Slipstream - July 2002

maverickpca

The monthly newsletter of the Maverick Region of the Porsche Club of America

Happy Hour At Ciudad

By Stacy Waters

Happy Hour Crew: Dennis Chamberlain,

Dee Lersch, and Mark Gluck

For me, one of the highlights of

this month’s Happy Hour

came in the form of a single

statement made by Mark Gluck.

Carrying on small talk as one does

at the beginning of Happy Hour, I

asked Mark why Ciudad was selected

for this month’s event. Mark said

the idea was to create a giant smiley

face pattern across the DFW Metroplex. Okay – good enough. I

like a person with a different sense of humor and therefore Mark

and I get along pretty well.

really learn so much from other members about the different

events such as Autocross, Club Races, Driver Education, Time

Trials, and Tours.

The July Happy Hour will be at Mondo’s, one block north of

the Galleria. I plan to be there for sure. By the way, that is the

left eye of the smiley face!

...learned how to properly pronounce

the vehicle’s name . . .

This initial exchange set the tone for the evening. I met

more unique personalities on this one outing than in all of my

Happy Hours combined – and it proved to be one of the most

exciting events I have attended. The crowd (about 30 large) was

a great mix of all types and the bar staff was almost too generous

with their pour. Do you think that might have had a little something

to do with the fun factor?

Photo by Dennis Chamberlain

Michelle & Ben Hartsell with Chris & Craig Smith.

Photo by Dennis Chamberlain

Photo by Dennis Chamberlain

Brenda Chamberlain, Stacey Waters, and Tinker Edwards

The Mexico City-style cuisine was sophisticated and delicious

with a variety of dishes that seemed to please most.

Being a “newbie” to the club, I feel more and more welcome

with each event. My husband insisted that I attend the first

Happy Hour with him a few months ago. I really dreaded it. I

mean, how in the world could I spend a night talking about

Porsches? I just learned how to properly pronounce the vehicle’s

name for goodness sake! But the most pleasant thing happened

on the first Happy Hour night. I made several new friends and

there was no pressure to name every Porsche model. More

importantly, I was spending time with genuinely friendly people

with a variety of interesting stories and Porsche advice. From

then on, I have not missed a Happy Hour. If you haven’t been to

one, I encourage you to do so. It’s quite simply one of the best

ways to become familiar and comfortable with MRPCA. You can

Photo by Dennis Chamberlain

Doug Molny and Monda Degan

The girls posing for a shot.

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