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POKER RUN AUG 13

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    • Ace
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    This year will be the 16th annual Poker run.  Yup, 16 years ago on a rainy sunday 14 cars gathered in Middletown for the first of what has become a pretty fun day out.  What started out as one of my workday travel routes has evolved over the years into a  great driving adventure for all. This is the only self paced ride the club does, so there is no pressure to keep up with the car in front.  Go at your own pace, as long as it is not turtle and you don’t get ‘misdirected’!!

     

    You will need a navigator…a clipboard comes in handy…and the only technology you will ever need on this ride is a pencil and the intelligence of a 5th grader.  Being able to read and follow written directions is key…being aware of your surroundings as you travel the route will help you answer the questions.  Yes, there will be questions…some in the form of a riddle…TV trivia is always in play. Arnold the pig has made three appearances over the years.

     

    If you sign up…SHOW UP!!  RAIN OR SHINE!!  this is VERY important because it affects how many playing cards I put out the day before…Oh..did I mention you will be collecting cards along the way and the best Poker hand at the end gets the cheezy trophy.  No quitting in the middle either…that affects the folks behind you and the card count.  This is a pretty much all day affair…so clear your schedule and don’t overbook yourself.  These things are usually in the 100 mile range and will take the average team between 3 and 4 hours before getting to the endpoint…where food and beverage will be available.  After everyone arrives, we will review the questions and find the best poker hand.

     

    This year we will be exploring some of the less travelled and obscure areas out in the eastern part of the state. Trust me, I can find some really obscure back roads where cell phone service is spotty at best and some roads do not even have signs.

     

    Are you smarter that a 5th grader?…only time will tell.

     

    Joe

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    • Pro
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    Joe,

    Best club activity!! Thanks for the hard work Joe!  You know I’m in!  And I would love to help you pre-run!  It is not a prob that it is far!  Just keep me posted!

     

    Lance

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    • Ace
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    I will give out this tidbit now…the starting point will be in Durham…and go east from there

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    • Ace
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    I was handed a printout of this years membership list as of last monthly meeting…and guess what…there were 181 dues paid members on that list!!!

     

    I have 22 cars signed up for the Poker run…anyone see something wrong with this picture?

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    • Ace
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    Up to 26 cars for the Poker Run.  After last year’s extra long 15th anniversary run, 143 miles…I promise, this one will be in the 100 mile range

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    • Ace
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    nailed down the exact address for the start point

     

    DURHAM VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT

    41 Main St, Durham, CT 06422

     

    REAR PARKING LOT TOWARD THE BACK

     

    I will have this information posted to the main event page soon

     

     

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    • Ace
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    We are up to 32 cars…that is great news!!  there is no car count limit for this little get together

     

    A couple of reminders…if you signu…SHOW UP!!  that is important for the number of cards I prepare.

    only 3 valid excuses for not showing up…HOSPITAL…JAIL…DEAD!!

     

    And I will need a doctors note or a police report…lol!!

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    • Novice
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    Hey!

    I’m new to the club and this event sounds really fun. I’d love to go but I’d be showing up solo and I noticed the post said that you’d need a navigator.

    Is it fine to show up solo or is it best to try and grab one more person to tag along?

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    • Gear Head
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    It’s more difficult to do solo. Best to find a buddy to follow at the starting point.

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    • Ace
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    Best done with a naviguesser…the driver will be VERY busy on this ride…some really twisty back roads that will need all your attention

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    Now up to 35 cars for the Poker run…that is outstanding!!

     

    Remember…if you sign up…SHOW UP!!

     

    Long range forecast is for a very nice weather day

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    • Ace
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    One cancellation…thank you Carl for taking care of that in the correct manner…name has disappeared from the list.

     

    Cancellations are handled thru your Dashboard…for anyone that is wondering…

     

    Still holding at 35 cars….and you can sign up right up to FRIDAY EVENING AT 7PM

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    • Ace
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    Time for me to start with the daily reminder on this event.

     

    this little ride will definitely skew more toward the driver having a lot of fun and the naviguesser reaching for the non-existing OH CRAP! handle.

     

    multiple opportunities to see fellow clubmembers coming at you from the other direction with that quizzical look on their face…

     

    Your suspension will definitely get a workout if you do it right!!

     

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    • Ace
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    Reminder email went out to the membeship on this little get together…

     

    As promised after last year…this one is under 100 miles, but very entertaining and will require some pretty good lane discipline on the part of the driver…we do not want any accidents!!

     

    It is not too late to sign up for this…deadline is friday evening…about 7pm please

     

    Technology?..we don’t need no stinkin technology!!  A pencil or a pen, and a clipboard is all you need

     

    Are you smarter than a 5th grader?…only time will tell.

    last year, one clubmember had an actual 5th grader as his naviguesser, and they made it to the finish

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    • Ace
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    I am glad the reminder went out last night…two cancellations this morning

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    Another cancellation this morning…at least folks are actually doing this, and i want to thank them.  that makes my job easier

     

    People have until about 7pm this evening to decide to join or drop…so check your schedule and come on out to have some fun

    Definitely shorter than last year so this will only take 2 1/2 -3 hours…but still very entertaining!!

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    And another sign up…so still holding at 34 cars…as long as everyone shows up…

     

    Signups open until about 7pm Friday evening…that will give me enough time to take care of everything

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    • Novice
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    Hello,

    I had to cancel my spot for the poker run. I have to unexpectedly go out of town. Please have someone use my slot!

    Tamar

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    THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED TO FURTHER SIGNUPS!!

     

    Hopefully everyone on the list at this point will be able to be there on sunday. last minute cancellations up until about noon on saturday if necessary.

     

    meeting starts promptly at 10 with the first car out about 10:30

    Please show up with a full tank of fuel…which is available right across from the start point, as is a dunks

     

    I plan on being there relatively early…if anyone wants to meet me about 8:30..ish.. in Waterbury at the Ami Bagel shop on the east side of town, thats where I will be.

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    Llooks like we dodged a bit of a weather bullet for tomorrow…rain moving thru later today and tonight …

     

    heading out later this afternoon to quadruple check the route instructions and place the signs

     

    See you all sunday morning!!…don’t be late!!

     

    any questions, feel free to post here and i will address them later today or tonight

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    • Pro
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    Typical club member arriving at the Poker Run on time 🙂

    https://www.facebook.com/reel/1351734578755116?fs=e&s=TIeQ9V&mibextid=cQhAVf

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    That is way too funny!!!…thanks for posting that little clip

     

    See you tomorrow!

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    • Pro
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    Looking forward to it Joe.

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    Signs are out…endpoint is ready for us…and of course SOMEONE signed up this afternoon while I was out placing the signs…signups were supposed to be closed last night

     

    I will deal with that tomorrow…

    See everyone in the morning…still work to do here

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    Looks like the weather gods have had their fun and things are definitely looking up

     

    See you all later this morning in Durham!!

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    Joe,

     

    Thanks for all the hard work on this poker run!  As always a good time!  Lot of Twisties for our little Miatas!

    Great seeing old faces, and new faces, and new cars!

    Self paced… Well we had a threesome of “same paced” vehicles!  …. Pace was at a higher rate of speed and limits of traction..  but it’s at “my” own pace!  No one was forced to follow me!  Haha 😂😆.

    Always a good time, good people, great roads and cars.  Decent food and end location!

    Can’t wait for the next Thing!

     

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    Well..it was definitely an interesting day.  Where I thought people would have trouble, most did not…and where i didn’t think there would be any issue, right at the start…a BUNCH of people did…oh well

     

    Eventually everyone made it to the end point, and seemed to enjoy the ride. Self paced is always a good time, because everyone has their own pace…some quicker than others.

     

    Lots of twisties…and plenty of places to stretch the Miata legs…

     

    16 years…never the same route twice…different areas to explore. Talked to two people that grew up in the general area we were today and even they did not know some of the roads we were on…go figger!!

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    Joe – what an amazing route you planned today!  Absolutely gorgeous scenery with plenty of twists and turns for entertainment.  Didn’t get lost once, didn’t miss turn one, made it to the restaurant in the middle of the pack – just about perfect!  Got to work on the crappy hand – why is it the best we can do is usually a pair of fives?

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    • Gear Head
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    Such a great day with some fantastic roads and plenty of twisty’s to give our Miatas the” Beans”. Thanks so much Joe for all the hard work you put into this run.  Perfect weather, perfect roads, great company, what more could you ask for. Sooo much fun!!!

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    • Novice
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    Whew!! What a fun and exciting day! Amazing weather and road conditions. And a super fun route! (Even if i wasnt smarter than a 5th grader on that first turn) thank you joe for everything u did to make this happen. Definitely spent alot of time bragging around the ole water cooler at work today. Cant wait to see everyone at the next event.

     

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    Here is a link to drone footage at the start of the Poker run…thank you Justin for doing this…definitely a different perspective

     

    https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/bk2flay01ezqxk29rs435/h?dl=0&rlkey=gsqcpdsfkh9khn8qhuzbhj345

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