I cannot do my whirlwind tour of the Houston Rodeo Cook-off/Heidelberg Reunion justice this blog post, but I going to give it try.
Back in fall small group of Heidelberg High Schoolers met in Mansfield and Chip Whitley hatched this grand plan. I have to admit I was skeptical and it if it was not for one last minute prodding from Chip, I probably would have passed on the whole event.
|Chip and Lisa|
I know now that would have been a huge mistake. If you ever getting invited to a party that Chip and Lisa Whitley are coordinating/hosting, go. Don’t question yourself, clear your schedule and go. They know how to throw a party and know how to make it easy on everyone that attends.
|Nick, Me, Fran|
We did a lot of catching up before we headed up to meet Lisa and Chip in the hospitality suite. Again I cannot stress how organized Chip was as he was handing us our passes and T-shirts for the cook-off. I must admit of having admiration for Chip’s cleverness of combining something he is going to do anyway with a chance to see old friends.
Back in the fall Chip tried to explain the vastness of what I was going to expect when I got into the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. I did not grasp it. You cannot scale it. After a very confusing cab ride, Chip led us to his booth. I use the term booth because I do not really have another word. But the crew of Whitley Construction Services built a building that housed a full kitchen, bar, storage area, stage for the band, dance floor and of course plenty of seating. I apparently kept over using the word amazing all night long.
The following morning was spent reorienting myself to the real world. Francisco and I hunted down breakfast at the local Taco Cabana. (Nick had to go teach a class) We had a wonderful visit about life, family, relationships, work, etc. I actually got sunburn on my legs in February because we spent the morning outside on the patio.
|Chip,Melinda, Mellisa, Chris, Fran, Leanne, Cathy, me|
About lunch time the next wave of Heidlebergers came into town. A wonderful time was spent in the hospitality suite getting reconnected and making new friends with a common background. I had committed only one day to this event and was regretting that I did. It took a lot of self discipline not go get on the bus back to the cook-off when I said good bye. All the reports from the Heidielbergers I got from the rest of the weekend also over used the word amazing.
Chip says he is doing this again next year. I am clearing my schedule to make it the whole weekend.