*editors note – I have had this post written in my head for a couple of weeks but I never had the proper time to sit down and put it into words.
Way back before the dawn of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and any other social media outlets or as Millennials would say “the dark ages” people would converse on message boards. One such message board that we would frequent was for our second favorite island down in Belize. The message board handles were great; Travel Queen, KLCMan, Otter, Nova, Diving Cowgirl, WindJammer, TacoGirl, KC Jayhawk, RMT, Reaper, BrusselSprout, Sweet Jane, Chloe, Bobcat Bill, Wonderwoman, I could keep going on for days.
The ACMB message boarders would always get together in November and then again in February for the “Boogiedown” which was when the skydivers would ‘fall’ (see what I did there KLCMan) down on San Pedro. One of the ACMB regulars who now lives well south of the Mason Dixon Line would always say “Hug your loved ones” as we are never guaranteed a next time or tomorrow. This simple saying has been hitting home as of late as the island reunions seem to be getting smaller and smaller each year.
Sadly due to bad scheduling we have been missing the majority of the ACMB reunions due to moves to NYC, school, unemployment, low funds, and vacation constraints. It seems that now anytime the gang gets together it is to mourn the loss of one of the regulars. It seems that in the blink of an eye we lost two great ones in the past 3 weeks. If I tried to eulogize those that have gone on before me I would certainly fill my 500 word cap and I could never give proper justice to those who are looking down on us.
So in closing, Mrs. Trumpet and I are 100% in for San Pedro in February during Reapers Boogie Down. We hope to see some familiar faces down there. Here are some that I found on my old Facebook Feeds and ‘stole from TacoGirl’
Chunky, Ruth, AZ Bob and Bill (forgot his handle)
Oh yeah, I was sober. Me and Taco Girl!
“Hey I know You!” Sweet Jane and Hubby (who now live fulltime on the same Island)
Me and KC Jayhawk
What kind of an asshole puts his feet up on the bar stool and take a nap? Oh wait..he does own the joint.
I do love me some Pedro. He isn’t afraid to speak his mind and I respect him for that.
Sorry Ladies, both of us are taken. Hopefully the picture still is sitting on Chloe’s nightstand.
Ruthie and Little Baby Sister
TQ How many years ago was this picture. You haven’t changed one bit.
KLCMan, Gela and Mrs. Trumpet on the boat to Caulker
Looking forward to having some Belikins with this sucker and his wife.
Love me some Dita and Rambo!
Hey Look a Chicken!
Stole this from Taco – I spy Nova, Farmer Ted, Bill, Jammer, and a bunch of other folks in a bar that is no longer there.
Wind Jammer Dancing at Wet Willies (which is also no longer there)
Gailtor and the Trumpets.
Note to WonderWoman, Diving Cow Girl, Mrs. Otter and some others – Consider yourself lucky in that I didn’t post the pictures that I had of you. I don’t like to get hate mail or death threats. LYLTU#1