Every year the Arctic Air-Cooled VW club holds a reunion, which means if you have a Volkswagen you can bring it and show it off. This happens on the Saturday before Father’s Day. I got involved because my son in law, Dan Montgomery, is involved with the club. He has had a love for VW’s all his life. He even inherited his Dad’s 1967 Bug which he drove to Alaska when he moved here. Which if you saw the Bug you would wonder how he made it up the Alaska Highway. It has won the VW in the worst shape many times.
Anyway back to the Family Reunion. It is a lot of fun. They give out prizes every hour. Yes, they have something to do with Volkswagens. I do believe that the Diamond Center usually donates some kind of gift card for the big drawing.
The event is free but they do like everyone to vote on the VW’s. There were four divisions to vote on, The best Volkswagen, best Audi, best Porsche and the best beater.
Why you ask are Audi and Porsche at a Volkswagen Family Reunion? Well I asked too and this is what I found.
Volkswagen Group sells cars under the brand Volkswagen, Audi, and Porshe. So, all these brands are owned by the same parent company. Volkswagen started in 1937. They had a majority share in Audi by 1966, bringing Audi under the control of the Volkswagen group.
So I guess they are all Volkswagens.
I am sure you can find a vehicle that interests you enough to vote on it but I warn you it is hard to chose.
Even the young are having fun.
If you would like to know about the club you can check them out here:
I forgot to tell one story last night. We started hearing this noise. I think it is the heater fan. David is checking gauges. It is really getting annoying now. I put a CD in to try to drown out the noise. David finally has had enough, not sure if it is the noise or my griping. Anyway he pulls over and as we are getting to get out of the car, David says look between seats. There is our charger just buzzing away and hot. Thank the Lord it wasn’t our little Outback. She is a good old girl.
I am really getting into this and learning to always look at the things you checked off and not the ones unchecked. Today that is just what I did.
My day started off like a normal day. I had planned to go over to my friend’s, Judie, house and we were going to paint some pots. We have a lot of starts that we took off some of the plants at church. We thought if we rooted them and planted them in cute pots we could sell them after church to make money for the church or a charity. Anyway there I go again getting side tracked. I had just got over there and my son called to say they had forgotten their brushes and could I run them over to them. Judie and I say fine but before we leave she gets a call from her daughter and she is in the ER. She has been sick for a while and finally went in. So we tell her we are going to go take the brushes to the boys and then we will come see her. We get to my house and I am looking for brushes, so I call the kid. He says, “Oh, never mind we have a roller working now.” Not sure what that meant. I guess I will ask when they get home. Anyway we say great. Jump back in the car and head to hospital. We go find Trevor. She is waiting to get test results. We are waiting with her, but we are both thinking they are going to admit her. Sure enough test results come back and she has a low white count. She is put on IV antibiotics and told she is being admitted. She asks for how long and he replies at least 3 days. She is starting to stress, we tell her not to worry about anything that we will take care of it. We tell her she needs to just worry about herself. We said tell us what you need us to do. She was worried about her dogs. We said we will take them over to Judie’s house. She was going to send her daughter $100. We said we can take care of that. She was worried about picking Jesse up on Monday. Mom, Judie, said she will pick him up. She was worried about getting some baby blankets finished. I told her I would do that. I better put that on my checklist! Then she was worried they would make her stay more than 3 days and she was supposed to fly to Vegas to see her daughter and meet her new grandson. We told her that she needs not to worry about that because if she has to change her date it is for a medical reason so it would be no problem. We repeat to her just take care of you and we will take care of everything else. Off we go to the car again.
Once in car we decided our plan of attack. First was off to Wells Fargo Bank with a nice crisp $100 dollar bill in our little hands. We get to the bank and go in. Judie tells the lady at the desk that she wants to put $100 in her granddaughter’s checking account. The lady asked if it was cash. Judie says yes and she replies we don’t accent cash. Judie stood there with her mouth open for a split second before she replied you’re a bank and you don’t accept cash. The lady then explained that they weren’t allowed because of money laundering. So this 75 year old woman had to write a check off of her account to deposit into her granddaughter’s checking account so she was not accused of money laundering. I am sorry but I had to laugh.
Our next stop was to Trevor’s to get the dogs and to get the blankets I need to finish for her. We drive up and park in the driveway. All of a sudden my door is open and there is the little boy saying, “Hi, you’re my neighbor. You have two dogs because I have seen them in you backyard. You have two cats because I have seen them through our upstairs windows and I can see right into your windows.” I guess he knows all about Trevor except for what she looks like, considering that Judie is 75 and I am 63 and Trevor is 40. Also, Trevor’s skin is a little darker than ours and she is a lot skinnier than us two old ladies. So we manage to get inside the house. The dogs are no problem. We let them out to go pee. We find the blankets and thread, so I can take care of them. The dogs are back in. We collect their bowls and food. Now we have to find the leashes. They are supposed to be in a hall closet. We look and look and can’t find them. Trevor calls and tells us they have her in a room now. We say great and where are the leashes. She tells us that they are just where we were looking. Finally, after Judie drops a big weight on her foot we see something behind this big black bag. Judie reaches for it and SCORE we found one. Then there was the other one. Now we got the dogs, food, bowls and blankets loaded in the car. We then decide that I should go over to the store to pick up my groceries I ordered. I love this new thing that Fred Meyer’s is doing. You go on-line and order your groceries and pick a time to pick it up. Then you just drive to the pickup area and they load it in the car. If I could get them to come home and unload that would be good. Well look I need gas, so let’s go to their gas station. WOW! was that a great idea. I scanned my rewards card and got 40 cents a gallon off of the gas. Too bad I wasn’t driving the truck but I had to use the points before the end of August. OH shit, I have keto ice cream in my groceries. Ok, so we will stop at my house on the way to Judie’s, it is on the way. She sits in the car with the dogs while I run up the back stairs to put my freezer stuff away. Then off to Judie’s to let the dogs in her house. We set up the kennel, sort out food and water for them. They had stayed at grandma’s before, so it was all ok. I then say well do you want to go to the cannabis store with me. I think this will be fun because Judie is just an old hippie too. We check on google to see where the closest one was to us and off we go again. Judie loves that she is carded at the door. They told her they had to make sure she didn’t have a fake ID. Then the door opened and that wonderful smell hits you, yes we made it. Judie is just in awe. Her eyes get big and she is looking everywhere. Checking every corner out with the eyes of amazement. She turns to me and says, “I never thought I would see this in my lifetime.”
Well as I come home I think I didn’t get too many checks today but think the ones that I did get with all the other things that happened in my day were well-earned and I am proud of me.
I got most everything packed yesterday, but we needed to check the weight again. We did a little moving around and got all three bags under 23 kilograms. We are probably up to 60 pounds of beer now.
We cleaned up everything at the apartment and left for the airport. On the way we stopped for gas and I took a couple of photos of our dirty car. It is a little bit cleaner than it was at one point. Might have been the trip through the river. Did I say that? We didn’t drive through any water with the rental car.
We then went to turn in our car at Sixt. They were the really busy again but could be because they are the cheapest place to rent a car. So if you want a cheap rental be prepared to wait a couple hours. Our car was the dirtiest one that was turned in. I guess the people didn’t have as much fun as us.
Now time to catch the shuttle to the airport. There was some interesting art outside the airport.
When we went to check in I told them that we had paid for a bag in London and they told us that it was paid all the way through. She wanted to see my receipt which luckily I had on my email. Glad I don’t get rid of that stuff until the trip is all over. We loaded our luggage on the weighing belt and we had 1.4 kilos to spare. Yeah! We passed the weight allowed.
Then off through security where I managed to set the bells off as normal. After getting patted down and having the wand run over my body, to bad it wasn’t a guy doing the patting down, I was let through.
We picked up some licorice in the duty free. I was going to get some whiskey made in Iceland and smoked in sheep dung but thought $89 was a little much.
We found a place to sit and had a sandwich I had packed. Now we are waiting to see what gate we go to. Then we will be off to Anchorage and our own bed for the night.
After getting our car which was one we had never heard of but really nice, we headed for Reykjavik. Fred, you probably know what it is.
We got to our apartment that we rented. I decided I was going to take a shower, but that was not going to happen because there was no cold water in the shower, it was HOT!!! We went to get something to eat and a few groceries and called it a night.
After playing cat and mouse with our host for a while because my phone didn’t work over here and every time we would try to send each other an email HomeAway would hide it. We finally got hold of the guy taking care of the place for the owner. He was great and everything is being taken care of. I was afraid we were going to look stupid because we didn’t know how to turn it on.