Photo on the left shows a Hotel Security Guard rescuing a Cody from
the roof. Brian Johnsen (wearing the hat) is on the ground trying to help
the guard turn the kite over. The guard had a difficult time and finally
just tossed it down to the ground (along with a few choice words I won't
The Fighter Kite Shoot-out planned by Randy Shannon, was cancelled due
to lack of winds on Sat. Randy was able to conduct an informal Fighter
Pilot meeting Sat. night with a few of the AKA Fighter Committee members
present, Johnny, Brian Johnsen, and Rick Miller, plus he included Basir
Beria and Scott Hampton (who helped keep them all on track!) I understand
the committee made some progress on reviewing the current AKA Fighter Rulebook,
before they were off to play Blackjack or the slot machines.
Here, Ramsey and Michelle are taking a short rest before heading
off in another direction.
The "Shorts" kite stuck in a tree.
Sunday was *THE* day for most of the demos...Flight Squadron; Ron "QuadKing"
Despojado and his partner, Nicole; Kobi and Manual; I know I'm forgetting
some.... And then "Sheep and the Wolf" Game. I was able to get several
great photos of the "Sheep" in action...trying to get their kites launched
(tangled lines were everywhere), and to stay up in the air, before the
wolves, Johnny and Basir, cut them out of the sky, or if their kites dropped
out of the sky, the kids pounced on it. Johnny cut 6 kites before his line
made contact with Basir's and off his kite went...all the way over the
Sunday night we were treated to a fantastic view of the Partial Lunar
Eclipse and the Hale-Bopp Comet.
Other Good news to report: Kathy Plummer's daughter, who got married
at the Avi festival in November '96, is pregnant, so we'll get to meet
the new baby at the November 21-23, 1997 festival.