SharkWeek IX is finally over with nothing but pictures and memories to ponder. After a year of planning with Elaine Jackson Sweeney, Shrug RandFan, and Tonya Ankarstran Wilson, it came and left in a flash. A Dream Team was assembled to pull off a Texas adventure in Deadwood, South Dakota with these special peeps!
A huge thank you to Richard C Pittman, Donna Spencer, Mart Hukill and Honor Hukill, Rick Overall and Serena Lambright Karl, Eddie Meeks, Bob Meehan, and a special thanks to Jeff Carpenter and Carolynn Wright Carpenter. It couldn’t have been possible without you. Thank you for being understanding with our crazy ideas and not bolting for the exits. I will not be able to hear the song, The Wobble, ever the same again without thinking of SWIX. It goes without saying that SharkWeek wouldn’t be SharkWeek without Ron Cushing. The man with the special denim cap that has an eye for capturing photos like no other and was always there to prop us up when needed. There are no words for Tracy Basham and Frankie Basham that haven’t been said before for all they mean to SharkWeek. Humbled to have worked along side you two from beginning to end. There is also Troy Belliston and Chris Hutter that lended their support whenever asked to do so without hesitation.
Last but not least is Amber Cantalope Schwab from the Cadillac Jacks complex in Deadwood. For a year she has been the glue that held all this together as we planned and put forth a vision that was executed to perfection. The Shark Tank setup was all Amber through and through. She told me, “Trust Me, I’ve got this”. And got this she did from the SWIX posters to the illuminated signs throughout the complex. From the tents, garden tables with umbrellas, and the stage, it was all Amber. Actually directing and setting things up herself to insure it was perfect. And then there was Murphy, everyone new Murphy by the second day. That girl never sleeps.
If I have left anyone out please point it out. It truly took a battalion to pull this off. I’m writing this from Grayville, Illinois where we just finished the last half of the day riding in three hours of driving rain with 50-60 mph winds at times. It actually helped us get into a room before 8:30 pm for the first time since SharkWeek began. We actually got into a room at 6:30 pm. Elaine is very happy with that and sleeping.
Until we meet up again, great seeing everyone for the best family reunion ever!
Use this hot link to view downloadable pics! Thanks Ron Cushing!