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Old 07-09-2002, 07:27 PM
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I'm ready for a So. Cal. GTG...

Is it just me, or is everyone ready for another Southern California GTG?

I'm looking at the month of August and Saturdays only, like Aug. 3rd, or 10th.

I say we meet at a park, where we can park our cars, enjoy relaxing in the shade - like under a big tree, and sit down at a picnic table. A place with a BBQ would be nice. We could bring our wives / girlfriends, kids, friends, etc. and talk about our cars, BBQ hamburgers / hotdogs / chicken for lunch, and bring things like potato salad, drinks, chips, etc. If BBQing sounds like too much trouble, we could do a pot luck or bring KFC, pizza, or whatever.

We could meet in the morning, like 10 a.m., have lunch, and then call it a day whenever we're done, like 2 p.m., or so.

Let's all choose a place that anyone knows of that would work, and we'll sort of build a consensus on where everyone wants to meet.

I'll nominate Craig Park in Brea. It's off of the 57 Freeway at Imperial Highway. It's a huge park with a lake and lots of places to BBQ.
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Old 07-09-2002, 08:17 PM
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Paul,
Sounds good to me! I am definitly looking forward to it. I'm easy... don't mind the location.
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Old 07-09-2002, 08:40 PM
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August is a tough month for me, about the only weekend I have is the 10th.

3rd & 4th - pistol match that I'm hosting. 17th & 18th a Laughlin trip followed by a four day regional pistol match 21st through the 24th.

The park sounds good, much better for the munchkins than the parking structure - more room to run . Maybe the Missus will be able to come this time (and I won't have to chase after the girls after every other word ).
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Old 07-09-2002, 09:25 PM
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Hey Paul,

I would like to go but the 10th is the only weekend in August I have free. Any chance Sept. would work out better? Keep us posted!

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Old 07-09-2002, 10:29 PM
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I have a heavy travel schedule in September that covers most weekends, so I wanted to try and make it for August.

August the 10th is fine with me.

Shall we call it for the August the 10th? Speak now or forever hold your peace.

As for location, I'm in Diamond Bar near Brea. David is in Newport Beach. I spoke with John Elliot (JCE) this morning on the phone, and I'm sure he'll be in. He lives in Mission Viejo. Mike is in Temecula, which would be a nice place to meet. I'm not sure where ML Dude lives.

Come on guys, give us some suggestions as to some nice parks near where you live.
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Old 07-09-2002, 11:17 PM
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Talking South Calif GTG

How about a relatively new MBZ devotee and his wife coming to this. We have never been to one before. Would love to meet some of you and see your cars. I live in San Pedro and don't mind driving to where ever.

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Old 07-09-2002, 11:41 PM
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ML Dude is in Tustin... so seems like it should work for him.

BTW: August 10th sounds good to me.
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Old 07-10-2002, 12:03 AM
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Sugi,

I can make it on August the 10th. After that I will have a busy schedule do to some business trips.

Pot luck seems an excellent idea ! My only request is to consider a place near my area, Cristina is always looking to bring her car and join us but with two daughters, long rides on the Mercedes are not very pleasant.

Rayson, you should second my request, I live in Palos Verdes and work in Pedro, right at the harbor, next to Cabrillo Marina ! Let me know if you will be interested on having lunch together sometime.

Palos Verdes is convinient located for people coming from LA as well as the ones coming from OC.
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Well if it's the 10th count me and hopefully my wife in! I guess we all need to decide where to hold it.

Just today I drove through the mountains between Temecula and San Clemente and I have to say it is absolutely beautiful and if anyone knows of any parks near there I think the drive alone would make it worth while for everyone.

Other than that I really don't have any locations suggestions. Brea or anywhere near Hwy 5 is cool with me.
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Old 07-10-2002, 12:42 AM
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The 10th sounds good, anywhere between San Diego and Ventura and points inland. I (probably we) will be there!

Placo1

If you liked the ride out to Temecula, sometime we ought to put together a rally on the circuit around Camp Pendleton. Lots of neat back roads, fantastic views, interesting stops. Mike Tangas knows a lot more of the history of the roads in the area than I do (Mike: do you know where in your neck of the woods the Yankee troops intercepted a contingent of Californian Confederate volunteers to keep California from declaring for the South, and the location of the Yankee prisoner of war camps in California where they were held?)
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Old 07-10-2002, 12:57 AM
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That would be further down by Escondido John, San Pascual (close to the Wild Animal Park), at least as far as the battle goes. Not sure about Civil War POW camps.

If y'all wanted to do Temecula, that would permit a nice drive through the De Luz Canyon area, nice narrow twisties on a road that is basically unimproved since 1934 (WPA/CERA project of Mr. Roosevelt), follows the old stage route between Fallbrook and Murrieta. Or even a leisurely drive through the wine country, but beware it do get hot here.

As far as parks go, we have the Sports Park, free and ample parking but little shade. Or Lake Skinner, but that costs to enter and it's even hotter out there. We do have a number of smaller parks/greenways, but would have to check on the parking situation. Unfortunately we are taking off for the Northwoods on Sunday and will be gone for 2 weeks (time to check on the property and install a couple gates, plus a little fishing), so very little time for research.

I'm not opposed to the drive to Diamond Bar/Brea, or even Casper Park on the Ortega - no kids have been eaten by mountain lions for years there.
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Old 07-10-2002, 02:09 AM
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Pretty close! Us 3rd generation Californios didn't get this info from our history books in school - it took links from Huell Hauser's California Gold PBS series.

San Pasqual was the Mecican American war of 1846 - Yankee troops vs. Californios sympathetic to Mexico. (Seems as if Californians have never been strongly sympathetic to Washington DC!) After Gold was discovered in CA, the Union took a strong interest in keeping California in the fold, especially as Arizona declared for the South after Union Cavalry pulled out leaving settlers at the mercy of the Apache Indians. The Confederates sent cavalry to Arizona to fight Apaches if AZ declared for the south, which seemed like a good idea to the settlers. The western most battle between regular troops of the 2 sides was in Arizona at Picacho Pass http://www.wtj.com/articles/picacho/ .

A steady stream of Californians also left to join the Arizona and Texas Confederates, intercepted at Minter Ranch near the Mt Palomar/Lake Henshaw/Butterfield stage coach station area. Numerically outnumbered and tactically surrounded, the Confederate volunteers surrendered without a shot, and were sent first to Yuma prison, then to a prison camp at Drum Barracks in Los Angeles. They gave their parole, were released, broke parole and enlisted with the south. To the north, Confederate privateers were detained at Alcatraz, which started as a fort, changed to a POW camp, evolved to a military prison, then became a civil prison. At one time during the war between the states, 40 % of union troops were stationed in the southwest and pacific rim states.

http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/61april/minters.htm

http://www.militarymuseum.org/DrumBks.html

http://www.cwrtorangecounty-ca.org/THE%20CIVIL%20WAR%20LEGACY%20OF%20ORANGE%20COUNTY.htm

What all this has to do with a MB get together escapes me at present, but it seemed too esoteric and inconsequential to avoid sharing (That way not just my brain is clutered with useless facts )
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10th sounds cool to me.

Just name the time and place and I should be good to go.

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Sundays are always better for me but I think I can make it on August 10th.

I don't have any location suggestions but I'm willing to drive a bit so name a place and I'll try to be there. Like Mike said, a park would be great for the kids.
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