kites against a brilliant blue sky, fresh wind, and good friends created a morning that was hard to beat.
chuck flying a new indian with tyvek center panel and mylar wings...he
had it dialed in nicely and nailed my buka into the snow more times than
is polite...especially for a friend.
x-steve had another couple of beauties from his workbench...seems like each nfka fly brings steve with new kites and always pretty...the kites, i mean.
sir richard was staggered and bleary-eyed from a late night on a dance floor in some smoky dive doing the turkeyneck and the two-step hitchalong...we knew immediately that he was going to be easy game this day.
all this manly-man activity made us hungry so we swarmed off to eat elmo's best mexican...besides, we had serious business to attend...
we discussed the first annual shortline world cup...and a decision has
been made!!!!!! nfka will indeed sponsor and organize this event...3rd
full week in august...at wsikf in longbeach, washington...watch your
mailbox for further information coming soon...'cause you're all going to
be invited to share.
then we trundled back to the flying field...and since the wind had dropped to zip, zero, nada, nothing...we decided to hold our round-robin competition.
chuck was masterful all afternoon...and took first.
brian was silent death incarnate...and took third.
...and x-steve, that silly rascal, took second. this is a very
important milestone for him. x-steve has been flying fighters for four
years with the northwest nfka gang and, although he builds beautiful
kites, this was his very first time to place in competition. his
persistence, his good humor, his dedication, and his unselfish
willingness to be used as our punching dummy in combat is certainly
paying off...and we who have trashed him monthly, driven his kites into
the ground, kicked them once down, and danced on their grave can do so
no longer...he has emerged...we congratulate him.
so, that's it...it got dark, began to sprinkle and so we all drove off our separate ways with shared grins...for sure.
Right to left:
Chuckl Lund 1st
Brian Johnsen 3rd
Steve Childers 2nd