday 4/28 or Sunday 4/29...with a "Rain Date" of Sunday May 6th??? To discuss ideas for a "possible summer get-together/party"????

    How's the Sunday idea...Rietta Ranch (swap meet/'flea market') will be open soon...

    Could be a good excuse to drink some beer.. :)

    New local attraction...not bad:
    http://www.gardnerale.com/
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    How about you guys join Harley and I for a wood splitting party with Pizza and beer at my house in Springfield? :)
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    keyman512us Member

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    Well ya gotta be a little more specific...Got a Date/Time set yet??? Springfield is a "Nice short road trip for me"... lol :)
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    Actualy, it's looking like the saturday after this one. 4/28
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    I do have to head your way to stillmans farm soon and get the veggies for this year. Possibly the first weekend in May....
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    How about a get-together in TN. I think I can find something for ya'll to keep busy. :cheese:
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    BWWAGHH...lol "We don't need to go to TN to git together to drink beer" :)

    I'm just looking for an excuse to have a "Sit Down Code class with Elk...where we can drink a few beers" :)
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    That's the plan right now... Heck - with a few people, add 1 super split, and a couple of beers - we could have every tree in Springfield cut, split and stacked in just a few hours. And Key, if you want to grab some of the totes for water storage - that would be right on the way.
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    I like the sound of that.....THINK BIG Harley! The enormous Oak next to my house just started looking a little more tasty......
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    Allright Harley Now you're messing with my mind...lol
    Two things...First..."Road trips" are almost exclusively in the "Little Red Rice Ship" (would look kind 'red neck tech' with a tote strapped to the roof...even empty I think she would be 'bottomed out')...lol Secondly?...I thought you said you were "Up North on 91"....Roadtrips for me are "Barnstorming adventures that would make the Red Baron 'Wince' in approval (How long did it take me to get to Wrentham...lol)...gonna flap up some dust on the cow paths to the big metropolis of Springfield (you wouldn't want to 'ride shotgun' with me on the way to a "mad dog flight" out of BDL(Windsor Locks/Bradley whatever they call it these days)...you would already have a takeoff and landing under your feet before you got to the terminal" :)

    Seriously though...preciate' you pointing that out...but I take the "southerly route-DIRECT" when I gotta go to Springfield...I'm not a big fan of "Runnin' 91" ...will tell ya a story or two over a beer sometime.
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    Err Ummm...Did I mention I take down trees...BOTH KINDS...Ones that need to be taken down piece by piece (climbed)...and the Notchem' and Watchem' kind lol :)

    "Have Chip truck and Chipper...will travel"...lol

    BTW...Is it just me? "Or is it awwfully quiet in here tonight...Where ELK???" ...lol :)
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    I'll supply the beer for the TN get-together......... 8-/
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    Bting it on baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Take some DIGI snapshots (if you are able).."Like to know what I might be 'gittin into' lol":)
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    Will do....
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    Keep us posted on dates, places etc.... If nothing else comes up, we may try to put something together at our place in July or so. Pool should be warm enough by then, I should have more mead bottled, (lots of stuff in bulk aging right now that should be ready to bottle next time I rack.)

    We have a BBQ and will have a fair number of things to try out "toys" on as well... I also fry a good turkey!

    Gooserider
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