Fall 2013 RedNEK Rendezvous "Lite" Details

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by Canuman, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    The Community Church is but a shadow of what it once was in IP. I used to hang with the guys who ran the Church's printing company when I was in the trade. We would help one another out on occasion, as they had some very talented people, but my company had some very modern equipment.

    They were decent, hard-working people, and sincerely believed in what they were doing. They took a lot of folk in that would have otherwise been on the dole or on the streets and gave them a home and purpose. There were certainly a lot of "crispy critters" up that way, as The Church would recruit at rock concerts. Even the old acid-heads that could barely keep it together had a job and meaning in the community, and the Church didn't ask for a penny in public funds.

    Even though Chris Braithwaite, the erstwhile editor of the Barton Chronicle generated a scandal about child abuse that rocked Vermont up to the supreme court level, cooler heads prevailed, and our State gave the Church their constitutional rights.

    I know Braithwaite. He's one hell of an editor, and has managed to put together a very durable and well-respected weekly in an age where newspapers are dropping like flies. I don't think much of him as a person, however. He scuttled the paper I used to write for to get the advertising revenue. Mr. Braithwaite is a little too bloody-minded for my taste, but he's a good journalist.

    The Honorable Judge Francis Mahady took it upon himself to defend the Church. Judge Mahady was a hell of a guy, in my experience. I was a junior reporter for a liberal weekly rag, and one of my beats was court. Mahady would give fair shake to just about anyone, but would have no truck with anyone that messed with children. He was a poor-looking fellow with a great mind, big ears, wretched hair, and a lank, scrawny frame. When he spoke, it was as if the Word of God was being laid down. He was that good.

    My Mum was the manager at a restaurant that the court frequented. Mahady once confided in her that he'd give anyone a fair shake except for a molester, who he would "hang off the dock."

    Judge Mahady died of a particularly nasty form of cancer. At his funeral, 400 members of the Community Church saw him on his way. He was their Shindler, and they paid due respect. Hats off.

    I had the opportunity to see how the Community Church dealt with their children. It were a little peculiar to me, but they did a good job and cherished them. I never heard a single harsh word, let alone an act of violence. When we'd let then use our equipment, there would often be kids as young as 10 or 12 in the group. They did real work, and could be directed with a word or two. They were beautiful.

    I've eaten more than a few meals at the Community's table. I felt welcome. They were certainly not nearly as spooky as some of those snake-handlers I ran into in the Bible Belt.

    Quite a rant, I know. Apologies. I just thought you FF's might want the truth.

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  2. shrineclown

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    killjoy....:D
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  3. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    I think you've got as much respect for the truth, however hard, as any man? Sorry, I had to get the IP thing off my chest. They treated me very well, and were good people in my book.

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  4. zanoza

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    spoke to AtlasEXP today, he is in and so am i for a dirty bike route;
    Tim, is it Brighton state park we are camping in (wipe your own arse kind)??
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  5. shrineclown

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    LOL---I have a very funny story to tell you sometime. Not here. You missed the conversation about it at CroMag....which had nothing to do with my funny story. Protecting the innocent and all.

    Not all the natives were as accepting as you are. It was a rough start. Which caused a majority of the mess you are speaking of. If they were a political nuthouse, not a feather would have stirred. Nope, that is not selective persecution.

    They were much more acceptable than the EPP whacko's IMO.

    Hippies, diversity in a weird way. :D
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  6. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    Yes, if things go as planned. It may be advisable to call and see if they have any cabins available. The cabins sleep 3-4, and are pretty reasonable split that way.

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  7. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    EPP was just F'd up in the extreme. What finally brought it down was drugs and alcohol, but it never had a very sound foundation. There were "Hippies" and "Back to the Landers" in the 60's and 70's. The Hippies were urban and suburban, and had absolutely no idea how to live outside of their environment. Actually, some of the Back to the Landers did, and became pretty successful in small-scale farming and business. EPP attracted Hippies.

    I had two contacts with EPP. Around '76 or so, my father decided to butcher a steer in Jaunary. My father never got around to things before about five in the evening. I suspect he wasn't a morning person. He was cutting up the steer at about 3 am. It was 40 below, and I suspect that ours was about the only light on at that time of night. A gal that was staying at EPP was dropped off by the side of the road, probably because she wouldn't "put out." If she hadn't knocked on the door, she likely would have died. She was in no way dressed for -40.

    We all piled into our wretched family car and drove her up to Norton the next day. We hit the place at dusk, and were greeted with "Good Morning!" Just about everyone was high or drunk, and he residents were living in everything from shacks to holes in the ground. No way that community was going to last.

    Many years later, I was invited to one of those weddings where you know no one somewhere in Connecticut. It was a high-end affair, and no cost was spared. Turns out the bride was the daughter of one of the founders of EPP. She and the groom were working for CNN , and both had some hellacious trust funds.

    That's when the other shoe dropped.

    Hate to disappoint, but I'm not a real Vermonter. I was born in Jersey City. I know how how to shovel shit, squeeze teats, chop wood and the lot.

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  8. zanoza

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    ni xyia sibe, i have never imagined how much shit goes on in VT, i guess its to much Nort and brains could be frozen at times;
    I am a newcomer, and enjoyed some of u company, others made me threatened .... with their speed :puke1
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  9. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    I couldn't navigate that statement with good soundings and sonar. Blyat! You want to ride or not?

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  10. zanoza

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    well, when i read it... I couldn't navigate the statement myself :evil
    there must be some :1drink involved :lol3

    anyway, there are seems to be a lot of enthusiasm in this thread so i am always wary of a lot of enthusiasm, i am out,,, training for the next year :dj
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  11. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    Shame, that. I had a call from Anton. He'll be at Brighton and will lead a small bike route. I found a new gate the other day on the Paul Stream Road complete with security cameras. Seems there is a pissing contest going on between the State and the Town of Granby over access. I think there's a work-around, which I hope to scout and post tracks for tomorrow evening.

    So, the event is on, but in a limited fashion. The colors are at peak, so bring a camera if you're in.
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  12. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    Well, with 2 days notice, I have to say I'm out. I really wanted to come up, but with a 5 hour ride, I was looking for someone to commit to leading a ride before now. I called GMB, looking for some commitment, no call back. I just told my wife I'd be home now, and that's just how it goes. Maybe next time.
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  13. grind

    grind Been here awhile

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    I was in for big bikes but seems like this has become a limited small bike ride at this point. Bummer!
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  14. guymanbro

    guymanbro da Vermonster

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    Oh sure, blame ME for you not coming to ride. :lol3 Ask Anton, I don't mix well with phones. I was planning on calling you today, though, after trying to get a hold of Anton again but I guess I won't bother now.

    Who the hell is left standing and still coming to this thing? So far it looks like me, Anton, jackpiner57, tdvt, and maybe ADVRich, baiku, and Shrineclown.
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  15. AtlasExp

    AtlasExp beer me

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    I am coming! FYFF whos not coming! Be there on FRI night

    Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk 4
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  16. jackpiner57

    jackpiner57 Moto-Racks.com

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    I'm still in. I'll be there Friday afternoon and have to be home Saturday evening before the street lights come on.:shog

    Which campsite is party central?
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  17. jackpiner57

    jackpiner57 Moto-Racks.com

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    After your accident, I'm surprised you can even drive your car. You're one tough MOFO.

    I'll be riding injured too, after hitting my bad wrist with a 2 lb sledge.:baldy
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  18. guymanbro

    guymanbro da Vermonster

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    I just loaded the Gas Gas on the back of the truck. After walking a couple miles home. Looks like I'm out unless I can figure out the short before tomorrow. And I've got work to finish up today.

    Most likely out, but I'll post up here if that changes.
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  19. jackpiner57

    jackpiner57 Moto-Racks.com

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    :lurk
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  20. baiku

    baiku Manaical Engineer

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    I'm going to bow out. My back is effed up, and my skills SUCK in comparison to yours. You don't need a boat anchor in the ride. Have a great weekend, I'm looking forward to a RR.

    Art
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