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    One of the green tickets was the "Pin & Patch" ticket that we turned in by the the country store to get a green mug, patch, pin, and piece of maple candy.

    I was never told about any first timer goodies...

    Just a suggestion for the next rally...

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    want to share your experience?

    For all you first-timers, if you're interested in writing up your experience and impressions for the ON, please e-mail them to me and we'll do our best to include some responses in the October issue (the rally issue).

    Write about 500 words (give or take) and tell me about your first impressions of a BMW International rally!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KBasa


    Glad you guys enjoyed it.

    Right now, the 07 rally team is hard at work getting a similar party put together in Wisconsin!
    I'm probably going to miss that rally (unless the sun, the moon and the stars and who knows what else line up ) but I had a really good time at my first one.

    Thanks all.

    - Ross

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    ...glad all you folks enjoyed it and hope you had a good time visiting Vermont. One real good point is that the Expo has it's own staff, so they take care of the buildings, cleaning,etc. I think a few of us missed the 1st timer thingy, I worked registration and didn't know about it...

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    The Cyber Cafe

    The Cyber Cafe was an awesome addition. Never had to wait more than a few minutes to get on line. Wisconsin would do well to consider repeating this addition.

    This year PDA's like the Palm TX had trouble getting in. This might be rectified in 2007. Checked with the "DATA" man and there was a some glitch with maintaining an open home page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuber1
    ...glad all you folks enjoyed it and hope you had a good time visiting Vermont. One real good point is that the Expo has it's own staff, so they take care of the buildings, cleaning,etc. I think a few of us missed the 1st timer thingy, I worked registration and didn't know about it...

    I wasn't told about the first timer coupon when I started registering voulunteers on Wed and they were all gone when I worked again on Friday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlonstein
    I'm probably going to miss that rally (unless the sun, the moon and the stars and who knows what else line up ) but I had a really good time at my first one.

    Thanks all.

    - Ross
    NO,NO,NO! That is not the way you approach MOA Nationals!

    You come back to work, looking somewhat like a racoon (sunburned cheeks + forehead and white eye sockets), babbling about 4 nights of music, dollar beers (but really good $2 beers), gazillions of tents, friendly folks, every kind of BMW ever, every widget ever made for a BMW, and more rantings that will make your friends,family,and co-workers wonder if you were out in the sun maybe a bit too long on this ride. You then fill out a vacation leave form for July of '07 and tell everybody that you WILL GO to Wisconsin next July. You will have nearly a entire year to negotiate/plead/threaten with your employer [note to self: do not mention all the "change of careers" that you know of due to MOA Nationals] You spend the next 11 months planning your route, volunteering to work the Rally, convincing friends to ride along, doing whatever you need to do for your SO in order to dissappear in July, and will continue to dream of acres of tents with BMW's parked all around.

    You do this, year-after-year, and your friends,family,and co-workers will become convinced that something ain't right with that boy!

    Welcome to the club!
    Onward, through the fog!

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    Um, one question Rev'rend, I agree with all you're saying but what do you do when taking the time to make the trip is no problem but scraping together the necessary funds is a VERY SERIOUS problem? That's what kept me away this year, and I'm not fond of the idea of turning to crime to solve it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Veg
    Um, one question Rev'rend, I agree with all you're saying but what do you do when taking the time to make the trip is no problem but scraping together the necessary funds is a VERY SERIOUS problem? That's what kept me away this year, and I'm not fond of the idea of turning to crime to solve it.
    Figure $100/day while you're on the road, and that's being very generous. (Allows for a night in a hotel once in a while, and decent eats, plus gas) From TX, it'll take you a couple days to get there, a few days there and a couple days to ride home. Figure 7 days. You've got a year to put together $700, which should be something you can accomplish.

    If you want to, you can go way cheaper than that, exercising camping in state parks and dollar menu food the whole way.

    Drink beer that Mark likes and it should be even easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KBasa
    Drink beer that Mark likes and it should be even easier.
    Collect his returnable bottles and pay for your trip and mine.
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    Quote Originally Posted by M1ka
    Collect his returnable bottles and pay for your trip and mine.
    that was funny

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    Quote Originally Posted by KBasa
    If you want to, you can go way cheaper than that, exercising camping in state parks and dollar menu food the whole way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjbmw
    First timers got red mugs at the Ambassador tent, with a free beverage among other little goodies..
    I forgot to ask for my Rally Virgin Cherry Popper kit, but since I registered as my brother, I'll do in in Wisconsin!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev.Willie
    NO,NO,NO! That is not the way you approach MOA Nationals!

    You come back to work, looking somewhat like a racoon (sunburned cheeks + forehead and white eye sockets), babbling about 4 nights of music, dollar beers (but really good $2 beers), gazillions of tents, friendly folks, every kind of BMW ever, every widget ever made for a BMW, and more rantings that will make your friends,family,and co-workers wonder if you were out in the sun maybe a bit too long on this ride. You then fill out a vacation leave form for July of '07 and tell everybody that you WILL GO to Wisconsin next July. You will have nearly a entire year to negotiate/plead/threaten with your employer [note to self: do not mention all the "change of careers" that you know of due to MOA Nationals] You spend the next 11 months planning your route, volunteering to work the Rally, convincing friends to ride along, doing whatever you need to do for your SO in order to dissappear in July, and will continue to dream of acres of tents with BMW's parked all around.

    You do this, year-after-year, and your friends,family,and co-workers will become convinced that something ain't right with that boy!

    Welcome to the club!
    Right on Rev....

    When I told my wife that she had to come with me to WI in 07, also known as "Chromeheads with Cheese" Rally, she said "That's your thing." I said she should fly with Robert and Katie can ride with me. We'll see. I have to provide shopping and other area attraction info for her to consider, but the groundwork has been laid.

    My first rally of any kind after 29 years of riding. Exceeded ALL expectations. Serving as a volunteer brings an "insider" perspective and helps cultivate a whole new group of friends that I will look forward to seeing in years to come. Registration and two shifts in the Beer Garden. Should have done it earlier.

    As far as the $$$ issue, if you put away $20 per week until the rally, you'll have over $1000 come departure time.

    Rev- Trust you made it home safe. Had a great time talking and working with you, Bob and John. Also, all the others I had contact with, what a fantastic group! Count me in for next year!

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessler
    And I'll add my comment to the thread by saying that as a first-timer, I was verily blown away by the people, first and foremost. It was a great experience, hopefully to be compounded by more of the same in the future.
    Oh, and Jonathan, the signs you guys did on site were LOVELY.......
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