Balboa Titanic Society Convention 4 May 2002


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Yesterday, the newly-incorporated Balboa Titanic Society held its first annual gala event at the posh Four Seasons Hotel in Carlsbad, California. The Balboa Titanic Society, or BTS, was so named to honour somebody who did something famous enough to have a lot of things in the San Diego area named after him. In attendance at the Convention were Phil Gowan (President of the Society and Bill-Payer of the event), Eric Sauder (who gets invited to everything), Bill Sauder (who was only along for the Earl Grey tea) and Parks Stephenson (who crashed the event). Brian Meister, Senan Molony and Inger Sheil were not in attendance, but they might well have been.

The drink flowed throughout the event, but unfortunately none of it was alcoholic. Because of this, no one made a fool of himself, except for Parks, who needed no stimulants to embarass himself and others. Phil and Eric proved to be an anti-social lot, sequestering themselves in a corner with a massive spreadsheet (which Phil always carries in his left front breast pocket and which once saved his life at the Battle of Shiloh by stopping a Minie ball) containing everything there is to know about passengers who booked passage on Titanic. To Eric's dismay, there was not a single Lusitania passenger on Phil's list, except for those who survived the Titanic sinking and later found themselves on the doomed Lusi by way of the EoI. Bill and Parks were forced to talk technical issues amongst themselves, but at least they were able to solve all the outstanding riddles concerning Titanic's equipment within about an hour or so.

The BTS Convention was a huge success, in that Phil resolved to finish his 2000+ page book about the history of Titanic's passengers. Eric resolved to co-opt Phil's research as his own. Bill determined that tea was too expensive at the Four Seasons and Parks resolved to...oh, he never resolves anything.

Upon discussion, the trustees of the Society determined to disband the organisation because 1) the acronym BTS was already taken by a far more upstanding group and 2) Phil's company is sending him to Maui next year. Oh well, that's one less competitor that THS has to worry about. We can still talk about it ad infintium on this thread, though, and share personal jokes about the kimono that wasn't there, the Chair and the men's bathroom.
 

Inger Sheil

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Lol! And it would be such a chore for you to sit and talk tech with Bill!

Sounds like you had a grand time, and with a splendid mob of blokes - although I'm bitterly disappointed at the lack of incriminating photos (surely Eric persuaded someone to pose compromisingly so he could put your digital camera to good use?).
 

Kyrila Scully

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ROTFL! Loved your review, Parks. I really needed a laugh this morning. I live with a teenage girl with PMS and ODD. A volatile cocktail as ever there was. Thank God for this website to keep me sane and entertained!

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Ing,

There should be at least one good picture to come from the meeting. Stay tuned.

Geoff,

No need for litigation...our BTS didn't survive the dinner hour. I heard that yours lasted all night.

Parks
 

Eric Sauder

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"In attendance at the Convention were...and Parks Stephenson (who crashed the event)."

We asked hotel security to escort Parks off the property, but he started talking about Titanic's wireless and put the security officers to sleep; so we were stuck with him. ;-)

”The drink flowed throughout the event, but unfortunately none of it was alcoholic.”

Which was exactly the problem….

“To Eric's dismay, there was not a single Lusitania passenger on Phil's list….”

That’s okay. Eric is working his magic, and before Phil knows it, he'll be doing all of my Lusitania research for me. (Please ignore this last sentence, Phil. Thanks.)

”The BTS Convention was a huge success, in that Phil resolved to finish his2000+ page book about the history of Titanic's passengers.”

Parks, Parks, Parks…. I think you’ve made a mistake. That’s what you get for only eavesdropping on our conversation and not taking part. Phil’s Titanic book is indeed tracking at 2000+ pages, but that’s only for the passengers. There’s another book in the works for the crew that should run 1000 or so pages.

And Inger said:

“…although I'm bitterly disappointed at the lack of incriminating photos (surely Eric persuaded someone to pose compromisingly so he could put your digital camera to good use?).”

Not this time, I’m sorry to say. I wasn’t in charge of the camera; so no incriminating photos were to be had. Next time, though....
Eric
 

Phillip Gowan

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Parks-
Great write-up on the event! For the money we spent on the tea they should have included the tiny cups it came in.

Seriously, it was a great time and I surely hated to see it end. Really appreciate all you guys driving down. I think the Four Seasons is the nicest hotel I've ever stayed in (well maybe the Melia Cohiba in Havana rivals it-Castro hasn't quite ruined everything in Cuba)--but that spectacular view towards the Pacific from where we were sitting will always be the mental impression I keep of the event. We'll have to do it again!

Had a good trip back and even arrived home a little early--but getting up on Eastern time tomorrow may be tough.

Phil
 
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Wait....You were in California?!?!?!?!?!
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Hiding from a few people were we????
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