Saturday, December 15, 2007

Second Annual Club 13 Holiday Open House

The house was packed on Friday night for our Second Annual Holiday Open House. These photographs give you a taste of the commeraderie, laughter and good eats--but for the total experience, there was no substitute for Being There: the women were beautiful, the men were--witty and handsome, I think, the punch was extremely punchy, cries of "I hate rabbits!" echoed from the back deck and, needless to say,none who witnessed it will soon forget Drew and Doug's late-night interpretive dance rendition of "Peace Dog."
The Glitterati gather: Terry Woods, Pam Brawner, Doug and Deborah, Laura Seville

Austin with mechanical mouse and with Mom

Terry and Dave (Twist of Faite) drop by with friend Teresa.

Cathy and Sharon appresciate the Seville gift of gab...
Bryan's dashing 'stash is a chick magnet.

Drew with bretheren-in-arms Mike, Stu, Don and Rick

He's a bruiser, but he IS almost fifteen: Stan crashes halfway through the party.

Outside, by the firepit, smokers gather for warmth: comrades in nicotine Deborah, Dennette (I know I'm spelling her name wrong!!!), Laura and Paul (Yes that's Drew and no, he does not smoke)

The Last Revelers, 2 A.M.: Greg, Kip, Sherri and Drew
After the last guest has escaped into the darkness, Stan reclaims his chair; gargoyle watches over the Christmas tree...

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Still no hair, but look how far along it has come. I am having so much fun with this painting! It's the upside of the downside.

Friday, October 19, 2007


This is mostly amusing to me, I know.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Picnic on the Rappahannock 4

A new painting in the works--I know it doesn't look like much yet, but that's how they all start.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Retreat to the Hills of WV: Columbus Day Weekend

Doug's Porsche does what a Porsche is supposed to do!

Every Columbus Day Weekend for quite a few years now, a group of likeminded Demons for Punishment has gathered in West Virginia's Canaan Valley to relish friendship, nature and the last dregs of Good Riding Weather for the year. This year was the first time that Drew and I have been responsible for the accomodations. Drew discovered, and decided upon, the intriguingly-named "Bearly Irresistible"--a five-bedroom mansion in the woods. As the following photos evidence, a good time was had by all:

It was connected to civilization only by a very long and very steep driveway--guys, you've gotta admit, it was private!

When we weren't appreciating the luxurious accomodations.......

...or enjoying each other's company....

...we prowled the countryside--

--and visited our dear old friends, the Wind Turbines!

When the passenger/photgrapher gets bored.....

We rode to Elkins for the annual Forest Festival! On display were local politicians, beauty queens, majorettes, and displays of military prowess!

Chris and Cathy Wenk soak up local atmosphere at Cues and Brews, while Drew and Mike search for direction.

Look closely and you will see the wild turkeys--no, really!!!

Drew poses as Master of the Mansion in front of the ego-inflating stone hearth!

Our requisite self-portrait!

Timberline is a wildlife preserve; the deer are extremely tame and have entitlement issues--they showed up at the back deck every evening for leftover crudites, Doritos and biscuits.

Fire in the stone fireplace on our last evening...

Driving home--West Virginia delivers fall color on schedule!

The last stop of the voyage was Pack's Frozen Custard Stand.