We left a wet and rainy Granada Hills, 4:30 a.m. Friday morning to drive
the 4 hours to Laughlin. Johnny had packed tons of fighters (what else
is new?), including enough cotton line and paper kites to try another game
of "Wolf and Sheep".
Friday's weather was quite spectacular, a quick drip-drop of sprinkles,
high winds..low winds..moderate winds, the sun shinning thru tons of clouds
(ranging from white to gray to black) which filled the skies and provided
a fantastic background for all the high flying kites. Then once the sun
set, we were treated to a Awesome electrial storm in the clouds hovering
over the distant desert mountains. Those who were fortunate to catch this
were simply mesmorized by the show, the lighting bolts resonated thru the
clouds, and the slowly rising moon eventually peaked and emerged above
the cloud layers.
According to Ron Gibian, "Noodles" ruled this weekend, (Noodles being
the latest description to his long rectangular kites) and this comment
was directed at Scott Skinner.
Spencer almost lost his kite to a crowd of kids who attacked the bag
of candy when his kite hit a tree during the launch for the Candy Drop
Randy Shannon's self-portrait kite got loose and became caught on the
Hotel building, hanging upside down, causing everyone to laugh. Johnny
saved the day by using an Indian paper kite and manjha on his Indian reel.
He was able to manuvere the line up and under the roof overhang to "cut"
Randy's kite loose from the roof. Now the slogan should be "Fighter's rule"!
Kathy Plummer's daughter got married Sat. evening as the sun was setting.
Miyuki brought several Hawaiian leis and Head wreathes from Hawaii for
the Bride and Groom, then after the short ceremony, everyone was invited
to the reception.
Randy Shannon and Scot Hampton visited our room Saturday nite. Johnny
conducted an impromptu show-in-tell with the fighter kites in his collection.
Meanwhile Michelle and Ramsey (Randy's 2 yr old son) played, watched Hercules
on T.V., and bounced on the hotel beds.
This festival was definitely well worth the drive.