More Celebration Pics

Dad had several groups that he considered family; one was his Bits and Pieces family – of course! He dedicated hours upon hours to ‘scour the web’ so you didn’t have to. He joked about how it was his job – but he truly loved doing it.

One Bits and Pieces reader said Dad ‘was larger than life’ and I’ve been thinking about that for a while now. I think it’s not that HE was larger than life.. it’s that he was so excited and interested by life.. by people and the things they do.. excited by the things he saw – that he felt compelled to share what he found. He wanted you, the readers, to be excited by the things he found too.

And you did. Some of you followed him for years and years, checking in each and every day to see what else he had found to entertain both himself and you.

He hosted the Big Ass BBQ where several of you came to gather here in St. Louis over 10 years ago. He met several of you along the way on various trips, even if it was just for a quick lunch during the drive to another destination. He absolutely LOVED that. Thank YOU for that… for giving my dad the gift of your friendship.

The farthest traveling people who came to the celebration were from Ohio and Georgia – and of course they were B’NP’ers. <3

10 Years Ago…

It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since we had the first Bits & Pieces Big Ass BBQ.

We had another one in St. Louis in 2011 and our first gathering in Las Vegas in 2012. A return to Las Vegas gathering was postponed earlier this year (2020) due to the pandemic. We’re hoping to do the Vegas get together next year.

I’ve gotten together with a group in Georgia a few times over the years and have met a few more people in my travels around the country over the years.

BABBQ – 9 Years Ago Today

The first Bits & Pieces Big Ass BBQ was held 9 years ago, today, September 4, 2010.  Anthony N came to St. Louis from the farthest location, Idaho. Several came from Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Ohio and Illinois. 

We did BABBQ II in St. Louis in 2011 with about the same number of attendees.  In 2012 a group gathered for B&P Goes to Fabulous Las Vegas but we can’t talk about that because as you know, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

We’re planning a B&P Returns to Las Vegas in April of 2020.  We’d love to have you join us there! More info on that here.

B&P Meet-up in Las Vegas 2012

Las Vegas signThere seems to be some interest in B&P’ers gathering in Las Vegas next year.  The first things we need to do:

  • Pick a date
  • Come up with some sort of agenda or plan of event(s).
  • What are we gonna call this gathering?

Bella is excited about it and willing to help coordinate. 

Barb Dwigher and David Grant are from the area and have offered to help out.  Any other Las Vegans out there?

We need ideas on these items.  Suggestions for dates?  What to do?  A catchy name?

What do you guys think?

BABBQ II – Less than 2 weeks

BABBQ glowThe 2nd Bits & Pieces Big Ass BBQ will take place 2 weeks from Saturday!   If you want a BABBQ T-shirt then I need to hear from you this weekend.  We’ll be ordering shirts on Monday.  You can still register after that, but you probably won’t get a T-shirt.  If you can’t make it but want to order a shirt anyway, you can.  The cost is $10 (including shipping)

See the BABBQ page to register and for more information.

Bits & Pieces Big Ass BBQ II set for July 9

The second BABBQ will take place on July 9, 2011 in St. Louis MO. 

BABBQII DesignLast year the BABBQ expenses were $1,149 and I collected $607, so I’m going to charge $5 more for adults this year and try to plan the food a little better.  We just had waaaay too much food left over.  All other prices will remain the same.  I don’t want to make money on this but would like to not have to pay half the cost.

Details can be found on the BABBQ II page.  I pretty much copied the same info I used last year just changed the date and a couple other things.    You can register to attend on a link from that page.   You must register and pay in advance in order to attend.

Gus and Trixie are looking forward to seeing you.

Reflections on the weekend and the BABBQ

What a wonderful weekend with some pretty awesome people. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on the weekend gathering for B&P readers here in St. Louis.  The only thing that could have made it better was if more people had shown up.  I believe the ones that did make it had a great time.  We had about a dozen from out of town and a few from the local area.  When you throw in my family and friends, some of who read but rarely comment, we ended up with about 40 people.  In some ways a smaller group is nice because you can spend more time talking to some people, but I was hoping for more.

It’s amazing how you can get to know people before you actually meet them.  Any when you do meet them it’s like you’re meeting an old friend you hadn’t seen in a while.  It was just very, very comfortable.  I appreciate that people would pack up and drive, or fly, hundreds of miles to attend a function like this.

A few notes….. 
We put together a B&P Trivia Quiz. It had questions like…. What is the B&P motto, What’s the name of my motorcycle ,What was my aunts name in Florida among others. Today I was just going through the answer sheets.  One of the questions was “How old is Jonco?”  Nick (aka Mr. Meee) answered 74.  Meee, would you slap him for me?

Gus was the hit of the party. I had to check Ariane’s purse when she left to make sure she didn’t kidnap him.  🙂  Someone else offered to trade his prize in the Let’s Make A Big Ass Deal game for Gus.

Food:  We had waaaaay to much of it…. or you guys didn’t eat enough.  Thanks to Dan and Dave for their all day efforts providing us with hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken breasts, ribs, one inch thick pork steaks, toasted ravioli, smoked salmon bites, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, gooey butter cookies and cakes, plus much more.

Thanks to all who helped out:  Pat, Krisgo & Seth, Dave, Dan, Mike & Pat, Janet & Dawn, Gail & Mike, my grandkids, Kaitie, Seth, Vince and Logan.  Without you guys I couldn’t have done this.

A couple of special messages:  While we were there and posing for a group picture we made a couple of special messages to a couple of people who couldn’t make it.  I had to enhance the lettering on the signs for readability.  You can click the photos to enlarge them.

Miss u Bella

Fuck cancer

And a few more pictures…. (click to enlarge)

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